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Why Women Roar for Equality

I Am Woman Hear Me Roar

Why do women roar for equality? It is incredulous that in 2017, this question still needs to be answered. But, after a recent personal encounter with a millennial young woman, I realized the importance of reiterating to the masses of men and women why women roar for equality. Our next generations of women fully need to comprehend why they are partaking in events as The Women’s March.

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“Joy” – the young millenial woman and the inspiration for this story. Photo credit: Abbe Sparks

“I AM STRONG, I AM INVINCIBLE, I AM WOMAN”

 

A new Off-Broadway Musical called ‘This One’s For The Girls’ is the impetus behind the question. Written by Dorothy Marcic, the show takes the audience through the decades of a woman — from the 1900s to present day — portraying the roles of women through drama and song. Forty of the Top 40 Hit songs about women are thread throughout the production including “Stand By Your Man,” “I Want to be Loved by You,” “Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend,” “I Will Follow Him,” “You Don’t Own Me,” “Respect,” ‘I Am Women” and “This Girl’s on Fire.”

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Traci Bair, Aneesa Folds, Haley Swindal in ‘This One’s For the Girls’. Photo credit: Carol Rosegg

One of the scenes depicts the original American teenage girls from the 60s, waiting anxiously by the old-fashioned phone for a boy to call. We’re talking pre-cell phones, internet, Facebook, Snapchat and the like. It was at that point, that the young millennial women named Joy turned to me asking if that really happened?

Incredulous, right? It was at that point that I realized how uninformed our next generation — especially of women — are on the hows and whys of the women’s movement. I am guestimating that most of the young girls and women who advocated and walked during this year’s Women’s March were clueless on how long the female sex has been striving for equality and the long history of why women are roaring now.

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Left-Rt: The Stars Jana Robbins, Aneesa Folds, Haley Swindal, Traci Bair. photo credit: Carole Rosegg, Broadway World

Couple that with a backdrop of slides showing photographs of prominent women and men over the century who have helped to frame the woman’s role such as civil rights activist Rosa Parks, heart throbs Bobby Darrin and David Cassidy, women’s advocate Gloria Steinhem, Actresses Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda, musician Janice Joplin — the list is endless.

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss When It Comes To Women’s Equality

“Every mom should be taking their daughter to see this show. And, wouldn’t it be fabulous if their sons would see it, too?” — Abbe Sparks, Socially Sparked News

As a mother to a millennial, I speak the truth when I say, “every mom should be taking their daughter to see this show. And, wouldn’t it be fabulous if their sons would see it, too?” I repeat, “ignorance is not bliss” but an eye opener to the evolution of a women’s role in society and the women’s movement.

I leave you with a quote I heard from Together For Girls‘ Daniela Ligiero cited from an ancient Chinese proverb.

“When Sleeping Women Wake, Mountains Move.”

Abbe is Socially Sparked ! Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01

‘This One’s For The Girls’, written by Dorothy Marcic is playing open-ended at St. Luke’s Theatre Off-Broadway in New York City. Visit their website for ticket information. http://thisonesforthegirlsthemusical.com

 

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SHE HAS A NAME Opens Off-Broadway 10/26

Ripple Effect Artists Reprise of SHE HAS A NAME Opens Off-Broadway 10/26 at The Sargent Theatre

A Ripple Effect Artists Presentation of the play by Andrew Kooman

 

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Featured: Actress Jessica Grant as Number 18/Voice #1 in SHE HAS A NAME

Ripple Effect Artists will reprise its 2017 Off-Broadway production SHE HAS A NAME, the critically-acclaimed play by Andrew Kooman about sex trafficking at the Sargent Theatre from October 26 thru November 5 for nine performances. In conjunction with October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, each performance includes an educational talk-back by experts and/or survivors, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Gems (Girls Educating & Mentoring. Each show begins at 8:00pm, plus four matinees: October 28, 29, November 4 & 5. Tickets are $40 general admission and can be purchased through Ripple Effect Artists website:  https://ripple-effect-artists-inc.ticketleap.com/she-has-a-name-reprise/   The Sargent Theatre is located at 314 West 54th Street, NYC. Ripple Effect Artists is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that moves audiences from apathy to action through art, creating a Ripple Effect.

SHE HAS A NAME tells the story of a young lawyer, who poses as a john to build a legal case against a brothel ring that is trafficking young girls internationally. His investigation centers on NUMBER 18, a girl forced to work as a prostitute, and discovers that her testimony is key to proving his case. Can he convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice? The play is haunted by voices who usher Number 18 to her fate.

Playwright Andrew Kooman and Ripple Effect Artists re-worked the script to SHE HAS A NAME to create a United States version. For the Reprise, the brothel takes place in Los Angeles instead of abroad. The original SHE HAS A NAME toured across Canada from May to October 2012. In conjunction with the tour, A Better World raised money to help women and children who had been trafficked in Thailand as part of the country’s prostitution industry. This play received strong endorsement from Canadian activists, including MP Joy Smith, Ratanak International’s Brian McConaghy, and IJM Canada’s Jamie McIntosh. The play’s premiere and initial run were critically acclaimed. In the 2012 tour across Canada, SHE HAS A NAME was performed in several fringe theatre festivals, at which critics representing the Montreal Gazette, the Winnipeg Free Press, and CFEQ-FM said it stood out for its quality and moral content.

Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talkback discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups. These events, their education plus their game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.  www.rippleeffectartists.com

 

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WHAT: SHE HAS A NAME, Ripple Effect Artists’ production of the critically-acclaimed play by Andrew Kooman

WHEN: October 26, 27, 28, 29 and November 2, 4 & 5

TIME:  8:00pm – 10:00pm all dates, plus 4 matinees

MATINEES:     October 28,   2:00pm – 4:00pm

October 29,   3:00pm – 5:00pm

November 4, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

November 5, 3:00pm – 5:00pm

 

TALKBACKS: 10:00pm – 10:30pm

WHERE: The Sargent Theatre, 314 West 54th Street, NYC

TICKET PRICE*: $40

TICKET WEBSITE: https://ripple-effect-artists-inc.ticketleap.com/she-has-a-name-reprise/

*A portion of the proceeds benefit Gems (Girls Education & Mentoring Services) and Ripple Effect Artists, Inc.

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/rippleeffectartists

 

she has a name opens off-broadwaySYNOPSIS: SHE HAS A NAME tells the story of a young lawyer, who poses as a john to build a legal case against a brothel ring that is trafficking young girls internationally. His investigation centers on NUMBER 18, a girl forced to work as a prostitute, and discovers that her testimony is key to proving his case. Can he convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice? The play is haunted by voices who usher Number 18 to her fate.

 

ABOUT SHE HAS A NAME: Playwright Andrew Kooman and Ripple Effect Artists re-worked the script to SHE HAS A NAME to create a United States version. For the Reprise, the brothel takes place in Los Angeles instead of abroad. The original SHE HAS A NAME toured across Canada from May to October 2012. In conjunction with the tour, A Better World raised money to help women and children who had been trafficked in Thailand as part of the country’s prostitution industry. This play received strong endorsement from Canadian activists, including MP Joy Smith, Ratanak International’s Brian McConaghy, and IJM Canada’s Jamie McIntosh. The play’s premiere and initial run were critically acclaimed. In the 2012 tour across Canada, SHE HAS A NAME was performed in several fringe theatre festivals, at which critics representing the Montreal Gazette, the Winnipeg Free Press, and CFEQ-FM said it stood out for its quality and moral content.

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: THE ISSUE

Trafficking of women and children globally is a $32 Billion industry. Many people think this is only a third world issue, but that is not true. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that between 2008 and 2010, 83% of sex trafficking victims found within the U.S. were U.S. citizens, and 40% of those victims were children. In NYC alone, it is a $1 Billion industry. Only a few months ago, The New York Post uncovered a Brooklyn Brothel that was secretly a front for human trafficking. Furthermore, the majority – upwards of 85% in some states – of trafficked children have had contact with the foster care system. Our nation’s foster care systems do not have the appropriate resources to address the epidemic of trafficking minors. The Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R.469) will change this by providing child welfare agencies with training and guidelines for working with youth who have been or currently are victims of trafficking.

 

ABOUT RIPPLE EFFECT ARTISTS: Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talkback discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups. These events, their education plus their game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.  www.rippleeffectartists.com

 

 

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Director: Jana Robbins

Stage Manager: Heather Klein

Executive Director, Jessie Fahay

 

CAST:

Ali/Voice 4 ……………………………………………………………………Jessica Jennings

Marta/Voice 3………………………………………………………………..Jessie Fahay

Voice 1/Number 18…………………………………………………………Jessica Grant

Mama/Voice2…………………………………………………………………LeDawna Akins

Jason/Pimp…………………………………………………………………….Tim Dowd

 

 

 

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The Edge of Everyday Benefit Performance

 

The Edge of Every Day
This benefit performance will enable Ripple Effect Artists to remount SHE HAS A NAME, which addresses the pandemic of human trafficking.

 

The Edge of Everyday, A Benefit Performance for theatre company Ripple Effect Artists in its pursuit to remount SHE HAS A NAME — a play with talk-backs about the pandemic of sex trafficking — is Tuesday, May 30th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at The Elektra Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street, NYC. Tickets are $45 for general admission; $60 for VIP with cocktail hour. For tickets click here: TICKETS.

WHAT:    The Edge of Every Day: benefit performance for Ripple Effect Artists

WHEN:    Tuesday, May 30th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

WHERE:  The Elektra Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street, 3rd FL, NYC

SYNOPSIS:

A special benefit performance featuring cabaret singer/vocalist Sandra Bargman (Broadway World award-nominee) in The Edge of Every Day with several opening acts and a special performance by renowned dancer, Katherine Crockett (Queen of the Night; former Principal Dancer, Martha Graham Dance Company, Guest soloist with Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project).

The Edge of Everyday is a modern mash-up of cabaret, ritual, and performance art. Recorded live at The Metropolitan Room, Sandra explores the seeming paradoxes of life, our fear of change and ultimately, our acceptance of these dichotomies. “The Edge” is where our resistance, our reluctance to embrace the diversity of life, collides with the inevitability of change in all the corners of our lives. Sandra considers the tension between these seeming paradoxes with poignancy and comedy, and with music ranging from David Bowie and Eric Clapton to Georgia Stitt and David Cantor, the show is a rowdy ride! Sandra received a Broadway World nomination for this show in 2015.

Renowned Dancer Katherine Crocket’s many credits include: star of Queen of the Night; former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Guest soloist with Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project in a solo she choreographed called The Angel.

Sandra Bargman has appeared in Madison Square Garden’s Broadway National tour of CINDERELLA, starring Eartha Kitt. She has appeared Off-Broadway, most recently at The Lucille Lortel in Camille, a reading directed by Everett Quinton and starring George Busch, She has played leading roles in regional theaters, including Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Eva in Evita at The Byham Theater in Pittsburgh. Sandra has sung in many of the cabaret rooms of NYC. She holds a BFA from Carnegie-Mello University. Her distinct voice can be heard in many radio and television commercials.

 

distinct voice can be heard in numerous radio and television commercials.

Proceeds benefit Ripple Effect Artists Inc–A 501 (c) 3 Theater Company dedicated to moving Audiences from APATHY to ACTION.

 

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4th Annual Valentine’s Gala Benefiting Ripple Effect Artists

 

 

 

 

WHEN: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10th, 2017  6PM-8PM

WHERE: PEOPLES UNITED BANK, 250 PARK AVENUE AT 47th STREET

ADMISSION: $40-$75         RAFFLE TIX: $35 (ARMS LENGTH!)

WHY:  Proceeds benefit the OFF-BROADWAY full run of Ripple Effect Artist’s 2017 production SHE HAS A NAME, a play by Andrew Kooman about Human Trafficking

**EARLY BIRDS SAVE $15 ON ADMISSON WHEN YOU PURCHASE BY 11:59pm on February 1st **

VISIT www.rippleeffectartists.com:

FEATURES: Wine, Music, NY PhotoBus with photo booth parked outside!

Chocolate demo by GOUFRAIS German Chocolate, Chocolate Tea by DAVID’S TEA Sweets by SUE ABLE and MILK & COOKIES.

4 over-stuffed Raffle gifts include VOILA Truffles, Madison & Park Tours, Carriage Ride, Champagne, Kazani Hair, Tickets to Alvin Ailey 2017, Hand-Knit cowl necks, and more…

Visit our online auction for a luxury trip to **NEW ORLEANS** hosted by PHILANTOPIA

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Valued at $4,000, the bid starts at just $2,500. (Ends Feb 28th)

Includes 3 nights in a luxury hotel, dinner cruise, city tour, and a cooking class!  full details visit the auction site: CLICK HERE

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Auction: https://www.32auctions.com/organizations/30236/auctions/36348/auction_items/922049

Ripple Effect Artists is an Actor’s Equity 501 (c) 3 Theatre Company that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talk-back discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups.  These events, our education, and our game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.

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An Evening of Broadway Love Songs Benefiting The Actors Temple

A Wing & A Prayer: An Evening of Broadway Love Songs Feb. 13

Benefiting Historic Actors’ Temple & Theatre Space

 

 

NEW YORK –An Evening of Broadway Love Songs benefiting the historic Actors’ Temple, a New York City-based synagogue and Off-Broadway Theatre Space will take place on Monday, February 13th from 8-10 pm at The Actors’ Temple, 339 West 47th Street. As The Actor’s Temple begins to celebrate its 100th anniversary, the special Evening of Broadway Love Songs serves as the kick-off event to help raise funds for the construction of an ADA-accessible restroom facility at the Temple/theatre building as well as to raise awareness of its history and upcoming centennial. A presentation of The Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation  (Flobel), the musical evening’s host will be NYC-based theater director, actor and performance coach Lee Kasper; with multi-talented composer, arranger and pianist Josh Freilich as Musical Director and FloBel Executive Director Daniel Schneider as executive producer. Joining them will be a cast of talented performers; friends from the Broadway community, the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts and beyond. Tickets for the benefit range from student prices to VIP level; $10 to $50, with a post-show VIP after-party. To purchase tickets visit: http://ActorsTemple.flobel.org.

The February 13th kick-off event is designed to connect the next generation of artists with those who helped build Broadway and the American entertainment industry. In addition to raising funds, a primary purpose of the evening is to renew the Actors’ Temple and Theatre Space’ tradition of being a meeting place for young and old performers from throughout the world, who have chosen to make NYC their home.

 

 

 

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WHAT:  An Evening of Broadway Love Songs Benefit for the Historic Actors’ Temple & Theatre Space, a kick-off event celebrating its centennial to raise funds for construction of an ADA-accessible restroom facility. The evening will connect next generation of artists with those who helped build Broadway and the American entertainment industry — renewing the 100-year-old tradition of serving as a meeting place for performers from around the world.

 

WHERE:     The Actors’ Temple
           339 West 47th Street, NYC

WHEN:      Monday, February 13th
           8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

PRICE:     Student Level: $10. VIP Level: $50
TICKETS:   http://ActorsTemple.flobel.org.

DONATIONS: www.theactorstemple.org

LINKS:     An Evening of Broadway Love Songs
           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sscgip1M3A8

 

 

A WING & A PRAYER: AN EVENING OF BROADWAY LOVE SONGS

Presented by The Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation

CAST/CREDITS:

HOST………………………………………………………………………………………..Lee Kasper

MUSICAL DIRECTOR………………………………………………………………..Josh Freilich

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER……………………………………………………………Dan Schneider

Tor Hyams & Lisa Rothauser

Rebecca Kuznick

Michael Linden

Isabella Kearney

Lauren Schorr

Madeline Rhodes

Michael Kushner

Evan Kremin

 

#SaveTheActorsTemple  #YouGottaHaveShtick      #SaveTheCoolShul

 

About The Actors’ Temple

The Actors’ Temple was founded in 1917 as the West Side Hebrew Relief Association. Its leaders were Orthodox Jews who owned shops in the rough-and-tumble district called Hell’s Kitchen, at the time one of the world’s busiest steamship ports. The founders borrowed a Biblical nickname for God, Ezrath Israel, “the One who assists Israel,” as the name for their benevolent little Jewish community center. They provided a place where actors could be accepted and feel at home. The actors introduced their friends to the synagogue, and the rest, as they say, is history. http://www.theactorstemple.org/about-us

About The Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation. Florence Belsky was an avid and generous supporter of the creative arts and numerous cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Opera; the New York Public Library; Ellis Island Wall of Honor and the Metropolitan Museum. The Foundation’s mission emphasizes “Connecting People, Sharing Ideas, Empowering Each Generation to Teach the Others.”

 

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SHE HAS A NAME Debuts 1/18 Off-Broadway at Elektra Theatre in Limited Run

A Ripple Effect Artists Presentation of the play by Andrew Kooman

 

In conjunction with Human Trafficking Month, Ripple Effect Artists will debut its 2017 production SHE HAS A NAME, the critically-acclaimed play by Andrew Kooman about human trafficking at the Elektra Theatre for a limited run: January, 18, 25 and February 1st.  Each performance includes an educational talk-back by experts and/or survivors, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Restore NYC; Breaking the Silence  Together and Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. Plans are to have a full run in the spring/summer 2017. Each show begins at 8:00pm, tickets range from $40 to $60 and can be purchased through Ripple Effect Artists website: https://ripple-effect-artists-inc.ticketleap.com/she-has-a-name-by-andrew-kooman/. The Elektra Theatre is located at 300 West 43rd Street, 2nd Floor, NYC. Ripple Effect Artists is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that moves audiences from apathy to action through art, creating a Ripple Effect.

SHE HAS A NAME tells the story of CARLOS, a young lawyer who poses as a john to build a legal case against a brothel ring that is trafficking young girls internationally. He meets NUMBER 18, a girl forced to work as a prostitute only to discover her testimony is key to proving his case. Can he convince her to risk her life to testify for the sake of justice?

Links: Broadway World

FACEBOOK  TWITTER

Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talkback discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups. These events, their education plus their game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.  www.rippleeffectartists.com

 

Ripple Effect Artists Presents SHE HAS A NAME by Andrew Kooman

Ripple Effect Artists Presents SHE HAS A NAME by Andrew Kooman

What: SHE HAS A NAME, Ripple Effect Artists’ production of the critically-acclaimed play by Andrew Kooman

When: January 18, January 25 and February 1st

Time:  8:00pm – 10:30pm

Where: The Elektra Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street, 2nd Fl, NYC

Ticket Price*: $40 – $60

Ticket Website: https://ripple-effect-artists-inc.ticketleap.com/she-has-a-name-by-andrew-kooman/

*A portion of the proceeds benefit the following organizations: Restore NYC; Breaking The Silence, Human Trafficking and Ripple Effect Artists, Inc.

Talkbacks:

January 18th: Charlotte Walker-Said, Assistant Professor of Human Rights and International Law at John Jay College

January 25th: Psychotherapist Aimee Barr, LCSW and Jimmy Lee from Restore NYC.

February 1st: Aliza Amar, sex-trafficking victim & Founder, Breaking the Silence Together and Psychotherapist Aimee Barr, LCSW.

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/rippleeffectartists

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/reartists

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: THE ISSUE

Trafficking of women and children globally is a $32 Billion industry. Many people think this is only a third world issue, but that is not true. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that between 2008 and 2010, 83% of sex trafficking victims found within the U.S. were U.S. citizens, and 40% of those victims were children. In NYC alone, it is a $1 Billion industry. Only a few months ago, The New York Post uncovered a Brooklyn Brothel that was secretly a front for human trafficking. Furthermore, the majority – upwards of 85% in some states – of trafficked children have had contact with the foster care system. Our nation’s foster care systems do not have the appropriate resources to address the epidemic of trafficking minors. The Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act (H.R.469) will change this by providing child welfare agencies with training and guidelines for working with youth who have been or currently are victims of trafficking.

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Executive Director, Jessie Fahay

 

Director: Beth Newbery

Stage Manager: Tony Mann

 

CAST:

Ali/Voice 4 ………………………………………………………Jessica Jennings

Marta/Voice 3………………………………………………….Mallory Kinney

Voice 1/Number 18…………………………………………..Jessica Grant

Mama/Voice2………………………………………………….Jessica Fernando

Carlos/Pimp……………………………………………………Joe Chisholm

 

ABOUT RIPPLE EFFECT ARTISTS: Ripple Effect Artists, Inc. is an actor’s equity 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talkback discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups. These events, their education plus their game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.  www.rippleeffectartists.com

 

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Ripple Effect Artists Appoints Abbe Sparks to Board of Directors

rea_logo14224687_1099404853469298_6945877852367867058_nI am so honored and delighted to announce that I have accepted a Board of Director’s position with Ripple Effect Artists, Inc., a dynamic off-Broadway theatre company and 501 (c) 3 organization that uses the power of theatre to address social injustices and shifts audiences from Apathy to Action – creating a ripple effect in the larger community.

SHE HAS A NAME will premere January 17th at The Electra Theatre, NYC
SHE HAS A NAME will premere January 17th at The Electra Theatre, NYC

On January 18, 2016, Ripple Effect Artists will premiere the Andrew Kooman play SHE HAS A NAME* at NYC’s The Electra Theatre to show how Human Trafficking occurs as a global epidemic. The production will be followed by an educational, talk-back conversation with audiences including the following organizations: Girls Education and Mentoring Services, Safe Horizon, Polaris Project, as well as two Psychotherapists. A portion of box office proceeds will be donated to these organizations. Additional dates are: January 25th and February 1st. For tickets visit: REArtists:She Has A Name. Watch for details about a Spring 2017 theatrical run.

You can DONATE now to support Ripple Effect Artists and their mission by visiting https://rally.org/REASHAN

Donate to Ripple Effect Artists in support of ending human trafficking
Donate to Ripple Effect Artists and show your support for their mission and work

*SHE HAS A NAME will soon be a major motion picture slated initially for international limited release in December 2017 in five countries (US not included).

Ripple Effect Artists Inc. addresses injustice and causes social impact through art – primarily by producing masterful plays – presenting them along with talk-back discussions in partnership with educators and advocacy groups.   These events, our education, and our game-changing philanthropy cultivate empathy, shift audiences from APATHY to ACTION, and create a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community.

Abbe Silverberg Sparks is the Founder/Chief Igniter of Abbe Sparks Media Group, a boutique communications firm that focuses on social media, content, branding and advocacy.

 

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The Broadway at Birdland Concert Series: the musical fable Merman’s Apprentice is Sold Out!

This just in! Broadway veteran Bill Nolte to replace Richard Kind.
Stephen Cole and David Evans Broadway at Birdland concert version of “Merman’s Apprentice” Monday June 15th at 7:00 p.m.

is sold out!



The Broadway at Birdland Concert Series is proud to announce that Stephen Cole and David Evans musical fable, Merman’s Apprentice, is SOLD OUT.Due to an unexpected change in schedule, Mr. Kind is not able to appear. Mr. Nolte, who has appeared in the world premiere of Stephen Cole’s The Road to Qatar, has agreed to jump in and play the role of David Merrick. We are grateful

to Bill for bring his talents to the production.

In 2003, Bill starred in The Producers, putting his unique spin on the pigeon-keeping playwright Franz Liebkind, a role he performed on Broadway, across the country, and in Japan. Bill’s other Broadway credits are La Cage Aux Folles, Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol, The Secret Garden, Me and My Girl, Amour and his debut in Cats. Bill’s Off Broadway/Regional career includes, The Most Happy Fella, Damn Yankees, Sweeny Todd, Fanfare and Annie 2 at the Kennedy Center. As a cabaret/concert artist, Bill has appeared at Iridium Jazz Club, Anyone Can Whistle and Sail Away at Carnegie Hall, Lyrics and Lyricists, Cole Porter Songbook at the Kennedy Center and All of Me and On Broadwayon the Seaburn SPIRIT Cruise Lines. 

Merman’s Apprentice is a new musical fable with Book & Lyrics by Stephen Cole (After the Fair, The Road To Qatar, Night of the Hunter) and Music by David Evans (Birds of Paradise, Children’s Letters To God). Bistro Award Winner Klea Blackhurst will appear as Ethel Merman, with a cast lead by Tony nominee Anita Gillette as Ethel’s Mom, with Bill Nolte as David Merrick, J.P. Benjamin (Broadway’s current Wizard in Wicked) as Ethel’s Pop and 13 year-old Elizabeth Teeter, who is currently playing Young Queen Elizabeth in The Audience on Broadway, will play Muriel Plakenstein: Merman’s Apprentice. Additional cast members include Adam Grupper, Eddie Korbich and Brian Charles Rooney.

Synopsis: Time: the 1970’s. The Golden Age of Musical Theatre is drawing to an end, although twelve-year-old Muriel Plakenstein doesn’t know that. So she runs away from home to become a Broadway star, meets the Queen of Broadway Ethel Merman, who takes her to a Hello, Dolly! rehearsal, where they sing together. When legendary producer David Merrick hears the kid, he decides to star Muriel in the first all-child cast of Dolly! Naturally, Merman takes her under wing to teach her the ropes of being a star…making little Muriel Plakenstein Merman’s Apprentice. It’s a tuneful, original smart, funny, warm, new musical comedy about childhood, parents, Broadway and Ethel Merman. Who could ask for anything more?

 

 

 

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Gala 2012: A Mod Musical Evening Benefits The Music Theatre Company

Last Chance to have fun for a great cause– the performing arts!!!!  Gala 2012: A Mod Musical Evening Benefits The Music Theatre Company   https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/27935.  Call for more information or come to the door tonight.

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Gala 2012: A Mod Musical Evening

Join The Music Theatre Company for performances of your favorite songs by Chicago’s finest music theatre artists. Enjoy the upbeat stylings of Dr. Mark and the Sutures while browsing through their wide array of silent auction items, including Chicago Bears and Blackhawks memorabilia, private golf outings, and a priceless excursion to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Entice your taste buds with delicious cuisine provided by Whole Foods Market of Deerfield while sampling a selection of fine wines from Cooper’s Hawk Winery.

Sunday, May 20th, 2012
5:30pm until 8:30pm

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