Avi Amon & Nolan Doran: "Because Of You" from The Lesson
On top of the wall. Mozart’s feelings for Beethoven lock into focus. He must make a choice to leap forward - or he will be left behind. Music and Lyrics by Avi Amon & Nolan Doran Book by Ty Defoe Director: Zoey Martinson Video Edited by Zoey Martinson Mixed and Mastered by: Avi Amon & Nolan Doran Stage Manager: Kate Shelton Director of Photography: Justin King Choreography: Francesca Harper FEATURING: HEATHCLIFF SAUNDERS a Mozart MILO ALOSI as Beethoven BRADLEY DEAN as Bishop Joe
July 31 Meet the Writers
You can support our programs for our musical theatre writers at https://donorbox.org/rhinebeck-donate-now Join Founding Executive Director Kathy Evans and meet seven of this summer’s award-winning musical theatre writers who will share three musicals they developed during their week at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, plus a few songs. You’ll be among the first to hear about THE LESSON, by Avi Amon, Ty Defoe, & Nolan Dolan; THAT’S ALL FOLKS! by Noel Carey and Scott Weinstein; and MEXODUS by Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson. Bios on website at www.rhinebeckwriters.org. ***** Avi Amon, Ty Defoe, Nolan Doran, THE LESSON Synopsis: “In order to know anything, we must relearn everything…” THE LESSON is a fantastical queer reimagining of two of history’s most-loved musical titans: A revolutionary Beethoven and an established Mozart, whose paths and hearts collide in an alt-universe, futuristic Vienna. A hybrid of theater, film, concert, and dance party, THE LESSON is a meditation on the purpose of artistic expression, the control of ideas and information by the government, and the influence of family on who we are. It’s a lesson that will change their lives, and the world, forever. ****** Noel Carey & Scott Weinstein, THAT’S ALL FOLKS! Synopsis: It’s been two years since animator Mel Mars sold off his most famous cartoon character, Sly Fox. Late one night, as Mel struggles to come up with the next big idea to revitalize his flailing career, he’s interrupted by an improbable visit from his old animated friend. What started as a one-man work session devolves into a two-handed bender as the pint-sized, cartoon miscreant forces Mel to reckon with his past. Blending live theatre and animation, THAT’S ALL FOLKS! is a new musical comedy about loss and creation, childhood and death, and the healing power of art. ****** Brian Quijada & Nygel D. Robinson, MEXODUS Synopsis: Inspired by the estimated 4,000-10,000 enslaved people in the Southern part of the United States who pursued their journey to freedom into Mexico instead of looking North, this under told chapter of the Underground Railroad is an exploration of Black and brown bodies standing together against oppression, and a unique take on the American border story. ***** Lead Supporter for THE LESSON: Alex Robertson Underwriting Supporters for THAT'S ALL FOLKS!: Paul Feuerman and Bruce Grivetti Lead Supporters for MEXODUS: Rick Farrar and Jeff Zadroga Our programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Live stream produced by Adam Lenson Productions.
New York Theatre Barn's Choreography Lab Live / 5.19.21
New York Theatre Barn will present its first Choreography Lab of 2021,1 Show/3 Choreographers, on Wednesday, May 19th, at 7PM EST. Taking inspiration from theatrical television events, this lab will be streamed live from Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Emerging choreographers Tiger Brown, Kathy Liu, and Mayte Natalio, who are passionate about the development of new musicals, will each work with an ensemble of dancers to create choreography for the original musical The Lesson, written by Avi Amon, Nolan Doran (Head Over Heels), and Ty Defoe (Straight White Men), about a fantastical reimagining of a chance encounter between a revolutionary Beethoven and a more-established Mozart in Vienna in 1787. The show was featured in New York Theatre Barn’s New Works Series earlier this year. JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock, Harmony) will mentor Brown, Denis Jones (Tootsie, Honeymoon in Vegas) will mentor Liu, and Lorin Latarro (Mrs. Doubtfire, Waitress) will mentor Natalio. Performers include Tatiana Barber, Yeman Brown (Jagged Little Pill), Amelia Burkhardt, Kyle Dupree, Timothy Edwards, Jordan Fife Hunt (Emojiland), AJ Lockhart (Bring It On), Olivier Medus (Porgy and Bess), Mary Page Nance (The Great Comet, Finding Neverland), Geena Quintos (Emojiland, Soft Power), Kristin Roa, Trevor Michael Schmidt (A Chorus Line), Matthew Varvar (Joseph...Dreamcoat), Brion Marquis Watson (Hamilton), Katherine Winter and Ricardo Zayas (Head Over Heels, Hamilton). The company has again partnered with Full Out Creative who will collaborate with the choreographers to discover new ways of presenting dance for the screen, while also working with New York Theatre Barn to continue to evolve its programming and theatrical storytelling systems. All three choreographers will also join lab curator Avital Asuleen for a conversation about creating dance for the stage versus the virtual stage. Funded in part by a generous gift from the Amber Foundation. Lab Associate Producer: Victoria Crowser For more information, visit: www.nytheatrebarn.org.
New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series LIVE / 2.3.21
Now in its 14th season, New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series presents exclusive “pre-premieres” of new musicals in the early stages of development. New York Theatre Barn is keeping original live theatre alive during this unprecedented time. From our homes to yours, we are excited to share and experience the magic of live theatre in development. This installment will be a 1-hour virtual live stream which will include excerpts from two new musicals: THE LESSON (by Avi Amon, Nolan Doran and Ty Defoe) - The Lesson is a fantastical reimagining of a chance encounter between a revolutionary Beethoven and a more-established Mozart, whose worlds - and hearts - collide in Vienna in 1787. The show is set in an alternate universe that melds the future and past into an entirely new, queer, fun, and political space. A hybrid of theater, film, concert, and dance party, The Lesson is a meditation on the purpose of artistic expression, the influence of family on who we are, and the control of information and ideas by the government. NOTHING TO SEE HERE (by Bryan Blaskie and Laurie Hochman) - In the summer of 1925, the struggling town of Dayton, Tennessee hosted a trial that claimed national headlines and divided the country — the Scopes Monkey Trial, the first major anti-Evolution court case. Nothing to See Here is the story of Frank Robinson, the man who built the trial as a publicity stunt for his town, and May Robinson, his wife who longs to save her family from falling apart in a seemingly Godless town. Of course, notorious reporter H.L. Mencken is there to spin their story — and to uncover what the truth behind the trial really is. Featuring performances from Milo Alosi, Jonathan Christopher, Bradley Dean, Heath Saunders and Forest VanDyke Produced by Jen Sandler and Joe Barros DONATE at nytheatrebarn.org/give or quickly by text at 631-710-NYTB (631-710-6982)
NYTB's Choreography Lab/April 2018 - Shiloh Goodin
The Choreography Lab was created to elevate and expand the use of dance in musical theatre. It is also the only curated choreography platform where choreographers and writers collaborate to develop movement for new musicals during incubation. This is Shiloh Goodin's piece from our April 2018 New Works Lab. This piece features a song from the musical THE LESSON, which has book, music, and lyrics by Avi Amon Nolan Doran. This piece features performances by Stephanie Brooks, Milena J. Comeau, David Ferguson, Jordan Fife Hunt, Erin Lamar, Ashley Marinelli, and Morgan White. Choreography Lab Director: Avital Asuleen Associate Artistic Director: Jen Sandler Artistic Director: Joe Barros The New Works Lab focuses on bringing production numbers from never before staged musicals to life. In this lab, four choreographers workshop a production number from four different new musicals as closely to the way it would be staged in a fully realized production. Both the choreographers and writers benefit from seeing their piece staged while still in development. DONATE at nytheatrebarn.org/give or quickly by text at 631-710-NYTB (631-710-6982) The Choreography Lab is funded by a generous gift from the Amber Foundation.
Sing Tank Live - THEatre ACCELERATOR New Reality Edition - Winter 2021
Broadway meets Silicon Valley during Apples and Oranges Arts THEatre ACCELERATOR. Watch as participants from our inaugural New Reality Edition cohort pitch their musicals to friendly sharks LIVE on Sing Tank! 10:39 Super You 21:34 Guy 34:28 Keaton and the Whale 48:38 The Lesson 1:39:00 The Super 1:11:39 At the River I Stand 1:34:05 Judges Verdict ------------------------------------------------------- ABOUT APPLES AND ORANGES ------------------------------------------------------- #ApplesAndOranges At Apples and Oranges, we accelerate new and emerging stories through our THEatre ACCELERATOR program. In the New Reality Edition, storytellers explore how AR and VR can be used to help create and/or distribute their musicals. As participants in the inaugural class, teams receive cutting edge technology to assist in their experimentation and investigation along with access to some of the top professionals in the emerging field today Like what we're doing? Support our mission of Taking the Starving Out of Artist here! ► https://www.nycoc.org/donate-yt ------------------------------------------------------- FIND US ONLINE! ------------------------------------------------------- Learn more about us! ► https://www.nycoc.org Subscribe ► https://www.nycoc.org/subscribe Follow us on Twitter ► http://www.nycoc.org/twitter Follow us on Facebook ► http://www.nycoc.org/facebook