pics from "god's honest truth"workshop, with david deblinger, marcia jean kurtz, alvin keith, mark junek, dori legg, and myself. directed by david wnitksy, written by renee calarco
that time j nicole and i had a nyc pride for the memory books. here's some pics that pretty much tell the story in perfect summation (I'll add more when i have more). happy pride y'all. risorgere insorgere!
B T TO THE DUBBLE DUBS, STEVE DIUBALDO'S BOOMER'S MILLENIAL HERO READING, DIRECTED BY JENNA WORSHAM AT TERRANOVA WAS A HOOTIN SUCCESS. THE RECTITUDE OF OUR INTENTIONS Y'ALL.
So like, I forgot to mention:
We worked damn hard and had such a blast and then I went right into my third workshop of the month with Th jewish Plays folks and didn't get to be like, yo, dudes, Boomer's Millenial Hero Story was some of the most fun I've had doing a reading. We had the smaller theatre at Cherry Lane packed and they were a rockin audience. And my fellow ensemble members were so righteously ridiculously hysterical that I think I got a hernia.Thanks to the whole team and terraNova for being the fuckin bomb squared.
BOOMER'S MILLENNIAL HERO STORY
Written by STEVE DiUBALDO
Directed by JENNA WORSHAM
Original Music by RICH CAMPBELL
Monday, June 16th at 3pm
FEATURING: Denny Dale Bess, Derrick Cobey, Nic Grelli, Emily Kratter, Brian McManamon, Susan Louise O'Connor, Diana Oh, Lisa Purrone, and Richard Thieriot
A down-home, piano-playing American story teller of the Boomer Generation guides us through the "heroic" first twenty-five years of white upper-middle class millennial Montgomery Walter's life. From a childhood full of trophies and doctor's diagnosis and parental self-esteem building, to 9/11 to the market crash to Occupy Wall Street, this raucous vaudevillian journey takes an absurdist look at the generational divide while leaving no side unscathed.
2014 JEWISH PLAYWRITING CONTEST WINNER!!
Playwright Renee Calarco
G-D'S HONEST TRUTH BY RENEE CALARCO CLICK HERE TO RESERVE TICKETSdirected by David Winitsky
Roberta and Larry have just purchased a miraculous Holocaust Torah for their synagogue. So why does the shul in the next town have one, too?
FEATURING MARCIA JEAN KURTZ, DAVID DEBLINGER, SARAH SOKOLIC, MARK JUNEK, DORI LEGG ALVIN KEITH, AND NIC GRELLI
June 27 at 7:30 pm
June 28 at 7:30 pm
June 29 at 2 pm
Suggested donation of $18
Theater at the 14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street (at 1st Avenue)
“I love that Renee’s play is based on this crazy true story, and then gets to really question the stories we tell ourselves. Her ideas are totally contemporary, but connect to deep roots.””— Artistic Director David Winitsky
Renee Calarco (Playwright) is a writer, teacher and performer based in Washington, DC. Her plays include The Religion Thing (2013 nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), Short Order Stories (2007 recipient of the Charles MacArthur Award), The Mating of Angela Weiss, Bleed, First Stop: Niagara Falls, The 12 Days of Christmas, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and others. Her plays have been produced, developed, and commissioned by Theater J, Charter Theater, Geva Theatre, Project Y, Adventure Theatre, Doorway Arts Ensemble, and the Source Theatre Festival. Renee teaches both playwriting and comedy improv at The Theatre Lab, and playwriting at George Washington University. She’s a founding member of The Welders and a proud member of The Dramatists Guild.
FING OUT MORE ABOUT THE JEWISH PLAYS PROJECT AT: http://www.jewishplaysproject.org/
Me, Brooklyn, Quincy. Chillin backyard style. South side.
Michigan Bonfire Night. Boom.
Just returned from Lookingglass Theatre Chicago workshopping: The Adventures of Yuri Kochiyama, written and directed by the incomparable J. Nicole Brooks, company member extraordinaire. We were struck with the news on the morning of our first day of work that Yuri had passed away. It was a surreal, overwhelming moment. I watched Nicky take the news with both heartbreak and grace. She rallied together, assembled her team at her theatre, and led us bravely towards Yuri's bright light. It was one of the best experiences working on new work I've had. And I cannot wait till you see what we are building. Also, just to nerd out a moment, I got to work with some of my favorite fuckin actors around: Anthony Fleming, Rusty Scwhimmer, Yadi Correia, Lisa Tejero, Tamberla Perry, Wai Yim, Tanya McBride, and Thom Cox.
So here's to making beautiful art and telling the stories of our ancestors and our past so that we can make a better future.
Rest in Power Yuri.
What a beautiful prism.
Un millione di grazie.
Next up: Workshop of Steve DIUbaldo's new play "Boomer's Millenial Hero Story." Directed By Jenna Worsham. Produced by terraNova Collective, Presented at the Cherry Lane studio. June 16th. 3pm. Will post again with more info: http://www.terranovacollective.org/groundworks-new-play-series-20141.html
Workshop of "God's Honest Truth" by Renne Calarco, directed by David Winitsky, presented by the Jewish Plays Project. Later in the month: http://www.jewishplaysproject.org/calarco
(And maybe filming some thangs and maybe some other things I can't tell you about just yet. Boop. )
Also, PS: The aforementioned (and very dopeness) J. Nicole Brooks is assistant directing the sure to be must see production of Sex with Strangers at 2econd STage Theatre in NYC. The play is written by Laura Eason , and directed by David Schwimmer.
2econd Stage website:
“Remember that consciousness is power. Consciousness is education and knowledge. Consciousness is becoming aware. It is the perfect vehicle for students. Consciousness-raising is pertinent for power, and be sure that power will not be abusively used, but used for building trust and goodwill domestically and internationally. Tomorrow’s world is yours to build.”
From wh auden's September 1, 1939:
"Defenceless under the night /Our world in stupor lies; /Yet, dotted everywhere, /Ironic points of light /Flash out wherever the Just /Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them /Of Eros and of dust,/ Beleaguered by the same /Negation and despair/, Show an affirming flame."