Tuesday, December 18, 2012

FINAL BOWS ON CLOSING NIGHT OF "A WOUND IN TIME" OFF BROADWAY







Photos courtesy of Bill Russo

Sunday, December 16, 2012

"A Wound In Time" Revisited: Social Issues On Stage and Off 12/16 by Stephanie Wilson | Blog Talk Radio

"A Wound In Time" Revisited: Social Issues On Stage and Off 12/16 by Stephanie Wilson | Blog Talk Radio

Don't miss this one! 1pm ET Sunday 12/16! Remember if you miss it live listen in on demand anytime! Guest Gyavira Lasana and I discuss the politics around skin tone and the performing arts! This could get sticky!


Friday, December 14, 2012

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Monday, December 10, 2012

RIP EDGAR MALDONADO!

Closing night outside St. Lukes Theatre with Edgar (in knit cap) and cast
Almost 2 weeks to the day of the closing show of "A Wound In Time" our "honorary cast member" and conga player, Edgar Maldonado, succumbed to his 8 year battle with cancer.  I knew he had cancer and asked him to be on stage in the play to add the flavor of El Barrio with his conga beat.  I wanted to reach out and give him the opportunity to do what he loved and was damn good at doing.  I can't help but imagine that maybe he held on to keep his word, and  for the opportunity to be Off Broadway.  I'm so happy that he did... Mucho gracias Edgar!  RIP 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BRAVO TO OUR CHEE CHEE!

Clarence Leonard Jr. as Chee Chee
Applause goes to Clarence Leonard Jr.!  He played the role of gay freelance photographer, Chee Chee, in "A Wound In Time".  He was just cast in a film by someone who saw him in the play on closing night!  Congrats to a very talented, and more importantly, nice young man!

He is not the first to find Orisha blessings after appearing in the play.  In its first production in 2010 at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the leading man and woman fell in love and are now engaged.  

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A REALIZED OBLIGATION...

My previous post spoke about the rarity of the Artiste.  But there are those who have the potential to be an Artiste and need only to have them realize it and have it nurtured.  Thus, it is my responsibility to let potential Artistes that I encounter know that they have a choice... 

The Artiste need not be an endangered species.

Friday, November 23, 2012

IN MEMORY OF THE ARTISTE!

Oh, how I long to have been around during the days of the Harlem Renaissance, or old enough during the days of beatniks, and Bohemia in Nueva York!  For those were the days of the Artistes.  Folks from various artistic genres doing their art for LOVE!  No pressures of waiting for the "big break" or of being "discovered".  Just the sheer joy of creating.  The words "starving artist" sounds cliche but it is all so true.   There are still folks who do go homeless for their "art", sleep in crowded apartments for their "art", rehearse in cold kitchens or basements for their "art", and pan handle for their "art".  These dedicated souls are not as numerous as years ago.  Unfortunately, it is the Artiste who knows it is all about the "work" and not their selfish wants.  It is the Artiste who suffers without complaint and cares little, if not less, about notoriety for their creation.  For that is not their motivation.  The romanticist in me, yearns for the glory days that I've heard and read so much about. That I have even witnessed, albeit for a short time.  What I have witnessed in my return to the theatre as actor, playwright, producer, and director, sadly, is the Artiste as something rare.

WAITING FOR THE DUST TO SETTLE... WITHDRAWAL!

It was a bumpy but joyous ride to Off Broadway, with added drama courtesy of Hurricane Sandy.  So many, including theatres, have yet to recover from the aftermath.  But I am happy that most folks have gotten their power and lives back.  It usually takes a while for me to  recover from the withdrawal symptoms once a show is over.  It has only been a few days but I am anxious to resume writing my 2 new plays, as well as get things rolling for the re-mount Off Broadway of  my Creole drama in February.  Can't wait to get back on the stage with my muses and friends.  There are also plans to alternate both shows with staggered performances throughout the year.

So I will laze around until the malaise of closing a show, and Thanksgiving passes...  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

MY! MY! MY WHAT A CLOSING!!!

Alzie Rejouis and Stacey Griffin tearing up the stage "literally"
Our wonderful man on congas, Edgar Maldonado
What can I say?  After everyone slowly recovers from the malaise from hurricane Sandy, I can at least say "A Wound In Time" went out with a BAM!!!!  What a lovely turnout for the final performance.  I so appreciate each and everyone who came out during this hectic holiday week.  It meant so much to the cast and I.  Your kind words well remain in my heart forever...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CREATING COMPELLING ROLES FOR WOMEN!!!

As closing night of my mystery thriller, "A Wound In Time", approaches I can't help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.  True, I did the "impossible" again.  Mounting a production without financial support, and holding bill collectors at bay until the deed is done.  My guerrilla tactics are necessary in order for a person of little resource, such as myself, to bring a dream to fruition.  But even more than that is that I gave women an opportunity to stretch in roles that were complex and emotional.  But even more than THAT, these women took the reigns and allowed me to see what I had written on paper, in the flesh!  I thank them! 

Photos credited to Lee Wexler.

Weez Tomlinson

Star Davis

Irma Cadiz

Alzie Rejouis

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

HAPPY PREVIEW!!!

Tonight we finally go up.  It has been a major challenge for all after dealing with the chaos and inconvenience caused by Hurricane Sandy.  Many of my cast members have been without electricity for over a week, and/or have had to travel for hours due to the storm.  I so appreciate them for what they have endured and their total commitment to this production.  As you know the saying, "The show must go on"! 

 It is Election Day and all should vote.  But after casting your ballot it is hoped that you'll stop by and see a wonderful show!  For every ticket sold a dollar will be donated to hurricane victims. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

NEW PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE DUE TO HURRICANE!

Due to hurricane Sandy the Oct. 30th preview of "A Wound In Time" has been canceled.  A new show has been added on Nov. 19th at 8pm.  So performances are as follows Nov. 6, 13, 20 at 7pm and Nov. 19 at 8pm.  All tickets purchased for the Oct. 30th preview will be honored for any of the other shows. 

HURRICANE SPECIAL!!!

Use code WOUNDFNF and save $30 on orchestra seats!  This is a limited time offer.  Purchase online, via phone, or at box office.   A WOUND IN TIME TICKETS

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

POSTER... ANOTHER CREATION FROM MY COLLAGE

Created by moi!

DAYS AWAY!


Monday, October 15, 2012

REHEARSALS ARE GOING LOVELY!

Candid photo of moi taken at yesterday's rehearsal by cast member Irma Cadiz
Yesterday we rehearsed off book and with the sound design.  The cast really loves the sensual, haunting music of Wil Milton and Rodney Carter which I chose as part of the sound design.  With the anticipated lighting design of Mitch Ost the ambiance will be complete!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SACRIFICING FOR YOUR ART IS MOST REWARDING

Yes.  Cliche as it may be I AM a "starving artiste".  To push forward without the benefit of the money, or connections necessary to bring, what began in the heart and mind then on paper, finally to the stage is an amazing feat.   The rewards in sacrifice are the greatest!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

RIP WILLIAM RICHARD SOMERVILLE

This sweet and gentle man who was responsible for documenting my historical Creole drama "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" with lovely photos and videography has passed over. William Richard Somerville loved his camera, and he loved to use it to help promote and support his friends.  He fought long and hard against the cancer that returned and finally decided he would fight no more.  He was so brave.  Thank you Rich.  It is because of you that I can prove to all the wonderful work of the actors and crew in bringing "the work" to life.  Your name and work will live in the theatre archives in the new volume of Theatre World.

Friday, September 14, 2012

THANK YOU LEGENDS OF THE STAGE

Just browsing old photos of some of the stage legends and suddenly an ache came upon my soul. Knowing how they gave of themselves to suffer through pain, and then recover with joy for all to see... The wear and tear on their being... Such is the selflessness of the stage actor. I thank them for their sacrifice.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

ALL PROJECTS FISCALLY SPONSORED BY MEGA ARTS ORG. FRACTURED ATLAS!

Thanks to Fractured Atlas some of the pain of producing a play as an independent "artiste" was eased with the benefit of paying lower fees and special access under their non profit status. So grateful.

I will continue to try to make a difference through the arts until my last breath with their help.  TO HELP JUST CLICK

YOU'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT!

Its hip, mystical, chilling and funny... It stares in the face of ever present social issues like classism, racism, homophobia, bullying, colorism, sexism, religious persecution, low self-esteem, self hatred, and then some... All in one intense drama! "A Wound In Time".

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

SIMMERING TO A BOIL!



Rehearsals are going very well.  The cast of the new "A Wound In Time" is not only truly talented, but more importantly, a cast of professionals!  This is gonna be good!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CAST OF "A WOUND IN TIME" GUESTING ON AC LOWE SHOW OCT 15TH!


The cast of "A Wound In Time" and I have been invited as guests on the AC Lowe Show on Centanni Broadcasting.  I'll be co-hosting and interviewing my fellow thespians live from Umbertos Clam House in Little Italy on Monday, Oct. 15th at 6pm ET.  Listen live or after on demand at Centanni Broadcasting.com

Always a pleasure to visit the AC Lowe show and nibble on Umberto's delicioso Seafood Salad!  Mangia baby!

Saturday, September 1, 2012




Pressured by a suspicious mother, a strange bedfellow, and an amorous co-worker Negra Centron battles to keep a childhood secret from unraveling while the protective gods of Santeria seek justice in Spanish Harlem.

A hot summer in 1993 finally reveals the secret past of Cuban-American Negra Centron.  Magic, ritual, and destiny are the threads unraveling this gripping mystery thriller which tackles social issues in the true sense of "theatre".

COMING THIS FALL OFF BROADWAY!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

DEBUTING "A WOUND IN TIME" SHOW POSTER!

Hard to believe I survived Photoshop but here is the new poster I created for my upcoming mystery thriller!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

SUPPORT THEATRE WITH A MESSAGE

The auditions went very well.  But I am not seeking the talented thespian, but the artiste...  The person who is passionate about social issues and who wants to make a difference.  My plays go back to theatre basics... To inspire and arouse the audience, and touch hearts and stimulate minds.  I am focused and my mission is clearly defined.  I am about to begin the journey of providing ongoing theatre with a message and continue to commit and sacrifice all, without monetary gain as a motivation.  I am grateful to all who take the journey with me and who make it possible.  Looking forward to years of struggle and greater reward...

Donate now!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

GROUP AUDITIONS SET FOR AUGUST 13TH

Group auditions for replacements, and standbys for the re-mount "A Wound In Time" and "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" are set for August 13th.  I love group auditions.  They are truly lots of fun for the castee as well as the caster... LOL  Actors who submitted and who were contacted previously will be notified about available evening slots and location via email by August 9th.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

ROME'S DAUGHTER LIA GRABS OLYMPIC BRONZE

Rome Neal directed me in his adaption of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar". It was during the run of my mystery/thriller "A Wound In Time" at Nuyorican Poets Cafe that I auditioned for the role of the Soothsayer in "Julius Caesar Set In Africa".  Since then he has been supportive of my own productions.  His support and nurturing manner I'm sure is responsible for his daughter Lia's achievement in the Summer Olympics in London.  She is the 3rd from the left boldly holding the Bronze with her team members.  Congratulations!

Mature Female Actors: Where Is The Love? 08/05 by Stephanie Wilson | Blog Talk Radio

Mature Female Actors: Where Is The Love? 08/05 by Stephanie Wilson | Blog Talk Radio

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Brontë - A Portrait of Charlotte - Preview

Monday, July 16, 2012

"A WOUND IN TIME" SLATED FOR OPEN RUN THIS FALL!

Actors Ryss and Soleidy Mendez in original showcase production.

Very excited to remount this play, much favored by all who saw it during it's run 2 years ago at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe.  It is a very intense drama filled with lots of laughs, and of course, tackles social issues.  Regla de Ocha, also known  as Santeria, is a misunderstood African traditional religion retained by enslaved Africans in Cuba.  This play sheds light on and dispels some of the myths and misconceptions in a mystery/thriller.  Set in 1993 in Spanish Harlem, it shows a day in the life of practitioners of the religion, and tackles such social issues as religious persecution, bullying, classism, racism, homophobia, etc.  I really love the story and hoping this production continues to find others who feel the same.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

MERCI MADAME!

So flattered to have my cast and I invited to perform scenes from "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" at a Jazz concert this Fall by a very talented Chanteuse!  Stay tuned...

"BRONTE" IS BACK!

So happy to see the folks from team "Bronte" again!  "Bronte: A Portrait of Charlotte" is back Off Broadway at Actor's Temple Theatre for an open run starring the wonderful true professional, Maxine Linehan.  She is such a trouper and a joy, and a talent who has paid her dues and thus can go with the flow.  Brava!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My Hip Hop Claim To Fame! Biz Markie - Vapors

Biz Markie - Vapors: The Best of Cold Chillin'

See me at 2:15-2:35 in this music video classic!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

MORE GOOD NEWS FROM MY FRIENDS!

Lia Neal, the daughter of Rome Neal, who was my director in "Julius Caesar Set in Africa" and who has been so supportive of my work, is moving on to represent in the USA Olympic Swim Team.  Rome was such a strong supporter and devoted to her it is no surprise that she goes forward!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Monday, July 2, 2012

THE BEAUTIFUL ELLA JOYCE HAS A NEW TV SERIES!

The Beautiful and Talented Ella Joyce as Gladys

My gurl Ella Joyce is at it again with another TV series.  She stars as "Gladys" in the new show "Belles" coming this Fall.  So happy for her.  She is a true Artist and activist and hasn't changed in all these years.  She was the original Iya Carmen in the staged reading of my play,"A Wound In Time", over 20 years ago...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

SIMULTANEOUSLY PENNING 2 NEW PLAYS! FEELING INSPIRED!

Finally resumed writing my 2 new plays and doing it simultaneously! Not planned, but just working out this way.  You never know when the urge to write will hit so you just have to go for it when it does! 
In 1970, Fannie Mae Brown, a former chorus girl known as "Della Starr" circa 1944, shows that even a church lady can have a "past" in "Silk Stockings and a Bible".
"Diamond", is an exotic dancer, whose trials and tribulations of life are played out on the runway in "Go! Go! Go-Go Girl!"

Both plays give female actors strong roles to play, and of course, address social issues...

Friday, June 29, 2012

CREOLE COOKIN' AND CREOLE DRAMA?

"Blood Makes The Red River Flow" hopes to take it on the road.  While we welcome invitations to perform for you at your venue, we are working on bringing "dinner theatre" locally, offering a buffet of Creole cuisine while you watch a spicy historical drama!  Stay tuned...

Saturday, June 23, 2012

AUDITIONS AND SHOW DATES STILL PENDING FOR "A WOUND IN TIME"

Auditions for replacements and standbys TBA.  Rehearsals will resume after auditions, and as soon as show dates are secured with the desired venue!  Stay tuned...

LATEST ON "BLOOD MAKES THE RED RIVER FLOW"


Besides making plans to take "Red River" Off Broadway, I am putting wheels in motion and planning a Creole Dinner Theatre in Westchester County complete with a buffet of authentic Creole cuisine. This will happen before the Off Broadway run. My hopes for this very informative production has been to take it "on the road" and share it far and wide! Stay tuned...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

MY DUTY TO GIVE A VOICE...

Women have so much to say... I am happy to give them a chance to speak and reveal their depth and complexity in every play I write as I continue to try pushing the envelope...


A comment from a fellow thespian:
"I'm a 'mature' Australian actress. I regularly attend the International Women Playwrights Conferences (this year in Sweden) and am always asking those wonderful writers to produce great works for mature age actors.. Bravo! I can see you will have plenty of great women to choose from."

LITERALLY A LIFE SAVER...

Monday, June 18, 2012

DIVERSITY FESTIVAL PICS OF ""BLOOD MAKES THE RED RIVER FLOW" SCENE

It was a glorious day for a cultural diversity festival!  Some of the original cast members from "...Red River" Christiana Blain, Ron Rivera, Al Roffe, and myself performed a scene from the Creole drama on June 2nd at the Harlem State Office Building for the "Celebrate Diversity, Celebrate You Festival!"