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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.

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Phenomenology Wins Major Grant for 2019 Theatre Project

FREDERICK, Md. -- Phenomenology, Inc., an innovative production model in the performing arts, today, announced its receipt of a major grant award, presented by Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. for its inaugural theatre project in 2019.

"We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Delaplaine Foundation and are deeply grateful to its Board of Directors for their belief in our vision," remarked Jeffery Keilholtz, Artistic Director & CEO for Phenomenology. "We are a new organization on the scene, so the backing of a distinguished institute such as Delaplaine Foundation is both humbling and exciting."

Established in 2018, Phenomenology, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, produces dynamic projects across the breadth of performing arts, including theatre, film, television, and more.

MANHATTANonPATRICK, its inaugural outing, will feature a one-night red-carpet theatre production of a new play. Cast both out of New York City and Frederick, Maryland, the production will feature acclaimed stars on the same stage as high-potential, undiscovered actors and technicians - many of whom call, or have called, Frederick their home.

More information about MANHATTANonPATRICK: https://phenoart.org/manhattanonpatrick/

Delaplaine Foundation provided Phenomenology with a grant award of $7,500 to help produce MANHATTANonPATRICK.

"One of our pillars of focus at Delaplaine Foundation is support of the visual and performing arts," said Delaplaine Foundation President, Marlene Young. "We see this from both an educational aspect, as well as cultural enrichment. We believe that Phenomenology's mission ties into that focus as an addition to an ever-vibrant arts community landscape in Frederick."

According to its website, Delaplaine Foundation awards grants "to support a variety of programs for deserving non-profit groups, which help fulfill its mission of education, preservation, and enlightenment."

Learn more about the Delaplaine Foundation at: http://www.delaplainefoundation.org/html/

Phenomenology's inaugural MANHATTANonPATRICK production is anticipated to premiere on Patrick Street, at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md.

"In addition to other projects we have in development, it is our intention for MANHATTANonPATRICK to focus much needed attention on high-potential, undiscovered talent from this region; and it is our hope that the success of the program spurns it on as a bi-annual event. We are confident that the financial support from Delaplaine Foundation will help us achieve success."

About Phenomenology, Inc.:

Phenomenology, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an innovative production model in Frederick, Maryland, with a mission to create opportunities that enhance the public exposure of local professional artists and technicians by producing high value performing arts projects to showcase their gifts. These activities will help to enhance the cultural value of Frederick, Maryland and enable the organization to give back in additional ways, including advocacy for children and working families, by building links between the arts, education, and the social sciences.

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