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“Bridge to Baraka” and “Naked Brazilian”

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Bridge to Baraka

Benefiting: Frank Silvera Writers Workshop
Produced by Twinbiz
Written by Yvette X (aka Yvette Heyliger)
Lighting and Sound operated by Larry Ramsey

Against all odds and emboldened by the 1960’s Black Arts Movement, Yvette X comes to terms with her politically-incorrect ancestry and stakes a claim as a dramatists in the American Theatre.

Genre: African-American Issues, American Politics, Drama, Play, Poetry, Solo Performance

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This production features previous Planet Connections Award Winners:

Yvette Heyliger’s White House Wives: Operation Lysistrata!” was nominated for nine 2011 PCTF awards, winning three: Planet Activist Award (Yvette Heyliger), Outstanding Book, Lyrics, Music or Play With Music (Yvette Heyliger and Larry Farrow) and Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play With Music (Pamela Jusino).

YVETTE HEYLIGER, Playwright/Yvette X, is an award-winning playwright, director and producing artist. After devoting many years to writing plays for others to perform, this is Heyliger’s first one-woman show. It was presented in Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Winter One-Act Play Competition in January 2012. Prior to that, Heyliger performed an excerpt of Bridge to Baraka in the 2011 Tribecca Performing Arts Center’s Writers in Performance directed by Mario Giacalone. As an alumna, she performed her original poetry in Writers in Performance in 2008. Bridge to Baraka was conceived and developed in the 2010 Uptown/Downtown performing artist’s workshop led by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Field and Harlem Arts Alliance. Heyliger’s acclaimed play with music, What Would Jesus Do?, swept the 2010 AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre, winning seven awards including Dramatic Production of the Year for the producer, Billie Holiday Theatre Audience Awards, and the August Wilson Playwright Award for Heyliger. Her play White House Wives: Operation Lysistrata! was presented in Planet Connections Theatre Festivity last summer, winning Outstanding Play With Music. The National Black Theatre Festival has presented three of Heyliger’s plays, What Would Jesus Do?, Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent, and Autobiography of A Homegirl. Hillary and Monica: The Winter of Her Discontent was produced at Gloucester Stage Company before it was presented at The Midtown International Theatre Festival. Her acclaimed plays, What Would Jesus Do? and Autobiography of A Homegirl, were premiered at the Hollywood Court Theatre in Los Angeles. Heyliger was honored with an NAACP Theatre Award nomination for “Best Playwright” for Autobiography of A Homegirl, and excerpts are published in Smith and Kraus’ The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2003 and The Best Stage Scenes 2003. A new anthology of her plays entitled, What A Piece of Work Is Man!: Plays for Leading Women, is due out in 2012. Heyliger is an advocate for parity for women theatre artists.

LARRY FARROW, Composer, has most recently composed/arranged music for Heyliger’s White House Wives: Operation Lysistrata! for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, which earned him an award for Outstanding Play With Music. He was the composer/arranger/musical director for Heyliger’s, What Would Jesus Do? which won Dramatic Production of the Year at the 2010 AUDELCO Recognition Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre. Farrow composed Fanfare for the Caregivers, a 2010 Memorial Day Tribute broadcast live from our Nation’s Capital introduced by Colin Powell and performed by Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, the National Symphony Orchestra and Navy Sea Chanters. Farrow and partner, Robert Marcus, are shopping a new musical, Jeez! Farrow (Piano Man Productions) was nominated for “Best Producer” at the Los Angeles NAACP Theater Awards for WWJD’s world premiere. Added to the A-List of American Composers and Arrangers by the National Repertoire & Standards Committee, Farrow made his “Pops” debut as composer/conductor with the San Francisco Symphony and has conducted for a number of major orchestras and legendary artists including Harry Belafonte, Nancy Wilson, Bill Cosby and the Jackson Five. Farrow is a two-time double-platinum and a gold record songwriter, composer and producer.

This is what “Bridge to Baraka” is doing for their charity:

“Will write a grant for Frank Silvera Writers Workshop; will attend workshops sessions as a guest artist; will promote FSWW in playbill and pre-show announcements.”

Naked Brazilian

Benefiting: United Nations Environment Programme
Written and Performed by Gustavo Pace
Directed by Lou Liberatore
Graphics Designed by Rodrigo Prieto

“Dad says, be a lawyer
I say, be a clown
What’s a boy to do?
(father doesn’t always know best)

Struggling against his father’s wishes to become a lawyer, a young man journeys from Rio to NYC to fulfill his own dreams to become a clown.”

Genre: Cabaret, Clown Show, Comedy, International Production, LGBT Issues, Solo Performance, Variety Show

Gustavo Pace Estefen is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is an actor, writer, performer, singer. A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY, he also studied at Conservatory, Curso Profissionalizante de Ator – Casa de Artes de Laranjeiras (Professional Theater Course for Actors), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Neutral Mask, Clown and Lecoq workshops, Movement Theater Studio, NYC. Physical Comedy, Mime/ Clown and Commedia Dell Art. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree from the Law School at Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He performed in Waiting for Godot (Estragon) and King Lear(Clown) at Place of Arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He performed his original material at Whoa Variety Show at Triskelion Arts and Tinydangerounsfun in Sycamore, Gotham Comedy Club, was part of a off off Broadway comedy show. He performed at Tribeca Performing Arts in ”Writers in Performance”. He is excited to create a new show with the award-winning writer/performer Slash Coleman.

Lou Liberatore, As Actor: Broadway: BURN THIS (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations), AS IS. Off-Broadway/Regional: Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, the Lark, Naked Angels, Circle Repertory Company, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, CENTERSTAGE, Two River Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, the Alley, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf and on London’s West End. TV/Film: The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie, Sex and the City; Law & Order; “It’s My Party”,others. As Director: UN-SILENCED (Midtown International Theatre Festival), Water with Lemon (TV Pilot). Education: Fordham University (Lincoln Center), William Esper. Member: Circle Repertory Company (1984-1996), Ensemble Studio Theatre.

This is what “Naked Brazilian” is doing for their charity:

“We will be writing about United Nations Environment Programme in our program and will be hosting a benefit for them in the Festivity Lounge.”

$18 General Admission
$9.00 for Film/Music Participants
FREE for Theatre Festivity Participants

Tuesday 6/5/12 – 6:00pm = Performance #1
Friday 6/8/12 – 8:30pm = Performance #2
Sunday 6/10/12 – 4:00pm = Performance #3
Sunday 6/17/12 – 3:00pm = Performance #4

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90 minutes

At Bleecker Street Theatre (Downstairs)
45 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
Conveniently located near:
Bleecker St (4 & 6)
Broadway – Lafayette St (B, D, F, M)
Prince St (N, R)

This is what the artists collectively did to create an eco-friendly production!

Promoting walking, biking and public transportation to and from rehearsals, auditions and performances., Sourcing materials from organizations that either benefit charity or reduce/reuse waste (e.g. Materials for the Arts, Build-It-Green, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.), Committing to sharing/borrowing materials vs. than purchasing new ones., Recycling design elements from previous productions., Properly disposing of scenery, costumes, and props by donating, reusing and recycling where possible., Using minimal design elements., Will not purchase any new items., Maximize use of practical lighting., Adopting green habits outside of working on the show., Encourage promotion of energy efficient lighting and turn out the lights when not in use., Promoting the use of reusable water bottles, cups, plates, utensils etc., Properly recycle paper, bottles and other items., Reducing printing of script via sharing scripts, adding supplemental script pages or writing in changes when applicable., Printing double-sided, Printing on recycled paper., Encouraging online communication for the artists and reducing the amount of printed communications., Using soy-based inks for the printing of postcards and other marketing materials., Encouraging online communication for the use of audition materials, welcome packets, press packets, and any other correspondence with industry., Utilizing paperless marketing tools (e.g. website, blogs, facebook, twitter and email)., Using an online playbill, Recycling/re-using playbills/Festibills, Recycling/re-using tickets, Designing a one sheet, double-sided playbill., Printing playbills and postcards on recycled paper., Set/costumes and/or props exclusively using re-purposed or recycled material, All costumes will be donated after the production. , Virtual set design – use of film projection to create virtual dramatic world., Avoiding materials with heavy fragrances or harsh chemicals.

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