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Salon Radio: Painting the Current Landscape, Elisabeth Condon; writer Ellen Lytle

May 16th, 2018

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Salon Radio podcast release 05-16-18

 

Salon Radio Special: Painting the Current Landscape, painter Elisabeth Condon

Elisabeth talks about her projects and collaborations, including a conversation with Wayfarers Studio Program’s founder George Ferrandi, and as a juror brings to us a special announcement of a call for artists for “Reclaiming My Pride,” a national art contest designed to showcase the spirit of community, creativity, and charity in America’s LGBTQ populace, benefitting The Ali Forney Center (launched by Metrosource and One World Observatory).

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 Salon Solo {Radio} presents writer Ellen Lytle

This episode is hosted by Heidi Russell with Maureen Van Trease presenting our guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Barbara Sullivan, and our Salon Bulletin for upcoming week's happenings of Salonistas around the world. This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineer Jade Zabric.

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Salon Solo {Radio}: Ellen Lytle

Currently, much of Ellen Lytle’s time is spent caring for her handicapped Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Goode, and writing as much as possible in-between prepping meals, cleaning, grocery shopping, and meeting w/friends! There may be a new, as yet, untitled book of poetry from NYQ Press coming out andshe hopes to soon start a manuscript of short fiction.  Lytle has 3 books of poems and 2 short fiction books published, teaches creative writing at the New Dorp Library on Staten Island. Ellen was a journalist and won two prizes for her poetry in 1989 and 2006. Lytle spent half of her life writing and living in Vermont.  You can find her book, Homefront: new and selected poems, on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/homefront-selected-ellen-windy-lytle/dp/1935520636

 

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Salon Radio Special: Painting the Current Landscape, painter Elisabeth Condon

“Spills and pours of ink and paint determine the compositions of my recent works on paper and linen. Their spontaneous flows contain imagery ranging from Mayan goddesses and warriors to landscape elements that complicate the surface and unfolding of time. Since returning from China in 2014, my mother's vintage wallpapers and fabrics inspire me to incorporate the décor in my childhood home as a formative artistic influence. Setting the patterns and images free in a river of free-floating associations redefines the improvisational techniques of scroll painting in dimensional space. Décor becomes an urban space, intersecting nature and culture.” ~ Elisabeth Condon

 

ELISABETH CONDON is an American painter whose extensive body of work features poured paint as a central compositional landmark. Within the pours Condon combines disparate paint applications and materials to re-interpret Chinese principles of balance for an information-saturated world. References to Yuan Dynasty scrolls, her mother's fabrics and wallpapers, 1970s glam rock clubs and locations where the artist has lived in or visited conjoin as 'synthetic landscapes where nature and décor intersect'.

A frequent traveler, Condon participates in artist residencies including Carrizozo Colony, Montello and UCross Foundations (2018); Wave Hill Winter Workspace (2017); Artist in Residence in the Everglades (2016); Swatch Art Peace Hotel Shanghai and Morris Graves Foundation (2014); Grand Canyon National Park and Wupatki National Monument (2013); Yaddo (2010, 2007); Fountainhead (2010); Red Gate International Artist Residency (2005); Stock 20 International Artist Residency, Taiwan (2005, 2004); Triangle France (1999); and Shave International Artist Workshop, Somerset, UK (1997).

Condon has received the 2015 New York PULSE Prize, a New York Studio School Mercedes Matter award, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, a Florida Individual Artist Grant and numerous university grants. She held tenure at the University of South Florida from 2003 through 2014. Condon's work is held in public collections that include the United States Foundation of Art in Embassies Program (Beijing), Perez Museum Miami, Tampa Museum of Art and JP Morgan Chase Collection, among others.

 

See Elisabeth’s work online at:

elisabethcondon.com

http://www.lesleyheller.com/artists/elisabeth-condon

http://www.dorschgallery.com/artists/elisabeth-condon

 

And in person in NYC…

Natural Proclivities, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, BMCC (May 24 - July 27, 2018)

MTA Ditmars Station, NW Line (2019)

UCross New York Gala and Awards Dinner, June 5, 2018 at Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center Frederick P. Rose Hall, honoring the writer Annie Proulx

 

 

Elisabeth’s projects and collaborations…

 

Visiting Critic, Wayfarers, Bushwick (2017-2018)

Wayfarers Studio Collaboration

George Ferrandi is an American artist whose performance and participatory projects address issues of vulnerability, impermanence, and spectacle, often through experimental approaches to narrative. She is the founder of Wayfarers Studio Program in Brooklyn, and the Creative Director of Jump!Star, an interdisciplinary initiative celebrating the eventual transition of our North Star, which has recently been awarded an NEA Our Town Grant.

jumpstar.love

brooklynwayfarers.org

georgeferrandi.com

 

Juror, Reclaiming My Pride, MetroSource (Davler Media) – Details of the event and call for artists below.

 

Residency, UCross Foundation Residency, Clearmont, WY

(participated April 16 - May 11 2018)

The mission of Ucross Foundation is to foster the creative spirit of deeply committed artists and groups by providing uninterrupted time, studio space, living accommodations, and the experience of the majestic High Plains while serving as a good steward of its historic 20,000-acre ranch in Clearmont, WY. It believes that being a good steward of the land closely resembles being a good artist, requiring dedication, imagination, and the best possible use of the resources at hand. In addition to fostering the work of individual artists Ucross hosts educational programs, conferences, and special events at its public art gallery, which is a cultural landmark in northern Wyoming.

http://www.ucrossfoundation.org

 

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Elisabeth Condon, Juror invites artists to submit work for “RECLAIMING MY PRIDE”

 

NATIONAL CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS

Deadline May 18, 2018

https://www.nyfa.org/Opportunities/Show/5e6f243c-e867-4e57-9ab1-1b95eeb3bbbe

 

https://metrosource.com/reclaimingmypride/

 

LGBTQ PUBLICATION METROSOURCE & ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY LAUNCH

2018 “RECLAIMING MY PRIDE” ART CONTEST TO BENEFIT THE ALI FORNEY CENTER

BEST WORKS REPRESENTING THE “RECLAIMING MY PRIDE” THEME IN THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY, CREATIVITY AND CHARITY WILL BE EXHIBITED DURING JUNE PRIDE WEEK AT ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY, FEATURED IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF METROSOURCE AND ON METROSOURCE.COM

 

New York, N.Y., April 4, 2018 -- Davler Media Group’s Metrosource, the largest circulation LGBTQ publication serving New York City and Los Angeles, and second largest nationally, and One World Observatory, at the top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, today launched “Reclaiming My Pride,” a national art contest designed to showcase the spirit of community, creativity, and charity in America’s LGBTQ populace.  Top contestants will be honored at a private gala/reception on June 20 and featured in a public exhibition held at One World Observatory during NYC Pride Week from June 21 -24.  The winners will also be featured in the magazine’s August/September issue, along with its online and social media platforms.  The event will benefit The Ali Forney Center, an organization that protects LGBTQ youth from homelessness and empowers them with the tools to live independently.

 

“Pride Week is a celebration of the vibrancy, strength and joy of the LGBTQ community and all who support it,” said Paul Hagen, Editor-In-Chief of Metrosource. “In 2018, we think it’s more important than ever to get back to Pride’s roots of community, creativity, and charity.  We are pleased to partner with One World Observatory to showcase the talents of exceptional and diverse artists, LGBTQ and otherwise, whose work is imbued with and furthers our community’s spirit of creativity and inclusion.”

 

“We are honored to be partnering with Metrosource for this spectacular exhibition at One World Observatory that will feature the works of talented artists, showcasing the LGBTQ’s community, creativity and commitment to charity,” said Keith Douglas, Managing Director of One World Observatory. “Every day we host thousands of visitors from around the world and we strive to make our guests feel welcome in New York. NYC Pride Week is cornerstone in this city’s great culture of unity and we are proud to shine a light on that spirit in the LGBTQ community.”

 

The competition is open to all artists in the 50 states whose work reflects the spirit of community and acceptance represented by LGBTQ pride, which was ignited by the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a cornerstone event in the movement towards equality.

 

Artists may enter the contest by digitally submitting an image or video link of their painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and fashion designs, along with an up to 200 word statement describing how it fits within the “community, creativity and charity” themes of the contest.  Artists are also asked to submit a 100-word bio.  Deadline for submissions: May 18, 2018.  There is no cost for submission.   Full details and rules for Metrosource’s art contest, including submission forms, can be found at www.metrosource.com/reclaimingmypride

 

Entries will be judged by a panel of esteemed artists, curators, and notables in creative pursuits, such as film and the Broadway stage.  The list presently includes contemporary painters Scott LaForge and Elisabeth Condon, pioneering 3D video artist Ali Hossaini, multi-media artist Fawn Rogers, gallerist/curator Christopher Pusey and Scott Frankel, Tony-nominated composer of Broadway musicals including WAR PAINT and GREY GARDENS, along with Davler staff.  The panel will select 10 finalists whose works will be featured in the exhibition at One World Observatory (the physical works will need to be shipped to Metrosource)).  One winner selected from the finalists will receive hotel and air travel for two to the “Reclaiming My Pride” event, along with two VIP tickets to opening night, a cash prize of $1,000, and more.

 

The winner and finalists will be feted at a private opening for the “Reclaiming My Pride” exhibition at One World Observatory, 285 Fulton Street, on the evening of June 20, 2018.   Their works will be on public display from June 21 – 24, 2018, Gallery hours: 9 am to 9 pm.   The artists will also have the option of making a donation in support of The Ali Forney Center, a New York City-based LGBTQ charity.

 

Metrosource will devote a feature in its August/September issue to the works and the backstories of these talented artists.  Its online destination www.metrosource.com and social media platforms will feature video interviews with each of the exhibited artists along with digital images of their works.

About Metrosource

Founded in 1990, Metrosource was the first glossy publication for LGBTQ people to be free of sexually explicit advertising. Metrosource has grown to have the largest circulation of any publication designed for the LGBTQ community, in both the New York and Los Angeles markets, and the second largest circulation for any such publication nationwide.  Metrosource’s National Edition provides unique coverage of arts and entertainment, can’t-miss events, gay-friendly travel and the continuing global struggle for marriage equality.  It’s NYC and LA editions expand this with in-depth coverage of local events, bars, restaurants, shopping and one-of-a-kind directories for finding businesses that are excited to serve the needs of LGBTQ people.  The publication was acquired by Davler Media Group in March 2017, the company behind the most viewed publications and online properties targeting NYC visitors and parents (City Guide and NYMetro Parents) to expand its domination to the $917 billion a year LGBTQ marketplace.

About Davler Media Group

Since its launch in 2004, Davler Media Group has specialized in creating print and online media that help NYC-area residents and visitors make superior choices about how to spend their time and money. Our media offer targeted guides, listings, directories and award-winning editorial content that are both timely and comprehensive, serving four distinct markets:  visitors, parents, the LGBTQ community and party planners. City Guide magazine and CityGuideNY.com are the largest circulation visitor media in Manhattan. NYMetroParents’ print magazines (Big Apple Parent, Brooklyn Parent, Long Island Parent - Nassau edition, Long Island Parent - Suffolk edition, Queens Parent, Rockland/Bergen Parent, and Westchester Parent), its online media (NYMetroParents.com and the recently acquired MommyBites) and live events reach approximately 1 million parents each month. Mitzvah Market is the largest and most authoritative resource dedicated to providing invaluable information to families planning bar and bat mitzvahs through a website, magazine and five event showcases during the year. With its recent acquisition of Metrosource, the largest circulation LGBTQ publication serving New York City and Los Angeles, and second largest nationally, DMG has become a leading platform for targeting the buying power of the LGBTQ community. All our media brands speak to large audiences of customers -- additionally or preferentially -- through regular, exclusive eNewsletters.  More info: www.davlermedia.com

 

About One World Observatory

Positioned at the top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Observatory provides guests with unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites, and surrounding waters from 1,250 feet. A thrilling journey to the top and awe-inspiring reveal of the seemingly endless view evokes feelings pride, hope and resilience. Live interactive experiences showcase the City’s deep history and varied cultures.  Three dining options, including an extraordinary sit-down restaurant feature locally sourced menus, craft beers, specialty cocktails along with unrivaled skyline views.  Visit www.oneworldobservatory.com for more information and to purchase tickets

 

Media Contacts:

Metrosource: Sal Cataldi, Cataldi PR, tel: 212.244.9797; email: sal@cataldipr.com

One World Observatory: Kristen Bothwell, Rubenstein, 212.843.9317, kbothwell@rubenstein.com

Part III of 3 part series, Salon Radio and Kairos Italy Theater presents: Francesca Falchi (DegenDeration), and Erika Urban (Ultima notte mia – Mia Martini, una vita)

May 5th, 2018

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International Women Artists’ Salon is proud to continue our annual partnership with Kairos Italy Theater (KIT) in presenting magnificent Italian women theater professionals that are selected to participate in KIT’s annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival.

This year we present a three-part podcast series to introduce to you talented women in Italian Theater that KIT brings to New York City for May 7th through the 21st of 2018…

Five Boroughs, 12 Shows, 15 Days…Reserve your FREE tickets today (shows are already selling out). Take a peak…

Part III 

This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Laura Caparrotti, founder of Kairos Italy Theater, presenting Francesca Falchi (DegenDeration), and Erika Urban (Ultima notte mia – Mia Martini, una vita). Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salon and Salonista acitivites and partnerships with Mauren Van Trease. This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineer Jade Zabric. 

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Kairos Italy Theater (KIT), the preeminent Italian theater company in New York, brings back to NY for 6th edition IN SCENA!, the first Italian theater festival to take place in all 5 NYC boroughs. This 15-day festival will offer 12 fully-staged productions from Italy, special events, readings, among other events and activities. All are presented in Italian and English or with English supertitles, curated by Kairos Italy Theater.  The 2018 edition features shows bringing real stories about immigration (to and from Italy), the post WWII time, discrimination of LGBT under Fascism, among others. ADMISSION IS FREE TO ALL EVENTS (with suggested donation.) for further information and to reserve a seat go to www.inscenany.com

 

Save the dates for this episode's guests' shows...

Degen(D)erationa

MAY 9, 7:30pm – BAAD/Bronx

MAY 12, 7:30pm – Bernie Wohl Center (Manhattan)

 

My Last Night – Mia Martini, A Life

MAY 16, 8pm – Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (Manhattan)

MAY 19, 7:30pm - The Brick (Brooklyn)

 

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DEGEN(D)ERATION

In Italian with English supertitles

Written, directed and performed by Francesca Falchi

Music and video by BRIGATA STIRNER  (Arnaldo Pontis/Roberto Belli), Costume Design by Alessia Marrocu

A L’Eccezione Production/Sardegna

 

SYNOPSIS

Starting from the Manifesto of Futurist Woman by Valentine de Saint-Point, the play traces the gradual restriction of autonomous spaces for women – including sexual autonomy – under Fascism, using historical documents such as Mussolini’s and the Catholic Church’s speeches about the ‘wife-mother’ binomial, and employing the metaphor of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The material is interlaced with the stories of the protagonists, who attempt to cut out an autonomous space for themselves in their daily life, in an attempt to remain faithful to their inclinations. Alice herself is different – in that she is a human being – in a world of ‘different’, non-human creatures, a world that rejects diversity and embraces homogenization as dictated by the ‘red’ fascism of the Queen of Hearts. A world where those who rebel are decapitated or summarily sentenced, punished even before being found guilty.

SINOSSI

A partire dal Manifesto della Donna Futurista di Valentine de Saint Point, il testo ricostruisce la progressiva riduzione degli spazi di autonomia (compresa quella sessuale) della donna durante l’epoca fascista, attingendo a documenti storici come i discorsi di Mussolini e della Chiesa inneggianti al binomio moglie e madre, passando attraverso la metafora di Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie di Lewis Carrol. I materiali si intrecciano con i racconti delle protagoniste, che cercano di ritagliarsi uno spazio di autonomia nel quotidiano, nel tentativo di non tradire le proprie inclinazioni. Alice è diversa (la sua natura umana) in un mondo di diversi (“extraumani”), un mondo che rinnega la propria e altrui diversità, in direzione di un’omologazione dettata dal fascismo “rosso” della regina di Cuori, dove chi si ribella viene decapitato o processato in maniera sommaria, addirittura punito prima che venga emesso un verdetto di colpevolezza.

 

L’Eccezione – Theater Company

L’Eccezione was established in November 2006 with the specific purpose of giving greater chances of affirmation and fulfillment to individuals belonging to the female sphere in the fields of culture, art and information. Since then, L’Eccezione has undertaken a series of activities that have accomplished important objectives, among which: theoretical-practical training and theatrical productions, round table discussions, playwriting competitions (playwriting prize for feminine monologues titled Women and work-Women at work). L’Eccezione was the first Sardinian company to be selected with its show DER PUFF for In Scena! festival 2017.

L’Eccezione

Costituita nel novembre 2006 dall’attrice e drammaturga Francesca Falchi con il preciso intento di fornire una maggiore opportunità di affermazione e realizzazione alle individualità appartenenti al mondo femminile nel campo della cultura, dell’arte e dell’informazione, in questi anni L’Eccezione si è impegnata in una serie di attività che hanno raggiunto degli importanti obiettivi: tra queste, corsi di formazione teorico-pratica, produzione di spettacoli (In una stanza, Dentroterapia, Donne sull’orlo-Ritratti in nero di eroine in negativo, Il lupo e il cielo spinato-la favola nera di Esther H., Madonne di celluloide), realizzazioni di tavole rotonde (Etty Hillesum-un giglio nel campo) concorsi di drammaturgia (Premio di Drammaturgia per Monologhi al Femminile dal titolo Donne e lavoro-Donne al lavoro).

L’associazione ha inserito tra le produzioni 2016 gli spettacoli DER PUFF-frammenti cantati di corpi internati e La maledizione dei puri (creati e portati in scena dalla stessa Falchi e prodotti precedentemente da terzi) per dare continuità a due operazioni che rientrano nel percorso dell’associazione stessa. LA MALEDIZIONE DEI PURI è stato finalista alla XVI Edizione del Premio Poetico Ermo Colle 2016 e selezionato al Festival Teatro Off artificio di Como-Italia dei Visionari 2016.

L’eccezione è stata la prima compagnia sarda ad essere selezionata con il suo spettacolo DER PUFF-al prestigioso IN SCENA! Italian Theatre Festival che si è tenuto a New York dal 1 al 15 maggio 2017.

www.eccezioneteatro.com

  

Francesca Falchi – Writer, director and actress

Francesca graduated from the Bologna Theater School in 2002 with a thesis on “Pasolini and Spain.” In 2006 she won the Teramo prize, category City of Fantasy, with La peschiera (The Fisherwoman.) Her essay El juanero- Pasolini and Spain, was published in Spain by Alreves publisher, Barcelona. She won the first edition of the Lunarte Festival Prize 2012, the playwriting award Punta di penna 2013 and the XIV edition of women’s writing award “Il Paese delle donne” 2013, TEATRO category. In October 2015 she premiered the show LA MALEDIZIONE DEI PURI-Se Pasolini e De André, which was a finalist at the XVI Edition of the Ermo Colle Poetry prize. In 2016 she was a finalist for the EXIT Prize - Baggage of Ideas with the text Kindermultonne, a show about children deported to concentration camps that debuted in January 2018. Her show DER PUFF was selected by the prestigious In Scena! Italian Theatre Festival, which took place in New York in May 2017.

Francesca Falchi

Cagliari, 1970. Si diploma alla Scuola di Teatro di Bologna. È finalista al Premio Scenario 1995 con Christiane Forse. Nel 2002 si laurea con 110/110 e lode con una tesi dal titolo Pasolini e la Spagna. Nel 2006 vince il Premio Teramo, sezione Città di Fantasia. Il suo primo testo teatrale, Frida che nacque due volte, nel 2009 è finalista al Premio di drammaturgia Oltreparola. Nel giugno del 2010 debutta con Il lupo e il cielo spinato. La favola nera di Esther H. È ospite della rassegna Garofano verde 2011 con Der puff-Primo studio su lesbiche e nazismo. Nel settembre 2011 è finalista alla II edizione del Premio di Drammaturgia Avamposti d’Autore con il testo Degeneration/Degenderation su lesbiche e fascismo. Nel novembre 2011 il saggio El juanero- Pasolini e la Spagna, edito nel 2003, esce in Spagna per la Editorial Alreves di Barcellona. È vincitrice della I edizione del Premio Lunarte Festival 2012 con il monologo L’Alba della sposa sull’artista Pippa Bacca. È semifinalista ai Teatri del Sacro 2013 con CANOSSARIUM. È autrice della sceneggiatura de La donna di carta, il cui teaser è stato presentato alla 70ma Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia. È finalista ad Avamposti d’Autore 2013 con il testo Jellyfish, su una transizione donna-uomo, il cui studio è stato semifinalista al premio Dante Cappelletti 2013. È vincitrice del Premio di drammaturgia In punta di penna 2013 e della XIV edizione del Premio di scrittura femminile “Il Paese delle donne” 2013 sezione TEATRO con il testo Vettorina nella città dei pezzi di ricambio, sulla storia di Vittorina Sambri prima donna motociclista e lesbica. Nel 2014 idea insieme all’artista di strada Riccardo Tanca la performance THE BACKWARDS CIRCLE- Eversio temporis (regia e drammaturgia) in collaborazione con il compositore Stefano Guzzetti che ha partecipato European Juggling Convention - Millstreet, Ireland. Da giugno 2014 tiene un blog dal titolo CONVERSAZIONI ATOMICHE sul La donna sarda portale. Dall’ottobre 2014 al luglio 2016 è direttore organizzativo della compagnia Origamundi. Fa parte della giuria regionale delle edizioni II-III e IV del Premio La giara indetto da Rai ERI. Nel marzo 2015 il monologo L’alba della sposa è stato ospite alla VI edizione della rassegna TEATRI DI PIANURA organizzata dalla Compagnia Piccolo Parallelo a Romanengo (CR). Ad ottobre 2015 debutta con lo spettacolo LA MALEDIZIONE DEI PURI-Se Pasolini e De André, spettacolo finalista alla XVI Edizione del Premio Poetico Ermo Colle 2016 e selezionato al Festival Teatro Off artificio di Como-Italia dei Visionari 2016. Nel 2016 è finalista del premio EXIT-Un Bagaglio di idee con il testo Kindermultonne, spettacolo sui bambini deportati nei campi di concentramento. Il suo spettacolo DER PUFF è stato selezionato per partecipare al prestigioso festival IN SCENA Italian Theatre Festival che si è tenuto a New York nel maggio 2017

 

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MY LAST NIGHT – MIA MARTINI, A LIFE

In Italian with English Supertitles 

By Aldo Nove

With Erika Urban

Directed by Michele De Vita Conti

An Erika Urban Production/Lombardia

 

SYNPOSIS

“My last night. Mia Martini, a life” tells the story of the life of the great Calabrese singer Mia Martini: from joyful moments of her adolescence, to the difficult relationship with her family and her great love of music. When she was at the height of her success, because of a series of coincidences, a rumor started circulating that the presence of Mia Martini brought bad luck. Slowly, this whisper became a shadow that swallowed her up day-by-day, eventually hollowing out and stealing her soul. The show is an intense and sensitive portrayal of a woman and her destiny.

SINOSSI

Il testo di Aldo Nove, " Mi chiamo ... ", racconta la vita della grande cantante calabrese Mia Martini: dai momenti gioiosi dell’adolescenza, ai difficili rapporti con la famiglia e il grande amore per la musica. Per una serie di coincidenze, all’apice del successo, iniziò a circolare la voce che la presenza di Mia Martini portasse sfortuna e pian piano questa voce diventò un’ombra che giorno dopo giorno la inghiottiva sempre di più, fino a scavarle e rubarle l’anima. Lo spettacolo è il racconto intenso e sensibile di una donna e del suo destino.

 

Erika Urban – Actress

Erika Urban is originally from Venice, and currently lives in Milan. She studied Political Science before training at the Scuola del Teatro Stabile of Turin, under the direction of Luca Ronconi. In theater, she has worked with directors including Ronconi, Marco Baliani, Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, Giorgio Gallione, Gabriele Lavia, Beppe Navello and Pierpaolo Sepe. As a performer, she has worked on the play My Last Night – Mia Martini, a life written by Aldo Nove and directed by Michele De vita Conti. She has also acted in feature films directed by Marco Bellocchio, Peter Greenaway, Lucio Pellegrini, Marina Spada and Michele Soavi. In 2011 she won the Best Actress award at the Pisticci festival with the short film “La Colazione” by Elena la Ferla. In television, she has worked with Marco Turco, Riccardo Donna and Stefano Sollima.

Erika Urban – Actress

Erika Urban is originally from Venice, and currently lives in Milan. She studied Political Science before training at the Scuola del Teatro Stabile of Turin, under the direction of Luca Ronconi. In theater, she has worked with directors including Ronconi, Marco Baliani, Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, Giorgio Gallione, Gabriele Lavia, Beppe Navello and Pierpaolo Sepe. As a performer, she has worked on the play My Last Night – Mia Martini, a life written by Aldo Nove and directed by Michele De vita Conti. She has also acted in feature films directed by Marco Bellocchio, Peter Greenaway, Lucio Pellegrini, Marina Spada and Michele Soavi. In 2011 she won the Best Actress award at the Pisticci festival with the short film “La Colazione” by Elena la Ferla. In television, she has worked with Marco Turco, Riccardo Donna and Stefano Sollima. 

 

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Salon Radio presenter: Laura Caparrotti

Laura Caparrotti is a director, actress, journalist, teacher, lecturer, consultant, dialect-coach, curator with an Italian accent. She is the Founding Artistic Director of KIT -Kairos Italy Theater, the main Italian Theater Company in NY and of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian Theater Festival to take place in all 5 NY Boroughs and beyond.

 

 

About the Kairos Italy Theater and In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY

Sixth Edition

May 7-21, 2018

Kairos Italy Theater, the preeminent Italian theater company in New York City, presents the sixth edition of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian Theater Festival to take place in all five New York City boroughs and beyond.

Started in 2013, as one of the four US theater events celebrating the year of the Italian Culture in the States, The Festival has featured sold-out shows and exceptionally positive responses both by the press and by its audiences. Most importantly, In Scena! is the first theater festival to look beyond the confines of Manhattan, landing in all other boroughs and collecting praise for bringing Italian theater in locations often ignored by foreign visiting artists. Audiences and local authorities are equally as grateful and intend to keep collaborating with In Scena! for its 2018 edition.

 

The Festival 2018

8 shows are from women artists!

  1. Ten Italian theater companies, selected through an open submission system. Each company presents Its show in Manhattan and in one other borough;
  2. Two USA companies as “Italian Theater made in USA”;
  3. VIP Opening Night including One more show as a Special event;
  4. Two readings in English of translated Italian plays, already full staged in Italy;
  5. Celebrating 5 years of MFA: 4 readings from the past editions' winner plays;
  6. Fifth edition of the Mario Fratti Award for new and emerging Italian playwrights. The winning playwright will be awarded an English translation of their play, a staged reading during the Festival and a painting, made with Italian red wine, specially created by visual artist Victoria Febrer;
  7. Lectures and Workshops on subjects including theatrical translations and the use of subtitles, as well as Q&As after the shows; Free Verse meets In Scena! - Meetings between visiting Italian artists and clients in probation. Events organized in association with the NEoN, this year a book will be published, collecting poetry and pictures from the past 5 years; Internship program: each year In Scena! involves 10 interns in different capacities. The interns are guided by experts, recognized in their work and given possibilities to work after the Festival for festivals partners and for the Festival itself.
  8. Infosessions and a Conference "On theater’s changing relationships – with critics, artists, and audiences".

 

The 2018 Edition is presented by KIT-Kairos Italy Theater in collaboration with The Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, The Italian Cultural Institute in New York, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’, Bernie Wohl Community Center, Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies, among others.

 

Media Sponsors: La Voce di New York, Teatro Teatro, International Salon Radio.

 

Locations

  • Opening Night – 7 May: Cherry Lane Theater
  • Conference – 11 May: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' at NYU
  • Manhattan: Cherry Lane Theater, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, the Italian Culture Institute in New York, Bernie Wohl Community Center, Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies;
  • Bronx: NeON at the probation Center.
  • Queens: TBA
  • Brooklyn: The Brick
  • Staten Island: College of Staten Island.

 

Staff

Laura Caparrotti, Founding Artistic Director

Donatella Codonesu, Associate Director

Carlotta Brentan, Executive Producer

Natasha Lardera, Translation Consultant

Niluka Hotaling, Technical Director

 

Mario Fratti Award Committee

Mario Fratti, President

 

Advisory Board

Stefano Albertini, Director, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU

Rocco Sisto, Actor

Dave Johnson, Playwright

Teresa Fiore, Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies - Montclair State University, NJ

Fabio Troisi, Italian Cultural Institute

Susan Macaluso, Director, Bernie Whol Center

 

The organizer – Kairos Italy Theater

 

Named by the Huffington Post “a company that should be in everyone’s radar”, KIT- KAIROS ITALY THEATER is the Italian Theater Company in NY and the theater company in residency at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU.

 

KIT’s mission is to create a cultural exchange program between Italy, the US and the international community, to unveil the artistic and creative sides of these two countries to the world. In the States, Kairos Italy Theater is dedicated to spreading the Italian Culture and to creating an Italian Cultural Network in order to support and further increase the knowledge of Italy in the States.

 

Since its foundation in 2000 in New York City, KIT has produced more than 20 performances and events over the years, collaborating with Off-Off and Off Broadway theaters and with US Institutions such as The Kitchen, The Fringe Festival, the Abrons Art Center, Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo’ at NYU, Italian Academy at Columbia University, Film Society at Lincoln Center, Dahesh Museum of Art, NY Hall of Science, the Flea Theatre, Theater for the New City, Montclair State University, Suffolk County Community College, the Bernie West Theater at Baruch College, the cell theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre, The Italian Cultural Institute in NY, LA, Chicago, San Francisco and the General Consulate of Italy among many others.

 

KIT specializes in bringing premieres to the US stage. Never-before-translated works before by Ennio Flaiano, Franca Valeri, Eduardo De Filippo, and Pier Paolo Pasolini have been presented to US audiences, who have grown in appreciation and in number since the first production in 1997. In May 2003, KIT inaugurated the Double Theatre Experience: one act performed first in English and then in Italian. In 2013, KIT has inaugurated In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian theater festival to take place in all five boroughs.

 

KIT has curated several events all related to Italian Culture: “Fellini-Flaiano: a different take”, “Caricatures from Tolentino”, “Fellini and The Myth of I Vitelloni in Italian Cinema” in 2003. KIT is the representative of the De Curtis Family in the US and the curator of the exhibition “Excerpts from a Prince named Toto’”.

 

KIT also organizes classes of Italian &Theatre for children and adults in NY and NJ and acting classes with professional actors.

 

In 2012, KIT created YoungKIT, its ‘youth division’ company comprised of young Italian actors. The goal is to educate the younger generation on the traditions of Italian theater while offering them a platform to improve their training.  The YoungKIT has already presented shows by Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Pirandello, Calvino, Pasolini and Shakespeare.

 

IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL NY

 an Overview

MISSION: In Scena! - Italian for On stage! – is an annual celebration of Italian theater, ‘made in Italy’ as well as ‘made in the United States.’

 

Why: While Italian culture is presented in NYC through film festivals, art festivals and music festivals, there are no festivals dedicated to the theater of our native land. However, several Italian theater artists operate in the American show business, and our talents and theater traditions are well appreciated in this country.

Therefore, KIT believes it’s very important to introduce American audiences to the ancient artistry mastered by Italians in the field of theater, as well as to new productions that have originated in Italy in recent years.

Furthermore, KIT encourages a dialogue among artists of different cultures, such the Italian and the American one, in bringing the guests to interact with the locals.

WHERE: KIT organizes the Festival in all five NYC boroughs. Performances are offered both indoors and outdoors, in auditoriums, theaters, libraries, among other locations. Each year, KIT brings selected artists on a tour in the US as an appendix to the Festival.

 

WHAT: Each year the Festival focuses on a specific theme. The Festival celebrates one person who has significantly contributed over the years to Italian theater worldwide.

 

Festival Languages: Italian and English.  The plays are presented ‘bilingual’ or with supertitles. The readings are in the English translation form.

 

Audience: Through collaborations with American theaters, institutions and artists, Italian theater will become more accessible to the American public. The Festival’s audience includes theatergoers, admirers of Italian culture, Italian Studies departments, Italian language schools, Italian and Italian-American communities, theater departments, acting schools, as well as organizations focusing on translations.

The Festival is a great vehicle to improve knowledge of Italian theater in the United States, but more importantly to bring American communities closer to Italy and to Italian culture. Last but not least, it will offer US artists an opportunity to discover Italian plays still unknown in the United States.

Tickets: all events are FREE

 

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY 2013 was chosen as an official event representing Italian Culture in “2013 Year of Italian Culture” in the United States, under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic with the Patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C.

Since 2013, the Festival was co-presented by: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU, the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C., NIAF, Bronx Little Italy Association, The Secret Theater, Dicapo Opera, Theaterlab, The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere on Staten Island and KIT Italia among others.

In Scena! Media coverage included: The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, NY1, Corriere della Sera, Il Mattino, Staten Islander, La Voce di New York, Rai TV, Bronx TV PX11 News.

 

Part II of 3 part series: Salon Radio and Kairos Italy Theater presents: Tania Kass (A Mother’s Heart), Feerica Cellini (Dhana And The Rosebuds), and Giorgia Penzo (Le gemelle Mejerchold)

May 5th, 2018

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International Women Artists’ Salon is proud to continue our annual partnership with Kairos Italy Theater (KIT) in presenting magnificent Italian women theater professionals that are selected to participate in KIT’s annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival.

This year we present a three-part podcast series to introduce to you talented women in Italian Theater that KIT brings to New York City for May 7th through the 21st of 2018…

Five Boroughs, 12 Shows, 15 Days…Reserve your FREE tickets today (shows are already selling out). Take a peak…

Part II 

This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Laura Caparrotti, founder of Kairos Italy Theater, presenting Tania Kass (A Mother’s Heart), Feerica Cellini (Dhana And The Rosebuds), and Giorgia Penzo (Le gemelle Mejerchold). Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from editor Barbara Sullivan, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salon and Salonista activities and partnerships. This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineer Jade Zabric. 

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Kairos Italy Theater (KIT), the preeminent Italian theater company in New York, brings back to NY for 6th edition IN SCENA!, the first Italian theater festival to take place in all 5 NYC boroughs. This 15-day festival will offer 12 fully-staged productions from Italy, special events, readings, among other events and activities. All are presented in Italian and English or with English supertitles, curated by Kairos Italy Theater.  The 2018 edition features shows bringing real stories about immigration (to and from Italy), the post WWII time, discrimination of LGBT under Fascism, among others. ADMISSION IS FREE TO ALL EVENTS (with suggested donation.) for further information and to reserve a seat go to www.inscenany.com

 

Save the dates for this episode's guests' shows...

A Mother’s Heart (Cuore di mamma)

May 14 and 15 8pm – The Brick (Brooklyn)

 

Dhana And The Rosebuds (Dhana e I boccioli di rosa)

May 14 7pm The Brick (Brooklyn)

 

The Mejerchold Twins (Le gemelle Mejerchold)

May 17 8pm - Bernie Wohl (Manhattan)
May 18 8pm – The Brick (Brooklyn)

 

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A MOTHER’S HEART

In English

By Daniela Dellavalle adapted and directed by Tania Kass, with Alice Lussiana Parente, Selamawit Worku, Marianne Goodell

Ambrosia Production, New York

 

SYNOPSIS

We’re in the criminal wing of a hospital, in one of those countries where the death penalty is the only acceptable punishment for those who commit a serious crime. Mary has just killed her father, and tried to kill her mother. She is now forced to talk about herself, her life, her most hidden thoughts with a stranger, a psychiatrist who is tasked with verifying her mental state. But Mary isn’t up for it. She’s not crazy. She’s simply filled with hatred. A hatred that’s nothing more than the product of a society that deals in schemes, that forces people to make sacrifices. The hatred of someone who felt loved in the wrong way, imperfectly. Mary is irreverent, seductive, impertinent; she tries to destabilize the happy and unflappable microcosm that the psychiatrist surrounds herself with. The psychiatrist is an impenetrable, haughty woman, representative of an institution that doesn’t grant favors, doesn’t forgive. She too is therefore imperfect. And then there’s the mother. A mother who has loved and who continues to love in spite of everything. A mother who doesn’t give up in the face of the ruthless sentence that her daughter has already received. A mother who seeks explanations and love, even if imperfect. Three very different women who love and who want to be loved. 

SINOSSI

Siamo nel reparto carcerario di un ospedale, in uno di quei Paesi dove ancora la condanna a morte è l’unica punizione “lecita” per chi commette un reato grave. Mary ha appena ucciso suo padre e tentato di uccidere sua madre. Si ritrova ora costretta a parlare di sé, della sua vita, dei suoi pensieri più nascosti a una sconosciuta, una psichiatra che ha il compito di verificare la sua lucidità mentale. Ma Mary non ci sta. Non è pazza. Il suo è solo odio. Odio che altro non è che il frutto di una società che ragiona a schemi, che impone, che costringe a fare delle rinunce. Odio di chi si è sentita amata in modo sbagliato, imperfetto. Mary è irriverente, seducente, impertinente, prova a destabilizzare quel microcosmo felice e imperturbabile di cui si avvolge la psichiatra. Donna imperscrutabile, altera, rappresentante di un’istituzione che non fa sconti, che non perdona. Anche lei, dunque, imperfetta. E poi c’è lei, la mamma. Una mamma che ha amato e continua ad amare nonostante tutto. Una mamma che non si arrende dinanzi alla sentenza spietata di chi ha già condannato sua figlia. Una mamma che cerca giustificazioni e amore, anche dove questo non è altro che imperfetto. Tre donne molto diverse che amano e vogliono essere amate.

 

BIOs

 

Daniela Dellavalle – Playwright

Daniela Dellavalle is an Italian actor, director and playwright. She holds a theater degree from the University of Triest and attended Accademia Teatrale Città di Trieste (Triest Theater Academy) where she studied Commedia dell’Arte, Clown, Shakespeare and the role of the Fool. She participated in three editions of the International Directing Prize (Fantasio Piccoli, Trento). She started writing at sixteen and studied playwriting/screenwriting with Barbara Sinicco (Paolo Grassi Theater Academy, Milan), Giovanni Veronesi and Massimiliano Bruno. Most of her plays tackle social issues and her works are prominently featured in the indie theater circuit in Rome. She studied Art-Theater Counseling (European Theatrical Institute, Rome), which led her to meet Jordi Forcadas. With him she devised the Theater of the Oppressed and educational theater for children in need in Barcelona, Spain (Forn de Teatre Pa'Tothom). In 2014 she won third place for "Prima della Prima" (European Theatrical Institute) with a children’s play about divorce. She has taught playwriting in Triest, Rome and Budapest. She is currently working with Magnolia Association, an art-therapy center in Triest.

 

Tania Kass – Director

New York based actor, musician, singer-songwriter and director. Born and raised in Italy where she graduated from the Bernstein School of Musical Theater, she moved to New York to attend the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and to continue her work as a musician and singer-songwriter. Italian credits include: Ragtime, Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Urinetown, Parade (Mrs. Phagan), Duke Ellington’s Beggar’s Holiday (Mrs. Peachum), Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Mrs. Lovett), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (u/s Mrs. Potts and M.me de la Grand Bouche). New York theater credits: Come Back to the 5&Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Juanita), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Shakespeare Benefit (Joan La Pucelle), The Heidi Chronicles, Midnight on a Monday (MITF), 4th Rib From the Right (Director), A Mother’s Heart (Psychiatrist), Ask Joseph (Mother) Norma Jeane Was a Brunette (Director), A Mother’s Heart (MITF-Director). Web series: Oh My Godness, Perspective (Jeremy Chevillotte). Short film: The Days Before Last (Babak Mehrabi Parsiyan). She is also the drummer and backing vocalist of the lazy-punk band What Would Tilda Swinton Do.

 

Alice Lussiana Parente – Mary

Alice Lussiana Parente was born and raised in Italy, then moved to New York to attend the Stella Adler Studio of Acting from which she recently graduated. NYC theatre credits include: The Woman Who Reads (In Scena, Italian theatre festival), The Mountain Giants (Helluva theatre company), Richard III (Gallery Players), Uncommon Women and Others (Stella Adler Studio). Italian theatre credits: Annika in Pippi Longstocking (Theatre of Rome - National tour), Beba, The Night of Assassins, (Theatre Vittoria) Alma in Summer and Smoke, (Theatre Juvarra) Ariel, The Tempest (Cavallerizza Reale) and Franceschina, Il Falso Magnifico directed by Eugenio Allegri. Film and TV credits include: Peopling the Palace directed by Peter Greenaway, Life Bites (Disney Channel), Richard the Lionheart (Lionsgate Home), Lo Smemorato di Collegno (RAI-TV). Alice also studied Cinema and New Media at the University of Turin and is currently narrating 6 audiobooks for Audible. www.alicelussianaparente.com

 

Selamawit Worku – Psychiatrist

Selamawit Worku is an actor, singer-songwriter, and producer based in Brooklyn. Her training includes being a conservatory graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, musical theater training at CAP21, and a degree in Jazz/Pop music. Recent Acting Credits include: 'Tami' in Olivia: Through the Years (Harold Clurman Playwrights Division/Stella Adler Studio of Acting), 'Egyptian Queen' in Northbound at Theater for the New City, ‘Dog #11’ in Spike Lee/Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It, ‘Maya’ in Makeup and Breakup webseries, ‘Kathleen Cleaver’ in Black Panther Women at 13th St Rep Company ‘Francine/Lena’ in Clybourne Park at the Stella Adler Studio. Recent productions: 'Yasmin' in Yellow Card Red Card at the New Ohio Theatre for the 2017 Ice Factory Festival. Please follow her journey here: www.selamawitworku.com

 

Marianne Goodell – Claire Phyllis

Marianne Goodell is a Brooklyn based actress. She has studied at The Barrow Group under Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, and Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab under Andrea Dantas. She is a member of Paul Michael's Network Theatre Company and Amios Shotz, both dedicated to writing and producing new plays. In the last Network Theatre festival her play was voted Best Play and she was nominated for Best Actress. Marianne is also in the web series “Disposable Teens” (nominated for a Streamy Award in 2016) and several independent films, most notably playing Katherine Ross' daughter in the film Attachments. www.MarianneG.com

 

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DHANA AND THE ROSEBUDS

In English

Directed by Federica Cellini, with Ali Evarts, Valerie Fenton, Lia Johnson, Lauren Kieler, Natasha Preston

Music composed and improvised by Irene Jalenti

A Dhana Production/WASHINGTON D.C

In cooperation with Parity Productions

 

SYNOPSIS

A young Syrian woman living in New York City has forgotten all about her past, but when she thinks she sees her estranged grandmother filmed on television at the Balkan border, she decides to go find her. Her journey becomes a spiritual voyage to rediscover her roots and her identity. Dhana is a sort of backwards Greek heroine: she doesn’t return home after the war, but rather runs away from peace to find home again in the war. Searching for her grandmother Sham, Syrian-born American Dhana travels to the Balkans at the heart of the migrant crisis, across border walls and through refugee camps, train stations and makeshift shelters. She discovers that even in such dramatic circumstances life goes on: in a tent within a refugee camp, a young Syrian woman is getting married, and all the women around her participate in the ritual to prepare her for her special moment. While witnessing this unique event, Dhana finds herself trapped in a suspended, dreamlike reality. All the women in her present and her past surround her and blend into one another: her Syrian childhood memories resurface, the ones that no bomb could destroy.

 

BIOs

 

Federica Cellini - Playwright and director

A director and artist, Federica Cellini defines herself as a storyteller above all. Telling stories is her passion and she believes that every story needs to be told in a different way. With a journalistic background, her long and creative professional journey is an evolving experiment in trying to achieve her goals of presenting each story in a specific manner. She uses various mediums in her research, exploring them all to the fullest, mostly focusing on social issues and current affairs. She has directed several award-winning documentaries. Her experience also includes various television shows she wrote and hosted on the Italian public channel RAI. She has also been a Vogue contributor and has had multiple collaborations with Italian magazines. Her artwork Draunara was designed to raise awareness about the influx of the African migrants arriving to the island of Lampedusa. Draunara was exhibited in the most important Italian contemporary art museums: the Contemporary Art Museum of Castello di Rivoli, Turin; and the Contemporary Art Museum MAXXI in Rome.

 

Ali Evarts – Actress

Ali is a professional actress working on stage and in film. Favorite roles include Ophelia in Hamlet (Compass Rose Theater), Arachne/Philomela in Tales from Ovid (Kenan Theatre Company), and Alison in Redmonton (independent web series). See www.alievarts.com for full list of credits. B.A. Dramatic Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

 

Valerie Fenton - Actress

Valeria has performed with many theatre companies and arts organizations, including the National Gallery of Art, The Columbia Orchestra, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, National Players, WSC Avant Bard, Source Theatre Festival, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Young Playwrights’ Theater. She is a founding company member of Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, a Rorschach Theatre company member, and is Director of Community Engagement for the new Ally Theatre Company. Valerie is featured in regional commercials and acts in training scenarios for the military, police, and emergency first responders. Valerie can be seen next at Katherine in Taming of the Shrew with Chesapeake Shakespeare. www.valeriefenton.com

 

Lia Johnson – Actress

Lia Johnson is a filmmaker and actress. She produced the Tribeca short film "Spanish Boots", as well as the award-winning feature film “I’m Through With White Girls” which sold for North American distribution and premiered on Showtime Networks. Lia’s directorial debut "Tennis For Two" won the Most Original Film Award at the International Tres Court Film Festival in Singapore (2010). Her narrative short “American Refugee” was shot in Cambodia, and won the Best Short Film Award at CTFF in Long Beach, CA (2015). As an actress, Lia has appeared in several Off-Broadway shows, numerous short films, network and cable television series, and independent features.  She is a member of all performer unions and several of her performances have garnered awards, including Best Actress at the Atlanta International Film Festival. 

Lauren Kieler – Actress A skilled actress, with a deep and emblematic way of using movement and body language, Lauren has worked as an actress for different theatre companies. Credits: Silver Spring Stage, God of Carnage; Studio Theatre, Cock (u/s); Synetic Theater: Don Quixote (u/s), King Lear (u/s), The Master and Margarita.  Training: The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory

 

Natasha Preston – Actress

Natasha is an actress, playwright, and choreographer based in Washington DC. REGIONAL: Blithe Spirit (Annapolis Shakespeare Company) and Bridge and Tunnel (Infinity Stage). She is a recent graduate of Kenyon College with a BA in Drama and minor in Dance. Her credits there include Sex With Strangers, Free Man of Color, Taming of the Shrew, Summer and Smoke, Going to St. Ives, Moonchildren, and her original solo work Conversations. Natasha is also a proud Teaching Artist with Acting for Young People, a children's theatre company based in Fairfax, VA.

Irene Jalenti – Pianist
Irene Jalenti's deep voice and unique sound are rooted in Italy and have traveled and performed for over 15 years throughout Europe and the United States. Jalenti has earned a Bachelor degree in Jazz performance at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and she is finishing her Masters degree at Howard University in Washington, DC where she also performs with the multi-award winning a capella jazz ensemble Afro Blue. She has performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and the Apollo Theater of NY. More recently she has sung with Esperanza Spalding at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She has shared the stage with Patti Austin, Lizz Wright, Cassandra Wilson, and many other jazz artists. She has also sung with pop artist Kelly Clarkson, gospel artist Yolanda Adams, rap phenomenon Chance the Rapper, and Latin American singer Marc Anthony. She also has a natural feeling for the stage, where her goal is not only to share the essence of a tune, but also to bring to light her individuality and her life experience, along with her ever present sense of humor.

 

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THE MEJERCHOLD TWINS

In Italian with English supertitles

Directed di Davide Schinaia, with Francesca Airaudo and Giorgia Penzo

Live music by Tiziano Paganelli, costume design by Paul Mochrie

A Città Teatro 2013-2014 Production/Emilia Romagna

with the support of the Provincia di Rimini and Regione Emilia Romagna

 

SYNOPSIS

They have plenty of talent and comedic genius; too bad that they fight about everything. Olga and Manolita, known as the Mejerchold twins, started singing together by sheer coincidence, having to fill a slot at a popular cabaret show. They haven’t left one another’s side since, and their fellowship continues in an eternal struggle for domination of the stage. Separated at birth? Well… one is tall, square, low-pitched, dazed, and indirect; the other is short, precise, methodical, high-pitched and sharp. A perfect clowning duo. Every diva has her demands, but with two divas of this caliber the problems don’t just double, they multiply, and producers aren’t always willing to put up with them. Although flanked by the continent’s most famous musician, the Majerchold twins’ career, already in decline, is now on a knife-edge, between promises of world tours and spectacular cancellations. In which case there is nothing to do but embrace the nostalgia for better days, when the world’s most famous theaters welcomed them, with audiences that went wild for their feats, not just vocal. With only one certainty: if there’s anything that can go wrong with a number, it definitely will! The Mejerchold twins are two multifaceted artists with unique singing and pantomime abilities, who occupying that child-like, surreal space between theater and circus; two women that mix comedy and music with a femininity that is rooted in vaudeville, variety shows and reviews, to land on the art of clowning.

SINOSSI

Abilità e talento comico ne hanno da vendere, se non fosse che litigano per qualsiasi cosa: Olga e Manolita, in arte le Gemelle Mejerchold, cominciarono a cantare insieme per puro caso, dovendo sostituire un numero mancante in un celebre varietà. Da allora non si sono più lasciate e il loro sodalizio continua, in una lotta perpetua sul contendersi la scena. Separate alla nascita? mah...: una è alta, cubica, baritonale, stordita, obliqua; l'altra è bassa, precisa, metodica, sopranile, puntuta. Un perfetto duo clownesco. Ogni diva ha i suoi capricci, ma con due di questo calibro i problemi non raddoppiano: si moltiplicano al quadro, e questo gli impresari non sempre sono disposti a sopportarlo. Anche se non è poco avere al loro fianco il più celebre polistrumentista del continente, la carriera delle Mejerchold, già in declino, procede sul filo del rasoio fra promesse di tournée mondiali e clamorosi annullamenti. Di fronte ai quali non resta che abbandonarsi alla nostalgia di tempi migliori, quando i più celebri teatri del mondo le accolsero, con pubblici in delirio di fronte alle loro acrobazie - non solo - canore. Con una sola certezza: se c'è qualcosa che potrà fare andare storto un numero, sicuramente accadrà! Le Gemelle Mejerchold sono due poliedriche artiste che esprimono il canto e la pantomima come abilità peculiari, recuperando quella dimensione surreale e infantile che vive ancora fra teatro e circo; due donne che impastano comicità e musica senza rinunciare a una femminilità un po’ “sciantosa”, che parte dal vaudeville, dal varietà e della rivista per approdare all’arte del clown.

 

BIOS

 

Giorgia Penzo – Actress

Giorgia trained as an actress at the Scuola di Teatro Giovanni Poli – A l’Avogaria in Venice and at the Scuola of the Teatro Stabile del Veneto directed by Giulio Bosetti. She continued her training on the Commedia dell’Arte in Paris with Carlo Boso, and on the Venetian repertory in Venice with Gianfranco De Bosio. She delved further into Theatrical Biomechanics with Nikolaj Karpov. She has worked in Italy and abroad on classic pieces as well as contemporary plays and her own original pieces, with the companies Bel.Teatro, Teatro Malibran, Pantakin, Teatro Stabile del Veneto, Maan ricerca e spettacolo. She’s the co-founder and co-artistic director of Citta’ Teatro, located in Riccione. She specializes in mask work and Commedia dell’Arte, leading several workshops and labs at theater schools, Universities and festivals.

Giorgia Penzo

Si diploma come attrice alla Scuola di Teatro Giovanni Poli- A l'Avogaria di Venezia e alla Scuola del Teatro Stabile del Veneto diretto da Giulio Bosetti. Si perfeziona a Parigi col M.o Carlo Boso sulla Commedia dell'Arte e a Venezia col M.o Gianfranco De Bosio sul repertorio veneto. Approfondisce la Biomeccanica teatrale col M.o Nikolaj Karpov. Ha lavorato in Italia e all'estero su testi classici (Ariosto, Goldoni, Gozzi, Ruzante, Molière, Marivaux, Shakespeare…) ma anche su drammaturgie contemporanee e creazioni proprie, con le compagnie Bel.Teatro, Teatro Malibran, Pantakin, Teatro Stabile del Veneto, Maan ricerca e spettacolo. E’ fondatrice e co-direttrice artistica di Città Teatro con sede a Riccione (RN). Specialista in maschera e Commedia dell’Arte, conduce vari laboratori e stage presso scuole di teatro, l’Università, festival.

 

Francesca Airaudo – Actress

Francesca began her training at the Scuola di Cultura Teatrale in Riccione, directed by Giorgio Albertazzo, and continued training in seminars, labs and productions with Bianca Toccafondi, Giuseppe Pambieri, Massimo Foschi, Giovanni Balzaro, Enrique Vargas, Marco Martinelli, Marco Cavicchiol and others. She is among the founders of the Compagnia del Serraglio, with which she has been working regularly since 1994, producing shows and festivals, with a strong focus on contemporary plays and on the use of the romagnolo dialect as a theatrical language. Her experiences span from classical theater to musical theater, comedy, and Commedia dell’Arte. She’s the co-founder and co-artistic director of Citta’ Teatro.

Francesca Airaudo

Inizia la sua formazione alla Scuola di Cultura Teatrale di Riccione diretta da Giorgio Albertazzi, cui seguono seminari, laboratori e spettacoli con Bianca Toccafondi, Giuseppe Pambieri, Massimo Foschi, Giovanni Balzaro, Enrique Vargas, Marco Martinelli, Marco Cavicchioli, Eugenio Allegri, Alfonso Santagata, Nicolaj Karpov. Nel 1994 è tra i soci fondatori de La Compagnia del Serraglio con la quale da allora lavora stabilmente alla produzione di spettacoli e rassegne, con un intenso lavoro sulla drammaturgia contemporanea e sul dialetto romagnolo come lingua teatrale. Il suo repertorio spazia dal teatro classico al teatro musicale (studia canto jazz dal 1999), dal teatro comico alla commedia dell’arte. E’ fondatrice e co-direttrice artistica di Città Teatro.

 

Tiziano Paganelli – Music

Tiziano is a musician and teacher. He trained at the Bruno Maderna Conservatory of Cesena, studying the flute and musical composition. As a composer, he has written original music for the Losanna Theater Company and the Palestinian Theater of Jerusalem. As a multi-instrument playing musician, he has collaborated with directors, actors and theater companies including Compagnia del Serraglio, Banyan Teatro, Serra Teatro, Korekanè, Citta’ Teatro. He has collaborated with numerous musical groups including Duo Barrique, Duo Spell, Padam Padam, Rosamundana, Modern Ensemble, Simon Tov.

Tiziano Paganelli

Musicista e insegnante. Ha studiato al conservatorio Bruno Maderna di Cesena conseguendo il diploma in flauto e composizione. Come compositore ha scritto musiche originali per Compagnia Teatrale di Losanna e il Teatro Palestinese di Gerusalemme. Come musicista-polistrumentista, collabora con registi, attori e compagnie teatrali (Compagnia del Serraglio, Banyan Teatro, Serra Teatro, Korekanè, Città Teatro). Collabora con varie formazioni musicali fra cui Duo Barrique, Duo Spell, Padam Padam, Rosamundana, Modern Ensemble, Simon Tov. Dal ’96 insegna flauto, fisarmonica e propedeutica in vari istituti fra cui l’Istituto Musicale di San Marino.

 

Vincenzo Davide Schinaia – Director

Vincenzo trained at the DAMS in Bologna, graduating with a thesis on Peter Brook’s Mahabharata. He then moved to Riccione, where he founded Maan ricerca e spettacolo in 2000. He furthered his training through various workshops in directing and playwriting with artists including François Khan, Jean-Claude Carrière, Eric Durnez, Francesco Niccolini. He collaborated as a director and playwright with Maan, Compagnia del Serraglio, compagnia Pantakin da Venezia, Circo e Dintorni, Studio Festi, Riccione Teatro, Marco Bertozzi, Barbara Martinini, Città Teatro and others. He has worked as a dramaturg for Francesco Niccolini on the play La guerra di Kurukshetra, directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti. He also directed the opera Gli Occhiali based on the work of E. A. Poe, produced by the Rossini Orchestra of Pesaro.

Vincenzo Davide Schinaia

Regista, dopo laurea al DAMS di Bologna con tesi sul Mahabharata di P.Brook, si trasferisce a Riccione dove fonda Maan ricerca e spettacolo (2000). Formatosi attraverso numerosi seminari in regia e drammaturgia con artisti quali François Khan, Jean-Claude Carrière, Eric Durnez, Francesco Niccolini, collabora come regista e drammaturgo con compagnia Maan, Compagnia del Serraglio, compagnia Pantakin da Venezia, Circo e Dintorni, Studio Festi, Riccione Teatro, Marco Bertozzi, Barbara Martinini, Città Teatro e altri. Come dramaturg ha collaborato con Francesco Niccolini alla drammaturgia dello spettacolo La guerra di Kurukshetra, per la regia di Giorgio Barberio Corsetti. Ha diretto l’opera Gli Occhiali, su testo di E.A. Poe prod. Orchestra Rossini di Pesaro.

 

Salon Radio presenter: Laura Caparrotti

Laura Caparrotti is a director, actress, journalist, teacher, lecturer, consultant, dialect-coach, curator with an Italian accent. She is the Founding Artistic Director of KIT -Kairos Italy Theater, the main Italian Theater Company in NY and of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian Theater Festival to take place in all 5 NY Boroughs and beyond.

 

 

About the Kairos Italy Theater and In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY

Sixth Edition

May 7-21, 2018

 

Kairos Italy Theater, the preeminent Italian theater company in New York City, presents the sixth edition of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian Theater Festival to take place in all five New York City boroughs and beyond.

 

Started in 2013, as one of the four US theater events celebrating the year of the Italian Culture in the States, The Festival has featured sold-out shows and exceptionally positive responses both by the press and by its audiences. Most importantly, In Scena! is the first theater festival to look beyond the confines of Manhattan, landing in all other boroughs and collecting praise for bringing Italian theater in locations often ignored by foreign visiting artists. Audiences and local authorities are equally as grateful and intend to keep collaborating with In Scena! for its 2018 edition.

 

The Festival 2018

8 shows are from women artists!

  1. Ten Italian theater companies, selected through an open submission system. Each company presents Its show in Manhattan and in one other borough;
  2. Two USA companies as “Italian Theater made in USA”;
  3. VIP Opening Night including One more show as a Special event;
  4. Two readings in English of translated Italian plays, already full staged in Italy;
  5. Celebrating 5 years of MFA: 4 readings from the past editions' winner plays;
  6. Fifth edition of the Mario Fratti Award for new and emerging Italian playwrights. The winning playwright will be awarded an English translation of their play, a staged reading during the Festival and a painting, made with Italian red wine, specially created by visual artist Victoria Febrer;
  7. Lectures and Workshops on subjects including theatrical translations and the use of subtitles, as well as Q&As after the shows; Free Verse meets In Scena! - Meetings between visiting Italian artists and clients in probation. Events organized in association with the NEoN, this year a book will be published, collecting poetry and pictures from the past 5 years; Internship program: each year In Scena! involves 10 interns in different capacities. The interns are guided by experts, recognized in their work and given possibilities to work after the Festival for festivals partners and for the Festival itself.
  8. Infosessions and a Conference "On theater’s changing relationships – with critics, artists, and audiences"

 

The 2018 Edition is presented by KIT-Kairos Italy Theater in collaboration with The Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, The Italian Cultural Institute in New York, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’, Bernie Wohl Community Center, Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies, among others.

 

Media Sponsors: La Voce di New York, Teatro Teatro, International Salon Radio.

 

Locations

  • Opening Night – 7 May: Cherry Lane Theater
  • Conference – 11 May: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' at NYU
  • Manhattan: Cherry Lane Theater, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, the Italian Culture Institute in New York, Bernie Wohl Community Center, Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies;
  • Bronx: NeON at the probation Center.
  • Queens: TBA
  • Brooklyn: The Brick
  • Staten Island: College of Staten Island.

 

Staff

Laura Caparrotti, Founding Artistic Director

Donatella Codonesu, Associate Director

Carlotta Brentan, Executive Producer

Natasha Lardera, Translation Consultant

Niluka Hotaling, Technical Director

 

Mario Fratti Award Committee

Mario Fratti, President

 

Advisory Board

Stefano Albertini, Director, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU

Rocco Sisto, Actor

Dave Johnson, Playwright

Teresa Fiore, Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies - Montclair State University, NJ

Fabio Troisi, Italian Cultural Institute

Susan Macaluso, Director, Bernie Whol Center

 

The organizer – Kairos Italy Theater

 

Named by the Huffington Post “a company that should be in everyone’s radar”, KIT- KAIROS ITALY THEATER is the Italian Theater Company in NY and the theater company in residency at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU.

 

KIT’s mission is to create a cultural exchange program between Italy, the US and the international community, to unveil the artistic and creative sides of these two countries to the world. In the States, Kairos Italy Theater is dedicated to spreading the Italian Culture and to creating an Italian Cultural Network in order to support and further increase the knowledge of Italy in the States.

 

Since its foundation in 2000 in New York City, KIT has produced more than 20 performances and events over the years, collaborating with Off-Off and Off Broadway theaters and with US Institutions such as The Kitchen, The Fringe Festival, the Abrons Art Center, Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo’ at NYU, Italian Academy at Columbia University, Film Society at Lincoln Center, Dahesh Museum of Art, NY Hall of Science, the Flea Theatre, Theater for the New City, Montclair State University, Suffolk County Community College, the Bernie West Theater at Baruch College, the cell theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre, The Italian Cultural Institute in NY, LA, Chicago, San Francisco and the General Consulate of Italy among many others.

 

KIT specializes in bringing premieres to the US stage. Never-before-translated works before by Ennio Flaiano, Franca Valeri, Eduardo De Filippo, and Pier Paolo Pasolini have been presented to US audiences, who have grown in appreciation and in number since the first production in 1997. In May 2003, KIT inaugurated the Double Theatre Experience: one act performed first in English and then in Italian. In 2013, KIT has inaugurated In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian theater festival to take place in all five boroughs.

 

KIT has curated several events all related to Italian Culture: “Fellini-Flaiano: a different take”, “Caricatures from Tolentino”, “Fellini and The Myth of I Vitelloni in Italian Cinema” in 2003. KIT is the representative of the De Curtis Family in the US and the curator of the exhibition “Excerpts from a Prince named Toto’”.

 

KIT also organizes classes of Italian &Theatre for children and adults in NY and NJ and acting classes with professional actors.

 

In 2012, KIT created YoungKIT, its ‘youth division’ company comprised of young Italian actors. The goal is to educate the younger generation on the traditions of Italian theater while offering them a platform to improve their training.  The YoungKIT has already presented shows by Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Pirandello, Calvino, Pasolini and Shakespeare.

 

IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL NY

 an Overview

MISSION: In Scena! - Italian for On stage! – is an annual celebration of Italian theater, ‘made in Italy’ as well as ‘made in the United States.’

 

Why: While Italian culture is presented in NYC through film festivals, art festivals and music festivals, there are no festivals dedicated to the theater of our native land. However, several Italian theater artists operate in the American show business, and our talents and theater traditions are well appreciated in this country.

Therefore, KIT believes it’s very important to introduce American audiences to the ancient artistry mastered by Italians in the field of theater, as well as to new productions that have originated in Italy in recent years.

Furthermore, KIT encourages a dialogue among artists of different cultures, such the Italian and the American one, in bringing the guests to interact with the locals.

WHERE: KIT organizes the Festival in all five NYC boroughs. Performances are offered both indoors and outdoors, in auditoriums, theaters, libraries, among other locations. Each year, KIT brings selected artists on a tour in the US as an appendix to the Festival.

 

WHAT: Each year the Festival focuses on a specific theme. The Festival celebrates one person who has significantly contributed over the years to Italian theater worldwide.

 

Festival Languages: Italian and English.  The plays are presented ‘bilingual’ or with supertitles. The readings are in the English translation form.

 

Audience: Through collaborations with American theaters, institutions and artists, Italian theater will become more accessible to the American public. The Festival’s audience includes theatergoers, admirers of Italian culture, Italian Studies departments, Italian language schools, Italian and Italian-American communities, theater departments, acting schools, as well as organizations focusing on translations.

The Festival is a great vehicle to improve knowledge of Italian theater in the United States, but more importantly to bring American communities closer to Italy and to Italian culture. Last but not least, it will offer US artists an opportunity to discover Italian plays still unknown in the United States.

Tickets: all events are FREE

 

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY 2013 was chosen as an official event representing Italian Culture in “2013 Year of Italian Culture” in the United States, under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic with the Patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C.

Since 2013, the Festival was co-presented by: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU, the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C., NIAF, Bronx Little Italy Association, The Secret Theater, Dicapo Opera, Theaterlab, The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere on Staten Island and KIT Italia among others.

In Scena! Media coverage included: The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, NY1, Corriere della Sera, Il Mattino, Staten Islander, La Voce di New York, Rai TV, Bronx TV PX11 News.

 

Part I of 3 part series, Salon Radio with Kairos Italy Theater presents: Lorenza Pieri (Happy Mary), Giuseppina Facco (Le Guerre di Angela), and Claudia Donadoni (Stria)

May 3rd, 2018

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International Women Artists’ Salon is proud to continue our annual partnership with Kairos Italy Theater (KIT) in presenting magnificent Italian women theater professionals that are selected to participate in KIT’s annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival.

This year we present a three-part podcast series to introduce to you talented women in Italian Theater that KIT brings to New York City for May 7th through the 21st of 2018…

Five Boroughs, 12 Shows, 15 Days…Reserve your FREE tickets today (shows are already selling out).

Take a peak…

Part I 

This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell with Carlotta Brentan, executive producer of Kairos Italy Theater’s In Scena! Italian Theater Festival, presenting Lorenza Pieri (Happy Mary), Giuseppina Facco (Le Guerre di Angela), and Claudia Donadoni (Stria). Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from editor Barbara Sullivan, and our Salon Bulletin highlighting Salon and Salonista activities and partnerships. This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineer Jade Zabric. 

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Kairos Italy Theater (KIT), the preeminent Italian theater company in New York, brings back to NY for 6th edition IN SCENA!, the first Italian theater festival to take place in all 5 NYC boroughs. This 15-day festival will offer 12 fully-staged productions from Italy, special events, readings, among other events and activities. All are presented in Italian and English or with English supertitles, curated by Kairos Italy Theater.  The 2018 edition features shows bringing real stories about immigration (to and from Italy), the post-WWII time, discrimination of LGBT under the Fascism, among others. ADMISSION IS FREE TO ALL EVENTS (with suggested donation); for further information and to reserve a seat go to www.inscenany.com

 

Save the dates for this episode's guests' shows...

Happy Mary

May 18 8pm Bernie Wohl Center (Manhattan)

May 20 4pm The Brick (Brooklyn)

 

Angela's Wars (Le Guerre di Angela)

May 15 8pm Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' (Manhattan)

May 17 8pm The Brick (Brooklyn)

 

Stria

May 15 6pm Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' (Manhattan)

May 16 8pm The Brick (Brooklyn)

 

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HAPPY MARY

In Italian with English supertitles

By Lorenza Pieri, dramaturgy by Roberta Lena, Laura Magni and Lorenza Pieri

Directed by Roberta Lena, with Laura Magni

Lighting design by Agostino Nardella, set design by Jacopo Valsania, costume design by Roberta

Vacchetta, sound design by Luca Vicinelli

A QL3 Production

Winner, 5 th Edition “I Teatri del Sacro” 2015

In cooperation with Parity Productions

 

SYNOPSIS

A former actress finds herself having to play the role of the Virgin Mary in an Easter procession, and she begins to question herself about the figure of Mary. Through a dialogue with a devout grandmother, the testimonies of various evangelical figures, childhood memories and political claims, she undertakes a passionate and unexpected investigation into the figure of Mary.

SINOSSI

Una ex attrice si ritrova a interpretare il ruolo della Madonna in una processione pasquale e inizia a interrogarsi sulla figura di Maria. Attraverso un dialogo con la nonna credente, le testimonianze di vari personaggi evangelici, ricordi d'infanzia e rivendicazioni politiche, restituisce una ricerca appassionata e inaspettata sulla figura di Maria.

 

BIOs

QL3 theater company includes/ La compagnia QL3 è formata da:

 

Laura Magni – Actress

After her theatrical training, Laura continued training with Johnny Melville, Mamadou Dioume, Marcello Magni, and Michael Margotta, among others. In 2000 she worked with the theater-dance company “Ersilia Danza” in Verona, and began attending workshops conducted by Zelig cabaret. She has appeared on television, both as a stand-up comedian and as a sketch actress, for “Colorado,” Italia 1, “Palco e contropalco,” “La cena dei cretini,” Comedy Central, “Via Massena 3,” Dj Tv, Rai 2, “Cynderella 2,” La5. Until 2010 she collaborated with MTv as a comedic actress and TV writer, and currently collaborates with some of the most prestigious film production companies.

Laura Magni – Attrice

Dopo la formazione teatrale, continua il suo percorso di ricerca: tra gli altri, Johnny Melville, Mamadou Dioume, Marcello Magni, Michael Margotta. Nel 2000 lavora nella compagnia di teatro danza “Ersilia danza” di Verona, e inizia a frequentare i laboratori dello Zelig cabaret. Lavora per la tv, sia come stand up comedian che come caratterista, (“Colorado”, Italia 1, “Palco e contropalco”, “La cena dei cretini”, Comedy Central, “Via Massena 3”, Dj Tv, “Rai Boh”, Rai 2, “Cynderella 2”, La5). Attrice comica e autrice tv, lavora fino al 2010 di Mtv e collabora attualmente con le più importanti società di video produzione.

 

Roberta Lena – Director

Creator and director of the pieces Lo straniero – An Impossible Interview with Fabrizio Gifuni (winner “Le maschere del teatro italiano” 2016 award); Variazioni di stile, La conquista della felicità with Toni Servillo and Vinicio Capossela; La buona novella with Stefano Benni, and Vinicio Capossela, among others. She has appeared in leading roles in numerous films and has worked with Marco Bellocchio, Giuseppe Tornatore, and Paolo Virzì, among others. She has directed numerous festivals in Italy and created events on interreligious and interracial themes.

Roberta Lena – Regista

Ha ideato e diretto tra gli altri Lo straniero. Un’ intervista impossibile con Fabrizio Gifuni (premio “Le maschere del teatro italiano” 2016); Variazioni di stile, con Filippo Timi e Ramin Baharami; La conquista della felicità, con Toni Servillo e Roberto Prosseda; La buona novella con Stefano Benni, Mario Brunello, Sabina Sciubba e Vinicio Capossela. Ha recitato in vari film come protagonista e lavorato tra gli altri con Marco Bellocchio, Giuseppe Tornatore, Marco Tullio Giordana, Paolo Virzì. Ha diretto vari festival in Italia e costruito eventi/spettacolo per promuovere argomenti interreligiosi e interrazziali.

 

Lorenza Pieri – Playwright

Author, translator, editor. Her novel Isole minori (2016) won the Premio Internazionale Capalbio, the XXX Premio Massarose, the Premio PEA and the Carlo Marincovich awards, and it’s currently being published in Germany, Spain, Israel and France. After a long professional career working in Italian publishing as a rights manager, editor of foreign fiction and literary translator from French to Italian, she currently lives and works in Washington D.C. She collaborates with numerous publications including the magazine Linus where she writes a monthly column. Happy Mary is her first play.

Lorenza Pieri – Autrice

Scrittrice, traduttrice, editor. Il suo romanzo Isole minori (e/o, 2016) ha vinto il premio Internazionale Capalbio, il XXX Premio Massarosa, il Premio PEA e il premio Carlo Marincovich ed è in corso di pubblicazione in Germania, Spagna, Israele e Francia. Dopo una lunga esperienza professionale nell’editoria italiana come rights manager, editor di narrativa straniera (Einaudi, minimum fax) e come traduttrice letteraria dal francese, attualmente vive e lavora a Washington D.C., da cui collabora con diverse testate tra cui la rivista Linus su cui tiene una rubrica mensile. Happy Mary è la sua prima drammaturgia.

 

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LE GUERRE DI ANGELA – ANGELA’S WARS

In Italian with English Supertitles

Written and performed by Giuseppina Facco

Directed by Annapaola Bardeloni

Dramaturgical collaboration by Andrea Bavecchi

Sound Stefan Gandolfo

In collaboration with Nuvole Associazione Teatrale, Smov Eventi

Official Selection Milanooff F.I.L. Festival 2017

 

SYNOPSIS

  1. The war has just begun. All the men are gone. The women are left at home: wives, mothers, daughters. In just a few months, the world changes. The life of all Italian women changes. “Angela’s Wars” takes us there, to the war, and tells us the story of four women’s lives: a teacher, a farmer, a prostitute, and the wife of an officer. All four are named Angela…

SINOSSI

  1. La guerra è da poco iniziata. Gli uomini tutti partiti. A casa sono rimaste le donne: mogli, madri, figlie. Il mondo cambia, in pochi mesi. La vita di tutte le donne italiane cambia. Le Guerre Di Angela ci porta lì, nella guerra e ci racconta della vita di quattro donne: una maestra, una contadina, una prostituta e la moglie di un ufficiale. Tutte portano il nome di Angela…

 

BIOs

 

Giuseppina Facco

Giuseppina Facco trained at the Paolo Grassi Academy in Milan and at the Accademia Teatrale Veneta. As an actress, she has performed in multiple productions, collaborating with the CTB Centro Teatrale Bresciano, The Kitchen Company, the Teatro di Castalia, Genoa’s Teatro Cargo, Babayaga and at Con-Testo 2017 at the Teatro Filodrammtici in Milan. In 2015 she wrote and performed Angela’s Wars, which was selected by the Turin Fringe Festival in 2016, and by the Milanooff Festival in 2017.

Giuseppina Facco

Si forma presso l’Accademia Paolo Grassi di Milano e presso l’ Accademia Teatrale Veneta. Come attrice prende parte a varie produzioni, collaborando con il CTB Centro Teatrale Bresciano, la The Kitchen Company, il Teatro di Castalia, il Teatro Cargo (Genova) e Babayaga e a Con-Testo 2017 presso il Teatro Filodrammatici di Milano con Staff di Rosario Lisma. Nel 2015 scrive e interpreta Le Guerre Di Angela, che viene selezionato per il Torino Fringe Festival nel 2016 e per il Milanooff Festival  2017.

 

Andrea Bavecchi

A scholar and an expert of the First World War, Andrea Bavecchi has worked as a historical consultant for the Forte Badin museum, the War Museum of Zagabria, the War Museum in Belgrade. He has completed various archeological studies in the north west of Italy, written books and collaborated on the making of feature films and documentaries on the First World War, including A Very Long Engagement, winner of the Cèsar, Lumière, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards, and nominated at the 2005 Academy Awards, Bafta, Golden Globes and European Film awards. In theater, he was a consultant for the script of Angela’s Wars by Giuseppina Facco and Il dovero o la ragione with Dino Persello.  

Andrea Bavecchi

Studioso ed esperto di Prima Guerra Mondiale, opera come consulente storico per il Museo Forte Badin, il Museo della guerra Zagabria, Museo della guerra Belgrado. Ha effettuato vari ritrovamenti storici nel nord est italiano, scritto libri e collaborato alla realizzazione di film e documentari sulla Grande Guerra, fra cui "Una lunga domenica di passioni", Premio Cèsar -Premio Lumière-Premio Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards, Nomination 2005: Premio Oscar, Bafta, Golden Globe, European Films Awards. Per il Teatro ha collaborato, come consulente, alla scrittura di "Le guerre di Angela" con Giuseppina Facco e

"Il dovero o la ragione" con Dino Persello.

  

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STRIA

In Italian and English

By Claudia Donadoni, with Claudia Donadoni and live music by Giovanni Bataloni

Directed by Sergio Stefini under the supervision of Marco Baliani

Translated by Fred Gardaphe

A TDA Teatro Production

 

SYNOPSIS

The story of the protagonist Rusina is inspired by the real-life story of a girl who lived in the Varesotto area, who grew up learning about herbal medicine imbued with ancient natural knowledge, superstitions about the earth, herbals and arboreal celebrations. There’s a sacred wood in a clearing where some women sometimes gather. That tree trunk and those female gatherings have long been under the watchful eye of the Holy Inquisition. Cosima, a childhood friend of Rusina, is brutally raped by a man who is used to committing such acts. The other women prepare to exact their revenge. Rusina’s innocence is used as bait for the perpetrator, since no other recourse to justice exists. Rusina is accused of witchcraft, and burned at the stake. 

SINOSSI

La vicenda della protagonista Rusina si ispira ad una storia di una ragazza veramente esistita nel Varesotto. Cresciuta tra pratiche di medicina arborea intrisa di una sapienza naturale antica, fatta di superstizioni legate alla terra, erbari di sopravvivenza e feste arboree. C’è un legno sacro nella radura dove le donne a volte si riuniscono. Quel legno, quei raduni femminili sono da tempo sotto l’attento controllo della Santa Inquisizione. Cosima, un’amica d’infanzia di Rusina, viene violentata brutalmente da un uomo uso a simili atti. Le donne preparano una vendetta. L’innocenza di Rusina è l’esca per attirare il colpevole, non avendo altro riscontro di giustizia. Rusina viene accusata di stregoneria e immolata sul rogo.

 

BIOs

 

TDA Teatro is a professional theater company, active in Italy for over twenty years. It has produced work by authors including Platus, Pirandello, Goldoni, Machiavelli as well as Ibsen, Molière and many others, including explorations of works about spirituality, such as Dante’s Divine Comedy. The company focuses on modern staging and high-quality performances and has a long-standing collaboration with students. Its collaboration with playwright, actress and singer Claudia Donadoni has created a niche of experimental and innovative theater, with pieces that include their latest, Stria, about the phenomenon of witch-hunts.

TDA Teatro e` una Compagnia teatrale professionista, attiva e presente da oltre vent’anni in Italia. Molti gli autori messi in scena, da Plauto a Pirandello, passando per Goldoni, Machiavelli ma anche Ibsen, Molière e molti altri, esplorando anche opere di carattere spirituale, come ad esempio la Divina Commedia di Dante. La Compagnia lavora sulla modernita` della messa in scena e la qualita` della recitazione di tutti gli interpreti e opera da tempo per gli studenti della Scuola Secondaria di Primo e Secondo Grado. Con la drammaturga, attrice e cantante Claudia Donadoni, TDA teatro ha aperto una nicchia al teatro di sperimentazione ed innovazione con vari spettacoli, fra cui questo ultimo “Stria”dedicato al fenomeno della caccia alle streghe.

 

Claudia Donadoni

Claudia Donadoni is an actress, playwright, singer and journalist. She graduated from the Civic School of Dramatic Art in Milan, and, under the guidance of Marco Baliani, creator of narrative theater in Italy, she specializes in this mode of performance. She has written and performed shows for young audiences, as well as performed prestigious roles in plays and musicals. For several years now she has chosen to write and perform shows on the themes of the female condition, to great acclaim from audiences and critics. She is a firm believer that theater brings value and that art is necessary to make the world less terrible. An eclectic, multifaceted, innovative artist, she favors contemporary works in which language and music fuse into a single drama, a single score for a narrating body.

Claudia Donadoni

Claudia Donadoni è attrice, drammaturga, cantante e giornalista. Si diploma alla Civica Scuola d’Arte drammatica Paolo Grassi e, sotto la guida di Marco Baliani, ideatore del teatro di narrazione in Italia, si specializza in questa modalità performativa. Ha scritto e interpretato spettacoli di teatro ragazzi, ricoperto ruoli di prestigio nella Prosa e nel Musical. Da diversi anni ha scelto di scrivere e interpretare spettacoli sul tema della condizione femminile con grande consenso di pubblico e critica, fermamente convinta che il teatro sia un valore d’uso e che l’arte serva a rendere il mondo meno terribile. Eclettica, poliedrica, innovativa predilige i percorsi di teatro contemporaneo in cui la parola e la musica si fondono in un’unica drammaturgia, un’unica partitura per un corpo narrante.

  

Giovanni Bataloni

Giovanni Bataloni is a composer, arranger and choir director. He graduated from the G. Verdi Conservatory in Como, where he studied composition and choral music, and choir direction. His compositions and arrangements have been performed in several concert seasons in Italy and abroad by many soloists and ensembles. He has written music for children, school orchestras, musical theater seasons and theater shows. His composition “Dripping” has been the recipient of international awards. He released the albums Deiopea in 2007 and Piano Imbiss in 2010 and collaborated as composer and arranger on several other releases.

Giovanni Bataloni

Compositore e direttore di coro italiano, si e` formato al Conservatorio di Como e al Conservatorio di Strasburgo. Le sue composizioni, eseguite in numerosi concerti in Italia e all'estero sono state trasmesse da radio locali e nazionali e pubblicati su spartiti e cd. Ha partecipato a numerose produzioni teatrali come compositore, esecutore e voce narrante ha composto e diretto musiche di scena, ha lavorato a spettacoli e concerti con fiabe musicali e ha composto musiche originali e arrangiamenti per Cori di voci bianche. Ha partecipato ad eventi multimediali con musica elettroacustica.

 

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Salon Radio presenter: Carlotta Brentan

Carlotta Brentan is an actress, voiceover artist and producer. She’s been a member of Kairos Italy Theater since 2011, as producer, translator, performer in numerous KIT productions and Executive Producer of their In Scena! Italian Theater Festival. Recent acting highlights include originating the roles of Silvia in Paolo Bignami’s The Journey I Never Made with KIT at Cherry Lane Theatre, and the role of Gin in Erik Ehn’s Clover at LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club.

Carlotta Brentan - Attrice, doppiatrice e produttrice. E’ membro di Kairos Italy Theater dal 2011, ed ha partecipato a numerose produzioni di KIT in veste di produttrice, traduttrice, attrice, è inoltre Produttore Esecutivo di In Scena! Italian Theater Festival. Recentemente è apparsa nel ruolo di Silvia nel testo di Paolo Bignami Il viaggio che non ho fatto, prodotto da KIT al Cherry Lane Theater, e nel ruolo di Gin in Clover di Erik Ehn al LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club.

www.carlottabrentan.com

 

About the Kairos Italy Theater and In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY

Sixth Edition

May 7-21, 2018

 

Kairos Italy Theater, the preeminent Italian theater company in New York City, presents the sixth edition of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian Theater Festival to take place in all five New York City boroughs and beyond.

Started in 2013, as one of the four US theater events celebrating the year of the Italian Culture in the States, The Festival has featured sold-out shows and exceptionally positive responses both by the press and by its audiences. Most importantly, In Scena! is the first theater festival to look beyond the confines of Manhattan, landing in all other boroughs and collecting praise for bringing Italian theater in locations often ignored by foreign visiting artists. Audiences and local authorities are equally as grateful and intend to keep collaborating with In Scena! for its 2018 edition.

 

The Festival 2018

8 shows are from women artists!

  1. Ten Italian theater companies, selected through an open submission system. Each company presents Its show in Manhattan and in one other borough;
  2. Two USA companies as “Italian Theater made in USA”;
  3. VIP Opening Night including One more show as a Special event;
  4. Two readings in English of translated Italian plays, already full staged in Italy;
  5. Celebrating 5 years of MFA: 4 readings from the past editions' winner plays;
  6. Fifth edition of the Mario Fratti Award for new and emerging Italian playwrights. The winning playwright will be awarded an English translation of their play, a staged reading during the Festival and a painting, made with Italian red wine, specially created by visual artist Victoria Febrer;
  7. Lectures and Workshops on subjects including theatrical translations and the use of subtitles, as well as Q&As after the shows; Free Verse meets In Scena! - Meetings between visiting Italian artists and clients in probation. Events organized in association with the NEoN, this year a book will be published, collecting poetry and pictures from the past 5 years; Internship program: each year In Scena! involves 10 interns in different capacities. The interns are guided by experts, recognized in their work and given possibilities to work after the Festival for festivals partners and for the Festival itself.
  8. Infosessions and a Conference "On theater’s changing relationships – with critics, artists, and audiences"

 

The 2018 Edition is presented by KIT-Kairos Italy Theater in collaboration with The Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, The Italian Cultural Institute in New York, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’, Bernie Wohl Community Center, Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies, among others.

Media Sponsors: La Voce di New York, Teatro Teatro, International Salon Radio.

Locations

  • Opening Night – 7 May: Cherry Lane Theater
  • Conference – 11 May: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' at NYU
  • Manhattan: Cherry Lane Theater, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, the Italian Culture Institute in New York, Bernie Wohl Community Center, Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies;
  • Bronx: NeON at the probation Center.
  • Queens: TBA
  • Brooklyn: The Brick
  • Staten Island: College of Staten Island.

 

Staff

Laura Caparrotti, Founding Artistic Director

Donatella Codonesu, Associate Director

Carlotta Brentan, Executive Producer

Natasha Lardera, Translation Consultant

Niluka Hotaling, Technical Director

 

Mario Fratti Award Committee

Mario Fratti, President

Advisory Board

Stefano Albertini, Director, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU

Rocco Sisto, Actor

Dave Johnson, Playwright

Teresa Fiore, Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies - Montclair State University, NJ

Fabio Troisi, Italian Cultural Institute

Susan Macaluso, Director, Bernie Whol Center

 

The organizer – Kairos Italy Theater

Named by the Huffington Post “a company that should be in everyone’s radar”, KIT- KAIROS ITALY THEATER is the Italian Theater Company in NY and the theater company in residency at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU. 

KIT’s mission is to create a cultural exchange program between Italy, the US and the international community, to unveil the artistic and creative sides of these two countries to the world. In the States, Kairos Italy Theater is dedicated to spreading the Italian Culture and to creating an Italian Cultural Network in order to support and further increase the knowledge of Italy in the States.

Since its foundation in 2000 in New York City, KIT has produced more than 20 performances and events over the years, collaborating with Off-Off and Off Broadway theaters and with US Institutions such as The Kitchen, The Fringe Festival, the Abrons Art Center, Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo’ at NYU, Italian Academy at Columbia University, Film Society at Lincoln Center, Dahesh Museum of Art, NY Hall of Science, the Flea Theatre, Theater for the New City, Montclair State University, Suffolk County Community College, the Bernie West Theater at Baruch College, the cell theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre, The Italian Cultural Institute in NY, LA, Chicago, San Francisco and the General Consulate of Italy among many others.

 

KIT specializes in bringing premieres to the US stage. Never-before-translated works before by Ennio Flaiano, Franca Valeri, Eduardo De Filippo, and Pier Paolo Pasolini have been presented to US audiences, who have grown in appreciation and in number since the first production in 1997. In May 2003, KIT inaugurated the Double Theatre Experience: one act performed first in English and then in Italian. In 2013, KIT has inaugurated In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian theater festival to take place in all five boroughs.

 

KIT has curated several events all related to Italian Culture: “Fellini-Flaiano: a different take”, “Caricatures from Tolentino”, “Fellini and The Myth of I Vitelloni in Italian Cinema” in 2003. KIT is the representative of the De Curtis Family in the US and the curator of the exhibition “Excerpts from a Prince named Toto’”.

 

KIT also organizes classes of Italian &Theatre for children and adults in NY and NJ and acting classes with professional actors.

 

In 2012, KIT created YoungKIT, its ‘youth division’ company comprised of young Italian actors. The goal is to educate the younger generation on the traditions of Italian theater while offering them a platform to improve their training.  The YoungKIT has already presented shows by Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Pirandello, Calvino, Pasolini and Shakespeare.

 

IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL NY

 an Overview

MISSION: In Scena! - Italian for On stage! – is an annual celebration of Italian theater, ‘made in Italy’ as well as ‘made in the United States.’

 

Why: While Italian culture is presented in NYC through film festivals, art festivals and music festivals, there are no festivals dedicated to the theater of our native land. However, several Italian theater artists operate in the American show business, and our talents and theater traditions are well appreciated in this country.

Therefore, KIT believes it’s very important to introduce American audiences to the ancient artistry mastered by Italians in the field of theater, as well as to new productions that have originated in Italy in recent years.

Furthermore, KIT encourages a dialogue among artists of different cultures, such the Italian and the American one, in bringing the guests to interact with the locals.

WHERE: KIT organizes the Festival in all five NYC boroughs. Performances are offered both indoors and outdoors, in auditoriums, theaters, libraries, among other locations. Each year, KIT brings selected artists on a tour in the US as an appendix to the Festival.

WHAT: Each year the Festival focuses on a specific theme. The Festival celebrates one person who has significantly contributed over the years to Italian theater worldwide.

Festival Languages: Italian and English.  The plays are presented ‘bilingual’ or with supertitles. The readings are in the English translation form.

 

Audience: Through collaborations with American theaters, institutions and artists, Italian theater will become more accessible to the American public. The Festival’s audience includes theatergoers, admirers of Italian culture, Italian Studies departments, Italian language schools, Italian and Italian-American communities, theater departments, acting schools, as well as organizations focusing on translations.

The Festival is a great vehicle to improve knowledge of Italian theater in the United States, but more importantly to bring American communities closer to Italy and to Italian culture. Last but not least, it will offer US artists an opportunity to discover Italian plays still unknown in the United States.

Tickets: all events are FREE

 

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY 2013 was chosen as an official event representing Italian Culture in “2013 Year of Italian Culture” in the United States, under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic with the Patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C.

Since 2013, the Festival was co-presented by: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU, the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C., NIAF, Bronx Little Italy Association, The Secret Theater, Dicapo Opera, Theaterlab, The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere on Staten Island and KIT Italia among others.

In Scena! Media coverage included: The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, NY1, Corriere della Sera, Il Mattino, Staten Islander, La Voce di New York, Rai TV, Bronx TV PX11 News.

Salon Radio: Community Arts at Goddard Riverside’s W.H.A.M. Women History Artist Month (and beyond); Rhonda Musak

March 23rd, 2018

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Salon Radio Special: Community Arts at Goddard Riverside's W.H.A.M. Women History Artist Month, featuring a variety of performances focusing on women.

Listen in to hear from some of the participating artists and about their projects along with program director Susan Macaluso, with an open invitation to follow this important community arts program and their collaborting artists.

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 Salon Solo {Radio} presents actor, playwright, acting coach Rhonda Musak.

Find out why Rhonda wrote her solo show Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain and about her acting studio.

 

This episode is hosted by Heidi Russell with Maureen Van Trease presenting our guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Barbara Sullivan, and our Salon Bulletin for upcoming week's happenings of Salonistas around the world. This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineer Jade Zabric.

 

Thank you to this month's sponsor: Funkadelic Studios

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Beyond rehearsal and recording, Funkadelic provides other great features to benefit the career musician. It’s a one stop shop offering discounts for teaching sessions, open mic nights, weekly jam sessions, affordable event space, and internship opportunities. Equipment repairs, gear rental and gear storage are a few more of the services we provide! Here at Funkadelic, we understand what music is really about: a feeling, a groove, a dream, and most importantly, the people who create them.

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Salon Solo {Radio}: Rhonda Musak- actor, playwright, acting coach

Rhonda Musak has appeared in numerous NYC productions including the title role of Ondine – which was produced by her company, Deep Water Productions. Other favorites include: The Good Person of Setzuan, Measure for Measure and The Marriage Proposal. Rhonda Badonda… has been performed in NYC; Vancouver, BC; Lincoln, NE and Bluffton, SC. Rhonda has toured nationally and has performed regionally. She is a graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory and coaches actors 9-90 at her acting studio, Art & Soul Acting.

Rhonda Badonda Website: www.RhondaBadonda.com

Art & Soul Acting: www.artandsoulacting.com

 

Solo show – Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain

Rhonda Badonda wants to function normally… Her brain has other ideas. Dive into the shape-shifting landscape of the mind as Rhonda unscrambles a hidden medical mystery and encounters the truth of her baffling and bewildering world. When your brain won’t cooperate, you have to get creative.

Why I Wrote This Show
by Rhonda Musak

"When I received the dual diagnoses of audio processing disorder and sensory processing disorder in 2010, I rejoiced: there were actual names for what I had and I could finally stop feeling crazy.

Hand-in-hand with my diagnoses came the wondrous possibility of healing through a sound-based course of treatment. Prior to that, I had never heard of the Tomatis Method. I soon discovered that doing this powerful therapy was only the tip of the iceberg.

From that point on my past began to realign itself. Odd moments from grade school suddenly made sense. Decisions I made about college had a new clarity behind them. Disjointed moments as an adult rang with a deeper meaning. My perspective on my entire life began to shift.

As I continued my course of treatment and started feeling better, I began having conversations about it…with everyone. My family, my friends, my students, my colleagues, my neighbors—anyone who would listen. I was very surprised that every conversation was met with curiosity.

At first I thought people were being friendly, polite or supportive. But without fail my attempts at truncating my story were never successful. Most of these conversations clocked in somewhere around 45 minutes and were filled with an enormous amount of detail for my part and many probing questions on the part of the listener. Many times, whomever I was speaking to either recognized themselves or someone else they knew in my story.

Since it took me a lifetime, up to that point, to understand what was going on with me, and since it also seemed that so many people had not heard of processing disorders or the Tomatis Method, I knew that this was a story that I needed to tell."

Rhonda Badonda 90-Second Trailer: https://vimeo.com/157041541

 

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Salon Radio Special: Community Arts at Goddard Riverside's W.H.A.M. Women History Artist Month, featuring a variety of performances focusing on WOMEN

 

Goddard Riverside serves some 17,000 people each year through 26 programs on the Upper West Side and throughout Manhattan, working every day for a fair and just society where all people have the opportunity to make choices that lead to better lives for themselves and their families.

Community Arts is a program of Goddard Riverside to provide accessible and affordable arts programming and arts experiences for all ages.  Community Arts brings together economically and culturally diverse audiences to learn about, participate in and enjoy quality arts programming created and performed by seasoned and emerging artists and local arts groups. The program has flourished since its official designation as a separate program in 2012. With the assistance of art partners, the program has grown from 11 to 500- the number of performing arts events, rehearsals and auditions, and non-arts community events it offers- and expanded its audience from 700 to 15,000. 

This March, they are featuring a variety of performances focusing on WOMEN, called W.H.A.M!

All events take place in the Bernie Wohl Theater at 647 Columbus Ave.

 

Goddard will use this month-long festival to also help support our Performing Arts Camp serving 8-14 year olds.  It is an intensive, conservatory style summer camp that teaches creative thinking and discipline for our future leaders of tomorrow.  Proceeds will help continue the camp this summer, its third year.

A visual art display by artist Barbara Shelly will showcase her work of the urban scene and dancers during this festival.  Proceeds from sale of her artwork and original t-shirts and tote bags will also support the Performing Arts Camp. For sponsorships of the Performing Arts Camp, please contact Susan Macaluso, smacaluso@goddard.org

www.goddard.org/communityarts

 

Guests on hand for this feature talk about their projects and their collaborations with Community Arts at Goddard Riverside's WHAM Festival.

  • Susan Macaluso: director of Community Arts at Goddard Riverside
  • Melissa Bell: playwright with the 29th Street Playwrights Collective and is a co-producer of Feisty Women Festival
  • Susane Lee: Executive Director of Hudson Warehouse
  • Rhonda Musak: actor, writer and acting coach in New York City
  • Sarah Pillow: Soprano with Galileo’s Daughters

          Susan Macaluso is the director of Community Arts at Goddard Riverside, and launched the program in 2012, with the first performances in the Winter of 2013.

         Melissa Bell’s works have been seen in New York at Theatre East (DEVIL & THE DEEP, music by Graham Russell and Katie McGhie), NACL Theatre (COURAGE, featuring Debra Winger), Future is Female Festival (GAME BOY), Reproductive Freedom Festival (PLAYGROUND PLACENTA), Bernie Wohl Center (LADY CAPULET). LOVE, SEX, ANARCHY had readings in Washington DC at Corner Arts Center and National Museum of Women in Arts. LOST IN LOVE, the Air Supply Musical, produced to benefit the Actors Fund by the Triad Theatre, featured Constantine Maroulis, Andrea McArdle, Graham Russell (Air Supply). Columbia University, BA, English/Writing. Member: 29th Street Playwrights Collective, Dramatist Guild.

          Susane Lee has fifteen years of experience in Television; three years with WGBH in Boston and twelve years with WNET in New York City. Susane has been with Hudson Warehouse since 2010 and has been directing, writing, and overseeing all their year-long productions. As the resident theater company of Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center, she, with Nicholas Martin-Smith, have developed original programming for the center and their theater company. Among their co-productions is their annual Veterans Day Commemoration, where Susane Interviews veterans and creates a 75-minute documentary for the stage. Her recent events have been interviewing World War I veterans and Vietnam Vets. She and Nicholas have also created a Valentine’s Day Monologue Festival, now in its 4th year, and present a full production in March for Goddard Riverside. We are also very proud that these productions: Our Veterans Day Commemorations, Valentine’s Day Festival, and our Trojan Women, will be performed in jails with New York City’s Dept. of Corrections.  We have already performed in the Brooklyn and Manhattan detention facility and will also perform at Riker’s. Hudson Warehouse’s outreach mission is to provide arts to those whom arts isn’t so readily accessible and our work with the NYCDOC is a gratifying extension of our mission. We will soon be holding auditions for our summer season. As it’s our 15th season, we will present Romeo and Juliet in June, an original adaptation of The Three Musketeers, 20 Years Later, in July, and Hamlet in August.

Rhonda Musak has appeared in numerous NYC productions including the title role of Ondine – which was produced by her company, Deep Water Productions. Other favorites include: The Good Person of Setzuan, Measure for Measure and The Marriage Proposal. “Rhonda Badonda” has been performed in NYC; Vancouver, BC; Lincoln, NE and Bluffton, SC. Rhonda has toured nationally and has performed regionally. She is a graduate of the National Shakespeare Conservatory and coaches actors 9-90 at her acting studio, Art & Soul Acting. www.rhondabadonda.com & www.artandsoulacting.com @artnsoulacting

 

Sarah Pillow: Recently praised with having “a genuinely genre-busting voice, full and vivid” (The Washington Post) soprano SARAH PILLOW enjoys a unique career, drawing on her equal expertise in jazz, classical, and early music repertoire. Beginning her career as a jazz singer, Sarah won best vocal solo in a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She went on to study classical singing at Oberlin Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. Since moving to New York City in the early ‘90s, Sarah has toured the United States and Canada with her jazz quartet, her crossover project, Nuove Musiche, and Galileo's Daughters. Originally inspired by both her Collegium director at Oberlin Conservatory, Dean Neurenberg, and the book Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel, Galileo's Daughters is shaped by her variety of talents in early music, opera, jazz, drama, and scholarship. Recent dramatic performances include The Play of Daniel, a 12th-century liturgical drama, and two recently composed children’s operas by Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk. Her new solo album, Grace in Time, is a collection of spiritual songs for organ and voice with organist Jeffrey C. Johnson. More information can be found at sarahpillow.com.

 

WHAM! Women’s History Artist Month participants...check out this month and follow their work beyond.

https://www.goddard.org/grcc/programs/communityarts/

 

29th Street Playwrights Collective presents new short plays about women, written by women, and directed by women. Melissa Bell, producer, and Emma Goldman-Sherman, Dramaturg/producer.

www.29thStreetplaywrightsCollective.org

 

Rhonda Badonda: The Adventures of a Girl with a Pain in Her Brain with Rhonda Musak.

When your brain won’t cooperate, you have to get creative. Rhonda Badonda wants to function normally…her brain has other ideas. Dive into the shape-shifting landscape of the mind as Rhonda unscrambles a hidden medical mystery and encounters the truth of her baffling and bewildering world. 

www.RhondaBadonda.com

 

Perpetual Motion, Galileo and His Revolutions

The ensemble Galileo’s Daughters (Sarah Pillow, Mary Anne Ballard, Ronn McFarlane, and Marc Wagnon) joins Dava Sobel (Galileo’s Daughter) for an interdisciplinary event of 17th century music.  Presented as part of the FIAT LUC festival of Salon Sanctuary Concerts.

www.salonsanctuary.org

 

Batalá presented by Afro Roots. An all-female percussion ensemble playing Afro-Brazilian music, primarily Samba Reggae, a genre originating in the state of Bahia in northeast Brazil.

https://batalanewyork.love/

 

An Unknown Country by Eva Zelig.

The story of European Jews who escaped Nazi

persecution to find refuge in an unlikely destination: Ecuador, a South American country barely known at the time. The film follows the exiles’ perilous escape and difficult adjustment as they remade their lives in what was for them an exotic, unfamiliar land.

http://anunknowncountry-movie.com/

 

The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within

Written and performed by Valerie David; directed by Padraic Lillis. Valerie’s true and inspiring award-winning story about “hulking out” on cancer and beating it TWICE…first lymphoma; then 15 years later breast cancer. And does Valerie have a “happy” ending? Come see this sexy, adventurous solo show to find out! (mature content)

http://pinkhulkplay.com/

 

You Never Told Me

Premiere of video; panel discussion with artist Cassandra Kubinski and director Jessica Costa; and a mini concert celebrating the release of the music video. The discussion will focus on #BreakingYourBoundaries movement and also encompass issues women in the music and entertainment industries face and where they are breaking boundaries.

www.cassandrakubinski.com

 

Trojan Women by Hudson Warehouse

This modern adaptation of Euripides's TROJAN WOMEN, based on the works of Charles Mee and directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith drives home the lesson that the fight against the oppression and subjugation of women, that we're only now confronting, has been a fight throughout the ages. With the men annihilated and their city in ruins, the women of Troy are corralled into a makeshift prison, awaiting their fate at the hands of their brutal captors.  This production is PG-13.

www.hudsonwarehouse.net/season.html

 

Alakande presented by Afro Roots

The women’s percussion ensemble spreads joy by way of music through powerful, spiritual, and funky rhythms on the drums.

www.alakande.com

 

FUKT by Emma Goldman-Sherman, presented by 29th Street Playwrights Collective

FUKT, @ women telling, starts as an autobiographical one-woman show and becomes a meta-theatrical romp with three versions of Emma vying to survive her story (including sexual abuse and murder). A COMEDY! (for 16+, adult themes, violence, some language.)

 www.29thstreetplaywrightscollective.org

 

Funny Women: An Evening of Humor Presented by Caytha Jentis, hosted by Sandi Marks

 

Demerara Gold with Ingrid Griffith

Solo play told from the POV of a 7-year old girl who is left behind in the clutches of her grandmothers in the Caribbean when her parents get visas for the U.S., and the reality of her American life after the long-awaited reunion.

www.demeraragoldtheshow.com

 

Classes upcoming in April at Community Arts at Goddard Riverside

Spring Writing Classes with the New York Writers Workshop

 

What is The Best Way to Tell My Story?

Writing True and Unique Stories in Fiction or Personal Essay: A Two-Part Workshop

Joanna Laufer

This two-part writing workshop will help students decide on the best genre to tell a particular story – fiction or personal essay.  In-class discussions on the importance of the first sentence, voice, storytelling, and the thin line between fiction and creative nonfiction will help writers of all levels produce powerful and publishable work.

Saturdays, April 14 and 28, 2018
2:00-5:00pm
$125.00 for two sessions

 

Finding the Story Within You

Judith Hannan

This nonfiction intensive will combine writing excerpts and examples with related prompts to begin the process of opening up your personal narrative. Introductory prompts will focus both on the tools and craft of writing followed by an opportunity to delve into specific scenes or moments of one's life.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
2:00-5:00 pm
$65.00

 

The Poetic Impulse

Jen Fitzgerald

Poetry is not just a literary genre or artistic medium; it is a way to see the world. This three-hour intensive will explore where poetry comes from while learning the fundamentals of poetry like craft, form, and content. Learn the basics of meter and prosody and how poetry is more like painting than writing.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
2:00-5:00 pm
$65.00

 

Memoir Writing 

Karol Nielsen

This 6-week workshop will help the memoir writer find and shape a personal narrative whether a short essay or a book-length memoir. Weekly lectures and in-class exercises will illuminate the elements of storytelling used to write a memoir: structure, characterization, plot, description, dialogue, voice, point-of-view, style, revision.

Wednesdays, April 25-May 30, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm
$240.00

 

 

 

Salon Radio: KIT’s AlieNation; Amy Hughes

November 25th, 2017

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Salon Radio

podcast 9, release 11-25-17

 

Salon Radio Special: AlieNation, Kairos Italy Theater's current staging of three world premieres of Italian plays in translation. Running through to December 3rd at The Studio at Cherry Lane in NYC. The program features three plays directed by Laura Caparrotti.  In conversation with actors and producers Carlotta Brentan and Paloma Pilar.

 

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 Salon Solo {Radio} presents visual artist Amy Hughes, calling in from London.

 

 

This episode is hosted by Jenny D. Green also presenting our guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Heidi Russell, and our Salon Bulletin for upcoming week's happenings of Salonistas around the world. This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineer Jade Zabric.

 

Thank you to this month's sponsor:

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Salon Solo {Radio}: Amy Hughes 

"My work deals with the female body, typically my own. I painted and depicted my own body after thinking extensively about both my relationship to my body, and society’s relationship to it. Whilst both sensual and suffocating, the representation of the [female] flesh wrapped in plastic is reminiscent of meat packaged and sold ready for consumption, just how the female body is often presented in art history and contemporary visual culture for male consumption."

Born in Leicestershire, UK in 1992, Amy Hughes is a representational painter who spent her years growing up between Cheshire, UK and Moscow, Russia. In July 2013 she received a degree in BA Hons Fine Art from Liverpool Hope University, UK. At her undergraduate show, she was awarded the 'purchase prize' by the Liverpool Women's Hospital, where a painting can be found in private collection. 

In 2016 she graduated from a two-year full-time MFA  program at the New York Academy of Art. During her studies, she was awarded an Academy Merit Scholarship and HRH The Prince of Wales Scholarship (MFA 2016). Since graduating, Amy has continued to exhibit her work in both solo and group shows internationally and in New York, where she now resides.  Most notably she has sold work at Sotheby’s NY and was recently a finalist for the Westminster Kennel Club painting competition in New York City.

 

amyvhughes.com

Instagram: amyvhughes.artist

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Salon Radio Special: AlieNation, Kairos Italy Theater's current staging of three world premieres of Italian plays in translation. Running through to December 3rd at The Studio at Cherry Lane. The program features three plays directed by Laura Caparrotti.  In conversation with actors and producers Carlotta Brentan and Paloma Pilar.

 

KIT - KAIROS ITALY THEATER is internationally recognized as the Italian Theater Company in NY. KIT’s mission is to spread Italian Culture and to create an Italian Culture Network in order to maintain and spread the knowledge of Italy in the United States. KIT has produced dozens of performances and events over the years, collaborating with Off-Off and Off-Broadway theaters and with American as well as Italian Institutions. KIT brings never-before translated Italian plays to the United States, and it’s the creator of the ‘Double Theatre Experience’ where One-Act plays are performed first in English and then in Italian in the same evening, by different casts. Recent KIT productions include “No Escape – 4 monologues by Dino Buzzati” at Cherry Lane, “Tosca e le altre due” at Dicapo Opera, Machiavelli’s “The Mandrake Root” and Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” in various venues in New York and beyond, and a new adaptation of Moderata Fonte’s “The Worth of Women” at the Access Theater. KIT's latest production "alieNation - three new plays from Italy" brought a month of never-before-seen Italian theater in translation to Cherry Lane Theatre. KIT also offers workshops on Commedia dell’Arte and other traditional Italian theater techniques as well as ‘Italian & Theatre’ classes. In 2013, KIT inaugurated In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian Theater festival to take place in all five New York City Boroughs.

KIT is the theater company in residence at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo’ at NYU. 

www.KITheater.com

 

Carlotta Brentan is an actress, producer and theater artist. Recent acting highlights include originating roles in the World Premieres of Paolo Bignami's The Journey I Never Made (Cherry Lane Theatre), Erik Ehn’s Clover (LaMaMa E.T.C.), Frank J. Avella’s Lured (Theater for the New City), Cyndy A. Marion’s You Are Perfect (WorkShop Theatre), and Kairos Italy Theater’s The Worth of Women (Access Theater & others.) Carlotta can be seen in shorts, features, commercials & heard in voiceovers of all genres – audiobooks, commercials, industrials, ADR – in multiple languages. Carlotta has been a member of Kairos Italy Theater since 2011. She’s acted in numerous KIT production and is Executive Producer since 2013 of their In Scena! Italian Theater Festival. Graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Academy Company, and Playhouse West. www.carlottabrentan.com

 

Paloma Pilar is a stage and film actress, singer, and dancer who studied her craft at The Barrow Group Performing Arts School in Manhattan and Playhouse West in Brooklyn. Her favorite TV and Film credits include: Gone (NBC Universal), Melody (Clever Girl Productions), and Children of War (APOLONIAD Productions). Recent stage credits include: The World Premiere of The Journey I Never Made (Karios Italy Theatre), The Fierce Urgency of Now (SOAR Productions), and Waiting for Lefty (120 Productions).

 

Kairos Italy Theater is currently on stage at the Studio at Cherry Lane with three world premieres of Italian plays in translation, under the title of alieNation. Running through to December 3rd. The program features three plays directed by Laura Caparrotti, running in rep:

 

Enrico IV - A Monologue adapted from the play by Luigi Pirandello

Translated by Gloria Pastorino

World Premiere adaptation by Laura Caparrotti and Rocco Sisto

With Rocco Sisto* (Broadway's The King and I) 

 

The Journey I Never Made by Paolo Bignami

World Premiere translated by Carlotta Brentan 

With Carlotta Brentan and Paloma Pilar*

 

A Story of Love and Soccer by Michele Santeramo 

Translated by Peter Speedwell

World Premiere, adapted by Laura Caparrotti and Dave Johnson

With Eric Gravez and Dave Johnson

 

Performances Tuesdays - Fridays 7pm, Saturdays 3pm and 7pm, Sundays 2pm

The Studio at Cherry Lane, 38 Commerce St

Tickets: $20 General Admission / $15 Students and Seniors

*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

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Salon Radio 11-01-17: Miracle on 42nd Street; Heather Massie

November 1st, 2017

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Salon Radio

podcast 8, release 11-01-17

 

For this episode’s Salon Radio Special Feature we are talking with Academy Award nominated director Alice Elliott and Academy Award nominated producer and editor Lisa Shreve about Miracle on 42nd Street, premiering in NYC on Nov. 11th, 2017 in Doc NYC film festival.

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This episode's Salon Solo {Radio} presents Heather Massie, writer, producer, & performer of the Award-Winning, Internationally-Acclaimed Solo Play HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr.

 

This episode is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell, with Malini Singh McDonald presenting our guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, from this week’s editor Barbara Sullivan, and our Salon Bulletin for upcoming week's happenings of Salonistas around the world. This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineer Jade Zabric.

 

Thank you to this month's sponsor: PREformances with Allison Charney

www.preformances.org

 

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Salon Solo {Radio}: Heather Massie, writer, producer, & performer of the Award-Winning, Internationally-Acclaimed Solo Play HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

 

Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than the most beautiful woman in the world. She invented Frequency Hopping and Spread Spectrum Technology that make the world of wireless communication tick. From Austria to Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in your pocket, she was there!

HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr explores the life, inventions and person of Hedy Lamarr, Viennese-born Hollywood film star of the 1930s-1950s. Known as The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Hedy Lamarr stored away knowledge of munitions while married to Austrian arms dealer, Fritz Mandl. She employed this knowledge to support the US Navy’s war effort during WWII by inventing The Secret Communication System with composer George Antheil, to make torpedoes more accurate. Also referred to as Frequency Hopping or Spread Spectrum Technology, her invention is used today in cell phones, WiFi, CDMA, GPS, Bluetooth and a myriad of other wireless systems.

 
Heather Massie is a NYC Actor and Writer. Originally from Virginia, Ms. Massie has always been fascinated by the sciences, especially Astronomy. She studied Astrophysics at the University of Virginia, and Theatre Arts at The Virginia Tech School of the Arts, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Ms. Massie has performed extensively regionally and nationally with: Mill Mountain Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse, Flat Rock Playhouse, Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Nearly Naked Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Southwest Shakespeare, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival. NYC Theatre: Signature Theatre in readings of the plays Legends and Apples & Oranges by playwright Leslie Lee. She is a member of WorkShop Theater, Manhattan Theatre Works, NyLon Fusion Theatre, Firebone Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, and the Negro Ensemble Company. Other NYC Theatre: Theatre Row, LaMaMa, Metropolitan Playhouse, The Lamb’s Theatre, 45th St. Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Dramatists Guild, New Dramatists, The Actors Studio, and more. She received the Jean Dalrymple Award for Best Supporting Actor and received three AriZoni Award Nominations. She served as a Cultural Envoy to Zimbabwe for the 2008 Intwasa Arts Festival, and worked in Ecuador and St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Massie collaborated for many years with the late Tony-Nominated playwright Mr. Leslie Lee, another scientist turned artist. She performed at LaMaMa in his plays The Book of Lambert, and Mina, about the life of painter-poet, Mina Loy; and in Mr. Lee’s musical Martin: A New American Musical with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse, with the Negro Ensemble Company. Upon Mr. Lee’s passing in 2014, Ms. Massie founded the Leslie Lee Legacy Foundation to foster the continued production of Mr. Lee’s writings. In an effort to join her love of science with her passion for theatre, Ms. Massie wrote and performs her solo show HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr. 


 
Artist Statement

“I have a great love of theatre and a great love of science. In third grade I decided I wanted to be an astronaut or an inventor, and I headed that way into university by studying astrophysics. As life has it, I ended up with a theatre degree. I feel that science and art are closely related as each seeks to answer the same questions. After moving into a life of performance, I have longed for a way to bring science into my work. I have also longed for a way to perform both nationally and internationally. To address these dreams, I determined to develop a solo play on a female in science. Hedy Lamarr has proven to be a perfect subject. A Hollywood screen siren is an aptly dramatic subject, and her unexpected scientific genius provides a delicious recipe for intrigue. I am on a mission to tell the world just how amazing and important Hedy Lamarr was. Through performance of the show, my goal is to inspire audiences to find ways each day to make the world a better place, and to encourage young women in pursuits of science and technology. I plan to develop a repertoire of three solo shows on women in science to bring to theatres, festivals, universities, libraries, museums, and cultural and scientific organizations throughout the United States and around the world.”  ~ Heather Massie

All Upcoming Performance Info: www.heathermassie.com/hedy 

For Tax-Deductible Donations: www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=14782

Show Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/hedytheplay/ 
Facebook Event Charm City Fringe: facebook.com/events/1407668812663760 
Twitter: @HeatherMMassie
Instagram: @HeatherMMassie

 

Upcoming Performances: 

2017 Charm City Fringe Festival - Baltimore, MD - November 9-12, 2017 - Downtown Cultural Arts Center - 401 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD Info: http://charmcityfringe.com/  Tickets $10 at: https://charmcityfringe.ticketleap.com/hedy/ 

Special performance for the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s GOALS for Girls Program on the USS Intrepid - Dec 2017

Lecture Recording for NPR - WITF’s Mind Matters program for The Department of Aging - Fall, 2017

SaraSolo Festival Encore - Sarasota, FL - Jan/Feb 2018 www.sarasolo.org

Millersville University - Millersville, PA - April 2018

Inspirefest 2018 - Dublin, Ireland - June 2018

 

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Salon Radio Special: Miracle on 42nd Street, with Academy Award nominated director, Alice Elliott and Academy Award nominated producer and editor Lisa Shreve -

premiering in NYC on Nov. 11th, 2017 at 1:30pm ET in Doc NYC film festival

 

A documentary about affordable housing for artists, the transformation of Times Square and the Manhattan Plaza housing complex on West 42nd Street in New York City.  Former residents include Alicia Keys, Larry David, Giancarlo Esposito, Donald Faison, Samuel L Jackson and Angela Lansbury who are all in the film.

What do Alicia Keys, Larry David, and Samuel L. Jackson have in common? Their lives were all positively impacted by the Manhattan Plaza buildings, which housed and helped nurture other prominent artists such as Terrence Howard, Angela Lansbury, Giancarlo Esposito, and Donald Faison, all of whom are featured in on-camera interviews in this hour-long documentary.

Narrated by acclaimed actor/writer Chazz Palminteri, Miracle on 42nd Street is the story of how a housing complex in New York City for people in the performing arts led to the revitalization of midtown Manhattan. This the first film to focus on the story of affordable housing for artists.

Starting with the background of the blighted Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and the building’s initial commercial failure in the mid-1970s, the story recounts how – in a moment of bold inspiration or maybe desperation - the buildings were “re-purposed” as subsidized housing for people who worked in the performing arts, becoming one of the first intentional, government supported, affordable housing for artist residences.

The social experiment was a resounding success in the lives of the tenants, and it led the way in the transformation of the midtown neighborhood, the Broadway theater district and local economy. The film makes a compelling case for the economic value of the arts and artists in America. The success of Manhattan Plaza has become a role model for similar experiments, which the film features, around the country, in places like Ajo, AZ, Providence, RI and Rahway, NJ.

This film is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation.

 

For more information…

Miracle on 42nd Street: www.miracleon42ndstreet.org  

Social media: @miracleon42

Doc NYC Film Festival: http://www.docnyc.net/film/miracle-on-42nd-street/

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2y9uKaP

 

“Documentary storytelling is flourishing like never before – encompassing reportage, memoir, history, humor and more. DOC NYC celebrates this cultural phenomenon and encourages its new directions.”  -DOC NYC

 

SVA Theatre

DOC NYC also screens in the heart of Chelsea at the School of Visual Arts Theatre (on 333 West 23rd street, between 8th and 9th Avenues).

SVA is easily accessible by mass transit:

– C/E train to 23rd Street (at Eighth Avenue)

– 1 train to 23rd Street (at Seventh Avenue) – F or PATH (from New Jersey) (at Sixth Avenue) – Downtown M11 bus on Ninth Avenue – Uptown M20 bus on Eight Avenue – Crosstown M23 bus (stops at Eighth and Ninth Avenues)

 

Alice Elliott

Alice Elliott teaches documentary and television production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a media diversity consultant for corporations and non-profits.  She is an Academy Award nominated documentary director of The Collector of Bedford Street, a short film that tells the story of her neighbor, Larry Selman.  Larry had an intellectual disability that gave him a low IQ.  However, he committed his life to raising money for others, even though he lived at the poverty level.  His passion for community involvement and philanthropy was a model of service leadership.  The International Kiwanis continues to use The Collector of Bedford Street to teach young Key Leaders all around the world.

A 2012 Guggenheim Fellow award recipient, she is working on completing a trilogy of short documentary films that, through compelling stories, change our perceptions of ability. Ms. Elliott also makes training films that use high quality visuals and people with disabilities telling their own stories. She directed the PBS Award winning documentary Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy, as part of the trilogy. The film is now being made into a musical.  She and Emmy Award winner Jason DaSilva are co-directing a feature film, The Dismantled.  After 8 years, she recently finished Miracle on 42nd Street, a documentary about affordable housing for artists for which she received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant.

Through her social media presence, she tweets regularly on topical disability news. Currently she is developing an app for Washington DC visitors on the history of disability rights, and looking at empathy and disability through VR (Virtual Reality).

Welcome Change is a small independent documentary production company owned by Academy Award® nominated director Alice Elliott. Since 1991, Welcome Change has been making films that focus on people with disabilities and communities that are reinventing themselves. Our mission is to lead social change by revealing the big stories hidden in the human heart.

www.welcomechange.org

welcomechangeinfo@gmail.com

 

Lisa Shreve

Emmy Award winning and Oscar nominated filmmaker Lisa Shreve has edited and produced over one hundred television documentaries, narrative films, newsmagazine segments, music videos and corporate films.

Lisa’s work has appeared on PBS, HBO, MTV, ABC, NBC, CBS as well as most of the major cable channels. She has worked with such figures as Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, John Stossel, Linda Ellerbee, Mike Wallace, Peter Jennings, Michael Bay, and Lisa Ling, among others.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Lisa moved to New York to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from New York University School of the Arts (now Tisch School of the Arts) where Martin Scorcese was her professor. Prior to her career in television and films she acted in Off-Off Broadway theatre, worked as a still photographer and sang backup in “The Stilettos”, a seventies New York rock group.

Lisa is currently a producer/editor on “Miracle on 42nd Street”, an independent documentary scheduled for completion in 2017.

www.lisashreve.com

 

Artist Statement: Alice Elliott

“If I could choose phrases to summarize my artistic journey I would say embrace risk and welcome change.  My company is name Welcome Change to remind me of the importance of finding pleasure in change. Since I am not a scientist, studying chromosomes and theory, but an observer and messenger of the human heart, I communicate what I see and feel.  I make documentary films in the verite style.  I like to follow my subjects over long periods of time, usually from two to five years.  With an editor I distill many hours of footage down into layered, intense, story filled films.  Behind the camera I like being invisible. My films attempt to take the audience into a private or hidden, world, following story arcs that immerse the viewer in lives or places they would not ordinarily enter.

In documentary filmmaking I have found a perfect union between my artistic life and my politically active conscious.  From 1965 to 1995 I worked as a professional actress but always promised myself that when I became successful I would throw the prestige of my fame into solving world problems.  Although I worked constantly, I never felt I had achieved enough notoriety to make a dent in a social justice cause.  In 1995, when I discovered low cost, light weight cameras, and the intimacy of telling a story that might be missed in the mainstream media, I felt I had received permission to step into a more active role as a change maker.  My visual imagination was captured by the camera and I immersed myself into the lives of characters, much as I had done in preparing for acting roles.”

“My personal mission statement is: Leading change by revealing the hidden stories in the human heart.”

 

Artist Statement: Lisa Shreve

“I started out as an assistant editor at ABC News 20/20, a weekly segment show, so many diverse subjects were covered, from bios of entertainers to the most important world events. I found out early on that subjects that didn't seem that interesting at first turned out to educate and open my mind. So I look for work on projects that will be well produced with talented, good people whether they be documentaries, feature films, artistic or informative. 

I always say that my career in films has been like going to graduate school - I have gained a lot of general knowledge about subjects I would never have known anything about if I had not worked on films about those subjects. Filmmaking opens up the world to you if you let it. 

I have lived in Manhattan Plaza since the building opened in 1978 so “Miracle on 42nd Street” was a subject very close to my heart. It has been one of the greatest gifts of my life to live there so I brought a love for the place and a personal knowledge of the history to the project.  Over the course of the production I also learned much that I hadn’t known about the building’s history and present life, the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and artists’ s housing. I got to know many residents and staff that I wasn’t acquainted with before. It is a little chancy working on a film about the place where you live - what if a lot of residents don’t like something in the film or are upset that they are not in it? I guess I’ll be finding out about that soon enough!”

 

 

 

Salon Radio: The Werewolf of Washington Heights; Shengning Lang

October 18th, 2017

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Salon Radio

podcast 7, release 10-18-17

 

For today's Salon Radio Special Feature we are talking with actor/director/producer Charmaine Broad and actor Lori Funk about The Werewolf of Washington Heights, an original timely show from Carnival Girls Production Company, with an all-female multi-ethnic cast ranging from 20-80 in ages.

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Today's Salon Solo {Radio} presents Shengning Lang, speaking in English and Mandarin to tell us more about Cosplay.

 

This podcast is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell, presenting our guests with Jenny Green. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts, this week’s editor is Barbara Sullivan, and our Salon Bulletin for upcoming week's happenings of Salonistas around the world, this week’s editor is IWAS founder Heidi Russell.   This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineer Jade Zabric.

 

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Salon Solo {Radio}: Shengning Lang

Shengning Lang hails from China and is currently a student of SUNY Stony Brook University, with a double major in Math and Economy.   The Arts is an important part of her life and she has found creative expression through Cosplay in her home town of Hangzhou in China and now with a group here in New York.

Listen to her speak English and Mandarin to tell us more about Cosplay.

 

Cosplay, a contraction of the words costume play, is a hobby in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture, and a broader use of the term "cosplay" applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched. Favorite sources include anime, cartoons, comic books, live-action films, television series and video games.

The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since 1990s has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of popular culture in Japan and some other parts of Asia and in the Western world. Cosplay events are common features of fan conventions and there are also dedicated conventions and local and international competitions, as well as social networks, websites and other forms of media centered on cosplay activities.

The term "cosplay" was coined in Japan in 1984. It was inspired by and grew out of the practice then-known as fan costuming at science fiction conventions, beginning with the 1st World Science Fiction Convention in New York City in 1939.

[Wikapedia]

 

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Salon Radio Special: The Werewolf of Washington Heights, an original timely show from Carnival Girls Production Company, with an all-female multi-ethnic cast ranging from 20-80 in age. In studio talking with actor/director Charmaine Broad and actor Lori Funk.

The CARNIVAL GIRLS PRODUCTION COMPANY has been in existence for over 10 years.  All their shows are ORIGINAL and most plays they produce are written and produced by Christie Perfetti Williams.  Christie founded the company and is at the Helm!  They are an all-female company although they do use men for different scripts (a promise!).  They are doing plays that all should see--real slips of time with real characters. 

 

Their current show, "The Werewolf of Washington Heights" is a JOY!  Timely, Ferocious, Joyful, Terrifying and Funny all at the same time.  It features 11 Actors--an ALL FEMALE cast that encompasses ages 20-80, and a multitude of cultures and ethnicities.  It is a Beautiful but Scary representation of our current state of affairs and what can become of them...A MUST SEE!!   

Charmaine Broad is a proud originating member of the “Carnival Girls” where she has acted, directed and produced numerous shows both for stage versions and for their Bridge Street Run which is more cabaret in style. She recently directed “Cougar” for the Estrogenius Festival in May, where it won: “The Best Of”, and was an Audience favorite. Charmaine has also directed the Emmy-Winning, “Off the Beaten Palate,” and “Happy Hour” for the small screen. She has also won accolades for another Audience Favorite show featured in “The Strawberry Festival”. “Talkin’ Gumbo”, a New Orleans collection of Characters, was another favorite foray. What a GREAT HONOR to Direct Christie’s Werewolf! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

Lori Funk has appeared Off Broadway, in TV, film, commercials, and is even a character in a video game. After the amazing 'Werewolf of Washington Heights,' her next project is 'Human Telegraphs,' a quirky female-driven web series. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

 

"The Werewolf of Washington Heights" is running at The Kraine Theatre on October 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7:00 pm and on October 22 at 2:00 pm.  It is an Equity Approved Showcase.  Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.christieperfetti.com.  There will be others in the Future, of course!

 

Find out more at:

https:///artful.ly/carnival-girls-productions

www.christieperfetti.com

Facebook Page--Carnival Girls

 

 

Salon Radio: PREformances with Allison Charney; Viola-Tianni Bao

October 11th, 2017

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Salon Radio

podcast 6, release 10-11-17

 

 

For today's Salon Radio Special Feature we are talking with Soprano Allison Charney, founder, curator and host of the unique classical concert series "PREformances with Allison Charney", about to launch its 9th season in its new home, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

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Today's Salon Solo {Radio} presents actress, singer and performer Viola-Tianni Bao.

 

This podcast is hosted by Maureen Van Trease, presenting our guests. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in The Arts world bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts and our Salon Bulletin for upcoming week's happenings of Salonistas around the world; this week's editor is IWAS founder Heidi Russell.   This podcast was recorded at our production partner Funkadelic Studios with sound engineer Jade Zabric.

 

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Salon Radio Special: PREformance with Allison Charney, celebrating a season of milestones...

the 9th Season of this unique classical music concert series moves to a new home: Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center; heralded by new artwork by the NY-based visual artist and director, Doug Fitch;
and grounded by a new website:  www.PREFORMANCES.org.
 
 
PREformances with Allison Charney moves to a new home at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center on Monday October 16, 2017 at 1PM.
PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY invites audience to experience celebrated classical musicians in “PREformances” anticipating their upcoming engagements on the world’s most prestigious stages. Acclaimed opera singer Allison Charney hosts a behind-the-scenes glimpse into top-level artists’ practices and performance, deliberately blurring the traditional barriers which exist between classical musicians and audience in concerts by providing "un-Google-able" insights into these great performers thoughts and practices.  PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY has presented over 95 of the preeminent musicians of our time. Notable appearances include those by New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, Metropolitan Opera stars William Burden and Maria Zifchak, flutist Carol WIncenc, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, pianists Joel Fan and Navah Perlman. The series has presented new classical works by composers Michael Ching, Moshe KnollKim D. Sherman and Dina Pruzhansky. Together with Craig Ketter, PREformances’ noted collaborative pianist, soprano Allison Charney, performs on every concert. Each evening and matinee concert typically run an hour and a half, with no intermission. PREformances with Allison Charney” maintains a charitable relationship with the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania - both contributing to its cutting-edge research efforts and promoting awareness of the Basser Center’s mission of advancing the care of individuals living with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.
 
Soprano Allison Charney, made her New York City Opera debut as Musetta in LA BOHÈME and went on to critical acclaim in opera houses across the US.  Concert appearances include performances at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Pops under the baton of NY Philharmonic music director, Alan Gilbert.  A champion of contemporary classical music, Ms. Charney has commissioned and premiered many new works, including 6 pieces written for the ARK Trio, of which she is a founding member. Ms. Charney is the founder and host of the classical concert series, PREformances with Allison Charney (now in its 9th season)  This fall, she will be the soprano soloist at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center  in "Prayer for Peace: The Power of One Voice” singing Beethoven’s NINTH SYMPHONY and Knoll’s PSALM 133. Ms. Charney is featured in the recently-released, first recording of the Pulitzer Prize nominated oratorio Choose Life, by composer Mona Lyn Reese and can be heard in a CD of American song with pianist, Benjamin Loeb, on the DSC Label. Ms. Charney is an active recitalist and master teacher and is the founder and curator of the concert series, PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude with highest honors, in Special Concentrations from Harvard University, she went on to earn two graduate degrees in music from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Charney now lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.
 

On October 16 Soprano Allison Charney, with long time collaborative pianist Craig Ketter, will launch  the 2017-2018 Classical Concert Series and Debut of PREformances with Allison Charney at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

The matinee concert will feature ‘preformance’ appearances by special guests pianists Joel Fan and Julia Zilberquit, conductor Jason Tramm, actor Jordan Charney and violinist Kelly Hall Tompkins -

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins and soprano Allison Charney will “preform” Israeli composer Moshe Knoll's lush setting of Psalm 133. Maestro Jason Tramm will conduct veteran actor of stage and screen Jordan Charney in Schoenberg's gripping cantata "A Survivor from Warsaw" along with a special performance by the Seton Hall University Choir in anticipation of “Prayer for Peace: The Power of One Voice” classical music concert, October 27th at NJPAC.

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins will also play a suite from Fiddler on the Roof, arranged for her, that she will both perform with orchestra and record later this year. She will be accompanied by Stephen Benson, guitar; Joshua Camp, accordion and Steve Moran, bass.

Pianist Julia Zilberquit will play selections of the great Russian composers - Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky - in advance of her upcoming concerts in London and St. Petersburg.

And, in preparation for Open Source Music Festival, pianist Joel Fan will “preform” several new pieces by contemporary composers.

The series continues with evening concerts at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center on Monday, November 27th and Monday, March 5th and will conclude with a final matinee concert on Monday, April 23rd.

 

 www.preformances.org

 https://www.facebook.com/PREformances.AllisonCharney/

http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/preformances-with-allison-charney/

http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/prayer-for-peace-concert-the-power-of-one-voice

 

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Salon Solo {Radio}: actor, singer and performer Viola-Tianni Bao

 

Viola-Tianni Bao, from China, is currently a NYC based actress, singer and performer who just graduated from NYU with a Master’s degree in Performance Studies. Her versatile arts backgrounds in acting, singing, creative writing and drawing enable her to fully explore and celebrate different aspects of humanity along her life journey across the world.

Viola started acting, singing, doing pencil sketch and Chinese calligraphy since an early age, and she owns a very sentimental mentality. This always is fully revealed in her own work and performing style. However, it was the tremendous difficulties and pain she experienced in her life gave her the vision for life and arts. When she was young, Viola has suffered emotional abuse from her aunts for a long period of time, which at point significantly influenced her mind and emotion. Later on, she had an extremely hard time going through the trauma and the wound. Throughout the battle against brokenness, Viola has received the unconditional love of God and learnt how to sing for love and forgiveness, embracing the imperfections and the vulnerability, and turned all of these into her works.

Her other degree in Media & Journalism Studies enabled her to develop a well-round skill set in performing and on production side. Her documentary performance I Become My Fantasy was selected into the NYU annual GSAS Thesis Competition, in 2012, she was entitled The Best Campus Singer in Jilin University in China. Her film credits include 1988 which is a short film that will be released in late fall 2017.

The themes of her own works in the past years have focused on exploring selfness, vulnerability, shame-culture, fantasy, psychoanalysis, as well as experiencing identity mergence and divergence through the disjunction of time and space. One of her work Witness (Directed by Richard Schechner) was an experimental live performance that advocated for vulnerability, openness and fought against using shame as oppression.

To learn more about her works, please contact Viola at via violafaithbao@gmail.com 

 

Artist Statement:

"I would like to share with you a documentary performance I did this year as my thesis performance, which has completely changed my life as an artist and as a person. It’s called I become my fantasy. It is a 3-month-long, time and site-specific live performance in New York City.

I dreamed about living in New York since I was a kid. I have been working with everything I had to make it happen throughout the entire time. Along this journey, I have had thousands of moments when I actually “experienced” those dreamful moments in my imagination—even if they had never happened by then—everything was so real. When I was daydreaming, watching the movie with scenes…till one day I am finally made my journey here. Yay, right?

But, somehow my life moments here didn't quite feel the same as those I experienced in my fantasy. I didn’t enjoy my life as much as I thought I would – then, inspiration came: I was thinking about using some practice to change my mentality: to re-activate the excitement of the reality which I once fantasized about, and to live out my fantasy in real life moments. I call this The Bridging Acts. Bridging means to update my embodied perception in real life to the one in my fantasy. when I was able to bridge, the fantasy is being lived out! and that’s the moment you are like “Oh yeah! I am right in my dream!!!). Through a deep feeling of the world around me: images, sound, smell, touch and synesthesia, I project my current moment onto my embodied perceptual experience in my fantasy.

When the bridging moment happens, I accessed to different temporalities at the same time: me in the past and the present, me in day-dream and real life. therefore, I bridged different time and space together. Many concepts I took in this projects allowed audience to re-explore their own consumes, feelings and emotions, raising ontological questions about their own presence, exploring into the mentalities and emotions when someone is experiencing the disjunction of time and space, the dislocation and interlacement of fantasy and reality, one’s physical presence. It is about uncovering one’s consciousness and her embodiment perception during the bridging.

The media of the documentary included journaling, images and sound clips."  ~ Viola

 

The show coming up:

I am going to appear in Twelve Angry Women. which is a female version of the Emmy-winning performance Twelve Angry Men, written by Reginald Rose. The play was an adaption by Sherman L. Serge. It will be at New York City's Roebuck Theater at Times Square Arts Center, run between October 13th-15th. We have different cast for the show, I am in one of the 3 cast now, you can buy the ticket online.

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/twelve-angry-women-cast-d-13750806540

 

 

I would like to share one quote from Ang Lee:

“The fear factor actually brings the genuineness.”

 

A mini poem by me:

 Title: No Caption

 

She lives in the picture

Quite and vigorous

She views her own elegance

Seeing him watching her,

 

Someone of No Importance

Sitting on the chair,

Looking herself in the frame

Smiles, and leaves.

 

 

I am still building up my own website. Please stay tuned!

Follow me on Instagram @viola_felicity, and I would like to know you and your work!

 

Salon Radio: Theater of Light; Maureen Van Trease

September 28th, 2017

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Salon Radio

podcast 5, release 09-28-17

 

 

Salon Radio Special Feature presents Ellen DiStasi talking about her project Theater of Light, it's 20 year history serving the community of Long Island and introducing their inaugural season in NYC.

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Salon Solo {Radio} presents Maureen Van Trease
with an update on her theater piece about Dorthy Parker.

 

This podcast is hosted by IWAS founder Heidi Russell, with Maureen Van Trease presenting. Salon Radio is rounded out with our Women in Art World Bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts and our Salon Bulletin for upcoming week's happenings of Salonistas around the world; this episode written and presented by bulletin editor team member Maureen Van Trease. Our sound engineer is Jade Zabric. This podcast was recorded at our production partners Funkadelic Studios.

 

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