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CLIMATE CHANGE FESTIVAL II

We are one global community with a common goal to honor and protect the earth,
its amazing inhabitants, and our future. 

MultiStages
presents

CLIMATE CHANGE II FESTIVAL

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
at 7PM
TheaterLab
357 W 36th Street, 3rd Floor, NYC
followed by a Reception
A fundraiser for Hurricane Relief for Puerto Rico 

General: $25.00 
Student: $15.00
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Directed by Lorca Peress
Choreography by Jennifer Chin

FESTIVAL ACTING COMPANY
(pictured l-r) Gabrielle Lee, Gus Scharr, Kathryn Layng, Avondre E.D. Beverley
Tanya Perez, Joyce Griffen, Lorca Peress, Maya Saroya
Daniel Carlton, Cary Hite
special appearance by Bruce Baumer

CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION & MULTISTAGES PLAYWRIGHTS
Keith Josef Adkins, Elaine Ávila, Chantal Bilodeau
Mindi Dickstein, Angella Emurwon, Kendra Fanconi
Vinicius Jatobá, Abhishek Majumdar, Silvio Martinez-Palau
Lorca Peress, David Sard, Caridad Svich
Jordan Tannahill, Nathan Yungerberg

Info on the Climate Change Theatre Action Festival:
CLIMATE CHANGE LINK

MultiStages Festival consists of short plays from around the world: Brazil, Uganda, Canada, Colombia, India, and the United States. Reception donated by Rums of Puerto Rico. Ticket proceeds will support the Hispanic Federation to benefit the people of Puerto Rico who survived Hurricane Maria. Actors appearing through AEA Theatre Authority.

MultiStages is partnering once again with #ClimateChangeTheatreAction. 225 events are scheduled in 40 countries between October 1 and November 20, 2017. Climate Change Theatre Action is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays to coincide with the United Nations COP23 meeting in Bonn, Germany. We are excited to produce this important event and join this world-wide theatre movement.

 

NYMF 2017 – “TEMPLE OF THE SOULS” IN JULY

A tale of forbidden love where nightmares and dreams come true.

 

HOLA Awards for Outstanding Production, Music and Design
Nominated for Six NY Innovative Theatre Awards 
(Outstanding Production, Music and Script)

“TEMPLE OF THE SOULS” is coming to OFF-BROADWAY
Official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival’s Next Link Project
(only 10 musicals were chosen as Next Link Projects by Tony Award winning Grand Jury Panel from over 200 submissions)

July 19-23, 2017
The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street, NYC
Tickets $28.50:  TICKET LINK

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Friday, July 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Please make a Tax-Deductible Donation Today!
DONATE HERE

In today’s complicated and racially divisive social climate, where xenophobia, nationalism, and religious intolerance are rampant, we bring you a love story that will fill your heart.

TEMPLE OF THE SOULS is an award-winning contemporary pop musical of secrets, lies, and forbidden love of what might have happened in 16th century Puerto-Rico when cultures clash over two young lovers in a “Romeo and Juliet” style tragedy. It all happens in a time when Spaniards enslaved thousands of indigenous Taínos, stole their women, their land, and their lives. Two worlds collide in this mythical tale when Amada, the beautiful daughter of a Spanish Conquistador, and Guario, a young Taíno, meet in the magical rainforest of Puerto Rico. The young lovers escape to seal their forbidden love in the high cliffs of the Temple of the Souls, the sacred lands where the Taínos once jumped to their death to escape the persecution of the Spaniards. This is the temple where the lovers pledge to make their dreams come true and prove for all eternity that love is stronger than death.

Featuring
Noellia Hernandez and Andres Quintero as Amada and Guario
Danny Bolero (Broadway In The Heights) as Conquistador Don Severo
Lorraine Velez (Broadway Rent, Dream Girls, Fameas the Taino Nana
Jacob Gutierrez (Light in the Piazza, Aladdin) as Nemesio
Ari Aron, Jorge Enrique Barranco, Theresa Burns, Catalina Gaglioti,
Erin Kei, Val Nuccio, Isabel Plana, Miguel A. Sierra, Robert Zelaya

BOOK Anita Velez-Mitchell, Lorca Peress, Anika Paris
MUSIC Dean Landon, Anika Paris
ORCHESTRATION Dean Landon
LYRICS Anita Velez-Mitchell, Anika Paris
ADDITIONAL LYRICS Dean Landon
STORY Anita Velez-Mitchell
CHOREOGRAPHY Enrique Brown*
MUSIC DIRECTOR Bruce Baumer
SCENIC DESIGN Jennifer Varbalow
COSTUME DESIGN Lisa Renee Jordan
LIGHTING DESIGN Jason Fok
VISUAL DESIGN Jan Hartley
MASK DESIGN Marla Speer
SOUND DESIGN Kenneth Goodwin
STAGE MANAGER C. Renee Alexander
ASM Andrea Berkey
DRAMATURG Mark Eugene Garcia
POSTER ART Emeli Vando
PRESS/Social Media Kampfire PR
Dailey-Monda General Managers
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Dr. Judy Kuriansky
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Jane Velez-Mitchell
Developed and Directed by Lorca Peress*

ORCHESTRA
CONDUCTOR Katya Stanislavskaya
MUSICIANS Joe Fee, Kelsey Sheldon, Katya Stanislavskaya, Andrew Whitbeck

Please make a Tax-Deductible Donation Today!
DONATE HERE

* members of SDC

NYMF INFO AND BIOS: NYMF SITE

SHOW WEBSITE: http://www.templeofthesouls.com

TEMPLE OF THE SOULS HISTORY: In development since 2010, received two AEA showcase productions, 4 HOLA Awards, 6 NY Innovative Theatre Nominations, 2 Areyto Drama Awards from the Taíno community. Photos and info on past productions: https://multistages.org/category/past-productions/

NYMF HISTORY: In 13 years, NYMF has presented over 420 new musicals. Over 97 have gone on to further productions and delighted theatergoers nationally and internationally! FOUR NYMF SHOWS HAVE OPENED ON BROADWAY: Chaplin (Behind the Limelight at NYMF); Next to Normal (Feeling Electric at NYMF); [title of show]; In Transit (Along the way at NYMF)

This production is supported by: NYMF 2017 Next Link Project production grant, Don Q Rums, LMCC’s Materials for the Arts
private foundation grants and tax-deductible donations
 

The Future is Female Festival, March 2017

“THE FUTURE IS FEMALE” Festival

MultiStages is joining the movement with our own multicultural and multidisciplinary “The Future is Female” Festival of Women Playwrights, Dancers, Composers, Musicians, Poets, and Artists.  The Future is Female Festivals are being presented across the country in March 2017 in honor of Women’s History Month. Let’s come together in solidarity to protect women’s rights and our future.

TWO NIGHTS ONLY
Tues., March 21 and Thurs., March 23, 2017 at 7PM
The Shop Theatre
CAP21, 18 W. 18th St., 6th Fl.
RSVP: contact@multistages.org
Tickets $10.00

MultiStages Festival Participants:

Playwrights:
Raquel Almazan, 
Maya Contreras, Cynthia Cooper, Cecilia Copland, Cesi Davidson, C.S. Hanson, Penny Jackson, Chiori Miyagawa, Desi Moreno-Penson, Angelica Pinna Perez, Noemi de la Puente, Lizabeth Sipes, Daniela Thome, Nichole Thompson-Adams

Dance:
JENNIFERCHINdance

Poets:
Ela Alster, Tess Cacciatore, Gloria Vando

Video Performance:
Anika Paris

Poster Art:
Nikki Peress

Conductors:
Tong Chen, LaFrae Sci

Directors:
Sara Berg, Elowyn Castle, Kimille Howard, Lorca Peress

Performers: Andrea Abello, Raquel Almazan, Tonia Anderson, April Armstrong, Gena Bardwell, Sara Berg* Darryl K Brown, Tess Cacciatore, Kim Chinh, JY (Jeong yun) Chun, Bobby Crace, Veronica Cruz* Noemi de la Puente, William Franke* Victoria Franzetti, Joy Kelly* Kathryn Layng* Tate Kenney, Romy Nordlinger* Anika Paris, Desi Moreno-Penson, Lorca Peress* Angelica Pinna Perez, Tanya Perez* Gary Ramsey, Clea Straus Rivera* Crystal Rodriguez, Kate Armstrong Ross, Dan Teachout* Daniela Thome, Nichole Thompson-Adams, Gloria Vando, Alexandra Williamson

*AEA members
Union performers appearing courtesy Theatre Authority

“The Future is Female” Festival was created by writer Mya Kagin. Instead of merely honoring women’s history in March, the festival will celebrate women’s futures. Following the election, Mya was struck by the phrase, “The Future Is Female,” which recently emerged and has taken on great significance during and after the election with many women re-contextualizing the phrase into their own modern interpretation. By participating in this joint venture, our voices are magnified and we can create a larger impact across the country.

Strength in numbers — Stronger Together.

For more info on Women’s History Events:
https://thefutureisfemalefestival.com/
http://www.womenarts.org/swandates/

MultiStages “TFIF” Festival is a Swan Day Event! 

SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT SERIES – NOV. 16-17, 2016

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ESAI’S TABLE

Written by Nathan Yungerberg            Directed by Lorca Peress

Featuring:  LaChrisha Brown, Dyllon Burnside*, Brandon Gill*, Marcel Spears, and Charles E. Wallace* as Esai
Nichole Thompson-Adams
reading stage directions

Two Readings:  Wed., November 16 at 3pm and Thurs., November 17 at 7pm (reception to follow)
Shetler Studios, PH1, 244 W. 54th Street

Free Admission; RSVP: contact@multistages.org

We are thrilled to announce our next play in development, ESAI’S TABLE by Nathan Yungerberg. Esai’s Table was a 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semifinalist.

Esai’s Table follows the fantastic journey of three young black men on a mythical night sea atop a magical old table. Through cartoon animation and personal revelations, we learn why they’ve been chosen to navigate this trek across the unknown. Destiny meets eternity in this story of black lives, friendship, family, and love.

nathan-newNathan Yungerberg is a Brooklyn-based playwright. His plays include Esai’s Table, The Son of Dawn, Pousada Azul, Orchids, and Polka Dots and Brush Strokes. Nathan’s work has been developed or featured  by The Playwrights’ Center, The Brooklyn Museum, The Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Brava Theater, The Lark, The Fire This Time Festival, 48 Hours in Harlem, The National Black Theatre, The Hansberry Project, The National Black Theatre Festival, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Blackboard Reading Series, The Dramatist Guild,  Flashpoint Theater, the August Wilson Red Door Project, New Venture Theater, The Brooklyn Generator and BBC Radio Afternoon Drama. Nathan is one of seven black playwrights commissioned by The New Black Fest for HANDS UP: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments. Awards and honors: The 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Semifinalist), Ken Davenport 10-Minute Play Festival (Winner), 11th Annual InspiraTO Festival (Finalist), Blue Ink Playwrighting Award (Semifinalist), and PICK OF THE VINE 2016 at Little Fish Theatre (Semifinalist).

 

Poster Art by Edgeworth
*AEA members 

Upcoming in 2016

MultiStages Script Development Series
Presents
a Swan Day Event celebrating Women in the Arts during Women’s History Month

SWAN DAY

JANUARY
A new play by Paula Cizmar
Directed by Lorca Peress
Video Consultant Christopher Marston
featuring Darlenis Duran, Russell Jordan* Candice Myers* Romy Nordlinger*
Tate Kenney and Keiza Tyson, assistants

*AEA members

One-Night Only Reading
Thursday, March 17, 2016
7PM
Shetler Studio
Penthouse 1
244 W. 54th St. (between 8th and Broadway)
Must RSVP: contact@multistages.org
FREE

JANUARY is a multimedia play about the effects of gun violence on our society. Paula Cizmar presents a shocking and emotive story set within the minds of the mothers of the 10 year-old victim and the 10 year-old killer.

When does public concern turn to obsession?
When does media reporting become exploitation?
Who is the victim?  What is our responsibility?
Can we change the gun situation in the US?

JANUARY was nominated for the Kilroy List and is a MultiStages 2013 New Works Finalist. An earlier version of JANUARY was presented in the 2014 New Works Festival.

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JANUARY CAST

DARLENIS DURAN (Maya) is currently playing the lead in Carmen Rivera’s La Gringa at Repertorio Espanol. She appeared in the NY Television Festival 2013 and LA Web Series Festival 2014 official selection Henry web series. Stage credits include: Comida De Puta(HOLA Award Winner), Nadira Simone’s Here In Vain, Women Of Manhattan, Spike Heels, Please Have A Seat And Someone Will Be With You Shortly, and Women In Motion. She was runner up on Season 1 of NuvoTV’s Model Latina and has appeared in music videos, and print/commercial work. She has appeared in various independent films and is AP of HBO/NY International Latino Film Festival winner Crush. www.darlenisduran.com

RUSSELL JORDAN* (Henry, Media Presence) is grateful to Lorca Peress and MultiStages for the opportunity to be part of the ongoing development of Paula Cizmar’s JANUARY. Russell was part of the 2014 MultiStages New Works Festival reading of JANUARY, and in 2010 performed in MultiStages’ production of Jamuna Yvette Sirker’s Hell and High Water, or Lessons For When The Sky Falls. Russell is a two-time outstanding actor award recipient from the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, and is currently writing a one-person full-length play recounting his experience escaping the World Trade Center’s North Tower on September 11, 2001. www.russelljordan.com

CANDICE MYERS* (Lauren) Selected theater credits include MultiStages Knowing Bliss by Arden Kass, Yeah Girl Whatever with The Dramatic Question Theater, and Third’s World written by Arthur W. French III and directed by Broadway veteran Arthur French.  She has appeared in television commercials for Comcast and The Maryland Lottery.  Recent appearances in the web series projects Friends or Just Roomies? (which she co-wrote and co-produced) and Q’s One Night Stands” (which has been accepted to several film festivals), and the TV show I Love You…But I Lied.  www.candice-myers.com.

ROMY NORDLINGER* (Joyce, Media Presence) Selected theatre credits: Shakespeare’s Slave, Clurman Theatre Row, Lancelot at Judson Gym, Caligula at Kirk Theatre Row, Between Here and There with New Perspectives, R Culture at I.R.T, her original solo piece Nazimova at the Snapple & Metropolitan Playhouse with Stage Struck. She has performed her original play Lipshtick at the NY International Fringe Festival and MITF. Selected regional credits: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Wilma, Fleetwood Stage. Film & TV include Co-Star on Law & Order CI, One Life To Live, The Ruthless Spectator and the upcoming Stephen Frears film Florence. Narrator of over 150 audiobooks. Board Member League of Professional Theatre Women, Member NY Madness, Resonance Ensemble, Playwright Gallery. www.romynordlinger.com

VALORIE NICCORE* (Stage Directions) is a MultiStages Board Member, and has had the good fortune to work in engaging productions throughout the US. Regional California: Queen Ninetta in Carlo Gozzi’s, The Green Bird, Nastya The Whore, in Gorky’s, The Lower Depths; The Wife in Enrico Buenaventura’s The Autopsy from Documents From Hell; Picasso’s Desire Caught by the Tail, Countess Geschwitz in Wedekind’s, Lulu, directed by Martin Magner. Off Off Broadway: Lady Marlborough in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oddysey Co.), Blanche in Dostoevsky’s The Gambler, and featured in MultiStages’ The Palace of Loneliness. TV: Fox’s America’s Most Wanted, All My Children, Another Worldand Loving. Web Series: Russian refugee in Medical Assistance.

*Members of AEA

 

JANUARY ARTISTIC COMPANY

PAULA CIZMAR (Playwright) is a playwright whose work often combines poetry and politics. Her plays have been produced at Portland Stage, San Diego Rep, Playwrights Arena @LATC, the Jungle Theater, among others.  Plays include Candy & Shelley Go To the Desert, The Chisera, Still Life with Parrot & Monkey, Street Stories, and Salvage (work-in-progress) for which she received a TCG/Mellon Foundation On the Road grant. She is the recipient of an NEA grant and is one of the writers of the documentary play Seven, which has been translated into 20+ languages and produced in over 30 countries. She is an assistant professor of playwriting at USC. January and The Chisera were first Kilroy List Nominations. January was a MultiStages 2013 New Works Finalist.www.paulacizmar.com

CHRISTOPHER MARSTON (Video Design Consultant) is a filmmaker based in New York City. He collaborated with Lorca Peress on MultiStages’ 2015 production of Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food) by Desi Moreno-Penson, and designed video for Dacyl Acevedo’s one-woman show Will Work For in 2013. Mr. Marston has extensive professional experience as a video editor (current clients include NBC Universal and Univision).  Also an accomplished cinematographer, previous work includes the entire eight-episode Webby Award winning series Gemini Rising (2010) and pilot for the new series The Weirdness (2015).

LORCA PERESS (Director, MultiStages Artistic Director) Recent MultiStages Directing Credits: Desi Moreno-Penson’s Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food) (HOLA Award); Temple Of The Souls musical by Anita Velez-Mitchell, music Dean Landon/Anika Paris; book A. Velez-Mitchell, A. Paris, Lorca Peress (6 Innovative Theatre Nominations, 4 HOLA Awards). Other Credits: Bernstein’s MASS (Queens College, National Opera Assoc. 3rd Prize); Nichole Thompson Adams’ Black Girl You’ve Been Gentrified (Public Theatre). Faculty: NYU Tisch Strasberg Studio, Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Memberships: SDC, AEA, League of Professional Theatre Women (Co-President 2011-14), Creative Network for Federal Affairs Administration Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico. Bennington College and NTI graduate.

  

TO CONTACT MULTISTAGES

Lorca Peress MultiStages Artistic Director
212-874-4837
contact@multistages.org
Lorca@multistages.org

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