Mississippi Mud to Present SHOTGUN COTTAGE PLAYS, Begin. 5/9

Mississippi Mud to Present SHOTGUN COTTAGE PLAYS, Begin. 5/9

NYC based theatre company Mississippi Mud Productions announces its first production in Lido Beach, NY located about 25 miles outside of NYC. The company produces Tennessee Williams' one-acts Moony's Kid Don't Cry, directed by Jen Danby; The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, directed by Daniel Capalbo, Jr, with Miss Danby as Mrs. Hardwicke-Moore, an early sketch of Blanche DuBois; and Interior: Panic, an early sketch of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Edward Bergen and starring Jen Danby and Colleen Leone as sisters Blanche and Grace. Three plays, music, raffles and refreshments. Tickets on sale online @ http://shotguncottage.brownpapertickets.com - $25 General Admission, $15 Student/Senior, $10 Under 18.

The casts include Brett Benowitz, Michael Coppola, Jen Danby*, Nick DeSimone, Colleen Leone, Paul Leone, Jo Anne Sellers, Andrew Weisell -- *Member of Actors Equity Association

Performance Venue
Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
250 Lido Blvd
Lido Beach, NY

Show Dates and Times
Friday May 9 & 16 @8pm
Saturday May 10 & 17 @8pm
Sunday May 11 @3:00pm
Sunday May 18 @7:00pm

EDWARD BERGEN (Director, INTERIOR: PANIC) has directed scenes from CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF and PUZZLED as part of the JACK AND JULIE PROJECT at HB Studios with Jack Hofsiss. He is also the creator, dIrector and producer of the TV show THE FIREHOUSE COOK. He has also worked with Jen Danby in Mississippi Mud Productions Yin and Yang Acting Tennessee Williams Workshop.

DANIEL CAPALBO, JR (Director, THE LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION) has been involved in the theatre world for the last 30 years in various capacities. He is best known as an actor, but his career has also included directing, writing, set designing and being a stage technician. Academically, Daniel worked for 12 years as a professor for the Theatre Department at a private university. With Mud: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, dir. Austin Pendleton, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the MLK Center, Long Beach with Geoffrey Owens, dir. Austin Pendleton, LUST dir. Austin Pendleton.

JEN DANBY (Director, MOONY'S KID DON'T CRY) Upcoming: Blanche DuBois in a staged readng of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with Geoffrey Owens as Stanley Kowalski and Colleen Leone as Stella Kowalski, directed by Austin Pendleton, being produced by Mississippi Mud as a fundraising event for the Martin Luther King Center in Long Beach NY. With MUD: Sharon Tate in SHARON TATE IN HEAVEN, a new solo piece written and performed by Miss Danby in NYC this past March, directed by Austin Pendleton; Nina in SEAGULL69; Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF; Jane in VIEUX CARRÉ; Marilyn Monroe in her original solo piece THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT; Catharine in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER; Vivien in the solo piece VIVIEN LEIGH: THE LAST PRESS CONFERENCE; Helena in LUST; all under Austin Pendleton's direction; Blanche Dubois, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Mud Actors Lab (dir. Mr. Pendleton) and The Cherry Pit (co-directors Brian Lady and Mr. Pendleton); Vivien in ORSON'S SHADOW (dir. Lauren Reinhard). Select stage: HEDDA GABLER; VALPARAISO; THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH (dir. Amy Wright, HB Studio). Film/TV/New Media: The Wooster Group "Dailies" as Paula in PAULA and BAD PICTURES opposite Jim Fletcher (GATZ); TRUE HOLLYWOOD SITTER; RUN #3; ALL MY CHILDREN. Founder & Artistic Director of Mississippi Mud and head of its educational wing and Actor Lab, and of This American Blonde Actress, as actress, teacher, director. Director: NADINE; SPRINGTIME; LUST (co-director Brian Lady) in the cycle WHAT OF THE NIGHT? by Maria Irene Fornes, with HB Ensemble; BALTIMORE WALTZ and TAN TAN at CW Post; co-directing CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF with Austin Pendleton for an upcoming revival with Mud and a performance in Long Beach NY for Project Hope after Hurricane Sandy at the Long Beach Public Library in November. BA Drama/Acting UT Austin, MA Acting LIU, Ph.D Acting Studies CUNY Graduate Center and co-founder of its Active Theatre Group. Ken Park Talent 212.566.8672 - kenparkmgmt@aol.com. AEA, SAG-AFTRA. jendanby.com

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS (Playwright) won two Pulitzer Prizes, for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1947) and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1955). His other major plays include SUMMER AND SMOKE (1948), THE ROSE TATTOO (1951), CAMINO REAL (1953), SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1959), and THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1961). In addition to his two Pulitzers, Williams was nominated four times for the Tony Award for Best Play, wining once, for THE ROSE TATTOO. (His last Best Play Tony Award nomination came 16 years after his death, for NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES.)

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