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Monday, May 20, 2019

More Theater Monday* - The Roger Rees Awards 2019

We were given free tickets to the Roger Rees Awards for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed  here are our own.



What: The Roger Rees Awards

Where: Professional Performing Arts School
             328 W. 48th St.
             New York. NY

Who: All ages

When: This event took place on Sunday May 19, 2019



Me & Mom - The Roger Rees Awards for Musical Theater Excellence are New York area musical theater awards for high school students. The winners of these awards represent the area in the Jimmy Awards which are the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Last year's male Roger Rees Award winner, Andrew Barth Feldman, went on to win the Jimmy Award and is currently starring as Evan in the Tony winning musical, Dear Evan Hansen. This year we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the Roger Rees awards. The awards were hosted by Frank Dilella, the host of NY1's On Stage and Marla Louissant, a 2015 Roger Rees Award winner and Jimmy award winner who recently completed a run in the national tour of Beautiful. After an opening number by all 50 nominees, the field was whittled down to a select number of finalists. Each finalist performed a number from the show which got them their nomination. The talent on display was amazing! Every number was incredible! The selections included songs from Fiddler on the Roof, Caroline or Change, Aida, Chicago, A Bronx Tale and more. The winners were Jeremy Fuentes for his performance of Calgero in A Bronx Tale and Ekele Ukebu for her performance as Aida in the musical of the same name. We hope to have the opportunity to see these two perfomers compete in the Jimmy Awards next month, and we hope to have the opportunity to see all of these talented performers on other stages in the future.


And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

*More Theater Monday  is an occasional supplement to our regular Theater Thursday posts.  Additonal theater related posts can also be found in our perodic Still More Theater Saturday posts.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/19/18 - What's Happening This Week or Coming Up Soon

In This Week's Scoop

1) Upcoming iPlay America
    Job Fair, Block Party
2) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey & Tix for 2019/2020 Classical Series Now On Sale
     Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live, Glenis Community Poetry Reading
3) Upcoming at Merkin Hall
     The Alonso Brothers, New York Philharmonic Ensembles
4) Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
    Inheirit the Wind
5) Upcoming at Prospect Theatre
     Tenacity 20 Years of Songs for Tenors Music and Lyrics by Peter Mills May 24
6) Historic Philadelphia's Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Beings May 25
7) Statue Cruises Launches Extended Hours
8) Upcoming at Broadway Workshop
     Christy Altomare Master Class

PR Firm Roundup

9) News from Andrea Alton
    To She Who Wait Comes to Theatre 54
10) News from DKC/O&M
      10A) Bat Out of Hell Announces New York City Run
      10B) Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish Announced New Block of Tickets
      10C) Storycourse Announces Pridetable An Interactive Immersive Culinary Theatre Experience
      10D) MCC Theatre Announces Playreading Lab
      10E) Waterwell Fleet Week Follies
11) News from KampFire PR
      Breaking the Shakespeare Code
12) News from Michelle Tabnick PR
      12A) TRU Discussion Regarding Sexual Harrassment Education and Prevention for Theater
      12B) South Street Seaport Museum Announced 2019 Summer Season
13) News from Sam Rudy Media Relations
       Vineyard Announces Twp Productions of 2019/2020 Season
14) New from Spin Cycle PR
      Public Servant Begins Performances Off Broadway May 25

1) Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

 Job Fair, Block Party


Tuesday May 21, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Job Fair

Visit iPlay America to find out the positions that they have open now! Positions at all levels available.

For more information, visit www.iplayamerica.com/event/job-fair-2

Friday May 24, 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Block Party - 21+ Only

Enjoy drink specials, $1 pool, Topgolf Swing Suite and live DJ, Class Kills all night long!

For more information, visit www.iplayamerica.com/special/block-party
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2) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

 Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live, 
Glenis Community Poetry Reading

Tuesday May 21, 3:00 PM  & 6:00 PM
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Thursday May 23, 7:00 PM
Glenis Redmond 

Join us this free event celebrating the community through the universal language of poetry. The reading features State Theatre New Jersey artist-in-residence, poet Glenis Redmond, along with some of the children and adults from across Central New Jersey who have participated in her writing workshops. This inspired and inspiring performance is the culmination of Glenis’ annual residency, which each year touches the lives of over 3,000 people.

There will be a reception following the performance

Space is limited; advance ticket reservations are recommended.

This event takes place at United Methodist Church, 323 George Street

For more information or to reserve  free  tickets, visit 

Tix for 2019/2020 Classical Series Now on Sale
Save Big on Every Seat in the House!

SAVE 10%—Buy tickets for 2 classical/pops concerts
SAVE 20%—Buy tickets for 3+ classical/pops concerts

On Sale Now Only When You Buy 2+ Performances.
Save on Classical & Pops AND get the best seats when you buy now! 
Available only by calling 732-246-7469 or visiting State Theatre New Jersey Guest Services at 15 Livingston Ave in New Brunswick.

HURRY—SINGLE TICKETS GO ON SALE MAY 22


For more information, visit https://www.stnj.org/events/orchestra-buy-more-save-more
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3) Upcoming at Merkin Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

The Alonso Brothers, New York Philharmonic Ensembles


Thursday May 23, 7:00 PM
Cuban Classics: The Alonso Brothers

Cuban virtuosos Orlay and Orlando Alonso perform a two-piano program featuring the Golden Era of Cuban music from the 1940s and 50s, including Mambo, Salsa and Cha Cha, and music by Celia Cruz and Ernesto Lecuona.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Sunday March 26, 3:00 PM
New York Philharmonic Ensembles

Get up close and personal with the New York Philharmonic! Works by Schubert, Gubaidulina, Popper and Shostakovich.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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4) Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ

Inheirit the Wind

Friday - Sunday May 24 - June 2

Inspired by the real-life 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, a powerful confrontation is about the ensue between characters based on William Jennings Bryan, who believes only what he reads in the Bible, and Clarence Darrow, who defends science and open intellectual inquiry. This classic American drama is as timely today as it was when it opened in 1955 on Broadway. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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5) Upcoming at Prospect Theatre

  Tenacity 
20 Years of Songs for Tenors
Music and Lyrics by Peter Mills

Friday May 24, 8:00 PM
at the A.R.T. /New York Theatres
502 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY

Kick off the holiday weekend with Prospect by celebrating 20 Years of songs from shows by their resident writer, Peter Mills!  You'll hear favorites from ILLYRIA, THE UNDERCLASSMAN, GOLDEN BOY OF THE BLUE RIDGE, THE TAXI CABARET, and many more!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.prospecttheater.org/tenacity
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6) Historic Philadelphia's
Once Upon a Nation Storytelling 
Begins May 25

May 25 - September 2
Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches

Thirteen one-of-a-kind award-winning Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches are scattered all over Philadelphia’s Historic District, telling riveting stories of our nation’s  history in the places where they actually happened. Specially-trained, uniformed storytellers delight and entertain with free, short 3-to-5-minute stories while sharing the secrets of Philadelphia’s and America’s history. Children can pick up a Story Flag at any storytelling bench, then collect a star from every storyteller on their journey. Flags with all the stars can be redeemed for a History Hero Certificate and a free carousel ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel in Franklin Square. The Once Upon A Nation Frances Delmar Future Storyteller Contest will return on August 3. (Visit historicphiladelphia.org for more information on the Future Storyteller Contest)

May 25 – 27, Memorial Day Weekend, daily: 11 am - 4 pm
May 31 – June 8, Fridays and Saturdays: 11 am - 4 pm
June 11 – August 10 (also July 1)Tuesdays-Saturdays: 11 am - 4 pm
August 16 – August 31, Fridays and Saturdays: 11 am - 4 pm
September 1-2, Labor Day Weekend: daily, 11 am - 4 pm
Throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District, FREE

The free storytelling benches will be at these 13 locations in the Historic District:
1. Independence Visitor Center
2. Independence Square, behind Independence Hall
3. Signer's Garden
4. Carpenters' Hall
5. The Powel House
6. Museum of the American Revolution
7. Franklin Court
8. Christ Church
9. Elfreth's Alley
10. Betsy Ross House
11. Arch Street Meeting House
12. National Constitution Center
13. Franklin Square
and man
FREE PROGRAMS:               
Historic Philadelphia, Inc.’s Once Upon A Nation offerings include many immersive free activities for children, listed 
below.

Flag-Raising at the Betsy Ross House
Start your day in the charming Betsy Ross House courtyard with Betsy Ross and one of her Colonial friends, raising the thirteen-star flag with pomp and circumstance.

May 25 – September 2, daily, 10 am
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street

Military Muster            
The Continental Army is looking for a few good kids for fun and entertaining drills in the art of marching and musket etiquette.
May 25 – 27, Memorial Day Weekend: twice daily, 2 and 3 pm
May 31 – June 8, Fridays and Saturdays: twice daily, 2 and 3 pm
June 11 – August 10 (also July 1), Tuesdays - Saturdays: twice daily, 2 and 3 pm
August 16 – August 31, Fridays and Saturdays: twice daily, 2 and 3 pm
September 1-2, Labor Day Weekend: daily, twice daily, 2 and 3 pm 
Signers’ Garden, 5th & Chestnut Street

Declaration Reading
Greet the History Makers, favorite characters from the Once Upon A Nation stories come to life, and hear moving readings from the Declaration of Independence.

May 25 – 27, Memorial Day Weekend, daily: 3:45 pm
May 31 – June 8, Fridays and Saturdays: 3:45 pm
June 11 – August 10 (also July 1), Tuesdays - Saturdays: 3:45 pm
August 16 – August 31, Fridays and Saturdays: 3:45 pm
September 1-2, Labor Day Weekend: daily, 3:45 pm
Behind Independence Hall

Free Quaker Meeting House
Meet historians or History Makers such as Free Quaker descendent John Price Wetherill or Common Sense author Thomas Paine, and learn about their impact on Colonial Philadelphia in this historic house of worship. FREE.

May 25 – September 2: 11 am - 4 pm, daily
Free Quaker Meeting House, 5th & Arch Streets

VALLEY FORGE:      
Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches at Valley Forge
Guaranteed to educate and entertain, these one-of-a-kind Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches are in three locations around Valley Forge National Historical Park.  Storytellers, trained at the unique Benstitute, share riveting stories of the encampment, and how it became a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Short, 3-to-5-minute stories are told for free at one of the signature 13-foot curved benches.  The Once Upon A Nation Frances Delmar Future Storyteller Contest will return on August 11.

May 25 – 27, Memorial Day Weekend, daily: 11 am - 4 pm
June 1 – June 9, Saturdays and Sundays: 11 am - 4 pm
June 10 – August 11, daily: 11 am - 4 pm
August 17 – 31, Saturdays and Sundays: 11 am - 4 pm
September 1 –2, Labor Day Weekend: daily, 11 am - 4 pm
September 7 – October 20, Saturdays and Sundays: 11 am - 4 pm
THREE locations: Visitor Center, Muhlenberg Brigade and General Washington’s Headquarters, FREE

For more information, visit http://historicphiladelphia.org.
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7) Statue Cruises Launches Extended Hours


Statue Cruises- the official and only authorized concessioner for ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island- announced extended operating hours for the peak summer season.  Beginning Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 25th, service to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from Battery Park in lower Manhattan and Liberty State Park in Jersey City will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the last boat departing Battery Park and Liberty State Park at 5 p.m. (instead of 3:30 p.m.) daily through Labor Day.  Admission to the new Statue of Liberty Museum is also included with every Statue Cruises ticket.

The new museum opened Thursday, May 16th  and thousands of tourists and locals will have additional time to explore the latest addition to Liberty Island. The museum is a lasting tribute to Lady Liberty, complete with an Immersive Theater telling the Statue’s storied history, an experience showcasing the workshop where Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi built the Statue of Liberty and an inspiration gallery where guests can personally reflect on their experience and what the Statue means to them.  The museum is now also home to the original torch of Lady Liberty.

Ridership to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island has averaged 4.4 million annual visitors the past few years.  With strong visitor interest in the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island expected to continue, Statue Cruises recommends the following top five tips for traveling to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island this summer:

·  Statue Cruises is the only authorized provider of ferry service to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.statuecruises.com or at the Statue Cruises ticket office inside Castle Clinton at Battery Park and in Liberty State Park. 

·  Buy your tickets online and print at home. If you purchase an eTicket, you can bypass the ticket booth and go directly into the screening facility.

· The early bird catches the early boat—departures before 10:00 a.m. and after 2:00 pm are less crowded, including mid-week.  Also a rainy day may keep peak crowds away.

·  With convenient highway access and ample parking, the New Jersey departure point at Liberty State Park is the optimum choice for the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island via auto, bus or light rail. Although the last departure to both islands is 5:00 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the park remains open until 7:00 p.m.

·   The lighter the better! If bringing a backpack, visitors heading into the Pedestal or Crown of the Statue of Liberty will have to secure their bag in a nearby locker before proceeding into Lady Liberty.

Visitors can reserve Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island tickets for Battery Park and Liberty State Park departures now through Labor Day.  Audio tours for both islands in 12 languages, plus an ASL Tour are included with every ticket purchased.   For more information, please visit www.StatueCruises.com.
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8) Upcoming at Broadway Workshop

Christy Altomare Master Class

Sunday June 9 


Ages: 11-18

Dates: Sunday, June 9th
Times:  Session 1: 10:00am - 1:00pm (Join the Waitlist)
             Session 2: 2:30pm - 5:30pm (Spaces Available)
Location: Ripley Grier Studios - 520 8th Ave - 16th Floor
Tuition: $185   

For more information or to register, visit
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PR Firm Roundup

9) News from Andrea Alton

A Family Torn Apart by an Extreme Religious Community in the New Drama
To She Who Waits
May 23 – June 8 at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios

Amercian Renaissance Theatre Company (ARTC) is proud to present Bob Clyman’s compelling new play, To She Who Waits, May 23 – June 8 at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios. To She Who Waits was the winner of the 2018 Kaufman Award for Excellence in Playwriting. Maria Aladren directs.

Meg and Jack were childhood sweethearts, who got married, and when their daughter, Hannah, was born, Meg stayed home with her, while Jack worked. They were happy. Then their church hired a new pastor. Flash forward … Jack is dead, and Meg is fighting the church she fled for custody of Hannah. Now that Meg is about to see Hannah for the first time in two years, the clock is already ticking. She will only have 12 visits to convince Hannah, who is openly hostile toward her, to leave the church she loves and its promise of salvation, to live with Meg -- the mother who left her behind.

To She Who Waits runs May 23 – June 8 with performances Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3:00 pm, and Saturday, May 25 and June 1 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4227704. Performances take place at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street (between Broadway & 8th Ave), 12th Floor, New York, NY 10019. Subways: A/B/C/D/1 to Columbus Circle, N/Q/R/W to 57th Street.

More info available at www.americanrenaissancetheater.com
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10) News from DKC/O&M

10A) JIM STEINMAN’S

BAT OUT OF HELL – THE MUSICAL


ANNOUNCES NEW YORK CITY RUN


ACCLAIMED, AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL

BEGINS PERFORMANCES THURSDAY, AUGUST 1

FOR AN OPENING NIGHT SCHEDULED FOR 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The New York City run for Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical, the critically acclaimed, thrilling new musical based on one of the best-selling albums of all time will begin performances at New York City Center on August 1, 2019 with an Opening Night set for August 8, 2019. Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical will play a six-week engagement through September 8, 2019.

For the stage musical, the legendary and award-winning Mr. Steinman has incorporated iconic songs from the Bat Out Of Hell albums, including “You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth,” “Bat Out Of Hell,” “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” and “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad,” as well as two previously unreleased songs “What Part of My Body Hurts the Most” and “Not Allowed to Love.”

In Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical, the electrifying rock songs of Mr. Steinman propel an epic story of rebellious youth and passion as Strat, the immortal leader of The Lost, has fallen in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler Falco.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.nycitycenter.org, by calling 212 581 1212 or by visiting the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street).

For additional information, please visit www.batoutofhellmusical.com


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10B) FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

IN YIDDISH WITH ENGLISH SUPERTITLES

DIRECTED BY JOEL GREY

RELEASES NEW BLOCK OF TICKETS THROUGH 

JANUARY 5, 2020


 Producers Hal Luftig and Jana Robbins in association with Sandy Block announced that the critically-acclaimed, smash hit National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) production of Fiddler on the Roof, in Yiddish with English Supertitles, is now on sale through Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Stage 42 (422 W 42nd St.). Tickets are available to purchase through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200 or in person at the Stage 42 Box Office (422 W. 42nd St.)

Fiddler on the Roof is the winner of the 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Revival, a 2019 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award Special Citation and star Steven Skybell is the winner of the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor. The show also recently celebrated its 100th performance at Stage 42 on Saturday, May 11th, which brought the show’s total run to 245 performances between its downtown and uptown productions.  For photos from the 100th performance celebration, click here.

Fiddler on the Roof has been honored with the following 2019 Drama League Award Nominations:
Outstanding Revival Of A Broadway Or Off-Broadway Musical
Nominee For The Distinguished Performance Award (Steven Skybell)

Fiddler on the Roof has been honored with the following 2019 Drama Desk Award Nominations:
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical (Joel Grey)
Outstanding Orchestrations (Larry Blank)
Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Steven Skybell)

Fiddler on the Roof has been honored with the following 2019 Chita Rivera Award Nominations:
Outstanding Ensemble

For more informatiion, visit www.fiddlernyc.com

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10C) STORYCOURSE ANNOUNCES

PRIDETABLE

AN INTERACTIVE IMMERSIVE CULINARY THEATER 

EXPERIENCE


TICKETS ON SALE NOW


After the critical and commercial success of the interactive culinary theater experiences How Do You Hug A Tiger? and Unleavened: A SederStoryCourse will pair culture with culinary in celebration of WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots (Stonewall50) this June. Chefs and Storytellers to be announced soon.  Tickets are on sale for the events between June 2-29 at 391 6th Avenue and can be purchased here.

Five courses.  Five personal stories from a diverse and intergenerational team of LGBTQ+ chefs.  A month long pop-up theatrical dining experience which will take place just blocks from where Pride began - in the historic neighborhood of Greenwich Village.

PrideTable is proud to partner with Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) to create an ongoing Spring workshop for underserved youth in the LGBTQ community.  Through this collaboration with HMI and its affiliate, the Harvey Milk High School, young people learn workforce skills, help to create dishes, and shape stories while being mentored by leading industry professionals in the worlds of arts and food. HMI's young people will then be employed by PrideTable for the month of June, bringing real-life application and employment to those learned skills. Proceeds fromPrideTable will help support HMI's Arts & Culture program on an annual basis.

For more information, visit www.StoryCourseNYC.com  


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10D) MCC THEATER

ANNOUNCES 



SPRING 2019


PLAYLABS READING


BAND AID


BY ZOE LISTER-JONES


DIRECTED BY LEIGH SILVERMAN

MONDAY, MAY 20
MCC Theater Spring 2019 PlayLabs reading of Zoe Lister-Jones’  new play Band Aid, directed by Leigh Silverman, will be held on  Monday, May 20 at 7:00pm  at the Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space (511 West 52nd Street). Tickets, priced at $15 with no fees, are available via www.mcctheater.org. 

The PlayLabs reading series invites audiences to engage directly with playwrights as they develop new works for the theater. Each reading includes a post-show reception with wine and snacks, offering a chance to discuss the work and mingle with the playwrights, actors, MCC leadership, and other audience members. 

For more information about Band Aid, see below.

Monday, May 20 at 7:00pm


Band Aid

By Zoe Lister-Jones
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Music by Zoe Lister-Jones and Kyle Forester
Musical Arrangements and Additional Music by Zoe Sarnak

Entangled in constant bickering, Anna and Ben find that the solution to their fractured marriage lies beyond clichéd couples therapy. The struggling Los Angeles artists decide to turn their fights into songs. Zoe Lister-Jones’ hot new dramedy reimagines the meaning of love through the sounds of an impromptu garage band as the couple tries to make sense of it all.

For more information, please visit www.mcctheater.org


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10E) WATERWELL

FLEET WEEK FOLLIES

FEATURING LEMON ANDERSEN, MIKE BIRBIGLIA, DARLESIA CEARCY, BRANDON VICTOR DIXON, SHERIE RENE SCOTT, SARAH STEELE, WILL SWENSON, BETSY WOLFE, AND MORE, PLUS SPECIAL PERFORMANCES BY FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME & AMERICAN MILITARY SPOUSES CHOIR

HOSTED BY CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER & ANDREW RANNELLS

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019

Fleet Week Follies, an annual festival of entertainment for the military community during Fleet Week, will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust music venue (80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 11249).

Fleet Week Follies will begin with workshops, family performances, and activities for kids of all ages from 1:00-4:00pm, including a visit with a character from Sesame Street, a performance from Blue Star Families, puppet-making and circus skills workshops, and a food truck.

This will be followed by a Happy Hour beginning at 5:30pm with dinner and drinks served by celebrity volunteers, including Happy Anderson (Waterwell’s The Courtroom, Mindhunter),Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See You, Orange is the New Black), Nichoas Braun (Succession), Ben McKenzie (Gotham), Omar Metwally (The Affair, Guards at the Taj), Ruthie Ann Miles (Waterwell’s The CourtroomThe King and I), David Morse (Hurt Locker, The Iceman Cometh), Pedro Pascal (Game of ThronesKing Lear), and Michael Shannon (Frankie & Johnny at the ClareThe Shape of Water). Beer will be provided by veteran-owned craft brewery 14th Star Brewing, and food will be prepared by Emma’s Torch, a Brooklyn restaurant that empowers refugees through culinary education, and Dog Tag Bakery.

Beginning at 7:00pm, the evening will conclude with special musical performances from some of New York’s finest performances, which will be hosted by Tony-nominated Broadway starsCelia Keenan-Bolger (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon). Performers include Lemon Andersen (She’s Gotta Have It, Def Poetry Jam)Mike Birbiglia (The New One), Darlesia Cearcy (Once on This Island, Shuffle Along), Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar), Sandra Lee (Waterwell’s Blueprint Specials, Army Veteran), Sherie Rene Scott (Waterwell’s HamletWhorl Inside a Loop), Sarah Steele (The HumansThe Good Fight), Will Swenson (Hair, The Greatest Showman), and Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, Falsettos), plus special performances from the American Military Spouses Choir and members of Freestyle Love Supreme.

Tickets to Fleet Week Follies are free to all members of the military community, including Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, veterans, and their families and caregivers. Registrations and more information are live now at Eventbrite and at waterwell.orgA limited number of tickets will also be available to civilians via a standby line on the day of the event.
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11) News from KampFire PR



BREAKING THE SHAKESPEARE CODE
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Written by JOHN MINIGAN

Starring MIRANDA JONTE* and TIM WEINERT
Directed by STEPHEN BROTEBECK



LIMITED TWO-WEEK ENGAGEMENT:
MAY 23 THROUGH JUNE 2, 2019

OPENING NIGHT IS FRI, MAY 24 AT 8:00 PM

THE BLACK BOX AT 440 STUDIOS

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT EVENTBRITE.COM


After sold-out runs in Chicago and the New York International Fringe Festival, HEY JONTE! PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce the return of BREAKING THE SHAKESPEARE CODE by John Minigan (Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow), directed by Stephen Brotebeck (Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher and Ghost, The Musical). Breaking the Shakespeare Code will play a two-week limited engagement at The Black Box at 440 Studios (440 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003). Performances begin Thu, May 23rd and continue through Sat, June 2nd, 2019. Opening Night is Fri, May 24th at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20 at eventbrite.com

After sold-out runs in Chicago and the New York International Fringe Festival, HEY JONTE! PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce the return of BREAKING THE SHAKESPEARE CODE by John Minigan (Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow), directed by Stephen Brotebeck (Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher and Ghost, The Musical). Breaking the Shakespeare Code will play a two-week limited engagement at The Black Box at 440 Studios (440 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003). Performances begin Thu, May 23rd and continue through Sat, June 2nd, 2019. Opening Night is Fri, May 24th at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20 at eventbrite.com

Breaking the Shakespeare Code plays the following performances:
Thu, May 23rd at 8:00pm
Fri, May 24th at 8:00pm
Sat, May 25th at 3:00pm (talk-back) and 8:00pm
Sun, May 26th at 2:00pm

Tue, May 28th at 8:00pm
Wed, May 29th at 8:00pm
Thu, May 30th at 8:00pm
Fri, May 31st at 8:00pm
Sat, June 1st at 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sat, June 2nd at 2:00pm

Tickets are $20 and are now available online at eventbrite.com. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the venue 30 minutes prior to show time.

For more information, visit www.heyjonte.com


*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
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12) News from Michelle Tabnick PR

12A) Theater Resources Unlimited
presents an important May discussion,
It Doesn't Have to Be #MeToo: 
Sexual Harassment Education 
and Prevention for Theater
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the May Panel and Presentation, It Doesn't Have to Be #MeToo: Sexual Harassment Education and Prevention for Theater on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:30pm (networking at 7pm) at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th Street, NYC. This panel is free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door). Please reserve using the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/help/ or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.


TRU's heard the stories of #MeToo victims at the hands of politicians, television and radio personalities, film directors and celebrities.  In the theatre, They have their own #MeToo stories to share.  The casting couch is very real and not just reserved for women - men have their own stories!  This workshop is three-fold-- going from the personal, to educational, to advocacy; followed by a Q & A.  Artists will share stories of harassment and misconduct; followed by a power point presentation recognizing and fighting harassment; followed by a panel of representatives from Dramatists Guild, ART-New York and the Actors Fund who will share what they are doing to empower their members and prevent harassment, misconduct or assault in the theatrical workspace. 

Content Warning: This session will include conversations about sexual harassment and abuse. While no graphic details will be shared, we offer this warning in case conversations of this nature are a trigger for any guests. Your self-care is our priority and you may step out of the event at any time if you are uncomfortable.

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best 30-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door).  Please use the bright red reservation box on this page, or email at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com


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12B)South Street Seaport Museum
2019 SUMMER SEASON
beginning May 25, 2019 

New Exhibition:  
The Printed Port at Bowne Printers
Public Sails Now Available on W.O. Decker and Pioneer
New Tours of the Hull of Wavertree


The South Street Seaport Museum's 2019 Summer Season begins on May 25, 2019 with three new initiatives: a new exhibition The Printed Port at the Museum's printing office, Bowne & Co.,; public sails on both W.O. Deckerand Pioneer; and, for the first time, access to the hull of Wavertree for tours.MuseumNew Exhibition: The Printed Port
The Printed Port illuminates an industry central to the development of New York City: job printing. Printers were a mammoth force in the 19th-century Port of New York; they produced all manner of printed materials for the businesses flourishing on South Street, including those in the maritime trades. The South Street Seaport Museum's printing office, Bowne & Co., was one of hundreds of shops that made up New York's first neighborhood. The exhibition features original and reproduced artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum's collection, including working printing presses. A survey of printed ephemera presents the tools and techniques involved in their production. The museum's working collection artifacts are activated daily, where the professional printing staff at Bowne & Co. host live demonstrations and workshops. tickets are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, children under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased at www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org. The South Street Seaport Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, NYC, 10038. 

New Exhibition: The Printed Port
The Printed Port illuminates an industry central to the development of New York City: job printing. Printers were a mammoth force in the 19th-century Port of New York; they produced all manner of printed materials for the businesses flourishing on South Street, including those in the maritime trades. The South Street Seaport Museum's printing office, Bowne & Co., was one of hundreds of shops that made up New York's first neighborhood. The exhibition features original and reproduced artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum's collection, including working printing presses. A survey of printed ephemera presents the tools and techniques involved in their production. The museum's working collection artifacts are activated daily, where the professional printing staff at Bowne & Co. host live demonstrations and workshops.


NEW: Visit the Cargo Hold of Wavertree
Included in the price of admission, the South Street Seaport Museum now offers a new level of acesss to Wavertree, a 130-year-old ship built of riveted wrought iron and the iconic centerpiece of the "Street of Ships" at South Street. For the first time, visitors can take a tour into the belly of the ship to view the breathtaking main cargo area. Tours will be conducted into the massive lower hold space to a viewing platform. Tickets are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/957100.


NEW: Cruise on W.O. Decker
Take a 45-minute ride on New York's last working New-York-built wooden tugboat W.O. Decker and see the lower Manhattan skyline like never before. Decker will cruise the tip of lower Manhattan, giving its riders stunning views of the skyline, Battery Park, Castle Clinton National Monument and river views of One World Trade Center. For the first time, Decker will be available for public sails on Saturdays and Sundays beginning May 25. Tours can be booked in advance, $35 with pre-paid museum admission ($29 for seniors and students, $15 for children.) Tickets are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1011575.


Pioneer Sailing Season 2019
Sail the New York Harbor aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer, an award-winning sail training vessel teaching volunteers of all kinds, traditional maritime skills, and the art of tall ship sailing. Visitors can board Pioneer for 2-hour or 3-hour day and evening cruises as she sails New York Harbor May through October. Pioneer offers special sails and programs and is available for private charter throughout her season. Trips must be booked in advance, $42 for a 2-hour sail or $55 or a 3-hour sail with pre-paid museum admission. ($32 for 2-hour sail or $45 for 3-hour sail without museum admission.) Tickets are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/986323/prm/BookEarly2019

Maritime Song Sessions Aboard Wavertree
Join for maritime singing sessions each first Sunday from May to September aboard Wavertree. Purchase of admission required. Click here for tickets to the next session on June 2 from 2-4:30pm.


On-Going Exhibition: 
Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914, familiarizes viewers with passenger life aboard ocean liners, the defining differences between travel for wealthy Americans in First Class and future Americans immigrating to the United States in Third Class, and the continuing importance that immigration plays in American history. Millions is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third-Class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century. From 1900 to 1914, nearly 13 million immigrants traveling in Third Class arrived in the United States. During this same period, America's wealthiest citizens, totaling no more than a hundred thousand passengers each year, traveled to Europe in First Class, spending over $11.5 billion (2017) on luxury vacations. Even though First Class and Third Class sailed on the same ships, their journeys were worlds apart. This exhibition will feature both original and reproduced artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum's permanent collection including ocean liner memorabilia and ephemera, ceramics, and luggage trunks from both immigrants and First-Class passengers. The exhibition will highlight a few ship models of New York Harbor working vessels that played critical roles in immigration, including a model of the Museum's lightship Ambrose (LV-87).


Night at the Museums
Spend the evening visiting museums and historic sites in lower Manhattan, where New York's history and culture begin! On Tuesday, June 25 from 4-8pm, Bowne & Co., located at 209-211 Water Street, will highlight selected examples that show the breadth and brilliance of 19th-century letterpress printing, as well as demonstrate with equipment not regularly on public view.Night at the Museums is produced by the Downtown Cultural Associationand is part of the River to River Festival 2019, featuring free arts events from June 18 to 29, 2019 throughout Lower Manhattan.
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13) News from Sam Rudy Media Relations

VINEYARD THEATRE 
ANNOUNCES TWO PRODUCTIONS OF THE
 2019-2020 SEASON 

IS THIS A ROOM
CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED BY TINA SATTER

TUVALU OR, THE SADDEST SONG
BY ANTOINETTE NWANDU
DIRECTED BY DANYA TAYMOR
Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce two productions of the company’s upcoming 2019-2020 season. The season will kick off this fall with IS THIS A ROOM, conceived and directed by Tina Satter. The final production of the season in spring 2020 will be the world premiere of TUVALU OR, THE SADDEST SONG by Antoinette Nwandu, and directed by Danya Taymor. Both shows will be presented at Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) with the winter 2020 production to be announced at a later date.
Fall 2019
IS THIS A ROOM
Conceived and Directed By Tina Satter
 A true story, still unfolding. June 3, 2017. A 25-year-old former Air Force linguist named Reality Winner is surprised at her home by the FBI, interrogated, and then charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in U.S elections. Reality remains in jail with a record-breaking sentence. The FBI transcript of her interrogation is the heart of IS THIS A ROOM, conceived as a play and directed by Obie Award-winner Tina Satter, in which an extraordinary human drama unfolds between the complex and witty Reality, and the agents who question her. As Reality’s autonomy shrinks before her eyes, a simmering real-life thriller emerges, asking what it is to have honor in this American moment, and how the personal can reverberate globally. 
Spring 2020 
TUVALU OR, THE SADDEST SONG
By Antoinette Nwandu
Directed By Danya Taymor
Los Angeles in the mid-nineties and twelve-year old Jackie is at a crossroads. She’s just been accepted to a private school in Brentwood, the affluent, white neighborhood that also happens to be ground zero for the O.J. Simpson murder trial. At home, the Lord is alive and well, the rent’s past due, and Momma’s boyfriend just came back to town. Sexuality and spirituality, race and class, love and violence collide as Jackie attempts to make sense of her life in relation to the women in her real and imaginary landscapes. With an astonishing mix of humor, tenderness and theatrical daring, this coming-of-age story explores the barriers that keep Jackie from finding her authentic self, and the cost of overcoming them. 
In addition, the Winter 2020 production and a Developmental Lab will be announced at a later date. Memberships are now on sale for The Vineyard’s 2019-2020 season and can be purchased online at www.vineyardtheatre.org or by calling the box office at 212-353-0303. Becoming a member ensures great seats to all Vineyard productions for a fraction of the full ticket price. Other privileges include the ability to reserve seats before tickets go on sale to the general public, discounted guest tickets, invitations to new play readings and Developmental Labs, and other exclusive benefits. 
More information at www.vineyardtheatre.org.
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14) New from Spin Cycle PR


Cast Set for Off-Broadway Premiere by Bekah Brunstetter 
PUBLIC SERVANT
Previews begin May 25 at Theatre Row

Theater Breaking Through Barriers (Samuel D. Hunter’s The Healing) kicks off its 40th Anniversary season with the World Premiere of PUBLIC SERVANT by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC’s Emmy-winning drama This Is Us and the just announced Oklahoma TV series). Directed by Geordie Broadwater, the production will star Chris Henry Coffey (Broadway’s Bronx Bombers, David Schwimmer’s Trust opposite Clive Owen and Viola Davis), Christine Bruno (Jose Rivera’s adaption of The Maids, Bekah Brunstetter’s Forgotten Corners of Your Dark, Dark Place with TBTB) and newcomer Anna Lentz in her Off-Broadway debut. The play is the second part of a trilogy of plays by Brunstetter that kicked off with The Cake in February at Manhattan Theatre Club. Previews for PUBLIC SERVANT begin May 25 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre with opening night on Thursday, June 6. 
In PUBLIC SERVANT, Ed has been newly elected as County Commissioner. Ed is one of the good ones. With his daughter Hannah by his side, he is going to change the world -- or at least his little corner of it. Meanwhile, all world-weary Miriam needs is for a city inspector to sign off on some paperwork. Disillusioned with the system but desperate, she turns to Ed for help with what should be a simple request. But in the world of politics, is anything ever simple?
PUBLIC SERVANT runs May 25 – June 29 at Theatre Row's Clurman Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Performances are Tuesday - Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday - Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $58, available at 212-239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com. For additional information, visit www.tbtb.org.
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