“Unbroken Circle” by James Wesley opened at St Lukes Theatre, June 19, 2013, and closed October 6, 2013. The play starred Suzanna Hay (Dance of Death), Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch, Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating), Anika Larsen (Xanadu, Zanna, Don’t), Lori Hammel (Forbidden Broadway, Mamma Mia), Stacey Bone-Gleason (recent NYU grad), James Wesley and Juli Wesley (James and Seth’s 12-year-old daughter).
About the Play: “Set in 1970 Galveston, Texas, a family is brought together for the first time in years on the day of its patriarch’s funeral. As the day turns into night, the man’s impact on his family unfolds in unexpected and surprising ways. Directed by Jason St. Little (Former dean of NYU’s Stella Adler School), Unbroken Circle is at turns hilarious and disturbing and explores how abuse and family secrets affect every person in each generation differently.” CLOSED
Acclaimed writer/performer CANDICE GUARDINO
premiered the outrageous ITALIAN BRED
Off-Broadway at St Lukes Theatre. Produced by Bull By the Horn Productions and 22Q Entertainment LLC, ITALIAN BRED opened at St Lukes on April 30, 2013 and closed on June 25, 2013.
About the play
: “With this 80 minute one-woman show, Candice slipped in and out of characters as she cooked up a full meal of growing up Italian on Staten Island. Having written down everything her loving and outspoken grandmother ever uttered, she combined this unfiltered wisdom, along with her family’s VERY Italian and definitive personalities and a generous helping of her own experiences. This hilarious and heartwarming show included unique stories and memories from her childhood…with a liberal dash of live music! PLUS, at every performance, Candice enlisted a different Celebrity Guest Star to join in the storytelling.”
ITALIAN BRED also included a live three-piece band under the musical supervision of DAVID DABBON (Broadway-Sondheim On Sondheim (Grammy Nominee)and direction by DONNA DRAKE (Broadway-A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies; Emmy nomination, 4 Drama Desk Nominations and a Theatre World Award). (CLOSED)
From Playbill.com : an article about the director of “Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical” (Closed April 2012)
Pamela Hall: “An Ingenue Who Got Lost in the Stars”
“She made her Broadway debut as Nina, the winsome waitress who sings “I’ve Never Said I Loved You” in Dear World, then replaced Betty Buckley as Martha Washington in 1776 and was Philia in Broadway’s second A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Then — poof! — she got out of the ingénue business and, for all practical and visible purposes, dropped off the side of the stage while she was still ahead of the game.”
In truth, Pamela Hall only relocated behind the footlights and became a director. Ms Hall’s efforts as director were displayed in the long-running, Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical. It opened at St Lukes Theatre, May 13, 2008, and closed April 27th, 2012.
Elan Wolf Farbiarz and Cory Terry’s, “Channeling Kevin Spacey”, made its Off-Broadway premiere at St. Lukes Theatre on May 15, 2011 (previews began April 17, 2011) and closed on July 22, 2012. The production starred Justin R. G. Holcomb and Jamil Chokachi. Wolf & William Productions produced.
Office Space meets Scarface in this hilarious comic romp! In Channeling Kevin Spacey we meet Charlie, a meek pushover stuck in a dead end job and a loveless relationship.
About the play: “After a particularly soul-squashing day at work, Charlie has an epiphany and resolves to change his life. Channeling Kevin Spacey has garnered international acclaim and taken home the coveted “Best of Fest” award at the Toronto, Winnipeg, and Edmonton Fringe festivals. Fans of both Kevin Spacey and Al Pacino are in for a treat as Charlie’s metamorphosis channels the characters of both actors, triggering devastating and hilarious confrontations. ” (CLOSED)
Zelda at the Oasis was a new play by P.H. Lin, directed by Andy Sandberg and starring Edwin Cahill and Gardner Reed. Performances began on November 16th, 2012 with its official opening night on December 4th, 2012 . Zelda at the Oasis closed at St Lukes Theatre on February 15, 2013.
About the play: “Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of legendary American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, wants nothing more than to be recognized as an artist in her own right. Two things stand in her way: a growing mental instability and the overbearing shadow of her husband. On this magical night, Zelda discovers The Club Oasis, a New York City bar where she has escaped to drink alone…until a unique and unexpected friendship is forged with an aspiring musician who plays piano and tends bar at the Oasis. Vivid and haunting memories are triggered as Zelda transforms the Bar Man into those from her past who have shaped her own self-image. Through this after-hours encounter, they share their dreams, missteps, and insights with one another, hoping to unlock the courage to move forward with their lives.“ Visit the website for Zelda at the Oasis for more information!(CLOSED)
From the producer of the acclaimed Off Broadway musical The Devil’s Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith comes a new comedy a new comedy by Tom Dudzick about family, faith and adjusting to life’s surprises. “Miracle on South Division Street” opened at St Lukes Theatre on May 13, 2012 and closed July 29, 2012.
About the play: “Her neighborhood may be depressed but not Clara Nowak. She and her three grown children tend a shrine built to commemorate the miraculous vision her father had in his barbershop in 1942. Clara has never lost her faith even if her kids have their doubts. That is, not until a deathbed confession reveals a long-hidden family secret, and all hell — and hilarity — breaks loose on South Division Street.” (CLOSED)
“When a nice Catholic boy suggests that his sister add a jar of gefilte fish to the cheese, pepperoni and beer on her shopping list, you know something strange is going on. And why not? There’s a very strange family at the center of … the crowd-pleasing Tom Dudzick comedy.” – The New York Times
“Utterly delightful, while delivering a solid message on faith, the lack of it, why we believe what we believe, and how we can – or must – adjust to life’s surprises.” –Theatermania.com