Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2017 Updates

Jed Peterson appears in Deconstruction this spring. The play, about the relationship between Mary McCarthy and Paul DeMan, is a Storm Theatre production. 

Owen Panettieri's play, A Burial Place, had a production this season at Abingdon.

Deborah Savadge's play Dark at the Center was awarded the Playwrights First Prize and was given a reading at Schrieber Studios. A finalist for the Woodward/Newman prize and for Centenary's Glaspell, it won the Golden Prize and the TheatreFest Regional Playwriting prize.

Fengar Gael's play, The Draper's Eye, was given a staged reading at the Athena Project Plays In Progress Series in Denver, Colorado. Her play Litttle Red has been selected for a reading at NJ Playwrights.

Olivia Horton was featured on NBC's Chicago Fire.

Congratulations to Betsy Johnson for winning the first Betsy Award for her generosity and service to Playwrights Gallery.

Fengar Gael's play The Last Lot was given a staged reading at the Manhattan Theatre Works' Newborn Festival at the City College of New York's North Academic Center.
Jed Peterson played Rudolf Nureyev in Nureyev's Eyes at American Stage Theatre in St. Petersburg and reprised his role at Delaware Theatre Center. 

Deborah Savadge's play, Dim Sum, will be published by Playscripts next year. Her short play, "Not Really," will be published by Applause Theatre Books this season.

Fengar Gael's play, The Draper's Eye,  was produced by the Theatre Department's Harlequin Productions at Cayuga State College in Auburn, New York.

Melissa Hurst can be seen this season in Leah, The Forsaken, at Metropolitan Playhouse.
Glenda Frank's play, The Bee Keeper, was read  at Julia's Reading Room. Gallerians in the cast include Stephen Bradbury, Julie Carpenter, David Crommett, Ginger Grace, Sam Percic and James Prendergast along with Bones Rodriguez and Susanna Miller. 6:30 pm. Her play was one of three Gallery finalists for this year's O'Neill.

Joey Brenneman's play Fast Break was given a reading at Shetler Studios, Penthouse One with Gallerians, Karen Eilbacher and Ginger Grace in the cast of six.

Fengar Gael's new play, Devil Dog Six, just completed a run at the Spiral in New York City, its third production. Her cast included four Gallery members: Stephen Bradbury, Meghann Garmany, Ginger Grace and Paul Nugent. Her play, The Island of No Tomorrows,  winner of the New Works Contest, was produced by Multi-Stages at the Interart in New York.  

Nicole Kontolefa performed her one-woman show in four New York locations this fall. The final performance was in Russian.

Irene Sofia Lucio appeared in Caryl Churchill's play Love and Information at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

Melissa Hurst  performed her one-woman show, Baby Love, in Bennington, Vermont last spring. She played Big Mama at Oldcastle in September.

Lou Bullock's work is on view at the Metropolitan Opera this season in production of Simon Boccanegra (see photo below) and in Tosca (see photo below).

Jed Peterson played the title role in Zorro at Cape May's East Lynne Theatre last summer.

Ginger Grace will appear this season in her one-woman show, The First Ladies Coalition.
Gallery members appeared at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios in a reading of a new play, Addis Tarkington, by Deborah Savadge. Lyndsay Becker, Stephen Bradbury, Melissa Hurst and Jed Peterson comprised the cast. Karen Eilbacher performed offstage voices.

Ron Crawford appeared this season in a new play by Sarah Ruhl at Actors Theatre of Lousiville.. 

Lou Bullock (far right) Placido Domingo (center) in Simon Boccanegra, Metropolitan Opera
Lou Bullock in TOSCA, Met Opera, NYC

This just in

Playwright JOEY BRENNEMAN introduces her work.

Glenda Frank will travel to Serbia this month to speak at the the International Theatre Critics Seminar in Beograd and Novi Sad, Serbia, in conjunction with the Bitef Theatre Festival. The theme is The Critic is Present Or: Towards an Embodied Criticism. 

Detroit Repertory presented the Midwest Premiere of Fengar Gael's play, Devil Dog Six. Many of us saw and admired the New York premiere which featured Gallerians: Meghann Garmany, Stephen Bradbury, and Ginger Grace.

Dara O'Brien is the recipient of the Thomas Barbour Playwrights Award for her play Early Sunday Morning. The award is given by the Episcopal Actors' Guild in partnership with Resonance Ensemble.

Jon Krupp will begin the season playing Roat in Wait Until Dark in Maine.

Craig Waletzko performed in the National Company of Kinky Boots.

Jenny Lyn Bader's new play in verse, developed in part at the Gallery, was an offering of the Turn to Flesh company.

Gallery actors appeared in salon readings of three new plays by Gallery playwrights this season. Fengar Gale's play Sycorax inaugurated the new salon series. Betsy Johnson played the title role. Jenny Lyn Bader's new play was heard in December. The cast: Ginger Grace, Jon Krupp, Jed Peterson and Amy Wilson. Martine Sainvil's new comic drama, Venice is Sinking, was third in the series. The cast: Julie Carpenter, Karen Eilbacher, Jon Krupp and Kendall Rileigh.

Jenny Lyn Bader is a writer-producer of The Church of the Why Not. Gallery actor Jon Krupp was among the cast. Parts of the script were developed in the Gallery.

Glenda Frank's new play, developed at the Gallery this fall, had its first public reading at Julia's Reading Room.

Deborah Savadge's one-act, Playing the WInner, was given a reading at Pittsburgh's New Works Festival last season.

Owen Panetierri's play Vestments of the Gods, was honored at this year's New York Fringe Festival. Three Gallery actors, Sam Perwin, Scott Schafer and Perri Yaniv performed. Joey Brenneman directed..

Kendall Rileigh plays Golda Meier in the Broadway touring production of Golda's Balcony. She appears at New Victory this spring.

Jed Peterson appeared on Madame Secretary (CBS) in December.

Stephen Bradbury and Susan Greenhill, DIM SUM, New World Stages

Jed Peterson, MORPHO GENESIS by Fengar Gael LPTW New Play Festival

                   Dara O'Brien, Meghann Garmany, Ron Piretti and Betsy Johnson at the Gallery.