Anna Ty Bergman, Jordan Coughtry and More Set for VERY VERY Concert Reading in Manhattan Today
Anna Ty Bergman (Red Hot Broadway), Jordan Coughtry (Amadeus at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Blake Pfeil (Man of La Mancha at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Dani Marcus (Jane Austen's Emma at The Old Globe), Cedric Lamar (Rock Act 'The Life and Times Of') and Acting Company alum), Katie Fabel (Cherry Lane, Irish Rep, Mint Theatre), Roger Weisman, keyboardist Zac Lasher, bassist Dan McNaney, drummer Sparkie Sandler, guitarists Kevin Griffin and Vin Stanton, and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey favorites Jordan Coughtry, James Michael Reilly, Jay Leibowitz, Andy Paterson, and Susan Elizabeth Maris will appear in two invited concert readings of 'VERY VERY,' Shakespeare's 'AS YOU LIKE IT' re-imagined as a contemporary rock concert.
Acting Company Alum, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Artistic Associate, and the current Director of The National Players with The Olney Theatre Center, Jason King Jones, will direct today's March 4, 2013 concert readings which are being sponsored by Gibson NYC and will be presented at the Gibson-Baldwin Showroom in Midtown Manhattan.
An ambitious new reinvention of Shakespeare's classic comedy, 'VERY VERY' is the latest collaboration between Brooklyn-based artists and show co-creators Jay Leibowitz and Zac Lasher with Director Jason King Jones. Leibowitz and Jones, both seasoned alums of The Acting Company and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, have teamed up with Lasher, a former member of the progressive rock band U-Melt and producer of Leibowitz's solo record 'Pedestrian Life', to capture the story of Rosalind and Orlando, two young lovers who flee the tyranny of home and find themselves in a sexually charged and confusingly passionate exile.
The show features 28 original songs adapted from Shakespeare's original text infused with various genres of modern rock. The songs blend Lasher's unique compositional style and Leibowitz's lyrics which cleverly deconstruct Shakespeare's original text while quick scenes written in plain and playful stage banter bridge moments between the music.
'VERY VERY' has been in development since April 2012. Music selections from project have been recently developed and performed to great acclaim at both The Deconstructive Theatre Project and Fresh Ground Pepper NYC.
Members of the Industry who wish to attend the free concert readings are encouraged to reserve a seat at the 3 pm presentation and can do so easily at www.VeryVeryRockShow.com. Alternatively, email@example.com or call (917) 364-3050. Standing room and late-seating will be available at the door for the 8 pm presentation. A post-performance reception will be catered by Chef Nabil Hajaji of Brooklyn's Bushwick Kitchen.
An ambitious and exciting new work, VERY VERY tells the story of Rosalind and Orlando, two young lovers who flee the tyranny of home only to reunite in a sexually charged and confusingly passionate exile. Songs feature a modern rock vocabulary from various genres blended together in Zac Lasher's unique compositional style and Jay Leibowitz's lyrics, which cleverly deconstruct Shakespeare's original text. Quick scenes written in plain and playful stage banter bridge the moments between the music.
VERY VERY has been in development since April of 2012 and will receive its world premiere in NYC later in 2013. Two live concert readings of the show featuring a talented company of 18 musical artists will be held on March 4th, 2013 at the Gibson-Baldwin Showroom in midtown Manhattan.