CLOSED: KICK, a darkly comic solo play

[CLOSED December 13, 2015]

Yonanda Productions & Piccolo Productions, in association with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, present KICK, a darkly comic solo play written and performed by Joanna Rush. Directed by Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett, KICK opens at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NYC on Sunday, October 25th at 7 PM for an open-ended engagement.

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“KICK” DARKLY COMIC SOLO PLAY WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY JOANNA RUSH
OPENS OFF-BROADWAY AT ST. LUKE’S THEATRE ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 AT 7 PM
DIRECTED BY TONY-NOMINEE LYNNE TAYLOR-CORBETTindex2

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(October 2nd, 2015: New York, NY) Yonanda Productions & Piccolo Productions, in association with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, present KICK, a darkly comic solo play written and performed by Joanna Rush. Directed by Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett, KICK opens at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NYC on Sunday, October 25th at 7 PM for an open-ended engagement.

On her way to her first big New York audition, dancer Bernie O’Connell is tricked into a car and attacked in a vacant lot off the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. KICK follows Bernie from a kickline to A Chorus Line to Hollywood and back as she picks up the pieces and finds the glue to put herself back together.

Director Taylor-Corbett said: “We follow this ex-dancer through a decades-long roller coaster ride in this story about faith, relationships, sexuality and spiritual awaking. From raped teenager, through the age of AIDS and homophobia, to empowered Interfaith Minister and grandmother of three, Joanna Rush entertains and weaves a tale with such wisdom and humor. I am so proud that this play has opened a conversation with many men. A young college guy stood up after a performance and said, ‘You’ve made me laugh and cry but you also made me realize that I have committed date rape.’ We need this conversation.  It is a positive antidote, not only to a misguided young guy like this, but to media stars who feel protected by their celebrity.”

KICK, originally called Asking For It, won rave reviews and four stars from Time Out when it was presented at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival. It has played the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and was developed at the NY Society for Ethical Culture, The Kirk Theater on Theater Row, Stocker Arts Center in Ohio, Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons, Becket Arts Center, The YardArts Festival, Martha’s Vineyard, Gloucester Stage, Newburyport Actors Studio, and the All For One Festival at the Cherry Lane. Sections of KICK were chosen by the U.N. Council for the Empowerment of Women and The Hunger Project to be performed at the International Women’s Day (NYC) in March 2008. Prior to the off-Broadway engagement, KICK was performed at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State, as well as the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

In addition to KICK, Joanna Rush’s other theatre playwriting credits include Home Sweet Homeland, (Lynne Taylor- Corbett, director) which was work-shopped at Stocker Arts Center, Ohio, Best New Play Series readings at Gloucester Stage. Her screenplays include Irish Whiskey (co-author, “Best Screenplay” winner at the Temecula Valley Film Festival,) Mothers Day, a historical drama. Joanna’s Broadway acting credits include Pousse Café, Shirley MacLaine at the Palace. A Chorus Line (Shubert Theater, Los Angeles.) Off-Broadway she has appeared in Daughters, Inside Out, Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral, Broadway Scandals of 1928, and regionally in Beyond Therapy, Fifth of July, Freedomland, Little Mahagony, Great White Hope, Women Who Steal (WHAT), concert versions of Two by Two, and Minnie’s Boys at Jewish Rep. Joanna’s film and TV work includes Sunburn, On the Cliffs (winner Best Short Comedy 2004, Ohio Ind. Film Festival) Saying Goodbye, Shannon, Archie Bunker’s Place, A Killing Affair, Cagney & Lacey, and the pilot Straight no Chaser as the inappropriate mother of Bronson Pinchot. KICK is based on her book, ASKING FOR IT.

Director Lynne Taylor-Corbett was nominated for two Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award for her direction and choreography of Broadway’s Swing! She also choreographed Chess and Titanic on Broadway. Off-Broadway she directed and choreographed Wanda’s World for which she won the Callaway Award and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. Her production of My Vaudeville Man garnered a Drama Desk Award. Cougar the Musical, for which she was director and contributing writer, ran off-Broadway for almost two years and is licensed worldwide. She co-wrote and directed “Out of the Shadows,” the Good Housekeeping benefit for The National Women’s History Museum featuring Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Jane Alexander at City Center. Her adaptation of The Lion King is in its seventh year at Disney Hong Kong. Her film choreography can be seen in the classic “Footloose”, “My Blue Heaven” and “Bewitched.” She directed “Real to Reel” a film-live action event developed in China and later presented at the Edinburgh Festival. She and special effects genius, Doug Trumbell, collaborated on a film shot for the Osaka World’s Fair which combines table top scenery and blue screen action. Ms. Taylor-Corbett has choreographed for numerous dance companies including American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and New York City Ballet, most notably “Seven Deadly Sins” starring Patti LuPone. Her work has been filmed for “Live From Lincoln Center” and “Great Performances”. This year she wrote and directed, “Hibari” in Tokyo, a homage to the Japanese icon, Hibari Misora.

KICK has scenic design by Dean Taucher (“Law and Order, SVU”, “Miami Vice”, “Sopranos”), lighting by Brant Thomas Murray (Ping Chong + Company, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Company), sound design by Joachim Horsley (orchestrations/arrangements for John Legend’s “All of Me” Tour, has scored over 25 independent films) and costume design by Keili Camille Murray (Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Asking For It at the Cherry Lane Theatre). General Manager is Robert Levinstein/22Q Entertainment.

KICK opens Sunday, October 25th at 7 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, NYC and continues an open-ended run, playing Sundays at 7 PM. For more info visit: http://www.KickThePlay.com.

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OFF-BROADWAY THEATRE LISTINGS INFO
KICK, a darkly comic play, written and performed by Joanna Rush, directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett,

Opens Sunday, October 25th at 7 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, west of 8th Avenue, NYC.

Performances Sundays at 7PM.

From: SUSAN L. SCHULMAN/Publicity
susan@schulmanpublicity.com (212) 921-4344

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RUTHLESS! The Stage Mother of All Musicals – CLOSED Sept. 10 2016

Ruthless! THE stage Mother of All Musicals OPENED at St Lukes Theatre on July 13, 2015/CLOSED September 10. 2016
  Ruthless! is a campy cult favorite in which the beautiful and talented 8-year-old Tina Denmark will do ANYTHING to play the lead in the school play…. ANYTHING!


  The show famously spoofs Broadway musicals such as Gypsy and Mame, as well as classic films including The Bad Seed and All About Eve. Photo by Carol Rosegg
 Ruthless! is a 90 minute hilarious romp through the world of Broadway, child acting, parenthood, and unbridled ambition. The original production of Ruthless! launched the careers of child stars such as Britney Spears, Natalie Portman and Laura Bell Bundy.
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St. Luke’s Theatre – 308 W. 46th St., NYC

http://www.ruthlessthemusical.com/

CLOSED- Special Performance “Harlem Rens” – ONE NIGHT ONLY- Feb 12, 2015

CLOSED – St.Lukes Theatre  presents a Special Performance  of “Harlem Rens” – All-Star week, February 12th, 2015
Many Legends of the NBA will be present for this event. Autograph signing before and after the performance.

Inspired by the true story of eight men who overcame adversity to win more than 2,000 games while barnstorming throughout segregated parts of the country in the 1930’s despite never being officially accepted professionally or socially.

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“History comes arrestingly alive in this compelling drama about the greatest basketball team you’ve never heard of!” – Theatre Is Easy

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Harlem Rens Cast Members:

Layon Gray,Thaddeus Daniels, Melvin Huffnagle, Jeantique Oriol, Ade Otukoya, LamarCheston, Delano Barbosa

Harlem Rens Creative Team

Author:Layon Gray
Director: Layon Gray
Producer: Edmund Gaynes, Layon Gray Enterprises, LLC
Press Agent: David Gersten & Associates

“Absolution” World Premiere St Luke’s Theatre – CLOSED Dec. 27, 2014

Absolution

www.AbsolutionThePlay.com

Previews begin Monday, December 1st , 2014
Official Opening, Wednesday, December 10
Closed December 27, 2014

Rosendorf One Productions presents the world premiere off-Broadway production of Christopher B. Latro‘s dark comedy Absolution, directed by Anna Bamberger, at St Luke’s Theatre. An opening night is set for 10 December 2014, following previews from 1 December, and the play is currently booking through to 28 February 2015.

Synopsis: “Absolution is the story of two bankers, their lovers, and the things they love the most: money, power, and satisfaction. As their fast-paced games unfold, a thrilling spiral of ambition, love and betrayal unravels.”

The cast includes Becca Ballenger, Pedro Carmo, Katrina Ferguson and Ethan Saks.

The creative team features scenic design by Lauren Mills, costumes by Michael Alan Stein, lighting by Jamie Roderick and sound design by Samuel Godin.

– by Tom Millward

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Christopher B. Latro‘s dark comedy “Absolution,” is the story of two bankers, their lovers, and the things they love the most: money, power, and satisfaction. As their fast-paced games unfold, a thrilling spiral of ambition, love and betrayal unravels.

The cast of “Absolution” features Becca Ballenger (“The Hero”), Pedro Carmo, Katrina Ferguson (“Family Running for Mr. Whippy”) and Ethan Saks (“The History Boys”).

Design team is: Lauren Mills (set design), Michael Alan Stein (costume design), Jamie Roderick (lighting design), and Samuel Godin (sound design).

Christopher B. Latro is a graduate of NYU having majored in History and Journalism. His plays have received staged readings at the Southwark Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre in London and the Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater Company in New York.

Originally coming from a fine arts background, Anna Bamberger trained at Stella Adler Studio in New York City. Her acting took her to acclaimed London performances of Rosendorf One’s and SOT Stage’s productions of “Blood Wedding” and “The Shape of Things.” Her directorial work has encompassed a collaboration with distinguished Theatre Collection and Victor Sobchak in London where they worked together on such classic pieces as “The Idiot,” “Tender is the Night” and “An Inspector Calls.”

CLOSED Sept. 2017: “Black Angels Over Tuskegee”

CLOSED September 2017. After a fabulous 7 1/2 years run, Off-Broadway at St Lukes Theatre AND the Actors Temple Theatre, the AIRMAN of Tuskegee have moved on. Taking it on the road. The magic will continue!
“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” – the international hit stage play that amazed St. Luke’s Theatre audiences, returned to St. Lukes Theatre on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 1 pm, where it opened Off-Broadway on Jan. 29, 2010, with it’s historical journey about the Tuskegee Airmen.

 officially opened Feb. 15, 2010, ending its run at St. Luke’s Theatre on May 31, 2010 before transferring to the Actors Temple Theater on June 5, 2010, where “Black Angels Over Tuskegee”  continued its Off-Broadway run through November 15, 2014.

 “We are  super excited to return to our roots at St. Luke’s Theatre.”says writer director Layon Gray. The play was recently inducted into the New York Public Library of Performing Arts. “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” will benefit scholars and researchers for years to come and we are grateful.” says curator Annemarie van Roessel.

This captivating all-male cast delivers a powerful performance that will entertain, inspire and inform as audiences discover the story that provoked a monumental change in American history

The TUSKEGEE AIRMEN are BACK at ST. LUKE’S THEATRE
The magic continues where it all began!

“Black Angels Over Tuskegee” tells the story of an elite WW II Squadron before it was airborne

FLYER TUSKEGEE 2014

“Uplifting! Inspirational! This show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes.” – New York Times

“Dynamite performances!” – Time Out NY

Black Angels Over Tuskegee is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen told in narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.

9771_868295823220958_1686461335508514704_nWinner 2009 NAACP Award “Best Ensemble”
Winner 2009 Artistic Achievement Award “Best Play”
Special 5th year Anniversary Performance – February 26,  2015

Black Angels Over Tuskegee Creative Team
Author: Layon Gray
Director: Layon Gray
Producer: Edmund Gaynes, The Layon Gray Experience LLC, .
Press Agent: David Gersten & Associates

10599670_818391008211440_8496529552717094713_n“The characters are so realistic that the audience can’t help but be thoroughly moved!” – Associated Press10451891_783186945065180_5911817989195751578_n“Excellent ensemble acting keeps Black Angels Over Tuskegee soaring. Some plays teach, others celebrate, and a few simply entertain. Black Angels Over Tuskegee manages to do all three and one thing more: It inspires.” – Back Stage 

“Stunning!” – Curtain Up

 THE CRITICS ARE RAVING

“Uplifting! Inspirational! This show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes.” – New York Times

“The characters are so realistic that the audience can’t help but be thoroughly moved!” – Associated Press“Excellent ensemble acting keeps Black Angels Over Tuskegee soaring. Some plays teach, others celebrate, and a few simply entertain. Black Angels Over Tuskegee manages to do all three and one thing more: It inspires.” Back Stage 

 “Mr. Gray has the  instincts of an entertainer.” – New York Times

  “Stunning! Gray creates convincing portraits of African Americans.”  – Curtain Up- NY

“Powerful! Characters so realistic  the audience cant help but be thoroughly moved.” – Associated Press

 “Sheer depth and emotional power! This production took my breath away. The commanding ensemble embody how deeply-felt specific acting can grip an audience at a visceral level unlike any special  effect or cool gimmick. ”  NYTheatre.com

 “Absolutely Brilliant! Feels as if someone is watching a piece of living history.  Gray’s direction is letter perfect. Put this show on your must see list.”   – The Epoch Times

                                                                    Get your tickets today!! 

“Mr. Gray has the instincts of an entertainer, this show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes” – New York Times

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Or by calling (212) 239 6200

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CLOSED- OCTOBER 19, 2014 – “Olympics Über Alles”

www.olympicsuberalles.com

Olympics Uber Alles Off Broadway Play Tickets

Olympics Über Alles” tells the story of the 1936 “Nazi Olympics” when Jewish-American runners, Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller, became victims of hate-mongering. As Jesse Owens made the news, Marty and Sam, on the same U.S. track team went unnoticed as American and Nazi officials apparently conspired to bar them from the race of their lives. Why were these young men denied the opportunity to compete?

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Fast-forward to the present. Follow a Jewish professor and a Catholic museum curator investigating the Glickman-Stoller incident while they struggle against the prejudices of their upbringing, search for the truth amid some murky Olympic history and find meaning in their own developing relationship. In this evocative new play, politics, religion, sports, relationships and the roots of World War II come face-to-face in a theatrical whirlwind that will challenge and inspire.

Olympics Uber Alles

Authors: Samuel J. Bernstein and Marguerite Krupp,
Director Debra Whitfield

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CLOSED May 22, 2015 “Going Once! Laughing Twice!! ‘

CLOSED – May 22, 2015
An Auction-Packed Comedy
Previews began September 25, 2014 / Opened Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Starring Brian Jaffe  
Directed by Eric Parness
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“Going Once! Laughing Twice!!” is an hilarious interactive parody of the prestigious world of art auctions. Go behind the scenes at Chump’s Auction House. This is an unscrupulous world where you’ll get to meet and join in the fun with the owners and crazy employees of Chump’s at its grand annual gala.

It features a cast of engaging scoundrels who pull you into the action as the story and intrigue of the famous Chump Auction House unfolds.

The show culminates with a rollicking auction and you participate as the patrons! You’ll get a bidding paddle and your own fortune in Chump Money as you enter the theatre and then get to bid, laugh, and be swindled!

The lucky winning bidders actually take home the “objets d’arte” being sold during this nutsy auction. Join us and maybe you’ll be one of the lucky winners!

There’s nothing this much fun in town!

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http://www.goingoncelaughingtwice.com/


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