Friday, December 20, 2013

"WILD CHILD" IS FINALLY TAKING OFF!!!

Writing is a very mysterious process... Sometimes you have it and sometimes you don't.  When I don't I cease typing and wait until the "feeling" returns.  I don't push it.  I don't force it.  When it returns I immediately take advantage of the moment and type away!  "Wild Child" has finally taken off.  Meaning, it has a way of getting to its destination.  By the way, yes I did write the last scene of the play before completing the first act.  This journey is now looking very interesting!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"THE GRINDER" SHOWCASE PRODUCTION SET FOR SPRING 2014

The process continues and I'm happy to announce the return of most of the original cast members from the staged reading of the first play in my trilogy, "Women You Thought You Knew", to the showcase production of "The Grinder" next Spring.

Michelle Lamelza reprises the lead role of the aging stripper, Lauren aka "Diamond".

Christiana Blain reprises her role as friend and fellow stripper, Rita.

Al Roffe reprises his role as the gay "hairstylist extraordinaire" and friend, Romano.

Bill Russo, who played the role of Nelson in the reading will make his stage debut, in a role since written, as the grumpy strip club owner/manager, Lou.

The roles of Carlotta and Nelson will be cast after the holidays with actors on standby for auditions.
Thanks to Katherine Mylenki for the great job as Carlotta in the reading.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

THE STAGED READING OF "SILK STOCKINGS AND A BIBLE" IS CAST

The staged reading of the second play in my trilogy, "Silk Stockings and a Bible", has been cast.  Set in Harlem and Atlantic City during WWII it tells the story of chorus girl, Fannie Mae Brown aka "Della Starr", who years later becomes a "church lady".  Are her regrets of her past or of the present?


Krystal Hill as chorus girl Fannie Mae Brown

Irma Cadiz as fellow chorus girl Doris La Salle

Stacey Griffin as sailor Joseph Charles aka JC

Chuk Obasi as sax player/bartender Buddy

Mike Adler as Sammy G. Harlem/Atlantic City mob guy

Eren T. Gibson as Sassy bartender at Club Harlem/former Cotton Club chorus girl 



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

WELCOME TO THE TEAM!

From the start I pretty much did everything when it came to mounting my productions, from making the programs, flyers, posters, and scenic, and sound design.  That's what you do when you have no budget... Some of the weight will be lifted now that two talented gentlemen have reached out to offer their talent in future projects!

Wilson Exclusive Talent Productions is growing! Joey Vega as Art Director, and Tony Cathcart as Makeup Artist join the team for upcoming projects. And a special mention to "super producer"Alexa Birdsong for offering her help. Thanks for reaching out guys!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

PROJECTED TIMELINE FOR UPCOMING PROJECTS IN 2014

I tell you, I must be going through a serious manic phase of my bipolar as I have lots to do and plan to carry it out with the right folks on board! Remember, that's a "projected" timeline.

UPDATED PROJECTED TIMELINE FOR THEATRE AND FILM PROJECTS:
Feb/March-Staged reading of "Silk Stockings and a Bible"
March/April-Rehearsals for "The Grinder"
April-Showcase Production of "The Grinder", Pre-production begins for "A Wound In Time" the feature film (1st production meeting)
May-Rehearsals for "Silk Stockings and a Bible"
June-Showcase Production of "Silk Stockings and a Bible"
July-Staged reading of "Wild Child"
August-Exteriors for "A Wound In Time" the feature film, Rehearsals for "Wild Child"
September-Showcase Production of "Wild Child", Principle photography of "A Wound In Time" begins
October/November-Rehearsals and 2 week run of entire trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew"

CAST ALMOST COMPLETE FOR FEBRUARY OR MARCH READING OF "SILK STOCKINGS AND A BIBLE"

The casting of the staged reading of the 2nd play in my trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew" is almost completed.  I will post the cast and their pics at that time.  You will see some familiar faces from previous projects.  I am casting carefully seeking folks that I know can continue on to full production.  It saves lots of time in rehearsal when you have a cast that knows the story and characters from having participated in the reading.  Since I will be having readings of each play followed by its showcase practically back to back so this is the smartest way to proceed; with a cast that I KNOW is professional, and responsible... Stay tune.  It's about to get busy!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"WILD CHILD" OFF AND RUNNING!

I will be casting for the staged reading of the 2nd play in the trilogy after the holidays.  
I have written the end of the 3rd play, "Wild Child" before completing the first scene.  I know it's weird but that's how my mind works sometime.  I think it's a bipolar thing...  I will resume writing when I come off my self-imposed hiatus.  Lots going on and I'll fill you in next year!

Friday, November 8, 2013

2ND PLAY IN TRILOGY IS DONE!!!

"Silk Stockings and a Bible", the 2nd play in my trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew", set in Harlem during WWII, is finally completed.  The last 2 months were spent pondering 3 endings for the final scene.  I finally decided on another way to end the play. Writing of the final installment of the trilogy, "Wild Child" will  resume after my self imposed hiatus ends in January.  Stay tuned...

Monday, October 7, 2013

DIVINA: FROM ROMA TO THE BRONX WITH LOVE

So I have a working title for my proposed documentary about the great Anna Magnani.  I wrote the treatment and imagine it being filmed in Rome, her birthplace, with an Italian and myself as host/interviewers.  We want to know more about Anna Magnani the WOMAN; her likes and dislikes, favorite places, hobbies, etc.  This would be a cultural collaboration between the U.S. and Italy.

In the treatment the opening shot will have a montage of stills and clips of The Bronx during the 50's and 60's with a the face of Anna Magnani superimposed, and classical Italian music in the background.  There will also be a voiceover of myself: "I was so lucky to have grown up during the golden era of film and television in the 1950’s and 60’s... So many wonderful films and amazing actors. There were so many that influenced me in one way or another and were such a joy to watch. But there was only one who spoke to me on a deeper, more personal level... And that was the great Anna Magnani. She let a sensitive and very emotional little girl know that it was okay to be passionate, and that there was a way to express that passion in a positive and safe way..." Then we cut to a shot of myself being interviewed on camera continuing with my statement to set up upcoming shots as we begin to learn about the "Divina".

Friday, September 27, 2013

A CULTURAL EXCHANGE? SO MANY PARALLELS WITH MY IDOL ANNA MAGNANI

As I ponder the possibilities of an international collaboration about my idol, the great Anna Magnani, I find the parallels around our lives glaring.  For now I will reveal only one... That we are both Pisceans. Perhaps a documentary about how this Italian acting icon had a major impact on a little black girl from the South Bronx? Hmmm...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

HIATUS? CAN'T FIGHT THE CREATIVE FLOW...

So I attempted to totally disengage myself of any creative projects until January 2014.  However, the trilogy was calling me to complete it.  I am now on the last scene of "Silk Stockings and a Bible" and have begun "Wild Child".  If possible, I will produce the trilogy as a 2 week run with alternating shows.  Otherwise, I will produce them separately beginning with "The Grinder" in early Spring.  Stay tuned.

I have also been thinking about my upcoming trip to Italy and pondering a possible collaboration in cultural exchange having to do with my idol, the late great actor Anna Magnani!  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

THE HIATUS HAS BEGUN... WELL SORT OF!

I am on a self imposed hiatus from all my creative dabblings until January.  After producing and directing 2 projects every year for the past three years using my own resources I must regroup and deal with "me".  Thus, I can return with sleeves rolled up and ready to deal with the many things I have planned.  In my hunger for all that is cultural and artistic I plan on heading over to Italy and maybe take a peek at France to recharge my batteries.  What's on the menu when I return?

I really want to begin a program of arts and cultural immersion for our endangered Black and Latino males, where I would give them an opportunity at hands-on experience helping on productions as well as treat them to the theatre, museum, etc.  I also plan on showcasing "The Grinder", and go into pre-production of the feature film version of "A Wound In Time".  Looking to bring my Creole drama into the schools, have more dinner theatre productions, and eventually to the Off  Broadway stage.  And finally complete the two remaining plays of the trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew".  

LEADING LADY OF "BLOOD MAKES THE RED RIVER FLOW" IS MAKING MOVES ON ANOTHER STAGE TOO!

So excited for my muse and leading lady of my Creole drama "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" Christiana Blain and her band members for their new recording "In Time" and their gig tomorrow night. The Exotik Robotz are making moves... Check them out! Exotik Robotz

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

HIATUS CALLS!!!

After a much needed hiatus I plan on moving forward with new projects as well as remounting old projects.  Look for a late November, early December return where I'll be putting the wheels in motion.
-Showcase "The Grinder"
-Off Broadway and Dinner Theatre Events for "Blood Makes The Red River Flow"
-Pre-production of feature "A Wound In Time"
-Complete Trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew"
All not necessarily in that order...


In doing what I love and with major sacrifice, I must take care of myself to rejuvenate and prepare for the great things ahead.  As I resume projects, one of my goals will be to expose the arts to endangered minority males, and help them become cultured adults. Stay tuned...

Monday, July 29, 2013

LITTLE KNOWN AMERICAN & LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY REVEALED IN CREOLE DRAMA

Well, my very first themed dinner theatre event of my historical stage play "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" was appreciated by all who attended.  It has been tried and tested and can be tailored for any size group or organization.  The cast and I can also perform for your own special event.  Browse the production's website for more information.  There are photos, video clips, music, and reviews for your perusal.  Experience a time at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.  Experience a time when the Louisiana Territory was a foreign country in the middle of America.  We'll take you there to experience little known American and Latin American history.
BLOOD MAKES THE RED RIVER FLOW'S WEBSITE

Saturday, July 27, 2013

MY FIRST REVIEW FOR ANY OF MY PRODUCTIONS THEATRE CRITICS!

MARK SAVITT REVIEWS STEPHANIE LYNN WILSON'S "BLOOD MAKES THE RIVER FLOW" AND THE CREOLE THEMED DINNER

Wilson Exclusive Talent Productions presented a very special Creole dinner theatre event at the exciting gallery/food space Culturefix on 9 Clinton Street near Houston St. A scrumptious three course dinner was followed by Stephanie Lynn Wilson's play "Blood Makes the Red River Flow". The appetizer was black-eyed pea fritters with (heavenly) crawfish cream. The main course featured Chicken and okra gumbo, dirty rice, skin cracklings, and homemade hot pepper sauce. The sausage studded dirty rice was the most delicious rice I've had in ages and the okra was tasty but not slimy. The desert pina colada cake with pineapple rum glaze and maraschino cherries alone would have been enough to completely satisfy me.

Ms. Wilson's play which she also directed and played the significant wise maternal figures Guma and Yaya, explored the rich culturally diverse milieu of Louisiana pre and post Louisiana Purchase. Beautiful black women had the best chance for a financially secure future if they could secure a protector at a special ball. Lizette (Christiana Blain) attracts Ferdinand (Ron Rivera) a wealthy owner of a plantation in Cuba. Her mama (Ms Wilson) is an astute businesswoman who makes sure to get favorable contracts assuring that the property will pass to Lizette and any future generations. A subplot involves Lizette's friend Marie (Krystal Hill) who must flee to Mexico with her brother who was caught passing for white. Another subplot involves an escaped slave Rebeau (Chuk Obasi) who, as a freeman works for Ferdinand and Lizette. Rounding out the cast is the mother's French friend played by Al Roffe. Becoming part of the United States compromised the former freedom of the heterogeneous colored population of Louisiana, but as Ms. Wilson showed they often found ways to help each other with the relatively privileged (Lizette) helping the not so privileged: Rebeau and her friend Marie.. The combination of Creole dinner with this rich history play worked wonderfully to enhance each other. I hope this dinner theater combo gets another chance to enchant a wider audience. If they do get another chance, perhaps some minor technical issues can be addressed. The background music was too loud, often swallowing the dialogue. Long pauses made the scene transitions awkward, especially because we were all eagerly waiting to find out what would happen next. As Natasha and Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 has shown, New Yorkers love dinner theater, so look out for this one when it comes around again.
HAPPY FACE

EVA HEINEMANN'S RESPONSE:
I completely concur with Mark Savitt's review of show and food.
I want to thank Fractured Atlas for fiscally helping to produce this unique event and Ari and Cole of Culturefix for the beautifully presented and delicious food. I kept thinking of John Guare's "A
Free Man of Color" done at Lincoln Center awhile ago which dealt with the same subject of what happens to all the free people under Spanish and French rule in the Louisiana Purchase territory that gets destroyed by joining the United States with their horrible slavery. This was even better as it was from the female point of view. It's a very gripping story.
Unfortunately some of the accents were a bit thick that made it hard to understand the dialogue on top of the loud background music.
The costumes by Angelina Scantlebury were gorgeous. A very talented cast brought this steamy story to life.
CLOSED
 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

EXHALING!!!

Well, again it has been another year of whirlwind of creativity. Sunday, I remounted my Creole historical drama "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" as a dinner theatre event.  We performed it up close and personal in the round.  It was an amazing experience.  In attendance were 2 theatre critics, and a producer.  The official review will air on July 27th.  Everyone loved it, including the venue's staff.  Performing in the round is like performing in the middle of an energy center with emotions swirling about.  It was definitely a very different show from when first performed last year.  So grateful to my wonderful cast and to all who attended.

Now that that's done I shall take some "Me" time and resurface in November and set wheels in motion to begin pre-production, and showcase one of my latest plays.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The performance of "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" at Culturefix as dinner theatre was amazing!  To perform without the 4th wall gave me such a freedom as an actor! I LOVE "theatre in the round".  It is so organic and the emotions seem to be swirling around you, as well as the audience.  The audience was so engaged and really fed our performance.  They LOVED us!  And we LOVED them!  

The food was amazing, as the cast was served and catered to after the audience dispersed.  It was a lovely end to a wonderful show. There were two lovely theatre critics in the audience who promised me a favorable review airing on July 27th!  I'm still floating!

Thanks to all who attended, and to my wonderful cast.  And of course to Ari and Cole of Culturefix! It was the perfect venue, for the first, of our Creole dinner theatre events to come.

For every show that we do is a step closer to getting the recognition and support "Red River" so deserves.  Stay tuned...

Monday, July 8, 2013

GREAT REHEARSAL AS WE COUNTDOWN TO CREOLE VITTLES AND A SPICY DRAMA!

Yesterday's rehearsal was amazing as our 2 new cast members come on board already wearing their roles, making things a lot easier for this Director!  Chuk Obasi takes over the role of the plantation overseer Rebeau, and Krystal Hill takes over the role of Marie Pollion.  It is such a pleasure to work with folks who already "bring it"!  So excited for the remount of this production where we will break through the 4th wall and get up close and personal with the audience!  Hope to see you there!  More tickets have been released so get 'em while they last until July 17th.  CREOLE DINNER THEATRE EVENT

Krystal Hill


Chuk Obasi

Sunday, June 30, 2013

STAGED READING OF "THE GRINDER" SOLD OUT!

Like all my plays and screenplays "The Grinder" tackles social issues. How abandonment as a child impacts a person's adulthood, and other questions are put on the table in my latest play.  It has inspired the next topic of my radio show Multicultural Moments titled "Abandoned Children: Their pain, Their guilt" on July 7th.

How appropriate that the staged reading of "The Grinder" should take place during Pride Weekend when it mentions the torment suffered by gays before the uprising at Stonewall. The date June 30th was chosen by coincidence...

I am so grateful to the cast I've assembled and thank them all for their time and talent!  Today is the day that "The Grinder"debuts!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

THE BOTTOM LINE FOR THE TRUE ARTISTE!

"The show must go on!" Many don't realize that that quote does not only pertain to the performance itself but to a whole mindset of a true artist. For to the true artist, all inconveniences are to be transcended for the "work".  For it is the "work" that must get done.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

LEGENDARY ENTERTAINER AND PAL HAROLD CROMER PASSES OVER

Knew his health was declining and that his priority was to accomplish as much as he could in his last years before this inevitable time.  Glad he finally got the recognition he so deserved for all that he contributed to this business called "SHOW".  I mentioned him and his fellow hoofers, that I've known Jimmy Slide and Jimmy Sir Slyde Mitchell in the play that I'm now writing "Silk Stockings and a Bible" set during WWII.  Wish he would be here to see it... I think he will. 
Me and Harold Cromer in August 2011 after having brunch


THE PASSING OF HAROLD CROMER IN NY DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"WOMEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW: SILK STOCKINGS AND THE BIBLE" ALMOST DONE!

As play #1 in my trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew: The Grinder" is set for a staged reading June 30th, play #2 in the trilogy, "Silk Stockings and The Bible", is nearing completion.  The church lady with a past is set in the Harlem and Atlantic City club scene circa 1940's.  She is a chorus girl who takes us on a journey through the years and ultimately to the Bible.  Does she have regrets about the past or about the present?
The famous old Atlantic City hot spot Club Harlem

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CAST OF THE STAGED READING OF "THE GRINDER"

Katherine Mylenki as Carlotta Lauren's mom
Michelle Lamelza as Lauren aka "Diamond"
Bill Russo as Nelson Diplomatic Courier
Christiana Blain as Rita

Al Roffe as Romano

Monday, May 20, 2013

PRESENTING STRONG ROLES FOR WOMEN AND UNDER REPRESENTED IN STAGE AND FILM

And so the work continues...

Sunday, May 19, 2013

CREOLE DINNER THEATRE EVENT CLICK FOR TICKETS BY JULY 17TH

Eventbrite - A CREOLE THEMED DINNER THEATRE EVENT

Those spicy Creoles are back to share that delicious historical drama loved by all during their run Off Off Broadway.  This time bigger and better, and with the assistance of CULTUREfix, they add Creole cuisine to the mix and lots of fun!  Mark your calendars for July 21, 2013 for a treat.  Remember to reserve tickets must be purchased by July 17, 2013.




Saturday, May 18, 2013

ENOUGH! Sexual Assault: Violations Worldwide Pt II 05/12 by Stephanie Wilson | Blog Talk Radio

ENOUGH! Sexual Assault: Violations Worldwide Pt II 05/19 by Stephanie Wilson | Blog Talk Radio

Sunday, May 19th at 12pm I will have one of the most moving shows yet when my special guest, a survivor of sexual abuse, discusses her compelling book , "Secrets That Little Girls Hide", revealing the horrors she suffered as a child.  OsunEde Olusegun El will give the gift of sharing and healing.  Tune in at 1pm and call 858-769-4917 to comment or listen while on the go.  This show will air on demand if you miss it live.  




PROJECTED PRODUCTION SCHEDULE FOR 2013-2014


Very excited about the projects that I have lined up this year.  I am committed and will to continue to use my personal resources and "resourcefulness" to present projects that inform as well as entertain.    The road is long and hard but with passion I can make it happen... Again!  

-June 30, 2013-Staged reading of "The Grinder"

-Summer 2013-Staged reading of "Silk Stockings and a Bible" and "The Wild Child"

-Fall 2013-Shoot fundraising teaser for "A Wound In Time" the feature film.

-Fall 2013-Off Off Broadway series of all my 5 plays called "The Wilson Women:Phoenixes Rising" which will include the debut of my trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew: "The Grinder", "Silk Stockings and a Bible", and "The Wild Child"; "Blood Makes The Red River Flow"; and "A Wound In Time"


Fall/Winter 2013-Fundraising Events

-Spring 2014-"A Wound In Time" the feature film set for production.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

WOMEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW: SILK STOCKINGS AND A BIBLE IS COMING TO LIFE!!!

I am flooding with creativity this week as I continue with play #2 in my trilogy of "Women You Thought You Knew".  The chorus girl, Fannie Mae Brown" aka "Della Starr" is finally coming to life in Harlem circa 1944.  I just wrote this scene when JC, a sailor home on shore leave, rolls a silk stocking up her leg with a diamond ring inside.  Fannie suddenly feels it hurting her foot and is in total shock with his proposal!  The creative process is so serendipitous! Play #1 in the trilogy, "The Grinder" will have a staged reading June 30th. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DINNER THEATRE COMES TO THE LOWER EAST SIDE!

So happy to team with CULTUREfix to produce "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" with Creole cuisine!  Showtime is July 21, 2013 with VERY limited seating for an intimate affair.  TICKETS

Sunday, May 12, 2013

CONGRATS RON AND CLARENCE!


Congrats to two members of the Off Broadway cast of my supernatural mystery thriller, "A Wound In Time", Ron Rivera and Clarence Leonard Jr. in the upcoming film "Pocket Full Of Nickles".  Ron is Producer and Clarence plays the role of "Mr. Burns" in the film.  Clarence was cast in the role after the film's Director saw him in my Off Broadway production.  Check out the official trailer!


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

DATE CONFIRMED BY VENUE FOR DINNER THEATRE

The venue has confirmed the date the cast and I have suggested for our dinner theatre event.  The owners are in the middle of preparing a menu of "bayou influenced" cuisine.  As soon as it's done tickets will go on sale!  Stay tuned.

MOI IS IN CREATIVE BLISS!

Besides, directing a staged reading of my latest play, and co-producing my historical Creole drama as a dinner theatre event, I have also been asked to participate in the staged reading of "The Old Ladies Bar" by Natasha Lowery.  It will be part of New Federal Theatre's staged reading series.

All this a lots of work, but a joy for me to do what I do.  For it is who I am.  In the midst of health issues, it is what keeps me going.  My medicine... 

Friday, May 3, 2013

CREOLE CUISINE MEETS SPICY CREOLE DRAMA ON THE LOWER EASTSIDE!

Craw fish, cat fish and my spicy Creole historical drama as dinner theatre entertainment coming to LES in July and co-produced by the venue! "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" comes back bigger and better featuring a track from the artiste Maluwa! Mark July 21st on your calendars!

Ron Rivera and Christiana Blain

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MICHELLE LAMELZA IS "DIAMOND" IN THE STAGED READING OF "THE GRINDER"

The role of "Diamond" in the staged reading of  "The Grinder" will now be played by Michelle Lamelza.  Welcome Michelle!



THE ROLE OF DIAMOND TO IN STAGED READING OF "THE GRINDER" TO BE RECAST

So sorry that the lovely Deborah DeStefano had to back out of the staged reading of "The Grinder" due to a schedule conflict.  She was so perfect for the role.  Hopefully, she will join us again in one of the many projects I have lined up including the feature film of "A Wound In Time", which I will soon be having auditions for.
Al Roffe, Michele MacShane, Christian Blain, and Bill Russo continue on with the reading slated for early Summer.  A replacement for the role of "Diamond" to be named shortly.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

PERFORMANCE TROUPE? I THINK SO!

With the many options suitable, and the enthusiasm I'm receiving for a dinner theatre event of my historical Creole drama "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" I decided that we can be considered as a "performance troupe"!  Trying  to think of a name for us...  "The Spicy Thespians"? "Les Bons Artistes"? "Les Artistes Libres"? I will present the names to the cast, I mean troupe, and see what they like.
Christiana Blain and Ron Rivera in "Blood Makes The Red River Flow"

Friday, April 26, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

THE ROLE OF FELLOW STRIPPER "RITA" IN "THE GRINDER" HAS BEEN CAST

My muse, the lovely Christiana Blain, has agreed to read the role of "Rita", a fellow exotic dancer and friend of "Diamond" in "The Grinder".  Christiana appeared with me in "Julius Caesar Set In Africa", and in my historical Creole drama "Blood Makes The Red River Flow".  She is very eager to partake in this challenge.
Christiana Blain in "Blood Makes The Red River Flow"

BILL RUSSO ON BOARD AS THE DIPLOMATIC COURIER "NELSON" IN "THE GRINDER"

Finally, the leading man has been cast in my latest drama and play # 1 in my trilogy of "Women You Thought You Knew", "The Grinder".

The character and reserved Diplomatic Courier "Nelson" will be played by Bill Russo in the upcoming staged reading.  I am so pleased that he agreed to participate.
Bill Russo as "Nelson"

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

N'KENGE STARS AS MARY WELLS IN "MOTOWN THE MUSICAL"! BRAVA!

Back in 2011 I was Wardrobe Supervisor for New York Musical Theatre Festival's "Tut" at St. Clements Theatre.  The lovely lady in the yellow dress in this PR pic for "Tut" now stars on Broadway as Mary Wells!  Can't wait to see the show and hear that enchanting voice again...


N'kenge in NYMF 2011 "Tut"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

CAST OF "BLOOD MAKES THE RED RIVER FLOW" MEETS

It was so wonderful for the cast to get together the other night and watch archival footage of our first preview performance of the 2012 production of this lovely Creole drama.  While watching, we realized that we indeed had something special to share and know that the next production will be bigger and more enchanting than ever!  While we await available dates for an Off Broadway limited run, we are planning a Creole dinner theatre event co-starring delicious Creole cuisine!  

We also welcomed new cast members Krystal Hills, who will take on the role of "Marie Pollion" and Chuk Obasi, as a stand in for the role of "Rebeau".  Both are very talented and professional and will be quite a wonderful addition to our "family".

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Friday, April 5, 2013

LA PLAZA IN MATANZAS, CUBA CIRCA 2011, A SETTING IN "A WOUND IN TIME" CIRCA 1957

This is a video of La Plaza or the marketplace in present day Matanzas, Cuba.  It is the location of a scene circa 1957 in which a young Millie sees the love of her life, Ruben Centron, for the first time in the screenplay adaptation of  "A Wound In Time". She was a poor girl who longed for a beautiful dress she admired there.  Ruben, a property owner purchased the dress for her.  They eventually fell in love.  It was probably very different back then, with plentiful products.  But I'm sure the vitality of the marketplace remained the same .

Sunday, March 31, 2013

THE CREATIVES' NETWORK

Thursday, March 28, 2013

"Bustle Fluffah" Music Video w/ the Cast of Roundabout Theatre Company's...

Love this!  Hip Hop style! LOL

Monday, March 25, 2013

DIRECTOR FOR "A WOUND IN TIME: THE FILM" WEEKS AWAY

The response was amazing in my search for a seasoned director to take the helm of my gripping supernatural mystery thriller, with me as co-director.  I've narrowed the over 80 submissions down to 12.  It is a very difficult task, as all were quite impressive.  Submissions came from as far away as Hollywood, New Orleans, as well as India, Brazil, and Viet Nam!  I am so appreciative of the interest.  The story is the same but the film is very different with more characters and lots of featured roles.  This is going to be a new and wonderful journey...

"WOMEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW: THE GRINDER" HAS A COPYRIGHT!

I now have a copyright for my latest play "The Grinder" which will enjoy a staged reading this Spring.  Now I can give out scripts to the cast members.  Hope they like it!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

"A WOUND IN TIME" OFF BROADWAY

Photo by Lee Wexler from the Off Broadway Production with Alzie Rejouis and Stacy Griffin

Thursday, March 21, 2013

CHECK OUT THE EVIDENCE


SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY THRILLER IN DEVELOPMENT


My edge-of-your seat tale "A Wound In Time" is in development for the big screen.  Directors and producers submissions are being reviewed and then the fun begins! The story is the same as the stage play but the screenplay is VERY different.  Think of "Carlito's Way" meets "Goodfellas" meets "The Believers".  I've just added more featured roles with dialogue as well.  Look for possible familiar faces and names to appear.  Production projected 2014.

Of course the show must go on and hoping to squeeze in another production Off Broadway this year. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

RIP FRED SEQUIERA

A friend and supporter of Wilson Exclusive Talent Productions, Fred Sequiera has succumbed to cancer. It is yet another person who appreciated my work who has been taken by this disease. That will make it three friends in 5 months! He attended both "A Wound In Time", "Blood Makes The Red River Flow", and their readings. I was able to tell him about the 3 new plays I'm working on. He will be sorely missed with his sarcastic humor and sweet manner. 

Fred Sequiera with the cast of "Blood Makes The Red River Flow"
                              







Saturday, February 9, 2013

LISTEN TO NEW ADDITION TO SOUND DESIGN OF "BLOOD MAKES THE RED RIVER FLOW"!

The lovely artiste and activist, Maluwa, has given me permission to use this lovely song in the new sound design for the Off Broadway return of my historical Creole drama this Spring.  "Sands of Afrika" is so perfect as background to the love scene between Ferdinand and Lizette!  Take a listen! SANDS OF AFRIKA

Thursday, February 7, 2013

AUDITIONS TONIGHT FOR REPLACEMENT ROLE OF "MARIE POLLION"!

In the planned remount of my historical Creole drama "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" Off Broadway, one role needs to be replaced as our wonderful originator of the role "Candace Anu" has moved out of state.  I'm holding auditions for a select few actors tonight.  

Meantime enjoy the flip books of pics from the previous production taken by the late Rich Somerville.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

"THE GRINDER" IS DONE!

So happy to announce that the first play in my trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew", "The Grinder" has been submitted to the United States Copyright Office!  Now I can give a sigh knowing that in the very near future the character "Diamond" will soon be gracing the runway showcasing OOB, before ultimately making the "move" OB as I continue the mission of writing compelling roles for women!

It is set in the late 1970's-late 1980's in NYC.  The characters are:
Lauren aka "Diamond" a 40ish exotic dancer
Nelson a 40ish Diplomatic Courier and regular customer
Romano a 50ish gay hairstylist extraordinaire and good friend
Carlotta the 60ish mother of Lauren
Rita the 30ish fellow exotic dancer and friend

I will now continue with the second play in the trilogy and hopefully be done in the weeks to come.  I left off in the beginning of Act II... 

Friday, January 25, 2013

"WOMEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW: A Trilogy"

Happy to announce the completion of the first play of the trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew".  "The Grinder" is the story of the aging exotic dancer who faces, not only a decision regarding her age, but other issues that are part of an entangled mess, and ultimately self-discovery.  Play # 2 "Silk Stockings And A Bible" is about a church lady with a past.  The beginning of Act II is where I will resume writing the story of Fanny.  Play # 3 is about a "wild child" which I will begin writing shortly.  


Look for the showcase of "The Grinder" this Summer.  I'll be holding auditions for the 5 characters this Spring.  




Thursday, January 17, 2013

DATES FOR UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS TBA

I'll be scheduling dates for more Off Broadway productions when they become available.  My Creole historical drama will hopefully go up in April, if dates and cast members are available, alternating with my Santeria mystery thriller...  Stay tuned.
"Blood Makes The Red River Flow" with Christiana Blain and Ron Rivera

"A Wound In Time" Off Broadway with Ron Rivera and Irma Cadiz

ASKED TO HELP DEVELOP SCREENPLAY FOR FEATURE

I was more than honored to have been asked to be on a team as an advisor and writer for a feature film, by someone who saw my recent Off Broadway production.  The premise also raised my interest and I couldn't wait to begin research and write a proposed synopsis.  Of course, I'm way ahead of the game as a meeting hasn't been schedule yet.  I can't help it if I'm totally PSYCHED!

"WOMEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW": A Trilogy

Well, the New Year has gotten me off to a busy start.  I have finally resumed writing one of the two plays I began before directing and producing "A Wound In Time" Off Broadway.  I have settled in after that wonderful ride and began work on the play about the aging exotic dancer.  I completed Act II yesterday and may surprisingly be done next week.  Hoping to resume working on the other play about the "church lady" with a past soon after.  This has gotten me to think of doing a trilogy of women who we usually have a preconceived notion about...  "Women You Thought You Knew" will be the name of the trilogy.  Just have to think of another type of woman whose life we think we have figured out...  I've got it!  Woman # 3 is "The Wild Child"!  Stayed tuned!

Friday, January 11, 2013

KEEP TRACK OF MY TRACKING SOCIAL ISSUES LIVE AND ON DEMAND


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

DJANGO UNCHAINED! SIMPLY FABU!

What can I say?  I am so glad that I'm not a "sheep"... One who doesn't think for themselves and follows along with what they believe one would want them to do.  Because if I was I would either have not gone to see "Django Unchained" or I would have gone to the theatre so busy counting N-words (because I would've assumed that that would've been the issue that Spike Lee would've had if he had gone to see it) that I would have missed a fantastic, clever film.

Don't miss it!  And "sheep" don't deny yourselves!  Leave the flock and go see it!




Sunday, January 6, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2013 AGENDA...

Well, we made it through another productive yet crazy year.  As I reflect on the accomplishments I have to think of the many folks who gave of their time and talent to make my projects come to life over the years.  I think of the many more that I will encounter and collaborate with in the years to come.  If all goes as planned, and it never does in the arts, I will be very busy but more grounded from what I have learned from past projects.

Look for my Creole drama, "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" to return bigger and better for an Off Broadway limited engagement this Spring, if dates are available, hopefully in April.  

Look for my mystery thriller, "A Wound In Time" to return Off Broadway with staggered performances throughout the year.  

When completed, look for my 2 new plays, which I've yet to resume writing, to showcase this year.

Really hoping to resume filming interviews for my documentary series, "The Descendants of Africa", which I began filming in the 1990's.  Interviews from the "Creole" segment were the inspiration for my historical Creole drama.

All in all I'm feeling really good about this year and for good things to come for everyone.  Feeling a positive vibe of hope...