Author Archives: Brandon Marianne Lee

MEGA ROUND UP – Matt Barbot and Amanda Keating Bring Down the #NewPlay House

Hello,

This time Jen Browne gets a break, and instead you are left with the insanity of one Brandon Marianne Lee. In case you are new here and confused by that name, I am a woman with cute parents.

On to the plays!

Warriors of Adalandia by Matt Barbot

For the first time Matt Barbot brought in work to the Lather Rinse Repeat family, and we fell in love with his new play. The story depicts a brother and sister dealing with normal teenage stuff, like video games and baseball. But then you find out that their father is catatonic and his sister is actually a fairy princess, and all hell breaks loose. This play is unbelievably charming and yet asks some tough questions about growing up, identity and has some rather dark undertones that creates a rich tone that hooks your heart. Well done, rookie!

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1. Our other new member, Gina Femia, is a female gamer like the heroine of Matt’s story. Her passion was palpable and was really fun to see and hear. And even though Gina was by far and away the most knowledgable with regards to the gamer culture, every single person who heard Matt’s play was in-the-know and absolutely understood how important this game was to each of the characters.

2. The old Yankees stadium was the better stadium. Matt had a line about it in his play and absolutely everyone agreed. #facts

3. Many of the members of the group had conspiracy theories as to who was in the “game” and “real-life” and if there was any overlap. We’re all on the edge of our seat wondering if any of our predictions come true with Matt presents his piece in our first full-length play festival, Soap Gets in Your Eyes. Check it out!

“Not Yet Titled” by Amanda Keating

Last week Amanda brought us a tapestry of complex characters beautifully woven together by the closing of a school in a community that seems to be falling apart.  Amanda still hasn’t decided on the name, but she certainly nailed each character’s specific voice and need right out of the gates. In the face of loss, each character tries to evaluate what they really want in life and if the town of Wyman is the perfect or worst place for each of them to find some sort of happiness.

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1. Don’t waste your time with instant coffee. Life is too short and it is time wasted. Literally, this was a wonderful point made by one of Amanda’s characters and it rang true in many, many ways.

2. “You had me at Sky & Telescope.” Tim Duncheon gave this little bit of feedback and made the whole room roar with laughter. I guess Tim used to be very into Astronomy as a kid (I almost typed Astrology, whoops), and had a subscription to the RIVAL Astronomy magazine. Yes, for all of you that are interested, you can have your pick of the magazines about the sky. Love it.

3. Much of this play had coffee drinking and/or mentions of meals. Consumption can be a flippant word when referring to consumerism or waste, but there is an act of taking something in that is entirely enveloped with love. For instance, the act of eating squid stew with a character’s mother kept coming up and it meant something to each and every character on the stage and to all of us listening to the work. Sometime what fills our bellies fills our hearts.

That’s all for now, but please check back later this week for another roundup and the announcement of our new festival! Be well!

PODCAST: The Long Shower with Isaac Rathbone – premiering The Gnome at Barter Theatre

Lather Rinse Repeat sits down with Isaac Rathbone to discuss the premiere of The Gnome at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia.

The Gnome was the first play that Isaac presented when he became a member of Lather Rinse Repeat in June of 2013. Since then the play has gone through the entire “new play process” and got a warm welcome at the Barter Theatre on March 21, 2015. We feel so lucky to have been a part of this fabulous play’s journey and hope to road trip to Virginia to show support.

Listen to hear more about Isaac, his play, the process and this crazy thing we call life.

 

For information about Barter Theatre and/or to get tickets to The Gnome CLICK HERE

Thank you to redgreenblue for the intro and outro musice. He can be found at shaneking.com or redgreenblue.bandcamp.com

Pussyfest III – The Reckoning – LRR Playwright Projects

Pussyfest III- The Reckoning

Yes, it’s the 3RD ANNUAL PUSSYFEST!

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Lather Rinse Repeat member, Mariah MacCarthy, presents PUSSYFEST III: The Reckoning, coming to a Judson Memorial Church Gym near you on November 2, 3, and 10. That’s right, PUSSYFEST is expanding to THREE nights this year, y’all!

You can hear the work of Jen Browne, Jeremy Wine, Natalie Wilson, Mila Golubov, Tim Duncheon, Isaac Rathbone and Tim Errickson.

PUSSYFEST, in case you didn’t know, is Caps Lock Theatre’s annual fundraising event where playwrights are paired together with actresses and write a custom-made monologue about the body for that performer. This year we have 139, yes, one hundred and thirty-nine artists involved so far!

NOVEMBER 2

Actors: Writers:

Rivka Borek*…………….Sheila Callaghan
Brandi Bravo…………….Charlotte Miller
Holly Chou……………….Christopher Gabriel Nunez
Katelyn Collins…………Winter Miller
Cathy Curtin*……………….Mac Rogers
Dominique Fishback….Mike Daisey
Yeauxlanda Kay*………Daniel John Kelley
Starr Kirkland…………………Tabia Lau
Turna Mete*……………..Tim Duncheon – LRR
Diana Oh………………..Don Nguyen
Anna Rahn*……………..Joshua Bastian Cole
Heather Lee Rogers….Catya McMullen
Gwen Sisco………………Kevin R. Free
Alisha Spielmann*…….Maggie-Kate Coleman
Sara Thigpen*………….Kristine M. Reyes
Lindsay Melin Torrey*..Eric Dufault
Priti Trivedi………………Alex Borinsky
Raychel Wagner………Kari Bentley-Quinn
Stephanie Willing……..Krista Knight
Rachel Yong……………Enrique Urueta
Kara Young…………………..Tim Errickson – LRR

Directors:

Jill DeArmon
Michael Padden
Anna Strasser
Aimee Todoroff
Megan Weaver

Musical Guest:
Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE
NOVEMBER 3

Actors: Writers:

Shyko Amos*…………………Johnna Adams
Hanna Cheek*………………..Clay McLeod Chapman
Heather E. Cunningham*…Sarah Bernstein
Emily Daly*………………Duncan Pflaster
Jenny Gomez………………..Amina Henry
Megan Hill*……………………Nick Leavens
Anita Holland………………….Nat Cassidy
Layla Khoshnoudi…………..Sarah Todes
Catherine LeFrere*………….Lucy Gillespie
Mariana Newhard…………..Chiara Atik
Colleen O’Connor……………Chisa Hutchinson
Kelley Rae O’Donnell*…….Kathleen Warnock
Hye Yun Park…………………Neil Levi
Cristina Pitter………………….Lisa Huberman
Laura Ramadei………………Lucy Teitler
Diana Stahl……………………Laura Hirschberg
Lilli Stein*………………………Isaac Rathbone – LRR
Jennifer Gordon Thomas…Leah Nanako Winkler
Samantha Fairfield Walsh……………………………Mila Golubov – LRR
Directors:

Jaki Bradley
Liz Carlson
Christopher Diercksen
Molly Marinik
Courtney Ulrich
Musical Guest:
Melissa Lusk
NOVEMBER 10

Actors: Writers:

Amelia Campbell*…………..Natalie Zutter
Becky Byers*………………….Tyler Rivenbark
Jody Christopherson*………Martyna Majok
Michelle Concha…………….Gina Femia
Leah Dietrich…………………Pia Wilson
Louise Flory…………………..Zhu Yi
Kim Gainer*…………………..Clare Barron
Christianne Greiert*…………Emily Peters
Jennifer Harder………………Chris Sullivan
Kana Hatakeyama………….Tinka Jonakova
Homa Hynes………………….J. Stephen Brantley
Susan Louise O’Connor*………………..Natalie Wilson – LRR
Sarah Matteucci……………..Kim Yaged
Briana Packen*………………Jeremy Wine – LRR
Stacey Raymond*…………..Jen Browne – LRR
Heather Robb………………..Jose Rivera
Sydney Mei Ruf-Wong…….Alden Moore
Moira Stone*…………………Jean Marie Keevins
Shannon Marie Sullivan*…Melissa Gordon
Hannah Vaughn……………..Jesse Geguzis
Directors:

Tasha Gordon-Solmon
Lillian Meredith
Kyle Metzger
Kelly O’Donnell
Leta Tremblay
Musical Guest:
Anna/Kate

Associate Producers:
Daniel John Kelley and Sarah Matteucci

Guest Star Selfie #2 – Jennifer Conley Darling

On Tuesday Feb 18th, Artistic Director/Actor/Producer Jennifer Conley Darling joined us as a GUEST STAR for Isaac Rathbone’s play CHUB. LRR playwright Brandon Marianne Lee sat down with her after — electronically-speaking — to learn more about her and make some selfie magic.

1. Inspired by Ike’s piece this week, where did you grow up and what was your favorite toy?

I grew up in a small town in Michigan. I was an only child, so I found myself creating imaginary worlds with my toys. I had a pretty large Barbie collection. Some of them I kept in pristine condition and others I would ‘punk rock’ out. I’d cut their hair like Pat Benatar or remove an arm to give a more realistic world to live in. Looking back, the world I created was pretty twisted – – probably what led me to theater 🙂

2. How did you fall in love with theatre? How has that love changed over the years? Basically, we want to hear a love story…

When I was five years old, my mother got cast as Vera in ‘Mame’ at the local community theater. She took me to a rehearsal and I fell in love immediately. I loved seeing her transform into someone else. I loved the freedom theater seemed to allow – – freedom to be someone else, freedom to be silly and sexy all at the same time. I went to every subsequent rehearsal and sat quietly in the house for the entire process and attended every single performance. Riveted throughout. My first love. This love will never change.

3. Google tells me you are a woman of many trades. You’re an accomplished actress, production manager, producer and the Producing Artistic Director of terraNOVA. And congrats on terraNOVA winning the Caffe Cino Fellowship Award as part of the NYIT Awards! How do you choose your projects and prioritize? What are your career goals and goals for terraNOVA? You know, an easy question.

Well thanks for Google stalking me! You know you’re doing something right if you are Google stalk worthy 😉

As far as how I choose the projects I get involved in, particularly with terraNOVA, I try to choose those shows that scare me. I believe theater should challenge us so I look for the plays that scare me through their form or their content or their unproducability. These are the things I look for.

Career goals – I’d say my career goals are very much aligned with the goals for terraNOVA. We’ve begun expanding terraNOVA in every way. Our largest objective is to create offices in cities beyond NYC. We just launched our Chicago office and held a reading earlier this week to introduce us to the industry and general audience, so off we go! I’d like to see us in Detroit, LA, San Fran, Boston and beyond.

4. terraNOVA has a playwright group called Groundbreakers. Could you tell us more about that? How do writers get involved? How is it similar and differs from what we do here at Lather Rinse Repeat?

Groundbreakers Playwrights Group is part of our overall new play development process called Groundworks. Groundbreakers focuses on early drafts of scripts. We invite six playwrights to be part of the group each season through an open submission process. We form a review committee made up of alumni, producers, dramaturgs, directors, and terraNOVA’s artistic staff. Once selected, we hold 18 sessions where each playwright brings in one script three separate times and hears it read aloud with professional actors. We hold a feedback session tailored by the playwright facilitated by Associate Artistic Director, Jessi D. Hill. We also ask our writers to get heavily involved in the casting process. We believe writers should hone in on the qualities each of their characters need to possess and after each reading, a casting discussion is held on what worked and what didn’t.

5. Pimp your wares. Where can we learn more about you, terraNOVA, future projects?

You can check out terraNOVA at www.terranovacollective.org. We’re opening a co-production with Baruch Performing Arts Center in March of a gorgeous show called HUMAN FRUIT BOWL.

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You can! Just follow us on Twitter @LRRIT

If you do, you’ll get fun nuggets like:

 

And while you are at it, check out our playwrights and give them a follow. We would love to connect with you!

Brandon Marianne Lee

Isaac Rathbone

Jen Browne

Jeremy Wine

Lauren Ferebee

Mariah MacCarthy

Mila Golubov

Natalie Wilson

Tim Errickson

Only Tim Duncheon seems to have avoided the Twitter phenomenon (even though he wrote a short play ENTIRELY out of tweets, gotta love it).

Have a great week. Happy Presidents Day. Keep writing.