Interview with Fancy Ducan

Fancy DuCan almost catapulted to stardom when her song blasted from a car window in a 1997 episode of Cops! She's fresh off her album tour, which includes hit songs, “Can’t Heal a Heart with More Heartbreak,” “Only Circle At The Square Dance,” and “All The Times I Didn’t Kill You.” This show features comedian, Jennette Cronk, and musical director, Frank Spitznagel. Host of the Suncoast Burlesque Festival's Comedy Night, Jennette has performed in the Del Close Marathon, New York Musical Improv Festival, in comedy clubs from NY to FL, and performs weekly at The Magnet Theater in Chelsea. I caught up with “Fancy Ducan”

The Ferryman: Broadway Opening October 22nd – The Carney Family Is Ready For A Fight!!

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus When individuals talk about key commodities in life several needs come to mind. Food, water, procreation, love, money, binge watching "The Walking Dead". All of these utensils of life will come up, but more times than not a soul will say, "the love of family". To assist in propelling something larger than one self forward is in my opinion the definition of family. Websters Dictionary defines family as, "a group of people who share common ancestors". Family is your representation when you are gone. There is no opposite of heritage. To be from nowhere? There is no such

Do This One Thing For Me – Jane Elias Elaborates

Jane Elias (Playwright/Performer) is performing at FringeNYC 2018 in “Do This One Thing For Me” - a deeply personal story about her poignant relationship with her father, Beni, a Greek Jew who survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. The production blurb explains: “As she realizes she will not be able to grant his wish that he live to dance with his daughter at her wedding, she looks for another way to honor him and his legacy, traveling to Poland to take part in the March of the Living. An acutely observed portrait, filled with tenderness, longing and self-discovery, Do This One Thing for

Interview with Edward Einhorn of Untitled Theater Company No.61

The New York International Fringe Festival has returned after a year hiatus with a phenomenal line-up of original shows. The festival kicked off on October 1st and runs until the 31st. I caught up with Edward Einhorn the playwright and director of The Resistable Rise of J.R. Brinkley - the true story of a 1920's con man told with country music, to find out more about this compelling production. What was the main impetus for choosing to create this work? After the 2016 election, I started hosting “resistance readings,” theater written in countries facing political crises, in order to figure out what

A Few Minutes with Ethan Hova of “The Nap”

Stagebiz.com recently caught up with Ethan Hova who is playing in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of “The Nap,” probably the best (only) play ever written about snooker, a version of pool that is to 8-ball what chess is to tic-tac-toe. He kindly answered our questions about the play, snooker, and his career. Stagebiz: The Nap, like a lot of comedies, depends on a degree of chemistry among the actors. How did the cast find that and how easily did it happen? Hova: It's a kind, funny group of people, so finding chemistry wasn’t hard. Alexandra Billings is a catalyst for real

Interview: Lico Whitfield, Producing Director of The Amoralists

Lico Whitfield It was a powerful experience witnessing Gabriel Jason Dean’s production, “Triggered” presented by THE AMORALISTS - (“a diverse collective of uncompromising artists”). The show forms part of their 2018/2019 season entitled RICOCHET: An Amoralists Anthology about Surviving an American Epidemic, that features four original, intersecting plays that follow a community as it copes with the aftermath of a mass shooting. These four plays are being developed through their ‘Wright Club’ playwriting initiative where three writers tackle one unifying event. The three distinct perspectives are created by Gabriel Jason Dean, Charly Evon Simpson, and James Anthony Tyler.  The season will

Interview with Pavla Niklova: Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival –Vaclav Havel’s Legacy Lives On in NYC

  Pavla Niklova is the Executive director of the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) and Artistic Director of The Rehearsal for Truth Festival. I met with her in the Dvorak Room at The Bohemian National Hall to discuss the upcoming theater festival from September 25 – 29, 2018. The VHLF together with the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), will partner with Czech, Hungarian, Polish, and Slovak performing arts and cultural institutions to host the second year of a unique festival presenting the best in contemporary Central European theater. What gave you the idea to create The Rehearsal for Truth theater festival

Feature: Leonard Bernstein’s Secular Liturgical Music

Saturday, August 25 is the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth.  During the upcoming weekend, Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony's Berkshires summer home where "Lenny's" conducting career began as a student in 1940 and ended with his last concert months before his death in 1990, and London's BBC Proms offer non-stop Bernstein.  The classical music streaming service Medici.tv is offering a week of Bernstein archival footage and documentaries.  For those who want to keep the music going there is Sir Antonio Pappano and the The Santa Cecilia Orchestra's new release of Lenny's three symphonies.  Additionally, since musical milestones are aimed at

Vic Dibitetto: July 28th 8pm at The NYCB Theater at Westbury

Anyone who knows anything about comedy could never deny the influence Long Island has had on the stand up comedy scene since it's inception. The endless list of greats that call Long Island their home and cut their teeth doing comedy here is well known in the annals of comedy history. That rich history continues with the great talent that Governors Comedy produces on a daily basis on Long Island. In the mid 1990's I had the opportunity to work as and usher and backstage at what was then The Westbury Music Fair, which has a history of it's own that

Being a Latina Comic in Long Island, NY

By Cristina  Arroyo (and NOT by Jeff Myhre, despite what Wordpress says -- we're working on it). Follow any LI comic or club on Instagram, and count the number of women or comics of color in the photos; you’d be hard pressed to get past single digits. The Long Island comedy scene in New York is very male and very White–I’m not trying to be controversial, just factual. Lack of diversity (race, gender, and even comedic style) is a glaring issue that, if continued to be pushed aside, will render LI comedy obsolete. Many seasoned comics and show producers and bookers dismiss

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