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INTIMATE APPAREL

INTIMATE APPAREL AT BAY STREET THEATER

INTIMATE APPAREL

WRITTEN BY LYNN NOTTAGE

Excited to announce that I’ll be playing George Armstrong in Bay Street Theater’s production of Intimate Apparel.

Esther Mills is a skilled African American Seamstress and has her own successful business in 1905 making lingerie for both society and “ladies of the night”. But she is lonely. As she searches for something more in her life, she unearths truths long hidden in the deepest recess of her heart. All her relationships will be changed forever, from a poetic love with a Carribean laborer working far away on the Panama Canal to complicated friendships with different women in her life, to a growing bond with a Haisidic shopkeeper who shares his exquisite finds of fabrics and maybe something deeper.

WHEN

Until July 30th 2017

WHERE

THE BAY STREET THEATER

1 Bay Street 

Sag Harbor, NY 11963

New York, NY 10003

FOR TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION GO TO

THE BAY STREET THEATER

or (631) 725 – 9500

THE NEW JERSEY REPERTORY MONDAY NIGHT READING SERIES

Pleased to announce that I will be reading the lead role of Declan in Aleks Merilo’s riveting new play THE SNOWMAKER at The New Jersey Repertory Theater’s Monday night Salon Reading.

In the dead of winter, a teenage girl’s estranged father unexpectedly takes her to a cabin in the isolated woods of Montana. She doesn’t know where he has been for the last 10 years. And she doesn’t know who he is searching for at night, when he stares out the window, with a sawed-off shotgun by his side.

For the Salon Reading Series, seats are $10; no reservations are accepted; strictly first come, first served. 

TICKETS

www.njrep.org

WHEN

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Door open @ 6:30pm

Reading begins @ 7:30pm

Post-Reading Q & A

WHERE

NEW JERSEY REPERTORY COMPANY

179 Broadway

Long Branch, NJ 07740

NJREP
FIRETHISTIME

THE FIRE THIS TIME FESTIVAL SEASON 8

AMERICA v 2.1 : THE SAD DEMISE OF THE AMERICAN NEGRO

WRITTEN BY STACY ROSE

 America v. 2.1 is a day in the life of a troupe of historical re-enactors charged with telling the tragic story of what was once was the American Negro, a woeful race once featured prominently in the American landscape, but whose time has been extinguished at own foolish hand. The troupe finds themselves at odds with the state of their own existences while being painfully oblivious to the parallels and intersections their lives draw to that of the very Negroes whose story they are bound to tell.

WHEN

January 18th 2017

WHERE

THE KRAINE THEATER

85 E 4th St

New York, NY 10003

FOR TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION GO TO

FIRE THIS TIME TICKETS

RED BULL THEATER’S REVELATION READING SERIES

RED BULL PRESENTS

JOHN WEBSTER’S THE WHITE DEVIL

Morality is torn to shreds as a passionate affair between the beautiful Vittoria and her lover, the Duke, unleashes a murderous revenge plot in this Jacobean potboiler.

Although they are both married to other people, The Duke of Brachiano has conceived a violent passion for Vittoria Corombona, daughter of a noble but impoverished Venetian family. Vittoria’s brother, Flamineo, employed as a secretary to Brachiano, has been scheming to bring his sister and the Duke together in the hope of advancing his career and their family fortune. But the arrival of Brachiano’s wife Isabella, escorted by her brother and the Cardinal, forces their hands and the scheming quickly turns deadly.

Directed by Louisa Proske

Featuring Tina Benko, Kathleen Chalfant, Clifton Duncan, Danaya Esperanza, Sheria Irving, Mark Nelson, Edward O’Blenis, Matthew Rauch, Rocco Sisto, and more.

The OBIE Award-Winning Revelation Readings series provides a unique opportunity to hear rarely-produced classic plays performed by many of the finest actors in New York.

TICKETS

www.redbulltheater.com

WHEN

Monday, December 5th, 2016

7:30PM

WHERE

LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE

121 Christopher street

New York, NY 10014

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Coriolanus

CORIOLANUS @ RED BULL THEATRE

 BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL SEXTON

The streets are full of protest. Economic inequality strains the social fabric. Debates rage throughout a nation riddled with dissension and distrust. It’s election year in Rome, 493 B.C.E., and as unscrupulous politicians manipulate public opinion, the hypocrisy and humiliation of political campaigns drive away the country’s finest. But beneath this political drama looms the personal tragedy of one principled man’s emotional blindness.

 This visceral new production is led by Dion Johnstone (Stratford Festival’s Othello, Titus, Macbeth) as Coriolanus in his New York Debut, Broadway luminary Patrick Page (Cymbeline, Spring Awakening) as Menenius, and Royal Shakespeare Company veteran Lisa Harrow (Wit, The Omen) as Volumnia.

WHEN

Oct 18th –  Nov 20th 2016

WHERE

BARROW STREET THEATRE

27 BARROW ST

NEW YORK, NY

FOR TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION GO TO

RED BULL THEATRE

6th ANNUAL 48HOURS IN…HARLEM

@THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE

Harlem9 PRESENTS

THE OBIE AWARD WINNING FESTIVAL

6 Playwrights. 6 Directors. 18 Actors
…giving raw impressions of 6 provocative black plays.

48HOURS IN… HARLEM a twist on the traditional 24-hour play festival. This event marks the 6th year of the collaborative Harlem9, bringing together 6 playwrights, 6 directors, and 18 actors to re-conceive classic plays from the African Diaspora over the course of one weekend in Harlem.

TICKETS

www.harlem9.org

WHEN

Sunday, August 14, 2016

7PM & 9:30PM

WHERE

THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE

2031 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10035

48Hours in...Harlem
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THEATER FESTIVAL

A Maritime Quest for Truth

A NEW PLAY BY CHRISTINA ANDERSON

DIRECTED BY LUCIE TIBERGHIEN

Ship’s Log: 1896. A father boards a ship and leads a mysterious expedition bound for Africa. In tow are his troubled son, a rebellious young woman, and a skeptical crew. On the open sea, an unexpected detour resurrects family secrets and reveals true intentions, fundamentally changing the course of the journey—and their lives. Christina Anderson creates a telling parable about violence, betrayal, faith, and freedom in this moving maritime epic. 

“Hope damages us…It weakens one of the most powerful tools we humans possess:  doubt.  When we doubt, we question, then we seek answers.”

At the Contemporary American Theater Festival

WHEN

July 8th – 31st 2016

WHERE

CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS I 

(STUDIO 112)

92 WEST CAMPUS DRIVE

Shepard University

301 King Street

West Virginia

THE WEDDING GIFT @ THE AMERICAN

CONTEMPORARY THEATER FESTIVAL

A Stunning Spectacle of Comedy and Drama

A WORLD PREMIERE BY CHISA HUTCHINSON

DIRECTED BY MAY ADRALES

Doug is an average guy with an average life. Until that is, he finds himself at a wedding, not as a guest…but as a gift. Surrounded by those that speak a language he’s never heard, Doug realizes he’s little more than a pet. And when the bride grows dangerously fond of him, the prospect of returning home becomes even more remote.

Chisa Hutchinson’s provocative and uproariously funny new play asks:  What does it mean to be the only “outsider” in a community? How does it feel to be the “other?”

At The Contemporary American Theater Festival

WHEN

July 8th – 31st 2016

WHERE

CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS I 

(STUDIO 112)

92 WEST CAMPUS DRIVE

Shepard University

301 King Street

West Virginia

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Play Us Your Songs

THE BRONX IS NEXT, PRESENTED BY

THE BILLIE HOLIDAY THEATRE

The Bronx is Next

A reading of a short play during the celebration of Sonia Sanchez, the esteemed activist and poet, presented by the Billy Holiday Theatre.

Directed by Awoye Timpo and featuring…

Dino Antoniou, Brian D. Coats, Marchant Davis, Edward O’Blenis,

Daniel Morgan Shelley, Carolyn Michelle Smith, Shay Webster

WHEN

Friday, May 27 – 8pm

Saturday, May 28 – 2pm

LOCATION 

The Center for Arts & Culture

1368 Fulton Street

in the Skylight Gallery, 3rd Floor

Brooklyn, NY

PLANET HEART @ COLUMBIA STAGES

NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

This week I’m proud to be performing the road of TOM in this

heart warming new play called PLANET HEART

at the Columbia Stages New Plays Festival.

The play is unique because it’s mostly spoken in Mandarin with subtitles,

placing you right into the heart of China.

WRITTEN BY : HongYi Tian

DIRECTED BY : Ben Gougeon

WHERE : Pershing Square Signature Theatre

480 W 42nd st

New York, NY

WHEN : Thursday May 12th @ 2:30pm + 8pm

Saturday May 14th @ 7:30pm

TICKETS : columbiastages.org

COLUMBIA
VIVID

VIVID, A SHORT FILM

I will be playing Jerry in the touching short film VIVID.

“Vivid” is a ten-minute short film about a colorblind painter who

falls asleep and dreams of seeing color through pills that he takes.

He paints a masterpiece painting in his dream while seeing color,

then wakes up from the dream realizing he still can’t see color.

He moves on from painting and has to work at an office job,

but he never really gives up his dream of being the best painter.

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY : Paul Chung

SHOT : April 2016

BRUISED AND CONFUSED @

LA MAMA DOWNSTAIRS

I’ll be reading the role of Malik in Bruised and Confused.

What happens when old friends loose a friend to police brutlity?

When do they fight for justice? When do they move on?

WHEN : Friday Feb 26th 2016

6:30pm – 8pm

WRITTEN BY : Rachel Mary Cox

WHERE : La Mama Downstairs

66 E 4th

New York, NY

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INFORMED CONSENT

INFORMED CONSENT @ GULF SHORE PLAYHOUSE

I’ll be hanging out in sunny Florida at the wonderful Gulfshore Playhouse

and playing Two/Graham in this groundbreaking

production of the new play, INFORMED CONSENT.

If learning the truth could change everything, would you still want to know?

Jillian, an ambitious geneticist, has learned something about herself.

As Jillian’s ethics and methods are being questioned,

genomic breakthroughs are happening at breakneck speed.

This heart warming and earnest tale explores what we want to know,

what we want to change, and the question of whether

knowledge actually IS power.

WHEN : Jan 9th – 31st 2015

WRITTEN BY : Deborah Zoe Laufer

DIRECTED BY : Kristen Coury

LUST LIFE WEB SERIES

We’ve all had them. That horrible first date.

I had a great time shooting these short sketches f

or LUST LIFE on YouTube. Take a look and see if you relate!

WATCH : BAD FIRST DATES

Created by : Veronica Willow

Directed by : Ben Feuer

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LUST LIFE WEB SERIES

Have you ever had a date where you weren’t sure who was going to pay?

I shot this very funny episode of LUST LIFE PRESENTS : THE CHECK

which is now streaming on YouTube. If you want a laugh, check it out :

 WATCH : THE  CHECK

Created by : Veronica Willow

Directed by : Ben Feuer

MASTER CARD INDUSTRIAL

I’m in Purchase NY, shooting a film to help make your MasterCard work better!

WHEN : October 23rd, 2015

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THEATRE SQUARED

By Bob Ford and Directed by Josh Hecht.

Filling in for Larry Powell (The Christians) to workshop this suspenseful play by Robert Ford.

A nuclear disaster a famous athlete and a government analyst struggle with the aftermath and the town they call home.

WHEN : October 19th 2015

THE NEW DEAL @ MA YI THEATER COMPANY

A dystopian story about what would happen if prisons

and pharmaceutical companies joined forces.

I’ll be acting in this sensational play by Mrinalini Kamath and

directed by Colette Robert.

WHEN : Thursday October 15th, 2015 7pm

WHERE : The Ma-Y Writers Lab Studio

260 W 35th st, Room 203

New York, NY

RSVP : info@ma-yitheatre.org

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UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE

Catch me improv with team “TEAM ANGST” during our

first Harrold Night!!

WHEN : Sunday October 4th, 2015 5pm

WHERE : UCB Theater

153 E 3rd st,

New York, NY

‘Alabaster Virgin (A Reading)’

@ American Renaissance Theater.

Alabaster Virgin is getting a full-length version. Come and check out

this amazing update to Kathryn Grant’s wonderful play.

WHEN : Tuesday September 22nd, 2015 7pm

WHERE : Cap 21, The SHOP

18 W 18th street

6th Floor

New York, NY

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“YERMA” at The Huntington Theater in Boston.

Coming up July 25th – 26th, 2015.

YERMA as part of The 2015 Summer Workshops.

Translationed and adaptated by Melinda Lopez

Directed by Melia Bensussen

Commissioned by American Conservatory Theater.

Federico García Lorca’s aching portrait of one woman’s longing to have a child finds fresh expression in Melinda Lopez’s adaptation. Consumed by her dream of motherhood, Yerma defies her husband JUAN (Edward O’Blenis) and confronts her community.

In this darkly poetic fable, Yerma’s obsessive desire propels her into a collision with the universe that is urgent and terrible in scope.

For Tickets go to THE HUNTINGTON THEATER.

“Mr.Douglas” – A new play at TheaterLab, New York.

March 27th & 28th @ 6pm
March 29th, 2015 2pm

 

A work-in-progress staging of a new play by Tom Kligenstein

Directed by Classic Theater of Harlem’s Christopher McElroen

Featuring Edward O’Blenis in the title role.

Please RSVP for tickets :

TheatreLab NYC
357 W 36th st, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 929-2545

 

 

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THE ALABLASTER VIRGIN // ARTC'S WINTER ONE ACTS

‘The Alabaster Virgin’ as part of ARTC’s Winter Festival of One Acts.

Saturday January 10th, 2015 @ The Shop, CAP21

Kate Grant’s 2-character drama about how two parents grapple with drug addicted children. I’m happily partnered with the wonderfully inspiring Karin de la Penha.

For Bookings & more info go to WinterWorks : The One Acts.

‘FAM BAM’ @ The Davenport Theater NYC

by DAUNA ODONATA WILLIAMS, Directed by PAUL STANCATO

 

Come watch me Sing/Dance/Act in this hip new musical workshop!

 

Economically, times are tough. And in one trailer park, Rey, an unemployed executive down on his luck, is forced by his expensive wife to get tougher than the times. Against his wishes, Rey quickie-divorces his trophy-wife so he and his ex both can remarry the on-the-dole neighbors to become contestants on the hit reality TV show FamBam360. Faking love and commitment to his newly manufactured tribe now of African-Asian-Hispanic-Caucasian- American descent in front of the world, 24-7, Rey works to fight all odds to win millions.

Through comedy and music, covering the full spectrum of American melting pot, R&B, country, hip-hop and rock-n-roll, FAMBAM360 celebrates what it means to be human and facing high-stakes in 21st century. FAMBAM360 is an original, interactive, musical comedy, presented in two acts, with a multi-ethnic cast.

FOR TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY!!!

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25TH @ 7:00PM

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26th @ 2:00PM

The Davenport Theater

345 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

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Bank Of America – “Connecting To What Matters”

Check out Bank of America’s newest commercial as it floats around your screens. You’ll see me picking up the check!

To view it : Bank Of America Commercial

‘Tamer Of Horses’ @ Passage Theater Co. NJ

Throughout May 2014 I’ll be playing the role of Ty in the upcoming production of TAMER OF HORSES by William Mastrasimone at The Mill Hill Playhouse, NJ alongside the fabulous Lynnette Freeman & Reynaldo Piniella.

The Brilliant Mr. Mastrasimone will reconstruct his play with us.

For Tickets & Information : THE PASSAGE THEATER

TAMER OF HORSES // PASSAGE THEATER CO.
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‘Chutzpah’a new musical by Rainbow Geffner @ The Abrons Art Center.

Picture this: a Jewish deli that doubles as a strip club, bagel bras, burlesque in the desert and a kosher invention that will change the way you eat in bed.

Can you see it? Yes you can! Come watch a 14 minute excerpt of a new musical, Chutzpah. Part of the Field’s Emerging Artist Residency.

WHEN : January 25th, 2014 @ 7:30pm

WHERE : Showcase at the Abrons Art Center.

‘I’ll Get You Back Again’ by Sarah Ganger @ The Lark Play Development Center.

I’ll Get You Back Again is a bittersweet comedy about the reunion of a seminal 60s psychedelic rock band in the Bay Area. Melvin is the band’s drummer, who turned his attention to jazz after the band’s breakup.

WHEN : Sept 18th 2014

WHAT : Round Table Reading

WHERE : The Lark Play Development Center

RSVP : Yes please!

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‘Clybourne Park’ @ The Hanger Theater, Ithica, NY.

Directed by Stephanie Yankwitt.

Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris has written a cutting-edge, wickedly funny satire that digs into the heart of race and real estate in the suburbs of Chicago. Inspired by historical events, the play begins in 1959 when a white couple sells their home to the neighborhood’s first black family, and thus sparks controversy. Fifty years later, the house is again changing hands, this time to a young white couple moving into the now black community. In a provocative salute to Lorraine Hansberry’s classic piece A Raisin in the Sun, this 2012 Tony Award winner for Best New Play now makes its regional premiere.

August 8th to 17th 2014 at the Hangar Theater : 801 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, NY 14850

For tickets and further information please visit The Hanger Theater.

SHORT NEW PLAY FESTIVAL @ RED BULL THEATER

I’ll be part of the Red Bull Cast for this Short New Play Festival.

Eight brand new plays riffing on Red Bull Theater’s mission to produce

plays of heightened language and classical themes.

Featuring new works by Peter Oswald, Regina Taylor,

Arthur Holden, Tim West, Patricia Lone Lloyd, Tommy Smith,

Jason Gray Platt and Winter Miller.

Directed by Risa Brainin and Liesl Tommy.

WHEN : Monday May 13th, 2013 7:30pm

WHERE : Playwrights Horizons

Peter Jay Sharp Theater

416 W 42nd street

New York, NY

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‘Uncle Vanya’ @ HERE Theater.

I remember Uncle Vanya. He was… it was… so beautiful and sad, but… funny… Yes…What a funny beautiful strange play. Yes, yes, that’s it!

Think you know Uncle Vanya? Look again! A Target Margin Theater Production.

WHEN : April 26th 2012 – May 19th 2012

WHERE : HERE Theater

For further information and ticket bookings please go to : here.org

‘The History of English’ @ The Women’s Project.

Andrea Kuchlewska’s new play “The History of English”.

A Creative Team Workshop with Director Tamilla Woodard.

WHEN : April 14th, 2011

RSVP : Through The Women’s Project.

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‘Powderburn (A Reading)’ @ NY Theater Workshop.

A rehearsed reading by Playwright Joshua Seidner at

The New York Theater Workshop.

WHEN : December 18th, 2010 7pm

WHERE : New York Theater Workshop

83 East Fourth street,

Rehearsal Studio Space

New York, NY

A reading of ‘Pushkin’ @ NY Theater Workshop.

By Playwright Johnathan Leaf.

WHEN : November 8th, 2008 7:30pm

WHERE : New York Theater Workshop

83 East 4th Street

Rehearsal Studio Space

New York, NY

 

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