Purple Threads Ensemble's DEAR MR. ROSAN Opens Tonight at 777 Theater
Purple Threads Ensemble presents Dear Mr. Rosan, a new play with music and dance, featuring an original script by Danielle M. Velkoff with Music by Erica Jacob and Choreography by Alana Marie Urda. Performances will be staged October 8-20, 2013 at 777 Theater, 777 Eighth Avenue (bet. 46th & 47th Streets), New York, NY 10036.
Dear Mr. Rosan is inspired by an article in The New York Times about the true life story of Mr. Samuel Stone, who posted an ad in his local Canton, Ohionewspaper offering modest monetary help to families in need during the Christmas of 1933. Meanwhile, in New York, George is dealing with the sobering effects of The Great Depression. He refuses to lay off his employees, but is now unable to provide for his own family. George must take a chance. When all hope is pinned to one letter, how will they survive? Dear Mr. Rosan is a journey of hope, transformation and our shared human experience.
Artistic Director Danielle Velkoff states, "Purple Threads' interest lies in the conversations being had with others: artist to artist, artist to audience, human to human. Fascinatingly, the conversations being had in the 1930's are strikingly similar to those we are having today. If ever there were a relevant story, Dear Mr. Rosan is it. Kindness, Laughter, Loyalty and HOPE - these are the threads that tie us all together."
Dear Mr. Rosan features a cast of twenty-two, including Brough Hansen*, Laura King, Sara Canter, Alex Fast*, Pamela Stewart Ehn, Grace McGookey, Joris de Graaf, Mary Anitha Parris, Peter Alexandrou, Alex Nicholson, Amanda Jane Snyder, Erik Gersovitz, Alex Witherow, Alexandra Bailey, Jeffrey Brewer, Kurt Judson Dölze, Scott Mandel, Kilvin Johnson, Jr., Andrea Bohs, Sarah Foster, Brianne Mavis, Kaitlin Paul, Kianna Moye. *Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. AEA Showcase.
Dear Mr. Rosan is presented by Purple Threads Ensemble. Script and Direction: Danielle M. Velkoff; Music and Lyrics: Erica Jacob; Production Manager/Music Director: Tamra Paselk; Assistant Production Manager: Kayla Carpenter; Choreographer: Alana Marie Urda; Lighting Design: Alexander Freer; Costume Design: Anthony Mattivi; Costume Assistant: Ariel Sulena; Scenic Consultant: Sam Froeschle; Stage Manager: Nicole Wolfe; Props Master: AManda Wilson; Sound Design: Gilian Gandy; Dramaturg: Rose Ginsberg.
Fourteen performances will be held from October 8-20, 2013 on the following schedule: Tuesdays-Sundays @ 8pm,; Sundays @ 2pm; (plus, Sat., Oct. 19 @ 2pm; no 8pm performance Sun., Oct. 20th).
Dear Mr. Rosan is a part of Purple Thread Ensemble's own 2nd Annual Kitchen Riots Festival, a theatrical event conceptualized in 2012 during a lively late night conversation around a kitchen table. It has evolved into a festival which seeks to explore the full human experience - mind, body and soul - through theatre, dance and music.