Friday, April 30, 2010

Noah's Arkansas flyer

Here's a flyer with some review snippets of Noah's Arkansas. The process of bringing these characters to life and this story to the stage has been more rewarding than any other single project I've ever had a hand in. These artists are as dedicated to their craft as any the world over.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Review - Jerrod Bogard's Noah's Arkansas

Noah's Arkansas by Jerrod Bogard is Wide Eyed Productions first original full-length play. Jerrod is our first resident playwright and this play is four-years in development. From staged readings to the lab and back again- Noah's Arkansas is the culmination of countless hours of theatrical dedication. Just check out the amazing set designed by resident designer, Joshua David Bishop, dressed by our Props Master Billy Dutton. (at right: Home Sweet Mobile-Home, Justin Ness* and Kristin Skye Hoffmann; photo by Paul Newland)

REVIEW SNIPPET from Richmond Shepard -

"Act 2 cooks with action and conflict that grips us.
This is a high-level professional production in terms of acting, direction (by Neil Finnell), set (by Joshua David Bishop), lighting (by Ryan Metzler) and costumes (Antonia Ford-Roberts), and Bogard’s take on the life and struggles of these Arkansas people is alive with rural sturm und drang with an underlying humanity. Wide-Eyed is an ambitious company, and one of the best in New York."

Click here to read more of the review.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

landscape: ARKANSAS

landscape: ARKANSAS

A Photography Exhibition
In Conjunction with

landscape: ARKANSAS is the first group exhibition of its kind for Wide Eyed Productions. This public showing of landscape photography made possible with the assistance of the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association (APPA) will serve as a complimentary element to the World Premiere of the play Noah's Arkansas, April 21-May 15 at the Wings Theatre (154 Christopher Street). landscape: ARKANSAS exposes the natural beauty of the region in which Noah's Arkansas takes place, subtly suggesting elements of rural life, hardship and the power and peace of nature to transform life as we know it.


Deborah Billingsley*
Janet Galland-Hunt*
Phil Hobby*
Dylan K. Jackson
Tim Rand*
Brian Roden*
Kelly Shipp*
Kevin Taylor*

*members of APPA

THE ARKANSAS PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION (APPA) was founded in 1942 as an organization of and for professional photographers in the state of Arkansas. In its 68 years, it has inspired, trained and promoted professional photography and has brought many great talents to the state of Arkansas that otherwise might not have experienced this beautiful state. Please join the APPA for their annual convention, taking place in Little Rock, Arkansas, July 18-21, 2010.

WIDE EYED PRODUCTIONS is a New York City-based collective of artists dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in risk-taking, relevant theatre. Our core ensemble is committed to the birth of new works and also the rebirth of the classic texts. Through our collaborative process Wide Eyed discovers and creates theatre that both stimulates the imagination and awakens the public's passion for high standards in the performing arts.

You should certainly keep your eyes wide for whatever they do next. - Jack Hanley,

Photo credits:
top row: Kelly Shipp, Phil Hobby, Dylan K. Jackson
center row: Janet Galland-Hunt, Brian Roden, Tim Rand
bottom row: Kelly Shipp, Deborah Billingsley, Kelly Shipp

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Noah's Arkansas: April 21 - May 15, 2010

Wide Eyed Productions will present the World Premiere of Resident Playwright, Jerrod Boggard's Noah's Arkansas, April 21-May 15 at the Wings Theatre (154 Christopher Street). Jerrod Boggard has previously written Hugging the Shoulder (semi-finalist O'Neill Playwrights Conference) and The Spin Cycle (published in "Plays and Playwrights 2010"). This is Wide Eyed's third theatrical season in NYC, and Noah's Arkansas is the company's tenth full-length production under founding artistic director Kristin Skye Hoffmann. Wide Eyed Productions was also named a 2009 Person Of The Year by

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, as the saying goes, into every life a little rain must fall, and Wayne has to learn how to swim right fast if he wants to save everything from just washing away. The cast will feature Erik Frandsen*, Bennett W. Harrell, Kristin Skye Hoffmann, Mike Komala, Lucy McRae*, Judy Merrick, 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, Costume Design by Antonia Ford-Roberts, and Lighting Design by Ryan Metzler. The production, presented by Wide Eyed Productions will play at the Wings Theatre (154 Christopher Street) April 21-May 15, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm with an additional performance on Saturday, February 15 at 3pm. Tickets ($25) are available online at

JERROD BOGARD (Playwright) is the Resident Playwright of Wide Eyed Productions. A graduate of Florida School of the Arts, Bogard began his show business career as a puppeteer for Bits ‘N Pieces in Tampa, FL. Bogard has written, directed and performed productions for children and adults all around the U.S. and Europe and taught workshops on improvisation and classical theatre styles at grade schools and colleges across the country; Performed an original shadow puppet show at the Prague International Festival of Puppet Arts in the Czech Republic; Wrote and directed the short film Gatorman (Best Mini-Picture- Bare Bones International Film Festival). His plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Plays written include: Plays for the Sunni Triangle (Winner "Most Outstanding Script" - Endtimes Productions, NYC); Hugging the Shoulder (semi-finalist O'Neill Playwrights Conference). In Sheep's Clothing (Best Play Nominee - Strawberry One-Act Festival), Jack and the Soy Beanstalk (music by Sky Seals). He has been published in Smith & Kraus' one-act anthology 2009, and the New York Theatre Experience has just published a collection of his one-act plays, The Spin Cycle, in their annual anthology "Plays and Playwrights 2010". In a review of that collection, editor Martin Denton called Bogard "a welcome addition to the panoply of American Playwrights, and certainly one to keep an eye on." Jerrod is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America. Visit him at

NEIL FENNELL (Director) Neil is a Midwestern transplant to New York City, hailing from the Black Hills of South Dakota. Neil holds his BA in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. Neil is honored to be working with Jerrod Bogard for the second time; Neil also directed Jerrod's short play First Base Coach for Wide Eyed Productions's The Spin Cycle. Directing credits also include Grease, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Company, and Joint Custody.