STAGE LIFE to Premiere Off-Broadway Starring Brittney Lee Hamilton, Judy McLane, and More
Creative Arts Lab presents STAGE LIFE, a rousing celebration of lives well-lived in and around the Theatre - The work, the art, the passion, the craziness and the joy, conceived and adapted by Martin Tackel (Return to Spoon River, Accentuate the Positive, Traveling Papers).
Gwen Arment (Director) NY: BABY, Return To Spoon River, Accentuate the Positive; others include: The Drowsy Chaperone; Patsy Cline, etc.; Producer: Come From Away).
STAGE LIFE cast includes Brittney Lee Hamilton (NY: Theatre Row, Playwrights Horizons, Signature, Irish Rep); Peter Husovsky (NY: Mint Theatre,Traveling Papers & Return To Spoon River at Theatre Row; Regional: Hartford Stage); Judy McLane (B'way: Mamma Mia! - over 4000 perfs! Kiss of the Spider Woman, Aspects of Love, Chess; Drama Desk & Helen Hayes Nominations; Drama League & Broadway World Awards); Brandon Schraml (Nat'l Tours: Ring of Fire, etc.; Off-B'way: Pillars of New York); Martina Vidmar (Regional: Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, etc.; title/leading roles in Mame, Annie Get Your Gun); Stuart Zagnit (B'way: Newsies, Suessical, Those Were The Days, etc.; Nat'l Tours: Wicked, Falsettos, Into the Woods, Crazy for You); Buddy Haardt (NY: The Acting Company, etc.; Regional: Orlando Shakespeare Theatre,); and Jenny Piersol (Nat'l Tour: South Pacific; NY: Theatre Row; etc.; Regional: Walnut Street Theatre).
STAGE LIFE delights in a stunning and theatrical tapestry of contemporary and classic short stories, letters, comic and dramatic pieces and reminiscences - imaginatively adapted for the stage - featuring the Actor, the Director, the Producer, the Critic, the Teacher, the Press Agent --- even the Audience. All are revealed before the footlights and are deliciously fair game. Never mind the movies, cable, streaming and tweeting - It is and always will be the Theatre that engages, inspires and moves you like nothing else.
STAGE LIFE will run at The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street (bet. 9th and 10th Avenues), NYC for sixteen performances, May 24-June 9, 2018, on the following schedule: Tuesdays @ 7pm; Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays @ 8pm; Saturdays @ 2pm & 8pm.
Run Time: Approx. 80 min. with no intermission.
STAGE LIFE is produced by Creative Arts Lab. Music/Sound: Brian Hurley; Set Design: Andrew Diaz; Costume Design: Lui Konno; Lighting Design: Zach Pizza; Graphic Design: Esther Yumi Ko; Prod. Mgr.: Kim T. Sharp; Prod. Stage Mgr: Jessica Pecharsky; Asst. Stage Mgr: Rose Viets; Publicist: Paul Siebold, Off PR.
Tickets are $30 (plus $2.25 facility fee). Visit Telecharge.com or call 212-239-6200.
Creative Arts Lab is the producer of Traveling Papers, Accentuate The Positive, the New York revival of BABY, An Amazing New Product, and Return To Spoon River.
All actors and stage managers are members of Actors' Equity Association.
MEET THE CAST
Brittney Lee Hamilton (Ensemble): TV/Film: Public Morals (TNT), The Knick (Cinemax), Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Pokemon (Recurring-Cartoon Network/Film), Regal Academy (recurring-Nickelodeon), Catskill Park (Release 2019), Return of the Huxtables (recurring); NY Theatre (selected): Return To Spoon River (Lion Theatre), A Taste of Things to Come (Amas & 54 Below), Stabilized Turbulence (Urban Stages), Countess of Storyville (Playwrights Horizons),Hurricane (Theatre St. Clements), Casanova (Amas), My History of Marriage (Signature), The Piper (Irish Rep), Peg O' My Heart (MITF Best Leading Actress), No, I've Never Played Annie (written by and starring Brittney-Laurie Beechman Theatre); Regional (selected):Queen Mother (Goodspeed), GYPSY (Bristol RiversideTheatre Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Seven Angels). www.brittneyleehamilton.com
Peter Husovsky (Ensemble) is an actor, writer, and voiceover artist with passions ranging from Shakespeare to sketch comedy and science fiction. New York appearances include Creative Arts Lab's Traveling Papers, An Amazing New Product, and Return To Spoon River. Other theatrical appearances include stints at The Mint Theater, Hartford Stage, Trinity Repertory Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Theater at Monmouth, The Drawing Board: A Lab for Playwrights, and The Shakespeare Forum, among others.
Judy McLane (Ensemble) starred as Donna Sheridan for 3 1/2 years and as Tanya for 7 1/2 years making her the longest running lead in Mamma Mia! with a total of over 4000 performances in the smash hit musical on Broadway. Judy created the role of Vienna in Johnny Guitar, Off-Broadway, garnering a Drama Desk Nomination and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in the Theater. She has appeared on Broadway in Kiss of The Spider Woman, Aspects of Love, & Chess. Nat'l & Int'l Tours include featured roles in Into The Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Big, and Side By Side By Sondheim,among others. Other favorite roles include: Margaret in Light in the Piazza (Raleigh Theatre, Broadway World Award), and Phyllis in Follies (Signature Theater, Helen Hayes Award). A worldwide concert and cabaret artist, Judy has performed as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras from Moscow to Milwaukee. Judy stars in the cult classic film, Were the World Mine. Television includes NBC's The Blacklist, Guiding Light, and Another World. www.judymclane.net
Brandon Schraml (Ensemble), originally from Kansas City, MO, has performed in 48 of the 50 states on five 5 national tours (including the Ring of Fire 1st national). Off Broadway: The Video Games, Pillars of New York, The Deathly Ones. Favorite roles include Sweeney Todd, Javert, Sky Masterson, and Michael Starkwedder. Recent Film: After the Outbreak, Windows on the World, Perfect. Brandon also is an accomplished voiceover actor and puppeteer.www.brandonschraml.com
Martina Vidmar (Ensemble) is a life-long stage actress born in Chicago of a theatrical family. She has performed leading roles in NYC theaters and around the country including at the Kennedy Center (Shear Madness), Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Under the Stars, and the list goes on. MarTina is a consummate working-class actress blessed with a significant career playing signature roles including Adelaide Guys & Dolls, Reno Sweeney Anything Goes, Mama Rose Gypsy,Dorothy Brock 42nd Street, The Witch Into the Woods and the title roles in Annie Get Your Gun and Mame. She appeared in famed Joe Sedelmaier commercials and in Woody Allen's Sweet & Lowdown. She has traveled the globe performing her solo acts in clubs, cabarets and luxury cruise liners. STAGE LIFE depicts the life she loves.
Stuart Zagnit (Ensemble), a Broadway veteran, was in the original casts of Newsies, Seussical, The Wild Party, How The Grinch Stole Christmas (also cast recordings), The People In The Picture and Those Were The Days; His Off-B'way appearances include the original Little Shop Of Horrors, Fire, All In The Timing, Lucky Stiff, Kuni-Leml, Picon Pie, A Dybbuk, Nat'l Tours: Wicked, Crazy For You, Into The Woods, Grinch, Applause, and Falsettos. Regionally, he played Tevye in FIDDLER, Max in The Producers, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Price, Curtains, Sunset Blvd, Enter Laughing, The Miracle Worker, and Sound of Music; TV appearances include: Instinct, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, 30 Rock, Elementary, and 5 Law & Order(s). Film: According To Greta, Jingle Hell. And for Pokemon fans - Stuart is the original voice of Professor Oak!
Buddy Haardt (Male Understudy) makes his debut with Creative Arts Lab. Recent/favorite credits include The Great Gatsby and Love's Labour's Lost with Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, As You Like It with The Acting Company, and Good People with TheaterWorks Hartford. He also recently guest starred in an episode of Homicide City on Investigation Discovery. He graduated from The Guthrie Theatre/University of Minnesota Actor Training Program and comes from Houston, TX. BuddyHaardt.com.
Jenny Piersol (Female Understudy): NY appearances include Dear Jane at Theatre Row, as well as Lincoln Center's national tour of South Pacific (Nellie u/s), White Christmas at the Ordway Center, and appearances at the Walnut Street Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theater, and the Fulton Theatre. Upcoming: Sally inTalley's Folly at New Harmony Theatre. www.jennypiersol.com
Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos