Monday, August 16, 2010

Howl Arts Project 2010 - Schedule of Events

HOWL! Arts Project and The Actors Fund present a month-long series
of theater, performance art, music, poetry, film and entertainment for
the entire family to benefit HOWL! HELP, an emergency services
assistance and health fund for East Village Artists.



This September, HOWL! Arts Project and The Actors Fund present HOWL! ARTS PROJECT 2010, a month-long series of theater, performance art, music, poetry, film, entertainment for and by kids, and much more at Theatre 80 (80 St. Marks Place). Proceeds benefit HOWL! HELP, an emergency services assistance and health fund for eligible and qualifying East Village artists, administered by The Actors Fund.

HOWL! ARTS PROJECT 2010 channels the spirit and artistic invention of its namesake poem and poet Allen Ginsberg to deliver firsthand examples of the creative, cultural, and historical forces that have made the highly original downtown arts community world renowned.

Highlights of HOWL! ARTS PROJECT 2010 include a revival of Marc Blitzstein’s THE CRADLE WILL ROCK; performances by Rosie’s Broadway Kids; the New York premiere of David Caudle’s THE SUNKEN LIVING ROOM; an all-male version of OEDIPUS REX; Joe Capozzi’s FOR PETE’S SAKE, the TWEED Fractured Classick A RAISINETTE IN THE SUNSHINE, Chris Rael’s L.E.S. Is More Music Festival; and an evening of queer spoken word, as well as new works and performances by Penny Arcade, Tammy Faye Starlite, Sahil Farooqi, Regie Cabico, Our Lady J, Greg Drozdek, Jesse Rabinowitz, Jennifer Blowdryer, Niko, Urban Word, Vangeline Theater, Tom Murrin (The Alien Comic), David Cale, Glenn Marla and Salley May, and many others.

H.E.L.P. (HOWL! EMERGENCY LIFE PROJECT) OF THE ACTORS FUND is a wonderful community resource created to support artists who have made or continue to make their careers in NYC’s East Village and Lower East Side and are in need of emergency assistance.  Eligible artists include participants in the annual Howl! Festival and those in the East Village Arts Community of theatre, music, performance art, dance, multimedia, the spoken word and visual arts. Assistance is based on need and qualifying work history. This fund provides emergency assistance to qualified performing artists in crisis and offers other Actors Fund support services. 

THE ACTORS FUND is a national human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund – which supports both performers and everyone behind the scenes in theatre, film, TV, music, dance, radio and opera – is a safety net, providing social services and emergency assistance, health services and health insurance information, employment and training programs, and housing support for those who are in need, crisis or transition. Learn more about The Actors Fund’s services and programs at

Tickets for HOWL! ARTS PROJECT 2010 range from $5 to $20 and can be purchased day of show at Theatre 80 (80 St. Marks Place) or in advance at or call 800-838-3006.
Cash only at the door.
For more information, including complete schedule of events, visit

The 7th Annual outdoor HOWL! Festival runs
September 10-12 in and around Tompkins Square Park,
between 7th and 10th Streets and Avenues A and B
in the East Village.

at Theater 80 (80 St. Marks Place) 

Thursday, September 2

On a June evening in 1938, director Orson Welles, producer John Houseman, and the cast and crew of Marc Blitzstein’s new Broadway musical THE CRADLE 
WILL ROCK were locked out of their theater on 
opening night by armed servicemen under orders from the Federal government. Without costumes, sets, lights or sound, Welles and Houseman found an unused theater, rented an upright piano, and marched their audience up Broadway for what has become the most historic theatrical opening ever recorded. As legend has it, the entire libretto—performed from the audience by actors forbidden to step onto the stage—received a 40- minute standing ovation. This timely, controversial musical about greed, corruption and the plight of the worker was presented initially last year by Downtown Music Productions, East Village Concert Series and St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, and makes a return engagement to the HOWL! 
“The current economic crisis makes it an opportune time to hear this leftist theatre piece,” wrote Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times last year. “THE CRADLE WILL ROCK is a landmark music-theatre work that audiences have heard about but seldom get to see. This bare-bones performance, with a cast of 16 singing on book and being accompanied only by piano, was appropriate to the piece,” he added in his review.THE CRADLE WILL ROCKfeatures book, music and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein. The creative team includes director Larry Marshall, music director Mimi Stern- Wolfe, artistic coordinator Jeannine Otis, and choreographer Laura Stilwell. 
This revival of THE CRADLE WILL ROCK costars Charles Baran, Ryan Cahill, Darcy Dunn, Gavin Esham, Brian Henry, Paul Malamphy, Marcus Moss, Jeannine Otis, Zak Risinger, Tom Savage, Michael Schilke, Greg Senf, Steve Sieck, Mark Singer, Go Takeuchi, and Laura Wolfe.

Friday, September 3

Saturday, September 4

Written and Performed by Sahil Farooqi, A BROWN MONKEY  GOES TO McDONALD’S is powerful and funny solo show based on Sahil’s semi-autobiographical journey of an immigrant. Directed by spoken word pioneer Regie Cabico (TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES  THE BABY GO BLIND), the play reveals the stories and dreams of a  boy moving to America and his continuous search for cultural identity  and acceptance in western society. But in the post 9/11 World his  dreams of America are changed forever.  A BROWN MONKEY GOES TO McDONALD’S was presented  earlier this year as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festival,  where it was nominated for Best Overall Solo Production and garnered Mr. Farooqi a nomination for Oustanding Performance in a Solo Show. 

Saturday, September 4
10:00pm – Vangeline Theatre and Video $10

The Vangeline Theater is a dance company firmly rooted  in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into  the 21st century. For HOWL! ARTS PROJECT 2010,  they will perform new work inspired by the film “Run, Lola, Run,” with choreography by Vangeline and video art by Geoff Shelton. Their work fosters an appreciation of French, Japanese and European Culture through performances and workshops. The company strives to utilize Dance and various forms of artistic explorations as tools to heal the community, to bring dreams to the people, and people back to their dreams.

Sunday, September 5
8:00pm – CRY OUT $10

CRY OUT resurrects the prophetic voice of America’s Beat Poet Laureate, Allen Ginsberg. Written and performed by Jesse Rabinowitz, under the direction of Steve Forth, CRY OUT tells the strange, creative journey of Allen Ginsberg, whose shocking poetry, radical vision, and compassionate activism changed the course of American society in the late 20th century. 
Weaving Ginsberg’s explosive and innovative poetry with vignettes of his remarkable life, CRY OUT will move and inspire, educate and awaken. The work had its world premiere in Richmond, VA, in July, 2000, playing to enthusiastic, standing-room-only houses, with a  subsequent runs at Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, FronteraFest in Austin, Texas, New College in San Francisco, and the New York Open Center.

Tuesday, September 7

Composer, pianist, author and teacher Marc Thorman presents an evening of his original music with text inspired by Allen Ginsberg: “Writing Through Howl (1986) For Allen Ginsberg on his Sixtieth Birthday,” text by John Cage, is an example of Cage’s “writing through” process which searches the poem “Howl” sequentially for words that share letters with Allen Ginsberg’s name. “I Am Right, You Are Wrong,” text by William S. Burroughs, features the recorded voice of Allen Ginsberg reading the text to two live improvised instrumental trios.

Wednesday, September 8

Performance artist and writer Jennifer Blowdryer’s BITCHES GUIDE TO THE LOWER EAST SIDE offers a unique take on life in the city, covering such wide-ranging topics as bed bugs, gleaning and Couch Creatures. Joining her are Shecky Beagleman, doing her historic “Crack Dance,” and Ann Hanavan, who will fill everybody in on the drug bodegas of yore, and others, presented against a backdrop of photos of the mean streets (and the people who love them) by famed photographer Jean-Paul Niko.

Thursday, September 9 
7:00pm – Diane O'Debra's Open Mic  $5

Diane Langan O'Debra is formerly one half of the 'bawdy downtown duo, the O'Debra Twins'(Village Voice) She has performed all over NYC and hosts a weekly show called, 'NYCTalent Show' every Monday night at The Bowery Poetry Club. She is the co-producer and co-star of the hit variety show, 'Skits’N’Tits' every second Wednesday of the month at BPC . She has been called, 'Deviant, unique and commanding' (NY Press) and 'Goofy and wonderfully funny' (Next Magazine). Door proceeds to benefit The Actors Fund for HOWL! HELP.

Friday, September 10
7:00pm – L.E.S. Is More Music Festival $5

The Lower East Side Is More Music Festival features performances from LJ Murphy, Lunas Atlas, Hilary Hawke and the Flipsides, Mamie Minch, and others to be announced. 

Saturday, September 11
2:00pm – Rosie’s Broadway Kids: ONCE ON THIS 

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR. is a vibrant one-act musical retelling of Han Christian Andersen’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, set in the  French Antilles and detailing the romance between a peasant girl, Ti Moune, and a wealthy aristocrat, Daniel. The show features book, 
lyrics and music by the Tony Award-winning duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (RAGTIME) and is best known for its Caribbean-tinged songs—most notably “Waiting for Life” and “Why We Tell the Story.” The performance features Rosie’s Broadway Kids students in the 6th to 12th grades. Rosie’s Broadway Kids is an arts education organization, founded by Rosie O’Donnell, dedicated to 
enriching the lives of children through the arts. Using professional teaching artists, Rosie’s Broadway Kids offers classes in dance and music and a professional theater experience for children who might otherwise not have the opportunity. Its goal is to inspire excellence,  motivate learning, lift the human spirit, and to instill a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

Saturday, September 11

With an all-male cast of 12 utilizing the performance techniques of the Ancient Greeks, Faux-Real Theatre Company in conjunction with Verse Theater Manhattan presents a “traditional” rendition of Sophocles’ classic OEDIPUS REX that proves “what was considered  traditional 2,400 years ago is off-the-hook today.” Incorporating the colorful aesthetic of these ancient performances and utilizing a broad physical style of acting powered by live music, songs and dancing, ALL-MALE OEDIPUS REX looks beyond the “fate versus free will” interpretations of this classic, to explore the alluring underbelly of this primal text. Directed by Mark Greenfield (FUNBOX), the show’s heightened approach reveals what is terrifying and vital in this most tragic of tragedies, enhancing the story’s power to awaken our subconscious and discover the heroes within.

Sunday, September 12
2:00pm – Rosie’s Broadway Kids: HARLEM 

Rosie’s Broadway Kids students in the 6th to 8th grade perform a one-act presentation of musical numbers inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, one of the most culturally significant periods in New York and American history. This lively performance features such well-known songs as “Drop Me Off in Harlem,” “ That’s How You Jazz,” and “This Joint Is Jumpin’.” 

Sunday, September 12

Monday, September 13
8:00pm – that bird looks like 2 mustaches kissing $10
HOWL! ARTS PROJECT 2010 presents an evening of queer spoken word and performance exploring love, marriage and gender, curated and hosted by spoken word pioneer and comedian Regie Cabio (“The Lady Gaga of Poetry,” Kenyon Review). THAT BIRD LOOKS LIKE 2 MUSTACHES KISSING features film director and monologist Silas Howard, performance artist Heather Arc, and others to be announced. 

Tuesday, September 14

Famed Italian director Enrico Lamanna helms the New York premiere of THE SUNKEN LIVING ROOM, David Caudle’s comic portrait of an awkward teenaged boy and his family in 1970s Miami.Set in suburban Miami, Florida in November 1978, THE SUNKEN LIVING ROOM is the story of Wade, an effeminate and studious sixteen-year-old who is trying to finish a book report for school, and the dysfunctional family who won’t leave him alone. His seventeen-year-old brother Chip, a coke-snorting jock, shows up with his possibly pregnant girlfriend Tammy. Chip hits up Wade for some cash then takes off, leaving Tammy behind. Wade never gets his homework done, but he learns a thing or two about himself from Tammy, and about compassion from Chip, when that fearless facade finally cracks. Following two postponements in 2005 -- one due to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where the play was supposed to debut at Southern Rep; and another due to Hurricane Wilma in Miami—THE SUNKEN LIVING ROOM had its world premiere in April 2006, as a co-production of Southern Rep and Miami’s New Theatre. David Caudle is the author of THE COMMON SWALLOW, LEG MAN, and SOUTH BEACH RAPTURE, now playing as part of the 14th Annual New York Fringe Festival.

Wednesday, September 15
8:00pm – FOR PETE’S SAKE $10

FOR PETE’S SAKE is actor/author Joe Capozzi’s true story of a young man who chose to keep a secret without realizing how it would affect the rest of his life. This autobiographical play about his life-long relationship with his Priest deals with the church, the press and his family, but that is only the beginning. Twenty years later he’s getting divorced, quit his job and is finally forced to deal with the truth. Being honest with himself would be his greatest challenge. FOR PETE’S SAKE is a truthful and humorous look at his journey.

Wednesday, September 15

Written and directed by Greg Drozdek, and featuring Jeremy Lamb on cello, SONGS FROM THE OLD PARISH offers 12 stories with music on growing up and living in New York City. Mr. Drozdek has lived and worked in New York all of his life. His father was a refugee from Yugoslavia who met his mother after she left the convent. New York raised Mr. Drozdek: the people, the streets, his priest and nuns, and the neighbors helped him survive. The bar, and the characters and crooks at the bar where his father drank raised him, too. They taught him to love the music of the city—the music he has built his life, as a teacher and writer, around. These are the songs that are New York: the songs from the old parish.

Thursday, September 16

Penny Arcade is a cultural icon of the New York Underground. She is an international performance artist and a writer of essays, poetry, and theater, and self-proclaimed “wild-hearted demoness bad girl bitch!” A downtown original, her works include BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE!, which toured the world twice, as well as BAD REPUTATION, NEW YORK VALUES. She most recently appeared in New York with the autobiographical collection THE VERY BEST OF PENNY ARCADE – WITH A TWIST.

Friday, September 17
8:00pm – The TWEED Fractured Classicks Series 

TWEED returns to HOWL! ARTS PROJECT 2010 with its truly original interpretation of an American classic with the premiere of A RAISINETTE IN THE SUNSHINE, starring drag Flotilla DeBarge, Jodi Lennon, David Ilku, Clark Beasley and others. Kevin Malony directs this deceptively reverent, yet hilarious spin on classic American dramatic literature. Call it parody. Call it satire. But don’t call it camp! 

Saturday, September 18

Founded on the belief that teenagers can and must speak for themselves, URBAN WORLD NYC has been at the forefront of the youth spoken word, poetry and hip-hop movements in New York City since 1999. Urban Word mentor Regie Cabico and Executive Director Michael Cirelli curate and host VERBAL FIRE, a spoken word showcase by New York’s young poets and their mentors who have taken top prizes at Brand New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam competition, Speak Green at Sundance Film Festival, and the National Poetry Slam. 

Saturday, September 18
8:00pm – The TWEED Fractured Classicks Series 

Sunday, September 19

Sunday, September 19 
(TBA); $10 

Playwright Michael W. Small returns to HOWL! ARTS PROJECT with a new play. Mr. Small  is the co-author of the book for the musical THE IT GIRL and most recently wrote the New York International Fringe 2008 favorite KABOOM! His play GOT YOU was presented at last year’s HOWL! ARTS PROJECT. Title and cast are to be announced.

Sunday, September 19
8:00pm – Tom Murrin (The Alien Comic), David 
Cale, Glenn Marla and Salley May $10

Downtown artists offer a sneak peek at their latest projects. Participants include Tom Murrin, the unofficial godfather of downtown performance best known as the Alien Comic; actor, playwright and lyricist David Cale, whose solo works include the Obie Award-winning LILLIAN; Glenn Marla, a Brooklyn-based performance artist, tranny superstar and beauty pageant queen seen in Taylor Mac’s THE LILY’S REVENGE and Justin Bond’s LUSTRE: A MID WINTERS TRANSFEST; and Salley May, co-founder of PS 122’s long-running series AVANT-GARDE-ARAMA.

Monday, September 20

Written and performed by Claire Downs, James Clark and Evan Watkins, SUGARED MEATINGS: A 
DELECTABLE 18TH CENTURY ROMP is a comedy based on true (and few made up) events surrounding the lives of Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire, and Louis XV. The short play, performed last spring at NYU to sold-out audiences, features improvisation, dry humor and hopes to blow the dust off of history figures with comedy.
Presented as a staged reading, Andrew Duncan Farmer’s THE FALL OF CAFÉ MUDAFIER TO THE TOLTECS follows Olivia Bellune, arguably the most famous woman on Earth who has found one last beacon of privacy in the elegant and prestigious Café Mudafier. However, as the savage outside world finds a way into the pristine restaurant, Olivia finds herself questioning which place is more frightening.

Tuesday, September 21
8:00pm – CHELSEA MÄDCHEN starring Tammy 
Faye Starlite $10

In CHELSEA MÄDCHEN, Tammy Faye Starlite portrays Nico, the glamorously decadent Velvet Underground chanteuse, née Christa Paffgen. Inspired by the same sort of current economic catastrophes that provoked the climate of fear which gave rise to the Third Reich, Tammy Faye Starlight forswears her country persona for an evening of song—und Gespräch—in a dark, Weimar-cum Warhol Kabaret Konzert, directed by Michael Schiralli.

Wednesday, September 22
8:00pm – L.S.D. (LIP SYNC & DANCE!) $15

L.S.D. (LIP SYNC & DANCE!) is a showcase of super showoffs, produced by David “The Impact Addict” Leslie, featuring celebrity judges plus a $1,000 cash grand prize! Want to perform? Submit your proposal to David: One of the original founders of The HOWL! Festival, David Leslie has worked with a variety of great artists including Nam June Paik and Pat Oleszko, and has been creating public spectacle since the early 1980s. His addiction to art and adrenaline drove him to his first stunt in SoHo—attempting to fly a small single seat rocket over a mountain over watermelons. A later performance had him hurled from the roof of PS 122, a height of six stories, dressed as Maria Von Trapp. In the 1990s, David became Curator Of Performance Art at The Kitchen, as well as running the critically acclaimed “Box Opera” Series for over four years. He has been a guest curator at the New Museum, has sat on PS 122’s Board Of Advisors, and is currently on the Advisory Board of HOWL! HELP.

Friday, September 24
8:00pm – The TWEED Music Series presents 

Curated by Carol Lipnik, TWEED offers a musical tribute to the music of London’s infamous Carnaby Street, featuring an all-star cast to be announced, performing the music of an era the fused fashion and song as never before seen or heard.

Saturday, September 25
2:00pm – Rosie’s Broadway Kids: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND JR.

Saturday, September 25
Sunday, September 26

2:00pm – Rosie’s Broadway Kids: HARLEM RENAISSANCE $5
Sunday, September 26

Monday, September 27


Our Lady J is a singer/songwriter known for her visionary gospel stylings and powerhouse pianist skills. Along with the Train-To-Kill 
Gospel Choir, she has been delivering a new testament of post-religious gospel music that has played to sold-out crowds at NYC’s Joe’s Pub, The Zipper Factory & Ars Nova Theatre, as well venues worldwide. OUT Magazine named her as one of the “Out 100,” a list of the people who helped shape LGBT culture in 2008. Our Lady J’s performance, musical direction & accompaniment credits include collaborations with NYC’s most colorful talents (Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Lady Gaga, The Scissor Sisters, Antony Hegarty and Justin Bond). As a classical pianist, she has worked with American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and the Mark Morris Dance Group, where she was a featured performer in the MMDG Music Ensemble. Her debut single, “Hurt,” is available at the iTunes Store.

Tuesday, September 28
8:00pm – THE CRADLE WILL ROCK: $20

Wednesday, September 29
8:00pm – THE CRADLE WILL ROCK: $20

For more information about these events at Theatre 
80 (80 St. Marks Place),
and others to be announced, as part of HOWL! 
ARTS PROJECT 2010, visit

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