WHERE: The Main Stage of the Davenport Theatre, 354 W. 45th St. in New York City.
This is my first collaboration with Gerald vanHeerden, MITF’s Artistic Director for Plays and resident director of Break A Leg Productions.
I met Gerald when he chose Caldwell’s Bomb as a play he might like to develop at Theatre Resources Unlimited’s Writer-Director workshop in April.
Go to Caldwell’s Bomb to learn more about the play and its production history.
Last Saturday, April 18, 2015, I participated in a Writer-Director Lab organized by Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU) at the John DeSotelle Studio in New York City. TRU is the organization that presented a reading of Wild and Willful Women, the musical I co-wrote with Daniel Doss, at New York’s Engelman Hall in January 2014.
The Writer-Director Lab offered ten experienced New York directors the opportunity to select playwrights with whom they might like to collaborate in future productions. Gerald vanHeerden invited me to join him for this Lab. Mr. vanHeerden is a resident director with Break A Leg Productions and the Artistic Director of Plays for New York’s Midtown International Theatre Festival.
A distinguished panel of theater professionals including Bob Ost, the Executive Director of TRU, Broadway producers David Garfinkle (Spiderman) and multi-Tony Award winner Jennifer Manocherian (Spring Awakening and many others) and theatrical attorney and mediator Eric Goldman observed the discussions between writers and directors and offered advice.
As a result of this Writer-Director Lab, Mr. vanHeerden and I have agreed to continue our discussion of a possible New York production of my play, Caldwell’s Bomb.
Here’s what Harris Stepp means when he talks about “bull dancing” in my new play, Dangerous To Dance With. Looks like a blast, eh?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6rQe0cWac4 (You have to see this to believe it!)
The show opens this Friday (July 18) at 6 pm at Off-Center Theatre 3rd floor @ Crown Center as part of the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival. There are six opportunities to catch a performance.
See Martin Tanner’s Facebook Event Page for more details and a link for purchasing tickets.
Here’s the video we shot to introduce our fantastic cast and the characters they play in Dangerous To Dance With for our 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival production. What a joy it has been to watch these incredibly talented actors bring my characters to life! I hope you’re able to make it to a performance. It’s not often you see a full-length play with a cast of this caliber for $10 (with a $5 Fringe Button).
I’d like you to meet our dynamic cast:
–Victor Raider-Wexler* played recurring roles on television in Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens, and Two Guys and a Girl. Law and Order, Friends, House, Boston Legal, and Married With Children are a few of his many TV guest appearances. He appeared on Broadway in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Gypsy and on the big screen in Pursuit of Happyness and Minority Report. Locally, Victor has appeared with the Kansas City Actors’ Theatre (The Real Inspector Hound, The Mousetrap, The Seafarer, and Glengarry Glen Ross) and at the New Theatre Restaurant (Harvey). He plans to return to the New Theatre Restaurant this August in Murder Among Friends starring Morgan Fairchild.
–Jim Hopkins* As a resident member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Jim has displayed his talents in roles as diverse as Lennie in Of Mice and Men, Henry IV in Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Van Helsing in Dracula, and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. He has also appeared at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Great Plains Theatre, and on many other stages around the country.
–Vincent Monachino* has appeared as Big Jule in Guys and Dolls at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and as the sheriff in Batboy at the Unicorn Theatre. He has also appeared locally at Starlight Theater, Quality Hill Playhouse, and American Heartland Theatre. He has three motion picture credits including Saving Grace B. Jones, written and directed by Connie Stevens.
–Kelsea McLean was named “Best Local Actress” by the Pitch in 2012. She has appeared in Marvelous Wonderettes at the Maples Repertory Theatre and in Run For Your Wife at Great Plains Theatre. She has entertained local audiences with performances at the Living Room, The American Heartland Theatre, and TYA.
–Coleman Crenshaw’s scintillating acting talents are well known to local audiences for his work at the Coterie (Number the Stars, Bridge to Terabithia), the MET (The Seagull, The Kentucky Cycle, Rules for Widows, Enchanted April, Awake and Sing!), and for a variety of roles at The Fishtank, The Living Room, Melting Pot KC, and TYA.
*These actors are appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity Association.
The Director: Diane Bulan is a professional actor. She has appeared in numerous commercials, films and industrials, and is a member of SAG. She is also an acting coach, puppeteer, electrician and stage manager.
This is the third time Diane and I have worked together. She directed Death and the Publican in 2010 and was assistant director for Caldwell’s Bomb in 2011. Other recent directing credits: Cinderella Kids (Barn Players), St. Nicholas (Jughead Theatricals), scenes from Playboy of the Western World and Plough and the Stars for the Gaelic Revival at the Irish Center, 24-Hour Play Festivals (William Inge Center), readings of A Body of Water, Art, and Visions of Right (Martin Tanner Productions). Up next: Diane will direct Don’t Talk to the Actors, opening in September at Paradise Playhouse.
The Schedule: There are six opportunities to see Dangerous To Dance With during the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival at Off-Center Theatre on the 3rd floor at Crown Center:
6 pm Friday July 18
1:30 pm Saturday July 19
9 pm Sunday July 20
9 pm Tuesday July 22
9 pm Wednesday July 2
4 pm on Saturday July 26
Tickets are only $10 with a Fringe Button!
Hope to see you there!
I’m pleased to announce that Martin Tanner Productions will present the world premiere of my new play, Dangerous to Dance With, at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center during the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival.
A Dark Comedy Filled With Sex, Greed, and Self-Deception
By Bill Rogers
Directed by Diane Bulan
Set Designer/Stage Manager: R. J. Parish
Our exciting cast includes Victor Raider-Wexler*, Rick Williamson, Vincent Monachino*, Kelsea McLean, and Coleman Crenshaw!
*Equity actors appear with permission of Actors Equity Association
|Friday July 18||6:00 PM|
|Saturday July 19||1:30 PM|
|Sunday July 20||9:00 PM|
|Tuesday July 22||9:00 PM|
|Wednesday July 23||9:00 PM|
|Saturday July 26||2:30 PM|
I hope to see you there!
In this dark comedy, a paranoid playwright, a porn actress, a broken acrobat, an insomniac farmer, and a New Jersey plumber, who may be a hit man, meet in a secluded Missouri farmhouse. Together they face one of life’s most pressing questions: should they laugh, or should they die?
Martin Tanner Productions will present my new play, Dangerous To Dance With, as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival in July, 2014.
Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler*, Rick Williamson, Vince Monachino*, Coleman Crenshaw, and Kelsea McLean. Directed by Diane Bulan. RJ Parish is the set designer and stage manager.
* Equity Actors appear with permission of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Daniel Doss and I had a great time at the reading of our new musical, “Wild and Willful Women,” as part of the TRU Voices Musical Reading Series in New York City! We had a fantastic cast and a very appreciative audience.
Here’s the link to Broadway World’s release about the evening.
Broadway World published this press release Theater Resources Unlimited sent out to announce Wild and Willful Women and the other two musicals included in the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series for 2014. Check it out.