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UNA NOCHE EN TEJAS Heads To The 2021 NY Theater Festival Photo UNA NOCHE EN TEJAS Heads To The 2021 NY Theater Festival
by Gigi Gervais - Nov 21, 2021

Kevin Ray Johnson's (The Unpredictable Times) 10 Minute Play Una Noche en Tejas - When Beyonce Met Selena (which recently premiered at The 2021 Equity Library Theatre Fall Virtual Play Festival) will be heading to The New York Theater Festival's 2021 Winterfest, Off-Off Broadway at The Latea Theater this December.

Parity Productions Announces Commission Award Winners and More! Photo Parity Productions Announces Commission Award Winners and More!
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 12, 2021

Theatre production company Parity Productions, the only New York theatre company that ensures that they fill at least 80% of the creative roles on their own productions—playwrights, directors, and designers—with women, trans, and gender-expansive artists and offers free tools to encourage the rest of the theatre industry to do the same, has awarded two commissions to Kelley Nicole Girod for This Stretch of Montpelier and M Sloth Levine for At Hotel MacGuffin. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 10th as a hybrid event over zoom and in person at the Manny Cantor Center.

Full Cast Announced For Industry Presentation Of BIRDIE & TIM Photo Full Cast Announced For Industry Presentation Of BIRDIE & TIM
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2021

Two Industry Presentations of Kevin Ray Johnson's Romantic Holiday Comedy Birdie and Tim are scheduled for Sunday, December 5th at 7:30 & 9:15 pm in New York City.

Parity Productions to Premiere Filmed Production of MIRRORS by Azure D. Osborne Lee a Photo Parity Productions to Premiere Filmed Production of MIRRORS by Azure D. Osborne Lee at 2021 Awards Ceremony & Celebration
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 28, 2021

Parity Productions will premiere the filmed stage production of the world premiere play MIRRORS by Azure D. Osborne-Lee, 2018 Parity Commission Winner, at their 2021 Awards Ceremony and Celebration (AC&C) on Wednesday, November 10th.

Rebecca L. Hargrove and Peterson Townsend Will Lead Industry Presentation of BIRDIE A Photo Rebecca L. Hargrove and Peterson Townsend Will Lead Industry Presentation of BIRDIE AND TIM
by Stephi Wild - Oct 27, 2021

*Rebecca L. Hargrove, who recently appeared in Academy Award Nominee Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in my Bones and in The Grammy Award Winning production (& will be performing in the upcoming 2021 revival) of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess at The Metropolitan Opera and *Peterson Townsend who starred as Jeffery in the world premiere of America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro at The Barrington Stage Company will play the title roles of Birdie and Tim, respectively, in the upcoming industry presentations of Birdie & Tim - a new play by Kevin Ray Johnson.

'Ray Johnson c/o' to be Presented at the Art Institute of Chicago Photo 'Ray Johnson c/o' to be Presented at the Art Institute of Chicago
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 11, 2021

Dubbed “New York’s most famous unknown artist,” Ray Johnson was a pioneer of mail art, a groundbreaking figure in the worlds of Fluxus and Conceptual Art, and an early Pop artist whose use of celebrity imagery heralded Andy Warhol’s own appropriation in the 1960s.

THE UNPREDICTABLE TIMES Will Make Alaska Premiere This August Photo THE UNPREDICTABLE TIMES Will Make Alaska Premiere This August
by Stephi Wild - Jun 27, 2021

Kevin Ray Johnson's coming-of-age drama which recently premiered at Rise Above Performing Arts Summer Professional Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, will be heading 5,000 miles west this August to make its Alaska premiere at The Pier One Theatre in Homer, Alaska.

Full Company Set For THE UNPREDICTABLE TIMES Regional Premiere Photo Full Company Set For THE UNPREDICTABLE TIMES Regional Premiere
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 4, 2021

The Full Company has been announced for Kevin Ray Johnson's The Unpredictable Times, which has had numerous readings and workshops over the past decade, will make its regional premiere June 18-27, 2021 at Rise Above Performing Arts Summer Professional Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.

Cast Set For THE UNPREDICTABLE TIMES Regional Premiere Photo Cast Set For THE UNPREDICTABLE TIMES Regional Premiere
by Stephi Wild - Jan 30, 2021

Kevin Ray Johnson's (Porgy and Bess at The Metropolitan Opera), The Unpredictable Times which has had numerous readings and workshops over the past decade, will be making its regional premiere June 18th - 27th at Rise Above Performing Arts Summer Professional Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.

The GroovaLottos Gear Up For 2021 With New Recordings and More Photo The GroovaLottos Gear Up For 2021 With New Recordings and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 15, 2020

It is a typical day at Polyphonic Studios. Chuck V is in the beat lounge working on a mix for a client, while ZYG 808 is in the control room at the boards, engineering a vocal session for Mwalim, as he adds backing vocals to 'DoYou Mind IfWeDanceWitYoDate?', a remix of the band's 2016 Indie Blues hit single.

DOUG PARODY Heads To 2020 Winterfest Photo DOUG PARODY Heads To 2020 Winterfest
by Stephi Wild - Jan 26, 2020

Cast And Creatives Announced for MIRRORS At Next Door At New York Theatre Workshop. Photo Cast And Creatives Announced for MIRRORS At Next Door At New York Theatre Workshop.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 24, 2020

Parity Productions, the New York based theatre company dedicated to producing new work and filling at least 50% of the creative positions (playwrights, directors, and designers) with women and/or trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) artists, has announced the full cast and crew for their world premiere production of Mirrors by Azure D. Osborne-Lee, a 2018 Parity Commission Winner, co-produced by India Blake/IB Productions and Cecelia Johnson/Deep End Productions, and directed by Parity's founder and Artistic Director, Ludovica Villar-Hauser, premiering at Next Door @ NYTW this February 29 through March 22.

BRONX JAZZ Brings A Different Kind Of 'Bronx Tale' To Hyannis Photo BRONX JAZZ Brings A Different Kind Of 'Bronx Tale' To Hyannis
by Stephi Wild - Nov 17, 2019

Saturday, November 23, 2019, at 3pm, Zion Union Heritage Museum will host a special performance of the piece 'BRONX JAZZ' by father and son duo, Mwalim and ZYG 808, followed by a special book and album signing of their respective upcoming releases. This event is free and open to the public.

BWW Review: GLORY DAYS at Rise Above Performing Arts Takes You Back to the Good Ol' D Photo BWW Review: GLORY DAYS at Rise Above Performing Arts Takes You Back to the Good Ol' Days
by Jude Hebit - Nov 2, 2019

In 2008, I was one of the few who was privileged enough to see a?oeGlory Daysa?? open (and close) on Broadway. So, when I saw that the show was in our area I made it a priority to attend. My anticipation for what I had hoped to witness did not go unfilled as Rise Above Performing Arts delivered a passionate rendition of this much maligned musical.

Photo Flash: Rise Above Performing Arts Presents Area Premiere Of GLORY DAYS Photo Photo Flash: Rise Above Performing Arts Presents Area Premiere Of GLORY DAYS
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 30, 2019

Check out behind the scenes pics of the Area Premiere of Glory Days at Rise Above Performing Arts which opens Friday November 1st! 

Rise Above Performing Arts Presents GLORY DAYS! Photo Rise Above Performing Arts Presents GLORY DAYS!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 1, 2019

Rehearsals begin today for Rise Above Performing Arts (Jacob Ruscoe, Artistic Director) upcoming production of Glory Days by Nick Blaemire (Music & Lyrics) and James Gardiner (Book Writer) which opens on Friday, November 1st and will run through November 3rd.

Reading Of A (FUNNY) IMAGINATION Starring Michael Coale Grey Will Be Presented Septem Photo Reading Of A (FUNNY) IMAGINATION Starring Michael Coale Grey Will Be Presented September 1
by Stephi Wild - Aug 21, 2019

Casting has been announced for the upcoming workshop performance of A (Funny) Imagination!

Verbalization Spoken-word Series to Feature The ZYG 808 Photo Verbalization Spoken-word Series to Feature The ZYG 808
by Julie Musbach - Jun 20, 2019

Grammy nominated Hip-Hop Jazz Artist, The ZYG 808 will be the featured performer at the June 26th VerBaLizatIon, Boston's longest running spoken-word series and open mic. Verbalization takes place at the Fort Hill Bar & Grill, 2805 Washington St, Roxbury, MA 02119. Doors open at 6:30 pm for a 7pm show.

Eddie Ray Johnson Of The GroovaLottos Receives NAACP Unsung Hero Award Photo Eddie Ray Johnson Of The GroovaLottos Receives NAACP Unsung Hero Award
by Stephi Wild - May 22, 2019

On Sunday afternoon, the Riverway Lobster House's main dining room was packed to capacity for the 42 Annual Joseph Daluz Unsung Hero Awards, as hosted by the Cape Cod Branch of the NAACP. Among those being honored was GroovaLottos drummer, Eddie Ray Johnson (Billie J Atkins, II) for his accomplishments and contributions to music as well as his dedicated mentoring work through Song Keepers, LTD.

Award-winning Cape Cod Playwright & Musician Revisits 1968 With THE SOUL SESSION Photo Award-winning Cape Cod Playwright & Musician Revisits 1968 With THE SOUL SESSION
by Julie Musbach - May 15, 2019

Actor rehearsal, band rehearsals, re-writes, guest artist appearances to confirm, it looks a lot like theater in the lower level of the Governor Bradford Restaurant as Oversoul Theatre Collective gears up for it's summer run of 'The Soul Session' a musical theater piece written and directed by award-winning playwright and GroovaLottos keyboardist, Mwalim.

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