Barbara Rosenblat to Perform THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE at Chain Theatre
The brilliant actress BARBARA ROSENBLAT (Miss Rosa in Orange Is the New Black) stars in the poignant, sharp, and laugh-out-loud funny play by Jane Wagner, THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE. This one-night-only staged reading will be held on Saturday, December 13th at 8pm, to benefit the Chain Theatre (21-28 45 Road, Long Island City, 646-580-6003) .
This dramatic tour de force took Broadway by storm in 1985 and garnered numerous awards. As a moving critique of modern society, this barbed but humane play continues to resonate with truth and accuracy today.
This is a very busy time for Barbara. Since Season 2 of the wildly popular Netflix womens' prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black premiered, much of interest has been revealed regarding Rosenblat's character, the cancer-stricken inmate Miss Rosa. Over the course of the show's two seasons, the no-nonsense bank robber evolved from being a bit player to becoming one of Season Two's most fascinating breakout roles. In addition to her appearances on stage and television, Barbara is one of the most sought after narrators of audiobooks in the country, having amassed nearly 500 titles! Her mellifluous voice and extraordinary range of accents and abilities have earned her 8 coveted Audie Awards, the industry's equivalent of an Oscar -- more than any other narrator. And in 2014 she was nominated for 3 more. She just finished reading Linda Fairstein's new book, Terminal City -- as a matter of fact, she had read all 18 of Fairstein's books. The industry watchdog publication, Audiofile Magazine, named her one of the "Golden Voices" and a "Voice of the 21st Century." She has earned over 40 Earphone Awards from Audiofile for superior recordings, and has voiced many radio and television commercials and documentaries. Billboard Magazine said that "Barbara is spoken of with the same reverence and affection that the music industry reserves for Frank Sinatra and the Beatles." The wide range of subject matter that Barbara has voiced over the years led one reviewer to say "Barbara is to audiobooks what Meryl Streep is to film."
A list of a few of the authors whose books Barbara has narrated includes: Geoffrey Chaucer, Ken Follet, Virginia Woolf, Jeffrey Archer, Belva Plain, V.C. Andrews, Rosamund Pilcher, Peter Lovesey, Tomie dePaola, Barbara Taylor Bradford, T.C.Boyle, Dorothy Gilman, Erma Bombeck, Miep Gies, James Elroy, Sara Paretsky, Kathy Reichs, Ruth Rendell. Helen Fielding, Geoffrey Chaucer, Dorothy Parker, Nevada Barr, Elizabeth Peters, Lisa Scottoline, P.D. James, Daphne deMaurier, Ed McBain, Larry McMurtry, Armistead Maupin, and many, many more!
To answer the many questions her fans ask, Barbara recently published her own first book on this subject, titled AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR -- The Art of Narrating Audiobooks, available from the Kindle store on Amazon.
As a busy New York actress, Rosenblat has appeared on Broadway (creating the role of 'Mrs. Medlock' in the Tony Award-winning musical, The Secret Garden and in Eric Bogosian's 80's dark comedy Talk Radio, starring Liev Schreiber). She also appeared as 'Madame Armfeldt' in a production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Her television credits include such shows as "The Guiding Light," "Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit" and "Girls." Film credits range from "Reds" (directed by Warren Beatty) and "Little Shop of Horrors" (directed by Frank Oz) to Gene Wilder's "Haunted Honeymoon." Barbara has also appeared in London's West End theatres, worked for the BBC and twice performed at the Edinburgh Festival.
For tickets and further information call the Chain Theatre Box Office at 646-580-6003.