BroadwayWorld.com: “Photo Flash: Performing Arts at Pace University Presents OUR LADY OF 121st STREET”

This is the first time that Pace has produced Off-Broadway – and the play, “Our Lady of 121st Street” – ends its limited run on Saturday, April 14. BroadwayWorld.com features ten photos from the show taken by Ellise Lesser that will entice you to buy your $13.25 ticket now and be part of Pace’s inaugural Theatre Row audience. Go to http://theatrerow.org/thelion.htm

On April 7-14, Performing Arts at Pace University will present “Our Lady of 121st Street” by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Grant Kretchik, at The Lion Theatre on Theatre Row.

Check out production photos by Ellise Lesser here 

The body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room, and waiting for her return are some of New York City’s most emotionally charged, life-challenged neighborhood characters in this dark, edgy and insightful comedy.

Theater/Venue Information:
Theatre Row – The Lion Theatre
410 West 42nd Street
New York NY 10036
http://theatrerow.org/thelion.htm

Buy Tickets
Ticket Price: $13.25
Online: http://bit.ly/9NWdVZ
Phone: Call Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250
In person: Box Office, 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Aves.) 12pm until 8pm daily

Running Time:
2 hours, including one intermission

BroadwayWorld.com: “PACE at LA MaMa Presents Three One-Act Plays By Fornés, Shepard & Wilson”

In honor of La MaMa’s 50th Anniversary, Pace University’s Performing Arts (students, alumni and faculty) celebrate La MaMa’s “Homecomings” season.

From BroadwayWorld.com

About the shows: “The Conduct of Life” tells the harrowing story of a Latin American wife who discovers her husband is a child rapist and torturer when he brings his victim and torture into their personal and private life. The play is directed by Ruis Woertendyke and features Kahlil Gonzalez-Garcia, Lilah Shreeve, Jason Joseph, Julie Robles, Polina Ionina.

In “Action” four friends confront the circumstances that force them together and the “action” that force them apart as they wait for the end of the world and the beginning of time. Symbolic, absurd and humanizing “Action” propels its characters into a disturbing one-act journey. Directed by Grant Kretchik, with Xavier Reminick, Ian Cherry, Gina DeMay, Emily Asaro. A.D. Delaney Yeager.

“The Family Continues” by Lanford Wilson evokes the panorama of a young man’s life-birth, army service, marriage, job, parenthood, old age-within the brief span of its action. Highly innovative in its theatricality, the play illuminates not only the continuity of human life, but also the poignancy and bitterness which can infuse it. Directed by Cosmin Chivu, co-directed by Chad Chenail; with: Niko Papastefanou, Spencer Bazzano, Lauren Morra, Nicole Madriz, Turquoise Olezene, Courtney Taylor, Kaleb Wells, Matthew Curiano, and Patrick Pribyl. Stage manager Lizzy Caplan.

NEWS RELEASE: Pace Celebrates La MaMa’s “Homecomings” Season with Tribute to Playwrights Who Called La MaMa Their Early Home: Maria Irene Fornés, Sam Shepard and Lanford Wilson

These three one-act plays are meant to continue Ellen Stewart’s legacy of “Welcome to La MaMa, dedicated to the playwright and all aspects of the theatre.”

February 2-12, 2012:

◦ “The Conduct of Life” by Maria Irene Fornés, directed by Ruis Woertendyke
◦ “Action” by Sam Shepard, directed by by Grant Kretchik
◦ “The Family Continues” by Lanford Wilson, directed by Cosmin Chivu

PACE at LA MaMa
Three La MaMa Playwrights: Fornes, Shepard & Wilson
Presented by La MaMa in Association with the Performing Arts Students, Pace University, NYC

February 2-12, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, January 19, 2012 – In honor of La MaMa’s 50th Anniversary, Pace University’s Performing Arts (students, alumni and faculty) celebrate La MaMa’s “Homecomings” season with a tribute to three playwrights who called La MaMa their early home:  Maria Irene Fornés, Sam Shepard and Lanford Wilson.

These three one-acts are meant to continue Ellen Stewart’s legacy of “Welcome to La MaMa, dedicated to the playwright and all aspects of the theatre.” 

“The Conduct of Life” by Maria Irene Fornés, directed by Ruis Woertendyke

“Action” by Sam Shepard, directed by Grant Kretchik

“The Family Continues” by Lanford Wilson, directed by Cosmin Chivu

“The Conduct of Life” tells the harrowing story of a Latin American wife who discovers her husband is a child rapist and torturer when he brings his victim and torture into their personal and private life.  The play is directed by Ruis Woertendyke and features Kahlil Gonzalez-Garcia, Lilah Shreeve, Jason Joseph, Julie Robles, Polina Ionina.

In Action” four friends confront the circumstances that force them together and the “action” that force them apart as they wait for the end of the world and the beginning of time.  Symbolic, absurd and humanizing “Action” propels its characters into a disturbing one-act journey. Directed by Grant Kretchik, with Xavier Reminick, Ian Cherry, Gina DeMay, Emily Asaro. A.D. Delaney Yeager.

“The Family Continues” by Lanford Wilson evokes the panorama of a young man’s life-birth, army service, marriage, job, parenthood, old age-within the brief span of its action. Highly innovative in its theatricality, the play illuminates not only the continuity of human life, but also the poignancy and bitterness which can infuse it. Directed by Cosmin Chivu, co-directed by Chad Chenail; with: Niko Papastefanou, Spencer Bazzano, Lauren Morra, Nicole Madriz, Turquoise Olezene, Courtney Taylor, Kaleb Wells, Matthew Curiano, and Patrick Pribyl. Stage manager Lizzy Caplan.

Set Design: Jeffrey Perri

Costume Design: Megan Smith

Performance Schedule:
February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11 at 10pm
February 5 & 12 at 5:30pm
La Mama’s The Club
Address: 74A East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery), 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10003
By Subway: F/V to 2nd Avenue, #6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street
Tickets $15; student and seniors $10
For tickets and information, contact Box Office (212) 475-7710 or www.lamama.org

About La Mama E.T.C.

Ellen Stewart founded La MaMa in 1961 in a tiny basement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She dedicated it to the playwright and all aspects of the theater. Today, La MaMa is a world renowned cultural institution recognized as the seed bed of new work by artists of all nations and cultures.

About Dyson College of Arts and Science’s Performing Arts Programs at Pace University:

Undergraduate: Dyson’s Performing Arts Department (PAD) offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting and in Musical Theater and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with specialized focuses in Acting, Directing, Commercial Dance or Design/Technical Theater. On average, there are 1,000 applicants for every 100 new openings each year. PAD presents over 50 performances every year. Performance spaces range from the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Schaeberle (black box) Theater, and Studio 501, home to many student-directed productions. http://www.pace.edu/dyson/academic-departments-and-programs/performing-arts

Graduate: The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, also located in Dyson College, is the only MFA (Acting, Directing and Playwriting) theatre program officially sanctioned by the legendary Actors Studio (co-presidents Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino). All MFA students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series Inside the Actors Studio (taped at Pace’s Schimmel Theater and open to students), hosted by James Lipton, Dean Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Actors Studio Drama School. www.Pace.edu/ASDS

About Pace University:

For 105 years, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu 

Pace Media Contact: Samuella Becker, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172, sbecker2@pace.edu

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE: It’s a Pace TRIFECTA! Director Grant Kretchik, Producer Rebecca Cunningham and Actress Samantha Steinmetz Will Preview “Scottish Sperm” at Pace’s NYC Campus July 21 – 23 Prior to Edinburgh Festival Fringe Debut

“Scottish Sperm” Director/Professor Grant Kretchik, Performing Arts Alum/Producer Rebecca Cunningham and BFA Acting Student/Co-Star Samantha Steinmetz will travel to the largest arts festival in the world in Scotland’s capital city in August. But first, a stopover at Pace’s New York City Campus to host three special theatrical previews (July 21, 22 and 23).

Pace Media Contact: Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172

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A Pace University Trifecta: Pace University Professor (Grant Kretchik) Directs; Performing Arts Alum (Rebecca Cunningham) Produces; BFA Acting Student (Samantha Steinmetz) Co-Stars

SCOTTISH SPERM TRAVELS FROM NEW YORK TO THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE

Special Previews at Pace University, NYC Campus – July 21, 22 and 23

New Yorker Jacqueline McLaren’s New Play to be performed ALL OF AUGUST at The Fringe. 

AOL’s PATCH Calls Ms. McLaren “The Next Wendy Wasserstein” and “Indeed a Young Writer to Watch.”

July 12, 2011 – Jacqueline McLaren’s new play Scottish Sperm (Directed by Grant Kretchik) will debut in Edinburgh, Scotland August 5 at 18:40 at theSpace@Jury’s Inn on 43 Jeffrey Street (Venue 260) and will run thru August 25th Monday- Saturday at 18:40.

Previews for Scottish Sperm will be held on July 21, 22, and 23 at Pace University’s Schaeberle Studio Theatre, 41 Park Row – 10th Floor, New York City (East of City Hall). Admission is $10 and reservations (strongly recommended) can be made at Scottishspermtheplay@gmail.com  

McLaren’s new irreverent, incisively funny play focuses on three characters as they face life’s challenges.  What’s so great about Scottish sperm?  The characters in this dark comedy know the answer to this question, but not much else. Emma, Sarah, and Robert are stuck in the crossroads of their lives, and their refusal to move on leads them to destroy the relationships that they are attempting to save.  Filled with hilarious, irreverent, and piercing dialogue, Scottish Sperm follows these three characters as they learn to handle love, loss, and whiskey.

The Creative Team:

Jacqueline McLaren (Playwright) is a playwright known for her irreverent, cutting humor and ear for dialogue.  Scottish Sperm will be Ms. McLaren’s first production at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Ms. McLaren’s previous play How to Build a Bomb won the Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Award.  How to Build a Bomb was also selected for Pace University’s New Works Festival in Manhattan in 2010.  Two of Ms. McLaren’s plays were chosen for the University Theater’s New Plays Festivals in Chicago.  Ms. McLaren is a writer on Tu Nite con Lorenzo Parro, on NBC/Telemundo, that network’s first bilingual talk show.  Ms. McLaren is a graduate of the University of Chicago.  She taught at several public schools in the notoriously rough South Side of Chicago throughout her four years. 

Grant Kretchik (Director) holds an MFA in Acting from the New School University, and is the head of Pace University’s BFA Acting Program. He has appeared as an actor Off Broadway and regionally.  Film/TV: Law and Order, Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Man on the Moon, and When Harry Tries to Marry (which Kretchik also helped produce). He has worked as both an actor and director at La Mama etc., and been accepted into the Stage Directors Choreographers Society’s 2010/2011 Observership Season. This past October Kretchik assisted on the first Broadway National Tour of Next to Normal, directed by Michael Grief. In September 2011, he will be directing The Parade by Tennessee Williams at the Tennessee Williams International Theater Festival in Provincetown, MA.

Rebecca Cunningham (Producer) – Rebecca is recent graduate of Pace University in New York City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Directing. Directing credits include: The Vagina Monologues, Out in the Open: Stories of Queer Oppression and Empowerment, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Uncommon Women and Others, How to Build a Bomb, Freshwater, romance, and With the Lights Out. AD credits: Sign Me, Who is Dan Schiller?, Gin Joint, The Beggar’s Opera, and Glory of Living.

 The Cast:

Megan Channell (Sarah) recently appeared in Spleen Theatre Company’s inaugural production of Bound at New York Theatre Workshop. Theatre credits include work at Theater for the New City, The Abingdon Theatre, Manhattan Repertory, Curan Repertory, and Phare Play Productions. Film/TV: Sarina’s Song, All My Children. She is a graduate of Emory University.

Dylan Lamb (Robert) is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the recipient of the Chair’s Award of Excellence in Dramatic Writing. He has worked for Warner Brothers Television as part of their Creative Lab and apprenticed at the Guthrie Theater in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. New York Theater: Demon Dreams (Gene Frankel), Glengarry Glen Ross (Cooper Union), John Faustus And The Overclocked Death Drive (Magic Futurebox), Ivanov (Tank Theater). Writing: Alligator Summer (New York Fringe), There Is No Isabelle (Minnesota Fringe), Rebirth of a Little Beauty (3LD), A Man Of My Word (NYU Festival of New Works).

Samantha Steinmetz (Emma) Recent credits include The Remarkable Rooming House of Mme. Le Monde (La Mama), Uncommon Women and Others, The Little Dog Laughed, The Bald Soprano, The House of Bernarda Alba, The Zoo Story, The Vagina Monologues, School, and A Piece of My Heart. Samantha moved from Kansas to New York in 2009 to study at BFA Acting at Pace University. She also trains with Ken Schatz in New York and is a recent graduate of the Circle in the Square Summer Conservatory.

For more information about the play Scottish Sperm, go to McLaren’s blog: scottishsperm.tumblr.com; Twitter:  Scottishsperm; Facebook page:  Support Scottish Sperm.  Contributions may be made at the Facebook page.  

Special Thanks: This Project is supported by Inigo Ramirez de Haro, Consul, Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Spain; Caroline Hirsch, owner, Caroline’s on Broadway; and Shelly and Steve Antinelli, managing director, Rothschild. Inigo is not only an ambassador, but also a well-known playwright, and takes great pleasure in presenting new works. Caroline is not only a great supporter of the arts, but her organization is a launching place for new talent— Scottish Sperm’s playwright, director, and producer are all former employees of Caroline’s. Steve and Shelly are great patron of the arts and have been an integral part of getting this play produced.

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BroadwayWorld: “Pace University Announces COMMERCIAL DANCE Program; Applications Accepted Now”

One of the most sought-after choreographers and dance lecturers from coast to coast, Rhonda Miller (pictured), has been tapped to spearhead Pace University’s new Commercial Dance program, the first of its kind in the country.

Pace’s new Commercial Dance program – featured prominently in a two-page article on BroadwayWorld.com  – will provide specialized training for dance careers in stage, television, and commercials in a wide range of styles and forms including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop, to name a few. 

For further information on How to Apply and Audition, visit www.pace.edu/performingarts or call 212-346-1352.

NEWS RELEASE: “Pace Announces Nation’s New University-Based COMMERCIAL DANCE Program; Applications Being Accepted for Fall 2011”

“In talking with young dancers around the U.S., I became aware that the one thing that was missing from university dance programs was training in commercially-viable dance styles that would bridge the gap between classical training and the real world of commercial dance,” said International Choreographer Rhonda Miller. “I became excited at the possibility of creating such a program right here in one of the entertainment capitals of the world, New York City. How exciting for all dancers who attend Pace! I truly look forward to the continual growth in excitement for dance at Pace University.”

Pace Media Relations Contact: Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172

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Pace University Offers COMMERCIAL DANCE Program, Spearheaded by World-Renowned Choreographer Rhonda Miller

NEW YORK, NY, June 21, 2011 — One of the most sought-after choreographers and dance lecturers from coast to coast, Rhonda Miller, has been tapped to spearhead Pace University’s new Commercial Dance program.

The program provides specialized training for dance careers in stage, television, and commercials in a wide range of styles and forms including ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop, to name a few. The program will also include two required dance history courses. It was developed in response to both student and industry demand and will be offered starting Fall 2011. 

“As far as we know it is the only state-approved, university-based commercial dance training program in the country, which means that we are training students for all media, not just the stage,” said Grant Kretchik, Director of the university’s BFA Acting program. 

“It really complements our programs in musical theater, acting, technical theater and directing,” said Nira Herrmann, Dean of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, which houses the Performing Arts Department at Pace. “Additionally it represents our continued growth and innovation in developing arts programs in Downtown New York.” 

Professor Miller has been teaching dance classes at Pace University for three years as a lecturer and created the successful showcase, “Dance Out Loud!” which just wrapped its second year. 

“I love working with her. She is unarguably a great addition to this department and program. What is amazing about her is that she is tough; she demands a lot from her students – and they respond to her. She really inspires them not just to have great technical form but also to believe in themselves as dancers. She just wants to constantly raise the bar and they respond. … The dance program is hot right now,” said Kretchik. 

Miller became a full-time dance lecturer at Pace University in 2008. 

“In talking with young dancers around the U.S., I became aware that the one thing that was missing from university dance programs was training in commercially-viable dance styles that would bridge the gap between classical training and the real world of commercial dance,” said Miller. “I became excited at the possibility of creating such a program right here in one of the entertainment capitals of the world, New York City. How exciting for all dancers who attend Pace! I truly look forward to the continual growth in excitement for dance at Pace University.” 

For information on how to Apply and Audition for Pace’s new Commercial Dance program, visit www.pace.edu/performingarts  or call 212-346-1352.

About Rhonda Miller

Rhonda Miller was a founder and co-owner of L.A.’s premiere dance studio, The Edge, and was the leader of its convention business, L.A. DanceForce, for many years. She has been one of the most sought-after choreographer/dance instructors in the U.S. dance convention industry, teaching for New York City Dance Alliance, Tremaine, Dance Masters of America, Dance Makers and individual studios around the U.S. and Canada. 

Miller holds a BFA from the University of Utah and an MPA from Oklahoma City University. She has been a guest lecture/master teacher and choreographer for Dean College, Cornish College, Bellevue College and Oklahoma City University. Her professional choreography credits cover all aspects of dance on Broadway, Television and Film.  After relocating to New York, Rhonda’s work caught the eye of Broadway director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who included her on his team for the renowned Broadway Bares. Stage credits are Nothing Like A Dame at the Marquis Theater in New York City, ABC Daytime Salutes at Town Hall; All Shook Up, CHICAGO, City of Angels, RENT, A Christmas Carol and The Wild Party. Off Broadway credits include Have a Nice Life, Austentatious, Gemini, The Musical and Common Grounds for which she won a NYMF Outstanding Choreography Award. Television credits include General Hospital, The Boys for HBO; It’s Garry Shandling’s Show for HBO. Rhonda’s work has also been seen in commercials and industrials for such Fortune 500 companies as Chrysler, Toys R Us, Warner Brothers, Exxon-Mobil Apple Computers. Recently she was stage director for NICKELODEON UPFRONTS, and worked with CATHERINE ZETA JONES on the AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE Awards. She is also in development for a new Broadway Dance Project, Eve’s Turn. 

About Performing Arts at Pace University

Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences offers Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting and Musical Theater and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with specialized focuses in Acting, Commercial Dance, Directing or Design/Technical Theater.  For more information, visit www.pace.edu/dyson/performingarts 

At the graduate level, Dyson College is also home to The Actors Studio Drama School offering the only MFA theater program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The entire faculty is chosen and approved – and the curriculum is designed and supervised – jointly by the leadership of The Actors Studio through its Curriculum Advisory Committee, including the Presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino and Dyson College. All students — actors, directors, playwrights – train side-by-side as actors.  All students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton.  For further information about the program, go to www.pace.edu/actorsstudiomfa 

About Pace University

For 105 years, Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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NEWS RELEASE: La MaMa and Pace’s Department of Performing Arts Celebrate Tennessee Williams’ 100th Birthday with “3 FROM TENNESSEE”

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Tennessee Williams wrote over 70 one-act plays during his lifetime, but they were seldom produced. To mark the centennial of Tennessee Williams’ birth, three of his one-act plays will be brought to life by Pace University’s Department of Performing Arts (students, alumni and faculty) in the production “3 FROM TENNESSEE,” at the award-winning avant garde theater landmark La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, March 4 – 6, 2011.

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Media Contact: Samuella Becker, Pace Media Relations, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172, sbecker2@pace.edu

Rare Opportunity To See Williams’ Exquisitely Crafted Short Works

 La MaMa and Pace University’s Department of Performing Arts

Celebrate Tennessee Williams’ 100th Birthday with

 “3 FROM TENNESSEE

3-Evening Festival Featuring a Trio of His One-Act Plays, March 4 – 6, 2011

I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person.  But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.” Tennessee Williams

NEW YORK, February 15, 2011 – Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Tennessee Williams wrote over 70 one-act plays during his lifetime, but they were seldom produced.

To mark the centennial of Tennessee Williams’ birth, three of his one-act plays will be brought to life by Pace University’s Department of Performing Arts (students, alumni and faculty) in the production “3 FROM TENNESSEE,” at the award-winning avant garde theater landmark La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, March 4 – 6, 2011.  

The one-acts and their directors are: 

  • And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens – Directed by Dr. Ruis Woertendyke
  • The Remarkable Rooming House of Madame Le Monde – Directed by Cosmin Chivu
  • The Pink Bedroom – Directed by Grant Kretchik  

Set Designer: Justin West (mentored by Gian Marco LoForte).

Click here to watch a “3 FROM TENNESSEEYouTube video, to gain additional insight about each play from the perspective of the directors and actors.

Performance Schedule:

  • March 4 and 5 at 10pm and March 6 at 5:30pm at La Mama’s The Club
  • Address: 74A East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery), 2nd Floor, NY, NY 10003
  • By Subway: F/V to 2nd Avenue, #6 to Astor Place, N/R to 8th Street
  • Tickets $15; student and seniors $10

Synopsis and Cast Information:

 And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens is the first known Tennessee Williams play set in the gay world.  It is the story of a New Orleans transvestite trying to make a life for herself with a brutish and exploitative sailor while suffering from “the specter of loneliness.”  It is a funny and touching play written in 1957 and first produced in 2004. 

Cast:

  • Candy Delaney – Nate Gray                                                                          
  • Karl – Kaseem Bristow
  • Lvin Krenning – Bradley Leboef
  • Jerry Johnson- Ryan Makely
  • Musical Accompanist- Lilah Shreeve

In The Remarkable Rooming House of Madame Le Monde, a mysteriously paralyzed man named Mint moves around his attic by swinging from hooks as he prepares for the arrival of his old friend. Teatime turns into torment and takes a bizarre route of disorientation and distortion. Written late in his life, this savage comedy is set in a seedy attic in London and highlights author’s experiments with anti-mimetic dramaturgy, dramatic allegories, and comic horror. 

 Cast:

  • Mint – John-Michael Lyles
  • Hall – Evan Pearson
  • Madame Le Monde- Samantha Steinmetz
  • Boy – Seth Loeb

The Pink Bedroom elicits a moment between lovers wrestling with their intimate decisions. A man and his mistress meet in the setting where they’ve conducted their 10-year affair and each blame the other for the disintegration of their relationship. The beauty of monogamy lies in the choice – it is a mutually agreed upon commitment of fidelity that rivals animal instinct to follow our desires freely. The Pink Bedroom is an unraveling of choices made when fidelity fails to accommodate all it promised and infidelity prevails.

Cast:

  • Woman- Joslyn Defreece
  • Man- Jonathon Gabrielson
  • Ensemble- Alexandra O’Halloran, Amanda Ebert, Polina Ionina, Giacomo Rocchina, *Ashtain Rothchild, *Britton Smith

*Choreography

Director Bios

Ruis Woertendyke has been involved in the theatre for nearly 50 years as a director, playwright, and actor.  He has directed more than 100 shows including an early production in New York of Peter Handke’s Offending the Audience, the premier of Gunter Grass’s The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, and Mister, Mister also by Gunter Grass.  He has directed Chekhov, Ibsen, Shakespeare, Euripides, as well as many original plays.  As an actor he played Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Hartman Theatre, Aaron Burr in Alma, The Ghost of Spring Street at LaMama, and Chehov’s On The Harmfulness of Tobacco in various venues throughout the tri-state area.  His one-act plays have been seen in festivals throughout the country.  He authored the highly successful acting program at Pace University and currently is the Chair of the Performing Arts Department.  He proudly refers to himself as one of Ellen Stewart’s babies. 

Cosmin Chivu  has directed over 50 professional and university productions across Europe and the U.S. He is currently a Faculty member in the Department of Performing Arts at Pace University’s New York City. Chivu also taught Master Classes on Improvisation, Directing styles, and European Drama at both the Tisch School at NYU and at CUNY. He is actively involved in developing courses in translating contemporary Eastern European plays for an American audience and has been developing new plays in the Actors Studio’s Playwriting Directing workshop. He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, NYC and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He holds a Masters in Theatre Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School, New School University, NYC and a BA in Acting from the G. Enescu Art Academy, Romania. 

Grant Kretchik  holds an MFA in Acting from the New School University, and heads up Pace University’s BFA Acting Program. Off Broadway: Silvio in The Servant of Two Masters and a youthful Sean O’Casey in I Knock at the Door and Pictures in the Hallway, both directed by Stuart Vaughan. Film/TV: Law and Order, Guiding Light, As The World Turns, Man on the Moon, and When Harry Tries to Marry (Official Selection and Marquee Screening; Austin TX Film Festival 2010). Kretchik has worked as both an actor and director at La Mama, and has been accepted into the Stage Directors Choreographers Society’s 2010/2011 Observership Season.  This October Kretchik assisted on the first Broadway National Tour of Next to Normal, directed by Michael Grief. Mr. Kretchik has been a featured guest in Lehman College’s emerging artist series.  He has also held positions with Entertainment Tonight and Warner Bros. Television Casting. Mr. Kretchik is a member of Actors Equity Association. His Essay “With Talent Comes Responsibility! Defining your Dream” was published in The Soul of the American Actor.  

About La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

A world-renowned cultural organization led by founder Ellen Stewart, it has passionately pursued its original mission to develop, nurture, support, produce and present new and original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. Since La MaMa’s doors first opened in 1961, its primary dedication has been to new works. To date, over 1000 original scores have been presented on its Lower East Side stages. La MaMa has been honored with over 30 Obie Awards, dozens of Drama Desk Awards, Bessie Awards and Villager Awards. Over the past 49 years, La MaMa has grown into an arts complex of national and international celebrity. La MaMa houses three theatres, “The First Floor Theatre,” “The Club” and “The Annex,” an art gallery, a 6-story rehearsal/studio building, and an extensive archive documenting the history of Off-Off Broadway theater.

About Pace Performing Arts, New York City Campus

Faculty as working professionals (actors, Broadway/Off-Broadway directors, casting professionals) is a trademark of Pace’s Performing Arts Department, located a mere two express subway stops from Broadway. Over 30 productions a year are among the attractions the undergraduate program has to offer students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in Acting or Musical Theater or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with specialized focuses in Acting, Directing or Design/Technical Theater.

On a graduate level, The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University is the only Master in Fine Arts theater program officially sanctioned by The Actors Studio. The entire faculty is chosen and approved – and the curriculum is designed and supervised – by the leadership of The Actors Studio through its Curriculum Advisory Committee, including the Presidents of The Actors Studio, Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino. All students — actors, directors, playwrights – train side-by-side as actors. All students participate in the Craft Seminars known to the world as the Bravo Network television series, “Inside The Actors Studio,” hosted by James Lipton. For further information about the program, go to www.pace.edu/actorsstudiomfa

About Pace University

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“A Christmas Carol” Lights Up the Calendar Listings – Featured Twice Each in The New York Times, BroadwayWorld, Time Out New York and TheaterMania

From The Broadsheet Daily, December 9, 2010

An Updated ‘Christmas Carol’ Sets the Pace for Holiday Giving

Ebenezer Scrooge would be furious if he knew what the cast of the newly reimagined production of A Christmas Carol are up to: Not only did they assist in the community tree lighting at the South Street Seaport on November 26 (“Bah!”), and not only are they staging his whole sordid story at Pace University’s Schimmel Center for the Arts on December 8 through 12 (“Humbug!”), but — and here’s the part that would really make him want to hide Tiny Tim’s crutches — they are planning to raise money for charity after each performance.

The cast (including two BPC residents: Grace Diana Kirwin, in second grade at P.S. 89, and her sister Brooke Kelly Kirwin, in fifth) will mingle with the audience and collect contributions for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. The production, mounted by Pace’s Department of Performing Arts, features original music, newly choreographed dance numbers, larger-than-life puppets, and a generous dose of Christmas spirit. One more thing about the show that Scrooge would hate: Tickets are affordably priced, at $12 for adults and $8 for students, seniors, and kids.

The curtain goes up Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 pm, on Saturday at 2:00 and 8:00 pm, and on Sunday at 1:00 and 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the box office (One Spruce Street) before each performance, and can be reserved by e-mailing Theater@Pace.edu or calling 212-346-1954.

-Matthew Fenton

An adaptation by Grant Kretchik of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” with puppets, dance and music is the talk of the town. 

The production appeared TWICE during the week of December 8 in The New York TimesThe Community Affairs Calendar and Seasonal Revels (Arts). It also got a “double play” on BroadwayWorld.com – “Pace University & The Dept of Performing Arts Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL” and “Pace University Confronts the AIDS Crisis With BC/EFA.” 

Time Out New York featured the actors/carolers/dancers participation in the South Street Seaport Tree Lighting event, as well as recommended the play in their separate Time Out New York KIDS edition.  TheaterMania came out with the most comprehensive play information, naming every person in the cast/crew AND their role … along with featuring the show entirely in the lead paragraph of the article, “Kids Spotlight: Carol Channeling,” which was also picked up by USA Today among others.

Single mentions (many with photos) included the NY Daily News, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, New York Social Diary, WNBC-TV,  NY1, NYC.com, Shecky’s NYC Nightlife, The Broadsheet Daily, Downtown Alliance, DGuides, Tribeca Tribune, NYTheatre.com, Mommy Poppins, PARENTGUIDE News,  A Child Grows in Brooklyn and PeaTot.

The Seaport Inn promoted Pace’s “A Christmas Carol” on their website, noting to tourists that the Schimmel Theater was ” Walking distance from our front door.”

Student actors were featured in their hometown newspapers:  Niko Papastefanou (Scrooge) from Montgomery, NY near the Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains was profiled in the Times-Herald Record; Chris Barba (Fred, Scrooge’s nephew) who hails from a seacoast town in Plymouth County, MA was interviewed by the Scituate MarinerChris Fayne  (Bob Cratchit) from Egg Head Township in NJ was named a “person of the week” by Shore News Today; and Daniel Rings (Gentleman, Clerk and Caroler) was applauded by Michigan’s Midland Daily News in the article, “Midland Actor Takes Stage in New York.”  The Times-Herald Record and Midland Daily News also ran the cast photo.

Grant Kretchik, who directed the adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” spoke about the production in interviews with the New York Observer’s  supplement, The Educated Observer, as well as his own Hawley, PA, hometown newspaper, The News Eagle.

Additionally buzz was provided by the South Street Seaport’s full page ad promoting the message “Spend Your Holidays at the Seaport” and highlighting “Pace University’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ appearance at the Tree Lighting Spectacular on November 26.  The ad appeared on the back page of AM New York, The Downtown Express and other local newspapers.

BroadwayWorld – “Pace University Confronts the AIDS Crisis with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS”

No “Humbug” This Season.

Just like Scrooge decided to give money to the less fortunate after his eye opening journey with the three ghosts, “A Christmas Carol” Director Grant Kretchik along with his cast of over 40 will fundraise after each of their eight shows and donate the money to Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.

BC/ EFA is an organization that has raised over $195 million dollars since 1988 to provide people living with AIDS, as well as other critical illnesses, necessary services and care.

“This was the first organization that was even mentioned as an option for our fundraising,” says Tommy McKiernan, a cast member. “It’s a charity that was born right out of the theater community and benefits a cause that is a major health problem not only in the United States, but all around the world. It was a no brainer.”

Bethany Xan Jeffery, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge’s diligent housekeeper -Mrs. Dilber in “A Christmas Carol,” wrote the article on the inspiration behind Pace confronting the AIDS crisis that got picked up by BroadwayWorld –broadwayworld.com/article/Pace_University_Confronts_the_AIDS_Crisis_With_BCEFA_20101130#ixzz16nw5A4YB

Wrote Jeffery:

“HIV/ AIDS is a rapidly growing disease that is plaguing the world and if we don’t help the government by raising money to fund the research ourselves, then who knows when it will cease consuming millions of lives. You can help by donating to Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids at www.broadwaycares.org or any of the HIV/ AIDS charity organizations.  All it took was one person to contact BC/ EFA from Pace University to organize a major effort against the AIDS crisis. It could be you.”

EVENT ADVISORY, Wednesday, November 17 at 5:30 pm: PACE NYC CAMPUS – Students and Journalists Only – FILMMAKER NAYAN PADRAI

At the invitation of Dr. Pradeep Gopalakrishna, Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair of Marketing – Lubin School of Business, ALL Pace students are invited to hear Filmmaker Nayan Padrai speak on the challenges of marketing an indie movie.

In 2009, Padrai left all other creative and professional pursuits to focus on his dream to make films. “When Harry Tries to Marry” is Padrai’s feature film directional debut.

“When Harry Tries To Marry” is the story of Harry — or Harish, as his Indian parents named him — a modern guy about to graduate from college in New York City. In an effort to avoid being disappointed by love like his bitterly divorced parents, he decides to have an arranged marriage, despite everyone’s horrified objections. Just as Harry thinks he’s found the perfect Indian bride, though, he begins to wonder if his friendship with a lovely American student isn’t something more. But the wedding plans are underway and even Harry’s parents are getting into the swing of things. Can anyone protect themselves from a broken heart by leaving the romance out of marriage? And, when all is said and done, does Harry really want to?

JUST BACK FROM THE AUSTIN & MUMBAI FILM FESTIVALS WHERE HIS ROMANTIC COMEDY, “WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY,” MADE ITS WORLD & INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES RESPECTIVELY … FILMMAKER, PRODUCER & DIRECTOR NAYAN PADRAI DISCUSSES “YOU’VE MADE A MOVIE , NOW GO MARKET IT, TOO.”

WHEN: Wednesday, November 17 at 5:30 pm

WHERE: Pace University, One Pace Plaza (east of City Hall), Lecture Hall South – 2nd Floor.

WHAT: “When Harry Tries to Marry” was shot on location at Pace’s NYC campus last fall and in Kutch, India. Starring Pace freshman Rahul Rai in the title role of Harry and featuring Assistant Professor Grant Kretchik, it was an Austin Film Festival Marquee Selection(World Premiere: October 22) … debuting alongside films starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Hilary Swank, Liev Schreiber, James Franco, Val Kilmer, Natalie Portman and Adrien Brody. It also made its international premiere at The Mumbai Film Festival.

PROGRAM:

  • Introduction to Nayan Padrai and “When Harry Tries to Marry” (movie trailer).
  • Discussion:
    o How do we distribute the film
    o Positioning
    o Finding the target audience
    o Screens of all sizes: Big screen to IPAD – Industry Marketing Expectations
    o A new role – The Producer of Marketing and Distribution
    o Key art
    o Social media – followers and “likes” determine box office projections
    o Marketing Challenges
    o How do you shout, scream and yell – “Come see this movie!” (Marketing ideas solicited from the class)
    o Interactive brainstorming
  • Q&A

BIO/NAYAN PADRAI:

Nayan Padrai was educated and trained in screenwriting and filmmaking at the prestigious School of Visual Arts, NYC. In his early twenties, Nayan pursued acting and had the opportunity to train with some of the finest acting teachers in New York. The acting training is also what gave Nayan foundation to write characters and dialogue.

As a screenwriter, Nayan has won several awards and accolades. Nayan and his writing partners have written over a dozen screenplays as a team. Collaborative scripts have received awards at screen writing festivals and contests including, Creative Screenwriting magazine (Expo Contest), Sundance Independent Producer Conference, Austin Film Festival, Texas Film Institute, Empire Screenplay Competition, Open-Door Script Magazine Contest, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences – Nicholl Fellowship, Breckenridge Screenplay Competition, Lone Star Screenplay Competition, Writer’s Network Competition, and Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project.

Nayan has recently written “Beneath a Marble Sky,” based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, which was to be produced by Humble Journey Films (Eriq LaSalle).

Nayan was the Co-Founder and President of one of the largest South Asian media, entertainment and marketing conglomerates in the US. While at the company, Nayan wrote, produced and/or directed over 300 hours of Indian television programming across genres, oversaw publication of several newspaper titles, the development of a radio station and television network, and founded an advertising agency which was one of the top 15 multi-cultural advertising agencies (ranked by Advertising Age).

In 2009, Nayan left all other creative and professional pursuits to focus on his dream to make films. “When Harry Tries to Marry” is Nayan’s feature film directional debut.

Media RSVP: Samuella Becker, sbecker2@pace.edu; 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172