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Salon Radio: KIT’s AlieNation; Amy Hughes

November 25th, 2017 · Comments

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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:

PREformances with Allison Charney

Your exclusive preview to the world’s premier classical music preformed by today’s celebrated musicians.

Next preformance 11-27-17 at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufmam Music Center in NYC

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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 · Comments

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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!”

 

 

 

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