MultiStages Presents Speakout Protest Plays & More 6/21-6/25

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When George Floyd was killed and the BLM message exploded, veteran MultiStages artists took to the streets. The streets were our theater, the screams were real and the pain was palpable. In deciding how to support this movement, address the slew of Asian-American attacks and the twisted COVID world surrounding us, Artistic Director and activist, Lorca Peress, created the idea of a multicultural, multidisciplinary SPEAKOUT call-to-action Festival.

Gena Bardwell, Melody Cooper, Fengar Gael,Dorothy Tan Nathan Yungerberg
Each created a short new work to address the times we are living in through stories they want to tell. Hear them “Speakout” about Anti-Asian Attacks, BLM, Climate Crises, LGBTQ Identity, The Pandemic, Politics, Women’s Rights, and more.

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“BEAUTIFUL MORNING,” a play by Dorothy TanDirected by Eugene MaFeaturing Wai Ching Ho, Michael Striano and Lu Yu In Mandarin and English with subtitles.
“Beautiful Morning” is a three-character play, acted in Mandarin and English (with subtitles), that takes place when a stranger interrupts two friends chatting on the morning of a protest. Tan was inspired to write this Anti-Asian-Hate protest play by the rising number of violent attacks on US streets.
Dorothy Tan is a playwright and novelist. Her produced plays are: “The Loved One” and “Womb Song” in Boston, “The Palace of Loneliness” produced OOB in NYC by MultiStages was the premiere winner of MultiStages’ New Works Contest, and a play for children, “Tabbit,” which was awarded the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild’s Marilyn Hall Award

“THE KEEPERS” by Melody CooperDirected by Lorca Peress
Featuring Rainbow Dickerson, Brie Eley and Amanda Salazar
“The Keepers” is a sci-fi climate change fantasy that centers on three women who meet on a zoom-type platform across time: a Lakota activist marching against the Pipeline, a Latina rebel fighting against oppressors in the future, and a young African-American woman in Flint Michigan who does not yet know the water is toxic. 

Melody Cooper is currently story editor on NBC Universal’s “Law & Order: SVU.” She was previously staff writer on Stage 13’s “Two Sentence Horror Stories,” now on Netflix. A 2019 HBO Access Writing Fellow, she has been named one of the Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021 by ISA. She received a Ford Foundation grant to develop her Rwanda play, “Sweet Mercy,” and won the Jane Chambers Award and MultiStages New Works Contest for “Day of Reckoning.”

“LESSONS ON SOLIDARITY,” a play by Gena Bardwell
Directed by Kimille HowardFeaturing Messeret Stroman Wheeler
“Lessons on Solidarity” is a personal story about a once in a life-time meeting of an Iconic activist at her grandfather’s famous African-American book shop, in the heart of Los Angeles. Through Gena’s pre-teen eyes, we learn how meeting a cultural shero significantly impacted her young life. Looking back on that moment in time, in the turbulent 1970’s, she grapples with questions and the need for answers that escaped her on that life-changing day spent with her learned grandfather, Frank James Whitley and an authentic Black goddess who took her breath away.

Gena Bardwell’s plays have been developed at Crossroads Theater in NJ and MultiStages in Manhattan.  Her latest arts project, “The Most Dangerous Animal,” which addresses the plight of 21st Century Sudanese people, was written, directed and produced by Al Sutton and performed at the United Nations. She is also an actor.

“MY BODY, MY BATTLEFIELD” by Fengar Gael
Directed by Kimille Howard
Featuring Kate Bornstein and Vanessa Guadiana
“My Body, My Battlefield” takes us into a zoom conversation following a traditional online church service. A female Reverend with a deep secret and a pregnant congregant filled with conspiracy theories clash in this absurd mismatching of minds and “alternative” facts.

Fengar Gael has had workshops and/or productions at the Sundance Playwrights Lab, the InterAct Theatre, New Jersey Repertory, Moxie Theatre, Athena Project, Landing Theatre, and in New York at Ego Actus Theatre, MultiStages (two-time New Works Contest winner), Urban Stages, Turn to Flesh Productions, Project Y Theatre, and TRU Resources. She is a recipient of the Craig Noel Award, Playwrights First Award, Wilde Award and Julie Harris Award and is the winner of two MultiStages New Works Contests. 

“TRILOGY,” a short play by Nathan Yungerberg
Directed by Toussaint Jeanlouis
Featuring Dimitri Carter, Michael Gene Jacobs, Donnell E. Smith
“Trilogy” is a play about three Black men who are healing. They’re gonna burn sage, palo santo, cinnamon sticks, and lather on Shea butter while gazing at the moon. They’re gonna feel too much, cry in front of their children, and create a class about Black self-love. They’re gonna ride horses for the first time— free to go where they please.

Nathan Yungerberg’s plays have been developed or presented by The Cherry Lane Theatre, JAG Productions, LAByrinth Theater, The National Black Theatre, The Fire This Time Festival, 48 Hours in Harlem, The Lark, The Playwrights’ Center, Crowded Fire Theater and The Bushwick Starr. He has had fellowships with Jerome Hill (2021-22), National Black Theatre of Harlem (2021), Djerassi Resident Artist (2019) and O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Semifinalist, 2016). He is also a writer for Sesame Street. His play, “Esai’s Table” was presented in MultiStages’ Script Development Series.

StatueFest Four on June 18th at 7pm

Monologues To Put Women On a Pedestal

In StatueFest, we’re filling the public square of our imagination with statues of women: we have a lot of  suggestions.

Here’s what audiences said about our previous performances: ‘Very impressed with the quality.’ ‘Intensely aware of what these women have done.’ ‘A lively and inspiring evening!’ Read about how StatueFest got started on Medium.

StatueFest Four is Friday, June 18 at 7 pm EDT. Free with RSVP
Statue-worthy women who will be our fourth and final presentation of the season:

  • Henrietta Vinton Davis, leading lady of her day who took a prominent role in the Pan African movement (by Carolyn Gage, performed by Laura E. Johnston)
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman rights lawyer (by Cindy Cooper, performed by Sarah Baskin)
  • Marsha P. Johnson, LGBTQIA and Stonewall-uprising activist (by Nicole Ansari)
  • Pauli Murray, labor and civil rights organizer (by Michael Angel Johnson, performed by Lynnette Freeman)
  • Antonia Pantoja, educator and founder of the ASPIRA youth leadership program (by Janis Astor del Valle, also performing)
  • Emma Stebbins, artist and Bethesda Fountain sculptor (by Heather Jeanne Violanti, performed by Cathy Haase)
  • Edith Wharton, prize-winning author and designer (by Martha Patterson, performed by Jean Brookner)

The director for the evening is Allison Astor-Vargas.

The live performances are followed by a brief talkback with the artists. All on Zoom. Send your RSVP for the link to: statuefest2021@gmail.com.Put A Woman on a Pedestal is a project of New Shokan Kitchen Island Project. Producers: Janis Astor del Valle, Cindy Cooper, Cheryl Davis, Deborah Savadge. People are asking, and yes, we’re willing to partner with others to keep the StatueFest spirit flowing!

READ more in Broadway World, WomenArts Online
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Reserve your space: statuefest2021@gmail.comPerformances are free. If you wish to donate, use this link.

Reproductive Freedom Walking Tours in New York are back! The first is June 20. Read more.

Mac Roger’s Give Me Away Opens 7/16

The cast of Give Me Away
Written by Mac Rogers
Directed by Jordana Williams

Season One, Part 1: July 16, July 23, July 30 & August 6 
Season One, Part 2: September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8 & October 15

Gideon Media, the creators behind the hit podcast Steal The Stars and the critically lauded stage saga The Honeycomb Trilogy, will premiere the multi-season science fiction epic Give Me Away, written by audio-fiction juggernaut and critically lauded playwright Mac Rogers with acclaimed director Jordana Williams.

Season One of the new series will be offered in two parts, with new episodes premiering on July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6, September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8 & October 15. Episodes will be free on-demand to listeners across all platforms where podcasts may be found, with distribution from public media organization PRX

They call the spaceship that crashed in the Nevada desert “The Ghosthouse” because it screams—the screams of thousands of extraterrestrial political prisoners uploaded into its horrific mainframe. The only way to free them… is to transfer them into the bodies of humans willing to share their minds with an alien second consciousness. But who would volunteer for that? Graham Shapiro, divorced and adrift at age 50, is one of the first to raise his hand.

Season One of Give Me Away follows Graham’s journey into a world of radical hospitality, one which will touch everything—and everyone—in his life.The cast will feature, in order of appearance: Hanna Cheek (one of Time Out New York‘s “Future Legends of NYC Theatre”), Sean Williams (Advance Man at The Gym at Judson), Kevin R. Free (Welcome to Nightvale) Nat Cassidy (King Kirby on Broadway Podcast Network), Diana Oh (Infinite Love Party at The Bushwick Starr), Dani Martineck (Almelem at The Brick), Rebecca Comtois (God of Obsidian), Alba Ponce de León (The Clean Up), Jorge Cordova (M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit), Lori Elizabeth Parquet (Shadow/Land with The Public), Stephanie Willing (Little Shop of Monsters on Audible), Ato Essandoh (Away on Netflix), Hennessy Winkler (Mrs. Mayfield’s 5th Grade Reunion with Caps Lock Theatre), Brian Silliman (High Fidelity on Hulu), Christopher Wilson (Unwell: A Midwestern Gothic Mystery), Neimah Djourabchi (Steal the Stars), Matthew Trumbull (We Are a Masterpiece with Retro Productions), and Maya Armstrong (Kid Biologists at Brooklyn Comedy Collective). The creative team includes Sound Design by Bart Fasbender (Bloody Andrew Jackson at The Public), Music Composed by Adam Blau (You’re the Worst on FX). Assistant Director Marty McGuire and Producer Cara Ehlenfeldt

Mac Rogers (Playwright) is an award-winning audio dramatist and playwright. His podcasts Steal The StarsThe Message, and LifeAfter have been downloaded over 10 million times. He has also written for prominent fiction podcasts like The TruthTumanbayArden, and Alba SalixRoyal Physician, as well as an episode of Torchwood for Big Finish. His stage plays include The Honeycomb Trilogy (three-time New York Times Critics Pick), Universal RobotsViral, and God of Obsidian. His audio dramas and plays have earned acclaim from The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Fangoria, io9, and many others.

Jordana Williams (Director) specializes in grounding fantastical events in a living, breathing, emotional reality. She is the director of Give Me AwaySteal the StarsThe Earth MovesGod of ObsidianOut of Sight, and several other forthcoming fiction podcasts. Before moving into audio, she directed numerous critically acclaimed plays, including The Honeycomb TrilogyUniversal RobotsViralFrankenstein UpstairsAsymmetricAlmelemAlexandriaThe Particulars, and Kill Shakespeare.

Gideon Media proudly brings the award-winning theatre tradition of Gideon Productions to audio, crafting gripping productions that explore human grace and darkness through the kaleidoscope of popular genre forms. Gideon Media draws on its founders’ two-decade record of acclaimed onstage storytelling to meticulously craft new audio series that use thrilling entertainment as a delivery system for challenging stories that take on religion, sexuality, politics, culture, and the often strange bonds that tie people together in a rapidly changing world. Gideon Media’s debut production, Steal The Stars, was downloaded over two million times and was an Audie Awards Finalist for Best Audio Drama. Gideon Media is represented by CAA, Circle Of Confusion, and Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams, & Shepherd. www.gideon-media.com

PRX is a public media organization shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology, and training talented, independent producers. With an award-winning portfolio ranging from iconic public media programs such as “The Moth Radio Hour,” “TED Talks Daily,” “This American Life”, “Snap Judgment,” “Latino USA,” “The World,” and “Reveal,” PRX also powers a growing body of podcast-first productions, including the Radiotopia podcast network and the TRAX podcast network for tweens. www.prx.org

Meet Tony Leone, Strong Box Theatre & The 39 Steps

Name: Tony Leone

Strongbox Theater

Where are you creating theatre? East Rockaway, Long Island

Tell us about your current project? 

We are in the process of renovating an old bank into a black box theater with a bar. It is a long and expensive endeavor. In the meantime we intend to produce shows in other venues, starting with a production of The 39 Steps. This production will be free to the public and presented at East Rockaway’s Memorial Park.

What continues to inspire your art? 

We are on a mission to create a new audience of theater goers in a geography that we feel is a cultural desert. Garnering more people to come to see our shows, we feel, will better the theater holistically.

Any advice for your peers?

If you are an artist and are in a dry spell, work on your own project whether it is directing, writing, or producing.

What’s next for you? 

After the free show, we will look to rent a space to have a show with paid admission. After that, we hope to launch.

Tony Leone: A long time ago, Tony Leone was an actor in the Buffalo theater circuit having appeared in about 25 productions. Moving back to NYC did not work out artistically since a career, children, and then a failed marriage quickly ensued. After 23 years spent in a logistics career, Tony with his wife, have now set their new career in starting this new business of Strongbox Theater. Strongbox Theater will be a commercial, independent, theater.


Show Info:

July 9 -31 at Memorial Park in East Rockaway
Free Admission
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Meet The Call Theatre and Green Mist on June 13th & 14th

Name: Karen Cecilia

Where are you creating theatre? Flatbush, Brooklyn

Tell us about your current project? 

The Call Theatre Presents: GREEN MIST (A Developmental Reading Of A Play With An Installation) What’s it about: Three families have taken refuge at a bed-and-breakfast after an unprecedented storm that produced a mysterious green mist. While the mist lingers outside, they will have to learn to survive in the house not knowing what the mist is. The most dangerous threat might be closer to them than the mist itself. 

What continues to inspire your art? 

The Call Theatre was born out of the pandemic that exposed disparity in our neighborhoods. It strives to revolutionize ways of engaging the community through the arts while making theatre and community needs more accessible to our neighbors. 

What’s next for you? 

To produce more work that closely follows The Call Theatre’s mission

Karen Cecilia (she/her) is a playwright who’s work has been seen across the country and in London, England. She has been published and has received recognition for her plays.


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Gideon Media Presents Wallace Shawn’s The Designated Mourner & Grasses of a Thousand Colors, 6/25 & 7/9


Gideon Media
 will present The Designated Mourner and Grasses of a Thousand Colors, two unnervingly prescient plays from legendary playwright Wallace Shawn and director André Gregory, as part of their new slate of scripted fiction podcasts, with distribution from public media organization PRX. The podcasts will be available free on-demand to listening audiences.

These productions will reunite the legendary duo behind My Dinner with André and Vanya On 42nd Street to reimagine two of Shawn’s finest plays for the world of podcast drama. The creative team will also include the original casts from the U.S. productions of both plays, including Jennifer Tilly (Bullets Over Broadway), Julie Hagerty (Marriage Story), Deborah Eisenberg (writer, Let Them All Talk), Larry Pine (House of Cards), and Emily Cass McDonnell (Marie and Bruce). 
“For many decades my colleague André Gregory and I have tried to create work that is intimate and intense, private and personal, so this amazing medium, the podcast, is the fulfillment of a dream”, said playwrightWallace Shawn. “I love the fact that listeners can participate in what I’ve written by imagining it in their heads, and I love the fact that no one has to pay money or go to a specific place to dwell in these made-up worlds.”

“It was a thrill to work with these legendary artists,” says Gideon Media co-founder Sean Williams. “But at the same time it was shocking how freshly relevant the material turned out to be. Hearing these seasoned actors recreate these productions, while outside a pandemic raged and an insurrection was launched against our democratic process was incredible and unnerving. Wally has been developing these shows for years, but they seem as if they were written for us, now.”

The Designated Mourner – All Episodes Released June 25 Written by Wallace Shawn, Directed by André Gregory Something’s happening in the country where Jack lives. There’s violence in the streets. Leaders are being replaced. Public life is transforming. The government is cracking down on anyone suspected of subversion. But Jack – consumed with his atrophying marriage to Judy, his corrosive envy of his famous poet-intellectual father-in-law Howard, and his disintegrating sense of self – barely notices. As the once-liberal society around him descends into authoritarianism, Jack plunges into his own parallel decline, a chilling abdication of everything he once valued. 

The Designated Mourner is a searing and unnervingly prescient drama that The New Yorker’s John Lahr called “among our generation’s few great plays, one of the most memorable evenings of theatregoing in my life.” 
This six-part podcast adaption reunites the entire creative team behind the original New York production, including director André Gregory, whose collaborations with Shawn have been celebrated for decades, and the original cast, Larry Pine, Wallace Shawn, and Deborah Eisenberg. 

Grasses of a Thousand Colors – All Episodes Released July 9 Written by Wallace Shawn, Directed by André Gregory In Wallace Shawn’s most disturbing and dreamlike drama, a doctor invents a groundbreaking nutrient intended to end world hunger. Instead it radically transforms the food chain, chemically disrupting animal and human bodies, leading to a global illness and outbreaks of disturbing behavior. Isolated from the worst of it by his wealth, the doctor loses himself in a series of tumultuous relationships with his wife Cerise, his mistress Robin, and his girlfriend Rose. A cat called Blanche, who leads him into an enchanted world of bizarre eroticism, also figures crucially in the drama. 

Grasses of a Thousand Colors is a challenging, dream-logic exploration of the intersection between human beings and nature, with a sense of encroaching apocalypse that will feel all-to-familiar to listeners after the last few years. Of the stage production The New Yorker raved that Shawn’s “visionary satire of decadence  powerfully dramatizes our country at a spiritual tipping point.”
Once again reuniting Shawn with his celebrated collaborator André Gregory, Grasses also features the original US cast of the play, including Shawn himself, Jennifer Tilly, Julie Hagerty, and Emily Cass McDonnell. 

Wallace Shawn (Playwright) started writing plays in 1967.  His plays have been performed at the Public Theater and The New Group in New York and in London at the National Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. They include Our Late NightA Thought in Three PartsMarie and BruceAunt Dan and LemonThe FeverThe Designated MournerGrasses of a Thousand Colors, and Evening at the Talk House. The plays are published in the US by TCG Books and Grove Press and in the UK by Faber and Nick Hern Books. Shawn’s translation and adaptation of Ibsen’s A Master Builder is available from TCG Books. His translation of Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera will be published when the underlying work enters the public domain. His translation of the libretto by C.F. Ramuz for Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale is legal in the United States. His latest book is a long essay, Night Thoughts. His earlier essays are collected in Essays. Both books are published by Haymarket Books. Allen Shawn’s opera The Music Teacher, with a libretto by Wallace Shawn, is available from Bridge Records. Shawn became a professional actor in 1977 when he appeared on stage at the Public Theater in New York in his own translation of Machiavelli’s The Mandrake, directed by Wilford Leach. His film work includes appearances in ManhattanRadio DaysCluelessThe Princess BrideToy Story 1, 2, 3, and 4, The Moderns, and Rifkin’s Festival. His three films with André Gregory, available in a boxed set from Criterion, are My Dinner with Andre and Vanya on 42nd Street, both directed by Louis Malle, and A Master Builder, directed by Jonathan Demme. He has been a recurring character on many television shows, including “Taxi”, “The Cosby Show”, “Murphy Brown”, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, “Gossip Girl”, “She’s Gotta Have It”, “The Good Wife”, “Mozart in the Jungle”, and “Young Sheldon”, where he can currently be seen as Dr. John Sturgis.

André Gregory (Director) has been one of the most important forces in the American theatre for nearly forty years. Gregory was one of the original creators of the regional theatre movement, the off-Broadway movement in New York, and with his partner Wallace Shawn, the American independent film movement. His production of The Blacks ran for years in New York and featured now legendary performers James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Lou Gossett and Maya Angelou. His forty-year collaboration with Wallace Shawn began with his critically acclaimed production of Shawn’s Our Late Night, at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater. Shawn and Gregory went on to create My Dinner With André, directed by Louis Malle. The partnership of Shawn, Malle and Gregory later created Vanya on 42nd Street. In 2000, Gregory directed Shawn’s play, The Designated Mourner, in an abandoned men’s club in Lower Manhattan. In 2009 he directed Grasses of a Thousand Colors, also by Shawn, at the Royal Court Theatre in London. In the summer of 2013, Gregory directed two Shawn plays at the Public Theater – Grasses of a Thousand Colors and The Designated Mourner. Criterion has released a boxed set that includes My Dinner With AndréVanya on 42nd Street and A Master Builder. As an actor, Gregory has performed in a dozen films, including The Last Temptation of Christ by Martin Scorsese, Mosquito Coast by Peter Weir and Celebrity by Woody Allen. Gregory starred in the HBO series “The Young Pope” directed by Paolo Sorrentino in 2017. THIS IS NOT MY MEMOIR is Gregory’s latest project, written in collaboration with Todd London. It is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Gideon Media proudly brings the award-winning theatre tradition of Gideon Productions to audio, crafting gripping productions that explore human grace and darkness through the kaleidoscope of popular genre forms. Gideon Media draws on its founders’ two-decade record of acclaimed onstage storytelling to meticulously craft new audio series that use thrilling entertainment as a delivery system for challenging stories that take on religion, sexuality, politics, culture, and the often strange bonds that tie people together in a rapidly changing world. Gideon Media’s debut production, Steal The Stars, was downloaded over two million times and was an Audie Awards Finalist for Best Audio Drama. Gideon Media is represented by CAA, Circle Of Confusion, and Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams, & Shepherd. www.gideon-media.com

PRX is a public media organization shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology, and training talented, independent producers. With an award-winning portfolio ranging from iconic public media programs such as “The Moth Radio Hour,” “TED Talks Daily,” “This American Life”, “Snap Judgment,” “Latino USA,” “The World,” and “Reveal,” PRX also powers a growing body of podcast-first productions, including the Radiotopia podcast network and the TRAX podcast network for tweens. www.prx.org

Andromeda’s Sisters Arts and Advocacy Gala on June 26th

IN-PERSON TICKETS

Tickets + Donation: $250

VIRTUAL TICKETS

Streaming Access: $25

SPONSORS

Jackie Lowey, Saunders & Associates

Melissa Cohn, Raveis Mortgage 

Julie Sigler Baum, East End Acupuncture
Danos Tequila

VIP ADVOCACY GUESTS

Alexis McGill Johnson, President, Planned Parenthood

Serena Liguori, Founder, New Hour

Angie Cruz, award-winning Author of Dominicana

PERFORMANCES

Performance reading of playwright Kathryn Grant’s one act play Order My Steps starring Catherine Curtin (Homeland, Stranger Things, Orange Is The New Black) directed by Florencia Lozano (Narcos, Labyrinth Theater, Life After You) and Kate Mueth

Irena Sophia Luchio (WIT on Broadway, The Americans)

Cocktails and catering provided

COVID protocols in place

ABOUT THE NEO-POLITICAL COWGIRLS

The Neo-Political Cowgirls is a not-for-profit dance theater company dedicated to making theater for and from the perspectives of women* and the under-represented in our society. Founded in 2007 by Kate Mueth, NPC is committed to making work that puts powerful stories center stage and creates a space where humans from all walks of life can share their stories through professional dance theater and other arts. Storytellers at heart, their site-specific projects are ground-breaking and invigorating, and they believe in removing conventional walls that traditionally separate audience and actors. Called “Unapologetically raw” and “Gorgeous vision-makers,” NPC also ignites communities through their Arts Education arm, Making Space.

Meet Sloppy Bonnie

Sloppy Bonnie Announce New Streaming Dates: June 21-July 15

Nashville, TN: No Puppet Co. (funded by a grant from Vanderbilt University and the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy)announces new performance dates for their streaming World Premiere of Sloppy Bonnie, a roadkill musical for the modern chick created by playwright Krista Knight and composer Barry Brinegar and directed by Leah Lowe. The online experience, pre-recorded from live performances May 20-June 5 at OZ Arts Nashville, will be streamed live for a national audience at www.SloppyBonnie.comJune 21-July 15 (previously announced performances were scheduled for June 11-27) with performances on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 5pm PST/8pm EST and Wednesday at 12pm PST/ 3pm EST. Tickets ($10) are available for advance purchase at www.SloppyBonnie.comThe performance will run approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission. 

Sloppy Bonnie is a country western musical comedy about a rambunctious bride-to-be named Bonnie (aka Sloppy Bonnie when she’s drunk). With the best of intentions, Bonnie sets off on what she hopes will be an inspirational roadtrip to be with her fiancé, Jedidiah, who has ghosted her ever since he left for a revival retreat in the mountains. But along the way, her cookie-cutter femininity causes havoc, turning her into an accidental serial killer.

Irresistible and deliciously irreverent songs and story coalesce in this collaboration by incisive playwright Krista Knight (Vanderbilt Writer in Residence), composer Barry Brinegar, and prominent Nashville director Leah Lowe. Featuring 3 talented actors/singers who portray more than a dozen roles, this fable on the dangers of female subordination offers an unhinged, delightful evening that will have you begging for seconds and maybe even doing the chicken dance.

Virtual media studio No Puppet Co. (Crush) in collaboration with Griffin Dunn is filming this once-in-pandemic production in order to bring Sloppy Bonnie to even the most distanced of audiences. For the price of an eight-piece box, streaming audiences can enjoy a taste of Nashville theatre along with some special digital fixin’s. 

The cast for Sloppy Bonnie features Nashville-based actors Amanda Disney, Curtis Reed, and James Rudolph II with Filming Assistant Carter Beardmore, Dramaturg Joy Brooke Fairfield, Illuminator Phillip Frank, Choreographer Gabrielle Saliba, Production Assistant Katia Sievert, and Stage Manager Sara Bolek.

Krista Knight (Playwright) is a Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow (2016-2018), Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007), MacDowell Fellow (2008), Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011-2012), Vanderbilt Writer-in-Residence (2020), Chance Theater Resident Playwright (2020), winner of the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville (2016), and winner of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (2020). Her work includes Crush (NY Times Recommended; Time Out New York Best Theater to Stream Online; Nashville Scene Critics Pick, featured in American Theatre Magazine), Lipstick Lobotomy (Kilroys List; Trap Door Theatre), Don’t Stop Me (musical with Dave Malloy), Kirk at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt (NYTW’s Summer Residency; Vineyard Theatre reading series; Playwrights Foundation Rough Reading; Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse/ MacDowell Benefit), Primal Play (New Georges; Playwrights Center of MN), Hissfit (Cradle Theatre; Berkeley Rep School of Theatre; McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College; seven Ostrander Awards), Salamander Leviathan (Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; Ars Nova Ant Fest; Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival; Inkwell; KCACTF Musical Theatre Award from the Kennedy Center for best book), Doomsurfing (Parkside Lounge; UCSD), Selkie (Williamstown Workshop; Dutch Kills), and 17 plays and musicals for young audiences. Commissions include the script for a ride at Tokyo Disney, The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, The Assembly, Live Girls!, Crystal Springs Uplands School, The Steinmetz Lab, and an EST/Sloan Commission (2020). Krista has been in residence at La Napoule Art Foundation, Tofte Lake, The Orchard Project, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Page 73’s Summer Residency at Yale, Santa Fe Art Institute, UCROSS, Yaddo, and MacDowell. Alum of EST’s Youngblood, terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers, Page 73’s Interstate 73, Civilians R&D Lab, New Georges JAM, Fresh Ground Pepper Playgroup, and The Orchard Project Professional Lab collaborating with singer/songwriter Jill Sobule. BA: Brown University. MA: Performance Studies from NYU. MFA Playwriting: UC San Diego. www.KristaKnight.com

Barry Brinegar (Composer) is a composer, performer, and multi-media artist originally from Siloam Springs, Arkansas. His minimalist approach to production yields short, simple, infectious pop hooks that are both familiar as references/allusions and original in execution and context. Brinegar fronts the band David’s Pegasus in NYC while continuing development of various multimedia and theatrical IPs with Krista Knight including the VR Puppet play Crush, the bit-pop grand guignol Salamander Leviathan, the apocalyptic surf-rock musical DoomsurfingThe Nanoman, a multimedia outreach program that interfaces STEM disciplines with the performing arts via an original video game, stage show, and animated shorts, the Icarus adaptation Light Embrace, coliseum-rock Julius’ Super Sunday Bloodsporting GamesForlandia, the Orwellian Hee-Haw allegory of capitalism Corn Cobbers, and the short holiday plays Blood Elves: Polar Justice and The Snowman Frostywww.davidspegasus.com

Leah Lowe (Director) is a native Tennessean who began her directing career in the Twin Cities and has made theatre in Los Angeles, Miami, Connecticut, Ohio, and Nashville, where she currently teaches at Vanderbilt University.