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Salon Radio: The Werewolf of Washington Heights; Shengning Lang

October 18th, 2017

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.




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.






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  There will be others in the Future, of course!


Find out more at:


Facebook Page--Carnival Girls