A young boy shoots another boy. Media frenzy. Gun lobby and gun control advocates face off, but who remembers the mothers who are lost in a nightmare of shock and grief? Paula Cizmar is a multi-genre writer whose plays combine poetry and politics and are concerned with the ways stories get told and who gets left out of the discussion.
January 16, 2014 at 7:30PM
A New Play by ANDREW BLACK (San Francisco, California)
Directed by GREGORY SIMMONS
Featuring Kwaku Driskell* Venida Evans* Garrett Lee Hendricks, Ivan Moore* Jake Myers, John Nutter, Michael Pemberton*
Newly incarcerated, inmate #6627405 ("Pretty Boy") is facing a 28-year stretch. He uses drugs to escape his life in jail but needs to support his habit, so he joins a prison-based puppetry program for children visiting their fathers and hopes to bring in commodities he can trade for drugs. However, his relationship to a puppet causes him to question his ideas about freedom....and his own confinement. Inspired by true events.
SUNDAY EN LA CASA DE GRANMA
January 18, 2014 at 7:30PM
A New Play by CHRIS LONGO (Seattle, Washington)
Directed by CÁNDIDO TIRADO
Featuring Carlo Alban* Paula Ewin* Heather Hollingsworth* José Antonio Melián* Flaco Navaja*
An elderly Cuban exile living in Miami returns as a tourist to her homeland searching for someone she left behind. A wife returns with her husband to celebrate their anniversary during Carnival. A widow waits in the Cancun airport to bring her husband's ashes home. What do these women have in common? Why is the old Havana café so important and what does the teenage waiter really want? Did the couple really come back to celebrate, and who is the mysterious musician at the airport, and what is in his guitar case? For lovers of Cuba: Viva la Revolucion, o no?
January 20, 2014 at 7:30PM
A New Play by CLAUDIA BARNETT (Lascassas, Tennessee)
In a series of stylized, highly visual vignettes employing puppetry, poetry, and surrealism, the weird sisters from Macbeth explore the stories of women who disappear, whether by choice or force. Inspired by history, astronomy, and Shakespeare, Witches Vanish examines the nature of change and the value of human life.
NEWWORKS CONTEST WINNER
The 2013 New Works Contest WINNER, COMIDA DE PUTA (F%&king Lousy Food), a New Play by DESI MORENO-PENSON, will be produced by MultiStages in Fall 2014.
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE WOMEN
The League of Professional Theatre Women, in conjunction with the Betty R. and Ralph Sheffer Foundation and Betty Corwin, are pleased to present Award-Winning actress MERCEDES RUEHL for the next Oral History interview on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on 65th Street & Amsterdam Avenue. Admission is free, seats are on a first-come-first-seated basis. Betty Corwin, who produces the Oral History series "is delighted that Mercedes Ruehl has agreed to be interviewed by Andrea Chapin." The ongoing Oral History Project chronicles and documents the contributions of significant theatre women in many fields. The interviews are videotaped and preserved for posterity in the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.TKTS: http://lptwnetworkingcrowdfunding.brownpapertickets.com/
On behalf of the MultiStages Board of Directors, I thank you for supporting the arts and MultiStages. We hope to see you in January at the New Works Festival!
MultiStages Board of Directors: Gena Bardwell (Secretary) ▪ Bruce Baumer. ▪ Lisa Cahill, Esq. ▪ Leonard Fusco, AIA (Treasurer) ▪ Valorie Niccore ▪ Lorca Peress (President) ▪ Reneé Berliner Rush, Esq. Advisory Board: Joel Bassin, Ph.D. (Chair, Hunter College Department of Theatre) ▪ William H. Hickok (Founder The Writers Place, KC; Beyond Baroque, LA Board) ▪ René Keller (PR and Production) ▪ Maryann Mazzacaro (Ethical Culture Educator) ▪ Sheldon Patinkin (Theatre Director; Chair, Columbia College Drama) ▪ Judith Pearlman (Film Documentarian) ▪ Maurice Peress (Music Conductor, Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music) ▪ Gregory Simmons (Actor/TheatreDirector) ▪ Anita Velez Mitchell(Writer/Performer)
MultiStages Mission & History: Founded in 1997 by Lorca Peress, MultiStages' mission is to encourage collaborations between playwrights and artists to develop multicultural and multidisciplinary new works that celebrate a fusion of art forms that enrich, explore, and reinvent today's theatre. Our New Works Contests, Script Development Series, readings and productions provide platforms for artists to collaborate in an experimental and supportive environment. MultiStages has developed over 30 new works with poets, filmmakers, composers, choreographers, musicians, visual and theatre artists who each represent an imaginative perspective. Awards: Women in Arts and Media Collaboration Award 4 HOLA Awards, Taino Award, FLAG Award, 2 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Awards (LMCC and the DOCA), Dramatists Guild Fund, N.W. Dible Foundation, Jewish Communal Fund, Materials for the Arts support from the DOCA. MultiStages is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization that receives grants in behalf of MultiStages, provides oversight to ensure grant funds are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provides reports as required by grantor.