Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Season’s Greetings from Justine Lambert and Looking Glass Theatre!

Season’s Greetings from Justine Lambert and Looking Glass Theatre!

My most recently received email was to our house managers about how to handle the SOLD OUT crowds for our final week of the Winter 2009 Writer/Director Forum. Luxury Problem!

This (among other joyous) success doesn’t mean we don’t need your support. Please give. I’m sure you’ve heard the pleas and perhaps are feeling the crunch yourself, but if you value theatre, creative freedom and what we do for our lovely lady (and men!) artists, just be as generous as you are able. Any amount from $1 to $1 Million will truly help! Click here to contribute – or mail your contribution to the address below. Remember, all contributions are tax-deductible!

Now back to the fun stuff. We are going into the next decade with a lot on our plate. Our first Mainstage show is actually an old one, March 13 – April 25, we’re bringing back Ready, Set, Story! If you’ve read my past blogs or letters, you’ll know already how much I adore this children’s play. It’s simply a perfect combination of fun and learning (think Leapster on stage, with mythology). Rose and Emily (director/author) couldn’t BE a better team!

Next up is 70 Million Tons….of icky sticky grimy muck! We theatre folk can’t help loving a good self referential comedy about theatre. This one’s about how companies like ours can fight the good fight and go green! Sounds like a heavy subject, perhaps but this is comedy through and through. Can a pretentious big wig save the world with a scrappy cast and crew in under an hour…..or else….God’s bringin’ it on, floodwise, AGAIN! We love that it’s funny and we love the opportunity to learn about how we and perhaps you our audience can be a part of the solution. The show is scheduled April 5 -28. Look for talkbacks and surround events on re-using, environmental conservation and, of course, green theatre practices.

Speaking of events we’ve got two great ones coming up in February 2010. We’re holding our first-ever clothing swap, so save all your “gotta get this outta my closets” and get ready to find new wardrobe treasure. AND we’re planning a V-Day event to support this amazing cause and give Rose Ginsberg the chance to create more beautiful theatre for a cause that she cares about deeply.
OMG, I’m super excited that we’re having long term Artistic Associate Jennifer Goodlander bring in her latest project. As yet untitled, it’s a Balinese Puppet show based on a Woman Warrior myth! So cool. And so cool to get our beloved Jennifer back once again. This is a very limited presentation in March so get tickets as soon as they become available.

Our next benefit (always a great party) will be Tuesday, April 13 and I have to mention our amazing upcoming Space Grant, wait, make that Grants - plural. We received such strong applications this round that we had to choose THREE winners! You will be seeing their information on our web site soon.

Hey, don’t forget there will be another incredible gathering of women directors/playwrights for the Spring 2010 Writer/Director Forum, June 3-27.

DARN IT (stronger expletive deleted). I don’t have space to brag about our just-ending fall season! Please go look at our blog our Facebook page and our web site – or follow us on Twitter – to read about it, because I’m crazy proud of Aliza, Shari, Rose, Emily, and Kenneth, to name but a few. And see pictures of the Benefit (amazingly organized by Megumi - AKA rock star) and the Winter FORUM!
Enjoy magical theatre dreams this holiday season,
Justine
Justine Lambert
Artistic Director
Looking Glass Theatre
422 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
http://lookingglasstheatrenyc.com/

Friday, December 18, 2009

THE LOOKING GLASS PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT-Feb.-March, 2010

ANNOUNCING THE LOOKING GLASS PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT-Feb.-March, 2010

Seeking proposals from theatre companies!
Grantee(s) will receive performance space (anytime between February 17-March 6, 2010) including one technical rehearsal, and marketing and publicity (text provided by you) to our email press and audience lists and a listing or link on our website.

85% of ticket sales go to Looking Glass with 15% going to the Grant Recipient.
Grantee shows will be credited as COMPANY NAME, in conjunction with The Looking Glass Space Grant Program, presents SHOW TITLE

Additional rehearsal time will be made available at a deep discount when available.
DEADLINE: Applications accepted beginning Monday, December 14, 2009 through Monday, December 21 at 6pm.
Final Deadline Monday, December 21 at 6pm.

Proposals must be submitted via email to Artistic Director Justine Lambert at LookGlassJustine@aol.com as one (1) attachment. Companies are encouraged to make contact (via the above email address) in advance indicating their intent to apply and/or with any questions.

Applicants will be contacted with the final decision no later than Wednesday, December 23, 2009.

What you provide: A production(s) that reflects our mission statement.
OUR MISSION-Reflecting life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision. See web site for more! http://www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com

Bottom line-Either playwright or director must be female (both is great but not required). Cast must be half or more female (for classics gender bending casts are accepted to meet this requirement). Female subject matter not required.

1) The Proposal-A one page description of the project including story, concept, and tone. Include running time. Include technical requirements and keep them MINIMAL, shows will be sharing the space.

2) Creative Team-List of all creative team members already on board with short bios. (Director or Playwright must already be chosen)

3) Space Request- Your ideal opening date and performance dates requested between February 17-March 6, 2010 (Maximum of 12 performances).

4) Marketing Description-A description of how you will attract a crowd!

5) Company Mission-Your mission statement and a description of activities along with current staff list.

Please put the above sections in their stated order and include the number and name of each section at the top of that section. Recommended length about 4 pages. Scripts are not required but may be requested after initial proposal review.

Please note: The Looking Glass Theatre is in an old and historic, but drafty building. Shows should be appropriate for winter (warm costumes, etc.)

The Looking Glass Theatre is located at 422 West 57th Street (btwn 9th/10th Aves). 212-307-9467 www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com

Justine Lambert, Artistic Director
Jenn Boehm, Managing Director

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ANNOUNCING THE LOOKING GLASS PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT-

October 23, 2009
ANNOUNCING THE LOOKING GLASS PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT-January, 2010

Seeking proposals from theatre companies.
Grantee(s) will receive performance space (anytime between January, 12-31, 2010) including one technical rehearsal, and marketing and publicity (text provided by you) to our email press and audience lists and a listing or link on our website.
-85% of ticket sales go to Looking Glass with 15% going to the Grant Recipient.
-Grantee shows will be credited as COMPANY NAME, in conjunction with The Looking Glass Space Grant Program, presents SHOW TITLE.
-Additional rehearsal time will be made available at a deep discount when available.

DEADLINE: Applications accepted beginning Wednesday, Oct. 28, through Friday, Nov. 13 at 6pm
FINAL DEADLINE: Friday, November 13 at 6pm.

Proposals must be submitted via email to Artistic Director Justine Lambert at LookGlassJustine@aol.com as one (1) attachment.

Companies are encouraged to make contact (via the above email address) in advance indicating their intent to apply and/or with any questions. Applicants will be contacted with the final decision no later than Wednesday, November 18, 2009.
What you provide: A production(s) that reflects our mission statement.
OUR MISSION-Reflecting life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision. See web site for more! http://www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com/

Bottom line-Either playwright or director must be female (both is great but not required). Cast must be half or more female (for classics gender bending casts are accepted to meet this requirement). Female subject matter not required.
1) The Proposal-A one page description of the project including story, concept, and tone. Include running time. Include technical requirements and keep them MINIMAL, shows will be sharing the space.

2) Creative Team-List of all creative team members already on board with short bios. (Director or Playwright must already be chosen)

3) Space Request- Your ideal opening date and performance dates requested between January 12-31, 2010 (Maximum of 12 performances).

4) Marketing Description-A description of how you will attract a crowd!

5) Company Mission-Your mission statement and a description of activities along with current staff list.
Please put the above sections in their stated order and include the number and name of each section at the top of that section. Recommended length about 4 pages. Scripts are not required but may be requested after initial proposal review.

Please note: The Looking Glass Theatre is located in an old and historic, but drafty building. Shows should be appropriate for winter (warm costumes, etc.).

The Looking Glass Theatre is located at 422 West 57th Street (btwn 9th/10th Aves).
212-307-9467
http://www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com/
Justine Lambert, Artistic Director
Jenn Boehm, Managing Director

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation Event a HUGE success!

The Looking Glass Theatre's 2009 Pantene Beautiful Lengths hair donation event was a HUGE success!!


What an outstanding turnout we had!

We estimate that more than 200 inches of hair was cut and countless ponytails donated to make much-needed wigs!

It was a fantastic celebration of community and giving. We are ever-so-grateful to Mark, Veronica and the outstanding team at Mark Garrison Salon for contributing their amazing talents and time for this event.


Thanks also to more than 20 donors who lopped off their gorgeous locks for this great cause! And thanks to our Looking Glass staffers Justine, Jenn, Chanda, Rose, Erica and Karin ... we did it, ladies!

AND, hooray for Looking Glass alum Michelle Foytek joining the party! A wonderful surprise and a great gift!

We hope to make this annual affair, so start growing your hair now and join us next October for the 2010 event!






















Saturday, October 17, 2009

READY, SET,STORY!

Ready, Set, Story opened October 10th and we're all so incredibly excited!

I have always loved mythology. As a kid, I spent hours poring over stories of enchanted animals, bickering gods and goddesses, and brave heroes (and heroines!) on impossible quests. My favorites were the clever tricksters who didn't look like much, but always managed to outsmart even the scariest monsters. These tales were epic yet familiar, magical yet human, ancient yet totally alive, and I couldn’t get enough of them.

With Ready, Set, Story! I set out to recapture the sense of wonder and excitement that I always got from my favorite myths, as well as their incredible imaginative power. These stories have been around for centuries but they never get old, and I wanted to invite audiences of all ages to explore their fantastical worlds with me.

The process of bringing this play to life has been more fun than I can say, thanks to the brilliance of the cast and production team. Spending the last month with these “actors at play” has been a joy for me, and I am sure you will enjoy their company as much as I do. So, as Anansi the Spider says, “Ready, Set... Story!”
 
-Rose Ginsberg, Director of Ready, Set, Story!

Ready, Set, Story! runs this Saturday, October 10 through November 22. Performances are every Saturday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and every Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

BUSY WEEK!

Notes from the Artistic Director:
It's been a BUSY WEEK!


Busy week: ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD got a fantabulous review! Check it out: http://www.nytheatre.com/nytheatre/showpage.php?t=ask8595

Busy week: I was charmed by my first look at READY, SET, STORY! rehearsal. This children’s script may be the most perfect we’ve had. It fits every bill, it’s soooo cute, with animals and silliness and fast moving action. But it’s also over-the-top educational, exposing the audience to four different myths from four different cultures AND even teaching a gentle lesson about knowing when making jokes and playing tricks is great and when it can be inappropriate. This cast is having so much fun and director Rose Ginsberg is leading them in a joyous exercise of fantasy, pretend and pure storytelling. I wish I were in this play. Being involved in this process looks like more fun than…..a barrel of spiders!
Busy week: I also observed some rehearsal for ARE YOU THERE ZEUS? IT’S ME ELECTRA. At first glance a non-theatre insider would wonder, “what the hell are they gonna do for 4 more weeks?” That’s right, they have over 4 weeks left to rehearse and have already been in rehearsal for over a week, so watching the funny, already blocked, well-acted rehearsal would leave one wondering, “what now?” But I know, I know Aliza Shane (director). No way “funny with competent blocking” is enough for her! That blocking will become EXCITING and SPECIFIC to the moment, that acting will become more than good. I see the seeds of character work that will bloom into over-the-top but still recognizable humans that we can’t help laughing with. I know that the clever cool script will become so much more. Aliza and her cast are still improvising to sharpen, heighten and make specific each encounter and drive the story to that inevitable bloody end. I have to admit I also wish I was in this play it too. Looks like just as much fun with a macabre twist!


Busy Week: Meeting # 1 “LOGO”: So ... we’re trying to revamp our look. OK, if you’ve been following Looking Glass at all over the last 16 years (yup, we’re a troubled teen) you know that we’re a THEATRE company, not a marketing firm. But some of the wonderful artists who make up our core have gently persuaded me of the need to revamp! Now, more than ever, marketing is paramount. Not only has the Internet taken over the world, but we’re in a recession. And the theatre business was already suffering BEFORE the recession. But this team of talented mavericks is confronting these challenges and revamping our branding. And it's gonna rock. So keep your eyes open for the unveiling of our new logo and website in 2010!"
Busy week: Meeting #2, “MARKETING”: Yup, more business. Gotta get the word out! I love the promotional items we’re planning on: Ready, Set, Story! bookmarks and Are You There Zeus? It’s Me Electra. Buttons! This stuff is so cute I probably won’t be able to keep them for myself cause the kids’ll want ‘em (even the non kid show Electra stuff is darn cute…).

Busy week: Meeting #3, “BENEFIT”: Oh and we gotta raise money too so we get to throw an amazing party twice a year! Much talk about acquiring food and drink as well as ticket prices (a good deal at $18 or $15 in advance). SAVE THE DATE Tuesday Nov., 10!
Busy week: Meeting #4 “FORUM”: On Saturday morning we got together with all the directors, assistant directors and interns for our Winter Writers/Directors Forum. Scripts have already been chosen and now the work begins!
OK, I’m tired just from writing it all down, gotta go take a nap now…..NOT!

:) Justine
Justine Lambert
Artistic Director
The Looking Glass Theatre

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Looking Glass Saves The Day!

Looking Glass Saves The Day
A Heartwarming Tale of a Random Tuesday Morning

Everyone here at The Looking Glass Theatre has been  working very hard on current  and future productions, events and forums, but I wanted to quickly share a unique experience from the theater this morning...


As you know, we offer space grants to artists throughout the year. This spring we had some particulary wonderful groups present shows at the Looking Glass, great and funny groups of young and talented folks.

This morning - about 8:45am - a woman comes into the theater quite flustered. She explains that she was part of  one of the space grant shows from the Spring and that she's on her way to a 9am interview at CBS around the corner... but she forgot to pack her shoes when she left home and is wearing flip flops. Fighting back tears, she asks if she can borrow my shoes or the shoes of the intern working in the office with me today. But we're both also wearing flip flops. Feeling defeated and out of options, she's overwhelmed by her situation and begins to cry, unsure of what to do next. Seriously, this gal is breaking my heart! Haven't we all had moments like this?
We offer to let her use a pair of shoes from our costume stock, if she can find something suitable. We go into the costume room and pull out the shoe tubs. The first pair of wearable shoes she finds and tries on are... a perfect fit! With a beaming smile, she dashes out the door proclaiming her gratitude and promising to return shortly to bring back this generous loan.


About 40 minutes later, she's back - shoes in hand - and a thousand times happier. Hopefully, she gets the job (whatever it may be, we really didnt' have much time for details!) and remembers us fondly... and tells the world (and maybe a television audience someday) about this very special experience!!
:)
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Jenn Boehm
Managing Director/Artistic Associate
The Looking Glass Theatre
http://www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com/

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sneak Peak!

Check out this sneak peek of ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSmuyIsYKbg&feature=channel

Interview with director Shari Johnson about Ask Someone Else, God, a surreal comedy about the prophet Jonah, written by Kenneth Nowell.

www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com

ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD - September 9 - October 4
Wednesday - Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 5pm
ADDRESS: 422 WEST 57TH (btwn 9th/10th Aves)
TICKETS: www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com or (212) 352-3101

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

News from Justine Lambert & The Looking Glass Theatre!

WELL... Our fall season is upon us! Everyone always says that summer flies by, but when you’re producing three plays and a festival, it really zooms!

Ask Someone Else, God is happening now - in fact, it opens tomorrow (9/9/09)! I’m so excited by this show. The texture of the project is just what I love: deep emotion mixed with complex theatricality. Read more thoughts on this project and subject on our blog at http://lookingglasstheatre.blogspot.com/.

We also have a fun new children’s show coming up: Ready, Set, Story! How Katie Saved the Sneaky Spider’s Tales. You wouldn’t believe how much discussion went into that title!

In fact, titles have been a big issue this season. A lot of people were a bit scared of the Ask Someone Else, God choice. Many suggested changes, all of which included removing the word “God.” Yes, I admit I am a bit afraid to alienate people with that one word. But God is universal, whatever you call her, and so is this play. It’s based on a bible story and tells us about modern pain, through surreal comedy. What could be better? Check out photos at http://www.facebook.com/TheLookingGlassTheatre?ref=ts.

Ready, Set, Story! is about the stories of religion, the myths created by different cultures to explain the unexplainable. We all need some explanation. This play explores through the eyes of a child some of the funniest explanations humanity has come up with. This play (so well written by Emily Paul) manages to be funny and adorable entertainment while still imparting some real wisdom to our littlest theatre goers.

Next up, we have Are You There Zeus? It’s Me, Electra about a teenager who has REAL parental issues. No problems with the title on this one. We all LOVE it! And yes, there’s a deity in there, too. Perhaps our fear of the all-powerful is manifesting itself in our theatrical choices this season. We disenfranchised, poor, rebellious artists are seeking something bigger in this time of economic crisis. Luckily for our audience, rarely has there been assembled a more entertaining yet thought provoking trilogy of plays.

Last, but oh-so-not-least, one of my favorite collaborative and creative events within our programming: the Writer/Director Forum. Our semi-annual festival of new works features the wonderful talents of emerging female playwrights and directors…we have a fantastic group onboard and it’s going to be an amazing Forum!

AND, offstage this October, as part of our Breast Cancer Awareness efforts, we’re doing a GREAT event with Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Mark Garrison Salon – a group hair donation! We encourage everyone to join our staff and artists and donate their hair to create free, real-hair wigs for women who've lost their hair due to cancer. Spread the word and snip, snip, snip for an important cause with us!

Have I mentioned that I’m pretty excited about Fall ’09?

By the way, our managing director will want to be sure we ask for money. GOD knows we need it! Whether you can give one dollar, 10 dollars, 100 dollars or more… your contribution will go a long way this Fall!

All the best and enjoy the show… make that shows!
Justine :)

Justine Lambert
Artistic Director
The Looking Glass Theatre
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD- Notes from the Director

NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR
Shari Johnson

In Ask Someone Else, God, Ken Nowell has graciously given a director a lot of room to experiment. In order to make the production a sensory rich event, I decided to make all the sounds of the show live. For almost every scene, one actor or more is off to the side providing a soundscape. I tried to use everyday objects to make the sounds and also tried to find objects that relate to the scene. For example, the restaurant scene's sounds are made by a water glass and silverware. The argument scene in the city is accompanied by snick and click of spray cans. Finding and playing with these objects has been fun and exciting. It's surprising to discover the different sounds one object can make. When we find the right sound to balance the scene it's immediately obvious to all. I'll look over at my two AD/SM's (assistant director/stage manager) and we'll nod our heads and say "That's so cool!"

Ken wrote a scene towards the end of the play that is inspired by Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Like Wilder's Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb, two women sit and gossip while miming snapping beans. I wanted to find something that would make the sound of the snapping beans, something that was reproduce-able. One person suggested breaking pasta. That would be a perfect sound, snapping spaghetti, but it would leave us with a lot of broken pasta. Every night we'd have to have inches of spaghetti for dinner.

During some down time one afternoon at my workplace, I was looking around for inspiration. I tried clicking pens, snapping paper, shaking potato chip bags- nothing seemed to replicate the sound of a bean's stem being snapped off. I came across one of the plastic yellow woven strips used in binding large boxes. When I flicked it with my finger, it made a passable snapping sound. Happy with my discovery, I took the strips to rehearsal.

When I pulled them out for the scene and tried to demonstrate their usage, I was dismayed to discover that the noise didn't carry at all. What sounded great in the office was swallowed by the large theatre space! I handed the strips to my actors, challenging them to fix my "great idea". No problem; within half a minute, actor Adriana Disman had figured out a way to fold the strips over to double them and flick them against each other, doubling the sound. She quickly showed the other actor what she was doing and we got down to rehearsing the scene. We made a few adjustments, such as placing the sound makers where they can see the speaking actor's hands. We let everyone practice so that miming and the sound were timed perfectly together. Eventually, things started to click (or snap?). Maureen, one of my AD/SM's turned around to look at me. "That's so cool!"

-Shari Johnson
Director of Ask Someone Else, God

Friday, August 21, 2009

Notes from Justine Lambert on ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD


Notes From Justine
Ask Someone Else, God
Rehearsal Observation

On Tuesday, I witnessed heart wrenching scenes between Husband and Wife, punctuated by extreme comedy between Father and Son.

Man, I love abstract theatre, but it sure is hard. Many “experimental” scripts aren’t. What they are is confusing, unclear and at worst meaningless. Don’t get me wrong; complete abstraction can be brilliant (Richard Foreman), but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about trying to use surrealism to say something. That’s what Ask Someone Else, God is for me.

From the start I thought this marriage of Playwright and Director might be magic. I dared not hope too hard that the timing and circumstances would come together to make this project come to fruition. The skills and clarity of Shari blended with the surrealism and depth of Ken could be such a beautiful thing I could only pray (nice choice here, don’t you think?) that it might work out. Miracle of Miracles, it did.

So what I’m beginning to see emerge in rehearsals is that thing I continually seek: important observation about human nature and emotion told truly using theatre, not merely people talking (not that that can’t be brilliant-Williams, Miller, O’Neill). The stage offers a different medium for exploring this human world of ours, and I glory in the tricks of the trade. Realism mixed with experimentation is pure theatrical joy. This mix of material and director seems to be toying with this combination in ways that tickle and touch me.

The Jonah story here is about a person disheartened, discouraged, and beaten down by life, work and society, not to mention the themes of fatherhood and responsibility that run through the piece. Jonah is dealing with all of this by having a nervous breakdown, but instead of a therapist he has GOD. Yes, it’s Her, the Supreme Being, and she’s chatting with Jonah. Is it in his head? Not sure. But it’s certainly in the theatre. It’s jumping around in time and using wonderful simple transitional techniques to create both story and place without being a slave to “how.” Things happen. HOW is skirted, toyed with, and sometimes ignored - but never casually. We (the theatre audience, people who love this stuff) know we are in strong hands with Shari and Ken. They know how to bring it home, sew it together and make it resonate, sometimes with solid clear answers and deep human meaning, sometimes with more questions ... but always with purpose.

Justine Lambert
Artistic Director
The Looking Glass Theatre
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD Rehearsal Photos

Rehearsal Photos From
ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD
8/11/09
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Woman: Ugh! Nineveh! [She spits]
Jonah: You have a strong opinion.

Featuring: Janelle Mims, Will Ellis, Ricky Dunlop
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Bound Man: You know, you might find it fascinating: one can’t tie oneself up like this
without assistance.
Jonah: I wouldn’t think so.
Bound Man: Essentially, it is impossible.
Jonah: Yet there you are.
Bound Man: Here I am.
Jonah: Obviously you had assistance.
Bound Man: Yes, but it’s not usually called that.
Featuring: Will Ellis, Hanlon Smith-Dorsey

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Captain: Well, what sort of scream was it? Fury?
First Fisherman: Aaaahhhhh!!!
Captain: Or terror.
Second Fisherman: Iiiiiiieeeeaaaa!!!

Featuring: Courtney Kochuba, Kristen Niché-Jeter, Adriana Disman, Will Ellis, Mary Regan

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Jonah: One does feel the impulse to cry out for salvation. An absurd impulse. To cry out for release from the logical consequences of a chosen course of action. ... [Another splash]
Uh! Cough! Ah! Help! Help! Help! Save me! Sa …

Featuring: Will Ellis, Ricky Dunlop, Courtney Kochuba, Kristen Niché-Jeter, Adriana Disman, Mary Regan, Hanlon Smith-Dorsey

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The Looking Glass Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD, a surreal comedy about the prophet Jonah-written by Kenneth Nowell and directed by Shari Johnson. ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD opens Wednesday, September 9. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m from September 9- October 4.



Saturday, August 1, 2009

ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD (Opens Sept 9)

Who’s that lady? Wait, that’s no lady, that’s the Super-Essential Godhead, source of all being! And she wants Jonah to go to Nineveh. But how does he feel about it?

The Looking Glass Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD, a surreal comedy about the prophet Jonah written by Kenneth Nowell and directed by Shari Johnson, as part of its exciting Fall 2009 lineup.

Ask Someone Else, God opens at The Looking Glass Theatre, 422 West 57th Street, on Wednesday, September 9. Performances are scheduled every Wednesday through S aturday at 8 p.m. and every Sunday at 5 p.m. through October 4.

About The Show:
Jonah is simultaneously God’s prophet and a burned-out businessman working through personal issues. Just as he’s finally escaped the clutches of dehumanizing urban life and the suffocation of a middle class lifestyle, God commands him to return to Nineveh with a message of repentance. Jonah journeys first away and then towards his destiny through a kaleidoscopic dreamscape that evokes the worlds of folktales, Kafka and the Marx Brothers. And there’s that whale part.

Notes from the Director:
Shari Johnson uses the rich musicality of composer/playwright Kenneth Nowell’s text to create a layered production. Along with the songs inherent in the script, (sailors sing sea chanteys, prophets chant prophesy), the ensemble cast creates a live soundscape using both voices and props. Imagine humming and hand drums, the snick of a spray can or jars of water to create the sounds of the sea. The stage will be transformed with bizarre and unusual props, everything from skeletons to children’s flotation toys. Ask Someone Else, God celebrates and explores the absurdities of life along with its difficult choices. Expect deep laughs and deeper thoughts.


Justine LambertArtistic Director
The Looking Glass Theatre

www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD

ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD
A surreal comedy about the prophet Jonah

Written by Kenneth Nowell
Directed by Shari Johnson

September 9 - October 4

In ASK SOMEONE ELSE, GOD, a mysterious lady approaches Jonah. Wait, that’s no lady. That’s the Super-Essential Godhead, source of all being! And she wants Jonah to go to Nineveh. But how does he feel about it? Jonah is simultaneously God's prophet and an average person, a chosen messenger resisting his calling and a burned-out businessman working through personal issues. Just as he's finally escaped the clutches of a dehumanizing urban life and the suffocation of a middle class lifestyle, God commands him to return to Nineveh with a message of repentance. Jonah journeys first away and then towards his destiny through a kaleidoscopic dreamscape that evokes the worlds of folktales, Kafka and the Marx Brothers. And there's that whale part.

From the Playwright:
“The major inspiration for the work,” says the playwright, “was Elie Wiesel’s FOUR HASIDIC MASTERS AND THEIR STRUGGLE WITH MELANCHOLY. It profiles some 18th century spiritual leaders who felt a duty to share a message of love and hope in spite of feeling fundamentally depressed. Jonah struck me as archetypal in this regard. He saves and entire city from God’s wrath, and it makes him miserable.”
Nowell adds: “I wrote the core of the play after my first child was born. Like many new fathers, my joy was mixed with melancholy. I didn’t feel like a success in life. I didn’t know what I had to offer. I didn’t know that I could assure my daughter that the world was a good place. Yet looking ahead, I know that I have a duty to encourage hope. Ironically, there is something funny about this situation.”

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Monday, June 15, 2009

SPRING FORUM 2009- PRODUCTION BLOGS

FORUM BLOGSSPRING 2009 WRITER/DIRECTOR FORUM
A semi-annual festival of new works featuring women playwrights and directors
JUNE 4 -28

Another set of blogs about our upcoming Forum:

NOTES FROM WEEK THREE, June 18-21

Please Remove this Stuffed Animal From My Head by Crystal Jackson, directed by Rebecca Lewis-Whitson
Featuring Andrew Hargrove, Sergio LoDolce, Jack Payne and Rosanna Plasencia

Casina by Plautus, adapted & directed by Jacquelyn Honeybourne
Featuring Katherine Booze-Mooney, Lindy Flowers, Laura Harrison, Sarah Pullman, Hanlon Smith-Dorsey and Audrey Yeoman

WEEK THREE AD: Elizabeth Carlson

Casina rehearsals have been going splendidly! The actors are well off book, with some paraphrasing/ad-libbing exceptions that actually work better than some of the true lines (thank you Lysidamus). The show has been a collaboration between myself and our actors, so when these ad-libs work, we're all more than willing to make them permanent. Looking Glass acting intern Katie Booze-Mooney, who plays Olympio, has come up with several good moments of improv herself which are now integrated into the script. We're now in the home stretch and making smaller, perfectionist adjustments most of which have to do with cranking that “character amp” up to 11. We're finding slight and specific ways to hone in and fine tune. Chalinus has developed a habitual manly scratch which is hilarious and Pardalisca is developing an inappropriate laugh that's cracking everyone up. Also, together with the actress playing Cleostrata, we've perfected the quick switch from jealous /harpy/mad woman to loving/hurt wife. All in all it's wonderful and we laugh until it hurts. I hope we get an audience, or as our Player calls them "Good spectators, men and women," ready to chuckle.

- Jacquelyn Honeybourne, Director of CASINA


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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

SPRING FORUM 2009- PRODUCTION BLOGS

FORUM BLOGS
SPRING 2009 WRITER/DIRECTOR FORUM
A semi-annual festival of new works featuring women playwrights and directorsJUNE 4 -28

Another set of blogs about our upcoming Forum:

NOTES FROM WEEK TWO, June 11-14

Canned Deux by Siobhan Antonioli, directed by Sara Moncivais

Featuring Cristina Lombardi and Laura Sorensen

The Reason Why I Lie by Chelsea Sutton, directed by Cristina Knustson
Featuring Ramesh Ganeshran, James Luster, Michelle Silvani and Kate Weinberg

Chasing Pavement written & directed by Krystal Osborne
Featuring Max Feist, Karen Green, Jeffery Howson, Lucia Mazzola, Victoria Scott and Brandon Wood

WEEK TWO AD: Alicia Mangelsdorf

I am a part of the upcoming production of Chasing Pavement. Up to this point, the rehearsal process has been very invigorating for me. The director is very encouraging of each actor making his/her own choices. In return, this experience has made me grow as an artist. It has taught me to trust my own instincts and those of my ensemble. I'm havinga wonderful time and am already dreading the close of the play. Not to mention; it has been one of the most welcoming cast of actors I've had the pleasure of working with!

-Victoria Scott, Ann in Chasing Pavement

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

THE LOOKING GLASS PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT-August 2009

The Looking Glass Theatre
ANNOUNCING THE LOOKING GLASS PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT-August 2009
Please note: New SUMMER ONLY profit sharing!

Seeking proposals from theatre companies.

Grantee(s) will receive performance space (anytime between August 10- 23, 2009) including one technical rehearsal, and marketing and publicity (text provided by you) to our email press and audience lists and a listing or link on our website.

For Summer month Space Grants; 70% of ticket sales go to Looking Glass with 30% going to the Grant Recipient.

Grantee shows will be credited as COMPANY NAME, in conjunction with The Looking Glass Space Grant Program, presents SHOW TITLE
Additional rehearsal time will be made available at a deep discount when available.

DEADLINE: Applications accepted beginning Tuesday, May 26 through Tuesday, June 9 at 6pm.
Final Deadline Tuesday, June 9 at 6pm.
Proposals must be submitted via email to Artistic Director Justine Lambert at LookGlassJustine@aol.com as one (1) attachment.
Companies are encouraged to make contact (via the above email address) in advance indicating their intent to apply and/or with any questions.
Applicants will be contacted with the final decision no later than Friday, June 12, 2009.

What you provide: A production(s) that reflects our mission statement.

OUR MISSION-Reflecting life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision. See web site for more! http://www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com
Bottom line-Either playwright or Director must be female (both is great but not required). Cast must be half or more female (for classics gender bending casts are accepted to meet this requirement). Female subject matter not required.

1) The Proposal-A one page description of the project including story, concept, and tone. Include running time. Include technical requirements and keep them MINIMAL, shows will be sharing the space.
2) Creative Team-List of all creative team members already on board with short bios. (Director or Playwright must already be chosen)
3) Space Request- Your ideal opening date and the number of performances requested between August 10- 23, 2009 (Maximum of 8 performances).
4) Marketing Description-A description of how you will attract a crowd!
5) Company Mission-Your mission statement and a description of activities along with current staff list.

Please put the above sections in their stated order and include the number and name of each section at the top of that section. Recommended length about 4 pages.

Scripts are not required but may be requested after initial proposal review.

Please note: The Looking Glass Theatre is not air conditioned. Shows should be appropriate for summer (light weight costumes, etc.)
Also note: This is our final Space Grant for 2009!

The Looking Glass Theatre is located at 422 West 57th Street (btwn 9th/10th Aves).
212-307-9467 www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com
Justine Lambert, Artistic Director
Jenn Boehm, Managing Director

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

SPRING FORUM 2009- PRODUCTION BLOGS

FORUM BLOGS

SPRING 2009 WRITER/DIRECTOR FORUM
A semi-annual festival of new works featuring women playwrights and directors
JUNE 4 -28

Another set of blogs about our upcoming Forum:

NOTES FROM WEEK FOUR, June 25-28

Potato Girl by Christine Rusch , directed by Amanda Thompson
Featuring Amie Lytle, Jim Staudt & Danielle Trzcinski

The Things She Kept by Aoise Stratford, directed by Fran Acuna
Featuring Emily Fortunato, Ashley Lovell & Meghan Powe

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Being in week four, we have really been able to take our time and experiment with different ideas during the beginning of our rehearsal process. We’ve been playing with a very stylized version of acting, and using music to underscore the entire piece, making it more dynamic.

Today we had a research focused rehearsal. We looked at images that related to our play to give us inspiration and ideas for movement and body shapes. We also read material that pertained to the play to give us an idea of how people in more rural areas of the country live.

I really love the group of people that I have been working with. They’re all eager to contribute during rehearsal and willing to try new and slightly more experimental things. We have been able to work very collaboratively, and I’m excited to see what comes out of this rehearsal process.

-Amanda Thompson, Director of Potato Girl
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So far we’ve had three rehearsals and the show has really changed since the first read -thru. We’ve played with music and creating pictures and have really explored the language and region in the play. For me the script was a bit hard to understand at first, but the more we go through it the more I learn and I love making discoveries with my fellow cast mates. I think the hardest part so far is scheduling because we all have such crazy lives. The solution: 9AM rehearsals!! It’s worth it though… :)

-Danielle Trzcinski, Spring 2009 Acting Intern, and Dorothy in Potato Girl
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Potato Girl has been a thrilling rehearsal process so far! It is amazing how much the story comes alive with every new exercise we have attempted under Amanda's guidance. We are working to depict the bleakness of the characters’ lives using music and montage while still pursuing honest connections between the characters. Everyone has been fabulous to work with and I am so grateful for the open dialogue between the director and actors in this project!

- Amie Lytle, Narcilla in Potato Girl
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As the AD/SM for Week Four, I am blessed to be stress free for the moment. It is nice to be able to take the time to iron out scheduling, find the perfect font for prop lists, and experiment with extreme styles in rehearsal. The directors, Fran and Amanda, are happy to answer my questions about their techniques and their motives for exercises. My focus is to extract as much knowledge from these two ladies as possible!

I’m realizing that I have responsibilities to the forum as well as to my productions. Helping out at the mailing party, house managing, and making connections to the other AD/SM’s are small ways to help out the festival as a whole. I’m going to try to keep working this aspect of the job, since my first instinct is usually to stay in my comfort zone, and NOT to volunteer! Maybe working with lots of people will force me to be a little more selfless.

- Ariel Francoeur, Assistant Director/Stage Manager for Potato Girl and The Things She Kept
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT

The Looking Glass Theatre
May 21, 2009
ANNOUNCING THE LOOKING GLASS PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT-August 2009
Please note: New SUMMER ONLY profit sharing!

Seeking proposals from theatre companies.

Grantee(s) will receive performance space (anytime between August 10- 23, 2009) including one technical rehearsal, and marketing and publicity (text provided by you) to our email press and audience lists and a listing or link on our website.

For Summer month Space Grants; 70% of ticket sales go to Looking Glass with 30% going to the Grant Recipient.

Grantee shows will be credited as COMPANY NAME, in conjunction with The Looking Glass Space Grant Program, presents SHOW TITLE
Additional rehearsal time will be made available at a deep discount when available.

DEADLINE: Applications accepted beginning Tuesday, May 26 through Tuesday, June 9 at 6pm.
Final Deadline Tuesday, June 9 at 6pm.
Proposals must be submitted via email to Artistic Director Justine Lambert at LookGlassJustine@aol.com as one (1) attachment.
Companies are encouraged to make contact (via the above email address) in advance indicating their intent to apply and/or with any questions.
Applicants will be contacted with the final decision no later than Friday, June 12, 2009.

What you provide: A production(s) that reflects our mission statement.

OUR MISSION-Reflecting life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision. See web site for more! http://www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com
Bottom line-Either playwright or Director must be female (both is great but not required). Cast must be half or more female (for classics gender bending casts are accepted to meet this requirement). Female subject matter not required.

1) The Proposal-A one page description of the project including story, concept, and tone. Include running time. Include technical requirements and keep them MINIMAL, shows will be sharing the space.
2) Creative Team-List of all creative team members already on board with short bios. (Director or Playwright must already be chosen)
3) Space Request- Your ideal opening date and the number of performances requested between August 10- 23, 2009 (Maximum of 8 performances).
4) Marketing Description-A description of how you will attract a crowd!
5) Company Mission-Your mission statement and a description of activities along with current staff list.

Please put the above sections in their stated order and include the number and name of each section at the top of that section. Recommended length about 4 pages.

Scripts are not required but may be requested after initial proposal review.

Please note: The Looking Glass Theatre is not air conditioned. Shows should be appropriate for summer (light weight costumes, etc.)
Also note: This is our final Space Grant for 2009!

The Looking Glass Theatre is located at 422 West 57th Street (btwn 9th/10th Aves).
212-307-9467 www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com
Justine Lambert, Artistic Director
Jenn Boehm, Managing Director

Monday, May 18, 2009

SPRING FORUM 2009- PRODUCTION BLOGS (The 1st of a series..)

FORUM BLOGS

SPRING 2009 WRITER/DIRECTOR FORUM
A semi-annual festival of new works featuring women playwrights and directors
JUNE 4 -28



Here is the first in our series of blogs about our upcoming Forum:

NOTES FROM WEEK ONE, June 4-7
Without by Laura Rohrman, directed by Melody Erfani
Featuring Michelle Burns, Joey Faranda & Matt Turzilli

All the Pretty Girls by Pia Wilson, directed by Naima Warden
Featuring Judianny Compres, Megan Doss, Megumi Haggerty, Brit Lower & Allison Ungar

It has been a fast and furious process so far! Saturday was our first stumble-through rehearsal in the theatre as well as the first day for the actors to be off-book. It was rough, but a lot of work was done and being in the space was a huge help. It takes very talented actors to keep up with the short time span we have. Joey and Michelle have great chemistry onstage which makes my job so much easier. We worked on their kiss the other day and I was never so thrilled as when my AD Karen Pobicki said that it made her want to go home and kiss her man like that. This is my first time working with an AD/SM that is completely on top of her game and it has made my life much easier. Tonight my goal is do a few runs of the show without stopping and hopefully with no one calling for line.
-Melody Efrani, Director of Without

Working on the Week 1 shows is a really exciting process to be involved in. The best part about it is getting to experience the different ways that both casts and directors work. It's so interesting to watch the play develop from a table reading to a fully-staged production. As the actors develop their characters, the cast and crew are developing a strong bond and some great friendships. I'm really thrilled to be working with such talented, creative people!
-Karen Pobicki, Assistant Director/Stage Manager for Without and All the Pretty Girls

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

LGT Space Grant- Deadline Extended!

The Looking Glass Theatre
May 4, 2009
ANNOUNCING THE LOOKING GLASS PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT-July 2009
DEADLINE EXTENSION

Seeking proposals from theatre companies.

Grantee(s) will receive performance space (anytime between July 6- 26, 2009) including one technical rehearsal, and marketing and publicity (text provided by you) to our email press and audience lists and a listing or link on our website.

For Summer month Space Grants 70% of ticket sales go to Looking Glass with 30% going to the Grant Recipient.

Grantee shows will be credited as COMPANY NAME, in conjunction with The Looking Glass Space Grant Program, presents SHOW TITLE
Additional rehearsal time will be made available at a deep discount when available.

DEADLINE: Applications accepted beginning Monday, April 27 through Monday, May 18 at 6pm.
Final Deadline Monday May 18 at 6pm.
Proposals must be submitted via email to Artistic Director Justine Lambert at LookGlassJustine@aol.com as one (1) attachment.
Companies are encouraged to make contact (via the above email address) in advance indicating their intent to apply and/or with any questions.
Applicants will be contacted with the final decision no later than Friday, May 22, 2009.

What you provide: A production(s) that reflects our mission statement.

OUR MISSION-Reflecting life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision. See web site for more! http://www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com
Bottom line-Either playwright or Director must be female (both is great but not required). Cast must be half or more female (for classics gender bending casts are accepted to meet this requirement). Female subject matter not required.

1) The Proposal-A one page description of the project including story, concept, and tone. Include running time. Include technical requirements and keep them MINIMAL, shows will be sharing the space.
2) Creative Team-List of all creative team members already on board with short bios. (Director or Playwright must already be chosen)
3) Space Request- Your ideal opening date and the number of performances requested between July 6- 26, 2009 (Maximum of 9 performances).
4) Marketing Description-A description of how you will attract a crowd!
5) Company Mission-Your mission statement and a description of activities along with current staff list.

Please put the above sections in their stated order and include the number and name of each section at the top of that section. Recommended length about 4 pages.

Scripts are not required but may be requested after initial proposal review.

Please note: The Looking Glass Theatre is not air conditioned. Shows should be appropriate for summer (light weight costumes, etc.)

The Looking Glass Theatre is located at 422 West 57th Street (btwn 9th/10th Aves). 212-307-9467 www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com
Justine Lambert, Artistic Director
Jenn Boehm, Managing Director

Thursday, April 16, 2009

LGT Performance Space Grant

ANNOUNCING THE LOOKING GLASS PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT-July 2009

Seeking proposals from theatre companies.

Grantee(s) will receive performance space (anytime between July 6- 26, 2009) including one technical rehearsal, and marketing and publicity (text provided by you) to our email press and audience lists and a listing or link on our website.
Grantee shows will be credited as COMPANY NAME, in conjunction with The Looking Glass Space Grant Program, presents SHOW TITLE

DEADLINE: Applications accepted beginning Monday, April 27 through Monday, May 4 at 6pm.
Final Deadline Monday May 4 at 6pm.
Proposals must be submitted via email to LookGlassJustine@aol.com as one (1) attachment.
Companies are encouraged to make contact (via the above email address) in advance indicating their intent to apply and/or with any questions.
Applicants will be contacted with the final decision no later than Friday, May 8, 2009.

All ticket sales go to Looking Glass. Grantee may sell concessions or promotional items (t-shirts, CDs etc.) and retain those proceeds.

What you provide: A production(s) that reflects our mission statement.

OUR MISSION-Reflecting life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision. See web site for more! http://www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com

Bottom line-Either playwright or Director must be female (both is great but not required). Cast must be half or more female (for classics gender bending casts are accepted to meet this requirement). Female subject matter not required.

1) The Proposal-A one page description of the project including story, concept, and tone. Include running time. Include technical requirements and keep them MINIMAL, shows will be sharing the space.
2) Creative Team-List of all creative team members already on board with short bios. (Director or Playwright must already be chosen)
3) Space Request- Your ideal opening date and the number of performances requested between July 6- 26, 2009 (Maximum of 9 performances).
4) Marketing Description-A description of how you will attract a crowd!
5) Company Mission-Your mission statement and a description of activities along with current staff list.

Please put the above sections in their stated order and include the number and name of each section at the top of that section. Recommended length about 4 pages.

Scripts are not required but may be requested after initial proposal review.

Please note: The Looking Glass Theatre is not air conditioned. Shows should be appropriate for summer (light-weight costumes, etc.)

The Looking Glass Theatre is located at 422 West 57th Street (btwn 9th/10th Aves). 212-307-9467 www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com

Justine Lambert, Artistic Director
Jenn Boehm, Managing Director

Monday, April 13, 2009

Come see the Intern Showcase April 21st!

The Looking Glass Intern Showcase
Tuesday April 21, 2009
A fantastic night of entertainment and hors d'oeuvres
FREE (donations welcome!)

Time: 7pm and 9pm

Place:
The Looking Glass Theatre
422 W 57th st.
New York, NY 10019
(we're downstairs!)

Starring the Looking Glass Winter '09 Interns
Anthony Caronna
Sharon Pinney
Kate Dickinson
Megumi Haggerty
Sarah Mack
Ashley Hankins
Noah Richardson-Smith
Natasha Ticotin

And the scenes are:

Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan (Anthony Caronna, Ashley Hankins)
Reasons to be Pretty by Neil Labute (Anthony Caronna, Megumi Haggerty)
Where's My Money by John Patrick Shanley (Sharon Pinney, Kate Dickinson)
Sunday on the Rocks by Theresa Rebeck (Sharon Pinney, Natasha Ticotin)
Almost, Maine by John Cariani (Kate Dickinson, Noah Richardson-Smith)
The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman (Sarah Mack, Megumi Haggerty)
Sylvia by A.R. Gurney (Sarah Mack, Noah Richardson-Smith)
Assassins by Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman (Natasha Ticotin, Ashley Hankins)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

LGT and PANTENE BEAUTIFUL LENGTHS!

Friends and Family of The Looking Glass Theatre,

As part of our Breast Cancer Awareness month efforts, The Looking Glass Theatre, a 501(c) 3 non-profit dedicated to reflecting a female vision on the stage, will be sponsoring a “Pantene Beautiful Lengths” benefit in mid-October.

Donating your hair is a heartfelt and life-changing act of women's cancer and breast cancer support. Pantene Beautiful Lengths is a campaign that encourages people to
grow, cut and donate their hair to create free, real-hair wigs for women who've lost their hair due to cancer. We are reaching out to artists, staff, designers, family, friends, and friends of friends to participate by either donating eight (8) inches of hair (see details below) or by sponsoring a hair contributor with a monetary donation.

We will be keeping track of each individual's progress by video and/or photographs in the upcoming months. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please email Chanda Calentine at develop@lookingglasstheatrenyc.com

Hair loss can strike an especially crippling blow to women fighting cancer. In fact, a recent study revealed that nearly 60 percent of women consider hair loss the most dreaded side effect they face when undergoing chemotherapy. Eight percent of these women are at risk of avoiding potentially life-saving treatment. Real-hair wigs can cost as much as $1200 and are often only partially covered by health insurance.

Donation Requirements

* Donated hair must be a minimum of (eight) 8 inches long (measure hair from just above the elastic band of the ponytail to the ends).
* Wavy/curly hair texture is fine—you may straighten hair to measure.
* Hair should be freshly washed and completely dry, without any styling products.
* Hair may be colored with vegetable dyes, rinses and semi-permanent dyes. It cannot be bleached, permanently colored or chemically treated.
* Hair may not be more than (five) 5 percent gray.

Here's why:

* It takes at least six (6) ponytails to make a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig; in general, each ponytail comes from a different person and is a different color. Even though some hair colors may look similar, including gray hair, each is completely unique.
* For a realistic-looking wig that has consistent color throughout, donated ponytails must be processed and then dyed to the same shade. It is critical for each ponytail to absorb dyes at the same rate in order to create wigs of consistent, natural-looking color.
* Gray hair, as well as some chemically-treated or permanently-colored hair, does not absorb dye at the same rate as other types of hair. It is much harder to color and, once colored, fades more quickly.
* Most permanently-colored hair, once it is processed and re-colored, is too fragile and breakable under the rigorous processing required during the production of a Pantene Beautiful Lengths wig.

In appreciation of the sacrifice that a hair donation requires,Pantene Beautiful Lengths only accepts hair it knows can be used for its intended purposes.

PLEASE CONTACT US TO GET INVOLVED NOW!!

Notes from Justine: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

I’m so excited that our second space-grant productions are about to open. We have 3 great shows opening this month. I’ll let you read about them on our website http://lookingglasstheatrenyc.com/

These shows get me excited about all the female-centric art being created around us. I recently read an article in Slate (http://www.slate.com/id/2213111) about how women still don’t get a fair shake in the literary world. No big surprise to us here at Looking Glass. We’ve been talking about and working to counteract the “canonization problem” for years now. Back when I first got interested in the forgotten classics it didn’t take long to figure out why the vast majority of the many works by women from the past have been forgotten. It’s not about quality but about who controls canonization. Now I’m not going to get myself in trouble by saying that Mary Pix is as “good” (whatever that means) as William Wycherley. But she certainly might be just as good as Oliver Goldsmith. Why aren’t any of Pix’s plays still produced as often as “She Stoops to Conquer”? Well, because no one’s ever heard of her plays. They were popular in their time, as were many of the plays by her many female peers, but they were all mostly forgotten. Why? Were ALL the plays by women just plain forgettable? Or was it that when it came time to collect, list, and basically REMEMBER the best works the process has been almost completely controlled by men.

I do think there is some change and growth happening. I’m not feeling doom and gloom even given the very slow trickle up that is happening on Broadway and Off- Broadway. There’s tons of great, great stuff happening here in the trenches with women at the helm in all the jobs. Eventually we will achieve true equal time. Not to mention pay, but, hey, little by little, it’s only been a few decades since we got the vote, ladies…maybe we should be more patient….LOL, just kidding, I’m not saying it’s OK, I’m just saying that slow and steady wins the race, and win we will.

Justine Lambert
Artistic Director
The Looking Glass Theatre
www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com

Friday, March 6, 2009

Video from Anna's Perfect Party!

Check out the brand new Anna video available on YouTube!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsR7xOn2844

Monday, March 2, 2009

THE LOOKING GLASS PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT

ANNOUNCING THE LOOKING GLASS PERFORMANCE SPACE GRANT

Seeking proposals from theatre companies.

Grantee(s) will receive performance space (anytime between May 18-May 31 2009) including one technical rehearsal, and marketing and publicity (text provided by you) to our email press and audience lists and a listing or link on our website.
Grantee shows will be credited as The Looking Glass Theatre presents the (name of your company) production of (name of show).

DEADLINE: Applications accepted Monday March 2-Monday March 16 at 6pm.
Final Deadline Monday March 16 at 6pm..
Proposals must be submitted via email to artisticdirector@lookingglasstheatrenyc.com as one (1) attachment.
Companies are encouraged to make contact (via the above email address) in advance indicating their intent to apply and/or with any questions.

Applicants will be contacted with the final decision no later than Friday. March 20, 2009.

All ticket sales go to Looking Glass. Grantee may sell concessions or promotional items (t-shirts, CD’s etc.) and retain those proceeds.

What you provide: A production(s) that reflects our mission statement.

OUR MISSION-Reflecting life on the stage with truth and theatricality while exploring a female vision.
See website for more! http://www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com

Bottom line: Either playwright or Director must be female (both is great but not required). Cast must be half or more female (for classics gender bending casts are accepted to meet this requirement). Female subject matter not required.

1) The Proposal: A one page description of the project including story, concept, and tone. Include running time. Include technical requirements but keep them minimal, shows will be sharing the space.

2) Creative Team: List of all creative team members already on board with short bios or resumes attached. (Director or Playwright must already be chosen)

3) Space Request: Your ideal opening date and the number of performances requested between May 18-May 31 2009 (Maximum of 8 performances).

4) Marketing Description: A description of how you will attract a crowd!

5) Company Mission:Your mission statement and a description of activities along with current staff list.


Please put the above sections in their stated order and include the number and name of each section at the top of that section. Recommended length about 4 pages.

Scripts are not required but may be requested after initial proposal review.

The Looking Glass Theatre is located at 422 West 57 Street.
212-307-9467
www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com
Justine Lambert, Artistic Director
Jennifer Boehm, Managing Director

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Anna's Party has BEGUN!!

Here are a couple photo's from Anna's Perfect Party & The Amazing Magician's Marveoulous Mistake.

The show opened Feb 21 and runs until April 5.

The show is filled with a cheerful bunch of actors and things are going smoothly. The opening was amazing with packed houses and gorgeous set and costumes!

Soon we'll have some video footage!



Thursday, February 19, 2009

Seeking Assistant Director/ Stage Manager

Seeking Assistant Directors/Stage Managers for a fun, new children's show produced by/at The Looking Glass Theatre: Anna's Perfect Party and The Amazing Magician's Marvelous Mistake.

Looking for highly-organized, creative, and well-rounded Assistant Directors/Stage Managers able to attend all performances and most rehearsals. Show opens 2/21, runs Saturday at 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m., and is a 7-week run. AD/SMs should have knowledge of basic lighting and sound board operation, an interest in directing and great time management skills. No pay, but possible future directing opportunities. This is a great way to start a wonderful relationship with a great local theatre company.Place AD/SM in title of email when submitting.

Rehearsals Begin: Already in progress
Opens: 2/21/09 Closes: 4/5/09

Please send all cover letters and resumes to nikki.rothenberg@gmail.com.

Interviews for AD/SMs will be conducted immediately.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Notes from the Playwright: Karin Williams

Why I wrote this play...

When you're a parent, you end up going to a lot of birthday parties. After a while, you realize birthday parties for children are not all that different from the parties adults throw for themselves. Yeah, it's fun to run around laughing and screaming on a cake-and-ice cream high.

But, for many kids, attending a birthday party is kind of like attending the inaugural ball. It's monumentally exciting, but it's also full of anxiety. What are you going to wear? Will everybody like your dress, or will your picture end up all over the tabloids with a big red "don't" banner splashed over it? If the band plays a tango, will you know how to do the steps right? Will everybody laugh at you if you trip? Will anybody talk to you, or will you end up sitting in a corner all by yourself? Kids worry about all these issues the same way adults do, and the kids with the most anxiety are usually the ones trying hardest to get everything right.

In this play, I wanted to tell the story of a little girl who's worried about being good enough. She's afraid she won't be good enough at the games, or at the crafts. She's worried her present won't be good enough. And because she's so worried about what everyone else will think of her, she ends up becoming her own harshest critic. Anna's Perfect Party is a story about perfectionism, but really it's a story about self-esteem - which starts with accepting your own strengths and weaknesses - and how you can build self-confidence, one party at a time.

- Karin Williams

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Call for Submissions- Female Playwrights Needed!

Yes, it's that time again!
The Looking Glass Forum in NYC needs new short plays by women (guidelines below). The Forum is a one-act festival showcasing new works written by women and directed by women. Submission is free- get involved now!


Submission Guidelines -2009

THE LOOKING GLASS FORUM, a twice-yearly festival in which emerging female directors present their interpretations of new and classic short works, is now seeking new short plays (running time 10-35 minutes) by women.

The Forum is an established festival which has been in regular production at the same location since 2001. We charge no fee of any kind for the submission of scripts. We are dedicated to providing an expressive avenue for women's voices.

There is no restriction as to style or subject matter, but we are particularly interested in pieces that explore the possibilities of the theatrical medium, a place where the dead and the living, the real and the imaginary, the rational and the fantastic can all interact on a level field.

We require plays to include at least two good roles (no monologues, please), of which at least one should be female. The characters should relate to one another in some way, not just tell a story and make way for the next person.

Bear in mind that it is easier for us to cast roles in the 17-35 year old age range.

THE LOOKING GLASS THEATRE is also looking for late-night plays by women and plays for children by women to include in our season. These plays should run between 40 and 60 minutes and provide at least five solid roles, of which at least two should be female. Large casts are encouraged. In order to succeed a late night show should either be extremely silly comedy or very sexy/scary/shocking. Children's shows must be appropriate for VERY YOUNG children as they are a big part of our audience. Musicals will only be considered if the playwright or composer can provide the accompaniment on CD.

We do not accept unsolicited full-length scripts.
We do not accept unsolicited works by male authors.

Send complete scripts, by mail, to:

THE LOOKING GLASS THEATRE
422 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Attn. Erica Nilson

Scripts may also be dropped off in person at the address above during office hours: Mon-Wed 8-noon, Tues 8-5, Fri 8am-3pm. Hours Subject to change. Call 212.307.9467 to confirm.

Enclose a cover letter (to Erica Nilson, Literary Manager) with your contact information on it. Production history and biographical info are also useful. In addition, please submit a digital version of your script via email. We now request that work be submitted both in hard copy by mail AND digitally by email. Work submitted without an e-version will be at a great disadvantage because it is difficult to disseminate to directors. E-versions should be sent to lgtlit@yahoo.com. Please send only one script per email and put the title of the play in the subject line. In the TEXT of the email, provide a brief synopsis, character breakdown, and approximate running time. You should also mention whether you have had a play produced at Looking Glass before, and if not, how you heard about us. Please do NOT use Final Draft or WordPerfect formats, as we do not own this software.

Please do not submit work via email only, however; we need the hard copy for our files. Unfortunately, because of the new postal restrictions, it is no longer practical for us to return these manuscripts, so please do NOT send a SASE. We apologize for the additional expense to you.

Always put your name and address on your script. We will consider up to 3 submissions per author at a time. The deadline for the June Forum is March 1st and for the December Forum is September 1st, but later submissions may be considered for subsequent Forums.

The Forum is not a union production. There is no pay available for authors or anyone involved. It is a labor of love! To find out more about The Looking Glass Forum and The Looking Glass Theatre, visit our website at: www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com
You can also reach us by phone at 212-307-9467.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Erica Nilson
Literary Manager
Looking Glass Theatre and Forum

422 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Notes From Justine 2/3/09...



So what a crazy theatre night...

First, my early evening meeting cancels (hi Krystal). OK, so be it. It gives me more time to say "Hi" to my kids before rushing out to Looking Glass to observe Anna rehearsal and then see Plan B - our first of (hopefully) many wonderful Space Grant recipients. I’m totally psyched about both; to hell with the snow!

So I’m there. Rehearsal starts a bit late but the whole cast is there. Energy is high and they’ve just started very detailed stop/start work from the beginning of the play when I get a call from Jenn. I LOVE Jenn (our managing director). She’s gotta be one of the best people in this whole crazy theatre scene, BUT, if she’s calling my cell at 7:20 at night when she knows I’m observing rehearsal……it can’t be good. Whew! It’s not anything horrible BUT we (through some last minute cancellations and misunderstandings) don’t have a House Manager for TONIGHT!

Hmmmm... it takes me a minute to process this….of course, I have to do it. I’m here after all, and the show must go on, but I’ll miss my rehearsal observation. These observations are not casual. I move heaven and earth and a lot of people's schedules to make darn sure that I can be a part of each show, truly a part of it -- give feedback, offer support, help, etc. So what to do? Duh, Jenn makes the obvious suggestion. Observe the second part of rehearsal during Plan B. Oh, decisions, decisions….both so important, both so enjoyable! I decide to observe rehearsal and skip the show. Difficult. My decision is based on the rationalization that I can do more good at a rehearsal than just being an observer of a finished product. Still, it’s unsatisfying. Especially considering how lovely the House Managing experience was.

Now I haven’t HM’d for quite some time, so the practical aspects may have been sketchy (what the heck is $18 times three anyway?) but the social part was FUN. I like talking to the audience and these folks were lovely. I want to see and work with people who bring in such a diverse and enthusiastic audience! The Stage Manager was great, as well, and getting to chat with Playwright Daniel Matura was a treat.

Ah, well, life in the theatre goes on and rehearsal was rewarding and challenging. They’re at the stage of rehearsal that is my favorite: the meat of the process. Detail, do the same few lines, again, and again, and again. Tweaking each time, forgetting the note in the moment so we go back, Nikki gently reminding, actors laughing, “oh right, the whole reason we went back!” Why do I love this part? This is why, as much as I LOVE acting (where I started) and writing (like pulling artistic teeth for me) I’m a director. This stuff is pure joy. I can keep going and going like that bunny. I often have to be reminded by SMs or the actors themselves that it’s time to stop because I just can’t get enough of this detail work.

Two curious questions came up in rehearsal, 1) How does an actress (with her director) make an obsessive perfectionist not be a B word? Of course in this case the B word in question is Brat (come on, she’s 5!). We have to love Anna, but she’s not always nice to her friends. She doesn’t know this. She’s too obsessed with herself (aren’t we all). Good luck ladies, it’s an ongoing question in the rehearsals that I’m eager to see more of. Question number two is how to break a piñata without actually breaking a piñata OVER and OVER at EVERY PERFORMANCE? To find out you’ll just have to see the show but be forewarned; here at Looking Glass we don’t have pyrotechnics, so it’ll be creative, cute, and funny but not fancy!

Justine Lambert
Artistic Director, The Looking Glass Theatre
www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com




Friday, January 30, 2009

Notes From Justine...

"ANNA” REHEARSAL OBSERVATION 2/27/09

Dreamers dream, and rhymers rhyme whisk the party back in time...

“I’m not quite sure how this time reversal thing goes,” says Alex, the actor who plays the Magician in Anna’s Perfect Party and The Amazing Magician’s Marvelous Mistake.

“Well who is?” I think from my seat, watching the character discussion unfold regarding this magician. Is he sure of his magic? Does he enter the world of this play knowing that everything he sets into motion will work out just fine or are there insecurities about how he can help these kids best? I wonder how it will all unfold in the coming rehearsals.

It's very early in the process, with two of 6 actors missing and the Playwright and the Artistic Director both observing for the first time. Some directors would quake in their boots. Not Nikki Rothenberg. She cheerfully puts her 4 out of 6 through their paces, quickly establishing that much work has already been done.

Already well on its way to full blocking, with real character work emerging through the generic kid-ness the play is just beginning to speak. When Anna is told strenuously “nobody’s perfect!” her plaintive “WHY NOT?” rings clearly. Children don’t seem to come into this world accepting this fact. Anna thinks it’s reasonable to expect perfection of herself and, come to think of it, so do I.

It’s not an easy lesson this play has at its heart: Mistakes are the mother of invention (excuse the misquote); love yourself, and embrace the uniqueness of fallibility. Quite a message for a play about a super fun, wacky birthday party with a magician who’s REALLY Magic, I think…can’t wait for next Tuesday.

Justine Lambert
Artistic Director
TheLooking Glass Theatre

www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rehearsal photos from the upcoming children's show,
Anna's Perfect Party & The Amazing Magician's Marvelous Mistake






Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Coming soon to The Looking Glass Theatre!


ANNA' S PERFECT PARTY & THE AMAZING MAGICIAN'S MARVELOUS MISTAKE

Written by Karin Diann Williams
Directed by Nikki Rothenberg
February 21 - April 5

Nobody’s perfect.
But Anna is a girl who won’t take no for an answer.
Can an Amazing Magician’s spell turn her into the perfect girl?

The Looking Glass Theatre proudly announces its production of Anna's Perfect Party and the Amazing Magician's Marvelous Mistake, a new children’s play written by Karin Diann Williamsand directed by Nikki Rothenberg, which opens at The Looking Glass Theatre on Saturday, February 21. Performances are scheduled every Saturday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and every Sunday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. through March 29.

About The Show…
Anna has the perfect present for Betsy Bailey’s birthday. Now if only she could tie the perfect bow… Come to think of it, Anna wants to do everything perfectly! And although nobody’s perfect, she isn’t one to take no for an answer. Her best friend Marley thinks trying to be perfect takes too long, and isn’t much fun. But when Anna meets a magician known as the Amazing M, she convinces him to cast a perfect spell, unleashing an afternoon of unexpected mayhem at Betsy’s party, where Anna and her friends discover the pitfalls of perfection, learn how to value differences, and find the courage to try new things – even if that means making a mistake.

About the Playwright Karin Diann Williams…
Karin Diann Williams is a playwright and screenwriter whose work has been produced and published internationally. San Diego's Fritz Theatre – where she was Playwright-In-Residence from 1992-2001 – staged her plays Australia, Room, Susan Katrina and Jill, The Hatchet, Quiz, and The Third Voice of the Nightjar. She is currently an Artistic Associate at Looking Glass, where audiences have seen her plays Head, Time Troll, and Spirits!, among others. As a Partner in the motion media company CulpepperWilliams, she wrote and produced The Prisoner (winner – Best Web Series, NYTVF) and the independent feature film "Jordan" (currently in post production).

About the Director Nikki Rothenberg…
Nikki Rothenberg has been working with The Looking Glass Theatre since the summer of 2005 when she assistant directed the children's show, Not Enough Princesses. Since then, she has directed several pieces for the Looking Glass, including Out Of My Head: A Musical Review, and The Untitled Pregnancy. Other outside favorite directing credits include Into The Woods and Cradle Will Rock. Her most recent project at the Looking Glass was teaching the intern acting class. Nikki is a graduate from Emerson College and currently works at Don Buchwald & Associates.

About The Looking Glass Theatre…
The Looking Glass Theatre’s mission is to explore and expand the feminine aesthetic, producing works by historic female playwrights, new works by women, and productions of the classics re-imagined by contemporary women directors. In June 2006, The Looking Glass Theatre and Artistic Director Justine Lambert received The Lucille Lortel Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women.

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ANNA'S PERFECT PARTY & THE AMAZING MAGICIAN'S MARVELOUS MISTAKE
February 21 - April 5, 2009
SCHEDULE: Saturdays @ 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Sundays @ 2 p.m. @ 4 p.m.
TICKET PRICE: $15 Adults, $12 children 12 and under
ADDRESS: 422 West 57th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues
PHONE: (212) 307-9467
TICKETS: (212) 352-3101 or go to http://www.lookingglasstheatrenyc.com/
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