“ANNULLA” 2006 (Closed June 11, 2006)
The New York Premiere of Emily Mann’s Annulla, at St Lukes Theatre, opened on May 14, 2006 and closed June 11, 2006.
Emily Mann’s play Annulla is about a Jewish woman who passed for Aryan in Nazi Germay. It received its Off-Broadway debut at The Theatre at St. Luke’s on May 14, 2006 ( first preview May 4) and closed June 11, 2006 . Pamela Hall directed this West End Artists Company production.
About the play: “The play was born when playwright and director Emily Mann set out to record a relative’s personal remembrance of the Holocaust. Instead, she discovered Annulla Allen, a Jewish woman who passed herself off as Aryan during the Nazi regime in Germany, and decided to dramatize her life.
According to press materials, Allen was “a Polish Jew married to an Austrian Jew, [who] managed to elude the authorities, and even get her husband released from Dauchau. Decades ahead of her time, she dreamt of starting the first political Women’s Party as early as 1939, and actually wrote her own six-hour play on the subject of her life. Constantly moving as a child she learned seven languages, finally settling in London as a grown woman, which she adored.”
Eileen De Felitta was “Annulla” with Neva Small as “The Voice of Emily,” the Interviewer.
Previews for SECRETS began Jun 25, 2006 at St Lukes Theatre, opened officially, July 13, 2006 and closed July 30, 2006.
About the Play: In Gerald Zipper’s Secrets hidden relationships threaten friendship and love as this evening of wining and dining degenerated into a session of backbiting, snide comments and a contest to see who can be the cruelest to their respective spouses. When all is said, the participants wondered whether it was worth staying together anymore — but then again, can they adjust to a life alone? Directed by Ted Mornel, the six-person cast included Mark Hamlet, Darren Lougee, Lissa Moira, Alyce Mayors, Tom Sminkey and Elena Zazanis.
“25 Questions for a Jewish Mother ” (2006-07) Closed March 27, 2007
Emmy-winning actress/comedienne Judy Gold’s critically acclaimed “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother”
Following a sold-out run at Ars Nova Theater the previous spring, “25 Questions…”ransferred Off-Broadway to St. Lukes Theatre, opening on October 12, 2006 and closed on March 27, 2007. This is a heartfelt and hilarious one-woman show is written by Kate Moira Ryan, with Judy Gold, and directed by Karen Kohlhaas. The show is Gold’s personal journey about becoming a parent, while learning to be a daughter to a nagging Jewish mother of her own. “Judy Gold captures the audience from the moment she opens her mouth. She seamlessly weaves anecdotes from her own life with snippets from interviews conducted with 50 Jewish mothers across the United States. The result is fiercely funny, honest and moving.” — New York Times “The show is riotously funny and ultimately quite moving.” — Hollywood Reporter “Gold’s show is a genuine mitzvah.” — Time Out New York “Gold charms a restive audience with almost mesmeric ability.” — Village Voice. (closed at St Lukes Theatre on March 27, 2007)
Judy and Me (2008)
Judy and Me opened at St. Luke’s Theatre on October 21, 2008 and closed December 14, 2008 .
Peter Mac’s sweetly earnest play, Judy and Me, in which a young gay man learned how to cope with his often harsh life thanks to imagined conversations he has with film icon Judy Garland,
The cast included Christopher Brick , Jean Ann Kump, Elyse Beyer, Christopher McCabe and Basil Meola.
‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee’ (2010) transferred to Actors Temple Theater June 5, 2010
The Off-Broadway Premiere of “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” began at St. Luke’s Theater on February 15, 2010. “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” began previews at St. Luke’s Theatre Jan. 29, 2010. Written and directed by Layon Gray, the production officially opened Feb. 15, 2010. The Off-Broadway production of Black Angels Over Tuskegee ended its run at St. Luke’s Theatre on May 31, 2010 before transferring to the Actors Temple Theater June 5, 2010, where it continues its Off-Broadway run three years later ( December of 2013).
From left, Rich Skidmore, Lamman Rucker, Thom Scott II, David Wendell Boykins, Demetrus Grosse, Derek Shaun and Layon Gray in Mr. Gray’s drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, fighter pilots in World War II, at St. Luke’s Theater. Mr. Gray also directs.
An Elite Squadron, Before It Was Airborne
“Every sympathetic character hits one note over and over, but Mr. Gray has the instincts of an entertainer, and the rapport his actors have established is persuasive enough to distract you from the formulaic aspects of the drama. As manipulative, obvious and sentimental as it is, 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 right after I rolled them.”
Richard Skipper as Carol Channing in Concert (2010-2011)
RICHARD SKIPPER AS CAROL CHANNING IN CONCER
Opened December 10, 2010 at St Lukes Theatre and closed on March 22, 2011 Richard Skipper interspersed stories and jokes from Channing’s life — much of it in her own words — with favorite numbers from her career, from “Before the Parade Passes By” and “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” to lesser known novelty tunes such as Ervin Drake’s “Widow’s Weeds.” A talented three-man combo led by musical director John Fischer provides spirited support.
Surviving Mommie Dearest: A Conversation with Christina Crawford” (2013)
This Special Celebrity Event starred actress and best-selling author Christina Crawford (Mommie Dearest, Survivor) in “Surviving Momie Dearest: A Conversation with Christina Crawford”. It played from November 20 through November22, 2013, an exciting and rare glimpse into the real life story behind the movie MOMMIE DEAREST. ( For information on future booking please contact Gaynes Theatrical Booking )
Christina covers 100 years of showbiz history and detailing the turbulent relationship between her and her movie legend mother, Joan Crawford, in off-Broadway’s Surviving Mommie Dearest. Featuring film clips, footage from 1940s home movies and blow-by-blow personal anecdotes, Crawford, whose memoir was the basis for the 1981 film of the same name, recounts the abuse that she endured in her life, discusses her road to recovery and takes questions from the audience in the 90-minute presentation.
The documentary features long forgotten home movies and historical photos of both Joan and Christina Crawford. Throughout her long career, Ms. Crawford has turned the issue of family violence into public awareness. She also offers hope and the healing process through her personal experiences. The documentary was written by Christina Crawford, and directed by Ms. Crawford, and Jacksonville native, Jerry Rosenberg. Portions were filmed at the The Metro Entertainment Complex, in Jacksonville, FL.