Drama Desk Panel

John Christopher Jones, Jamie Sanders, Stephanie Gould, Gregg Mozgala, Katy Sullivan, Christine Bruno, Front Row – Ali Stroker, Shannon DeVido

Working actors with disabilities enumerate their challenges and successes.

By: Patrick Christiano

November 12, 2018:  The Drama Desk hosted an informal discussion with professional actors with disabilities moderated by Katy Sullivan, who was recently seen in the Cost of Living at MTC and just happens to be the record holder in the 100 meters at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Participants on the panel at Ripley-Grier Studios in midtown Manhattan were Christine Bruno, Shannon DeVido, Stephanie Gould, John Christopher Jones, Gregg Mozgala, Jamie Sanders, and Ali Stroker. They presented a stimulating look at the world they function in, which is predominately populated by people without disabilities. They face the same challenges of other minorities, adapting to a society that is different from their learned experience.

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Deperate Measures @ New World Stages

Gary Marachek, Conor Ryan, Nick Wyman, Peter Saide, Laura Molino, Sarah Parnicky

Desperate Measures, Off- Broadway’s Award- Winning Hit from last season, is a bawdy delight at New World Stages’ opening.

June 14, 2018:  David Friedman and Peter Kellogg’s Desperate Measure, a riotous new musical that was a favorite of fans and critics, alike, when it debuted at the York Theatre last June is back for an open- ended run at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, where the musical opened last night.

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Half Time @ Paper Mill Playhouse

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A new musical, Half Time directed by Broadway legend Jerry Herman, opened at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

June 13, 2018:  Half Time, new musical inspired by Dori Berinstein’s 2008 documentary “Gotta Dance,” about a basketball halftime dance team made up of performers over 60, opened at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, New Jersey.

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Broadwaycon 2017

Some of Broadway’s biggest fans, performers, and creators from classic and current shows gathered at the incomparable Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to perform, discuss, debate, and celebrate theatre at Broadwaycon 2017.
January 27-29 2017.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Drama Desk 2016 Holiday Party

On Monday, December 5, 2016 the Drama Desk hosted their Annual Holiday Party for members and guests at the Coffee House Club on West 44th Street in the theater district. The 61st Annual  Drama Desk Awards will be presented by TheaterMania on June 5 2016 at Town Hall  in New York City.
1_21Lauren Yarger, Richie Ridge, Charles Wright, Edward Karam

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VERED Gallery in East Hampton hosted an opening reception on Saturday July 2nd for Contemporary Artist David Demers. The exhibition, IT’S COLOR, including works from Helen Frankenthaler, Norman Bluhm, Paul Jenkins, Lee Krasner and Perle Fine along with Demers’ vibrant canvases is now on view at VERED Gallery, 68 Park Place Passage across the street from the East Hampton Cinema.

By: Patrick Christiano

Amanda_Washburn__Moma___Janet_Lehr_1Amanda Washburn (Moma), Janet Lehr (Vered Gallery)

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ARF Garden Tour

DSC03465The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons 30th Anniversary Garden Tour was hosted by Barbara Slifka and Mark Fichlandler  on a picture perfect day on June 18

 The ARF  tour featured six beautiful gardens: Rosalind and Ken Landis, Susan Calhoun and Charlie Moss, The Madoo Conseranvy, Gillian Spreckels Fuller, Bettysue and Jeffrey Hughes and Nancy Corzine in Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, and Wainscott.
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Red Carpet @ DD Awards

Photos from the RedCarpet at the 61st Annual Drama Desk Awards that were presented by TheaterMania on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at The Town Hall in NYC hosted by Michael Urie

Lin-Manuel Miranda

For a Complete List of Winners CLICK HERE
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Meet The 2016 Tony Nominees

The nominees for the 2016 Tony Awards attended a Meet the Nominees Press Junket on Wednesday, May 4th, at The Diamond Horseshoe in The Paramount Hotel on West 46th Street. Producers, writers, actors and creative talent in the 24 competitive categories came out to meet the press at the annual press junket where they celebrated their nominations with their fellow nominees.
Lyn_Manuel_MirandaLin-Manuel Miranda “Hamilton”

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2016 Drama Desk Nominations

The Nominations for the 2016 Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced @ Feinstein’s/54 Below by Vanessa Williams (Into the Woods, The Trip to Bountiful, “Ugly Betty”) and Matthew Morrison (Finding Neverland, Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza, “Glee”).
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Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Redgrave
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The Actors Fund Benefit

Jamie deRoy

Jamie deRoy

The Actors Fund Benefit celebrating 25 years and Jamie DeRoys’ 40th annual 30th Birthday Gala.
Proceeds from the evening benefited The Actors Fund’s new program, The Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative. The program was created to assist people working in the cabaret industry who seek help for medical needs and concerns made available through the comprehensive services and programs at The Actors Fund.

Performance Photography: Maryann Lopinto
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“Dead and Breathing” Opening

        By: Patrick Christiano
The New York premiere of Dead and Breathing by Chisa Hutchinson, a GLAAD Media Award winner, opened at Barbara Ann Teer’s NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, the oldest ongoing black theater in New York on November 5. The engaging 90 minute two character tale by the talented playwright is a provocative and witty look at a controversial issue, the right to die, as well as a frank take on sexual identity and religion. Two women, who have little in common except race, clash head to head over the gift of life in an escalating power struggle that takes several surprising turns before Hutchinson’s explosively nuanced play makes a final fade out. 
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Jonathan Mccrory (director), Chisa Hutchinson (playwright), Sade Lythcott (CEO The National Black Theatre)

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The 60th Drama Desk Awards

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Outstanding Book, Music and Lyrics “Hamilton” Lin-Manuel Miranda

ounced the winners of the 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards at The Town Hall honoring the best of Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off-Broadway in New York City. Hamilton was the big winner (7 awards) including Outstanding New Musical, followed by The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Tine (6 awards) including Outsanding New Play.

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Photography: Barry Gordin

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