Happy Hour Salon Wrap-Up May 26

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. It’s called “The Tale of the Good Whistleblower of Chaillot’s Caucasian Mother and her Other Children of a Lesser Marriage Chalk Circle,” 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. That’s a story a day, folks, a story A DAY. His salon story, “Indoor Nebula”, 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 – different – 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 girl’s mouth is a testament to the power of good delivery, great writing, and the fact that we’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, “When Cousins Marry,” because I feel that pretty soon all semi-interesting marriage rights are going to be taken away, and then I won’t be able to make really bad choices and marry an a-hole, or someone I’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 “Clear Blue Tuesday,” in which 11 New York singer-songwriters worked with director Elizabeth Lucas to create a new story about life in NYC after September 11th. Becca’s song lyric “Paint a brand new sky” made it onto the gorgeous movie poster http://clearbluetuesday.com/, so we have high hopes for the world. You can learn more about Becca’s music and other doings at www.beccaayers.com.

Finally, Adam Gwon, the talented writer of “Ordinary Days,” a full-length musical about young New Yorkers recently announced to be on Roundabout’s fall season, accompanied songs from the show performed by recent University of Michigan grad Olli Haaskivi and Wicked’s Erin Mackey. Fantastic performers, Olli and Erin did great work showcasing this exciting new writing—about young love, and New York, and choosing wine as a window into relationship troubles—or squabble-y perfection. Really, a fantastic showcase and we can’t wait to see the show!

Happy Hour Salon Wrap-Up April 27

Dave Jay’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 audience—we want to know about Ringo’s name and he chats about his rings; we want some dirt on Paul’s recent divorce, and he tells us the relationship just didn’t have the [insert joke here]. We’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 Day—either way she was running away from “girls named after jewels or positive attributes—Precious, Ruby, Unity.” 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 reverence… 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 we’ve ever seen. I’m sorry if you missed Maddy’s show at Terranova’s Solanova Festival, but I know if you go to her Web site at www.maddymann.com, you can write her a mash note—we certainly will.

Finally, Ash Gray and the Girls brought their thoroughly fun, well-coordinated retro pop-rock, with songs like “Your Gun is Out,” and “I Love My Rock and Roll Record” they reminded me of Tracy Ullmann’s first album— and if you don’t know that, go buy it. And then visit www.myspace.com/ashgraymusic, and laugh and smile and rock out.

Next Happy Hour Salon TUESDAY, May [email protected]

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!


May 15, 2009– Avante-Garde-a-Rama at PS122

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.  For more info, see:


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April 27, 2009 Happy Hour Salon line-up @ D-Lounge 7PM

We’ve got a great line-up for the second Salon at D-Lounge (101 E. 15th Street, just East of Union Square), this Monday at 7PM!


Dave Jay performs from JohnPaulGeorgeRingo, his smash hit Beatles solo show– come prepared to interact. This is your chance, hammy hams. Liverpool it up.

Michele Carlo gives us a slice of the storytelling that landed her her book deal: “Red Sheep: The Search for my Inner Latina”.


Maddy Mann, everyone’s favorite non-Catholic school girl who just likes the uniform, performs from her upcoming Terranova full-length solo show– rockin’ out with the tweens, yo.


And Ash Gray brings his ’60s and ’70s-style vocal pop from Austin, Texas, to us… with the help of his Girls.


Everybody loves D-Lounge, and I’m thrilled to be there– see you all on Monday.


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