“Glee” (FOX TV): “Inside the Actors Studio” and The Actors Studio Drama School Incorporated into April 17 Episode – Finn’s Coming to Pace!

Ryan Murphy and the cast incorporated “Inside the Actors Studio,” Bravo and, most important, our school, into a development toward which “Glee” has been building since its first day. At the climax of an episode in which the show’s principals, facing graduation, shared their post-graduate dreams, the final holdout was Finn, who was wrestling with uncertainty about following Rachel to New York. After fifty minutes of music and drama, a scene occurred in which “Glee” reached a significant milestone in Finn’s and Rachel’s – and the series’ – history. As millions of young people in the “Glee” audience watched, “Inside the Actors Studio” and The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University became an organic part of the “Glee” story!

Here’s what TV critics had to say in their Glee “Saturday Night Glee-ver” Recap: Figuring Out Post Graduation Plans which aired April 17, and included a shout-out to both the Inside the Actors Studio and indirectly by association The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University:

From Jen Chaney’s Celebritology blog in The Washington Post:

Finn to decide that he wants to go to New York with Rachel and take classes at the Actors Studio. Yes, the same one from “Inside the Actors Studio” with James Lipton, a show on which, coincidentally, the “Glee” cast recently appeared. (I can’t wait to hear Finn Hudson eventually tell us what he’d like to hear God say when he arrives at the pearly gates.)

Denise Martin wrote in  TV GUIDE:
First he {Finn} sings “More Than a Woman” and then he tells Rachel he’s applied to what he calls that school that James Lipton hosts on Bravo, Inside the Actors Studio (better known as the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University). 
Jeff Dodge, BuddyTV  recapped:
I’m Gonna Be An Actor
After leading on “More Than a Woman” in the choir room, Finn tells Rachel that he knows what he wants to do next year. He ended up identifying with John Travolta’s Tony from Saturday Night Fever. He decides that he wants to go to New York with Rachel, has applied to James Lipton’s Inside the Actors Studio (a nice nod to the fact that the Glee cast were featured in an episode of that show last week). It’s his dream to become an actor, though it comes out of left field because we’ve never seen him have an interest in acting … ever. But you know what? If that’s what he wants to do, I applaud him for finally making a decision regarding his future.
From Becky Kirsch of BuzzSugar:

Rachel and Finn recover from their fight about the future, but Finn’s still having serious doubts about whether or not he can make it in the real world as anything other than a competitive eater. He’s basically convinced that he peaked in high school, but all it takes is one magical viewing of Saturday Night Fever to make him realize his dream of going inside the actors studio. He tells Rachel that he’s ready to go to New York with her, and struts around to “Stayin’ Alive” to show off his newfound confidence.

BroadwayWorld.com: “Photo Flash: Week Two – The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA Repertory Season”

Check out the production photos from The Bear, Amicable Parting, Snowangel, and The Woolgatherer – Week Two of the Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA Repertory Season – which runs from April 4 – 7. For reservations please call (212) 501-2099 or e-mail: ASDSRep@pace.edu

 

Inspired by recent insight from Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper (ASDS MFA’00), Jennifer Aniston, James Franco, the casts of Mad Men, Glee and Modern Family, as well as other distinguished celebrity guests of their craft class – Dean Emeritus James Lipton‘s Inside The Actors Studio– a new generation of performers and creators have taken the stage at The Theatre at Dance New Amsterdam for a five-week Repertory Season, March 28 – April 28, 2012. 

For a complete list of the season and cast members, visit www.pace.edu/ASDSrep
 
Click here to view the photos from Week Two.

BroadwayWorld.com: “WITH A SHRUG” Made Semi-Finalist in Samuel French Off Off B’way Short Play Fest”

WITH A SHRUG by Playwright Nicholas Priore will be presented at the 36th Annual Samuel French Inc. Off Off Broadway (OOB) Short Play Festival on Friday, July 22 at 8 pm, at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street, NYC). It is one of 40 plays chosen from over 1,000 submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs and professional companies across the country. Running time: 30 minutes.

“It’s a great honor to be involved with the Samuel French OOB Festival this summer…our team is very excited to share this work,” Playwright Nicholas Priore told BroadwayWorld.com.
 
“All in the Family” – The Actors Studio Connection
 
“Everyone involved With a Shrug is associated in some way with The Actors Studio,” said Priore, who studied playwriting at The Actors Studio Drama School, where he graduated with an MFA in Theatre (’10).  He has spent the last year as a Working Finalist in The Actors Studio’s Playwright Directors Workshop and Playwright Directors Unit.
 
Synopsis.  Gina Bonati, a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, stars as Shelley, who is cleaning out her old childhood home after the death of her reclusive father when David Holmes, currently an intern at The Actors Studio who plays Chris, pays a visit to retrieve something he had her father borrow.  Robert Haufrecht, a member of The Actors Studio’s Playwright Directors Workshop, directs.

Hispanic Executive: “Top Scholar” Sergio Castillo, The Actors Studio Drama School (MFA ’11)

The July/August issue of Hispanic Executive explores the leaders in today’s Hispanic community that elicit change – such as “Top Scholar” pick Sergio Castillo (MFA ’11).

Here are highlights from a full-page interview with “Top Scholar” Sergio Castillo which appears in the July/August issue of Hispanic Executive (see pages 11 and 13): 

When looking at MFA programs, why did you choose the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University?

I always wanted to go to New York and study there.  One of the reasons I chose this program is because of Delia Salvi, a woman I studied with during my undergrad at UCLA.  She was an alumni of the Actors Studio and one of the strongest acting teachers I have ever had.  I also remember watching Inside the Actors Studio with James Lipton when I was young, and being inspired by everyone he interviewed.  Another thing that attracted me to this school is its commitment to the teachings of Lee Strasberg.  I think all of the great actors of modern America came out of this tradition of teaching.

What do you like about your program?

I think the program really tests each student and his or her talents.  Inevitably, it helps the artist discover things about himself. It demands you to be truthful and explore your own character.  The program forces you to ask questions about yourself and reality that you wouldn’t normally ask, and it is through this exploration that truthful forms of humanity come out.  Overall, I think it is the intimacy of the program that is appealing to me.

After completing the MFA program at Pace University, what do you hope to do?

I hope to work as an actor, writer, and director.  Right now, I am actually planning to direct a show for the New York Fringe Festival.  I am very much committed to doing theater, but I hope to occasionally do some film.

PEOPLE.com: “Jennifer Aniston Brings Justin Theroux Inside the Actors Studio”

Now, Jennifer Aniston is mixing business with pleasure by bringing new beau Justin Theroux to her interview with James Lipton for Inside the Actors Studio.

Lipton, who chatted with the Horrible Bosses star for nearly three hours, says he was completely captivated by Aniston’s warm personality. “She’s as quick and witty and charming as she is on screen,” Lipton told PEOPLE immediately after the interview, which will air next month on Bravo.

Now, Jennifer Aniston is mixing business with pleasure by bringing new beau Justin Theroux to her interview with James Lipton for Inside the Actors Studio.

Theroux, 39, “was sitting in the front row, and she made eye contact with him,” second-year Actors Studio MFA student Christina Schudel told PEOPLE.com at Thursday’s New York taping with Aniston, 42.  The interview will air next month on Bravo.

“Whenever there would be a lull, she would just look at him and give him a wink and go back to what she was doing,” says Schudel.

Aniston was also clearly a hit with the crowd – which roared with laughter after Lipton asked what drew the actress to the 2006 movie The Break-Up

Replied Aniston: “Well, you know it’s something I have a lot of experience with.”

“She was just so relaxed and so open,” observed Schudel. “So lovable from beginning to end. Such a sweetheart.”

Lipton, who chatted with the Horrible Bosses star for nearly three hours, says he was completely captivated by Aniston’s warm personality.

“She’s as quick and witty and charming as she is on screen,” Lipton told PEOPLE immediately after the interview.

NEWS RELEASE: Discover the Next Bradley Cooper! The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University Celebrates 13th Repertory Season, April 13 – May 14

Twenty-seven “rising stars” will make their professional debuts in a five-week repertory season that is open to the public beginning Wednesday, April 13, but are not total unknowns. Since the fall of 2009, they’ve been watched by viewers in 89 million homes and 125 countries around the globe as a result of the telecast of their master craft seminar, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted on Bravo TV by the school’s Dean Emeritus James Lipton.

“ALL-STAR” MFA CANDIDATE LINE-UP:  20 ACTORS, 4 DIRECTORS, 3 PLAYWRIGHTS 

FREE THEATER PERFORMANCES, GENERAL PUBLIC INVITED

World Premieres: NIGHT GAMES, SHARP EDGES, STARFISHES

Plays, Scenes, Books by: Edward Allan Baker, Maria Irene Fornes, Michael V. Gazzo, Eugene Ionesco, LeRoi Jones, Arthur Laurents, Bryony Lavery, David Lindsay-Abaire, Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan, William Saroyan, Sam Shepard

NEW YORK, NY, April 4, 2011 – This year’s 27 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University includes:

  • Young Simba from Broadway’s The Lion King and the originator of the role of Jack Scott in Disney’s stage version of High School Musical
  • Reigning Miss Black USA (2010)
  • Loud Nanny in The Nanny Diaries (The Weinstein Company)
  • Musician featured on the double platinum album The Light & The Shadow, which launched hip hop into Israel’s mainstream
  • Grammy award winner, recognized for her outstanding choral and drama programs in a South Carolina high school
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Lauded playwright – For the Winter (finalist, 35th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Contest), and Four Sons (winner, Under 20’s Playwriting Contest, Tarragon Theatre).
  • Director of Martha and Me: A Musical, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the New York International Fringe Festival
  • Winner of the State of Ohio Solo Musical Theatre Thespian Competition at age 16
  • Tri-linguist in English, French and Spanish
  • Fortune 500 banker turned actor

All are accomplished and have multiple credits on the big screen, small screen, on stage and in the wings. They have founded their own theater companies as well as performed, written and directed for others.  But they have collaborated together these last three years in New York City, united as they pursue their dream and refine their craft as actors, director or playwrights in the only Masters’ theater program endorsed by the renowned Actors Studio … two express subway stops from Broadway.

These 27 “rising stars” will make their professional debuts in a five-week repertory season that is open to the public beginning Wednesday, April 13, but are not total unknowns. Since the fall of 2009, they’ve been watched by viewers in 89 million homes and 125 countries around the globe as a result of the telecast of their master craft seminar, “Inside the Actors Studio,” hosted on Bravo TV by the school’s Dean Emeritus James Lipton.

This bird’s-eye view of industry greats also comes with red carpet/Schimmel Theater stage interview privileges, allowing the students to pose questions “one-on-one” to Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy award winners they someday hope to emulate.

One of the most frequent questions James Lipton himself has been asked these past 13 years by interviewers is “Who is the guest you want the most?”

Lipton’s answer is invariable: “Since I’m the founding dean of the Actors Studio Drama School, of which Inside the Actors Studio is a class, the night that one of our graduates has achieved so much that he or she walks out and sits down in that chair facing me will mean more to me than any moment since this journey began.”

Lipton got his wish during this past academic year, when Bradley Cooper, a graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School, Class of 2000, walked across the Schimmel Theater stage and sat in the chair opposite him and his blue cards in an episode which aired Monday, March 14, 2011. 

During his graduate school years, Lipton was Cooper’s dean; Elizabeth Kemp and Andreas Manolikakis were his teachers. Lipton, Kemp and Manolikakis are still very much part of the Actors Studio Drama School program today.  Along with Bradley’s star, theirs has risen as well with Manolikakis now Chair of the Actors Studio Drama School MFA Program and Kemp currently Director of its Acting Department.

Having Cooper return was not only an exciting experience for current MFA students, but also a powerful testament as to their future capabilities, truly taking “the world is your oyster” to heart.

In addition to Cooper, the MFA candidates have received words of wisdom from Lipton Inside the Actors Studio guests such as: Judd Apatow, Jason Bateman, Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, James Cameron, James Carrey, Sean Combs, Danny DeVito, The Family Guy Cast, Colin Firth, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Kate Hudson, Denis Leary, Laura Linney, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Daniel Radcliffe, Diana Ross, Mickey Rourke, Richie Sambora, Charlie Sheen, Brooke Shields, Christian Slater, Hilary Swank and Tico Torres.

The 2011 Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season performances will take place at the theater at Dance New Amsterdam, 53 Chambers St., just north of City Hall, Wednesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. from April 13 through May 14. The full schedule and information about plays, actors, directors and playwrights can be found online at www.Pace.edu/ASDSRep

Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance by phone or e-mail as seating is limited. The 24-hour reservation line is: (212) 613-6209 and email is ASDSRep@pace.edu

The works are considered educational and may not be reviewed.

Established playwrights with one-act productions or scenes showcased are:

  • Week One: Broken Bones by Drew McWeeny & Scott Swan; Springtime by Maria Irene Fornes; Face Divided by Edward Allan Baker
  • Week Two: A Hateful of Rain by Michael V. Gazzo; Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; Gypsy, A Musical Fable with book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
  • Week Four: Fool for Love by Sam Shepard; Dolores by Edward Allan Baker; The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco
  • Week Five: Frozen by Bryony Lavery; Hello Out There by William Saroyan; Dutchman by LeRoi Jones

World Premieres

A published and frequently produced New York City playwright, with 32 plays to his credit, Edward Allan Baker has written for HBO and Showtime, attended Sundance Film Institute and been a faculty member of the Actors Studio Drama School since 2005 as Associate Professor – Playwriting.

During the 2011 rep season, the following one-acts by Baker’s students will be making their world premiere during Week Three:

  • Night Games by Sarah Rachael Jones – Mystery. Bondage. Betrayal. Who will survive these night games?
  • Sharp Edges by Alla Ilyasova – A childhood friendship shattered. Can Nate and Carol put the pieces back together or is there nothing left but Sharp Edges?
  • Starfishes by Michael Ross Albert – a lonely lighthouse keeper in Nova Scotia who is visited by a mysterious stranger with demands that force him to confront his deepest desires. 

“Real” Rep Season: Off-Broadway, Practical Level Experience

 “The season is produced, managed, and designed by union member industry professionals, creating an actual Off-Broadway experience that prepares our graduates with practical experience as working professionals before graduation,” said Manolikakis, a Lifetime Member and a member of the Board of Directors of the Actors Studio.

Among the industry professionals who will be supporting the Actors Studio Drama School 2011 MFA candidates during repertory season:

  • Peter Dean (Production Manager) Off-Broadway credits include The American Dream and The Sandbox directed by Edward Albee (Cherry Lane) and Women Beware Women, (Red Bull Theater). He also serves as the Lead Ride Manager for The Ride New York, a 4.5 mile theatrical tour that runs throughout midtown Manhattan.
  • Lara de Bruijn (Costume Designer) Recent projects include: Three Penny Opera (Trinity Rep Consortium), Lysistrata (La MaMa), Dog Act (Flux Theatre), The Torch-Bearers (Peterborough Players), and All She Can Carry (White Wave).
  • Paul Hudson (Lighting Designer) has designed scenery and lighting for theater, dance, and television in New York City for ten years. Highlights include scenery for the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Tommy; lighting on Full Frontal Fashion for the WE channel, and the Tribeca Film Festival ‘03’s World Premiere Venue.
  • Melissa Jernigan (Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: Lennon (production assistant).
  • Shawn Lewis (Set Designer, Supervising Director) has worked as a set designer for more than 50 productions throughout the United States and abroad, designing plays, musicals, opera and film. Currently designing Frankenstein: The Rock Musical and Forever Plaid in Canada.
  • Brittany Loesch (Properties Designer) has toured with Rent, taking her across the country and to Japan.
  • Sydney Maresca (Costume Design) has designed costumes Off-Broadway?for Buddy Cop 2, The Little Death Vol. 1, Nostradamus Predicts the Death of Soho, The Zero Hour, and MilkMilkLemonade
  • Shelley Miles (Production Assistant). An AEA Stage Manager, Broadway credits include: Rock of Ages, The Philanthropist and The American Plan.
  • Joseph A. Onorato (Production Stage Manager) has stage managed on and Off-Broadway, as well as 18 years of The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.
  • David Pinkard (Sound Designer) has worked as a composer, sound designer, and musical director in and around New York City since 1995.
  • Ron Piretti (Fight Choreographer) has directed the fights for many productions including the Broadway productions of West Side Story, The Miracle Worker, In the Heights and Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo.  Actor: Officer Krupke in Broadway’s West Side Story.
  • Sarah Thea Swafford (Costume Shop Supervisor). Assistant Costume Designer for The Britten Project and Romeo & Juliet, the film directed by Eve Annenberg.
  • Scott Wynn (Photographer) official photographer for the Drama Desk Awards (10 years). 

 “The Actors Studio Drama School Repertory Season is real repertory where our students work as a repertory company – acting, directing and writing the material – creating collaborations that can last a lifetime,” underscored Manolikakis. “Unlike other MFA programs’ productions, we provide each and every student actor with the opportunity to be the ‘lead’ in a production. In many other programs, a few students carry those roles while the rest ‘carry spears.”

The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University is 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 – 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

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. www.pace.edu

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Access Hollywood: “Bradley Cooper Discusses Return To His Actors Studio Roots”

Bradley Cooper has enjoyed virtually “Limitless” success in his fast-ascending career as a Hollywood leading man and he credits his accomplishments to his training at The Actors Studio Drama School with Dean Emeritus James Lipton.

Catch Bradley and Jim on NBC-TV Friday night (March 11) on “Extra” at 7:00 PM and “Access Hollywood” at 7:30 PM. Lipton will also be doing a lengthy interview with Gayle King on Sirius/XM radio Monday morning (March 14), which will air nationwide at 7 PM that evening.

One of the most frequent questions James Lipton is asked by interviewers is “Who is the guest you want the most?”

Lipton’s answer is invariable: “Since I’m the founding dean of the Actors Studio Drama School, of which Inside the Actors Studio is a class, the night that one of our graduates has achieved so much that he or she walks out and sits down in that chair facing me will mean more to me than any moment since this journey began.”

Bradley Cooper is that graduate-–a member of the Actors Studio Drama School, Class of 2000.  James Lipton was his dean; Elizabeth Kemp and Andreas Manolikakis were his teachers. 

Read today’s New York Times to learn why you shouldn’t “Take This Hunk At Face Value.”  Watch Bradley and Jim on NBC-TV Friday night (March 11) on “Extra” at 7:00 PM and “Access Hollywood” at 7:30 PM.  Lipton will also be doing a lengthy interview with Gayle King on Sirius/XM radio Monday morning (March 14), which will air nationwide at 7 PM that evening. See Bradley’s emotional return to his alma mater when his episode of “Inside The Actors Studio” airs on Monday, March 14 at 7 PM on Bravo.  Also, catch Bradley starring alongside Robert De Niro in “Limitless” when it hits theaters on March 18.

Motley County Tribune – “Aspiring actor conducts research”

“Hello Out There” by the American playwright William Saroyan tells about the bad luck of an itinerant gambler who is arrested and jailed in a small Texas town, charged with rape. The charge is a lie, but the only one who hears his call for justice and understanding is a young girl who cooks for the jail. The gambler gives all his money to the girl before a mob breaks into the jail and the lying woman’s husband shoots him.

“I first performed the play at The Actor’s Studio Drama School, a school, according to Shaz Khan (2011 ASDS MFA Acting Candidate), that has seen the likes of James Dean, Al Pacino, and Robert DeNiro. It was so well received, that the school asked me to declare it for my thesis,” he said.

Aspiring actor Shaz Khan visited Matador, Texas, during Winter Break to get an up-close-and-personal look at the inside of a turn of the century jail … as research for his upcoming Actors Studio Drama School MFA thesis project, William Saroyan’s dark one-act play, Hello Out There

“It’s the story of a young drifter that has been dealt difficult cards all his life.  He’s actually a good guy,” said Kahn, who developed a new perspective for his character as a result of his Matador trip. “I think the character reflects a lot of young men in our culture today,” he added.  

The play will be performed May 11-14, 2011, in the Theater at Dance New Amsterdam near City Hall.

Pace New Musicals Presents Larry Gatlin’s “Quanah”

Pace University undergraduate musical theater students will present the world premiere staged reading of Quanah, a new musical with music, story and lyrics by legendary country music star Larry Gatlin, book by Anthony Dodge, and dramaturgy by Ragtime director Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Photos available upon request) Media Contact: Samuella Becker, Pace Public Information, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172, Sbecker2@pace.edu

PACE NEW MUSICALS PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE READING OF LARRY GATLIN’S ‘QUANAH’

Pace University undergraduate musical theater students will present the world premiere staged reading of Quanah, a new musical with music, story and lyrics by legendary country music star Larry Gatlin, book by Anthony Dodge, and dramaturgy by Ragtime director Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

NEW YORK, January 12, 2010 — Quanah is the musical journey of Comanche chief Quanah Parker and his mother, Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped as a girl and raised by the Comanches as one of their own. It is about Christians, Comanches and Texas Rangers; killing and heartbreak and heroes; and how Quanah came to lead his people from the prairie to The White Man’s Road.

Pace University’s Musical Theater Program, a part of the Performing Arts Department, began with six majors in 2002 and has grown to 100 majors in just six years. In 2006, Pace became only the second school in New York City to offer a BFA in Musical Theater. Pace New Musicals was developed in 2007 to nurture the creation of new musical theater in New York City, while at the same time providing an invaluable educational opportunity for students to work directly with top professionals in the field. Most importantly, the program allows students to experiment with new, untested works without precedent-setting productions, a rare opportunity in theater education.

Past works of Pace New Musicals include a staged workshop of Mark Waldrop and Brad Ross’ musical, Luck!, Jonathan Larson award winner Ryan Scott Oliver’s and B.T. Ryback’s Darling, and College: The Musical, which was subsequently chosen for production with the New York Musical Theatre Festival where the authors, Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola, won the NYMF award for Excellence In Writing Lyrics).

Directed by the head of the Musical Theater program, Amy Rogers, with music direction by Robert Meffe, the program’s resident musical director, the workshop will feature 20 of Pace’s BFA musical theater students including Brandon Contreras as Quanah Parker and Holly Dalton as Cynthia Ann, as well as Gina Biaz, Ally Bo, Taylor Collins, Jace Craft, Matthew Curiano, Maura Daly, Matt Farcher, Keelay Gipson, Ryan Goodale, Emma Jane, Bethany Xan Jeffrey, Jon Karsky, David Kuelz, Purvi Parmer, Jeffrey T. Perri Jr., Rebeca Radosz, Krystina Salcedo, Britton Smith, Brian Walters, Andy White and Whitney Winfield.

Quanah will be presented in Pace University’s Schaeberle Studio Theater, 41 Park Row, 10th Floor from January 19-24, 2010; Wednesday – Saturday 8pm; Saturday and Sunday 2pm. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors/students. Reservations can be made by email to: pacenewmusicals@gmail.com

A special reception and talk back session featuring Larry Gatlin will take place after the 2pm show on Saturday January 23. Tickets for this performance will be $20. Reservations for this performance can also be made by email to: pacenewmusicals@gmail.com

LARRY GATLIN (Story, Music and Lyrics) was born in 1948 in Seminole, Texas, as the son of an oil driller. The oldest of the three Gatlin brothers, by age seven he was already accompanying his younger brothers Steve and Rudy in singing at family and church events. After high school, Larry went to the University of Houston on a football scholarship. Larry majored in English and developed “a love affair with the English Language” that later served him in his songwriting. On the strength of his songwriting talents, Larry Gatlin became known throughout Nashville music industry. While Steve and Rudy were finishing college, Larry was already touring the small club and listening room circuit as a solo act, looking forward to the time when he could afford to expand his live show to include his brothers. December 1992 marked a farewell to concert touring for the Gatlin brothers. Then came a major turning point in his career: Larry took the lead role in the Tony Award-winning best musical The Will Rogers Follies. The Gatlin Brothers continue to tour the country with the release of their new album Pilgrimage. Larry is a family man, who shares with his wife Janis, a home in Austin, Texas. They are the proud parents of two children, Josh and Kristin. Josh lives in Nashville and serves as Larry’s Manager and Kristin lives in Austin with her husband Scott, who is on the coaching staff at THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS…HOOK ‘EM HORNS! Larry is also a “Papa” to Kristin’s daughters Parker and Campbell.

ANTHONY DODGE & MARCIA MILGROM DODGE (Book/Dramaturgy) Their first play, Sherlock Holmes & The West End Horror, premiered at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY and has been produced several times in regional theatres around the country. It received a 2002 Edgar Award nomination and is published by Smith & Kraus in New Playwrights/Best New Plays of 2002 and is available for licensing through Playscripts, Inc. Tony is also an actor and a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and Marcia is a longtime member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Their first show with Larry Gatlin, Look Homeward Honky Tonk Angel, premiered at Lyric Stage in Texas in 2007. The Dodge’s newest plays are Venus Flytrap-A Femme Noir Mystery and Free Burt Lancaster. Married for over 29 years — and they said it would never last! — Marcia and Tony are the proud parents of their sweet Natasha, who attends public school in Manhattan. When not writing, Tony happily spoils Natasha while Marcia continues her busy directing and choreographing career. For more, visit www.marciamilgromdodge.com

AMY ROGERS (Director) is a tenured associate professor of musical theatre at Pace University where she created the BFA Musical Theatre degree program. Originally from Canada, Amy holds a degree in musical theatre from Arizona State University, and an MFA from San Diego State University. NYC directing credits include: Darling, City of Angels, Carousel, College: The Musical, Ragtime, The Wild Party (Lippa), Little Women and Violet. Amy has assisted director Lonny Price on Can-Can and Kismet at Encores at City Center, Candide with the New York Philharmonic and the Emmy Award-winning Passion for Live at Lincoln Center.

ROBERT MEFFE (Music Director) is a professional music director, pianist, orchestrator, and vocal coach. On Broadway he was the Associate Conductor of Little Women as well as Les Miserables for the last six years of its run. Off-Broadway: Violet, The Prince and the Pauper, and Gutenberg! The Musical!. He was the Music Director for the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and has played keyboards for Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Avenue Q, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Grey Gardens, and Bombay Dreams. Mr. Meffe is the Director of Music for the Music Theater Program at Pace University.

For more information or reservations, email: pacenewmusicals@gmail.com

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