TANYS – Community Theatre Excellence

tanys-logoWell, here we are driving home from the TANYS Festival of 2013 with smiles on our faces, great memories from an amazing event, and a plethora of fabulous new friends and acquaintances.

Although our intention was to introduce the plays and musicals we represent to the New York Community Theatre market, we wound out accomplishing so much more!  The people of TANYS (The Theatre Association of New York State) were warm, welcoming and genuine to the core, while being wrapped up in a thick blanket of creativity, talent and presence!

We had so much fun getting to know the amazing actors, directors, producers, members and friends of TANYS while sharing our stories and music and watching the playful arguments of “no you can’t do that one, I want to put that one on,” (ANN)  it was truly heart warming and endearing.

Thank you from all of us at J&G to every single person of TANYS for reminding us just what it means to be a part of the amazing world of Community Theatre — people, relationships and a dedication to the craft and storytelling excellence!  As I said in my short speech given while awarding the raffled free show, “You are what Community Theatre is all about, you, the people in this room and others like you around the country, make Community Theatre possible!”

Even the meetings and events were entertaining with the great humor and anecdotes from speakers like Rob, and 2013 TANYS President Bob Frame.  To open the Festival’s closing board meeting, Festival President, “Big Rob” Sharman introduced the drawing of the J&G Free Show Raffle.  The amazing and talented Elisa Hunt of Auburn Players won the Raffle and the room oo’d and ah’d when we described in detail just what she’d walked away from the event with … one free J&G production of her choosing, up to 6 shows, and it includes all materials and even printed posters.

We will release a short interview with Elisa soon where she announced her selection of our musical, Bloomin which should be on stage under her skilled direction in August of 2014.  Be sure to check back with us here for updates and to visit TANYS’ site to learn about the TANYS performance winners who are now moving up to ESTA!

See you all in Maryland in January 2014 where J&G will be giving away ANOTHER free show,  all materials included, of up to 6 performances!

Sapperstein & Murway’s Venus is a Hit – From the Award Winning Director, Ruth K. Brown

Sapperstein & Murway’s Venus is a Hit – From the Award Winning Director, Ruth K. Brown

Ruth K. Brown, Director

Ruth K. Brown, Director

As a director I appreciated the fact that with my recent production of Women are from Venus; Men are from Uranus, J&G provided flexibility in casting, script usage and script changes to accommodate my vision and the limitations of the venue.

Royalty fees are on a sliding scale including the estimated audience size which is a key consideration for community venues. Royalty fees also include a CD with all of the music and sound effects required for the production. This is done using the PRESS PLAY method developed by J&G. For any low budget community theatre, complex sets can also pose problems. J&G keep their sets simple, i.e., often a single room, to keep production costs down.

I found the J&G staff very accommodating. They reached out during the rehearsal period to make sure any problems were resolved easily and reasonably. Permission, royalty and photo usage forms were provided quickly and in an easy-to-use format. J&G wishes to build relationships with those who perform their works, and they have already sent me FREE perusal copies of three additional plays for my future consideration.

Georgiana R. Staley and Wayne Meadows star as Woman and Man in The Everett Theatre’s production of WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS.

Georgiana R. Staley and Wayne Meadows star as Woman and Man in The Everett Theatre’s production of WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS.

As part of my theatre work I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Theatre Association (DTA). DTA sponsors an annual short play festival showcasing work performed by community based theatres. Conversations with J&G have led to a commitment to re-write Women are from Venus; Men are from Uranus to a shorter length allowing submission at the 2014 festival which I will be directing with great enthusiasm.

In summary, my experiences working with J&G Unlimited, Inc. were delightful; and I will continue to consider and to recommend their works to other directors!

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH TLC Scripts AS PER RUTH:

  • On-site printing capabilities so flexibility on what is received can usually be accommodated
  • PRESS PLAY to eliminate or greatly reduce music and sound effect license fees
  • Royalty fees are on a sliding scale including size of expected audiences
  • Royalty fees include a PRESS PLAY CD with the sounds/music required by the script
  • Flexibility with casting and even script versioning
  • Permission and license forms are quickly received and easy to use
  • Production photos and/or videos on their Facebook page for increased promotion
  • Outreach during rehearsal period with the intent to help ensure production success
  • Accommodation of other theatrical requirements if using one of their productions in a different way

 

Stage Magazine Reviews The Everett’s version of Sapperstein & Murway’s Venus

Stage Magazine Reviews The Everett’s version of Sapperstein & Murway’s Venus

Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus made its way to the Everett Theatre stage and the reviews are in from STAGE Magazine … WOW what a great job you all did! Starring Georgiana Staley as Woman, Wayne Meadows as Man and Allison Brooks and Stephanie Williams as the Genome Observation Department Lab Tech’s. Directed by the magnificent Ruth K. Brown with costumes by the lovely and talented Star Timney and sets from the artful and handy David Sokolowski and Ruth Brown. the entire J&G Team were present at the show last weekend and OMG this group put on an amazing production of Sapperstein & Murway’s Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus! Thanks to Stage Magazine for the fabulous review! We’re so thrilled you had a great time!

Universal Humor at The Everett: WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS

Following a command from the Boss at the Genome Observation Department, two Lab Technicians spin “Woman” and “Man” into creation from a petri dish. These experimental subjects embark on a live journey of discovery that observers will find both witty and a touch of wistful. The subjects must learn to connect with one another, though (surprise) they find that they differ in many ways, and are not supplied with instructions. The Technicians cannot seem to help but meddle some, seeing that Man is in over his head. Talk about drama in relationships! There is something for everyone in this show, which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.

Rounding out the cast of WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS are Allison Brooks and Stephanie Williams who portray the Lab Technicians.

Rounding out the cast of WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS are Allison Brooks and Stephanie Williams who portray the Lab Technicians.

Georgiana Staley, she is Woman! Her expressions, physicality, character interpretation and timing reaped much audience reaction. The scene where she is birthing away behind a partition (without much help from Man) just steals the show. Also well executed was the maturation sequencing as Woman progressed through various stages in life. Wayne Meadows plays the quintessential Man, evoking sympathy, and laughter, with his “deer in the headlight” reactions to Woman. The interplay and timing between the two is terrific and adorable. In an interesting switch, female lab techs are featured in this show instead of traditional male casting of these roles. Lab Technician #1, played by Allison Brooks, and Lab Technician #2, played by Stephanie Williams, don’t always agree. They sometimes ignore the Genome Observation Department dictates and are not perfect, but they do stir up the sauce to spill out the laughter. Also appearing on stage in lab coats to assist are backstage crew members Jenn Fleagle and Lukas Vacula.

This production runs under an hour, and there is a fifteen minute intermission. A minimal, but funky set (Ruth K. Brown, David Sokolowski) is used. Sports wear is worn by Woman and Man instead of body suits (Star Timney, Costumer), which seems to work just fine for this production.

The Everett Theatre is an historic building. It is lovingly kept with an old time theater concession stand with fresh popcorn, candy, assorted beverages, and friendly people behind the counter who make one feel welcome. A coupon for this fun show is available at http://www.stagemagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Everett-May-Ad.pdf which also includes a free popcorn.

WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS
Written by Judith Sapperstein and Gary Murway
Directed by Ruth K. Brown
May 10 – 19, 2013
The Everett Theatre
45 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE 19709
302-378-7038
http://www.everetttheatre.com/

J&G Gypsies Perform Friends in High Places, Final Approach

J&G Gypsies Perform Friends in High Places, Final Approach

Sheboygan Falls WI: The J&G Gypsies are once again on stage at the Final Approach Dinner Theatre in Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin, performing the Sapperstein & Murway comedy, “Friends in High Places.”

Directed by Sheboygan’s own Ralph Maffongelli, aliens from the planet Quirdmut land on the Mall in Washington DC seeking our help, but wind out having to deal with our corrupt politicians to get it solved.

“This is a funny play that’s great for the whole family,” shared Ralph Maffongelli.  “We welcome to the stage in starring roles, Randy Stache as President Arnot Thinkinear; Chris Fontaine as Powers Wayning; and Mike Roehl as General Geroge S. Trojan.”

Returning to the Final Approach stage with the J&G Gypsies is Susan Chambers Johnson as the alien Foit, Kevin Horne as the news reporter Chase Storyman and Tamara Richelle Pool as reporter Lilac Hellowitz.  Joining them is Randall Stache as President Arnot Thinkineer, Ben Johnson as the alien Gnudt, Jim Johnson as the alien Loodigun, Danielle Rammer as Lola Clematis, Clarke R. Krist as Shelby Dunn and Pat Forkner as Sunny Day.  Costuming and set design by Tony Olson.

Friends in High Places is on stage April 27th, 28th, 29th & then gain May 3rd, 4th & 5th.  Tickets are on sale now with good seats still available, with a Matinee performance on April 29th. Enjoy dinner with your show, or just come for the show only.

The aliens from the Planet Quirdmut will be available after the show for photography with the audience.  Also available after the show is an audio CD of the journey of our politicians to the planet Quirdmut to build intergalactic diplomatic relations.

Call 1-855-345-5550 (toll free) for tickets and information.  Box Office is open until 9pm.

ABOUT THE J&G GYPSIES
The J&G Gypsies, led by Ralph Maffongelli, is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway.  For additional information, please visit the J&G website at http://www.TLCScripts.com, or for the Gypsy show schedule.

ABOUT THE FINAL APPROACH RESTAURANT
The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price.  The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions and more.  To learn more, please visit http://www.FinalApproachRestaurant.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Tracy Byrne, VP, CMO
creative@jandgunlimited.com
215-345-5550

Ralph Maffongelli Announces Reviews of Love and Merger

Ralph Maffongelli Announces Reviews of Love and Merger

Ralph Maffongelli follows up one successful show at the Final Approach Restaurant with another that promises to be much funnier than the last, “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus!”

ScriptCover1024_LoveAndMergerSheboygan Falls Wisconsin, January 28th, 2012 – The reviews are in from the December 2011 performance of Sapperstein & Murway’s “Love and Merger,” performed at the Final Approach Restaurant at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport and directed by Sheboygan’s own Ralph Maffongelli.

“We had a good time, it was wonderful!  We enjoyed the show and look forward to many more,” was the general theme of audience comments shared with Ralph after their performance of Regal’s.

Now, with this show under their belts, Ralph and the J&G Gypsies have announced their 2012 show calendar, already taking ticket orders for February’s performance of “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus!” starring Kevin Horne and Eileen McCormick-Kelm as “Man” and “Woman.”

“As a theatrical director, I have read many new scripts, some requested and some not.  The vast majority of them were so poorly written, that I could not figure out how people could put their names on them let alone submit them for production.  That was NOT the case with any of the Sapperstein & Murway works I’ve had the pleasure of reading, however,” shared Ralph in a recent interview.

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

When asked about why he chose this work as the answer to audience’s demand for more shows, Ralph had to say, “Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus really caught my eye.  Written as a modern, up-to-date Adam and Eve story, the piece is well conceived, unified and consistent.  The characters are believable because their actions and objectives are well motivated and the dialogue is not only convincing, but flows smoothly. Most importantly, the dramatized situation – within the convention initially established – is very plausible.  We witness a beautiful relationship develop between Man and Woman in a very gradual and very believable manner.  But the literary elements and carefully constructed structure are utilized not for their own sake, but to create a totally light-hearted, audience-friendly, easy to enjoy comedy.  Laughter is the objective and the technique is never allowed to get in the way of the purpose of the piece.  The situations, in which the characters find themselves and their reactions, are written in such a universal way that audiences will certainly relate to them, but will also find them hysterically funny.”

“Ralph and J&G are working to create a new model for theatre presentation, one that’s all about the audience and their desire to simply have a good time.  We are not here to be ‘artsy’ or ‘over-dramatized’.  We just want to have fun and we want to do it with our audiences.  We encourage our actors to ‘play’ with the audience in order to enhance their entertainment experience and make them feel a part of it all,” shared Judith Sapperstein, one-half of Sapperstein & Murway.

“So many of our audience members pulled me aside after the show’s in December to thank us for bringing something fun and new to them, that they’re so very tired of the same old works being done over and over again,” Judith stated.

In answer to audience demand, the 2012 season begins just in time for Valentine’s Day, February 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th with Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus.  Tickets are on sale now by calling toll free, 215-345-5550.  Dinner, the show, tax and gratuity are all inclusive in the price of a ticket and group rates are available.
ScriptCover1024_Bloomin2015_SC“In April, we begin to bring new musicals to our wonderful audience, starting with Bloomin! a work that holds a very special place in my heart,” concludes Judith.  To learn more about the show schedule and what each show is all about, you are asked to please visit the J&G Gypsy website.

ABOUT THE J&G GYPSIES
The J&G Gypsies, led by Ralph Maffongelli, is a wholly owned subsidiary of J&G Unlimited, LLC a theatrical licensing firm representing the writing and composing team of Judith Sapperstein & Gary Murway.  For additional information, please visit the J&G website at http://www.TLCScripts.com.

ABOUT THE FINAL APPROACH RESTAURANT
The Final Approach Restaurant serves fine dining at a reasonable price.  The food is exceptional and the menu is expansive, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.  In addition to their restaurant, they have a Banquet Facility that can handle up to 650 people for weddings, parties, events, conventions and more.  To learn more, please visit http://www.FinalApproachRestaurant.com.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Tracy Byrne, VP, CMO
creative@jandgunlimited.com
215-345-5550