Cino Nights II Now available on amazon.com

April 4, 2014

CINO NIGHTSNYTE’s latest anthology of new plays is now available for purchase on amazon.com.  And there’s a small discount if you purchase now.

As with all our anthologies this book is chock full — there are 10 original scripts, all created to be performed at Jimmy’s #43 in  the East Village. They are perfect for college productions and at theater companies across the country and abroad.  Each play is accompanied by an author’s bio and complete contact information.  Many have interviews conducted by Zack Calhoon, too. There’s a fascinating Foreword by award-winning playwright John Guare and the Introduction to the book is written by Daniel Talbott, artistic director of Rising Phoenix Rep (they commissioned these plays). In addition there’s a neat short Preface by NYTE’s executive director, Martin Denton.

Read about the plays and the authors on our website NYTE Small Press.

And check back often for more news.

 


Cino Nights II Early Bird Offer

March 23, 2014

CINO NIGHTSNYTE Small Press is excited to announce publication of Cino Nights II, a brand-new anthology of short plays from Rising Phoenix Repertory‘s esteemed Cino Nights series. The book is edited by Daniel Talbott and Addie Johnson, with a foreword by John Guare. It will be officially published on March 31, 2014 — but we’re offering a special Early Bird deal as a premium when you donate to our parent nonprofit, The New York Theatre Experience, Inc. this week only!

Here’s the deal: make a donation of $20 or more and we’ll send you complimentary copies of Cino Nights and Cino Nights II. (Be sure to keep the box marked “My full contact information” checked so that we can mail you your gift.)

And here’s what’s in this extraordinary new volume:

  • The complete texts of ten world-premiere plays, expressly commissioned and created for presentation at RPR’s Cino Nights at Seventh Street Small Stage in NYC’s East Village — written by Florencia Lozano, Laura Eason, Daniel Reitz, Megan Mostyn-Brown, Dael Orlandersmith, Keith Reddin, Crystal Skillman, Charlotte Miller, Brooke Berman, and Daniel Talbott
  • Interviews with all ten playwrights by playwright/blogger Zack Calhoon
  • An introduction by Daniel Talbott and the series preface by Martin Denton
  • A stunning foreword by renowned playwright John Guare

Be the first to own this gorgeous new collection of cutting-edge American drama … and you’ll be supporting NYTE’s programs–including our online library at Indie Theater Now!

So, just make a donation of $20 more (via Network for Good) and we’ll send both Cino Nights anthologies to you as our thank you! You should have your copies within a week or less. (NOTE: This offer will expire on Monday, March 31, 2014.)


Call for Submissions: SubletSeries@HERE Program

March 14, 2014

This item from Roisin Macey

Since 1993, HERE Arts Center has been one of New York’s most prolific producing organizations, and today, it stands at the forefront of the city’s presenters of daring new hybrid art. HERE supports multidisciplinary work that does not fit into a conventional programming agenda. Our aesthetic represents the independent, the innovative, and the experimental. HERE supports the work of artists at all stages in their careers through fully-produced works, commissions and subsidized performance and rehearsal space. In addition, HERE’s staff provides marketing, technical and administrative support. All work at HERE is curated based on the strength and uniqueness of the artist’s vision.

One of our most vital services, the SubletSeries@HERE Program, supports 250 guest independent artists and groups—such as New Georges, Vampire Cowboys, and ViBe Theater Experience (an educational arts group for underserved urban teen girls)—and their audiences each season.

This creative curated rental program has allowed many upstart companies and emerging artists to realize their full artistic vision on a small budget. The program provides subsidized performance and rehearsal space, technical assistance, and administrative support, including a fully staffed box office. SubletSeries@HERE artists can also access equipment that is not typically available in venues our size such as video projectors, wireless microphones, color scrollers—all for free or at subsidized rates. We accept applications from artists all over the world for the opportunity to show work.

For more information, and to fill out an online application, please visit the SubletSeries@HERE website at: http://here.org/programs/subletseries/


Email:9/12 Hits the Papers

January 23, 2014

Midge Guerrera’s play Email: 9/12 was recently published on Indie Theater Now and within a couple of weeks she hit the front page of her local paper The Hillsborough Beacon.  News sure travels fast.  Read the article. Read the play.


Solo Performers Invited To Submit Applications For The United Solo Festival On 42nd Street

January 8, 2014

This item from Marcin Lipinski, Communications Rep

“Submit your piece to this wonderful solo group” said Fiona Shaw, winner of 2013 Untied Solo Special Award and United Solo Academy member, “with a bit of luck you’ll have your show shown in the center mecca of solo shows in the world.”

The fifth annual United Solo Theatre Festival invites local and international artists to submit their shows to the world’s largest solo theatre festival. World premieres and already-produced shows are equally welcome. Submitted proposals may represent storytelling, improv, dance, musical, puppetry, multimedia, stand-up, magic, tragedy, comedy, and other forms of solo performance. Selected shows will be presented between September 18 and November 23, 2014 at Theatre Row in New York City. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 3, 2014.

The Festival’s mission is to build the community of solo performers and connect them to New York audiences. Last season, the eight‑week Festival featured over 120 solo productions from six continents. This year, in an extended ten‑week run, the Festival will once again offer top notch productions by renowned artists and emerging talents. Artists benefit from presenting their works in the world‑famous theatre district on 42nd Street. Theatre companies are given the opportunity to reach the industry, generate income from ticket sales from up to eight shows at the Festival, and receive media attention through previews, profiles, reviews, and other articles. Shows are also considered for participation in the exclusive United Solo showcase in Europe, as well as for play publication and awards for best acting, best directing, and the audience choice award. Winners from past seasons include Pedro Almodovar, Gordon Clapp, Ann Morrison, Austin Pendleton, LynnMarie Rink, and Eric Roberts.

Many of the awarded artists will be invited to join the United Solo Academy, a creative group that helps the Festival nominate and select solo performers to receive the annual United Solo Special Award. Nominees for this year’s special recognition will be announced in the spring. Over the past few years, this honorary prize was presented to Anna Deavere Smith, Patti LuPone, John Leguizamo, and Fiona Shaw.

More information and the application form can be found at www.unitedsolo.org

 


Plays and Playwrights 2014 Now on Indie Theater Now

January 2, 2014

I’m excited to present Plays and Playwrights 2014, a collection of some of the outstanding new American theater works that were presented during the most recent theatrical season and published on Indie Theater Now.

The eleven plays included here all had their world premieres between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013. I deliberately did not include anything from the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, since it has its own collection on ITN. Otherwise, in curating this group, I stuck to the principles I have always used in creating our annual play anthologies:

  • The plays are the work of new, emerging and/or relatively unheralded playwrights whose voices deserve to heard by a much broader audience.
  • The plays challenge the status quos of contemporary dramaturgy and/or contemporary American life.
  • The plays enlarge or expand the way that audiences experience theater.

So here’s what we have here: To begin, a triptych of plays that zero in on 21st century life with such sharpness and incisiveness that they almost knock the wind out of you. Penny Jackson’s I Know What Boys Want looks at a problem that never even existed until a couple years ago, focusing on a group of teenage boys who–knowingly or not–destroy a girl’s reputation when they post some X-rated video of her on the internet. Penny wisely shows us many differing perspectives as she examines the ways that technology enables certain kinds of human behaviors and points toward new norms that need to be established to cope with that. Lindsay Joy, in her remarkable Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen, probes what seems to be the new American social order, depicting a very broken family consisting of mother, second husband, and two teenage kids, all searching rather desperately for the love and recognition they are somehow unable to give each other. And Dennis Flanagan’s immensely moving how i learned to become a SUPERHERO gives us three damaged young adults attempting to deal with the pain and injustice and hurt they see all around them by willing themselves super powers, with results that bring them to the brink of both tragedy and madness.

Next, a pair of plays that deal with the lives of two famous playwrights but otherwise are as different as it’s possible to be. Richard Warren’s Burning in the Night, which premiered in Arizona last year, is inspired by the life of Dale Wasserman (Man of la Mancha, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), focusing on his years riding the rails with hobos during the Great Depression. Weaving in folk songs of the period and lots of local color, this is a touching and involving look at one man’s path to success as well as our neglected collective past. August Strindberg is the subject of Edward Elefterion’s stark and evocative ALONE, a work whose title gives away its primary theme, which is that the task of making great art is one of the loneliest occupations known to man. Created in Ed’s signature minimalist style, ALONE. nonetheless contains rich humor and a host of memorable characters as it depicts the great Swedish author at a turning point in his career.

Timothy Nolan’s What’s in a Name is also based on a true story, that of Katherine Power, who lived for decades under an assumed identity after escaping from the police during a botched bank robbery that turned murderous. Tim’s work is fiction though, and is a bona fide thriller, as we trace–through flashbacks–the long-stored secrets of its heroine; and also, compellingly, an exploration of identity and reputation and memory. The question posed by the play’s title is thoroughly examined here, with memorable and insightful results.

Less traditional dramatic form is represented here by Nightmares: A Demonstration of the Sublime, written by Adam R. Burnett and presented by Buran Theatre at the Brick in Williamsburg, NYC, before embarking on a multi-city tour that lasted most of 2013. Content and form collide and fold back upon themselves in this post-dramatic work, which juxtaposes a couple of storylines as it explores ideas of originality, beauty, and art. It’s madcap and surprising and funny and off-the-wall; also remarkably smart and timely as it ponders how anything can be new in an era where technology facilitates instantaneous copying and sharing.

The ubiquitous ten-minute play form gets a thrilling revitalization in a pair of programs, both entitled Test. Bill LoCasto contributes three short plays for casts of 2 men while Cheryl King offers four made for 1 man and 1 woman. All turn on the newfangled HIV home test, and explicitly deal with a couple in which one or both will undergo the test in realtime. Test reflects contemporary sexuality and relationships in a most refreshing way, and offers outstanding opportunities for actors of every age and talent.

We’ve also got a solo play here, which is appropriate because this particular genre is undergoing a real boom right now in terms of both quality and quantity. The one I’ve selected is Linda Lovely Goes to Broadway, a gorgeous, touching piece about a young woman with Down’s Syndrome whose dream is to star in Oklahoma! on the Great White Way. With the help of a dedicated teacher (Ann Morrison, who wrote and performed this piece at the 2012 United Solo Festival), Linda Lovely gets her wish. This is a play about love, dedication, commitment, and dreams.

Finally, North to Maine by Brenton Lengel reminds us that theater, even produced on a small budget in the indie sector, and even with just a few characters on stage, has the potential to be epic. It’s about a group of people who are walking the length of the Appalachian Trail–all 2000+ miles (something that the playwright himself has done). North to Maine is about what it means to be human and how and why our capacity to strive for greatness finally defines us.

I am proud and honored to present all of these extraordinary plays and playwrights to readers in this new collection. Every one is ripe for performance, and worthy of study and discussion. Have at them, and enjoy!

(Thanks to Cate Cammarata for suggesting that we create this collection!)


Wide Eyed Winks Call for Scripts!

December 21, 2013

This item from Kristin Skye Hoffmann

Wide Eyed Productions is hosting our second installment of the WINKS Reading Series, but this time with a twist! We will be focusing exclusively on original plays by local NYC playwrights! Wide Eyed Productions is excited to continue its work on new American plays like the award winning Animals by Sam Byron and the upcoming New York premiere of Dan Kitrosser’s Dead Special Crabs, but we had such a good response to our last reading series, we wanted the fun to continue.

Presenting: THE SEVEN DEADLY WINKS

Each month at the Drama League Center, we will feature a twenty minute segment from three original works by three different writers which are related to, or inspired by, that month’s “sin.” At the end of each night the audience will be invited to select their favorite of the evening by casting an anonymous ballot. The majority favorite will be named a semifinalist and be invited to submit a full text* to Wide Eyed Productions’ Artistic Board for consideration for our final round.

Two overall finalists will be chosen and given a full staged reading of their plays at the end of the WINKS series, and one winning text will be chosen based on audience and board votes. This winning text will then be submitted to the New York International Fringe Festival for production.

What you need to know:

  • The play does not need to be a World Premiere.
  • The play does not need to be a fully completed text when it is initially  submitted.
  • Musicals will be considered as long as they are submitted with a music sample.
  • Directors and casts will be provided by Wide Eyed, but we love it when you have      suggestions for people you love to work with!
  • Please submit selections of text, treatments, and other support material to winks@wideeyedproductions.com  along with the “sin(s)” you think it matches by January 15, 2014.

* The full text is not to exceed a 90 minute estimated run time. Semifinalists will be given a deadline for submissions of full texts.
Happy writing!


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