I've been working with Yochai Greenfeld in helping him develop a presentation of his new solo-show Abbi Gezunt: It Gets Bitter as part of LABAlive. LABAlive is an evening of art, performance and text inspired by Jewish texts. On Saturday, February 2nd at 7:30pm, LABAlive returns to the Theater at the 14th Street Y. Get ready for three groundbreaking, genre-breaking, and heartbreaking performances and an absorbing exhibition of visual art.
LABA is the premier incubator for Jewish art and culture. Each year our fellows create new works inspired by Jewish texts. This year’s theme: LIFE and DEATH.
Yochai Greenfeld in Abbi Gezunt: It Gets Bitter
Greenfeld appears as Abbi Gezunt, an Orthodox Jewish mother, telling the story of when her son came out. In this bittersweet and very funny monologue, Abbi throws serious shade at the observant Jews who sit shiva for their living family members who stray from the path.
To learn more visit 14streety.org
I'm honored to be dramaturging for Canada's Eclipse Theater Company's immersive production at Toronto's Don Jail.
The David & Stacey Cynamon Family Foundation present
THE KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
March 6-10, 2019
Book by TERRENCE MCNALLY
Music by JOHN KANDER
Lyrics by FRED EBB
Based on the novel by MANUEL PUIG
KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN at the Don Jail is an immersive piece of musical theatre uniting space and story. By letting the narrative unfold in this historic building, the artistic producers are able to highlight a piece of Toronto’s history, while presenting a musical theatre classic in a thrilling new way. Set against the gritty world of Argentina’s Dirty War, the musical spins a harrowing tale of persecution, while straddling the two worlds of dark reality and colourful fantasy. Fuelled by his need to escape the harshness of prison life, Molina shares stories of the glamorous actress named Aurora. Through their unlikely union, these two characters change one another in unexpected and illuminating ways, as they grapple with politics, masculinity and the power of love over death.
TRACY MICHAILIDIS as AURORA
KAWA ADA as MOLINA
JONATHAN WINSBY as VALENTIN
JAYNE LEWIS as MOLINA'S MOM
EVA TAVARES as MARTA
ALEJANDRO AMPUDIA as THE WARDEN
HUNTER AGNEW, JOSHUA ALCANTARA, ALEXANDER BATYCKI, NOAH BEEMER, EMMA BURKE-KLEINMAN, MICHAEL DERWORIZ, JESSE DRWIEGA, JILL GORANSON, ALEXANDRE IANNUZZI, KELSI JAMES, TARAN KIM, ALTEN WILMOT, & ELISE WILSON.
Director: EVAN TSITSIAS
Assistant Director: JOSEPH RECINOS
Musical Director: CHRIS BARILLARO
Choreographer: SARA-JEANNE HOSIE
Assistant Choreographer: DARREN BURKETT
Sound Designer: JEREMY MITCHELL
Production Designer: NICK BLAIS
Production Manager: DANIEL BENNETT
Stage Manager: LAURIE MERREDEW
Dramaturg: ANTONIO MINIÑO
Fight Director: KEVIN KRUCHKYWICH
In conjunction with: SHERIDAN COLLEGE
To learn more visit eclipsetheatre.ca/pages/kiss
Take a listen to the The Parsnip Ship's podcast reading of DEVIL LAND by Desi Moreno-Penson, directed by Antonio Miniño with musical guests Jennifer Cintron and Micah Burgess.
A Latinx couple in the Bronx kidnaps a twelve-year old girl in a misguided attempt at creating a family. The girl claims to be clairvoyant and can communicate with the dead, including the couple’s own dead baby. She is also protected by a not-so-imaginary friend, whom she calls “The Grinch” (Yes, THAT Grinch, only more ghoulish!). Ultimately, a battle of wills ensues pitting faith, family, and politic against each other.
The cast includes: Raiane Cantisano (ms. estrada), Tanya Perez (Jessica Jones), Sean Carvajal (Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train), Mateo Moreno (Snipped/Cut/Tied), and Anthony Irizarry.
LISTEN TO PART 1 HERE
LISTEN TO PART 2 HERE
To learn more about The Parsnip Ship visit theparsnipship.com