nyc-based composer, pianist, arranger, and music director. i do other stuff, too.

Playmaking! at the 52nd St. Project
Dec
8
to Dec 10

Playmaking! at the 52nd St. Project

Boundless imagination has gone into the creation of these entirely new shows. Ten kids have taken Playmaking Stage-One, have written shows specifically for a pair of professional actors with the guidance of adult dramaturge/directors. And now, the kids are ready to share their visions with you.

 

Four performances:
Friday, December 8, @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, @ 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, @ 3:00 p.m.

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Music/Sound for Everything You Have Is Yours?
Nov
17
to Nov 18

Music/Sound for Everything You Have Is Yours?

  • Brooklyn Studios For Dance (map)
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“Everything you have is yours?” investigates the construction of Israeli identity through gestures appropriated from Palestinian and Yemeni culture. Hadar Ahuvia and Mor Mendel imitate and translate instructional videos of Israeli folk dances by Israelis and American Christian Zionists, embodying distance and proximity to Israel, Israeliness, and enacting the feedback loop through which national ideology is disseminated and sustained. In their performative mirroring of these videos, they reveal the subtext of dances, making explicit the Otherness at the kernel of Israeli identity.

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SongMaking At The 52nd St. Project
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

SongMaking At The 52nd St. Project

Here’s the scoop: for six weeks, five kids and their adult partners will be teaming up as song-making duos a la Rodgers & Hammerstein. I'll help lead the pairs as they explore different approaches to songwriting. The kids will be writing the lyrics, and the adults will be composing the music, but our young songmakers will have a hand in developing the songs as they progress. Once the lyrics have been set to music, we’ll be sharing their tunes in a one-night-only concert at our very own Five Angels Theater, fully orchestrated, and as always, free of charge. Join us!

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Music for Ayodele Casel at Spoleto Festival USA
Jun
1
to Jun 4

Music for Ayodele Casel at Spoleto Festival USA

Been working on some really fun sound and music in collaboration with Ayodele and Nolan Doran for the past few months. You gotta see this show!

In this world premiere, Ayodele Casel creates a virtuosic piece exploring language, communication, identity, and legacy. Casel is a native New Yorker who turned to tap as part of her training to be an actor; two years after her introduction to the art form, she landed the only female role in Savion Glover’s Not Your Ordinary Tappers. Her training and talents make her a performer of great versatility; “she floats over the floor delivering taps so clean, light, and quick they’re like a hummingbird’s thrumming” (Chicago Dance). Hailed by legendary tapper Gregory Hines as “one of the top young tap dancers in the world,” Casel has been creating and presenting her own work since 1999, and adds Spoleto Festival USA to her list of eager recipients this season.

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The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield
Mar
24
to Apr 9

The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield

  • The Actor's Theatre of Louisville (map)
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A new opera collaboration with Claire Kiechel, commissioned by The Actor's Theatre of Louisville for the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

The mysterious demise of a Kentucky inventor—and other stories of visionaries from the Bluegrass State—inspire a play that explores the nature of innovation and the myths we tell about it. Writing for the nineteen actors in this season’s Professional Training Company, four playwrights boldly celebrate unsung dreamers, unlikely breakthroughs, and the beauty (and occasional hilarity) of failure.

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The Black History Museum According to the United States of America
Mar
24
to Mar 25

The Black History Museum According to the United States of America

Catch a first look at this new piece as part of HERE Arts Center’s Culturemart. I'm making music and sounds for Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative on their ambitious immersive performance work exploring modern Millennial identity in response to incarceration and #BlackLivesMatter. It's part of a jam packed festival of new work that includes a work-in-progress/reading from the singular Taylor Mac at 2pm on the 25th. 

Seating is limited so buy your tickets in advance! HERE
Unless you're a student, in which case just bring your ID for FREE admission. 

Featuring performers: Shariffa Ali, Mia Anderson, Jonathan Braylock, Merchant Davis, Telly Fowler, Fedna Jacquet, Kareem Lucas, Briana Reed and Eric Williams.

Directed by Zoey Martinson
Music by Avi Amon
Choreography by Abdul Latif
Poetry by Kareem Lucas
Original text by Shariffa Ali and Jonathan Braylock
Costumes by Ari Fulton
Scenic Design by D'Vaughn Agu
Stage Manager: Josephine Ronga

 

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Playmaking! at the 52nd St. Project
Dec
2
to Dec 4

Playmaking! at the 52nd St. Project

Boundless imagination has gone into the creation of these entirely new shows. Ten kids have taken Playmaking Stage-One, have written shows specifically for a pair of professional actors with the guidance of adult dramaturge/directors. And now, the kids are ready to share their visions with you.

The Kids: Ryan Billah, Messiah Green, Jade Johnson, Love Jones, Hannah Leon, Aengus O’Donnell, Aaron Ordinola, Ahmed Shabana, Morgan Smalls, & Arden Wolfe.

The Actors: Kate Abbruzzese, Kaaron Briscoe, Helen Cespedes, Jenelle Chu, Morgan Everitt, Sue Jean Kim, Naomi Lorrain, Mozhan Marnò, Ben Mehl, Omar Metwally, Stephen O’Reilly, Annie Purcell, José Joaquin Perez, Ruffin Prentiss III, Jeremy Rishe, Michale Salinas, David Shih, Taylor Trensch, & Jennifer Van Dyke.

Dramaturge/Directors: Jonathan Bock, Rachel Dart, Jose Gamo, Arielle Goldman, Tim J. Lord, Kareem Lucas, Alexandra O’Daly, John Sheehy, Michelle Taliento, Johanna Vidal, & Nicole Watson.

Four performances:
Friday, December 2, @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, @ 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, @ 3:00 p.m.

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Kaleidoscope at BRIC
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Kaleidoscope at BRIC

I'm performing my monologue as part of this evening. Join me and the rest of the Kaleidoscope cast for an evening of finely crafted monologues, and, potentially, unexpected realities, as they explore the deeply personal intersections between racial and ethnic diversity and the Jewish experience.  

Kaleidoscope is a narrative-arts driven initiative that was sparked by a desire to highlight the stories of Jews of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, observance levels, and interfaith experiences. 

Free event! Click here to reserve your spot.

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Jew vs. Malta at La Mama
Oct
28
to Nov 6

Jew vs. Malta at La Mama

Friday, October 28th at 10pm
Saturday, October 29th at 10pm
Sunday, October 30th at 6pm
Friday, November 4th at 10pm
Saturday, November 5th at 10pm
Sunday, November 6th at 6pm

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Conceived and directed by Jesse Freedman, the production is based on Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta,the political theatre of Bertolt Brecht and Kanye West’s album Yeezus. The cast features Youn Jung Kim, Rakia Seaborn, and David North. Read the press release here.

 

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One-on-One's At The 52nd St. Project
Jul
22
to Jul 24

One-on-One's At The 52nd St. Project

CLOTHES LINES, Plays from the Costume Trunk

Do clothes make the man, woman, or child? Find out in the latest batch of brand new musicals, written by the adults to perform with kid partners. Ten pairs will be traveling to BI, Rhode Island, and then back here to NYC, in these tailor-made plays. It’s only fitting that these shows are, as always, free.

The Performances:
Friday, July 22 @ 7:30
Saturday, July 23 @ 7:30
Sunday, July 24 @ 3:00

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TESLA at Joe's Pub
Mar
7
9:00 PM21:00

TESLA at Joe's Pub

Arranging/orchestrating and Music Directing this one-night-only event! Super-exciting new musical theatre piece by my friends, Nikko and Ben.

NIKOLA TESLA DROPS THE BEAT is an electronic musical that tracks the rise and fall of history's most overlooked inventor, Nikola Tesla, as he goes from hopeful student to esteemed inventor to mad scientist and back again. The show's modern style mirrors Tesla's obsession with that future. Science becomes music in this world: Alternating Current is the sonic storm of a loop pedal, Radio Frequency is dance-floor body language, and the eureka moment of invention is that oh-so-satisfying beat drop. Come get down with writers Benjamin Halstead and Nikko Benson to celebrate Nikola Tesla at this electric concert event!

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