Sandy Rustin News

Cast Announced for 2014 North Jersey Production of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER, 5/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2014

MIDTOWN DIRECT REP (MDR), the resident theater company at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), and co-directors/producers Sandy Rustin (Playwright/Co-Lyricist Rated P ... for Parenthood) and Deborah Goldstein (Publisher Village Q) are pleased to announce the incredible local cast of the 2014 North Jersey show of Listen to Your Mother, a national series of original live readings about motherhood (www.listentoyourmothershow.com). The production will be May 10th at 5:00 PM show at The South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079). Statewide open auditions were held in early March and 15 writers have been selected to join the movement of 'giving motherhood a microphone.' Tickets are $20-$25 and are available at www.sopacnow.org. (more...)

Theatre Aspen's DISCO BALL Benefit Sells Out
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

Theatre Aspen has announced that the annual benefit gala, to be held on March 8th at 6:30 pm at the Hotel Jerome has sold out. This year's theme is 'The Disco Ball,' and the glittery evening will feature entertainment, dinner, DJ, silent and live auctions and disco dancing. (more...)

Bradley Dean, Becky Gulsvig and More Set for Midtown Direct Rep's SEXTET Reading, 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

MIDTOWN DIRECT REP (MDR), the resident theater company at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), has announced a staged reading of the new musical SEXTET, based on an original story by Chad Hardin, with music and lyrics by Hardin, and book plus additional music, lyrics and direction by Bradley Dean, on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 7 pm. (more...)

THE FULL MONTY, LITTLE WOMEN & More Set for Theatre Aspen's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Award-winning Theatre Aspen announced the lineup for its 31st season today. The Hurst Theatre will open with the musical comedy The Full Monty, running in repertory with the musical Little Women, and a brand new comedy by Sandy Rustin called The Cottage. Casting begins early in 2014. (more...)

THE COTTAGE Plays Astoria Performing Arts Center, Now thru 11/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 07, 2013

The Award-Winning Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) has announced the world premiere production of a (mostly) non-violent, romantic comedy by Sandy Rustin's (Rated P [For Parenthood]) THE COTTAGE directed by Adam Dannheisser (Rock of Ages, resident director/performer). THE COTTAGE will play a three week limited engagement at Good Shepard United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd), in Astoria, Queens. Performances begin tonight, November 7 and continue through Saturday, November 23. Opening Night is Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m. (more...)

THE COTTAGE and More Set for APAC's 13th Season, Beg. Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 06, 2013

The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC), recipient of the 2012 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award from the Innovative Theatre Foundation, has announced their 13th season will include a world premiere play by Sandy Rustin (Rated P (for Parenthood)) THE COTTAGE, directed by Adam Dannheisser (Rock of Ages, resident director), and Rodgers and Hammerstein's ALLEGRO, directed by Artistic Director Tom Wojtunik. APAC's performance venue is located at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd), in Astoria, Queens. In the meantime, APAC's Board of Directors is in the midst of a search to find a new Executive Director, visit apacny.org for more information. (more...)

Midtown Direct Rep to Present Reading of Kara Lee Corthron's LISTEN FOR THE LIGHT, 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2013

MIDTOWN DIRECT REP is pleased to announce a reading of Kara Lee Corthron's (Princess Grace Award-winner) Listen For The Light, directed by Amy Saltz (Almost Maine), as part of Midtown Direct Rep's play development series focuses on new and innovative American theatre: Theatre in the Loft. The performance will be Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 7 pm at SOPAC (One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079). The reading is $15 per ticket at http://www.sopacnow.org/632/midtown-direct-rep-in-the-loft-nov-3. (more...)

THE COTTAGE to Play Astoria Performing Arts Center, 11/7-23
by BWW News Desk - Oct 02, 2013

The Award-Winning Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) has announced the world premiere production of a (mostly) non-violent, romantic comedy by Sandy Rustin's (Rated P [For Parenthood]) THE COTTAGE directed by Adam Dannheisser (Rock of Ages, resident director/performer). THE COTTAGE will play a three week limited engagement at Good Shepard United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd), in Astoria, Queens. Performances begin Thursday, November 7 and continue through Saturday, November 23. Opening Night is Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m. (more...)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Michelle Hurst to Join Kelly Bishop in Midtown Direct Rep's UNDER THE TREE Reading
by BWW News Desk - Oct 02, 2013

Midtown Direct Rep announces the cast for the previously announced staged reading of David Myer's From Under the Tree as part of Midtown Direct Rep's play development series focused on new and innovative American theatre: Theatre in the Loft. (more...)

Kelly Bishop to Lead Midtown Direct Rep's FROM UNDER THE TREE Staged Reading, 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2013

Following on the heels of MDR's successful development of Rated P (for parenthood), MDR's program, Theatre in the Loft, aims to do the same for other previously unseen material. MDR now presents monthly readings or workshops of new plays and musicals one Sunday night a month at 7 PM in the SOPAC loft. With a cash bar and post show discussions with the casts and creative teams, MDR fosters a fun and collaborative environment to nurture the development of top notch theatre right here at home. (more...)

Jenny Bacon, Sheldon Best & More Set for Midtown Direct Rep's EVIL TIME Reading, 9/8
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2013

Midtown Direct Rep announces the cast for the previously announced reading of David Johnston's Evil Time as part of Midtown Direct Rep's play development series focused on new and innovative American theatre: Theatre in the Loft. (more...)

Midtown Direct Rep to Present Reading of David Johnston's EVIL TIME, 9/8
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2013

Midtown Direct Rep will present a reading of David Johnston's Evil Time as part of Midtown Direct Rep's play development series focused on new and innovative American theatre: Theatre in the Loft. The reading is set for SOPAC on Sunday, September 8th at 7 PM. (more...)

THE COTTAGE and More Set for APAC's 13th Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2013

The Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC), recipient of the 2012 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award from the Innovative Theatre Foundation, has announced their 13th season will include a world premiere play by Sandy Rustin (Rated P (for Parenthood)) THE COTTAGE, directed by Adam Dannheisser (Rock of Ages, resident director), and Rodgers and Hammerstein's ALLEGRO, directed by Artistic Director Tom Wojtunik. APAC's performance venue is located at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd), in Astoria, Queens. In the meantime, APAC's Board of Directors is in the midst of a search to find a new Executive Director, visit apacny.org for more information. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Actors' Playhouse Pushes Out A Comical Baby with RATED P FOR PARENTHOOD
by Michelle Petrucci - Jul 14, 2013

The fast-paced anecdotal collection of vignettes takes a musical romp through the struggles and unexpected joys of being a parent in a completely relatable way, whether you are a parent or not. Mostly set up as, at least, PG-13 humor (never underestimate the comic effect of belting out a long curse word), Rated P surprises with a few tender moments from the women that will touch your heart when you least expect. (more...)

Midtown Direct Rep to Stage Reading of James Hindman's THE DRAMA DEPARTMENT Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2013

Midtown Direct Rep will present a reading of the Terrance McNally Award finalist play, The Drama Department by James Hindman as part of Midtown Direct Rep's play development series focused on new and innovative American theatre: Theatre in the Loft. Directed by Peter Flynn, the reading will take place tonight, Sunday, July 14th at 7:00PM. Admission: $15 Cover, Cash Bar, No Drink Minimum. (more...)

Laura Innes, Linda Lavin, Cotter Smith Join POWERHOUSE'S 2013 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2013

Casting highlights for Vassar & New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater's second Mainstage production, Mozhan Marno's When The Lights Went Out, and the Martel Musical workshop of the new Simon Rich/Peter Lerman musical inspired by The Brooklyn Hero Supply Company, have been announced. In addition, casting highlights for the season's Inside Look Workshops, Found and Mother of Invention have also been announced. Tickets are on sale through the Box Office: (845) 437-5599 or PHTBoxOffice@vassar.edu. The Box Office is located at Vassar in the Powerhouse Theater building. For online sales visit http://powerhouse.vassar.edu/boxoffice. For general season information call 845-437-5907 or visitpowerhouse@vassar.edu (more...)

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre to Present RATED P FOR PARENTHOOD, 7/10-8/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2013

Rated P for Parenthood, the new Off-Broadway musical revue about the joys and quirks of having kids, will have its South Florida premiere at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre from July 10 - August 11, 2013. (more...)

ALL MY CHILDREN's Eric Nelsen Joins Midtown Direct Rep's DRAMA DEPARTMENT Reading, 7/14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2013

Jason Little (Hair), Sainty Reid (Finding Nemo) and special guest, All My Children star, Eric Nelsen will join the previously announced cast, Adam Dannheisser (Rock of Ages), Danielle Ferland (Into The Woods), Jim Ferris (Lion King) and Christiane Noll (Tony Nominee for Ragtime). (more...)

Midtown Direct Rep to Stage Reading of James Hindman's THE DRAMA DEPARTMENT, 7/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2013

Midtown Direct Rep will present a reading of the Terrance McNally Award finalist play, The Drama Department by James Hindman as part of Midtown Direct Rep's play development series focused on new and innovative American theatre: Theatre in the Loft. Directed by Peter Flynn, the reading will take place on Sunday, July 14th at 7:00PM. Admission: $15 Cover, Cash Bar, No Drink Minimum. (more...)

Stephanie Kurtzuba, Melissa van der Schyff and More Set for 7 1/2 ACT(S) OF TRUE LOVE Reading Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2013

7 Wondrous Act(s) of True Love is the new high-concept comedy by Kleban Prize-winning writer Jeremy Desmon about the epic lengths we go to for love. Tonight, June 3rd at 7PM, an industry reading will be held at Pearl Studios (500 Eighth Ave., 12th Floor), helmed by Rated P-director Jeremy Dobrish. (more...)

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