NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD READINGS SERIES
For 35 years, Pulitzer Prize winning THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY has nurtured hundreds of playwrights through its EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS PROGRAM. In June, 2006, we launched NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD, a play reading series designed to serve our audiences and writers even better. Curated by Michael Scott-Price, TNC Literary Manager, NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD will provide a hearing for worthy plays in earlier stages of Development. Audiences will get the opportunity to provide feedback, and artists will gain valuable insight from audience response. Be sure to check http://www. theaterforthenewcity.net/ for details about upcoming readings. Please join us!
NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD READINGS:
Next Reading Monday, February 20th at 7:00pm
Wine and Cheese. COME EAT AND DRINK WITH US AND MEET THE WRITER!
Suggested Contribution: $5
by FRED CRECCA
This reading presentation is directed by Rick Mowat Young Billy Ray, a talented musician from the boonies, brash, charismatic, makes his mark in the colorful New York be-bop jazz years of the late 40’s, playing alongside the jazz giants of that time. Years later, dissatisfied with living out of a suitcase, and encountering racism heaped upon his black colleagues, he switches careers to the Broadway musical scene by writing, producing and directing his own award winning musical Off Bʼway. His show is badly panned by a powerful NY Times reviewer with whom heʼs had differences. Disillusioned, Billyʼs high living life style, including a multitude of adoring ladies eventually leads to drink, drugs and despair. Doris, his main squeeze through all these years remains with him to the end.
Cast (in alpha order)
Stacey J. Dotson
The directions reader is Mary Keefe
Fred Creccaʼs experiences as a special ed teacher, a cab driver, a bartender and
a U.S. Army veteran, inform his plays, including a Drama League award for FAST
SHUFFLE and a nomination for his play LACY. Performed works include the
ARTHUR MURRAY TAUGHT ME DANCING IN A HURRY; TUXEDO
JUNCTION; the BARFLYʼS TRILOGY : RYE ʻN GINGER; DOUBLE STOLI;
TANQUERAY; THE DEADLY DANCE , Fredʼs new adapted version of August
Strindbergʼs classic play The Dance of Death was produced by the Strindberg
Rep in 2014 in NYC. Workshop productions are PARTNERS; EENIE MEENIE
MINEY MOE; PHOMPH!!!; SAMMYʼS LAST CALL; CODA (for Freddie Blue).
Fred is a graduate of NYUʼs Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program
and has a BFA from Columbia. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a
founding member of DQT. His play BILL: A Rakeʼs Tale (now titled THE CUT was
developed in the DQT Playwrights/Directors Lab 2011-12 at Theatre for the New
City, and workshopped at the SoHo Playhouse Huron Club in 2012.
Award winning filmmaker Rick Mowat, recently won Best Director for his first feature A Cat’s Tale. Graduating from The Juilliard School, Rick’s experience as a professional actor, writer and performer have evolved into a specialty combining directing, writing, and producing with editing. His award-winning short films include The Meet, Marty Learns To Drive and Hanging Plant. His films have played at the Woodstock Film Festival, PBS’ Reel Thirteen, Anthology Film Archives in NYC, Woods Hole Film Festival, Lake Placid Film Festival and The Eugene International Film Festival.
Rick has also directed numerous stage productions including the award winning Can’t Cut My Head Off and the sci-fi rock musical, The Last American as well as dozens of theater productions for the Dramatic Question Theater Company, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and The Soho Playhouse. He has acted in Woody Allen’s Celebrity, Sweet and Lowdown and The Town I Love; and worked as an improvisational writer/performer including a theatrical comedy that won #1 Critics Pick by TimeOut Magazine. As a voice over actor, Rick has recorded numerous VOs including multiple voices for the soon- to-be released animated series "Danger Squad" as well as several animated books and many corporate projects. With over a decade of experience spearheading film and video in NYC, SnackPack has shot and edited over 100 corporate promo videos for such companies as Kenneth Cole, Smile Train, SaxBST, Nikon, Bovis Lend Lease, Creative Partners, ArtsBridge Boston and the College Board and he has edited hundreds of reels including Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. He and his partner Paula Landry are currently set to produce their second feature film Last Pint, (based on a play by Fred Crecca) to be shot in Ireland later this year.
FUTURE NEW CITY, NEW BLOOD READINGS:
2016/2017 New City, New Blood readings season began November 2016. Submissions for the season are now ongoing.
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