Joanna has a small comic role as an obsessed fan on “As the World Turns” airing July 15th.
Posted on June 12, 2009
Theatre Askew discovered the most interesting old time-y manuscript, and then had it translated from the French and Chinese into English, and then performed an excerpt of it at the Salon. Itâ€™s called â€œThe Tale of the Good Whistleblower of Chaillotâ€™s Caucasian Mother and her Other Children of a Lesser Marriage Chalk Circle,â€ and it just may have you re-thinking everything that ever happened in the world. With myself, Brandon Uranowitz, Sara Alvarez, and Matt Steiner, with words and music from Stan Richardson and Rachel Peters (and a cast rounded out by Tim Cusick and Deb Troche). Please take a look at http://www.bricktheater.com/antidepressant– and learn.
Ryan Britt, smarty funny writer from Nerve.com, the Liar Show and the Moth, has been working on a daily short story project: www.sideaffects.wordpress.com. Thatâ€™s a story a day, folks, a story A DAY. His salon story, â€œIndoor Nebulaâ€, tells the tale of a pesky nebula that disrupts domestic bliss by taking up its intergalactic residence in his shared apartment. Annoying!
Kambri Crews told us all about how learning the birds in the bees is a little bit â€“ different â€“ when your entire family is deaf except for your brother Kyle , when you live in a trailer, and when in any relevant discussion, the Rapture is involved. I guess the fact that we can all relate to everything that comes out of this girlâ€™s mouth is a testament to the power of good delivery, great writing, and the fact that weâ€™re all a little deaf, trailer, and crazy. See http://www.lovedaddy.org/.
Today the California courts ruled against gay marriage, so I felt the need to discuss my own personal pet project, â€œWhen Cousins Marry,â€ because I feel that pretty soon all semi-interesting marriage rights are going to be taken away, and then I wonâ€™t be able to make really bad choices and marry an a-hole, or someone Iâ€™m related to, or men who tell me I do, indeed, look a little fat in those jeans. Get out of my relationship choices, haters!
The awesomeness that is Becca Ayers came to perform a song from the upcoming film â€œClear Blue Tuesday,â€ in which 11 New York singer-songwriters worked with director Elizabeth Lucas to create a new story about life in NYC after September 11th. Beccaâ€™s song lyric â€œPaint a brand new skyâ€ made it onto the gorgeous movie poster http://clearbluetuesday.com/, so we have high hopes for the world. You can learn more about Beccaâ€™s music and other doings at www.beccaayers.com.
Finally, Adam Gwon, the talented writer of â€œOrdinary Days,â€ a full-length musical about young New Yorkers recently announced to be on Roundaboutâ€™s fall season, accompanied songs from the show performed by recent University of Michigan grad Olli Haaskivi and Wickedâ€™s Erin Mackey. Fantastic performers, Olli and Erin did great work showcasing this exciting new writingâ€”about young love, and New York, and choosing wine as a window into relationship troublesâ€”or squabble-y perfection. Really, a fantastic showcase and we canâ€™t wait to see the show!
Posted on June 12, 2009
Dave Jayâ€™s been performing his Beatles show JohnPaulGeorgeRingo all over the place and in April he was at the Happy Hour Salon. Dave is all of the Beatles incarnate, as he answers questions thrown at him by the audienceâ€”we want to know about Ringoâ€™s name and he chats about his rings; we want some dirt on Paulâ€™s recent divorce, and he tells us the relationship just didnâ€™t have the [insert joke here]. Weâ€™ll go out on a limb and sing along to Yellow Submarine with Dave Jay any time! www.davejay.com
Next, the fiery , hilarious Michele Carlo told a story about the old days when she found herself caught between Kill Whitey Day and Kill Puerto Rican Dayâ€”either way she was running away from â€œgirls named after jewels or positive attributesâ€”Precious, Ruby, Unity.â€ A great storyteller, check out more at www.michelecarlo.com.
I had a little something to say about my experience canvassing for President Obama. And I said it in song, with rhymes and reverenceâ€¦ sigh.
Maddy Mann, 15 Junior at Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow, was crushing on James the Swimmer, and tried to show up his deaf girlfriend with the most hilarious and communicative dance routine weâ€™ve ever seen. Iâ€™m sorry if you missed Maddyâ€™s show at Terranovaâ€™s Solanova Festival, but I know if you go to her Web site at www.maddymann.com, you can write her a mash noteâ€”we certainly will.
Finally, Ash Gray and the Girls brought their thoroughly fun, well-coordinated retro pop-rock, with songs like â€œYour Gun is Out,â€ and â€œI Love My Rock and Roll Recordâ€ they reminded me of Tracy Ullmannâ€™s first albumâ€” and if you donâ€™t know that, go buy it. And then visit www.myspace.com/ashgraymusic, and laugh and smile and rock out.
Posted on June 12, 2009
We’re taking Monday off for Memorial Day, and busting out the Happy Hour Salon on a Tuesday this month. The Salon is New York City’s new works venue for a variety of genres, and we’re so excited to have some of our bestest most favorite performers (Becca Ayers!) coming in to work out new pieces, along with some newbies, some stories, some theatre– I can’t wait.
I’ll be performing a special excerpt from Theatre Askew’s project for this summer’s Antidepressant Festival at the Brick Theatre, with talented fellow cast members Tim Cusick and Deb Troche. Lyrics by Stan Richardson, music by Rachel Peters.
Nerve.com favorite and rising novelist Ryan Britt (The Liar Show, the Moth) reads his witty best.
University of Michigan grad Olli Haaskivi and (youngest Glinda ever in “Wicked”) Erin Mackey will perform the music of rising star composer Adam Gwon (ORDINARY DAYS, Fred Ebb Award, many upcoming regional productions).
The lovely Kambri Crews soundly defeats the “but I don’t have anything to write about” memoirist’s quandary with her hilarious and poignant work-in-progress, “Love, Daddy– Letters and Stories from My Jailed Deaf Dad.”
The aforementioned Becca Ayers, who just returned from Dallas Theatre Center where she played the title role in the world-premiere of the full-length musical, “Sarah, Plain and Tall,” is a talented singer-songwriter and a cast member of the upcoming cast-written filmed musical “Clear Blue Tuesday”– we’re betting she sings some of those songs, but we’ll take whatever she decides to dish out.
$10 at the door, super-reasonable 2 drink minimum. 101 East 15th Street, just East of Union Square, NYC
So to reiterate, May 26th LINE-UP of new works:
Singer-Songwriter Becca Ayers
Writer-storyteller Ryan Britt
Olli Haaskivi and Erin Mackay perform Adam Gwon
Kambri Crews reads from “Love, Daddy”
Theatre Askew performs new work
The wrap-up of last month’s Salon will be coming soon, stay tuned!
See you on TUESDAY May 26th!
Posted on May 18, 2009
Avant-Garde-a-Rama at PS122, curated by Theatre Askew and hosted by downtown favorite Everett Quinton and Bianca Leigh– performing a new piece from The Tale of the Good Whistleblower of Chaillot’s Caucasian Mother and her Other Children of a Lesser Marriage Chalk Circle by Stan Richardson, music by Rachel Peters.Â For more info, see:
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Posted on May 4, 2009