COLORBLIND: A NEW PLAY BY NAACP AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT is CLOSED

COLORBLIND
A NEW PLAY BY NAACP AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT WALLACE DEMARRIA TO MAKE ITS NEW YORK PREMIERE OFF-BROADWAY AT ACTORS TEMPLE THEATRE THIS SPRING

PREVIEWS BEGAN MONDAY, APRIL 25th, 2022
OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT SET FOR MONDAY, MAY 2nd

L to R: Valence Thomas, Gregory Warren, Joseph Salvatore Knipper, Wallace Demarria, Jessica Catalano, Dana Harris, Jeremy Rosenblum

(New York, NY) – The New York based theater company Outside Studios today announced that it will present the Off-Broadway premiere of COLORBLIND, a play about how race figures into love and judgement in America. Written by NAACP Award-Winning Playwright Wallace Demarria, and co-directed by Mr. Demarria and Amanda White-Del Pino.

The production begins previews on Monday, April 25th at Actors Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th St.  The official opening night is set for Monday, May 2nd. 

https://www.colorblindoffbroadway.com

COLORBLIND dives headfirst into the long-standing racial inequality in America. It follows the life of Mr. Clinton Muhammad, the controversial spiritual leader of the Minority Empowerment Movement. His militant speeches and fiery stance against “the oppression and discrimination” of minorities has divided all that come in contact with him. Some love and idolize him while others despise him and plot his demise. At the peak of his meteoric rise, a life altering event puts everything Muhammad believes into question. Colorblind tackles the issues from every angle, leaving the audience to ask themselves: is it possible to have a truly “colorblind” society? Colorblind is a story of love, patriotism, betrayal, violence and redemption. Does love care about ethnicity?

COLORBLIND made its world premiere at The Meta Theater in Los Angeles in 2013. The four-week engagement extended to eight weeks due to the run’s sold-out performances. The successful run at The Meta Theater was followed by another successful eight-week run at the Santa Monica Playhouse in 2014.

The cast of COLORBLIND features Wallace Demarria, Dana Patrice, Joseph Salvatore Knipper, Greg Warren, Hank Dennis, Valence Thomas, Jeremy Rosenblum, and Jessica Catalano. COLORBLIND  features set and wardrobe design by Ru, lighting design by Maarten Cornelis, and original music composition by Nat Jenkins. The Production Stage Manager is Aurora Winger. Wallace Demarria is an actor, playwright and award-winning director who received critical acclaim as well as award nods for Colorblind. A Little Rock, Arkansas native, he landed his first movie role at the age of eight years old, and later was offered the lead role (originally intended for a white actor) in the film “Too Scared to Laugh.” After graduating Fisk University, Wallace entered a drama competition beating out 5,000 other actors. He took the top prize, and was the only competitor offered a contract with a Los Angeles-based talent agency. Mr. Demarria has since sold 4 scripts and been nominated for multiple NAACP Theatre Awards and was awarded Best Playwright in 2016. Amanda White-Del Pino is a creative producer with over 15 years of experience in the television, media, and production industry. Ms. White-Del Pino is a Producer, Director and Editor working for ad agencies/production companies as well as organizing and creating content for short films and social media.  A graduate with a BA in Film/Video from Columbia College Chicago, she has worked on such film projects as Retales, Hanging in There, Clout and most recently making her directorial debut in Till Death Do Us Part.

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Performances of COLORBLIND are on Mondays at 7:00PM, Wednesdays at 7:00PM, and Saturdays at 2:00PM. Tickets range from $37 (balcony general admission) to $57 (regular orchestra general admission). Premium seats are available for $72. There is a $2.50 facility fee on all tickets. To purchase tickets, click HERE

Actors Temple Theatre

Located at 339 West 47th St NYC (Between 8th and 9th Avenue)

 
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Trumpilton: An American Musical Parody – Limited engagement – Now Closed

Trumpilton: An American Musical Parody comically traces the rise and fall of Donald J. Trump as President and the coming of the Biden/Harris administration told by a host of political characters, notorious and noble.

This musical parody comically traces the rise and fall of Donald J. Trump as President, into the Biden administration told by a host of political characters, including Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Vladamir Putin, Bernie Sanders, Stormy Daniels and many others, notorious and noble. This irreverent romp features satirical scenes and musical numbers, offering a humorous and provocative reflection on what our Founding Fathers feared, if left unchecked, could happen to the most powerful office in the world.

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Limited engagement:
Monday, April 18, 2022 @ 7:30 PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

Trumpilton: An American Musical Parody charts the rise and fall of you-know-who. This show comes to New York City after a successful run in Vermont.

“I laughed and marveled throughout the entire show.” “Everybody’s doing a one man show at the same time so it is like a four-ring circus.” – Rutland Herald

Trumpilton: An American Musical Parody Cast Members:

Lina Cloffe, Luke Krueger, Annie Burger Nash, Christopher Daniel Restino

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Tickets for Trumpilton  is NOW Closeed

Running time is approximately 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission. (Not handicapped accessible.)

Adult content ~ Not recommended for children under 13.
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
First Preview Date Opening Date On Sale Through
April 18, 2022 April 18, 2022 April 19, 2022

Box Office Hours Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office one hour prior to the performance.

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Trumpilton: An American Musical Parody Creative Team

Author: Karen Klami & Burnham Holmes
Composer: Musical parody of various musicals and music
Lyrics: Karen Klami & Burnham Holmes
Director: Karen Lami & Burnham Holmes
Choreographer: Lina Cloffe
Musical Director and Keyboards ~ Leslie Klami
Costumes & Props ~ Jessica Nguyen
Set Design ~ Karen Klami
Stage Manager ~ Jessica Nguyen
Producer: Klami/Holmes Productions

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Located at 339 West 47th Street-NYC
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Vital Theatre Co Presents “The Wizard of Oz” at Actors Temple Theatre is CLOSED

The classic tale, The Wizard of Oz has been entertaining audiences for ages.

“Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and even munchkin puppetry, as they travel through a re-imagined world of Oz.”

SEE The Wizard of OZ Now through July 3, 2022
Sundays
11:00 am


Click LINK to buy Vital’s Wizard of Oz Tickets directly from Telecharge.

Ticket prices: $49.50 (include a $2.50 Facility Fee)

Audience: Recommended for ages 2 – 7. Everyone must have a ticket regardless of age.

First Preview Date Opening Date On Sale Through
March 27, 2022 March 27, 2022 July 3, 2022

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office
one hour prior to the performance.

VITAL’s Creative Team

Director: Stephen Sunderlin
Choreographer: Rebecca Frazier
Music Director Benjamin Stayner

Book: Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
Music: John Gregor
Lyrics: John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann
Producer: Vital Theatre Company, Inc

Production Stage Manager – ELIZABETH EMOND
Assistant Light Design -ADAM HAMDY
Costume Assistant- SHARON MEJIA
Sound Engineer – MICHAEL COSTAGLIOLA
Casting Director – HOLLY BUCZEK
Press Agent – QIKPR

Vital’s Wizard of Oz  Links

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Actors Temple Theatre

Located at 339 West 47th Street
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Between 8th and 9th Avenue)

 

Sistas: The Musical Returns to Off-Broadway! CLOSED 5/28/22

Sistas: The Musical Returns to Off-Broadway! The Hit Musical Telling the Story of Black Women Through Popular Music from Billie to Beyonce.

Sistas is the hit musical telling the story of black women through popular music from Billie to Beyoncé.

After a matriarch’s death, the women in the family clean Grandma’s attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the process, hit tunes that trace the history of black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the girl groups of the 60s to the empowerment of the 90s. Featuring 40 Hit Songs by Black Legends Including Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Alicia Keys and The Supremes.

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Reopened April 2, 2022  – Actors Temple Theatre, NYC
Performances Saturdays  4:30 PM & 8:00 PM / Sundays ~ 4:30 PM

SISTAS! The Musical , this live musical production is written by Fulbright Scholar and  Columbia University professor Dr. Dorothy Marcic, based upon a series of interviews she conducted with black women over several years.  Audiences experience an uplifting musical journey of a multi-generational African American family with over 40 hit-songs from the American songbook from the 1930s to the present day.   Performed by a cast of five women, the production focuses on the family’s quest to honor the memory of their beloved Grandmother as they dig through her basement belongings.

This new production of SISTAS! advances original cast member Tracey Lee Conyer as director and choreographer.  All new sets and costumes have also been added.

First presented in the 2011 MIdtown International Theater Festival, SISTAS! is slated to become Off-Broadway’s longest running production. After 9 years Off-Broadway at Edmund Gaynes’ St. Lukes Theatre we couldn’t be more excited to re-open at Gaynes’ Actors Temple Theatre.”

SISTAS! celebrates black music and the bonds of a family whose struggles and triumphs are universal and whose singing will rock the house with humor, humility, and sass!” said Tacey Lee Conyer, Director.

Ultimately, SISTAS! is a story of family, of the history that binds us, and of the love we share that transcends our differences.  It is a joyous celebration of strong women,” says Dr. Dorothy Marcic, Playwright

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Debra Thais Evans (Simone)

Debra Thais Evans, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is thrilled to be a part of the Sistas family. Favorite credits include: Broadway: Rocktopia: A Classical Revolution,  Tours: Porgy & Bess, Hairspray: Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), South Pacific (Bloody Mary), Carousel (Nettie), Into the Woods (The Witch). Other previous credits include several albums with Stage Stars Records. Many thanks to Bill, Tracey and the entire creative team for this incredible opportunity. Mama, Love ya!

Romelda Teron Benjamin (Roberta)

Romelda is known for her powerful, full, rich and emotionally charged vocal style. She recently appeared on Law and Order SVU and in the original Off-Broadway production of The Secret Life of Bees as Queenie at Atlantic Theater Company. She is most recognized for her portrayal of Sister Chantell in the original Off-Broadway production of Bare: A Pop Opera and for her portrayal of Paradise in the Broadway production of Brooklyn The Musical. Romelda recently appeared at Joe’s Pub in the critically acclaimed Ryan Raftery: Watch What Happens Live On Stage The Tale of Andy Cohen and the Housewives as Nene Leakes and Ryan Raftery Is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion, The Anna Wintour Musical. Other credits Include: Momma Morton in Chicago, Mavis White Eagle in Idaho!, Featured Ensemble in Catch Me If You Can original workshops through its out-of-town run at The 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, BJ Crosby in the National Tour of Smokey Joe’s Café. Romelda has appeared in numerous recordings, workshops, readings, The John Oliver Show on HBO and concerts with Linda Eder, Natalie Douglas, Harry Connick Jr., Pope Francis, Gloria Estefan, and Billy Porter. Thank you, God, for my Mommy, my Family, and Friends. My WAM Family Managers Rich and Mike. THANK YOU! IG: @theromeldateronbenjamin

Dawn Cantwell (Heather)

Broadway: Sting’s The Last Ship (originated the role of Young Meg), Wicked (Nessarose). Off-Broadway credits include: original company F#%king Up Everything/Brooklyn Crush, Music in the Air (Encores! City Center), original company Dogfight (Second Stage), Love’s Labour’s Lost (37 Arts). Regional/Tour credits include: Les Miserables, The Master Class, Romeo and Juliet, Carousel. Film: The Train (opposite Eli Wallach), Isolation (Independant). Save the Date (Independant) TV: Every Other Sunday (Amazon), The Tonight Show. She is writing a musical, Hiraeth, alongside Addi McDaniel. She also writes and performs with her brother Ryan Cantwell (musical director/conductor forthcoming Broadway revival of 1776, Waitress, Pippin, Bat Out of Hell). Their music can be found here. BA: NYU Tisch. www.dawncantwell.com, www.hiraethmusical.com. IG @dawasong, fb @dawncantwell

Maria Lawson (Gloria)

Maria is excited to join Sistas! A UK native who relocated to New Jersey, with her father hailing from New York, Maria obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science at Lancaster University, UK and was awarded a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. Maria started her music career as a songwriter with Peer Music Publishing and went on to record her debut album with Sony Music.
Television credits: The X Factor UK– Finalist, The Equalizer – CBS,  Eastenders– BBC, Lost Arc, VO- Amazon. Theater Credits: (Lead Singer) Thriller Live– West End, London, (Candy) Saturday Night Fever – US Tour, (Chiffon) Little Shop of Horrors – Edinburgh Fringe, Soul Train – The Musical. Maria would like to thank her UK/US family for their continued love and support. Follow Maria and download her vocal app at https://www.instagram.com/marialawsonofficial/

Montria Walker (Tamika)

Montria Walker is making her Off-Broadway debut in SISTAS. Montria is an actor, recording artist and vocal coach. She has loved performing ever since she was a little girl! She grew up in church singing in the choir, but realized in elementary school, after doing her first musical, there was more to her passion! She went on to college and obtained her bachelor’s in Fine Arts With a Concentration in Musical Theatre at Kent State University. Favorite roles include Intimate Apparel (Mayme), All Shook Up (Lorraine), Pippin (Leading Player), and Into The Woods (Lucinda). Shortly after, she accepted a contract with Royal Caribbean International and went on to perform in Southeast Asia. She is so happy to be gracing the stage again with such an incredible cast! Montria would like to thank her director, music director, the entire SISTAS Team, and cast, for their dedication to making this a memorable show! She would also love to thank God, her family, boyfriend and friends for their constant love and support ! If she could leave you with one word it would be to “Believe.” IG: @MontriaWalker
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Sistas: The Musical Creative Team
Author: Dorothy Marcic
Music & Lyrics: Various
Director / Choreographer: Tracy Conyer Lee
Producer: Franzblau Media Inc

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Running Time: 85 minutes, with no intermission
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Saturdays  ~ 4:30 PM & 8:00 PM / Sundays ~ 4:30 PM

Box Office Hours Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office
one hour prior to the performance.

Click link to buy Tickets to Sistas: The Musical directly from Telecharge.
Ticket prices start at $42.00 including a $2.50 Facility Fee.

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Actors Temple Theatre

Located at 339 West 47th Street
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Between 8th and 9th Avenue)