Wednesday, January 30, 2008
New permanent AAPEX Archives link to Ohio State University's Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
Sunday, January 27, 2008
About the Play.
"...Another Man's Poison." reveals the irony of the sweet revenge of success set in the fascinating backdrop of primetime television.
When the struggling comedian, Frankie Masters, finally gets his shot at his own network television show in 1970, his imminent success exposes the hidden conflict and mounting turmoil of his personal life. This play takes place at a time before celebrity gossip and tabloid exposés were the norm. It takes a close look at lives intertwined -- where each character has a price to pay and a very personal life dilemma that will forever impact the other. It is a pivotal time in our history, where the Vietnam War, exposing the racial divide, and the politicizing of sexual identity all conspire to add depth and texture to the drama.
This potent play is a quintessential Hollywood story with a distinct New York bite. "...Another Man's Poison." is full of pointed humor, straightforward drama, and feeds our incessant desire to peer into the "making of a celebrity." It is a story of family, reaching for goals, and the choices that are made along the way.
The versatile cast lends a tense, but humorous hand in telling Frankie's story of how "ONE MAN'S FEAST IS ... ANOTHER MAN'S POISON."
Albert Johnson Christmas*, Penelope Darcel*, Neville Braithwaite,
Alex Emanuel*, Toni Stanton, Dennis Hearn*, Chuck Baron*
* Actors appearing Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
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Discussion of the play after each Reading.
Orielle Productions and Broliver Productions, Producers
Orielle Creative Company, LLC
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
CALLING ALL ACTORS
AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
IKAM Productions, Inc. presents live on stage
El Hajj Malik: The Story of Malcolm X
By N.R. Davidson, Jr.
Directed by Michael Simanga
When: Saturday, January 26, 2008
Where: Southwest Arts Center
915 New Hope Rd
Atlanta, GA 30331
What: Auditions will last until 4:30 pm with callbacks immediately following at 5 pm. We are having a table reading at 6:30 pm for selected actors. Please be prepared to stay until 8 pm if you are chosen to participate!
This is a paid non-equity production.
- We are casting for 6 roles: 3 males and 3 females.
- The rehearsal schedule for this show will be as follows:
- Sunday, February 10, Tuesday, February 12,
- Friday, February 15, Saturday, February 16
- Monday, February 18 (tech), and Tuesday, February 19 (dress)
- Please audition only if you will be able to meet the rehearsal schedule.
- Please arrive on time for your audition and be prepared to perform a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue.
- The show will be presented Wednesday, February 20 (one show), Thursday, February 21 (2 shows), Friday, February 29 (one show), and Saturday, March 1 (2 shows). Please audition only if you will be available to perform on the days and times stated.
El Hajj Malik: The Life and Times of Malcolm X by NR Davidson
March 1: Women of Wisdom: Young Voices with Power
May 3-5: Body & Sold by Deborah Fortson
August: The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe
Our mission is to nurture and showcase new works by Women Playwrights.
We are currently accepting submissions. .
The submission fees for each playwright per submission are:
Full Length & Cabaret w/music $25 One Acts & Solo pieces - $20
10 – 15 mins plays $15
Submission Deadline February 1, 2008
Make check/money order to: New Heritage Theatre Group, Inc
Mail Scripts and Money Orders to: RHYTHMCOLOR Associates
2001 Creston Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
§ We will present 8 –10 pieces. All playwright selections, venues and dates will be announced –mid February.
§ All readings are free to the public. We suggest a $5 donation.
§ Success Stories:
2006 - 2 plays were produced as showcase productions
2007 – Solo piece was developed and presented through the summer.
Thank you for taking time to read this request. For more information, contact us at 718.901.0480. I look forward to seeing you at POTPOURRI!
Affiliations: Harlem Arts Alliance, Inc. National Black Touring Circuit, Inc
Harlem Chamber of Commerce Negro Ensemble Company
The WorkShop, Inc Department of Education
Producing Artistic Director
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The event took place last night, Friday, January 18 and was free to the public.
Below is Tangela's report on the evening.
The following is an email:
Ok, so here is the 411 you have all probably been waiting on...
"A 10 Minute Night!" was a blast! We held the performance in a room at a recreation center and kept it very simple. We told the audience a little about each play and how we chose each play. We explained to them that as starters of producing and working together in this manner, we wanted to get an idea of what audience and theatre goers like to see. Well needless to say, we got a lot of great reviews!!!!!!!!
I was extremely pleased by the feedback and they are looking forward to more plays to see.
To start with "My Brother, Are you too Heavy?"/Benard Cummings, they loved the the relationship between the two characters, they felt the situation was real and some could relate to something similar as african americans. They also stated the play raised questions and pushed somewhat of political, economical, and cultural issues. As a director, I picked the play for the same reasons and it has a lot of substance. The actors really dug into this play and had a lot of questions in regards to character choices. I told the audience a little about your one act play "Here Am I, Send me" and they cant wait to see it!
For "You're Gettin' Me Hot"/ Fernandon Manon, the audience response was that it was fun, enjoyable, and funny, the sarcasm had a few questioning (probably themselves). The male actor had a lot of questions about Ray but he was able to dig into the kind of person Ray is and sort of relate it to some people of today. Please send me more plays to read if you have any to share.
Lastly, for "A Wrong Funeral" /Ben Marshall, all I can say is the audience cried! It actually was a few people that could literally relate, they said it felt real to them. I asked them the one question in which you brought to my attention, which was who did they think was the victim, which you said actors can be confused between Janice and the Mother. The audience response was they felt both were but Janice was one at one time but not now, she was able to overcome her struggles in which mother was still in denial or still blaming Janice for her bad choices. This one play Sheryland and I when first sitting down to read the plays caught our eye first. And it proved its self to the stage. We did a reading of a play from one of the actors which was an excerpt from a full length play she is in the middle of writing, the audience loved that one too.
I greatly appreciate your submissions and support, please dont hesitate to send other plays. We are looking forward to moving forward in our adventure as director/stage manager (Sheryland and I) so we will need all of the plays we can get. Thanks again, Jaz for the support, and network of playwrights, and AAPEX. If you all have any questions dont hesitate to ask. If you would like a copy of the program please send me an address or I can email it to you (send me what what your choice is).
Friday, January 18, 2008
Seeking—Ethnically Diverse Writers For Primetime Programming: male and female, any ethnicity except Caucasian. To receive a copy of NBC's Diversity Initiative submission release form, email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete, sign, and return the submission release form to the NBC law department at the address provided to you. Once the release has been approved by the NBC law department, you will be contacted and informed of the proper procedure for submitting your material. If you have an agent and/or manager, your material must be submitted through them. Your submission will be kept on file for up to six months. For more info on this and other opportunities, visit NBC Career Opportunities. Professional pay provided.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Mary Schmidt Cambell, Dean
Department of Drama
Kevin Kuhlke, Chair
An International Festival of FREE Play Readings
Catherine Coray, NYU Head Curator
Lorca Peress, NYU-Strasberg Curator
The NYU-Strasberg Studio Presents
Four Powerful Plays
Saturday, January 26th 4:00pm - NYU Loewe Theater
Directed by Naum Panovsky
NYU Assistant: Erin McGuff
Guest Artists: Jelena Stupljanin, Tony Naumovsky
Guest Audio Artist - Will Swofford
Guest Video Artist - Sam Bassett
NYU Students: Lillian Solange Beaudoin, Amelia Brain, Rosalie Burke, Kelsey Danielson, Meredith Doyle, Laura Dulic, Karen Eilbacher, Nina Hausner, Mallory Jenkins, Rebecca Lesser, Erin McGuff, Rachel McKeon, Allie Nelson, Julia Peterson, Mayra Reyes, Kris Roberts, Amanda Sterling
A woman walks into a public place and detonates a bomb. But what of words, the words we use to describe the act for those who weren't there, including the writer? The bombing falls to the background, the description to the foreground - and the act becomes a shadow stalking the words that describe it. It is this shadow, this stalking, that we offer you here in the rise of murderous suicide as a political weapon.
Please join us for a post-reading Conversation with the Playwrights and Director, moderated by Lorca Peress.
Sunday, January 27th 4:00pm - NYU Loewe Theater
We Were Sitting On The Shores Of The World…
Translated by Philippa Wehle
Directed by Robert Lyons
NYU Assistant: Lindsey Ferrentino
Guest Artists: TBA
NYU Student: Stephanie LaVardera
A chance meeting on an island beach leads to devastating circumstances. Who "owns" the beach, the man who currently lives there, or the woman who has returned to her native land for a visit? The man insists she leave because she is a stranger who has forfeited her right to stay. Her protests do nothing but elevate the conflict on the shores of the world.
Please join us for a post-reading Conversation with the Playwright and Translator, moderated by Judith Miller
Saturday, February 2nd 7:30pm - NYU Loewe Theater
Translated by Kathleen Huber
Directed by Michael SextonNYU Assistant: Julian Giat
Guest Artists: Kathleen Chalfant and NYU Alum Brendan Bradley
NYU Student: Devon Talbot
A second-rate actress who teaches to make ends meet, reveals to one of her prize students that he lacks ability, charisma, and everything else he needs to “make it.” The tables turn, when the student launches his own shocking and venomous attack. Find out what happens when unleashed forces set off a Boomerang!
Please join us for a post-reading Conversation with the Playwright and Translator, moderated by Judith Miller.
Sunday, Febuary 3rd 7:30pm - NYU Burrows Theater
Written by Wajdi Mauawad (Lebanon/Quebec)
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Directed by Isis Saratial Misdary
NYU Assistant: Theresa Burns
Guest Artists: Piter Marek, Lena Rizkallah, Jeanine Serralles, Others TBA
NYU Students: Norberto Briceño, Terence Cesarine, Erin McGuff, Steven Northrup, Melissa Veronica (Ruiz), Joyceisa Zagarra
Scorched is the story of Janine and her twin brother Simon, and their arduous journey into the mystery of their mother Nawal’s life. Like most children, they want to understand their origins. Witnesses of their bitter story assist in the investigation, and the discovery of the truth forces them to reconsider who and what they are.
TICKETS FREE - RESERVATIONS 212.998.1860
All Readings At:
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Lorca Peress, NYU-Strasberg Curator
Brian Miskell, Curator's Assistant
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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You Are Pretty, at home with the anti-valentine
(AUSTIN, TX) St Idiot Collective announces the world premiere of You Are Pretty, a dark comedy about a modern-day brothel written by Adrienne Dawes. Directed Jenny Larson, You Are Pretty stars Lee Eddy (Austin Chronicle's Best Actress 2003-2007), Cyndi Williams (Independent Spirit Award Nominee for Best Actress-Room), David Yeakle, Carra Martinez, Michael Joplin, Alan Metoskie and Travis Hale. You Are Pretty will be performed as a site-specific production in a house, with a limited audience size of 10 people per night beginning February 7th, 2008 and closing February 23rd, 2008.
Inspired by HBO's documentary Cathouse and the book Brothel by Alexa Albert, You Are Pretty invites audiences into the intimate lives of the women and men working in the Hippie Ho House, a legal brothel located in the rural town of Moundhouse, NV. Their struggle to find love within the harsh environs of the brothel is met with a biting sense of humor and feminist perspective of the legal sex industry.
You Are Pretty has been developed with support from Austin Scriptworks' Seed Support Grant and received readings/workshops by St Idiot Collective, Live! Girls! Theatre (Seattle, WA), Studio 42 (NYC) and Sarah Lawrence College's Downstage Theater (Bronxville, NY). In 2004 the play was awarded the Lipkin Prize for Playwriting awarded by Sarah Lawrence College.
In the October 2007 issue of American Theater magazine local theatre artist Amparo Garcia Crow raved, ""If I could be a young artist again, I would join (or offer my house to) Austin's busiest actor troupe St Idiot Collective. Their site-specific valentine this February is You Are Pretty by Adrienne Dawes, an earnest tale about the legal sex industry from a feminist perspective that has turned - how shall we say? - romantic."
Tickets will go onsale beginning January 28th, 2008 available online at http://youarepretty.eventbrite.com. Admission to the opening night performance on February 7th will include goody bags filled with safe-sex products and gifts from project sponsors Early to Bed, Babeland.com and Forbidden Fruit valued over $25 each. Tito’s Vodka sponsors the opening weekend party February 8th, open to the public.
A limited number of press comps are offered for preview performances February 4th-6th, 2008 by special request.
The prolific Ms. Dawes also has a short play going up in NYC titled "Work Sucks" as part of VIGNETTES FOR THE APOCALYPSE 2 produced by End Times Productions. http://www.endtimesproductions.org/vignettes08.html. Plus, she'll be premiering a new play MARY TRILOGY in May with MIR PRODUCTIONS.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
As announced at today’s Harlem Arts Alliance monthly meeting and as part of its ongoing advocacy efforts, The Cultural Equity Group (CEG) is a coalition of cultural arts organizations and artists working for the equitable distribution of funds and resources to assure that under resourced and underserved emerging and mid-sized organizations grounded in the culture and arts of their communities are fairly funded.
On Wednesday, January 9 at 3pm, the CEG will make a presentation before the Black, Latino, Asian Caucus at City Hall. It is important that we have a strong showing and ask that you join us. As our time before the caucus is limited, members of the CEG will make the formal presentation. Please be prepared to arrive at 2:00 pm and bring photo identification.
Please call 212-410-0030 xt 212 to confirm your attendance.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
The back story to this play is really kind of profound: some time ago, Mary-Pat went to her mother and asked what she should do if she knew that one of her friends was in trouble. She would not reveal what the problem was, but her mom told her to go on the Internet and see what she could learn about the issue. As a result of her action, one of her peers who was being molested was removed to a safe house and then Mary-Pat sat down and wrote this play about a variety of serious issues affecting her peers.
Somehow the script came to the attention of an Atlanta film maker, Bobby Peoples, whose production company has supported this young author in bringing her work to the stage. You can watch the trailer here:
This is Mary-Pat's email to me after my conversation with her mother:
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
AAPEX has presented readings of 11 scripts in 5 cities (Cincinnati, Atlanta, Nashville, Washington DC and New York City) since June 23, 2007 and generated over $3,000.00 in donations and sales through program ads. Special thanks to all of the amazing directors and actors who have been there for us for these projects.
We have a brilliant web presence in the AAPEX blog, which was designed and is administered by D.C. Copeland in Miami.
We have non-profit status in New York thanks to Bob Ost and his incredible organization, Theater Resources Unlimited.
There is an archive for AAPEX writers at Ohio State University thanks to Alan Woods, which so far only a handful of writers have taken advantage of, but which I hope all will keep in mind as we move into the new year. (Note - when archiving your scripts you might also consider including your copyright information. That way, should you ever loose track of those pesky little documents, they will be on file - something which could prove invaluable not only to you but to the heirs of your literary estate).
Thanks to the suggestion of NYC playwright/producer Yvette Heyliger, we are becoming a member organization of The Harlem Arts Alliance (http://www.harlemaa.org/)
Two young ladies in Atlanta - Tangela Harris and Sherryland Neal - will present an evening of 5 10 minute plays on January 18th, including pieces by three AAPEX writers - Ben Marshall, Fernando Manon and Benard Cummings.
I can't even begin to list the individuals to whom special gratitude is due for fear of leaving someone out, but the degree to which folks have stepped forward to contribute to the growth and energy of this network is truly astounding and indicative of the need for an organization dedicated to the work of African American playwrights and plays about the African American experience at this moment in history, one from which I hope all will prosper and benefit in 2008.
So Happy New Year to everyone.
Onward and upward in 2008.