Multi-media artist and producer, Sunflower Duran, founder of popular 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 contemplate and realize 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 and its attributes and consequences.
Duran directs as well as appearing as Billie along with Antonette Leonie as Judy.
Leonie, an actress/writer/director, wrote her first play, “How to Love A Drug Addict,” (premiered under her direction) which gained success thanks to a multi-theater run before becoming an independent film. Leonie is also one of the producers of “Self Love Revolution” an event that incorporates yoga, film, and live music in Brooklyn.
Bronx-born Duran, an NYU Steinhardt grad, will announce the remaining cast shortly. Dates also TBA.
JMC will now assume publishing duties of the following Seven Arts Journals:
“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.
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.
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.