FREE Seats for My New Show at NYC’s Signature Theatre – Opening May 9th

SHOW TIMES
Wednesday, May 9th – 3PM
Friday, May 11th – 8PM
Saturday, May 12th – 3PM
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LOCATION
Pershing Square Signature Center
Ford Foundation Studio
480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
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FREE TICKETS
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I’m so excited to announce that my latest work, The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing: A Play with Music opens next week on Wednesday May 9, 2018 at the prestigious Signature Theatre of New York as a part of Columbia University’s Playwrights’ Thesis Festival.
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Through the perfect elixir of poetry, song, and dance The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing: A Play with Music — written, composed and directed by yours truly — reimagines the fall of Lucifer described in scripture. I bring into fantasy a sister who ultimately takes Lucifer’s place as heaven’s new minister of music and a jealous brother who cannot be trusted to keep her secrets. It is with great honor that I can say this new work is under the mentorship of Tony Award winning Broadway producer Ron Simons and the tutelage of Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage.
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God has blessed me with an amazing cast and team that has been an absolute joy to work with, and I know they are going to dazzle you in their performance. Reserve your FREE seats today for this family friendly show at the link above! Hint: This is a perfect way to get a jump start on celebrating Mother’s Day 🙂
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See you there!

Ayvaunn Penn

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Audition for the Next Best Show Hitting NYC – THE FEATHER DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE WING

Through the perfect elixir of poetry, song, and dance The Feather Doesn’t Fall Far from the Wing my new play with music reimagines the fall of Lucifer described in scripture. The piece brings into fantasy a sister who ultimately takes Lucifer’s place as heaven’s new minister of music and a jealous brother who cannot be trusted to keep her secrets. This new work is being featured at none other than New York’s acclaimed Signature Theatre in May 2018 as a part of Columbia University’s Playwrights’ Thesis Festival. Book your audition appointment today for auditions!

CASTING:

NON-AEA ACTORS ONLY. AGES 18+. My team and I are looking for a diverse cast of athletically built actors with excellent singing and dancing ability. A good ear for a capella, vocal improvisation ability, and a strong sense of rhythm are key. Actors must also be willing to wear fitted costumes and body paint. We also seek elegant, strong vocalists for our vocal orchestra. Note: Vocal orchestra members will have a less rigorous rehearsal schedule and perform in dress attire.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

  1. Lucifer (Lead) – Male. Tenor. Exceptional singer & dancer. Bold. Intellectual. Cunning. Heaven’s minister of music until he vows to forever be at odds with God.
  2. Lehabim (Lead) — Soprano. Exceptional singer & dancer. Lucifer’s beloved sister. Maternal. Heaven’s second minister of music.
  3. Luz (Lead) — Bass. Exceptional singer and dancer. Lucifer’s brother. Muscular. Bigger than life presence that fills the room. Heaven’s third minister of music.
  4. Amana (Lead) – Female. Soprano or Alto. Good singer & dancer. The one who listens while others simply hear. Extremely intelligent.
  5. Abdeel (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. Good singer & dancer. The garrulous angel who always supports and encourages others.
  6. Abdon (Supporting) – Male. Tenor. Good singer & dancer. The angel who is the unassuming instigator.
  7. Abiah (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. Good singer and dancer. The wild card. Chill. Laid back.
  8. Phim /Adam (Supporting) – Male. Tenor, Bass, or Baritone. PHIM: Sera’s twin brother. A mystical angel who speaks primarily through dance. Exceptional dancer. Double cast as Adam. ADAM: The first man created. Tenor, bass, or baritone. Exceptional dancer.The first man God creates. Though this character does not sing, the actor cast in this role will sing songs and deliver lines that involve the full cast.
  9. Sera / Eve (Supporting) – Female. Soprano or Alto. SERA: Phim’s twin sister. Also a mystical angel who speaks primarily through dance. Exceptional dancer. Double cast as Eve. EVE: The first woman created. Exceptional dancer.
  10. Vocal Orchestra – Males & Females. Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, Basses, and Baritones. Exceptional singing ability. Elegant. Distinguished. Poised.

AUDITION DETAILS: Appointment only. Ten minute slots.

  • Dates & Locations:
    • Friday, February 23rd 12PM – 6PM
      • Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
      • 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
    • Saturday, February 24th 9AM – 3PM
      • Riverside Church, Room 12T
      • 490 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027
      • Use the 91 Claremount Ave. entrance
      • Click here for directions
    • Sunday, February 25th 11AM – 3PM (CALLBACKS)
      • Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
      • 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • What to prepare:
    • 1 minute of a song of your choice from any of the following genres: Contemporary, RnB, Folk, Indie, or Gospel. Theatre songs are permissible as well. No musical accompaniment permitted.
    • Prepare a 30 second to 1 minute dance sequence that showcases your range of ability and technique. Musical accompaniment can be used for this portion of the audition. NOTE: This does not apply to those auditioning for the VOCAL ORCHESTRA
    • For those auditioning for an acting role, the rest of auditions will consist of cold reads and dance/movement exercises
    • Please wear fitted athletic clothing with a polished appearance and shoes that allow you to dance. If you are AUDITIONING FOR VOCAL ORCHESTRA ONLY, simply wear something polished.
    • Bring a printed copy of your headshot and resume
    • Arrive ten minutes early to complete paperwork

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION:

  1. Email Director Ayvaunn Penn: PennSpeaks[at]gmail.com
  2. In the subject line write: “Audition, THE FEATHER – [Role(s) Seeking]”
  3. Specify which audition DAY(s) and TIME(s) you are available. NOTE: You must be available for the full callback audition time.
  4. Attach PDF of your Headshot & Resume
  5. Only audition if you are available for the full callback time and the entire production schedule.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

  • April 4, 2018 – May 7, 2018
    • Sundays 12 – 5PM
    • Mondays off
    • Tuesdays – Fridays 5:30 – 9:30PM
    • Saturdays 10AM – 3:00PM
    • TECH REHEARSAL
      • May 8th 9AM – 6PM at Signature Theatre
    • With the exception of the tech rehearsal above, all rehearsals will be at or in the area of the Columbia University Campus

SHOW DATES & LOCATION:

  • May 9th at 2:30PM
  • May 11th at 8PM
  • May 12th at 2:30PM
  • All shows are at Signature Theatre

*Dates and times may change due to creative team schedules and/or rehearsal space availability.

Auditions, rehearsals, and shows will be filmed and photographed for student archive and promotional purposes.

NOTE: Because this is student work, this is a non-paid opportunity.

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Reserve FREE Seats for ZAREPHATH Musical Opening Friday at Columbia

Click Here to Reserve FREE Seats

The time has come! Zarephath, A Gospel & Jazz Infused Musical opens this Friday August 11th at 7PM at Columbia University Schapiro Theatre. Click here for other show times and locations. Seats are going fast, but it’s not too late to get yours. Make your FREE reservation at the link above. This is the perfect outing for you and your family, church group, and friends. Enjoy the spiritually uplifting story of the widow who shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah and the miracle that follows — a story of how God can take what little you have and bless it into abundance with a little faith from you. 

Columbia University Schapiro Theatre is located in Schapiro Hall at 605 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10025. Click here for directions. See you at the show!

ZAREPHATH in the Press

Broadway World: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/New-Musical-ZAREPHATH-Brings-Free-Summer-Fun-to-NYC-20170617

All Christian Newshttp://allchristiannews.com/christian-playwright-offers-free-musical-columbia-university-august/ 

Your Black World: http://yourblackworld.net/2017/05/09/new-gospel-jazz-infused-musical-coming-august-2017/

 

(Video) Listen to How Much My ZAREPHATH Cast Rocks!!!!

I just have to share this amazing moment from last week’s ZAREPHATH rehearsal with you. In this video, you will see some of the cast members of my summer musical put together an AWESOME vocal beat…ON THE FLY! I still can’t believe this happened, and I honestly can’t stop listening to it. All I know is that if these amazing actors can create vocal fabulousness for something as simple as an exercise, the actual show is going to be mind-blowing. Details for the show are below. Mark your calendars, invite your friends, tell strangers, and I’ll see you there!

-Ayvaunn

Columbia University Schapiro Theatre
F r e e   A d m i s s i o n  
August 11, 2017 – 7PM
August 12, 2017 – 12PM
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A showstopping, dance-filled, gospel and jazz infused musical based on the Bible story of the widow woman who shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah. ZAREPHATH is written and directed by Ayvaunn Penn under the tutelage of two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage & Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang. Thrilling to perform, enthralling to listen to, and exciting to watch, this ball of summer fun will also be performed in various public spaces in NYC. To receive automatic updates on where the show will appear next, follow this blog by entering your email address at the bottom of this webpage.

Auditions for Zarephath, A Gospel & Jazz Infused Musical

Registration opens May 21, 2017

Written and directed by Ayvaunn Penn under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage & Tony Award Winner David Henry Hwang. Produced by Paloma Estevez.

Non-Equity Actors Only / Ages 17+ / All Ethnicities: Seeking NYC actors with solid backgrounds in singing and dance. This a capella gospel and jazz infused musical requires that individuals have: a good ear, the ability to vocally improvise with a large group, and a strong sense of rhythm. Actors also need a large stage presence that can command attention in busy outdoor venues as well as the physical stamina to perform in summer weather. Non-paid but a great opportunity to work with members of Columbia University School of the Arts.

About the Show: “Zarephath” is a large dance-filled ensemble piece based on the Bible story of the widow woman who shared her last meal with the prophet Elijah. Thrilling to perform, enthralling to listen to, and exciting to watch, this ball of summer fun will be performed in various public outdoor spaces in NYC with one performance at Columbia University.

Audition Dates & Times – Appointment Only – 10 Min. Slots

  • June 5, 2017: 8:30AM – 3:40PM
  • June 6, 2017: 8:30AM – 3:40PM
  • June 7, 2017: 9:30AM – 3:00PM (Callbacks)

Auditions will take place at Columbia University. Exact location TBA

How to Register: Email Ayvaunn at PennSpeaks[at]gmail.com and put “Zarephath – [Role Desired]” in the subject line. Please state the time frame you are available during designated hours on the specified dates, and you will be assigned a time slot. Also, attach a copy of your headshot and resume. Only register to audition if you will be available for callbacks and the full production schedule listed below. Note: Auditions will be filmed and footage may be used for promotional purposes.

What to Prepare: One minute of a song highlighting your vocal range and skill (no musical accompaniment permitted). Thirty seconds to one minute of dance choreography showcasing your full range of ability and any special skills. Please wear movement clothes and shoes with a polished appearance. Script sides will be provided on site for cold reads.

Roles: 

  • The Widow – Female; Mature look and voice; Exceptional vocal ability; Soulful sound
  • The Widow’s Son – Male; Boyish look and voice; Jazz sound
  • Elijah – Male; The prophet of God; Mature look; Deep voice; Stoic
  • Ensemble Leader – Male or Female; Narrator engaging with the audience; Charismatic; Powerful voice
  • Ensemble – Everyone; Creating large visual images, vocal soundscape, and bodily percussion as a group

Note: This is truly a group storytelling piece comprised of 20-30 actors. EVERYONE will move fluidly between and/or share roles and be seen and heard at all times.

Production Schedule*

  • Rehearsals
    • June 12, 2017 – August 11, 2017
    • 6PM-9PM on weekdays 10AM-2PM on weekends
    • 2 times a week in June then increase to 4 times a week
    • On or near Columbia University campus
  • Performances**
    • Saturday, August 12th, 19th, and 26th

*Subject to change **Times and locations TBA

Auditions for KING DAVID, the Poetry “Musical”

Seeking versatile performers with a passion for poetry, musicality, movement and ensemble work. Performers with backgrounds in poetry, dance, gymnastics, and stage combat are strongly encouraged to audition. Details about roles, important dates, and audition steps are below in the casting notice.

KING DAVID, lauded by theatre legends Anne Bogart and David Henry Hwang, has taken on exciting transformations in form and content since the original October 2016 production at Columbia University. Imagine a dance-filled “musical” where people are the instruments, poetry is the music, and the human body serves as the building blocks of the set. That is what writer/director Ayvaunn Penn has created with this piece. It is visually stunning and an absolute ball to perform.

This play explores the tragedy that befalls King David’s family in a way he never expects when his son, Amnon, rapes his beloved young daughter, Tamar. Will David have the strength to tell his daughter that his past actions are the cause of her pain? Through contemporary free verse poetry and dance we dive into David’s mind revisiting the mental battle fields of his past where the fate of his daughter is determined.

 CASTING NOTICE:

  • SEEKING NON-UNION ACTORS / OPEN ETHNICITY / AGES 18+
  • AUDITIONS:
    • Friday, December 9, 2016
    • Tuesday, December 13, 2016
    • Thursday, December 15, 2016 (Callbacks)
    • 8:30AM — 3:40PM each day at
    • Riverside Church 490 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027, Room 12T
    • Auditions will be scheduled in 10 minute slots
  • TO BOOK AN AUDITION SLOT:
    • Email Director Ayvaunn Penn at:
      • PennSpeaks [at] gmail [dot] com
    • In the subject line write: “Audition, King David”
    • Specify which ROLE you are auditioning for
    • Specify which audition DAY(s) and TIME(s) you are available for
    • Attach PDF of your Headshot
    • Attach PDF of your Resume
    • NOTE: Auditions will be filmed
  • CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: All roles include ensemble work
    • King David – Male. 18-50. King of Israel; Wrestles, often, with his divided conscience — literally; Stage combat skills a plus
    • David’s Good Conscience — Male. 18-50. The physical manifestation of King David’s good inner voice; Always at odds with the bad half of King David’s conscience; Stage combat experience a plus
    • David’s Bad Conscience — Male. 18-50. King David’s naughty inner voice; Always at odds with the good side of King David’s conscience; Stage combat experience a plus
    • Bathsheba – Female. 18-35. The married woman King David falls for and ultimately rapes; Stage combat experience and moderate singing ability a plus
    • Ziba – Female. 40-50. Head of the palace staff; Full of wisdom; The only person brave enough to challenge King David’s choices and tell him when he’s wrong
    • Jezreel – Male. 18-50. Faithful servant to King David — maybe too faithful
    • Tamar – Female. 18-20. Daughter of King David; Full blood sister of Absalom; Raped by her half-brother, Amnon; Experience in stage combat a plus
    • Amnon – Male. 18-30. King David’s son; Half-brother of Tamar and Absalom; Rapes Tamar; Experience in stage combat a plus
    • Absalom – Male. 18-30. Son of King David; Full blood brother of Tamar and half-brother of Amnon; Wants to keep Tamar’s rape a secret
    • Nathan – Male. 30-50. The prophet who foretells King David’s punishment for his actions
    • Ensemble – Males & Females. 18-50. Always actively functioning as equal parts narrator, musical underscore (with poetry & bodily percussion), dance, scenic elements, and soundscape. Requires basic rhythm and the ability to follow simple choreography and carry a tune (if you can hum “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” you’re good).
      • Individuals interested in auditioning for ENSEMBLE ONLY should be athletic and able to maintain high energy and rhythm. Above average vocal, dance, and gymnastics skills are a plus.
  • AUDITION PREP / WHAT TO EXPECT
    • Arrive 10 min. early for your audition time to
      1. Fill out paper work
        • Have a list of any conflicts you may have during January 3 – March 12, 2017. If you are cast, any conflicts you fail to disclose in advance will not be excused.
      2. Turn in a printed copy of your headshot/resume
      3. Receive an audition number and sides
    • Do not prepare a monologue
    • This is a cold read audition
    • Come prepared to experiment and play
  •  REHEARSALS:
    • Start the week of January 1, 2017 (post-holiday)
    • End March 6, 2017 (opening night)
    • Rehearsals will take place 4 times a week
      • 3 weekdays 6-9PM
      • 1 weekend day 10AM-2PM.
      • For dates prior to January 17, 2017, weekday rehearsals will take place before 5PM
    • All rehearsals will be held in the area around Columbia University.
    • Dates and times may change due to creative team schedules and/or rehearsal space availability.
  • PUBLIC PERFORMANCE SHOWS:
    • March 6-12, 2017
    • Show times TBA
    • Columbia University Schapiro Studio