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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 10/14/18 - What's Happening This Week of Coming Up Soon

In this week's Scoop

1) American Museum of Natural History Registration open for Adventures in Science and and Middle School Institutes for Spring 2019
2) Fringe NYC Going on Now
3) Upcoming at Feinstein's/54 Below
4) Upcoming at George Street Playhouse - The Trial of Donna Kaine
5) Upcoming at the Academy of Natural Sciences
6) Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
7) Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre - A Raisin in the Sun
8) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
9) Upcoming at Franklin Square - Pumpkin Patch
10) Upcoming at Symphony Space
11)Upcoming at iPlay America - The Bachelorette's Becca and Garrett
12) Upcoming at the Children's Museum of the Arts - Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Create

PR Firm Roundup

13) News from Andrea Alton
      13A) Escape at Fringe NYC
      13B) I Want a Country at Fringe NYC
14) News from DKC
Pipeline on Broadway HD
15) News from DKC/O&M
     15A) Torch Song Opens on Broadway and Announces Rush Policy
     15B) School Girls, or, the African Mean Girls Play begins previews
     15C) Kate Reinders joins Beautiful as Cynthia Weil
16) News from Karen Greco PR
      What's On at the Wild Project
17) News from Lincoln Center
       This Week at Lincoln Center Kids
18) News from Michelle Tabnick PR
      18A) The Eleventh Hours adds performances
      18B) Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to perform in Sutra to kickoff White Light Festival
      18C) White Light Festival Dance Advisory
      18D) Inside the Wild Heart - immersive theatrical experience
      18E) Theatre at the 14th St. Y - 2018-2018 Family Series
      18F) Theater Resources Unlimited - Writer-Producer Speed Date
19) News from Pascal Nadon Communications
      19A) Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center opens 2018/19 Season
      19B) American Symphony Orchestra opens season with A Walt Whitman Sampler
20) News from Polk and Co. 
      Roundabout Theatre Company's Apologia opening on Broadway
21) News from Richard Hillman PR
      Inner Voices 2018 - World Premiere of Three One Act Musicals
22) The Book of Merman opens Off-Broadway
23) News from Waldmania PR
       Laurie Berkner Monster Boogie Halloween Concert

1) Registration Open Now for the American Museum of Natural History's Adventures in Science and Middle School Institutes for the Spring 2019

General registration opens now, call 212-769-5200Monday–Friday, from 9 am–5 pm. 

Adventures in Science offers programs for students in pre-K through Grade 5. For more information, visit amnh.org/ais or email adventures@amnh.org

Middle School Institutes offer programs for students in Grades 6–8. For more information, visit amnh.org/msi or email institutes@amnh.org
2) FringeNYC Going On Now

The festival will offer 80 fully staged theater and dance productions at 10 venues in Manhattan's West Village all centered around a new FringeHUB. Patrons for all performances begin their FringeNYC experience at the FringeHUB at 685 Washington Street (corner of Charles Street) and are ushered to their venue. All tickets are $22, available for purchase up to 15 minutes prior to the performance at FringeNYC.org or via smartphone/device at fringeonthefly.com.

Over two dozen performance have already sold out. Shows that have sold out multiple performances include: Do This One Thing For Me, Onaje, and That’s Not How It Happened. Show that have sold out individual performances include I Favor My Daddy, Opening Night, Saps, Serving Brulee, The Information War, Not A Gift, Latter Gay Saint, The War Party, After Burn, and I’m Just Fine. Other shows leading in overall ticket sales include: Enlargement, Turing Test, Turned On, The Last Jimmy, The Congresswomen and Striking Out.

3)Upcoming at Feinsteins/54 Below
254 W. 54th St.
New York, NY

Kate Baldwin: How Did You Get This Number

October 16, 18, 19 7:00 PM & October 30 9:30 PM

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
4) Upcoming at George Street Playhouse
103 College Farm Rd.
New Brunswick, NJ

The Trial of Donna Kaine

George Street Playhouse will launch its 2018-19 season with the world premiere of The Trial of Donna Caine, a gripping courtroom drama by Walter Anderson, who served as the editor-in-chief of Parade magazine for 20 years prior to being named Chairman and CEO of Parade Publications.  

The production will star Margarita Levieva (ABC’s Revenge and HBO’s TheDeuce), alongside Flor De Liz Perez (Two River Theater’s Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England) making her Playhouse debut in the titular role of Staff Sgt. Donna Caine. They are joined by Playhouse alums two-time Tony Award nominee Peter Frechette (Broadway’s Our Country’s Good and Eastern Standard), Kally Duling (Broadway’s Fun Home), Julia Brothers (Broadway’s Relatively Speaking), and John Bolger (George Street Playhouse’s American Hero in 2018 and American Son in 2017). The cast is completed by Michael Cullen,  Melissa Maxwell, and Ryan George. Performances run Oct. 16-Nov. 11, 2018 at George Street’s current venue, 103 College Farm Road in New Brunswick, NJ, with Opening Night set for Friday, October 19.
When Marine Staff Sergeant Donna Caine (Perez) is accused of a serious crime, highly respected attorney Emily Zola Ginsberg (Levieva) is convinced to take the case. Fighting for her client’s future, Ginsberg finds herself taking on the military establishment in order to expose the truth.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the George Street Playhouse website at www.GeorgeStreetPlayhouse.org, or call the box office at 732-246-7717.  
5) Upcoming at the Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA
Door 19 Skelton in Our Closet, Access to Science, and Scientist Saturday

Thursday October 19, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Door 19 Skeltons in Our Closet

They are pulling out the skeletons in their closets — literally! Come in costume (or come as you are); prizes will be given to a few of their favorites. It will be a super-naturally awesome evening!
  • Make a gorgeously creepy bone-filled pendant from an owl pellet you dissect yourself
  • Enjoy an ethereal performance by the Divine Hand Ensemble, and then learn how to play the theremin, the world’s first electrical instrument 
  • Peruse and purchase the weird, wonderful, work-of-art jewelry from Sculptlerybones
  • Meet their freaky friends from the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • And much more…including an open bar?
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://ansp.org/programs-and-events/adult-programs/door19/

Saturday October 20, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM 
Access to Science

Guests on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds. You can visit with the dinosaurs, explore our children’s discovery center Outside In, see our special Xtreme Bugs exhibit and wander through the dioramas at your own pace. Museum Stories (images and descriptions of our exhibits) are available to provide you and your children with visual and written information before your visit.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Saturday October 20, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Scientist Saturday

Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research and ask all the questions you want. On October 20, meet graduate students Johannes Krause and Lena Champlin, who study wetland ecology. Krause and Champlin focus on ecosystem services of these environments by studying gas chemistry and aerial images, also called remote sensing. Discover current research and meet real scientists at Scientist Saturdays. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research and ask all the questions you want. On October 20, meet graduate students Johannes Krause and Lena Champlin, who study wetland ecology. Krause and Champlin focus on ecosystem services of these environments by studying gas chemistry and aerial images, also called remote sensing. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://ansp.org/programs-and-events/events/Details/?eid=21160&iid=59829
6) Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

Israeli Chamber Project, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, PREformances with Allison Charney

Thursday October 18, 7:30 PM
Israeli Chamber Project

The Debussy Effect
Dig into the lush harmonies, soaring melodies and sparkling virtuosity of French masters Debussy, Salzado, Fauré and Ravel.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

New York Philaharmonic Ensembles

Get up close and personal, and experience the passion and personality of the performers. Works by Rossini, Loeffler and Tchaikovsky.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Monday October 22, 1:00 PM
PREformances with Allison Charney

Host Allison Charney guides the audience through a behind-the-scenes glimpse at celebrated artists' practices and performances. Featuring violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, pianists Craig Ketter and Joel Fan, baritone Gustavo Ahualli and Allison Charney.

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

A Raisin in the Sun

Fridays, October 19 & 26 at 8pm
Saturdays, October 20 & 27 at 8pm
Sundays, October 21 & 28 at 2pm

This searing drama tells the story of the Youngers, a black working class family struggling to achieve the American Dream in the face of racial tensions and economic disenfranchisement in 1950s Chicago.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.kelseytheatre.net/A%20Raisin%20In%20The%20Sun.shtml
8) Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Coppelia, Don Felder and the Magic of Bill Blagg

Friday October 19, 8:00 PM
American Reperatory Ballet

A delightful evening of ballet fun for the entire family! Coppélia is one of the few comedic ballets in traditional repertoire, where brilliant classical dance meets a delightfully comic narrative. Franz, a soon-to-be married young man from the village, becomes infatuated by a life-like doll created by the eccentric inventor Dr. Coppelius. Hilarity ensues over love, infatuation, and mistaken identity.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/coppelia-arb

Saturday October 20, 8:00 PM
Don Felder
Formerly of the Eagles

Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles—one of the most popular and influential rock groups of our time—is a four-time Grammy® Award-winning artist. Felder played with The Eagles for 27 years, putting his mark on numerous Eagles milestones including "Hotel California,” “Victim of Love,” and “Those Shoes.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.stnj.org/event/don-felder

Sunday October 21, 2:00 PM
The Magic of Bill Blagg

The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! comes to State Theatre New Jersey for one show only! Critics and audiences alike rave about Blagg’s interactive magic and jaw-dropping illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Blagg’s show combines his mind-blowing magical talents along with his trademark off-the-cuff personality to take you on a magical journey you’ll never forget. You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye, and so much more. The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE! is more than a magic show, it’s an interactive magic experience!

For more information or to purchase, visit https://www.stnj.org/event/magic-of-bill-blagg-live
9) Upcoming at Franklin Square
200 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Pumpkin Patch

October 20, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Pick a pumpkin out of the Pumpkin Patch and decorate it to take home, FREE for children 10 and under. (Group reservations and participation not available. While supplies last.) Also, the Lightning Bolt Express Train makes the traditional fall stop in the Square ($5 adults, $4 children). FREE.
10)Upcoming at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

Glow-in-the Dark Puppetry:
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's "Rainbow Fish"

October 20, 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM

A NYC premiere of this thrilling and colorful glow-in-the-dark puppetry adaptation of a children’s classic tale. The Rainbow Fish is admired – and resented – by the entire underwater world, until a clever octopus advises him to give each fish one of his scales. He finds the courage to explore the great unknown deep sea, discovering a new world with wonderful sights and friendly creatures of all shapes, sizes and colors.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
11)Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Becca & Garrett From ABC’s “The Bachelorette”

Sunday October 21 Door: 2:00 PM Start time: 3:00 PM

 iPlay America is excited to announce that the stars of ABC’s hit show, The Bachelorette, Becca Kufrin, and her new fiancé, Garrett Yrigoyen, will be hosting a Meet & Greet, along with an exclusive Q&A session, at The Event Center @ iPA on Sunday, October 21.

iPlay America is excited to announce that the stars of ABC’s hit show, The Bachelorette, Becca Kufrin, and her new fiancé, Garrett Yrigoyen, will be hosting a Meet & Greet, along with an exclusive Q&A session, at The Event Center @ iPA on Sunday, October 21.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
12)Upcoming at Childrens Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St.
New York, NY

Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Create

October 21, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

CMA hosts a town hall led by young artists!

PR Firm Roundup

13)News from Andrea Alton

13A)Controlling the Narrative in the New Comedy ESCAPE at FringeNYC

Deya Danielle Drake’s dark comedy, ESCAPE, will premiere at The New York International Fringe Festival on October 20. The limited run is directed by Lynnsey Ooten.

In the aftermath of a violent incident onboard a commercial jet, an Airline CEO and Flight Attendant fight to control the narrative of a news cycle in free fall. When the incident crosses over from news ticker headline to twitter #trending, the two women discover how fraught with turbulence the internet can be. ESCAPE paints a timely picture of the temptation to pursue power, by any means necessary, and the human need to solidify our own relevance in a world that is changing quicker than we are. 

In keeping with the festival spirit, this year, all audience members will meet at The FringeHUB, 685 Washington Street (Between Charles & Perry) and will be walked to the theatre by a Fringe Ambassador. All theatres are within 3 blocks of the FringeHUB. Tickets are $22 and available at https://bit.ly/2Ne6FHI. Running time: 90 minutes.

Performance dates:
Saturday, October 20 @ 9:45 pm
Sunday, October 21 @ 4:45 pm
Tuesday, October 23 @ 7:00 pm
Friday, October 26 @ 4:30 pm
Saturday, October 27 @ 9:30 pm

More information available at www.deyadanielledrake.com/escape and www.fringenyc.org.

13B)I Want a Country opens on October 20 at FringeNYC.

I Want a Country written by Greek Playwright Andreas Flourakis and translated by Eleni Drivas, will have its New York Premiere at The New York International Fringe Festival in October. The International production runs for four performances between October 20 – 27 and address’s timely topics such as immigration, race, financial security, human rights, and living in a country that cares about its citizens and doesn’t discriminate.

Written in 2013 in an unconventional chorus inspired structure, I Want a Country advocates for social change when a group of disillusioned individuals embark on a search for a “new” and “improved” country. But is this a search for a new country or a game of rhetoric? Can they create a ¨perfect” country? Can a society reinvent itself? Or will the ideal country remain a utopia?

I Want A Country, is a theater performance where the characters have lost their country - in a geographical and/or ideological way. Believing there is no escape from their current state, they map their time ahead declaring a New Country. Their inability of reaching a consensus on a variety of issues begs the questions: Have we reached a political turning point? Can democracy be enough?

Performance dates:
Saturday, October 20 @ 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 21 @ 8:15 pm
Thursday, October 25 @ 7:15 pm
Saturday, October 27 @ 4:15 pm

Tickets are $22 and are available at https://bit.ly/1jeNx8n. Running time: 1:15.

More info is available at www.iwantacountry.net and www.fringenyc.org.
14)News from DKC

Critically-Acclaimed Play Pipeline to make BroadwayHD Premiere

Playwright Dominique Morisseau was awarded the prestigious 2018 MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Grant for her work depicting the lives of individuals and communities grappling with economic and social changes, both current and historical. On October 9th, BroadwayHD, the world’s premiere online streaming platform, will debut one these works with PIPELINEa play that depicts a mother’s hopes for her son and their clash with an educational system rigged against him. Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, the unforgettable performances by Tasha Lawrence, Morocco Omari, Karen Pittman, Namir Smallwood, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez contributed to the onstage voices of Broadway’s most diverse season in 2017.  

Nominated for five Lucille Lortel Awards in 2018, including Outstanding Play, this powerful work was originally staged at Lincoln Center Theater in 2017 to wide critical acclaim, bringing to the forefront an urgent and timely conversation in a passionate performance.  
15)News from DKC/O&M








Now previewing the new production of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song at Broadway’s Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street), the same Broadway stage where the Tony Award®-winning 1982 premiere forever changed the face of popular entertainment and ushered in a new era of American understanding of love and family.

In addition, the production today announces its rush policy for the entire run. A limited number of $42 tickets may be available on a daily basis and can be purchased day-of when the box office opens (10 AM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM Sundays). Please check with the box office for availability. Patrons are limited to two rush tickets per person.

Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song follows Arnold Beckoff’s (Urie) odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child, and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother (Ruehl) reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect.

Tickets can be purchased at telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more through Givenik/Jujamcyn Group Sales by calling 212-840-8181.

To learn more about the show, please visit www.torchsongbroadway.com



The encore production of  School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, will be performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) from October 16th through November 25thOpening night is set for October 22nd. Prior to the return, Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles will present the MCC production at the CTG Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City from September 2nd through September 30th.

In School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter--and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would you go to be queen bee?

For more information, visit www.mcctheater.org







Kate Reinders will play Cynthia Weil in the Tony®, Olivier®, and Grammy® Award-winning smash hit Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre starting Friday, October 19.

For more information, visit www.beautifulonbroadway.com
16) News from Karen Greco PR

What's On At the Wild Project

October 20
written and performed by Chris Harder, directed by David Drake
Saturday at 9:00 PM
Tickets: $25
Welcome to the Dirty Dish Porn Awards, where everyone wants to know, who will take home the coveted "Best Porn Star of the Year" trophy? Could it be the Twitter-twink socialite, Zach Parks; or how about the fresh off the farm (and fresh off parole), Cody Falls? Or what about that go-go boy, Chris Harder? And does his mother know?!

Loosely based on his own experiences, burlesque performer and former gay porn star Chris Hardertransforms himself into a line-up of over-the-top (and bottom) characters, serving you a slice of the adult industry that's cheeky, charming, and definitely unexpected. Contains nudity and strong language.
All performances are at The Wild Project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B).
Tickets can be purchased online at www.thewildproject.org.

The Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.
17) News from Lincoln Center

This Week at Lincoln Center Kids 2018-19

Friday, October 19 – Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8:00pm
When pianist Joey Alexander first performed in Rose Theater at age 11, it was a history-making highlight of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2014 gala. He has since sold out Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and now, at age 15, he returns to our largest stage as a headliner.
Rose Theater, Broadway at West 60th Street, 5th floor
Tickets: Available here or by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500
18)News from Michelle Tabnick PR

18A)Smugbug Productions presents
the New York Premiere of
The Eleventh Hour!
a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon
NOW THROUGH December 1, 2018
at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC

ADDED PERFORMANCES: November 30 & December 1

Smugbug Productions presents the New York Premiere of The Eleventh Hour!, a new rock musical comedy by David Seamon now running through December 1, 2018 at Town Stages, 221 West Broadway, NYC. Performances are at 8pm, with preshow bands starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 and are available at https://www.eleventhhourmusical.com/performance-tickets/the-eleventh-hour.

It's the end of the world in New Jersey! A burnout basement rocker and his ex-girlfriend, a rising star astrophysicist, may have the key to surviving the black hole bearing down on earth. If they can reconcile their feelings and manage a dangerous journey on the NJ Turnpike, they just may save their music, each other, and the mole people who live beneath them.

Pre-Show Band Lineup:
10/18 - Foxanne
10/19 - Zero for Conduct
10/25 - Jeremy Bass
10/26 - Lowlight
11/8 - Electric Sensei
11/9 - Bryan Hansen Band
11/15 - Bobby Mahoney
11/16 - Chris Neptune
11/30 - to be announced
12/1 - Tam Justin Garcia

Performances at 8pm, with preshow bands at 7:30pm: Thursday, October 11; Friday, October 12; Thursday, October 18; Friday, October 19; Thursday, October 25; Friday, October 26; Thursday, November 8; Friday, November 9; Thursday, November 15; Friday, November 16; Friday, November 30; and Saturday December 1

18B) Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to perform on opening night in Sutra,
kicking off this year's White Light Festival
October 16, 2018

The opening engagement of this year's White Light Festival is the return of
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Sutra, which had its U.S. premiere in a sold-out run at the inaugural White Light Festival in 2010. The Belgian choreographer - who will take the stage for opening night - mixes contemporary dance with martial arts in this singular piece, which features warrior monks from China's Shaolin Temple, a Zen Buddhist enclave devoted to kung fu.

This year's 2018 White Light Festival runs from October 16 through November 18. The ninth annual multidisciplinary festival features events presented in six venues across the city, including world, U.S., and New York premieres exploring transcendence, interior illumination, and the communal impulse as exhibited through artistic expression across continents and centuries.

Tickets for the 2018 White Light Festival are available online at WhiteLightFestival.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall Box Office (Broadway and 65th Street).

Tuesday-Thursday, October 16-18 at 7:30 pm
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Sadler's Wells London
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, director and choreographer
Antony Gormley, visual design
Szymon Brzóska, music
with monks from the Shaolin Temple
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall

18C) White Light Festival
Dance Advisory
Festival Features Dance Engagements from Around the Globe

  • The White Light Festival return of Sutra, following its sold-out run in 2010, by Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and featuring ancient martial arts by China's Shaolin monks
  • The New York premiere of Borderline by Company Wang Ramirez, combining hip-hop and contemporary dance forms with aerial movement
  • XENOSAkram Khan's work evoking the shell-shock of a First World War soldier through a combination of classical Indian kathak and contemporary dance, in its U.S. premiere and Khan's final solo performances in a full-length piece
  • The world premiere of Framing Time with pianist Pedja Muzijevic and choreographer/dancer
    Cesc Gelabert, a meditation on music, light, and movement set to Morton Feldman's monumental Triadic Memories
  • The U.S. premiere of Blak Whyte Gray from East London's Boy Blue, the group's first full-length abstract work fusing hip-hop dance with African-inspired grooves and an electronic score

18D) Group.BR presents
An Immersive Theatrical Experience
based on the works of Clarice Lispector
October 18 - November 18, 2018
Benefit Performance: October 27, 2018

Group.BR, New York's only Brazilian theatre company presents INSIDE THE WILD HEARTa fully immersive theatrical experience based on the works of Brazil's most acclaimed Jewish writer, Clarice Lispector. The show will run from October 18 - November 18, 2018, Thursdays through Sundays at Aich Studios, 218 E. 25th Street, New York NY 10010, with a benefit performance on October 27, 2018. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.group.br.com/productions-inside-the-wild-heart.

Conceived by Group .BR co-founders Andressa Furletti and Debora Balardini,Inside the Wild Heart had a successful run in 2016 directed by Regina Miranda at Immersive Gallery, Williamsburg. Now the show finds its way to Aich Studios, a multilevel brownstone that fulfills the original vision, where a house becomes not only Clarice's home but her inner world as well. Built in 1848, and converted to a foundry at the turn of the century, Aich will host this new, revamped production directed by Linda Wise, a long time master, and collaborator of the company. "Linda Wise has definitely lived up to our expectation as Andressa and I caught her up to our 3-year process of researching and developing this production" said Debora Balardini, Executive Director of Group .BR and one of the performers in the piece. This immersive theatrical experience integrates visual arts, film, music, and performance art.

The performance space is also available for Installation Visits on the weekends beginning 10/21: an opportunity to explore the venue outside of the performance.

Tickets for an Installation Visit are $15-20 and are available athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/inside-the-wild-heart-installations-visit-no-performance-tickets-50615196415. * Please note that Installation Visit tickets do not include performance of the play.

October 18 - November 18, 2018
Thursday - Saturday at 8 PM
Sunday at 7 PM
Benefit performance on October 27th
Aich Studio - 218 E 25th St, New York, NY 10010

18E) The Theater at the 14th Street Y

Announces the 2018/2019 Season

Family Series

The Theater at the 14th Street Y continues tohonor the edgy, diverse, and rich history of innovative culture-making in the East Village for people of all ages with the 2018-2019 Family Series.

The series kicks-off on October 20, 2018 with The Not-So-Spooky Ghost and runs through May 2019.

The magic will also continue through engagement activities. After one performance of each of the shows, there will be a curated activity elaborating on the themes of the show. Activities will include a program with a Tenement Museum educator, improvisational dance led by one of the performers, crafting projects led by puppeteers, and even a talk back with the writer and actor of a show so the kids can delve into their unique understandings and critiques of a performance.

2018-2019 Family Series:

The Not-So-Spooky Ghost
October 20-21, 27-28
WonderSpark Puppets
Written and directed by Chad Williams
A timid ghost, his skeleton father and a mysterious scarecrow have lots of laughs in this all-ages show. The little ghost can't scare a soul to please his Big Bad Dad, but help is on the way as the audience and some friends scare up some fun fright. Hand puppet show in a traditional puppet booth.

Fox Fables
November 3-4
WonderSpark Puppets
Written and directed by Chad Williams
This puppet adaptation of an Aesop's Fable is about a fox who loses his precious tail and with it his identity. He tries to be several other animals instead-with hilarious results- before realizing the moral lesson of this ancient story.

Layer the Walls
November 7-11
Created by Liz Parker & Rachel Sullivan
Directed by Spica Wobbe
Set within a tenement that is about to be torn down and whose interior is plastered with 40 layers, this show uses masks, toy-theater techniques and puppets designed by Spica Wobbe to imagine the proud and perilous histories of the building's Italian, Jewish and Irish occupants. Ages 7+.

The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q
Rebel Playhouse
December 1-16
Written by Ric Averill, music by Dax Dupuy, Directed & choreographed by Sarah Sutliff, Music direction by Christina Bottley
Q, an upper elementary student struggling with gender and identity issues, faces the daily difficulties of preoccupied parents, bullying peers, and communication with challenging teachers... but with a bag of tricks everyday objects grow and are endowed with powers that allow Q to face larger than life threats head on! This new hour long musical features song, dance, and puppetry.

Old Turtle and the Broken Truth
Rebel Playhouse
May 4-19
Written by Catherine Bush, music by Dax Dupuy, Directed & choreographed by Sarah Sutliff
Based on the Children's Book by Douglas Wood, In Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the villagers discover only half of the truth, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to search for the missing half. With the help of Old Turtle, and many animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth and make it whole again creating a better world for everyone.

Full Season Tickets and detailed information on shows available at www.14streety.org/tickets.

$14@14Y Flex Pass
Subscribe to the 14th Street Y and save with Flex Pass. For $42, choose any three shows from the upcoming season at https://14streety.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S36000007O40PEAS.

18F) Pitch your work to a roomful of serious producers ...

Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the next

Writer-Producer Speed Date

October 21, 2018 from 4:30pm - 8:30pm at Shetler Studios

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2018 Writer-Producer Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch, One-on-One Networking with Commercial and Indie Producers on October 21, 2018 from 4:30-8:30pm atShetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 11th Floor. Session 1 coaching at 4:30, pitching at 5:30; Session 2 coaching at 5:30, pitching at 6:30.

You meet a producer at a party, and have two minutes to interest him in your work. Do you have the skill to sell yourself? Here's a chance to practice your pitching with real producers who are open to and interested in meeting you. Okay, they probably won't option you on the spot, but they'll give you valuable feedback about your work and your ability to talk about it. And you'll have the opportunity to start developing a relationship. And that's what this business is all about. Relationships.

Confirmed producers include: 

  • Chris Burney, artistic producer Second Stage Theater (Pulitzer Prize winners Between Riverside and CrazyWater by the SpoonfulNext to Normal plus Tony winner Dear Evan Hansen);
  • Cate Cammarata, director, producer (My Life Is a Musical), artistic associate Rhymes Over Beats Hip Hop Theatre Collective;
  • Rashad Chambers, producer (It Happened in Key West, Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, the world premiere of The Erlkings);
  • Charlotte Cohn, producer (Church and State, Handle with Care, Rated P for Parenthood);
  • Randy Donaldson - producer (The Scottsboro BoysPee Wee Herman Show, Triassic Parq);
  • John Melo theater and film producer (On the Town);
  • Norberto Troncoso, artistic associate Open Hydrant Theatre;
  • Dauna Williams, producer (Scottsboro Boys);
  • Frank Zuback, producer (Taking Leave, American Soldier, Roof of the World);
  • 2 more tba
Coaches: Samantha SaltzmanMichael Ian Cedar

How does it work? Eleven writers arrive at 4:30pm, and three industry professionals coach the writers on their presentations. At 5:30pm, writers go into a Pitch Room to meet the producers. Each writer has two minutes to pitch. Producers have two minutes to respond, ask questions, or give feedback. Writers bring a packet with a synopsis, bio, cast breakdown, and production requirements to leave with each of the producers. If the project interests the producer, they may request a full script be sent. Meanwhile the second group remains in the Coaching Room ready to start at 5:30 and head into the Pitch Room at 6:30. A wine and cheese reception is held afterwards, so although the pitch sessions come to an end around 7:30pm, the hope is that writers and producers will stay and chat informally.

They will judge your application based on the viability of the project, your experience as a writer, prior development of the project and the specific interests of the participating producers. If accepted into the program, the cost is $75 for TRU members and $85 for non-members (and yes, you can always join as a member to qualify for the discount - they'd like that).

Evening limited to 22 writers. Visit https://truonline.org/events/writer-producer-speed-date-10-21-18/for an application. Email application to TRUnltd@aol.com
19) News from Pascal Nadon Communications


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center opens its 2018-19 season in Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, October 16 with a program titled Russian Inspiration, a concert underlining CMS' season-long focus on Russia's moving and deeply felt music. The performance will present pianists Michael Brown and Gloria Chien, violinists Benjamin Beilman and Ida Kavafian, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist David Requiro in a program of works spotlighting composers who influenced Russia's musical evolution, from Viotti and Mozart to Liszt and Schumann.

Following opening night, Alice Tully Hall's October programs comprise Quartet Variations with the Emerson String Quartet and pianist Shai Wosner in works by Mozart, Bolcom and Dvořák (Oct. 21); and The Kreutzer Connection, which explores links between Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata and works by Janáček and Kreutzer with pianist Juho Pohjonen, violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, and the Calidore String Quartet (Oct. 28). The Calidore Quartet and violinist Angelo Xiang Yu are both in residence at CMS as part of The Bowers Program, which recognizes outstanding young musicians. Formerly called CMS Two, the program was newly renamed following the five-million dollar gift from Ann S. Bowers-the largest individual gift in the Chamber Music Society's 48-year history, made specifically to secure the development of the next generation of outstanding young musicians. The Kreutzer Connection concert (Oct. 28) will be dedicated to Ms. Bowers.

The popular Inside Chamber Music with Bruce Adolphe series will couple lectures and live performance with insights into masterworks by Mozart (Oct. 3), Beethoven (Oct. 10), Mendelssohn (Oct. 17), and Debussy (Oct. 24). A fall Rose Studio Concert will explore classic and seldom-heard chamber music repertoire by Brahms, Schulhoff, and Schumann (Oct. 25). The program will be presented in two ways: in a traditional setting, and as part of the cozy Late Night Rose series with cabaret-style seating and a complimentary glass of wine.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Alice Tully Hall box office at Broadway and West 65th St. or the CMS ticketing office at The Samuel B. and David Rose Building, 165 West 65th Street, 10th floor; by calling 212.875.5788; or online at www.chambermusicsociety.org.


Tues. Oct. 16 at 7:30 pm, Alice Tully Hall
Russian Inspiration
Viotti: Duo in G major for Two Violins, W 4.9 (c. 1789-90)
Mozart: Andante and Five Variations in G major for Piano, Four Hands, K. 501 (1786)
Glinka: Variations on a theme of Mozart for Piano (1822, rev .1827)
Liszt: Grand duo concertant sur la romance de 'Le Marin' for Violin and Piano (1835)
Field: Nocturne No. 2 in C minor for Piano (1812)
Mendelssohn: Lied ohne Worte in E-flat major for Piano, Op. 30, No. 1 (1830)
Schumann: Quartet in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 47 (1842)

Michael Brown, Gloria Chien, Piano; Benjamin Beilman, Ida Kavafian, Violin; Paul Neubauer, Viola; *David Requiro, Cello

Sun. Oct. 21 at 5 pm, Alice Tully Hall
Quartet Variations
Mozart: Quartet in E-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, K. 493 (1786)
William Bolcom: Quintet No. 1 for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (2000)
Dvořák: Quartet in G major for Strings, Op. 106 (1895)

Shai Wosner, Piano; Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker & Philip Setzer, Violin; Lawrence Dutton, Viola; Paul Watkins, Cello)

Thu. Oct. 25 at 6:30 & 9 pm, Rose Studio & Late Night Rose
Brahms: Scherzo, WoO 2, from "F-A-E" Sonata for Violin and Piano (1853)
Schulhoff: Duo for Violin and Cello (1925)
Schumann: Quintet in E-flat major for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello. Op. 44 (1852)

Orion Weiss, Piano; Chad Hoopes, *Angelo Xiang Yu, Violin; Paul Neubauer, Viola; Nicholas Canellakis, Cello

Sun. Oct. 28 at 5 pm, Alice Tully HallThe Kreutzer Connection
Beethoven: Quartet in F minor for Strings, Op. 95, "Serioso" (1810-11)
Prokofiev: Sarcasms, Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 17 (1912-14)
Janáček: Quartet No. 1 for Strings, "The Kreutzer Sonata" (1923)
Kreutzer: Caprice No. 35 in E-flat Major for Violin (1796)
Beethoven: Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano, Op. 47, "Kreutzer" (1802-03)

Juho Pohjonen, Piano; *Angelo Xiang Yu, Violin; *Calidore String Quartet (Ryan Meehan & Jeffrey Myers, Violin; Jeremy Berry, Viola; Estelle Choi, Cello)


Mendelssohn: Trio No. 2 in C minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 66 (1845)

Michael Brown, Piano; Daniel Phillips, Violin; Mihai Marica, Cello

Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915)

Mihai Marica, Cello; Lucille Chung, Piano

For complete information on programs, click here.

Soprano Angel Blue and Baritone Elliot Madore Perform NY Premieres
by Franz Schreker and Kurt Weill

 American Symphony Orchestra's 2018-19 season will open with A Walt Whitman Sampler on October 17 at Carnegie Hall, and has announced that rising American soprano Angel Blue will sing the New York premiere of Franz Schreker's Vom ewigen Leben (From Eternal Life). Dubbed by Plácido Domingo as "the next Leontyne Price," the young opera singer and BBC Proms host/presenter will next appear in September at the Metropolitan Opera as Musetta in La Bohème, and in the Royal Opera's production of La Traviata as Violetta in January 2019. Canadian baritone Elliot Madore is the guest soloist for the New York premiere of Kurt Weill's Four Walt Whitman Songs. Praised for his "exceptional artistry" by The New York Times, this season he returns to the San Francisco Opera for the world premiere of John Adams' Girls of the Golden West directed by Peter Sellars, and makes his Berlin Philharmonic debut in L'enfant et les sortilègesBoth vocalists will also perform in Ralph Vaughan Williams' A Sea Symphony.

Leon Botstein shares the stories behind the music in a lively 30-minuteConductor's Notes Q&A at 7 PM in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Free for all ticket holders.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
7 PM Conductor's Notes Q&A
8 PM ConcertCarnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Leon Botstein, conductor
Angel Blue, soprano
Elliot Madore, baritone
Bard Festival Chorale

Othmar Schoeck: Trommelschläge (U.S. Premiere)
Kurt WeillFour Walt Whitman Songs (New York Premiere)
Franz SchrekerVom ewigen Leben (From Eternal Life) (New York Premiere)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1)

Tickets, priced at $25 / $40 / $55, are available on September 4 at carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge at 212.247.7800 or the box office at 57th St & 7th Ave.

For more information, please visit americansymphony.org.
20) News from Polk and Co.

Roundabout Theatre Company's
Official opening Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Limited Engagement through December 16, 2018
Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold Mirima Steinberg Center for Theatre

APOLOGIA will began preview performances Off-Broadway on September 27, 2018, and  will open officially on October 16, 2018 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This will be a limited engagement through December 16, 2018.         

Stockard Channing appears in a powerhouse performance as a woman facing the repercussions of her past. You do not mess with Kristin Miller (Channing). In the 1960s, she was a radical activist and political protester. Now a celebrated art historian, the publication of her memoir threatens to split her family apart. But Kristin has never been one to shy away from a fight. APOLOGIA is a passionate, human and humorous clash of generations and beliefs—a lively look at yesterday’s rebels living in today’s reality.

Tickets for Apologia are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street); The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street); or by visiting StubHub, The Premier Secondary Ticketing Partner of Roundabout. Ticket prices range from $79-89. For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email groupsales@roundabouttheatre.org.

For more information,  visit TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets for Apologia are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street); The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street); or by visiting StubHub, The Premier Secondary Ticketing Partner of Roundabout. Ticket prices range from $79-89. For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email groupsales@roundabouttheatre.org.
21) News from Richard Hillman PR





(312 West 36th Street, 3rdFloor)

INNER VOICES, the biennial series of solo works featuring new teams of playwrights and composers begins performances on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 8:00pm for a limited run through Saturday, November 17, 2018 at The TBG Mainstage Theatre (312 West 36th Street – between 8th  & 9th Avenues).  Opening Night is Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 8:00pm.

The 2018 biennial series of three dramatic and intimate one-act solo musicals for INNER VOICES  is:

Scaffolding, with words and music by Tony©Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz.  Broadway veteran and Tony©Award nominee Rebecca Luker (Cinderella) stars in this musical that finds a single mom’s relationship with her brilliant only child tested when he interviews for the college of his choice.  Directed by Tony©Award winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza),with music direction by Benji Goldsmith.  

Scaffolding, with words and music by Tony©Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz.  Broadway veteran and Tony©Award nominee Rebecca Luker (Cinderella) stars in this musical that finds a single mom’s relationship with her brilliant only child tested when he interviews for the college of his choice.  Directed by Tony©Award winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza),with music direction by Benji Goldsmith.  

Window Treatment, with words by Deborah Zoe Laufer and music by Daniel Green.  Broadway’s Farah Alvin (It Shoulda Been You) is set to star in this musical that finds a lonely New Yorker planning her future with a stranger across the courtyard.  Directed by Portia Krieger, with music direction by Paul Masse.

Inner Voices will play the following performance schedule: Monday through Friday at 8:00pm and Saturday at 3:00pm & 8:00pm.

Tickets are $49 and are available online at www.PremieresNYC.org or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111. Tickets will also be available at The TBG Theatre box office one hour before performance time.

For more information, visit www.premieresnyc.org
Opening October 21 

Off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre 
Tickets Now On Sale at Telecharge.com

THE BOOK OF MERMAN, a new musical comedy featuring music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz and book by Schwartz and DC Cathro, is set to have its New York premiere in October. Joe Langworth will direct this new Off-Broadway musical, which will open at St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street on Sunday, October 21. 
Two Mormon missionaries ring the doorbell of Ethel Merman and hilarity ensues in this new musical comedy. THE BOOK OF MERMAN is a diva-driven journey featuring original songs and show-stopping ballads. It’s delightful. It’s delicious. It’s de-Merman!
THE BOOK OF MERMAN begins performances October 5 at 8pm (Sole Friday performance in the run) and plays Wednesdays at 8pm, Thursdays 7pm, Saturdays 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets ($39.50-$89.50) can be purchased through Telecharge by calling 212-239-6200 or visiting www.telecharge.com. There will be no show on Thanksgiving, November 22, a performance on Friday November 23 at 2pm has been added. 
For more information please visit www.bookofmermanmusical.com 
23) News from Waldmania PR


 It's a Halloween tradition for NYC area families! Kids' music superstars Laurie Berkner and The Laurie Berkner Band are set to boogie on down in full Halloween mode at their Monster Boogie Halloween Concert, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20 at The Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, New York, NY.

Making the tradition extra special this year is Simon & Schuster's recent publication of Laurie's Monster Boogie picture book, featuring monstrously playful illustrations by Ben Clanton.

The Laurie Berkner Band's Monster Boogie Halloween Concert

WHEN: 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018.

WHERE: The Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, New York, NY 10023

TICKET PRICES: General admission: $39, plus applicable fees. VIP tickets $100*, plus applicable fees. A limited number of $100 VIP tickets are available.

TICKET PRICES: General admission: $39, plus applicable fees. VIP tickets $100*, plus applicable fees. A limited number of $100 VIP tickets are available.

NOTE: Infants under 1 year seated on laps are admitted free.

*VIP tickets include after-show Meet & Greet, photo opportunity, and a personalized, autographed picture of the Laurie Berkner Band.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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