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Seeking actors for scenes from new plays to be performed at HB Playwrights Theatre

HB’s Director’s New Play Lab (taught by director Pat Golden) and Playwriting II & Studio Practice Classes (taught by playwright Julie McKee) seek actors for scenes from new plays to be performed at the HB Playwrights Theatre.

PerformancesSaturday November 10 and Sunday November 11, 2018

TechNovember 8-10. Directors will schedule regular rehearsals at actor’s convenience, as well as class presentations on select Mondays between 3P-6P.

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Join a 5-Week Class for Late Fall

Late Fall Classes run October 15 – November 18, 2018.

Join us for the second half of Fall Term with one of these upcoming 5-week classes or special workshops:

Acting:

Singing & Musical Theater:

Movement:

Speech & Voice:

Business:


UNION DISCOUNT:* Industry union members receive 10% OFF Fall Term Classes. Present your membership card in the registration office or email a copy to registration@hbstudio.org.

INTAKE AUDITION / CONSULTATIONS: Interested in our upper level classes? Audition & consult with a panel of HB’s faculty on Friday, September 28 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. 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 Studio Classes only; not valid for workshop offerings, full-time programs or merchandise. Discounts cannot be combined nor applied retroactively.

HB Public Conversation: THE CAMPFIRE PROJECT

with Jessica Hecht and Jenny Gersten

Monday, November 12, 2018 | 7:30PM  
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank St
Suggested Donation $5-10 | RSVP

This summer, The Campfire Project – conceived of by actress Jessica Hecht — brought 19 international theater artists to Camp Ritsona, a refugee camp on the outskirts of Athens, Greece, to deliver humanitarian aid and to stage an Arabic language, camp-wide adaptation of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST. The team included a psychiatrist specializing in PTSD, a NYC school teacher, 5 arabic speaking actors and a neuro-scientist/drummer. It was humbling and profound to engage with residents of this traumatized community. Their journey to use theater as a conduit for hope in a refugee camp will continue this year.

Please join us at HB on November 12 to hear more about the Campfire Project with creator Jessica Hecht and producer Jenny Gersten.

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This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.

HB Public Conversation: THE MOTHER LINE STORY PROJECT

Amplifying Women’s Voices Past & Present

With Eliza Simpson & Lauren Nordvig

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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Amended Business Hours in September

WE WILL BE CLOSED SEPTEMBER 1, 2 & 3 FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

Please note our amended business hours for the following weeks:

August 29-30, regular hours, 9am-10pm (registration office will be open 9:30am-7:30pm)

August 31, 9:30am-7:30pm (registration office will be open 9:30am-7:30pm; building will close at 8pm)

Sept 1-3, CLOSED

Sept 4-6, regular hours, 9am-10pm (registration office will be open 9:30am-7:30pm)

September 7, 9am-7:30pm (registration office will be open 9:30am-7:30pm; building will close at 8pm)

September 8-9, regular weekend hours 9am-6:30pm (registration office will be open 9:30am-5:30pm)

We will resume normal business for the start of Fall 2018 Term on September 10th. 

HB Public Conversation: SAG-AFTRA Info Session

With Aaron Serotsky and Phoebe Jonas

Moderated by Paige Russo

Monday, September 24 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street

FREE | RSVP

Have questions about SAG-AFTRA? Join us for a conversation with SAG-AFTRA representatives and leading commercial performers about the benefits of the union and taking the next step in your career. Learn what it takes to navigate today’s changing media landscape and what SAG-AFTRA is doing to stay ahead of the curve.

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HB Rehearsal Space Residency – YOU CAN’T PLAY BARBIES WHEN SOMEONE HAS STOLEN THEIR HEADS

by Perry Guzzi 
directed by Cynthia Granville

with Debra Kay Anderson*, Grace C. Benedetto, Olivia De Salvo, David James, Olivia Jampol, Nico Kiefer*

Saturdays & Sundays, September 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, October 6 & 7 | 8 pm
First Floor Studio | 120 Bank Street, New York
FREE | RSVP

As young Julie reveals in her new doll house story: Once upon a time, a monster came to town and ate all the men except for Julie’s Uncle Sandy who is locked away in a dark little cave. Today, the monster is back for the women — Julie, Mommy, Grammy, and a stranger named Lisa who has suddenly appeared at their door.

*these actors are appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
Drawing by Laura Benedetto

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This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.

Casting Call for Multiple Roles in Dramatic Play

Written by Ray Aranha, Directed by Arthur W. French, Produced by Malinda Logan

Auditions Saturday, September 8th 2-5pm |  Midtown.

Performances January 2 – 8, 2019.

124 Bank Street Theatre

Public and industry-only performances. Paid stipend.

Synopsis

My Sister, My Sister is a dramatic play set in the 1950’s and told through the mind of a poor black southern girl, Sue Belle. She lives with an over-pious but loving mother, an alcoholic but well-meaning father, and a promiscuous but ignored older sister. Sue Belle must learn to cope in that environment even after they have left her.

Cast (8 men & women)

EVELINA (African-American, 15-21 years*): Sue Belle’s sister. Evelina is a loud mouth, flirtatious female who is “too grown for her age.” She misses the love she used to get from her family and blames Sue Belle. She will do anything to get what she wants because she deserves it.

CLAUDINE (African-American, Mid 40’s*): Sue Belle’s mother. Mama used to live a life of a party girl. Now she is a devout Christian and doesn’t understand life outside of the church. She believes everything can be answered in prayer. She is always stressed from work and taking care of family and the matters of the church.

EDDIE (African-American, 20-25 years*): Sue Belle’s boyfriend. Eddie was an arrogant playboy who turned into a hard-working man to prove his love for Sue Belle. He is willing to fight for his love, but not for too long.

EARL (African-American, Mid 40’s*): Sue Belle’s father. Daddy is a strong, prideful man who enjoys drinking his sorrows away. He often reminisces about the party life he shared with Mama but is content being a good father to his kids, and believes he is a good husband.

JESUS (Caucasian, and doubles as another character 20-30 years*): Non-speaking roles. Must resemble the typical look of white Jesus.

SPECTRE “GHOSTS”*: Played by three different male or female actors. Should be able to harmonize. The spectres are symbolic personifications reinforcing the images Sue Belle projects to the audience.

*All actors must be over 18 years old. Actors to play age ranges listed.

Please email headshot and resume to productionsbymlo@gmail.com along with character interest(s), and preferred audition time. You will receive a confirmation time and location information.

TOO CLOSE by Luigi Laraia, directed by Pablo Andrade

Presented in partnership with LAKEARTS FOUNDATION 

TOO CLOSE

A new play by Luigi Laraia
With Richard Tanenbaum & Daniel Owen
Directed by Pablo Andrade

September 13, 14, &15 | 7:30 pm | $25*-35
TICKETS
HB Playwrights Theatre

124 Bank Street, New York City

In true Hitchcockian style, the author sets the play in an everyday space and invites the audience to share it with the actors.. Claustrophobic, gripping, relevant.
— Capital Fringe Festival

A parable about climate change and its impact on two unsuspecting individuals trapped in an elevator in a modern-day high rise. At its simplest level, TOO CLOSE is a microcosm of a world in which depletion of resources leads to the inhumanity of man against man.

Each evening will also feature leading scientists, writers, and climate change activists discussing the global impact of climate change on our daily lives and ultimately the relationships within our community. Followed by a complimentary reception.

*$25 Student Tickets are available in limited quantities!