Talent on Tap Presents a Double Dose of Staged Readings: “A Night in the Life of Douglas P. Reed” and “Between the Panels”

For our May Talent on Tap, Dreamcatcher Entertainment had two Staged Readings both written by Andrew Sanford. There was a great energy in the room for both of these performances, with a lot of laughter & delivering strong messages.

A Night in the Life of Douglas P. Reed

In this Staged Reading we look at “A Night in the Life of Douglas P. Reed”, which was both directed and written by Andrew Sanford. The play follows a man named Douglas P. Reed (Sean Lanigan) who is down on his luck and ends up moving to New York City. He meets a fellow named Jonathan (Ryan Sprague), who has some interesting conversations with him and tries to convince him to join in his evil ways. Though comedic, it has deeper layers which deal with religion and making good decisions. This reading was very well received by the audience and could definitely be developed into a full-length play.

Between the Panels

“Between the Panels” directed by Keith Walker, follows a girl named Jamie (Claire Jacobs) who loves comic books so much that it consumes her life. She makes a living out of reviewing comics and running a fan site, which leaves little time for a social life. Her friend Krystine (Holly Dortch) tries to pull her away for an evening out, but fails. Suddenly, in a flash of lightning, Noble Knight (Chris Dippel), Jamie’ favorite superhero, appears. However, Jamie soon realizes that Noble Knight is not as noble or heroic as she had originally thought. The reading leads way to a lot of comedic instances as well as demonstrating that things are not always what they seem. This reading was also received very well by the audience and gave way to several questions during the Q&A session about different directions the story could go in the writing progresses.

Overall it was a very successful evening and Dreamcatcher Entertainment is excited to see how these staged readings written by Andrew Sanford will progress!

Coming up next month –  June 18th “Farm hall” by Prof. David Connolly

AND OUR FIRST FILM ON TAP! : “Chemo: A Love Story” by Keith Walker

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Talent on Tap Presents…”Digging up John Barrymore”

April’s “Talent on Tap” was  roundhouse dramedy, entitled “Digging Up John Barrymore. This new piece, a play by novelwriter Michael Power, was a wonderful addition to the Talent on Tap resume.  In it, we are able to glimpse into the past and see what the final years of Silver Screen legend John Barrymore’s days were like.

Barrymore’s tumultuous lifestyle and the people he shared it with is quite energetically captured; The drinking, womanizing, and self-reflection are all explored with a wonderful burst of dialogue; The multifaceted Barrymore here being portrayed by Steve Izant, Errol Flynn being revitalized in his youthful brash by Adam Harper, and famed director Raoul Walsh, the Moral compass of the group brought to light by Einar Gunn; These three newcomers to the “Talent on Tap” program are joined by the ever-luminous Julia Menn, playing the woman who teases all three men’s hearts with the character’s charms and youthfulness.

The talkback brought in a very enlightening discussion, with most of the focus being on character study. First time Talent-on-Tap director Carly June and Michael Power had versed themselves deeply in Barrymore and his compatriots, and the talkback was a wonderful flow of discussion on these artists.

Coming up next month- writer Andrew Sanford brings us two short plays! “A Night in the Life of Douglas P. Reed” and “Between the Panels” will be held on May 21st. As always, tickets are $10 (free drink included)

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Talent on Tap Presents… “Less of a Child” – March 26th

It was a full house for March’s Staged Reading “Less of a Child” written by Kate Bosek-Sills. The slice-of-life drama focuses on a young girl named Harmony (Claire Jacobs) trying to find her identity amid the challenges of being adopted. Harmony also has to deal with an overbearing mother Miriam (Nora Hummel) and father Adam (Devin Elting), a snarky brother Culver (Patrick Marran), and an older boyfriend Rod (James O’Neill). Throughout the reading, there are several scenarios that deal with the elements of a dysfunctional family.

The actors moved from scene to scene even though it was a staged reading. Even though it was a drama, there were many funny moments between the characters that kept the audience interested as to what drama was going to unfold next.

The Q&A at the end of show was very productive and the director took a lot away from it. I have a feeling that we will be seeing more of Kate Bosek-Sills work in the near future!

 

Talent on Tap Presents…Writing in a Coffee Shop

On February 27th, Dreamcatcher Entertainment held its second Talent on Tap of 2012.  This month’s staged reading Writing in a Coffee Shop is a one-woman show written by Patrick Phalen and directed by Keith Walker. In this production, a woman (Georgia Andre) full of thoughts and caffeine struggles with her writing. Throughout the entire production, she goes off on tangents of things she wants to write about, but can’t think of where to start. As the play continues, her frustration seems to grow, and the topics she tries to write about become more and more bizarre.

Georgia Andre did a wonderful job, and though it was a staged reading and the script fit easily into the scene (the entire play is set in the coffee shop with her notebooks in front of her), she seamlessly made it seem like the script was just another prop and that she was not reading it at all. With the way Patrick wrote the script, the scene and her behavior could be interpreted in several ways. 

After the production ended, there was an informative Q&A with the actor, director, and playwright, and several audience members offered their own interpretations of the piece. This gave writer Patrick Phalen more insight into the play’s reception with an audience, an invaluable asset when workshopping a piece.

The Talent on Tap service for playwrights to continue developing their work in an open environment- Here at DREAMCATCHER ENTERTAINMENT, we will put together a staged reading of your play, provide actors, and then afterwards there is an open talkback with the audience so the playwright can gain constructive feedback as the organic writing process continues to develop.

Talent on Tap is a playground for the creative associates of Dreamcatcher to put up pieces of all sorts; there is no one set genre or style of theatre. It is an open forum for playwrights to continue the creative process in a very supportive environment. This also provides the friends of Dreamcatcher an opportunity to get on their feet when they’re between shows!

New York City Film Club – First Meeting tomorrow, 2/13 at 8pm!

“KILLER COUPLES” – 2/13 8pm 

Hello Cinephiles and Movie Maniacs,

   We’re happy to be bringing the New York City Film Club back this year with our first meeting next week, Monday the 13th, at 8:00p on the top floor of Ryan’s Daughter, 350 E 85th St (Just a few blocks away from the 4/5/6 trains).

 In celebration of Valentine’s day, our topic of discussion will be “Killer Couples.”  Join us as we discuss cinema classics like Bonnie & Clydie , Gun Crazy , Rope , Natural Born Killers , and more!  

 We also have some big, innovative ideas for this club that we would like to discuss with all of its members.

 So come down, make friends, see old faces, talk movies, and revive the New York City Film Club.

 

Talent on Tap Presents…The Moonlight Blue

On Monday, January 30th, at Ryan’s Daughter, an Irish pub tucked away on the Upper East Side, Dreamcatcher Entertainment’s Talent on Tap was gearing up for their first event of the year. The audience didn’t realize they would be in for such a moving dramatic reading. The production was The Moonlight Blue, written by Cory Levine and directed by David Albulario, which has great potential to become a full production. The intimate audience was completely focused on the characters onstage, and the audience soon forgot that the cast had scripts in their hands the entire time.

The play follows The Finnerman brothers, three pitching prodigies who led their small town high school to two New York State baseball championships in three years. The oldest brother, Smiley, was on the fast track to the major leagues when he dies behind the wheel in a drunk driving accident.  This tragedy forces the family into a vicious downward spiral. The Moonlight Blue’s themes include grief, depression, family dynamics, spirituality, and the grace and beauty of baseball.

 After the production ended, there was an informative Q&A with the actors, director, and playwright, and several audience members offered their own interpretations of the piece. This gave writer Corey Levine more insight into the play’s reception with an audience, an invaluable asset when workshopping a piece. Since it was received really well by the audience, it’s likely there will be more from The Moonlight Blue.

Directed By: David Albulario

Birdy: Nora Hummel

Steve: James Joseph O’Neill

Smiley: Micah Spayer

Styles: Ted Limpert

Jacob: John Joseph Ball III

The Talent on Tap service for playwrights to continue developing their work in an open environment- Here at DREAMCATCHER ENTERTAINMENT, we will put together a staged reading of your play, provide actors, and then afterwards there is an open talkback with the audience so the playwright can gain constructive feedback as the organic writing process continues to develop.

Talent on Tap is a playground for the creative associates of Dreamcatcher to put up pieces of all sorts; there is no one set genre or style of theatre. It is an open forum for playwrights to continue the creative process in a very supportive environment. This also provides the friends of Dreamcatcher an opportunity to get on their feet when they’re between shows!

Twilight: The Musical charity performance a major success for Dreamcatcher Entertainment

Twilight fans and Twilight critics alike did not know what to expect from the one-night staged reading of Twilight: The Musical on Monday January 16 at New World Stages, but that didn’t stop the show from selling out in only three hours.  With ticket sales supporting the charity Blessings in a Backpack, which helps feed underprivileged schoolchildren, the night was not only incredibly entertaining but a successful fundraiser for a wonderful cause.

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It didn’t matter whether the audience members were Twilight fans or not, there was laughter filling the theater from the first few minutes.  The parody followed the general plot of the best selling books and blockbuster film series with the humor aimed at the normally serious melodrama of the movie. The actors did exceptionally well with most of them playing multiple roles. Stars Megan Fahy (Next to Normal) as Bella Swan and Colin Hanlon (Rent) as the vampire Edward Cullen not only looked like their big screen counterparts but won even the most critical Twilight fans over with memorable songs like “Dance Around the Subject” and “What is it About Him?“.  Even though the cast had only twenty-four hours of rehearsal time, after the first few minutes of the show the musical accompaniment and the actors’ delivery made it easy to forget that the actors had scripts in hand for this staged reading.

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We here at Dreamcatcher Entertainment are excited to see what the future of Twilight: The Musical will bring – with the response received from the staged reading, the demand for more productions in New York are sure to be in the works!

 

Created by Ashley Griffin

Directed by Gabriel Barre

Choreography by Matthew Neff

Music Direction by David John Madore

 

Starring:

Meghann Fahy (Next to Normal)

Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon)

Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked)

Olli Haaskivi (Jurassiq Parq: The Musical)

Lauren Lopez (A Very Potter Musical)

Jeffry Denman (The Producers)

Colin Hanlon (Rent)

 

Also Featuring:

Eddie Gutierrez (Miss Abigail’s Guide…), Lindsay Dunn (West Side Story), Michael McArthur (Newsies), Kaitlin Mesh (West Side Story) and Cliff Samuels (Follies).

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Twilight: The Musical is sold out for Mo

Twilight: The Musical is sold out for Monday’s satire! If you want to see it, we’re looking for a few “team jacob” and “team edward” ushers!

First Talent on Tap of the year! – 1/30/12 at 8pm

Talent on Tap presents… “The MOONLIGHT BLUE”
Monday, Jan 30th 8pm-10:30pm

“The Moonlight Blue”
The Finnerman brothers were legends. The three pitching prodigies led their
small town highschool to two New York State baseball champioships in three
years. The oldest brother, Smiley, was on the fastrack to the major leagues
when the unthinkable happened–he got drunk, drove his car off a cliff and
died.
This tragedy forces the family into a vicious downward spiral. Shortly
after the funeral Styles, the middle brother, abandons the Major League
draft to play collegiate baseball in California. The younger brother,
Jacob, slips into a deep depression due to the guilt of knowing that he was
the designated driver that night. After Jacob is admitted into a mental
hospital Steve and Birdy are quickly left with three empty rooms in what
was once a lively, energetic household. The play begins one year after
Smiley’s death. Styles is home from college to pitch in front of scouts and
Jacob has been released from the hospital. Together, for the first time
since the tragedy, the four family members must find a way to co-exist
amidst the ubiquitous issues. The Moonlight Blue’s themes include grief,
depression, family dynamics, spirituality and the grace and beauty of
baseball.

The Talent on Tap service for playwrights to continue developing their work
in an open environment- Here at DREAMCATCHER ENTERTAINMENT, we will put
together a staged reading of your play, provide actors, and then afterwards
there is an open talkback with the audience so the playwright can gain
constructive feedback as the organic writing process continues to develop.
Talent on Tap is a playground for the creative associates of Dreamcatcher
to put up pieces of all sorts; there is no one set genre or style of
theatre. It is an open forum for playwrights to continue the creative
process in a very supportive environment. This also provides the friends of
Dreamcatcher an opportunity to get on their feet when they’re between shows!

Talent on Tap is housed at Ryan’s Daughter, east 85th st (between 1st and
2nd ave). THE MOONLIGHT BLUE will take place on the 30th of January, 8pm
(house opens at 7:30).

For any writers interested in bringing their works to life, please email
the company manager at Patrick@dreamcatcherentertainment.biz<http://ainment.biz>

Any actors who are interested in being part of a future Talent on Tap
reading can send their headshot and resume to
Casting@dreamcatcheretnertainment.biz <http://ainment.biz>

For all other information or questions, please check out our website at:
www.dreamcatcherentertainment.biz

Have you bought your Twilight: The Music

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