ACTORS & WRITERS

MEMBER NEWS & LINKS

SPRING 2015

Mark your calendar for our summer reading series at Woodstock's Maverick Concert Hall: Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Saturday, June 20 at 7pm); Eats Shorts and Leaves, new short plays by company writers (Friday, July 24 at 7pm); Middle of the Night by Paddy Chayefsky (Friday, August 28 at 7pm). Meanwhile, in the rest of the in the world...

KATHERINE BURGER’S play Down The Rushy Glen had staged readings at the Medicine Show Theater Company and the Flux Theater Company. She is currently turning her very short play Love Hurts (presented several times by Actors & Writers) into a full-length musical, renamed Animal Attraction.

SARAH CHODOFF, Geoff Harden and friends play acoustic old-time string band music most Tuesday nights at Catskill Mountain Pizza Co. in Woodstock.

LAURA SHAINE CUNNINGHAM’s play Beautiful Bodies is signed for a five-country contract and will be performed in Poland, Lithuania, Czechoslovakia, Latvia, and Estonia. She has been invited to be guest faculty at the San Miguel Writers' Conference next February. Baby, a two-person play, has been chosen for Best Plays Anthology. Laura’s new memoir, Forbidden Russia: an American Writer in Moscow Court, will be published in September.

DENNY DILLON will appear Off-Broadway this fall at the Flea Theatre in Thomas Bradshaw's new play Fulfillment. She is reopening her art gallery in Stone Ridge, The Drawing Room, on June 6 with her exhibit "Creative Differences," and will join SUNY Ulster's Theatre Department this fall to teach Improvisation.

JASON DOWNS has narrated 14 audiobooks in the past year (some saucy, some not) as his alter ego "Tristan Hunt." He appeared in The Bold and the Beautiful on CBS and is currently playing Lenny in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles.

SOPHIA RAAB DOWNS has booked a few national commercials, including Hyundai, Walgreens, and Johnson & Johnson and is doing book coverage for Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips' production company.

DAVIS HALL recently appeared in John Patrick Shanley's Outside Mullingar at the Hudson Theatre. He and Ingrid Price just produced a short film entitled Too Oh Seven.

MIKHAIL HOROWITZ continues to perform with Gilles Malkine in venues far and near, and recently premiered his one-act play Spoon River Apology at the Rosendale Cafe, with NICOLE QUINN, DAVID SMILOW, LORI WILNER, and Mourka in the cast.

ADAM LEFEVRE recently appeared in David Ives' The Metromaniacs at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre Company. Upcoming film roles include Gold with Matthew McConnaughey and Freehold with Julianne Moore, Ellen Page and KEVIN O'ROURKE, with a screenplay by RON NYSWANER. Adam's new poetry collection A Swindler's Grace will be published in January.

NICOLE QUINN’s It's a Nightmare, book one of The Gold Stone Girl trilogy, has been nominated for a Tiptree Award, an honor recognizing speculative fiction that changes the way we think about gender. Book two, Disbelief, is available now in all formats.

NINA SHENGOLD's book River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley, including profiles of LAURA SHAINE CUNNINGHAM, MIKHAIL HOROWITZ, and NICOLE QUINN and photographs by Jennifer May, will be rereleased in paperback in July. Her play Forty To Life is part of an evening of five American one-acts at the People's Theatre of Celje, Slovenia, and was recently staged with DAVID SMILOW's Brights at Vermont's Dorset Playhouse.

MARK ST. GERMAIN’s new play Relativity, about Einstein and the daughter he gave away, will be premiering this fall at the Florida Studio Theater.

JOE WHITE recently appeared on an episode of Blue Bloods on CBS. He continues his work as an acting coach at Fordham Law School and his Teaching Artist work for Manhattan Theatre Club and Theatre Development Fund.

LORI WILNER will appear in Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities and as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret at Theatre Aspen this summer.

MARY LOUISE WILSON is currently appearing in On the Twentieth Century on Broadway. Her memoir My First Hundred Years in Show Business will be published in June by Overlook Press. RON NYSWANER’s documentary about her, She's the Best Thing in It, premiered at South by Southwest.

SHELLEY WYANT will direct a revival of Tad Richard's Rocklins at Opus 40. She teaches Maskwork at NYU, the New School, and the Atlantic Theater Company.


RELATED LINKS

Laura Shaine: www.laurashainecunningham.com 

Shelley Wyant: www.shelleywyant.com 

Nina Shengold: www.ninashengold.com ;www.wordcafe.us

Mikhail Horowitz: CDs available at www.mikandgilles.com 

Nicole Quinn: racingdaylightthemovie.com ; racingdaylightthemovie.blogspot.com ;
slapandticklemovie.blogspot.com
; indiegogo.com/SlapAndTickle ; www.nicomats.com 

Denny Dillon: www.thedrawingroomonline.com 

Davis Hall: www.davishall.com

Jason Downs: www.jasondowns.com 

Sophia Raab Downs: www.watershedworks.com  

Ron Nyswaner: www.ronnyswaner.com

Katherine Burger: www.katherineburger.net

Maverick Theatre and Concert Hall: www.maverickconcerts.org