Cyclone (And The Pig-Faced Lady)

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NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL
AND NEW PERSPECTIVES THEATRE COMPANY
MELODY BROOKS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
TO PRESENT

CYCLONE
(AND THE PIG-FACED LADY)


A NEW MUSICAL
WITH BOOK AND LYRICS BY DANA LESLIE GOLDSTEIN
AND MUSIC BY RIMA FAND

AT NYMF 2008
September 23 - October 4, 2008


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NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL and NEW PERSPECTIVES THEATRE COMPANY are pleased to present CYCLONE (AND THE PIG-FACED LADY), a new musical with book and lyrics by DANA LESLIE GOLDSTEIN, music by RIMA FAND and direction by ELYSA MARDEN, as part of the NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL 2008. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at www.nymf.org. Performances run Tuesday, September 23rd at 8:00 pm, Wednesday, September 24th at 1:00 pm, Sunday, September 28th at 4:30 pm, Wednesday, October 1st at 8:00 pm, Friday, October 3rd at 4:30 pm, and Saturday, October 4th at 8:00 pm. TBG THEATER is located at 312 West 46th Street, just off 8th Avenue.

In CYCLONE (AND THE PIG-FACED LADY), Sally Kaplan is so in love with the world she's created in her hit comic book Cyclone, she lets it seduce her away from her real life. Set in the glitzy, seedy, sexy Coney Island of the Roaring 20's, her heroines fight the bad guys and always save the day. But when tragedy strikes in the real world, Sally must find a way to rescue herself. For all the little girls who dreamed of being a hero and for every woman who IS... Dare to take the ride!

Cast members include JODIE BENTLEY, AMBER CARSON, CALEB DAMSCHRODER, DAVID GARRY, ARIELA MORGENSTERN, JESSICA MARY MURPHY, PAUL NIEBANCK, LUCY SORENSEN, and JACOB R. THOMPSON.

Librettist and Lyricist DANA LESLIE GOLDSTEIN's musical LIBERTY was presented in Mayor Bloomberg's 2008 Immigrant Heritage Week, and is under commercial option and being developed for the Broadway stage. Her work has also been seen at The Cherry Lane, Culture Project, New Dramatists, The York, Center Stage, BMI, Neighborhood Playhouse, and Pacific Theatre (Vancouver), among others. A published poet and playwright, Dana holds MFAs in both Playwriting and Poetry, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

RIMA FAND (Composer) has created and performed original music for numerous theater works in and around NYC, including: HOW I FIXED MY ENGINE WITH ROSE WATER, (Voice4Vision Puppet Festival, Theater for the New City); ONDINE (Soho Rep); THE SEAGULL (Second Stage); SAVAGE NURSERY (HERE); MEAN SOLAR DAY (Nimbus Theatre Ensemble); and THE STORY OF RATS (Wax Factory). She is currently composing DON CRISTOBAL, BILLY-CLUB MAN, a puppet opera based upon writings of Garcia Lorca. Rima also composes and tours internationally with her gypsy-punk-klezmer-tango string band, the Luminescent Orchestrii. She holds a M.M. in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music.

ELYSA MARDEN (Director) Off Broadway: world premieres of ESOTERICA (DR2), and I HEAR (Oigo). Other NYC credits: THE SUGAR MILE (92nd Street Y), THE FOREVER WALTZ, RATTLESNAKE, IPHIGENIA, NO EXIT, Christopher Logue's THE HUSBANDS, Goethe's PERSEPHONE WITH A PHOENIX TOO FREQUENT, among others. She has developed new plays with Liz Amberly, P. Seth Bauer, Mariana Carreno, Steven Fechter, Henry Guzman, Arlene Hutton, and Glyn Maxwell at New Dramatists, York Theater Co., Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Mabou Mines, Women's Project, and the A-Train Plays, among others. Regional and university credits include FUDDY MEERS (Capital Rep, Albany; Best of 2004, Troy Record); BLOOD WEDDING and THE PERSIANS (Ancient Mask Rep, DC); HOMEBODY/KABUL (University of Toledo; finalist for KCACTF). Her work has been seen internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe and Saskatoon Fringe Festivals (THIS TOWN, winner, 2002 Media Choice Award for Best Play). Member, SSDC.

The production features Choreography by EDIE COWAN, Musical Direction by JOHN BRONSTON, Set Design by MASAMI KANDA, Costume Design by JESSICA JAHN, Lighting Design by DEBORAH CONSTANTINE, Projection Design by CHRIS KATEFF, and Sound Design by DAVID SCHULDER.

NEW PERSPECTIVES THEATRE COMPANY is an award-winning, multi-racial company performing in the heart of the Broadway Theatre District and communities throughout New York City. Now in its 17th season, notable productions have included RICHARD III, starring Austin Pendleton; THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (OOBR Award for Excellence); EXHIBIT #9 by Tracy Wilson (Audelco Award); JIHAD by Ann Chamberlain (OOBR Award for Excellence); ADMISSIONS by Tony Velella (10 Best Plays Citation, Backstage); The Shaneequa Chronicles by OBIE Award-winner Stephanie Berry (with Blackberry Productions); ANATOMY OF A LOVE AFFAIR by Deirdre Hollman (optioned by Essence Entertainment), among others. The Company's mission is to develop and produce new plays and playwrights, especially women and people of color, to present classic plays in a style that addresses contemporary issues, and to extend the benefits of theatre to young people and communities in need. Our aim is not to exclude, but to cast a wider net.

Hailed as "the Sundance of Musical Theatre," The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) exists to revitalize one of America�s greatest art forms by discovering, supporting and promoting new musical theater artists, producers, and projects, and by introducing a diverse audience to the vibrancy of contemporary musical theater. Since its inception in 2004, the three-week annual festival has premiered more than 130 new musicals � many of which have gone on to award-winning productions in New York, in regional theaters and on tour in 38 states, and nine countries worldwide. NYMF 2004 hit Altar Boyz has played well over 1,000 performances off-Broadway and is now in its fourth year at New World Stages; fellow NYMF alum [title of show] recently began performances at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway.

Widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery, NYMF is the flagship program of The National Music Theater Network, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and is presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, Production Resource Group and TheaterMania.com, and is supported by amNewYork, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com, Frank & Camille's Fine Pianos, HX Magazine, Jossip.com, King Displays, Manhattan Movemen t & Arts Center, Metromix.com, The New York Blade, Next Magazine, Panasonic Astrovision, Queerty.com, Tekserve, TheMENEvent, VOGA Italia, and The Zipper Factory. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Festival memberships are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.nymf.org or by calling (212) 352-3101; single tickets go on sale on September 1. For more information, visit www.nymf.org.

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