Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions presents the world premiere comedy

RELENTLESSLY PLEASANT, written and directed by (Ms.) Jake Lipman

Performing at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor

October 10-27, 2018 on Wednesday-Saturday nights at 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:30 PM


You are cordially invited to the launched of HER(E) SHE, a new all-female co-working space. Co-founders, Alison (Deanna Henson) and Gina (Maria Maloney) and the staff are hard at work, everything is looking great… Until a series of unforeseen calamities threaten to derail the space – from their keynote speaker canceling, to a #MeToo incident. Can these women lean in to the conflicts while maintaining their composure?

This modern workplace comedy was written by Ms. Jake Lipman, founder and artistic director of Tongue in Cheek Theater: “I wanted to create a feminist piece about women and work, and I wanted it to be funny. I started with two sources of inspiration. Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In” talks about women lacking the confidence to sit at the head of a table in meetings, and A.R. Gurney’s play The Dining Room offers a series of comedic interactions set entirely around a dining room table. By setting my piece around a conference room table in a new female-only co-working space, the table becomes both an impediment and a soap box for the characters’ ambitions.”

The cast of nine features a nearly-all female ensemble, including Alicia Campbell, Lori Funk, Jessica DiSalvo, Deanna Henson, Maria Maloney, Shauna Pinkett, Amanda Rodhe, Jaya Tripathi,. and Patrick Daniel Smith.

The production team is led by Tongue in Cheek Theater Production’s Producing Artistic Director, playwright and director, Jake Lipman; associate producer/dramaturge, Jessica Ammirati; assistant director, Olivia Ragan; sound designer, Philip Rothman; scenic designer, Ryan Goff; lighting designer, Michael Lounsbery, and technical assistant, Matthew Salerno.

$20 tickets: ($25 on Sat. Oct. 13 performance with reception following)

14 Performances:

Wed. Oct. 10 @ 7:30 PM; Thur. Oct. 11 @ 7:30 PM; Fri. Oct. 12 @ 7:30 PM

Sat. Oct. 13 @ 7:30 PM – with reception following in Shetler’s Penthouse 1 space

Sun. Oct. 14 @ 2:30 PM – matinee

Wed. Oct. 17 @ 7:30 PM; Thur. Oct. 18 @ 7:30 PM; Fri. Oct. 19 @ 7:30 PM; Sat. Oct. 20 @ 7:30 PM

Sun. Oct. 21 @ 2:30 PM – matinee

Wed. Oct. 24 @ 7:30 PM; Thur. Oct. 25 @ 7:30 PM; Fri. Oct. 26 @ 7:30 PM; Sat. Oct. 27 @ 7:30 PM

Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions has been awarded two Puffin Foundation, Ltd., grants: in April 2018 for the development of Relentlessly Pleasant; and in March 2014, for the development of a play that became Buffalo Heights. The Puffin Foundation’s mission is to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and arts organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy.

Founded in 2006 by Jake Lipman, the mission of Tongue in Cheek Theater (TIC) is to produce and create thought-provoking comedic works, including the 2015 adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Inn at Lake Devine, by Elinor Lipman, which Huffington Post called “a passionate adaptation” and the 2014 premiere and 2017 revival of Buffalo Heights (nominated for 4 awards, including best revival, in the 2017 Planet Connections Theatre Fest).




C.A.G.E. Theatre Company presents:

The Long Rail North

As part of

The New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC (a production of The Present Company)

Dates and Tickets

Saturday October 13th – 4:45 pm

Monday October 15th  – 9:30 pm

Saturday October 20th – 7:00 pm

Tuesday October 23rd – 4:45 pm (Talkback directly following)

Saturday October 27th – 12:15

Tickets: $22      For tickets visit or


C.A.G.E. Theatre Company will present – as part of the first fall season of the New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC – The Long Rail North, written by award-winning playwright, Michael Hagins, and directed by former Planet Connections Artistic Director, Brock H. Hill.


The Long Rail North centers on Pvt. Thomas Morgan, a black union soldier, who must escape via train with a young southern white girl named Molly Barnes that he rescued from a plantation fire of a nearby Civil War battle. Exhausted, with limited resources and even fewer allies, Morgan (played by Xavier Rodney) continues traveling north getting Molly to safety – despite her racist view of him and his race. Regardless of his good intentions, both union and confederate forces pursue them.


Mr. Rodney is joined by Jordyn Morgan, Rich Wisneski, Anna M. Hogan, and Michael J. Whitten.


The C.A.G.E. (Classical Avant-Garde Experimental) Theatre of New York City begins its 14th season with this world premiere by founder, Michael Hagins. The company – dedicated to bringing classical works to modern audiences in new and fascinating ways have presented works including Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy! and A 1940’s Comedy of Errors.


Stage Manager: Liza Penney; Technical Director: Melissa Farinelli; Costume Designer: Janet Mervin.


Michael Hagins (Playwright and Fight Director) is a NY award-winning playwright and 17 year veteran of New York indie theatre.  As a veteran of multiple festivals throughout the world, Michael has helmed award-winning productions of Hit and Match, The Quest of the Hero!, Circe, The Renaissance Dueling Plays and Michael is Black.  He has been the recipient for Outstanding Playwrighting, Outstanding Choreography, and Outstanding Solo Show among other various awards for his cast and crew.


Brock H. Hill (Director) is a New York based director and arts administrator.  He was recently the Producing Artistic Director of the Planet Connections Festivity and is the Artistic Director of the Altruistic Theatre Company.  He is known for ensemble based, organic work.  Selected projects include: Committed (14th St Y); The Baby Monitor (Playwrights for a Cause); Child’s Play, Helvetica (Rising Sun, Planet Connections); Mistakes Madeline Made, Humans Anonymous (Tongue in Cheek Prod); Books on Tape (Tongue in Cheek, FringeNYC); Civilization! (Planet Connections Festivity); Choose Your Grown Adventure, Wardrobe of the Living Dead (Altruistic Theatre); Invoice (Leela Theatre Festival); And the Elements Spoke, In Transit (Articulate Theatre). For more information visit:



Theatrical Gems Presents SKYLAR

As Part of the 2018 New York International Fringe Festival

Performing at the new Fringe HUB Theatre, 685 Washington Street, NYC, on Tues Oct 16 @ 8:15pm; Sunday, Oct 21 @ 12:00pm; Thursday, Oct 25 @ 7:00pm; Saturday, Oct 27 @ 4:00pm; Sunday, Oct 28 @  4:30pm. Tickets are $22, with discounts for groups. More info can be found at

SKYLAR, the latest entry in Jonathan G Galvez’s ambitious “Bridge” series of 16 plays, concerns a trans high school student clinging to life after being attacked at a school dance. Their girlfriend, father, and teacher meet in the waiting room and consider the events that led them there.

Led by queer director, Kristen Keim, the cast features Sam Lopresti as David, Skylar’s teacher; Kaitlyn Gill as Pamela, Skylar’s activist girlfriend; Eric Novak as Adam, Skylar’s religious father, Dana Scurlock as the Nurse, Mark Levy as Vice Principal Gonzalez, Ashton Garcia as Scott, a football player, and Eli Denson as the titular Skylar, a trans teen. It should be noted that not only is Skylar portrayed by trans-gender-queer actor, Denson, but also role of Scott, a traditionally cis-gendered (identifying with the sex they were born as) role, being portrayed by trans-masculine actor, Garcia.

Celebrated playwright, Jonathan G Galvez’s, works have received acclaim at the Fringe Festival, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (mention award), and at William Paterson University, where he was winner of the 10th annual New Jersey Playwrights Contest. For additional information, visit

The New York International Fringe Festival has served as host for many of Galvez’s Bridge Series, including Thirty Minutes or Less, The Girl With Her Hands in the Sand, The Call of the Siren, and A Life TBD.

Egg & Spoon Theatre Collective presents a staged reading of Massive, a dark comedy by Maura Campbell and directed by Robert Moss. Massive concerns George, a British actor who endures intensive radiation and chemotherapy for a massive throat tumor caused by the HPV virus. Thanks to the morphine treatments, George thinks he’s dead – or at least his life is starting to look that way. Left alone with his mother-in-law (who’s addicted to online shopping), a pet Beetle named Prince Hal, and the ghost of his dead brother when his wife is rushed to the hospital herself, George confronts the massive upheaval that is the stage show of his life: the roles he’s played, the disease, the treatment, his debilitating tracheotomy, and those poor souls in the chemo ward who never made it out, alive. All the while an omnipresent Kafkaesque Creature teaches George that grotesqueness and beauty co-exist in every moment and how to live in the world we create for ourselves.

Campbell met London-based actor Stephen Bergman in 2017 when she was in London workshopping a play. Bergman, a cast member, later shared that it was the first stage work he had done since recovering from Stage 4 throat cancer. While undergoing treatment, Bergman made a film about his experiences and kept a personal journal. He also explained that the type of cancer he had is completely preventable with vaccinations but that the U.K. was only vaccinating girls. Campbell and Bergman decided that she would create a stage play tackling the disease, treatment and massive upheaval on the family. Bergman provided the film footage and journal for Campbell’s research.

Campbell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter (Los Angeles, Flower Duet, New York, The Song of Bernadette Jones, Edinburgh, Seagull Invasion). Robert Moss is founder of Playwrights Horizons in New York and a nationally acclaimed theatre director and teacher.

Massive features Stephen Bergman, Christopher Denham (New York, China Doll, TV, Billions), Marylouise Burke (New York, Kimberly Akimbo, Film, Sideways).

A staged reading of the play will be October 29, 2018 at 7PM at 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY.


Singer and performance artist, Mary Elizabeth Micari, aka Reverend Mary, returns to the premier cabaret theatre, Don’t Tell Mama, for an encore performance of her acclaimed one-woman show, Lady in Black. The audience follows Rev. Mary on a musical journey spawned from a trip down memory lane thanks to her high school and college journals. Mary sings from her soul with a group of vintage noir-style tunes woven together to reveal the tale of a woman’s journey to find herself. The show returns to Don’t Tell Mama for one night only, Saturday, October 20, at 7 PM at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St (between 8th & 9th Ave), New York, NY, 212-757-0788 (after 4:00PM),

Rev. Mary’s All-Man Band returns with her: jazz pianist, Dan Furman; guitarist Alan Lighty; and drummer John Dinello. The production is produced by Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment.

Rev. Mary is a specialist in vintage songs made famous between 1910-1950. Some tunes are familiar, some haven’t been heard in a century.

Rev. Mary is preparation a series of cabaret performances to happen during 2018-2019 each specifically-themed but all celebrating lost tunes from bygone eras.

Rev. Mary is the Lady in Black at Don’t Tell Mama: $15.00 cover charge and a 2-drink minimum per person ($10.00 cover charge and a 2-drink minimum per person for MAC and MCenter members). Cash Only.



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Celebrate or Commiserate?

Congress … the envelope please!

Live from New York, it’s…


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 • 8:00pm

Broadway’s Town Hall is thrilled to host this event. 

Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. (btwn 6th Ave & Broadway), NYC  

KCRW is bringing Left, Right & Center to Broadway’s Town Hall on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. – just in time to discuss and dissect the results of the 2018 midterm elections. You know, the ones that will decide which party controls Congress!

History will be made on November 6, 2018. This country will be awoken or broken on that day … no matter what the decision!

This could very well be the most powerful and influential election of our time!   But what does it all mean?

Join Josh Barro, Rich Lowry, Ana Marie Cox, and a host of luminaries from across the political spectrum for a funny, powerful, engaging, clever, thought-provoking and thorough examination of the issues confounding our country.

Imagine the most intensive, in-depth political analysis you’ve ever experienced – with laughs!

LRC Live – because decisions have been made, now what do they mean?


LRC Live – because you have decisions to make.



LISTEN: LRC iTunes podcast link:

REACT: Town Hall direct ticket link:

Josh Barro is host of KCRW’s Left, Right & Center and co-host of the spin-off series LRC Presents: All The President’s Lawyers. He is New York Magazine’s business columnist and a contributor at MSNBC. Josh was a founding correspondent at The Upshot, the economics and data section of The New York Times, and Business Insider’s senior editor and politics editor. Before entering journalism, he worked in policy research for think tanks and as a real-estate banker at Wells Fargo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard College.

Rich Lowry is one of the most respected conservative voices. Lowry became editor of National Review in 1999 when selected by William F.  Buckley, Jr. to lead the magazine. Today, National Review remains a conservative guidepost, helping to bring to prominence rising conservative leaders and advance conservative policies. Lowry is a syndicated columnist and a political commentator with CNN. His insight and analysis can also be found in Politico where he writes a weekly column. Known for his skillful debating style, Lowry is a frequent guest on Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

Ana Marie Cox hosts the With Friends Like These podcasts from Crooked Media. Cox is a celebrated writer with credentials that include The New Republic, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, and Esquire.  Her “Space the Nation” column appears each week on and concerns the intersection of science fiction and politics.

From the co-creator and co-star of the hit series Broad City, a hilarious and poignant collection about love, loss, work, comedy, and figuring out who you really are when you thought you already knew.

When Abbi Jacobson announced to friends and acquaintances that she planned to drive across the country alone, she was met with lots of questions and opinions: Why wasn’t she going with friends? Wouldn’t it be incredibly lonely? The North route is better! Was it safe for a woman? The Southern route is the way to go! You should bring mace! And a common one… why?

But Abbi had always found comfort in solitude, and needed space to step back and hit the reset button. As she spent time in each city and town on her way to Los Angeles, she mulled over the big questions– What do I really want? What is the worst possible scenario in which I could run into my ex? How has the decision to wear my shirts tucked in been pivotal in my adulthood? In this collection of anecdotes, observations and reflections — all told in the sharp, wildly funny, and relatable voice that has endeared Abbi to critics and fans alike–readers will feel like they’re in the passenger seat on a fun and, ultimately, inspiring journey. With some original illustrations by the author.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 • 8:00 pm. The Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street(between 6th Ave and Broadway), NYC, All tickets include a copy of the book “I Might Regret This.”

Playwright/screenwriter Dorian Palumbo brings us to a mysterious crystal shop somewhere along the Jersey Shore for a clandestine meeting of six women at a crossroads in their lives

Written by Dorian Palumbo
Directed by Ken Coughlin
Wed., October 31st – Sat., November 4th @ 8 PM, Sunday November 5th @ 3 PM
Wed., November 7th– Sat., November 10th @ 8 PM, Sunday November 11th @ 3 PM
Another world premiere at the legendary American theatre of actors, 314 W. 54th Street, NYC

Six women of vastly different upbringings and backgrounds sign-up for a class in “Mediumship and Divination.” Each at a crossroads in their lives, each in search of something that’s missing. Will they find it among the spirits? Divination examines that inevitable point in a woman’s life – whatever age it may come – that past isn’t always prologue and the fortune shouldn’t always be foretold.

Dorian Palumbo – a student of Pulitzer Prize-winner, Tad Mosel – is a celebrated writer of stage and film. Her comedy, Carnegie Hill, was optioned for Broadway by Tony-winning producer, John O’Boyle after being produced at Clockwise Theatre in Chicago. She was also a semi-finalist in the Final Draft “Big Break” Screenwriting Competition with her screenplay Just Three Things, a script which was also a Second Rounder at the Austin Film Festival and a Semi-Finalist in Scriptapalooza 2015. Other screenplays written by Dorian which have reached quarter finals in top competitions; Gone, Daddy, Gone (comic drama 2005, Scriptapalooza and AFF), In the Pines (sci-fi thriller, 2006 AFF), and Choosy Mothers, a female ensemble comedy about the Austin Texas Rock Music scene (2011, Scriptapalooza).

Dorian directed a short film, The Mentor, starring Terasa Livingstone; served as associate producer on the independent feature, Anne B. Real. Dorian is represented in New York by attorney Jason Baruch, Partner, Sendroff and Baruch, and in the U.K. by attorney Alan Moss, Partner, Harbottle & Lewis. Dorian has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1986

Ego Actus

Presents Samuel Gallu’s rousing one-man show about the little president that could!

Give’em Hell, Harry!

Featuring J. Dolan Byrnes

Production directed by Joan Kane

In these trying times, we need a president who will take command of the nation and lead us to victory and renew the spirit of patriotism … even if its just on stage!

The prolific Ego Actus Theatre Company presents a revival of Samuel Gallu’s one man exploration of the president that got us out of a war and not in one – Harry S. Truman.

Stage and film actor, J. Dolan Byrnes takes command of the role from October 18 – 28 (Thursday – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p,m.) at the Episcopal Actors Guild, 1 East 29th Street, NYC. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

In a younger life J. Dolan Byrnes worked as a Congressional Aide for a Member of Congress who stood up to the Reagan administration on a very important moral issue of the time and at great cost to her own career, a very Trumanesque thing to do. Coming from a working-class family with a keen interest in politics and an active involvement in local affairs, Byrnes says “It is the role of a lifetime to be able to portray this giant of a man.  Truman fought for my parents and perhaps yours as well, average Americans working in the factories of post-World War II.  He never forgot his farm roots, never lost his integrity, and always put “the folks” first; not the banks, not big business, not big unions, just “the folks”

Joan Kane (director) is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus and directed I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway and Kafka’s Belinda in Prague. She also directed both Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, getting four star reviews for each. Joan was awarded Best Director in the 2016 United Solo Festival was named to the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame by She has also directed plays and readings for the Lark, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the NY Fringe Festival, Theater for the New City, Urban Stages, Workshop Theater, Nylon Fusion, Abingdon Theatre, Oberon Theatre, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, the Midtown International Festival and the Actors Studio. Joan has an MFA in Directing from The New School, an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College. She is a member of The New York Madness Company, the Dramatists Guild and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers. Joan currently serves as a Vice President for Programming on the Board of Directors of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

J. Dolan Byrnes is a New York based actor and singer.  He has appeared in dramas, comedies, and musicals throughout the country and across the pond. He is two-time recipient of the Outstanding Actor Award from The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity for his roles in what do you mean by Bruce A! Kraemer, and When The Party’s Over by Glory Kadigan.  He is a member of Articulate Theatre Company and recently appeared in their productions of White House Fairy Tale (directed by Joan Kane) in which he portrayed an out of control President who loves to golf (hmmmm) and The Long Way Home, a haunting tale of Christmases past.  Other recent New York productions include The Unsalable Thing, (Best Actor nomination in The Strawberry One-Act Festival), Houseless in Paradise (NY Fringe Festival) Titanic Voices, Bitten, Hamlet Bound and Unbound, Lady Liberty’s Worst Day Ever, Brattleboro, Avalon (Spotlight On Award, Best Ensemble), Spinmeister, Heidi, the Musical, Ice Floes (Audience Award, Best actor), Any Which Way Thou Wouldst Have It, Debauchery – Thy Name is Stevie Chase, and The Sons of Molly Maguire. He has toured nationally in 1776 and Footloose. During 10 years of treading the boards in California he appeared in a number of regional theater musical productions including My Fair Lady, and Phantom at Music Theatre of Southern California, and West Side Story, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and the West Coast premier of Eleanor at Musical Theatre West. While in California, he was member of the award-winning The Road Theatre Company.  The Road’s seven-hour production of Tankred Dorst’s epic, Merlin, received the Los Angeles Artistic Director Achievement Award for Best Ensemble.  In that production, Byrnes played the roles of Mark Twain, a blind pope, and a frightened chambermaid. He also appeared at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Knick Knacks, in which he portrayed a sexual predator.

The Trustees and The Friends of Town Hall are thrilled to announce that this year’s FRIEND OF THE ARTS AWARD – it’s 97th annual – will honor Multimedia Performance Artist, LAURIE ANDERSON; TheaterWorksUSA Co-Founder, CHARLES HULL; and Nonesuch Records’ Long-Time President, ROBERT HURWITZ.

The gala event will be at the PRINCETON CLUB, 15 West 43rd Street, New York City, on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018 beginning at 4:00 PM.

The cocktail reception, dinner, and award presentation also feature performances by SOFIA REI, ANAT COHEN, and EDMAR CASTANEDA. The event is Business Attire.

Every year since 1981, Town Hall honors “Friends of the Arts,” individuals or organizations whose contributions to the arts enrich New York City’s cultural life.  Honorees of this prestigious award read like a who’s who of New York’s cultural skyline: Tony Bennett, Victor Borge, Barbara Cook, Theodore Bikel, Betty Comden, Fyvush Finkel, Roberta Flack, Adolph Green, Dizzy Gillespie, Sheldon Harnick, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Helen Hayes, Celeste Holm, Anne Jackson, Morris W. Offit, Joseph Papp, Daryl Roth, Vincent Sardi, Jr., Gerald Schoenfeld, Martin E. Segal, Sir George Shearing, Bobby Short, Beverly Sills, Elaine Stritch, Meryl H. Tisch, Eli Wallach, Wendy Wasserstein, Mortimer Zuckerman, and Lawrence C. Zucker.

Town Hall – located in the heart of the Broadway theater district – has played an integral part itself in electrifying the cultural fabric of New York City for nearly a century. The stunning theater and beautiful building were designed by renowned architects, McKim, Mead & White, and served as a hub for The League for Political Education to bring together people of all walks of life to discuss important issues of the day. The design of the building – eliminating box seats and obstructed views – gave birth to the term “Not a bad seat in the house.” During completion of the building, the 19th Amendment was passed (women’s right to vote), and on January 12, 1921 The Town Hall opened its doors fostering a new, more optimistic climate.

For further information, please contact Jay Michaels at 646-338-5472or at


ONE OF America’s most renowned and daring creative pioneers, LAURIE ANDERSON is as diverse as she is prolific. Laurie has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist. In the early ‘70s, Laurie burst onto the New York avant-garde/music/art/performance scene and quickly acquired a fervent following in the underground arts community. Her recording career took off in 1981, when her song “O Superman” rose to #2 on the British pop music charts, leading to a seven-album deal with Warner Brothers. A deluxe box set of her Warner Brothers output, Talk Normal, was released in the fall of 2000 on Rhino/Warner Archives. The following year, she released her first record forNonesuch Records, “Life on a String.” A year later, Live in New York, recorded at Town Hall, was released. Laurie has toured the United States and abroad numerous times withshows that range from simple spoken word performances to highly elaborate multimedia events like United States I-V (1983), Empty Places (1990), The Nerve Bible (1995), and Songs and Stories for Moby Dick (1999-2000). Her visual work has been presented in major museums in the United States and Europe. As a composer, Laurie contributed music to films by Wim Wenders and Jonathan Demme; dance pieces by Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown, and Molissa Fenley; a score for Robert LePage’s theater production, Far Side of the Moon; and pieces for National Public Radio, the BBC, and Seville’s Expo ‘92. Laurie is recognized worldwide as a groundbreaking leader in the use of technology in the arts. In the late ’90s, as a collaborator with Interval Research Corporation—a laboratory founded by Paul Allen and David Liddle—she created the Talking Stick, a six-foot-long MIDI controller that she used in the MobyDick tour. In 2002, she was appointed the first-ever artist-in-residence at NASA, a stint that yielded her 2004 solo piece, The End of the Moon. In 2007 she received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. Her Habeas Corpus exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory in 2016 garnered Yoko Ono’s annual Courage Award for the Arts. Laurie’s film and visual projects include numerous videos, the high definition film, Hidden Inside Mountains, a series of audio-visual installations, Heart of a Dog and Chalkroom, a virtual reality collaboration with Hsin-Chien Huang which received Best VR Experience at the Venice Film Festival 2017. Laurie has performed at The Town Hall over four decades.

ORIGINALLY from Vienna, Austria, CHARLES HULL was stationed in England serving in the U.S. Air Force when he accompanied a fellow officer to an audition of Stalag 17. He wound up scoring his first role in a theatrical production. In 1960, Hull moved to New York and was featured in many TV commercials and off-Broadway productions prior to founding TheaterWorksUSA, with Jay Harnick, in 1961. Under his 39-year tenure, TheaterWorksUSA grew to become America’s largest and foremost Equity theatre for children and family audiences. Its mission is to create imaginative and sophisticated shows that are both entertaining and thought provoking, and to ensure that those shows are accessible to audiences across America. The company has reached over 100 million people in 49 states and Canada, and now performs for over two million young people annually, selecting shows from its ever-growing repertoire of 133 plays and musicals. TheaterWorksUSA has a distinguished history of not only providing young audiences with their first taste of the performing arts, but also giving young actors, writers, directors and designers an early opportunity to work in their field. Hull’s most notable achievements for TheaterWorksUSA include initiating a subscription series in a prestigious off-Broadway theater; and developing a field trip program, initially at Town Hall, and then spreading across the country, reaching millions of kids every year. Hull was also President of the Producers League of Theatre for Young Audiences, President of Producers Association of Children’s Theatre (PACT), and was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Actor’s Fund.

For 32 years, ROBERT HURWITZ was president of Nonesuch Records, arguably one of the most diverse and influential record labels in the world. In 1984, when Bob took over Nonesuch, it was primarily a classical music label and home of the Explorer series. He proceeded to vastly expand the company’s catalogue by adding jazz, rock, folk, bluegrass, musical theater, and modern world music. Among the many composers, musicians, songwriters, and performers he has signed, produced or worked with are: John Adams, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Caetano Veloso, Astor Piazzolla, Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Mandy Patinkin, Audra McDonald, Brad Mehldau, Chris Thile, Pat Metheny, Josh Redman, Bill Frisell, Dawn Upshaw, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Jeremy Denk, Richard Goode, Gidon Kremer, Randy Newman, The Magnetic Fields, k.d. lang, The Punch Brothers, Natalie Merchant, and Lake Street Dive. As well as this year’s co-honoree, Laurie Anderson. Now, as Chairman Emeritus of Nonesuch Records, Bob remains closely involved with many of the artists he brought to the company, serving as an Executive Producer for a dozen projects a year. Bob is the Aaron Copland Chair at the New School College of Performing Arts, where he has taught for the past 12 years and for the last two years as a Visiting Professor at UCLA.


Award winning vocalist, songwriter and producer SOFIA REI is considered one of the most passionate, and inventive vocalists on the current music scene. Her music explores connections between the various traditions of South American folklore, jazz, flamenco and electronic sounds. Originally from Buenos Aires, Sofia ties together diverse influences in a program full of rhythmic complexity, and a melodic purity that haunts even as it uplifts. Her collaboration with Geoffrey Keezer, earned her a Grammy Nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album of 2009.

Clarinetist-saxophonist ANAT COHEN has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive artistry and delightful stage presence. The Jazz Journalists Association has voted Anat as Clarinetist of the Year nine years in a row, and she has topped both the Critics and Readers Polls in the clarinet category in DownBeat Magazine every year since 2011. She has been named Rising Star in the soprano and tenor saxophone categories in DownBeat, as well as Jazz Artist of the Year.

Since arriving in the United States in 1994, Colombian-born harp virtuoso EDMAR CASTANEDA has forged his own distinctive path in music. His wide-ranging career has been remarkable for discovering a brilliant role for the harp in jazz, then continuing to innovate and spark creativity from a wealth of formidable collaborations. Acclaimed as a master of realizing beautiful complexities of time, his dynamic spirit and unbelievable feats of cross-rhythms, layered with chordal nuances has made him one of this generation’s most celebrated flamenco guitarist.

TOWN HALL BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Tom Wirtshafter, President
Marvin Leffler, President Emeritus
Susan Zohn, Executive Vice President
Alfred H. Horowitz, Vice President
Bruce Leffler, Vice President
Andrew T. Miltenberg, Treasurer
Phyllis Putter Barasch, Secretary
Robert E. Evanson, Anne Frank-Shapiro, Alfred H. Horowitz, Stephen C. Jacobs, Henry Johansson, Ted Lambert, Rita Robbins, Madhu Southworth, Nevin Steinberg

LIFE TRUSTEES: Leona Chanin, Eugene J.T. Flanagan, Claire G. Miller

ADVISORY COUNCIL: Kathleen Rosenberg, Chair
Nancy Berman, Shauna Denkensohn, Sandy Horowitz, Elizabeth Iannizzi, Claire Miller, Melanie Sawyer Richardson, Zita Rosenthal, Rhoda Rothkopf

Dr. Sharon Dunn, Michael Fram, Gary Hecht, Ernest Logan, Dr. Lisa Mars, Dr. Pola Rosen, Manuel Urena, George Young



spit&vigor brings THE BRUTES to The New Ohio Theatre

critically-acclaimed and nominated for seven Planet Awards, spit&vigor presents this story of three brothers – Junius, Edwin and John Wilkes Booth

New York City — spit&vigor announces the return of THE BRUTES, written by Casey Wimpee (2x Samuel French Short Play Finalist and NYIT Outstanding Original Short Script nominee). After a powerful run at Planet Connections 2018 Theatre Festivity, the production moves to the New Ohio Theatre, 154 Chrsistopher Street. Sara Fellini (2018 Planet Award Outstanding Direction nominee) returns as director. Performances are November 23 — December 9 (Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm). Tickets are $30. For advance reservations, please visit


Casey Wimpee’s takes you backstage of an historic performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar featuring the renowned Booth theatrical family – brothers, Edwin, Junius Jr. and John Wilkes, Booth. This was the first and only time that the three brothers shared a stage together. The backstage drama becomes the focus of this portrait of their tempestuous relationship fraught with political conflict ending in an American tragedy. THE BRUTES is a deeply intimate portrait of a family divided. The piece is staged In-the-Round with a minimalist set pieces that can transfoerm into a theatre, a dinner table, and a nation on the brink of sweeping change. Civil strife, family devolution, and a country sharply divided – today or 150 years ago, the parable of this drama remains strong.


The cast features Adam Belvo, Chris Cornwell, Sara Fellini, Colt W. Keeney, Morgan Zipf-Meister, Eamon Murphy, Becca Musser, Pete Oliver, Xandra Leigh Parker, Harlan Short, Nicholas Thomas, and Perri Yaniv.


Lighting by Chelsie McPhilimy and Ms Fellini hqandling costyume design.


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Two-time Tony Award nominee, Joey McKneely, teams with award-winning playwright, Randall David Cook, to bring you a new dance musical with music and lyrics by Edison Woods, Maxim Moston and Karen Bishko.



Opening November 29 at the Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street, NYC

Performing November 29 & 30 at 8:00 p.m. 

December 1 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

December 4 – 7 at 8:00 p.m.

December 8 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

December 11 – 14 at 8:00 p.m.

December 15 at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.

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Twyla Tharp meets Next to Normal peppered with Stephen King!

In Shadows, a mesmerizing new dance musical directed and choreographed by Broadway notable, Joey McKneely, haunting melodies by pop band, Edison Woods; composer, Maxim Moston; and British singer/songwriter, Karen Bishko,
enfold around a eerie and erotic story  by Randall David Cook, who scored kudos, Off-Broadway, with the premiere of Sake with the Haiku Geisha and Fate’s Imagination.

This gothic ghost love story whispers how far one must go to keep the one you love … even to another world.

Cast announcement to follow shortly.

Stage and film professional, Joey McKneely, is a two-time Tony Nominated Broadway Choreographer (Smokey Joe’s Cafe and in 1997 for The Life) and the international Director and Choreographer of West Side Story. Other Broadway credentials include Twelfth Night, The Wild Party, The Boy From OZ and the West Side Story revival. He directed/choreographed the U.S. National Tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, Crazy For You and Smokey Joe’s Café. Internationally, he directed/choreographed the world premieres of Love U Theresa, Ah, Kuling! And Jiu Gan Tang Mai Wu In China; The Beautiful Game, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story in Japan; Evita and Dusty in London. On film, McKneely is known for his work on Zoolander, The In Crowd, and Far East.

Regeneration Theatre returns with a classic by a classic writer:

SMALL CRAFT WARNING by Tennessee Williams

Thursday – Saturday: November 1-3 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Special showing, Monday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday – Saturday: November 8-10 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10 & Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Thirteenth Street Playhouse
50 West 13th street, NYC

Regeneration – acclaimed for finding forgotten stage gems and giving them a new life – having taken on As Is, Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, and Kennedy’s Children – now brings Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams back to the stage. An expansion of an earlier one-act play, Confessional, (not unlike Streetcar starting as Moony’s Kid), this play centers on a motley group of people gathered in a seedy coastal bar in Southern California. The guests read like a list of Williams’ favorite types: lusty Leona Dawson, an embittered middle-aged woman; her ne’er-do-well live-in lover Bill McCorkle; Doc, an alcoholic who lost his license to practice medicine (but still does); Violet, who has eyes for Bill regardless of Leona; Steve, a depressed middle-aged short order cook; two gay men – Quentin, a washed-up screenwriter, and Bobby, a young man Quentin picked up on the road… and Monk, the obligatory bartender running a place of refuge for the vulnerable and the lost.

Williams himself said of this play: “It is the responsibility of the writer to put his experience as a being into work that refines it and elevates it, to make an audience feel the truth of that work.” One feels a bit of Williams in each character.

The cast features Nicole Greevey, Jenne Vath, and Jason Pintar.

Barnaby Edwards founded REGENERATION THEATRE  as an avenue to bring new work and lesser known shows to the stage so that audiences can discover the thrill of discovery and re-discovery and over the last 18 months has brought Kennedy’s Children, Come Back to the Give and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and As Is back to the New York stage. In 2015 he also produced the America Premiere of Boys in the Club by Paul Emelion. Prior to Regeneration Theatre Barnaby produced the 2013-14 season for Beautiful Soup Theatre which featured the US premiere of the musical Lift, a rare Revival of Molnar’s Liliom, and the world premiere Little Wars. In London during the 1990s, Barnaby produced Paul Emelion’s first musical, Crimes of Passion, and designed some of his early plays – Behind Closed Doors and When Harry Met Barry.

Children of all ages … please join F.A.C.T. (Friends Always Creating Theatre) in celebrating their 10th anniversary season with a special showing of their 2013 highly acclaimed production of

“Hansel & Gretel Christmas” By Jack Dyville

Join This Famous Brother & Sister @ During the Holiday Season in 21st Century New York City!

EVERY SUNDAY in NOVEMBER (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) @ 1:00pm

SUNDAYS in December (2nd, 9th, 16th) @ 1:00pm


17 West 45th Street, Elevators to 3rd Floor

This special production is dedicated to Co-Founder/Producer


What’ll they think of Macys??!!

Celebrated author and producer, Jack Dyville, revives his widely popular children’s story with a modern twist as a special dedication to F.A.C.T.’s co-founder/producer, David Gilliam Fuller. Together, they created one of the most visible and respected children’s theatres in New York featuring new and engaging works to both entertain and enlighten.

“Hansel & Gretel Christmas” leads the list as the two wandering waifs end up in NYC at Christmas. Aside from uproarious humor and clever dialogue, the piece talks of love and family; understanding and encouragement; and is a perfect vehicle to share with the whole family.

Dyville and his cast and crew organize immersive fun, keeping the kids in the audience on their toes what with some special prizes and making them part of the play.“The most gratifying thing a children’s theatre production can do is make a show that an adult will appreciate! It’s clever and fun!” (William Kozy, TheatreMania)

“A Clever modern twist to a classic tale…Wonderful Holiday fun for the whole family!” (Tym Moss, Artists Exposed Radio)

“A Great story line and Wonderfully Colorful Characters. . . The story moves beautifully, with lots of humor… Highly Original and I predict audiences will love it. Thanks so much, Jack Dyville, for this Marvelous Christmas play!” (Shirley King, prominent playwright)

About DAVID GILLAM FULLER, Co-Founder/Producer FACT Theatre Company:

Fuller, a multi-award-winning theater artist and producer, along with Dyville, had the dream of bringing quality entertainment to all ages at affordable prices. F.A.C.T. grew from their wish. Today, David Fuller, is referred to as a miracle man. Not just because he made his dream come true but, currently, he is fighting unbeatable odds to help continue that dream., Mr. Fuller is suffering from a crippling disease effecting him physically and mentally and making his time with F.A.C.T. rare.

This season – their 10th anniversary – is dedicated to him and will be called THE DAVID GILLAM FULLER SEASON.

Learn how you can make a difference and be a friend always creating theatre: FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT F.A.C.T. (Friends Always Creating Theatre)

Carrie Edel Isaacman and her company, Shakespeare Sports, will bring a fascinating new production of Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT to New York for the upcoming holiday season starting November 30 at downtown’s historic Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street, between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets, in NYC.

As You Like It follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden. Ms. Issacman is setting her version in the Midwest in 1968, where we meet a recently homeless Orlando and Rosalind. Living in the woods out of necessity, they meet a merry band of “hippies” heralding the change that is in the air for all of them … and our country.

“This production shows us America’s most pivotal time through the eyes of a group of homeless. When you have nothing, it’s amazing what you see” says Isaacman, a stage director and indie filmmaker.

Using theatre techniques as old as the material, this As You Like It, will be a history lesson, power-packed parable, and enjoyable evening.

The cast includes Giordano Cruz, Melanie Gretchen, Michael Hagins, James Jagiello Sterling A. Johnson, Jr, Kasper Kuzmicki, Charles Lear, Basil Rodericks, Sabrina Seidner, Stephanay Slade, and Roger Stude as Jaques, uttering Shakespeare’s national anthem “All the Worlds a Stage.”

Ms. Isaacman appears in the production as well as directs it.

Historically, the play remains an audience favorite and has been adapted for radio, film, and musical theatre. The piece has also been a favorite among classical artists of stage and screen, notably Vanessa RedgraveMaggie SmithHelen Mirren, and Patti LuPone in the role of Rosalind and Alan RickmanStephen SpinellaKevin Kline, and Ellen Burstynin the role of Jaques.

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JEM Productions presents the world premiere of Jeffrey E. Milstein’s uproarious send-up of the prison system:

Fort Dicks, a new musical

Friday and Saturday November 9 & 10; 16 & 17 @ 8:00 p.m.

Sunday matinées: November 11 & 18 @ 2:00 p.m.

American Theatre of Actors, 314 W 54th St, New York City


Jail time never was this much fun!

Based a true stories, Jeffrey Milstein, a prolific author both in NYC and regionally, “lampooning to the tooning of Brooks, Reiner, and Simon” in telling the story of a low-level prison in the famed military installation …

and then sets the whole things to music!

The dark social commentary is played like a Marx Brothers movie complete with sight-gags and prat falls. And just like any old movie musical – Marx Brothers notwithstanding – it has a cast of thousands.

The cast features Sean Farrelly & Joe Sherbin; with Marek Ardito-Proulx, Pauline Breeze, Dana Cavagnaro, Carlos Cervantes, Mario Claudio, Sunflower Duran, Annabel Espinal, Donna Glaesener, Dominick Gonzalez, Andrew Gordon, Jason Lee, Federica Morra, Richard Sacher, Lindsy Thomas, and Laura Young

“I draw inspiration and patterns in my work from the comedic geniuses of Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, and Carl Reiner.

It’s their kind of ‘laugh till you think’ philosophy that I put into my work,” says the ambitious, actor/producer/director/playwright.

JEM PRODUCTIONS 13, a theatrical organization, was created to offer opportunities for young artists to work in the professional world.


Save the date, November 4th, and plan to join the MITF family as we celebrate Midtown International Theatre Festival founder John Chatterton. MITF had a good run of 17 years, and if you were a part of its history come give John a big well-deserved thanks for his years of hard work offering opportunities for so many of us. You’ll also help TRU honor the amazing Baayork Lee (from the original company of A Chorus Line), and her work with the National Asian Artists Project. And you’ll also be giving a boost to TRU, an organization that has helped thousands navigate this tricky business.
Tickets go on sale after Labor Day and range from $150 to $225 for cocktails and brunch. As a special incentive to MITF alums, TRU is generously offering us a 20% discount on tickets with code MITF-TRU20.
The 2018 TRU Love Benefit 
Bringing People Together Through the Arts
honoring BAAYORK LEE and the National Asian Artists Project;
and JOHN CHATTERTON and the Midtown International Theatre Festival.
Join us for cocktails, luncheon, a live auction and performances celebrating two people who have enriched our theater community and offered opportunities for so many. They’ve made such a difference – help us thank them,
and support TRU and our community of theater professionals.

Sunday November 4th, 2018
Tickets $125 to $225 including cocktails and brunch.
Tickets go on sale after Labor Day!

Cocktail Hour: 12PM
3-course Luncheon: 1PM
Awards & Entertainment: 1:45PM

Caroline’s on Broadway: 1626 Broadway (between 49th & 50th Streets)
Handicap-accessible entrance: 750 Seventh Avenue (between 49th & 50th Streets)

Art Imitates Life and Life Should Be Savored.

Five Star Arts Journals and Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment will spotlight a series of artists who have devoted themselves to helping people celebrate their lives.

Mary Elizabeth Micari has developed a new method of vocal training that strengthens your voice… and you. The MCenter Vocal Academy in Manhattan provides focused, entertaining, enriching vocal performance classes & lessons. Each student will receive a full portfolio of audition songs as well as learn the essentials of stage technique, musicianship, music history and theory.

What sets this above others of its kind is the fact that it is ONE-OF-A-KIND. Ms. Micari has created a new teaching method. You’ve tried Stanislavski, you’ve tried Meisner. Now, get on the P.A.T.H. Performing Arts Training-HOLISTICALLY, created by Mary E. Micari, this method includes meditation, aromatherapy, Reiki, fear-removal and personal empowerment.

For more information, please contact: • 646-338-5472 •



Veronica Moya, an international performer with stage, film, and TV credits heard the call. She tapped into her innate spirituality and combined it with her endless energy and ambition to help those who are lost. Focusing on your people, she is somewhat like a spiritual life coach – helping people tap into their own inner stregeth to move forward. 

ANDREW ROTHKIN, the producing artistic director of White Rabbit Productions has entered into a partnership with producer/publicist JAY MICHAELS.

Currently the partnership is developing two stage works into short films. The first, penned by Rothkin:

Love Bites: With elements of Hitchcock and Takashi Miike’s The Audition, LOVE BITES tells the tale of a young woman who sharing the travails of her bad relationships is simply not enough.

Earthmen: The celebrated period-piece written by Joanne de Simone, about a meeting between a runaway slave and an enigmatic Native American on the eve of the Emancipation Proclamation.


Genre: Comedy Feature Film
Expect MPAA Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 105 mins
Location: New York City
Budget:  $3,500,000

Tag Line: You never know when your number’s up!

Log Line: When a computer geek, determined to prove he can predict winning lotto results, uncovers his plan has been bankrolled by the Mob, he struggles to beat the odds before his number’s up.

Status: Now Financing.  Seeking accredited investors; offering is SEC Reg D/506c compliant; Sect 181 grandfathered; New York State Film Tax Credit of 30% applies.

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An independent comedy feature film by Oroloro Entertainment

The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers by Patrick Hickey
Featuring interviews with the creators of 36 popular video games—including Deus Ex, Night Trap, Mortal Kombat, Wasteland and NBA Jam—this book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the most influential and iconic (and sometimes forgotten) games of all time. Recounting endless hours of painstaking development, the challenges of working with mega publishers and the uncertainties of public reception, the interviewees reveal the creative processes that produced some of gaming’s classic titles.


“From arcade rats to indie developers, Hickey gives an intimate look at the personalities behind gaming with the passion of a fanboy and the attention of a scholar.” —Cesar R. Bustamante, Jr., New York Daily News

Gary Morgenstein wrote the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock musical The Anthem, as well as Mad Mel Saves the World, and his dramatic works range from A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx to Right on TargetPonzi Manand Saving Stan. Morgenstein’s literary works include the upcoming science fiction-baseball novel A Mound Over Hell, set in 2098 following America’s defeat in World War Three. The first book in The Dark Depths trilogy, A Mound Over Hell will be published by BHC Press in March 2018. His other novels include Jesse’s GirlLoving Rabbi Thalia KleinmanTake Me Out to the Ballgame and The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees.


A Mound over Hell (March 2018, BHC Press) – Baseball, a sport now identified with terrorism and treason, begins its final season in 2098 following America’s loss to a radical enemy in World War Three. Revitalized by the miraculous appearance of great players from the past fueling one last hurrah, baseball becomes a pawn between those who want peace and those who want another war.

This first novel in THE DARK DEPTHS trilogy.



The Lambs ® is America’s First Professional Theatrical Club, established in New York in 1874, and not a public restaurant. As a social club, The Lambs nurtures those active in the arts, as well as those who are supporters of the arts, by providing fellowship, activities and a clubhouse for its members. Established Christmas week of 1874, and incorporated on May 9, 1877. The Lambs was named after a club by the same name in London, England, which flourished between 1869-1879. The Club’s name honors the essayist Charles Lamb, and his sister Mary, who, during the early 1800’s, played host to actors and literati at their famed salon in London.

The Lambs is a social gathering place for entertainment industry and art professionals. Performers, directors, writers, artists and technicians of the entertainment industry gather to celebrate their commonality, in a place where they come to enjoy each others’ company, and to display and hone their crafts in an atmosphere of creativity and support, and to nurture creative endeavors. The Lambs is also a historical society preserving and promoting our remarkable 141+ year history.

Historically, The Lambs has been the spawning ground of plays, friendships and partnerships. Mark Twain Tonight (with Hal Holbrook) and Stalag 17 were first performed at The Lambs prior to national success. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe first met at the Club and teamed to make theatrical history, often trying works-in-progress on their fellow Lambs. The Lambs has been recognized by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and by Pope John Paul II.

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