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THE KITCHEN RIOTS New Works Festival Set for Abingdon Theatre, Now thru 10/6


The Kitchen Riots, a three-night festival of new works in dance, music, and theatre, will play the Abingdon Theatre tonight, October 4, 5, and 6, 2012.

The festival, which is being produced by Purple Threads Ensemble (Dear Mr. Rosan, Cherry Lane Theatre), invites the audience to “Journey with us through powerful stories of hope and transformation as, together, we explore our shared humanity. What will you discover?”

The Kitchen Riots began over a lively conversation around the kitchen table. Accordingly, a moderated panel with the artists, directors, and producers of the festival will follow each performance where audiences have the opportunity to join in on the conversation with a question and answer session. The audience is then invited to partake in a fun assortment of treats and beverages.

Details for the performances are below:

The Kitchen Riots will play tonight, Oct. 4-6 at Abingdon Theatre, located at 312 W. 36th St, New York, NY. Tickets: $18 for one night/$34 two-night pass/ $52 three-night pass (student discount available). Tickets available for purchase via

Oct. 4


Night of Dance

Choreographer: Renee Locher

Performers: Beccah Bogue, Julie Carter, Allison Crowl, Jeff Davis, Melissa Dellcioppia, Jovanni Guzman, Marisa Hall, Abri Hellmuth, Renée Locher, Methawee (Plu) Sayampol, Seb Stimman, Alison Beth Swenson.

The opening night of The Kitchen Riots Festival begins with an evening of dance theater, choreographed by Renee Locher, that explores sensuality and emotion in relationships through contemporary dance. Through the raw emotion of dynamic movement, the audience will witness unique stories of the love, fear, obsession, bliss and passion as the paradoxes that exist in life are explored.

Oct. 5


Night of Music

Composer/Music Director: Erica Jacob

Performers: Paula Buresh (Vocals), Sara Canter (Vocals/Piano), Erica Jacob* (Vocals), Starr Kwofie (Vocals/Piano), Sophia Mabelitini (Vocals/Piano/Djembe), Brianne Mavis (Violin), Tamra Paselk* (Vocals/Piano), Danika Robertson (Djembe).

The 2nd night of The Kitchen Riots Festival will use music to explore the human spirit’s desire to worship and to be loved. Erica Jacob, Music Director and Songwriter, has created a cabaret-style setting for a night of soul-revealing secrets. These unique stories will speak to our shared humanity and will ultimately leave the audience thrilled and inspired.

Oct. 6


Night of Theatre

Writers: Jen Browne and Danielle M. Velkoff

Director: Rose Ginsberg

Performers: Alison Marie Bryant*, Clayton Jones, AaRon Scott*, Danielle M. Velkoff

The final night of The Kitchen Riots Festival is the performance of a new one-act play entitled Call Me She. Imagine you’re running… 15 minutes later you wake up in an ambulance and three weeks have gone by, everyone you know has been looking for you, but you don’t remember a thing. Based on a true story, Call Me She abstracts the story of a missing woman found floating face down off of Staten Island and thrust back into normal life. Haunted by the Nowhere, who was She before? Who is She now? And can She begin again?

*The Actor appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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Most recently, Purple Threads Ensemble hosted The Kitchen Riots Benefit Concert featuring Laura Osnes (Bonnie and Clyde, Anything Goes) headlining a roster of New York musical theatre and opera vocalists. Founded in 2008, Purple Threads Ensemble is an artist collective whose purpose is impactful and meaningful storytelling. They foster a belief that good work comes from a healthy, inspired work environment. Their goal is to produce groundbreaking theatre, original choreography, and innovative festivals that seek to explore the human condition.

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