Friday, August 29, 2014

Wide Eyed WINKS Audience-Favorite Winners / Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to the audience-favorite winners / semi-finalists of our second season of our WINKS staged reading series! Our theme this year was "Seven Deadly WINKS" based on the seven deadly sins, and we had a great time with it. It's been an honor to host and share the stage with everyone who participated in our second season of our WINKS staged reading series. Congrats to all.
 Audience-Favorite Winners / Semi-Finalists: 
Porn Play or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Porn
by Bailey Williams
Directed by Stephanie C. Cunningham
The Wedge Horse by Nick Gandiello
Directed by Kristin Skye Hoffmann
I Catch You Dreaming by Rafael Albarran
Directed by Gama Valle
At The Breakaway
Written and DIrected by Nat Cassidy
This month was a tie!
 Snatchers! by Holcomb & Ivy
Directed by Suzanne Karpinski
Did Someone Order a Pizza? by Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Lily Lamb-Atkinson
Butcher by Sam Byron
Directed by Liz Carlson
Salt by Peter Turo
Directed by Kai-Hsiang Tu
Our Wide Eyed Board will be reading and reviewing all of these works, and our two finalists will be announced next month. Stay tuned for that, and for more information about our upcoming full-length production this autumn, Dead Special Crabs by Dan Kitrosser!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Season Two of the Seven Deadly WINKS Series Concludes with "Envy"

Season two of the WINKS Series concludes this month!
Wide Eyed Productions is hosting our second installment of the WINKS Reading Series, but this time with a twist! We will be focusing exclusively on original plays by local NYC playwrights featuring the Seven Deadly Sins. Each month you’ll see a 20-minute segment from each play, and then vote on your favorite. The winner will be invited to submit the full text and given a full staged reading.
(More details below.)
**This month: ENVY**
by Peter Turo, directed by Kai-Hsiang Tu
Empty Rooms
by Annie Harrison Elliott, directed by Mia Sommese 
by Tariq Hamami, directed by Pitr Strait
Thursday, August 28th – 7:30pm
$5 Contribution
Refreshments available - $5 suggested donation
*** credit cards accepted***
32 Avenue of the Americas
Ground Floor - Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio
New York, NY 10013

Congratulations to last month's winner (GLUTTONY): 
written by Sam Byron, directed by Liz Carlson

This season predicates future seasons by workshopping and reading plays to excite and invigorate theatergoers and the production company alike. Through a series of readings open to the public, Wide Eyed Productions aims to strike a chord within ourselves and the community.

Each month will feature a 20-minute segment from three original works by three different writers which are related to, or inspired by, that month’s “sin.” At the end of each night, the audience will be invited to select their favorite of the evening by casting an anonymous ballot. The majority favorite will be named a semifinalist and will be invited to submit a full text to Wide Eyed Productions’ Board for consideration for our final round.

Two overall finalists will be chosen and given a full staged reading of their plays at the end of the WINKS series, and one winning text will be chosen based on audience and board votes. This winning text will then be submitted to the New York International Fringe Festival for production.

Can’t make it this month, but still want to support?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Brianne Blessitt: Don't Rain on My Parade

Laurie Beechman Theatre
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 4pm

Tickets: $20 (Please purchase in advance at the website below)
**Plus $15 Food/Beverage Minimum Per Person
Please join our Brianne (Mai) Blessitt this Saturday, August 9, at 4pm for "Don't Rain On My Parade," an afternoon of music and poetry to benefit The Shriners Hospital for Children. Due to a very kind anonymous donor, all ticket proceeds will go to the Hospital in honor of Brianne's late father, Lee "Harley" Mai.

Brianne's band will feature the talents of Charlie Hanover, Chris Blessitt, Curt Garey, Elizabeth Olson, Jeni Magana, and our own Neil Fennell and Sky Seals. Several members of The SymphoNYChorus will also be making an appearance.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute, please feel free to do so here and enter Lee Mai in the Deceased Name entry.