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WE THREE short film coming soon

 Shelby Wong, Lizzy Jarrett, and Peter Ferraiolo

Shelby Wong, Lizzy Jarrett, and Peter Ferraiolo

The film is directed by Chelsea B. Lockie, DOP Michael Lamarra. Featuring Shelby Wong, Lizzy Jarrett, and Peter Ferraiolo.

WE THREE was originally developed at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting for the advanced teen New Works Performance Intensive, directed by Judson Jones. It was produced by TheatreEast’s 5x5 Drama Series in 2018, directed by Chelsea B. Lockie.

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Interview with JRM

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting recently featured an interview with JRM, and her work teaching Stella Adler programming with the New York Department of Corrections. Text of the interview is below:

How did you get involved with the studio’s DOC programs?

After I completed grad school in 2016, I was looking for a way to use what I had learned to give back to the community. I was aware of the good work being done by the Stella Adler Outreach Division through other Adler alumni, and reached out to see how I could be involved. The Department of Correction (DOC) programs turned out to be a good fit, and after shadowing former head of outreach, Tommy Demenkoff, for a few months I started to teach my own writing classes.

 

What do you now? i.e. What populations do you work with? What role do you play?

I teach playwriting classes across multiple DOC facilities. Currently, I work with young men (18-21) in the secure unit at GRVC and adult residents of the new Transgender Housing Unit at Rosie’s, both on Rikers Island.

 

What is the most rewarding thing about this work?

I get to be a part of my students discovering talents they didn’t know they had, and to be a link to a future they maybe hadn’t considered for themselves. It’s tremendously exciting when the writing work really “clicks” with a student, and I get to watch them grow as artists. But even when writing isn’t really their thing, students look forward to the class and I get to provide a momentary distraction from all they’re going through. 

What is the most difficult or challenging thing about this work?

Working in jail is unpredictable. You have to be prepared to adjust your plan on the spot. You can show up and students will have been moved, or facilities will be closed. Students that were in a good mood last week may be in a bad place when you arrive, but you can’t allow yourself to be let down.

 

How has this work affected you as an artist? As a human being?

Working with this population is so humbling. I’m constantly reminded that great theatre can happen anywhere. It has nothing to do with being accepted by prestigious institutions or the size of your audience. As long as you are getting in touch with your own truth, creating art is its own reward.

 

Do you feel that you have changed/grown as a result of this work?

Yes – before I started working in jails, I had a lot of strong opinions about criminal justice reform. But I discovered that only by seeing it from the inside can you begin to understand the complexity of the problem. Sometimes, the obstacles in the way of change seem insurmountable. Progress happens very slowly. The best you can do for an issue you care about is to use what talents you have to serve your community. 

 

What is your greatest hope for your students in DOC facilities?

I hope they all continue to grow and to change, and to never give up on their own voices. For those that get to go home soon, I hope that they find strength within themselves to try something new and discover new paths on the outside. For those that may be incarcerated long term, I hope they find ways of coping inside that will allow them to continue to grow in spite of their circumstances… whether that’s through arts programs, education, or whatever gives them true joy.

 

Anything else you want to add?

I’d like to shout out to all the Corrections Officers and other DOC employees who support (the) Stella Adler (Studio)’s programming, without whom none of this would be possible.

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Tickets Available Now for 'WIMBERLEY'

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Tickets are now available for 'Wimberley' in the Fresh Fruit Festival! 

Two performances only: July 18th at 6:30pm and July 21st at 7pm. at The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street. All tickets $18 unless otherwise stated

WIMBERLEY will be featured alongside Kalen’s Ellen by K. J. Dwyer and Red and the Wolf  by Ingrid Oslund in Mind the Gap: An Evening of Short Plays.

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Announcing 'WIMBERLEY' in Fresh Fruit Festival 2018

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Very proud to announce that 'WIMBERLEY' has been accepted into this July's 16th consecutive Fresh Fruit Festival of LGBT Arts.

The play will be remounted with its original cast (Josh Trant & Peter Ferraiolo) and directed by its award-winning director, Bianca Puorto.

'WIMBERLEY' will have two performances only, July 18th and July 21st at the Wild Project (193 East 3rd Street). Times and ticket info to be announced.

Bianca Puorto and Michael Blatt won 'Best Direction' at the 2016 Midtown Theatre Festival for their production of 'Wimberley'. A short film of 'Wimberley', also directed by Bianca Puorto, is in pre-production. 

For more information on the festival visit http://www.freshfruitfestival.com/

 

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Stella Adler at Rikers Island

The Stella Adler Outreach Division at Rikers Island provides acting classes to incarcerated men and women. The OutsideIN Program welcomes former Rikers students along with residents and graduates of Phoenix House to continue to hone their craft at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in Manhattan.

JRM has been a proud teaching artist for the Stella Adler Outreach Division since 2016.

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Director and Cast Announced for 'WE THREE'

'WE THREE' will be directed by Chelsea B. Lockie, featuring performances by Cristina Castro, Peter Ferraiolo, Yessenia Rivas and Shelby Rebecca Wong

Reserve your seat now for TheatreEast's 5x5 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island. Tickets are available on a suggested donation basis.

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'WE THREE' to feature in TheatreEast's 5x5 Drama Series

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JRM's witchy short play 'WE THREE' has been selected to be performed in TheatreEast's annual 5x5 Drama Series.

The 5X5 Drama Series was founded in 2016 with the idea of bringing performances beyond the footlights of the theater and into non-traditional spaces like breweries, rooftops, apartments, taverns, and more to provide a unique immersive audience experience.  Every year, TheatreEast chooses 5 short plays, performed by 5 casts, and performs in all 5 boroughs. Tickets are available on a suggested donation basis. 

'We Three' will be performed alongside work by Edward Allan Baker, Lowell Bartholomee, Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, and Lori Fischer

This is the second year that 5x5 has included a JRM original. In 2016, 'IN THE BASEMENT' toured, directed by Daniel Hasse. This will also be the second year in a row JRM has been featured in the series as an actor. She'll be appearing in Lori Fisher's Jumping Up and Down Happy Town.

Here are the dates and locations near you: 

 

STATEN ISLAND

Sunday April 8th, 5:30pm

Flagship Brewery

40 Minthorne St, Staten Island N.Y.

 

BROOKLYN

Wednesday April 11th, 7:30 pm

61 Local

61 Bergen St, Brooklyn N.Y. 

 

THE BRONX

Saturday April 14th, 7:30 pm.

Einstein School of Medicine

1300 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 

 

MANHATTAN

Monday April 16th, 7:30pm.

O’Lunneys Times Square Pub

145 W 45th St, New York, NY 

 

QUEENS

Thursday April 19th, 7:30pm

Tangra Asian Fusion Cuisine

39-23 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside, NY 

 

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Filming...

 Production Still, Feb 10 2018

Production Still, Feb 10 2018

So what's in the suitcase...?

A new short film is in the works based on a screenplay by JRM. Director/DP: Mark Sylvester A/C: Jesse Lyons Sound: Leah Kreitz. Featuring Megan Gaber and Chelsea B. Lockie.

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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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