Seth Bisen-Hersh and Mark Childers' LOVE QUIRKS Begins Tonight at Theatre 54
Love Quirks, a unique new musical by Seth Bisen-Hersh and Mark Childers about four young adults exploring various types of relationships in NYC, will be playing a limited three week run midtown at Theatre 54 (244 W 54th Street, 12 Floor) with previews beginning tonight, September 11, 2014 at 8PM. The show will have its official opening on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8PM and will run through Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3PM.
Love Quirks is a new musical of unconventional devotion exploring the trials and tribulations of love. Four friends and lovers, gay and straight, experience the frustrations and perils of dating and relationships in NYC. Love Quirks features a score of quirky, neurotic and poignant songs by prolific composer/ lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh and a script by Mark Childers filled with laughter, pathos and sexual tension.
One small NYC apartment contains four roommates looking for love while trying to move on from past relationships. Chris, a guy who loves baseball and novels begins falling for Steph, a nice, no-nonsense nurse who isn't interested in love anymore. Lili hasn't given up on her ex-boyfriend, Ryan, an obsessive online dater who has discovered that he no longer likes the opposite sex.
The show began as a song cycle of Bisen-Hersh's songs directed by Brian Childers in the spring of 2011 but then developed into a full fledged musical when the characters were fleshed out by Mark Childers' script. After a couple of staged readings, this will be the first fully staged performance of the piece.
The creative team for Love Quirks features direction by Brian Childers, musical direction by Eric K. Johnston and stage management by Kristin Sutter. The technical director is Ernie Fimbres; the lighting designer is Henry Siebecker; and the costume supervisor is Nick Staigerwald.
Performances of Love Quirks are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays at 8PM, the first two Sundays at 7PM and the final Sunday at 3pm. Tickets to Love Quirks can be purchased online by going to www.lovequirks.com.
Seth Bisen-Hersh (Composer/Lyricist) is a prolific, versatile and award-winning composer/lyricist and performer. His musicals include LoveQuirks, Stanley's Party (Manhattan Children's Theatre), More to Love (2014 Winner: Best Lyrics, West Village Musical Theatre Festival), The Spickner Spin (Fringe NYC Audience Favorite Award) and Meaningless Sex (Fringe NYC Audience Favorite Award). He has also written and starred in 9 cabaret/ song cycles of his work, most recently Not Your Grandma's Cabaret (unless she's really naughty). Additionally he produces two annual charity concerts of his work featuring Broadway performers: Broadway Meows and Broadway Can!, and writes/ stars in the web seriesEvery Day a Little Seth. He has two Bachelors from MIT and a Masters from NYU. www.sethbh.com
Brian Childers (Director) DIRECTING: Fabulous Fanny: The Songs and Stories of Fanny Brice. As an actor, he received the 2002 Helen Hayes Award for "Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical" and the Mary Goldwater Award for his performance as Danny Kaye in Danny and Sylvia: A Musical Love Story. His recent tour of his new one man show An Evening with Danny Kaye has received rave reviews and has been seen coast to coast including Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. OFF BROADWAY: Danny and Sylvia, The Danny Kaye Musical(Danny Kaye). NATIONAL TOUR: The Kid from Brooklyn (Danny Kaye - Original). The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer). NEW YORK: Sophia (Jake Kelly) Write Act Repertory; Obama in Naples (Paolo) June Havoc Theatre; Freedom's Song: A New Musical; Miracle on 34th St.: The Musical (Marvin Shellhammer) Theatrical Gems; Promenade (Prisoner 105) Legacy; The Musicals of Off-Broadway; Scandalous Behavior (Joseph Surface) York Theatre; On the Town (Gabey) St. George Theatre; Meester Amerika (Joey). REGIONAL: 90 North (Ensemble) Kennedy Center; The Titans, Kennedy Center; Lucky Stiff (Harry Witherspoon) Forum Theatre; Becoming George (The Prince) Metrostage; The Boys in the Band (Emory), Hollywood Pinafore (Ralph Rackstraw); The Robber Bridegroom (Jamie Lockhart); The Second Man (Austin Lowe) The American Century Theater; Man of La Mancha, Olney Theatre; Crack Between the Worlds, Studio Theatre; SOLOIST: Hollywood Bowl: A Ball at The Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic, Dodger Stadium (Special Guest Entertainer); Lincoln Center (A Tribute to Danny Kaye); Kennedy Center (Not a Day Goes By). In 2015, Brian will be starring as the title role in The Jazz Singer Off-Broadway. Brian is a proud member of Actor's Equity. Visit: www.brianchilders.net and www.aneveningwithdannykaye.com.
Mark Childers (Bookwriter) is a founding partner of Pburnt Productions, LLC; a Boston based independent media group in 2006. Together, they have produced branding media across several industries in addition to a series of independent films. Mark has written and directed four short films that have played across major film festivals. His recent film as a writer and director include A Dinner Engagement, which was highlighted by BET's Beyond the Lens series. He also directed The Waiting Room, which was part of the Doorpost Film Project. He currently serves as a Project Manager and a UX professional at Getfused, a Digital Marketing Agency. For the stage, Mark wrote the book of the musical The Kid from Brooklyn, The Danny Kaye Story which toured regionally for two years in NY, Chicago, NJ, FL and a long run at the El Portel Theater in North Hollywood, CA.
Eric K. Johnston (Musical Director) OFF-BROADWAY: Shanghai Lil's, How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes, The Fartiste. NYC: In Trousers, A Show of Hands, Guys & Dolls, Pirates of Penzance. REGIONAL: Les Miserables and Hello Dolly (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Les Miserables and Miss Saigon (North Shore Music Theatre), The Producers and The Light in the Piazza (Pioneer Theatre Company) and 30 shows over nine seasons with the Sacramento Music Circus, including regional premiers of Spamalot and The Little Mermaid.