Dark Times: Broadway Sleeps

Dan Lane Williams, DLW Photography, is an NYC based photographer. He has been shooting in NYC since 2010 and has traveled north in the pursuit of wedding images as far as Sullivan Maine and all over the Tristate area in pursuit of images. DLW also has a studio on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Dan has created a wide variety of images from event photography to behind the scenes theatre and film. Headshots, portraiture, food and environmental images are also images he seeks to create. Light is the key ingredient in mastering the art of photography and we are always seeking ways of seeing and creating with it. This collection titled ‘Broadway Gone Dark’, is a collection images in around the theatre district during this most chaotic of times.
Dan Lane looks forward to working with any and all of you to create the images you are looking for. ‘The Work is the Thing’

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REFRACTED THEATRE and “The SWELL”

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Refracted Theatre Company invites you to an audio-immersive theatrical experience for one.

The Swell, an audio-immersive play experience, premieres on multiple platforms launches July 23rd, 2020.

For details go to: www.refractedco.com

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While live performance is still restricted, Refracted Theatre Company is finding a way to transform the space around you in a way that only theatre can.

 

Refracted Theatre Company makes theatre that disrupts socially accepted narratives by illuminating another side of the story. Refracted puts accepted norms through the prism of theatrical storytelling to reveal a spectrum of colorful complexity.

 

After having to postpone the rest of their inaugural season, Refracted Theatre Company is responding to the coronavirus pandemic with a brand-new initiative. Their goal is to listen, adapt, and disrupt in order to best serve their community in a time of crisis.

 

Introducing “The Swell”, an audio-immersive theatrical experience for one. All of the actors involved in “Act” (Episode) One, have agreed to allow Refracted Theatre Company to make a donation in their name to an organization of their choosing, supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement, which advocates for the safety and wellness of the Black community.

 

Each Act of The Swell will feature work of commissioned playwrights who have created plays in which the action can only happen by way of the dialogue or the soundscape. The Swell is a sound-dive into a play, where the carefully curated sound effects, music and dialogue take you deeper into the world. As a means of transcending space, Refracted invites you, the audience, to be in charge of creating the “set” of your own immersive experience. The playwrights have assigned a location at which to enjoy their play or an activity to do while enjoying their play. The audience has full reign over the depth of their submersion, deciding when, or if, to come up for air. The Swell launches July 23 on the following platforms:

 

  • refractedco.com
  • Spotify
  • Apple Podcasts
  • Breaker
  • Castbox
  • Google Podcasts
  • Overcast
  • Pocket Casts
  • RadioPublic

 

ACT I: A Stream Nearby and a Baseball Diamond

Featuring the following works:

 

Contrition: A Long Voicemail by Liba Vaynberg; directed by: Tova Wolff with sound design by Emma Wilk, featuring Blake DeLong (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Off-Broadway; Othello, New York Theater Workshop; “When They See Us”, Netflix) and Molly Carden  (Midwives, George Street Playhouse; Translations, Studio Theatre; Emotional Creature, Signature Theater)

 

The Legend of Jim Gunderson and How I Wound Up In Your Ear by Dylan Guerra; directed by Graham Miller with sound design by Emma Wilk, featuring David Shih (“Hunters”, Amazon; “Billions”, Showtime; “City on a Hill”, Showtime) , Jelani Alladin (Frozen, Broadway; Public Works’ Musical Adaptation of Hercules, The Public Theater; “The Walking Dead: The World Beyond”, AMC), and Claudia Acosta (Seven Spots in The Sun, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater; Architecture of Becoming, WP Theater; Don Cristóbal Billy Club Man, HERE Arts Center).

 

RTC HISTORY

 

Refracted Theatre Company launched in November 2019 and was started by Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors Graham Miller and Tova Wolff. Both theatre directors, Graham and Tova met at the 2017 Directors Lab Chicago, an invitation-only directors’ think-tank and practicum. Like clockwork, they fell “in love” with each other on day one, as both friends and artistic professionals.

 

While their friendship grew, they directed projects that dealt with public perceptions of historical icons/villains (depending on who you ask) and how the polarization of public opinion had shaped these real-life characters as human beings. They realized that their mutual interest in “the untold stories”—surrounding issues of feminism, queerness, identity, and family—was a ripe foundation on which to build a company.

 

Graham and Tova worked together to assemble a team of up-and-coming professionals, all either theatre artists in their own right or deeply involved theatre-lovers, who work boldly and tirelessly to bring the team’s collective artistic vision to fruition. They are proud to run a company that prioritizes the representation, inclusion, and/or hire of any and all minorities that are underserved, underrepresented or misrepresented. Refracted is a company that produces stories that promote an empathic and full conversation around oppression and representation.

It is an emotional and mental fitness center. Refracted Theatre Company is actively challenging the audience to learn to engage with one another as sharper, more empathic citizens of the human race.

 

INAUGURAL SEASON

 

Refracted Salon – A Celebration of Artists and Perspectives

December 14th, 2019 at Film at Lincoln Center

Hosted by Artistic Directors Tova Wolff and Graham Miller, Refracted’s inaugural fundraiser was a special evening of fabulous performances followed by a live debate in honor of our commitment to promoting connection through diverse conversation. Featuring some of New York’s brightest & sharpest talent, the “acts” were followed by chosen debaters to verbally “duke it out” over topics ranging from frothy to meaty. Followed by more music, dancing, and drinking, this was certainly a night to remember!

 

Be A Good Little Widow (A Stage Reading)

February 24th & 25th, 2020 at Normal Ave’s Medicine Show Theater

When her husband Craig dies suddenly, Melody is indoctrinated into the rules and regulations of what it means to be a proper (capital w) Widow. Part dream, part waking-nightmare, this delightfully dark comedy dances through the music of Melody’s memories as it explores what we allow others, and ourselves, to feel in the wake of a complicated loss.

 

COMING SOON

 

Homeless Garden

Date: TBD

Written by: Matt Minnicino

Co-developed and Directed by: Graham Miller

Things aren’t great. The oceans are rising. Venice has been underwater since 2029. And, worst of all, Liv Raines has to sell her family’s orchard upstate — her family’s famous orchard. But it’s fine! She’s going to save the orchard, save her family, save herself, and maybe save the world too (or at least try). A future-tinted explosion of Anton Chekhov’s heartrending + gutbusting social satire for 2020 about generations, greenhouse gases, class, hope, and how we reckon with the inevitable.

 

Goliath

Date: TBD

Written by: Karen Hartman

Directed by: Tova Wolff

In the final hours of the 2005 Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip, an American settler and her zealot son must confront their ideals as they are forced out by their own army. Before long, their little greenhouse in the middle of the desert becomes a battlefield for coexistence. In a war of heritage and home, are you David or are you Goliath?

 

RTC COMPANY

 

DYLAN GUERRA (Playwright):

Dylan Guerra Is a gay Latinx New York City-based artist originally from Miami, Florida.  You can catch his live true crime podcast “Find Him” periodically at Ars Nova. He has been a finalist for The Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, NBC Universal’s Writers on the Verge Program, The MTC Directing Fellowship, The Drama League Hangar Directing Fellowship, and a semifinalist for the Sundance Episodic Television Writers Program. BFA: Southern Methodist University. He is a proud member of EST’s Youngblood and Ars Nova’s Playgroup.

 

LIBA VAYNBERG (Playwright):

Described by the New York Times as “wonderfully real and raw,” Liba Vaynberg is a first generation American writer and actor. Bilingual in English and Russian, she studied Molecular Biology & International Studies at Yale. She is the recipient of the inaugural commission at Rattlestick with CBE as well as the LABA 14STY Humor 2019-2020 Fellowship. Her play Round Table premiered at 59E59 (Times Square Chronicles 10 Best Plays of 2019) after development with Fault Line Theater’s IRONS IN THE FIRE. Other plays include Scheiss Book which premiered at the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row where it won Best One-Woman Show as well as the Backstage Magazine Audience Choice Award. Scheiss Book was reprised by Dixon Place, Wild Project (with Wheelhouse Theater Project) and Stonewall Inn. She is currently collaborating with Dina Vovsi on a new commission about the Brighton Beach Community through the Five Boroughs 1 City Initiative with Working Theater. Her play The Oxford Comma received an educational premiere at Xavier University. Her play with Emily Louise Perkins, The Russian & The Jew was the recipient of a COJECO BluePrint Fellowship and was produced by the Tank. She has been published by the LABA Journal as well as Lilith and writes sketch with her partner Allison Minick with Main Wench. As a performer, she has recurred on New Amsterdam (NBC), Madam Secretary (CBS) and has appeared on Billy & Billie (DirecTV) and The Deuce (HBO). Performance highlights include Annie Blumberg in the PBS broadcast of The Soap Myth opposite Ed Asner, Black Milk at Classic Stage Company, Bekah Brunstetter’s Oregon Trail at the Women’s Project, Novaya Zemlya at HERE, and Golem of Havana at La Mama. Television includes New Amsterdam, The Deuce, The Plot Against America. Regionally, she has worked at Yale, Williamstown Theater Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre, Penguin Rep and Miami New Drama. She is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency and Cyd LeVin Associates.

 

GRAHAM MILLER (Director): Graham is a theatre director and Co-Artistic Director of Refracted Theatre Company. Directing credits include: I Am My Own Wife (Out Front Theatre Co.), The Dark by Serena Berman (Samuel French OOB Festival Finalist), Fostered Love by Claire-Frances Sullivan (TACT), Heavy is the Head…Or Why We Bow by J.S. Hinds (Amoralists ‘Wright Night at Rattlestick), and cabarets/solo pieces at such venues as Green Room 42, Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex and The Tank. Assistant/associate work includes projects with Michael Arden (Roundabout), Trip Cullman (Powerhouse), Michael Rader (Cape Playhouse) and Zi Alikhan (BASiC.) MTC Directing Fellow, SDCF Observership Recipient, Director’s Lab Chicago alumnus.

 

TOVA WOLFF (Director): Tova is a director and producer working in New York and Chicago. She is Co-Artistic Director of Refracted Theatre Company. Select directing credits include: The King’s Speech (Associate Director, Chicago Shakespeare Theater & The National Theatre-DC), Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky (59E59 Theaters & Edinburgh Fringe Festival), A Bad Night (The Frontier), Fade (Assistant Director, Victory Gardens), Bachelorette (Walkerspace/Soho Rep.), Security! (Secret Theater), Still Rising (The Tank). In 2016 Tova won Best Director in the Midtown International Theatre Festival for her production of Between Men. She was a participant in the Chicago Director’s Lab in 2017 and a 2017/2018 Directing Fellow at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Currently, Tova is the Associate Director for the National Tour of The King’s Speech.

 

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Full of DOUBT

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Face to Face Films continues its play/film reading series with John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” on June 27 @ 2 PM via Zoom. Tickets are free. You can reply to facetofacereadings@gmail.com to RSVP.

Donations are accepted with 100% of the proceeds will go to a charity to be announced shortly.

“Doubt: A Parable” is set in the Bronx, 1964, in a Roman Catholic elementary school led by the pious Sister Aloysius (Vivien Cardone). Naïve Sister James (Rheanna Salazar) tells Aloysius that Father Flynn (Alex Commito) asked Donald Muller, a young boy and the school’s only African-American student, to come down to the rectory.

Suspicions then arise when the boy returns to class with wine on his breath.

Aloysius takes up a crusade, insisting that Father Flynn engaged in a sexual relationship with Donald. Matters become more complicated when Aloysius confronts Mrs. Muller (Isha Sumner).

The event is produced by Casey Hartnett & Anthony Laura. Mr. Laura will direct.

This event also inaugurates the company’s Julia Initiative in honor of philanthropist, Julia Patanella, who passed away in 2004. The Initiative creates a “safe space” within Facer to Face for cast, crew, and audience, who find themselves in situations of mental or physical harm. A member of Face to Face is available to help find programs and other services to assist individuals in solving or at least alleviating the situation. Face to Face will go face-to-face with them.

The Initiative is the first program created by the new team of Anthiny Laura and Casey Hartnett, who assumes the position of co-producer of the organization.

PHANTASM-CON© 2020 (PHAN-CON© 2020) is the first VIRTUAL PHANTASM HORROR CONVENTION

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‘The Girl with the Red Hair’

by ROBERT MASSIMI

Twists and Turns.

 “The Girl with the Red Hair” tells the story of Hayley Jones (Casey Hartnett), a young woman admitted into a psychiatric facility who slowly begins to lose her grip on reality. Struggling to find her own sanity, the audience watches in horror at how her disorder moves her toward ruin.

Anthony Laura deftly brings forward the many disorders that people face in psychiatric facilities. From drug addiction, to mental problems and on to sexual addiction. Laura in this performance differed in that he even shows the Doctor with issues.

“The Girl with the Red Hair” is a dynamic piece that is a show watchers’ show. It has many twists and turns and is a play that you really need to watch as a passive audience member… guessing the end will only be fruitless.

PAPI & The Women of Manhattan

IMG_8869Multi-media Artist & Producer, Sunflower Duran, Founder of stage and film production company, Pink Arts Peace Productions, Inc. and a member of Chasing Mermaids, a Spotify-trending Hip-Hop group, is preparing to be one of the first indie theatre productions to open when the quarantine is relaxed in NYC.

Late September will mark the premiere of WOMEN OF MANHATTAN. Originally set for pre-pandemic, Duran is bringing her cast together to remotely plan for the new opening.

Returning to NY’s landmark, the American Theatre of Actors, WoM concerns three friends, Billie, Judy, and Rhonda, who have found success in their lives, but — as they sit over a casual dinner — they begin to come to harsh realization that they may not be as successful as they outwardly appear. Exploring the new reality thanks to social media, this dramatic work mirrors Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along in its exploration of fame, its attributes … and consequences.

Filmmaker and Video Artist Ziporen Hazum

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Filmmaker and Video Artist Ziporen Hazum

Lottery Construction: https://vimeo.com/207373767
Nestea Underwater: https://vimeo.com/207374013

ANIMUS

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Animus Theatre Company begins its 2019/2020 Season Selection Series

The Animus Season Selection Series is a free public reading series dedicated to developing new work and sharing plays in consideration for upcoming seasons with our audiences. It’s an opportunity for our audiences to hear plays in early stages of development and allow them to participate in our season selection process.

It was a banner year for the cutting-edge ensemble of artists led by Founding Artistic Director, Jonathan Judge-Russo. Animus Theatre Company is gearing for an equally exciting Fall 2019.

ARTIST REPRESENTATION: Mary Elizabeth Micari, the M Center for the Performing Arts featuring the P.A.T.H. Method, and White-Witch Products

The Lambs

ABOUT THE LAMBS

lambs-logo.pngThe 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.