#crucible by Brandon Adam
As You Like It by William Shakespeare, directed and adapted by Catherine Andre
Full Circle: A Song Cycle words and music by Reagan Casteel
Thank You for Your Home by John Hatcher
The Outs and Ins: A Study in the Ineffable by Jake Smith
In continuing their new work development initiatives, Doghouse Ensemble Theatre’s Incubator program is designed to bring young artists the tools to develop new works throughout all stages of a writing process. Project goals range from staged readings and developmental workshops to fully-realized productions and feedback opportunities.
More information on the Incubator works available here.
A workshop exploration on human self-deception and power based on George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The Stara Zagora Puppet Theater started the first stage of the International Creative Lab: Orwell Studio directed by Veselka Kuncheva, designed by Marieta Golomehova with music composed by Hristo Namliev. The Creative Lab is funded through the Bulgarian-American Exchange Program, administered by the Art Office Foundation and supported by the Pace School of Performing Arts. The next stage of the laboratory will be the premiere of Animal Farm on September 23, 2018, in New York City.
Safer Than Home
Pace School of Performing Arts’ International Performance Ensemble students presented their ensembles’ devised pieces in their second year of training. Devised and Performed by the Nostos Ensemble (@nostosensemble), Safer Than Home, directed/facilitated by Ianthe Demos (Off-Broadway: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) performed Off-Broadway at the Lion Theatre in Theatre Row before traveling internationally to Stara Zagora, Bulgaria to perform at the State Puppet Theatre of Stara Zagora.
A playground, a chess game, the locker room, Domeez camp, makeup tutorials, dating apps, subways, and dream ballets. Where do you go when home isn’t an option anymore?
As the Assistant Director for Kander & Ebb’s The Happy Time: 50th Anniversary Concert, Yoni worked alongside Tony Award winner Michael Rupert to celebrate his Broadway debut, fifty years later.
To commemorate its 50th anniversary of opening night on Broadway, Feinstein’s/54 Below brought back one of musical theater’s most romantic scores, The Happy Time. Broadway veteran, and original cast member, Tony Award winner Michael Rupert, takes audiences back to 1968 to rediscover one of the greatest scores from one of Broadway’s most accomplished teams, Tony Award winners John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret).
Featuring an all-star cast including: Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte (Broadway: Jerome Robbins Broadway, Chicago), Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Broadway: Contact, Prince of Broadway, Curtains), Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Broadway: Sweet Charity, Pippin, Legally Blonde), Jim Walton (Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, She Loves Me), Drama Desk Award winner Jim Brochu (Off-Broadway: Zero Hour), Claybourne Elder (Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George, Bonnie and Clyde), Kara Lindsay (Broadway: Newsies, Wicked), Nic Rouleau (Broadway/West End/National Tour: The Book of Mormon), Iris Beaumier (Regional: The Marvelous Wonderettes, Ragtime), Mary Callanan (Broadway: Bandstand, The Bridges of Madison County), Alex Dorf (Regional: Newsies, Mamma Mia!), Asher Dubin (Off-Broadway: The Body Politic, The Babies, Feinstein’s/54 Below: 54 Sings Jane Eyre), Peyton Lusk (Broadway: Falsettos, Off-Broadway: Bar Mitzvah Boy), Jesse Markowitz (Regional: Avenue Q, Hello, Dolly!), Janet Metz (Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Once Upon a Mattress, Off-Broadway: Falsettoland), Paris Alexander Nesbitt (National Tour: The Book of Mormon, Feinstein’s/54 Below: 54 Sings Jane Eyre), AJ Shively (Broadway: Bright Star, La Cage aux Folles), Cecelia Ticktin (Regional: Kiss Me, Kate), and Ryan Vona (Broadway: Paramour, Once)
Directed by Michael Rupert, Music Direction by Eugene Gwozdz, Produced by Robert W. Schneider, Assistant Directed by Yoni Weiss
Yoni was the Associate Director for 54 Sings Alice in Wonderland. The concert adaption by Jared Gray featured musical direction by Kevin David Thomas (Broadway: A Little Night Music, Les Miserables) and directed by Robbie Rozelle.
The 1985 made-for-television musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is a special for the ages. The classic tale of a girl named Alice who follows a white rabbit down a hole into Wonderland, the incredibly imaginative Steve Allen (creator of The Tonight Show) score had never been performed live. Featuring an all-star cast of Broadway’s zaniest actors, Feinstein’s/54 Below revisited the songs of this musical touchstone for one performance only.
Starring Broadway’s zaniest actors, including Todd Buonopane (Broadway: Cinderella, 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, TV: 30 Rock), Dana Costello (Broadway: Finding Neverland, Jekyll & Hyde, Feinstein’s/54 Below: 54 Sings Jane Eyre), Nathan Lee Graham (Broadway: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Wild Party, Off-Broadway: The View UpStairs), Amy Jo Jackson (Broadway: Kinky Boots), Amanda Kuchinski (Podcast: “Squirrel Friends Cocktail Hour”), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Broadway: Chicago, Women on the Verge…, Off-Broadway: Sweet Charity), Rob Maitner (Off-Broadway: Asymmetric, Urinetown), Alexis Michelle (TV: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9), Andrew Nielson (Feinstein’s/54 Below: 54 Sings Jane Eyre), Carly Ozard (“Midler on the Roof), Doug Plaut (TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Robert W. Schneider (Podcast: “Behind the Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends”), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Feinstein’s/54 Below: 54 Sings Jane Eyre, Off-Broadway: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown), and Steve Tipton.
Yoni worked as an assistant to the producer on a developmental reading of the new play Hester Street. Sarna Lapine, who directed the 2017 Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park With George, directed the reading. Plans for this stage adaptation, from producers Michael Rabinowitz and Ira Deutchman, were first announced in 2016. Playwright Sharyn Rothstein (By the Water, All the Days) penned the script. Original music was written by Joel Waggoner.
The cast for this reading included: Tovah Feldshuh (Four-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk winner. Broadway: Golda’s Balcony, Irena’s Vow, Pippin, Lend Me a Tenor, Yentl, TV: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “The Walking Dead”), Tedra Millan (Broadway: Present Laughter, Off-Broadway: The Wolves), Adam Kantor (Broadway: The Band’s Visit, Fiddler on the Roof, Next to Normal, Rent), Roe Hartrampf (TV: “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary”), Adam Danheisser (Broadway: Oslo, Fiddler on the Roof, Rock of Ages), Heather Lind (TV: “Turn,” Broadway: The Merchant of Venice), Logan Schuyler Smith (TV: “Blindspot,” “Gotham”), Renata Friedman (Off-Broadway: If I Forget), Marilyn Sokol (Emmy winner. Broadway: Grease!, TV: “Sneak Peek”), Steve Vinovich (Broadway: All the Way, Lost in Yonkers, Film: “The Intern,” Television: “Hannah Montana,” “The Young and the Restless), and Steven Kaplan (Broadway: Act One, TV: “Smash”).
Yoni both Assistant Produced and Associate Directed 54 Sings Jane Eyre. The evening was directed and produced by Robbie Rozelle and music directed by Cameron Moncur.
Jane Eyre was produced on Broadway in 2000, featuring a book by John Caird and music and lyrics by Paul Gordon. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical, the Tony-nominated score was sung for the first time in New York since its premature departure sung by a dazzling cast.
The concert was led by Samantha Massell (Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Regional: Rags, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) as Jane Eyre, Kevin Massey (Broadway: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Memphis, Tarzan, Big River) as Edward Rochester, and original cast member Mary Stout (Broadway: Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast, My Favorite Year) revisiting her role as Mrs. Fairfax. Rounding out the cast were Celia Hottenstein (National Tour: The Phantom of the Opera, Off-Broadway: Desperate Measures), Dana Costello (Broadway: Finding Neverland, Jekyll & Hyde), Ryan Speakman (Jane Eyre 2017 workshop), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Broadway: Evita, Off-Broadway: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Feinstein’s/54 Below: 54 Sings Alice in Wonderland), Clay Singer, and an ensemble comprised of Amisha Amy, Deirdre Donohue, Asher Dubin (Feinstein’s/54 Below: The Happy Time: 50th Anniversary Concert), Alexandra Frost, Alex Hartman, Sean C. White, Ethan Larsen, and Paris Alexander Nesbitt (Feinstein’s/54 Below: The Happy Time: 50th Anniversary Concert).
In this funny, fierce and heartbreaking homage to The Seagull, Steven Dietz puts Chekhov’s star-crossed lovers in a room and doesn’t let them out. In forty-three variations on their famous final scene, Nina (Alexandra Cockrell), a young actress, and Treplev (Michael Liebhauser), a young writer, pit their vibrant wit and soaring passions against one another in a fast-paced tour de force of romantic entanglement.
The Nina Variations was performed in New York City on February 16 and 17, 2018.
Directed by Yoni Weiss, associate directed by Sarah Hurley, featuring costume design by Alex Church-Gonzales, lighting design by Quentin Madia, photography by Noah DiRenzo, stage management by Noah Sarkowsky, assistant stage management by Tori Pierce, and an original score by Moya Aldridge.