Ms. Estrada by the Q Brothers Collective
I will be directing the world premiere of this hip hop adaptation of Aristophanes's Lysistrata at the Flea Theater. Performances run from March 22nd - April 22nd.
The boys at Acropolis U are too preoccupied with the Greek Games to treat their ladies right. But fierce feminist goddess, Liz Estrada, rallies her besties to take a stand – and campus chaos ensues. A Hip-Hop remix of Aristophanes’ classic comedy, ms. estrada may well be the Girl Anthem of 2018.
I have some fabulous collaborators on this project, including music director Postell Pringle (a member of the Q Brothers) and choreographer Ana “Rokafella” Garcia.
Performances are Wednesday–Monday at 7pm, with weekend matinees at 3pm. Tickets start at $15 with the lowest priced tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. So, buy tickets soon, before the $15 tix sell out!
I've been directing several fiction podcasts produced by Gen-Z Media. Two have been recorded and are in the process of being edited. Check back here for more information when they get released.
In the meantime, read what the New York Times has to say about podcasts for kids. And listen to the two that have been released:
Christmas is Coming:
Christmas is Coming is an Advent calendar in the form of a podcast. A new episode is released every day in December, counting down the days to Christmas. You can subscribe on iTunes or on whatever platform you use to listen to podcasts.
Directed by yours truly and created by Sarah Bentley. Written by Lloyd Gold and David Kreizman for Gen-Z Media. Produced by Gen-Z Media for Panoply. Illustrations by Paul Glankler. Full music soundtrack available. Music arranged and produced by Chris Tarry for Gen-Z Media. Saxophone: Seamus Blake, Piano: Jim Ridl, Drums: Colin Stranahan, Bass: Matt Clohesy Music mixed by Shawn Pierce at Melinda Lane Media.
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel:
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
Written by David Kreizman, Jenny Turner Hall, Chris Tarry, and Benjamin Strouse
I directed season 2 of this scripted podcast for middle grade kids, performed by middle grade kids. Season 2 is currently available for download on the Panoply podcast network.
It is a fun, high-quality, sci-fi serial mystery. Season 1 was voted as one of the top 50 podcasts of 2016 by The Guardian, and was recently honored with a Peabody award. Mars Patel is also a 2017 Webby Award nominee for Best Audio Drama & Best Sound Design/Original Music Score. And it was recently optioned to be adapted for television! The show is enjoyed around the world by kids and adults alike.
You can listen and subscribe by clicking on the title above to go to the Mars Patel website, or by typing “Mars Patel” into the search field of your podcast app.
Projects in Development:
Teachers and Students by Itamar Moses
Itamar Moses and I are collaborating on a new collection of short plays. I directed workshops of this collection at the Orchard Project in the summer of 2017 and at the Drama League in the winter of 2017.
Nobody Loves You music by Gaby Alter, lyrics by Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses, book by Itamar Moses
I directed the New York premiere of Nobody Loves You at Second Stage.
A romantic comedy about the search for meaningful relationships in a culture dominated by the quest for popularity. When Jeff, a philosophy grad student, goes on a reality TV dating show to win back his ex, he instead finds a girl who might be the love of his life. But will she fall for him once he is seduced by the adulation of his fans?
Over the course of the show's development, I directed Nobody Loves You at the NAMT festival of New Musicals; at the Old Globe (world premiere production); in Goodspeed Musicals' Festival of New Artists; and at the Cape Cod Theatre Project.
The Old Globe production was nominated for four Craig Noel Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Director.
Nobody Loves You was the Best New Musical of 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Babyprov a web comedy I directed and co-created with Emma Tattenbaum-Fine
The four episodes, about an improvisational acting class for babies, are posted at Babyprov.com. Please watch and share with your friends!