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Human Connection Arts Premieres its First Installment of Naked Theater As ‘Freedom Dance’ Readies for June 2 – 5 Run at the Gene Frankel Theatre

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Human Connection Arts, a non-profit founded by NYC-based artist and body painter Andy Golub, announced today performance dates of the group's second Naked Theater production, "Freedom Dance."

Running from June 2 through June 5, 2022 at the Gene Frankel Theatre at 24 Bond Street in lower Manhattan, "Freedom Dance" consists of a series of playful scenes that build a symbolic, existential story about the challenge of coping in our current troubled world. The production will feature a totally nude cast.

"It's actually not about the nudity at all," says writer/director, and Founder of Human Connection Arts, Andy Golub. "Clothing covers up our natural state. We are socialized on so many levels, it prevents us from processing ourselves, each other and the world around us."

Throughout the production, a series of existential scenes build an abstract story filled with original music, song, dance, movement, and acting. Scenes include a dance scene exemplifying the relationship of fire and the tree as she burns him down, a person perpetually swimming, the contemplations of a disgruntled god, and the cast symbolically sharing various interpretations of what is freedom.

"There is a time in life when things get so complicated, that we simply need to simplify, to step back and see things in a more basic way," says Golub. "This production is designed to help people to get back to seeing the basic, important things in life."

Prior to turning to theater production, Golub has organized many large-scale art events throughout Europe and the U.S., and his "living art" has been featured at many New York City Parades and Pridefests.

Naked Theater's production of "Freedom Dance" stars Annie Cox, Atlantis Carp, Ethan James First, Joseph Grosso, ​ Luca Villa, ​Maggie Rineman, Mizuho Kappa, Nora Gatz, and ​​Raul Gajasamharamoorthy.

The production is written and directed by Andy Golub and stage managed by ​​Raul Gajasamharamoorthy with lighting and sound by Hammer Productions. It runs June 2-5 at the Gene Frankel Theatre at 24 Bond Street in Lower Manhattan.

"Freedom Dance" is a unique, one-of-a-kind show with a very limited run of just four performances: Thursday - Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The production runs approximately 90 minutes. Tickets are $35. Must be 18 years or older to attend.

To be part of this historical theater moment visit: http://www.nakedtheater.org.

Venue information: https://www.genefrankeltheatre.com/.

About Human Connections Arts:

Founded by NYC-based artist and body painter, Andy Golub, Human Connections Arts is a non-profit organization that creates large scale public art events and performances to promote unity and acceptance for all people. Learn more: https://humanconnectionarts.org/.

Related link: https://humanconnectionarts.org/

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Music Theater Works Presents DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

SKOKIE, Ill. -- Music Theater Works shall present "DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID" at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076) from June 2, 2022 to June 26, 2022 as the second production of the 2022 Season.

About The Show

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic Disney animated film, "DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID" is a classic and beautiful love story for the entire family. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this Broadway gem will capture your heart with its irresistible song favorites, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

From the moment you step into the theater, this immersive production will make you feel part of Ariel's world. When she disobeys her father, King Triton, and makes a deal with the evil witch, Ursula, Ariel thinks her dreams have come true. But when the bargain is not what it seems, Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to save her true love and restore order under the sea.

Production Details

Who:
* Music Theater Works

What:
* DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID
* Book by Doug Wright
* Music by Alan Menkin
* Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glen Slater
* Music Directed and Conducted by Celia Villacres
* Co-Directed by Stacey Flaster and Joshua Castille
* Choreography by Stacey Flaster and Matthew Weidenbener

Cast Members:
* Joselle Reyes (Ariel)
* Caroline Lyell (Ursula)
* Anakin White (Jetsam)
* Korey White (Grimsby)
* Clayton Cross (Scuttle)
* Gus Franchere (Flotsam)
* Eloise Mulliken (Flounder)
* Nathan Karnik (Prince Eric)
* Thomas E. Squires (King Triton)
* Meredith Wells (Atina, Ensemble)
* Amy Delgado (Aquata, Ensemble)
* Aubrey Trecek (Adella, Ensemble)
* Wesley Anthony Clerge (Sebastian)
* Trillium Falotico (Allana, Ensemble)
* Jimmy Hogan (U/S Flotsam, Jetsam)
* Nick Johnson (Chef Louis, Ensemble)
* Jennifer Ledesma (Andrina, Ensemble)
* Emily Turner (U/S Mersisters, Flounder)
* Chase Infiniti (Arista, U/S Ariel, Ensemble)
* Darryl Jones (Pilot, Ensemble, U/S King Triton)

Creative Team:
* Shane Cinal (Set Designer)
* Will Hughes (Tech Director)
* Joshua Castille (Co-Director)
* Kathy Logelin (Dialect Coach)
* Eric Backus (Sound Designer)
* Celia Villacres (Music Director)
* Bob Silton (Production Manager)
* Andrew Myers (Lighting Designer)
* Eric Nicole Eggers (Stage Manager)
* Dr. Aaron Ozee (Director Of Marketing)
* Rachel Sypniewski (Costume Designer)
* Samantha Salmi (Assistant Stage Manager)
* Kyle A. Dougan (Producing Artistic Director)
* Stacey Flaster (Co-Director & Choreographer)
* Maria "Mimi" Compton (Hair & Make-Up Designer)
* Matthew Weidenbener (Assistant Choreographer)

When:
* Press Performance: Friday, June 3, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Saturday, June 4, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Saturday, June 4, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Sunday, June 5, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Wednesday, June 8, 2022 @ 1:00 PM
* Thursday, June 9, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
* Friday, June 10, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Saturday, June 11, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Saturday, June 11, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Sunday, June 12, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Sunday, June 12, 2022 @ 6:00 PM
* Wednesday, June 15, 2022 @ 1:00 PM
* Thursday, June 16, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
* Friday, June 17, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Saturday, June 18, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Saturday, June 18, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Sunday, June 19, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Sunday, June 19, 2022 @ 6:00 PM
* Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 1:00 PM
* Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
* Friday, June 24, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Saturday, June 25, 2022 @ 2:00 PM
* Saturday, June 25, 2022 @ 8:00 PM
* Sunday, June 26, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

Where:

North Theatre

North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie

9501 Skokie Blvd.

Skokie, IL 60077

Tickets:

Ticket prices range from $39 to $106 and tickets for guests 25 and under are half-price.

Box Office: (847) 673-6300

Website: https://www.musictheaterworks.com/disneys-the-little-mermaid/.

Run Time:

Run time is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.

Health Safety:

For more information about the Health Safety Procedures at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, please visit https://www.musictheaterworks.com/health-safety-procedures/.

Upcoming Shows

Music Theater Works has announced the 2022 Season, opening with Jerry Herman's LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (March 10, 2022 - April 3, 2022) starring Ginger Minj from RuPaul's Drag Race, followed by DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID (June 2, 2022 - June 22, 2022), ZORRO: THE MUSICAL (August 11, 2022 - August 21, 2022), CAMELOT (October 30, 2022 - November 13, 2022), and IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS (December 15, 2022 - January 1, 2023).

Please visit https://www.musictheaterworks.com/2022-Season/ for more information.

About Music Theater Works

Music Theater Works is a professional non-profit theater company based in Wilmette, Illinois featuring a colorful repertoire including operetta, the Golden Age of Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and modern classics since 1980.

As of 2021, Music Theater Works has become a resident theater company at the North Shore Center For The Performing Arts In Skokie (9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076).

Related link: https://www.musictheaterworks.com/

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Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye Kicks Off 2022 GOTV Tour Featuring Award-Winning One-Woman Play: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Healing Through The Sound of Music announces: Award-winning singer, actress, and playwright, Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye kicks off the 2022 tour of her one-woman stage play about voting rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, with a live performance Feb. 17, 2022 at University of Maryland Eastern Shores in Princess Ann, Maryland. 'The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired" celebrates the unsung hero whose brave struggle for human dignity and freedom became a catalyst for the passage of the Voter's Rights Act of 1965, and also promotes voting in the 2022 midterm elections as part of their Voice of the Empowered (V.O.T.E.) 2022 edutainment tour.

"I am excited to kick off our 2022 tour during Black History month because Fannie Lou Hamer made huge sacrifices to defend American democracy. That's the reason we must fight to keep our history included in school curriculums," said Aimbaye. "She was a warrior in the fight for voting and civil rights. Given the surge in voting restrictions across the country as well as the attempts to limit access to Black History, it's critically important to learn about the sacrifice and success of Fannie Lou Hamer, the daughter of a sharecropper."

The audience is in for a treat as Aimbaye couples her exceptional storytelling abilities with her mellifluous voice and commanding stage presence to take the audience on an incredible journey as Fannie Lou Hamer returns from heaven on a mission to invoke a sense of purpose and responsibility. Through intimate conversation and twelve emotionally moving songs Aimbaye gives a witty and personal account of Fannie Lou Hamer growing up as the youngest of 20 siblings in the 1920s on a Mississippi sharecropping plantation and the struggles she encountered fighting for the right to vote.

"Black History is American History and we have a duty to make sure our children and grandchildren know our struggle," adds Djehuty Se Hotep, producer of "The Fannie Lou Hamer Story." He adds, "Mzuri created this play after being moved by footage of Hamer's truthful account of voter registration suppression and brutal jail-house beatings. Mzuri knew that she needed to find a way to give an oral rendition of Hamer's testimony that would create the same emotion, authority, and call to action to vote that Hamer did."

Additional February and March tour dates include February 22, Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA; March 8, University of Maryland in College Park, MD; and Mar 18 and 19 at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

For times and tickets go to https://www.thefannielouhamerstory.com/

Awarded "Best Actress," "Best Producer," and "Best Play" at the 2015 Atlanta Black Theater Festival, "The Fannie Lou Hamer Story" is part of a national voter empowerment initiative coupling the musical extravaganza with panel discussions and town hall meetings for an innovative "edutainment experience" aimed at registering, educating and mobilizing voters. The play is Directed by Byron C. Saunders and produced by Healing Through the Sound of Music, a social impact music and theatre production company. Virtual and in-person tour dates are still available.

For more information visit https://www.thefannielouhamerstory.com/, email mstee@thefannielouhamerstory.com, or call (347) 395-0259.

For more information on Healing Through The Sound of Music, visit: https://www.healingthroughsoundmusic.org/

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‘Les Boites Noires’ is a striking new play about the life of a Haitian family in the Big Apple, to debut at the NY Theatre Festival

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Papa Jean is an actor, writer, playwright, and content creator from New York City. He has a distinctive cultural background with a strong focus on portraying the voice of the Haitian community. Inspired by his family descent, he recently created a poignant new play, which ties into his background and the life of immigrants in this day and age.

The project is titled "Les Boites Noires," and it tells the story of a family who left their native homeland, Haiti, to relocate to NYC. The play blurs the lines between comedy and drama and offers light-hearted moments contrasting with deeper and more personal segments.

The audience can relate to the struggles of immigrants who made such a life-changing transition and had to deal with the challenges of adapting to a new environment without losing track of their ancestral traditions. Is it possible to stay connected with your home culture, and still adapt to the American culture?

This remarkable play deals with these very real issues in a way that is so engaging and easy for people from all walks of life to connect to.

Papa Jean is personally invested in this story, and he is the perfect spokesperson for people, especially those of Haitian and Caribbean backgrounds, who are unfortunately not often seen on stages to tell their important stories.

"Les Boites Noires" is going to debut in occasion of the NY Theatre Festival, with shows on 2/17 at 9 p.m., as well as 2/19 at 9 p.m., and 2/22 at 6:45 p.m.

The play will be showcased at The Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 26th Street, New York, NY, 10001.

More information: http://www.papajeanrepublik.com/

Contact info@papajeanrepublik.com

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Conch Shell Productions and Milton G. Bassin PAC Announce 2nd Annual Hear Her Call Caribbean-American Women’s Theater Festival

QUEENS, N.Y. -- Conch Shell Productions - in collaboration with Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College - will present the second annual HEAR HER CALL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S THEATER FESTIVAL 2020 Thursday March 5 - Saturday March 7, 2020.

The festival is a celebration of the diverse viewpoints of Caribbean American female playwrights and filmmakers. Featured American playwrights include women of various Caribbean heritages: Wendy Arimah (Trinidad), Ingrid Griffith (Guyana), Amina Henry (Jamaica), Nancy Mendez-Booth (Puerto Rico), Myra M. McPhee (Bahamas), and Magaly Colimon-Christopher (Haiti).

In addition, the festival will feature a program of short films curated by Caribbean Film Academy's (CaFA).

"This festival makes me proud to be Caribbean-American" - festival participant.

Hear Her Call 2020 will take place at MILTON G. BASSIN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER at YORK COLLEGE, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica New York March 5-March 7, 2020.

Showtimes: Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 7: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The festival will feature staged readings, full productions, film screenings of new works by Caribbean-American women; Q&A's; panel discussions; local craft/arts/food vendors...and more.

HEAR HER CALL 2020 is made possible (in part) by the support of Milton G. Bassin Performance Arts Center at York College.

For tickets and more information, go to: https://conchshellproductions.com/hear-her-call-2020

ABOUT CONCH SHELL PRODUCTIONS
Established in 2018, the mission of Conch Shell Productions is to develop and produce new works by playwrights and screenwriters of Caribbean heritage living in America that inspire social change.

ABOUT MILTON G. BASSIN PAC
The MGBPAC hosts a multi-cultural arts series featuring nationally and internationally renowned artists. It is our mission to bring exceptional, affordable events to the Jamaica Queens community to deepen the cultural profile. Here at the MGBPAC our vision is to inspire, nurture, challenge, amaze, educate and empower the audience to have open minds and hearts through the arts.

ABOUT CARIBBEAN FILM ACADEMY
Established in 2012, CaFA, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and support of Caribbean filmmaking and filmmakers, in the region and the diaspora. CaFA's work is focused on promoting and sharing the art of storytelling through film from the unique perspective of the Caribbean.

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Ralph Brunson debuts witty original musical comedy, ‘Samson and the Burning Bush’ – A Farce to Be Reckoned With

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Ralph Brunson Productions, in association with Art-In-Relation, announces the world premiere fully staged production of "Samson and the Burning Bush." Jan. 10-12 at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theater.

"Samson and the Burning Bush" is presented as part of the Collaborative Series at the Long Beach Playhouse in Long Beach California. after successfully work shopping "Samson and the Burning Bush" in August 2019 before a large audience. The series gives new writers the chance to produce their shows in a fully staged environment.

Cast rehearsals are in full swing and the actors are having fun with the show as Samson, played by Adam Schwartz, leads the way. Delilah is played by Marley Armstrong. DragGUYlah is played by Robert Nguyen. Rachel is played by Jenna Jacobson. David is played by Greg Jeffers. Goliath is played by Rudy Hernandez. Moses is played by James Goodrich. Ramses is played by John Predny. Efrat is played by Jack Roberts. Manoah Nite is played by Jonas Sills. Beth Israel Bodacious is played by Heidi Sills. And the Ring Announcer is played by Robert Samo.

The director is David Fairchild and the choreographer is Fernando Christopher. Andrew Wilcox is Sound Engineer and Justin Castillo is Lighting Designer. Ralph is happy to be music director and will play keyboard during the show with bassist Freddy Uyehara.

Ralph Brunson, composer and producer states, "Life is too heavy and serious if we can't laugh at it. Musical theater and the arts lead us all to a brighter future in our own pursuit of happiness. Samson & the Burning Bush and its message about the power of a dream unites us in the common struggle we all experience in today's fast paced world. The variety of catchy tunes will leave the audience uplifted and wanting more."

Ralph Brunson intends for this production to lead to further productions including in New York City.

"Samson and the Burning Bush" will be lighting up the stage on January 10th and 11th, 2020, at 8 p.m.; and the 12th at 2 p.m. at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theater, 5021 E Anaheim Street, Long Beach CA 90804. Tickets are available at http://www.lbplayhouse.org/ or by calling 562-494-1014

About Ralph Brunson:

Ralph Brunson, also known as "Ragtime Ralph" around Long Beach, has been a pianist since the age of thirteen when his mother got him an old upright player piano that he learned from. Having played trombone since fifth grade, he developed a good ear and could easily read music. As a young Naval officer stationed in Boston, Ralph attended The New England Conservatory of Music for jazz piano performance. Then after moving to Long Beach, California in the late 80s, he attended UCLA for TV and film music composition; Golden West College for songwriting and vocal techniques; and the Los Angeles Academy for New Musical Theatre for three years as a student composer, book writer, and lyricist.

Ralph always enjoys seeing a good musical production on stage. So after all his years as a musician, he felt it was time he became a composer. Another motivation is the power of a song when it advances a good story. So Ralph set out to write "Samson & the Burning Bush" with the goal of making it a farce to be reckoned with.

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Ralph Brunson debuts witty original musical comedy, ‘Samson and the Burning Bush’ – A Farce to Be Reckoned With

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Ralph Brunson Productions, in association with Art-In-Relation, announces the world premiere fully staged production of "Samson and the Burning Bush." Jan. 10-12 at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theater.

"Samson and the Burning Bush" is presented as part of the Collaborative Series at the Long Beach Playhouse in Long Beach California. after successfully work shopping "Samson and the Burning Bush" in August 2019 before a large audience. The series gives new writers the chance to produce their shows in a fully staged environment.

Cast rehearsals are in full swing and the actors are having fun with the show as Samson, played by Adam Schwartz, leads the way. Delilah is played by Marley Armstrong. DragGUYlah is played by Robert Nguyen. Rachel is played by Jenna Jacobson. David is played by Greg Jeffers. Goliath is played by Rudy Hernandez. Moses is played by James Goodrich. Ramses is played by John Predny. Efrat is played by Jack Roberts. Manoah Nite is played by Jonas Sills. Beth Israel Bodacious is played by Heidi Sills. And the Ring Announcer is played by Robert Samo.

The director is David Fairchild and the choreographer is Fernando Christopher. Andrew Wilcox is Sound Engineer and Justin Castillo is Lighting Designer. Ralph is happy to be music director and will play keyboard during the show with bassist Freddy Uyehara.

Ralph Brunson, composer and producer states, "Life is too heavy and serious if we can't laugh at it. Musical theater and the arts lead us all to a brighter future in our own pursuit of happiness. Samson & the Burning Bush and its message about the power of a dream unites us in the common struggle we all experience in today's fast paced world. The variety of catchy tunes will leave the audience uplifted and wanting more."

Ralph Brunson intends for this production to lead to further productions including in New York City.

"Samson and the Burning Bush" will be lighting up the stage on January 10th and 11th, 2020, at 8 p.m.; and the 12th at 2 p.m. at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theater, 5021 E Anaheim Street, Long Beach CA 90804. Tickets are available at http://www.lbplayhouse.org/ or by calling 562-494-1014

About Ralph Brunson:

Ralph Brunson, also known as "Ragtime Ralph" around Long Beach, has been a pianist since the age of thirteen when his mother got him an old upright player piano that he learned from. Having played trombone since fifth grade, he developed a good ear and could easily read music. As a young Naval officer stationed in Boston, Ralph attended The New England Conservatory of Music for jazz piano performance. Then after moving to Long Beach, California in the late 80s, he attended UCLA for TV and film music composition; Golden West College for songwriting and vocal techniques; and the Los Angeles Academy for New Musical Theatre for three years as a student composer, book writer, and lyricist.

Ralph always enjoys seeing a good musical production on stage. So after all his years as a musician, he felt it was time he became a composer. Another motivation is the power of a song when it advances a good story. So Ralph set out to write "Samson & the Burning Bush" with the goal of making it a farce to be reckoned with.

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The Open Book Theatre Presents Unique Holiday Entertainment for the Whole Family

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Open Book Theatre, New York City's oldest readers theatre company, will present two heartwarming holiday shows this December: "A Confused Hanukkah," at 2 p.m. on Dec. 23, 26 and 27; and "The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge," at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22, 23 and 29. Both plays will be performed at Pushkin Hall, 165 W. 86th St., 2nd Floor.

"A Confused Hanukkah," by Jon Koons, is adapted from his popular children's book of the same name. It makes its Off-Broadway debut this year during Hanukkah week, after successful performances across the United States, and before its imminent production as an animated musical film.

Koons, also a veteran Broadway and film actor, performs his own work accompanied on the clarinet by Broadway musician Mikki Ryan Koons ("Wicked," "The Lion King"), who happens to be his wife. Rounding out this true family affair is a special appearance by their comedically gifted 13-year-old son, Merlin Ryan Koons.

A few lucky kids from the audience will be called up to help act out the colorful story that actor Leonard Nimoy called "an absolutely charming addition to the funny and heartwarming tales of those lovable fools" from the legendary, mythical town of Chelm. Publisher's Weekly called the show "a love letter to every family that resists December's siren song of assimilation."

"A Confused Hanukkah" is fun for audiences both young and old. Dreidels will be given to all children in attendance, and there will be a drawing to win a menorah at each performance.

"The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge," adapted by author Marvin Kaye from his novel, is the sequel to "A Christmas Carol" that Charles Dickens probably meant to write but never did. Picking up right where "Carol" left off, and written in true Dickensian style, "The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge" depicts a kindlier Scrooge struggling to right the unresolved wrong hidden within Dickens' original story. The moving narrative explores in depth the issue of anti-Semitism briefly touched upon in the original, evoking the spirit of the season and the period in which it takes place.

According to the New York Times, "'The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge' is more than an adventure. It is an exploration of friendship, penitence, guilt, anti-Semitism and brotherhood in the true spirit of the season...the venerable Open Book readers theatre company generously rewards a visit." Theatre Talk adds, "New York needs to make room for a tradition with substance...(this show) will definitely put you in the Christmas Spirit."

Performed in readers theatre style, "The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge" features author Marvin Kaye, Clark Kee, Alice King, and London stage actress Emmeline Prior in her New York debut.

"The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge" is appropriate for adults and teens.

Tickets, which can be used for either show, are $25, available at https://www.artful.ly/the-open-book-theatre or at the door. Holiday Special: buy two, get one free.

Performance schedule (all performances at Pushkin Hall, 165 W. 86th St., 2nd Floor):
"A Confused Hanukkah:" Monday, Dec. 23, Thursday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m.

"The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge:" Sunday, Dec. 22, Monday, Dec. 23, and Sunday Dec. 29, at 7 p.m.

The Open Book Theatre, established in 1975, is New York City's first and longest-lived readers theatre company. To learn more visit: http://www.openbooktheatre.org.

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Seattle Sensation Arnaldo! Heads Talented Cast in LIFE IS A CABARET on August 10

FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Summer is heating up and the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce DC (PACC-DC) is serving up a sizzling show to match with "LIFE IS A CABARET," headlined by Seattle sensation, uber talented Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse on August 10, 2019 at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m.

The show is a fundraiser to benefit at-risk children. Tickets available at the box office, or online at State Theatre - http://www.thestatetheatre.com/events/e2151.xml?_offset=16&_order=1 or PACC-DC - https://www.pacc-dc.org/events/2019/8/10/life-is-a-cabaret-featuring-arnaldo-drag-chanteuse

There's singing, dancing, comedy and lots of music under the musical direction of Bob Bruneau and with a supporting cast of local DMV artists: instrumentalist Diwa de Leon, songstress Katrina Manabat, comedian Christian Escoto, dancer Elena Faye, saxophonist Justin Eller, bassist Robert Friedensen, and hosted by Jared Gillett a.k.a. Putting Pinoy.

Why a cabaret? "Cabaret is a fun entertainment style that allows a variety of talents to be showcased while the audience watch in a comfortable setting," says PACC-DC president, Cristina Sison.

"Plus, it has that hint of being something of an underground nature...that tiny bit of naughtiness! But rest assured, it's all wholesome fun. The show has a great mix of talents and promises to be one mega entertainment night!" adds PACC-DC PRO Olma Inocentes.

Featured artist Arnaldo! is no neophyte in the cabaret scene as he has been around for some years.

Here's what some reviews have to say about him:

"Arnaldo is not just another drag act. Arnaldo is 'Just An Old Fashioned Girl' and about as close to an old time night club chanteuse as we're likely to find on today's scene. Armed with an hour's worth of well-chosen songs, fun banter and laid back ease with an audience, this drag is no drag. He's the real deal in a world where prejudices and quick judgements are too often the norm." -- AfterDark Review by John Hoglund.

"Utterly original and unabashedly glamorous, Arnaldo is a sensational and ravishing musical diva!" -- Chay Yew, Director of the Taper's Asian Theatre Workshop and the Resident Director at East West Players in Los Angeles.

"[Arnaldo] is a female impersonator-not quite like the others-extremely tasteful...looks like a young Pat Suzuki sitting atop the piano doing Cole Porter and other sly, witty things!!!" -- Erv Raible, NY cabaret impresario and Artisic Director, Cabaret Conference at Yale University.

About the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce DC (PACC-DC):

PACC-DC recently celebrated its 25 years of service to the community and its vision is to further grow that presence in the DMV area. It is committed to develop programs and events that have a positive impact on the business community; to connect and foster open and consistent communications across communities; to support and augment our members; and to foster community outreach initiatives that benefit the entire region. Learn more: https://www.pacc-dc.org/

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‘Sopranos’ star Jamie-Lynn Sigler to lead a powerful cast at MANHATTANonPATRICK on September 27

FREDERICK, Md. -- Phenomenology, Inc., an innovative production model in the performing arts, announced it has secured "Sopranos" star Jamie-Lynn Sigler to lead a powerful cast in the staged reading of a new play for MANHATTANonPATRICK at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in suburban Washington D.C. on September 27.

Well known for her work in "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway, HBO's "Entourage" and her unforgettable role as Meadow Soprano in HBO's ground-breaking television series "The Sopranos," Sigler will lead a four person cast as a cutthroat attorney in "Second Derivative," a full-length crime drama previously workshopped with the Maryland Ensemble Theatre and Off-Broadway with The Actors Company Theatre in 2016. The play was workshopped with both MET and TACT under a previous working title and Sigler was not a part of either project.

"We are thrilled to have Jamie join us for this performance," says Jeffery Keilholtz, Artistic Director & CEO of Phenomenology, and also "Second Derivative" playwright. "MANHATTANonPATRICK is the flagship theatre program for Phenomenology, specializing in the production of high-value limited engagement stage performances, with the purpose of identifying high-potential regional performers and technicians and giving them unique opportunities to showcase their gifts."

In its inaugural outing, MANHATTANonPATRICK will premiere a dynamic staged reading of "Second Derivative" for one night only at the historic Weinberg Center for the Arts - on Patrick Street, in Frederick, Maryland. The cast also includes Keilholtz, himself a Frederick native, along with Bru Ajueyitsi and Amanda Shafer. Mr. Ajueyitsi is from Washington D.C. and Ms. Shafer is from Frederick.

Critically-acclaimed actress, Ashlie Atkinson, of Spike Lee's Oscar-winning film, "BLACKkKLANSMAN", and Broadway's, "The Ritz", is attached to direct.

The evening will feature a red carpet reception, performance and post-show Q&A. Admission to the after party with cast members and the director is also available to a limited number of ticket buyers at an additional cost.

Adds Keilholtz, "The privilege of bringing together all of this talent, including both Jamie, as a performer, and Ashlie, as director, adds enormous value to the promise of MANHATTANonPATRICK and the endeavor of Phenomenology to create a new corridor of professional activity between Frederick, Maryland and major media markets - beginning with New York City, the theatre capital of the world."

Tickets for MANHATTANonPATRICK are available to the general public beginning August 15 at https://weinbergcenter.org/ or via box office hotline: 301-600-2828.

For more information about MANHATTANonPATRICK, visit the Phenomenology website: https://phenoart.org/.

About Phenomenology, Inc.:

Phenomenology, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an innovative production model to raise the quality of life for performing artists and technicians by creating meaningful partnerships in the entertainment industry - coupled with the production of high-value projects - to generate a first-of-its-kind corridor of professional activity between Frederick, Maryland and major media markets.

More information: https://phenoart.org/

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