Monday, March 30, 2009

Mike Daisey set to open the 6th annual soloNOVA Arts Festival

terraNOVA Collective is proud to announce it will honor Mike Daisey (How Theater Failed America, If You See Something, Say Something) as this year's soloNOVA Artist of the Year at the 2009 soloNOVA Arts Festival, running May 6-31 at the DR2 Theatre and D-Lounge at the Daryl Roth Theatres off Union Square. Mr. Daisey will open the festival with a fiery keynote address, Why Solo Performance Matters: A Manifesto on May 6, 2009 at 8pm in the DR2 Theatre.

"We couldn't be happier that Mike is a part of this year's festival." terraNOVA artistic director Jennifer Conley Darling said. "He breaks out of conventional expectations of the art form and explores new and important issues to not only theatre but the world. It's what great artists do."

Mike Daisey had this to say about being part of this years soloNOVA, "Monologuists, performance artists, and solo performers of all kinds are hungry for the kind of opportunities a festival like soloNOVA creates, and I'm delighted to have been asked to talk about the unique value and position the solo form occupies in the theater as a vital force for illumination and change."

The festival settles into its new home this year at the DR2 Theatre and the D-Lounge, presenting ten main stage solo performers, two solo fine art shows, and three late night evenings at 10pm on Thursdays called the Ones at Ten, featuring shorter form lone singer/songwriters, spoken word artists and comedians.

"A few years back, we toured the Daryl Roth Theatres and saw the potential for bringing all aspects of the festival together under one canopy," James Carter, soloNOVA's lead curator, said of the festival's new residency. "The main stage performers show in the DR2 Theatre, late night performers in the D-Lounge, and visual artists show in the lobbies of both spaces. It's the next evolution of the festival."

For more information on soloNOVA 2009, go to

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Bull's Fool For Love

This is the last weekend to catch The Bull's pulp revival of Sam Shepard's Fool For Love! You're a fool if you miss it!

“This pulp revival fires on all cylinders...Director Katherine Krause infuses a clearly comic tone into the piece…She gives us a whip-smart version of the classic, having the actors deliver their lines as if swallowing razor blades.” –Deirdre Donovan,

“The Bull’s pulp revival of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love is at once brutal, hilarious and irresistibly sexy...Shaffer and Bender’s chemistry is palpable...Brilliantly directed by Katherine Krause, whose careful hand gives the erotic fight scenes (choreographed by Dan Zisson) their weight and purpose.” –Laura Oseland, Show Business Weekly

“Kevin Shaffer as Eddie displays a great deal of power and frustration…while Katie Bender as May gives off the air of someone truly broken.” –Mitchell Conway,

“Martin (Jonathan Wilde) is the picture of adorable naivete in a messed-up, scary world, an outsider in his unassuming plaid button-down shirt, jacket and baseball cap.” –Jessica Kramer, Washington Square News

“One of the things that provided some interesting depth to this production was the creative lighting design by Christina Watanabe. She ingeniously took risks with surreal lighting choices...A thorough costume design by Tod Michaels, right down to the sweat stain running down the middle of Eddie’s back.” –Le-Anne Garland, Theatre is Easy

"The entire cast is fantastic, and under Katherine Krause’s direction Kevin Shaffer, Katie Bender, and Bill Weeden manage to be explosive without being melodramatic." –Karen Tortora-Lee, NeighborBee Blog

Listen to Broadway Bullets interview with director Katherine Krause here.

Tickets ($25) are still available for Friday & Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm at the renowned Living Theater on Clinton Street. Get your tickets here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Everybody's talking about FRIGID!

Only five days left for the 2009 New York FRIGID Festival! Shows are selling out fast so get your tickets now at

"With a group so friendly to the artists themselves, be prepared for some dynamic performances at this year's Frigid Fest."
-Heidi Patalano, Metro

The Frigid Fest is as cool as ever in its third year
"Never mind the rest of the festivals (the Fringe, the New York Musical Theatre, the Midtown Theatre) because the Frigid Fest has them all beat..." -Mark Peikert, New York Press

"Can’t wait until the summer brings its usual raft of theater festivals? Then wait no longer, friends, because tonight marks the start of the East Village’s third annual FRIGID New York, a highly eclectic and very affordable hodgepodge of shows by emerging companies."
-Adam Feldman, Time Out NY

The best place to Chill is at this fest
"Yes, We're ready for the warm weather to come-- but we'll put up with the cold a little longer as long as it comes in the form of the FRIGID festival..." -Angela Ashman, The Village Voice

Warming up for the Frigid Festival
For the third winter, Downtown theaters offer a roster of fresh drama
-Steve Snyder, Downtown Express

"The powerful East Village theater triad comprised of The Kraine, The Red Room, and Under St. Marks is currently playing host to the annual Frigid Festival of new work.
-John Del Signore, Gothamist

"2009 is already turning into a sorry year for Broadway. But don’t let it get you down! Go catch one or two or five of these great shows at any or all of these cozy theatres."
-Karen Tortora-Lee, NeighborBee Blog

"Known for its uncensored take on independent theatre, the festival is a great slice of New York culture." -Michelle Barnwell, GO Magazine

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

FRIGID is coming, so chill out!

The 2009 New York FRIGID Festival, produced by Horse Trade Theater Group will run February 25-March 8 at UNDER St. Marks, The Red Room, and The Kraine Theater. Tickets ($8-$15) are available at

Want help figuring out which shows to check out at this years festival?

Read previews of all 30 shows at, check out interviews with some of this years participants at United Stages, or watch the video of FRIGID Snapshots, courtesy of RetroVision Media.

Still not sure what shows you want to see? Visit the FRIGID website for more info on all of this years shows.

We'll see you at FRIGID!

Great Hymn of Thanksgiving/Conversation Storm

The Nonesense Company is presenting their production of Great Hymn of Thanksgiving/Conversation Storm (Winner 'Best of Fest', FRIGID 2008) at IRT (154 Christopher Street) now through Sunday! Tickets ($15) are available at

"This is how a downtown outing ought to be. You tiptoe gingerly along a horrible linoleum hallway. You count fellow theatergoers, exhaling in relief when the audience outnumbers the cast. You eye an unprepossessing stage full of zero-budget detritus. And then you have your socks blown off." -Helen Shaw, Time Out NY. Read the full review here.

Rick Burkhardt Talks Nonsense.'s Michael Criscuolo sits down with Rick Burkhardt of The Nonsense Company. Read the full interview here. Listen to Martin Denton's interview with the Nonsense boys at nytheatrecast and watch the show trailer here.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft - Resurrected!



When Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft heard that playwright Eric Sanders was adapting fellow horror writer Algernon Blackwood’s supernatural tale, THE WENDIGO for the stage, they just had to come back from beyond the grave to see it. Thanks to the magic and mystery of Friday the 13th, they can!

Following the 8pm performance of THE WENDIGO on Friday, February 13, classic horror writers Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft will be joining playwright Eric Sanders and Director Matthew Hancock for a special after show talkback with the audience. Mr. Poe will also be doing a special reading of his beloved classic “The Raven” and Mr. Lovecraft will be reading his well-known story “The Outsider”. Come get your picture taken with two of the all-time finest authors of supernatural fiction!

Lovecraft, who died unheralded and penniless at 47, was gracious in accepting the opportunity: "I, Howard Phillips Lovecraft of Providence, Rhode Island, am deeply honored and humbled to be reanimated alongside such titans of the macabre as Edgar Allan Poe, to whom 'we owe the modern horror-story in its final and perfected state,' and Algernon Blackwood, 'the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere.'"

Poe, who also died penniless and alcoholic at 40, was more reticent with his endorsement: "While my life was marred by a series of dark and ominous events, I swear that I never dreamed of this final shame: being resurrected two hundred years later, only to be forced to share the stage with a handful of half-competent followers."

Blackwood, who died at 82 after a long and successful career, sought to unite his predecessor, Edgar Allan Poe, and his protégé, H.P. Lovecraft, "My boys, I entreat you to come to the Medicine Show Theatre and provoke today's audiences with the same spectre of terror that you so arduously pursued in your all-too-short lives!"

THE WENDIGO: Witness the Resurrection is produced by The Vagabond Theatre Ensemble as part of their Cabin Fever Festival in association with Radiotheatre and their year long celebration of Edgar Allan Poe, Sundays With Poe. Tickets to this very special event are $18, which includes the 8pm performance of THE WENDIGO, special after show talkback event, and open bar.

THE WENDIGO produced by Vagabond Theatre Ensemble, plays at the Medicine Show Theatre in the Ensemble Studio Theater Building (549 West 52nd Street, 3rd Floor) February 5-28, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday matinees February 8 & 22 at 3pm with special performances Monday, February 9 & Wednesday, February 25 at 8pm. Tickets ($10) are available online at or by calling 212-868-4444.

The Wendigo opens tonight!

We are going to be packed for the opening of THE WENDIGO tonight but you can still squeeze in for only $10! There are three more shows this weekend, so please join us -- and check out the interview with playwright Eric Sanders and Director Matthew Hancock that ran in today's Metro!

February 5-28, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday matinees February 8 & 22 at 3pm with special performances Monday, February 9 & Wednesday, February 25 at 8pm at the Medicine Show Theatre inside the Ensemble Studio Theater Building (549 West 52nd Street, 3rd Floor) Tickets ($10) are available online at or by calling 212-868-4444.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Theatre Buzz: Playwright Eric Sanders Explains It All

"Eric Sanders is many things: a prolific playwright, a producer, and a lover of the horror genre. With his upcoming play, The Wendigo, he takes the old tale written by Algernon Blackwood and brings it to the stage. I sat down to talk with him about his career, his upcoming play, and his thoughts on theatre." [Read more of the interview on NeighborBee Blog]

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Poe and Blackwood terrors on the New York Stage

Fangoria Magazine speaks with Dan Bianchi of Radiotheatre about their year long celebration of Edgar Allan Poe, Sundays With Poe at UNDER St. Marks. Samual Zimmerman also talks with Eric Sanders and Matt Hancock about their upcoming supernatural horror play, The Wendigo based on the classic story by Algernon Blackwood.

"Fango got word on a couple of frightful theatrical experiences on the New York stage this winter. The dark visions of two classically chilling authors, Edgar Allan Poe and Algernon Blackwood, are being brought to life in separate New York productions. [Read More]"

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It's Coming...

Lost in the wilderness, four hunters venture deep into a world they were never meant to see…

One of Blackwood's best stories is the magnificent THE WENDIGO, written in 1908. On the surface, this is a classic story of man versus nature but on a spiritual level the story forces us to question our position and purpose in the universe, to wonder if perhaps there are some places, as the narrator says, that “no human foot was meant to trod.”

In this adaptation of THE WENDIGO, playwright Eric Sanders (Dread Awakening, f**kplays) has tried to preserve the almost unbearably tense atmosphere of Blackwood's story while injecting moments of stark and visceral terror. Sanders, along with director Matthew Hancock plan to create a world that envelops the audience so deeply that they almost feel the snow on their shoulders. Just as important as the surroundings, the show focuses on the five men trapped within this nightmare; for this is a moving story about people, shattered beyond belief by what they have experienced, trying to put their lives back together and move on.

Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) was one of the most influential and mysterious writers of the twentieth century. His works have had a profound impact on everyone from Stephen King to comic books to M. Night Shyamalan and The Blair Witch Project, but his name has been lost to the annals of history. Blackwood's prime interests were human psychology, the mystical and the supernatural. He explored in profound detail the effects that both real and 'perceived' extraordinary events have on the frail human psyche. A deeply spiritual man who rejected the simplicity of Christianity at an early age, Blackwood sought to evoke "spiritual terror" through his stories, to strike at the very core of what makes us human: how we define our universe and our place within it. He sought to terrify, but even more expressly, he sought to astound. The sensation of awe factors heavily throughout his life's work; he viewed the world through a lens of astonishing innocence and objectivity, often personifying places and supernatural phenomena just as vividly as his human characters. According to fellow horror legend H.P. Lovecraft, Blackwood reigns supreme as "the one absolute and unquestioned master of weird atmosphere."

The production, produced by The Vagabond Theatre Ensemble, will play 16 performances at the Medicine Show Theatre at the Ensemble Studio Theater Building (549 West 52nd Street, 3rd Floor) February 5-28, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday matinees February 8 & 22 at 3pm with special performances Monday, February 9 & Wednesday, February 25 at 8pm. Tickets ($10) are available online at or by calling 212-868-4444.

Listen to Broadway Bullet's interview with playwright Eric Sanders and producer Sarah Ann Masse here.