MOTHER EVE'S SECRET GARDEN... Opens 8/15 as Part of New York International Fringe Festival
The New York International Fringe Festival will feature the award winning musical Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood, book by Uma Incrocci, Erica Jensen, and Kirk McGee, with music by Christian Pedersen, lyrics by Uma Incrocci, choreography by Ashley Wren Collins, musical direction by Jason Wynn and directed by Erica Jensen. Mother Eve will play at The Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street) from August 15 – 26. Tickets are available at www.FringeNYC.org for $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood appeared at the 2011 Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival, where it was nominated for seven awards including Outstanding Production of a Musical, and won three, including Outstanding Leading Actress, Outstanding Costume Design and a special Producers Award. Most recently it was nominated for "Best of The Fest" at the 2012 L.A. Comedy Festival. Show Business Weekly hailed it as, "High Energy." Short and Sweet NYC called it "Refreshing, inventive, original and creative…nothing short of a fun night of girl power at the theatre."
Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood tells the tale of a sassy self-help guru who strives to transform the lives of six women, whom she calls the "Divine Petals." Encouraging them to celebrate and release their inner flower power, she helps each of the women transform, but a deep dark secret plagues the Garden that could destroy the Sisterhood forever.
The cast of the musical includes: Alena Acker (TV: "Killer Voices", Theatre: LMAO, The Ryan Case) Brittany Bradford (Regional: Ragtime, Avenue Q), Elena Bossler (Regional: Dividing the Estate, The Lt. of Inishmore), Ashley Wren Collins (Film: Pound of Flesh; TV: "Z Rock," "All My Children;" Theatre: Born Yesterday, La Dispute), Amy Dannenmuller (Theatre: Dracula, Distracted. Film: Saturday Night Butch, Game Night – Best Actress, First Run Film Fest), Uma Incrocci (TV: "Pan Am," "Bored to Death," Theatre: Fairytales of the Absurd, Proof), Kirk McGee (Off-Broadway- Summer '69, Daughter of the Regiment, Mindfreak; TV: "Are We There Yet?," "Law & Order," "Sesame Street"), Danielle Montezinos (Film: Stand By - Outfest & Slamdance Winner, Best Short; Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing, Tony and Tina's Wedding), and Christian Pedersen (Theatre: Vieux Carré. Regional: The 39 Steps, Dividing the Estate, A View From the Bridge. TV: "The Good Wife," "Fringe," "Damages") The creative team includes: Erica Jensen (book; director), Jenny Mercein (assistant director), Kirk McGee (book), Uma Incrocci (book and lyrics), Jason Wynn (musical director), Christian Pedersen (composer), Ashley Wren Collins (choreography), Megan Hill (costume designer), and Kate Ashton (lighting designer).
Mother Eve's Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood was originally produced as an award-winning web series. By the end of its first season, Mother Eve premiered at the Tribeca Film Center, and then was picked up by Koldcast TV. The series' major success led Mother Eve to be adapted as a full-length rock musical. The Company performed earlier versions of the show at the Upright Citizens Brigade in 2010, The People's Improv Theater (PIT), Los Angeles Comedy Festival and the Grove Theater Center, Burbank, in 2012.