SAVE THE DATE

AND  

BOOK YOUR TICKETS EARLY FOR ….

“On the Fray” 

We invite you to celebrate our fundraising event,” On the Fray”, at O’Lunney’s pub on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30pm. We will host an evening of performances to celebrate and support Threads Theater Company’s upcoming theater season!

“On the Fray” will feature live music from Phoebe Lyng, Samantha Brown and Andy Roda. Special guests include Elaine Williams, Hannelies Hartman and Virginia Pike. In addition to music other festivities include:  food, a trivia contest, prizes and more!

When: April 4
Time: 7:30pm
Where: O’Lunney’s Pub  http://www.olunneys.com/
145 West 45 Street, 2nd Floor (between Broadway and 6 Ave.)
How much: $15 advance ticket, $22 at the door
*2 drink minimum*

For tickets go to: http://www.theatermania.com/content/show.cfm/show/153079

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Presents

THE THREAD

Welcome to The Thread, our monthly Threads Theater Company newsletter!

*Check out our new blog at https://threadstheater.wordpress.com/ *

FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE…..

• “On the Fray”, a Threads fundraising event

• Threads welcomes new members to our leadership team

• A sneak preview of our 2009 and 2010 productions

• Monologue Workshop update

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SAVE THE DATE FOR ….

“On the Fray”

We invite you to celebrate our fundraising event,” On the Fray”, at O’Lunney’s pub on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30pm. We will host an evening of performances to celebrate and support Threads Theater Company’s upcoming theater season!

“On the Fray” will feature live music from Phoebe Lyng, Samantha Brown and Andy Roda. Special guests include Elaine Williams, Hannelies Hartman and Virginia Pike. In addition to music other festivities include:  food, a trivia contest, prizes and more!

When: April 4
Time: 7:30pm
Where: O’Lunney’s Pub  http://www.olunneys.com/
145 West 45 Street, 2nd Floor (between Broadway and 6 Ave.)
How much: $15 advance ticket, $22 at the door
*2 drink minimum*

For tickets go to: http://www.theatermania.com/content/show.cfm/show/153079

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*THREADS IS THRILLED TO INTRODUCE NEW MEMBERS TO OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM! *

• Bobby Bradley: Bobby is honored to join the Threads leadership team and take over the role of Production Manager. Bobby first worked with Threads as the lighting designer for The Pearl Merchant in 2008.  He is excited to collaborate on current and future projects with such a talented team of individuals. bobby@threadstheatercompany.org
• Erin Layton: Erin is excited to act as Marketing and Communications Manager for Threads! Erin has performed in Threads In Dialogue Series and last year’s leading role of Hannah in The Pearl Merchant.  erin@threadstheatercompany.org
• Amanda Bailey: Amanda is a wonderful actress who served as stage manager on our 2008 production, The Pearl Merchant. She is excited to join the team as the Associate Team Leader of our New Works Series.  New play submissions can be sent to her at amanda@threadstheatercompany.org

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*BEST WISHES AND SPECIAL THANKS to….

Bryan Taylor, after four years of dedicated service to Threads, is moving on to pursue other artistic endeavors. We will pray for your journey ahead, Bryan!

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*A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THREADS 2009/2010 SEASON….*

Twilight (for production in summer 2009)

Twilight by Monica Flory is continuing its development through the Threads percolator! Twilight is that mysterious time of day when wolves howl, accidents happen, and life collides with death. Inspired by surrealist photography, Twilight infuses ordinary small town life with the supernatural. And no, it’s not based on the vampire series! New titles for the play are under discussion.

*Closed table readings are being held this spring in preparation for a premier performance of the play during the summer of 2009 directed by Misti B. Wills.

About the playwright:

Monica Flory is a Brooklyn-based playwright, director, and teacher. She is the Resident Playwright at the New Acting Company in Greenwich Village, where her play ONCE UPON A PANDORA’S BOX was recently produced. Her newest play, TWILIGHT, has been featured in a series of writer’s forums with Threads Theater Company. Recent productions include THIRD WHEEL at Manhattan Comedy Collective and Emerging Artists Theatre; JUNGLE BOOK at Youth Theatre Northwest, Southern Oregon University, and New Acting Company; LA LLORONA at University of Maryland Baltimore County; SCRATCH at Theatre-Studio, Inc.; and WILD THING at the New Acting Company. Her plays are published by Playscripts and Smith & Kraus. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Babette’s Feast (for production in 2010)

Babette’s Feast is the story of a small, austere religious community in a Norwegian seaside town.  A mysterious French woman, through great personal sacrifice, provides a feast and introduces the community to the essence of grace.  Through wine, delicious food, and conversation, cold religious ascetics are able to love and forgive one another, and after a lifetime of fear and blind rule-following, experience faith for the first time.

About the playwrights:

Abigail Killeen served for ten years as an artist-in-residence at National Theater for Arts and Education, working to adapt works of literature for educational theatrical tours, including works like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Homer’s Odyssey.  She is also the creator of two original works:  Light in Darkness, a unique theatrical celebration of the season of Advent, and The Body Restored: Glimpsing Divine Glory in Women, an experimental theatre project investigating body and image disorders.  The pieces were created in 2002 and 2003 and continue to be produced around the country.  Abigail is a professor of acting at Bowdoin College.

Rose Courtney is a performer and playwright. She is the author of Met, which premiered at Circle Rep LAB under the direction of Peg Denithorne. Her vaudeville comedy, Cycle, for which she also created original music with composer/multi-instrumentalist Rachel Kaufman, was honored as a finalist in the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest. Cycle has subsequently been produced at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre in NYC and the NY International Fringe Festival, where it was praised by critics, including The Village Voice, which called it, “an inspired, overdue, and rather brave counterweight to a decade of ‘edge’.” With Project 400 Theatre Group, Rose collaborated on the creation of many original works, all directed by Diane Paulus, and she has performed her own stand-up comedy writing at venues such as Caroline’s, The Improv, Stand-Up New York, and The Duplex. Rose is a graduate of Vassar College, New Actors Workshop and the Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Theatre Institute, and is also a member of the Dramatists Guild.
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*MONOLOGUE WORKSHOP UPDATE*

Got a repertoire? Threads is pleased to have successfully launched two installments of our newest venture, Monologue Workshops. Special guest instructors Frank Mihelich and George Drance led the participants through warm-ups and monologue technique. The actors who attended have responded positively to receiving personal attention and coaching as they prepare for that drudgery known as auditions.  View former participants’ comments on our blog.  https://threadstheater.wordpress.com/ *
The next Monologue Workshop is set for April 6 at 7pm (at Theater Row Studios) with special guest instructor Erin Layton.  Reserve your spot via email at mitchfjm@yahoo.com Cost is $20.

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Partner With Us!

Though we are all in economic crisis, the calling for the arts to place perspective and hope into society is more critical now than ever. Please consider contributing to our vision of starting conversations about faith.  Even the smallest contribution can make a huge difference! Many of you have already contributed to us and we are so thankful!

We currently need to raise $40,000 for rehearsal and performance space, designer and production team members, actor fees, and technical support to produce Twilight and Babette’s Feast.

Note: When you give, please make checks out to Fractured Atlas with “Threads Theater Company” in the memo line and send to: Threads Theater Company c/o 1840 7th Avenue, #3C, New York, NY 10026. Or you can make an online donation at http: //www.fracturedatlas.org/site/contribute/donate. Please make sure to put THREADS THEATER COMPANY in the “in behalf of” space.

* THREADS THEATER COMPANY is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of THREADS THEATER COMPANY may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

www.threadstheatercompany.org

Sincerely,
The Threads Team

*If you’d like to be removed from this list, please respond to this email with “remove” in the subject line.

Special thanks to everyone who attended our first monologue workshop!

THREADS THEATER COMPANY

Presents


THE MARCH MONOLOGUE WORKSHOP

Featuring special guest artist instructor,

George Drance

Artistic Director of Magis Theatre Company and Artist-in-residence at Fordham U. Lincoln Center, George is an equity actor and professional director who brings an ensemble oriented and physical approach to acting. His performances have been featured on Off-Broadway in The Great Divorce and at La Mama.

http://www.magistheatre.org

When: Monday, March 2
Time: 7pm-10pm
Where: Roy Arias Studios
Studio: 401B/ 4th FL
300 W 43rd St at 8th Avenue
(A,C,E train to 42 Street)

*There will be a $20 entrance fee*

Please join us for a safe and friendly place to try out new audition material, brush and fix old material, and network with fellow artists!

*Here’s a quick preview of the evening’s schedule *:

7pm:

George Drance will lead you in a twenty minute physical warm-up.  So, please come dressed in loose fitting clothing ready to move!

7:30pm – 10pm:

All participants will have the chance to perform one to two monologues of their choice for constructive feedback from the entire group.

Space is limited to 20 participates so please RSVP Threads at: mitchfjm@yahoo.com (subject line: Monologue Workshop) as soon as possible!
*In your RSVP e-mail please state if you plan to work on one or two monologues.*

We look forward to meeting you or seeing you again!

Sincerely,

The Threads Theater Company Leadership Team:

(Kim, Misti, Erin, Amanda, Bobby, and Frank)

http://www.threadstheatercompany.org/

Hey gang! The first Monologue Workshop hosted by yours truly, Threads Theatre Company, was a success. Frank Mihelich, Threads Theatre Company member, hosted a fantastic warm up session for the actors before they delivered their monologues with constructive audience feedback. The evening was encouraging and rewarding for all! Please see quote below from attendee actress Rachel Harrington: “Thank you for putting on the Audition Workshop. It was a wonderful experience and I’m excited for the next one! Thank you for all your feedback and for the safe environment!!”

Check out the photos from our “Monologue Workshop” and keep checking back for more updates!

Welcome to The Threads Theater Company Blog.

Check back soon for exciting news about what Threads is doing in 2009.

In the mean time visit threadstheatercompany.org for pictures of Threads first fully produced show The Pearl Merchant.

Check out the Threads Website at the link to the right.