Rising Phoenix Repertory Presents Next Cino Nights- EDIE & ALEXANDER

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Rising Phoenix Repertory Presents Next Cino Nights- EDIE & ALEXANDER

Rising Phoenix Repertory announces the 12th play in the CINO NIGHTS SERIES EDIE & ALEXANDER a new play BY MEGAN MOSTYN-BROWN directed by Mia Rovegno

FULLY produced on half a shoestring AND performed, warts and all, for ONE NIGHT ONLY - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH at 7PM

featuring Erin Gann AND Molly Ward

Seventh Street Small Stage, 43 East Seventh Street

(6 to Astor Place, R/W to 8th Street, F to 2nd Ave)

THE twelfth IN a year-and-a-half-long series of TWENTY-one world-premiere plays commissioned by rising Phoenix rep to BE performed in the extremely intimate close quarters of the basement space of downtown restaurant Jimmy's No. 43

performances from September 2010 - June 2012

Admission is free; space is extremely limited reservations are strongly encouraged
and can be made by calling 212-946-5198 for more information please visit www.risingphoenixrep.org

Following the sold out performances and overflow crowds for its first full year of Cino Nights presentations (including new plays by Gary Sunshine, Mando Alvarado, Courtney Baron, Florencia Lozano, Kristen Palmer, Emily DeVoti, Lucy Thurber, Jessica Dickey, Adam Szymkowicz, Laura Eason, and Daniel Reitz), Rising Phoenix Rep continues the series on November 13th at 7 p.m. with EDIE & ALEXANDER by Megan Mostyn-Brown. The play introduces audiences to Edie and Alexander, who are so glad you moved in next door. So very glad. They'd like to invite you over for dinner. They promise it will be an evening to remember.

The production will be directed by Mia Rovegno and features Erin Gann (The Aliens/Rattlestick) and Molly Ward (Kin/Playwrights Horizons).

Inspired by Joe Cino and his Caffe Cino-one of the original birthplaces of Off-Off-Broadway theatre and early home to such writers as Doric Wilson, Robert Patrick, John Guare, Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, and William M. Hoffman-New York Innovative Theater Award winning company Rising Phoenix Rep has commissioned twenty-one playwrights to write new, full-length plays for the Seventh Street Small Stage, the intimate back room space at Jimmy's No. 43 in the East Village, where the company has mounted critically acclaimed and award winning productions of new plays for the past six years.

Rising Phoenix Rep artistic director Daniel Talbott described the series as a place to tap into the raw, inspired, inventive, and pioneering work of the Caffe Cino, where the love of theatre and new work was joined with a scrappy, do-it-yourself work ethic. All shows will be rehearsed for a week and then fully mounted and produced, warts and all, for one night only with free admission.

Cino Nights are currently scheduled through June 2012 and will celebrate the spirit of indie theatre as a home for new plays and theatre artists as well as hopefully honor what has been said of the Caffe Cino: "the first studio of theater where playwrights can experiment as painters and poets have done for a century, free from the tyranny of audience, box-office, church, and criticism." The plays will be fully produced for one night only on a more or less monthly basis. The remaining playwrights, in the order their plays will appear, are:

Dael Orlandersmith: January 2012

Keith Reddin: January 2012

Crystal Skillman: February 2012

Jonathan Blitstein: March 2012

Charlotte Miller: March 2011

Brooke Berman: April 2012

Melissa Ross: May 2012

Daniel Talbott: June 2012

Cusi Cram: June 2012

The previous productions in the series were:

Gary Sunshine's BEST SEX EVER premiered on October 3, 2010. It was directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and featured Stephen Bel Davies, Cathy Curtin, Jimmy Davis, Mike Doyle and Jeffrey Nauman.

Mando Alvarado's (O)N THE 5:31 premiered on October 24, 2010, directed by Taibi Magar and featuring Jolly Abraham, Sarah Baskin, and Bernardo Cubria.

Courtney Baron's HERE I LIE premiered on November 7, 2010, directed by Daniel Talbott and featuring Denis Butkus and Samantha Soule.

Florencia Lozano's BUSTED premiered December 12, 2010, directed by Portia Krieger and featuring Maggie Bofill, Audrey Esparza, Nate Miller, Puy Navarro, Ana Reeder, and Jeanine Serralles.

Kristen Palmer's THE STRAY DOG premiered on January 23, 2011, directed by Julie Kline and featuring Stephen Brown, Chad Goodridge, Brian Miskell, Laura Ramadei, Jelena Stupljanin, and Haynes Thigpen.

Emily DeVoti's THE UPSTART premiered on February 13, 2011; directed by Taibi Magar and featuring Edward Carnevale, Julie Kline, and Anne O'Sullivan.

Lucy Thurber's NAMED premiered on February 27, 2011; directed by Jenna Worsham and featuring Lila Dupree, Ronete Levenson, Katie Meister, and Sarah Tolan-Mee.

Jessica Dickey's ROW AFTER ROW premiered on May 22, 2011; directed by Stephen Brackett and featuring Sevrin Anne Mason, Michael Kingsbaker, and Bjorn Thorstad.

Adam Szymkowicz's CLOWN BAR premiered on June 19, 2011; directed by Kip Fagan with lyrics by Adam Szymkowicz and Adam Overett, and music by Adam Overett. The cast featured Alex Anfanger, Brett Aresco, Stephen Bel Davies, Sam Breslin Wright, Jamie Effros, Jessy Hodges, Beth Hoyt, Jessica Pohly, Dominic Spillane, and Stephen Stout.

Laura Eason's The Undeniable Sound of Right Now premiered on August 28, 2011; directed by Kirsten Kelly and Laura Eason and featuring Daniel Abeles, Estelle Collins Bajou, Jimmy Davis, Jeff Still, and Lusia Strus.

Daniel Reitz's BLOOD STROKES premiered on September 25, 2011; directed by Daniel Reitz and featuring Tom Bozell, Joel Johnstone, and Chet Siegel.

Reservations will be available one week before the performance each month. Seating is extremely limited. For reservations please call 212-946-5198; for more information please visit www.RisingPhoenixRep.org.

Playwright Megan Mostyn-Brown's plays include: Girl, The Secret Lives of Losers, Going After Alice, Lizards, Objects Are Closer Than They Appear, The Bends, and The Rest of Your Life. Productions: The Guthrie Theater, The Cherry Lane Theater, Union Station Theater, Carelton College, NYC International Fringe Festival, MadCat Theater, The 52nd Street Project and The Actor's Theater of Louisville apprentice program. Workshops: New York Stage and Film, The Women's Project, LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Public Theater, The Warehouse Theater, New Georges, Barrington Stage Company, The Old Vic/New Voices New York Exchange, The Tribeca Theater Festival, Duke University and The HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO. Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor: Theresa Rebeck). Honorable mention: Herrick Theater Foundation New Play Competition. Inaugural winner: Leah Ryan FEWW award. Girl was turned into a sound play by Coyote Rep and is available as a podcast on iTunes. Girl, The Secret Lives of Losers, and Lizards are published by Samuel French. Her short play for teens The Woods Are for Suckers and Chumps is published in the 2011 edition of Shorter, Faster, Funnier. Member of LAByrinth Theater Company and the 2010-2011 P73 Writers Lab. Former member of Women's Project Playwrights LAB and a guest playwright at New River Dramatists, The Orchard Project, The Royal Court Theatre, and the 24/7 Lab. Megan is currently writing a romantic comedy The Right One for Josephson Entertainment. She is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Director Mia Rovegno is a Brooklyn-based director, playwright, and puppeteer. Her plays have been developed by P73, Culture Project and New Georges, and produced by Perishable Theater and foolsFURY. Mia has directed new work for Soho Rep, Ars Nova, The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, The O'Neill, New Georges, Culture Project, A.R.T., Partial Comfort, New Dramatists, Dixon Place, EST, The Flea, Hangar Theatre, Brown University/A.R.T. Institute Bakeoff, Harvard Playwrights Festival, and Summer Playwrights Rep. She has performed with Redmoon Theater, Shadowlight, Bread and Puppet, Intersection for the Arts, and others. She is a recipient of the P73 Yale Summer Residency, SDC Observership, and MTC's Jonathan Alper Fellowship; Alum of The Drama League, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and Lincoln Center Directors Lab; Member of The Civilians R&D Group, Women's Project Directors Lab, and The Jam/New Georges Affiliated Artist. Mia is a graduate of Northwestern and the Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium. Former teaching fellow and guest lecturer at Brown; Currently Assistant Professor in the Hunter College Theatre Dept. Recent directing: Good Goods by Christina Anderson (The O'Neill), The Tenant (Associate Director, Woodshed Collective), The Civilians' Pretty Filthy II (Joe's Pub) and The Divorce Tales Live (WNYC Greene Space), Exquisite Corpse by Nick Jones, Kim Rosenstock, Jon Kern, Michael Mitnick, Mary Hamilton, Megan Mostyn-Brown and Susan Soon He Stanton (Clubbed Thumb), Page Not Found by Mia Chung (The Civilians), The Friendship of Her Thighs by Martyna Majok (The Tank), Underland by Alexandra Collier (Dixon Place), Love in the Time of Channukah by Joshua Elias Harmon (Ars Nova and Hangar), Science Is Close by Kate E. Ryan (Soho Rep), The Blind (LCT Directors Lab), Origin Story by Dan LeFranc (Hangar), Girls on the Clock by Diana Fithian (Summer Playwrights Rep). Recent university directing: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Hunter College), Romeo and Juliet (Hunter College), Tartuffe (Brown University). Upcoming: Burnt Umber by Erik Ehn (LaMaMa), We Play For The Gods (Women's Project), Underland by Alexandra Collier (New Ohio), nothin's gonna change my world (The Civilians R&D Group).

Founded in 1999 by Artistic Director Daniel Talbott, New York Innovative Theatre Caffe Cino Award winning company Rising Phoenix Repertory began by producing an ongoing reading series of new plays and has continued to add workshops, festivals, and highly praised productions of new plays. Upcoming productions include two new David Adjmi plays in the 2011-12 season: Elective Affinities (co-produced site-specifically with piece by piece productions and Soho Rep) and 3C (co-produced with Rattlestick and piece by piece). Recent productions include the acclaimed, sold-out Off-Broadway runs of Slipping (produced with piece by piece and Rattlestick) and Too Much Memory (also with piece by piece) which transferred to the New York Theatre Workshop's Fourth Street Theatre after winning the FringeNYC award for Outstanding Play in 2008. RPR is currently in the middle of an almost two-year series called Cino Nights, inspired by Joe Cino and his Caffe Cino-one of the original birthplaces of Off-Off-Broadway theatre-for which the company has commissioned twenty-one playwrights to write new, full-length plays to be fully produced site-specifically in the intimate back room of East Village restaurant Jimmy's No. 43. Other recent productions include Ceremony, Afterclap, Birthday, and Don't Pet the Zookeeper (Seventh Street Small Stage); 365 Days/365 Plays (Jimmy's No. 43 and The Public Theater); What Happened When (HERE Arts Center); Fall Forward (part of the Sitelines/River to River festival produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council); The Telling Trilogy (including The Ride, 2006 NYIT Award Nominee - Outstanding Original Short Script/Crystal Skillman), Rules of the Universe (Winner, 2007 NYIT Awards for Outstanding Original Short Script/Daniel Reitz and Director/Daniel Talbott), and Three Sisters (Seventh Street Small Stage); Gift by Mark Schultz and Ponies by Mike Batistick (FringeNYC). For more information please visit www.RisingPhoenixRep.org.

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