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The Secret Life of Seaweed by Julie McKee

directed by Jean Randich 

February 2, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16 | 7:30 pm
Sunday matinees February 3 & 10 | 3 pm

HB Playwrights Theatre
124 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014
Free! | RSVP

New Zealand, 1941, under threat of a Japanese invasion Louise MacGregor, formidable scientist, and Mae Smith, untried youngster, are sent on a mission in search of Pterocladia Lucida, a simple seaweed to aid the war effort.  

Inspired by Lucy B. Moore’s scouring of the New Zealand coast for seaweed beds, The Secret Life of Seaweed tells the story of two women who learn to feel deeply about nature and each other in a time when expressing feelings of deep emotional sadness were forbidden for the good of all.

Featuring James Hallett*, Maggie Lacey*, Rebecca Nelson*, and Aishling Pembroke

Design by Sue Rees (Set/Projection), Elizabeth Hope Clancy (Costume), Christina Watanabe (Lighting), and Robert Murphy (Sound).
Colton Robertson (Stage Manager), Michaela Brown (Assistant Director)

*Member of AEA

Casting Call: Seeking Actors for The Pat & Julie Project – Winter 2019

HB’s Director’s New Play Lab, taught by director Pat Golden, and Playwriting 2 & Playwriting Studio Practice classes, taught by playwright Julie McKee, seek actors for scenes from new plays to be performed as Staged Readings at HB Playwrights Theater.

Performances: Sat, March 9 and Sun, March 10, 2019 @ HB Playwrights Theatre @ 7PM
Tech: March 6 & 7; Dress: March 8 & 9

Rehearsals: Directors will schedule regular rehearsals at the actor’s convenience including Class Presentations on select Mondays between 2:30P-5:30P.

Auditions: Please submit your headshot and resume to directingclass@hbstudio.org ASAP for an audition appointment on Thursday January 17 or Monday, January 21, 2019. Feel free to submit yourself for several roles.

Actors Wanted to Play: Continue reading →

Call for Playwright Submissions: Winter 2019 Staged Readings – The Pat & Julie Project

HB Playwrights from Julie McKee‘s Playwriting classes are invited to submit original work for the Pat & Julie Project, a weekend of staged readings on March 9 & 10 in the HB Playwrights Theatre.

Application Deadline: Dec 31
(NOTE: In addition to online submission, hard copies must be snail-mailed and received by this date)

APPLY ONLINE

Up to six (6) selected plays will be paired with directors from Pat Golden‘s Director’s New Play Lab for a joint Staged Reading Project. The staged readings will be presented to an invited audience. This is an opportunity to see your play beyond the sit down reading, and to work with a director. The process will directly address the art of collaboration. Dramatist Guild Guidelines and AEA Staged Reading Guidelines will be honored. PLEASE NOTE: A staged reading is not off book. Scripts will be in hand. Continue reading →

Register Now for Winter Term Classes!

Weekly Classes begin January 7, and run for 10 weeks through March 17, 2019.

Browse classes and register online. Also check out our short term workshops and full time programs.

UNION DISCOUNT*: Industry Union Members – Register with code UNIONWI19-10 to receive 10% OFF Winter Term classes. (Only valid for HB-verified Union Members. To be verified, present your union membership card in the registration office or email a copy to registration@hbstudio.org.)

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

*Discounts valid for classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount available to AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Union Members.

Sign Up Now for Winter Term, with Early Bird Savings!

Winter Term will run 10 weeks, January 7 – March 17, 2019.

Browse classes and register online. Also check out our short term workshops and full time programs.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*: Use code WINTER19W for 10% OFF Winter Term Classes when registering by December 3, 2018.

UNION EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT*: Industry Union Members – Register by December 3 with code UNIONWI19-20 to receive 20% OFF Winter Term classes. (Only valid for HB-verified Union Members. To be verified, present your union membership card in the registration office or email a copy to registration@hbstudio.org.)

AUDITIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty. For details and sign up info, visit Auditions & Prerequisites.

REEL SUBMISSIONS: Are you a working professional seeking a place to practice? Submit your reel for placement into our studio practice classes.

*Discounts valid for classes only; not valid for workshops, programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively. Union discount available to AEA, AGVA, AGMA, SAG/AFTRA, WGA and Dramatist Guild Union Members.

HB REHEARSAL SPACE RESIDENCY – SOLID GROUND PROJECT

Difficult Conversations: On Race, Gender and Power

by Mass Transit Theater
directed by Lynn Fischer and Joseph Lymous

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18 | 8 pm
First Floor Studio | 120 Bank Street, New York
FREE | RSVP

A powerful devised theater piece for young people and general audiences using drama, comedy, poetry and dance to render compelling stories based on life experiences exploring the trauma, and triumphs of young people of color as they come of age in today’s highly charged climate of racial inequity in Urban America.

 

New York State Council of the Arts

 

Theater in Activism: A Series of HB Public Conversations

1.) HB Public Conversation: THE MOTHER LINE STORY PROJECT

The Mother Line Story ProjectAmplifying Women’s Voices Past & Present

With Eliza Simpson & Lauren Nordvig
Moderated by Julissa Roman

Monday, October 29 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
$5-$10 suggested donation | RSVP

In 2015, The Mother Line Story Project began by building a collective – story by story. It started with an idea to lead women through writing workshops, encouraging them to create short monologues in the voices of their female ancestors. (Think – The Moth meets ancestry.com.) Before long, they had women of all ages & ethnicities performing for diverse audiences Off-Broadway – these previously untold stories were in turns  hysterical, heartbreaking, poignant, & slice-of-life. The Mother Line Story Project collaborates with female-identifying performers, designers, directors, activists, students, businesses & communities, presenting these stories all over the world. Fostering connection & providing a safe artistic space for female expression are their proudest accomplishments.Join us for a conversation about The Mother Line Story Project with Founder/Executive Director Eliza Simpson and President/Director of Education and Development Lauren Nordvig. Also featuring the performance of a Mother Line story.

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New York Times features Mercedes Ruehl and her HB students

Mercedes Ruehl Takes Weekly Strolls with her Acting Students - New York Times

Mercedes Ruehl, far left, chatted with Francesca Ferrara, her acting student, and Jim Kempner, a gallery owner. Gabriella Angotti-Jones/The New York Times

By Alexis Soloski
Oct. 12, 2018

“Do you want to ask me about acting?” Mercedes Ruehl said, holding her water bottle. “I also take questions on faith and morals.”

On a wet Wednesday afternoon, Ms. Ruehl, the Oscar– and Tony-winning actress who stars in the Broadway revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” (now in previews), had just exited her apartment on West 42nd Street and was marching toward the Hudson River.

Flanking her, with the full-body adoration usually reserved for pet dogs or cult members, were two of her longtime acting students: Francesca Ferrara and Nick Feitel…read more