Lucky Penny Productions PResents WHO MURDERED LOVE? 8/10-22 as Part of FringeNYC
Lissa Moira directs, with Musical Direction & arrangements by Chris Wade & choreography by Stephen Brotebeck.Costume Design is by Lytza Colón & Ryan Matthieu Smith & Lighting Design is by William Giraldo. William J. Vila serves as Production Stage Manager.
WHO MURDERED LOVE? is set in 1924 New York City & in a Paris dreamscape. The story follows WWI veteran & private eye, "Sleepy" Sam Speed, Gail Friday & Everett Greene, as they attempt to unravel the disappearance & possible murder of DaDa Love, at the behest of their client, the stunning heiress Honey Potts. DaDa Love is at the center of the world of DaDa artists, at the time when the Surrealists are vying for artistic supremacy. Their quest leads the trio through a mad adventure sparked by artistic & sexual jealously, as they find themselves inside an Absinthe dream, peopled by outrageous artists of every stripe – some, very predatory, indeed!
Featured in this AEA Approved Showcase Production are William Broderick*, Ari Butler*, Chelsey Clime, Kimberly Faye Greenberg*, Paul Kolecki, Luba Mason*, Tracy McDowell*, Jacob Storms & Darryl Winslow*.
Director Lissa Moira is a playwright, screenwriter, director, artist & poet, plus a two-time Jerome Foundation Grantee & OOBR Award-winning actress. Ms. Moira’s play, TIME IT IS, was in the final ten in the Chesterfield/Paramount Screen Writing Competition (from over 5000 submissions world-wide) & Dead Canaries, a feature film with Charles Durning, Dan Lauria, Dee Wallace-Stone & Joel Higgins, was co-written by Ms. Moira. Over the last nineteen years, she has often worked with co-writer Richard West, to create such long-running hits as Sexual Psychobabble & The Best Sex of the XX Century Sale. Lissa’s short story “The Seduction of Time” was produced in an adaptation for spoken word & dance. Under the auspices of Theatre For The New City & Executive Director Crystal Field, Lissa spearheaded The Chrysalis, a play development project that included over 40 writers, directors & actors. She adapted her play Before God Was Invented, which received a nomination for a Susan Brownell-Smith Award in 2007, as a musical (music composed by Richard West, with lyrics by Lissa) for a March 2011 run at TNC. As a director, Lissa most recently directed & did the dramaturgy for both Satan’s Whore, Victoria Woodhull (by Richard Geha) & the current Off-Broadway show Siren’s heart, Norma Jean & Marilyn in Purgatory, at the Actors Temple.
A Jerome Foundation Grantee, Richard West has been a writer, musician & actor. Among his plays are Warhol in Hell, Bohemia on Wry, Sex & the Single Samurai & Enlightenment on the Installment Plan. With Lissa Moira, he has writtenSexual Psychobabble, Who Murdered Love? & The Best Sex of the XX Century Sale. His one-man shows include Coastal Complexes, The Hip Revival Hour, Daffodils for Duchamp, Café Vanity, Coming of Age Amongst the Urban Savages, Coming of Age in a Stoned Decade, The Blue Monkey, The Floating Duck Variety Show, Going Out of Democracy Sale, The Grand Theft Inaugural Ball, Variety Show & You Sure Got a Lot of Nirvana. Richard had a radio career on the West Coast (KPFA, KSAM), a Manhattan Cable TV show (“That's More Like It”) & has performed his satirical & serious songs & East-West exotic fusion music at venues ranging from The Limelight, Theater Row Mudd Club, The Knitting Factory & The Village Gate. Recently, he collaborated on a song cycle with Lissa: The Son of a Bush from Texas & other related songs.
Lucky Penny Productions, Inc. is an entertainment corporation specializing in theatrical & musical productions. Lucky Penny was the Associate Producer of Edge, starring Angelica Page as Sylvia Plath & the Producer of FaceSpace, written by Bisanne Masoud & Talia Gonzalez, both seen Off-Broadway. This is Lucky Penny’s first foray into the New York International Fringe Festival.
DATES: Friday 8/10 @ 9:15pm, Thursday 8/16 @ 2pm, Sunday 8/19
@ 2:30pm, Wednesday 8/22 @ 7:15pm & Saturday 8/25 @ 5:30pm
THEATRE: Players Theatre ~ 115 MacDougal Street
PRICE: $15 (in advance) & $18 (at door)