L.E.S.

THE 18TH ANNUAL LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SUNDAY, MAY 26th
JOHNSON THEATER

Please note - Schedule Subject to change. We will post all changes as soon as possible.

6:00pm KINDING SINDAW
Kinding Sindaw is a cultural performance troupe founded by Artistic Director Potri Ranka Manis over 20 years ago and is currently a resident artist group at La Mama E.T.C. Our mission is to educate and enlighten communities about the complex history and cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines, through elements of theatre, dance, music and martial arts. For more information:www.kindingsindaw.org; info@kindingsindaw.org. Excerpts from the epic DERANGEN, from the Sultanate of Lanao, Southern Philippines. Choreographed and conceived by our founder, artistic director and tradition-bearer, Potri Ranka Manis.

6:22 GARY HEIDT

6:34 BURNING CITY ORCHESTRA

6:46 KAORU IKEDA
Cloud Passage. A solo dance piece choreographed and performed by Kaoru Ikeda.

7:03 REVEREND BILLY AND THE CHURCH OF STOP SHOPPING
Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping is a New York City based radical performance community. They use creative strategies and non-violent direct action to illustrate the perils of over-consumption and the role of financial institutions in climate change. They are wild earth loving activists defending land, life and imagination from corporations and corrupt governments all over the world. They are entertainers, artists and media makers and will perform almost anywhere. They are more than willing to include the police in their theater. They have written several books, produced multiple cd’s, a television series, hundreds of short form videos and are the subject of multiple documentaries including What Would Jesus Buy? a Christmas movie by Morgan Spurlock. Currently The Church of Stop Shopping is resurrecting animals driven to extinction by climate change.

7:20 DEEN, NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP
An excerpt from Draw the Circle. Written & performed by Deen. Directed by Chay Yew. Laid bare is one immigrant family's struggle with a child who continuously defies their most basic expectations of what it means to have a daughter... and one lover's commitment to unconditional love.

7:32 ASHLEY LIANG, YANGTZE REPERTORY THEATER OF AMERICA
The dance Lotus tells about how Lotus grows in the muddy water, but it is not muddy, it still looks beautiful and clean, which implicitly praise Chinese ladies like lotus who are not contaminated by unhealthy practices in society. Their noble virtue is inherent, and their external image is classical and veiled beauty.

7:37 YARA ARTS
Tamar Ilana will perform the song “Ia boru zhyto zhala” (I was reaping rye in the forest), a traditional harvest song from Ukraine with a flamenco twist that is a part of Yara Arts Group’s “Fire Water Night” at La MaMa June 7-14, 2013.

7:49 ASHLEY LIANG, YANGTZE REPERTORY THEATER OF AMERICA
Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America was founded in 1992 to produce works for and by Asian artists, having presented 103 events with 30 main stage drama productions. Performing is Ashley Liang, dancer and choreographer. Beside The River.

7:54 DESERT SIN DANCE COMPANY
Scylla by Desert Sin. Dancers: Djahari Clark, Cassandra Rosebeetle, Renata. Music: Original composition created with Desert Sin by Mark Messing, Brian Havey, and Tim Lamb. Costumes: Kristin Costa. Choreography: Djahari Clark and Elayssa Thompson. Under Artistic Director, Djahari Clark, Desert Sin weaves narratives through movement while embracing the beautiful & the grotesque.

8:06 CHINESE THEATRE WORKS
The journeys of Chinese-American opera artists to America are described through Peking opera, costumes, make-up and storytelling. They speak of the bitterness and joy of immigrant life in New York and the art they have
studied from childhood that caries them forward. Performed by Kuang-Yu Fong, Nuo Dai, Qingfeng Li, Yuxia Liu, Xin Wang and Yanpu Guo.

8:18 KALPULLI ATL-TLACHINOLLI
Atl-Tlachinolli will recreate an ancient Aztec dance ritual. The ceremony begins with a salute to the Four Directions (East, West, North, and South), the Heavens, and the Earth. Dances performed will include "Tletl" (Fire) and "Mazatl" (Deer).

8:30 GEORGE BARTENIEFF
Performing as Handel, in the opening monologue from Another Life, written and directed by Karen Malpede. George Bartenieff is one of the founders of Theater for the New City and Theater Three Collaborative.

8:37 THE EXPERIMENTALS
The Experimentals are presenting a scene from Kafka's Quest by Lu Hauser, featuring Timothy Doyle, Matt Luceno and Jenne Vath directed by George Ferencz.

8:49 TOM JONES
Musical Selections from a brand new Musical Version of Henry Fielding's novel TOM JONES, written and composed by John Taylor Thomas, directed by Lissa Moira, starring Gloria Makina as Sophie Western and Doug McDonnell as Tom Jones. See TOM JONES July 11th through July 14th at Theater for the New City!

9:03 LAURA SHAPIRO
First Draft of the Missing Section. Written, choreographed and performed by Laura Shapiro. Music by Doug Wieselman from Trio S, Zitherine Records. Text recorded and mixed with music by Phil Lee, City Vox

9:11 TEATRO LA TEA
Jeannie Sol will be performing a selection from the opera La Llorona, as well as "When You're Good to Mama" from Chicago.

9:23 DAVID IPPOLITO
For the past 20 years, David Ippolito has been known to hundreds of thousands of people as "That Guitar Man from Central Park." His story is coming to the stage this Fall at TNC in a new play, Possibility Junkie (directed by Gretchen Cryer). Visit www.thatguitarman.com for more info!

9:35 DAVID WILLINGER
THE UPPER LIP written and directed by David Willinger, adapted from the novel ROCK WAGRAM by William Saroyan. Central scene from the play that just closed at TNC, in which movie star Rock Wagram (Arak Vagramian) drives north from Hollywood to reunite with his grandmother Lula, to find himself and get back to reality. CAST: Alan Cordoba as Rock Wagram, Cynthia Toronto as Lula Vagramian.

9:47 DOWNTOWN MUSIC PRODUCTIONS
MIND MATTERS , By Ilsa Gilbert, Poet, who will recite her poem, followed by: Marni Rice, Vocalist and Accordionist and Mimi Stern- Wolfe, Pianist, who have jointly composed a musical setting of MIND MATTERS for the public.

9:59 JOHN GRIMALDI, NY LYRIC CIRCUS
John Grimaldi is an actor, a juggler and a clown who will perform as the Stiltwalker in "La Boheme" at the Metropolitan Opera next season. He will perform "Taking Chance, Catching my breath On fire."

10:11 THE LOVE SHOW
Excerpts from Romeo & Juliet: an interactive and immersive dance production of Shakespeare's classic tragedy of young love. Choreography by Angela Harriell. Additional choreography by Dorian Cervantes. Performed by Jennifer Carlson, Dorian Cervantes, Greg Dubin, Duane Gosa, Christina "CJ" Johnson, Rachael Ma, Tsubasa Ogawa, David F. Slone, Esq., & Julie Smith.

10:33 JAMES RADO
The Book of Merman (Ethel, that is). Jim Rado, Broadway actor and writer of HAIR (the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical) and his new show SOLDIER LOVER will belt his heart out with a couple of Merman tunes, accompanied by
David Lewis.

10:45 RAMIRO SANDOVAL
Excerpt from Where There Was Fire, adapted and directed by Ramiro Antonio Sandoval.

10:57 JUANA CALA FLAMENCO

11:09 ELIZABETH RUF
COLOR. A scene from a new play by Gene Ruffini, directed by Elizabeth Ruf. When a wildly popular African-American movie star and left-leaning presidential candidate gets hit with a rape charge, thorny questions about prejudice,
privilege, values, and trust arise. With Robert McKay, Gene Ruffini, David "Zen" Mansley, and Elizabeth Ruf.

11:21 ALICE SHIELDS
Agnus Dei (“Lamb of God”) for mezzo-soprano, instruments and elec tronics is a scene from Alice Shields' electronic opera Mass for the Dead - A Ghost Sory which was premiered by the American Chamber Opera Company in Manhattan in 1993; tonight it’s sung by Alice with electronics: the character called the Medium prays softly in Latin for the great goddess to come and save us all from environmental destruction, while the Chorus, who intend to kill her, stand around her as dark shadows (www.aliceshields. com).

11:27 BK CULTURE JAMMERS
A GOOD DAY 2 PIE was originally produced at Kairos Theatre one-act festival in May of 1999. It has since been toured to college campuses and venues and has been performed in support of green initiatives and cancer survivor groups.

11:39 DAVID MILLS
Actor and writer David Mills has worked professionally for almost two decades. For three years, Mr. Mills lived as writer-in-residence in Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes’ landmark home. There, Mr. Mills was inspired to put together a one-person show of Hughes’ work, which he has performed in venues such as The August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, New Mexico’s Lensic Theater and Yale University.

11:51 MELANGE
Richard West on Guitar and Susan Mitchell on Violin.

12:03am JUDETH DEMOTT
Judeth DeMott, Mezzo-Soprano, Accompanied by John Taylor Thomas at the piano. JUDETH DeMOTT makes her 5th appearance at the festival this eve ning. Both a trained mezzo-soprano and dramatic actress, she has appeared in a variety of stage and film productions. JOHN TAYLOR THOMAS is an accomplished actor, opera singer and composer. Excerpts from TOM JONES, his new musical opening at TNC in July, are also being performed this evening. This past January, they sang the leads in Seymour Barab’s FORTUNE’S FAVORITES at TNC and are happy to be here again tonight. For more info: judydemott@optonline.net. Mozart’s “Voi che sapete” from Le Nozze di Figaro, Pergolesi’s “Se tu m’ami.” Cole Porter’s “So in Love” from Kiss Me Kate.

12:15 MICHAEL DOMITROVICH is a playwright, director, and mystic. Tonight he will be serving 4 original pieces of food poetry.

12:27 VANGELINE THEATER
MODERN LIFE. Choreographed and directed by Vangeline for the Vangeline Theater. Dancers: Azumi Oe, Coco, Juri Nishio, Laurence Martin, Maiko Ikegaki, Margherita Tisato, Sindy Butz, Stacy Lynn Smith, Pamela Herron, Shiho Tanaka, Vangeline.

12:39 MIKE LESSER
The Ladies in Waiting, by Mike Lesser, directed by Alexandra Keegan. Featuring Melissa Annis, Kristen French & Jessica Vera. When Shakespeare's most tragic ladies collide in the midst of their climactic ends, confusion and hilarity ensue.

12:51 LE SQUEEZEBOX CABARET
Accordionist Matt Dallow, drummer Peter Sloan-Lewis, master magician The Great Dubini, your host, David F. Slone, Esq., and surprise guests bring you a program of song, dance, magic and variety!












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