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Some Things Get Better With Age


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Some Things Get Better With Age

  1. 1. Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre 50 West 13th Street, NYC 10011 Contact: Sandra Nordgren 917 363-2369 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***PLEASE INCLUDE IN THEATER LISTINGS*** WHAT: Some Things Get Better with Age WHERE: Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre 50 West 13th Street, NYC (between 5th & 6th Avenue) PREVIEWS: Thursday April 2, 2009 @ 7pm OPENS: Thursday April 9, 2009 @ 7pm CLOSES: Sunday April 26, 2009 @ 4pm DAYS & TIMES: Thurs, Fri, Sat @ 7pm; Sun @ 4pm LENGTH: 90 minutes PRICE: Adults $18; Seniors $15; Students $15 or call 212 352-3101 TICKETS: ABOUT THE SHOW A Coming-of-Age Musical Comedy for Women and all the people who love them. Some Things Get Better with Age Book and Lyrics: June Rachelson-Ospa Title Song Lyrics: Bill Russell Composer and Music Director: Kezia Hirsey Director: Christopher Scott Executive Producer: Sandra Nordgren An Equity Approved Showcase* Meet Eve, Marilyn and Gloria, three best friends who find themselves beyond menopause and climbing steadily up the stairs through their golden years. Faced with tears of loss, divorce, and the agonizing process of age lines and back aches, they share their journeys through a series of adventures past, present and future. This fun-filled new musical comedy is accompanied by original songs by June Rachelson-Ospa (lyrics) and Kezia Hirsey (Music) that range from touching and funny to downright foot stomping .
  2. 2. June Rachelson-Ospa (Book/Lyrics) is a producer for theater, a lyricist and a scriptwriter. ( With producing/writing partner Daniel Neiden and her son Jonny, she wrote Welcome To Tourettaville, written by June and her son Jonny, an ongoing project to educate families about Tourette Syndrome. T-Ville won the Kennedy Center’s Playwright Discovery Award in 2000 and was performed for Congress. It was also performed in the Neurofest, NYC and at Bryant Park in a Kindness Concert produced by Daniel Neiden and June. Her son Jacob is animating Tourettaville with legendary animator Don Duga. The soundtrack is a song from the show called One of a Kind You. Grammy winner Dr. John is the vocal talent along with Saturday Night Live band members and Bob Dylan's bass player. Producing credit include the musicals: Oh Rats, which won 2 Globe Awards in Texas, June 2003. Cairo.a musical whodunit 2006, Meester Amerika..2007. Orphan Train at York Theater 2003, Oh Rats by Doug Katsaros, in Oregon and at Vexler Theater in Texas, 2003, Valadon, Daniel Marshall Award Winner 2002, TRU Musical Reading Series, and Guardian Angel by Mark Bramble and Doug Katsaros, at the Cap 21 Theater 2000 and LaMama 2003. June wrote lyrics for Gone to Texas (Music: Mark Barkan), the Texas Globe winner 2002, book and lyrics for the awarding- winningTriangle, Rapunzarella White...a Dysfunctional Fairy Tale (Music: Daniel Neiden) opening in San Antonio April 2009 at the Woodlawn Theatre, lyrics for musical version of cult movie, Bollywood and Vine (Music: Daniel Neiden), book and lyrics for Some Things Get Better with Age with Kezia Hirsey (music) which opens for a four-week Equity Showcase Workshop Production in NYC, April 2009. June also wrote lyrics for Stellaluna, an animated film released by Scholastic Entertainment. The 2008 Midtown Children’s Theater Festival consisted of June’s musicals: award-winning S.W.A.K., Rapunzarella White, Tourettaville and The True Colors of Weedle opening in San Antonio at the Harlequin Theatre April 2009. June is Academy Director of AMAS Musical Theatre Youth Academy. June is also on the Board of Directors of TRU (Theater Resources Unlimited.) She is a member of ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild, New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media and the League of Professional Theater Women. Bill Russell (Lyrics: Title Song) wrote the book and lyrics for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Side Show, receiving a Tony nomination for book and sharing a nomination with composer Henry Krieger for score. He co-wrote the book and lyrics for Off-Broadway’s long-running musical Pageant and directed it in the London fringe and West End, Chicago, Los Angeles and at the University of Kansas. He authored the book and lyrics for Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, directing it in New York and in London’s Fringe and West End, among many others. Other book/lyric credits include Everything’s Ducky (Theatreworks of California and many regional theaters, including the Old Globe under the title Lucky Duck). Mr. Russell’s latest creation with Henry Krieger Up in the Air, premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. under the direction of Amon Miyamoto, who also conceived the project. For more, please visit Kezia Hirsey (Composer/Musical Director) is delighted to be a part of TSRC as Musical Director for the 2008 production of A Christmas Carol and now for Some Things Get Better with Age. Kezia was Musical Director for NYC’s first Midtown Children's Musical Theater Festival summer 2008 and composer and musical director for the cable TV show, N.Y.C. and Me. She performed as a pianist/singer/songwriter in many of the Cabarets in NYC and Boston where she also attended Berklee College of Music for composition and piano. She toured the world as a pianist/singer/musical director with different cruise lines for two years and toured the Far East where she entertained troops as a pianist/singer with a Blues/Rock band for the American Armed Forces. She is currently working on her next musical, a comedy, for which she's writing book, music and lyrics. Kezia is a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women and wishes to thank Edith O'Hara and Sandra Nordgren for this wonderful opportunity to showcase her work at this very special and legendary theater. Christopher Scott (Director) Most recently:Workshop For Lovers Only at New World Stages. Amas Musical Theatre's workshop production of Lorenzo a musical about the life of Lorenzo DePonte and a new play being prepared for Broadway, A Mother’s Love by Michael Watson and starring Jan Maxwell. Last season directed and adapted the Off-Broadway stage production of Nancy Friday's ground-breaking book, My Secret Garden and Sprang Thang! for Amas. Other directing credits include the Off-Broadway hit Golf: The Musical! (written by collaborator Michael Roberts) playing at the John Houseman Theatre
  3. 3. Center and subsequent companies around the country, Tails (Dog Music),The Big Bang at The Douglas Fairbanks, The Original production of The Broadway Kids Sing Broadway and many productions for Theatreworks/USA. Artistic Associate with Amas Musical Theatre, Chris has been an instructor and director with Amas' Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy for the past 14 years including On the Town, Footloose, Godspell, The Me Nobody Knows (the 30th anniversary production), Once on this Island, Bring in the Morning, The Robber Bridegroom and Virtual Families. TV directing credits include The Opening number for the 2005 MACY'S Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC). Museum Of The Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard (Bravo), Kathi Lee: We Need A Little Christmas (CBS), the NBA All-Star Game (NBC). As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on TV. His performance in the Broadway production of Meet Me in St. Louis was featured on the televised 1990 TONY Awards. He played the Boy in The Fantasticks! for over 1,000 performances. Other Off-Broadway credits include: The Chosen, The Twilight of the Golds, Bent, Jekyll and Hyde, and Pets! As an acting teacher- NYU/CAP21, Baruch College and the Michael Howard Studio where he is also a member. Sandra Nordgren (Executive Producer) is TSRC’s Producing Artistic Director and Literary Manager. Sandra has produced well over 70 plays, 150 readings, and nine development workshops. She has been involved in both theatre and film production since 1980. Before coming to TSRC, she was Corporate Comptroller for major film editing and production companies and Production Auditor for CBS-TV's Pee- wee's Playhouse as well as TV specials and pilots shown on CBS-TV, ABC-TV, NBC-TV, HBO, and Showtime. In 1981, Sandra co-founded the Classical Theatre Ensemble, which produced classical theatre at NYC historical landmarks, most notable being the 500-year-old medieval morality play Everyman, produced in the knave of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Merit Theater and Film Group, Inc., the non-profit company she founded, and TSRC, have partnered to foster the internship program she developed in 2003. For the program she acquires, supervises and trains students (14 - 23 years old) in all aspects of theatre including acting, directing, stage management, lights, sound, script evaluation, playwriting, house management, publicity, arts administration and producing. In the past six years she supervised nearly 300 interns from all over the world. Her New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is a project of Merit Theater and Film Group, Inc. This international contest seeks out socially conscious scripts that not only entertain, but promote new awareness. Her adaptation of A Christmas Carol has had 11 NYC productions and numerous productions around the U.S., Puerto Rico, France, Belgium and Switzerland. The play is published in the U.S. by Brooklyn Publishers, and the French/English volume, quot;Un Conte de Noelquot;, may be purchased at Sandra is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media and the League of Professional Theatre Women. ( Edith O’Hara (Producer) first became interested in theatre while attending a one-room school in Idaho when the fifth grade class presented a play. The year was 1928! She went on to major in theatre in college and began her active theatrical career in Warren, PA, where she initiated a children's theatre in 1960 and a summer theatre in 1965. In her summer theatre she helped develop the musical Touch which she produced in New York in 1970. It ran Off-Broadway for a year. Ampex recorded the album which received a Grammy Award nomination. She founded the Thirteenth Street Repertory Company in 1972 where she has supervised hundreds of different productions. In 1975 and 1976 she produced NY and LA companies of the musical Boy Meets Boy, originally produced by TSRC. Each enjoyed a year's run. TSRC has always been a magical place where artists have the freedom to hone their theatrical craft. Dedicated to helping playwrights develop new plays and to helping theatre artists develop their craft in a caring, professional environment, anywhere from five to seven shows run weekly. The Rep is one of the few remaining safe havens where artists can exercise their creative attributes and spread their wings… and many thousands have. TSRC has provided free cultural and artistic performances to over 85,000 people in the community who would not otherwise be able to attend a theatrical event. It is also home to the longest running play in NYC, LINE, by Israel Horovitz, now in its 35th year at our theatre.