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Weekly Round Up-March 10

Playwright Jeremy Wine

Playwright Jeremy Wine

LRR lathered it up once again on March 10th with the latest installation of Jeremy Wine’s play PROXIMITY. An obsessive female scientist, a charmingly adorable sandwich delivery guy, the ghost (or is it?) of Nikola Tesla and the actual Richard Hoolbrooke find themselves in a deep-secret military lab in Dayton, Ohio in 1995 — all with the end game of stopping the nefarious Slobadan Milosevic. Is this a play or a way cool new Showtime series?

I learned many things while listening to Jeremy’s witty and wise words — delivered beautifully by repeat offenders Carson Lee and Jeremy Halpern (plus our own Amanda Keating):
  1. Gorgonzola isn’t just a kind of cheese. It’s also a video game. Apparently a cool one with a weird moral twist.
  2. Nikola Tesla was from Yugoslavia. And he would probably have a strong opinion about the Bosnian conflict of the mid-90s.
  3. Reclusive female scientists are indubitably more dramatically interesting than male scientists.
  4. Sandwich delivery guys can be remarkably charming. (At least when Jeremy writes them.)
  5. Roast beef and ham sandwiches are a thing. (At least in Jeremy’s play.)
  6. If you need to get rid of Gina, just talk about politics.
  7. Jen B can’t wait for watermelon and feta.
We all can’t wait to hear what happens next when Jeremy brings this back for our May play festival, Soap Gets In Your Eyes!
Thanks to Natalie Wilson for bringing us this fabulous Weekly Round-Up!
LRR is taking this week off but all will return to normal next Tuesday when newest member Matt Barbot steps up to the plate for the first time!
Hope everybody has a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day!

The Monthly Wash Issue 1

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Lather, Rinse, Repeat playwrights are some of the busiest people in this schtinkin’ town full of schtinkin’ busy people.  Aside from all the happenings they host together there’s a slew of happenings of their own design happening seemingly ALL. THE. TIME.  We thought rather than keeping all of these delightful events to ourselves we might share them with you, the world, via THE MONTHLY WASH.  Let us help YOU stay abreast to everything Lather, Rinse, Repeat and keep you as busy as the LRR gang throughout the month!

FROM GINA FEMIA | SUPER, OR, HOW CLARK GRAVES LEARNED TO FLY

So, first on the list is a very exciting FREE reading from our newest member Gina Femia.  She’s got a new play in the works, Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly  and we think it sounds well…super.

Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly is about the shrinking of the middle class as seen through the eyes of a typical American Family – The Graves. Father Samuel has lost his once  thriving construction business, forcing the family to downsize significantly. Each member is coping with their personal loss of power differently; Mother Mary is addicted to scratch-off lotto tickets, sister Dot cannot stop picking her skin, Father Samuel has gotten mean and Clark – well, Clark is trying to be everyone’s hero, including his new girlfriend, Laney. When Laney’s dreams of running away begin to seem like they’ll become a reality, Clark must choose between his family and his chance at happiness. Intercut with scenes from Clark’s comic book world, Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly explores the increasing hunger crisis as it spreads across America, asking the questions How do we learn to Fly? and What does it really mean to be Super?

Sunday, February 8, 7pm | Drama Bookshop, 240 W. 40th Street


Photo credit: Mitch Dean

Photo credit: Mitch Dean

FROM JEN BROWNE | THE ORPHEUS VARIATIONS W/ THE DECONSTRUCTIVE THEATRE PROJECT                                                                                                                                 

Fun fact, on top of being a LRR playwright, Jen Browne is an ensemble member with The Deconstructive Theatre project and this week they opened the first of ten encore performances of their show The Orpheus Variations.  Inspired by the Orpheus myth and the neuroscience of memory, The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s critically and audience acclaimed performance collides cinema, radio play, and theatre vocabularies into an art-house film created and screened in real time.

Straight from their sold out run at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival you have until February 14th to check out what Time Out NY calls a, a multimedia fantasia. 

Check out the trailer and purchase special $20 tickets HERE.

 February 4-February 14| Theatre at the 14th Street Y located at 344 East 14th Street


FROM MARIAH MACCARTHY AND ISAAC RATHBONE |NEW YORK CITY INDIE THEATRE ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL                                                                                               

The One-Minute Play Festival and the New Ohio Theatre have created a dynamic partnership for The 1st New York City Indie Theatre One-minute Play Festival – with part of the proceeds to benefit Indie Theatre Now and the New Ohio’s new play and artist residency programming.

The festival consists of one-minute plays by nearly 50 established and emerging playwrights who identify as part of the downtown or indie theatre community, prompted by #1MPF’s unique playmaking process and LRR is totally representing with plays by Mariah MacCarthy and Isaac Rathbone.  You can also see work from some of our favorite LRR Friends, Diana Oh, Kevin R. Free and Leta Tremblay.

Get your tickets HERE

 February 17, 18, and 19, 8pm | The New Ohio Theater


 

AND speaking of LRR Friends how about you check out the work of some of our REPEAT OFFENDERS, the actors and directors we work with and love the most.

FROM HEATHER LEE ROGERS | THE CHURCH OF WHY NOT w/ THEATRE 167                                                                                                                                                                               

Inspired by the very place in which it’s performed, The Church of Why Not brings together believers and skeptics, activists and addicts, seekers and lost souls.  Some need food, some crave connection others come for help with taxes, tutoring or a Bar Mitzvah.  Conceived and directed by Ari Laura Kreith; collaboratively written by Camillo Andres Almonacid, Jenny Lyn Bader and J. Stephen Brantley featuring a diverse ensemble of 18 actors and some music.

Tickets are just $18 and can be purchased HERE

February 20-March 15 | West End Theater, Church of St Paul & St Andrew, 263 West 86th , 2nd fl 


 

We hope to see you out there and tune in next month for more from the Lather, Rinse, Repeat gang in THE MONTHLY WASH!

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 #5

Sadly, I couldn’t be there that legendary day that the amazing Sergei Burbank graced us with his presence as our guest star. , I remedied that omission by reaching out to him and finding out a little more about his work. And now, a few months later, here it is, that wonderful moment when words – and worlds – collided.

Lauren Ferebee: Tell us a little bit about yourself, your art, and how you came to Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

Sergei Burbank: I’m a performer-turned-writer-turned-producer. I followed some very good advice to be heedful of where there was a gap, and I quickly saw that while there was little need of another chronically insecure performer, there would be some utility for me as a playwright, and even more as a facilitator / producer. So that’s kept me busy. My plays tend to emerge from arguments I have in my head, so the themes revolve around race, gentrification, and war, mostly. I guess the theme I’m fixated on most consistently is cruelty: that shows up front and center in most of my pieces. For more blah blah blah people can go to my website: [http://boisterous-eremite.com/] After a decade or so of producing my own work I was happily absorbed into Oracle Theatre Inc., founded by Jennifer and Isaac Rathbone, and I’ve been with them for the past few years helping to coordinate their various reading series and full productions. It was through Isaac that I got invited to sit in with LRR for a session.

Lauren Ferebee: What are you excited about right now, in your own work & in the theatre world in general?

Sergei Burbank: I’m helping develop the script for a new (partial) Henriad (Henry IV, parts 1 and 2, and Henry V) that Oracle will run in rep this fall with an original work by LLR’s own Isaac Rathbone. We’re drawing out the script process over many months, and I really enjoy longer schedules like this because it allows for more profound discoveries.

In the wider theater world I’m very excited that technology has become cheap enough to allow both mainstream and indie theater productions to incorporate film with live performance.

Lauren Ferebee: Career highlights?

Sergei Burbank: I’m grateful to have found a creative home with Oracle Theatre Inc. Being invited to join their company was a wonderful validation of my work thus far.

Lauren Ferebee: You’re our Guest Star. What’s the one ridiculous rider in your Star Contract that we have to fulfill (like green M&Ms, peacocks in the dressing room, etc.)?

Sergei Burbank: London Underground – themed towels. And Pat Kiernan on hand to read interesting articles aloud to me as he finds them.

Lauren Ferebee: Why New York? What keeps you here?

Sergei Burbank: I’m a native, so it is a lucky coincidence that I eventually decided to work in theater, since I could do it in my hometown. I stay because the more I see of other places, it’s clear I don’t belong anywhere else.

 

Guest Star Selfie #4

Julie Gomez Selfie

On April 8th, we welcomed the indubitable Julie Gomez as our honored guest, as we read the equally indubitable Tim Duncheon’s latest work-in-progress.  As part of my long con to make Tim Duncheon my new and very bestest friend, I took some time to interview Julie about her love of improv, contested archipelagos, and antipathy for creepy crawlies.

Jeremy Wine: Are you really from San Andres y Providencia?  I’ve never met anyone from there. Do you consider yourself American, Colombian, Nicaraguan, Caribbean, or something I can’t get my ignorant head around?

Julie Gomez: I am! It’s a beautiful little island in the Caribbean that belonged completely to Colombia, until recent legal battles that resulted in Nicaragua owning the waters that surround the land. It’s a strange and long history. I moved away when I was about 4 to Louisiana then to Texas later on in life, so the question about what I consider myself to be is one I love to contemplate. I became a naturalized citizen 3 years ago, which I am very honored and proud of, and I have a very strong tie to my family and Colombian culture as well as southern culture… so I like to think of myself as a cultural mutt. So D, all of the above, is my answer. I love all my frankenstein parts.

Jeremy Wine: With your background in improv, how does that influence what appeals to you in the scripted theatre world?

Julie Gomez: I studied theater in college and it’s been fascinating to see the world of theater and improv merge at UCB. I still deal with scripted material since I produce comedy web videos and UCB also teaches sketch writing in addition to improv.

We have made successful videos in the past that have had hilarious and well produced scripts, as well as videos that have had much of the script improvised. In both cases I’ve seen the writers and directors give freedom to the performers we cast, who are talented improvisers, to work with the dialogue or premise given.

Of course this doesn’t happen all the time, there is a great value to the writer and the work she has written, but I enjoy seeing an on-going process with scripted material with a creative team that includes the director, writer, and performer. I think that aspect of theater appeals to me as a producer (and perhaps why I enjoyed Lather, Rinse, Repeat so much!) to see creative minds nurturing an idea.

Jeremy Wine: You’re a producer at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Please pardon the unmotivated exposition.  That sounds like an impossible job to me.  Please explain.

Julie Gomez: HA! Makes me feel like a super hero. I am the producer for the Video/Film Department of UCB called Don’t Think Productions. I’ve produced many of the comedic web videos you will see on our site and Youtube channel. We are currently producing a feature length documentary on the Del Close Marathon and I also produce branded content videos and commercials for our company.

Jeremy Wine: If, to save a million lives, you had to punch one animal in the face, what animal would you punch?

Julie Gomez: Maggots. I would punch so many of their stupid chubby no-faces.

Jeremy Wine: Mike Nichols once said “Because it’s funny.” is a pretty good answer to the question, “Why are you telling me this?”  What do you think?

Julie Gomez: Oh yeah, I agree. Give me funny and I will laugh everyday all the time.