Spotlight Series

 
 

If a maker returns to Working Titles several times to develop a specific project, they may sign up for a Spotlight Series. These are events that specifically showcase one maker, and serve as encouragement for them to culminate their work thus far into as cohesive a draft as possible. Spotlight Series participants will work closely with Irene and Oscar to plan an event that best suits their project’s needs.

Scroll down to see what the next Spotlight Series will be!

 
 
 
 
 

Little Blue Whale

a short film by Nell Kessler

 
 

An intimate table reading of Nell Kessler’s first screenplay, Little Blue Whale on

October 19, 2019

Please contact spotlight@thisismakeshift.org if you are interested in joining us! Space is limited.

About Little Blue Whales

This short screenplay is a glimpse into the life of a young mother as she navigates motherhood, womanhood, what we owe to one another, and how we reckon with ourselves.

About Nell Kessler

Nell Kessler is an actor, stand-up comedian, and writer based in NYC. Nell stars in "Lillith", an indie horror-comedy playing in theaters and festivals in several locations in the Northeast through the end of the month. She also recently appeared on the hit podcast live show "Las Culturistas Live: I Don't Think So, Honey!" at The Bell House in Brooklyn, hosted by Matt Rogers and new SNL cast member Bowen Yang. Nell has been attending Make/Shift's Working Titles meetings for about two years, and they have been instrumental in the development of this screenplay.

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Production still from the Shop Production of "As We Let Go". Claudia Rivera & Merih Dilber pictured above.

Production still from the Shop Production of "As We Let Go". Claudia Rivera & Merih Dilber pictured above.

As We Let Go
by Claudia Rivera

October 24, 2017
The AstORIA APARTMENT

An informal reading of Claudia’s play, As We Let Go, a story about two girls from different countries who come to New York to go to college. As their paths cross, they must come to terms with who they were and who they are now. Crazy, how a person can change your life forever.

Performed by Lizzy Jarrett and Kaelyn Brooke


Cameron Noble:
Live at the Baumann

December 2, 2017
THe Baumann

Through a medley of original songs and delightful covers, Cameron takes you on a journey of finding love in New York City. His set includes original songs like "Heart of Brooklyn", "Your Little Smile", "Golden Mermaid" and covers like "Someone New", "Brown Eyed Girl", and "Staying Alive". This intimate concert also features the musical stylings of Anamari Mesa.

Cameron Noble performing at The Baumann.

Cameron Noble performing at The Baumann.


Photo from a staged reading of "The Irish Wake" at SHE Creates. Lizzy Jarrett & Kelly Erickson pictured above.

Photo from a staged reading of "The Irish Wake" at SHE Creates. Lizzy Jarrett & Kelly Erickson pictured above.

The Irish Wake
by Kelly Erickson

February 18th, 2018
Turnmill Bar

A casual reading of Kelly’s play "The Irish Wake". After the passing of one of their own, the Mitchell family is reunited for the funeral weekend. Over the course of three days, members of the family struggle to balance their Irish traditions under modern circumstances. With drinks flowing, the family must figure out how to handle each other’s demons while saying farewell to a man they think they knew so well.

Performed by Erin Thomas, Laura Bess Jernigan, Eliza Gilbert, Holly Kay Benedict, John Lenartz, Eileen Glenn, Julie Robles, Sergio Fuenzalida, Carly Ruda, Alina Fontanilla, and Antonio Edwards

 


SHE Creates.
Curated by Lizzy Jarrett

March 23rd, 2018
The Baumann

SHE Creates. is a celebration of womanhood curated by Lizzy Jarrett, featuring visual and performing art from over 20 female-identifying makers.

Featured artists: Allegra Leal & Jenna Rush (MCs), Ani Mesa (Film & Music), Ariana Raygoza (Comedy/Music),  Ashil Lee (Visual Art), Charlotte Manning (Poetry), Claudia Rivera (Theatre), Dierra Bynum-Reid (Literature),  Emma Strebel (Visual Art), Estelle Jarrett (Visual Art),  Gabby Brown (Comedy), Gabriela Llarena (Poetry), Grace Jeon (Costume Design), Isabella Kapczynski (Visual Art), Joanna Lazaridis (Architecture Design), Kelly Erickson (Theatre), Maddy Sher & Stephanie Queiroz (Dance), Monisha Dadlani (Film), Sasha Mangarre-Rodriguez (Music), Reilly Hilbert & Frances Yackel (Theatre), Zoya To (Visual Art)

SHE Creates. is now an annual event!

Emcees Allegra Leal and Jenna Rush at SHE Creates. 2K18.

Emcees Allegra Leal and Jenna Rush at SHE Creates. 2K18.


Austin Riley at the Spotlight Series for his play, Take Care.

Austin Riley at the Spotlight Series for his play, Take Care.

Take Care
by Austin Riley

April 14th, 2018
The Baumann

A staged reading of Austin’s play, Take Care. Through the unraveling of their relationship, a couple learns that their love for each other might not necessarily mean that they are meant to be together.

Featuring Kamran Saliani and Claudia Rivera

Directed by Irene Lazaridis


Voyagers
devised by Irene Lazaridis

May 24th, 2018
Triple Nine Festival

A workshop presentation of Voyagers, a love story to the Cosmos, a devised piece developed by Irene Lazaridis in collaboration with Oscar Klausner. 

In 1965, NASA scientists discovered a rare opportunity. Once every 175 years, the outer planets of the solar system would perfectly align and make it possible for a spaceship to explore the gas giants of our solar system for the first time in human history. Driven by the unknown of outer space, NASA, in a mad rush to meet this cosmic deadline, launched the Voyager Program, a mission similar to Captain Kirk and the Enterprise—“to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before”. With this devised theatrical project, Irene hopes to tilt our heads back upwards: to offer her own attempt at creation through a collision of art and science, using movement, speech, and sound.

Irene Lazaridis in her devised piece, Voyagers.

Irene Lazaridis in her devised piece, Voyagers.


Chelsea Barker and Kamran Saliani in a reading of A New Colossus.

Chelsea Barker and Kamran Saliani in a reading of A New Colossus.

A New Colossus
written by E.J. Meehan

Sept 15th, 2018
The BAumann

A public reading of A New Colossus. A deconstruction of modern American mythology, A New Colossus follows four storylines, each orbiting around the figure of Superman. It weaves together a mourning brother and sister, a superhero and his alter ego, a barren wasteland where the past doesn't seem to exist, a national uprising, an atomic bomb, and the construction of a new statue. As the storylines interweave, the collective fiction that binds our world together starts to come into conflict with reality, threatening to destroy the whole structure. But how far are those on top willing to go to retain their authority, and will anything be left behind?

Directed by Irene Lazaridis

Featuring Chelsea Barker, Kelly Erickson, Oghenero Gbaje, Monica Rae Summers Gonzalez, Lizzy Jarrett, Oscar Klausner, and Kamran Saliani


The Things She Left Behind
written by Gabriela Llarena

Jan 12, 2019
book culture lic

A public reading of Gabriela’s chapbook of poetry.

In her first chapbook, The Things She Left Behind, Gabriela explores her cultural heritage and relationship to the Philippines and Cuba through her grandmothers, Lola and Abuela. Writing these poems has been a means of processing the confusion that arises from her mixed cultural heritage.

Gabriela Llarena reading selected poems from her chapbook.

Gabriela Llarena reading selected poems from her chapbook.


Maddie Shea Baldwin & A.J. Shively in a reading of Your Own Woman.

Maddie Shea Baldwin & A.J. Shively in a reading of Your Own Woman.

Your Own Woman
written by Miranda Palumbo

May 5, 2019
dramatists guild foundation music hall

A staged reading of Miranda’s play-in-progress.

Kate Hunter knows who she is, what she wants, and how to get it. But when she hits roadblocks in her fertility and can’t check off the items on her own list of what it takes to be a “real woman,” how does that affect her relationships and how she views herself? Your Own Woman examines the intersection of the biological, societal, and personal definitions of womanhood.

Directed by Gabbi Grenell

Featuring Maddie Shea Baldwin, Elisha Sayed, Josh Tyson, Max Sanders, A.J Shively

 

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