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LABA Presents MOTHER.NET This Weekend

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LABA Presents MOTHER.NET This Weekend

LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, working in collaboration with choreographer Renana Raz, whose work has been called "brilliant" by the Israeli press, is pleased to announce the first-ever international production of MOTHER.NET. The show aims to take the usually isolated experience of watching YouTube videos and turns it into a public experience. Artists will respond to YouTube clips on the theme of mother through dance, theater, music, storytelling, and audience interaction.

MOTHER.NET will run today, June 19th through Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 at the Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 E 14th St, NY, NY 10003). Opening night is Thursday, June 19th at 7:30pm. To reserve your free tickets and for more information visit www.labajournal.com/labalive.

The show will feature new works from David Deblinger (Co-founder Labyrinth Theatre Company), Adi Ezroni (Prisoners of War), Napoleon W Gladney* (Wicked, The Musical's Emerald City Tour), Yehuda Hyman* (Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award), Julie Gayer Kris (Avodah Dance), Nadav Lev (Andres Segovia Award; Carnegie Hall), Ronit Muszkatblit and Renana Raz (YouMake, ReMake; Israeli Theatre Award's Choreography Award Winner for Osher).

MOTHER. NET will run for the following performances:

Thursday, June 19th at 7:30 pm

Friday, June 20th at 7:30pm

Saturday, June 21st at 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 22nd at 3 pm

The Theater at the 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street, New York, NY 10003

*Appearing Courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

BIOGRAPHIES

DAVID DEBLINGER as an actor has appeared in new plays in New York at Manhattan Theater Club, The Public Theater, Labyrinth, The New Group, Theater for a New Audience and others. Regionally at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Winner Best Lead actor-Acclaim Award), Williamstown Theater Festival, The Old Globe and others. On TV he has been seen on "Law and Order, SVU", "Sex and the City", "The Sopranos", the recent Showtime Pilot "Happyish" (with Philip Seymour Hoffman), and more. He is also a co-founder of Labyrinth Theater Company. As a filmmaker David won the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship as a video artist and wrote, directed and acted in the award winning short film, The Call Back starring Sam Rockwell. This is dedicated to two lovely ladies: Tomoko and Charlotte.

NAPOLEON W GLADNEY is currently an Arts Administrator at the 14th Street Y working with the Theater at the 14th Street Y and LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. He is signed with MSA Talent Agency NYC, working on his own choreographic pursuits, and is a dance fitness instructor with ((305)) Fitness. Napoleon is from Los Angeles, California, has a BFA in dance performance from Chapman University in Southern California where he has received numerous awards and recognitions from the department of dance for performance, outstanding contributions, and choreography. He has diverse training in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, African, and musical theater, which all melds together to form his technical, thoughtful, and evocative movement. With this diverse background he has had the opportunity to perform with various companies and ensembles, including Odyssey Dance Theatre, Backhausdance, and The Dance Cartel. In addition he has performed with production companies, hip hop dance teams, and at several ACDF Galas and National American College Dance Festivals including New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Napoleon has also performed and choreographed for recording artists Agnes, Shinedown, Ricky Rebel, and the New Deco Orchestra. Other commercial credits include Bud-Lite, iBillionaire, and The Amazing Spider Man. Napoleon was recently a featured dance and ensemble member of Wicked The Musical's Emerald City Tour. While with Wicked, Napoleon has choreographed and performed in productions benefiting Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS including a Wicked Rocky Horror Picture Show which debuted to sold out audiences in Denver, CO and the Tropicana Las Vegas. Napoleon was the assistant choreographer/director for the Off Broadway show Spandex The Musical in NYC. As a choreographer and teacher, Napoleon has had the opportunity to travel to teach master classes and set choreography on dance companies, teams, and studios all over the United States. He was a teacher with Broadway Connection. Napoleon has served as the artistic director and choreographer for his own dance organizations, theCompanyProject and The Core Collective. The companies have been honored with the opportunity to be a performance artist in residence for the Lincoln Center Institute's Teacher Education Program, various industrial events, and as a finalist in the Sadler's Wells Global Dance Contest. Napoleon also loves to share his passion for dance through writing. He was the primary dance writer for the Orange County Arts and Culture Magazine.

YEHUDA HYMAN is a playwright, actor, dancer, choreographer, poet and storyteller who makes Dance Theater works. He was born in Los Angeles to immigrant parents from Poland and Russia. He began his training when he traveled to Brussels, Belgium at age 16 to attend Maurice Bejart's multidisciplinary theater/dance school, MUDRA. Following a career as a professional dancer and choreographer (Broadway, film, television, concert stage), Mr. Hyman began writing. His plays include The Mad Dancers, David in Shadow and Light (co-written with Daniel Hoffman), Center of the Star, Swan Lake Calhoun, I Ask You, Ladies and Gentlemen (adapted from the memoir by Leon Surmelian) and Max, Rapunzel and the Night. His Dance Theater works have been produced at the McCarter Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theater, Theatre J, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Beast Theater, Piven Theatre Workshop, Highways Performance Space, The Marsh and the Mark Taper Forum. Honors include the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, Heideman Award, grants from the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, Foundation for Jewish Culture, a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis and an National Endowment of the Arts /TCG Playwright-in-Residence grant to work with Cornerstone Theater of Los Angeles. He is an Associate Artist with Cornerstone Theater. His poetry and prose have been published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Northern California Jewish Bulletin, Minnesota Monthly, Revue Alsacienne de Litterature, Recours au Poème and Seeing Jewish and Israeli Dance, published by Wayne State University Press. He has translated the work of German poet, Eva-Maria Berg. Mr. Hyman has recently acted in New York City with Target Margin Theater and with The Civilians. He is currently an Artist Fellow at the LABA House of Study at the 14th St Y in New York City. He received his BA in Interdisciplinary Performance from Empire State College, SUNY and his MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. He has been a guest teacher at Sarah Lawrence College, Princeton University, University of Southern California, Barnard College, New York University, Goucher College, Whittier College and the Rhodopi Institute in Smolyan, Bulgaria.

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