Hello my dear readers! Please forgive my extreme tardiness, but I spent the last week hosting my girlfriend on the cruise ship and honestly... she takes preference. This month's newsletter is full of excitement, so read on to get in the know!
Last week Thousand Faced Theatre hosted a private reading of Manny, a new work by Gerry Vega. Held in an intimate setting, the goal was to allow Gerry to hear the work in true spoken dialogue, and get a better idea of the pace of the show, how jokes land, etc. The event featured Thousand Faced’s own Miranda Luze, Lera Zamaraeva, and Nathan David Smith, along with Nachi Lederer, Mariel Blatt, Kim Onah, Mat Whitman, Connor Hadley, Alina Fontanilla, Teresa Morrison, Erin Long, Emily Hannon, and Robert Quiles as Manny.
Waitress Special Engagement Tour
TFTC Collaborator and mastermind behind Her Sound Ethan Carlson will be bouncing around the country in a new National tour of Waitress. Cast in the Ensemble and understudying Ogie, this week he’ll finish up rehearsals, then spend the next few months doing two five-week engagements first at the Booth Playhouse in Charlotte, then in the Hanna Theatre at Cleveland's Playhouse Square. We could not be happier for him, and wish him all the joy and fulfillment while we eagerly wait his return back to New York.
March was a remarkable month for those of us at TFTC, as Business Manager Matt Schultz and his wife Kellie welcomed their first child Eloise Jae into the world! Just over a week later friends of the company Travis and Kali Rasmussen had their second child Everett Lee! Both babies are happy and healthy and in their parents care, and we wish our friends all the luck and extra sleep on their parental journeys.
This month also saw two past TFTC collaborators hit massive career milestones. Jewelle Blackman while already performing in Hadestown as one of the Fates, has now been chosen to be the next Persephone, Queen of the Underworld on Broadway. While a little farther uptown, Sarin Monae West made her Broadway debut in The Skin of Our Teeth at the Lincoln Center Theatre. We couldn’t be more proud to see our friends and colleagues continued success in this artform we all love.
Lastly, since we’re about halfway through our fiscal year, we wanted to give all of our readers a sense of what lies ahead for us. First, as you may be aware from our sneak previews, recordings have finished for the third and final installment of Her Sound! The release of Her Sound Vol. III is expected to come late spring/early summer, and will coincide with a celebratory concert produced by TFTC. Later this summer, we plan to once again team up with friend and mentor Ryan Scott Oliver to produce another festival of new works. We wanted to bring this project back to give opportunities to burgeoning writers and actors to participate in the creative process of crafting a new show, and we're so excited to do it again! I hope you’re all as excited as we are for what’s in store, and you’ll all come along with us for the ride!
Thank you once again for making it to the end of the newsletter! This will (presumably) be my last time writing from the middle of the ocean, so I hope you enjoyed it. I'll be back next month with more, stay tuned.
All the best, Matt and TFTC