NEWS/CALENDAR

THE HOUSE ON POE STREET will be produced by the Yonder Window Theatre at the 14th Street Y Theatre in New York from October 23rd to November 12th, 2017

MARCH ON! a play commissioned by the Hangar Theatre commemorating women's suffrage in New York will be given a production in Ithaca, New York, on May 16th and 17th, 2017

LITTLE RED will be given a table reading at New Jersey Repertory, Long Branch, New Jersey, on April 6th, 2017

SORROW OF THE SEA MAIDENS is a current semi-finalist for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize at the University of New Hampshire.

SYCORAX: CYBER QUEEN OF QAMARA was given a reading on Theatre Row in The Studio Theatre by the Project Y Theatre Company's Women in Theatre Festival on July 22nd, 2016

DEVIL DOG SIX A monologue spoken by the character of Devon Tramore will be published in the Smith and Kraus anthology: The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 2016 in December, 2016  
LITTLE RED will be given a reading at The Identity Theatre, New York City, May 23rd, 2016  
THE HOUSE ON POE STREET will be given a reading sponsored by the League of Professional Theatre Women's Julia's Reading Room Series at The Players Club, New York City on May 17th, 2016  
OPALINE will be given a production at the The Garage Theatre, Long Beach, CA, March 4-26th, 2016  
DEVIL DOG SIX will be given an industry reading by Yonder Window Inc. at the Shetler Studios in New York on December 17th, 2015  
OPALINE will be given a showcase production at The Secret Theatre in New York on March 9th through 13th, 2016  
DEVIL DOG SIX will be produced at the Detroit Repertory Theatre in Detroit from March 24th through May 15th, 2016  
BEGGAR AT THE FEAST will be given a staged reading at Turn to Flesh Productions in New York on June 13th, 2015  
DRINK ME will be given a staged reading at the Luna Theatre in Philadelphia on Sunday May 31st, 2015  
The LAST LOT will be given a staged reading at Urban Stages in New York on May 4th, 2015  
DRINK ME will be given a staged reading at the Medecine Theatre Company's JumpStart Reading Series in New York on May 15th and 16th, 2015.  
The LAST LOT will be given a staged reading at the Manhattan Theatre Works' Newborn Festival at the City College of New York's North Academic Center on Thursday, February 26, 2015  
The DRAPER'S EYE will be workshopped at the Athena Project Arts Festival from March 20th - April 5th, 2015  
The LAST LOT is one of ten finalists for the ManhattanTheatre Works Newborn Festival with the City University of New York, February 2015  
SYCORAX: Cyber Queen of Qamara was read at the Playwrights Gallery Salon on October 30th, 2014  
DEVIL DOG SIX will be produced at The Landing Theatre Company at the Frenetic Theatre in Houston, Texas, from October 2nd - October 20th, 2014  
TOUCH OF RAPTURE will be given a reading at Urban Stages Summer Reading Series in New York on July 17th, 2014  
SORROW OF THE SEA MAIDEN was given a reading at the Playwrights Playground at the Classical Theatre of Harlem, New York, on May 19th, 2014  
THE DRAPER'S EYE was given a student workshop production at Harlequin Productions of Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York on March 13-22, 2014  
THE DRAPER'S EYE won the Manhattan Theatre Works 2014 Newborn Festival's Excellence in Playwriting Award. February 2014  
THE DRAPER'S EYE will be given a reading at the 2014 Newborn Festival by the Manhattan Theatre Works at City College of New York, February 5th-8th, 2014  
DEVIL DOG SIX will be given a full production at the Spiral Theatre at The Network, 242 West 36th Street in New York beginning February 14th, 2014  
THE PORTRAITIST will be given a full production by the Outcast Company at the 133rd Street Arts Center in Harlem, New York, starting the week of June 16th, 2014  
THE PORTRAITIST finalist for the Pride Films and Plays Women’s Work contest 2013   
THE DRAPER'S EYE finalist for the Jane Chambers Award, Georgetown University, Washington, D. C. 2013   
THE ISLAND OF NO TOMORROWS Women in the Arts and Media Collaboration Award gala: Honorable Mention with Lorca Peress, October 24th, 2013  
TALES OF THE WINDSHIP will be produced by the Floyd Young Actors Co-op in Floyd, Virginia, on December 13, 14, 15th, 2013  
THE DRAPER'S EYE will be given a reading at The Landing Theatre's New American Voices Play Reading Series in Houston, Texas on June 29, 2013  
THE PORTRAITIST will be given a reading at the Outcast Theatre's New Works Festival at the Manhattan Theatre Club studios in New York City on June 23, 2013  
TALES OF THE WINDSHIP will be produced at the Santa Sabina College in Sydney, Australia on May 15, 2013  
BEGGAR AT THE FEAST will be given a reading at the Metro Nashville Parks Theatre Department's New Play Reading Series in September, 2013 September 2013  
THE LAST LOT will be given a reading at the League of Professional Theatre Women's Julia Miles Reading Room Series on Monday September 24, 2013  
GIFT OF FORGOTTEN TONGUES will be produced by the Venus Theatre, directed by Deborah Randall, in Laurel, Maryland, from September 5th through September 29th, 2013  
DEVIL DOG SIX will be given a staged reading by the Salt Lake Acting Company as part of the New Play Sounding Series in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday December 3, 2012  
THE DRAPER'S EYE will be read at the League of Professional Theatre Women's Julia Miles Reading Series in New York, Tuesday November 13, 2012  
THE ISLAND OF NO TOMORROWS, winner of MultiStages New Works Contest, will be directed by Lorca Peress, produced in New York City, November 2nd to November 18th, 2012  
DEVIL DOG SIX will be given a staged reading at The Kennedy Center's 11th annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival. It will be directed by Deborah Randall of The Venus Theatre. September 3rd, 2012 at 3pm  
THE BUTTONHOLE BANDIT will be produced at the Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on July 28th, 2012  
SOUL ON VINYL is being workshopped at the Collaborative Arts Project 21 in New York where Dennis McCarthy and Fengar are writers in residence.  
THE GREAT EXTENSION was given a staged reading at the Flux Theatre Ensemble's Foreplay Series at Fontana's Bar in New York City on March 26th, 2012  
THE GALLERIST (A Tale of Desecration and Desire) was given a production at the Rorschach Theatre in Washington, D. C. from January 23rd to February 19th, 2012  
GIFT OF A THOUSAND TONGUES was given a staged reading at Pulp Stages’ New Works Festival, Pulp Diction III, in Portland, Oregon on January 22, 2012  
DEVIL DOG SIX will be produced by The Venus Theatre, directed by Deborah Randall, in Laurel, Maryland, from October 4th through October 28th, 2012  

Reviews, Publicity and Pictures

Interart Theatre Annex

500 West 52nd Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10019 (52nd Street and 10th Avenue)
For tickets call 212-888-4444

www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=ISL7

Featuring: Richarda Abrams* Jen Anaya* Debra Cardona* Pedro Carmo, Veronica Cruz* Alexis Lauren Kinney* Lina Sarrello* Alexis Sweeney * members of Actors Equity

Original Music by Anika Paris and N. B. Reed;
Jan Hartley, Projection Design; Joyce Liao, Lighting Design;
Mark Richard Caswell and JessaRaye Court, Costume Design;
Bruce Baumer, Music Director; Theresa Burns, Choreographer;
Jessica V. Urtecho, Production Stage Manager

A grieving poet creates a commune of nursing mothers
to form a paradise for his dying child.


Baltimore Sun says...

Sexism and horse racing on right track in Venus Theatre's 'Devil Dog Six.' The many twists and turns in the fast-paced, drama-filled "Devil Dog Six" flow well together, and its professional cast gives an attention-holding performance. The show makes for a great night at the theater for a play that tackles issues in an industry that still lives on in Laurel.

-Gwendolyn Glenn, Baltimore Sun

DC Theatre Scene says...

The script is intelligent and full of different themes... Devil Dog Six also fits with the mission of Venus Theatre, “Setting flight to the voices of women,” like a well-cinched saddle. In addition, it’s clear that Fengar Gael knows her horse racing. Director Randall and the artistic team also do an excellent job making a simple black box theatre serve as a variety of settings such as race tracks, Tramore Farms, a hospital, and a Vodoun church.

Devil Dog Six presents an interesting inside view at the issues faced by a young woman in a well-drawn occupational microcosm. Even if you are not the type to tune in to the Triple Crown races each summer, it is easy to enjoy this new Venus Theatre production.

-Steven Mcknight, DC Theatre Scene

DC Metro Theatre Arts says FIVE STARS...

This production takes you on a unique human experience; feeling the struggles of overcoming gender-imposed adversity, bonding with an animal that has no such gender restrictions, and ultimately challenging the prospect of hope with a triumphant ending.

You can make a surefire bet that Devil Dog Six will be one of the most compelling and unique stories you see this fall. Be sure to get your ticket before the races close!

-Amanda Gunther, DC Metro Theatre Arts


A young woman jockey falls from a horse and her recovery leads to a radical transformation, a singular quest of body and soul to conquer the sport of kings!

October 4-28, 2012 | Venus Theatre @ 21 C Street, Laurel, MD 20707 | Box Office: 866.811.4111 | www.venustheatre.org

Devil Dog Six was commissioned by the InterAct Theatre of Philadelphia through the National New Play Network, and was subsequently work-shopped at New Jersey Repertory, Long Beach Playhouse, Penguin Repertory, the National New Play Network showcase in Chicago, and Fullerton College. It was given a full production by the Moxie Theatre of San Diego and won the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play.


THE GALLERIST

by Fengar Gael
Directed by Catherine Tripp
Featuring Company Member Scott McCormick with Sara Barker, Blair Bowers, Megan Reichelt, Louise Schlegel, Matthew Schleigh, David Winkler

Designed by Company Member David C. Ghatan (Set Designer) with Brian S. Allard (Lighting Designer), Lauren Cucarola (Costume Design), Veronica J. Lancaster (Sound Designer) and Justin Titley (Props Designer).

World Premiere
January 23 - February 19, 2012
The Rorshach Theatre at the Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Travel and tickets information

While discovering some forgotten paintings, a Manhattan gallery owner unearths a sordid family history of repressed passions and animal possession set against the backdrop of London between the Wars.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
“Gael has impressively woven together The Gallerist’s far-fetched premise, along with multiple intersecting timelines, to create an unconventional and suspenseful tale. Director Catherine Tripp’s production is further heightened by an impeccably cast ensemble of performers.”
- Washingtonian

“Gothic thrillers, The Picture of Dorian Gray and movies like “Rebecca” send you swooning, alight from the Victorian fainting couch and get on over to the Atlas Performing Arts Center for this world premiere production under the imaginative direction of Catherine Tripp. It’s freaky good fun.”
DC Theatre Scene

“A fusion of gothic horror, Freudian intrigue and lesbian romance, Fengar Gael’s drama, in a world premiere by Rorschach Theatre, is tantalizingly oddball.”
-- Washington Post

“:A disturbing high tea, with evil animal spirits and a hot lady who gets possessed by a monkey… What you see will most certainly be a surprise…you can trust Rorschach to give you a night of something new, and you can trust that they will do it like pros.”
The Pink Line Project

“Rorschach Theatre continues to maintain a standard of excellence among its artists with their wonderful production of The Gallerist. With this production Rorschach will surely see it rise as one of the top tier theaters in DC. Catherine Tripp molds a wonderful cast with mastery and wit. The production is entertaining and the conceits are fun. The cast is just delightful and each perform several bits of emotional and sometimes physical acrobatics as they switch from character to character.”
MD Theatre Guide



Tangent Theatre Company's
NEWvember New Plays Festival
in association with AboutFACE Ireland
 
November 10 - 13, 2011
Thurs. & Fri. 8pm; Sat. 2pm & 8pm; Sun. 2pm
@ The Carpenter Shop Theater
60 Broadway, Tivoli

Saturday, November 12
2pm
THE CAT VANDAL

by Fengar Gael

A chilling, blackly comic tale of obsession, revolving around the trial of a jihadist desecrator of art who believes the spirit of a cat has entered his body.


Resonance Ensemble invites you to join us for 
a Fall Reading Series next week.

This is your opportunity to hear some of the exciting new plays
under consideration for our upcoming season
and be a part of the development process!

All readings take place at 7:00pm at:
The Directors Company Studio, 311 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor 

Wednesday, October 26th:
My Romeo... by Vincent Sessa
Directed by Alberto Bonilla
(inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet)

Thursday, October 27th:
The Gallerist by Fengar Gael
Directed by Deborah Savadge

(inspired by Shakespeare's Othello)
with Olivia Horton, Jed Peterson, David Crommett, Miguel Govea
Irene Sofia Lucio, Kendall Rileigh, Kathryn Velvel Jones, Stephanie Batchelder

Friday, October 28th:
False Prophets by James Ross
Directed by Christine Cirker
(inspired by Ben Jonson's The Silent Woman)

Seating is VERY limited, so please rsvp to info@ResonanceEnsemble.org.

Our Fall Reading Series is made possible in part by
The Nancy Quinn Fund (a project of ART/ New York),
The Edith Meiser Foundation,
and the Dramatist Guild Fund.


Coming in 2012

MultiStages NEW WORKS CONTEST FESTIVAL AND WINNER

¡CENOTE! 
REMEMBRANCE
LITTLE VOICES
THE ISLAND OF NO TOMORROWS

W inner of MultiStages 2011 New Works Contest is Fengar Gael’s THE ISLAND OF NO TOMORROWS ,   a  Utopian Musical Fantasia. October 2012 world premiere.

And the Finalists are … Isabella Russell-Ides' ¡CENOTE!, a Mayan Historical Fantasy that Transcends Time; Jeffrey Harper’s REMEMBRANCEan Imaginative Meditation on Memory and Enduring Love In Stalinist Russia; and Chris Longo’s LITTLE VOICES, An Evening of Dreams and Poetry with the Absolutely Fabulous Katherine Mansfield.  


THE WILL GREER THEATRICUM BOTANICUM

WOMEN WRITERS NURTURED BY "BOTANICUM SEEDLINGS"

READINGS OF NEW PLAYS ON JUNE 5, 12 & 19


The actors are from left at back:
Tom Halligan and Mary Jo DuPrey
in front: Taylor Jackson Ross, Misha Bouvion, Will Barker,
Joanna Bateman, and Ron Morehouse

 

"Botanicum Seedlings," The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum's development series for playwrights, will showcase three diverse female writers as part of its 2011 Spring Playreadings: Fengar Gael's The Gallerist on Sunday, June 5; The Versailles by Erica Jones on Sunday, June 12; and Lucile Lichtblau's The English Bride on Sunday, June 19. All readings begin at 11 am, and admission is free.

"We don't intentionally look for female playwrights," says Theatricum playwright-in-residence Jennie Webb. "But as it turns out, over half of the plays we support are written by women - this at a time when only 20% of the works on Los Angeles stages are female-authored. We're glad we can do our part to help get fresh voices and unheard stories out there."

Initiated in the fall of 2002, the Botanicum Seedlings series acts as an adjunct to Theatricum Botanicum's Summer Repertory Season, commencing each year before the summer activities are underway, continuing with spring playreadings as the season opens, then culminating after the season winds down with a fall workshop production or playreadings.

"BOTANICUM SEEDLINGS"

The story of a demonic monkey's ability to wreck havoc through generations, The Gallerist travels in and out of the past for a wonderfully macabre look at sordid family history and repressed passions, artistic and otherwise.

A comic tale of yuppie paradise lost, The Versailles charts the lives of five condominium owners as they fight for their survival and their honor in the aftermath of the real estate boom and bust.

Part thriller, part love story, The English Bride explores an aborted terrorist attempt from the point of view of its three characters: a Mossad agent, an English woman and an Arab Israeli man.

The Botanicum Seedlings Spring Playreadings take place in Theatricum's intimate S. Mark Taper Foundation Pavilion. Admission to the playreadings is free and open to the public; donations to support this series will be gratefully accepted

 


The Cantor's Tale was produced at the Hunger Artists Theatre Company of Fullerton, California in January 2011, directed by Jill Johnson.


MORPHOGENESIS

by Fengar Gael, directed by Lorca Peress
March 7, 2011 at 8PM
In the LPTW New Play Festival!
A futuristic female Frankenstein employs her womb to incubate a new aquatic species.  Is it a genetic experiment gone tragically awry or the solution to our survival?
Featuring: Richarda Abrams* Kathryn Layng* Jed Peterson*
Taleen Dersdepanian
Music by Anika Paris – Choreograph y, Jennifer Chin - Director’s Asst. Julian Sapala

Festival Producers:  Rachel Reiner, DeVida Jenkins
Festival Staff:  Anita Ross* PSM - Joyce Liao, Lighting - Kina Park, Sets

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MEET-THE-ARTISTS RECEPTION TO FOLLOW
AT NEW WORLD STAGES

PURCHASE TICKETS FROM BROWN PAPER TICKETS

SWAN DAY:  Support Women Arts Now
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LEAGUE AND THE NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

* members of AEA


In April, The Buttonhole Bandit will being produced in Kingston, Jamaica, at the Edna Manley School for the Performing Arts.


The Ushers' Ball

Picture from the show, below. A great review if you click here.

 

by Fengar Gael
Original Music by Dennis McCarthy
Directed by Michael Barakiva

The Usher invites his guests to be swept into a ghostly tale of love and loss during World War One. The play explores the futility of war and the psychological repercussions on a young soldier and the woman who loves him more than life.

May 6-8, 11-15, 18-22, & 25-27 | 8PM
The Shop Theater @ CAP21 | 18 W. 18th St, 6th Floor
$18 | www.cap21.org
Acting Ensemble:

Lawrence Arancio*, Jennifer Joan Thompson*, Gene Gillette*,Curzon Dobell*, Linda Larson*, Bonnie Black*, Michael Hicks*, Stephen Bel Davies*, Nick Cianfrogna*, Adam Covalt, Jake Green, Ronan Babbitt

Stage Manager: Beth Stegman*
Production Manager: Jackee Terbay

Creative Team:
Scenic Design: Shoko Kambara
Costume Design: Arnulfo Maldonado
Lighting Design: Greg Goff
Incidental Music and Sound Design by Shane Rettig
Assistant Director: Tim Chaffee
Music Director: Will Aronson
Dialects: Susan Cameron
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase

The number to call for tickets: 212-352- 3101. Or order electronically at the following link: https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/66/1272756600000/prm/

 

This forthcoming January 2012, The Gallerist (A Tale of Desecration and Desire) will be produced at the Rorschach Theatre in Washington D. C. and The Island of No Tomorrows, the winner of the MultiStages New PlayCompetition, will be produced in New York in October of 2012.



 

Updated: 01/07/2011