A List of Some of My Favorite Playwrights (at the moment)

This list is ever evolving, but at the moment, off the top of my head, playwrights who are currently inspiring me include (in no logical order):

Frantz Kreutz

Adrienne Kennedy

Lynn Nottage

William Shakespeare

Ethan Lipton

Jen Silverman

Bertolt Brecht

Mac Wellman

Henrik Ibsen

Euripides

William Saroyan

Anton Chekhov

Erin Courtney

Young Jean Lee

Zeami

In case anyone was wondering…there are more of course. Yes yes yes. Many more.

APPathon at The Brick, Saturday, July 21st /Part of GAME PLAY FESTIVAL

This past week reminds me why I love living in New York City so much, even though I’m desperately broke and fairly exhausted. Such rich soil for an artist! I had a wonderful time being a part of the development and reading of RadyBloom’s THE UPPER ROOM on Wednesday. Last Sunday I went to The Brick and met a group I had been paired with to create a piece. We had this last week to create a performance that utilized one of four computer apps we were given and our topic was surveillance. Over a day or two we got something down on paper and our two tech types figured out how to incorporate the Layar app while also incorporating some other super cool digital media stuff into our performance. I asked for a “beautiful and grotesque dance” and that’s what I got. I asked to see images of a skeleton and blood – they made it happen. We rehearsed a VERY LITTLE and exchanged a few frantic emails. And then tonight we performed our decidedly experimental piece at The Brick after two other teams performed their pieces. I thought our piece was beautiful and strange and creepy and relevant – and I was even in it in the last several minutes. We didn’t win first prize, but I FEEL LIKE A WINNER because I got a taste of what technology can do to help experimental theater makers realize shadowy visions. Boom. Thanks to Paul, Christine, Katherine and Alexis – go The Strange Team. 

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Bring a Weasel Festival Fundraiser, Sunday, July 21, 4-10 pm @ The Bushwick Starr

This Sunday the Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival Fundraiser is happening at The Bushwick Starr, 4- 10 pm. Bring your weasels, blood and MONEY! (Or at least your lovely selves.)

Performances by CARA SCARMACK, LUMBER ROB and MORE!

Take the L train to Jefferson Street. Exit front of the train. Walk against traffic on Starr Street. 1/2 block on the right (approx 20 minutes from Manhattan. If you can’t make it, consider donating to the WEASEL Kickstarter campaign.

 

The Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Festival will be at Classical Stage Company Sept 5 – 8. Produced by: Jessica Almasy, William Burke and Kate Benson. Directed by: Benjamin Kamine and Christopher Burris. Plays written by Dennis Allen II, Kim Davis and yours truly. More info to come, but – this year’s theme is THE MINSTREL SHOW.

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Childhood film inspirations…

Childhood film inspirations...

XANADU was a big movie for me when I was a kid. So were GREASE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, WEST SIDE STORY, MY FAIR LADY, 16 CANDLES, HEATHERS, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, HALLOWEEN, SID & NANCY, STAND BY ME, RUNNING ON EMPTY, DOGFIGHT and THE KARATE KID. Among others! What were some of your favorite films growing?

Moonlighting as an actress in RadyBloom’s THE UPPER ROOM

Join us at Judson for free refreshments and a free reading this Wednesday, July 17th. The pre-show reception begins at 7pm and the show follows at 8pm. 55 Washington Square South, Greenwich Village.                         
                                                                 
Within the ever-inspiring and hospitable walls of Judson Memorial Church we’ve begun workshop rehearsals for Wednesday’s staged reading, the first public showing of THE UPPER ROOM, a brand new piece that fuses congregation, sea-level rise, and human-to-sea-creature metamorphoses. Catherine Brookman (together with guitarist Joe White as music project Sullivan Sings) has created a cycle of spiritual water songs. And we have brought together a fiercely multi-talented and energetic congregation consisting of Clare Barron, LaChrisha Brown, Starr Busby, Tjasa Ferme, Darcy Fowler, Amina Henry, Evan Kuzma, and Madalyn Mckay.
In the spirit of creative communion, we welcome you to be the first to experience THE UPPER ROOM. We’d be honored to share with you at this developmental stage and hear your thoughts.

IndieGogo Campaign for Drama of Works production of WATER

Hello friends,
 
Drama of Works, a lovely Brooklyn-based puppet theater company, is producing my children’s show WATER next month at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn. WATER tells the story of Sela and her friend Bo on their journey to and from the far away well to get water for Sela’s ailing mother. Through storytelling, drama, music, and puppetry, this free and family-friendly show illustrates a crucial problem in many parts of the world. At the performances we accept donations and donate them to a water organization. Any little contribution is appreciated.
 
Show dates: Wednesday, August 14th, 6:30 pm
                    Friday, August 16th, 6:30 pm
                    Sunday, August 18th, 5 pm
                    Wednesday, August 21st, 6:30 pm
                    Friday, August 23rd, 6:30 pm
                    Sunday, August 25th, 6:30 pm
 
Cheers,
Amina
 
Drama of Works needs YOU!    

Drama of Works needs your help this summer, please consider giving to the indiegogo campaign!
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Drama of Works NEEDS YOU!

Drama of Works has launched an indiegogo campaign to help us raise funds this summer. 

We need your help to put up a WORLD PREMIERE play and raise funds for a water resource charity. And we need your help to represent you at the Wayang World Puppet Carnival in Indonesia!!!  VISIT THE PAGE TO CONTRIBUTE NOW – OR READ ON TO HEAR MORE ABOUT IT!

PUPPET SCHOOL: we’re re-launching! Let us know if you’re interested in a shadow puppetry workshop!

What is DOW’s summer 2013…?!?

Drama of Works is a multidisplinary theater company formed in 1999 and working out of Brooklyn, NY. We have created over a dozen full-length shows in a variety of styles, collaborated with countless artists, and have performed in over five countries!
This summer we’re working on two pieces: WATER, a world premiere play for all ages by Amina Henry, to be performed free to the public at Old Stone House in Brooklyn, NY; and Sleepy Hollow, a large-scale shadow show, which we are pulling out of repertory to perform at the World Puppet Carnival in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The impact of your donation…

By giving to this campaign you will be helping us put up a world premiere play, in order to raise funds for a water resource charity. We will be collecting donations for charity at the WATER performances and charging no entrance fees, so your contribution here makes a tangible difference to our production costs!
You are also helping us exchange culturally with artists in Indonesia, show our work to an international audience and gain status in the puppetry world. The World Puppet Carnival is a competition festival, and we want to bring our A game! Help us represent the U.S. and Brooklyn – this September!

What will we do with your donation…

– WATER is employing one playwright, three actors, one stage manager, one designer, one director and one musician. We feel strongly about compensating our artists fairly.
– WATER will also need rehearsal space, postcards for marketing purposes and supplies for the beautiful puppets our designer will be making.
Because we are not taking entrance fees at the WATER performances (only donations for water resource charities), your donation here and now must make up for this 100%!
– The World Puppet Carnival does not pay for transportation. And plane tickets to Jakarta are not cheap. Some of your donation will help make up for this!

Those fun perks…

– All donors will of course be shouted-out on our Facebook page!
– A frame-worthy print of the WATER poster image (by Skye Worthington-Bunn) signed by the cast and collaborators or a Sleepy Hollow poster signed by the cast and collaborators!
– We are known for our awesome shadow puppetry workshops- join us at a discounted price or for free if you give!
– This September we will be presenting our next PUNCH: Kamikaze at Dixon Place. Two tickets to the best puppet slam in town!
– If you give real big we’ll make a personalized photo album or video for you during the WATERexperience and while in Jakarta!
When in Jakarta we might have some custom things made for donors as well…!

OTHER WAYS TO HELP!

We know not everyone has the ability to give. That doesn’t mean you can’t help us out…
– Pass this campaign on to other people you think might be interested.
– Talk about us and the campaign on Facebook and other social media.
– Come see WATER at Old Stone House – details to come!
– Come see our invited dress of Sleepy Hollow – details also to come for that!
 

NO MATTER WHAT…THANK YOU!!!

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