Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 5/27/2008

Below is BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar updated on 5/27/2008. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, concerts, openings, closings and more, visit BroadwayWorld.com's Event Calendar.

Polish Joke - 5/30/2008

May 30 - June 29 Spotlighters Theatre 817 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 www.spotlighters.org or 410-752-1225 $18 Adults/$15 Students, Seniors and BTA members

These Shining Lives - 6/1/2008

CENTERSTAGE. In the Head Theatre. Through June 1. $10 - $60. www.centerstage.org

In the Heart of America - 5/28/2008

Rep Stage. Through June 29. $15-$25. Wed - Thurs at 7:30PM, Fri - Sat at 8PM, Sat - Sun at 2:30PM. www.repstage.org 410-772-4900

In the Heart of America - 6/1/2008

Rep Stage. Through June 29. $15-$25. Wed - Thurs at 7:30PM, Fri - Sat at 8PM, Sat - Sun at 2:30PM. www.repstage.org 410-772-4900

Dear Albert at Columbia University - 6/1/2008

The World Science Festival will present the world premiere of Dear Albert, which was penned by Emmy Award winner Alan Alda.

Anthony LaPaglia will star in the one-night-only presentation June 1 at 7 PM at Columbia University's Miller Theatre. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan directs.

Columbia University's Miller Theatre is located in Manhattan at 2960 Broadway at 116th Street. Tickets, priced $40, are available by visiting www.worldsciencefestival.com.

The Lady with All the Answers - 5/27/2008

For decades, newpaper columnist and Chicago icon Ann Landers dispensed wit and wisdom to people in need of advice. Now she finds herself writing a column about a new kind of heartbreak – her own.

Performance is at the Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, •9501 Skokie Blvd. Skokie. Call (847)673-6300 for more information or go to www.northlight.org. Runs May 21- June 29, 2008.

Johnny Mathis and the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra - 5/31/2008

Back by popular demand, one of America's favorite recording artists returns to showcase such monumental hits as "Chances Are," "Wonderful, Wonderful," and "It's Not for Me To Say."

Performance at the Rosemont Theatre • 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. Call the box office at (312)559-1212 or visit www.chicagolandpops.com for more information.

Teacher Tales: Stories from the Frontlines - 6/1/2008

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is pleased to announce the addition of 'Teacher Tales: Stories from the Frontlines' to its 2008 Traffic Series. The one-time performance, which explores the failures and victories that define Chicago's educators, will play Sunday, June 1, 2008 in the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 12 at 11 a.m.

In 'Teacher Tales: Stories from the Frontlines', Dr. Robert Boone and friends provide a look "behind the curtain" at the motivational moments that define teaching for some of Chicago's finest educators. From crashing failures to exhilarating victories, these teachers' tales will leave audience members with a new appreciation for the influential leaders in all our lives. Additional stories from Curie Youth Radio will provide funny and candid insight as teachers talk about themselves on tape.

'Teacher Tales: Stories from the Frontlines' Features Dr. Robert Boone, Bill Ayers, Idris Goodwin, Amanda Klonsky, Toni Lightfoot, Billy Lombardo and Curie Youth Radio.

Performance Date is Sunday, June 1, 2008 with a curtain time of 3:00 p.m. Ticket price is $25. Audience Services: 1650 N. Halsted. Call 312-335-1650 or online ticketing available at www.steppenwolf.org.

Annie CD - 6/3/2008

The 30th anniversary recording of "Annie" is released to stores and major music retail outlets. The special two-disc recording features members of the 30th anniversary tour cast, headlined by Marissa O'Donnell in the title role. The second disc contains a chock full of special features, lost recordings and famous "Annie" alums, including Andrea McArdle, Kathie Lee Gifford and Carol Burnett.

Sundance Institute @ BAM - 5/29/2008

Sundance Institute at Brooklyn Academy of Music (May 29 through June 8, 2008) features film screenings, theater, musical performances, panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A sessions, screenplay readings, art installations and other events. The series presents 20 feature films and 36 short films and includes award-winning features and short films fresh from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. This unique event celebrates the artists and their work which the Sundance Institute has supported through the Film Festival and the Feature Film, Documentary Film, Theatre and Film Music Programs.

The Lion In Winter - 5/27/2008

Golden Gate - A New Musical - 5/31/2008

MONMOUTH CIVIC CHORUS PERFORMS NEW MUSICAL

A new musical comes to New Jersey with the Monmouth Civic Chorus production of Golden Gate. Set in San Francisco in the 1930's, Golden Gate tells the story of a family traveling to the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge on a journey of discovery and reawakened hope.

The music of Golden Gate is a road trip from retro to pop, with sounds of the Jazz Age and 1990's Broadway. With music by Richard Pearson Thomas and book by Joe Calarco, the show won the Michael Stewart Musical Theater Development Award, named for the librettist of Hello, Dolly! and Bye Bye Birdie.

Composer and pianist Richard Pearson Thomas has had works performed by the Boston Pops, Covent Garden Festival, Houston Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Banff Centre, Skylight Opera Theatre, and Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir. His songs have been sung in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Joe's Pub, and before the U.S. Congress by artists such as Audra McDonald, Sanford Sylvan, Lauren Flanagan and Kurt Ollmann.

He is a recipient of an American Composers' Forum Continental Harmony commission for the Alabama Tri-State Orchestra. His work Race for the Sky, which was commissioned as a commemoration of the events of 9/11, has been performed by the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra and in recitals nationwide. He is currently on faculty at Teachers College/Columbia University, and is composer-in-residence of the Gold Opera Project, Young Audiences/New York. In that capacity, he has composed more than 80 operas with students in New York City public schools.

The world premiere of this concert version of Golden Gate, led by Dr. Mark Shapiro, will be performed at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at the Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street, Middletown, New Jersey. Tickets are $25 regular, $22 seniors, $20 groups, $5 students. Call (732) 933-9333 or visit www.monmouthcivicchorus.org.

Under its award-winning Artistic Director, Dr. Mark Shapiro, the Monmouth Civic Chorus has been acclaimed as "close to perfect" (Asbury Park Press), "sonorously impressive" (The Star-Ledger) and "a treasure of local life" (Red Bank Red Hot). Since 1949, the Chorus has been known for outstanding performances of musical theater, opera and operetta, in addition to its repertoire of masterworks and little-known gems of choral music.

### Event Summary Event title: Golden Gate Date and time: Saturday, May 31, 2008, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Location: Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748 Ticket prices: $25 regular, $22 seniors, $20 groups, $5 students

Tickets: 732-933-9333 or www.monmouthcivicchorus.org Photos that accompany this release can be found at www.monmouthcivicchorus.org/pressroom.php

Imagine - 5/30/2008

From 5/30-6/15, South Coast Rep's Theatre for Young Audiences presents a story about the end of make believe.

Broadway Aids Fundraiser - 5/28/2008

The Royal Imperial Court of NY and Broadway's Lawrence Leritz will appear at Will Clark' Bingo Fundraiser which benefits various major Aids organizations, including Broadway Cares. Leritz is the award winning producer and choreographer of the long running Off Broadway hit, Boobs! The Musical, who has also appeared on Broadway in the Jerome Robbin's revival of "Fiddler On The Roof," "American Dance Machine" and "Fonteyn & Nureyev On Broadway" at the Gershwin Theatre. Leritz recently headlined singing at The Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas with his #1 recording, "Crank It Up" and as the NYPD cop in Julie Taymor's film "Across The Universe".

PS - 5/28/2008

At 9pm, Ninth Ave. Bistro, 693 9th Ave.

Stephen Schwartz & Friends - 5/31/2008

Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy® and Oscar®-winning songwriter teams with Tony® award winner Debbie Gravitte, Broadway star Liz Callaway and rising star Scott Coulter for breathtaking performances of his exquisite songs from his shows including Godspell, Pippin, Pocahontas, Prince of Egypt and Wicked. An unforgettable evening of musical theater! Presented by Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington - an easy train ride from Manhattan. Call 516-767-6444 or visit www.landmarkonmainstreet.org

The Kid From Brooklyn: The Danny Kaye Musical - 5/28/2008

Based on the turbulent and triumphant life of Danny Kaye, this intimate musical portrayal chronicles Kaye's career and his relationships on and off the stage as we follow the rise of Danny Kaye from an undisciplined improvisational comic to his success under the guidance of his wife, Sylvia Fine. An amazingly versatile pair of supporting players appears and disappears throughout the performance creating distinct and believable portrayals of a myriad of luminaries who are interwoven with Kaye and Fine: Eve Arden (with whom Kaye was both professionally and romantically linked from the time they first paired on Broadway), Samuel Goldwyn, Kitty Carlisle, Cole Porter, Vivien Leigh, Billy Rose, Laurence Olivier, and handfuls of other fascinating characters. Backed by a live four-piece ensemble, musical highlights include Tchaikovsky, By Jingo, Minnie the Moocher & Inchworm. The Kid From Brooklyn features the work of musical greats, including Sylvia Fine, Rodgers & Hart, Frank Loesser & Cole Porter, to name a few.

Previewing May 28, opening June 7 and running through August 24,

Songs Of Youth and Discovery - 5/29/2008

The Jerrold Fisher/Lawrence Leritz "Songs of Youth and Discovery" will be performed by the Auburn Chamber Singers on May 29,2008, under the direction of the well-known conductor, Steven Stomps. The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. The Auburn Chamber Singers have performed with the Syracuse Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and have sung world premiers of several works by American composers. Leritz (lyrics)is the award winning producer and choreographer of the long running Off Broadway hit, Boobs! The Musical, who also appeared on Broadway in the Jerome Robbin's revival of "Fiddler On The Roof, and Fisher (music) is internationally acclaimed for his restoration of Sousa's The Glass Blowers presented by the Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera.

Lua Hadar with Twist CD Release - 5/29/2008

The historic JAZZ AT PEARL'S, in San Francisco's North Beach, presents a CD Release, with 2 shows on May 29, fresh from New York's Iridium Club: "World jazz" vocalist LUA HADAR with her band, TWIST, give the Bay Area debut of their new self-titled CD - a cosmopolitan mix of original, international and standard jazz tunes "twisted" in a surprising fusion by Hadar and her musical director, jazz pianist and arranger, Jason Martineau. TWIST, a sophisticated high-energy band, is comprised of piano, bass, drums, congas and reeds, headlined by the passionate Lua Hadar on vocals. Thursday, May 29. $20 at 8 PM; $15 at 10 PM. Jazz at Pearl's, 256 Columbus @ Pacific, San Francisco, CA.

A unique and original vocalist with a soaring range and a charming, swingin' delivery. You will love Lua's "Twist!" - Terese Genecco, award-winning vocalist and bandleader

…heart wrenchingly beautiful… - Kurt Reichenbach, Universal label jazz recording artist

… able to make the familiar sound fresh…she can easily get to the emotional heart of a ballad…exuberant … - Les Traub, Cabaret Scenes, Los Angeles

Around the World in 80 Days- Closing - 6/1/2008

The Ballad of Emmett Till- Closing - 6/1/2008

Intrigue With Faye - Closing - 6/1/2008

Not A Game For Boys - Closing - 6/1/2008

Old Town - Closing - 5/31/2008

10 Virgins - Closing - 6/1/2008

Trumbo - Closing - 6/2/2008

Sporknotes - 5/31/2008

Jason Tyne directs at Gotham City Improv @ gothamcityimprov.comý 48 W. 21st St #8, NY 10010 with Colin McNally, Sara Blake, Chris Enright, Dan Feld, Courtney Boddie, Brian Schell, Kerri Ford, and Mike Chevbroil.

@ 10pm

Nu Millennium's: Love Hangover - 5/30/2008

A Classic old school Concert.Poem performed by NYC;'s Premier A Capella Soul group performing favorites from the 1960-1970's. Written and Directed by Emmitt Thrower and Wabi Sabi Productions. Dates May 30 and May 31st at 8 PM. Located at Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street Room 411, NYC 10036. Tickets at Theatermania.com or call 212 352-3101 GFroups call 917 716-6635

info http;///www.wabisabiproductions.com/current.htm

Suzanne Carrico: The Friendliest Thing - 6/2/2008

Up & coming singer Suzanne Carrico, the 2008 MAC Award Nominee for "Outstanding Debut," will return to the Metropolitan Room with her new show THE FRIENDLIEST THING, for two special performances, Mondays, May 26th & June 2nd, at 7pm. The show, directed by Mary Cleere Haran, features Musical Director Tedd Firth on piano & Steve Doyle on bass. THE FRIENDLIEST THING, an evening of provocative music from The Great American Songbook of the past & present, devoted to matters of a most intimate nature. www.suzannecarrico.com

Saved - 6/3/2008

Randy Blair at the Zipper Factory - 6/2/2008

Monday, June 2nd 7PM $20 cover, no drink minimum The Zipper Factory (336 West 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Randy Blair (Adding Machine, NYMF's Yellow Wood) presents an evening of original songs, sketches, and characters, centered around the plight of the creative soul. Directed by Kristine Zbornik (A Catered Affair, Forbidden Broadway), musical directed by Will Van Dyke (Wicked), and featuring several amazing surprise guests. Visit http://www.therandyshow.com/zipper.html for more information.

To reserve tickets, please visit http://www.thezipperfactory.com or call 212.352.3101. For dinner reservations at the Zipper Factory Tavern, 212.695.4600.

House, Divided - 5/28/2008

For half a century the United States and Israel have been tied to each other - politically, strategically, economically, and through thousands of Jewish families with members living in both countries. Israel, situated in the middle of the Arab world, has been a major source of conflict and controversy among its Middle-Eastern neighbors, especially the Palestinian people. And Israel's eternally precarious position, and sometimes provocative military actions, have also divided American Jews; many anti-war liberals have become increasingly critical while more Zionistleaning conservatives have been unwavering in their support of the Jewish state. The Goldstein family of Philadelphia is torn apart when older brother Louis decides to embrace Jewish orthodoxy and move to Israel during the height of the Vietnam war. Betrayed and bewildered, Louis' younger brother Douglas builds a life around peace activism. Well over 20 years later, Louis is a retired officer of the Israeli army and Douglas is a Senior Director with Amnesty International. Divided by deep familial wounds and opposing religious and political beliefs, the two brothers are forced to re-engage one another when their sons, Oren and Paul, make surprising life decisions of their own. HOUSE, DIVIDED is a challenging and timely examination of family, faith and politics, and how the desire to distance ourselves from our past may only bring it closer to home in the future. Excerpts of the script of HOUSE, DIVIDED and an interview with playwright Larry Loebell are available online: www.interacttheatre.org .

Passing Strange CD Listening Party - 5/27/2008

Passing Strange will celebrate the exclusive iTunes release of its live original Broadway cast recording with a listening party at Saju Bistro May 27.

Passing Strange's cast, band and creative team are hosting the listening party immediately following the 7 PM performance of the new musical. The party is free and open to the public.

Kerry Butler CD Signing - 5/28/2008

Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler will celebrate her debut solo recording, "Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust," with an in-store appearance at the Times Square Virgin Megastore May 28.

Cubby Bernstein & 'Xanadu' Cast to Make Public Appearance - 5/27/2008

With award season in full swing, famed and notoriously private Tony Campaign Manager Cubby Bernstein will make a rare public appearance to deliver a much anticipated speech outside the Helen Hayes Theatre, 240West 44th Street on Wednesday, May 28th. From 4 pm to 6 pm, Cubby along with the cast of XANADU will be on site to sell cub-cakes to the public, as he instructed Julie White to do before her Tony Award win last year. The producers of XANADU, Robert Ahrens, Brian Swibel, Tara Smith, Cari Smulyan Dale Smith and Dan Vickery have chosen that all proceeds will go directly to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

As many people know, Cubby Bernstein is a legend in Tony campaign strategy and chooses one show a season to put his stamp on.  This year, after a great deal of thought, Cubby has chosen XANADU as the show to guide through award time.

XANADU, Broadway's surprise musical hit, celebrates its first year on Broadway with 2008 Tony nominations for Best Book, Best Actress, Best Choreography and the coveted Best Musical Award.  It has already received the 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Best Book.

For information on XANADU and the upcoming event, go to www.xanaduonbroadway.com. And don't forget to check out www.cubbybernstein.com as well.

Photo Credit Ben Strothmann

Standing Clear - 6/2/2008

WORLD PREMIERE OF STANDING CLEAR BY COFFEE CUP (a theatre co.)

A COMEDIC RIDE THROUGH THE MINDS OF NEW YORKERS ON AND OFF THEIR FAVORITE MODE OF TRANSPORT: THE SUBWAY

Coffee Cup (a theatre co.) presents the World Premiere of Standing Clear, a comedy about the distance we put between us on the subway. Standing Clear is written by Ishah Janssen-Faith and Jack McGowan, directed by Barbara Karger, and created in collaboration with performers Melinda Ferraraccio, Becca Hackett, Ben Holbrook, Ishah Janssen-Faith and Jack McGowan. Performances will take place May 29 to June 21, 2008 in a limited engagement at The Access Theater in NYC. Previews begin May 29 for an official June 2 opening.

The Access Theater is located at 380 Broadway (4th floor) at White Street in NYC. Performances run Thursdays-Saturdays 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm & 7pm with two additional shows on Mon. June 2 and Mon. June 16 at 7pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students (at the theater only). All previews only $12. Tickets are $50 for the gala performance on Sat. June 7 at 7pm (includes post-show reception at Sasha Wolf Gallery). Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.SmartTix.com or by calling 212-868-4444. For more information on the company and show visit http://www.CoffeeCupTheatre.org.

Coffee Cup, the inventive company that brought you the acclaimed Turning Tables, takes to the NYC subway to create their latest physical comedy, Standing Clear, an ensemble piece that digs deep into the personalities we commute with each day. Have you ever imagined what a stranger's life was like? Pressed right up against each other, but miles away, what happens when we let the strangers we see every day affect us? An ode to the NYC subway, Standing Clear shines a spotlight on the fleeting moments that we rarely recognize as being key to the essential beauty of New York.

Praise for Coffee Cup's inaugural production, Turning Tables:

"A delightful one-act…SNL should take notice" ~ Back Stage

"Turning Tables is a total charmer; it's as delicious as dinner at your favorite eatery…They've given us a smart, funny, and insightful slice of life in this innovative, well-produced show, making for an auspicious debut for their company" ~ Martin Denton/NYTheatre.com

"Hilarious and poignant" ~ The Connecticut Post

Two post-show talk-backs will take place during the show's run. The first talk-back is on Sun. June 8 at 3pm with NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign (www.straphangers.org). For 29 years, The Straphangers Campaign has played a leading role in building a consensus for $53 billion in new investments in metropolitan transit—through their rider organizing, coalition building, research, reports and media savvy.

The second talk-back will take place on Mon. June 16 at 7pm with Hollaback NYC (www.hollabacknyc.blogspot.com) and Girls for Gender Equity (www.ggenyc.org). The evening's $30 ticket includes a post-show reception. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales from the June 16 performance will be donated to Girls for Gender Equity. HollabackNYC is a website dedicated to ending street harassment in NYC, encouraging women to photograph their harassers in an effort to bring awareness to the epidemic. Girls for Gender Equity is an organization located in BedStuy Brooklyn that works to empower young girls and build leadership skills.

Coffee Cup is a theatre collective that develops, writes and performs original, actor-driven theatre. The company provides its members with a flexible forum within which they can experiment freely. They take liberties with genre, mood and form, and aim to shine a humane and humorous light on the small, everyday relationships and interactions that define so much of our lives in NYC, and yet are so often taken for granted.

Director Barbara Karger was born in Vienna, Austria. After getting her Masters Degree in physical theater at the renowned Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, she co-founded Antagon-Theater and with them created numerous shows that were performed throughout Europe. Barbara co-directed the New York Goofs' Clown Brain, and Bindlestiff's High Heels and Red Noses, and From the Gutter to the Glitter.

Ishah Janssen-Faith (writer/performer) is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Coffee Cup (a theatre co.) with whom she co-created and performed in their debut production, Turning Tables. Ishah has come to New York via London, where she trained for two years with Philippe Gaulier and members of Theatre de Complicite. While there, she co-founded Bouillabaise Theater Company with whom she devised a clown show about the live organ trade entitled A Pig Behind Their Eyes. In NY, she was recently seen in Clowns by Dead Reckoning (La MaMa) and Not Just for Shock Value: A Femmes-Clowns Assemblage (Six Figures Artists of Tomorrow Festival). Ishah received her BA from Smith College in Theater and attended BADA.

Jack McGowan (writer/performer) is the co-founder of Coffee Cup (a theatre co.), acting in and co-writing their premiere production of Turning Tables. He works as a stage fighter for the Metropolitan Opera with a featured role in Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa. His other stage credits include Machinal (Theatre for the New City) and The Fashionable Prejudice (Metropolitan Playhouse). He has a BFA from Marymount Manhattan and attended BADA.

Rounding out the cast is Melinda Ferraraccio (In the Belly of the Beast With Two Backs at HERE/Clowns By Dead Reckoning at La MaMa/National Tours of The Miser and The Three Musketeers), Becca Hackett (New Moon Rep/Roust Theatre Co.'s I Kreon at Walkerspace) and Ben Holbrook (The Matchmaker & A Streetcar Named Desire at Triad Stage in North Carolina).

The design and production team consists of Peter Hoerburger (Lighting Design/NYIT Award-Winner for Present Perfect), Young-Yoon Kim (Costume Design), Ryan Maeker (Sound Design/NYIT Award-Winner for Dancing vs. The Rat Experiment with Witness Relocation), Kina Park (Set & Property Design/various 2008 Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Projects), Brian Carfi (Technical Director), Jaimie Van Dyke (Production Stage Manager) and Nick Renaud (Assistant Sound Design).

Sponsored by ICO Art and Music Gallery (www.icogallery.com), Sasha Wolf Gallery, Bestype Imaging, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and Girls for Gender Equity. Trains: 1, 6, A, C, E, N, R, Q, W, J, M, Z to Canal St.

LAByrinth Announces Casting for 'Penalties & Interest' - 6/1/2008

 LAByrinth Theater Company (John Ortiz, Artistic Director; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Co-Artistic Director; John Gould Rubin, Co-Artistic Director & Executive Director) has announced complete casting for the new play in development, PENALTIES & INTEREST by Rebecca Cohen, the sixth play in the inaugural PUBLIC LAB series.  Directed by John Gould Rubin, the cast features LAByrinth Theater Company members Julian Acosta ("Dirt"), Elizabeth Canavan (The Little Flower of East Orange), Yetta Gottesman (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot), Craig "muMs" Grant (A View From 151st Street, "Oz"), and Michael Puzzo (Dirty Story).  The development production begins performances Tuesday, June 10th for a limited engagement through June 28th at The Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place).

The insular existence of office life is a Petri dish for contemporary society in Rebecca Cohen's comedy, PENALTIES & INTEREST.  Lollie, Lyle and Amy try to keep their heads above water, and their boss, Dick, bobs up when they least expect it.

LAByrinth first presented PENALTIES & INTEREST behind closed doors at its annual retreat, the Summer Intensive, and then presented it as a free reading at the 2006 Barn Series festival. Now, this bare-bones PUBLIC LAB production marks the next stage in LAByrinth's unique play development process, taking the collaboration between the playwright, director, designers and audiences, to the next level.

To follow this process, from planning through rehearsals and closing night, members of the general public are invited to contribute to the PENALTIES & INTEREST Blog (at www.LABtheater.org), where author, director, company and creative team are talking about the play's development, and hosting a forum for audience response.

The creative team for PENALTIES & INTEREST includes Chris Barreca (Scenic Design), Oana Botez-Ban (Costume Design), Nicole Pearce (Lighting Design), Betsy Rhodes (Sound Design) and Paula Pizzi (Dramaturg).

PENALTIES & INTEREST will play the following performance schedule: Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 and available at The Public Theater Box Office, by calling (212) 967-7555, or online at www.publictheater.org.  The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street.

The performance of PENALTIES & INTEREST on Tuesday, June 24th will feature open-captioning for members of the Hard-of-Hearing community.  For reservations and information, contact LAByrinth at (212) 513-1014 or visit LABtheater.org. LAByrinth's Accessibility Project is made possible with a grant from Theatre Development Fund's TAP Plus program. Open-Captioning provided by c2 (caption coalition) inc.

amfAR Honors Jerry Mitchell at 'Honoring with Pride' - 6/2/2008

amfAR's presents Honoring with Pride: Honoring Jerry Mitchell: A celebration of the gay and lesbian community's response in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The event will feature Taylor Dayne and is hosted by Mario Cantone. In addition to Jerry Mitchell the event will honor Julie Davids and the company Kiehl's Since 1851. 

Honoring with Pride will take place Monday, June 9, 2008 at Hudson (356 West 58th Street).  At 6:30 p.m. there will be a VIP Cocktail Reception, at 7:00 p.m. there will be a cocktail reception,  and at 8:30 p.m. the awards presentation and special concert will take place, and this will be followed by the Hudson Bar Afterparty with Legendary DJ Johnny Dynell.

Ticket levels are as follows:
$50,000 - Presenting Sponsor - VIP table for 12
$25,000 - Best Friend Forever - VIP table for 6
$7,500 - Best Friend - VIP table for 4
$1,000 - Partner - individual ticket
$350 - Friend - individual ticket
For those purchasing event tickets or tables, payments in excess of $250 per person ($150 for general admission) are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

This years event is Chaired by David Bohnett, Cheyenne Jackson, Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., Hal Luftig, Peter Staley, and Marissa Jaret Winokur.

List of Supporters:

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Donald Capoccia
R. Martin Chavez, Ph.D.
David Bohnett Foundation
KIEHL'S Since 1851

BEST FRIEND
GlaxoSmithKline, Inc.

PARTNERS
Jack O'Brien
Mathilde Krim, Ph.D.
Bill Melamed
Friedrike Merck
Thomas E. Moore III and Mark Reynolds
Everett "Rett" Sheslow
Jane Silver
Barry Skovgaard and Marc Wolinsky
Peter Staley and Gary Schwartz

FRIENDS
Derek Hodkey
Robert Perri
Kenneth and Michelle Posner
Allan and Clare Rosenfield
Jeffrey Seller

PRESENTING SPONSOR
Hudson

MEDIA SPONSORS
Genre Magazine
The Advocate
HX Magazine
The New York Blade
Van Wagner

BEVERAGES GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY
SKYY Vodka
Bud Light
Morrell Wine
T. Edward Wines New York  
(Guests must be 21 and over)

DESSERTS PROVIDED BY
Hope, Faith & Gluttony

American Airlines is the official airline of amfAR.

amfAR's ninth annual celebration will be held during Lesbian and Gay Pride Month in New York and will feature a VIP reception, cocktails, fabulous food, live and silent auctions, an awards ceremony, and a special concert. For further information contact
Timothy Stahl at (212) 806-1636 or timothy.stahl@amfar.org.

amfAR is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.  Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $275 million in support of its mission and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. www.amfar.org

'Suspicious Package' Begins June 1st at the Brick - 6/1/2008

The Brick Theater, Inc. presents a Fifth Wall production SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE: an interactive noir as part of The Film Festival: A Theater Festival.

Told via Zune Media Players, the story unfolds as audience members (only four at a time) are guided through their roles with both aural
and visual cues. Video flashbacks and narrative voiceovers fill in your backstory while maps of locations and your dialogue are displayed on screen. Part theatrical experience, part live video game, SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE immerses its audience within the gritty chiaroscuro world of film noir, where not everything is black and white.

As the story begins, our starring showgirl has fallen ill. Is she faking to get out of her contract? Or is her producer setting her up? Is her sister angling for her part? Will the detective get to the bottom of things before they turn deadly? The audience experiences Suspicious Package not as a detached observer but as a participant. Cast as the Detective, the Starlet, the Heiress, or the Producer in the mean streets of 1940s Williamsburg, will you be a victim of circumstance or the guilty party? Personal video players accompany you through the mystery and prompt you through your lines as you star in the show where technology, reality, theater, and film meet.

Created by mother/daughter team Gyda Arber & Wendy Coyle, Arber is an actress/director, known for her roles in Greed: A Musical Love $tory (Anna Nicole Smith), the English-language premiere of Václav Havel's Mountain Hotel, and Inverse Theater's Midnight Brainwash Revival, and as assistant director of the critically-acclaimed Michael Gardner adaptation of Notes from Underground. Coyle is a writer/translator whose work has appeared in The Tehran Post, The SF Bay Guardian, and The San Francisco Examiner. She is currently working on a novel about her experience in Iran.

Featuring the talents of Gyda Arber, David Arthur Bachrach, Aaron Baker, Jason Godbey, Ian W. Hill, Heath Kelts, Iracel Rivero, Brandi Robinson, Heather Lee Rogers, Ariana Siegel, and Ken Simon.

For more info visit www.thefifthwall.org.

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE will play at the Brick Theater (575 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211). Saturdays and Sundays starting at 4pm, beginning June 1.

All tickets $20. Tickets available through theatermania.com (212-352-3101 or toll-free:1-866-811-4111).

'Adding Machine's' Randy Blair At Zipper 6/2 - 6/1/2008

 Randy Blair (Adding Machine) premieres his new And Now For Something Completely Like Spring Awakening! An Entirely Original Theatrical Experience . . . Kind Of, which features brand new songs and comedy sketches centered around the plight of the creative soul.  And Now For Something Completely Like Spring Awakening! An Entirely Original Theatrical Experience . . . Kind Of will be performed at The Zipper Factory Theater (336 West 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues) on Monday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m.
 
New and original ideas have been popping up all around us more frequently than franchises of Pinkberry. Or have they? From the Big Bang to the present day, Randy Blair takes you on a joyride along the rocky road to originality (stopping only for carefully timed pee breaks, a few hastily consumed late-night pieces of pizza, and every procrastinating writer's favorite sport: surfing the net. For porn. And YouTube videos of Carol Channing.) Featuring some brand new songs by musical theatre's most exciting new talents, as well as special celebrity guest cameos, And Now For Something Completely Like Spring Awakening . . .  explores the creative person's relationship to his or her own unique voice in the most enlightening yet non-pretentious of ways. But sexy. Oh yes. Very sexy.
 
Kristine Zbornik (A Catered Affair, Forbidden Broadway) directs and guest stars.  Other guest stars include Tony Award winner BD Wong ("Law & Order: SVU," M. Butterfly), and Amy Warren (Adding Machine).  Will Van Dyke (Wicked) leads the band.
 
Tickets to And Now For Something Completely Like Spring Awakening! An Entirely Original Theatrical Experience . . . Kind Of are $20 and are now available by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101, or online at www.thezipperfactory.com

TSP Artists' Platform presents 'Dreams' Starting 6/4 - 6/3/2008

TSP Artists' Platform presents the world premiere of DREAMS, Norman Beim's prize-winning comedy-drama. Veteran director Sheila Smith directs this touching play that tells the story of legendary Broadway stars, Lily and Archie Lowe, (read Alfred Lunt & Lynn Fontanne) who are coming out of retirement, after being away from the stage for so many years.  How will these aged troupers, who were adored by millions of fans in their day, fare today?

Mr. Beim , who is also a veteran actor, is returning to the stage after fifteen years during which time he was devoted to his writing. As an actor Mr. Beim appeared with Morgan Freeman at the Public Theatre in Black Visions, on Broadway in the original production of Inherit The Wind and on tour with the film star Van Johnson in Tribute He also appeared in numerous TV shows, Saturday Night Live, soap operas et al. Opposite Mr. Beim, in the role of Lily, is Carol Emshoff, also a veteran trouper who has appeared with Mr. Beim in numerous productions.

NORMAN BEIM ( Author ) Beim's plays have been produced nationally and internationally, including last year's New York production of FRITZ & FROYIM that garnered widespread critical acclaim. His comedy–drama, Success , ran for more than a year in The Netherlands and has been optioned for a film. Seven collections of Norman's plays have been published, including Six Award Winning Plays and My Family the Jewish Immigrants .

Sheila Smith (Director) veteran of more than a dozen Broadway shows from ZIEGFELD FOLLIES '56 to SHOW BOAT (revival) '97, received The Theatre World Award (MAME), San Francisco Critic's Award (FOLLIES) and Kent State's Special Award for Performing Arts Achievement. As writer/director, she has produced more than 40 musical tributes including The FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE series in Toronto and in the states. The American premiere of Noel Coward's AFTER THE BALL starring Paula Lawrence was scripted by Ms. Smith.

JOHN W. COOPER ( Producer & Artistic Director ) is the founder of Turtle Shell Productions, which has produced over 90 plays including Five By Tenn , Blues for Mister Charlie , PUCK'd , Ourselves Alone , The Aspern Papers and The 8 Minute Madness Playwright Festival . He is an alumni of SUNY Purchase and has been nominated for the Irene Ryan National Award and was awarded Best Actor in the European Tournament of Plays.

The TSP Artists' Platform provides playwrights with a safe haven to develop their work in partnership with a team of experienced designers and theater professionals in their home at The Turtle's Shell Theater. Artists are carefully selected and nurtured with an eye towards forging an ongoing creative collaboration. 

Previews are June 4 and 5 at 8PM, the opening it June 6th, and DREAMS plays through June 21st. Tickets are $18 and available from www.TheaterMania.com or call 212-352-3101. DREAMS is playing at the Turtle's Shell Theater (in the Times Square Arts Center).


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