Thrilled and excited to announce that Blizzard: A Love story was nominated for SIX awards at Planet Connections Festivity: Outstanding Overall Production of a Short Play, One-Act, or Monologue, (and for the rest of these you can add "...of a short play..." Lori Kee for Outstanding Direction, Gary Lee Mahmoud for Outstanding Actor, Andy Evan Cohen for Outstanding Sound Design and I got nominated for both Actress and Playwright. Thanks are due to the outstanding team assembled including Lori, Gary and Andy plus our AMAZING stage manager Steven Albano.
Congratulations to ALL of the nominees - I'm honored to be included with such talented people! (Full list of nominees here: http://planetconnections.org/2015-award-nominations/)
Blizzard: A Love Story - Creative Team in Place!
I am so pleased to be able to announce that I have an incredible team in place for this production of my play Blizzard: A Love Story!
At the helm as director, Lori Kee returns to Planet Connections following her 2014 win for Outstanding Director for her work on "Vacation! All I Ever Wanted". Lori has also won best directing awards for her work on "Death, it Happens…" (2012 Frigid Festival) and "Male Man" (Medicine Show.) At the 2013 Planet Connections Gala event "One Acts for A Cause", she directed "Tennesee by" John Patrick Shanley. She is Resident Director at Nylon Fusion Theatre Company and teaches acting at BMCC CUNY. http://www.lorikee.com/
An I am so happy to welcome Steven Albano back to the LifeDream Productions team as Stage Manager! Steve worked with me as SM on "The Closet" at Planet Connections in 2012 and I am thrilled to be working with him again.
And I'm very excited to have Andy Evan Cohen on the team as Sound Designer! Andy is an incredible talent and I can't wait to hear what he comes up with! http://www.andycomusic.com/
I promise to write a full update when I have more time - very soon - as I have done a ton of projects since the last post almost a year ago. In the immediate future I'll be performng in Provincetown on May 24th in Jicky Schnee's "The Four Sisters: The Eye, the Ear, the Brain, and the Mouth" a one act play written in homage to both Anton Chekov and Samuel Beckett.
148 Commercial St, Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
7pm on Sunday, May 24
And right after that, I'll be appearing in my play Blizzard: A Love Story at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. I'm producing and acting in this piece that I wrote - and have hired an incredibly talented director - LORI KEE to helm the piece. We'll be auditioning next week for the role of Ian and should be announcing our Stage Manager by the end of this week. And I launched our fundraising drive via IndieGoGo a few hours ago!
For way more info - http://igg.me/p/blizzard-a-love-story/x/516419
I'll be creating a FB event page soon plus posting more info on this website as I can. I'm really proud of this play and so excited to see it come to stage - I hope you get the chance to see it!
I've directed a lot since last July - and acted a bit too! I'll have to rectify that and make some changes here. But NEXT UP (for the very few people that might see this blog post!) is http://www.andrewrothkin.com/FathersDay.html COme out and Vote for us!
Straight Faced Lies garners SIX nominations from Planet Connections - for outstanding production, outstanding playwright, ( Mark J. Williams), outstanding director, (me), and acting nods to Hannah Wolfe, Dan Hilt and Thom Christensen. Congratulations! Award ceremony on 8/4/13. So excited and proud to have been part of this production this year.
from Martin Denton over at NYTheatre.com:"Melissa Skirboll has directed Straight Faced Lies with economy and verve. Her fine cast inhabit their roles intelligently..."
and over at stagebuddy.com (the review doesn't have a credit attached so for now it remains anonymous):"Snappy dialogue, superior plotting, and powerful use of space make “Straight Faced Lies” a delight." (Oh and by the way stage buddy, that "powerful use of space" was created by the director - yeah me.)
For the third year in a row I'm participating in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity here in NYC. This year I'm directing the world premiere of Mark Jason William's STRAIGHT FACED LIES. We opened Sunday night to positive feedback from the audience and the audience last night seemed to laugh non-stop (which made me happy!) Sometime today we should see a review from Martin Denton at NYTheatre.com - will post it when it's up! It's been fun to work on this - the cast is very talented, the script is a delight -- and this year I don't have the added responsibility of being the producer as well as the director, which certainly simplifies things! Hope you can make it out to see one of the last four shows - I know there are seats left to our show today 4:00 p.m. at the Robert Moss Theater, 440 Lafayette St, NYC - see you there? https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/921739
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