Category Archives: Brandon Marianne Lee

Monthly Wash Issue IV

We’re just a week or so out from our first ever full-length festival Soap Gets in Your Eyes and yet LRR playwrights still find time to do OTHER projects.  It’s crazy we know!


FROM TIM ERRICKSON | LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS 

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

Illustration by Stefano Imbert

 

Mr. Errickson is not only an LRR playwright but he’s ALSO the Artistic Director of Boomerang Theatre Company and they’ve got a killer show in Lickspittles, Buttonholers and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens.  We’ve got the details and a sød (sweet!) discount below, hope to see you there!

Three extraneous Danish court officials: a professional loud mouth (the buttonholer), a kiss ass for hire (the lickspittle) and a successful dastard (the go-between) are tossed out of court just as Denmark’s merchant fleet becomes of strategic importance in the Napoleonic war. The three men journey to France and meet Napoleon’s top lickspittle, buttonholer and go-between, their female counterparts. Plots abound, flying machines are destroyed and the head of Marie Antoinette is discovered during the madcap struggle to save Copenhagen from British howitzers. The main characters speak in rhyming Alexandrine verse, while a host of supporting characters converse in sestinas, haiku, free verse, limericks and sonnets. In a rhyming, metered world, the offbeat rules.

Stay up to date on show news and check out some HIGHLY enjoyable production shots on Boomerang’s blog: Boomerangtheatre.wordpress.com

Tickets are $25 but Lather Rinse Repeat readers save $10 when using code Boom2015 to purchase tickets. Get yours NOW!

 May 1st-May 17th, 2015 | Teatro Circulo, 64 E 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

Follow Boomerang Theatre Company on Twitter! @boomerangtheatr


FROM ISAAC RATHBONE | DEB & JOAN AT PULP GULP w/ PULP STAGE

Pulp Gulp Pulp Stage

Ike first presented Deb & Joan at LRR’s second night of short works, Mistakes Were Made, and we’re really pleased to see it out and about, in fact it’s pretty far from home, all the way in Portland, Oregon with Pulp Stage and their series Pulp Gulp.

Pulp Gulp: Actors. Dialogue. Forbidden love amongst aliens, robots…and nerds.

60 minutes of riveting science fiction and fantasy storytelling through dialogue. Featuring “Deb & Joan” about an android who falls in love with her research scientist.

To see the full line-up visit Stage Pulp’s website by clicking right….HERE.

You can also give them a follow at any of these local social media sites, Facebook: ThePulpStage Twitter: @ThePulpStage.

Seating starts at 7:30pm and their’s a suggested donation of $5-$10 but we know Ike’s show is worth at least $10, so if you go, go with a tenner.

May 8th, 8pm | Sip D’vine 7829 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219


FROM MARIAH MACCARTHY| UNTIL SHE CLAWS HER WAY OUT

Marathon Lockup blu gry-04 (1)It’s marathon season, at least at Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Word on the street is that this year, EST received a whopping 1,078 submissions for the 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays and somehow narrowed it down to 14 plays.  One of those plays is Until She Claws Her Way Out by our own Mariah MacCarthy.  Until She Claws Her Way Out is directed and choreographed by Sidney Erik Wright and will run in Series A.

The marathon begins on May 13th and runs, (get it, runs) until June 27.
The full line-up for Series A, B and C as well as specific performance dates and times, ticket prices, the whole shebang really, can be found at the usual spot and by that we mean the EST WEBSITE!

FROM LATHER RINSE REPEAT | SOAP GETS IN YOUR EYES

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Join Lather Rinse Repeat: A Playwrights Collective for their inaugural festival of new works.   Featuring readings of 11 new plays!   We have alot, ALOT,  in the great plays and performances for you from May 10-May 20.  All of the details are below.  Make sure to reserve your seats ASAP as seating for every reading is LIMITED!  Reservations can be made HERE
KICK-OFF TOAST
Join us Sunday, May 10, at 1pm for a celebratory toast as we dive into our first ever full length festival!  Reservations for any of the scheduled shows earns you a Mimosa!

FULL PLAY DETAILS

Hags, Mopes, and the End of All Existence
Written by Jen Browne
Directed by Tasha Gordon-Solmon
Sunday, May 10, 130pm

Hags and Mopes have been married for as long as they can remember and they’ve had just about enough of each other so maybe it’s not such a bad thing there’s a comet making its way straight towards them, the blizzard of the century isn’t letting up, or that the cow and the goats have moved to Florida because the end is near.

Princess Clara of Loisaida
Written by Matt Barbot
Directed by Melissa Crespo
Sunday, May 10, 4pm

With Mamá gone and Papá out of commission, José is in charge of his video-game obsessed little sister Clara. When José finds out the fairy tales he’s been telling his little sister, Clara, might be true – that she’s not really his sister, that her parents found her by the fairy-castle in Central Park with a note pinned to her blanket – he is forced to fight a magical battle for her destiny.

Honors Students; or, The Avenging of Kruppcake
Written by Mariah MacCarthy
Directed by Christina Roussos
Sunday, May 10, 7pm

Kora and Minnie are best friends. And honors students. And are plotting something involving a lot of money and a little blood. When their volatile relationship is threatened by Minnie’s friendship with awkward YouTube sensation Megan, all bets are off. In the tradition of Heathers and The Virgin Suicides, Honors Students asks one question: Who will survive?

Go That Way
Written by Amanda Keating
Directed by Molly Clifford
Monday, May 11, 730pm

In the wake of their mother’s death, three estranged siblings take to the road with their best hometown pal in search of their even more estranged father. As they drive across America, eating McDonalds, sleeping in motels, and playing tunes on the boom box (the stereo is broken, of course), they sift through the shit that’s piled up between them over the years. When they get to where they’re going, it’s not what they expected, but hey. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Chub
Written by Isaac Rathbone
Directed by Linda S. Nelson
Tuesday, May 12, 730pm

Gary and Jill buy their two-year old a hand puppet for his birthday. At first, it’s the best present ever. But then the puppet develops an odor that threatens to destroy their marriage. A satirical look at the darker side of parenting.

Posted
Written by Brandon Marianne Lee
Directed by Sara Lyons
Sunday, May 17, 1pm

Waking up believing she is Emily Post, overnight Catherine goes from hot mess to corporate revolutionary. If manners are a form of respect, perhaps a delusion of grandeur could be a hammer that breaks a glass ceiling.

The Good Girl’s Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder: One Body at a Time
Written by Mila Golubov
Directed by Daniella Caggiano
Sunday, May 17, 4pm

An eager newbie joins an absurd advertising agency and quickly learns that to make it as a woman in a man’s world she needs to grow a pair. Except those times when she needs to show some leg. Except those other times when she plays the saint or the slut or the repentant sinner or the willing chump. After some not so subliminal advertising, awkward sex sessions and unnecessary bloodshed, will good girl go over to the dark side?

Proximity
Written by Jeremy Wine
Directed by Kel Haney
Sunday, May 17,7pm

Munderton, an underground inventor on the forefront of the early days of drone research, has been repeating unauthorized experiments out of Nikola Tesla’s confiscated notebooks.  Pressured by the leading diplomat negotiating peace in Yugoslavia, she is caught between helping end the war, repairing Tesla’s legacy, and Kevin, the sandwich delivery guy.

The Innkeeper
Written by Natalie Wilson
Directed by Josh Hecht
Monday, May 18, 730pm

A young woman expects to die; an old woman expects to live forever. A mystical inn has different ideas.

The Violet Sisters
Written by Gina Femia
Directed by Ivey Lowe
Tuesday, May 19, 730pm

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Pam comes home to attend her father’s funeral.  When she arrives, she is greeted by an angry sister, a dilapidated house and a past that she can’t escape.  The Violet Sisters is a play about forgiving when you cannot bring yourself to forget.

Almost Free
Written by Tim Duncheon
Directed by Kyle Metzger
Wednesday, May 20, 730pm

Philadelphia, 1793: In the middle of a deadly epidemic, a man named Nathaniel dreams of becoming a doctor. The problem? He’s a slave. Worse, his owners won’t free him until he unravels a major political conspiracy — a dangerous task requiring disguises, a trip to meet George Washington, and just a bit of treason. What wouldn’t you do to be free?

All readings take place at Shetler Studios 244 W. 54th Street, 12fl, New York, NY 10019.  You can find us in Shetler 1.

CLOSING PARTY!

Join us after the final performance to celebrate with the directors, the actors, and of course the playwrights!

We’ll obviously be celebrating after every reading so come meet up with us at Characters, our official festival sponsor, to chat about what you saw and buy all of us starving artists a well deserved beverage.

See there was zero exaggeration when we said May was gonna get busy.  We’re pretty excited about all of these delectable theater offerings and hope you’ll join us for one, two, or really ALL of them, we want you at all of them, if we’re being honest, you should mark them all in your calendar and be there, okay see you soon.

 

 

TRIPLE CROWN ROUND-UP ROYALE

TRIPLE CROWN ROUND-UP ROYALE

Welcome to the first ever TRIPLE CROWN ROUND-UP ROYALE, that’s three round-ups, representing three new plays and their respective playwrights, PLUS the playwrights in the field that brought us all the tantalizing tidbits.  There you go, a TRIPLE CROWN ROUND-UP ROYALE.

April 7

ALMOST FREE by Tim Duncheon with reporting by Isaac Rathbone

George W.

George W.

Tim Duncheon brought us new pages from his play Almost Free which will be presented IN FULL on May 20th to close out the Soap Gets In Your Eyes reading play festival. Admission to these readings aren’t “almost free,” they’re COMPLETELY FREE! Anyway, Tim’s play is a hilarious farce about colonial medicine, American history and slavery.  It’s an edgy look at how much American race relations really haven’t changed in over 200 years. We all secretly wished that Tim was our “cool” college history professor. Maybe next cycle, he can start wearing corduroy blazers with elbow patches and say things like, “Don’t call me Professor Duncheon. You can call me Tim.”

Some highlights of the night included:

  1. Tim D cannot tell a lie: George Washington owned slaves. Think about that the next time you throw down a dollar bill at a restaurant or strip club.
  2. The play is set in Philadelphia during a yellow fever epidemic in 1793. Treatments included bloodlettings and eating bark. Pssh. Thanks, Obamacare.
  3. Like Tim’s other plays, Almost Free featured a “man of mystery.” #wherearethewomen?
  4. Ike ordered a BLT from Mikey’s and again they made a mistake and he received a burger instead. Thanks, Obamacare.
  5. We had no feedback discussions regarding real estate. Nothing. The evening felt incomplete.
  6. One of the characters signed the Declaration of Independence. What have your character’s done lately?

April 14

POSTED by Brandon Marianne Lee with reporting by Matt Barbot

Emily Post

Emily Post

Whee!

This go-round we had the beginnings of a brand new play by our resident fantasy football fanatic femme fatale (that’s alliteration, for you English majors) Brandon Marianne Lee!

Posted is Brandon’s new play about the doldrums of the hyper-masculine corporate banking world, with all the fat jokes and casual sexism that it entails. Who better to shake things up than early twentieth century author and expert in etiquette Emily Post? (No one better, is the answer, in case you were wondering.

THINGS WE LEARNED

  1. In Brandon’s play, the company’s Lactation Room serves as a male-free refuge for the women to congregate and plot. In reality, they’re usually pretty bland and poorly decorated. We lamented that something as cool and important as a room devoted entirely to lactation could be treated as an afterthought. For shame!
  2. Brandon’s character Octavia is based on an actual living person named Octavia with whom Brandon works. Don’t worry, though! Octavia knows she’s being transmogrified into a fictional character, and will probably be at the reading! Come on out to meet the fake Octavia and the real Octavia and see if you can tell which is which!
  3. We had a minor disagreement about whether Brandon’s character Catherine had been possessed by the spirit of Emily Post, was pretending, or had experienced an emotional break. There were only minor injuries.

Come to the reading of Posted on Sunday, May 17th, at 1:00PM, but remember your manners and be on your best behavior.

April 21

HAGS, MOPES, AND THE END OF ALL EXISTENCE by Jen Browne with reporting by Amanda Keating

Chickens in a bathtub.

Chickens in a bathtub.

Last week, Jen Browne brought us the beautiful, strange story of Mopes and Hags, two folks long past their prime who, as they await the imminent destruction of the world and their accompanying demise, find an unexpected gift of biblical proportions on their doorstep. Mopes and Hags unknowingly contemplate the great questions of existence, all while gazing into the eyes of their former selves and keeping their family of chickens (yes, chickens) out of weather-related-harm’s way.

Things we learned?

  1. In the event of an earthquake, make sure the chickens are in the bathtub. …or is it a tornado?
  2. Some humans are sexually attracted to comets.
  3. What’s so bad about a hiccup: “They never amount to anything they just disappear and then everybody’s glad they’re gone.”

Like what you hear? Well you can hear it all if you come to the reading of Hags, Mopes, and the End of All Existence at 1:30PM on May 10. Just come! This play is beautiful and also very funny.

April 28….

Wow, wow, wow, let’s not get ahead of ourselves…Tonight we hear Natalie Wilson’s festival offering The Innkeeper and then that’s right it’s ALMOST FESTIVAL TIME!

SOAP GETS IN YOUR EYES: a festival of new plays runs May 10 through May 20 at Shetler Studios.  The full schedule and details can be found HERE.

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See you there!!

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.