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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Always Eat After 7 PM by Joel Marion

This post is the first in series of posts we will be sharing with you that are brought to you by our sponsor, "Always Eat After 7 PM".  Any and all opinions expressed here our own.

"Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight" by Joel Marion is not just a diet book. It teaches you about when to eat what to not only lose weight but to have more energy, feel healthier and even get a better night's sleep. Based on surprising science, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings: Eating the majority of your calories at night. 

I have always had trouble sleeping but I never thought it could be related to when I was eating and not only what I was eating. Therefore, I was eager to find out more, and I was happy to have the opportunity to receive an advance copy of  "Always Eat After 7 PM" by Joel Marion.  

According to this book, specific higher-carbohydrate foods (including berries and cherries) support your fat-burning metabolism while you sleep, providing your body with a steady stream of fuel throughout the night. The trick is knowing how to combine them with other evening and pre-bedtime fat-burning foods to fuel your metabolism as you sleep. This is something I definitely wanted to learn more about so I'm eager to get started. Next week, I'll share more about my experience with "Always Eat After 7 PM" by Joel Marion.

In the meantime, here is Joel in his own words sharing some of the top tips from his book:

Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here

Tips for Tuesday: Books: Girlish & Amelia Moore Mysteries: Volume 1

We may have been given a complimentary copy of one or more of the books or other products listed below for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: Girlish and Amelia Moore Mysteries: Volume 1

Mom - Today I am recommending two books.

The first book I am recommending is Girlish by Alana Wulff. Girlish is a book that is all about empowering girls. It is full of quotes from and information about inspirational women as well as journaling  activities for girls to participate in and more. The book is meant to raise girls esteem and make them think about they way they want and deserve to be treated as well as the way they treat others. However, these lessons are imparted in a light and breezy way through this fun book.

Amelia Moore Mysteries: Volume 1 by [Linda Weaver Clarke]

The second book I am recommending is The Amelia Moore Mysteries: Volume 1 by Linda Weaver Clarke.   If you like a good mystery but you are not interested in reading stories that involve murder and other violent crimes, you may enjoy this book. The book is like  a mystery,  a romance and a travelogue all rolled into one. The mysteries in this volume all revolve around locating a missing person. They each take place in a different exotic location with  enough description of the location presented to make you feel like your there but not enough to make the books seem like nothing but a travel brochure. There is also plenty of romance provided in the book through the slow unfurling of the blossoming romance between the two main characters, Amelia and her sidekick, Rick Bonito.  All in all, these stories are interesting, intriguing and fun to read.

And that's Mom's view. Tune in tomorrow for What-To-Do Wednesday.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Monthly Mashup for May, 2020 Me: Books, Mom: Graduation

Me - My topic for this month is books. When I was young, I didn't really like to read that much. However, when I was in about sixth grade, I began to enjoy reading,  and  I have loved books ever since. I like actual books as opposed to e-books. E-books make my eyes burn. I don't know why because my eyes don't usually burn just from looking at a screen. My favorite genre is fantasy. My favorite type of fantasy books are ones with really cute romances in them. I also like fairy tale fantasy a lot. I like more magic type fantasy and not super hero fantasy. I also like fictional stories based on mythology. I am especially interested in Greek mythology, but I've read books related to Roman mythology and Norse mythology too. I am going to read books related to Egyptian mythology, but the library has been closed so I haven't been able to get them. I like books that are actual myths too and not just fictional stories based on myths, but I prefer when they are modernized because they are easier to read and understand. I have six favorite book series. My favorites in order are all of the Percy Jackson and related series, the Land of Stories series, the Harry Potter series, An Unfortunate Fairy Tales series, the Mortal Instruments series, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.  I just loves books! Books are magical!

Mom - My topic for this month is graduation. When I was a student I never much liked graduations. They were long and boring and also a little bit sad. I was never particularly sad to be leaving a school behind (except when I graduated college), but each time I graduated I was not just leaving a school behind but a part of my childhood too. However, I appreciated the sense of closure that graduation gave me. For my older daughter, it's different. She is genuinely sad to be leaving high school behind. Although she was not looking forward to graduating and leaving her friends and favorite teachers, she was looking forward to the graduation ceremony and having a chance to say goodbye. Now, she may never get that chance. There is going to be a virtual graduation, but there may never be a real one. A virtual graduation cannot possibly compare to a real one. There is still a possibility that somewhere down the road there may be some kind of in person graduation at least that's what the school claims now. However, I'm not sure that there ever will be. We are not just now starting to be allowed to have socially distanced gatherings of  very small numbers of people. As time goes by the likelihood of there being any real graduation will be less and likely because as life hopefully goes more and more back to normal people will start to move more and more into the next phase of their lives. However, my daughter has already lost so much these last few months. She has not been able be in school with her friends and favorite teachers, and she will never have a  senior trip or a senior prom and more. For her sake, I hope they are eventually able to have some kind of real graduation, and she can at least have one more day to spend with her friends and teachers and have a chance to say goodbye.

And that's our view. What's on your mind?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

photo credits:
photo credit1: Elsie esq. Reading for bad weather via photopin (license)
photo credit 2: H. Michael Miley Conant Graduation 2015 23 via photopin (license)

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/24/20 - Current and Upcoming Alternatives to Live In Person Events and More

1) Ballet Hispanico B Unidos Video Series Continues

2) Broadway Records to Release Frankie ! The Musical Album

3) Dance Africa Dance Party May 25 7:00 PM

4) Dracula, a Comedy of terrors, Now Streaming

5) Emit Theatre Presents Interactive Digital Retelling of Twelfth Night for Young Audiences

6) EPIC  Sings for Autism  with Tony Nominated, Sydney Lucas

7) Orchestra Playing for Hope Benefit Concert Encore Performance

8) iPlay America's Birthday Contest

9) Lincoln Center Dance at Home Week

10) New York Theater Company Shelter in Place

11) Papermill Playhouse Presents Babbling by the Brook Weekly Streaming Event

12) Papermill Playhouse Rising Star Honors  June 1 7:00 PM

13) Works & Progress Virtual Commissions Presents World Premiere of Click Clock - Tick Tock

1) Ballet Hispánico 
B Unidos Instagram Video Series
Continues 50th Anniversary Celebration

Daily Online Company Classes

Bury Me Standing Watch Party
Choreography by Ramón Oller
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 7pm

CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana
Lincoln Center at Home Dance Week
Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 2pm

Ballet Hispánico continues B Unidos, its Instagram video series on Motivational Monday, May 25 with a message from Pamela Tatge, Associate Director of Jacob's Pillow, at www.instagram.com/ballethispanico/.

Open Classes in Afro-Cuban, Ballet, Contemporary and Yoga are now available daily for all levels via Zoom as Pay-What-You-Can, $5 suggested fee. Details are available at https://www.ballethispanico.org/bunidos/class-schedule.

The week's content continues on www.instagram.com/ballethispanicoedu/*:
  • Take Action Tuesday 5/26:
- The School of Dance offers an 11am activity for Pasitos (children ages 2-5) and an Intro to Spanish Dance Class with Kiri Avelar and Franchesca Cabrera at 5pm on IGTV.
  • Wepa Wednesday 5/27:
- 7pm ET: Facebook Watch Party of Bury Me Standing followed by Choreographers & Cocktails - a LIVE Q&A discussion with Eduardo Vilaro and Rodney Hamilton and Jessica Batten, both former Company members. Watch this Company performance LIVE with us on Facebook, YouTube, or view on ballethispanico.org.

Therapeutic Thursday 5/28: 
- 5pm ET: Stretch & Conditioning Class with Company Dancer Gabrielle Sprauve on IGTV.
  • Flashback Friday 5/29:
- 11am ET: A tribute to Tina Ramirez from Ballet Hispánico archives of videos and photos, with a request for followers to share their archives with the company. 
  • Saturday 5/30:
- 2pm ET: CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana - Encore Presentation as part of Lincoln Center at Home Dance Week, available for free and on demand at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page.
* unless otherwise noted

Bury Me Standing (1998)
Choreography by Ramón Oller
Traditional gypsy melodies and flamenco music by Lole Y Manuel
Costume Design by Aviad Arik Herman
Lighting Design by Joshua Preston
The unique culture of the Gypsy or "Roma" people, a marginalized community that has journeyed across continents for thousands of years, inspire Spanish choreographer Ramón Oller to create Bury Me Standing. The compelling rhythms and melodies which accompany the ballet reflect the emotional essence of the Roma: their strong communal bonds, sensuality, feelings of oppression and longing, and their strength and exuberance.
New York Premiere: April 5, 2016 at The Joyce Theater

CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana
Ballet Hispánico will "whisk us away to contemporary dance's hottest spot" (Washington Post) in this imaginative and theatrical showcase of Latin-inspired contemporary dance at its best. In Club Havana, the intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba. Hailed as a "masterpiece" by the Chicago Sun-Times, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano's CARMEN.maquia is a Picasso-inspired, contemporary take on Bizet's classic opera about a passionate gypsy. Riveting from start to finish, the physically charged and sensual choreography fuses contemporary dance with nods to the Spanish paso doble and flamenco.

Ballet Hispánico's production of CARMEN.maquia and Club Havana for Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is made possible by The Arnhold Foundation.

Lincoln Center at Homeis dedicated to maintaining connections to the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic. A free, one-stop portal to all digital offerings from across the iconic campus, offerings also include Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom, and #ConcertsForKids, as well as array of archival and livestream performances available for free and on demand at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page.

Class Schedule (Weeks of 5/25, 6/1 - schedule tbc 6/8 and beyond:)

Monday, May 25, 2020
In observance of Memorial Day we will not be conducting online classes.  

Tuesdays at 10:30am
Contemporary (Adv/Pro) - Open Company Class, Mario Alberto Zambrano, Associate Director at  Julliard School, Choreographer & Former Dancer with Nederlands Dans Theater and Batsheva Dance Company
Tuesdays at 12:30pm
Ballet (Beg/Int) - Open Company Class, Laura Lopez, Company Dancer

Wednesdays at 10:30am
Ballet (Adv/Pro) - Open Company Class, Charla Genn, Juilliard School Ballet Instructor
Wednesdays at 12:30pm
Power Yoga Workout- Open Company Class, Melissa Verdecia, Company Member

Thursdays at 10:30am
Contemporary (Adv/Pro) - Open Company Class, Mario Alberto Zambrano, Associate Director at  Julliard School, Choreographer & Former Dancer with Nederlands Dans Theater and Batsheva Dance Company
Thursdays at 12:30pm 
Ballet (Beg/Int) - Open Company Class, Laura Lopez, Company Dancer

Fridays at 10:30am
Ballet (Adv/Pro) - Open Company Class, Ana Novoa, Former Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Cuba, English National Ballet

Fridays at 12:30pm
Afro-Cuban (Open Level) - Open Company Class, Lyvan Verdecia, Company Dancer


Broadway Records announced that Tony Nominee Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom, Bridges of Madison County) will sing the title role of Frankie in the upcoming Cast Concept Album for FRANKIE! THE MUSICAL, featuring music and lyrics by teen writer Elise Marra.

FRANKIE! THE MUSICAL will be available digitally everywhere music is sold on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Selections from FRANKIE! THE MUSICAL will also include performances by Jason Gotay (Evita), Jason SweetTooth Williams (Be More Chill), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde), Allie Trimm (13), Delphi Borich (Cinderella) and Grammy-winning percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo (David Byrne’s American Utopia).

Inspired by real life triumphs, FRANKIE! THE MUSICAL is the heartening story of a teen lesbian struggling with her own coming of age, while she is forced to stand in for her mentally checked-out mother. When a mysterious illness strikes Frankie, it impels the revival of her dreams.        

3) Dance Africa Dance Party

Mon, May 25 from 7pm—9pm ET

DanceAfrica Dance Party with DJ YB
Keep the DanceAfrica celebration going with a live, virtual dance party featuring a set by DJ YB. During the dance party, DanceAfrica will encourage donations to the mutual aid group Bed Stuy Strong, a network of neighbors helping neighbors in central Brooklyn during the COVID-19 crisis. Join DJ YB for an evening of Afrobeat, funk, soul, rock, jazz, and hip-hop stylings. For more information, visit 
A Comedy of Terrors






The Broadway Podcast Network, Tony Award-winner Dori Berinstein and Alan Seales, in association with Tony Award-winning producer Liz Armstrong, are thrilled to present the finale of the all-star comedy podcast, Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors, written by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen and directed by Greenberg. This send-up of Bram Stoker’s epic horror story is hilariously reimagined with a dash of Mel Brooks and a pinch of Monty Python, and is presented as a classic radio play benefiting The Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Released exclusively on the Broadway Podcast Network, in four installments, the final installment is live, Friday morning, May 22 everywhere podcasts are available and at www.BPN.FM/dracula.

Dracula, Comedy of Terrors follows the legendary Count Dracula as he travels to England to seduce the woman of his dreams, stirring up danger, magic, sensuality and all manner of silliness. Created in the spirit of The 39-Steps and developed at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors reimagines the epic horror story of Count Dracula as a lightning fast, laugh-out-loud comedy. 

Featuring a cast of 14 of Broadway’s biggest stars including Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It With You, Kinky Boots) as Mina Westfeldt, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (Gpsy, She Loves Me, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) as Van Helsing, Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice, School of Rock - The Musical) as Renfield, Kathy Fitzgerald (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 9 to 5) as Kitty, Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Freesyle Love Supreme) as Doctor Westfeldt, Tony Award nominee Richard Kind (The Big Knife, Kiss Me, Kate) as Captain, Jeff Kready (Tootsie, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) as Harker, Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Beetlejuice) as Lord Windsor & Lord Cavendish, Orville Mendoza (Peter and the Starcatcher, Pacific Overtures) as Bosun, Tony Award nominee Ashley Park (Mean Girls, Grand Horizons) as Lucy Westfeldt, Steve Rosen (The Other Josh Cohen, Guys and Dolls) as Driver, Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber (Company, The Prom, Shrek the Musical, Spamalot) as Count Dracula, Emmy Award nominee John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, “Full House”) as Lord Swivelhips, and Alan Tudyk (Prelude to a Kiss, Spamalot) as The Narrator.

This radio play adaptation created expressly for BPN to benefit The Actors Fund and Broadway Cares, this new way of way creating theater is reminiscent of the vintage broadcasts of the 1940’s. It is edited by Bart Fassbender (Soft Power, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), has an original score and soundscape by 7-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner Victoria Delorio and is associate directed by Marty Maguire.

Website: https://broadwaypodcastnetwork.com/podcast/dracula-a-comedy-of-terrors/ and www.greenbergandrosen.com 

The Podcast is be Available at www.BPN.FM/dracula, Apple/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart, TuneIn, Deezer, Player.FM, Pocket Cast, Podcast Addict and everywhere else you listen to podcasts.

Emit Theatre is thrilled to present WHAT YOU WILL, an interactive performance for young audiences and families, adapted from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and directed by Gianna Cioffi and Victoria GiambalvoWhat You Will is a digital performance over Zoom that is part of Emit Theatre’s Play Along Series. The show will be performed in three episodes over the course of May 28 - June 13. Each episode will air twice, Thursdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 11am. Tickets are free but must be reserved online at www.emittheatre.org to receive access information.
All of Emit Theatre’s productions are built to be engaging for multiple ages and abilities and allow audiences to experience plays in their own ways. All audience members are encouraged to become active participants in the story. Fun for everyone, crafted for ages 7-10.
What You Will is the first production in the ongoing Play Along Series. Created in response to the PAUSE order, Emit Theatre is committed to continuing this series after social distancing is lifted, allowing access to those for whom live theater is not always accessible. For more information on accessibility visit www.emittheatre.org/accessibility.
6) Tony Nominated SYDNEY LUCAS Joins EPIC Players Inclusion Company For Their New Virtual Series, 

EPIC Players Inclusion Company is proud to release their fourth virtual performance, Ring of Keys from the Broadway production of Fun Home. The video features a duet between Tony Nominated Sydney Lucas and EPIC company member Nicole D’Angelo. The performance is part of EPIC’s new virtual performance series, EPIC Sings for Autism, which was started after EPIC’s spring/summer performances were put on hold due to the COIVD-19 Pandemic. The New York City based neuro-diverse theater company created the series so their autistic performers could have a creative outlet and find some normalcy during this time.
Ring of Keys from the Broadway Musical Fun Home

Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori. Featuring Nicole D’Angelo and Sydney Lucas.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/CiWQTzg2sJY

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/419903666

In an effort to spread some much-needed joy and inspiration, EPIC’s company members,’ which feature artists on the spectrum, will continue to share a series of virtual performances throughout the Spring. Many of the video’s will be in collaborations with Broadway talent. The company would also like to connect with additional Broadway talent who may be interested in working on a virtual performance with EPIC. Interested individuals can contact Aubrie Therrien at aubrie@epicplayersnyc.org

Individuals living with autism and other neuro-diversities have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shuttered many of their essential resources, programs and supports and left them even more vulnerable to anxiety and distress.

Additional Videos from EPIC’s Virtual Performance Series:

A Whole New World from the Broadway Musical Aladdin

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Tim Rice. Featuring EPIC company member Jordan Boyatt and Telly Leung who played the title role of Aladdin on Broadway. Accompanied by Scott Evan Davis.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/_tfIqUsJ_NA

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/414538753

Who I'd Be from Shrek the Musical!

Performed by EPIC’s Travis Burbee and Henry Houghton, and featuring special Broadway guest, Analise Scarpaci (Lydia Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire the Musical!/Broadway). Lyrics‎ by ‎David Lindsay-Abaire, and music by ‎Jeanine Tesori.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/SE2Mqi27pnc

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/410846266

If the World Only Knew

This original song was created by award-winning composer and lyricist Scott Evan Davis who also wrote and composed the new musical Indigo, which workshopped on Broadway this past fall. If the World Only Knew was created for the autistic community and was shared with EPIC for their Lincoln Center cabaret.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/9Ch58BdhYzk

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/404823802

EPIC Players--which stands for empower, perform, include and create--is a nonprofit, neuro-diverse theatre company in New York City. Founded in 2016, EPIC seeks to use the performing arts as a vehicle to empower neuro diverse artists and pioneer increased inclusion in the arts. EPIC also provides free performing arts and careers classes for all participants. The company’s productions feature neuro-diverse artists that work in all capacities of theatre including acting, writing, stage management, design and backstage work. Past productions include neuro-diverse adaptations of The Little Prince, The Tempest, Peter & the Starcatcher, Dog Sees God, You’re A God Man Charlie Brown, Little Shop of Horrors, and numerous cabarets as Joe’s Pub, HBO Headquarters and Lincoln Center.www.epicplayersnyc.org
7) iPlay America's Birthday Contest
iPlay America wants to shine light on the birthdays being celebrated during the COVID-19 pandemic!

Submit your information today to enter to win a special birthday shout out on all 3 of their billboards & a $25 game card!

For more information or to enter, visit https://www.iplayamerica.com/spring-birthday-party-contest
Encore Performance: 
Playing for Hope Benefit Concert: 
May 31st at 7:30 pm
The InterSchool Orchestras of New York (ISO), a nonprofit organization, is having an online Encore Performance of its highly-successful Playing for Hope Benefit Concert on May 31st at 7:30 p.m.  Fifty percent of the net proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank For New York City.  We are asking for a $20 donation to support the concert.  This donation will provide 50 meals to a New Yorker and provide financial aid for students to keep studying music.  ISO serves nearly 300 students in four orchestras and provides a nurturing environment where all children can realize their personal best, achieve high artistic standards, and share music with the community. Generous financial aid and scholarships ensure that every child can participate.

To RSVP for the benefit concert, visit https://www.isorch.org/playing-for-hope.

How to donate:
Donate online at www.isorch.org/donate-today or send a check to ISO, 121 W. 27th Street, 902, New York, NY
9) Lincoln Center At Home
Dance Week
May 30 - June 4, 2020

Ballet Hispánico, 
New York City Ballet, 
American Ballet Theatre, 
The School of American Ballet, and 
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) announces a week devoted to dance from Saturday, May 30 to Thursday, June 4, 2020.
Part of Lincoln Center at Home (#LincolnCenterAtHome), the offerings, which will be streamed at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page, were filmed during more than 40 years of performances on the Lincoln Center Campus by such renowned institutions as Ballet Hispánico, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Sat 5/30 at 2pm:      Ballet Hispánico
Sat 5/30 at 8pm:      A Midsummer Night's Dream, New York City Ballet
Sun 5/31 at 8pm:     American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House
Mon 6/1 at 7pm:      The School of American Ballet Virtual Workshop
Performance Celebration
Tue 6/2 at 8pm:       Coppélia, New York City Ballet
Wed 6/3 at 8pm:      Tribute to Balanchine, New York City Ballet
Thu 6/4 at 8pm:       Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
(All times listed EST. New York City Ballet titles are available for 45 days after premiere dates.)
Some of the broadcasts have not been seen in decades and are being unlocked as Lincoln Center offers gems from its media archives, including landmark New York City Ballet works by George Balanchine, the company's co-founder, with some dancers in the roles that Balanchine created for them. 
Dance Week will include special themed Pop-Up Classrooms, with a full schedule to be announced at a later date.
Lincoln Center will also make available some of its most loved Broadway productions for free with Broadway Fridays, beginning on Friday, June 5, 2020 with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel with the New York Philharmonic.
Lincoln Center at Home is dedicated to maintaining connections to the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic. A free, one-stop portal to all digital offerings from across the iconic campus, offerings also include Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom, and #ConcertsForKids, as well as array of archival and livestream performances available for free and on demand at LincolnCenter.org and on Lincoln Center's Facebook Page

10) New York Theater Company The Shelter
Relaunches During Lockdown and 
Expands Programming

Since 2009, THE SHELTER’s free Shelter Sundays workshop has served as an artistic home to writers, directors, and actors who present new work to their community and find support, critique, and collaboration. On March 15th, the company was set to begin its 11th year when a pandemic intervened. Lockdown orders in New York made it no longer possible to bring thirty or more theater artists together in one room.

An organization that long defined itself as not just a theater company but a community could not indefinitely postpone Shelter Sundays; it had to live up to its name and provide an artistic refuge for artists amidst an industry in freefall. In less than two weeks, the leadership team forged SHELTER IN PLACE, three new programs to strengthen the artistic community in a time of great need:

THE LEAR PROJECT - Launched March 18th
A free online writing group to help writers create new plays over eight weeks, with group writing sessions, mutual feedback, and dramaturgical support. Named for the play Shakespeare reputedly wrote during a Plague, the program was originally designed for only six writers. However, the demand was so great that the leadership team stepped up and quadrupled the program, creating four groups to serve a total of 24 writers. The Shelter also invited the larger community to join in with prompts and resources provided weekly via social media.

THE MONDAY MONOLOGUE JAM - Launched March 24th
Turning the limitations of social distancing into inspiration for new art, the Monday Monologue Jam pairs writers and actors to create video monologues. The Shelter presents these monologue anthologies in a show on Instagram TV (@TheShelterNYC) every other week. The newest Monologue Jam will be available to view beginning 7:30pm EDT on Monday, May 25. Previous episodes are available to watch on Shelter's Instagram and Facebook pages.

THE ZOOM WHERE IT HAPPENS - Launched March 29th
Shelter Sunday has gone virtual. Where once writers met in a room with actors to read and develop scripts, the workshop has relaunched as a Zoom conference to ensure that the Shelter can continue to develop exciting and important new work. Attendance has only increased from the in-person Sundays as artists from across the country (and even across the Atlantic) have joined to share their talent and gather in celebration of the healing power of theater.


 Paper Mill Playhouse (Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, Managing Director Michael Stotts) has added the new weekly special live streaming event Babbling by the Brook, hosted by Mark S. Hoebee, to the line-up of weekly online events. Every Wednesday evening beginning at 7:00PM (EDT). Tune in on the Paper Mill Playhouse Facebook page (facebook.com/PaperMillPlayhouse.

Join Paper Mill Playhouse and Mark S. Hoebee each week for lighthearted, entertaining conversations with a star-studded roster of performers, writers, directors, and more theatrical denizens. Gain insight into upcoming productions, delve into the creative process, and catch up with veteran actors! 

Upcoming Scheduled special guests include:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2020 AT 7:00PM
Notes on Clue with Casey Hushion and Sandy Rustin

Catch up with Donna English and Elena Shaddow

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020 AT 7:00PM
Dreamgirls Reunion with Angela Robinson, LaTonya Holmes and Sharon Wilkins

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2020 AT 7:00PM
Catch up with JoAnn M. Hunter

Paper Mill Playhouse offers its audience an opportunity to enhance their theater experience with behind-the-scenes views of mainstage productions. Have you ever wanted to sneak a peek behind the curtain? Or wondered what the director was thinking, or how the cast prepares for a show? Join us for one of many revealing insider’s experiences. Visit the Paper Mill Playhouse website at www.PaperMill.org for dates for our Director's Viewpoint Series, Conversation Club Series, Q&As with the cast, and more.

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stotts-Managing Director), has announced casting for “Rising Star Honors” presented by the Investors Foundation, a virtual celebration of New Jersey high school students, many of whom were unable to perform their high school musicals due to the current Covid-19 health crisis.

While the Rising Star Awards could not be presented live at the theater, Paper Mill will instead present a virtual celebration of the 2020 participating schools with “Rising Star Honors” presented by the Investors Foundation. The celebration is a montage of school video submissions of the shows that happened, were in process or had to be canceled entirely. Schools will share highlights of their performances, rehearsals or create new performances by company members. “Rising Star Honors” presented by the Investors Foundation will stream on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7:00pm on Paper Mill Playhouse’s Facebook page (facebook.com/PaperMillPlayhouse).

The Host is Rising Star winner, Broadway performer and Olivier nominee, Jared Gertner, along with Rising Star Alumni from across the nation. Broadway artists appearing are:

Jared Gertner (OLIVIER nominee, The Book of Mormon)
Nikki M. James (TONY winner, The Book of Mormon, Les Misérables)
Rob McClure (TONY nominee, Chaplin, Mrs. Doubtfire)
Laura Benanti (TONY winner, Gypsy, She Loves Me)
Julia Knitel (LORTEL nominee, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Bye, Bye Birdie)
Jennifer Blood (Girl From the North Country, Matilda)
Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture, The Greatest Showman - 20th Century Fox)
Matthew Scott (An American in Paris, Sondheim on Sondheim)
Monette McKay (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Come From Away)
Constantine Rousouli (Wicked, Hairspray)
Anne Brummel (Wicked)
Meghann Dreyfuss (Mamma Mia)
Mike Schwitter (Pippin)
Matt Ban (Rock of Ages)
Renee Marino (Pretty Woman, Jersey Boys)
Meghann Zervoulis (Musical Director, The Prom, West Side Story)
Matt DiCarlo (Stage Manager, Beetlejuice, The Color Purple)

Also performing are students from Paper Mill Playhouse’s competitive musical theater professional training program, the Summer Musical Theater Conservatory.

Since its inception in 1996, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater has ignited the careers of many notable performers who attended high school in New Jersey. Many Paper Mill Rising Star nominees and winners are now working professionally and have won esteemed industry awards while working in theater and film. Along with Mr. Gertner, early Paper Mill Rising Star nominees and winners are Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), Tony Award winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and Nikki M. James (The Book of Mormon), Tony nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin), and Shanice Williams, star of NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” Visit PaperMill.org for a full list of notable alumni.
13) Works & Process Artists (WPA) 
Virtual Commissions
World Premiere of
Click Clock - Tick Tock
by Dick Hyman
performed by Anthony Roth Costanzo
directed by Zack Winokur
design by Adam Charlap Hyman
produced by David Hyman
June 1, 2020 at 7:30pm

On June 1, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, will present the premiere of Click Clock - Tick Tock as part of the Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commission Series.

93 year-old Jazz Legend Dick Hyman joins forces with his grandson, designer and artist Adam Charlap-Hyman, and Metropolitan Opera star Anthony Roth Costanzo to create a surreal meditation on time during quarantine, with intricate paper cuts and ecstatic musical performances.

Click Clock - Tick Tock
Dick Hyman - Composer / Pianist 
Anthony Roth Costanzo - Concept / Singer
Adam Charlap Hymann - Concept / Paper Cutter 
Zack Winokur - Concept / Director
David Hyman - Producer
Sarah Stuve - Video Editor 
Ed Vinson - Percussion
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for this month's Monthly Mashup.