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UrbanTopaz Multimedia to Present World Premiere of SELECTION DAY This Fall

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Award Winning Playwright, Paul Buzinskis' new play, SELECTION DAY, will have its World Premiere at Theatre 54, September 19th - October 3rd. This fast-paced comedy is directed by Schnele Wilson who recently directed the critically acclaimed production of Reading Between the Lies at The New York International Fringe Festival. SELECTION DAY is being produced by UrbanTopaz Multimedia.

Reflecting the nation's changing demographics, America elects its first female, atheist, openly gay president, who cancels Christmas and institutes Darwin's birthday as the new national holiday. A farcical comedy with songs, featuring Darwin's voyage to the Galapagos Islands, and the White House Astral Girls singing family friendly songs of evolution and Big Bang, SELECTION DAY is a smart, fun, take on the age-old battle of belief.

The cast features Jed Dickson (The Twelfth Labor/Loading Dock Theatre), Kristoffer Infante (Elvira: The Immigration Play/FringeNYC), Jackie Jenkins (Catherine in Miss Reardon Drinks A Little), Rita McCann (The Whole Damn Thing/Musical Theatre Factory), Wende O'Reilly (Reading Between The Lies/FringeNYC), Melissa Patterson (Firebird/LaMama Theatre for Kids), Atalanta Siegel (Twelfth Night /Anthology Productions), and Christopher Romero Wilson (Reading Between The Lies/FringeNYC).

The creative team includes vocal coach Viktoriya Papayani, musical director/composer by Jeff Paul (The Winter's Tale/Workshop Theater Company), choreographed by Meredith Wildford (Brookhaven Dance Festival/Dallas, TX), costume design by Anna Wallace-Deering, production coordinator Kelly Barrett, set design by Mitchell Ost, assistant stage management by So Ry Yun, and lighting design, assistant director and stage management by Melissa Farinelli (Comfort Women: A New Musical/St. Clements).

Performances take place at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor. (Between Broadway & 8th Avenue). Subways: C/E/1 to 50th Street, A/B/C/D/1 to Columbus Circle, N/Q/R to 57th Street. Tickets are $18.00 and are available at www.selectionday.brownpapertickets.com. Running time: 90 minutes. For more info www.urbantopaz.com/selectionday.

Watch a promo for the show below!

BIOGRAPHIES:

Paul Buzinski (Playwright) is an award winning playwright who has had numerous plays produced in and around New York, including Church Music, Madrid, Dinner Party and Blueberry Pancakes, all of which won awards at the Samuel French One-Act Play Festivals. Madrid was later published as part of The Best Plays of the Strawberry One-Act Festival. His play Pasta Diving Jeter was produced by Algonquin Productions, and now resides in the Archives of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Paul is an Associate Member of the Dramatist Guild.
Schnele Wilson (Director) has directed various projects for film, video, and theater. Recent directing credits include Endangered Artist Sanctuary's (EAS) production of Reading Between the Lies which received rave reviews at the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival. She also directed EAS productions of Savage in Limbo. Other New York directing credits include Blood Red Roses, Anatol, Baal, Dear Brutus, and Visiting Hours. As an actor, Schnele appeared in EAS productions of Merry Wives of Windsor and The Tempest.

Christopher Romero Wilson (Producer) has been working in film and theatre for more than 20 years. He has produced and directed everything from commercials and music videos to short films and two independent features, The Digital Prophet and The Process of Creative Deception. Christopher served as the Managing Artistic Director of Lexington Ensemble's CityShow Theatre (New York, NY) from 2010-2013, where he guided the artistic vision of their productions of All Through the Night by Shirley Lauro, The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, Sphinx by Don Nigro, and Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare among others. He is currently half of the UrbanTopaz Multimedia creative team behind SELECTION DAY.

UrbanTopaz is a full service multimedia boutique specializing in graphic design, website design and programming, film/video production, social media marketing and theatre production. Creative partners, Schnele Wilson and Christopher Romero Wilson have more than 20 years of experience working in these various mediums. www.urbantopaz.com

For more about the show, go to www.facebook.com/selectionday.


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