Itamar Moses, Isaac Oliver and More Set for DEAD DARLINGS: COMRADES EDITION at Judson Memorial Church
Dead Darlings is back this month on April 12 for COMRADES Edition at Judson Memorial Church. The show is free with a suggested donations. Show starts at 8pm, but get there early for tunes, snacks and booze at 7:30pm!
Host, Amanda Duarte is best known as of late for being a prominent feminist voice throughout the election. She's the author and originator of the trending hashtag and anthem, #PUSSYGRABSBACK, and she co-created the iconic graphic along with feminist writer, Jessica Bennett.
Past guests include writers: Doug Wright, Cintra Wilson, Rachel Shukert, Adam Feldman, Isaac Oliver, Leslye Headland and Moises Kaufman, designers Todd Oldham, Larry Krone and Gregory Gale, comics John Early, Eliot Glazer, Naomi Ekperigin, Aparna Nancherla and Christian Finnegan, cabaret stars Justin VivIan Bond, Cole Escola and Erin Markey, writer-performers Mike Daisey, Mike Albo, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Colleen Werthmann and Michael Cyril Creighton, New Yorker cartoonist Joe Dator and musicians Stephen Trask, Mark Eitzel, Dane Terry, David Clement and Hamm Samwich.
It's a cardinal rule of writing, an art form in which editing is Pope. In order to get that play, novel, story or song into fighting shape, a writer must be willing to cut out material that feels like the child of their soul, but just doesn't quite fit the piece... in writerspeak, we say- "Kill Your Darlings." Sometimes these precious soul children resurface in other pieces, but often they pile up on the desktop, never to find a home... until now. Come see New York's hottest writers, artists and performers resurrect their favorite dead darlings LIVE ON STAGE... in the perfect spot for a resurrection- A CHURCH! The show is hosted by writer-performer and female drag queen Amanda Duarte (co-writer of the "Hurt Locker: The Musical" faux-bill for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Internet Feminist, downtown comedy and storytelling regular).
IF YOU GO:
Dead Darlings: COMRADES Edition! with host Amanda Duarte
- Zackary Grady (playwright/performer, Toe Pick, HeadGame, Dead Letter Office)
- Itamar Moses (playwright - Bach at Leipzig, The Fortress of Solitude)
- Gaby Alter (composer - Band Geeks): collaborators - Nobody Loves You
- Naomi Ekperigin and Andy Beckerman (comedians, writers, and REAL LIFE COUPLE) - Broad City, Couples Therapy, Comedy Central, Inside Caucasia)
WHAT: A monthly NYC Salon in which NYC personalities perform, read, sing, whatever a piece of their work that died on the cutting room floor.
WHERE: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, NYC
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12, Doors 7:30pm, show 8 pm
TICKETS: Pay if you can, $10 suggested donations will go towards Meals on Wheels
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Zackary Grady - His smartphone app based production HeadGame began at Ars Nova, was produced at A.R.T. in Boston, and is returning to NYC for an off-Broadway run this year. He created a multi-language interactive app for an immersive production of Peter Pan developed by the producers of Sleep No More in Beijing, China. His play Toe Pick which chronicles the Tonya Harding/NANCY KERRIGAN scandal debuted during the 2014 Olympics and will be remounted during the 2018 Games. His immersive murder mystery Dead Letter Office debuted in the abandoned James Farley Post Office in Manhattan and featured a five course dining experience.
Itamar Moses - Author of the full-length plays Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back, and Completeness, the musicals Nobody Loves You (with Gaby Alter), and Fortress of Solitude (with Michael Friedman), and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used to It). His work has appeared Off-Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at regional theatres across the country and in Canada, and is published by Faber & Faber and Samuel French.
Gaby Alter - Alter is a songwriter and composer based in Brooklyn. He writes for stage, television (MTV, PBS), film, radio (NPR), video games, and straight up pop songs. He is the recipient of a Jonathan Larson grant, and has won awards from the San Francisco Theater Critics' Circle and the New York International Fringe Festival for his scores. Gaby's musicals include NOBODY LOVES YOU with Itamar Moses, BAND GEEKS! (Goodspeed Musicals, Human Race Theater), YOUNG ZOMBIES IN LOVE (Songwriting Award, New York International Fringe Festival); and THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: A ROMANTIC COMEDY with Negin Farsad (Edinburough Fringe Festival, Ars Nova).
Naomi Ekperigin - Naomi Ekperigin is a New York City-based actor, stand-up comedian and writer who has appeared on VH1, MTV, and FX's "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" and been published in TheHairpin.com, The Huffington Post and VanityFair.com. Most recently Naomi worked as a staff writer on season 3 of Comedy Central's hit show "Broad City" and "Difficult People," starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner. In 2013, she was listed as one of "7 Reasons Why SNL Should Hire a Black Woman" on Buzzfeed.com and one of "8 Black Comediennes Who are Ready for SNL" by Essence Magazine.
Andy Beckerman - Beckerman has been writing and performing comedy in New York City since 2009, and has written for shows like THE PETE HOLMES SHOW (TBS) and CEDRIC'S BARBER BATTLE (The CW). He also produces and hosts the popular interview podcast BEGINNINGS about the creative origins of writers and performers. In addition to Beginnings, Andy also hosts the gameshow podcast SNAP IMPRESSION, where contestants are challenged to do off-the-cuff impressions of celebrities, fictional characters and historical personages, and the monthly live show In Stereo, with his almost-wife and Broad City writer Naomi Ekperigin. His first indie pilot GRUMPKIN HOLLOW was a finalist in the 2012 New York Television Festival/Comedy Central Short Pilot Competition.
Isaac Oliver - His debut collection of essays, Intimacy Idiot, was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2015. His plays include Electra in a One-Piece, and the ten-minute plays "3, 2, 1," "Film Forum," and "Come Here" (New York Innovative Theatre Award, Outstanding Original Short Script). Additionally, he's written for The New York Times, Out, and HBO's "High Maintenance." He is a graduate of Carver Center for Arts and Technology and Fordham College at Lincoln Center and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. He lives in New York City.