THE JOSHUA SHOW: EPISODE 2 to Bring Puppets and Joy to HERE This September

THE JOSHUA SHOW: EPISODE 2 to Bring Puppets and Joy to HERE This September

Little Shadow Productions, in association with HERE, presents THE JOSHUA SHOW: EPISODE 2, written and performed by award-winning puppeteer joshua holden (Avenue Q National Tour), with live musical stylings by Jeb Colwell, and directed by Jessica Lazar.

The four-week limited engagement will be at HERE in the Dorothy B. Williams Theater, located at 145 6th Ave. (enter on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring), as part of the SubletSeries@HERE, a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as, technical support.

Performances begin Saturday, September 9th and continue through Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Opening Night is Sunday, September 10th at 2 pm. For tickets and information, visit here.org or call 212-352-3101. THE JOSHUA SHOW: EPISODE 2 is playing in repertory with The Flatiron Hex also presented by Little Shadow Productions in association with HERE, as part of the SubletSeries@HERE. To learn more visit here.org/shows/detail/1940.

After five years of touring around the world, award-winning puppeteer joshua holden, returns with a brand new show made for anyone that feels disheartened by all the ugliness in the world. THE JOSHUA SHOW: EPISODE 2 thrills audiences of all ages by celebrating individuality in ourselves and others, helping to combat the doldrums of everyday life. It's about friendship, confidence, and the value of being yourself. When The Joshua Show gang is troubled by the terrible things happening in the world, Joshua leads the quest to fight for joy. How do you cheer up when life gets you down? Put on your dancing shoes and find out in this whimsical production featuring multiple styles of puppetry, live music, physical comedy, and tap dancing! Even if you show up a sulky sourpuss, you're sure to leave an "Ambassador of Joy".

Featuring lighting design by Jay Ryan, puppet design by joshua holden, and original music composed by Jeb Colwell, joshua holden, and Dave Neff. Katie Kennedy is the production stage manager and Jean Marie Keevins is the producer.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

joshua holden (Creator/Host) an award-winning international puppeteer, actor, and joy-maker based in NYC, was named one of "20 Theatre Workers You should Know" by American Theatre Magazine. Joshua was on the Broadway national tour of Avenue Q, the Lead Puppeteer in Peter Pan 360 (ThreeSixty Entertainment), and garnered an Arts Impulse Award as well as an IRNE nomination for "Best Actor In a Musical" as Bill Snibson in Me & My Girl (Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston). He worked with international street artist Banksy on his controversial piece Sirens of the Lambs. A proud Massachusetts native and an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, he earned a B.F.A. in Acting from The Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University.

JEB COLWELL (Musician) is a New York City based songwriter and entertainer. He was the frontman for "Hector On Stilts", a pop-rock band whose songs have been featured on TV shows like ABC's Brothers And Sisters. Currently, Jeb writes, records and performs with his band "Colwell". In 2012 they began performing as the house band for a People's Improv Theatre sketch comedy team, for whom Jeb also created content including a video spoof of the "Wham!" classic Last Christmas (which the Huffington Post called "four-and-a-half minutes of toe-curling hilarity".) Along with Grammy Award winner Andres Levin, Jeb co-wrote and performed the lead vocal on Cuba En Mi Corazon, a recording produced for "Up With People". Fun fact: Jeb's grandfather was Academy Award winning actor, Anthony Quinn (from whom he derives the uncanny resemblance!). Jebcolwell.com

JESSICA LAZAR (Director) is a multi-media director, working both in film and theatre. Originally from Texas, she found a love for storytelling at the local community theatre. The collaborative nature, not just behind the scenes but also with the audience, inspired her to pursue directing. After working for the Cherry Lane Theatre and Hartford Stage, she worked as the Artistic Director and Vice-President of the Metropolis Opera Project. An opera company based in New York City, whose mission was to redefine opera and present opera to a new audience. Over the past couple years she has expanded farther into film, directing several shorts and exploring music videos. She was the 1st assistant director of the feature film Money Matters, and the web series D.I.N.K.s. and also served as associate producer on the short film The Prodigal Mother, among others. The Joshua Show has been an opportunity to rediscover her love of stage. Telling a story both adults and children can connect with, creating an environment for everyone to feel welcomed, and passing on a message we're proud of makes the whole team work harder everyday.

Jay Ryan (Lighting Designer) fled to NYC after one too many Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals in his hometown of Richmond, Va. As Resident Lighting Designer at Dance Theater Workshop (DTW), he designed lights for 100's of dance pieces and developed the Dance and Technology initiative. He has toured the world with the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Big Dance Theater, H.T. Chen, Chris Aiken, Karl Anderson, Dan Safer, Fiona Marcotty, Nami Yamamoto, Jeanine Durning, Sally Silvers, American Spanish Dance Theater, John Jaspers, The Bang Group, The Elementals and many others. Jay was Nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for his lighting of Dancing Vs the Rat Experiment with WRC and was Awarded the Eva Adamson award for Excellence in Lighting Design in 2011. Jay is currently an adjunct professor at Montclair State University.

Jean Marie KEEVINS (Producer) is a producer, puppet artist and writer. She was a producer for James Godwin's multi-award winning Lunatic Cunning. Most recently, Jean Marie has served as the Executive Producer for Heather Henson & Ty Defoe's Crane as will as Henson's International Crane Backpack Show. Jean Marie continues to write and produce original works with her collaborators including Zwerge and the upcoming Elephant in the Room with Sahr Ngaujah for her Production Company, Little Shadow Productions. Prior to her long tenure as the VP of Business Development at Puppet Heap, she produced, built puppets, stage managed, and puppeteered for productions around the world and domestically at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Cherry Lane Theater. Building credits include The Muppets, Baby Einstein, The Daily Show, Avenue Q,and Funny or Die to name a few. Jean Marie has been fortunate to receive fiscal support from the Jim Henson Foundation and the Puffin Foundation and residencies at NIDSA, Space on Ryder Farm, The Orchard Project, The O'Neill and more. A graduate of the UConn Puppet Arts program, she is a recurring guest lecturer at New York University. Jean Marie is the proud to serve as the Associate Artistic Director of the National Puppetry Conference and is a former board member of the international puppetry organization, UNIMA-USA. www.littleshadowproductions.com

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