Town Stages

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                 
November 20, 2017
Contact: Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773, michelle@michelletabnickpr.com


Town Stages Opens at 221 West Broadway, NYC
New Cultural Arts Institution in the Heart of Tribeca

Town Stages is now open at 221 West Broadway, NYC. Located in the heart of Tribeca, TOWN is New York’s premier venue to celebrate, collaborate and put on a show.

A new female-driven cultural arts institution and venue space, Town Stages is a state-of-the-art, flexible performance and event space that can support the entire lifecycle of New York’s hallmark industries. With a stunning 9,000 square foot storefront facility, TOWN provides world-class cultural experiences and opportunities for all:  from civic to corporate, tech to theater.

With a Mainstage, a Cabaret Lounge, and a multi-use event space with a capacity of 225, Town Stages will offer much-needed space and production resources for businesses, arts organizations, and families. TOWN boasts ticketed performances and curated community programing, from performance art to dance to theatre, and is also available for fashion shows, film shoots, weddings, and beyond.  

TOWN will also be home to a Fellowship Program for artists, entrepreneurs, writers, content creators, movers, shakers, and makers of all kinds. In partnership with Sokoloff Arts (501c3), the program is part residency, part incubator, and part home base: offering the ultimate creative freedom to grow. An application-based program, the Fellowship offers access to shared spaces, rehearsal/performance/event subsidies, and an opportunity to be a part of a shared creative community, working together under one roof.

“As artists, we spend nearly every waking hour of our lives in studios, on sets, in theaters, and in venues of all kinds,” said Robin Sokoloff, Executive Director of Town Stages. “These are the places we convene and collaborate, grow and transform. They are where we lift each other up, and where we make room for new voices and new perspectives. For many, these unique spaces are where we build our chosen families. In more ways than one, these cherished places are our homes. From that first magical moment I walked into an empty theater at age 4, I’ve been chasing this one dream: To create an inspired home for my artistic family, and build a platform for the next generation.”

For more information, visit www.townstages.com.
 

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Sokoloff Arts (501c3) is an emerging cultural institution providing inspired space, prospective, and opportunity for cutting edge events in all sectors of The Arts, Corporate, Civic, and Cultural life in New York City. Led by a team of women from diverse backgrounds and artistic expressions, Sokoloff Arts works to provide viable and safe space to congregate, strives to promote cross-cultural community engagement, and blends the arts and business to create sustainable solutions to social and financial inequalities. The organization assists young creators with not only space, but resource generation, production, and community. To address the overwhelming demand for hi-tech, flexible, and affordable performance and event space in New York City, Sokoloff Arts is now building Town Stages. To learn more, visit sokoloffarts.org.



Robin Sokoloff, Founder & Executive Director, is a lifelong dancer, theater professional, and activist: Passionate about building platforms for women and minority voices. As Executive Director of Loft227, Robin created a home for New York City’s best and brightest artists and innovators from March 2012 to March 2017; seeing nearly 70,000 in her doors in under 5 years, while supporting close to 900 innovative works and small business owners. Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences, she is a graduate of NEW (Non-Traditional Employment For Women), and a former member of The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America with Local #157; proud to have built this city she loves. Robin Sokoloff is a scholarship recipient of The Jacob’s Pillow School of Dance, New York State Summer School of The Arts, Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center, The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory of New York, Skidmore Studio Art Program, Mason Gross School of The Arts, and Coupé Theatre Studio. She is a certified New York State rape crisis counselor for The Crime Victims Treatment Center; volunteering overnights at St. Luke’s/ Roosevelt and Lenox Hill Hospitals supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Robin Sokoloff serves as Vice President of the Board for the Musical Theatre Factory, and Chairman of the Board of Sokoloff Arts (501c3). 

Chie Morita, Deputy Director, seeks creative solutions to everyday debacles. She is the co-founder of FORGE, a boutique consultancy dedicated to helping artists and companies take the next step in their own work. Prior to joining the Town Team, Chie served as the Managing Director of the three-time- Drama-Desk Award-nominated New York Neo-Futurists. She is also a proud board member of The Musical Theatre Factory. In New York, she has worked with Broadway Producer Joey Parnes (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, End of the Rainbow), the Off-Broadway institutions The Public Theater and Ars Nova, and such independent artists and ensembles as Heather Christian and the Arbornauts, Esperance Theater Company, Extant Arts Company, UglyRhino, Panicked Productions, Fresh Ground Pepper, and art.party.theater.company. She has cast films for Sal Bardo, Emilie McDonald, Sarah Jenkins and Ashley Alexander.

Magan Wiles, VP Operations, created Hustle Creative, a boutique business management firm specializing in providing entrepreneurs and start-ups the backbone they need to expand. From bookkeeping to financial reporting to technology consulting, Magan loves working with clients who know where they need help, and empowering them to clearly focus on what they’re most passionate about. Her clients are wide-ranging, from small businesses to non- profits to film productions, but her goals are always the same: find ways to save money, and distill back-end processes until they can be managed from a smartphone. Magan began her journey with Sokoloff Arts more than four years ago, building Loft227's corporate infrastructure into a lean, mean, art-making machine. No stranger to the stage, Magan is a working AEA theater professional, film producer for Jono Freedrix's side-splitting Super Twisted Shorts, and Co-Owner of world-renowned Argentinian Tango school Oxygen Tango in Los Angeles.

Staci Jacobs, VP Development, began working with Sokoloff Arts last year as event manager at Loft227. With more than 15 years experience in destination management and customer relations, Staci is a hospitality-focused professional specializing in all things New York. She's developed incredible experiences for some of NYC's Legacy 5-Star Hotels: The Westin, The Waldorf, The Hilton, and the Grand Central Hyatt. Beginning as a NYC Licensed Tour Guide, Staci found her niche connecting a global audience to the city's most coveted Film and TV Sites, while developing her own film production work. Her award winning comedic web-series, Saving Unicorns, is featured on the indie streaming platform Seed & Spark. From laptops to live audiences across the country, Staci has appeared in numerous musicals, including the national tour of Titanic, and many regional productions. 

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BIG VISION EMPTY WALLET

LAUNCHED IN 2010 BY DANI FAITH LEONARD & ALEX CIRILLO, BIG VISION EMPTY WALLET IS A FILM AND MEDIA INCUBATOR THAT PRODUCES PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT CREATORS AND GET PROJECTS MADE AND SEEN.  

Incubator programs include the Kickstart Diversity Program for feature films, the creators program for series and new media creators, and the Costa Rica development program.

AT OUR PRODUCTION COMPANY BIG VISION CREATIVE, WE’RE PRODUCING FEATURE FILMSDEVELOPING SERIES, AND NURSING OUR HANGOVERS.

CREATORS PROGRAM 2017 at Loft227

DOGFIGHT

5th Floor Theatre Company
Michael Sancilio and Nico Victorino

Presents:

DOGFIGHT

Written by: Peter Duchan
Music & Lyrics by: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Hudson Guild Theatre in Chelsea
441 West 26th Street
New York, New York 10001
(Between 9th and 10th Avenue)

Associate Producers
Art 22, Inc., Corey Chambliss, Erin Doyle, Meg and Chris Hardesty, Natalie  and Jeff Rohr

with:
Alison Alampi, Ally Bonino, Chance Carroll, Lynda DeFuria, Madeline Fansler, Jacqueline Ford, Edlyn Griffin, Tara Nicole Murphy, George Primavera, Joshua Ruppenkamp, Charlie Stoop, Jeff Sundheim, Esteban Suero, & Jordan Westfall

Director: Sharone Halevy
Musical Director: Michael Lapinsky
Choreographer: Robin Sokoloff
Assistant Director: Alex McKhann
Casting Director: Nikki Grillos

Costume Designer: Heather Barton
Lighting Designer: Christopher D’Angelo
Scenic Designer/TD: Mackenzie Whiting
Props Designer: Michaela Whiting

Stage Manager: Brittany Crowell
Assistant Stage Manager: Bree Doobay
Production Assistant: Karen Loewy

DOGFIGHT rehearsals sponsored by Sokoloff Arts at Loft227. 

DOGFIGHT rehearsals sponsored by Sokoloff Arts at Loft227

DOGFIGHT
is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

4Hours 4Years

It's a simple commitment: 4 hours of service a week for the next 4 years. Come here to give time, share successes, support the work, and spread the word.

Grab your phone, your fighting spirit, and join the resistance at Loft227. From 2pm - 6pm we are open to the community. Come make calls to your Representatives. Send letters. Yell in a group holding hands, or into a pillow. Whatever it takes! If we do 4hours4years, we'll be the ones we're waiting for.

Organized by Greg Taubman at FORGE. Sponsored by Sokoloff Arts at Loft227.

This Pussy Grabs Back

Stand Up. Stand Proud. Make your voice be heard.

Ally Bo and Joanna Carpenter team up to produce a one-night-only benefit at Loft227 to raise funds for Planned Parenthood of New York and The Hetrick-Martin Institute, two institutions that serve as safe spaces and havens for healthcare for millions of Americans.

Sponsored by Sokoloff Arts.

In The Press

This Pussy Grabs Back at Loft227

APHRODISIAC by Rob Handel

It's 2001 in Washington, D.C. and Congressman Dan Ferris is being questioned about the disappearance of intern Ilona Waxman, whom he was sleeping with. This puts his children, Avery and Alma, in an even more awkward position than their father. These siblings intently search for the truth behind their father's affair and possible homicide by improvising a drama of loyalty, seduction, and betrayal.

An Equity Approved Showcase

Featuring:
Kelly Fairbrother
Logan Keeler
Alicia Giangrisostomi*

Directed by:
Andy Scott

Produced by:
Robin Sokoloff & Jeremy Ehlinger

Stage Manager:
Kristine Schlachter*

Scenic/Props Design:
Matthew Crane

Costume Design:
Johanna Pan

Lighting Design:
Paul Radassao

Sound Design:
Wes Shippee


*Actor and Stage Manager appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

Sponsored By: 
Loft227

In The Press

Aphrodisiac Revival at Loft227

Musical Theatre Factory

MTF's Writer's Group Finds A Home At Loft227

Meeting every three weeks, MTF currently facilitates two different writers groups, each with six developing projects. The shows and artists selected for the writers groups receive priority access to other Assembly Line programs.

The Musical Theater Factory

MISSION: Musical Theatre Factory is a volunteer-driven nonprofit artist service organization dedicated to helping musical theatre makers develop and present new work in a collaborative environment free from the pressures of critical or commercial success.

 

In The Press

MTF at Loft227


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What's New....

Robin Sokoloff is proud to serve on the Board of The Musical Theater Factory

SPIKE HEELS

PERFORMANCES
Dec. 8, 9, & 10 @ 8PM

TICKETS
https://krgproductions.yapsody.com/event/index/55077/spike-heels

CAN'T MAKE IT? Please consider donating here:
https://www.gofundme.com/spikeheels

Pygmalion goes awry in this contemporary comedy of manners which explores sexual harassment, misplaced amour, and the possibility of a four sided love triangle. The combatants are a sexy, volatile young woman and three Back Bay types: a writer, a lawyer, and a fiancée in sensible shoes. The setting is Boston, the ending is happy, and laughter abounds.

"Stinging one liners. " - N.Y. Daily News.
"Places a superior wryly pleasing ... fashionable feminist spin on sexual shenanigans. Neatly written with smart funny lines." - N.Y. Post.
"Full of tart wit, feminist insight and quirky detours of plot." - Time

Run time is approx. 90 minutes.
Doors open at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $15 and include unlimited beer/wine!

Produced by Kira Geiger, Steven Kopp, and Loft227
Directed by Steven Kopp
Written by Theresa Rebeck

CAST:
Andrew: Joshua Popa
Georgie: Kira Geiger
Edward: Wil Bethmann
Lydia: Emma Coulter

The Cast Of SPIKE HEELS at Loft227.

The Cast Of SPIKE HEELS at Loft227.

QUEER COMPOSERS For Orlando

This tragedy will not define us, but will bring us together. Because we are one Orlando.
— Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer

Yael Silver, Will Van Moss, and Robin Sokoloff bring together New York City’s most loud and proud composers for an evening full of love, life, and healing.

Performances By

 Anastacia McClesky (The Book of Mormon, Violet, Hair, Tarzan), Billy Harrigan Tighe (Pippin, The Book of Mormon), Javier Ignacio (Side Show), Carla Stickler (Wicked), and Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening, Wicked, SpongeBob),  Loren Allred (The Voice

In The Press

Check Us Out On BroadwayWorld.com!

Love Pings

For Immediate Release - June 5th, 2016

I AM Concepts Brings Hong Kong Hit "Love Pings" To New York City



Audition Date: June 8th, 2016(Wed) Time: 10:00am-6pm

Location: Loft227, 227 W 29th Street, 4F, New York, NY 10001

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/8g8FoyXj9nG2

Casting Team: Kate March, Shek Wai-Ting, Robin Sokoloff

Interested parties, please email your bio, C.V. and photos(full-body & head-shot) to
support@iam-dining.com before June 7th, 2016 (Tues).

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THE PLAY

Love Pings is an original play written by American director Kate March in collaboration with the Hong Kong based and globally expanding production company, I AM (www.iam-concepts.com).

Love Pings chronicles the story of Jane’s adventure with 7 simultaneous love interests as she tries to find meaningful connection through the ever-fuzzy world of text messaging, iMessage, Whatsapp, Facebook, email, Skype, FaceTime, the old fashioned phone call, and the occasional live meet. The rapid fire dialogue is purely composed of virtual messages, interspersed with moments of face-to-face interaction or phone calls between characters. Love Pings adopts a unique story-telling approach by marking the flavour of the technology-flooded 21st century through physical movement. Themes of connection, relationships, presence, absence, and love in a digital and globally connected world are explored with a plot that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Be prepared for some unexpected twists to this unconventional romance. Or maybe it isn’t radical at all, maybe it’s just love reconfigured for the digital age....Highlighting the endlessly fascinating connections that can be made through the virtual world, the question remains: are any of these digital “pings” signaling real love, or is it all an illusion?

Following its successful launch in OCT 2015 in Hong Kong to the 3 full-house performances, Love Pings is now invited to be restaged in New York City in a theatre located in the heart of Time Square.

Total duration of the play is about 1 hour and 50 minutes.


PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

June 8, 2017: Audition & Confirm Cast.

July 17th -25th: Director from Hong Kong will fly in to NYC to have 7 days intensive rehearsals with the NYC Assistant Director and cast.

August(TBC): Rehearsals with NYC Assistant Director.

Late-September: Director from Hong Kong will fly in to NYC to rehearse with the cast until the play moves into theatre.

Mid-October TBC: Move in to theatre (Potentially, the week of Oct 10th).

Possible Tour to Various Northeast Colleges TBC

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AUDITION (NON-UNION)

The audition will take approximately an hour with 2 parts involved (individual and group auditions). We highly recommend actor to arrive at the audition studio 15-30 mins in advance for administrative registration and preparation. Selected pages of script will be giving out during the audition. The audition will also be documented by video for only internal uses.

Part I - Individual Audition

Actor is required to prepare a monologue script.

Part II - Group Audition

6-8 actors will be collaborating in the selected scene from the script.
The group will have 10mins of preparation time.

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CAST BREAKDOWN

*Note that G, T, and M were cast as females playing male roles. Gender Fluidity is used quite significantly.

JANE FORD: an American woman in her late twenties who is living in Hong Kong. She’s creative, bright, restless, and magnetic. She’s looking for connection (love?) and for an adventure….She wasn’t looking for a new career in espionage, but it found her....in the midst of a whirlwind romance. She’s talking to 7 men over various messaging applications but one in particular strikes her fancy. Little did she know the real reason for their seemingly fated meet.

Z: a North African/French businessman and scientist in his early to mid forties. He travels internationally every week, potentially every day occasionally  stopping at his Hong Kong apartment. He’s very genuine, sweet, extremely intelligent, and a bit of a nerd. His messages are a bit bizarre and ambiguous but come across as endearing and funny. He is hiding a secret which comes as a major surprise for the audience. He may or may not be a… spy.

T: a young Chinese businessman whose father is very involved with Chinese government and politics. He’s very composed, presentable, and exudes lavish lifestyle of luxury. His English is spotty at best. Obviously has an ego and excited to be involved with a foreign woman probably purely based on how it appears for outward appearances.

J: an Australian telecom man in his late thirties. He’s friends and colleagues with Z. He’s friendly, extroverted, and life of the party personality. Though underneath it all he is vulnerable and doesn’t always reveal the full story unless he’s a bit boozed up. Stops through Hong Kong periodically; very communicative to the point of being awkward sometimes.

G: a young British pilot. He’s incredibly sweet and stable perhaps to the point of naiveté and therefore, his personality comes off as dull, predictable, and needy. Always very calculated and composed in his interactions with Jane.

C: an American entrepreneur who has come to Hong Kong to start building a property empire. Self-made millionaire who’s not afraid to boast about it. He’s attractive, charming, outspoken, a bit sleazy, mid forties, and cunning. He’s married with 2 children.

M: an Italian fashion designer who lives in Shanghai but visits HK from time to time.  He’s suave, stylish, attractive, funny, and charming. He’s also a total nymphomaniac with an insatiable appetite for sex. His character lightens the mood with his drunk booty call texts.

Q: a french night club owner/ restauranteur in his early 30s who was brought up in a wealthy socialite lifestyle. He's attractive, smart, nice and charismatic. He can come across as a little desperate at times, like he can’t handle being alone, even though he is supposedly in a relationship.

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ABOUT I AM CONCEPTS

I AM is a CREATIVE FORCE.

I AM does not fit into a neat category. I AM creates wildly imaginative concepts.

I AM transports people to a world of imagination and infinite creative possibility.

Join the I AM movement.

Express yourself.

www.iam-concepts.com

Founded in Hong Kong, and expanding rapidly and globally, the brilliant cohort (of performers, dancers, choreographers, actresses, directors, singers, writers, filmmakers, hostesses, and artists) engages and inspires global audiences with a range of creative services. I AM assists brands, restaurants, hotels, and individuals in expressing their unique identity through original creative content. From fusing dining with live performance to providing innovative entertainment for special events to writing and producing original theatre productions to training hospitality staff to be more charismatic, I AM ensures our creative direction and journey with every client is rooted in artistic integrity.

I AM is not just a creative agency, I AM is a movement.

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ABOUT KATE MARCH
(FOUNDER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR, I AM Concepts)

Kate March is an American performance artist, director, writer, choreographer, speaker, and producer based in Hong Kong. She received her BA in Performance/Choreography from Connecticut College (Summa Cum Laude) and her MA in Choreography from Middlesex University in London (Highest Honours). Often described as experiential, interactive, provocative, and immersive movement theatre, her work has been produced in London, Berlin, Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong, New York City, and Connecticut, among other places.

One of her most acclaimed pieces is An Evening of Meat premiered in London in 2010 and went on to also achieve stellar reviews in Berlin, again in London in 2011, and in Hong Kong in 2013. From there she continued to hone her interest and expertise in creating conceptual dining experiences, seamlessly fusing live performance and dining to reinvent ‘dinner theatre’. Upon moving to Hong Kong in 2011, she produced several performance concepts which integrated theatre and dance in contexts outside of the conventional theatre space.

Most recently, Ms. March has written, produced, and directed 2 evening length theatre pieces which premiered to great acclaim: Love Pings (HK Premiere October 2015) and Encounters with Ladies ( HK premiere May 2015). A distinct channel for her continued artistic and entrepreneurial development is her involvement with the HK based creative agency, I AM, of which she is the founder and creative director (www.iam‐concepts.com) . Through I AM, she continues to travel and share her voice with audiences across the entire Asia Pacific region. In 2016, I AM will be premiering several new original productions in NYC and will be touring some of their repertoire outside of Asia.

Through her visionary leadership, I AM develops artistically driven event concepts and original productions inspiring audiences through immersive live performance. Beyond its growing commercial successes, Ms. March ensures that I AM acts as a springboard for encouraging creative collaboration and perpetual self‐exploration for audiences and artists alike.

In addition to her work with I AM, she was a part‐time lecturer of movement improvisation to undergraduates at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts where she still acts as a guest lecturer for both the BA and MFA programmes. In 2015, Ms. March delivered a TEDx speech in Hong Kong which has launched a series of inspirational speaking engagements. Her most recent speech was about pleasure and was delivered for an audience of 700 people at the 2016 Hong Kong ORGASMO event. Finally, in the same year, she was nominated for the Revolution Award as part of the annual local theatre “HKELD” awards.

www.iam-concepts.com | www.katemarch.com

BUN IN THE OVEN

BUN IN THE OVEN is the third in a series of twisted, subversive & delightfully disgusting short comedies. The first film in the series, ”Bloody Mary”, has been accepted into more than 20 festivals all over  the world, winning “Best NYC Film” at the NYC Downtown International Short Film Festival; “Best Screenplay” (shorts category) at the Macabre Faire Film Festival in Long Island, NY; “Single Funniest Moment” at the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival; and runner-up for “Best Comedy” at the Rugged Phoenix Underground Film Festival. Super Twisted Short’s follow-up film ”Sucklepump” is just starting the festival rounds and has been accepted into 6 festivals. Cast members have included Lauren Anne Miller (For a Good Time Call), Trace Lysette (Transparent and Blunt Talk), Joel Marsh Garland (Orange Is The New Black), and Pat Squire (Orange is the New Black).

To view sneak peaks of both films and learn more about the team behind it, visit
www.supertwistedshorts.com

To submit your headshot and reel, submit below or email
sokoloffcasting@gmail.com

Writer, Director & Producer: Jono Freedrix
Associate Producer: Hustle Creative
Associate Producer and Casting: Robin Sokoloff
Audition Date: May 28th – accepting submissions via Actors Access and email
Shoot Dates: 6/25-6/26
Location: New York City
Pay Rate: $50 stipend + meals + credit + footage upon request
Media Contact: Magan Wiles/Hustle Creative/magan@thehustle.nyc

I AM : The Easy Hour

I AM is an all female creative powerhouse based in Hong Kong and currently infiltrating NYC with their innovative and immersive concepts. Their signature and most acclaimed concepts seamlessly combine live performance with the dining or drinking experience. In March of this year, I AM partnered with Chelsea Hospitality Group to premiere a private pop up performance dining concept at PIER A, The First Supper. Following rave reviews from attendees, this time around I AM is opening their world to the public, offering up a hot new concept to surprise and delight the NYC crowd.  

I AM is titled by media in Asia as Asia’s Leading Creative Force. Carrying on from the success of immersive dining performances in Asia Pacific and South East Asia, this creative force is thrilled to introduce their style to New York City presenting a next level cocktail hour experience designed especially for the big apple. The Easy Hour is a 60-minute performance experience- incorporating a beautiful blend of theatrics, live performance elements, and drinks to whet even the most sophisticated whistles. Guests can decide on two before or after dinner showtimes for convenience - Choose from Aperitif (7PM) or Nightcap (10PM) — all happening on Friday June 10th, 2016. Start the weekend by taking it easy!!

In collaboration with mid-town’s sexiest event space Loft227, The Easy Hour transforms the cocktail hour into a place of escape- transporting patrons back in time to a nostalgic aesthetic of the 1950s golden era while reimagining the clandestine feel of the Prohibition speak easy for the 21st century. The Easy Hour encourages guests to break free from their 9-5 personas, shed their inhibitions, unwind, come undone —- and, just let go. The Easy Hour is NYC’s very own pop-up Prohibition-era Speakeasy resurfacing vibes from the past, made for the present and expected to be the wave of the future. Come join the I AM women on June 10th — these bold, creative, and brave women aren’t afraid to speak easy, drink easy, and dance easy…Come experience a space where art and entertainment collide.

For inquiries email:

support@iam-dining.com

 

About Loft227:

https://loft227.com/

The School Inspection

With
Hamilton Clancy*
Devin Haqq*
Karla Hendrick*
Antoinette LaVecchia*
Jeremy Lawrence*
Aly Talley
Vickie Tanner*



Written and Directed by Jason Jacobs
Produced by Robin Sokoloff
Stage Manager Heather Olmstead
Graphic by Chris Kalb

*These actors are appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association.

 

THE GIANTS - From The Producer

THE GIANTS PARTS ONE & TWO | Robin Sokoloff | Executive Producer

Dear Friends + Collaborators, 

Two months ago, I was invited by Director Isaac Klein to a reading of a beautiful new play: THE GIANTS, PARTS ONE & TWO, by Matthew Jellison. This outstanding new work was part of Fresh Ground Pepper's PlayGround Reading Festival at Cloud City in Brooklyn. It took but a few lines for me to fall madly love with Jellison’s work, and I quickly began talks with Matthew and Isaac to produce THE GIANTS, PARTS ONE & TWO.

I'm writing you today to invite you to come see the show, which I am proud to be the first to produce at our intimate Chelsea venue, Loft227. Our extraordinary team has worked day and night to breathe THE GIANTS to life, bringing it more near and dear to my heart as we approach opening night.

I hope you will join me in experiencing this lovely work of art!

THE GIANTS will be performed on:

Friday 2/26

Sunday 2/28

Wednesday 3/2

Friday 3/4

Sunday 3/6

Wednesday 3/9

All performances are at 8PM at Loft227  (227 W. 29th Street, 4th Floor)

For tickets, please visit: https://thegiants.splashthat.com.

In Matthew's words, the giants is about "A skyscraper to the stars, the lovers who live there, and the giant who shows up one day to knock it down.” Isn't that how it always feels? This delicate work holds up a mirror to the lives we live, how we love the people we love, and opens our mind’s eye to the forces we cannot see or explain.

Matthew’s play is a very special work, and we’re presenting PARTS ONE & TWO of THE GIANTS for this run. While the two parts come together to form a full and cohesive evening, Matthew plans to continue writing more parts, so these two will ultimately be the first two parts of a larger series.

Matthew will also be performing in the show as part of our stellar cast, alongside Ava Eisenson, Ashley Austin Morris, and Allan K. Washington. Our behind-the-scenes dream team includes Steven Royal, David Litman, Brad Peterson, Derek Knoderer, Heather McDevitt Barton, Joe Isenberg, Corinne Brenner, and Anna Rooney.

Giving life to a show of this magnitude is at the core of our mission here at Loft227, where we are ever-evolving our new model for the theater. THE GIANTS has transformed the very face of our space from the inside out, and I am so excited to share it with you.

All the best,

Robin

Director Isaac Klein, with Ava Eisenson*, Matthew Jellison, Allan K. Washington*, and Ashley Morris. 

Director Isaac Klein, with Ava Eisenson*, Matthew Jellison, Allan K. Washington*, and Ashley Morris. 

This is an Equity Approved Showcase.
*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

JESSTALK - It's Funny Now

JESSTALK | Jess Milevicz | Magan Wiles | Hustle Creative | Robin Sokoloff

DID WE JUST BECOME BEST FRIENDS?

Cocktails. Life lessons. A slideshow. My heart on a platter.  

All for you, my loved one.  

JESSTALK | Jess Milevicz | Hustle Creative | Magan Wiles | Robin Sokoloff
JESSTALK | Jess Milewicz | Magan Wiles | Hustle Creative | Robin Sokoloff

JESSTALK: It's Funny Now played to a packed house at Loft227 in January. Back by popular demand, Jess Milewicz was invited for an encore performance for the ONE DAY LOVE AFFAIR Festival benefitting the Crime Victims Treatment Center in February, produced by Anna Rooney. 

Hustle Creative | Magan Wiles
Jess Milewicz | Magan Wiles


NYC BALLET ARTIST SERIES: Marcel Dzama Dance Installation

Marcel Dzama | Robin Sokoloff | Dancer


For his 10th ballet for NYCB, Justin Peck tackles his most ambitious work to date –The Most Incredible Thing. Featuring a cast of more than 50, Peck collaborates with composer Bryce Dessner (The National) and contemporary artist Marcel Dzama to bring Hans Christian Andersen’s dark 1870 fairy tale of the same name to the stage.

Robin Sokoloff | Vanessa Walters Choreographer

To celebrate the launch of the new ballet in collaberation with Marcel Dzama, we created a multi media installation to be displayed larger-than-life in Lincoln Center. Working under Choreographer Vanessa Walters, we collaborated for a 2 day shoot with Marcel Dzama, starring Amy Sedaris, at Brooklyn Fireproof Stages.

Robin Sokoloff | Anna Rooney
Robin Sokoloff | Vanessa Walters Choreographer

 

The video installation premiered to a packed house for Marcel Dzama's opening at The David Zwirner Gallery in February. 

Choreographer Vanessa Walters and Company

Choreographer Vanessa Walters and Company




THE GIANTS, PARTS ONE & TWO

THE GIANTS PARTS ONE & TWO
BY MATTHEW JELLISON
DIRECTED BY ISAAC KLEIN

OPENING FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH. 8PM

Artwork by David Litman

Artwork by David Litman

A skyscraper to the stars, the lovers who live there, and the giant who shows up one day to knock it down.


starring:
Ava Eisenson*, Matthew Jellison, Ashley Morris*, and Allan K. Washington*

set and lighting design by Steven Royal
illustrations and graphics by David Litman
projection design by Brad Peterson
sound design by Derek Knoderer
costume design by Heather McDevitt Barton
fight direction by Joe Isenberg
stage managed by Corinne Brenner
produced by Anna Rooney

executive producer: Robin Sokoloff

This is an Equity Approved Showcase. 
*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

RIPENING - Dance Installation

ABOUT RIPENING

A mind-bending 3 part exploration of our psychological relationship with  time through dance performance, film, and art installation. RIPENING is a vehicle for navigating and observing the cyclical nature of all living things, blossoming, maturing, and transforming, moving from youth to old age to one’s imminent death.  Conceived and created by Vanessa Walters in collaboration with Brian Gonzalez, RIPENING seeks to understand society’s resistance to aging.

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rip·en   [rahy-puhn]  verb

1. to make or become ripe.

2. to bring or come to maturity, the proper condition, etc.; mature.

Ripening

1. Coming to full development; becoming mature.

2. Acquiring desirable qualities by being left undisturbed for some time.

Unless interrupted, all living creatures move from youth to old age, and then transition into decay. Ripening celebrates that journey and seeks to understand society’s resistance to aging naturally.

Arriving, becoming, blossoming, maturing, rotting, dying, transforming; the Ripening journey is an experience of many incarnations.

We understand the effects of aging and yet the arrival of those changes is inevitably a surprise. Is it merely the body that ages and not the essence itself? Do both ripen? Can we reconcile the inner with the outer? Are we the same being at 80 that we are when we are 5, or are we rather just in a constant stream of becoming? Can we truly become wise and still retain innocence?

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