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Friday, April 16, 2021

Giveaway: Win a copy of Black Man on the Titanic in the Rain Drops on Roses Giveaway!

Welcome to the Rain Drops on Roses Giveaway Hop hosted by MamatheFox

Yesterday, April 15, was Titanic Remembrance Day. It was on April 15, 1912, that the Titanic sunk on her maiden voyage and more than 1500 people died. Most of us know the names of at least some of the more well-known people who died as a result of the disaster including John Jacob Astor, Isador & Ida Strauss, and/or  Margaret (Molly) Brown. However, there were a lot more people who lost their lives that day whose names are not as nearly as well known. Joseph Larouche is one of those people. He was traveling on the ship with his pregnant wife and two daughters all of whom survived except for Joseph. Black Man in the Titanic is Joseph's story. This book does not only focus on his fatal voyage aboard the Titanic but his entire life up to that time as well. Joseph was from a prominent  Haitian family, and his history is intricately tied up with the history of that nation. In fact, his uncle was at one time President of Haiti. For more about this book, see our previous post Tips for Tuesday - Books: Black Man on the Titanic. Enter to win a copy below:

Giveaway Dates 4/16 - 4/30

Giveaway Open to 18+ US

Once you have entered our giveaway, hop around to the blogs listed below to see what other great prizes you can enter to win.
Disclaimer: Host and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors and self-sponsoring bloggers who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Theater Thursday - The Goes Wrong Show


What: The Goes Wrong Show

Where: Amazon Prime Video

Who: 16 and Up

If you have seen and enjoyed The Play That Goes Wrong and you want more of the same, you will love The Goes Wrong Show. Even if you haven't seen that show and you are interested in watching a completely inept theater troop bungle their way through a variety of different theatrical genres, you will enjoy this hilarious series. Doors don't open. Actors flub their lines. Props are misplaced. Sets fall down unexpectedly. These are only a few of the comical mishaps that occur in episodes of this funny series. If you have ever been a part of a play that went wrong, this show should make you feel infinitely better. There is no way any real-life play could ever go as spectacularly badly as any of the plays performed by this bumbling troop.

Season 1 of  The Goes Wrong series is available on Amazon Prime. All six episodes are free to watch with an Amazon Prime subscription. However, if you don't have an Amazon Prime account each episode is available to rent for only $1.99 each or to purchase for only $2.99 each. Unfortunately, season 2 of this two-season, series is not currently available. 

Each episode  of the series takes on a different genre of theater as follows:

Episode 1: The Lodge - Thriller

Episode 2: The Pilot (Not the Pilot) - Historical Drama

Episode 3: A Trial to Watch - Crime Drama

Episode 4: 90 Degrees - Family Drama

Episode 5: Harper's Locket - Historical Romance

Episode 6: The Spirit of Christmas - Holiday Musical

The series is definitely not appropriate for young children. The reasons vary from episode to episode but include violence, language, situations, and even a little nudity in one episode. However, it is probably okay for older teens. For more information go to https://www.thegoeswrongshow.com/episodes or https://www.amazon.com

And that's our view. Tune in Sunday for this week's Sunday Scoop.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Where-To-Go Wednesday- Current Exhibits at the Passaic County Arts Center

What: Passaic County Arts Center 

 Where: 675 Goffle Rd.
              Hawthorne, NJ

Who: All ages

When: Through May 9, 2021

The Passaic County Arts Center currently has three exhibits running. The first and the most likely to appeal to all ages is Sense and Sensibility created by artists Poramit Thantapalit. The art in this exhibit is quite amazing. It is made up entirely of found objects.  Pieces of plastic bottles, pieces of cloth, paper, cardboard, and more have been repurposed into incredible works of art. Most of the artwork in this exhibit is pretty abstract. However, a few of the pieces actually resemble  something quite specific including flowers, a wolf's face, and two dresses. All of the artwork in this exhibit is available for purchase. It is quite expensive to purchase though. 

The second exhibit is by artist, Anna Carina Sinocchi. It is called The Infinite Arch and Line and plays around with that form. This exhibit mostly consists of layered pictures All of the artwork in this exhibit is also available for purchase but is also quite expensive. 

The third exhibit is called New Moon. It is by a local artist named Joseph Coco. It consists of a series of beautiful colorful paintings.

All three exhibits will remain open through May 9, 2021. There is no fee to visit The Passaic County Arts Center. Reservations are required. Mask-wearing and social distancing are also required.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.pcartscenter.org/events-programs

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Tips for Tuesday - Book: Finding Home and Movies: Dolphin Island

We may have been given complimentary copies of any books and/or other products mentioned below and/or access to any TV shows or movies for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: Finding Home

Today we are recommending Finding Home by Kate Field. After the death of her employer, Mim finds herself unemployed and homeless. Without any family, she literally has no place to go. After a chance encounter with an elderly couple, Bill and Bea, they take her into their home and their family. Even though the whole family is very accepting of her especially their son, Corin, Mim knows that she is not really part of their family or even part of their world and she doesn't want to overstay her welcome especially when a person connected to her past arrives. This is a truly beautiful story about found family. The characters in this book are so good and so loving and so accepting of each other that it will make you want to cry happy tears almost every moment. This is not to say that they are no unlikeable characters in the book or that nothing ever goes wrong or there aren't any misunderstandings or anything because obviously, the book wouldn't be interested without any of that. Some parts of the plot are extremely predictable, and if you are a regular reader of this type of book you can see the ending coming from the beginning. However, that doesn't make the joy of it any less sweet or the book overall, any less of a satisfying read.

Movies - Dolphin Island 

Today we are recommending Dolphin Island. The basic plot of this family-friendly story which revolves around grandparents fighting over custody of their granddaughter is not the most original. There have been numerous films with similar plots. However, this story which takes place in an animal sanctuary does have enough originality to keep it interesting including a smart and talented dolphin and a gorgeous island setting. The characters are quirky and fun too. Although you will know how things will end up long before you get to the end of the movie, there are some surprises along the way. Besides, sometimes it's nice when things end up how you expect them to, and in this case, the predictability definitely doesn't make the movie any less enjoyable.

And that's our view.

Tune in tomorrow for a Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Tales From the Stage With Bill Berloni*

Bill Berloni is a renowned Broadway, TV, and movie, animal trainer. He got his start when he was asked to find and train the dog to play Sandy in the original production of Annie back in 1977 although he did not actually set out to be an animal trainer. He originally wanted to be an actor. 

Now 44 years later, Berloni has worked on a multitude of productions including Legally Blonde, The Ferryman, numerous incarnations of Annie and The Wizard of Oz, and more. He has plenty of interesting stories to tell about his experiences. Accordingly, Playbill is now offering Tales From the Stage with Bill Berloni as part of their Broadway Selects program of online theater-related offerings. Each episode focuses on a different show Berloni worked on and is available for livestreaming. 

The first episode which highlighted his work on Annie aired yesterday, April 11, 2021, and the next which will focus on Legally Blonde will air in two weeks on  Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 3:00 PM. Tickets to view the livestream are available at the Playbill store as are other Playbill experiences including A Showbiz quiz event, a London Theater virtual tour and more. All Playbill Selects are livestreams and can only be watched at the time they air. They are not available to watch on demand.

Tales From the Stage not only gives you the opportunity to hear Berloni's interesting stories of his work on a particular show, but you may get to meet one of the animal's that worked on the show, hear from special guest's who were part of the show (the Annie episode featured Shelley Bruce the second person ever to play Annie on Broadway who filled in for the ill Andrea McCardle who was the first), and/or get a few training tips. Whether you are a Broadway lover or an animal lover or both, the series is definitely a must-see. It's fascinating and fun!

For more information to to purchase a ticket to livestream the next episode of Tales From the Stage with Bill Berloni, visit https://www.playbillstore.com/tails-from-the-stage-with-bill-berloni-episode-two-april-25-playbill-experiences.aspx

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

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

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Sunday Scoop Week of 4/11/21 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1)Anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising to Be Celebrated 4/19
2) Ballet Hispanico School of Dance Announces Adult Flamenco Classes 4/17 - 5/29
3) Bloomingdale School of Music Presents A Symphony of Bloomingdale 4/13
4) Broadwaycon 2021 Will Stream on Broadway on Demand 
5) Broadway Opens Its Doors For First Time Over A Year
6) Centenary Stage Company Announces 2021 Summer Season
7) Come From Away & Broadway Podcast Network Present Conversations From Away
8) Food for Thought Productions Presents I Can't Remember Anything 4/19
9) Irish Repertory Theatre & More Present John Cullum: An Accidental Star Streaming Through 4/22
10) Nai - Ni Chen Dance Company Calls for Choreographer's for Virtual Dance Festival 4/17 - 4/18
11) Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company 4/12 - 4/16 Schedule for The Bridge Free Classes on Zoom
12) New York Theatre Ballet School Registration for Summer Intensive 6/28 - 71/0 Open Now
13) New York Butoh Institute Hard Cover Book Release and Virtual Four Day Workshop 4/15 -4/18
14) Pan Asian Repetory Theatre Virtual Presents The Emperor's Nightengale 4/19 - 5/2
15) South Street Seaport Beyond Titanic Travel & IImmigration in Era of Ocea Liners 4/15
16) South Street Seaport Participates in 36 Days of Type
17) TRU Writer-Producer Virtual Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch Submission Deadline 4/15
18) The Wild Project Streaming & On Demand
19) Williamstown Theater World Premiere Presentation of Row Now Available on Audio Theater
20) The York Theater Gala Benefit Performance of Musical of Musicals the Musical 4/18 - 4/21


Participants to Include Musical Performance by
‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Star Daniel Kahn

Each April 19th, the Congress for Jewish Culture, along with Friends of the Bund, Jewish Labor Committee and Workers Circle, has organized a gathering of musicians, academics, and survivors and their families at the stone in the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial Plaza in Riverside Park. This annual event marked the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the single greatest instance of Jewish armed resistance to the Holocaust, with an academy remembering the victims and fighters of history's greatest crime. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they did not gather there for the first time in living memory, but instead held their event online. Of course, they hope and pray that next year they will all once again be able to convene at Der Shteyn (the stone) in Riverside Park.

This year, they will host the April 19th event on the Congress for Jewish Culture YouTube channel and through www.congressforjewishculture.org/videos. An impressive array of artists has been assembled to remember the victims of the Nazi war on European Jewry and commemorate their resistance. This year marks the 78th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. 13,000 Jews were killed during the revolt (some 6,000 among them were burnt alive or died from smoke inhalation). Of the remaining 50,000 residents, almost all were captured and shipped to concentration camps or killing centers.

This notably significant annual event is set for Monday, April 19 at 1 pm EST.

2) Ballet Hispánico
School of Dance Announces
Virtual Adult Flamenco Classes
April 17 - May 29, 2021
Registration Now Open

 Ballet Hispánico continues to offer virtual adult flamenco classes for dancers ages 18 and up, every Saturday from April 17 - May 29, 2021, 2pm-3pm ET.

Spend Saturday afternoons in Ballet Hispánico’s virtual dance studio. Flamenco lessons will help attendees get in shape, brush up on their dance moves and meet new friends, online!

Join JoDe Romano, “La Chispa,” who will transport participants to Spain over Zoom with castanet and movement technique, arms, muñecas, fan, palmas, inspirational music, and more flamenco fun without leaving your homes. Come join Ballet Hispánico in their journey to Spain expressing this soulful art form. ¡OLÉ! 

Saturdays April 17 - May 29, 2021, 2pm-3pm ET
Tuition is $120 for this seven-class series. Students are required to sign up for all seven classes to participate. Register by Thursday, April 15 at 11:59pm ET at bit.ly/bh_adultflamenco.

3) Bloomingdale School of Music
A Symphony of Bloomingdale
A Virtual Community Concert Spring Benefit
Honoring Erika S. Floreska
With Remarks by New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal,
Performances by Broadway’s Alyssa Fox, Aisha Jackson, and Chondra Profit-Ardrey, And a Raffle Prize from Five-Time
Emmy Award-Nominee Tituss Burgess 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7pm

Bloomingdale School of Music presents a virtual community concert and spring benefit A Symphony of Bloomingdale: In the Key of Hope on Tuesday, April 13, 2020 at 7pm. 

A Symphony of Bloomingdale honors Erika S. Floreska, Bloomingdale School of Music Executive Director from 2014-2020, for her achievements in expanding access to arts education, and celebrates the power of music and our talented & dedicated community!

There are several ways to participate, including donating to the benefit, entering the raffle, or attending one of the Bloomingdale spring events. The evening will be broadcast via Zoom, to register or purchase a raffle ticket, please visit bsmny.org/springbenefit


Somewhere Over the Rainbow performed by Bloomingdale's Senior Flute Choir featuring Alyssa Fox

Seasons of Love performed by Bloomingdale's Broadway Ensemble featuring Aisha Jackson 

An appearance by Chondra Profit-Ardrey

Performances by Bloomingdale’s Van Lier and Arena/D'Eletto Fellows       
Name: Julian Walther
Performance Selection: Beethoven Romance in F Major 
Original Artist/Composer: Ludwig V. Beethoven

Name: Aaron Nichols
Performance selection: "Boats against the current"
Original artist/Composer of the selection: Aaron Nichols

Name: Layton (Yang) Zhang
Performance Selection: Gardens in the Rain
Original Artist/Composer:   Jardins Sous La Pluie Debussy 

Name: Alexa N. Carmona
Performance Selection: A Song Without Words
Original artist/Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

Everyone is invited to join Bloomingdale for an evening filled with music and the celebration of the community. All proceeds go towards supporting and providing access to Bloomingdale’s music programs. 
  • $20 - Entry to A Symphony of Bloomingdale and Bloomingdale Sticker
  • $50 - Entry to A Symphony of Bloomingdale and Bloomingdale Tote bag
  • $100 - Entry to A Symphony of Bloomingdale and Bloomingdale Sticker and Tote bag
  • $500 - Andante Sponsor - Includes listed above as well as: Greeting message in program - eighth page
  • $1,000 - Allegro Sponsor - Includes listed above as well as: Greeting message in program - half page
  • $2,500 - Presto Sponsor - Includes benefits above as well as: Listing as a presenting sponsor for a BSM Event between March 2021 - February 2022 (Listed in all marketing materials and mentioned as a sponsor during that event)
  • $5,000 - Chair Sponsor - Includes benefits above as well as: Invitation to Fall 2021 Student Scholarship Brunch and Concert (virtual or in backyard, safety permitting)
  • $10,000 - Notes Chair Sponsor - Includes benefits above as well as: Curated private concert for 4 people in Bloomingdale Backyard (Summer 2021) 

Patrons can purchase raffle tickets, which also grant entry to the benefit. To purchase raffle tickets, visit RallyUp. Prizes include:

Personal Video Message from Tituss Burgess
Win a chance to receive a personalized message for yourself or a loved one from Tituss Burgess, star of Broadway and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Treat Yourself: One-Night Stay in a 4 Star NYC Hotel
Enjoy a one-night stay in a 4 Star hotel in Manhattan - you choose the date!
Value: Up to $500

Music Lovers Treat 1: Private Concert in Bloomingdale's Backyard
Enjoy a private concert this summer or fall in Bloomingdale's recently renovated backyard for up to 4 of your family and close friends. Our team will work with you to curate your dream program!

Music Lovers Treat 2: Apple AirPods Pro
Active Noise Cancellation for immersive sound. Transparency mode for hearing what's happening around you. A customizable fit for all-day comfort. Magic like you've never heard.
Value: $250





APRIL 17 - 18

Broadway On Demand, the industry-leading theater streaming platform, announced today that it will present, virtually for the first time ever, BroadwayCon 2021 this April 17 – 18.

During these continually challenging times fans can experience BroadwayCon 2021 from the comfort and safety of their homes. All MainStage programming will be available to stream for free on Broadway on Demand, making BroadwayCon 2021 accessible to more theater diehards than ever before

All events on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18, including Making Theatre During the Pandemic, Racial Justice on Broadway Symposium, BroadwayCon Star to Be, BroadwayCon Feud, BroadwayCon Blizzard Party Line and more, will be available for streaming.


To stream BroadwayCon 2021 on Broadway on Demand, or for more information, please visit broadwayondemand.com.

For more information, please visit www.BroadwayCon.com

























NY PopsUp, the statewide initiative designed to celebrate and reinvigorate the arts in New York,recently presented the very first performance inside a Broadway theater since New York’s venues were shuttered by the pandemic more than a year ago. This special event was part of the “pilot program” created by The Festival as a large-scale model for how to bring live performance back safely after this prolonged COVID-related shutdown. 

Taking place at Broadway’s legendary St. James Theatre, a socially-distanced audience made up of ​primarily front line workers affiliated with The Actors Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS watched back-to-back performances, directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, by two of New York’s giants of the stage: three-time Tony Award® winner Nathan Lane and Tony Award winner Savion Glover.  

To ensure the health of safety of all attendees and workers, NY PopsUp and the St. James Theatre worked closely with the New York State Department of Health, following all ​state health and safety protocols.

Mr. Lane performed Playbills, a new monologue by playwright Paul Rudnick about a man who has spent the last year cooped up in his studio apartment, laid off from his job and desperately missing his greatest passion: going to the theater. Yearning to be part of an audience again, to experience an event, he shares a true, near-miraculous story, which has given him hope for the city, the world, the TKTS booth and – at long last – a seat on the aisle.  

Mr. Glover performed a special tap piece that channeled his personal experience of a life in the theater, allowing the audience to reflect on what Broadway was, what Broadway is, and what Broadway will be again, and reminding us of the sacred space that is the stage. 

Both performances were live streamed on the festival’s Instagram feed: @NYPopsUp. 

For more about NYPopsUp visit NYPopsUp.com

Centenary Stage Company announces 2021 Summer season featuring a full line up of Musical Theatre productions, concerts, and the return of the popular Front Porch Series hosting a selection of outdoor cabarets and family friendly Young Audience Series offerings.  Tickets for all 2021 Summer season events will be available for purchase beginning May 1, 2021.

The 2021 Summer season launches with Forever Plaid July 8 – 18 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.  Once upon a time, there were four guys (Sparky, Smudge, Jinx and Frankie) who discovered that they shared a love for music and then got together to become their idols - The Four Freshman, The Hi-Lo's and The Crew Cuts. Rehearsing in the basement of Smudge's family's plumbing supply company, they became "Forever Plaid". On the way to their first big gig, the "Plaids" are broadsided by a school bus and killed instantly. It is at the moment when their careers and lives end that the story of Forever Plaid begins. Singing in close harmony, squabbling boyishly over the smallest intonations and executing their charmingly outlandish choreography with overzealous precision, the "Plaids" are a guaranteed smash, with a program of beloved songs and delightful patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles when they're not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s. Specific performance times are: Thursdays July, 8 & 15 at 7:30PM; Fridays, July 9 & 16 at 8:00 PM; Saturdays July 10 & 17 at 8:00 PM; and Sundays, July 11 & 18 at 2:00 PM. Tickets range from $18 – $29.50 with discounts available for seniors (65+), students and children under 12 on select performances, as well as, “Buy One, Get One” tickets on Thursday evenings for Family Night.

The summer season continues with the musical production of Always… Patsy Cline July 29 – August 8 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.  One of the most produced musicals in America according to American Theatre Magazine, Always... Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963.  The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical, complete with down home country humor, true emotion, and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy's unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight... 27 songs in all.  The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS... Patsy Cline." Always…Patsy Cline runs in the Sitnik from July 29 – August 8. Specific performance times are: Thursdays July, 29 & August 5 @ 7:30PM; Fridays, July 30 & August 6 @ 8:00 PM; Saturdays July 31 & August 7 @ 8:00 PM; and Sundays, August 1 & 8 @ 2:00 PM. Tickets range from $18 – $29.50 with discounts available for seniors (65+), students, and children under 12 on select performances, as well as, “Buy One, Get One” tickets on Thursday evenings for Family Night.

Filling out the 2021 Summer Season, Centenary Stage Company’s Front Porch Series will host a selection of outdoor cabarets and family friendly Young Audience Series Programming.    On Wednesday, July 14 at 10:00 AM Centenary Stage Company’s Young Audience Series will present Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.  On Wednesday, July 21 at 7:00 PM, Centenary Stage Company’s Front Porch Series will host the first of it’s Twilight Cabarets featuring a themed selection of musical theatre songs performed by Centenary University students, alumni and CSC veterans.  Then, on Wednesday August, 4 at 10:00 am Centenary Stage Company’s Young Audience Series returns with Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical.  Finally, Wednesday August 11 at 7:00 PM the Front Porch Series will host a second installment of the Twilight Cabaret.  All Front Porch Series events will take place outdoor on the front porch of the Seay Building located at 400 Jefferson St. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University.  Front Porch Series events are free with donations appreciated.  Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged.  Attendees are asked to provide their own seating, i.e., lawn chairs or blankets and all seating is on a first come, first served basis.  For reservations, call the box office at (908) 979 – 0900.

Finally, the 2021 Summer Season closes with a special fundraiser concert featuring The British Invasion Years on Saturday August 21 at 8:00 PM in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.  This special “one night only” concert is sponsored, in part, by the Hackettstown Rotary Club and the event also serves as a fundraiser for their organization. More than just the Beatles, this nostalgic musical tribute spans the entire 60s British Invasion era with music from BOTH sides of the Atlantic, and is three acts in one: The first act includes songs by iconic British groups such as The Zombies, Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Herman's Hermits, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Manfred Mann and many others. The American Response follows, with music by such legendary artists as The Monkees, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, The Mamas and The Papas, The Turtles, Paul Revere & The Raiders, to name just a few. This journey through the 1960s concludes with an extraordinary finale with songs from the four lads that started it all– The Beatles! Tickets are $30 for all seats bought in advance.  As with all concerts and special event tickets prices increase $5.00 day of the performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900.

Centenary Stage Company remains committed to the health and safety of our community and adheres to all requirements set forth by the State of New Jersey including, but not limited to; observing social distancing, limited capacity, and requiring masks or facial coverings. For more information regarding CSC COVID-19 policies visit centenarystageco.org/faq.




The North American Touring Company of Come From Away, in association with the Broadway Podcast Network, is pleased to announce the new social justice podcast “Conversations From Away,” hosted by cast member Aaron Michael Ray. The first three episodes are now available with new episodes released every other week, on Wednesdays, exclusively from the Broadway Podcast Network and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.  Find it now at BPN.FM/CFA.


The Award-Winning Theatre Company



With The Theme – We Persist!



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April 19th, 2021 at 2:00pm

Live At Theatre 80 St. Marks

And Zoomed “Live” Out To The World

With Repeat Zoom Performances Available On The Following Weekend


Followed by a Q&A With The Cast

FOOD FOR THOUGHT PRODUCTIONS, now in its 21st year, continues celebrating the oft-neglected one-act play and theatre at its best with Award-winning actors, writers and directors, with a tremendously fun second production on April 19th, 2021.

Following the successful season kick-off, Christopher Durang’s “For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls,” and Tennessee Williams’ “Life Boat Drill,” which starred Bob Dishy, FFTP is back at Theatre 80 with Bob Dishy again, this time joined by Penny Fuller in Arthur Miller’s I Can’t Remember Anything. Revolving around a widow, her husband’s best friend and her inability to remember much of the past, this compelling drama is filled with humor throughout.

The April 19th, 2:00pm performance will be available live via Zoom as well as a limited in-theatre ‘audience’ who will be part of a documentary being filmed on FFTP. The entire FFT series will be presented at Theatre 80 St. Marks. Tickets for the ‘live’ performance are free to first-come patrons, who have agreed to be part of the documentary on FFTP. All social distancing precautions will be respected. There will be a medical professional onsite to check temperatures and audience members must wear masks and have recently tested negative for Covid-19. There will be a nominal charge for the streaming. For those who can’t make the zoom on Monday, the program will be repeated on Saturday and Sunday. For additional information and tickets please contact FFTP at: 646-366-9340 or email:  info@foodforthoughtproductions.com
9) Irish Repertory Theatre 
Vineyard Theatre
Goodspeed Musicals
association with
Jeff Berger
John Cullum: An Accidental Star

Irish Repertory Theatre, Vineyard Theater, and Goodspeed Musicals in Association with Jeff Berger are excited to present their latest digital co-production, John Cullum: An Accidental Star, premiering tonight. Join us this evening at 7pm ET or on April 17 at 2pm ET for a pay-what-you-can livestream event. Can’t make either of those dates? You can get on demand access for $25 through April 22.

For more informtion or to purchase a streaming ticket, visit irishrep.org/show/irish-rep-online-2021/john-cullum-an-accidental-star/
10) Calling All Choreographers for the Virtual CrossCurrent Dance Festival 2021 Presented by Flushing Town Hall and Produced by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

– Choreographers are invited to submit their application for the 7th CrossCurrent Dance Festival on June 11, 2021 by April 15, 2021. Finalists for the virtual festival will be announced on April 30 –

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, in partnership with Flushing Town Hall are calling for choreographers for the 7th CrossCurrent Dance Festival which will take place virtually on Sunday, June 11, 2021 at 7PM ET. 

The CrossCurrent Dance Festival is a celebration of the vibrancy and diversity of the Asian American dance scene in the New York metropolitan area. Produced by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and presented by Flushing Town Hall, the festival aims to foster creative contemporary dance choreography in the Asian American Community. The festival will increase the visibility of Asian and Asian American dance, foster cross-cultural dialog and provide a more equitable context to discuss dance and its role in the New York and New Jersey dance communities. The festival, in its 7th season, will be presented virtually as part of Flushing Town Hall’s FTH@HOME series on June 11, 2021 7PM ET.
In the upcoming season, Nai-Ni Chen is looking for 4-6 choreographers to be presented virtually by Flushing Town Hall alongside of Nai-Ni Chen's work. 

For details about application requirements and guidelines, please visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/call-for-submission-2021-crosscurrent-dance-festival.
The application deadline is April 15, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. 
The Bridge
Virtual Dance Institute
 of boundary-breaking dance experiences
Free One-Hour Company Class on Zoom
Open to All Dancers at an Intermediate to Advanced Level
April 12-16, 2021

 In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has established a new dance institute through Zoom, The Bridge.  The Institute’s aim is to bring together dancers, choreographers and directors around the world to experience the master teachers of color whose practices are embedded in the community and are focused on advancing the art of dance that transform the personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces. Interested dancers can join the class by registering on Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s website: https://www.nainichen.org/thebridge.

As a virtual dance institute, The Bridge will invite world renowned as well as up and coming dancers and choreographer to come to guest teach the class. Advanced/Intermediate level professional or pre-professional dancers who are looking to explore beyond their own boundaries and looking for new dance experiences are encouraged to participate. The core program is based on Nai-Ni Chen’s Kinetic Spiral, which is a cross-cultural dance vocabulary that integrates the Chinese martial arts philosophy in TaiChi with contemporary dance practices she studied in America. Guest artists will cover a wide range of folk and classical dance styles.

The Bridge Class schedule are as follows: 
Week of 4/12/2021
Monday Yuka Notsuka (Kinetic Spiral)
Tuesday Zhongmei Li (Chinese Classical Dance) at 11am
Wednesday Nai-Ni Chen (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am
Thursday Andrew Pacho (Flow (Gyrokinesis based) at 11am
Friday Greta Campo (Kinetic Spiral) at 11am

For additional Company information, visit www.nainichen.org; write to Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, P.O. Box 1121, Fort Lee, NJ 07024; or call (800) 650-0246.
12) New York Theatre Ballet School 
Summer Intensive
June 28 - July 10, 2021
Registration Now Open

New York Theatre Ballet School announces its Summer Intensive from June 28 - July 10, 2021. Providing world class Cecchetti training, the two-week program will be led by Artistic Director Diana Byer, NYTB Principal Dancer Amanda Treiber, plus guest faculty. All classes will follow a hybrid schedule of virtual and in-person options. For more information or to register, email admin@nytb.org. To audition, students new to New York Theatre Ballet School may send photo and video submissions. Audition requirements can be found at nytb.org/ballet-school-ny/summerintensive2021.
The summer intensive will observe the following three-day week schedule:

Ages 9-11 - Must have at least one full year of training
June 28 - July 10
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Ages 12-16 - Must be at an intermediate level with at least four years of training
June 28 - July 10
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

A sample schedule for a day at the intensive includes: 

10am-12pm: Ballet Technique/Pointe
12pm-1pm: Lunch Break
1:00-4:00pm: Alternating days of Modern and Theater Dance, plus an enrichment class of Choreography, Conditioning, or lectures with discussions.

Tuition for the Summer Intensive is $600 for two weeks. A $100 deposit is due at registration, with full payment due to June 25. 

13) New York Butoh Institute
Butoh: Cradling Empty Space
A Nonfiction Book Written by Vangeline

Hardcover Release and Virtual Four-Day Workshop
April 15-18, 2021 

New York Butoh Institute presents Butoh: Cradling Empty Space, a nonfiction book written by Vangeline, now available in hardcover ($45) on amazon.comamazon.com/dp/1735766011, and a virtual four-day butoh workshop led by Vangeline over Zoom from April 15-18, 2021. The workshop fee is $120 for all four days ($30 per individual day) and registration is available at https://www.vangeline.com/calendar/2021/4/15/butoh-cradling-empty-space-workshop-led-by-vangeline.

Approaching the avant-garde Japanese performance art form of butoh from a cross-cultural, gender studies, and scientific perspective, award-winning artist and teacher Vangeline brings a fresh look at this postmodern dance form. The Paperback retails for $35.99 and the E Book for $25.99. 

Butoh, a performance art form that grew out of the Japanese avant-garde scene of the 1950s, has traveled from east to west over the last 60 years, growing in popularity as it evolves. With origins in modern dance, French mime, and the surrealist movement, this fascinating postmodern dance genre is often thought of as mysterious and is frequently misunderstood. Through twenty years of research, interviews with some of the world’s top practitioners, historical documents, and rare photographs, Vangeline shines a light on this “dance of darkness.” 

New revelations include the under-represented role of women in the development of the form, the connection between butoh and neuroscience, and the cross-cultural perspective of international influences on the evolution of the dance. Butoh: Cradling Empty Space will appeal to dance students, teachers, performance art scholars, movers, and anyone interested in choreography, theater, and Japanese history, culture and art.
The book includes rare photographs, helpful graphics, a detailed bibliography and footnotes, and resources for additional information.

The virtual four-day butoh workshop series led by Vangeline, based on the critically acclaimed book, will mix theory and practice. Each module will include a brief lecture/demonstration, warm up, and practical exercise leading to creative improvisation for participating students. Vangeline will take questions from students at the end of each session. The classes will be taught over Zoom. Each session is $30 and the entire series is $120. Beginners are welcome. 

The virtual four-day butoh workshop series led by Vangeline, based on the critically acclaimed book, will mix theory and practice. Each module will include a brief lecture/demonstration, warm up, and practical exercise leading to creative improvisation for participating students. Vangeline will take questions from students at the end of each session. The classes will be taught over Zoom. Each session is $30 and the entire series is $120. Beginners are welcome. 

Reading the book prior to or during the workshop is recommended, but students who haven’t read the book are welcome to participate. All students, beginners included, will learn simple techniques that are easily accessible and deepen their understanding of butoh. Enrolled students will receive an email with more detailed information after they sign up, with recommended reading.

In this workshop, students will explore:
  • techniques of stop-signal and motor imagery
  • reactive vs. voluntary movements in choreographed and improvised butoh
  • vision and visualization
  • coactivation of sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system in butoh

The Vangeline Theater’s butoh classes are trauma-informed; however, it is recommended that prior to taking any class, prospective students familiarize themselves with the studio policy, particularly students with a history of PTSD or students with any mental health condition. Please read the studio policy before taking a class. 













APRIL 19 – MAY 2, 2021

The hungry tiger roars! Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Director), continuing their educational initiative to serve elementary grade students and families with children, presents the family-friendly virtual return engagement of the acclaimed 2018 production of The Emperor’s Nightingale by Damon ChuaThe Emperor's Nightingale is produced by special arrangement with Plays for New Audiences.

On-demand performances for in classroom and public viewing via Zoom begins April 19, 2021 continuing through May 2, 2021. Reservations for in-classroom viewing may be made via email at srogers@panasianrep.org Tickets for public viewing access will be announced shortly.

The Emperor’s Nightingale by Damon Chua, directed by Chongren Fan, is a family-friendly Zoom adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Nightingale,” set in 18th century China, and brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong. This 45-minute virtual version employs traditional puppetry, folk songs and new illustrations teaching the art of Chinese calligraphy. Nominated by the Off-Broadway Alliance for “Best Family Show”, this TYA production emphasizes the importance of leadership guided by a moral compass, through the story about two rival teen brothers competing for the throne.

For more information about Pan Asian Rep, visit www.panasianrep.org

15) South Street Seaport Museum presents
Beyond Titanic
Travel and Immigration in the Era of Ocean Liners
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6pm ET

South Street Seaport Museum presents Beyond Titanic: Travel and Immigration in the Era of Ocean Liners on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6pm ET. Join the Seaport Museum and special guests for a digital conversation about the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by immigrants and millionaires prior to, during, and after the "Era of Titanic." The discussion will also examine the superliners that perfectly encapsulated the complex transatlantic world of the early 20th century. Register for the free event at http://seaportmuseum.org/beyondtitanic.

Author, travel writer and lecturer Theodore W. Scull will explore the beginnings of transatlantic travel in the 19th century, starting with the 1810-1820s Black Ball Line packet ships sailing out of of South Street and Peck Slip, and the development of steamship, starting with SS Great Western, the first ship built for regular services between Great Britain and New York, with her maiden voyage in 1839. 

Historian and educator William Roka will introduce the great liners of the 1900s-1920s, the contexts in which RMS Titanic was built, and the legacies tied to her fatal accident. Titanic was built in a world of competing global powers, rapid technological change, and great economic inequality. When she sank she was the largest ship in the world, but had she lived Titanic would have lost that title only a few weeks after her maiden voyage. 

This digital conversation will be held on Titanic Remembrance Day on April 15, 2021 and will be illustrated by materials from Seaport Museum's collection and archives, including but not limited to paintings, watercolors, drawings, ephemera, and ships models. The program will be moderated by Martina Caruso, Director of Collections at the South Street Seaport Museum.

For more information visit southstreetseaportmuseum.org

16) South Street Seaport Museum’s
19th-Century Printing Office Bowne & Co. 
Participates in 36 Days of Type
Through May 10, 2021 

South Street Seaport Museum’s 19th-century printing office Bowne & Co. announces participation in the eighth annual 36 Days of Type project on Instagram at @bowneprinters from April 5 - May 10, 2021. 36 Days of Type is about celebrating the breadth of approaches to designing letters, and Bowne & Co. hopes their contribution extends that conversation with historical examples.

An annual international initiative, 36 Days of Type invites designers, illustrators and graphic artists to express their interpretation of Latin alphabet letters and numbers on Instagram over 36 consecutive days. This year, The South Street Seaport Museum’s 19th-century printing office Bowne & Co. will partake in the event not by posting newly designed letterforms, but by posting scans of printed letterforms and close-up photography of the type artifacts themselves, so as to celebrate the history of decorative and expressive letterforms from the 19th and early 20th centuries. These letterforms come from wood printing type that is part of the working collection at the museum
17) Theater Resources Unlimited
Writer-Producer Virtual Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 2:30pm
Submission Deadline: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents a Writer-Producer Virtual Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. The popular event is now reformatted for Zoom, with more tech and less noise: each writer will be in an individual breakout room with each of the eleven producers. The submission deadline is Thursday, April 15, 2021. To apply, fill out the application here and email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com. The application fee is $65 for TRU members and $75 for non-members or observers. When naming the application document, please include your full name first.

There will be two Zoom sessions:

Session 1
2:30pm ET: Coaching
One-hour break
4:30pm ET: Pitching

Session 2
3:30pm ET: Coaching
One-hour break
5:30pm ET: Pitching

You meet a producer at a party and have two minutes to interest them 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.

There will be eleven producers lined up, from both the commercial and not-for-profit worlds, all with an interest in new projects; we also may have eleven aspiring producers from our Producer Development program. So you’ll be pitching to as many as 22 producers in total! Come with a willingness to learn, because the real value is the chance to practice your pitching. And you’ll be getting invaluable coaching from experts, as well.

Confirmed producers include:
Margot Astrachan, producer (The Prom, A Gentleman's Guide..., Ghost the musical, Around the World in 80 Days, Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day...)
Patrick Blake, producer (The 39 Steps, Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan, My Life Is a Musical, Play Dead, The Exonerated), founding artistic director of Rhymes Over Beats Hip Hop Theater Collective
Charlotte Cohn, producer (Church and State, Handle with Care, Rated P for Parenthood)
Sharon Fallon/Sharon Fallon Productions, general manager, theatrical consultant, producer (IndecentBeautiful Broadway, London & National Tour, Matilda The Musical, Lysistrata Jones)
William Franzblau, producer (Rocktopia, Tony Award-nominated Say Goodnight GracieAmerican Buffalo and Wonderland on Broadway; tour of Little House on the Prairie the Musical; off-Broadway Sistas, Jewtopia, Evil Dead the MusicalRespect, Illuminate)
Sue Gilad/In Fine Company, producer (Moulin Rouge, Angels in America, Jagged Little Pill, Company, Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812; M. Butterfly; Disaster! The Musical; Significant Other. Upcoming: The Outsiders. Off-Broadway: The Other Josh Cohen)
Jennifer Manocherian, producer (Meteor Shower, Dead Accounts, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Mountaintop, War Horse, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, August: Osage County)
Tamra Pica, producer and casting director for WriteAct Repertory, and the new Park Performing Arts Center’s (PPAC) in Union City, NJ
Jonathan Pollard, producer (Broadway: All Shook Up; off-Broadway: Disenchanted!, Dai (enough), The Thing About Men, Over the River and Through the Woods, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change)
Markus Potter, theatre director, Artistic Director of Kansas Repertory Theatre, Founding Producing Artistic Director of NewYorkRep, Co-Producer of the Velocity of Autumn on Broadway
One more producer to be announced

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.

18) What's on at the wild project

On Now:
Now – April 18
FOLLOWSPOT: a series of digital comedic performances to save our theatre!
With performances by Becca Blackwell, Brandon Collins, Manning Jordan, Jill Pangallo, and Paul Soileau with Roddy Bottum & Frank Haines
Produced by Wild Project & Solo Project Fund
Streaming On-Demand on wildprojectTV 
Tickets: $10

In this collaborative work, TETHER explores the bonds between people, tapping into the minds, bodies, and inner essences of each other to open portals into the surreal.

Available On-Demand Now!
TREES: A New Musical, created & directed by Mur
Produced by wild project
Featuring: Mur, Aisha Kerensa, Haley Fortune, Jade Litaker & Nyah Raposo
Streaming On-Demand on wildprojectTV 
Tickets: $4.99

Inspired by the international bestseller The Hidden Life Of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, TREES is a musical witness statement addressing climate change, deforestation, and the selfishness of mankind.  TREES gives voices to the last remaining Trees on Earth.

Mur, a New York City-based visual and performance artist with a focus in music composition, has exhibited and performed solo works in collaboration with La MaMa, National Sawdust, Le Poisson Rouge, Justin Vivian Bond, Alan Cumming, Illesteva, New York Fashion Week, Nordstrom, and Soho House.
Coming Soon:

April 13
The Selling Shit Show!!! Hosted by Nora Burns, featuring David Ilku as Isaac Isaacson
with Sexy Spokesmodel Valton Jackson
Produced by wild project & New York Stories
Livestream Tuesday at 8 pm
Tickets: $10

Comedy! Characters! Commerce! Come to the Livestream Shopping Party Show and Benefit! Buy, Chat, Kiki, Kick back with Old Friend and New!

This month’s show and tell features: Richard Alvarez, Alison Arngrim, Kevin Aviance, Mr Mickey Boardman, Lauren Ezersky, and Katy K.

All performances are on online and accessed via the wild project’s website www.thewildproject.org.
The wild project recently launched a GoFundMe to help mitigate the financial toll of Covid so that they can return to presenting some of downtown theater’s most exciting theatrical experiments.

19) ROW














The Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) and Audible Theater (Kate Navin, Artistic Producer) world premiere musical Row is available worlwide now within the Audible Plus catalog. Row is the final production of the 2020 Williamstown Theatre Festival summer season produced on Audible, the leading creator and provider of premium audio storytelling.

Inspired by A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClureRow has a book by Daniel Goldstein and music & lyrics by Dawn Landes, and is directed by Tyne Rafaeli.

Tori (Grace McLean) aims to be the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic. As a child, she raised her younger brother Lamar (John McGinty), defending him against discrimination and neighborhood bullies. Now, with nothing but her body and a hand-built boat, she squares off with her own tormentor: the ocean. Inspired by A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure, this uplifting world premiere musical, directed by Tyne Rafaeli with a book by Daniel Goldstein and music and lyrics by Dawn Landes, interrogates and reveals the resilience, fear, and ambition inside one individual undeterred by the odds.

Forged during and in response to a fraught moment in history, the unprecedented collaboration between Williamstown Theatre Festival and Audible Theater preserves the Festival season in a different format, provides continued work for the artists involved in the Festival season, and produces a body of work that will be made available for global Audible listeners to enjoy and experience. It also marks the first time that a theatrical season of work will be produced on Audible.

The other six titles in the season are all available now within the Audible Plus catalog: the Tennessee Williams masterpiece A Streetcar Named DesirePhotograph 51 by Anna ZieglerAnimals by Stacy Osei-KuffourChonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club by Shakina NayfackParadise Blue by Dominique Morisseau, and Sanaz Toossi’s Wish You Were Here.

Special access to all seven titles in the WTF Season on Audible is available to eligible WTF donors; visit www.wtfestival.org/support for more information.


For more information about Williamstown Theatre Festival, please visit www.wtfestival.org. For more information about Audible, please visit www.audible.com.




SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021 AT 7:00PM



The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director) is has announced today an anonymous donor WILL match all donations this week up $50,000 as part of its “Rebuild The York” campaign which leads up to the Gala Benefit performance of THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)…AND MORE!, which begins streaming on demand on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 7:00PM. The $50,000 gift is from a longtime supporter of The York who wants to encourage patrons to continue the generous support of The York following a water main break that devastated its longtime home at Saint Peter’s Church on January 4. The All-Star, All-Singing, All-Talking, All-Virtual special benefit presentation of the Off-Broadway hit THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)…AND MORE! is presented in association with Tom D’AngoraMichael D’Angora, and Tim Guinee, who have generously volunteered their services and have stepped in to help raise funds to rebuild The York. Donations may be made by visiting the GoFundMe link at gf.me/u/znnvib to help meet the donor challenge to match the generous $50,000 gift.

This all-star musical comedy event will feature performances and appearances by Christy AltomareColleen Ballenger, Betty BuckleyAndré De ShieldsRichard Kind, Kevin Smith KirkwoodTelly LeungJose LlanaKelvin Moon LohPatti LuPoneLesli MargheritaAndrea McArdleDonna MurphyBrad OscarChristine PediRandy RainbowJelani RemyChita RiveraSoara-Joye RossJackie SandersEthan SlaterMichael West,and Lillias White.

The star-studded evening will also feature special appearances by Matthew BroderickLewis BlackGiancarlo EspositoJane KrakowskiAudra McDonaldDebra MessingIsaac MizrahiMandy PatinkinMartha Plimpton, and Mercedes Ruehl, and remarks from Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Rockwell and Bogart’s The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) was chosen by Tom and Michael as the perfect show for this event. A loving parody and homage to Broadway's Golden Age, it is made up of five hilarious mini-musicals each telling the same story in the style of legendary musical theatre writers: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander & Ebb. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), which The York helped develop and create, received its Off-Broadway premiere there in 2003, where it enjoyed an extended run. Melanie Herman and The York transferred it to New World Stages in 2005 for a 500-performance commercial run. The original cast album is on JAY Records.

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)…and More! premieres on Sunday evening, April 18, 2021 at 7:00PM and will be available to view on demand through April 21, 2021. Free stream at www.YorkTheatre.org Donations may be made by visiting the GoFundMe link at gf.me/u/znnvib This event is presented through The Theatre Authority, Inc.

To help with the recovery, please visit the GoFundMe link at gf.me/u/znnvib

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another More Theater Monday.