Listen To Your Mother 2018 - Evening Show
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Listen To Your Mother 2018 - Evening Show

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER (“LTYM”)

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR), co-directors/producers Deborah Goldstein, Brooke Lefferts, and Sandy Rustin will present The Listen To Your Mother Show on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at The Woodland in Maplewood, NJ. This 5th Annual North Jersey production will have performances at 3pm & 7pm.

Listen to Your Mother is a national series of original live readings about motherhood, presented across the United States with the mission of taking the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates motherhood (in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor) in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors. (www.listentoyourmothershow.com). 

The 2018 Cast includes NJ writers, Amanda Eigen, Adam Epstein, Jen Gregory, Kim Kassnove, Tina Kelley, Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, Brooke Lefferts, Mary Tautin Moloney, Rosemary Ostmann, Dorri Ramati, Emily Regas, Krista Ruhe, and Amy Salomon.

There will be a sign language interpreter at the 3:00 PM show. Please email Midtown Direct Rep at middirrep@gmail.com to arrange for seats in direct view of the interpreter. 

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Listen To Your Mother 2018 - Matinee
Apr
28
3:00 PM15:00

Listen To Your Mother 2018 - Matinee

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER (“LTYM”)

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR), co-directors/producers Deborah Goldstein, Brooke Lefferts, and Sandy Rustin will present The Listen To Your Mother Show on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at The Woodland in Maplewood, NJ. This 5th Annual North Jersey production will have performances at 3pm & 7pm.

Listen to Your Mother is a national series of original live readings about motherhood, presented across the United States with the mission of taking the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates motherhood (in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor) in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors. (www.listentoyourmothershow.com). 

The 2018 Cast includes NJ writers, Amanda Eigen, Adam Epstein, Jen Gregory, Kim Kassnove, Tina Kelley, Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, Brooke Lefferts, Mary Tautin Moloney, Rosemary Ostmann, Dorri Ramati, Emily Regas, Krista Ruhe, and Amy Salomon.

There will be a sign language interpreter at the 3:00 PM show. Please email Midtown Direct Rep at middirrep@gmail.com to arrange for seats in direct view of the interpreter. 

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NATURAL SHOCKS by Lauren Gunderson
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

NATURAL SHOCKS by Lauren Gunderson

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) is delighted to announce an added free event to its 2017-18 staged reading series, Theater at The Woodland, with a presentation of NATURAL SHOCKS by Lauren Gunderson, a reading of a one-woman play featuring Monette Magrath, directed by Marni Raab. This reading will be performed one night only on Friday, April 20 at 8:00 pm at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd. Maplewood, NJ), where MDR is the resident theater company. The reading is free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite by clicking HERE. It is also possible to purchase a tax-deductible sponsor ticket for $35 or more to help offset MDR’s direct costs.  

MDR’s presentation of NATURAL SHOCKS is part of an ambitious national campaign of theater activism against gun violence with free readings of this new play taking place across the country April 19-23, 2018, marking the 19th anniversary of Columbine and the day of the National School Walkout organized by the student activists in Parkland, Florida. Midtown Direct Rep will encourage and collect donations for the NJ chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which is also a beneficiary of MDR’s upcoming annual event Listen To Your Mother on April 28 at 3pm and 7pm at The Woodland.

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Meet Me In Dreamland by Cheri Steinkellner
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Meet Me In Dreamland by Cheri Steinkellner

Midtown Direct Rep presents a reading of MEET ME IN DREAMLAND by Cheri Steinkellner based on a concept by Jean Houston directed by Janeece Freeman Clark. 

What happens when three extraordinary career women are magically whisked from their respective microphones into an otherworldly space? Don’t miss this zany musical journey into the minds and hearts of three accomplished women in search of what unites them. 

About the Playwright: Cheri Steinkellner

Cheri Steinkellner has earned Four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Writers Guild, People’s Choice, Parents’ Choice, World Animation Award and the British BAFTA for writing and producing television’s Cheers and Disney’s Teacher’s Pet with her husband, Bill. Cheri received her first Tony nomination for Sister Act the Musical, and is an Ovation nominee and Indy award winner for book and lyrics for Hello! My Baby (with Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Eubie Blake, and many more).  Other TV: The Jeffersons, Who’s the Boss? Family Ties, The Facts of Life, Bob (Newhart), Hope and Gloria. Other stage includes the comedy Our Place, musicals Princesses, Jailbirds on Broadway, and Mosaic (off-Broadway), and InstaPlay, L.A.s original and longest-running all-improvised musical. 

Cheri teaches writing at Stanford University and UCSB, studies Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and directs award-winning high school theatre productions in Kenosha, WI and Santa Barbara, CA where she and Bill live and raised their three favorite writers/artists/children: Kit, Teddy, and Emma.

About: Jean Houston

Jean Houston is a visionary thinker, teacher, and philosopher who pioneered in the Human Potential Movement and established the Social Artistry leaderships model that she used in her work with the United Nations Development program. Over the course of her life’s work, Houston has developed a worldwide network of social leaders, educators, and philosophers including Joseph Campbell, Margaret Mead, Buckminster Fuller, Jonas Salk, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, giving her unique insight into the human potential. Houston has worked with agencies of the United Nations, NASA, and many others. She is the author of nearly thirty books.

About the Director: Janeece Freeman Clark

For several years, Janeece could be seen as Miss Molly on PBS’s Emmy Award winning children’s television series: Dittydoodle Works. Her theater credits include: Broadway: Urinetown the Musical (Little Becky). Off Broadway: The Ark (Egyptus), Africa Plumbridge (Africa), and A Band of Angels (Ella). Regional: Footloose (Rusty), Godspell (Joanne), The Wiz (Dorothy), Smokey Joe’s Café (Brenda), Ain't Misbehavin (Charlayne), Constant Star (Ida.B.Wells), and A Midnight Star (Lila). Janeece is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Musical Theater, Voice Performance and Music Education). Directing credits include: Everything Is Fine Until It’s Not, which debuted at NY’s Fringe Festival to rave reviews, was a sold-out run, and the fastest selling show in NY’s Fringe Festival history; A Night In New Orleans (the story of a young Louis Armstrong), which premiered to critical acclaim at New Jersey Performing Arts Center;  A Portrait of Ray, a musical about the legendary Ray Charles, which had it’s Off Broadway debut in 2016 at Symphony Space, and was presented at Symphony Hall as a part of the 2016 Newark 350 Celebration. Other directing credits include: Oklahoma, Hairspray, West Side Story, The Wiz, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aida, Annie, Into the Woods, Tarzan, Seussical, and the Music Man.

Janeece is in residence at New Jersey Performing Arts Center where she's a leader in  the Musical Theater Department, and has worked with Musical Director Ray Chew (American Idol) and Musical Director Seth Rudetsky (Seth’s Big Fat Broadway.)  Through a partnership with the Johnny Mercer Foundation and NJPAC, Janeece assisted in writing and implementing the curriculum for a Musical Theater Writing program that takes place in Urban Neighborhoods throughout New Jersey.  Janeece runs a private vocal studio in the town South Orange, NJ where she resides with her family. She is an active member of Midtown Direct Repertory Theater where she regularly performs in and directs readings of new plays.

About the Cast

Ami Brabson

Ami Brabson has had recurring roles in a number of television shows. She frequently appeared as Mary Pembleton in HOMICIDE: Life on the Streets. Ms. Brabson played Allison Trivas, a recurrring character in THE JURY, another Barry Levinson/Tom Fontana production. Other TV credits include LAW & ORDER SVUDAMAGESUNFORGETTABLE, LAW & ORDER, THE BEAT, WONDERLAND and various Soap Operas.

Brabson's stage credits include the one-woman show, PHENOMENAL WOMEN, upcoming performance dates: Montclair State University, April 14th, 2018.

Other stage credits include the New York Premiere of TOUGH TITTY by Oni Faida Lampley. Some of her favorite regional theater roles are Faye in Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW, Quilly in John Henry Redwood's THE OLD SETTLER and Rose in August Wilson's FENCES.

Ms. Brabson is an accomplished soprano and cabaret singer. She has performed at New York City venues as varied as Merken Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Room and Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar. Ms. Brabson received her MFA from the NYU/Tisch Graduate School of Acting. amibrabson.com

Maria Eberline

Maria made her Broadway debut in Wicked, understudying the roles of Elphaba and Nessarose. Other credits include: National/International Tours of WickedFame, Grease, and Evita. Regional credits include: Jekyll and Hyde, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, andOnce Upon a Mattress directed by Carol Burnett. TV/film credits: Unforgettable, Falling, 12 Steps to Recovery. Proud performing arts teacher at KIPP Bold Academy, and even prouder mom of nine-year-old Nate!

Danielle Ferland 

Danielle Ferland is an actor/teacher/director/playwright. Broadway: All My Sons, A Year With Frog and Toad, The Crucible, A Little Hotel on the Side (National Actors Theater), A Little Night Music (City Opera), created the role of Little Red Ridinghood in the original Broadway production of Into the Woods (Theatre World Award and Drama Desk nomination), Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway: New Girl in Town, She Stoops to Conquer, and The Streets of New York (Irish Rep), Engaged (Theatre for a New Audience), Tartuffe (New York Shakespeare Festival), How I Learned to Drive (Century and Vineyard Theatres), Uncommon Women and Others (Lucille Lortel). Select Regional Theater: Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Baltimore Center Stage and Westport Country Playhouse), The School for Husbands (Westport Country Playhouse) Film: Slippery Slope, Sam the Man, Mighty Aphrodite (Woody Allen, dir.) and Radio Days (Woody Allen, dir.) TV: Emmy and Golden Globe winner The Normal Heart for HBO (Estelle), The Good Wife (CBS), Law and Order SVU (NBC), Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central) Rescue Me (FX), The Education of Max Bickford (CBS).

Josephine Rose Roberts (Stage Directions)

Josephine is best known for her hair, dirty mouth, and is often seen riding her tiny bicycle around South Orange while smoking an e-cigarette. Claims to fame include playing “Regina” in Broadway's Rock of Ages and “Reno Who” in Broadway's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. If you have children, you've probably unwittingly invited Josephine  into your home via PBS KIDS The Electric Company as “Lottie”, a cute dancing alien. She thinks her boyfriend, Matt, is definitely her better half (she just doesn't want to conform to societal norms) and her dog is the manifestation of all that is good, beautiful and at times, mysterious in the world. www.JosephineRoseRoberts.com

Stage Managed by Jennifer Tardibuono

Tickets Available Here!

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Auditions for Listen to Your Mother
Feb
10
to Feb 12

Auditions for Listen to Your Mother

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER 2018 AUDITIONS

Do you have something to say about MOTHERHOOD?

Join the movement that Gives Motherhood a Microphone!

The 5th annual North Jersey LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show, sponsored by Midtown Direct Rep, is coming to THE WOODLAND on Saturday, April 28th at 3:00 & 7:00 PM.

EVERYONE is invited to audition!

Adults & Young Adults of All Genders! Parents & Non-Parents! Share your story if you are a mother or have a mother or have something to say about motherhood!

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:

  • Saturday, February 10th 10:00 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday, February 11th 1:00 pm – 8 pm
  • Monday, February 12th 7:00 pm – 10 pm

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT:

  • Send an email to LTYMNJ@gmail.com.
  • Put the word AUDITION in the subject line.
  • Please include FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and DATE/TIME PREFERENCES. (We will try to accommodate you.)

This is a spoken word event; so performers must come prepared to read aloud an original 3 – 5 minute piece about motherhood. ALL STORIES are welcome to celebrate motherhood in all its complexities. Hilarious, heartfelt, ridiculous, challenging … we love them all!

Commitment includes two rehearsals in the spring (TBD) and a pre-show run-through on April 28th. NO professional writing or stage experience required.

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