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Cast Announced for 'BUSKERS' Staged-Reading

Stephanie Fagan and Bobby Rodriguez will be featured in the first ever public reading of Buskers! directed by Chelsea B. LockieBuskers! is a finalist in the National 10-Minute Play Contest (Actors Theatre Louisville) for the Heideman prize. 

Here's some updated info on the event:

MElder Art Movement and collaborators are presenting an evening of short works and works in progress to raise funds for our upcoming season! Milk River Restaurant and Lounge has donated their private, second floor VIP room to our cause, and we are so thankful and excited for a shared evening of art! Four choreographers, two theatre directors, 10+ performers, a professional DJ, and food/drinks galore are sure to make this a night to remember!

Location: Milk River Restaurant and Lounge, 960 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn (near C line and a short walk from Barclays Center)

Entrance Donation: $5

Doors open at 7pm for drinks and food
Show begins at 8pm

Two (2) drink minimum for those looking for adult beverages.
Stick around afterwards to enjoy the DJ and private dance floor!

 

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JRM to join Playmaking Initiative w/ 52nd St Project

JRM is excited to be working with the 52nd St. Project this summer on a new initiative expanding their Playmaking Stage-One Program to children living in transitional housing around NYC. She is honored to have this opportunity to provide some of the city's most under-served youth an opportunity to discover the power of their voice.

Thanks to Joanna Gurin and the 52nd St. Project for this opportunity. 

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'WE THREE' to Premiere at The Stella Adler Studio

A brand new short play, 'WE THREE', will premiere this summer featuring teen actors from Stella Adler's Rehearsal and Performance Intensive. It will be directed by Judson Jones.

Witchcraft and Politics collide when a coven of three teenagers take justice into their own hands... 

This is the 2nd consecutive year this program has featured a JRM original play. Last year, 'FIVE BARS', also directed by Judson Jones made its world premiere. 

Details and stills from 'WE THREE' to come.

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'BUSKERS' a finalist for the 2017 Heideman Award!

'BUSKERS' has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Heideman Award by the Actors Theatre of Louisville National 10-Minute Play Contest!

JRM is honored to receive this recognition for a play she is very proud of! Thank you Actors Theatre!!

BUSKERS, a new ten-minute play about a turf war between street musicians, will receive it's first ever public reading as part of the Night At Milk River Fundraising Event. Here are the details:

A Night At Milk River - 8pm-9pm.  Milk River (960 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11238) on the second floor (the VIP lounge).  $5 at the door and a two drink minimum for those drinking (donations will also be accepted). The reading will be directed by Chelsea B. Lockie, cast TBA.

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'Some Kids' Premieres Tonight at The Actors Studio

A new short play, 'Some Kids', premieres tonight at the venerated Actors Studio as part of the 10-Minute Play Festival. 'Some Kids' is directed by Bianca Puorto and features Actor Studio Lifetime Members Geany Masai, Erwin Amos, and Barbara Spiegel. 

'Some Kids' is a response to 2017 theme 'Truth' and explores state testing in a failing public school.

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TheatreEast Announces Full BOOGIE DOWN LOUD Series Lineup!

The BOOGIE DOWN LOUD SERIES sponsored by BRONX BREWERY is a Summer Spin-Off of Theatre East's Neighborhood Reading Series. The series features scripts that are bold, brash and outside the box. As always, readings are free and open to the public.

For more information visit www.theatreeast.org

LITTLE MACHINE
Written by Julia Rae Maldonado

Directed by Bianca Puorto

Original music by Jeff Gorcyca.

Space… a Martian transport carrying secret government cargo is hijacked by the cutest assassin in the universe.
Everybody dies in this sci-fi comedy.

Featuring Elsbeth DenmanJeff GorcycaGrant HarveyGeoffrey HymersLaura KayShelby Wong, and Yha Mourhia Wright

Reserve your seat HERE!

DEMON HUNTERS
Written by Nat Cassidy

NOTHING UNTOWARD
Written & Performed by Clay McLeod Chapman

EXPULSION: The Play
Written by Yha Mourhia Wright

HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY
Written by Stephanie Fagan

Directed by Bianca Puorto

ROSEMARY WITH GINGER
Written by Edward Allen Baker

BLACKSHEEP
Written by Julia Rae Maldonado

I KISSED YOUR BOYFRIEND
Written and performed by Laura Kay

Directed by Chelsea B. Lockie.

Original music by Jeff Gorcyca.

 

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'EGGS' Reading at St. Francis College

With support from a fellowship from St. Francis College, Bianca Puorto will be directing a staged reading of a newly updated 'EGGS' featuring Kim Rios Lin and Gerrard James

The reading will take place on Wednesday, May 24th at 6pm at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. It will be open to the public and free of charge. Details on how to make a reservation to be announced soon.

This is the first of three upcoming collaborations with Bianca Puorto. She is also directing a reading of 'LITTLE MACHINE' with TheatreEast on May 26th, and will be teaming up with JRM for the Short Play Fest at the Actors Studio on June 2nd & 3rd. 

'EGGS' was previously produced twice in Germany by the Label Gray Theatre Company, translated into German and directed by Rayka Kobiella. 

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5 x 5 Drama Series warmly received in Brooklyn and Staten Island

5 x 5 Cast & Creative at the Flagship Brewery in Staten Island. From left to right: Christa Kimlicko-Jones, Judson Jones, Kelsey Sheppard, Heather Arney, Mike McNulty, Matt Savins, Rachel Caplan, Lisha McKoy, Denver Crawford, Julia Rae Maldonado, Ian Fields Stewart, and Jeff Gorcyca. 

5 x 5 Cast & Creative at the Flagship Brewery in Staten Island. From left to right: Christa Kimlicko-Jones, Judson Jones, Kelsey Sheppard, Heather Arney, Mike McNulty, Matt Savins, Rachel Caplan, Lisha McKoy, Denver Crawford, Julia Rae Maldonado, Ian Fields Stewart, and Jeff Gorcyca. 

The 2nd annual 5 x 5 Drama Series continued the tradition of bringing great theatre to your borough with warm receptions in Brooklyn and Staten Island. The next two performances in The Bronx and Queens are already sold out. Reserve your seat now for the last stop: Manhattan! Tickets are available with a suggested donation.

Monday, April 17 7pm--O'Lunney's Times Square Pub, Manhattan

Last year, the 5 x 5 drama series included JRM's In The Basement. This year, playwrights include Margie Semilof, Mark S. Rosati, Thomas J. Misuraca, Adam Kraar, and Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich.

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JRM to appear in TheatreEast's 5 x 5 Drama Series

Last year, JRM's play IN THE BASEMENT was featured as a part of TheatreEast's 5 x 5 drama series. This year, she will be featured as an actor in the play DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME by Thomas J. Misuraca along side Jeff Gorcyca and directed by Christa Kimlicko Jones.

The 5X5 Drama Series brings performances beyond the footlights and into non-traditional spaces like breweries, rooftops, apartments, and more in a unique immersive audience experience. Each of the 5 performances will consist of 5 short plays, performed by 5 casts, throughout all 5 boroughs. Fulfilling one of TheatreEast's core beliefs of making theatre accessible to all, 5X5 brings the stage directly to the people. And best of all, tickets are available on a suggested donation basis.

 Admission is donation only but seating is incredibly limited.

Thursday, April 6 7:30pm--61 Local, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Sunday, April 9 5:30--Flagship Brewery, Staten Island
Thursday, April 13 7pm--Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx
Saturday, April 15 7pm--Forest Hills, Queens
Monday, April 17 7pm--O'Lunney's Times Square Pub, Manhattan

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JRM to Curate TheatreEast's Boogie Down and LOUD Reading Series @ Bronx Brewery

JRM is excited to be curating the inaugural Boogie Down & LOUD summer play reading series with Theatre East at The Bronx Brewery.

The series will feature new work that's loud, brash & bold to be performed out doors at The Bronx Brewery's backyard space and will kick off with a reading of JRM's LITTLE MACHINE directed by Bianca Puorto on May 26th at 6pm, featuring all seven original cast members:  Elsbeth DenmanJeff GorcycaGrant HarveyGeoffrey HymersLaura KayShelby Wong, and Yha Mourhia Wright. Original music by Jeff Gorcyca.

The readings will be every "Final Friday" at 6pm, May-Sep. (May 26th, June 30th, July 28th, August 25th, & Sep 29th). More details, including the announcement of other play titles / authors to be announced soon.

The Bronx Brewery is located 856 E 136th St, Bronx, NY. 

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WIMBERLEY wins OUSTANDING DIRECTION in MITF!

CONTRATULATIONS to BIANCA and MICHAEL!!

Wimberley directors Bianca Puorto and Michael Blatt are the winners of the Outstanding Direction award from the Midtown International Theatre Festival!!

Michael Blatt has been with the play since its inception at The Actors Studio Drama School where he helped develop the script from the ground up. Bianca joined the team this year to bring the play to MITF and to bring it to the big screen.

Both Bianca and Michael are on board to direct the short film adaptation of WIMBERLEY this Spring. Fundraising efforts for the film are ongoing. Please become a part of this incredible project!

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Help Get Us to Wimberley

The WIMBERLEY creative team has just launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for the Wimberley short film. We believe this story is more important than ever today. Please consider contributing to this project so that we can reach everyone with this story, no matter where they are.

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WIMBERLEY back in rehearsal

Actors Peter Ferraiolo and Josh Trant

Actors Peter Ferraiolo and Josh Trant

The original cast is back in the rehearsal room to bring Wimberley back to life two years after its original workshop production in the Actors Studio Drama School playwright/director unit.

Check out today's write-up in Broadway World and get your tickets for the limited run now!

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New Play in Development at The Actors Studio

JRM is developing an all new, full-length play at the legendary Actors Studio with director Chelsea B. Lockie at the helm. The play will be a dark comedy about a disastrous English-to-English "translation" of Taming of the Shrew. 

JRM was invited to join the Playwrights Directors Workshop this fall and is currently a finalist for lifetime membership at the Studio.

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WIMBERLEY to be remounted at Midtown International Theatre Festival [Updated]

WIMBERLEY, directed by Michael Blatt, will play at The Jewel Box Theatre Oct 31 at 7pm, Nov 3rd at 7:30pm, and Nov 4th at 6pm. It will feature performances from original cast members Josh Trant and Peter Ferraiolo. Bianca Puorto will join the production team for this run as producer and assistant director.

Set in a small Texas town, Wimberley explores the boundaries of friendship between two former football players after the glories of high school are over.

A film adaptation of Wimberley is also currently in pre-production.

Wimberley (formerly known as Hole) was developed in a workshop production at The Actors Studio Drama School. This is the first time the production will be open to the public.

UPDATE: A fourth performance date has been added on November 5th at 8pm.

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FIVE BARS Premiere at Stella Adler Studio of Acting

Young actors from The Stella Adler Studio of Acting's Advanced Teen conservatory debuted FIVE BARS as part of their Summer Rehearsal and Performance Intensive.

JRM developed the play specifically for the students in the program, and worked directly with them through the rehearsal process.

The new horror-comedy was directed by Judson Jones.

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