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#Selfie 4.1 Meet Our New Members! Gina Femia (w/ Questions from Amanda Keating)

It’s the return of the #Selfie!  We are so excited to bring you three new #selfie interviews featuring our three new members!  First up we’ve got Amanda Keating interviewing Gina Femia.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for when Gina turns the tables on Amanda and an interview with Matt Barbot by the illustrious Lauren Ferebee.

Aaanndd here we go!

Amanda Keating: What’s your favorite place to write?

Gina Femia: I’m partial to writing anywhere I can be curled up, my laptop or notebook balanced on my knees.  Preferably wearing sweats with an oversized sweater that covers a graphic tee.  This usually means writing on my couch or on my bed, but I like writing on the subway, too.

AK: Do you write on a computer? Pen to paper? On a typewriter? In the air?

GF: On my laptop, work computer or pen to paper – anything that gets the words out!  I’ve never tried typewriters, they look frustrating.  In the air sounds awesome but I think I’d have a hard time sharing it with actors.

Writing on my laptop is usually the best.  I close my eyes and just write.  It feels like a different kind of instrument, or like an extension of my hands.  I feel the most Me when I’m doing that.

AK: What time of day do you like to write? Why?

GF: I used to only like writing at night but now I prefer writing when there’s light outside.  I think I’m part plant and the sun energizes my brain, lights it on fire like kindle.  There’s more possibility in the beginning of the day, or even at the beginning of the afternoon.  I’m freer, I can practically smell the words in the air, practically see them darting around like butterflies that I can’t wait to capture in my hands.

But I’ll write whenever I can.

AK: Do you share your work with anyone while you’re writing it? Or do you prefer to wait til it’s done? If the former, who do you show it to?

GF: It depends on the piece.  Usually I want to get a draft out as soon as possible and will force myself to write it fast and then I’ll want to hear it just as fast, if not faster.  I’ll show it to whoever will listen, whoever will read it out loud with me.  My boyfriend is especially supportive and has read many-a-play out loud with me, from multiple characters to 2 sisters in a kitchen.  He says he’s not an actor but he does a great job impersonating one!

AK: What’s the first story (not necessarily in play form) you ever wrote?

GF: I wrote an instant classic when I was in Kindergarten called “The Very Blind Whale”.  I still have the original manuscript, it begins “One day a whale looked up at the sun. ‘Ahh, I am now blinded!’ screamed the whale.”  The rest you can buy at your local indie bookshop, I’m sure.

AK: What are some things that inform/inspire your writing? Music? Images? Other writing? The universe?

GF: Brooklyn and magic inspire and inform my writing the most.  I can’t escape Brooklyn – it’s where I grew up and where I continue to live.  All of my stories started here and they continue to bloom here.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve written plays that don’t take place in Brooklyn, but the characters are still very much from Brooklyn in some way.  Not literally but still, in some way.

Somebody once challenged me to define magic, saying that when they thought of it, they thought of magic as tricks.  And I think that’s what people tend to think of when they hear the word magic, they think of clowns at kid’s birthday parties, folding balloons into shapes and pulling cards out their asses, a reason for everything, a sly hand movement here and a distraction there.  But my definition of magic is simply this: When something that shouldn’t happen, happens.  Which sounds a lot like the definition of a miracle.  But I never really saw a difference between the two.

AK: Fill in the blank: On Saturday mornings, you can find me _______ .

GF: Making breakfast, making lists, making plans!  And drinking coffee.  Copious amounts of coffee, always.

gina Thank you Gina and Amanda!!

 

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!