Friday, June 17, 2011

POW! (Play Of The Week)

The Long Red Road
by Brett C. Leonard

Sammy drank. Sammy drove. Sammy crashed. Sammy ran. Sammy left everyone else to clean up the mess. In this gritty, gut-wrenching drama, we take a look at two sides of a family torn apart by an alcohol-fueled tragedy: the side that left and the side that stayed behind. Is there any chance of reconciliation? And, if so, what is the cost?

Brett C. Leonard’s The Long Red Road follows the wreckage of Sammy, a man trying to obliterate his past. Seeking refuge on a Lakota reservation, Sammy has submitted to the escape of alcohol. Meanwhile, his brother, Bob, and his girlfriend, Anna, deal with the carnage left in Sammy’s wake. As they struggle to put back the pieces, Sammy continues to self-destruct, and we see the boundaries of unconditional love.

Riding on the foundation of Shepard and Fornes, Leonard pairs harsh, demanding language with a setting that’s just as formidable. By using short, episodic scenes across the span of Sammy’s devastation, we see a panoramic view of the results, and are confronted by the reality of that picture. Not all stories are made to have a happy ending, though that happiness depends entirely on your point of view.

Full of great moments and intense, challenging scenes, The Long Red Road is not for the faint of heart. Think Leaving Las Vegas. Without the pleasant scenes. Great monologue material for a mature 13-year old girl and a good scene for late-20s/early-30s man and woman.

3M, 3W

Reviewed by Ben G.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The 65th Annual TONY Awards

We at the Drama Book Shop were proud to accept the 2011 Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre this past weekend. We thank you, our loyal customers, for your continued support. If you are in the neighborhood please stop by to see our beautiful TONY.

Tony Honor
The Drama Book Shop

"For Service to our community as a Storied emporium of play scripts, periodicals, and all manner of theatre books since 1917 "

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Monday, June 06, 2011

Now In Print at The Drama Book Shop

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Wed, June 8 @ 6:00 P.M: ACTING LIONS Book Launch & Signing with Penny Templeton at The Drama Book Shop

Join us for refreshments when we celebrate the publication of Acting Lions by Penny Templeton.

Her unique teaching methods and techniques have garnered awareness and recognition from industry peers, including articles in national magazines, and as a finalist Judge for the New York Film Festival, Daytime Emmys and Cable Ace Awards. She started teaching in the early 1990's, and opened the Penny Templeton Studio in Manhattan in 1994. Ms. Templeton was selected by Columbia University's School of the Arts to teach 'Acting for the Camera' to third year MFA students.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Mon, June 6 @ 6:30 P.M: FREE Acting Workshop with director & coach Andrew Frank at The Drama Book Shop

Andrew Frank has an extensive and varied background in the performing arts. He was an associate producer on Broadway with LOMBARDI, a new american play; he's the founding Artistic Director of the Manhattan Theatre Source, a Greenwich Village cultural staple for over a decade; held a senior position at New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs; and serves as a consultant for dozens of non-profit organizations. Mr. Frank is also an accomplished theatre director and playwright, with literally hundreds Off-Off and Off-Broadway credits. In 2008, after earning a certification in Personal Coaching from New York University, Mr. Frank started his highly successful coaching practice, which serves both aspiring and seasoned artists, entrepreneurs, and executives. Additionally, he is currently the Executive Director of Making Books Sing, a non-profit organization dedicated to children's literacy and social development through arts-in-education programs and professional family theatre. These workshops are part of the material developed for his forthcoming book - The Starving Thriving Artist which was born from his abiding personal interest in telling stories about the human condition, and the desire to help artists achieve their artistic and personal potential.

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