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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(Photo credit: John Ricard)

(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:

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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 (212) 921-4344

CLOSED: “Cookin! A Taste of Things To Come” May 12 & 13th, 2014

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Amas Musical Theatre to Stage Readings of COOKIN! – A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME, 5/12-13 at St. Luke’s Theatre



Amas Musical Theatre and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab will present free staged readings of “Cookin! – A Taste of Things to Come,” a new musical by Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin, with musical direction by Gillian Berkowitz. Directed by Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett (Swing!), the readings will be held on Monday, May 12th at 1pm & 4pm and Tuesday, May 13th at 4pm at St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street – between 8th & 9th Avenues). Tickets are free and reservations are available via email at or by calling 212-563-2565.

In “Cookin! – A Taste of Things to Come,” it’s the 1950’s. The beginning of Rock & Roll. Smack dab in the middle of America. Winnetka, Illinois. Four women enter a Betty Crocker cooking contest on the hopes of changing their lives. What they get is way more than they bargained for!

The cast includes: Erica Aubrey (Far From Heaven, Encores! All Star Concert), Brittney Lee Hamilton (The Countess of Storyville, “Boardwalk Empire”), Ariana Shore (The Performers, “Gossip Girl”) and Shelley Thomas (Brooklyn, Zanna Don’t!).

“We are really excited to present additional developmental readings of “Cookin’-A Taste of Things to Come,” says Donna Trinkoff, Amas Artistic Producer. “The show has taken further shape since Amas first presented it in September and with these presentations we have the opportunity to move the show closer toward full production.”

The presentations are part of the ongoing Amas Musical Theatre Lab, a development series for writers, lyricists and composers to mount public readings of their new musicals.


Debra Barsha (Co-Writer) is the composer of Radiant Baby, a musical about Keith Haring, which was produced in 2003 at the Public Theatre, directed by George C. Wolfe. The show was nominated for Outstanding Musical Off Broadway and she was the recipient of a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award. Additional composer credits include Sophie, based on the life of Sophie Tucker and Songs from an Unmade Bed. Her career includes television soundtracks, children’s musicals, one-woman shows, and national tours with postmod British pop-stars (Thomas Dolby). Debra currently plays keyboards, sings and is the Associate Conductor of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys.

Hollye Levin (Co-Writer) began her career as a performer, where her original material and unique brand of storytelling captured the attention of producers. Soon she was touring and opening for the likes of Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry, Tom Waits and Billy Joel. Always armed with a notebook that she filled with honest, real-life observations Ms. Leven was laying the groundwork for her future career in playwriting. Her first play, The Polo Lounge – A True Story, caught the eye of actor/director Rob Reiner who encouraged her to continue writing, calling her a cross between Tennessee Williams and Neil Simon. Her next work, a musical called Funny Business, was developed at the Mark Taper Forum New Works Festival and the Kennedy Center, before opening a commercial run at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition to plays, Hollye has received two G

Lynne Taylor-Corbett (Director) most recently directed and choreographed the Amas workshop production of The Countess of Storyville, starring Deborah Cox and Vivian Reed. She received Tony nominations for best director and best choreographer of Broadway’s “Swing!” She has Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations for both Wanda’s World (Amas) and My Vaudeville Man. She. Her adaptation of The Lion King is in its seventh year at Disney’s park in Hong Kong and her production of Cougar, the Musical is currently playing Off Broadway. She has also choreographed works for American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and her works have been featured on “Live From Lincoln Center” and National Public Television. Feature films include Footloose, My Blue Heaven and Bewitched.

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) now in its 45th year of continuous operation is New York City’s award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968. Amas (“you love” in Latin) is devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals through the celebration of diversity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of underserved young people in the New York area. In recent years, Amas has emerged as a leading not-for-profit laboratory for new musicals, the most recent being The Other Josh Cohen, which received six 2013 Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Musical, a 2013 Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Musical, and a 2013 Off-Broadway Alliance nomination for Best New Musical. The production will open at The Paper Mill Playhouse in February 2014. Other shows that Amas has produced include Triassic Parq, The Countess of Storyville, Distant Thunder, Marry Harry, Me and Miss Monroe, Aesop & Company, Signs of Life, Wanda’s World, Shout! The Mod Musical, Lone Star Love, From My Hometown, Zanna, Don’t!, 4 Guys Named Jose and Stormy Weather: Reimagining Lena Horne. Amas education programs include the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy, Lens on Live Theatre and in-school theatre arts residencies designed in partnership with elementary, middle, and high schools.

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