LPTW Member Projects and News: March 2023

League of Professional Theatre Women members are making an impact throughout the theatrical community. In person, virtual & hybrid events are listed below; as are special offers & good news shared by our colleagues. 
On the Freedom Trail with Ghost Writer
Brooklyn Tea, 524 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Feb 25, 3pm
Submitted by Alicia Foxworth
In celebration of Black History Month, you can visit historic places from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Crown Heights, on the freedom trail that inspired Alicia Foxworth in writing the period play, Ghost Writer, an Abolitionist’s Tale. On foot or by vehicle, each location represents a critical resource for the emancipated and those seeking freedom during the anti-slavery Abolitionist movement in New York State. They include houses of worship, historic homes, and settlements, preserved for future generations.
Get your tickets here
The First Ladies Coalition
Created & Performed by Ginger Grace
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick, NY, March 5th
The Boardman Road Branch Library, Poughkeepsie, NY, March 18th
Submitted by Ginger Grace
Colleen McCracken, a resilient ex-con, immigrant and survivor of domestic violence, invites the audience to join Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Mary Todd Lincoln — as they step into her sewing shop! Mysteries and secrets are unveiled – hers & theirs. These iconic First Ladies speak out, as they once did when impacting history — and here, change the course of events for Colleen. It is a call to action for Colleen, for all of us!

For full info on the show, and a short video:  http://www.thefirstladiescoalition.com/

5 New Musicals Now Available
Submitted by June Rachelson-Ospa
Leicester Bay Theatricals is publishing 5 of my musicals: WELCOME TO TOURETTAVILLE, S.W.A.K, STUPID WIG,
Learn more at www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com
Submitted by Lynnie Godfrey
 This is a radio program/podcast in interview form that focuses on strengthening the importance of the ARTS in our Society. The range of interviewees is wide from professionals in the ARTS to Corporate Executives. These episodes comprise a three-part series featuring conversations with LPTW co-President Ludovica Villar-Hauser, LPTW co-President Katrin Hilbe, and LPTW member Valerie David. 
Listen here
By Kate Gill
Directed by Peter Hodges
The Institute Library Reading Room, 847 Chapel St, New Haven, CT
March 21, 7pm
Submitted by Kate Gill
Reading of New Play by Kate Gill.
Tickets not needed.
Bushwacked! And Other Short Plays
Greenwich Theatre Company, 100 Arch Street Greenwich, CT
March 25th 7:30pm, March 26th 2pm
Submitted by Susan Jacobson
Absurd, Macabre & Wickedly Funny Plays by Rosemary Foley.
Get your tickets here
Life of PI
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W 45th Street, NY, NY
Broadway previews begin March 9
Submitted by Daryl Roth
Winner of five Olivier Awards including Best New Play, LIFE OF PI is an epic tale of endurance and hope that “will make you believe in the power of theater” (The Times of London). After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi is left stranded on a lifeboat with four other survivors — a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

Featuring magnificent puppetry and unparalleled stagecraft, LIFE OF PI is an “unmissable” (The Guardian) theatrical experience that will speak to every generation. If you loved it on the page, wait until you see it on stage.
Get your tickets here
Discount Rental Space for LPTW Membership
14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York, NY
Offer available April 10-18, 20-21, 23, 25-28
Submitted by Akia Squitieri
A beautiful multi-functional theatre located in the heart of the East Village, within a community center teaming with activity. 
The venue is perfect for Theatre, Dance & Film performances, Readings, Development work and Film/Video shoots. Offering 50% rental rates in April for LPTW members. 
Reach out about a rental
474 Days
Created by Alisa Matlovsky
La Mama Galleria, 47 Great Jones Street, NY, NY
March 12, 6pm
Submitted by Alisa Matlovsky
Created and directed by Alisa Matlovsky with Charles Black, Tori Ernst, Ginger Grace, Kara F. Green, Katherine Alt Keener, Jon Krupp, Evan Maltby.
MARCH 12th at 6pm at La Mama Galleria, 47 Great Jones Street
Reserve a free seat here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/517073188827
What was it like to be an essential worker during the City’s earliest days of the pandemic?  This play draws entirely from the words of workers at a well-known grocery store who served as “front line workers” during this terrifying moment in the City’s, Nation’s….and world’s history. How they coped, what they experienced, and how they emerged from the 474 of the State of Emergency is the focus of this play.
RUN TIME: 75 Minutes
This reading is a part of MANIFESTATION: La MaMa Umbria 2022 Playwrights Reading Series. The scripts presented are inspired by the La MaMa Umbria International Playwrights Retreat facilitated by Master Artist Todd London and Artistic Director David Diamond in summer 2022.
Get your tickets here
The Whole Megillah: A Purim Spiel for Grown-ups
The Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W 47th St, New York, NY
March 17, 8pm
Submitted by Jenny Lyn Bader
The Jewish Theatre Circle and the Actors Temple Theatre present a staged reading of The Whole Megillah, an irreverent comedy inspired by the Book of Esther and the first Purim play you’ll get to watch on St. Patrick’s Day. Written and directed by Jenny Lyn Bader. Cast: Jason Guy, Evan Maltby, Jon Krupp, Jamen Nanthakumar, Will Nolan, Jeremy Rishe, Danielle Skraastad, and Meredith Starkman. After the temple’s 6:30 Friday night service the reading begins at 8pm and runs about 45 minutes. Reception with refreshments to follow. 
Get your tickets here
Sight Reading Shakespeare
New Perspectives Theatre Company,
458 W 37th Street, NY, NY (at 10th avenue)
Classes run Saturdays March 19 – April 28, 1-4pm
Submitted by Melody Brooks
NPTC has received critical and popular acclaim for its many innovative productions of Shakespeare plays and has developed a distinctive performance approach that is notable for immediacy of action and accessibility of the language to audiences of all ages and from all backgrounds. 
By popular demand, we are re-launching our 4-week workshop program for performers at all levels—from beginners to long-time professionals who want to conquer their fear of the text or strengthen their skills and audition repertoire. Conducted by Melody Brooks, NPTC’s award-winning artistic director and innovative Shakespeare educator, the program takes place in four, 3-hour sessions. Participants must commit to attending all 4 sessions. Resource materials and text copies provided. Visit our website for a description of each session and read some testimonials!
Sign up here
Free Acting Workshop with Jona Xiao
Zoom, March 13-15
Submitted by Illana Stein

Many of you met Jona Xiao as one of our panelists during LPTW’s February 6th Professional Seminar. Here is an invite to her next FREE ACTING WORKSHOP March 13-15. 

ACTORS: Want to book more TV and film on your own without relying on an agent? Then check out a free workshop taught by actress Jona Xiao (THE FLASH, THE GLORY + 45+ TV/Film Credits)

March 13-15 (virtual)

Here’s What You’ll Learn: 
*10x Your Auditions: Creative Ways Our Students have Generated a TON of INCREDIBLE auditions & bookings
*The Audition Leapfrog Technique: PROVEN approach for auditioning for LARGER roles even if your credits are smaller
*The Magnetic Actor Method: the 6 Key Differences Between Actors who Struggle and Actors who Work March 13-15

Grab your spot now.

Published by malinism

Malini is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She's served the theatre in many aspects of which she's very proud – actress, director, producer, stage manager, costume designer, prop designer, theatre reviewer, publicist and most recently writer/monologist. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. In 2003, Malini and her husband, Ian, created Black Henna Productions with a handful of innovative artists. Every member of the company collaborates on every piece, either writing, acting, directing, designing, or filling any other role that fit their own personal skills with a commitment to bring new, exciting, and challenging theatre to the world. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Malini received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York in 2008. She is also a Person of Godspell which ran at Circle in the Square on Broadway from 2011-2012.

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