July 9, 2014

Love Radio at FOAM

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Galerie Gabriel Rolt is proud to announce Love Radio, a transmedia exhibition by Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort at FOAM.

This year marks twenty years since the genocide in Rwanda. In light of this, Foam presents Love Radio, a transmedia about the complex process of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda, told by means of the popular radio soap Musekeweya ('New Dawn')

The project Love Radio straddles the thin line between fact and fiction. The photographs and video-installations do not strictly adopt a documentary approach. The camera is not only being used to raise social issues, but is also an instrument of the imagination. By playing with light and directing those portrayed, alienating images are created in which the surroundings serve as an oppressive decor.

Photographer Anoek Steketee and journalist/filmmaker Eefje Blankevoort frequently travelled to Rwanda together. With the following question as their starting point: "how can perpetrators and victims live with each other again after a history of gruesome killings?", they chart the complex reality of a country after a traumatic event in a poetic manner. In doing this, they do not put emphasis on the horrific history, but on the present and future of Rwanda.

Love Radio is also about the magic of radio and the influence of media in a society. The same frequency at which radio station Radio Libre des Mille Collines  (RTLM) stirred up the population to kill the Tutsi in 1994, now radio soap Musekeweya is being broadcast. The weekly soap is widely popular and is listened to by approximately  80% of the Rwandan population. The story takes place in two fictional villages, Muhumuro and Bumanzi. Despite the enmity, friendship ties  between the villages exist as well. The love between Shema and Batamuriza is like a Rwandan 'Romeo and Juliet'. Musekeweya  seems to be a fairly normal soap at first, full of intrigue, heroes, villains, and romances. However, there is a difference: the soap must not only entertain listeners, but above all, needs to educatie how violence arises and how it can be prevented.

Besides this story, another one will be discussed in the exhibition as well: the reality of Rwanda at present. In video-interviews, creators and listeners of the soap tell about their experiences and the developments in the country. Piece by piece, the complex reality comes forward and it becomes clear that the truth does not exist. While happy endings dominate the soap, reconciliation is obstinate in real life.

Love Radio is an initiative of filmmaker and journalist Eefje Blankevoort (1978, NL) and photographer Anoek Steketee (1974, NL). The project comprises a web documentary, short visual stories for smartphones and an exhibition at Foam. The project is developed in close cooperation with Sara Kolster, Kummer & Herrman, Martijn Eerens, Thijs Gadiot en Thomas Lievestro. Love Radio is financed by The Creative Industries Fund NL, Dutch Cultural Media Fund, Foundation for Democracy and Media, SNS REAAL Fonds, Sem Presser Fonds, The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), Mondriaan Fund. Partners: Prospektor, SubmarineChannel, Foam, NIOD, Humanity House, Radio La Benevolencija.

The webdocumentaire is available on www.loveradio-rwanda.org . This exhibition is made possible by EIZO.

GALERIE GABRIEL ROLT

Elandsgracht 34
1016 TW  Amsterdam

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February 28, 2014

Don't Sleep On Your Moon | Nik Christensen

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Galerie Gabriel Rolt is proud to present Don't Sleep On Your Moon, an exhibition of new work by Amsterdam-based artist Nik Christensen. Christensen's fourth solo exhibition at the gallery will run from Saturday March 8th through April 12th.

Christensen creates his trademark sumi ink works on paper. These rambling, often larger-than-life pieces contain haunting imagery that straddles the line between the natural and the artificial, the organic and the mechanized, by interspersing intuitive strokes with pixel-like building blocks. It's a tightrope-balancing act, which Christensen has made even more explicit for the forthcoming exhibition, juxtaposing man and nature, society and isolation both in his methods and in his imagery.

Case in point is the title piece Don't Sleep On Your Moon. This almost two by three metres monochrome displays a group of men sitting at the waterfront in a forest, surrounded by piles of books. The ordered piles behind the men are contrasted by a chaotic heap of books in front of them, just as the wild outgrowths of the forest and its reflection in the water are interspersed with pixel-like blocks of blacks and greys. These ambivalences create an atmosphere of enlightenment amidst wilderness, like a group of post-apocalyptic, survivalist intellectuals sorting through the last remnants of human knowledge.

Ostensibly more light-footed in theme and imagery is Tomorrow Right Now, another large piece displaying a procession of festive men and women, carrying a guitar-playing figure adorned with a multitude of hats. Yet despite the tongue-in-cheek details and the playful procession itself, doubt will soon be creeping in. Why is that long line of cheering figures with arms raised in triumph preceded by despondent carriers with clothes like ribcages? Something's off, and that eerie feeling is enhanced by the wild mountains in the background, alternating rock-like formations with horizontal and vertical stripes. 

Man and nature are once again juxtaposed in the somewhat smaller All I Ever Really Wanted Was A Jungle, And A Jungle I Got. We see a painter working amongst a multitude of plants and flowers drawn in greys and whites that transcend their monochromatic nature, suggesting a carnival of colours and smells. But the arrangement of these florid surroundings, as well as the parasols towering over them, are distinctly artificial. The scene reminds one of the neurotic nobleman in Joris-Karl Huysmans' famous essay À Rebours, who flees the pragmatism and productivity of modern Paris to take refuge in a hermitage where he creates an entirely artificial world devoid of both humans and nature. Like the misanthropic count, the depicted painter is working in 'splendid isolation', creating art out of artificiality and in the process rendering authenticity to the spurious.

Frantic, kaleidoscopic, enigmatic, disruptive - Christensen's works leave the viewer dazzled and dazed, yet at pains to pinpoint what exactly makes these works so eerily unsettling. 

Nik Christensen (1973, Kent, UK) graduated from the Rietveld Academie in 2000 and lives and works in Amsterdam. He has had exhibitions at major Dutch museums such as the Teylers museum in Haarlem and the Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam, as well as myriad international galleries. His work is part of important private and corporate collections, including those of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Dutch central bank DNB, Gilissen Bankers and many international private collections. Major publications include Vitamin D2 International Drawing Anthology at Phaidon Books, Elephant Magazine and the monograph 'On the Inside of Jokes'.

For more information: www.gabrielrolt.com

February 27, 2014

Articulating the Arts: A Thousand Words

Articulate Theatre Company is proud to be kicking off its 2014 season with Articulating the Arts: A Thousand Words, a riff on the world of classic painting, on Monday, March 17th and Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, as a guest production at Theaterlab, at 357 W. 36th St., 3rd floor. Tickets start at $25, with special packages available. Tickets are available online at www.articulatetheatre.com, and can also be purchased at the door. Running time is 2 hours inclusive of intermission.

Articulating the Arts is a benefit performance based on the notion that great art inspires beyond its own medium. Art changes and elevates our world, and ATC is committed to that mission. We are using works of art as a springboard and inspiration for writers to bring to life the soul of the piece they are moved by. Sculpture, painting, music, dance, fashion, architecture, poetry: each a genre unto itself, they now become the germ of creation brought to life through the magic of theatre. For this edition, Articulating the Arts: A Thousand Words, our playwrights are reacting to classical paintings. The evening consists of nine short vignettes - an inspired mix of humor, insight, and drama. Each picture is worth "a thousand words," but we kept it to short scenes instead!

Playwrights include Allan Knee (Finding Neverland, Little Women); Blayne Weaver (Weather Girl, Manic); Robin Rice Lichtig (Play Nice!, Alice in Black and White); Jamie Neumann (They Call Me Jack); Robert Verlaque (Icarus Sings, Endurance), William Locasto (NY/XY, TEST: Do You Really Want to Know); J.D. Laurence, and Jim Biederman (Whitest Kids You Know; Kids in the Hall).

Directors include Cat Parker (Artistic Director of ATC); Katrin Hilbe (Breaking the Silence, Salome); Bob Verlaque (Jealous, You Never Can Tell); Wendy Mae Shelton (Two Hearts to Handle, Ice Cream Is For Lovers; Jamie Neumann; Akia (Hellcab, Bug) and Eric Siegel (ABC World News Tonight).

Actors include Imran Sheikh, Richard Dezmond, Kelly Zekas, Kathy Towson, Bob Jester, Jill Bianchini, Marguerite Forrest, Matthew James Ballinger, Isabelle Dungan, Julian Elfer, Amanda Prasow, Sergei Burbank, Stephanie Seward, David Palmer Brown, Carolyn Seiff, Mary Monahan, Jen McGuire, and Michael Black.

This event will feature the work of master painters Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Lunch with the Boating Party) Vincent van Gogh (Old Man in Sorrow on the Threshold of Eternity); Gustav Klimt (The Virgin); Diego Rivera (Detroit Industry); Artemisia Gentileschi (Judith Slaying Holofernes); Johannes Vermeer (Girl with Pearl Earring); Edouard Manet (A Bar at the Folies-Bergere); Vanessa Bell (Still Life on Corner of a Mantelpiece).

Bios for all ensemble members are located at http://www.articulatetheatre.com/our-company.html
More details on the event are located at http://www.articulatetheatre.com/ata-event-page.html

Articulate Theatre Company is an ensemble-based theatre company that thrives on being storytellers and using all the elements of our craft to vibrantly bring those stories to life. ATC is committed to challenging and connecting audiences and artists with clearly structured work that is intelligent, thought-provoking and visually striking. www.articulatetheatre.com

January 27, 2014

RANDY GENER

Theatre critic and artist Randy Gener was attacked on the street in New York City, returning home from an opening night party for a Broadway show on Jan. 18. He was found in the snow in a pool of blood. He has had brain surgery for traumatic injury, with more to come. Much-beloved of multiple communities around the world in the arts, performing arts, journalism, public affairs and many more, Gener has at least a year of rehabilitation ahead of him. 

Although the press is emphasizing Gener's important affiliations with the Filipino and LGBT communities, some who know him wonder if the assault was related to Gener's ongoing and utterly fearless coverage of the cultural arts on behalf of the world's oppressed, the imprisoned, the disenfranchised.

To contribute to Gener's medical care:
www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/for-randy-gener/130589

To read more press about the attack:
www.facebook.com/notes/justice-for-randy-gener/media-stories-on-randy-gener/1380276192213035

To read more about his courageous work:
www.facebook.com/gener.randy/info

Randy Gener is the Nathan Award-winning writer, editor, critic, playwright and conceptual artist in New York City.  A 2003 New York Times critic fellow, Gener is on the founding editorial board of Critical Stages, the webjournal of International Association of Theater Critics. For his editorial work and critical essays as the senior editor of American Theatre magazine, Gener received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the Deadline Club Award for Best Arts Reporting from the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, five travel media awards for writing excellence from the North American Travel Journalists Association Awards; and NLGJA Journalist of the Year.

Lissa Tyler Renaud

January 15, 2014

Mahidol University Launches A "Star"

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For the past 19 years the College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand, has worked towards producing outstanding students and with a social conscience. This is the outstanding the achievement of our fourth year Music Entertainment student Mr. Kittiphun Kittipakapom (Most), who has passed the vigorous audition process which has landed him a one-year contract with Sir Cameron Anthony Mackintosh 's company for a role in the ensemble as well as understudying for 'Thuy' in the forthcoming production of 'Miss Saigon' opening in London in May 2014.
As Kiitiphun says: "I am so looking forward to the first rehearsal of Miss Saigon in March.I am over the moon to be part of the twelfth longest-running Broadway musical in musical theatre history and the thought of having a chance to learn from the renowned producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh is so exciting. I cannot wait to meet the rest of the ensemble from 15 different nations as well. This is brilliant!"

Production Website:
http://www.miss-saigon.com/

Cast List:
http://www.miss-saigon.com/miss-saigon-cast.pdf

Announcement Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ebPWLrKwr0&feature=youtu.be

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กิตติพันธุ์ กิตติผกาพรหม นักศึกษาหลักสูตรดุริยางคศาสตร์บัณฑิต ชั้นปีที่ 4 สาขาวิชาดนตรีสมัยนิยม วิทยาลัยดุริยางคศิลป์ มหาวิทยาลัยมหิดล ได้ผ่านการคัดเลือก แสดงละครเพลงบอร์ดเวย์ระดับโลก เรื่อง "มิสไซง่อน" ที่จะนำกลับมาแสดงอีกครั้งในเดือนพฤษภาคม 2557 ที่ เวสต์เอนด์ กรุงลอนดอน ประเทศสหราชอาณาจักร กิตติพันธุ์ได้เป็นหนึ่งในคณะนักแสดงและนักแสดงแทน ในบทบาทตัวละครที่ชื่อว่า "ทุย" พร้อมได้เซ็นสัญญากับบริษัทของ Sir Cameron Mackintosh ณ กรุงลอนดอน เป็นระยะเวลา 1 ปี

"ผมตั้งตาคอยการฝึกซ้อมครั้งแรกในเดือนมีนาคม 2557 ที่กำลังจะมาถึง และรู้สึกตื่นเต้นมากที่จะได้เป็นส่วนหนึ่งในละครเพลงในตำนานและได้ร่วมงานกับนักแสดงจากนานาประเทศ ได้แก่ สหราชอาณาจักร สหรัฐอเมริกา ฟิลิปปินส์ ออสเตรเลีย เกาหลี ญี่ปุ่น อินโดนิเซีย สิงคโปร์ มาเลเซีย เวียดนาม ฮอลแลนด์ สวีเดน เยอรมนี และแอฟริกาใต้" กิตติพันธุ์ กิตติผกาพรหม กล่าว


เว็บไซต์ มิสไซง่อน
http://www.miss-saigon.com/miss-saigon-cast.pdf

ข่าวประชาสัมพันธ์
http://www.miss-saigon.com/miss-saigon-cast.pdf

วีดีโอ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ebPWLrKwr0&feature=youtu.be


Contact:
Nichaphat (Darin) Phongsuwan
Marketing and Activity Manager)
nicha_darin@hotmail.co.uk

College of Music, Mahidol University
Phutthamonthon Sai 4, Salaya
Nakhonpathom, Thailand 73170
Tel: (66) 2-800-2525 ext.150 Mob: 081-648-4227
http://www.music.mahidol.ac.th

"The future of the College of Music is therefore not about the future of a music college, but about the future of a musical utopia in a borderless world." College of Music, Mahidol University.

October 27, 2013

LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS BRITTEN OPERA

Lighthouse International in partnership with "Arts at the Park" presents the Benjamin Britten opera, "Noye's Fludde" (Noah's Flood) directed by Sarah Meyers and conducted by Dr. Samuel Wong, featuring professional artists, along with the combined youth and adult choirs of The Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenburg Music School and Park Avenue Christian Church. The opera celebrates the centenaries of the Music School and the birth of Benjamin Britten.
Proceeds support Lighthouse International's Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenburg Music School . 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013 and 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 106 East 86th Street, NY, NY. Cost to attend is $50 general admission; $25 for students and seniors. All are welcome. For tickets, call 212-868-4444 or visit artsatthepark.org/?p=397 For more than 105 years, Lighthouse International has led the charge in the fight against vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment .For more information about Lighthouse International, visit ww.lighthouse.org or call 800.829.0500

October 22, 2013

SPOTLIGHT ON BROADWAY

The City of New York just launched a new web site that chronicles Broadway's history in a fun and innovative way. Spotlight On Broadway features a series of video profiles that were filmed inside each of Broadway's 40 theaters. More than 100 storytellers from the world of Broadway, including Nathan Lane, Laura Linney, Alan Cumming, Bartlett Sher, Alan Menken, and William Ivey Long, among many others, share their memories of working on stage and behind the curtain. The project was created by the New York City's Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, in partnership with the Broadway League, and pays tribute to the thousands of men and women who have devoted their careers to Broadway. You can explore the website at www.SpotlightonBroadway.com and watch some of the fascinating videos online.

Marybeth Ihle

October 17, 2013

JAMES ALDRIDGE :: MENTAL KINGDOM :: 19 October - 23 November 2013

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Galerie Gabriel Rolt is proud to present Mental Kingdom, a solo show by James Aldridge. This will be Aldridge's third solo Exhibition at the Gallery.

Aldridge's working method revolves around a concern in the belief in images. Always interested in mankind's relationship with nature, folklore, and the superstition, the artist returns to subjects involving death, life, and landscape as well as belief, good, and evil. Aldridge derives his painterly inspiration from a wide range of (art historical) sources such as natural history field guides and Renaissance landscape painting. John James Audubon's 19th century illustrated documentation of all types of American birds and the covers of heavy metal albums are also referenced in his practice. These different influences culminate in a characteristic style that combines a variety of techniques and forms. The tension between different though inseparable notions of nature -that is both beautifully consolatory and overwhelmingly haunting - makes a feeling of melancholia inescapable.

In the new paintings and cut-outs Aldridge takes his working method one step further. Here the traditional conventions of landscape painting, such as the presence of a horizon or background scenes, have disappeared. Natural objects and birds emerge in abstract voids where gravity seems absent. Other nightmarish motifs fill the frame as well. Although apocalyptic in atmosphere, the crisp colours and stylized forms of the compositions retain a certain visual harmony reminiscent of graphic art, folklore decorations, Renaissance perspective studies, Baroque scenic wallpaper, Victorian gothic, and dream-like Symbolism. The images derive their structure from curious patterns, for example those made up of painted thorns. Additional geometric solids evoke a sense of nearly occult enigma. As such the works represent a clash of visual languages that are balanced together by these mysterious patterned structures.

The works in "Mental Kingdom" take from his interest in music, in particular heavy metal and its iconography. Several subgenres of metal transcend the music itself to become both a lifestyle with its own codes of conduct and have even developed their own visual language. His graphic iconography and overall practice can be positioned against "Black Metal Theory", with its life-conducting attitude and mode of thought - several art forms have picked up on this to process the world through darkness. Likewise some of the music, in particular black metal can evoke the same sense of the sublime as experienced when one is confronted with magnificent nature.

Aldridge aims to evoke an emotional and psychological - perhaps even a physical - reaction with his monumental sized paintings and cut-outs. His works are not about narratives, but rather about eliciting the same Romantic feelings of nothingness and melancholia one can experience when confronted with the natural world, both in reality and in imagination.

James Aldridge (1971, Kent, Uk) lives and works in Smaland, Sweden. He studied painting at the Royal College of Art in London and the Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2007 he made the painting Cold Mouth Prayer for the restaurant commission at Tate Modern Level 7. James Aldridge has participated in several international group exhibitions and publications. Recent shows include a commissioned work for the Manchester Art Gallery (UK) touring group exhibition 'The First Cut' and solo shows at David Risley, Copenhagen and Nässjö Konsthall, Sweden (all 2013). He has won several awards such as the Chapter Residency & Solo Exhibition and the Rome Scholarship in Fine Art. His work is acquired by renowned private and institutional collections.

GALERIE GABRIEL ROLT
ELANDSGRACHT 34
1016 TW AMSTERDAM
THE NETHERLANDS

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October 8, 2013

Pura Musica Pura Visione / Pure Music Pure Vision

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The first book about artistic collaboration between Giuseppe Tornatore and Ennio Morricone, "Pure Music Pure Vision" was recently published in Italy.

The author and journalist Manuela Dragone, in her latest work "Pura Musica Pura Visione" takes the readers into the outstanding artistic collaboration between two of the most famous Italian Oscar winners, composer Ennio Morricone and director Giuseppe Tornatore.
The book is published by Pellegrini Publishing house and it is also available in e-book version.
The well-known TV critic Vincenzo Mollica joined the book's foreword, describing the artistic union as "a miracle worth to bow down before it".
The book examines the "relationship " between the two artists, explaining that in spite of differences in age and character, both have contributed to make the Italian cinema brighter and brighter all over the world.
"Italian cinema in the world today is recognizable mainly for two names: Tornatore and Morricone." - says the author Manuela Dragone- "From New York to Tokyo, via London, when you say Italy you refer mainly to them."
It all began in 1988 when Morricone, who had already been celebrated all over the world for his masterpieces like "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" by Sergio Leone, "The Untouchables" by Brian De Palma, or "Mission" by Roland Joffe, agreed to work with a director in his early thirties who was almost unknown. The meeting was set up by the producer Franco Cristaldi. The notable result of that meeting was "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso", Oscar winning movie as the best foreign film in 1989. The movie marked the beginning of a legendary collaboration, which underwent several transformations over the years in a framework of a solid friendship.
Manuela Dragone carries out an analysis - based on a long conversation with Tornatore - of each movie signed by the Sicilian director in order to unravel the riddle of the relationship between music and images: from "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" to "Il Cane Blue", from " Una pura formalità ", to " L'Uomo delle stelle", from "La Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano" to " Malena ", from " La sconosciuta" to " Baaria", and finally reaches the intriguing and romantic thriller movie "La Migliore Offerta." Every movie has a different genesis and for each movie also Morricone composes differently. He is able to understand what the director expects from him and to write unforgettable scores. Each of his works hide anecdotes and episodes that have been serving the legend to grow.
The greatness of the Roman composer is to be a great interpret of his time, blending tradition with contemporary trend. Morricone puts together experiences from the twentieth century cinema avant-garde with the oldest and most primitive tonal music. Tornatore and Morricone's works are based on the balance between past and future, between tradition and experimentation. Ennio Morricone achieves scores that blend perfectly with the story and images created by the Sicilian film director. A partnership destined to become legend.

The book is available from Pelilgrini - Here.

The Kindle version from Amazon - Here


September 19, 2013

MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD GETS ACCOLADES

Motherhood Out Loud is a collection of short theatrical works by award-winning American playwrights, television writers and novelists. It received a triumphant World Premiere at Hartford Stage, a West Coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse (as In Mother Words) and had a successful New York run at Primary Stages. The show is now being licensed for professional and non-professional productions worldwide and has opened to rave reviews in many markets. The show features an unprecedented number of pieces by women....reflecting upon the diversity of the parenting experience in America today, yet at the same time, the universality of it.
From the wonder of giving birth to the bittersweet challenges of role reversal and caring for an aging parent, it is all shared with tremendous candor, heart and humor.

A mother of a soldier cries out for his safe return.

A young girl comes of age in a Muslim family.
A gay couple takes on fatherhood with the help of a surrogate.

A mother staunchly defends her young son's penchant for a princess dress....despite judgment.

A Caucasian mother of an adopted Asian child stands up for her dignity.

These are a sampling of the vignettes. Four actors play a wide array of roles.

Motherhood Out Loud, conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein, is written by a collection of award- winning American writers including Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman and Cheryl L. West. Henley is a Pulitzer-Prize winner, Rebeck is the creator of the television series SMASH, and Pennette was Executive Producer of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and UGLY BETTY and is Executive Producer of Kirstie Alley's new sitcom KIRSTIE.
"It was always our hope that Motherhood Out Loud would strike a universal chord, and given the response from audiences, theatres and others who have come on board to present the production, we are gratified to know we have accomplished that," says Susan R. Rose, co-conceiver and producer. "It's an appealing, easy show to mount for high schools, colleges and both non and professional theatre groups. Additionally, it's a great entertainment vehicle for conferences, trade shows, organizations, retreats, etc. with a female focus." "It also has dad-appeal, since fathers connect to the material as well. And, whether you're a mother or not, everyone responds to the show because we all have mothers."

Actor James Lecesne (from the NY cast), who in one vignette in Motherhood Out Loud portrays a member of a gay couple pursuing parenthood through surrogacy says, "Surrogacy is actual proof that parenting is a universal experience, available to everyone---just like love."

Actress Randy Graff (from the NY cast) says, "I remember the very first time I performed QUEEN ESTHER in front of an audience. I looked out at the crowd and could see sprinkles of mothers and young sons. By the end of the piece, I could see them wiping their eyes, and I knew that in that moment, they didn't feel alone."

Anna Bose, the Stage Manager of the Actors Summit Theatre's production in Akron, Ohio of Motherhood Out Loud, writes about her experience working on the play..."This show not only brought my mom and I closer together but also the cast. We got a glimpse into each other's life and shared personal stories that bonded us as a group. I never thought going into this show that I would have all of these wonderful memories shared, but this show helped me through losing my grandmother. I am so thankful to be a part of a show like this and cannot wait to share some of these experiences when I have children in the future."
More reaction from a cast member, Jeff Kosloski..."I'm one of the cast members of Motherhood in Denver, and I just wanted to thank you for creating such an incredible show. We had a phenomenal opening weekend, complete with standing ovations every night. I've pretty much done improv and sketch comedy my whole stage-performing life. This show has catapulted me into an entirely new performing stratosphere, and I couldn't be luckier and happier."

Motherhood Out Loud is available through Dramatists Play Service, Inc. For licensing information and to obtain copies of the script, please visit: http://dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=4358. Phone: 212/683-8960.

To date, the show has been performed at:
Eve Theatre Company - Louisville, Kentucky
Be Theatre Company - San Angelo, Texas
Lake Tahoe Theatre - South Lake Tahoe, CA
Avenue Theatre - Denver, CO
Invisible Theatre - Tuscon, AZ
The Geffen Playhouse - Los Angeles, CA
Primary Stages - New York, NY
Isis Theatre - Idyllwild, CA
Bay Street Theatre - Sag Harbor, NY
Hartford Stage - Hartford, CT
Actor's Summit Theatre - Akron, OH

It has also been presented by teenagers at the Flint Youth Theatre and Anacortes High School in Washington State. And, has been presented at colleges including Union County College in NJ and will be presented by the Wellesley Theatre Department this fall.

In 2014, it will be presented in Barcelona, and a French production is in the works for Paris. It is under consideration for an Australian production.

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