One-Woman Show GOBLIN MARKET Begins Tonight at 59E59 Theaters
A haunting folktale of sisterhood, enchantment, and salvation, Goblin Market is based on the widely popular poem of Christina Rossetti.
Told through the lens of the Depression-era South by NYC performer Jennifer Jewell with an original bluegrass score by Nashville based producer Chris Tench, the production is directed by Mark Cabus and co-directed by Patrick Mulryan.
After its critically acclaimed premiere in Nashville, JJewell Productions' Goblin Market will be presented at the 59E59 Theaters in New York this weekend, July 14-16, as part of the East to Edinburgh Festival. Right after that, the production will be heading to Europe. The one-woman show is an official entry in the 2017 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, running for three weeks at the Royal Terrace.
Deep in the Smoky Mountains, Laura and Lizzie live an unspoiled rural life, drawing water every evening from a stream. Each twilight, with their buckets in hand, they hear the cunning cries of goblins calling children to their fantastical bazaar. Impetuous Laura is first to heed the goblin call, tempted by the lure of their forbidden fruit. But like so many temptations, there are fatal consequences and soon, the goblins abandon her to die. Prudent Lizzie finds her sibling withered and pale and resolves to make whatever sacrifice she must to save her sister.
Poet Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market weaves themes of sisterhood, addiction, salvation, and enchantment into a solo performance that is both relevant and accessible to all ages and cultures. Actor Jennifer Jewell commands the stage, giving transcendent life to loving sisters Laura and Lizzie as well as the barbarous goblins who plot to tear them apart. A long-time collaborator of Jewell's, Cabus sought to capture the music of his Tennessee mountain upbringing and believes producer/arranger Tench's original bluegrass score does so beautifully.
In addition to Jewell the creative team includes Mark Cabus (director), Patrick Mulryan (co-director, voice coach), Allison Plamondon (choreographer), Donna Rizzo (choreographer), G. Warren Stiles (lighting design), Chris Tench (original music) Brett Ryan Stewart & The Sounds Shelter (mixing and mastering), Adam Boncz (production coordinator), Bridge Coffman (assistant stage manager), Christine Economos (quilt), and Nancy Dement (costumer).
Goblin Market will run at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues) tonight, July 14th at 6:30 pm; Saturday, July 15th at 2:30 pm; Sunday, July 16th at 2:30 pm. To purchase tickets, go to the East to Edinburgh website at bit.ly/2sd0UQk or to goblinmarket2017.weebly.com . You can also visit the website for more information about the show.
Christina Rossetti (poet) is amongst the best- loved 19th century English poets who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is famous for Goblin Market and Remember, and the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter. Nowadays Rossetti is considered as on of the major Victorian poets, often being compared to Emily. "Rossetti's poetry being one of intense feelings, her technique refined within the forms established in her time." (poets.org)
Jennifer Jewell (performer) is a New York based actress. Her theatre credits include: Counselor Hoffman in Stolen (a staged reading) at La Mama Theatre Club, Katie in Sylvia at Tennessee Repertory Theatre, The Countess in The Madwoman of Chaillot at People's Branch, Mistress Kate in Merry Wives of Windsor at John Drew in East Hampton, Catherine in Henry V at Kentucky Shakespeare, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Tennessee Williams Theatre, Luce and the Abbess in The Comedy of Errors at Nashville Shakespeare. Jennifer served as producing director for Green Room Projects. She is currently director of JJEWELL PRODUCTIONS. She is also the founder of Bona Roba Equine Therapy, an equine-assisted learning program.
Mark Cabus (director) is a skilled director, writer, and actor, classically trained in England, New York City, and Washington DC. He works and performs all over the world in film and television as well as New York and regional theater. Mark is the former founding Artistic Director of Nashville's Naked Stages and Green Room Projects. His directing and writing credits range from New York's La Mama Theatre Club and 59E59 Theatre to children's theater (Will's World for Georgia Shakespeare and his own adaptation of Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time for Nashville Children's Theatre) and Shakespeare (his own adaptations of The Merchant of Venice for Naked Stages, Coriolanus for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival-both winning him "Best Director" from the Nashville Scene-and H5x5, freely adapted from Henry IV and V for Mockingbird Theater) as well as an adaptation of George Orwell's fable, Animal Farm (Green Room Projects). Over twenty thousand people throughout the Southeast have thrilled to his critically- and publicly-celebrated original solo performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol-a longtime Holiday favorite. Mark is a recipient of both the Tennessee Arts Commission/Ingram Industries Individual Artist and the University of the South's Tennessee Williams fellowships.
Patrick Mulryan (co-director, voice coach) is an actor and singer based in New York City. He recently appeared in Fiasco Theater's acclaimed production of Into the Woods in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory as well as in New York at The Roundabout Theatre (Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival). Other performance credits include: Fiasco's Cymbeline (Barrow Street, TFANA); Bum Phillips All-American Opera (La MaMa); As You Like It (Happy Few Theatre Company, NYIT Award Nomination); Fiasco's Into the Woods (McCarter, Old Globe); Cabaret and Importance of Being Earnest (Trinity Rep); Chain of Fools (Guthrie). Patrick is core faculty at the Tom Todoroff Conservatory in New York City and adjunct faculty in the Brooklyn College MFA Acting Program. He has been a guest lecturer in Voice and Speech at SUNY Purchase and Fordham University. He has developed work with Tectonic Theater Project, TFANA, Fiasco, Lark, New Georges, and at the O'Neill Center (NMTC). Patrick received his MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep. Other training includes: Moscow Art Theatre (NTI), Oberlin College (BA), and Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training (GEx 13). Patrick is a member of The Actors Center workshop company.
Allison Plamondon (choreographer) is a New York-based choreographer, teacher and performer originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. New York theatre choreography includes Feather Gatherers (New Ohio), The Hills Are Alive! (NYMF), Someone To Belong To (NYC Fringe-Overall Excellence Award for Choreography), Pal Joey (HB Studio) and direction/choreography for What's YOUR Problem?! (Wild Project/Ars Nova/Cloud City). Off-Broadway assistant work includes Make Mine Manhattan (Associate, Connelly Theatre), Freckleface Strawberry (Associate, New World Stages) and an SDCF Observership with Kathleen Marshall on Bells Are Ringing for City Center Encores. In the fall of 2016, Allison was the Artist in Residence at HB Studio with The Tchaikovsky Vignettes, a series of dance theatre pieces inspired by Chekhov, set to the music of Tchaikovsky. Allison has also presented work at Emerging Artists Theatre and the NACHMO gala at the Actors Fund Theater. Film/TV choreography includes the Oscar-winning short film, Curfew, the feature-length Before I Disappear (IFC Films) the NBC series, Believe and the Steven Soderbergh series, The Knick (assistant choreographer). NYC teaching highlights include Broadway Dance Center, Tom Todoroff Conservatory and Abrons Arts Center. Allison recently attend Directors Lab West and completed the Uta Hagen Teacher Training in 2016.
G. Warren Stiles (lighting design) an award winning scenic designer & a graduate of the Ohio University MFA program. Recent New York productions include Island & The Life and Death of King John with the New York Shakespeare Exchange, True Art with The Director's Company, Waiting for Lefty with Portmanteau Theatre & Money at HERE. He has assisted on the Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Promises, Promises, A Behanding in Spokane, Hair, Pippin & Big Fish & also assisted on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In Chicago he worked with the House Theatre of Chicago, Chicago Children's Theatre & The Adventure Stage. He is a co-founder of Burnside Design Studio with Daniel Winters & is a founding member of New York Madness.
Adam Boncz (production coordinator) is performer and producer. He has produced the world premiere of Fatelessness at the HERE Arts Center based on the novel of Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész. The production was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award. He was also the executive producer of O.Rex, an immersive theater production by Gia Forakis & Company. He has collaborated with the Times Square International Theater Festival, the interdisciplinary opera Women: The War Within at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Dries Van Noten Retrospective at the Museum of Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris. He served as a casting associate in David Michalek's Figure Studies commissioned by Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on the feature films The Independents and Impossible Monsters. He is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute and Theater Resources Unlimited.
Bridge Coffman (assistant stage manager) is an actor, and theatre artist based in New York City. He is best know for his roles in Suburbia (Jeff), Woyzeck (Karl, Sargent), and Charles Mee's Big Love at The University of Texas at Dallas. Bridge has directed Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie (educational) as well as Robert Schenkkans The Kentucky Cycle: Tall Tales (educational) with Prosper Eagle Theatre Company. Further more Bridge is a founding member of Prosper Eagle Theatre's elementary school out-reach summer camp and one act play festival. Bridge has spent the last two years studying Acting at The Tom Todoroff Conservatory in Midtown Manhattan. He is a lover of coffee, an avid sports fan, and an advocate for the arts. This is his first show working with JJewell Productions.