DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES to Premiere at Theater For The New City's Dream Up Festival
Theater For The New City's has selected Eileen Connolly and Sean Roschman's new theatrical collaboration, Daughter Of The Waves, to have its world première during their 2014 Dream Up Festival.
Daughter Of The Waves will star Connie Rotunda (Alan Ball's Alarm Dog Rep, Asolo Repertory Theater), Andhy Mendez (Orange Is The New Black, Blue Bloods, Asolo Repertory Theater) , Jay Goldenberg (Acting Coach to Salma Hayek, Cybill Shepherd, Jared Leto, Alicia Silverstone) and Sophia Parra( House of Cards, Blue Bloods). Supporting cast will include Molly Brog, Nick Cianfrogna, Gina Costigan (Veronica Guerin, Becoming Jane) Christina Durst, Stefanie Fournier, Megan Hornaday, Nolan Mckew, Nikki Nasto and Skyler Volpe
The year is 1941. The war in Europe rages on. The Location: A windswept beach in neutral Ireland where a traveling theater troupe has smuggled in Jewish refugees from war torn Europe. As the aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, and singers prepare to mount a new production, the circus' shining star has fallen silent, the frequently drunk clown has disappeared into the night, insomniac ballerinas scan the waves for hidden German U-boats, and a shadowy presence keeps turning on the wireless radio. DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES tells the true untold story of Jewish refugees learning to survive in a new world. DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES examines the struggle of 'otherness' through the tale of the Selkie myth - a man who transforms for the love a girl and pays with his life. DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES is a collision of: Irish rebels singing raucous fight songs accompanied by the feets of flame of a pretty lass, a catchy multi-lingual songscape, swing dancing seagulls, ukulele playing prima ballerinas, a gypsy ghost watching over his unborn child, aerial faeries flipping and soaring through the air, and a soup making Krakow survivor searching for the secret ingredient to heal the broken heart.
Performance Schedule at The Joyce and Seward Johnson Theater
155 1st Ave.
August 31st -5:00PM
Tickets are $20.00
For tickets and more information please visit www.daughterofthewaves.com
EILEEN CONNOLLY (WRITER/DIRECTOR/DESIGNER) began her career as a professional actress, working Off-Broadway, at the MeadowBrook and Birmingham Theatres in Detroit, the Royal George in Chicago, the Walnut Street Theatre and the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. Eileen has directed and designed all of Wallis Knot's theatre productions (Between Two Worlds, Late to the Republique, Hamlet, Dance With Me Harker, The Dracula Journals, Seeing Andre Gide) and has curated and choreographed for their two spring dance concerts (Wet Shakespeare, Paper). Outside of Wallis Knot, Eileen created the combat and dance for the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Beowulf, was commissioned by the University of Vermont to co-author with Mark Alan Gordon an adaptation of Aristophane's The Birds, and directed, choreographed and designed Macbeth and Duchess of Malfi for NYCDA. She has designed and constructed costumes for Roschman Dance, the Wilma Theatre and Caravan Children's Theater in Philadelphia. As an artist, Eileen painted a cow for New York Cow Parade which was displayed in Rockefeller Plaza, exhibited her oil paintings in NYC and with Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coalition, and has designed book covers for Samuel French, Perfect Crime Books, and Greenpoint Press. Eileen holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from DeSales University. She currently teaches Voice and Shakespeare at NYCDA, and has also taught at Manhattanville College and New Actors Workshop. She recently completed her first novel, a young adult mystery thriller. www.EileenConnollyWriter.com & www.WallisKnot.org
SEAN ROSCHMAN (CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHER) began his dance training in Chicago, and went on to earn a BFA from New York University. He founded is company Roschman Dance in 2008 and since has presented three original evening length works. His company has been commissioned by Cirque Du Soliel "onedrop.org", New York City Fashion Week, The Maritime Museum of Norwalk, HEREArts, New York University, The New York Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts, and Stuyvesent Town/Peter Cooper Village's 'Summer On The Oval" Festival. Roschman Dance has had the pleasure of performing at 2012 Downtown Dance Festival, The Elan Awards, WaxWorks, The Rover Soho, PS122 many others. He choreographed the Off Broadway shows "Little House On The Ferry and "Southern Baptist Sisses", and contributed choreography to the internationally touring burlesque shows "The Pretty Things Peepshow" and "A Burlesque Soriee". He recently designed and choreographed the entertainment performances of Lady Gaga's ARTRave.
MEGAN HORNADAY (CO AERIAL CHOREOGRAPHER) has a background in classical ballet and trained in aerial arts with Rachel Bowman (Cirque du Soleil) and in contortion with Jonathan Nosan (SF Circus School). She specializes in silks, cloudswing, lyra, and dance. She performs regularly at venues such as The Box, Webster Hall, House of Yes, Soho House, and Lavo (including events for Beyonce, Paris Hilton, and Lorraine Schwartz) as well as private parties and events by Winkel & Balktick, Production 54, and Mayday Ent. (for Intel). She has done concert work for Lionel Richie 2009 tour, and Paul McCartney (Driving USA tour). She also choreographs and performs with her dance company Animal Mechanical. Megan has national commercials and print work for Target and Kohls.