Photo Coverage: NYMF Preview - The Unknown, 6 Women With Brain Death, The View From Here and Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell

On Thursday, September 8, 2005 at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square, 4 NYMF shows - The Unknown, 6 Women With Brain Death (or Expiring Minds Want To Know), The View From Here and Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell showed off their stuff, and BroadwayWorld was there!

THE UNKNOWN - Inspired by Tod Browning's 1927 silent horror classic, THE UNKNOWN is the story of Alonzo, the Armless Knife Thrower, whose obsession with his target, Joan, drives him over the edge. But nothing is what it seems in this freak show of dreams. The Strongman, the Dwarf, the Circus Master, and the Girl all have wills of their own. If you've ever liked your love toxic rather than true, step right up for this erotic ride. What do you want to see?

6 WOMEN WITH BRAIN DEATH - A fast-paced, take-no-prisoners satire of life and pop culture, the award winning musical "6 Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know" is a wild and very left-of-center view of the world from an entirely feminine standpoint. In a series of bizarre but hysterical songs and sketches, the authors explore road rage, self-help books, TV soap operas, "genuine press-on nails," Barbie and Ken's secret fantasy life and what "is" and "is not" feminine – with an unforgettable detour through a meadow where Bambi goes haywire in the forest with an Uzi.

THE VIEW FROM HERE - Shonn Wiley stars in NYMF '04 Audience-Award-Winning Writer Timothy Huang's new one-act musical about creativity and resilience in the face of tragic events. A writer arrives in his white-walled, sixth floor walk-up in New York, ready to tenaciously take on the city and get his novel published. Recounting his various misadventures in a series of letters to his love back home, he is forced to deal with the people he left behind before he can move forward.

ISABELLE AND THE PRETTY-UGLY SPELL - Children and adults alike will be enchanted by the lovable but scatterbrained fairy godmother Isabelle and her clock-ticking, cliff-hanging, nail-biting journey to save the Princess. This delightful new musical fairy tale is destined to become a classic. Move over, Disney!

For more information on the NYMF Festival, visit www.nymf.org.

 


Kris Stewart introduces the first show, "Expiring Minds"


Kris Stewart


The cast of Expiring Minds, singing "Welcome to the World of Expiring Minds" (l to r) Leisa Mather, Valerie Fagan, Joy Franz, Pearl Sun, Cheryl Alexander, and Amorika Amorosa


Pearl Sun, Cheryl Alexander, and Amorika Amorosa


Leisa Mather, Valerie Fagan, and Joy Franz


Pearl Sun, Cheryl Alexander, and Amorika Amorosa


Valerie Fagan singing "Severed Head Lives Six Days" from "Expiring Minds"

Photo Coverage: NYMF Preview - The Unknown, 6 Women With Brain Death, The View From Here and Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell
Leisa Mather and Valerie Fagan singing "Severed Head Lives Six Days" from "Expiring Minds"

Photo Coverage: NYMF Preview - The Unknown, 6 Women With Brain Death, The View From Here and Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell
Leisa Mather and Valerie Fagan


Leisa Mather


Shonn Wiley singing "Promise" from "The View From Here"


Shonn Wiley


Timothy Huang (author) singing "Promise" with Shonn Wiley


Ruth Gottschall singing "I Love My Job" from
"Isabelle & The Pretty Ugly Spell"


Meredith McCasland singing "Far From Beautiful"
from "Isabelle & The Pretty Ugly Spell"


Meredith McCasland


Jamie McGonnigal singing "I've Just The Thing"
from "Isabelle & The Pretty Ugly Spell"


Jamie McGonnigal


Brooke Sunny Morriber singing "The Tiger and the Target"
from "The Unknown"


Brooke Sunny Morriber


Brooke Sunny Morriber


Timothy Huang and Diane Chang


"Isabelle & The Pretty Ugly Spell"
Ruth Gottschall and Joan Ross Sorkin (Book)


"Isabelle & The Pretty Ugly Spell" Ruth Gottschall, Steven Fisher (Music and Lyrics), and Joan Ross Sorkin (Book)


Shonn Wiley and wife, Meredith Patterson

Photo Coverage: NYMF Preview - The Unknown, 6 Women With Brain Death, The View From Here and Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell
"The View From Here" Shonn Wiley, Elizabeth Lucas (Producer),
and Timothy Huang (Writer)

 

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.