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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 11/29/30 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1) Actor's Fund Benefit Streaming of  Tennessee William's Night of the Iguana 12/2/6
2) A Midsummer Nights Dream: Virtual Performance for Kids 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
3) Avenue Q Releases New Video for Only For Now
4) Black Theatre Coalition & Columbia University MFA Partner on Program
5) The Cell Premieres Tolerence Party: Two Truths and a Lie 12/4
6) The Christmas Show to Play Theatrical Drive-In at Radial Park at Hallets Point  Through 12/19
7) Dance Rising: NYC Presents Second Hyper-Local Dance Out 12/3 & 12/5
8) Denizen Theatre Presents New Sunday Salon Series 12/6 & 2/7
9) Fotogtafiska New York Announces December Event Program
10) Home Holiday Edition of Comedy Variety Hour 12/1
11) Israel Margalit's Crossroads to Stream 12/3 & 12/6
12) Pitch-In the Zoomical Virtual Audition Submissions Through 12/6 
13) South Street Seaport Museum Holiday Edition of Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music 12/6 
14) Story Pirates Sleep Squad Launch On Demand Show
15) Submissions Only on Steaming Broadway on Demand
16) Syndee Winters and Carmen Ruby Floyd Release Song to Raise Money for Struggling Workers
17) TEDx Asbury Park Free Event The Joy of Giving Back
18) TRU Virtual Producer Boot Camp 12/6
19) Two River Theater Virtual Class Plays and Their Shapes with Tony Menseses 12/1, 12/8, 12/15
20) Ute Lemper: Rendevous With Marlene to Stream 12/6

1) La Femme Theatre Productions 

to Present  



Directed by EMILY MANN





As a Benefit for the Actors Fund

Streaming December 2-6, 2020


La Femme Theatre Productions is proud to present Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana, directed by Emily Mann, as a benefit for the Actors Fund. The show will stream December 2-6, 2020.

The show will feature  Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott (Netflix’s “Hollywood”) as Reverand Shannon, Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad  (Broadway’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Maxine, Roberta Maxwell (Broadway’s Summer and Smoke) as Miss. Fellowes, Tony nominee, Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Austin Pendleton (Broadway’s Choir Boy) as Nonno, Jean Lichty (Off-Broadway’s A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, The Traveling Lady) as Hannah, with Keith Randolph Smith (Broadway’s Jitney, American Psycho) as Jake, Carmen Berkeley (Off-Broadway’s Our Dear Dead Drug Lord) as Charlotte, Eliud Kauffman (Roundabout Theatre’s 72 Miles to Go) as Hank, Julio Macias (Netflix’s “On My Block”) as Pancho, Stephanie Schmiderer (No Exit, The Human Voice) as Frau Fahrenkopf, Bradley James Tejeda (Broadway’s The Inheritance) as Pedro, and John Hans Tester (Amazon’s ”Hunters” ) as Herr Fahrenkopf.

In Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana, a defrocked clergyman encounters inside disturbances amid outside disturbances during one stormy night at the Costa Verde Hotel in Acapulco as the world prepares for World War II. After four women of different ages and backgrounds, along with a 97-year-old poet, engage in the clergyman’s spiritual struggles, their lives leap dramatically forward. And the catalytic, defrocked clergyman makes it through the night.

Performances will stream online December 2- 6, 2020.

Tickets are $10 - $250  and  can be purchased by visiting

For more information or to purchase tickets , visit LaFemmeTheatreProductions.org.

 2) A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Virtual Performance
Ages: 5-10

Emit Theatre's digital retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream allows families to enjoy this classic story retold with a contemporary audience in mind right from the comfort of your own home. Kids will be able to play along and help characters throughout the course of three 20-minute episodes, performed weekly. A pre-show activity will take place during the first ten minutes of each episode. Crafted for ages 5 to 10. Please RSVP; attendees will receive access details the day before the performance.

Reserve your FREE tickets at emittheatre.org

Performance Dates
Episode 1: Thursday, December 3 at 7p and Saturday, December 5 at 1p
Episode 2: Thursday, December 10 at 7p and Saturday, December 12 at 1p
Episode 3: Thursday, December 17 at 7p and Saturday, December 19 at 1p













Take heart, America! Just when you thought all hope was gone during this peculiar and unprecedented year, more than 40 people and puppets from the Tony Award®-winning musical Avenue Q have reunited in a special music video of the hit finale, “Only For Now,” as a benefit for The Actors Fund, that serves to remind us that, indeed, “Everything in life is only for now,” including COVID-19. It has been announced by Avenue Q producer Robyn Goodman.

To download, please click HERE.

The “Only For Now” video – a recreation of Avenue Q’s celebrated finale – is directed by the musical’s director Jason Moore, and features members of the original Broadway cast, joined by cast members from the various companies that performed the musical during its triumphant 16 years on Broadway, at New World Stages in NYC, London, Las Vegas and national tour. Included in the star-studded lineup is, of course, a bevy of furry Avenue Q puppets including Princeton, Rod, Kate Monster, Trekkie Monster, Lucy The Slut, Nicky, Bad Idea Bears and Mrs. Thistletwat (aka Mrs. T).

Original cast members John Tartaglia and Stephanie D’Abruzzo, both nominated for Tony Awards in 2004 when Avenue Q won the Tony Award for Best Musical, will be joined by original cast members Jennifer BarnhartAnn HaradaRick LyonJordan Gelber and Carmen Ruby Floyd in “Only For Now.”  Also featured is Becca AyersStacie BonoKatie BorenLeo DaignaultBen DurocherJodi EichelbergerMary FaberBarrett FoaImari HardonEvan HarringtonAaron IrwinJason JacobyLisa Helmi JohansonNick KohnJennie KwanMaggie LakisMichelle LaneRebecca LarkinRob McClureRuthie Ann MilesRob MorrisonJed ResnickJon RobynsJonathan RootAnn SandersBenjamin SchraderDanielle K. ThomasSharon Wheatley, and Haneefah Wood.









Co-founders T. Oliver ReidWarren Adams, and Reginald Reggie” Van Lee, along with Executive Strategist Afton Battle and Marketing Strategist  Tamica Clanton, announced a partnership between Black Theatre Coalition (BTC), the organization aiming “to build a sustainable, ethical roadmap to increase employment opportunities for Black theatre professionals,” and Professors Steven Chaikelson (Head of Theatre Management & Producing) and Michael J. Passaro (Head of Stage Management) at Columbia University’s School of the Arts to provide a weekly webinar series exclusively for potential BTC fellows.

The Columbia University School of the Arts MFA Programs in Theatre Management & Producing and Stage Management are proud to be working with the Black Theatre Coalition to establish an Introduction to the Business of Theatre workshop series exclusively for potential BTC fellows. The weekly workshop sessions, which is being led by Professors Steven Chaikelson and Michael J. Passaro includes lectures on management, production, legal, marketing and financial aspects of the theatre industry; group discussions regarding major industry issues; and panel discussions with industry professionals who will share information about their jobs and how they built their careers.  Guest lecturers include members of the theatre program’s adjunct faculty and alumni.

There are ten black professionals who are taking part in the eleven-week management series.

BTC encourages Black Theatre Professionals to add their information for the upcoming database by visiting their website.


5) THE CELL THEATRE in association with 







Friday December 4, 2020 at 8PM

Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre in association with DimlyWit Productions Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre in association with DimlyWit Productions will broadcast the third installment of their series TOLERANCE PARTY titled TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE which will be available to stream via their website. Reuniting the same cast of characters, as well as some new faces (and voices), this installment, written and directed by Joseph Hendel, finds our heroes huddled around a virtual campfire.  Stories will be shared, new worlds will be unlocked, and maybe--just maybe--they'll bring "it" back to life. Audiences are encouraged to participate in a live chat function that will help determine the fate of the characters in following episodes. The cast includes Corey Allen* (“Mindhunter”, “Manh(a)ttan”), Ji Chung, Bob Jaffe* (“Sweetbitter”, “Brotherhood”, Memory Retrograde),  Nidalas Madden, Heather Mo’Witz, Richard Urquiza, India Meñete, Brian Reager, Peyton Rowe, and Steven Simring. Production design is by DimlyWit Productions, original music by Ricardo Romaneiro, co-conceived by Artistic Director Kira Simring (Yes!, Reflections of Molly Bloom, Crackskull Row). 

TOLERANCE PARTY:TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE will be streamed on Friday December 4, 2020 at 8PM. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $5 to $25. Running Time is 30 minutes. You may purchase tickets at the following link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thecelltheatre/456769

Follow the cell on instagram at @thecelltheatre for updates or go to www.thecelltheatre.org for upcoming events!


6) ELF














The theatrical drive-in experience Radial Park at Halletts Point Play is pleased to present The Christmas Showa true New York City celebration this holiday season, every Friday and Saturday g through Saturday, December 19, 2020.

Audiences are invited to catch both new and classic Christmas favorites on the big screen, such as ElfThe Polar ExpressGremlinsand A Christmas Story, coupled with live performances, a holiday-themed installation, games, raffles, and secret Santa fun. The Christmas show provides exciting entertainment for the whole family, celebrating New York City and its vibrant communities.

Tickets ($65 per vehicle or picnic table) are now on sale and can be purchased online at RadialPark.com/tickets, where a complete schedule of events can also be found.


7) Dance Rising: NYC
A Second Hyper-Local Dance Out
December 3 and 5, 2020 from 3-3:30pm

Dance Rising: NYC presents a second hyper-local dance out across all five boroughs on December 3 and 5, 2020 from 3-3:30pm. NYC professional dancers will take to the parks, streets, and rooftops to dance, focusing public attention on an industry that is struggling to survive due to closures and lack of support during COVID.  All artists identifying as a professional dancer, choreographer or teacher are invited to take part.  To sign up and for more information, visit www.dancerising.org/.

Dance Rising NYC is a platform for embodied advocacy that affirms the importance of dance in all its forms, makes dance visible in a reopening landscape, and sparks crucial conversations about the future of the field in NYC.Dance Rising was formed in August 2020 in response to the pandemic by a collective of NYC dance artists and administrators, and is led by Melissa Riker, director of Kinesis Project dance theatre. 

A physical, visible advocacy platform that unites the dance industry and amplifies diverse voices and bodies, Dance Rising NYC focuses public attention on the field and engages with stakeholders about partnership and possibility.  It also provides audiences with opportunities to enjoy safe, site-specific live performances and celebrates local artists--a potent reminder of the importance of arts and culture in NYC. 

Dance Rising is based on two interconnected components that encompass live and video formats.

Hyper local dance-outs: a mass, city-wide, physically distanced action of hundreds of professional dance artists in all styles and forms, each dancing at a location of their choice on specific dates and times. More than 200 dance artists across all five boroughs participated in Dance Rising's first hyper-local dance-out, held on October 1 and 3, 2020.

Large-scale video and projections: in the coming monthsscreens and surfaces across the city will display footage from these dance-outs, bringing visibility to the industry at a time when live performance is on pause.


For DANCERS: Sign up + Dance  

Are you a dancer, choreographer, or other dance professional in any dance form? Sign up. Get the score. Grab a friend to film you and dance indoors or outdoors on December 3 and/or December 5. Spread the word to your colleagues. https://bit.ly/SignUpDanceRising

For ORGANIZATIONS + STUDIOS: Mobilize Participants  
Help the Dance Rising Team multiply participants in all dance forms to get the NYC dance industry out on the streets on December 3 and December 5. Help amplify the event with your own promotion. Our goal is to activate at least 500 dancers. The organization toolkit can be found here: https://bit.ly/DROutreachToolkit


8) DENIZEN Theatre announces new 

Sunday Salon Series, hosted by 

New York Post Sunday Editor 

Margi Conklin

Bi-monthly series featuring prestigious authors kicks off on December 6 with New York Times Best Selling Author Michael Riedel
February's featured guest is New York Times Best Selling Author Ada Calhoun 

Admission price includes copies of the books!
Book ASAP - Space is extremely limited with only 15 seats per Salon

The DENIZEN Theatre is thrilled to kick off their new DENIZEN Salon Series, a new bi-monthly series dedicated to connecting audiences with authors, with New York Times best-selling author Michael Riedel discussing his new book Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway.

Hosted by New Paltz resident and New York Post Sunday Editor Margi Conklin, the DENIZEN Salon Series aims to bring stimulating conversation to New Paltz residents with some of publishing's most esteemed names.

Kicking off the Series in December, best-selling author Michael Riedel lights up the DENIZEN with some bespoke Broadway tales. His newest release Singular Sensation chronicles Broadway's '90s heyday until 9/11 brought it to a standstill — just as the global pandemic has done today.

Riedel, the longtime theater columnist for the New York Post and co-host of 710 WOR's Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning, dishes on some of his funniest Broadway tales and answer your most burning questions about Broadway and beyond.

Ada Calhoun is February’s Salon guest. Calhoun’s book Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis, about women grappling with unprecedented demands in midlife, was a cultural phenomenon when it was released in 2019 and is even more prescient in today’s time of crisis.

Journalist Ada Calhoun is the author of New York Times bestseller Why We Can't Sleep: Women's New Midlife Crisis, named by Amazon Editors the #1 Nonfiction Book of 2020 So Far. Kelly Ripa said, "This is a book that makes you feel less crazy." The Boston Globe said it is "a surprising source of uplift for those feeling overlooked or overstretched."

Complimentary masks and gloves are available to all patrons. Hand sanitizing stations are set up at the entrance. All chairs are socially-distanced and face-coverings are required.

WHAT: DENIZEN Salon Series with Michael Riedel, hosted by Margi Conklin
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Times: Noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm
Cost of admission: $20 (admission includes a signed hardcover of Singular Sensation)

WHAT: DENIZEN Salon Series with Ada Calhoun, hosted by Margi Conklin
Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021
Times: Noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm
Cost of admission: $20 (admission includes a signed copy of Why We Can’t Sleep)

Reserve ASAP as space is limited, with just 15 people allowed per salon. www.denizentheatre.com

9) Fotografiska New York Announces December Event Program

Lineup to Feature Panel Discussion with The United Nations and David Clark Cause, Continued Conversations Around Andres Serrano Infamous, Herbal Medicine Workshops, Book Talk on Iconic New York City Murals, 
Foto Walks with Fujifilm, and More

Fotografiska New York, the destination for photography and culture in the Flatiron District of New York City, recently announced their December event programming schedule.

The museum will host events around current exhibitions including Andres Serrano Infamous and Naima Green Brief & Drenching. On December 1st, Andres Serrano and Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of Programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) will discuss what it means to show images of racist objects today. On December 14th, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina of Moon Mother Apothecary will host the second event in “The Medicine of the Moon,” series with special guest Frances Perez-Rodriguez. The Medicine of the Moon is  a three-part hands-on, plant medicine workshop in homage to Naima Green’s exhibition Brief & Drenching.

The museum will also host a panel discussion with David Clark Cause and The United Nations Human Rights office around the 2020 Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Competition and the relationship between documentary photography and human rights. The Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Winner and Top 10 will be on view on the 6th floor starting December 10th.

The museum will also host a panel discussion with David Clark Cause and The United Nations Human Rights office around the 2020 Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Competition and the relationship between documentary photography and human rights. The Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Winner and Top 10 will be on view on the 6th floor starting December 10th.

At a Glance: December Event Schedule

On View through Sunday, December 6th, 2020
6th Floor Installation: Persist, Insist by Larry Fink
Online and At The Museum

Persist, Insist is an installation and online image gallery of photographs from the archive of Larry Fink (American, b. 1941). The installation includes 11 framed, black and white photographs taken by Fink in Harlem, New York and Washington DC during the 1960s. Both the installation and the online gallery are accompanied by an audio narration from Fink, who reflects on selected photographs to bring viewers into the historical moment

Tuesday, December 1st  - 7:00PM - 8:00 PM
Return of the Repressed: How and Why We Need to Look at Historical Racist Images Today With Svetlana Mitcheva, Director of Programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), and Artist Andres Serrano
Tensions over race and racism are impacting every sphere of life in the United States. It is at this crucial moment that Andres Serrano is confronting us with some of the most shameful and painful racist images of the nation's past. What does it mean to show these images of banal products decorated with racist caricatures? And, specifically, to show them today? In conversation with the artist, Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of Programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship, suggests that the display of these images may function in much the same way as recent protests: as an eruption of long suppressed anger and anguish. Disturbing as it is, looking at these images may constitute part of a healing process where the American historical narrative comes to include, openly, its cruel violence alongside its proud achievements.

Svetlana Mintcheva is Director of Programs at the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and founding director of NCAC's arts advocacy project. An academic and an activist, Mintcheva has taught literature and critical theory at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria and at Duke University, from which she received her Ph.D. in critical theory in 1999. She currently teaches part-time at New York University. Her academic research and writing focus on postmodern literature and aesthetic provocations as well as issues in censorship and ethics.

Friday, December 4th  - 10:00AM, 11:00AM, and 12:00PM
Mindfulness Friday
At The Museum
This ​weekly series of morning meditations and sound baths is held inside the restored chapel space at V, curated by Yael Shy. Two meditation sessions, each led by Marisa Viola, will be held at 10AM and 11AM. The sound bath will begin at 12PM, guided by Melani De Guzman. Yael is the author of the award-winning book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond, and writes about topics involving meditation, religion, and spirituality for a variety of publications, from the Harvard Business Review to the Huffington Post.

Monday, December 7th, 2020 - February 28, 2021
Scenes From an Island by Florence Montmare
Online Launch
Florence Montmare’s Scenes from an Island explores the human condition of displacement and transience through the elemental conditions of landscape where land meets water. Montmare’s takes us on an introspective journey set against Ingmar Bergman’s mise-en-scène remote island of Fårö, Sweden. The barren cinematic landscape of the island’s natural elements are stripped down and laid bare allowing a contemplation of the rocks and water to function as a mirror, and in reflection, you are able to see an essence of yourself.

At this moment, we find ourselves on our own islands filled with isolation and surrounded by unrest and uncertainty. The enchanted landscape captured through Montmare’s lens combined with her narrative guide us on a journey of self-discovery.

Wednesday, December 9th - 7:00PM
Scenes From An Island: Stillness, Performativity, and the Imaginary
Artist Florence Montmare in conversation with Critical Theorist Natasha Chuk
Join us for an evening with artist Florence Montmare and critical theorist and writer Natasha Chuk, who will discuss the artist’s journey to the faraway island of Fårö, and toward stillness and self-discovery, culminating in her body of work Scenes from an Island - on view as part of The Foto Sessions starting December 7, 2020. Each week, a new chapter will be released in the online gallery and further explored through work-specific Mindfulness Fridays Meditations. This talk coincides with the launch of Montmare’s first chapter titled exteriors.

Natasha Chuk is a New York City and Catskills-based Latinx critical theorist and independent curator focused on media studies, film, experimental art, and creative technologies in a global context. Her research concerns the relations between interfaces and structures of perception in and through media objects as systems of language, with particular attention to their affordances and limitations

Thursday, December 10th, 2020 - January 24th, 2021
Photography 4 Humanity
Photography 4 Humanity is an international initiative that calls on photographers to bring the power of human rights to life through their images, and submit their work for an annual competition. Fotografiska New York will exhibit the 2020 Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Recipient’s winning image, as well as the work of the top ten finalists, which will be open to the public starting on December 10th until January 24th. The United Nations Human Rights will display the winning works virtually following the competition’s presentation at Fotografiska New York.

Fotografiska New York is proud to participate in Photography 4 Humanity as the Presenting Partner alongside Creator David Clark Cause and Global Partner United Nations Human Rights.

Thursday, December 10th  - 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Virtual Panel: The 2020 Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Competition
Join President of Photography 4 Humanity David Rose in conversation with Fotografiska New York Exhibitions Manager Meredith Breech as they discuss the finalists of this year’s Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize competition and the relationship between documentary photography and human rights. The conversation will be supplemented with additional commentary from Amanda Hajjar, Director of Exhibitions at Fotografiska New York, and Laurent Saveur, Chief of External Relations, UN Human Rights. The conversation will take place on Human Rights Day and will conclude with questions from viewers watching from home.

The 2020 Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize competition is an international initiative that calls on photographers to bring the power of human rights to life through their images, and submit their work for an annual competition. Images of the winner and top 10 finalists will be on view at the museum from December 10th - January 24th, 2021

Thursday, December 10th  - 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Foto Walks with Fujifilm
At The Museum
Join Brandon Remler from Fujifilm North America Corporation for a fun and educational photo walk around the Madison Square Park neighborhood. Each participant will be provided with a Fujifilm X Series loaner camera to take photos during the tour. Back at the museum, Instax Mini Link printers will be available to print out photos. Each Fujifilm Walk lasts 90 minutes and will run rain or shine. Tickets for Foto Walks include admission to the museum - good for 30 days from the date of the tour.

Friday, December 11th  - 10:00AM, 11:00AM, and 12:00PM
Mindfulness Friday
At The Museum

Friday, December 11th - 12:00PM, weekly through February 26th, 2021
Meditation with Melanie De Guzman
At The Museum
Melanie De Guzman will lead a series of meditations that focus on photos from Scenes From an Island by artist Florence Montmare, on view in Fotografiska’s online gallery part of The Foto Sessions. Each week, Melanie will examine a chapter from the exhibit and explore themes including interiors & exteriors, persona & rite, black postcards, and incantation & refuge. Attendees will experience the soundscape and video installations created by Montmare while also dropping into a meditative space.

Melani De Guzman is a multidisciplinary fillipinx artist, dancer, actor, healer, and educator.

Monday, December 14th - 7:00pm - 8:00PM
New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius with special guest Frances Perez-Rodriguez
At The Museum
Join spiritual herbalist, community organizer, and artist, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina of Moon Mother Apothecary with special guest Frances Perez-Rodriguez for the second of three herbal medicine workshops. This event is in celebration of Naima Green’s exhibition Brief & Drenching.

Suhaly Bautista-Carolina is an Afro-Dominican herbalist, artist, and community organizer. She has hosted plant medicine-making workshops with organizations including The Museum of the City of New York, The Highline and many more.

Frances A. Pérez-Rodríguez was born in Puerto Rico and  raised in New York City. A Farm School NYC graduate, Frances prides herself on being Woke Foods' Food & Land Education Coordinator, Rise & Root Farm's market manager, and a member of La Finca Del Sur Community Farm where she grows produce and herbs (both for herself and the South Bronx Farmers Market/community), and assists with culturally-relevant programming.

 Friday, December 11th  - 10:00AM, 11:00AM, and 12:00PM

Mindfulness Friday
At The Museum

 Friday, December 18th - 12:00PM - 1:00PM

A Visual Tour and Conversation between Joshua McHugh, Glenn Palmer-Smith, Graydon Carter and artist Edward Sorel on Murals of New York City: The Best of New York's Public Paintings from Bemelmans to Parrish
Join author, painter and muralist Glenn Palmer-Smith, photographer Joshua McHugh, co-founder of Air Mail and former editor of Vanity Fair Graydon Carter and artist Edward Sorel for a lively discussion about the iconic murals inside New York City landmarks such as the Monkey Bar and The Waverly Inn and Garden. Viewers will be transported from their living rooms into the majestic atmospheres of these interior spaces.

Joshua McHugh is a New York-based photographer who specializes in interior, architecture, and design related projects.  He is a Contributing Photographer at Architectural Digest, and his images are regularly published in other national shelter magazines including Elle Décor, Interior Design, and House Beautiful. 

Glenn Palmer-Smith’s career has spanned from being a Paris fashion photographer to photographer’s representative to muralist, having restored the famed Bemelmans Bar and Café Carlyle murals at the Hotel Carlyle. His work has been written about in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Forbes. Most recently he has finished the first in a series of murals for the Christopher Newport University in Virginia.

Graydon Carter is co-founder of Air Mail and served as the editor of Vanity Fair from 1992-2017. During his 25 years as editor, the magazine won dozens of national and international awards, and Graydon himself was nominated to the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. He stepped down from Vanity Fair in 2017, and recently launched Air Mail, a digital weekly concentrating on covering lifestyle stories with “sophistication, authority and wit”.

Edward Sorel is an American illustrator, caricaturist, cartoonist, graphic designer and author. His work is known for its storytelling, its left-liberal social commentary, and its criticism of reactionary right-wing politics and organized religion.

For more information on each event, please visit https://www.fotografiska.com/nyc/events/





BigNightIn, a virtual events platform specializing in the production of livestream content, today announced that it will present ​a special holiday season “at-home edition” of the critically acclaimed ​COMEDY VARIETY HOUR with JONATHAN BURNS & FRIENDS ACQUAINTANCES​, on Tuesday December 1st at 7:00 pm. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the ​NAVAJO WATER PROJECT​, ​a non-profit that brings clean, hot and cold running water to families across Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. The Navajo Water Project is Indigenous-led and registered as an official enterprise of the Navajo Nation. https://www.bnientertainment.com

Born with the gift of flexibility and a penchant for the impossible, JONATHAN BURNS (​Penn & Teller: Fool Us and America's Got Talent) has become one of the most esteemed physical comedians working today and has astonished audiences around the world with his strange and wonderful powers. 

Also featured in the upcoming Livestream comedy event is a cast of side show all-stars including ​SHAY HORAY ​(The Famous Rubberband Boy), ​ALEX & OLMSTED​ (Jim Henson Foundation Award Winners) plus a special appearance by ​LINDSAY BENNER.

OMEDY VARIETY HOUR ​will also feature a special appearance from ASHLEY BROOKE ROBERTS (NPR’s Ask Me Another) ​in addition to a headlining performance from one of today’s most respected magicians, ​DEREK HUGHES​. Recognized as "Engaging and Artful" by Teller, as well as "One of My Favorites" by David Blaine, Hughes is quickly becoming a household name by way of viral appearances on ​ELLEN​ and America's Got Talent​, where he was a season 10 finalist.

The running time is a swift 90 minutes. Virtual tickets are $20 per household. To make a reservation for ​COMEDY VARIETY HOUR​ ​please visit ​BigNightIn's website: https://www.bnientertainment.com a​nd for additional details about the NAVAJO WATER PROJECT please check out more of their wor​k ​here: https://www.navajowaterproject.org


11) Moonlight Theatre Productions 



Six Short Plays about love, pain, passion, and joy

Conceived and written by Israela Margalit

Streamed on 

Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 pm & Sunday, December 6 at 2:30 pm


With an Encore presentation 

Christmas week December 24-31, 2020

Award-winning Writer, director, producer, Israela Margalit, will debut her newest work CROSSROADS, Six Short Plays about love, pain, passion, and joy, on Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 PM EST and Sunday, December 6 at 2:30 PM EST, via YouTube, with an encore presentation Christmas week streaming between December 24-31. The show is FREE, to sign up for your link please visit Eventbrite.  
Crossroads is a show about relationships, conflict, and the messy feelings we have about ourselves and each other. The show presents six short plays, both drama and comedy, including Drenched, Stuck, Tissues, The Lecture, California King Size, Birthdays. Cast includes Matthew Boston (Regional: They Promised Her the Moon. TV: “Elementary”), Christian Conn (Broadway: Desire Under the Elms), Tracey Conyer Lee (Off-Broadway: Bedbugs: The Musical, Sistas, The Musical), Jennifer Dorr White (Off- Broadway: Call Me Waldo. TV: “Blindspot”), Lynda Gravatt (Off-Broadway’s Little Foxes; The Bounty Hunter), Renata Hinrichs (OBIE winner. Einstein’s Dreams.), PJ Johnnie (TV Series “Dependence”), Rita Rehn (Best Actress, New Jersey Theatre Critic Award. Broadway: Nine; Regional: Heisenberg), Sturgis Warner (Off-Broadway Babette’s Feast. Specializes in new plays), and Keona Welch (Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”). 
In Drenched, Anna, a happily married woman, is revisited by a long-gone younger lover. This piece, a finalist in the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest, is a psychological drama about obsession and the eternal question of what kind of love is real. (Features Matthew Boston, Christian Conn, Jennifer Dorr White, and Rita Rehn; Directed by Israela Margalit.)
Stuck follows a young woman who has nothing and expects nothing but, faced with losing the man she loves, begins to recognize her self-worth. (Features PJ Johnnie and Keona Welch. Directed by John-Martin Green.)
In Tissues, A woman recites the history of love and betrayal in 50 seconds. (Featuring Rita Rehn.)
In The Lecture Martha meets Barnard fifteen years after their separation and learns about the cruel irony of time in a psychological drama about past and present. (Featuring Jennifer Dorr White, Ranata Hinrichs, and Sturgis Warner, directed by Israela Margalit.)
In California King Size, a finalist of the Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Competition, a woman grapples with her guilt for not wanting to die with her beloved husband. (Featuring Lynda Gravatt.)
In Birthdays, Tracey acts out the lifecycle of a woman in a hundred words, from her first banana to sex to the rest. (Featuring Tracey Conyer Lee).
Streaming Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 pm EST  & Sunday, December 6 at 2:30 pm EST
with encore presentation December 24-31, 2020

Tickets are FREE and can be reserved by visiting Eventbrite
. All funds raised by the production will be donated to FRIGID New York

12) PITCH IN: The Zoomical
with Taylor Louderman, Hannah Kloepfer & Nat Zegree

Broadway Workshop is thrilled to collaborate with Taylor Louderman, Hannah Kloepfer & Nat Zegree to bring you this brand new virtual performance opportunity – PITCH IN: The Zoomical, for students ages 10-16!

PITCH IN is a one-act youth-musical written specifically to be performed online with gender inclusivity and many flexible roles. We are seeking two diverse and inclusive casts of actors between the ages of 10-16 for this special virtual workshop presentation.

More on PITCH IN:
When a small-town school loses funding for its extracurricular activities, the Principal asks the students to pitch ideas to save their school. Following the Science Club, a Robotics super villain, and the Show Choir, we see the students navigate stage fright, sabotage, and new friendships as they learn what it really means to work as a team. 

Rehearsal and Performance schedule:
Session 1 (Rehearsal): Sunday, January 3, 2021
Session 2 (Rehearsal): Sunday, January 10, 2021
Session 3 (Rehearsal): Sunday, January 17, 2021
Session 4 (Rehearsal): Sunday, January 24, 2021
Session 5 (Performance): Sunday, January 31, 2020

Tuition if cast: $445
Open to two casts of 20 students, ages 10-16.

This is a by-audition only program. Over the course of five sessions, students cast in Pitch In will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform roles in this new virtual musical written by Louderman, Kloepfer & Zegree, who will also cast, direct and work with our talented performers. Auditions must be submitted by Sunday, December 6, 2020.


13) South Street Seaport Museum
Announces A Holiday-Themed Edition of
Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Broadcast
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 2pm

South Street Seaport Museum announces a Holiday Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Broadcast form the deck of 1885 tall ship Wavertree on Sunday, December 6 from 2pm-4pm ET. From our living rooms and kitchens, and even from the deck of Wavertree, join a round-robin of shared holiday songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead or request a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The December session will be moderated by Bonnie Milner of The Johnson Girls.

The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: southstreetseaportmuseum.org/chanteysing/.

Old-time sailors on long voyages spent months living together in close quarters with no outside entertainment, no new people to interact with, a monotonous diet, and each day pretty much just like the day before. How did they keep their spirits up? Singing together! Work songs and fun songs, story songs and nonsense songs, songs of nostalgia and songs of up-to-the-moment news - all were part of the repertoire onboard. At South Street Seaport Museum, the Chantey tradition lives on.

For more information about South Street Seaport, visit  www.southstreetseaportmuseum


14) Story Pirates Launch At-Home Immersive

‘Sleep Squad’ Theater Experience; 

On-Demand Show 

Stars Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper, co-created by "Jagged Little Pill" Producer Eva Price, "30 Moons" original song by Ellen Winter.

The fun of storytelling + the magic of science = the answer to bedtime!

View the trailer, HERE

 The Story Pirates and Tony Award-winning producer Eva Pricerecently  launched SLEEP SQUAD, a family-friendly, interactive, virtual audio-visual theater experience which turns the viewer’s home into a rocket ship launching kids into their dreams.

Featuring Broadway talent and brand-new kid-driven comedy and music from the Story Pirates that can’t be seen or heard anywhere else, this world premiere on-demand production creates a new kind of bedtime ritual for kids ages 4 to 12. This experience is currently available from November 23 through December 31. Family passes, allowing everyone in the household to enjoy 10 days of unlimited viewing on as many as five devices at a time, are only $35.

Families may view SLEEP SQUAD on desktop and mobile computer web browsers, as well as on iOs and Android devices. The production may also be enjoyed on a smart TV via Amazon Fire, AppleTV or Roku devices.

Ticketing and access are handled via Stellar, Goldstar’s new streaming service. At the onset of the viewing window, Stellar will email ticket buyers a unique and protected viewing link. The running time for SLEEP SQUAD is 60 minutes, and the show may be viewed multiple times over a 10-day window from the selected date, on up to 5 devices, using the same family pass log-in

SLEEP SQUAD stars Tony Award Nominee Lilli Cooper (SpongeBob SquarePants, Tootsie) as the Dream Queen, who guides adventurers through three different enchanting virtual experiences, adapted from stories written by real kids. These include a visit to a desert island, a dinosaur’s birthday party, and an intergalactic nightclub, allowing kids to take ownership of the imagination-powered storytelling. SLEEP SQUAD concludes with soothing music that will help lull adventurers to sleep.

To enhance the experience, a “Dreamtime Travel Kit” can be delivered to each ticket buyer’s home address. The items within, including a dream journal and a star machine, help bring the performance to life and provide lasting SLEEP SQUAD keepsakes.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.storypiratessleepsquad.com/ and https://www.storypiratescreatorclub.com/.







Broadway On Demand, the theater-focused streaming platform, is proud to stream Submissions Only, Broadway’s favorite online comedy, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, November 25, exclusively on BroadwayOnDemand.com.

Co-created in 2010 by Kate Wetherhead and Andrew Keenan-BolgerSubmissions Only is a grassroots web sitcom that shows viewers what really goes on off-stage. Following the friendship of two theater professionals, an actress (Wetherhead as Penny Reilly) and a casting director (Colin Hanlon as Tim Trull), as they try to build careers in the notoriously tricky and often absurd world of Broadway theatrics, Submissions Only proves there’s a whole lot of comedy in all of the drama.

To view trailer, please click HERE.

Seasons One and Two of Submissions Only will be available without charge and Season Three for just $3.99, exclusively on Broadway On Demand. Please visit HERE for more information.

The star-studded series boasts such guest stars as Audra McDonaldLin-Manuel MirandaJesse Tyler FergusonKelli O’HaraKristin ChenowethJames Monroe IglehartChita RiveraCondola RashadAnnaleigh AshfordMichael UrieJudith LightJoel GreyBobby CannavaleLinda LavinWill SwensonRachel DratchMax JenkinsKristen JohnstonNick JonasLea DelariaAdam PascalJeremy JordanMalcolm GetzJoanna Gleason, and more.

For access to the complete and ever-expanding Broadway on Demand library, subscribe at BroadwayOnDemand.com 






Concerned about their colleagues who have been out of work since March and will likely not return to work until at least the summer of 2021, musical theatre collaborators Barbara Bellman and Emiliano Messiez wrote and produced a new anthem of hope this holiday season. Entitled “WHEN BROADWAY IS BACK”, the newly released song and its vibrant music video energize audiences with a vision of a post-pandemic moment when bright lights and in-person audiences return to Broadway. Those inspired by the vision are encouraged to donate to The Actors Fund and/or Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, as a way to help performers, writers, musicians, technicians, and other theater industry workers remain out of work through at least Summer 2021 due to Covid-19.

“When Broadway is Back” is a fully-orchestrated song and video with a big band sound, performed by Broadway performers Syndee Winters (Hamilton, Lion King), Carmen Ruby Floyd (Chicago, Hello Dolly) Dana Aber (Baggage at the Door, The Bet) and Dale Sampson (Sam’s Room, Rodeo Clowns).

Check out the new video for “WHEN BROADWAY IS BACK” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pAJds3hRL0

Donations to The Actors Fund: 


17) TEDx Asbury Park - 'The Joy of Giving Back' FREE EVENT

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7 p.m., please join TedxAsburyPark on Zoom as their TEDx speakers explore how generosity toward others can be the most joyful gift.

First, Mary’s Place by the Sea founder Michele Gannon will share the story behind the respite home for women with cancer—which has brought peace and serenity to over 10,000 women since its founding—with her talk, “In Giving You Will Find Joy.”

Next, Dr. Joanne Jodry, Program Director for the Professional Counseling Graduate Program in Mental Health Counseling at Monmouth University, will speak about One Life to Love (a children’s home for disabled, abandoned or orphaned children in India founded by Courtney Lalotra, a Jersey Shore native) and her graduate students’ experiences in India in “Educational Transformation: Finding Your Meaning through Service to Others”.  She will share her passion for helping students enhance their lives by raising their consciousness to higher levels of perception and awareness through “The Joy of Giving”.

Then, youth mentors Mychal Mills and Rodney Salomon will then dive into how they transformed schools and communities through holistic practices with the founding of their non-profit organization, KYDS (Konscious Youth Development and Service).

Finally, they’ll wrap up with a love letter to Asbury Park from Jenn Hampton about her Wooden Walls Project, a collaborative initiative to bring art to Asbury Park in a way that enriches the city’s socio-cultural and socio-economic landscapes.

“The Joy of Giving Back” promises to be an evening celebrating goodness in the world, and inviting us all to live from a place of generosity and engagement within our communities. Don’t miss a chance to be inspired and uplifted by these dynamic speakers on December 1, 2020 at 7 p.m. Our audience will be able to join the conversation and ask questions, but live Zoom space is limited, so register early.


18) Theater Resources Unlimited
announces a virtual
TRU Producer Boot Camp: 
Essentials of Successful Self-Producing
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 1pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces a new virtual adaptation of their
TRU Producer Boot Camp: Essentials of Self-Producing on Sunday, December 6 from 1pm to 6:30pm ET. Learn to view your creative work from a business perspective and understand the need to think differently. Make smarter choices, not only now but for the future of your show. It all seems a little overwhelming at times, but we will break it down into easily digestible bites. Boot Camp costs $75 for TRU members and $100 for all others. To register, visit https://truonline.org/events/self-producing-2020/

COVID-19 scholarships are available to participants. To apply, fill out the online scholarship application at https://forms.gle/BeGgYecFcaJUsNk18 and send a brief email to TRUnltd@aol.com requesting financial help.

Emileena Pedigo of The Show Goes On Productions, former managing producer of Midtown International Theatre Festival; and 
Bob Ost, writer-producer, executive director of TRU, will lead a terrific lineup of industry professionals. Guest speakers include: 

  • dramaturg/director/producer Cate Cammarata of CreateTheater.com
  • general manager/producer Lisa Dozier-King of LDK Productions (NYMF, Be More Chill, A Letter to Harvey Milk, The Crusade of Connor Stephens, Bedbugs the Musical, F#%king Up Everything, Sistas the Musical); 
  • production advisor/strategist and producer Blair Russell of Blair Russell Productions (Slave Play, off-Broadway's long-running immersive Sweeney Todd) and Show Shepherd, a strategic theatrical development company;
  • entertainment attorney Lee Feldshon of Feldshon Law PLLC; 
  • marketing expert and omnipreneur Mathew Heggem
  • Dorothy Marcic of Dr. Dorothy Productions, self-producing writer (off-Broadway long-running Sistas!, This One's for the Girls, Respect); and others TBA.

12:45 - check-in

1:00 - 1:30 -"Why Are You Doing This?" with Bob Ost & Emileena Pedigo
  • If you don't know where you're going, you can't know how to get there.
  • Aligning with a vision of your work.
  • Understanding your property and identifying your audience.
  • Building a Road Map and setting attainable S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
  • Adapting to the new virtual world: new technology, teams and audiences.

1:30 - 2:15 - "Legal Protections and Antidotes" with Lee Feldshon
  • Agreements: collaborator, options, contractors and more.
  • What you need to know when you ask for money. And what your responsibilities are.
  • Pre-existing and underlying rights, intellectual property protections.
  • New concerns in these virtual days.

2:30 - 3:00 - "Planning Ahead" with Blair Russell of Show Shepherd
  • Having a vision of what this play could be and how far it can go. 
  • Thinking and planning beyond your project (5/10 year plan).
  • How to plant the seeds for the next step.
  • The impact the pandemic has had on the development process.
3:00 - 3:30 - "Wearing Many Different Hats" with Dorothy Marcic
  • You are no longer "just an artist" - the different hats of any entrepreneur.
  • Keeping identities separate - know who you are in each situation.
  • Thinking in spreadsheets and understanding the business. 
  • Finding your team. It's never a one-man show, even if it sometimes feels like it.
3:45-4:30 -"Knowing What You Need to Make It Happen" with Lisa Dozier-King
  • How your goals affect your choices (budget, venue, creative team and more).
  • Effective use of virtual performance for development.
  • The development options: table read, staged reading, showcase, festivals, cabaret and more.
  • How much do things really cost? How much should you pay people, & how to have those conversations? Including review of actual budgets.
  • The most uncomfortable ask: friends and family.
  • How to get help when you think you can't afford it.
  • Developing leadership and management skills.
  • How to put together and manage your creative team.
4:30-5:00 - "Marketing, Promotion and Self-Promotion" with Mathew Heggem
  • Self-producing and branding in the virtual age.
  • Identifying your audience (Lean Startup Model).
  • The marketing basics: website, postcards, social media, TDF and papering.
  • Effective networking: creating brand ambassadors for your art.
4:30-5:00 - "Marketing, Promotion and Self-Promotion" with Mathew Heggem
  • Self-producing and branding in the virtual age.
  • Identifying your audience (Lean Startup Model).
  • The marketing basics: website, postcards, social media, TDF and papering.
  • Effective networking: creating brand ambassadors for your art.
5:45 - Keynote Speech

6:00 - Q&A/warmdown

*Curriculum is subject to change.


19) Two River Theatre Virtual Class


3-WEEK CLASS RUNS DEC 1, 8, 15 | 6:00 PM | ZOOM


Whether we’re writing Naturalism or something more out there, how we structure our plays is a place for a lot of imagination. This class will challenge how we render an audience’s experience even if we do write traditional beginnings, middles, and ends. The goal is to innovate and surprise the container that we place our storytelling in

Tony Meneses' plays include Guadalupe in the Guest Room, The Women of Padilla, twenty50 and The Hombres.

For more information or to register, go to tworivertheater.org/whats-on/plays-and-their-shapes






When Marlene Dietrich phoned a young singer out of the blue, the icon stayed on the line for an unforgettable three hours. 30 years later Broadway and West End star Ute Lemper reveals all in her 5-star critically acclaimed show _Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene_, a magical fusion of theatre and cinema, gorgeous music that will take you on an intense journey.

Following sold out performances around the world, Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene will be now be streamed online after being filmed at Club Cumming in New York. Alan Cumming and Ute Lemper are producers.

Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene will be stream online on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 8:00pm (EST) and Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 2:00pm (EST). Tickets are $25 and may be purchased herePress review links are available for each evening upon request.

Awarded the Moliére Award for her performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret in Paris, Ute Lemper decided to write a postcard to legendary Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich, who was also living in the French capital, to apologize for all the media attention that had hailed Ute as a new star and compared the youngster to the legendary icon.

It was 1988 and Ute was just at the beginning of her career while Marlene, then aged 89, looked back on a long, fulfilled life of movies, music, incredible collaborations, love stories and global stardom. Somehow Marlene managed to track her down and called her out of the blue.

For 35 years, Ute has been compared to Marlene and Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene is her personal homage to the legend. The show is a dialogue between Ute and Marlene, exploring Marlene’s career and personal life from the begin¬ning, in a timeline that eventually meets Ute’s timeline with a continuation of their parallel stories. Ute sings Marlene’s most beautiful songs and tells some captivating secrets of her life. Six days before Ute’s opening night playing the part of Lola in the 1992 ‘Blue Angel’ production in Berlin – the role that had made Marlene a star in 1928 – Marlene Dietrich passed away in Paris. After her glamorous funeral in La Madeleine, Marlene finally came back to Berlin to be put= to rest. Ute tells us Marlene’s story, along with singing her fabulous songs from all the chapters of her life, from the Berlin cabaret years to her fabulous Burt Bacharach collaborations.

Set list for _Ute Lemper: Rendezvous With Marlene_

Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Pete Seeger)
Just A Gigolo (Leonello Casucci)
One For My Baby (Harold Arlen / Johnny Mercer)
Life’s A Swindle (Mischa Spoliansky / Marcellus Schiffer)
They Call Me Naughty Lola (Friedrich Hollaender)
Boys In The Backroom (Frank Loesser / Friedrich Hollaender)
Lili Marleen (Norbert Schulze / Hans Leip)
Ruins Of Berlin (Friedrich Hollaender)
Black Market (Friedrich Hollaender)
When The World Was Young (Johnny Mercer / M. Philippe-Gérard)
Ne me quitte pas (Jacques Brel)
Laziest Gal In Town (Cole Porter)
Blowin’ In The Wind (Bob Dylan)
Que reste-t-il de nos amours / I Wish You Love (Charles Trenet)
Falling In Love Again (Friedrich Hollaender)

For more information go to www.utelemper.com
And that's the scoop. Tune un tomorrow for this Month's Monthly Mashup.

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