Third Rail Projects premieres RETURN THE MOON, Aug. 11 – Sept. 30

Third Rail Projects (Then She Fell, Ghostlight, The Grand Paradise) will present the World Premiere of RETURN THE MOON, conceived and directed by Zach Morris and created by Alberto Denis, Kristin Dwyer, Joshua Gonzales, Sean Hagerty, Justin Lynch, Zach Morris, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Tara O’Con, and Edward Rice. Previews begin August 11, live via Zoom. Opening is set for September 8.

RETURN THE MOON is a live performance created specifically for the Zoom platform which invites audience members to collectively construct a shared experience that is one part toast, one part ritual, and one part retelling of a very old story of how the Moon was lost and found again.  Matching decidedly analog tools of performance with the unique opportunities that the Zoom platform affords, RETURN THE MOON combines text, movement, cinematic visuals, and music. It also enfolds offerings from audience members to create a rumination on remembrance and recurrence, the interplay of shadow and light, and how a shared experience might linger and reverberate over the passage of time. The work also features an epistolary component; after the performance, every audience member is mailed a package that contains content and interactive artifacts from their shared event.  

RETURN THE MOON runs one hour fifteen minutes for 60 audience members per performance. During the show, audience members are invited, but not obligated, to contribute guided input that shapes how the work unfolds. This experience is designed with audience comfort in mind and affords a range of opportunities where guests can choose if and when they wish to contribute.

RETURN THE MOON is performed by Alberto Denis, Joshua Gonzales, Justin Lynch, and Tara O’Con. The production features assistant direction by Marissa Nielsen-Pincus; choreography by Marissa Nielsen-Pincus,  Alberto Denis, Joshua Gonzales, Justin Lynch, Zach Morris, and Tara O’Con; sound design and original music by Sean Hagerty; visual design by Zach Morris in collaboration with Alberto Denis, Kristin Dwyer, Joshua Gonzales, Justin Lynch, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Tara O’Con, and Edward Rice; stage management by Kristin Dwyer; and production management by Kristin Dwyer, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus and Edward Rice. It is produced by Zach Morris & Edward Rice.

From the onset of this project, director Zach Morris and collaborators were interested in exploring how to center audience experience on a digital platform. Morris reflected on some of the initial points of inquiry that prompted this project, saying “I was curious how we might create a ‘remote’ project that felt inviting and intuitive, communal, and personal. I wondered what inspiration might be found in this now ubiquitous platform that has become kind of an artifact and metaphor for the dissonance of distanced connection. I was interested in what it meant to craft a work specifically for this medium that would acknowledge and engage with its strengths, its all-too-familiar challenges, and also capitalize on the opportunities that it could afford that would be otherwise impossible in a traditional theater setting.”   

The creators were also interested in the increased accessibility that a Zoom-based experience might afford both the creative team and audience members. By creating a work that exists in digital space, this project afforded the opportunity for artists who were in geographically disparate locations to work together and to simultaneously reduce the overhead costs associated with mounting an in-person production. Likewise, the digital/epistolary nature of this project allows audience members from around the world to attend the work while allowing the production to offer tickets at a much lower price point than might otherwise be possible. 

RETURN THE MOON runs August 11- September 30, performance dates vary. Three ticket tiers are available: General admission at $42, Pay-it-Forward at $67, Subsidized at $15. The Pay-it-Forward tickets support Subsidized tickets. Preview tickets go on sale July 15, 2021 and the full run goes on sale August 6, 2021. For tickets and info visit,


About Third Rail Projects: Third Rail Projects has been hailed as one of the foremost groups creating site-specific, immersive, and experiential performance. The partnership is dedicated to the work of Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, and Jennine Willett and their projects that re-envision the ways in which audiences engage with contemporary performance. They have made work in New York, nationally, and abroad since 2000. Their long-running, award-winning immersive hitThen She Fell, was named as one of the “Top Ten Shows of 2012” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times and acclaimed as one of the best theater experiences of 2013 by Vogue.

Fundamental to the director’s work is the notion of re-imagining contexts for presenting contemporary performance, as exemplified by a history of creating projects sought after by avid theater goers as well as those seeking unique experiences. Collaboration is integral to the work, in the creative process as well as in partnerships with each new site, community, and cultural landscape. This manifests in numerous points of inquiry and programmatic objectives that foster artistic exchange and shared practice across unique communities.

In recent years, Third Rail has launched several major works, all of which were met with massive critical and audience recognition: As Time Goes By in St. Petersburg, Russia; Sweet & Lucky with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts;Learning Curve with Albany Park Theater Project in Chicago; Ghost Light with Lincoln Center Theater’s LTC3 at the Clare Tow Theater; Behind The City with The Macallan; and The Grand Paradise, which ran for 11 months and garnered rave reviews and Critic’s Picks from The New York Times and Time Out New York, among others.

The directors and their collaborators work nationally on new immersive and site-specific projects, and internationally through the Global Performance Studio (GPS), which combines the Third Rail’s creative and educational offerings through a program of cultural listening and exchange. The directors have been the recipients of several prestigious awards, including: two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards; a Chita Rivera Award for Choreography; a Drama Desk Awards Nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience; several fellowship awards including two CEC Artslink Back Apartment Residencies (Russia); a Theater Fellowship from the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy); an IllumiNation Award from the Ford Foundation and National Museum of the American Indian; and more. Third Rail Projects has also been recognized as part of the creative team of the Emmy Award-winning virtual reality adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Wolves in the Walls. In 2016, Zach, Tom, and Jennine were named among the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn Culture by Brooklyn Magazine..

New Perspective Theatre Company Presents Theatre From the Streets 8/1 to 10/17, 2021

An international pilot program creating conversations across borders

THEATRE FROM THE STREETS is a 12-week pilot project prompted by discussions among theatre women involved with the 2020 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award, given by the International Committee of the League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW). NPTC is partnering with U.S. and international companies to provide a platform in which theatre artists can use their creative talents to be a voice for THE PEOPLE.

Beginning August 1, 2021 and continuing every Sunday through October 17, 2021, we will host a program of readings of short theatre works followed by dialogue with audiences from around the world. Our goal is to contrast biased political and media narratives with truthful and authentic stories that bring to light the realities for ordinary people “on the ground”. The pilot program spotlights the first of what are expected to eventually be worldwide regions: Palestine/Lebanon, Venezuela and India for one month each on four successive Sundays. Each event includes the work of three invited theatre artists (12 total for each region.) These original theatrical pieces will focus on:

  • CORRECTING THE RECORD: combating narratives that have been promoted by the oppressors through political mechanisms and the media
  • A DAY IN THE LIFE: revealing the reality of the ways in which victims of oppression and marginalized populations are forced to navigate their daily existence
  • WHAT WILL IT TAKE?: offering a vision that speaks to a collective humanity engaged in making a difference

The pieces will be performed in English in a 60-minute live Zoom meeting. Audiences will be invited to engage in a discussion immediately following the readings that will contextualize the theatre pieces and deepen our understanding of the lived experiences of marginalized and oppressed peoples in these areas. 

EACH EVENT WILL BE RECORDED AND POSTED TO THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF NEW PERSPECTIVES THEATRE COMPANY. Partners in this endeavor include ASHTAR Theatre (Palestine), Brighton Theatre (U.K.), Darpana Academy of Performing Arts (India), LPTW International Committee (U.S.), Teatro La Comarca (Venezuela), and Theatre Beyond Broadway (U.S.).





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Project Partners

IMAN AOUN is the Artistic Director of ASHTAR Theatre, the oldest youth theatre in Palestine. A renowned international trainer in theatre of the oppressed techniques, she works with marginalized youth in devising pieces based on their personal stories, including the global sensation The Gaza Monologues. Aoun is an award-winning actor and director, and has received numerous commendations for her work from different countries, international organizations and festivals.

MELODY BROOKS is the founder and Artistic Director of NPTC. She is an award-winning producer, director and dramaturg and recipient of the “Spirit of Hope Award” from Speranza Theatre Company for her career-long support of women theatre artists. Brooks and NPTC also received the”Trailblazing Women and Arts Institutions Award” from Rhythm Color Associates. She currently leads NPTC’s Women’s Work Project, which develops new plays and rescues plays by women from the past. Brooks is on the Board of LPTW and has co-produced the triennial LPTW Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award Program since 2014.

LINDA CHAPMAN  is a long-time member of the League of Professional Theater Women serving as Chair of the Lucille Lortel Committee and Co-chair with Joan D. Firestone of the International Committee. She is a Founding Board President of Youth Arts NY (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons coalition member – 2017 Nobel Peace Prize).  Chapman was Associate Artistic Director at New York Theatre Workshop from 1995-2020; co-adapted Ann Bannon’s Lesbian classic, The Beebo Brinker Chronicles (GLAAD Media Award winner, nominated for a LAMBDA Literary Award) for the stage with playwright Kate Moira Ryan. Co-writer/performer of OBIE Award winning Gertrude and Alice: A Likeness to Lovingwith life partner, Lola Pashalinski.

JOAN D. FIRESTONE is a familiar figure in NYC’s cultural and civic communities, having held policy level positions in the for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors including: Assistant Director of the New York State Council on the Arts; President of Primary Design Galleries; Executive Director of the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Association; Director of Economic Development and Cultural Advisor to the NYC Comptroller; Special Advisor in the Arts to the NYC Schools Chancellor; and Executive Director of The Moth. Firestone maintains an active role in the theatre community in the development of innovative new works promoting social change. A former Co-President of LPTW, she is currently co-chair of the International Committee and serves on the Boards of The Moth, En Garde Arts, and New Yorkers for Culture and Arts (NY4C&A).

LUPE GEHRENBECK is an award-winning playwright and director with a 30-year track record. She has collaboratively developed and independently produced more than 25 plays in Caracas and across three continents in multiple cities, using the same independent collaborative format to adapt them to the local audiences. She also created “Theater Without Borders” for UNESCO, working with at-risk migrant children populations in Mexico. Gehrenbeck has received numerous awards for her work; an anthology of eight of her plays was published in 2018. She is Vice President of Gimnasio de Actores, Caracas and a member of the PDW of the Actors Studio NYC.

MALINI SINGH MCDONALD is the founder of Theatre Beyond Broadway which provides a platform to promote and support a broad range of independent artists through producing, publicity, education and a podcast. McDonald is currently Executive Vice President of the League of Professional Theatre Women, a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and has been recognized with a Woman of Distinction Award from the City of New York for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture.

MALLIKA SARABHAI is a celebrated Indian performer and activist best known for playing the lead role in Peter Brook’s magnum opus, The Mahabharata. She has traveled the world with her work for four decades, using dance, theatre, music, puppetry, video and martial arts to draw attention to issues relating to women, violence, human rights and the environment. Sarabhai received India’s highest civilian award and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

FAYNIA WILLIAMS is a multi-award winning international theatre director and BBC producer of drama and documentaries. She has been artistic director of five UK theatres including her current post at Brighton Theatre, where she uses the power of the arts to go “where politics cannot, with the aim of effecting change”. Williams has also worked with a number of international organizations, including serving as honorary president of UNESCO’S International Theatre Institute Dramatic Theatre Committee. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

New Perspectives Theatre Company Presents 12th Annual Women’s Work Short Play Festival June 26-30

Original works by: K. Alexa Mavromatis, Uma Paranjpe, Jennifer Rowland, Yuliya Tsukerman, Zakeia Tyson-Cross, Laura Zlatos

June 26-30, 2021 via NPTC YouTube Channel
premiering at 12pm on Saturday, June 26 and available through midnight on Wednesday, June 30


PROGRAM A : premieres Saturday, June 26 at 12:00pm

The Empress of Jupiter by Laura Zlatos, directed by Karin Crighton; with: Cate Bottiglione, Kea Trevett, Lindsley Howard, Tami Swartz

Running Out of Time by Zakeia Tyson-Cross, directed by Karin Crighton; with: B. Alexander, Robert Johnson, Laura E. Johnston, Andrew Manning, Daniel Neusom, Sandra Parris

PROGRAM B: premieres Saturday, June 26 at 2:00pm

Foul Line by K. Alexa Mavromatis, directed by Dani Ortiz; with: Emma Sarah Davis, Eliana Weiss

Brett & Ashley by Jennifer Rowland, directed by Chanon & Cherita Judson; with: Ellen Lindsay, Adam J. Smith, Voice of Victor Victoria

PROGRAM C: premieres Saturday, June 26 at 4:00pm

Frosting On Top, by Uma Paranjpe, directed by Melody Brooks; with: Anita Ganesan, Roy Reyes Scandela

Cold Turkey by Yuliya Tsukerman, directed by Jenny Greeman; with Meghan Martin, Melissa Skirboll


Like so many other things missed during 2020, our Short Play LAB writers were not able to see their work produced live in our annual festival.

We have waited almost a year to share these gems with the public. An in-person festival is still not possible, but before we close out the 2020-2021 Season, we can share them virtually in anticipation of welcoming audiences back to our studio before the end of the year, where they can be experienced fully realized!


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.


“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.

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: 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.

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.

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

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.

For More Info:

Instagram: thecalltheatre.brooklyn

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.

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.

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


Tickets + Donation: $250


Streaming Access: $25


Jackie Lowey, Saunders & Associates

Melissa Cohn, Raveis Mortgage 

Julie Sigler Baum, East End Acupuncture
Danos Tequila


Alexis McGill Johnson, President, Planned Parenthood

Serena Liguori, Founder, New Hour

Angie Cruz, award-winning Author of Dominicana


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


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.