posted Sep 25, 2012, 6:03 PM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Sep 25, 2012, 9:02 PM ]

DATE: Monday, October 15 at 7pm

SARAH BASKIN as Ensemble 3


GARY HILBORN as Ensemble 1
Gary Hilborn recently starred opposite Karina Arroyave in The Love Junkies of Hell's Kitchen. He’s a former student of The Atlantic Theater Company’s Acting School. Regional stage credits include Picasso at the Lapin Agile and Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day. Television credits include guest appearances on Blue Bloods, As the World Turns and One Life to Live, as well as a recurring role on All My Children. He recently appeared in the short films Me and My Deadbeat Husband (opposite Julia Minesci of the hit TV series Breaking Bad) and Anya as the legendary writer Jack Kerouac. Upcoming features include the indie drama Home and a starring role in the action thriller The Search for Agent Z.

SONDRA JAMES as Clothilde

Rachel is best known for portraying Dorothy Wordsworth in the critically acclaimed European Premiere GRASMERE at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Dottie Haines in YOUGH GUYS DON'T SHOOT BLANKS a the Barrow Street Theater for the Fringe NYC. Film credits include: SHADES OF GRAY, ROOM FOR TWO, AND LYRE LIAR. Webisode series: HEROES AND MONSTERS and CELEBRITIES TO GO. For more information, visit:


posted Sep 25, 2012, 4:18 PM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Sep 25, 2012, 6:56 PM ]

PLAY: THE ENGLISH BRIDE by Lucile Lichtblau
DATE: Wednesday, October 17 at 7pm

Dan has appeared as a guest star in over seventy television episodic programs and more than twenty Movie Of The Week productions. He has a score of film credits which include, STAKEOUT, ANOTHER STAKEOUT, the commercial blockbuster, INDEPENDENCE DAY and the Frank Miller production of Will Esiner’s; THE SPIRIT. Dan was also in the cult comedy: ALIEN TRESPASS. Dan is a very familar face to the off-off, off and regional theatre scene having performed, written or directed over 50 professional stage productions. In 2010- 2011 Dan did over two hundred and seventy-five performances as the legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi in the long running Broadway production of LOMBARDI. However, Dan is most recognized as the Dad in the highly acclaimed, Emmy winning, ABC Television show, THE WONDER YEARS..

Not to long ago, Dan starred in the Long Wharf theatre production of Willy Holtzman’s controversial play, HEARTS. Before that Dan was in the Coconut Grove production of Arthur Miller’s, THE PRICE, with the great Jack Klugman and directed by the legendary Bob Kalfin. He performed with the one and only Charles Durning in the Westwood Country Playhouse production of Jason Milligan’s, MEN IN SUITS after which Dan toured with his former television co-star, Fred Savage, in the play WENDELL AND BEN, marking Fred’s professional stage debut.

Dan has most recently performed The Guys by Ann Nelson both in NYC and on the road with his dear friend the wonderful Ms Wendie Malick. THE GUYS is a tribute to the brave fireman who lost their lives at the WTC on 9/11 and it’s a play that Dan is honored to be a part of. Dan’s most recent stage appearences: Mark St. Germaine’s; EARS ON A BEATLE, Ken Ludwig’s; LEADING LADIES, Lee Blessing’s; THE WINNING STREAK and Daniel Sullivan’s Christmas classic comedy; INSPECTING CAROL, at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ directed by, the talented, David Saint. Dan returned to George Street recently to work with friend and mentor, Jack Klugman, on Jeffrey Sweets riveting; THE VALUE OF NAMES. Jack and Dan revived their performances in THE VALUE OF NAMES in LA at Gary Marshall’s; Falcon Theatre. Dan went to NYC for the off Broadway run of Bill Mastrosomne’s: A STONE CARVER and followed that by performing in Brian Lee Franklin’s play: Good Bobby about RFK with Dan as James Hoffa.

For ten years Dan served as the artistic director of, The Playwright’s Kitchen Ensemble (PKE) of Los Angeles. With partners, Joe Cacaci and Richard Zavaglia, PKE produced over 450 public readings of new plays with the finest actors in the business in order to promote the development of the new American playwright and to seek literary representation for new writers.

Dan does not do plays written by old dead white guys.
Dan is happily represented by Harry Gold and the staff at Talent Works and by managers
Daryl Marshack and Sue Zackary in LA and old fiend Jeff Berger in NYC

Rachel is best known for portraying Dorothy Wordsworth in the critically acclaimed European Premiere GRASMERE at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Dottie Haines in YOUGH GUYS DON'T SHOOT BLANKS a the Barrow Street Theater for the Fringe NYC. Film credits include: SHADES OF GRAY, ROOM FOR TWO, AND LYRE LIAR. Webisode series: HEROES AND MONSTERS and CELEBRITIES TO GO. For more information, visit:

as Ali Said

DT SHERIDAN as the Narrator

MOCHA cast

posted Sep 25, 2012, 3:23 PM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Sep 25, 2012, 6:57 PM ]

PLAY: MOCHA by Eleanor Burgess
DATE: Friday, October 19 at 7pm

Georgie's studied at some pretty cool places (NYU, UCB, upcoming: The PIT),  with some pretty cool people (Todd Thaler, June Stein, Alaine Alldaffer). She's worked with some pretty talented people too (at NYU, SVA, Brooklyn College, Le Char Noir, Space Junk Ent, Lindsay Bernstein, & RoaN Productions).
Now she's kicking it in Brooklyn. She hopes to make funny videos and maybe make some people laugh or at least smile. She'd also like to write some jokes. She'd like to give the warmest biggest thanks to her parents, Elizabeth, Zack and most importantly: Noel and Rachel. Thanks for including and inspiring me.

Chris has performed at countless venues and with many companies around NYC including: Here, The Present Company, The Ohio Theater, The Connelly, The Arclight, The Ontological Theatre at St. Marks, Synapse, Six Figures, The Mint, The Culture Project, and at Fringe Festivals in both New York and Scotland. She is a member of the award winning company,The Barrow Group, with whom she has worked extensively, most recently in  Christopher Shinn’s Dying City as well as festivals with FAB Women.

Rob is originally from the Boston area but has lived in New York for over a decade. While in NYC he has worked as a comedian, storyteller and actor. He has been in several independent films, including the low budget horror classic “Drainiac.” He has also been seen on SpikeTV, The Food Network, Nick at Night, The Onion News Network, Oxygen, Showtime’s  “The Big C” and USA Network’s “Royal Pains.” Rob lives in Queens with his wife, Kelley and son, Thomas.

TRAN T THUC HANH as Ameena & Alicia
KAREN LEE as Merpati

Rachel is best known for portraying Dorothy Wordsworth in the critically acclaimed European Premiere GRASMERE at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Dottie Haines in YOUGH GUYS DON'T SHOOT BLANKS a the Barrow Street Theater for the Fringe NYC. Film credits include: SHADES OF GRAY, ROOM FOR TWO, AND LYRE LIAR. Webisode series: HEROES AND MONSTERS and CELEBRITIES TO GO. For more information, visit:

MARY ANN STEWART as The Narrator

PLAYWRIGHT - Eleanor Burgess

posted Sep 6, 2012, 9:19 AM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Sep 6, 2012, 9:21 AM ]

DATE: Friday, October 19
TIME: 7pm

Eleanor Burgess is a playwriting fellow with the Huntington Theatre in Boston and has had readings of her work at the Arcola Theatre in London, the Next Generation Playwriting Contest in New York, Panndora’s Box in Los Angeles and Broad Horizons Theatre Company in New York. She is also a professional screenwriter, with projects currently in development with Act Four Productions and Indiewood Pictures. She is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and a graduate of Yale College, where she worked with the Yale Dramatic Association and co-founded the professional film production group Bulldog Productions. She has taught History, English, Filmmaking, and Creative Writing in Boston, London and New Haven, and this fall is moving to New York to pursue writing full-time.

PLAYWRIGHT - Lucile Lichtblau

posted Sep 6, 2012, 9:15 AM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Sep 8, 2012, 6:23 PM ]

DATE: Wednesday, October 17
TIME: 7pm

Graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and The Yale School of Drama where she received the MCA Fellowship in Playwriting.

*commissioned and developed for world premiere at Stageworks in Hudson, NY
*regional premiere at And Toto Too Theatre Company in Denver, CO.

*Winner of the Israel Baran Award and The Susan Glaspell Prize
-Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, PA
-Centenary Stage, Hackettstown, NJ
-Panndora Box Production’s New Play Festival, Santa Ana, CA
-The Actors Theatre Santa Cruz, CA (Full Length Play first prize winner)
-The Will Geer Theater, Topanga Canyon, CA
-The Pearl Theatre
-City Center, NY
-The Luna Stage
-West Orange, NJ
-The Horse Trade Company, NYC

*Winner of Pandora Box Production’s New Play Festival
*Reading at the Empire Theater in Santa Ana, CA.

*Chosen for development at The Southern Writers Project of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and nominated for the Weissberger Award, given annually by the Williamstown Theater Festival

*Produced at: Stageworks
-The Manhattan Theatre Source
-The Vital Theatre
-The Turnip Theatre
-The Boca Raton Festival
-The Hudson Opera House
*Four short plays aired on Public Access Television (Great Neck, NY), winning prizes for comedy and drama in the North East Video Festival.
*SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES was incorporated into PATV’s documentary film “It All Starts With The Script.” Shown at the LA/NY Intl. Independent Film Festival, winning three awards.

AEA and DGA member. Co-director of Plays In Progress in Hudson, NY.


posted Sep 6, 2012, 8:02 AM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Sep 6, 2012, 9:34 AM ]

DATE: Monday, October 15
TIME: 7pm

M.E.H. Lewis is an internationally produced playwright who is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, three Ragdale Residencies, the Julie Harris Award, a Tremain Fellowship, the Joseph Jefferson Award, and several times a semi-finalist for the O’Neill. She was a Dramatists Guild Intensive Fellow and is a Resident at Chicago Dramatists, where she also teaches. Her play Thirst (co-authored with Anita Chandwaney) was a top-two honored finalist for the New York Women in the Arts and Theatre Collaboration Award and will be presented this fall at International Women’s Theatre Conference in Stockholm, together with her play Small World.

BLOODRITE - Debut Stage Reading - Tues. Nov 15

posted Dec 23, 2011, 12:55 PM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Dec 23, 2011, 1:10 PM ]

a modern urban tragedy in two acts
a New Play by the 2011 NAACP August Wilson Theatrical

Playwright Award-winner, Owa

Directed by Noël Neeb, Co-founder of RoaN Productions.
Produced by
Voza Rivers / New Heritage Theatre Group, in association with The Dwyer Cultural Center.

Featuring an outstanding cast, including:
Christoph Abiel, James Edward Becton, Aja Naomi King, Marcus Lorenzo, Celli Pitt, Erwin E. A. Thomas, and Outer Critic Circle-, Ossie Davis-, and Obie-award winner Russell G. Jones.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 PM
The Dwyer Cultural Center
                258 Saint Nicholas Ave, no. 2, NYC (Btwn 123rd & 124th St)

“In his brand new, never-before-produced play, Bloodrite, Owa echoes the long-established themes of Hamlet, while providing a particularly insightful reexamination of its narrative motifs,” said Noël Neeb, Co-founder of and Director at RoaN Productions. “The dialogue fluctuates seamlessly between contemporary, urban slang and the more traditional, heightened prose that typically surrounds this particular subject matter. It’s through his striking use of language that Owa elevates and evolves its themes while simultaneously making the fundamental spirit of the play much more accessible. This is but one reason why we at RoaN Productions feel privileged to be involved in the development process of this significant new work.”

Neeb continued, “Set in modern day Harlem, with an equally modern twist, Owa portrays a young gangbanger who confronts the truth about himself and about his father’s death, through the course of madness, betrayal, and murder. Making for a richer experience, Owa layers his text with clear yet compelling back stories and parallels to Christian mythology and ritual.”

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE™ - Oct 24 - Demystifying Promotion: The Art - and Science - of Marketing

posted Oct 31, 2011, 1:48 PM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Jun 29, 2012, 2:05 PM ]

This in-depth panel discussion and networking event will not only provide you with some of the essential tools and strategies that the pros use, it will also provide insight into the minds of journalists and editors.

Learn to promote your company, a project, or yourself - as an individual artist.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Demystify the publicity process,
  • Access affordable marketing resources,
  • Get the attention of your target audience, and
  • Much, much more!

Featured experts:


Kerry Minchinton 2

Kerry Minchinton

Marketing & Events Manager at The Pekoe Group  

Kerry Minchinton is a marketing fiend with a knack for planning events from scratch. You can find her daily at her desk pitching and pitching and pitching some more. She is charged with making sure our clients get as many promotions for "free" as possible. From print and online to appearances and in-theatre talkbacks, Kerry works tirelessly to secure trades and promotions for our shows. Prior to joining the Pekoe Group in 2009, Kerry embarked upon a journey into the casting world for a few years with stints as Casting Associate/Assistant at Tucker / Meyerson Casting, ABC Primetime Casting, The Roundabout Theatre Company, and the Food Network. She was first introduced to theatrical promotions while working as a Marketing Assistant at HHC Marketing. A Minnesota winter survivor, she hails from the land of 10,000 lakes and holds a BA in Theatre and a Business Administration Minor from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. After years in the city, she considers herself a New Yorker and spends free time eating her way through the city's many culinary triumphs and attending as much theatre as she can.


Jesse Deal

Jesse Deal
Director of Communications

Jesse comes from highly collaborative and creative environments, which aligns perfectly with our ethos of enterprise underpinned by creativity, camaraderie, and achievement. His unique career experience - a blend of account service and corporate communications at both the global and single agency levels - gives him great insight into how all the pieces work together. His particular skill-set is leveraging his analytical skills to extend a company's brand by assimilating complex information quickly and conveying such complicated, nuanced information in an easily digestible form.


Throughout his career Jesse counseled numerous executive-level management teams on corporate positioning, as well as on the crafting and delivery of marketing, executive, internal, external and financial communiqués. He spent his early career in the Philadelphia office of JWG Associates Inc, a national advertising agency. In 1997 he moved to New York City and went to work at J Walter Thompson Specialized Communications, the global advertising powerhouse, where he focused on recruitment advertising. Using the next eight years honing his talents at a boutique PR & corporate communications agency, Jesse then went on to provide independent consulting services before moving to the client-side as the Manager, Communications for a 157-member non-profit organization.


Jesse has also served as an assistant editor at a start-up magazine, and as a fiction editor at Painted Bride Quarterly, an acclaimed literary magazine. This Philadelphia native earned his BA in English from Shippensburg University, and his MS in Publishing from New York University. He has lived in New York since 1997 and still feels it is the absolute center of the universe!

Party With A Purpose™ - Sept 28th - The Actor's Perspective

posted Oct 4, 2011, 10:52 AM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Dec 23, 2011, 1:09 PM ]

The art of creating a successful acting career!


Mimi Lieber Mimi Lieber with Mandy Petinkin
Mimi Lieber arranged
Brooklyn Boy (MTC), I'm Not Rappaport (revival); The Heidi Chronicles (national tour) OFF BROADWAY: Distracted (Roundabout) REGIONAL CREDITS INCLUDE: Diary of Anne Frank (Westport Playhouse), Sirens (Humana Fest, Actors Theater of Louisville) Persephone, The Sister's Rosenweig (Huntington), We Won't Pay (Longwharf), Leon, Lena & Lenz (Guthrie), Figaro Gets a Divorce (La Jolla Playhouse); Taking Sides, The Greeks, Love Council, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Offending the Audience, Five Women Wearing The Same Dress (Odyssey); Potestad (Stages); Help (Coast Playhouse); Othello, Much Ado About Nothing (LA Shakespeare); U.S. Comedy Arts Festival w/ Ensemble Studio Theater (Grand Jury Prize) TV: over 60 shows including: "Medium," "The Sopranos," "Law & Order" (recurring), "Conviction," "Cashmere Mafia," "The Practice," "Friends," "ER," "NYPD Blue," "Seinfeld," "X-Files," "Judging Amy" (recurring), "Early Edition" (recurring), "Dave's World" (recurring), "Wiseguy" (recurring), "Naked Brothers Band" (recurring, also series' choreographer) FILMS: Cold Souls, Arranged, The Thing About My Folks, Bulworth, Corrina Corrina, Ghost in the Machine, Wilder Napalm, Last Resort, Nightshift, Showtime's Just Another Story, Grease! CHOREOGRAPHER of '09's Twelfth Night, '10 Merchant of Venice, current production of All's Well That Ends Well, NY Shakespeare Festival (Delacorte).

Ty JonesTy Jones RedactedTy Jones Clowns


Obie winner and Classical Theater of Harlem Board Chair, Ty Jones has had an extensive career and is a regular at major regional theaters. Career highlights include the title role in Macbeth and "Menelaus" in The Trojan Women, both of which earned him AUDELCO nominations, as well as in Aint Supposed to Die a Natural Death, and The Blacks: a Clown Show, for which he won an OBIE at Classical Theatre of Harlem. Other theater credits include: the Tony Award-Winning production of Henry IV with Ethan Hawke and Kevin Kline, appearing with Denzel Washington on Broadway in Julius Caesar directed by Tony-award winner Daniel Sullivan, Hamlet - American Shakespeare Theater Company (Sundance); Paul in Six Degrees of Separation - Baltimore Center Stage/MSC, Cory in Fences - Guthrie. Film credits include: starring as Msgt. Jim Sweet in Brian de Palma's feature film RedactedHeaven's Fall -- with Timothy Hutton and Anthony Mackie;Kiss it up to God -- Winner at Cannes, UrbanWorld, Imagenation and First Run Film Festivals. He also starred in Kairos, a short feature by award-winning director Shanti Thakur. Mr. Jones has both stage and film literary projects in the works.Emancipation, a screenplay based on the 1831 Nat Turner Rebellion, was selected in the following: Sundance Feature Film Institute Finalist and San Francisco Black Film Festival Winner. Received his MFA from the University of Delaware and was named "One of 25 to Watch in 2006" in TIME OUT NY Magazine.


Patrick CarrollPatrick Carroll with Dan and Frances

Patrick Carroll Redacted


He made his debut on Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club's GOOD PEOPLE, opposite Frances McDormand, Becky Ann Baker and Estelle Parsons. Additional theater credits include productions of Troilus & Cressida, Quills, and A Streetcar Named Desire. He made his feature film debut in a leading role in Brian De Palma's Redacted. In television, he has appeared on "Law & Order," "Eleventh Hour" and "Six Degrees." Patrick is a graduate of the Rutgers University acting conservatory program.

THE MEDEA PROJECT: A Hypothetical Retelling of A Heinous Myth - Mon. Sept 19th

posted Sep 25, 2011, 8:36 AM by Rachel McKinney   [ updated Dec 23, 2011, 1:05 PM ]

'...regardless of time and place, love is "the great conduit of the ridiculous" - and that shattered love can exact a costly and horrifying toll.' 
- By Eric Marchese, OC Register


A Hypothetical Retelling of A Heinous Myth

What would happen to the Medea myth if it were re-engineered in today's world of cell phones, high-pressure meetings and high-powered divorce lawyers? It is the ultimate story of betrayal and vengeance, resulting in extreme consequences! 

PLAYWRIGHT:Kristina Leach
Kristina wrote her first play at age 10. It was awful, but she got over it.  Years later, she is an internationally recognized playwright, much to her continued awe and amazement. She received the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival John Cauble Short Play Award for her one-act, Supernova in Hamlet. In 2002, she was runner-up for the David Mark Cohen Award for her play, Grasmere, which received full productions in Hollywood, New York D.C. and, thanks to RoaN, Edinburgh. She was awarded the Orange County Theatre Award for Best New Play for The Medea Project, a Modern Retelling of a Heinous Myth.  Although she enjoys writing for adult actors, she has also written quite a few plays for younger audiences and young actors. 72 Degree and Sunny and 1212, were both commissioned by South Coast Repertory in California and performed by young actors, while Tommy Humbug and the Christmas Gypsies is her favorite of eight holiday plays that have been produced in Los Angeles for young audience members.  In addition to writing plays,  she has also taught playwriting to high schoolers and acting classes for adults in Orange County, California. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her biggest fan – her husband, Eric. Her work will be seen this Fall in the new web series The Room ( On a personal note, she’d like to thank friends and family who continue to support her artistic endeavors – without them, she'd still be a receptionist.  

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