MARY MACLANE: CONFESSIONALIST

January 18, 2010

Short plays with and about Mary MacLane by Trish Harnetiaux and Normandy Raven Sherwood
January 21st, 7pm
January 24, 4pm
January 27, 7pm
January 30, 7pm
Tickets available at:  http://www.metropolitanplayhouse.org

The Metropolitan Playhouse is located at 220 East Fourth Street btw A & B in Manhattan

OH, DEAR, SWEET, BITTER OLIVE

Written and Directed by Trish Harnetiaux (and Mary MacLane)
Starring Emily Davis and Corey Tazmania*
Violinist: Julia Koo

1902 Butte, Montana introduces us to adolescent sensationalist memoirist confessionalist, 19 year-old Mary MacLane.  Mary wishes to marry the devil, or run away with her schoolteacher (Fanny Corbin!), but sometimes, she’s content just sitting and eating an olive.

MEN WHO HAVE MADE LOVE TO ME
Written and Directed by Normandy Raven Sherwood (and Mary Maclane)
Starring Juliana Francis-Kelly*
with Ilan Bachrach
Piano by Anthony Coleman

Mary MacLane gives live, unhinged, and occasionally maudlin boudoir commentary on (a recreation of) her (lost) 1917 silent film of the same name.

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Men Who Have Made Love to ME
A short film directed by Katherine Allen
Adapted from Mary MacLane’s article of the same title.
Written by Normandy Raven Sherwood

Starring: Juliana Francis-Kelly, Alex Colwell, Ean Sheehy, N.R. Sherwood, Matt Korahais, Matt Lambert, Ned Wilbur, Forrest Gillespie, Brian Patchett, Lilia Sotirova, T. Harnetiaux, Jude Domski, Ben Gassman, Pearl Hartwig  and Richard Toth
Produced by Katherine Allen and Normandy Raven Sherwood
Edited by Katherine Allen
Costumes/Production Design:  Normandy Raven Sherwood
Hair and Make-Up Design: Ellen Johansing
2nd Camera and Stills: Scott Irvine
Sets: Craig Flanagin
Scenic Painting: Erin O’Donnell
Filmed at Dabora Gallery in New York City, December 2009.

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BIOGRAPHIES:

EMILY DAVIS (Oh, Dear, Sweet, Bitter Olive – Mary MacLane) has played with New-York based Half Straddle, Theater Mitu, and The TEAM, developing work at CATCH, The Women’s Project, Sundance Theater Lab at White Oak, The Watermill Center, 3LD Center for Design and Technology, New York Theater Workshop, and Skidmore College. BFA in Theater from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

JULIANA FRANCIS-KELLY(Me Who Have Made Love To ME – Mary MacLane) is an OBIE Award winning actor, a playwright and a doll maker who has performed in the U.S., Europe, and Asia for many great directors including Young Jean Lee, Dalia Ibelhauptaite, Anne Bogart, Lear DeBessonet, Pavol Liska, Richard Foreman, and the late Reza Abdoh as a member of the internationally acclaimed Dar A Luz Company.   She has appeared in films by Hal Hartley, Meredith Drum, and by Marie Losier in collaboration with Guy Maddin. Her own plays have been produced and published in the U.S.; England; Germany; Austria; Italy; Greece; and Norway, and she’s a Sundance Lab Fellow who has written for the Killer Films Company.  Recent exhibits include PATRON SAINT, a public art project in which she made dolls for whoever needed them.

TRISH HARNETIAUX (Oh, Dear, Sweet, Bitter Olive)  Full-length plays include:  Inside a Bigger Box, Straight On Til Morning, and I Will Come Like A Thief, which all premiered at the 78th Street Theatre Lab in NYC. Additional full lengths include: Welcome to the White Room and That Little Hand on Your Face.  One-acts include: Oh, Dear,  I Am Exceedingly Fond of Welsh Rabbit, The Dorsal Striatum, A Gopher in the Ninth Ward, The Drill, Devon and Josh are New Anchors: The Death of Jeremy Jeremyson and The Significance of Louden Taser.  She has been a recipient of the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award and finalists for both the Kesslering Prize and the Heideman Award.  She has been a fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell and received her MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College (Mac Wellman.)  Her work has been produced and developed at Dixon Place, The 13th Street Theatre, 78th Street Theatre Lab, The Ohio Theatre, The New Jersey Rep, The Samuel French Festival and The Lex theatre in LA.

Publications include: Straight On Til Morning (Broadway Play Publishing 2006), The Dorsal Striatum (Post Road Magazine), A Gopher in the Ninth Ward (The Brooklyn Review), The Drill (The Brooklyn Review), four monologues from Straight On… are in Best Stage Monologues for Men 2007 (Smith & Kraus) and one scene is in Best Stage Scenes 2007 (Smith & Kraus).  She is currently developing a new full length based on the first instance of ‘virtual rape’ that occurred online in 1993 – Mr. Bungle and the Incident on LambdaMOO and is working on a stage adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Birds Nest.

JULIA KOO (Oh, Dear, Sweet, Bitter Olive – Violin) Born in Toronto, Canada, Ms. Koo began violin instruction at age 9.  Formative studies with devoted teachers, Hyung-Sung Paik, 1st Violin, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Alec Hou, Royal Conservatory of Music professor, led to numerous awards in the Peel and Kiwanis music festivals soon after placing her first notes.

Further studies brought her to the U.S. where she received her B.M as a scholarship student with Martin Beaver, 1st Violin, Tokyo String Quartet, at the Peabody Conservatory of John’s Hopkins University.  She was also awarded an M.M with a Teacher’s Assistanship under Marylou Churchill Speaker Churchill, and obtained her Ed.M at Teachers College, Columbia University.

As a soloist she has appeared with the Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra, the Opus. 1 Chamber Ensemble, and The Chelsea Symphony.  As an orchestra musician, she has performed with the Miami City Ballet, Florida Sunshine Pops, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, toured with Clay Aiken Christmas Show, and held the Principal 2nd Chair in the Henry Mancini orchestra.  She is currently Principal 2nd Violinist and Board President of The Chelsea Symphony.

NORMANDY RAVEN SHERWOOD (Me Who Have Made Love To ME) is a writer, a costumer and a performer. She is the author of CERTAIN WORDS IN FRENCH (which I shall not name), Coat Check Lore, adaptations of Felipe Alfau’s story The Necrophil and Eugene Sue’s serial novel The Mysteries of Paris, Tiny Hornets (a musical) and many other plays and performance scenarios. Her plays and performances have been presented in New York City at the Ontological Theater, Galapagos, chashama, Zebulon, The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 13th Street Rep., The Flea Theater and Little Theatre.  She is a member of The National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA), and has collaborated on all of this company’s shows since 2003, co-writing (with James Stanley)   CHAUTAUQUA! (Spalding Gray commissioning award, 2007),  Abacus Black (OBIE, 2006), an abridgement of Moliere’s Don Juan and What’s That On My HEAD!?!  NTUSA works have been presented at Performance Space 122, The Chocolate Factory, chashama, The Walker Art Center, Vanderbilt University, The Dublin Fringe Festival, CUNY’s Prelude Festival and most recently: COIL/ Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater.  Next up: The Golden Veil,  a new NTUSA show, at Catch Series and Pratt Institute in Spring 2010, NUNKY GRUEL directed by Yehuda Duenyas at Skidmore College in April 2010,  and CHAUTAUQUA! at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT in June 2010.

As a costumer she has designed many shows by the NTUSA as well as productions by Young Jean Lee, Faye Driscoll, Tina Satter, Elizabeth Swados, Terrible Baby Theater Co., The Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your own Blood Theater Festival  and The Flea Theatre. As a performer she has been seen in five NTUSA shows and a Hal Hartley film (The Girl From Monday). She sings with her band, The Drunkard’s Wife, a Cajun-gypsy-electro- folkloric band (it has been called “a village wedding and the 1968 Paris student riot rolled into one,”) at bars, parlors and potlucks all around New York City.

She studied playwriting with Mac Wellman at Brooklyn College (MFA 2009), forgiveness with Jacques Derrida at NYU (BA 2003) and obscure Butoh techniques with Boaz Barkan in the square in front of St. Mark’s Church, NYC. She now teaches writing classes at Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers College. She is the author of ANIMALS vs. FURNITURE, a children’s book lavishly illustrated by Jesse Hawley, which will be published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2010.

COREY TAZMANIA (Oh, Dear, Sweet, Bitter Olive – Fannie Corbin): has worked on Harnetiaux’s Straight On ‘Til Morning (78th Street), I Will Come Like A Thief (78th street), The Drill (Little Theatre) as well as staged readings of Welcome to the White Room.  Recent credits include The Housewives of Mannheim (NJREP), mother earth sister moon (Performa 09), Flygirls (EstroGenius), and Confirmation (Fringe NYC).  Member of AEA.


Raise a glass to Mary MacLane!

January 4, 2010

Dear Friends,
Please join us on Monday, January 11th for a benefit/cocktail hour in the lounge at Dixon Place.

WHY?
To celebrate and support Mary MacLane: Confessionalist, an evening of two new plays by Trish Harnetiaux and Normandy Raven Sherwood (and Mary MacLane) that will premiere at the Metropolitan Playhouse from January 21st – 30th, 2010!

WHEN? WHAT?
6-8pm
$12 suggested donation, includes one drink
Special guest performance by The Drunkard’s Wife
And sneak previews from the shows!
Dixon Place located at 161A Chrystie Street btw Delancey & Rivington

WAIT, ISN’T THERE LITTLE THEATRE THAT NIGHT?

YES!  Little Theatre starts at 8pm – so come early for a drink then go to Little Theatre – what could be easier??

BUT, WHO IS MARY MACLANE?
Mary MacLane (1881-1929) was a firey firebrand feminist who wrote her first book at age 19 and set 1902 America on fire.  The Story of Mary MacLane sold almost 100,000 copies in its first month and made her a wealthy woman (but not for long.)  She went on to a unique career as a journalist, gambler, Bohemian, prize-fight reporter, and finally wrote and starred in her own silent movie – Men Who Have Made Love To Me – before going into obscurity and dying alone in a Chicago hotel room in 1929.
(From us and http://www.marymaclane.com)

We can’t wait to see you there!  But, if you’re unable to come, don’t worry!  There will be other ways to support this project, check out:
http://www.marymaclane.wordpress.com

Best,
Trish & Normandy

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MARY MACLANE: CONFESSIONALIST
Short plays by Trish Harnetiaux and Normandy Raven Sherwood
January 21st, 7pm
January 24, 4pm
January 27, 7pm
January 30, 7pm
Ticket information should be available soon at:  http://www.metropolitanplayhouse.org
The Metropolitan Playhouse is located at 220 East Fourth Street btw A & B in Manhattan

OH, DEAR, SWEET, BITTER OLIVE
Written and Directed by Trish Harnetiaux (and Mary MacLane)
Starring Emily Davis and Corey Tazmania
1902 Butte, Montana introduces us to adolescent sensationalist memoirist confessionalist, 19 year-old Mary MacLane.  Mary wishes to marry the devil, or run away with her schoolteacher (Fanny Corbin!), but sometimes, she’s content just sitting and eating an olive.

MEN WHO HAVE MADE LOVE TO ME
Written and Directed by Normandy Raven Sherwood (and Mary Maclane)
Starring Juliana Francis-Kelly
Mary MacLane gives live, unhinged, and occasionally maudlin boudoir commentary on (a recreation of) her (lost) 1917 silent film of the same name.

Featuring a short film: “Men Who Have Made Love to ME”

Written by Normandy Raven Sherwood (and Mary Maclane)
Directed by Katherine Allen

Starring: Juliana Francis-Kelly, Alex Colwell, Ean Sheehy, N.R. Sherwood, Matt Korahais, Craig Flanagin, Matt Lambert, Ned Wilbur, Forrest Gillespie, Brian Patchett, Lilia Sotirova, T. Harnetiaux, Jude Domski, Ben Gassman and Richard Toth


December 31, 2009

“There is a worldful of easy indolent, beautiful sensuality in the figure of a young woman lying on the ground under a warm setting sun.  A man may lie on the ground– but that is as far as it goes.  A man would go to sleep, probably, like a dog or a pig.”

from The Story of Mary Maclane


MEN WHO HAVE MADE LOVE TO ME

December 28, 2009

1917 movie poster courtesy www.marymaclane.com


Mary Maclane: Confessionalist

December 28, 2009

Short plays by Trish Harnetiaux and  Normandy Raven Sherwood at the Metropolitan Playhouse in late January 2010!

We will reveal more very soon!