Blessed Unrest's PLATONOV at the New Ohio, February - March 2018
I'm delighted to return to my Blessed Unrest family for a brand new translation and adaptation of Chekhov's Platonov. With an ensemble of six and teaming up again with director Jessica Burr, I will be playing the roles of Sofya and Osip. Details below!
Gruff! The Musical Cast Album, November 2017
The cast album for Gruff! The Musical is now available! Give a listen below. Gruff! is an interactive, family-friendly reinvention of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, which calls audiences to action in the fight against climate change. I was lucky enough to be a part of it last spring. My character Mavis, an elderly goat, is featured the most in tracks (2) Nothing Could Stop Us and (6) Trip Trop Trio, but the whole album is a treat. I absolutely loved recording this, and I hope you enjoy these delightful tunes as much as I do.
Cannibal Galaxy: a love story Fundraiser, November 2017
Jenn Haltman and I are beyond thrilled to be in pre-production for our next project with Between Two Boroughs: Cannibal Galaxy: a love story by Charise Greene. An Ensemble Studio Theatre Sloan finalist, Cannibal Galaxy: a love story was developed by Fault Line Theatre at Xavier University, where the world premiere was produced in September of 2017 (to rave reviews!) prior to our planned New York premiere in 2018.
We believe that art is a powerful tool for change, and given our country’s current climate of violence, we are eager to bring people together and reflect upon what has become a national epidemic. The recent tragedy in Las Vegas only further underscores our need to produce this play. With each violent act that occurs on our soil, we are reminded how terrifyingly important it is to tell this story right now.
In order to do this play justice and share it with a New York audience, we are fundraising via Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization through which we are now fiscally sponsored. This means we can receive tax-deductible donations! Please view our fundraising video, and consider making a contribution today!
Westport Country Playhouse's Romeo & Juliet, November 2017
I'm making my Westport Country Playhouse debut in the ensemble of Romeo & Juliet directed by Mark Lamos. Details can be found here.
Brontosaurus Haircut's Convention, September 2017
On September 25th, I had the honor of performing in Danny Rocco's new play, Convention, directed by Shannon Fillion. It was a one night only performance at the Linda Gross Theater presented through the Evening Conservatory at Atlantic Theater Company. It was produced there back in July, and they were given the opportunity to remount it, now with an Act II. The play is about the 1944 Democratic National Convention, includes a company of 40 actors, and is a surround-sound experience with scenes happening all throughout the space. At the same time. I played Robert W. Kenny, Attorney General of California. The house was packed, the performance was such a thrill, and I truly hope there's a future for this brilliant, innovative play.
Sharon Playhouse's The Music Man, August 2017
I'm eager to spend my summer up in Sharon, CT to perform in The Music Man at Sharon Playhouse. I'll be playing Alma Hix, a traveling saleswoman, and more. Directed by Morgan Green, the story of a conman who warms his way into the heart of small town America has never been more relevant. Celebrate the 60th anniversary of this classic show by joining us in August. Here's the press release.
Unquowa Rep's Big River, June 2017
After Gruff! the Musical came to a close, I dove right into rehearsals for Big River. This is Unquowa Repertory's inaugural production, starring the winner of "The Voice" Season 1, Javier Colon. I'll be wearing multiple hats playing Miss Watson, Ben Rogers, and Joanna Wilkes. We threw this whole thing together in two weeks, and the cast is absolutely stellar. If you've been craving some bluegrass, country, or gospel music, you gotta hear these musicians. Check out the press release here.
Doppelskope's Gruff! the Musical, April - May, 2017
I'm so psyched to be a part of Doppelskope's NYC premiere of Gruff!, an interactive, family-friendly reinvention of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, which calls audiences to action in the fight against climate change. It's packed with puppetry, physical comedy, magical laser effects, and catchy songs. So if you've ever wanted to see me play an elderly goat or puppeteer a troll in a musical about environmental sustainability, the time is now. Check us out at the PIT on Sundays in April and May. Full details below!
Gruff! the Musical
Concept and Text by Ora Fruchter and Chris Scheer
Music by Toby Singer
Directed by Ora Fruchter
Sunday, April 9 @ 5pm
Sundays, April 16-30, May 7-28 @ 2pm
The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
123 East 24th Street, NYC
TDF Performeteria with Blessed Unrest, March 2017
I'm very excited to be performing with Blessed Unrest at TDF's first PERFORMETERIA, an immersive festival featuring unique, site-specific works from the most innovative Off-Off Broadway theatre and dance companies in New York City. Blessed Unrest is sharing a sneak peek of a new adaptation of The Snow Queen. Pick an entry time, grab a building map, and see as many 10-minute performances from 10 different companies as you'd like. March 20th and 24th only. $9 tickets. Details below!
Theatre Development Fund
TDF's first-ever immersive festival with performances from the most innovative
Off-Off Broadway theatre and dance companies in NYC
Featuring a selection from Blessed Unrest's new adaptation of The Snow Queen
Adapted by Matt Opatrny, Directed and Choreographed by Jessica Burr
Monday, March 20th and Friday, March 24th
Four staggered entry times per night: 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue @ 25th Street, NYC
Let's See Hamilton! Web Series, February 2017
Blessed Unrest's A Christmas Carol was a hit!, December 2016
Happy New Year! As we ring in 2017, here's a quick wrap-up on A Christmas Carol. The reviews were raves, and audiences loved this unique take on the classic tale of Scrooge. Check out the scoop on BroadwayWorld or Blogcritics or TheaterScene to name a few. Plus, TimeOut listed us in their Top 20 most promising Off-Off Broadway shows. Visit my Press page for some shout-outs for yours truly, and here's a teaser video. I will miss this show and this cast and crew terribly. Onto the next one!
A Christmas Carol and Blessed Unrest Announcement, November 2016
Happy Thanksgiving weekend, friends! I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be making my Blessed Unrest debut in A Christmas Carol next month at The New Ohio Theatre. I also was recently accepted into their "Train Gang." The company trains together on a monthly basis to strengthen the ensemble and experiment with methods of creating new material.
The details for Carol are below. Six actors play 37 characters in this dark retelling of the Dickens classic (a few of mine include Fred, Fan, a Spirit, a Scavenger, and none other than Tiny Tim). Come join us at the New Ohio, and get in the holiday spirit!
A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Matt Opatrny from the story by Charles Dickens
Directed and Choreographed by Jessica Burr
December 21-31, 2016
The New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher Street, #1E, NYC
What Dreams May Co.'s King Lear, December 2016
What Dreams May Co. & Queens Shakespeare
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Emily C. A. Snyder
December 8-17, 2016
(Thurs-Sat @ 7pm, Sat @ 2pm)
John DeSotelle Studios
300 W 43rd St, 3rd Floor, NYC
See Facebook event for full details. Buy tickets here.
Enter the code GONERIL when you buy tickets online or mention it when you buy at the door,
and I'll receive a portion of the revenue. Thanks in advance!
Connecticut Free Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, August 2016
I'll be getting a bit of a break from city life this August as I'll be out in Stratford, CT rehearsing for Connecticut Free Shakespeare's production of The Taming of the Shrew. The director, Ellen Lieberman, actually gave me one of my first professional jobs nine years ago (a national tour of Cyrano de Bergerac with National Theatre for Arts & Education). And now she's helping me reach another milestone -- officially becoming EMC. I'm eager to get those first few points by being a part of this ensemble and understudying Kate. If you find yourself in Stratford this summer, come picnic and catch some free Shakespeare!
Connecticut Free Shakespeare presents
The Taming of the Shrew
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Ellen Lieberman
August 17-21, 2016
(Wed-Sun @ 8pm)
The American Shakespeare Theater
1850 Elm Street, Stratford, CT
Tickets are free! Picnics and chairs are welcome.
More details can be found here.
The Fishbowl Collective InstaConcert 4.0, February 2016
Today was The Fishbowl Collective's fourth installment of the InstaConcert, a night of rough drafts. Participants rehearse no more than 4-6 hours and present a piece at Shetler Studios. Scene work, dance, music, sketch, you name it. This year my producing partner Jenn Haltman and I put up a scene from Keely and Du written by Jane Martin. We are currently in the process of selecting on our next production, so this was a great opportunity to try it on this play for a bit. We were joined by the uber-talented Spencer Aste who worked on Summertime with us and the divine Charise Greene.
The Night Owl Players's U.S. Drag, January 2016
From January 14th through the 23rd, I will be performing in U.S. Drag, a play by Gina Gionfriddo. In the Ensemble track, I'm rounding out the eight-person cast and playing six different roles. You can find all of the details below:
The Night Owl Players present
by Gina Gionfriddo
Directed by Jill Pettigrew
January 14-23, 2016 (Tues-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 6pm)
380 Broadway (btwn White and Walker St)
$15 tickets are available for purchase here.
5 Senses Theatre's Three Sisters, November 2015
Next week I will be playing Natasha in a production of Three Sisters written by Anton Chekhov and adapted by Daniel Craig Adams and Jon Nutter. Below are all of the details:
5 Senses Theatre presents
by Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Daniel Craig Adams and Jon Nutter
Directed by Daniel Craig Adams
November 19-21st, 2015 (Thurs-Sat @ 8pm, Sat @ 3pm)
The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
104 W 14th St (btwn 6th and 7th Ave)
Get your $10 tickets here. $15 at the door.
Facebook event here.
HOWL Writer's Block Festival, September 2015
I was excited to be a part of a reading of "Roe Vs. Wade" by Sarah Schulman and directed by Niegel Smith for the HOWL Writer's Block Festival in the East Village. Big thanks to Casting Director Jenn Haltman, who worked her magic to bring 22 actors (!) together to read the piece.
The Commuters, August 2015
This weekend I'm participating in "Across a Crowded Room," a presentation of nine twenty-minute musicals written this summer in the musical theatre writing workshop hosted by The Library for the Performing Arts. The piece is called "The Commuters, Or, A Cautionary Tale About the Port Authority," and I'm playing the role of Carol, a creepy statue that comes to life in...you guessed it -- Port Authority. I'm eager to support the work of Gil Varod, Caleb Damschroder, and Kit Goldstein Grant.
Summertime Conclusion, May 2015
Summertime was a beautiful dream, and I'm so proud of what we shared at the Gowanus Loft this month. It was such a pleasure to work with this brilliant cast and creative team, not to mention the joy of getting to do a stumble-through for Chuck Mee himself. If that's not a career highlight, I don't know what is. For reviews and more info on the run of Summertime, visit Between Two Boroughs Productions here. For production photos, click here.
Summertime Fundraiser Goes Live!, March 2015
After a wonderfully successful run of Theresa Rebeck's The Understudy last spring, I am thrilled to announce my next project. Under our new company name, Between Two Boroughs Productions, Director Jenn and Haltman and I will be presenting Summertime by Charles L. Mee at Gowanus Loft in Brooklyn, NY from May 7-17.
I've been a fan of Chuck's since I first saw his work back in college. This past November, Jenn and I had the opportunity to have brunch with him, and my brain practically exploded. He's been so supportive of our plans, and it was actually thanks to his suggestion that we found the beautiful Gowanus Loft.
Like last year, in order to raise the needed funds, we have launched an Indiegogo campaign. I encourage you to check it out! There you'll find our teaser video which you can also view below.
The Fishbowl Collective InstaConcert 3.0, January 2015
The Fishbowl Collective presented its third and incredibly successful InstaConcert. With no more than four hours of rehearsal and one minimal tech, TFC members create, rehearse, and perform brand new work over the course of one weekend including dance, scene work, music, playwrighting, etc. In addition to running the evening with Executive Director Courtney Romano Hanson, I performed in the opening scene of Charles Mee's Summertime as Tessa in preparation for our full production this spring.
Orchestra Presentation, December 2014
I was honored to be a part of the launch party for Brontosaurus Haircut Productions, LLC, established by director Shannon Fillion and playwright Danny Mitarotondo, where we presented scenes from Orchestra. Alumni of the Columbia University graduate program, Shannon and Danny have developed The Score Technique™, a new approach to contemporary playwrighting, which "uses the fundamental principles of sheet music composition to capture the nuance of an actor's voice and unite the entire creative team of a play...in critically timing an imagined world." In order to achieve this, Danny interviews and records an actor and then writes a character with that actor's voice in mind. In other words, the character speaks with the same cadence, syntax, etc. I was excited to be the first non-Columbia student involved with this project, and having a role specifically written not just for me, but for my voice, was thrilling. I look forward to what's to come, both with Orchestra and Brontosaurus Haircut Productions!
The Understudy Performances, May 2014
In three short weeks, The Understudy will go up at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, Queens! The play runs from May 28 through June 1. I am playing Roxanne and also serving as Lead Producer on the project. Buy your tickets here!
And in the meantime, you can check out the video we shot to thank our generous donors for making our Indiegogo campaign so successful.
The Understudy Campaign, March 2014
I am so excited to announce that I am producing and appearing in a production of The Understudy, a play by Theresa Rebeck. The show goes up at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, Queens from May 28 through June 1. The fundraising campaign launched today! Check out the Indiegogo page here, and enjoy the teaser video posted below.
Becca on Broadway Blog, January 2014
Want to read my reviews, tips, and thoughts on New York theatre? Be sure to venture over to my blog at http://beccaonbroadway.com.
The Fishbowl Collective Cabaret, December 2013
Muhlenberg College hosted a donor reception for The Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Society in New York City on December 12th. The evening featured a cabaret performance by members of The Fishbowl Collective in addition to a Q&A panel. I served as the Musical Director and piano accompanist for the event. Check out a video clip here!
The Fishbowl Collective InstaConcert 2.0, October 2013
On October 12th, The Fishbowl Collective presented its second InstaConcert. With no more than four hours of rehearsal and one minimal tech, TFC members created, rehearsed, and performed brand new work over the course of one weekend including dance, scene work, music, playwrighting, etc.
I performed in a scene from Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy as Roxanne in addition to an original piece written by a member of the Collective.
Causality Performance, August 2013
The New Light Theater Project offers a Dark Room series, a monthly event featuring works-in-progress. A 20-minute excerpt of Causality was presented at The New Theater on 45th Street in August as part of this series.
The Fishbowl Collective Founded, December 2012
On December 3rd, alumni from Muhlenberg College gathered together and formed The Fishbowl Collective. This Collective serves primarily as a resource for current and future alumni to network and develop new work.
Mission Statement --
Founded by a group of Muhlenberg College graduates, The Fishbowl Collective is a network of New York City-based performance artists and entertainment industry professionals whose mission is to create, connect, and build a safe and positive environment in which members can share their visions and take artistic risks. Our goal is to:
a) Create new opportunities for development through the resourceful connections of Muhlenberg alumni in order to manifest meaningful, valuable, and profitable work in the arts;
b) Bridge the connection between New York City alumni and current Muhlenberg students thereby offering a practical resource for students transitioning into their professional lives;
c) Compile our collective talents to connect with one another and other industry professionals who want to develop and support our work;
d) Offer a platform for members to showcase and promote current and upcoming projects; and
e) Make the consciousness, clarity, and vision gained at Muhlenberg a more profound part of our future work.
No Fear Shakespeare’s Richard III, November 2012
Despite the two-week run being slightly interrupted by Hurricane Sandy, Richard III had a successful run at the 4th Street Theatre in October and November of 2012. It was the premiere of a No Fear Shakespeare production. I played Lady Anne.