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Awards | New York Innovation Theatre Foundation Awards for Off-Off Broadway

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Dance of Life with Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch in FringeNYC 2016. Photo: James Jim

Fringe NYC |New York’s Festival Of New And Independent Theater | August 2016

Contact: Ron Lasko @ 212-505-1700 / ron@spincyclenyc.com


Returns for 20th Anniversary Season
August 12-28, 2016

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Lisa Ramirez Wins Award for Her Play To The Bone — Great News!

Lisa Ramirez’ play To The Bone was one of the best — probably THE best — new play I saw all season but at the time I felt it was not receiving the attention it deserved.  Now she has received a 2015 NYCT Helen Merrill Playwright Award and I’m thrilled for her to have this recognition and tremendously deserved award.  Click on the live link for more on the award, and see there also other playwrights who have been honored.  Click here for Let’s Talk Off-Broadway’s review of Lisa Ramirez’ To The Bone. 

Now and then things come out right!

Congratulations to Lisa Ramirez!

Yvonne Korshak

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The New David H. Koch Plaza, New York, NY

… one of New York’s favorite theaters …

The moment the fountains of the new David H. Koch Plaza at the Metropolitan Museum were first (officially) turned on

The moment the fountains of the new David H. Koch Plaza at the Metropolitan Museum were first (officially) turned on

The fountains that ran along the front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, though they still looked beautiful and continued to toss their refreshing waters, had severe internal problems in the pipes and plumbing.  Museum Trustee David H. Koch expressed willingness to pay for repairs, an offer that morphed into a total re-design of the public spaces, four blocks long, that span the front of the museum, including removing the old fountains and installing new ones.  We were told at the ceremony dedicating the new plaza that Mr. Koch said “Why don’t I pay for everything including the extras?” and he did at a cost of $65 million.

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FringNYC — Complete Listings for Encore Series and Solos Sept 4 – Oct 5, 2014

                                                        For Immediate Release:
                        Contact: Ron Lasko at ron@spincyclenyc.com or 212-505-1700 x. 11

Nearly 2 Dozen Festival Favorites Get Extensions at
September 4 - October 5 at Baruch Performing Arts Center & SoHo Playhouse

In 17 days, even the most intrepid theatergoer can only sample a fraction of the
over 200 offerings at the New York International Fringe Festival. Now in its
10th year, the official 2014 FringeNYC Encore Series gives theatre lovers
another chance at seeing some of the most critically acclaimed and most
crowd-pleasing shows from the Festival.

This year, the FringeNYC Encore Series will be divided into two separate mini
festivals. Baruch Performing Arts Center will present exclusively solo
performances as part of its ongoing "Solo In The City" performance series (which
has previously presented works by Sandra Bernhard, Jackie Hoffman and Tovah
Feldshuh), while SoHo Playhouse will host an array of drama, comedies and
musicals. FringeNYC and The FringeNYC Encore Series are servicemarks and/or
trademarks of The Present Theatre, Inc. and are used with permission.

SOLO IN THE CITY: THE FRINGENYC ENCORE SERIES runs September 11 - October 3 at
Baruch Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Baruch College in
Manhattan on East 25th Street between Lexington & 3rd Aves. Tickets are $18 -
$20, available online at www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac, by phone at 646-312-5073, or
in person at the box office at 55 Lexington Ave. (enter E. 25th St. between
Lexington & 3rd Aves.)  Performances will include:

Confessions of Old Lady #2
Joan Shepard's sparkling account of 74 years on Broadway and on TV. Laced with
side-splitting stories & witty songs, this musical memoir won four stars from
the London Times.
Sept. 18 at 7 PM & Sept. 22 at 2 PM

The story of one man's broken engagement (not his fault), failed suicide attempt
(definitely his fault), the relationships that followed (probably his fault) and
the misguided attempts to teach his students how to take risks and become
Sept. 20, 27 at 9 PM

Gary Busey's One Man Hamlet (As Performed by David Carl)
In this absurdist romp through Shakespeare, pop culture, and life in the
theatre, iconic actor Gary Busey (played by comedian David Carl) will perform
all the parts in "Hamlet", using homemade puppets, videos, live music, and
poetry. FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winner.
Sept. 19, 26 at 9 PM & Oct. 3 at 9 PM

Hoaxocaust! Written and performed by Barry Levey, with the generous assistance
of the Institute for Political and International Studies, Tehran
Ever wish the Holocaust hadn't happened? Some say it didn't! Join Barry's
journey to find deniers from Illinois to Iran, meeting engineers and
ex-presidents, dodging a brother in Hungary and a boyfriend back home to
discover the truth. FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winner.
Sept. 11, 18, 24 at 7:30 PM & Sept. 21 at 3 PM

Magical Negro Speaks
Jamil Ellis gives voice to the Magical Negro -- one of Hollywood’s favorite
tropes -- and examines what images in entertainment mean for future generations.
FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winner.
Sept. 19 at 8 PM & Sept. 20 at 7 PM

Murder Margaret and Me
Margaret Rutherford became a global legend playing Miss Marple. Originally she
didn't want the part, and Agatha Christie didn't want Marple played by "the
funniest woman alive." This British sell-out sensation sees Christie playing
detective, unearthing Rutherford's terrible secrets. FringeNYC Overall
Excellence Award winner.
Sept. 13 at 3 PM; Sept. 19 & 20 at 7 PM

The Pawnbroker: Lies, Lovers, and Bertolt Brecht
What price would you pay for love -- your dignity, your sanity, your place in
history? Discover the lies behind Brecht's legend - and what five women lost to
create it.
Sept 17 at 7:30 PM; Sept. 28 at 7 PM

Sex, Lies & Earl Grey
How do you take your tea? Georgina likes it hot with good manners, bad behavior
and a pianist. Her crash course in etiquette reveals more than she, or you might
Sept. 20 at 2 PM; Sept. 28 at 7:30 PM


THE FRINGENYC ENCORE SERIES runs September 4 - October 5 at SoHo Playhouse  (15
Vandam Street between Varick and Avenue of the Americas). Tickets are $18,
available at 212-352-3101 or online at OvationTix at www.fringenyc-encoreseries.com.
Performances will include:

Gianmarco and Laura star in a completely factual play about the end of their
five-year relationship. Everything is exactly as it happened, is happening, and
will happen.
Mon 9/15 @ 9, Fri 9/19 @ 7, Mon 9/22 @ 8, Mon 9/29 @ 9:30 , Sat 10/4 @ 5

• Chemistry
Steph is a recovering depressive. Jamie overachieved himself off the deep end.
When they meet in their psychiatrist's office, they can't deny their chemistry,
but can they survive it? A pitch black and piercingly insightful comedy about
being crazy in love.
Sat 9/13 @ 5:30, Fri 9/19 @ 9:30, Sat 9/20 @ 7, Sun 9/21 @ 5, Sat 10/4 @ 7

Fatty Fatty No Friends
As the fattest kid in school, Tommy lives a lonely, living nightmare. When the
skinny kids’ taunting goes too far, Tommy takes revenge without amends. A dark
spoken-word Tim Burton-esque musical diving into the lunchtime of life, where
bullies are delicious. FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winner.
Wed 9/10 @ 8, Sun 9/14 @ 3, Mon 9/15 @ 7, Wed 9/17 @ 8, Thu 9/17 @ 7

Held Momentarily
Trapped on a stalled New York subway, seven strangers realize it's not just the
train that's stuck. A poignant musical comedy about making connections, living
in the moment and moving on in life... and a woman just went into labor.
Thu 9/11 @ 7, Fri 9/12 @ 9:30, Sun 9/14 @ 5, Thu 9/18 @ 9, Sun 9/21 @ 3

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking
Join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale (Art of the Drink
TV) for a boozy romp through the history of alcohol. Cocktails and comedy
combine for an utterly unique musical theatre experience! “An absolute
must-see!” raves The Huffington Post. 21+ only
Fri 9/5 at 8, Fri 9/12 at 8, Fri 9/19 at 8, Fri 9/26 at 8

Jump Man
A musical parody of the Mario Brothers world. When a crime wave hits their
Brooklyn neighborhood, Mario and Luigi have their heroism tested. Jump Man
addresses age-old questions like "What defines a hero?" and "Do plumbers love to
sing?" FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winner.
Sat 9/6 @ 7, Fri 9/12 @ 7, Sat 9/13 @ 3 & 8, Sun 9/14 @ 7

• Moses, The Author
Meet Moses. He has family problems (gay son, rocky marriage), God problems
(existential), and career problems (writer’s block, a hellish deadline). To make
a better Bible he must become a better man. A love story, with scrolls. Don't
miss it.
Fri 9/26 @ 7, Sun 9/28 @ 3, Wed 10/1 @ 3, Sun 10/5 @ 3 & 7

Mother’s Day
Acid-tongued New York drag queen Helen Back incites a nuclear family meltdown
when she comes home to New Jersey for Mother's Day. The debut of a pitch black
comedy/drama that explores the rules of engagement for a family at war.
Thurs 9/4 @ 9:30, Fri 9/5 @ 9:30, Tues 9/9 @ 8, Thurs 9/11 9:30

No One Asked Me
Illegal. No papers. They are not supposed to be here, yet for thousands of
undocumented children, the U.S. is the only home they know. They face an
uncertain future, fearing deportation. Based upon stories of "illegal" NYC
students. FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winner.
Fri 9/26 @ 9, Sat 9/27 @ 4, Sun 9/28 @ 7:30, Mon 9/29 @ 7, Tue 9/30 @ 8

Smashed: The Carrie Nation Story
A beer-soaked, absurdly comic opera loosely based on the hatchet-wielding
temperance leader Carrie Nation. Raise your frothy brew high!
Sun 9/21 @ 8

This is Where We Live
Two teenagers collide like a modern day Orpheus and Eurydice in a dead-end
Australian town. A dark, moving comedy infused with the rhythm of beat poetry.
Australia's Paperbark Theatre Company presents this US premiere, which won the
2012 Griffin Award. FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winner.
Thu 9/4 @ 8, Fri 9/5 @ 8, Sat 9/6 @ 9:30, Sun 9/7 @ 5, Mon 9/8 @ 8

Urban Momfare
Why don't we ever hear songs about moms not actually liking their kids? This
romp through motherhood on Manhattan's Upper East Side spans 17 years: "Music
For Gifted and Talented Babies" to bra straps and Bellinis. Sling on your
stilettos! FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winner.
Sun 9/21 @ 7, Wed 9/24 @ 2, Thu 9/25 @ 7, Sat 9/27 @ 7, Sun 9/28 @ 5

Warm Enough For Swimming
Mom drowned years ago. Grandma died yesterday. Eddie fled his wedding. And
Bridget can't make coffee. Can estranged siblings clean the living room when the
bride arrives with a post-recession pyramid scheme and a Russian Mafioso stalks
their childhood home?
Sat 9/20 @ 9:30, Tue 9/23 @ 8, Thurs 9/25 @ 9:30, Sat 9/27 @ 9:30, Thurs 10/2 @


Past FringeNYC Encore Series have served as a launching platform for many
commercial and regional runs including Silence! The Musical, Krapp 39, Triassic
Parq, 5 Lesbian Eating A Quiche, Jamaica Farewell, The Complete Performer and
Piaf, among others.


FringeNYC Announces Overall Excellence Award Winners

                                            For Immediate Release Contact: Ron Lasko @ 212-505-1700 x. 11, ron@spincyclenyc.com  FringeNYC 2014 Announces Overall Excellence Award Winners  August 25, 2014 -- Winners of the 2012 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Awards were announced by festival Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy during a brief ceremony at The Cutting Room in New York. As selected by an independent panel of over 30 theater professionals, the winners are as follows:  Overall Play: Absolutely Filthy The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen This is Where We Live  Overall Musical: Jump Man: A Mario Musical King of Kong Urban Momfare  Acting: Janet Prince - Murder Margaret & Me Stephen Wallem - Bedroom Secrets Gwendolyn Kelso - Interior: Panic Brendan Hunt  - Absolutely Filthy  Playwrighting: Briandaniel Oglesby - Halfway, Nebraska Catherine Yu - The Sun Experiment Sara Cooper - Things I Left on Long Island Daniel McCabe - The Flood Jacob Marx Rice - Chemistry  Solo Performance: Gary Busey's Hamlet Hoaxocaust Magical Negro Speaks No Static at All The Mushroom Cure  Music & Lyrics Composition: Elliah Helfetz - Dust Can't Kill Me  Ensemble: The List No One Asked Me Freaks: A Legend About Growing Up Vestments of the Gods The 8th Fold  Costumes: Ashley Soliman - Fatty Fatty No Friends Directing: Bronwen Carson - April's Fool Gregory Kowalski - Crave  TheaterMania Audience Favorite: Absolutely Filthy  FringeNYC is a production of The Present Company, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy. In 1997, New York became the seventh U.S. city to host a fringe festival, joining Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Orlando and San Francisco. FringeNYC has presented over 3000 performing groups representing every continent, prompting Switzerland's daily, New Zurich Zeitung, to declare FringeNYC as “the premiere meeting ground for alternative artists.” FringeNYC has also been the launching pad for numerous Off-Broadway and Broadway transfers, long-running downtown hits, and regional theater productions including Urinetown, Matt & Ben, Never Swim Alone, Debbie Does Dallas, Dog Sees God, Brandon Teena, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, 21 Dog Years, Bash'd, The Irish Curse, Jurassic Parq, The Fartiste, Silence! The Musical and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche; movies including WTC View and Armless; and even a TV show (‘da Kink in My Hair). FringeNYC alumni include Bradley Cooper, Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me, CNN's Inside Man), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva), Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory), Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin), W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased), Dan O'Brien (NBC's Whitney), and Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), among countless other success stories.  The 19th Annual New York International Fringe Festival will run August 7 - 23, 2015 and will once again feature nearly 200 of the worlds best emerging theater and dance artists. Applications for the 2015 festival will be available online in November; completed applications are due February 14, 2015. For more information visit www.FringeNYC.org                                                                      ###


Let's Talk Off-Broadway rarely publishes press releases but the new app, "Scriptopia," seems unusually intriguing and of potential interest to our readers.  As always, comments are very welcome.  Scroll down below the text, click on "comments," write in comment box and click on "post."  Emails are private and never appear with comments,  Yvonne 
press contact: Sam Rudy 212 575 0263

Creators set to launch software May 1 at Lark Theater
SCRIPTOPIA – a new software application that will usher play development and theater collaboration into the 21st century – is being launched May 1st, according to its founder, stage director Kay Matschullat. Ms. Matschullat was joined in the creation of SCRIPTOPIA by Andrew Mirsky and Marc Huey.
SCRIPTOPIA will be unveiled on May 1 (3 to 5 pm) – at an event featuring the creators and theater artists who will demonstrate the app – at the Lark Play Development Center (311 W. 43 St.) in New York City. Register at www.scriptopia.eventbrite.com or call 323-682-0097.
Available on computers, tablets and smart phones, SCRIPTOPIA promises to revolutionize the development and rehearsal process for playwrights, directors and theater artists everywhere by streamlining some of the theater's most crucial, time-honored, time-consuming and archaic practices – script changes.
Among the leading features of SCRIPTOPIA:
–writer’s script changes go instantaneously to artistic team
–instant comparison between old and new versions of the script
–revisions can be shared and heard immediately
–actors can highlight scripts – and save personal notes through various re-writes — with one click
–directors and stage managers can instantly share notes selectively or with all members of the company
–stage managers can share blocking notes without interruption
–sides at auditions a thing of the past
–time and money-saver making efficient use of working hours
–paper-saving practice that is good for the planet!
–a myriad of advantages particular to the artist's discipline and needs
According to Ms. Matschullat, a director who has taught actors and directors at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for 20 years, “I created SCRIPTOPIA so theater artists can spend more time on their art and less time on frustrating delays at the copy machine and otherwise. I wanted to create a tool that enabled changes to be shared instantaneously, allowing everyone to be on the same page, literally and metaphorically. During the many months that we have been developing SCRIPTOPIA, more and more ways for the application to serve the playwright, director, actors and stage managers have emerged. We intend for artists' collaboration to be smoother, more artistically fulfilling and closer to a 'utopian' work environment as rehearsal and development time becomes more crucial – whether its regional theater, Broadway, workshop or summer stock.”
She adds that developing the application in real-time with theater artists at the Lark, New Georges Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Center Theater provided insight into how to refine the software to best suit its users.
Presently undergoing testing at Queens College and Lark Play Development Center in NYC, SCRIPTOPIA has generated considerable enthusiasm from its first-time users:
John Clinton Eisner, artistic director of the Lark, says “SCRIPTOPIA is visionary in how it uses technology to cut through the 'paperwork' and get right down to a creative process based on close collaboration and easy communication.”
Playwright Dominique Morisseau claims “the instantaneous distribution of re-writes is my favorite part. The actors can speak the words immediately.”
In addition to saving precious time in and out of the rehearsal room, director Kwame Kwei-Armah, who recently directed Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW with the help of SCRIPTOPIA, remarks, “The ability to send notes privately or to the group without interrupting rehearsal is incredibly valuable. They arrive instantaneously and effortlessly. Notes between the playwright and director happen seamlessly, discreetly and productively without distracting the actors. It's life-transforming – I love it.”
Even paper-oriented stage managers such as Matt Van Slyke have noted, “I loved the freedom that no paper gave me and the artistic team. Re-writes moved instantly and we never moved to the copy machine. It was especially helpful during a stand-in rehearsal as all of the actor's blocking was neatly accessible in the margins.”
For further information about SCRIPTOPIA, visit www.scriptopia.co.
To register for the May 1st event, call 323-682-0997 or go to www.scriptopia.eventbrite.com.

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