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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!

Multi-week Round-up With Side of Tots

Feeling Round Down?  Say no more.  Let’s Round Up.

Procrastinator’s Special:  Several weeks in one.

Week 3: Jeremy Wine and his band of merry Rewrites

Week 3 of our full-length reading cycle continued with a constantly-changing read of Pre-Fabricated Homes, a play about iffy construction, having sex with national parks, and a man curiously called “Jeff”.  Jeremy Wine’s play is the best play ever written in the known world.

Full disclaimer: Jeremy Wine wrote most or all of this.

Week 4: Fearsome Frank, by Tim Duncheon, and his pocket pal, Marbles.

We were whisked away, island to island, to the year 1589.  Fearsome Frank is most likely a true story, or semi-true, but it’s certainly musical and pants-immolatingly funny.  A case of mistaken identity leads inevitably to sword and word play, the immaculate Concepcion, and a spot marked by an X.  It’s a musical with depth.

Ba-dum-dum.

Week 5: Exposing Yourself in Public

The first of several Submission Salons, Lather, Rinse, Repeat’s version of Career Night.  We came, we whiteboarded, we solicited ourselves.  It wasn’t pretty.  We are forming a nice little playwright’s helper system for professional development that will one day be shared with the world at large, solving all of American Theatre’s problems.  And we ate pizza.

Week 6: L’Aubergiste by the always happenin’ Natalie Wilson

This house has a mad crush.  It likes you, Jeanine.  It really, really likes you.  Jeanine.  Sure, Bernadette has been going steady with the house for the past trillion years, but it was a good run.  Jeanine.  This house really digs you, if you know what I mean.

Meanwhile, In a Land Not Unlike This Land…

Lather, Rinse, Repeat playwrights have all kinds of frothy action out there.  Not the least of which:  Caps Lock Theatre’s Pussyfest III: The Reckoning.  This year’s installment features a heady brew of LRR playwrights, including Tim Duncheon, Tim Errickson, Isaac Rathbone, Mila Golubov, Natalie Wilson, Jeremy Wine, and Jen Browne.  The line-up this year is stellar–get your tickets for November 2nd, 3rd, and the 10th or you’ll be THAT PERSON that DIDN’T GO.  Don’t be THAT PERSON.  Buy tickets at THIS PLACE.

This is not a drill.

Furthermore, our most beloved Isaac Rathbone will have his LRR-developed play The Gnome produced at the estimable LORT-tastic Barter Theatre early next year.  That’s a world premiere for those of you keeping score at home.  Many more details to come.

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Next Time, Whether As You Like It Or Not:

Issac “Ike” Rathbone brings in his latest Full-length “Fully” Play for a cast of Seasoned “Salty” Actors to read.  This is about that time of year when we stop showering.  Or maybe that’s just me.  I like art.

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

Guest Star Selfie #3

On March 4th, Lather, Rinse, Repeat had the ultimate luck to snag the delightful and talented Kevin R. Free to join the feedback fray for LRR playwright Jeremy Wine’s new play.   Despite being knee deep in a production of a new concert version of The Music Man, Kevin took the time to answer a few questions from Jen Browne.

1. Jen Browne: Last week you spoke briefly about working with the New York Neo-Futurists and on your website you credit them as “the people who helped me find my voice.”  Can you talk a bit about your time with them and how it’s shaped you as a theater maker?

Kevin R. Free: Being a Neo-Futurist was the most amazing challenge! It’s a grind – from writing all the plays, learning the plays, running the whole organization administratively, and navigating being in an ensemble in which we are all artistic directors. It made me a better theatre-maker. I make my own sound cues now; I know more about how to make or procure my own props; I am generally much better at making a way out of no way when there isn’t budget to do all the things I want. As the only writer of color in the company for a while, I had race and identity on my mind a lot, and I learned how to write about it. Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind  is still the item on my resume that gets the most comments when I audition. I am so grateful to have done the show.

2. JB: Trolling through your website I also found an amazing list of books that you recorded as audio books.   Are there types of books that are more fun to record?  Is there a book out there new or old that you would love to add your vocal talents to?  Do you listen to audio books or are you more of a book in hand type of guy? (If it’s against the law to say you prefer to read a book over listening to it if you record them, don’t answer!)

KF: Thanks for trolling my website! I really love my job, though sometimes it is harder than I expect it to be. I love a good story, so it’s hard to say which kinds of stories are my favorites. I can say that my favorite book I’ve ever recorded was a book called The Mushroom Hunters. It’s a non-fiction book about people who forage for mushrooms. There are restaurants in Seattle mentioned in the book that I cannot wait to visit. There’s an author named Mat Johnson whose books I LOVE, and I want to be his narrator. Really bad. Mat, hit me up. I generally don’t listen to audiobooks, but that’s only because I have a short attention span. My mind wanders easily…

3. JB: You also mentioned your work as the producing artistic director  for The Fire This Time Festival can you speak more about the festival, where you’ve been and where you’re going?

 KF: The Festival provides a platform for early career playwrights of African and African-American descent for two years. The first year, we produce 10-minute world premiere plays of the playwrights we’ve chosen; the second year, we produce readings of full-length plays written by those playwrights. I was a playwright in Season 3 and 4, and I became the Producing Artistic Director of the Festival in Season 4. At the end of March, we are taking 6 plays to Boston to Hibernian Hall, and we hired a company of four kick-ass actors (Chris Michael Burke, Tracey Conyer Lee, Sara Thigpen, and Chinaza Uche) to play the roles, all directed by Nicole A. Watson! I really love the work we do, and I love cultivating and working with this community of artists, and I am excited about the way the festival is growing!

4. JB: You are an actor, writer, director, and a producer.  What challenges, if any do you find wearing all of these hats?  Do you think your work in any of these roles is mirrored or reflected in any of the others?  Is producer Kevin different from actor Kevin who is different from writer Kevin?

KF: I think Writer Kevin reflects actor Kevin pretty well. I like to make broad choices as an actor until I am reined in by a director, and my plays tend to be a little larger than life. Producer Kevin is much more tired than any of the other Kevins, and doesn’t like the fighting involved with Producing.

5. JB: You seem to be a snappy dresser and I appreciate your use of the bowtie.  Do you have a go-to bowtie shop?  When it comes to personal style, is there a word that best describes you?

KF: YES. Thank you! I love shopping at Beau Ties Limited. beautiesltd.com. They are the best!

Kevin R. Free

After a great run at Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ, The Music Man, featuring an all-African-American cast can also be seen this weekend at NJPAC.   Get your tickets here: http://www.njpac.org/events/detail/the-music-man.  And for more from Kevin R. Free visit his website kevinrfree.com.