Wednesday, December 8, 2010


AUDITION NOTICE: Call for actors!!

Wide Eyed Productions presents A Girl Wrote It. An evening of One-Act plays by women playwrights. Because just 17% of America's main stage productions are written by women, Wide Eyed attempts to tip the scales and expose eager audiences to more fantastic theatre. A Girl Wrote It is an ambitious evening of 4 dark, dangerous and humorous plays with universal themes. Wide Eyed takes great pride in presenting cohesive, well designed collections, and A Girl Wrote It is sure to please even the most discerning audience. In a review of our last showcase, Martin Denton said it was "a sterling example of how to mount an evening of short plays."

The Plays:

Plight of the Apothecary by Elizabeth Birkenmeier; Sexually ambivalent siblings explore the limits of their post apocalyptic reality in this poetic, mind-bending, dark comedy.- Seeking: 2 females & 3 males- Early 20s- late 30s in appearance- must have great comic timing and an appreciation for the avant-garde.
–Directed by Justin Ness

Clementine by Lynda Green; A police stand-off is fertile ground for spiritual healing. A hostage situation turns into a beautiful night in. Seeking: 1 female, 2 males- 20s-30s.
– Directed by Jerrod Bogard

Selection by Kris Montgomery; Where do babies come from? In the future they come from screened donors chosen for their I.Q. scores. Sounds like a good idea-- unless you're below the line. Seeking: 3 females and 2 males- mid 20s to late 30s
- Directed by Tim Butterfield

The Return of Toodles Von Flooz by Lisa Ferber; "A film noir satire as dark as my third nipple and twice as funny." Betty O'Boozenberg, the Irish Jew, helps uncover the mystery of Toodles Von Flooz in this barroom morality tale. – Seeking: 2 females, 1 male- 20s-30s, with excellent comic timing- Looks similar Lauren Bacall, Gloria Grahame, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Ladd (and the like) are preferred.
-Directed by Kristin Skye Hoffmann

Auditions will be held the evening of Dec. 17th by appointment only. Callbacks to be held on Dec. 18th.

To request an audition slot please email a headshot, resume and cover letter to
Kristin [at]

-Performances will be February 3-20 Thursday-Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm.

At The Red Room theatre on the Lower East Side of New York. All cast members must be available for all performances.

-We are applying for an AEA showcase status so equity members feel free to submit.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Jack & The Soy Beanstalk" continues to grow!

We are so excited over here at Team Wide Eyed.  Jack and the Soy Beanstalk, a young audience favorite at The New York International Fringe Festival in 2009, was recently published by Baker's Plays and is now available for purchase on Amazon!  Many, many happy congratulations to our resident playwright Jerrod Bogard, composer and company member Sky Seals and composer Emily Fellner.  Here's hoping that this lovely story reaches many generations of young theatregoers to come.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

opening night: The Prairie Plays

Tonight, we open The Prairie Plays, an evening of theatre composed of two beautiful one-act plays by Brian Watkins. 

Watkins performed his one-man show High Plains at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2009 and reprises that performance here under the direction of Wide Eyed company member Anthony Reimer. 

The second play in the cycle, My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer, is a two-woman show performed by Katie Schorr and company member Amy Lee Pearsall.  Tonight's performance marks its world premiere and is directed by our Artistic Director, Kristin Skye Hoffmann.

We're relieved to report our final tech/dress rehearsal was fairly uneventful and are thrilled to bits with the beautiful lighting design by Joe Novak and soundscape by Trevor Dallier. 

The Prairie Plays runs through November 21 at Under St. Mark's Theater in NYC.  Curtain is at 7:00 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and is at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Run time is 2 hours.  Tickets / Information available here.

Friday, October 8, 2010

We're Turning Three - Join us for our Party!!! No cover!

Three years a galaxy far, far away...okay, so it wasn't a galaxy, it was a football field in New Jersey...the seed of what was to become our theatre company was sown. 

To commemorate and celebrate three years of risk-taking, relevant theatre,  Wide Eyed Productions invites you to join us for our third birthday party this coming Saturday, October 9, 2010.  No cover - this is not a fundraiser.  Just come and play! 

Stone Creek Bar and Lounge
140 E 27th St
Between 3rd and Lexington

We'll be gathering in the Stone Creek back room from 8-11 pm to have festivities and present awards! The festivities will continue in the main bar area past 11. We hope you will join us!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Call for Scripts!

Wide Eyed Productions is hosting an evening of One-Act plays written exclusively by women. The evening will be performed at The Red Room Theatre in New York from 2/3/11 through 2/19/11.

Guidelines: Plays must be original, 10-30 minutes in length, cast of characters from 1-8, any theme.

Please submit all plays via email in PDF format along with the play's production history, a character breakdown and a short bio of the playwright.

Deadline for submissions: October 30th, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

exit, stage left

Our giant poster of Henry V now stripped from the wall of the East 13th Street Theatre, we bid our production of Henry VI (Part III) adieu and close our third season. In parting, we hope you will enjoy the kind things that local theatre bloggers had to say about our most recent production over at A Year of Plays, The Unbearable Banishment, and A Year of Shakespeare in NYC.

We look forward to supporting the independent theatre community at FringeNYC 2010 and we'll be back on the boards soon with our fourth season!  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The curse of...Henry VI (Part III)?

As if surrounding events had not been quite wacky enough for our production as of late, one of our cast members was hit by a taxi last night, fracturing both his tibia and fibula.  Fear not, his prognosis is good and our director will be stepping into the role for this, our closing week.  (Feel better soon, Jerrod, and Adam, don't you dare break a leg!)

What's that, you say?  You'd like to be a part of the action?  As luck would have it, tonight is Pay-What-You-Can night for our production of Henry VI (Part III) at the East 13th Street Theatre.  We also have some advance tickets available for the rest of the run.  You can get them here.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

No Excuses: Pay-What-You-Can on Weds. 7/21

We know.  Theatre - even affordably priced theatre - can still be a bit of a challenge to the wallet in this economy.  This Wednesday, July 21, we bring Shakespeare's Henry VI (Part III) to the masses at the exceptionally reasonable price of Pay-What-You-Can.  The show is beautiful, bloody, and did we mention we have air conditioning?  Join us at the East 13th Street Theatre, 136 E. 13th Street (enter through Everman Espresso).  Curtain is at 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

king and country

It’s been an interesting week:

- Our haze machine managed to set off the theatre's fire alarm twice and the effect has been struck from the show (our sincere and heartfelt apologies to the FDNY - we know you have much, much more important things to do than respond to false alarms and we love all that you do);

- Our leading lady is now gamely leading the charge of the Lancasters against the Yorks with a torn meniscus; and

- Cast/crew members of a certain television program that runs on a certain comedy channel purchased 7 tickets to our show last night under the guise of being regular theatre patrons. Ten minutes into the first act – with no concern or consideration for the quality of our production or the performers’ safety – proceeded to stand up in the audience, pull out a gigantic (fake) cell phone and yell over the action on stage while a second audience member pulled out a gigantic (real) camera from their bag to film it all, without any permission from us.  According to our artistic director, "The actors took it upon themselves to escort both from the theatre, leaving the remaining five in the theatre. In hopes that we would not further disrupt the performance we did not try to seek them out in the dark...It was reported by other members of the audience that the remaining crew continued to film each other mocking the show, feigning sleep, etc., distracting our audience and disturbing our actors." One by one, the remaining five filtered out of the house during the first act, each promising that the next person would explain what the disruption was all about. (Don’t worry, punk show, you can explain it to at least two different unions, both of which I can guarantee will see nothing amusing in your prank at all.)

The glory of live theatre: it is never twice the same.

If you’d like a part of the action, you have two weeks left to see our mounting of Henry VI (Part III), "something of an event for theatre history buffs and Bardophiles," says Martin Denton of Tickets and information are available here.*

* Please unwrap your annoying candy and shut off your cell phones, regardless of size, before curtain.  Photography is strictly prohibited.  Thank you.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

In Action: Henry VI (Part III)!

Our video preview is up and takes no prisoners! Enjoy these clips and come join us at the air conditioned East 13th Street Theatre right near Union Square.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Henry VI (Part III): 2-for-1 preview tix tonight!

© Paul Newland 2010

As if our preview ticket deal was not fantastic enough, we are offering 2-for-1 tickets for tonight's final preview performance! That's right: bring a friend and pay just $18 for both of you. This deal is only good at the door so come to the East 13th Street Theatre, 136 East 13th Street (enter through Everyman Espresso) between 3rd and 4th Avenues. Curtain is at 8pm.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Henry VI (Part III) Previews: July 1 - July 3

Henry VI (Part III) wrapped up tech last night - exhausted, giggling actors pictured above - and tonight marks the kick-off of our preview perfomances! If you're looking for a deal on tickets, you've found one here: we are offering $18.00 general admission tickets for our preview performances July 1 - July 3! You can get your preview tickets ahead of time online or you can pay at the door. Just remember, the East 13th Street Theatre is located on 13th Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues in Manhattan's East Village. Enter through the Everyman Espresso coffee shop (which, by the way, makes a bitchin' iced Americano).

Sunday, June 27, 2010

modern renaissance men

Was it luck or kismet that brought actors/playwrights Jerrod Bogard and Nat Cassidy together in our upcoming production of Henry VI (Part III)? We'll leave you to muse upon that while listening to the recent podcast they did for nytheatrecast, the voice of In addition to discussing their work as playwrights, they talk about Henry at length.

And speaking of Henry VI, we moved from our rehearsal space into the East 13th Street Theatre this very afternoon. At this moment, our diligent load-in crew is hanging lights and wallpapering the back wall of the theatre with a fantastic effigy of Henry V watching over the realm he left to his son. This gigantic poster will be torn down bit by bit so that by the final performance only shreds of what was the previous monach's legacy remains. It promises to be a fantastic evolving and organic statement - one worthy of multiple viewings (or as Nat Cassidy says, Come early and come often).

We are so proud of this production and hope you will enjoy it. Tickets are available here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

on the act of creation: Henry VI (Part III)

I'm curious about this whole creative process thing, you say. Can you tell me a little bit about what goes on behind the scenes?

Why, yes. Yes, we can. In fact, Adam Marple - the director of our upcoming production, Henry VI (Part III) - has an entire blog dedicated to the crafting of this production and the process of bringing this particular script to life. If you're interested, please feel free to rummage about here.

Monday, June 21, 2010

get a new headshot for just $100.00

You may have seen it publicized at our party on Saturday, but if not: through generous partnership with photographer Mark Adamsbaum, you can get a new headshot for just $100. As if that were not cool enough, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Wide Eyed. This is a win-win deal! Now, there are only a few timeslots available, so if you are interested:

1) Sign up for your time slot here.

2) Forward your $100.00 non-refundable payment securely via PayPal to Mark's email address, which is listed on the sign-up sheet.

It's just that simple. Take advantage of this fantastic deal and don't forget to say cheese!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Pour of the Roses: after report

At the eleventh hour, we met our $5,000 target on Kickstarter! We are so grateful to each and every one of you who made a donation or even just got the word out about our campaign. Our rent on the East 13th Street Theatre is now as good as paid, and our ambitious rendering of Shakespeare's Henry VI (Part III) has a place to play. Tickets are now on sale!

Secondly, our Pour of the Roses party at Stone Creek (our beloved official sponsor) was a rousing success. So much fun and love last night. Drinks flowed freely, the raffle prizes were hot (!) and the set played by local band The Plastic Pets was awesome (they have a gig on Tuesday at Arlene's Grocery, so go check them out if you have a chance).

Thank you again so much for both your interest and support. As Queen Margaret might say, You fight in justice.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Top 10 Reasons to Support Wide Eyed's Kickstarter Campaign

10. Wide Eyed has clout in the afterlife, where your good deeds are tallied and used as currency. - Jerrod Bogard, Resident Playwright

9. It's difficult to perform a period piece in torn up All-Stars. - Billy Dutton, Co. Member

8. Because we’re like Tinkerbell, we need applause to live! (No money = No show = No clapping = Death.) - Melissa Johnson, Board Member

7. Because "Coco" landed a gig, so you should be "with Wide Eyed" now. - Billy Dutton, Co. Member

6. Wide Eyed won't investigate your citizenship. - Jake Paque, Co. Member

5. You'll be our friend forever, which gets you nowhere but still sounds very nice. - Megan Jupin, Resident Stage Manager

4. Those children in Africa have Oprah. . . .We've got you. - Andrew Harriss, Co. Member

3. So classy you can even introduce Wide Eyed to your Mom. (I did. She had a blast at the Cast Party.) - Solomon Shiv, Co. Member

2. Truth be told: we're talented, and we don't need "high tech" sets, but we're just not very good at miming the bigger things ... like doors. - Lucy McRae, Co. Member

1: Without your generosity and support, Wide Eyed Productions would disappear.

With 3 days to go in our Kickstarter campaign, we are just $935 away from hitting our target of $5,000! Every donation helps, no matter the increment. Please consider backing our project today!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Return Engagement for Noah's Arkansas

By popular and critical demand,
Wide Eyed remounts Jerrod Bogard’s NOAH’S ARKANSAS
for two shows only- July 19th and 20th @ 7:30pm
The East 13th Street Theater
(136 E. 13th St. NY NY).

Noah’s Arkansas
is a heartfelt family drama asking, “What do you save when the water starts to rise?” Wayne Riggins loves his small-town life. He lives in a sweet double-wide trailer with his beautiful second wife, goes fishing with his father, and sees his teenage son three months every summer. But the flood of change is coming, and Wayne has to learn how to swim right fast if he wants to save everything from just washing away.

Some critical praise for Noah's Arkansas:

"the next generation of great American theatre is about to take center stage."
-N. Havey, Huffington Post

"Bogard's script is solid, intelligent, funny, and often profound, and the production,
under the steady hand of director Neil Fennell, is beautifully wrought."

- Martin Denton,

"cooks with action and conflict that grips us. This is a high-level professional production"

-Richmond Shepard,

The cast will feature Erik Frandsen*, Neil Fennell, Kristin Skye Hoffmann, Mike Komala, Melissa Johnson, Brianne Mai, and Justin Ness*. *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association

The creative team will include Set Design by Joshua David Bishop, Sound Design by Trevor Dallier, and Costume Design by Antonia Ford-Roberts.

July 19th and 20th, at 7:30pm.
The East 13th Street Theater (136 E. 13th Street)
Tickets ($12) at the door or online at

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Kickstart HENRY VI (Part III)

Coming in July, Wide Eyed Productions in collaboration with Columbia University will mount our most ambitious production to date: Shakespeare's most bloody chapter in the War of the Roses, "Henry VI (Part III)." This production, directed by Columbia MFA candidate Adam Marple, is slated to be staged at the prestigious East 13th Street Theatre. It promises to deliver an experience that will truly leave the eyes of our audience wide with wonder.

In bringing this project to life we are faced with an equally epic task of raising at least $5,000 through our Kickstarter campaign by midnight on June 20, 2010. We believe this is possible, but in order for us to reach this goal, we require the assistance and support of our audience.

This last year saw multiple artistic successes for Wide Eyed:

* Our '09 production, "The Spin Cycle," was published in Plays and Playwrights 2010 (New York Theatre Experience Small Press)
* Wide Eyed commissioned a family musical, "Jack and the Soy Beanstalk,"soon to be published by Baker's Plays at Samuel French
* Wide Eyed Productions was named a “Person of the Year
* Two shows ("A World Elsewhere: Arias in the Key of Clown" and "Jack and the Soy Beanstalk") were well-received at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival
* Acclaimed productions of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" and the first New York City revival of "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot"

Our ability to continue to create the high caliber of work that you have come to expect from Wide Eyed Productions is contingent upon the generosity of our donors. We hope you will join us in this process!

You're Invited to the Pour of the Roses

Saturday, June 19th
$20 at the door
Open bar 9-10pm
Arrive after 10pm and get 2 drinks and a free raffle ticket
@ Stone Creek
140 E. 27th Street (between 3rd and Lex)

Party like it's 1421! Join us for our Pour of the Roses party to kick off our production of Shakespeare's War of the Roses fueled epic, Henry VI (Part III). Come partake in our open bar from 9-10pm; drink specials will follow. Revelry and amazing raffles will abound (including one for a week's stay at a resort in Mexico)!

Sign up for a fantastic headshot deal with photographer Mark Adamsbaum! Tuck a red rose behind your ear or maybe dance with a white rose in your teeth to the stylings of our live musical guests, The Plastic Pets! Just don't miss this party: it will be one for the history books...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

the (almost) final word on Noah's Arkansas...

Well, the hits just keep on coming. Evidently our show made an impression on this theatre goer who posted his observations on the Huffington Post!

"The characters in "Noah's Arkansas" are deftly brought to life under the superb direction of Neil Fennell. His cast of actors give nuanced, natural performances that wrap the audience in from the first line. The coy, lighting-fast, banter between Lizzy (the charming and very funny Kristin Hoffman) and Wayne (the powerful Justin Ness) sets the pace for the rest of the evening."

Check out the article by clicking here: Noah's Review at the Huffington Post

Monday, May 10, 2010

Silent Auction: "landscape:ARKANSAS"

Welcome to this Silent Auction of original
photography to benefit
Wide Eyed Productions!

Bidding begins at 12am Wednesday, May 12th
and concludes at 12am on Saturday, May 22nd

Items are original landscape photography prints exhibited in
landscape: ARKANSAS
the companion photography show to the world premiere production of NOAH’S ARKANSAS by our resident playwright Jerrod Bogard.

Each print measures 8x10 and can be seen in person through
Friday, May 14th at
Wings Theatre
154 Christopher Street, NYC.

Opening prices vary.
Prints are listed alphabetically by Photographer.

Please keep in mind we are accepting serious bids only.
If you see something you MUST HAVE,
place your bid by emailing
with the item-name & photographer's name in the subject line.
(Likewise, if you have questions about an item, please email us!)

Once you have bid:
You will receive a nightly e-mail
during the 10 days of the auction
informing you of the status of your desired item,
so that you can bid again
if you are out-bid by an equally-ardent supporter.
Please bid in increasing increments of $5.00.
(You do not need to enter a credit-card number to play!)

In the happy event that you WIN,
you will be notified by email.
Yes, we will ship to you if necessary!
Happy bidding!

"....going once....going twice....going threeeee tiiiimes...."

On the Square – Deborah Billingsley
Bidding starts at $50.00

Savage Theater – Janet Galland-Hunt
Bidding starts at $25.00

Cameron Bluff – Janet Galland-Hunt
Bidding starts at $25.00

Little House on the Hill – Janet Galland-Hunt
Bidding starts at $25.00

The Pig Trail – Janet Galland-Hunt
Bidding starts at $25.00

Natural Bridge – Janet Galland-Hunt
Bidding starts at $25.00

In the Ozarks – Janet Galland-Hunt
Bidding starts at $25.00

Circle B Ranch – Janet Galland-Hunt
Bidding starts at $25.00

Rat Pack Falls I – Phil Hobby
Bidding starts at $144.00

Rat Pack Falls II – Phil Hobby
Bidding starts at $144.00

Roark’s Bluff – Phil Hobby
Bidding starts at $144.00

Smith Creek – Phil Hobby
Bidding starts at $144.00

Chagrining – Dylan K. Jackson
Bidding starts at $31.00

Landmark – Dylan K. Jackson
Bidding starts at $31.00

The White River (near Newport, Arkansas) – Tim Rand
Bidding starts at $38.00

Crowley’s Ridge State Park (near Walcott, Arkansas) – Tim Rand
Bidding starts at $38.00

The Old Mill – Brian Roden
Bidding starts at $25.00

Beaver Bridge – Brian Roden

Where The Earth Meets The Sky – Kelly Shipp
Bidding starts at $56.00

Sunset at the Marina – Kelly Shipp
Bidding starts at $56.00

Highway Nirvana – Kelly Shipp
We have $56.00! Do I hear $61.00?

Cedar Creek Bridge – Kelly Shipp
Bidding starts at $56.00

Listening to the Trees – Kelly Shipp
Bidding starts at $56.00

Sunrise Silence – Kelly Shipp
Bidding starts at $56.00

Nature's Intermission – Kelly Shipp
Bidding starts at $56.00

Sunset Escape – Kelly Shipp
Bidding starts at $56.00

Sunrise on the Delta – Kevin Taylor
Bidding starts at $169.00

Red River Turnstile – Kevin Taylor
Bidding starts at $169.00

Northeast Arkansas Barn – Kevin Taylor
Bidding starts at $169.00

Setting over the Delta – Kevin Taylor
Bidding starts at $169.00

Early Morning Gathering – Kevin Taylor
Bidding starts at $169.00