Theater Resources Unlimited Announces The Winners Of The 2019 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announced the winners of the 2019 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series: Miracolo by Jarlath Barsanti-Jacobs and Emilio Solla; and Seeing Red by Joey Mazzarino and Aron Accurso.The two musicals will be performed on Monday evening January 14th and Monday evening February 4th respectively. Both performances will be at 7pm at the Actors Temple, 339 West 47th Street, New York, NY. Readings are free but reservations are required - please email name and number of tickets requested to TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com, or use the bright red ticketing box at the show websites below.
The purpose of the TRU Voices New Musical Reading Series is to (a) help develop new musicals, (b) help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and c) foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work.
Miracolo and Seeing Red were chosen from over 40 submissions. The five finalists also included: Douglass by Ruth Fennessey Moss and Shelton Becton, Mary Marie by Chana Wise and Carl Johnson, and Bagels also by Chana Wise and Carl Johnson.
It's 1895, when science was king and the X-ray machine was introduced. The Roman newspapers are abuzz with the International Surgical Congress and the breakthrough surgery Roberto will perform on his tycoon uncle, but his uncle flees the hospital to an idyllic island off the Amalfi Coast for a miracle healing instead. Roberto chases after him and by chance, falls in love with the beguiling healer, Apollonia. Back in Rome, the hospital head plots to use any means to get the uncle and his money to return to the hospital. The congress, his reputation, and the hospital's survival are at stake. Not to mention Roberto was about to marry his daughter, Teresa. Do Apollonia and Roberto love enough to bridge the ocean between their worlds?
Harold Heno is a 30 year veteran of theatre working as a producer, director and designer. He co-founded the non-profit Found Space Theatre Group in New Orleans. He took over the role of resident designer and technical director for Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. He was lured away from New Orleans by Campbell University in North Carolina to take over as Chair of Theatre Arts and build a new full time Theatre Arts major. He eventually made his way to New York, where he worked for Center Line Studios to create sets for Broadway shows, such as Noises Off, and the New York Opera Association. He worked off-Broadway with the Irish Rep Theatre on productions of Pigtown and The Streets of New York. Drawn back to education, he went to work as Chair of Performing Arts at the Storm King School, an international boarding school, developing a community theatre and becoming Artistic Director of The Canterbury Players. Producing and mounting numerous musicals and plays while in residence, his most notable production was an un-sanitized production of Big River. Most recently, Harold directed the new site-specific immersive experience, The Bloody Deed of 1857, for which he received an award for collaboration by Ken Davenport's Producers Perspective program.
Emilio Solla is a world renowned pianist/composer/arranger who tours Europe and America with his tango jazz trio and orchestra. He was nominated for a Grammy for Latin jazz.
Jarlath Barsanti Jacobs is an award winning advertising copywriter turned playwright, lyricist and librettist. Play: Lunch At Audrey's. Musicals: Miracoloand Fire Island.
Fred C. L. Mann III began his theatrical training at Indiana University. Migrating to New York City, he found himself immersed in the Bob Fosse atelier, appearing in productions of Sweet Charity, Chicago, Dancin', and on the screen in All That Jazz. Beyond dancing, Fred has directed and choreographed diverse presentations in theatre, opera, film, concert dance, television, commercials, and industrial trade shows. Credits include productions of Chicago, Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof, and Carousel, the premieres of A Glimpse of the Light, Portrait of a Hunchback, Jazz Talks, and the world premie?re of Eartha Kitt's Cowboy and the Legend. Fred has worked with Gwen Verdon, Donna McKechnie, Jerry Orbach, Michael York, and Chita Rivera and directors Hal Prince, Ron Field, and Ivan Reitman. Fred also brought his experience to the University of Wyoming as Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance and, more recently, to Alvin Ailey American Dance.
About Seeing Red
Sometimes you have to write your own happily ever after. Seeing Red takes a look at immigration through a fairy-tale lens. In fact, it's about all the things that divide us as humans-religion, borders, race. It's the story of Little Red Riding Hood, now a grown woman who still spends her days delivering baskets full of goodies through her company Red Ex. She wishes she could change her fate but in Everafteropolis, once your story is written, it's written. When Red meets the Man From Nantucket, her life is suddenly turned upside down. He convinces her to smuggle Limerick characters (nameless people from faraway places) over Humpty Dumpty's wall and into her Fairy Tale Utopia. But human trafficking ain't easy and she's going to have to face off against the Big Bad Wolf, the citizens of Everafteropolis and the Great God Grimm himself to save the day.
Joey Mazzarino is a writer/director who most recently served as a writer on season 1 of the Jim Carrey project Kidding for Showtime. Before that he directed all 13 episodes of the Julie Andrews' Netflix series Julie's Greenroom.
Mazzarino spent over 20 years on Sesame Street where he received 22 Emmys in multiple categories (Outstanding Original Song - Power of Yet, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series). Other credits include the films Muppets From Space and the Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.
Aron Accurso is a composer/music director who is currently developing Seeing Red, a musical comedy about immigration; We Have Apples, a mental health musical (Theatre Now NY); and The Dogs of Pripyat (NAMT, Jerry Bock Award, Weston, Goodspeed, U of Miami). He also writes choral music and wrote the children's musical Strega Nona (Weston, Maximum Entertainment). He was the Musical Director/Incidental Music Arranger for Up Here by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez (La Jolla), Aladdin Jr., andCalvin Berger (George Street). Broadway: Aladdin (Assoc. MD), Nice Work... (Asst. Conductor), Sister Act (Asst. Conductor), The Little Mermaid (Key 1). aronaccurso.com
Above the Title Entertainment is a Production Company founded by Tony Award-winning independent Broadway producer Jed Bernstein. Projects have included the off-Broadway critically acclaimed musical revue, Don't Quit Your Night Job, Passing Strange, nominated for 7 Tony Awards, the smash revival of Equus starring Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe, the acclaimed Tony-winning revival of "Hair," the critically lauded West End transfer of Duet For One, the first-ever Broadway revival of David Mamet's Oleanna, and the New York, London, and Australian productions of Driving Miss Daisy.
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-six year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-Producing Artists as well as career producers and theater companies.
TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition.
Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.