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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!

#Selfie First Flight w/ Tim Errickson and Boomerang Theatre Company

Good news world,  got to chat with Tim Errickson about First Flight, Boomerang Theatre Company’s annual festival of new plays.  It’s this week so read up and then get out there and check out some AMAZING PLAYS!!

 

Jen Browne: So something that is super great about Lather Rinse Repeat  is that a lot of playwrights in the group are so much more than playwrights, they’re very often writing, producing, directing, everything and you my friend might be king of the all-arounds working with Boomerang Theatre Company.  Can you tell me a little about where this all began for you and maybe how you’ve seen the company grow over the years?

Tim Errickson: Hardly the king, if you look around our little group. It began for me about 20 years ago when I began my first theatre company after college. I love making theatre, I love the audiences and the work. And I love validating work and encouraging playwrights by producing new plays. For the last 16 years, Boomerang Theatre Company has been my passion project. We’ve produced 55 plays and over 60 new play development readings and workshops. We began like all do, poor and not knowing how to do this work. But we learned and grew and gathered like-minded people.

 

JB: Boomerang breaks its season into three sections or so your website tells me, the third being First Flight, a reading series for new work.  Can you speak to the company’s relationship to new plays and playwrights?

TE: It’s funny, as I think it’s changing. Originally, we did all classics, and then began programming new plays to run along with classics in tandem. As we’ve gotten more established (and maybe as I’ve gotten older too), I love new plays more and more. I think that mystery of producing the new play, the unknown audience response, the unforeseen change in rehearsal, is just so exciting. I really love getting new plays off the page, out of readings and in front of people. And the writer is a huge component of that, because really we are supporting their idea of story and theme. We want them there as much as they can be, and we want them to feel like they have a place to bring work and make it better.

 

JB: Can you break down the details for this year’s festival?

TE: The 2014 First Flight New Play Festival consists of public readings of six new plays in various states of development. We kick off on Wednesday Nov 19th at 7pm and go through Monday Nov 24th at 7pm. All of our readings are at ART/NY, 520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd floor. Readings are always free, but if you’ve got $5 burning a hole in your pocket, we’ll take it and put it to good use.

 

JB: Producing new work can be risky business why is the risk worth it for you?

TE: Yeah, it’s a funny thing…what’s the risk? If you believe in the work, and it expresses your heart and mind, something important and passionate, it’s always going to work on some level. And it can be done expensively or cheaply depending on what you’ve got to work with. So I’m all in. More New Plays!

 

JB: How has producing new work influenced the development of your company and your place in the New York theater landscape?

TE: I think on some level we put our own stamp on things. I hope that people see a play and recognize that it’s a Boomerang play, that it has substance, intelligence, daring use of language, and fearlessness. We apply that to all our projects, but I think it is more obvious in the new plays we choose to develop.

 

JB: Any other tidbits we should know about this year’s Fest or future Boomerang programs?

TE: We just keep trying to grow the festival all the time. Constantly improving it to make it more helpful to the writers, so that their needs are served. We’re excited about this year’s lineup, and hope you’ll come check them out.

This year’s First Flight Festival includes work by Vincent Sessa, Johnna Adams, Michael Aguirre, Adam Kraar, Tim Errickson, Shelley McPherson.   Dates and times for all readings can be found HERE!

Pussyfest III – The Reckoning – LRR Playwright Projects

Pussyfest III- The Reckoning

Yes, it’s the 3RD ANNUAL PUSSYFEST!

BUY TICKETS HERE

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

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