- CHARITY BENEFIT
Cheryl King is a force of nature. After 15 years working in the New York theatre scene, on the road in National Tours and stand up comedy, and in Emmy Award winning daytime television she decided to add producing to her acting, directing and coaching assignments. Upon announcing her intentions she was immediately inundated with scripts and groundbreaking projects. What she couldn’t find was a home for her mushrooming band of future award winners. Exhausted with the endless search, she built her own theatre, a space where the needs of both the artist and the audience were met with impeccable attention to detail and experience – a pristinely clean space, properly lit, acoustically sound, with navigable dressing rooms and an intimately designed relationship between the stage and the house in an extremely accessible part of town. In short, she built a theatre with soul that forged a commercial and artistic success within a very short space of time. Miss King opened STAGE LEFT STUDIO on October 1, 2005. She serves as the theatre’s Artistic and Managing Director. Seven years and 450 productions later she has created a home for the solo artist, the Off-Off-Broadway playwright and four Festivals (Left Out, Women At Work, Beyond the Pale, Mama Drama). Many of the productions have been nominated for awards and have moved on to larger scaled theatres across the country. Miss King has directed over 40 of these productions and starred in almost as many others.
STAGE LEFT STUDIO is located on the Sixth floor at 214 West 30th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues– the crossroads of creativity.
Below is a quick guide to Stage Left Studio’s
September, October and November
THE SEVENTH ANNUAL WOMEN AT WORK FESTIVAL A BENEFIT FOR THE GIRL EFFECT: The power of education at work: September 23rd – October 7th: 7:30pm
A DAY FOR GRACE: Written & Performed by Doug Vincent. Scored & Performed by Iconic American Songwriter Sam Llanas. Directed by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein. Watching A DAY FOR GRACE is a like getting struck by lightning. It is the heart-wrenching simple telling of author Doug Vincent’s relationship with his suicidal father which pours out of him the night of his daughter Grace’s uncertain birth with unforeseen complications. Sam Llanas shares the stage with Mr. Vincent. His thirteen musical numbers, as performed, serve as the evening’s emotional touchstone, enthralling Greek chorus and riveting denouement. A DAY FOR GRACE is a true story. One you’ll never forget.
Songs by Sam Llanas: “A Little Bit of Hell,” “Dying in my Dreams,” “Angelina,” “Spanish Waltz,” “What I Don’t Feel,” “Time for Us,” “Far Far Away From My Heart,” “Child Asleep” and “Hey John.”
THE PLAYING SCHEDULE: Thursday, September 6 @ 7:30pm/Friday, September 7 @ 7:30pm/Saturday, September 8 @ 7:30pm/Sunday, September 9 @ 7:30pm/Thursday, September 13 @ 7:30pm/Friday, September 14 @ 7:30pm/Saturday, September 15 @ 7:30pm/Sunday, September 16 @ 7:30pm
STABILIZED NOT CONTROLLED: September 9 & September 16 at 5:00pm
Hilarious dark comedy delivered by Drama Desk Award-nominated Frank Blocker.Evil landlord “Killer” Joe and his arch nemesis, Lorna Breedlove, a rent-stabilized septuagenarian sex addict (in recovery), battle over a five-floor walk-up occupied by a Log Cabin-accountant, an aging stoner, “fake English” actress, and homeless squatter Jackie O’Nasa. Leave Manhattan? Not on your life!
GRAPEFRUIT: Written by Sally Lambert Performed by Cheryl King. Directed by Theresa Gambacorta. Grapefruit has been running continuously since it opened September 28, 2011 and will continue to play at Stage Left Studio through the end of November. Current dates are September 10, September 20, October 9, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 20 & November 29.
SHARKS: Written and Performed by Jay Alvare. Directed by Theresa Gambacorta October 10, 12, 17, 26 & 27 @ 7:30pm/October 14 & 28 @ 2:00pm. This show is a stunner; written by a man who experienced his father’s, HUMBERTO ALVAREZ, unimaginable courage in the face of crushing historical events that rendered an entire nation of people indescribably helpless. These are the parallel stories of Mr. Alvarez’ beloved island, Cuba; the glitz and glamour of Havana nightlife and what was about to bring it all crashing down thunderously on the world’s stage. Directed by Theresa Gambacorta, the show sold-out SIX EXTENDED RUNS at the new STAGE LEFT STUDIO (214 West 30th Street – between 7th and 8th Avenues on the 6th floor). BEST SOLO PERFORMANCE by the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival for its acclaimed sold-out run at the CHERRY LANE THEATRE this August. Most recently ‘Sharks’ created headlines during its sold-out premiere in Portland’s Festival of the Hispanic Arts, LA LUNA NUEVA, at the MILAGRO THEATRE as well as winning more awards for its sold-out run at Washington DC’s MetroStage.
THAT PLAY: A Solo Macbeth: Starring Tom Gualtieri, written By Tom Gualtieri & Heather Hill. Directed By Heather Hill. Original Music & Sound By Erin Hill. Thursdays October 4, 11, 18, 25 & November 1/Mondays October 15, 22, 29 & November 5, 12 & 19/Saturdays November 3 & 7 all at 7:30pm.
HOME IN HER HEART: Written by Margaret Morrison. Performed by Ericka L. Hart and Margaret Morrison. Directed by Cheryl King. Recorded music performed by Cynthia Hilts. October 16 & 24/November 2, 10, 13 & 27/December 4, 11 & 17 at 7:30 pm. Can the love of two women survive the black-white divide? In 1939 London, Jimmie LeRoy and Claire Hicks have lived, loved, and performed together for three years. Jimmie has a lifetime of experience as a lesbian and as a male impersonator. Claire, a talented pianist, is with a woman for the first time, and a white woman, at that. The gathering storm of war and a letter from home plummet them into the harsh reality of returning to a segregated U.S. As they pack to leave, the specters of exile, external hatred, and internalized homophobia make the very dream of their love seem impossible.
180 DAYS: Written and Performed By Taren Sterry. Directed by Cheryl King. September 17, 19 & 21 @ 7:00pm. 180 Days is the true story of Taren Sterry’s first six months working in hospice. While attending the University of California at Santa Cruz she embarks on a six month ethnographic field study to work with terminally ill patients and their families. Taren eagerly anticipates having deep, spiritual encounters with her patients, but to do that she must first learn how to survive in a foreign land, face the past, and savor the taste of humble pie.