TOTO TALKS! Celebrates Stonewall's 50th And The Wizard Of Oz' 80th
In honor of Stonewall's 50th Anniversary and the Wizard of Oz' 80th Anniversary, Not in Kansas Productions presents the world premiere of a new play by Randall David Cook; directed by 2x Tony-nominee, Joey McKneely; and featuring Jamison Stern: Toto Talks!
Four performances only! Tues., Feb. 26 @ 10:30 p.m.; Wed., Feb. 27 @ 5:30 p.m.; Fri., March 1 @ 6:50 p.m.; Sat., March 2 @ 3:20 p.m. at one of downtown's most cutting-edge spaces - THE KRAINE @ 85 E 4th St, NYC. Ticket at www.horsetrade.info
We meet Toto ... ready to spill the tea on all the goings-on when the cameras were off in OZ. Angry that Judy got movies and the witches are STILL on Broadway, she's ready to make this downtown appearance a chance to set the record straight ... that's right Toto is a SHE!
If you're friend of Dorothy, you'll LOVE Toto. That goes for hypersensitive theater critics and dog lovers as well! This uproarious 60-minute soiree with the celebratory pooch features a triumvirate of talent:
PLAYWRIGHT Randall David Cook has Off-Broadway premieres and regional runs of Sake with the Haiku Geisha, Fate's Imagination, Southern Discomfort, Open Call, and Third Finger, Left Hand. His one-act play, Sushi and Scones won the award for Best Play at the Southeastern Playwrights Conference and was broadcast as a radio play by the BBC, and his adaptation of Ibsen's John Gabriel
Borkman was presented at New York Theatre Workshop. His work has also been seen and developed at Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Trustus Theatre, the Cincinnati Museum of Art, New Edgecliff Theatre, the Dartmouth Drama Festival, the Dawlish Arts Festival, Neighborhood Playhouse, The Players Club and John Drew Theater at Guild Hall.
DID YOU KNOW: Randall David Cook co-owned a dog-walking company for almost 20 years? He is also a nationally certified dog trainer and former staffer at NYC SPCA, where he worked with shelter dogs to make them more adoptable. Dogs and theater have been the major forces in his life. WHO BETTER TO WRITE THE STORY OF TOTO?
DIRECTOR Stage and film professional, Joey McKneely, joins forces again with Cook after a triumphant run with the new musical Shadows, whose run at the Connolly Theater garnered high praise and full houses. McKneely is a two-time Tony-nominated Broadway Choreographer (Smokey Joe's Cafe and The Life) and the international Director and Choreographer of West Side Story. Other Broadway credentials include Twelfth Night, The Wild Party, The Boy From OZ and the West Side Story revival. He directed/choreographed the U.S. National Tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, Crazy For You and Smokey Joe's Café. Internationally, he directed/choreographed the world premieres of Love U Theresa, Ah, Kuling! and Jiu Gan Tang Mai Wu in China; The Beautiful Game, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story in Japan; Evita and Dusty in London. On film, McKneely is known for his work on Zoolander, The In Crowd, and Far East.
AND THE HILARIOUS STAGE & FILM ACTOR, Jamison Stern AS TOTO HIM-ER-HERSELF
Stern has toured across the country in some of the most recognizable parts in some of the most recognizable musicals: Orin Scrivello in Little Shoppe of Horrors, Melvin P. Thorpe in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Albin in La Cage aux Folles; Roger De Bris in The Producers and Dr. Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein; as well as Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical 2012 National Tour culminating at The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Now in its thirteenth year, FRIGID is an open and uncensored theatre festival that gives artists an opportunity to let their ingenuity thrive in a venue that values freedom of expression and artistic determination. In true support of our Indie Theater Community, 100% of box office proceeds will go directly to the artists whose work is being presented. FRIGID is here to chill out the New York independent theatre scene's ideas of what a theatre festival can be!