The Lake George Theater Lab is proud to announce its 2014 season! New Play Lab, Lake George Theater Lab is in residence with two brand new American plays this summer and we are bringing back ‘Broadway on the Lake’ at the Lake George Club.
The Lake George Theater Lab provides space, housing, attention and inspiration for new plays on their way to production. Artists come to our shores to live and work together for a week, lifting a new play to its highest potential. In the current theatrical climate, plays are rehearsed for three weeks including time for technical aspects, this does not afford the luxury of questioning the authenticity of the characters moment by moment or rewriting major portions of the script. LGTL provides this luxury, often with high acclaim for the plays we see first on our shores. We last teamed up with Wooly Mammoth on Aaron Posner’s original adaptation of the Seagull, “SFB”, and this year it won the Helen Hayes Award for best new play! ‘Broadway on the Lake’ is a roaring celebration of music, talent and our beautiful lake! See bios of our performers below!
New Play Lab is in residence June 26-30th with a new play, “Look at me, Now, Please” by Cynthia Hanson directed by Josh Hecht and we are in residence July 14-20th with a new play “Zombies, An American” by Robert O’Hara in co-production with The Wooly Mammoth Theater Company, a reading will be provided July 19th at 7 PM at the Bolton Conservation Club, 56 Edgecomb Pond Road, Bolton Landing, NY. Then, at the Lake George Club , 9N/4000 Lakeshore Drive, Diamond Point, NY, on August 10th at 1 PM Broadway on the Lake brings four Musical Theater stars to our shores, including the 11 year old Tony Award winner from the Broadway Musical “Matilda” singing songs from the upcoming musical “Frozen”.
Broadway on the Lake
STEPHEN R. BUNTROCK most recently appeared on Broadway in A Little Night Music with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Other Broadway: Oklahoma! (Curly); Jane Eyre (St. John); Titanic (Barrett); Beauty and the Beast (Gaston); Grease (Teen Angel); Les Miserables (Enjolras) and The Phantom of the Opera. Tours: Cameron Mackintosh’s Martin Guerre (Arnaud du Thil); Joseph in the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rueben) starring Donny Osmond. Concert appearances with Julie Andrews.
ERIN DILLY most recently appeared as Mother in the original Broadway cast of A Christmas Story-The Musical. Prior to that, she starred as Billie Bendix in Broadway’s Nice Work If You Can Get It opposite Matthew Broderick. Other Broadway: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Truly Scrumptious) (Tony Award and Outer Critics’ Circle nominations); Into the Woods (Cinderella) with Vanessa Williams; The Boys From Syracuse; Follies; Encores! Babes in Arms. National tours: South Pacific (Nellie Forbush); Martin Guerre and Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Guthrie Theatre, Alley Theatre, Paper Mil Playhouse and Goodspeed Opera House among other. Film/TV: “Julie and Julia”, “Too Big to Fail”, “12 Men of Christmas”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Nurse Jackie”, “The Jury”, “3 lbs.”, “Gossip Girl”, “Elementary” and many others. Erin is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program.
OONA LAURENCE made her Broadway debut in the title role in Matilda The Musical and was recognized by the Tony Awards. A native New Yorker, she appeared onstage Woody Guthrie Dreams, Seussical, Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, The Music Man and received an Audience Award for The Cosmic Fruit Bowl. Film/TV: ”Penny Dreadful” “Days Dance”, “Esther”, “Louie”, “A Little Game”. “Even if you’re little you can do a lot!”.
KISSY SIMMONS, a Native Floridian, attended the University of South Florida on a track and field scholarship. She grew up playing the keyboard and singing in church. Before moving to NYC, she had a successful modeling career and did many theatrical performances in the Tampa Bay Area. She was last seen on Broadway in The Lion King playing the role of Nala for nine years (which makes her the longest running Nala ever!). Miss Simmons has appeared in several national commercials, print ads and voiceovers. TV and film credits include “Smash”, “30 Rock”, “Hope and Faith” and ‘Six Degrees of Separation” to name a few.
PRODUCER/HOST-Stephen DeAngelis ACCOMPANIST-Eugene Gwozdz
New Play Lab: ROBERT O’HARA has recently released his Film Writing and Directing debut, THE INHERITANCE. He received 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play for ANTEBELLUM and an OBIE Award for his Direction of the World Premiere of the critically acclaimed IN THE CONTINUUM at Primary Stages. He wrote and directed the World Premiere of Insurrection: Holding History at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the piece received the Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play and was subsequently published by both TCG and Dramatist Play Service. He Directed the World Premiere of Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), Co-Production at McCarter Theater/ New York Shakespeare Festival. His recent Stage Directing: Tough Titty, Magic Theater. Eclipsed, CTG/Kirk Douglas Theater. A Life In The Theater, Alliance Theater. Brother Size and Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet, City Theater. ACT/Zeum recently produced his play, Good Breeding. His play, Etiquette of Vigilance, was recently produced by Steppenwolf Theater Company. He rewrote The Wiz (Revival at LaJolla Playhouse directed by Des McAnuff). His plays, which include have been produced around the World and he has been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, TCG Extended Collaboration Grant, NEA/TCG Fellowship, a Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists, the First Mark Taper Forum’s Sherwood Award, and the TANNE Award for Exceptional Body of Work. American Conservatory Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival, LaJolla Playhouse, The McCarter Theater, NEA, Mark Taper Forum, Theater/Emory, Theatres De Mimes, Le Theatre L’Odeon, Theaterworks/USA and Bill Cosby have all commissioned him. Mr. O’Hara has also directed at Yale Rep, Woolly Mammoth Theater, American Conservatory Theater, The Goodman Theater, Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, The Market Theater in Johannesburg, The Baxter Theater in Cape Town, The Culture Project, The Flea, Athenaeum Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company. He has been an Artist in Residence at the American Conservatory Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival, Theater/Emory, O’Neill Theater Festival, as well as an Endowed Chair at UCSD, Visiting Professor at DePaul University School of the Arts, and Adjunct at NYU, UIChicago and Tufts. He directed the first Sundance Institute Theater Workshop at the NYSF and recently completely his second Sundance Lab, directing Colman Domingo’s, WILD WITH HAPPPY. He received his Directing MFA from Columbia University School of Arts has served on the Obie Jury, various NEA/TCG Juries and the Pew Fellowship Juries. He has written screenplays for Martin Scorsese and Universal (LIVE: Richard Pryor), Spike Lee and HBO (MICHEAUX), Jon Avnet and ABC (PARTING THE WATERS), Richard Zanuck (DECALOGUE), Sony Pictures (JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION), Fine Line Cinema (BOORDA) and Artisan Entertainment. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Undergraduate Acting Program at the NYU/TISCH School of the Arts.
But none of this is possible without your support. We are looking for your help to fund these programs. Here are ways you can help:
1) Sponsor an actor’s meals – an actor labbing a show is upstate and away from their own fridge for a week – become a FOOD STIPEND ANGEL – $100.00
2) Sponsor invites for a show – become a POSTCARD ANGEL – $250.00
3) Get those actors and writers upstate – become a TRANSPORTATION ANGEL – $500.00
4) House those actors and playwrites – become a CHALET ANGEL – $1600.00
5) Attend Attend Attend – become an AUDIENCE MEMBER ANGEL
All donations are tax deductible and checks can be made out to The Field, our umbrella 501c3, and mailed to P.O. Box 1652, Bolton Landing, NY 12814 and www.lakegeorgetheaterlab.com links you directly to The Field for credit card donations. Please feel free to call me at 917-319-9140 for any questions.
Thank you, again, for helping the Lake George Theater Lab serve artists and our community.
Founder, Lake George Theater Lab