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Today at 1pm – DON’T FEED THE INDIANS by Murielle Borst Tarrant

La MaMa Presents Urban Indigenous Arts & Culture Symposium

“Don’t Feed the Indians” –

A Divine Comedy Pageant

Friday November 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

To see this performance Live on your computer

CLICK HERE: www.culturehub.org/live

Please stay tuned afterward with a discussion with the cast

Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery. A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante’s Inferno. A comedic look at the negative marginalization of Indigenous Peoples and the appropriation of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.

Directed and written by:

Murielle Borst-Tarrant (Kuna/Rappahannock), Director “Safe Harbors”

Indigenous Arts/Theater Collective at La MaMa Theatre.

Cast:

Danielle Soames
(Mohawk Kahnawake)

Nic Billey
(Choctaw, Creek, Delaware)

Elizabeth Rolston
(Cherokee, Chippewa)

Murielle Borst-Tarrant
(Kuna Rappahanock)

Henu Josephine Tarrant
(Kuna, Rappahanock, Hopi, Hochunk)

Kevin Tarrant
(Hopi, Hochunk)

Crew:

Choreographer – Nic Billey

Musical Design- Branden Tubby (Choctaw )

Scribe and Production Consultant- Timothy Dorsey

Musical Director- Kevin Tarrant

Costume/set design- Maggie Rice (Pawnee)

Piano and Historical Musical Design- Elizabeth Thunder Bird Haile (Shinnecock) and The Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum

Production Apprentice- Kimberly Terrance (Mohawk Akwesasne)

Additional Writings:

Danielle Soames

Nic Billey

Henu Josephine Tarrant

Elizabeth Rolston

Tonya Gonnella Frichner based on her preliminary report on the Doctrine of Discovery

La MaMa Theatre in collaboration with the Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival, Native Earth Performing Arts and First Peoples Fund and the Ford Foundation through a grant from the FPF Our Nations Spaces Program.



breaking walls at the EstroGenius Festival

 

Congratulations to TheatreNow! guest Fran Tarr, who continues to create theatre all over the world.  She has just returned from a working trip to South Africa. A theatre piece written by her young female collaborators with will appear in the EstroGenius Festival this month.

WOMEN SPEAK WORLD LISTEN October 31 2014 nyc

A message from Fran Tarr:

Our Young Women Artists & The EstroGenius Play Festival

An amazing opportunity to showcase the writing and performing talents of our young breaking walls women is happening at the renowned EstroGenius Play Festival on October 31st from 7:00pm to 8:30pm!!!

WOMEN SPEAK/WORLD LISTEN is a one-night theater event written by our young breaking walls women from Brooklyn, Bethlehem, Berlin and Cape Town and will be performed by Helen Beyene, Sofie Walker, Lexie Tompkins, Geri Nikole Love, Maggie Borlando and Margy Love under the direction of Chivonne Michelle.

All proceeds will support our breaking walls 2015 Barcelona initiative – so bring a friend or two, and if you will not be able to join us, please consider making a contribution via EventBrite. Tickets are $25.00 online and $30 (cash only) at the door.

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Time to See Donkey Punch

I LOVE Soho Rep!

Works by Women

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Tonight, Micheline Auger‘s Donkey Punchmakes the rare leap from indie, Off-Off Broadway theater to Off-Broadway theater. Previews begin at Soho Playhouse, the venerable space that launched many playwrights careers (think Albee, Shepard). In this instance, Ivy Theatre, a company dedicated to untold stories and unheard voices, remounts its production of Auger’s audacious, moving play.

Written and directed by women (Auger and director Audrey Alford), Donkey Punch (the piece was formerly known as The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or How the Donkey Got Punched) explores feminism and women’s sexuality with the deftness of French filmmaker Catherine Breillat mixed with a true American sentiment. The play follows two friends at a crossroads in each’s life.

From the press release: In Donkey Punch, uninhibited Kareena delves into monogamy while her uptight best friend, Sam, starts dating a pornographer. In this fast-paced world of sex, shifting relationships…

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HOMEBODIES in Queens, NY April 12th

The New American Voices Festival

@ Queens Theatre

Presents a reading of

Homebodies
Saturday, April 12 – 8pm, in the Studio Theatre
written by Maria Alexandria Beech
Directed by Michelle Bossy

Featuring Olivia Negron*, Claudia Acosta, Cathy Curtain*, Rock Kohli* and Chris Henry Coffee*

A freelance writer and her mother live a quiet and secluded life in New York, except when a frozen chicken and other objects crash on the floor. That’s when a mysterious couple who moved in below knocks on the door. A funny and tender play about life choices and cultural assumptions, with a fascinating group of characters including an ex-lover, an Indian salesman, and a newborn baby.

*member, AEA

To rsvp: http://queenstheatre.org/2013-14-NAV-free-play-reading-series

The Playwright:

Maria Alexandria Beech’s play Infinity Pond, commissioned by Primary Stages and Aspen Theater Masters, was selected for the new Palm Beach Theater Festival. Alex is commissioned to write a play for Teatro Luna in Chicago in 2014, the first play in its Five in Five Series by women playwrights. Her play, Breaking Walls, was produced at The Cherry Lane Theater. Her play, Little Monsters, was produced by Primary Stages and Brandeis Theater Company. Her translation of Eduardo Machado’s The Cook was produced by Stages Theater. Her musical CLASS, with composer Karl Michael Johnson, will be workshopped in Michigan in the summer. Since 2006, Alex has been a member of The Dorothy Strelsin  New American Writers Group at Primary Stages (where she wrote ClassCharity, BondsLittle Monsters, Homebodies, and currently, ISLANDS). She’s also an alum of the Hispanic Playwrights Lab at Intar (Gloria).

Alex earned a BA (cum laude) and Masters in Fine Arts in Playwriting from Columbia University, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Musical Theater Writing from New York University. Her awards include The Aspen Theatre Master’s Visionary Award (2009), and Outstanding New Script Award at the Planet Connections Theater Festivity for What Are You Doing Here(2011). Alex is a member of the Dramatists Guild in New York.

Director:
Michelle Bossy is a New York based director and producer dedicated to bringing new plays to the stage.  She is the Associate Artistic Director of Primary Stages, where she produces new American plays, and where she has also served as Assistant Director, Company Manager, and Artistic Associate. She produced the World Premiere of Dread Awakening and directed and produced the premieres of Un Plugged In (by Brian Pracht); South Beach Rapture (by David Caudle); and Sarajevo’s Child; Cumberland; Low Brow; and Missing Mike Vitelle. Recently, she directed the world premiere of Little Monsters by Maria Alexandria Beech at the Brandeis Theater Company, and High School Confidential for Primary Stages.  She directed developmental readings of Eat Your Heart Out by Courtney Baron (Perry Mansfield New Works Festival), Bicycle Girl by Rogelio Martinez (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Gloria by Maria Alexandria Beech (EST), Mercy by Adam Szymkowicz, and May Day by Molly Smith Metzler, among many others.  Michelle is the Director of the Dorothy StrelsinNew American Writers Group, where she has worked with over twenty emerging writers. Michelle holds the first undergraduate directing degree from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Plum Theatre Company. She teaches acting and playwriting for the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) and directing for Syracuse University. Member: Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

 

 



DEELMAYKER – A staged reading near Dallas – tonight

Congratulations to Warren Bodow, whose play DEELMAYKER has won third place in the 3rd Annual McKinney Repertory Theatre’s New Play Competition. It will receive a reading tonight at 7:30pm in McKinney, Texas, just outside of Dallas. I have worked as Warren’s dramaturg to develop the comedy for the past two years. Previously, it received readings in New York City and Tucson, Arizona, before being chosen for this national award.

McKinney Repertory Theatre DEELMAYKER by Warren bodow

DEELMAYKER, the main character’s email address, features the loveable Bernie Harris, a successful 65-year-old media broker who wants to keep on truckin’ but is challenged by a client base that is shrinking and a business environment that is pushing him to the sidelines.  As he struggles to win the trust of a much younger client, and with problems in his marriage, Bernie strives to make the perfect deal, and learns if he has what it takes to face the new realities of a world growing young.

McKinney Repertory Theatre 
111 N. Tennessee Street
McKinney, TX

http://www.mckinneyrep.org/Home_Page.html

Warren G. Bodow is a “second-act” playwright, having turned to this craft following a thirty-year career in broadcasting. He has written six plays, all of which have been produced in festivals or as fully-staged box-office productions. His second play, RACE MUSIC, was performed on Theatre Row and received critical acclaim from The New York Times in 2009. A native of Syracuse, New York, he graduated from Syracuse University and served as chair of the Newhouse School Advisory Board. He lives with his wife, Ellen, in New York City and in Tucson, Arizona. His book THREE SHORT PLAYS ABOUT LOVE was published by Hamilton Dramaturgy Press in 2011.



SPARKS in NYC

THE NARRATING SCENE. READINGS FROM ITALIAN STORYTELLING THEATER

 SCINTILLE / SPARKS by Laura Sicignano

Author reading & discussion “Meet the Author” / Lettura e discussione con l’autrice

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013 / Hours: 6:00 pm / Venue: Italian Cultural Institute of New York / Organized by: ICI

In collaboration with: Regione Liguria and Comune di Genova

RSVP / prenota http://www.iicnewyork.esteri.it/IIC_NewYork/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=679&citta=NewYork

SCINTILLE / SPARKS a play by Laura Sicignano, translation by Maggie Rose, with thanks to Anna Jardine

New York, 25 March 1911, 4.40 pm: in fifteen minutes workers at the T.S.C.  (Triangle Shirtwaist Company) , a blouse  factory, will be finishing their shift. There are almost six hundred people, mostly young women immigrants from Italy and Eastern Europe, many Jewish girls, all exploited and underpaid.

A spark, just one spark and suddenly the factory skyscraper  is up in flames. In the building there is no fire alarm.  Since all doors are locked and the goods lift has broken down due to overweight, there is little chance of escape.

In 18 minutes 146 people died, mostly young women.

The T.S.C. owners were let off, even if they had failed to respect basic security measures.

The episode became one of the historical events related to International Women’s Day.

Many other stories are connected with the March 8th celebrations, but there is no other event in women’s history that so significantly underlines this turning point.

At the same time the story is hardly remembered.

SCINTILLE \SPARKS is about current, important issues: health and safety measures at work,  discrimination of migrants in the USA, the first examples of Trade Union Organizations, the memory of women who made History , the hopes of migrants from every age and from all over the world, women’s liberation.

A Note from Curator Dina Del Monte: In the narrative theatre, the fundamental point of stage language is the body and voice of the actor. Because of this, the performer is able to evoke visions that capture and involve the imagination of the spectator. Still little known outside the European context, the narrative theatre is one of the most interesting artistic movements and one of the most vital to world of contemporary Italian theatre. Because of this, the Italian Cultural Institute wishes to bring to New York a selection of works that will be shown in their original version with English subtitles. They are brought directly from their authors – who are often the main interpreters. The wealth and the cleanliness of the utilized language also make these three meetings a particularly interesting opportunity to practice and improve the awareness of our language.

Laura Sicignano Graduated in Theatre History at the University in Milano and is a freelance journalist for specialized magazines related to theatre. She collaborated with the Theatre Agency QP. She has been production’s assistant for Santagata and Morganti, Elio De Capitani Teatro dell’Elfo; Federico Tiezzi – Magazzini; Tonino Conte Teatro della Tosse. She has been working for many years at Teatro Stabile in Genova, in the areas of Marketing, Public Relations and Cultural Activities. She is one of the founders of TEATRO CARGO and at present she manages the company. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Museo Biblioteca dell’Attore. She collaborates with Editor Laterza for a series of conference related to the History of Genova.



Anne Hamilton Joins America-in-Play Staff

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America-In-Play has expanded and reconfigured its artistic staff and happily welcomes two dramaturgs to our team. Joining as Senior Dramaturg is Anne Hamilton, a New York City-based freelance dramaturg and the Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy. STAGE DIRECTIONS magazine named her a “trailblazer” in American dramaturgy, and AMERICAN THEATRE profiled her TheatreNow! podcast series.

Anne has worked with Andrei Serban, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute, Michael Mayer, Lynn Nottage, Yehuda Ne’eman, Classic Stage Company, B.T. McNicholl, Tina Andrews, NYSCA, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater, Leslie Lee, Andrew Barrett, Warren Bodow, Tom Cavanaugh, The New York City Public Library’s Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She produces and hosts Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, which features some of the most important contemporary female theatre artists working in America. She holds an MFA in theatre criticism and dramaturgy from Columbia University.

Ms. Hamilton will work closely with Artistic Director Lynn Thomson and Associate Artistic Director Dominic Taylor and will be production dramaturg for next May’s presentation of A Time Traveler’s Trip to Niagara Falls.

AIP also welcomes Andy Buck as Dramaturg. Mr. Buck worked with AIP this past year, including serving as production dramaturg on Exodus Code, Advice for Wanderers. He has been an editor and writer for such publications as PLAYBI LL, STAGEBILL and IN THEATER.

Elizabeth Bojsza, who has served as staff dramaturg for two years, is now Lead Dramaturg for The Recovery Project and was this season recipient of a grant from Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America to help launch this initiative.

This expansion reflects the achievements of the company’s last season and speaks also to our ambitious coming year to include a new cohort of theatre artists for a three year residency. The ongoing efforts of The Recovery Project will culminate in readings of reconstructed lost plays and a full production of our newest devised play at The Hudson Guild Theatre In May 2014. For more information please visit our website at americainplay.org.



New York Times Review of LIKE POETRY

Anita Gates wrote a wonderful review of LIKE POETRY in The New York Times on August 15th. Read the review here: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/15/new-york-fringe-festival-report-like-poetry/?_r=1

Congratulations, playwright Kristian O’Hare, and the whole production team. I dramaturged the play in its pre-production stage in May, 2013.

Excerpt: “This highly promising production, which concluded its run on Wednesday night, is beautifully structured, with an impressive blend of poignancy and humor, nicely distinct performances, and respectfully playful direction by Audrey Alford.”



LIKE POETRY in the NYC Fringe Festival

LIKE POETRY by Kristian O'Hare at the FringeNYC

I would like to invite you to LIKE POETRY, written by a wonderful playwright I discovered at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. It is playing in the NYC Fringe Festival Aug. 10-14 at La MaMa.

LIKE POETRY was written by Kristian O’Hare, who now lives in San Francisco. It was given a staged reading at the GPTC in 2012. I had the privilege of dramaturging the play this summer as Kristian prepared to start rehearsals for the Fringe.

It is a lyrical, many-layered drama which allowed me to simply relax and enjoy the beautiful writing. Kristian is a master of tight construction and meaningful imagery, especially his weaving of insect descriptions, Walt Whitman’s appearances, and Stagger’s story of transformation. I have very high expectations for the success of this play. I hope that you can attend the performance. Kristian’s contact information is: kristianohare@gmail.com

Here is a short description: A new play in three acts, Like Poetry traces the metamorphosis of main character Stagger as he confronts issues of physical and emotional intimacy surrounding his homosexuality. By employing extensive knowledge of entomology, the poetry of Walt Whitman and unique therapies of a non-traditional doctor, Stagger gains the skills needed to confront the past and embrace his future.

Like Poetry
Ivy Theatre Company
Writer: Kristian O’Hare
Director: Audrey Alford
300mg Lavender for exhaustion. 500mg Kava Kava for anxiety. Stagger haphazardly follows Walt Whitman into an uncertain sexual underworld while memories of his best friend, Card, cling to him like a lyme-carrying tick. Pills, bugs, and sexuality collide like poetry.
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VENUE #12: The Ellen Stewart Theatre – La MaMa      
SAT 10 @ 7:00  SUN 11 @ 1:30  MON 12 @ 4:45  TUE 13 @ 4:45  WED 14 @ 7:00



BCWJ Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech

Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech

By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

Maria Alexandria Beech is a playwright and librettist living in New York. She has written over fifteen full-length plays, several as a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages Theatre, which co-produced her play LITTLE MONSTERS at Brandeis Theatre Company. Her full-length musical titled CLASS, with Karl Michael Johnson, was presented in a reading in May, 2012 at NYU.

AH: Alex, I know that you hold an MFA from Columbia University. Now you have a second, this time from NYU.

MB: It’s in musical theatre writing. It is a true honor. One would think that writing a musical and writing a play are similar processes, but in fact they’re not. They each require their own craft and their own knowledge base.

AH: What is CLASS about?

MB:  It’s based on a play that I wrote in the writers group at Primary Stages, about a girl who is struggling with alcoholism and she signs up for a summer school class in New Orleans in 1987.  And so this girl walks into the situation, and the professor has recently learned that she doesn’t have much longer to live.

It was a real challenge to adapt as a musical, in the sense that it is very much a play as it exists. It was an homage not only to a professor that I had, who was dying of cancer and who had to face students who wanted to use her illness against her, but it was an homage to professors and teachers I had had growing up.
AH: Tell us about your reading at NYU.

One of the things that I learned is that musical theatre is still very much about that well-made musical, that traditional structure of the well-made musical, and the opening number and the closing number. One of my goals is to still honor that tradition, but kind of also do other things and explore more. [I’d like to] not look at the book or the dialogue just as a bridge between the songs. I think the songs could be little kind of poems that stand alone.

Anne Hamilton has 22 years of experience in the professional theatre in NYC, across the nation, and internationally. She is available for script consultations and career advising through hamiltonlit@hotmail.com. Season Three of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! launched with an interview with Kate Valk, a leading actress with The Wooster Group.

Download the article here: BCWJ Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech by Anne Hamilton