where "The View meets SNL" is holding a kick-off party atMoscow 57, the Russian Central Asian restaurant with live music at 168 ½ Delancey Street on New York City's Lower East Side on Wednesday, June 24th at 8:00pm.
Happy Hour Feminism takes place in the future, in a world where men are cheerfully objectified. Imagine facial creams and diets specifically designed for men, scientists inventingLipo-Draining Beer, plastic surgeons selling "Sticky Muscle Pads," and corporate sponsors hawking "pastel underwear for men." The show features paranormal techniques to cure men of their hormonal monthly angst, male models with hidden virtuoso violin talents, and thin-again men jumping out of paper bags. In the world of Happy Hour Feminism women rule the media, the airways, and how men view themselves.
Happy Hour Feminism is written by Anna Fishbeyn and directed by Adrian Roman. The show stars Anna Fishbeyn, Annie Meisels, Kathryn Kates, Patricia Randell, Anthony Laciura, Rachel Collins, Dan Shaked, Mike Smith Rivera, Dana Watkins, Jamie Patrick Nelson, Eric Miller, Jacob Knapp, Filip Pogady.
The show's second episode was filmed in front of Moscow 57's hand-made black lacquer wooden bar. The theme song, "Women on Top -- The Happy Hour Feminism Blues" has lyrics written by Anna Fishbeyn and Moscow 57 owner Ellen Kaye, with music by Ethan Fein, Moscow 57's Music Director. The song is performed by Ellen, Anna and Ethan with the M57 Band.
Happy Hour Feminism is produced by XO Feminist Productons.
ABOUT XO FEMINIST PRODUCTIONS
XO Feminist Productions is a multi-media company,
formed in June 2014, dedicated to creating original
feminist content though theater, film, literature, and the web. We hope to create art that is progressively feminist, fearlessly innovative, culturally diverse, and unafraid to shine a mirror at ourselves. We will tackle popular culture, social trends, fancy hypocrisy and media's double-standards, and we will do this with humor, wit and biting sarcasm.
Through our collaborative work, a free exchange of ideas between men and women, and our dedication to unique, provocative comedy, we hope to create a space for exciting conversations about feminism that will have real impact on pop culture, the media, and society at large.
We will also strive to be a beacon of support for women's organizations which raise awareness about the suffering of women worldwide, and promote global equality, support, and educational initiatives for women.
Anna Fishbeyn is an actor, playwright and producer.
Her two plays, My Stubborn Tongue and Sex in Mommyville, have been performed at numerous New
York venues, including the New Ohio Theatre, Peter
Jay Sharp Theater, Theatre Row, La Mama, Snapple Theater, and The Flea Theater, among many others.
Her most recent show, My Stubborn Tongue Cabaretpremiered on the West End in London, where it was recommended by the Standard, featured on Radio Gorgeous, and was called, "brilliant...4 stars," by
Female Arts.It was previously selected for the United
Solo Festival where it becamean instant bestseller. TheHuffington Post called My Stubborn Tongue a "wild ride...an insightful entertaining show" and stated that Anna has "triumphed." Anna Fishbeyn's first play, Sex in Mommyville, was called "comic genius," by WCBS
Radio, recommended by Bloomberg News, compared
to Ibsen's "A Doll's House" by Jewish Week, and
described as "shattering all the myths around women" by the Huffington Post. Anna founded XO Feminist Productions in June 2014 and serves as the company's Creative Director.
Most recently, she wrote and co-created a new comedic web series, Happy Hour Feminism, directed by Adrian Roman.
Anna holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, M.F.A. in fiction writing from New School University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Columbia University. She has made TV and radio appearances, including FoxTV, The New York Times Podcast, WCBS Radio, 99.5FM, WOR News Talk Radio 710, WVOX Fox News, and Radio Gorgeous in London, and has been featured in Today.com, NBC.com, theHuffington Post, DNAinfo, Tribeca Citizen, NYCasting, OFFOFFLINE, The Forward, and numerous blogs. www.annafishbeyn.com
ABOUT ADRIAN ROMAN
Adrian Roman is a New York based director, born in Romania. He graduated from Columbia University School of the Arts, with an M.F.A in Theater Directing. He studied the Viewpoints technique with its founder Anne Bogart, theater director and professor at Columbia University. In Romania, he was a faculty member at theAcademy of Theater and Media, Cluj Napoca. He also directed plays at the National Theater and North Theater of Satu Mare, by such authors as Eugene Ionesco (Jack or the Submission), William Shakespeare (Richard II, Comedy of Errors), Yasmina Reza (Art) and Anton Chekov (The Wedding).
In New York, he directed "The Lesson" by Eugene Ionesco (Riverside Theater), "He/She" by Nanna Mwaluko (Nuyorican Poets Café), "The Redevelopment" by Vaclav Havel (Columbia University), "Hurt" by Saviana Stanescu (Manhattan Repertory Theater),"Soundwaves: The passion of Noor Inayat Khan" by Joe Martin (New York Fringe Festival Official Selection).
Adrian is the Artistic Director of XOFeminist Productions, a company dedicated to creating feminist and multi-cultural projects for theater, film and the web. He most recently directed My Stubborn Tongue Cabaret at the Soho Theatre, London, April, 2015, where it was recommended by the London Standardand was described as "brilliant...4 stars" by the Female Arts.
Adrian is the director and co-creator of Happy Hour Feminism, a new comedic webseries, written and co-created by Anna Fishbeyn.
ABOUT MOSCOW 57
Moscow 57, the hospitality and entertainment company, was launched several years ago by partners Ellen Kaye, Seth Goldman and Ethan Fein. Kaye is a third generation restaurateur: her grandfather had restaurants in the 1920's and her parents, Sidney Kayeand Faith Stewart-Gordon owned The Russian Tea Room from 1947-1996. Moscow 57 on Delancey, their Russian Central Asian restaurant with live music on NYC's Lower East Side opened in February 2014.
For the two years prior, the company hosted its M57 Urban Salons, evenings of music, food and digital visual art displays, in Harlem; Washington Heights; Chelsea; the Upper East Side; the East Village; Governors Island; New Milford, Connecticut; and New Orleans.
Moscow 57 has made New Orleans a home away from home, with regular forays into that city's world-renowned culture of Southern hospitality, regional cuisine, and world-class entertainment. After performing at and co-producing events with New York's Corcho Wine Room, as well as celebrating Latin American culture in New Orleans, this cosmopolitan attitude is being brought to Moscow 57's permanent home on New York City's Lower East Side every night. www.moscow57.com
Moscow 57 Entertaining
is developing projects for film, television and theater. Its music company produces radio shows, podcasts, live performances, recordings and videos. Moscow 57's first CD releases have already garnered national radio airplay, and the company's videos can be seen on the Moscow57Entertaining YouTube channel. They recently presented The Black Russian, a musical based on the biography of Frederick Bruce Thomas at the restaurant. The show was written by Vladimir Alexandrov (based on his book) and Sybil Alexandrov, with music by Ethan Fein. The Black Russian is directed by Mercedes Ellington.
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