I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Theater Thursday - Heartland

We were given complimentary tickets to Heartland for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Heartland

Where: 59E59 Theatres
             59 E. 59 St.
             New York, NY

Who: Recommended for Ages 12 and Up

When: Through April 10, 2022

Heartland is the story of retired professor, Harold Banks, and Nazrullah, an Afghani man sent by his daughter, Geettee to take care of him. She was recently killed in an attack in Afghanistan, the land of her birth, where she had gone to teach after learning a dark secret about the truth of her adoption. The story goes back and forth between the present day in the United States and the relationship between the two men and the past in Afghanistan and the developing relationship between Nazrullah and Geetee.  
The story is shocking and yet at the same time not exactly shocking. The relationship between the two men never really completely gels for reasons that become apparent nor does the relationship between father and daughter. Harold is a kind of gruff and not all that likable character even before anything is revealed. The relationship between Geetee and Nazrullah is touching and bittersweet, however. 

The play is clearly meant to remind us that when it comes to foreign affairs the Americans are not always the good guys, and this particular production at this particular time is clearly meant to remind us that even though the world is focused on Ukraine right now, there are ongoing problems in other parts of the world that also still need to be addressed. However, on the whole, the after the curtain call plea is heavy-handed and leaves us feeling manipulated which distracts from the message the show is trying to get across.

And that's our view. For more about Heartland or to purchase tickets, visit www.59e59.org/shows/show-detail/heartland.

Tune in Saturday for Still More Theater Saturday.

Photo credits: All Heartland production photos by  Carol Rosegg

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Where-To-Go Wednesday - New York New Music

We were given complimentary tickets to the Museum of the City of New York for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: New York New Music

Where: Museum of the City of New York 
             1220 5th Ave.
             New York, NY

Who: Teens and Up
          (The exhibit is open to all but probably most interesting for older children and adults)

The 1980s was an extremely influential decade in music history. Not only did it see the rise of a variety of new types of music like Electonic Dance Music and New Wave but it was also the decade that saw the creation of MTV, an event that affects the way we consume music and television even to this day.  The exhibit, New York New Music at the Museum of the City of New York thoroughly covers this important historical time period. It covers numerous styles of music that were or became popular at the time including (aside from those previously mentioned) hip hop, pop, jazz, salsa, and more. It gives an overview of many artists of the time with several receiving specific emphasis including Madonna, and Talking Heads. Numerous tour posters, pictures of artists of the time,  and a wide variety of other memorabilia are on display.  

There is a whole section of the exhibit devoted to the birth and rise of MTV. Here you can see an actual  MTV video award as well as a press release regarding the first MTV Music Video Awards. You can also find pictures of the original VJs and more. You can even watch clips of early MTV. 

On the whole, the entire exhibit is very nostalgic for anyone who grew up in the 80s. Even if you didn't that doesn't mean you won't enjoy this fascinating exhibit.  Whether you love the 80s, music, and/or history, or even if you are just curious you can definitely enjoy this compelling look back at a transformative decade of music.

The Museum of the City of New York is currently open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Admission is $20 for adults, $14 for seniors and students with ID, and free for those 19 and under as well as members of the museum. For more information or to view current Covid safety guidelines for the museum and/or to purchase timed tickets  to visit, go to https://www.mcny.org/exhibition/new-york-new-music

Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Tips for Tuesday - Books: The Shadow House & Making Broadway Dance

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

Books: The Shadow House and Making Broadway Dance

Today we are recommending The Shadow House by Anna Downes. After an incident at her son's school and wanting to get away from her ex,  Alex and her teenage son and baby daughter move to the ecovillage of Pine Ridge where they will be safe. When strange things start to happen that may have to do with the disappearance of a teenage boy years ago, Alex realizes they may not be as safe as she thought. This is an exciting thriller with a lot of twists and turns. The story isn't nearly as dark and horrifying as it seems like it is going to be, however. Overall, it is more sad than scarier but if you like human drama more than a good scare you will probably enjoy it. 

Today we are recommending Making Broadway Dance by Liza Gennaro. This book is a comprehensive look at the history of dance on Broadway from the earliest days through the present. It talks about different choreographers and discusses their influences and their style as well detailing some of their specific work. The sections on Agnes De Mille and Jerome Robbins are particularly thorough, and each merits an entire chapter. The book also details how choreography styles have changed over the years, how Broadway choreography was affected by the AIDS epidemic and more. 

The author is the daughter of noted choregrapher, Peter Gennaro, who worked on the original West Side Story with Jerome Robbins among other things. She is also a  Broadway choreographer in her own right whose work has included revivals of The Most Happy Fella and How to Succeed in Busines Without Really Trying. Accordingly, she is intimately familiar with her subject. Her love for the craft shines through on every page and adds to the reader's overall enjoyment of the book. 

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, March 28, 2022

More Theater Monday - The Hombres

We were given complimentary tickets to The Hombres for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: The Hombres

Where: Two River Theater 
              21 Bridge Ave.
              Red Bank. NJ

Who: 16 and Up Due to Strong Language and Violence

When: Through April 10, 2022

The Hombres is a look a male friendship and the culture of machismo and how men always feel like they have to hold each other at arm's length. They never really show their feelings to one another or for one another. The story revolves around a gay Latino yoga teacher who clashes with the three macho construction workers who are working at a construction site outside the building where his studio is located. Then, surprisingly one of the workers decides to take up yoga and the relationships between the men start to change. This is a powerful play that shines a light on why men are the way they are towards each other but also presents the hopefulness that it is possible for them to change. 

The acting is terrific. The nuances of the performances really make you feel like you are getting inside these men's heads and learning what makes them the way they are. Jon Rua, who plays Beto the most macho of the three really makes you want to slap him sometimes which is a tribute to Rua's excellent performance. Rua is also the choreographer, and he does an equally good job with that. The set and costumes are amazing as well. You really feel like you are in the middle of a construction zone.  All in all, this is not just a show about a bunch of macho men, there is so much more to it than that, and it is definitely worth seeing.

And that's our view.

For more about The Hombres or to purchase tickets, visit /tworivertheater.org/whats-on/the-hombres.

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Photo credit: All The Hombres production photos by T. Charles Erickson

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Sunday Scoop Week of 3/27/22 - What's Coming Up This Week and More

1)April Fools Party With Story Pirates Creator Club
2)Ballet Hispanico Auditions for Professional Studies Program Deadline 4/1
3) Ballet Hispanico New York Premiere of Dona Peron 4/1 - 4/3
4) Blue Man Group New Tickets Packages for Spring
5) CUNY Dance Initiative & Gerald W. Lynch Theater - Where Shall I Send My Joys?
6) Dramatists Guild Legal Defense Guide for Producing on College Campuses
7) Ensemble Studio & Alfred P. Sloan Assoc. Announce 2022 First Light Festival 
8) Friends the Musical Parody Begins Open-Ended Run 3/28
9) MJ Releases New Block of Tickets
10) Mr. Saturday Night the Musical Broadway Direct Ticket Lottery Opens 3/28
11) The OPC Episodes 5 & 6 Now Released
12) Passage Theater Co. Presents Janet Wide Awake: The Hedgepeth Williams Dream
13) South Street Seaport Monthly Sea Chantey Sing-Along In-Person and Online 4/3
14) TRU Annual Playreading Series Submission Deadline Extended 4/1
15) Vangeline Theater Gowanus Brooklyn Studio Space Available for Rental
16) wild project Launches Soundstage Program 3/30
17) Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents A Strange Loop 4/3

1) At Story Pirates April Fool's Camp
and Bash, Kids Help Peter Create the Pranks

Every year, April Fool’s Day means the same thing: Peter gets blamed for pulling pranks on his fellow Story Pirates. But, Peter is sure that these pranks are really being pulled by a mysterious someone called “The April Fool.” So, this year, Peter plans to fool the April Fool. 

Kids everywhere are invited to join Story Pirates on April 1st as Lee, Peter, Eric, and Baby with a Mustache, along with help from creators at home, work together to help Peter pull off the greatest April Fool’s prank of all time.

Families may sign up for the Three-Day Creator Camp (which includes a pass to the April 1 party). Kids will help Peter plan his big prank with weird experiments, unexpected confetti, and wacky antics of all kinds. Details and advance registration is available online.

Purchasers of the Three-Day Creator Camp will also have the option to add on an Undercover Fool Pool clubhouse registration to join a smaller Zoom session with Story Pirates teaching artists and no more than 15 other kids to work on projects that will make their way on screen at the party.

Those not going to Camp can simply join the April Fool’s Bash at 3 pm ET on Friday, April 1. Tickets are $10, and partygoers must RSVP to obtain the Zoom link.

Space is limited. Registration is required to join the camp and party.

Story Pirates are hosting other Creator Club Camps in April. The weekly themes are “Monster Camp,” “Film Camp,” and “Mystery Camp.” Details and registration are available at: https://www.storypirates.com/camp

For more information about Story Pirates, visit www.storypirates.com.


2) Ballet Hispánico Announces Auditions for
Pa’lante Scholars Professional Studies Program
2022-2023 School Year
Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

Ballet Hispánico School of Dance announces that applications for the Pa’lante Scholars Professional Studies Program 2022-2023 school year are now open. The tuition-free program is for students ages 18-25 who wish to pursue a professional career in dance. Classes will be held August 29, 2022 through May 26, 2023, Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM, with some performances taking place on weekends. The application deadline is Friday, April 1, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit ballethispanico.org/school/school-year-programs/palante-scholars

Program Description:    
For over fifty years Ballet Hispánico has been a platform for Black and Brown youth to find their dreams in the dance world. We have made it our mission to shine a spotlight on these talented young dancers, uplifting their voices and ultimately creating a central place for them on the world’s foremost stages. The Ballet Hispánico legacy is intrinsically tied to these students’ lived experiences. As an organization we face a renaissance period of growth and revitalization, and we seek now to build on this legacy of access and inclusion, emboldened by our success to in turn create more opportunities to empower our youth. We are therefore thrilled to announce a second year of the Pa’lanta Scholars Program. 
3) Ballet Hispánico
New York Premiere of
Doña Perón
City Center Dance Festival
April 1-3, 2022

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s renowned Latinx dance organization recognized as one of America’s Cultural Treasures, announces the New York premiere of Doña Perón at New York City Center, April 1-3, 2022, the concluding performances of Ballet Hispánico’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, on Fri & Sat at 7:30pm, Sat & Sun at 2pm. The Company will perform as part of the first City Center Dance Festival which showcases New York companies making their triumphant return to the City Center stage after more than two years away. Tickets can be purchased online at nycitycenter.org/pdps/2021-2022/city-center-dance-festival/, by phone (212-581-1212) or in-person with New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, NYC. 

Blue Man Group welcomes the spring season with the launch of two new ticket offers for its spring performances at the Astor Place Theatre (434 Lafayette St.). The offers include “Way Back Wednesday” deals for select Wednesday performances in celebration of Blue Man Group’s 30th anniversary and a special “Family Four-Pack” ticket package.  

Blue Man Group New York audiences are invited to celebrate Blue Man Group’s 30th anniversary with Blue Man Group’s “Way Back Wednesday” offer this spring. Tickets for select Wednesday performances at the Astor Place Theatre will be available for $37.50—the original ticket price from when Blue Man Group debuted in New York City in 1991. The “Way Back Wednesday” offer is now available at www.blueman.com/new-york/offers 

Families and small groups are encouraged to take advantage of Blue Man Group New York’s “Family Four-Pack” ticket offer this spring. Patrons can now receive 25 percent off purchases of four tickets to any Blue Man Group New York performance through October 30, 2022. This offer is now available through April 15 by visiting www.blueman.com/new-york/offers 

5) CUNY Dance Initiative and the Gerald W. Lynch Theater 
at John Jay College
Fly-by-Night Dance Theater in the World Premiere of
Where Shall I Send My Joys?
Performances with Aerial-Dance & Live Music

The Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College
524 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019
Friday, April 1st @ 7:30 PM
Adults: $25 advance/ $40 at the door
Youth/Seniors $15, John Jay Students $5

Aerial company Fly-By-Night Dance Theater (FBN) concludes their 2022 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency with the premiere of Where Shall I Send My Joys?. This evening-length work is an exploration of cultivating joy found in everyday life, and finding balance given the experience of loss, death, and grief throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the studio, the creative process for Where Shall I Send My Joys? began with the concept of identifying "everyday joys," and translating these images or experiences into movement phrases. These expressions of joy are counterbalanced with text about mourning and letting go, taking the audience on a journey of loss, reflection, appreciation, and acceptance. More background information on the project can be found on the FBN website.

Where Shall I Send My Joys? features dancers Cecilia Fontanesi, Maia Ramnath, and Julie Ludwick; live music by composer/percussionist Paul Uhry Newman; and video by cinematographer Cristobal Vivar with dramaturgy by James Bosley.



The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (DLDF) is pleased to introduce their new toolkit, Dramatic Changes: A Guide to Producing Live Stage Works on College Campuses in Turbulent Times.

The DLDF toolkit explores how students, administrators and educators can work together to resolve the tensions between the rights of free expression and the need to advance values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access when producing shows on college campuses. It is intended to prepare those involved in presenting theatrical works in an academic setting and empower them to address any potential controversies that might arise at any stage of a planned production.  

The DLDF developed its toolkit by forming a working group of educators, activists, non-profit organizations, and dramatists to study and address the many compelling concerns raised by the issue of school cancelations. The group spent over two years examining a series of case studies, to see how and why these cancelations occurred, to see what the key moments were in the process that had caused them, to identify similarities between the cases, and to determine what worked and what had not.  The group’s interviews and analyses lead to the creation of the toolkit.  It provides the legal context in which productions are produced and canceled, and then offers guidance at every step of a theatrical production (from the process of play selection, to its casting, rehearsal, and performance, to its aftermath), as well as providing a list of additional resources.  

The DLDF has now made the toolkit available to help all of the stakeholders navigate their way to an opening night that is safe and satisfying for everyone involved.  It is the DLDF’s hope that their guide can help school communities, including the students, faculty and administrators living and working there, to create opportunities for healthy discussion and disagreement, bound by mutual respect, unified by a common understanding of the unique and vital role that theatre can play in their lives.  

Visit https://thedldf.org/college-toolkit to download the toolkit today.



MARCH 28 – APRIL 28, 2022

ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE (EST) (William Carden, Artistic Director), along with The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Doron Weber, Vice-President and Program Director) are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2022 First Light Festival, part of the EST/Sloan Project to develop plays exploring science and technology.  

The 2022 First Light Festival will run from March 28 – April 28, 2022. All presentations are free and will be held at Ensemble Studio Theatre (545 W. 52nd St., 2nd Floor), with the exception of Good Hair, which will be at Studios 797 (797 8th Ave, Studio #2). Reservations are required and can be made at EnsembleStudioTheatre.org/FirstLight.

The 2022 First Light Festival includes public presentations of the following works-in-progress:


Circumstances Affecting the Heat of the Sun’s Rays

By Amanda Quaid

Monday March 28 at 2pm


A story about amateur scientist Eunice Foote, one big discovery, scientific legacy, and ever-rising levels of carbon dioxide.


Good Hair

By Phaedra Michelle Scott

Monday April 4 at 2pm


Told through three entangled timelines, Good Hair weaves together the lives of women and the central question: Does the cost of beauty outweigh the proof of science?


Beyond Words

By Laura Maria Censabella

Thursday April 7 at 1pm


Dr. Irene Pepperberg studies the cognitive and communicative abilities of Grey parrots in this offbeat and unexpected 30-year love story between scientist and research subject. What price does a woman scientist pay in trying to talk with the animals?


The Moderate

By Ken Urban

Monday April 11 at 7pm


Unemployed during a pandemic, and estranged from his wife and son, Frank accepts a job as a content moderator for the world’s largest social media company. The job takes a heavy toll on Frank until he realizes he might have the power to save both a stranger and himself.


Las Borinqueñas

By Nelson Diaz-Marcano

Thursday April 14 at 3pm


Las Borinqueñas is the story of the first birth control pill mass trial and the Puerto Rican women that served as tribute for the miracle to occur.


The Reservoir

By Jake Brasch

Thursday April 28 at 7pm


A lost, queer, neurotic mess of a twenty-something moves home to get sober. Struggling with memory loss, he finds unlikely allies in his four grandparents.



In addition, the 2022 First Light Festival will include the following plays, presented by invitation only:


Favaloro: A Heart in Pieces

By Julián Mesri


A musical journey about Argentine surgeon Rene Favaloro, a country doctor in the Pampas who went on to revolutionize heart bypass surgery at Cleveland Clinic, and his tragic downfall trying to save his foundation amidst Argentina's economic crisis.


Love Antics and Dances

By Noah Brody, Marshall Hagins & Brad Moranz


Dr. Samantha Williams is an ornithologist working as a post doc in Dr. Mackenzie’s lab. Ideas bubble up inside her - radical, slightly feminist ideas about evolution. When Dr. Mackenzie derails her career because he disagrees with her scientific ideas, Sam drops off the grid and moves to Papua New Guinea where she finds a rag-tag group of fellow bird scientists who become her new family. Just as Sam is discovering the freedom to pursue ideas that give her pleasure, Mackenzie shows up to make a nature documentary, and Sam must struggle to find the courage to stand up and describe the physical world as she knows it - to be a scientist. 





FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY - the hilarious unauthorized sendup of the iconic tv series is slated for an open-ended run, Off-Broadway in The Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center.

Previews begin Tuesday, March 29th at 7:30PM and the official opening night will be on Tuesday, April 5th at 7:30PM. Performances are on Tuesdays at 7:30PM, Fridays at 9:30PM, Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 5:00PM and 7:30PM.









It was announced recently that the hit new musical of the season, MJ, will release a new block of tickets for performances from September 6 through December 30, 2022 next Wednesday, March 30 at 10:00 AM. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher WheeldonMJ, inspired by the life and art of Michael Jackson, is on Broadway playing at the Neil Simon Theatre.

A national tour production of MJ will launch at Chicago’s James N. Nederlander Theatre on July 15, 2023 and will play in 17 major cities (and more than 60 engagement weeks) in its first season, while MJ continues its Broadway run at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and the Neil Simon Box Office.

For more information, visit MJTheMusical.com



Previews Begin March 29, 2022

Opening Night April 27, 2022

At the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway

The new comedy musical, MR. SATURDAY NIGHTwill launch a digital lottery powered by Broadway Direct on Monday, March 28, making a limited number of $45 tickets available at https://lottery.broadwaydirect.com/show/msn-ny/.   

MR. SATURDAY NIGHT’s digital lottery will be open from 10am to 4pm the day prior to the performance. Winners will be notified by email shortly after each drawing and have 60 minutes to claim and pay for tickets online. Tickets will be delivered via email the day of the performance. Seat locations and number of tickets awarded by the lottery are subject to availability. Lottery seats may be partial view. Maximum 2 tickets per entry.


MR. SATURDAY NIGHT begins previews on Broadway on Tuesday, March 29th and will officially open on Wednesday, April 27th. 


MR. SATURDAY NIGHT is the story of Buddy Young Jr., an outrageous and outspoken comedian who found fame, if not fortune, in the early days of television.  Now, some 40 years after his TV career flamed out, Buddy seeks one more shot at the spotlight, and while he’s at it, one last shot at fixing the family he fractured along the way.

For more information, please visit MrSaturdayNightOnBroadway.com


11) "The OPC"





The OPC, an original scripted podcast series created and written by Richard Curtis, depicting an intense intergenerational drama, has released its fifth and sixth episodes, each under 15 minutes, now available on all streaming platforms.

A modern twist on the classic radio play format, The OPC is equal parts comedy and heart. Easy to binge and hard to forget, this is one podcast that will leave you wanting more. (And more is on the way: a second season is being scripted.)

12) Passage Theatre Company Brings Janet Wide Awake: The Hedgepeth-Williams Dream to the Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School of the Arts

Passage Theatre Company is proud to announce the premiere of their newest theatre for families and young audiences production appropriate for ages 10+.  Janet Wide Awake: The Hedgepeth-Williams Dream is an original play written by David Lee White, Richard Bradford, and students at the Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School of the Arts, which tells the true story of Gladys Hedgepth and Berline Williams and their fight for racial equality at the Trenton school formerly known as Junior High No. 2.  Performances run March 31 through April 3 at the Hedgepeth-Williams School, located at 301 Gladstone Ave, Trenton.

In the 1940s, Gladys Hedgepeth and Berline Williams challenged the Trenton school formerly known as Junior High No. 2 and its policy of segregation after their children were not admitted due to their race.  After a historic legal battle, the New Jersey Supreme Court struck down the widespread practice of segregation in New Jersey public schools. Written and performed by both theatre professionals and students from Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School of the Arts, Janet Wide Awake shares Trenton’s local history with the next generation and shows audiences what can happen when one stands up for what’s right.

Tickets are $25 adults, $5 for children, and are available for purchase at https://www.passagetheatre.org/janet-wide-awake.

13) South Street Seaport Museum
Announces Monthly 
Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along
Now in Hybrid Version: Available Both In-Person and Online
Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 2pm ET

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music  the original NYC chantey sing, now made popular on TikTok – continues on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 2pm ET, with the option to participate either in-person or online. Join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. For more information and to sign up, visit seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing.

The in-person event will take place in the collaborative community space at The Corner, located at 25 Fulton Street, at the corner of Fulton and Water Streets, across the street from the Seaport Museum galleries. A large screen and speakers will allow song presentations from Zoom participants who are not onsite, and an onsite camera will allow in-person song leaders to present on Zoom. In-person participants will be required to provide proof of full vaccination as well as a booster. Masks will also be required. Before or after the sing, participants are invited to tour the Seaport Museum gallery exhibitions at 12 Fulton Street, as well as visit the 1885 tall ship Wavertree and the 1908 lightship Ambrose on Pier 16.

The virtual event will take place simultaneously on Zoom. Participants both near and far can register and receive a Zoom link 24 hours before the event. 
14) Theater Resources Unlimited
TRU VOICES Annual Play Reading Series
Submission deadline extended 
to April 1, 2022 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the submissions deadline for TRU VOICES will be extended until April 1, 2022. Presented with the generous support of R.K. Greene and The StoryLine Project, TRU VOICES seeks full length plays for the annual series, to be presented on Sundays in July. The presentations may be virtual, with the possibility of the series being presented live in one of Manhattan's off-Broadway theaters. TRU will pay for a developmental reading of your new play. To apply, fill out an application: PRS22Application.pdf (writable PDF) or PRS22Application (Word), and send to TRUPlaySubmissions@gmail.com

Producers are invited to submit new work that they are interested in developing. Theater companies are invited to submit new work that they wish to produce in the series. Writers are invited to submit and are strongly encouraged to use this as an opportunity to form a relationship with a potential producer, for our series and perhaps for the future. 

TRU is particularly interested in works that deal with current social issues and encourages submissions from BIPOC voices. However, all good works are welcome by all and any talented writer. To view guidelines and applications, visit truonline.org/tru-event-category/tru-voices/ and direct any questions to TRUPlaySubmissions@gmail.com

TRU members may submit free of charge. All non-members must submit a $25 application fee, which is applicable towards our $95 annual membership. If selected for the series, at least one member of the producing/writing team must be a paid member of TRU.

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

15) Vangeline Theater Announces
New Gowanus Brooklyn Studio Space
Now Available for Rentals

The Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute announces that their new studio space at 126 10th Street, Suite 207, Brooklyn, NY 11215, is now available as a rental space for rehearsals, auditions, meetings, small classes or workshops. This beautiful, new dance studio is located in the heart of the Gowanus in Brooklyn and is accessible by the F/G/R to 4th Avenue and F/G to Smith & 9th. 

The space is column-free and fully equipped with full-length mirrors, a portable barre, a sound system, chairs, new Rosco Marley floors with subfloors, heat/air-conditioning, WiFi, and a silent, state-of-the-arts air purifier. The 700 square foot studio has a 530 square foot dance floor. It is quiet, private, with plenty of natural light making it clean and bright. 

The studio is cleaned daily, and renters have access to a private bathroom. There is a capacity limit of 10 to 12 people. 

The base rate for rentals is $20/hour, with an early bird special of $15/hour between 7AM and 10AM. Bookings are made online using Skedda and are easily managed. 

For more information and to book a rental, visit www.vangeline.com/space-rental 

16) Soundstage program launches at wild project with Majid Khaliq & Cyrus Aaron: Black Love in Soundtrack 

wild project launches their new Soundstage program with Majid Khaliq & Cyrus Aaron: Black Love in Soundtrack on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Performances are at wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B). Tickets are $20 and are available by calling the wild project box office at 212-228-1195 or by visiting thewildproject.org.
Black Love in Soundtrack is a string ensemble performance led by Majid Khaliq. The ensemble will perform compositions from films: Love Jones, Love & Basketball, If Beale Street Could Talk, and more. In addition to the music, the performance will feature poetry and song by Cyrus Aaron and guests. 
Majid Khaliq is a violinist and composer cut from a different cloth. He has been described by legendary musician Wynton Marsalis as having “a unique blend of improvisation, groove, and technical sophistication.”  In 2002, Mr. Khaliq graduated from the Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music and in 2010 with a Master of Arts in Jazz Performance from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. Mr. Khaliq has played with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Mr. Cheeks, Antonio Hart, Craig G, John Blake Jr., Dyme-a-Duzin, Itzhak Perlman, Keith David, Isaac Stern, and Regina Carter.

COVID Safety protocols at wild project
Upon entry, all audience members must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination & Photo ID. The wild project welcomes the NYC Covid Safe App and the New York State Excelsior Pass, which provides secure, digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination & photo ID. For more information on Excelsior Pass, visit Epass.NY.gov.
To help ensure a fast and efficient entry, wild project asks that guests using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app download the app in advance and log in prior to their visit, ensuring access to documentation before arriving at the venue.
Audience members are required to wear masks at all times within the theater.
17) Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces Season Addition:
Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop 
with Raja Feather Kelly, Stephen Brackett, and Rona Siddiqui
April 3, 2022
Previously announced, on April 4, Michael R. Jackson joins Federal Hall: The Democracy Project 
Works & Process Program

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to announce an addition to the 21/22 season with Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop, featuring Raja Feather Kelly, Stephen Brackett, and Rona Siddiqui on April 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm. Jackson’s appearance will be followed on April 4, 2022 with another performance as part of the previously announced Federal Hall: The Democracy Project with Larissa FastHorseMichael R. Jackson, and Bruce Norris. Taking place in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, all programs invite audiences to embrace artistic process and uniquely blend performance highlights with insightful artists discussions.

On April 3, 2022, ahead of the Broadway premiere of A Strange Loop, meet Usher: a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer...  
Michael R. Jackson's Pulitzer Prize-winning, blisteringly funny masterwork exposes the heart and soul of a young artist grappling with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes. Hell-bent on breaking free of his own self-perception, Usher wrestles with the thoughts in his head, brought to life onstage by a hilarious, straight-shooting ensemble. See performance highlights and writer Michael R. Jackson, choreographer Raja Feather Kelly, director Stephen Brackett, and music director Rona Siddiqui discuss their creative process with moderator and staff writer for The Washington Post Peter Marks. 

On April 4, 2022, see Michael R. Jackson again with Federal Hall: The Democracy Project, a perspective-shifting odyssey through the 527 days when New York City was the nation’s first capital, the presidency was still new, the slave trade was in debate, and the United States Constitution—and the rights of all this land’s inhabitants—hung in the balance.

Written by Tanya Barfield, Lisa D’Amour, Larissa FastHorse, Melissa James Gibson, Michael R. Jackson, and Bruce Norris, directed by Tamilla Woodard, produced by Lynn Goldner and commissioned by the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, this new play will premiere in spring 2022 at Federal Hall National Memorial. At Federal Hall, the Conservancy is bringing together the nation’s finest storytellers and scholars, writers and artists, poets, playwrights, and pundits to probe the ideas and ideals, flaws and contradictions of our democracy, a Constitutional experiment that began at the historic site in 1789.

Prior to its premiere, members of the award-winning team of theater artists, including FastHorse, Jackson, Norris, and Woodward, discuss their collaboration and present performance highlights with Adam Greenfield, Artistic Director, Playwrights Horizons.

$35, $15 partial view. Pay-what-you-wish tickets are available for purchase online only at worksandprocess.org.

Health and Safety Information
  • Every audience member must be fully vaccinated and will be required to show proof in person of vaccination authorized by the FDA or WHO against COVID-19 before entering the theater. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC COVID Safe app, New York State Excelsior Pass, NYC Vaccination Record, or an official immunization record from outside New York City or the United States. Full vaccination is defined as being two weeks or more after receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks or more after receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
  • Visitors over the age of 18 will also be asked to show a photo ID.
  • At this time, children under the age of 5, for whom there is currently no available vaccination, will not be permitted to attend this performance regardless of the vaccination status of their guardian.
  • Bring your three-ply face mask, N-95, or equivalent to keep yourself and one another safe. All individuals will be required to wear a face mask at all times.
  • There is no coat check; please do not bring bags.
  • Do not attend if in the ten days leading up to the performance, you have tested positive or experienced COVID-19 symptoms or come into close or proximate contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case. If you are unable to attend due to COVID-19 exposure, please contact boxoffice@guggenheim.org in advance of the performance.
  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public environment where people are present. Those visiting the museum do so at their own risk of exposure.

For more information, visit worksandprocess.org
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