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Mega Weekly Roundup: Vol. 1 and 2

For the first week of our new cycle, we heard Raindrop and Sundrop, a new play by Gina Femia, one of our new members! Composed by Gina in one whirlwind week, Raindrop and Sundrop tells the story of two estranged sisters reunited in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The incendiary situation leads to some dark revelations about their family and their past relationships.

Impressively, Gina’s play also takes place on one set and transpires in real time! If he had been alive and able to join us for her reading, Aristotle would have been proud.

What about the second week, you ask?

Great question.

On the most recent Tuesday, we heard a new draft of Isaac Rathbone’s play Chub, a comedy-drama about parenthood, puppets, and the Great Recession. If you’ve ever wanted to steal a rental car and track down an eBay seller because the stench of one of the used puppets you bought has exacerbated marital tensions, then maybe this play is based on your life.

Here’s a list of things we learned over these two wweeks:

1) Abusive relationships make for bad vacations.

Conventional wisdom would suggest that vacations are always fun, but Gina showed us that, under some circumstances, they are not.

2) One should do one’s best to attend one’s father’s funeral, even if it’s in another borough.

The fact that it’s in Queens and there are weekend service changes is NO EXCUSE.

3) All of Gina’s other plays have unicorns in them.

Gina’s other plays feature magical realism. All magical realism has to do with unicorns. Therefore, it follows that all of Gina’s other plays have unicorns in them.

4) Amanda may not be able to make Jeremy’s funeral.

She’s got plans.

5) The playwrights of LRR know a surprising amount about real estate.

So says Matt Barbot. As a new member of LRR, he has obviously not made it through the Lather Rinse Repeat Playwrights’ Guide to REIT Investing. All proceeds go to our reading series.

6) When your marriage is in trouble, consider the bowling alley in Syosset.

Maybe it’ll get your marriage back on track, but even if it doesn’t, at least you’ll get to bowl.

7) Chub the puppet is not actually named Chub!!

We won’t tell you what he’s actually named, because that would be a spoiler.

8) Puppets are great.

This is self-evident.

 

Gina and the actors of Raindrops!

Gina and the actors of Raindrops!

 

 

Jeremy and Ike ponder Chub.

Jeremy and Ike ponder Chub.

The Monthly Wash Issue II

Welcome to Issue II of THE MONTHLY WASH.  If you thought February was full wait until you see March!  We’ve got world premieres, we’ve reached out across multiple states, some old favorites and of course a LOT of new work.  Hope you’re hungry cause we’re excited to share what we’ve got cookin’.

FROM MARIAH MACCARTHY  | BABY MAMA | ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE

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Mariah MacCarthy shines in this raunchy, hilarious and heartbreaking one-woman performance based on her own experience as a birth mother.

Tickets are just $20 (best twenty bucks you’ll ever spend) HERE!

Tuesdays from February 17 to March 10 | Ensemble Studio Theatre 549 W. 52nd Street


FROM GINA FEMIA | A WORKSHOP SHOWING OF, FOR THE LOVE OF (OR THE ROLLER DERBY PLAY) | SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE THEATRE DEPARTMENT

Our newest members might just be our busiest as Gina Femia is at it again with another a exciting new piece.

Michelle and Joy are a couple who love roller derby. But when Joy gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, they find their lives turned upside down. For The Love Of (or The Roller Derby Play) asks how much you’re willing to sacrifice – or lose – in order to follow your heart.

Tickets are free but seating is limited so please e-mail ginafemia@gmail.com to reserve seats

March 5 & 6 | The Wright Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Meade Way, Bronxville NY


 

 FROM MATT BARBOT | BEG, BORROW, STEAL | COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

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We’re only a little jealous that new member Matt Barbot is playing with his other playwright friends in this collection of new works.

8 playwrights. 10 minutes each. 1 show you don’t want to miss! Beg, Borrow, Steal consists of 8 short plays created by 8 talented Columbia MFA playwrights: Matt Barbot, Stephen Foglia, Aeneas Sagar Hemphill, Becca Plunkett, Alix Sobler, Ellen Steves, Callan Stout, and Alexandra Viteri Arturo.

Tickets are FREE! Reserve your spot via BegBorrowStealRSVP@gmail.com

March 5, 6, at  8PM, March 7 at 3PM and 8PM | Schapiro Theatre (615 W 115th Street, NY NY)

 

 

 

 


 

FROM JEN BROWNE AND LAUREN FEREBEE | YOUNEED GOSEARCH | OUT OF THE LOOP FRINGE FESTIVALout of the loop

 

Jen Browne and Lauren Ferebee are at it again and this time they’re heading to Dallas for the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival with new piece YouNeed GoSearch.  Created with Timothy Giles and Montgomery Sutton You Need Go Search is an off-kilter hero’s journey following four people in unusual clothes whose lives are lit by flashlights and dime-store lanterns, anchored by broken stuff and communicated via bubbles. The show is rich, magical, theatrical and fun, that’s four good reasons right there to buy your ticket to Dallas and YouNeed GoSearch.

For More info visit: OUT OF THE LOOP


FROM ISAAC RATHBONE | THE GNOME | BARTER THEATRE

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We could not be more excited for Isaac and the world premiere of the The Gnome at Barter Theatre in Virginia.  

A story of family, wishes, greed, magic, snow and department stores. Barry works at All-Mart and lives with his brother, the cop, and secretly desires his brother’s wife, Yvonne. Needless to say, things are not going well for Barry. Suddenly appearing from the melting snow of winter is a magical Gnome, whose powers transform everyone’s life, but not without consequences.

Get some insight into the piece with this awesome interview with Mr. Rathbone himself: Playwright Interview

Tickets and more info about the show and Barter Theatre can be found HERE!

March 13th-May 16th | Barter Theatre Stage II Abingdon, VA


FROM TIM DUNCHEON | STAGE SPIES, OR: THE DESIGNS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

All you need to know is that Tim Duncheon wrote this play, the same Tim Duncheon that brought us the most amazing pirate musical ever made.

It’s the Revolutionary War, and British-occupied Philadelphia is no picnic! Newspaper printer Jacob Palmer thinks his financial troubles are over when he agrees to print British propaganda and advertise the British Army’s new play. But when Benjamin Franklin arrives on a secret mission, Jacob finds himself caught in a dangerous game, committing treason against both sides. Worse, Jacob’s family begins to declare independence—and not from Britain, but from him. Very loosely based on a true story, this satirical farce turns our American origin myth upside down to find that words like “freedom” and “truth” are dangerously—but hilariously—fickle.

The reading will be directed by Kyle Metzger and followed by a reception with light refreshments!

Thursday, March 19th at 4 p.m. | Ripley-Grier Studios (520 8th Avenue), Room 17H

 


THINGS TO COME!!

That’s right we always have more exciting things in the works including our very own Lather, Rinse, Repeat #podcast! Keep your eyes and ears open for the unveiling of this very exciting new endeavor!  That’s it for March we’ll see you in April with our next round of shout outs in The Monthly Wash Issue III

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!

MEGA ROUND UP!!!

You’ve read our weekly rounds ups and they were of course entertaining and now we bring you (in a booming echoing voice) MEGA ROUND UP!!!!!!

MEGA ROUND UP!!!!! compiles an entire summer’s worth of happenings, two weeks of long form adventures, and a whole lot of madcapperie in one concise post.  It’s MEGA ROUND UP!!!!

THE BEGINNING:

It all started in June 2014 when Filling the Well: An Artists Retreat took the Lather, Rinse, Repeat playwrights by the hand and led them on an amazing journey at the Dragon’s Egg Studio in Ledyard, CT.   Gorging on healthy, hearty food, sunshine, and inspiration everybody left very full indeed.

SUMMER: A SEASON OF DOING AND THEN DOING MORE

Moving ever deeper into summer, a time when many New Yorkers escape the city, travel, maybe even rest or “chill-out” as the kids sometimes say, but not our LRR playwrights, not at all.   LRR playwrights do not believe in taking it easy.  They laugh at summer vacations.  Their work is their vacation.  When asked what they did on their “summer vacation” here is what some of our playwrights had to say:

Tim Errickson: For my summer vacation I’ve directed the New York premiere of John Patrick Bray’s DONKEY in the Planet Connections Festival, which was nominated for 13 Festival awards, followed by producing A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM in Central Park and LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST in Bryant Park. I also returned to serve on the New York Innovative Theatre Awards Honorary Awards Committee, and am leading NYIT through a six month Board refresh process. Plus I’m getting married at some point.  (and he did, just last week)

Isaac Rathbone: For my summer vacation my play “The Gnome” received a staged reading at Barter Theater’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights in Abingdon, VA on 7/8. I attended the festival and met some wonderful people, including the other amazing playwrights associated with the festival. (he also just remounted an amazing play called March of the Bonus Army, if you missed it, well, you missed out, didn’t you)

Lauren Ferebee: For my summer vacation I finished up a six-month residency in South Carolina with a workshop production of my play The Reckless Season (my first round Lather, Rinse, Repeat play).  In July,  I was a juried fellow at the Saltonstall Arts Colony, where I wrote, read and ate delicious food in Ithaca, NY. My play Sexual Geography (third round play for LRR) was selected for March Forth Productions’ Summer Salon in August. As the summer wraps up, I’ll be spending time with family in Dallas and bringing pages in for the brand new Dallas play incubator The Aviary.

Amanda Keating: For my summer vacation I spent a few wonderful weeks out of town workshopping my play GO THAT WAY with the Williams College Summer Theater Lab. Highlights include a) kicking it all day every day with smart, cool, seriously talented students and fellow artists, b) seeing the play on its feet for the first time, and c) eating, hiking, and biking my way through the pastures, farms, and fields of Williamstown MA. Aside from these glorious days of writing and drinking copious amounts of beer in the great outdoors, I sweated my way around the city working my myriad jobs and lamenting my lack of air conditioning. It was a killer summer.

Who’s That Girl?:

Woah, Amanda Keating, who is that?  WELL, if you haven’t been paying attention, Amanda Keating is our newest, shiniest member.  LRR member Lauren Ferebee is off sowing artistic seeds south of the Mason Dixon line and will remain a member at large (#lrr4eva) so we needed another amazing playwright to round out the team.  We held an open call and received an astonishing amount of submissions all of which were really, really fantastic.  So after reading loads of plays and talking it through all signs pointed to Amanda and we couldn’t be more excited to have her!  Keep an out for more from Amanda, a #selfie interview could be on the horizon…..

ALMOST DONE:

Now, to round off this, our first ever MEGA ROUND UP!!! (don’t forget the voice) Let us reflect on the last two weeks of long form plays.

Kicking this cycle off was none other than Mariah MacCarthy, she brought us the beginnings of what will no doubt be an amazeballs play filled with plotting teen girls, a dead dog, magical You Tube videos and thousands and thousands of dollars.  Week two Jen Browne brought in an updated version of a play we’ve seen before that may or may not be about a mermaid, the jury is still out but let’s just say there were a lot of questions about mermaid rules and habits.

THE FUTURE:

The future, oh yes the future holds many things, eight more weeks of brand new plays, new LRR workshops, parties, adventures, and more, literally more and more.   Check in and often, you never know what we’ll be throwing down.  You don’t, you just never know, there may even be another MEGA ROUND UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 LRR Playwrights Featured at Hell’s Kitchen Commons

This Monday August 11 at 7pm thanks to Hell’s Kitchen Commons, the West 45th/46th Street Block Association and the Irish Arts Center we’re serving up a theatrical smorgasbord to the people of Hell’s Kitchen.

Check out FREE readings from four of our lovely LRR playwrights:

Spirit Dust by Natalie Wilson
The Ferryman by Isaac Rathbone
Pity the Fools by Mila Golubov
Love is a Blind Squirrel by Jen Browne

Talented Actor Folk:

  • Mike Callaghan
  • Nick Cocchetto
  • Gabby Sherba
  • Peter Smith
  • Sarah Todes

Bring chairs, blankets and snacks to Matthews Palmer Playground.

The fun continues with on August 25th with another Hell’s Kitchen Commons Play in the park night featuring Fundamental Theater Project’s new play Sanctuary Park by Ben Holbrook

For more details visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/636623459778594/

See the Partners’ websites for more info on their Partnerness:

West 45th/46th Street Block Association

Hell’s Kitchen Commons is the program name sponsored by the Block Association

Mathew’s Palmer Playground

Irish Arts Center

Fundamental Theater Project