DEATH VALLEY DQ Comes to NY!

Melissa van der Schyff. Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Melissa van der Schyff (Bonnie & Clyde), Victor Hernandez (Bonnie & Clyde), and Andrea Ross (Whistle Down the Wind) will star in my new 10-minute play Death Valley DQ.  The play will premiere as part of American Globe Theatre’s 18th Annual 15-minute Play Festival at 8pm on April 29, 2012.  Brendan Naylor directs.

The offbeat drama centers on two Dairy Queen employees in Baker, CA, and their final customer on the day the DQ is closing its doors.  Described as “Waiting for Godot in a Dairy Queen,” Death Valley DQ explores the risks we must be willing to take at the crossroads of life.

Founded in 1989, American Globe Theatre is the longest running classical theatre in midtown Manhattan. Now, in its’ 23rd year, American Globe (AGT) is dedicated to staging innovative productions of classical plays and to the development of new audiences through educational outreach. American Globe Theatre is committed to reinvigorating performance in contemporary American Theatre through the use of the First Folio technique, which originated with Shakespeare’s own company of players and to passing down this legacy to a new generation of artists and students.

American Globe Theatre is located at 145 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10036.  The 18th Annual 15-minute Play Festival semi-finals play April 23-29, 2012, 8pm, with the finals on May 4, 2012, at 7pm and 9pm, and May 5, 2012, at 5pm and 7:30pm.

For more information and tickets go to www.americanglobe.org

WHEN DOVES CRY

Okay, so that’s the wrong Prince.

But here’s the right one: The Prince of Atlantis.

This new play by Steven Drukman is premiering at South Coast Repertory from April 6-April 29th and will be featured as part of their annual Pacific Playwrights Festival.

 

In the play, the Colletti brothers, Kevin and Joey, (Matt Arkin, and John Kapelos) debate how to handle the appearance of Joey’s long-lost son,

Miles (me)!

 

Along with Joey’s fiancee, Connie, (Nike Doukas) Kevin must keep Miles from learning that Joey is actually in prison – all with surprising, comic results.

 

 

 

 

 
Previews start tomorrow, March 30th.  Come down to Costa Mesa and see the wonderfully endearing comedy, directed by Warner Shook.

FREE BEER!

In celebration of the song “Free Beer” from The Tavern Keeper’s Daughter, Milwaukee’s famous Lakefront Brewery will be offering Free Beer samples before the staged reading of TKD on Monday, Feb. 27th.

The samples will be available starting at 5:30pm in the Skylight Bar, along with brats and other gnosh.  Food and drinks will also be available following the reading.

Check out the song, and then check out the reading!

TAVERN KEEPER’S DAUGHTER To Be Presented in Cabot Theatre

Some good news about the Tavern Keeper’s Daughter, regarding its up-coming world premiere reading with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and the Skylight Opera Theatre.

Ordinarily, the Montgomery Davis New Play Development Series is presented in the Skylight Bar and Bistro – a modest, cafe like environment with a small stage and a piano.

However, due to the collaborative nature of this reading, the Chamber Theatre staff is expecting a larger crowd to be generated, and therefore has secured the permission to have it performed onstage in the renowned Cabot Theatre.

The exquisite Cabot Theatre provides a traditional, yet extremely intimate theater setting. It is modeled after an 18th century European opera house and seats 360.

This promises to be a very exciting theatrical event.  And I encourage you and your friends to come see it.

The Tavern Keeper’s Daughter will be presented Monday, February 27th at 7:30pm in the Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Admission is FREE, with donations kindly accepted.

UPDATE 2/17/12:  Russ Bickerstaff of expressmilwaukee.com agrees with me!

THE TAVERN KEEPER’S DAUGHTER to be Read at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and the Skylight Opera Theatre will co-produce a reading of The Tavern Keeper’s Daughter with book, music, & lyrics by B.T. Ryback.  The reading will be directed by Ray Jivoff as part of the the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series, and will take place Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 at 7:30 pm in The Skylight Bar & Bistro, 2nd Floor, Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway.  The reading is free with donations kindly accepted.

More about TKD: Returning home to Milwaukee from WWII, Lenny, a young Polish marine, finds himself arranged to marry the tavern keeper’s daughter from the bar across the street. Wanting more than a small town life, he runs off to New York City, where he meets Wanda, a spunky young woman trying to make something of herself in the Big Apple. Together they embark on a hilarious and heartwarming journey of self-discovery and romance, complete with a kooky, chorus-dancing gypsy, two mischievous gangster brothers, and the villainous godfather of the Polish mafia. The Tavern Keeper’s Daughter is a brand-new, throw-back musical that celebrates that home is what you choose to make of it.

Developmental Production of Darling, A New Musical, to be produced at Emerson College

BOSTON, MA – Retrop Productions and Emerson College’s RareWorks Theatre Company, in association with Kurt Deutsch, President and Founder of Sh-K Boom Records, are pleased to announce their collaboration with Ryan Scott Oliver and BT Ryback on the new musical Darling. A private workshop of this new piece will be presented at Emerson College in December, with a developmental production occurring in early Spring of 2012.

Jacob Porter, President of Retrop Productions, remarked on the collaborative opportunity: “Having [Ryan Scott Oliver] and [B.T. Ryback] present for the developmental process will be a beneficial learning experience for the entire Emerson student community and will provide the authors with information that will aid the creation of this daring and bold new work.” Nick Medvescek, Producing Director for RareWorks Theatre Company, adds “this production allows us to link our student community to industry leaders and rising talent.”

Darling, A New Musical will be directed by Michael Bello, a senior BFA Musical Theatre Major at Emerson College. Bello has previously worked as an assistant director at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA and for Mary Zimmerman at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. Bello believes that “bringing a new musical, like Darling, to Emerson will provide every student involved with a unique and educational challenge to work on a piece unlike any other student organization musical.”

Darling is presented in association with Kurt Deutsch, President and Founder Sh-K-Boom Records, a Grammy Award winning label that bridges the gap between rock and theater music. Deutsch is looking forward to this exciting collaboration at Emerson, and stated that “there is nothing like being part of the creation of a new musical and working with two of the most exciting young musical theatre writers. I think that Darling represents where the future of musical theatre is going deeply rooted in traditional storytelling through music but by someone whose influences range from Sondheim to the popular music of today.”

Ryan Scott Oliver, composer and lyricist for Darling, speaks on behalf of the creative collaboration with book-writer BT Ryback: “We’re really looking forward to our work with the Emerson team this year. To be able to not only read thru the material but then have the opportunity to revise it and have it up on its feet in production is an exceptional opportunity. The university setting is a blessing to workshop a show like Darling, and Brett [BT Ryback] and I are anxious to see our show take her next step forward.”

This exciting collaboration highlights the importance of developing new musical theater within an educational environment; providing both student and professional theatre artists with the opportunity to work, learn, and grow in a creative and stimulating climate.

More about Darling
Darling, with music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver, and book by B.T. Ryback, follows upper crust teenager Ursula Morgan in 1929 Boston as its society boils in the weeks before the Crash. Neglected by her excessive, self-absorbed parents, Ursula encounters Peter, a charming rent-boy of uncertain age, on the run from the Captain of Police who pursues him for a heinous crime he may or may not have committed. When she is offered the
opportunity to run away with him, she takes it and finds herself swept into a seedy underground of jazz, sex and a mysterious white powder called Fairy Dust.

DARLING at Emerson

This December, DARLING will be going home to Boston.

From Playbill.com: A private workshop of the new musical Darling by Ryan Scott Oliver and Brett (B.T.) Ryback will be presented at Emerson College in Boston in December as a collaboration of Retrop Productions and Emerson College’s RareWorks Theatre Company. Students will test the material in the reading meant for the writers and undergrad creative team.

Crazytown Presents!

To all New Yorkers out there: here’s an event that I promise you won’t want to miss.

Joe’s Pub will be home to Crazytown Presents, November 14th at 9:30 pm, an evening of musical theatre, monologues, stand-up comedy, performance art and more from the writers of Crazytown Blog, an “artist’s asylum,” interpreted and performed by some of the funniest actors from the worlds of Broadway and Improv.

Among those set to appear at the one-night only event are:

Alex Brightman (Wicked), Jason Michael Snow ( The Book of Mormon),  Lauren Conlin Adams (Upright Citizens Brigade), Andrew Kober  (Hair), Oscar Montoya (The Pit), Carly Sakolove (Girls Night) and Sam Tedaldi (Spidermusical).

Crazytown is a blog that I regularly write for (look for me every tuesday!) and on November 14th at 9:30pm the blog is going live at Joe’s Pub in NYC.  So come support!!