SAMANTHA AND THE GLASS CEILING
Written by TOM ATTEA
Theater for the New City presents the world premiere of the new musical SAMANTHA AND THE GLASS CEILING, the struggle of a young lingerie designer to be accepted and promoted for her talent in a fashion company where men hold all the top positions, will begin previews on Thursday, November 7th and run until December 1st at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue). The official opening will be on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 8PM.
Written by Tom Attea, the playwright who encouraged Marilyn Loden, who invented the phrase "the glass ceiling," to write her first book, Feminine Leadership, Or How to Succeed in Business without Being One of the Boys, SAMANTHA AND THE GLASS CEILING tells the story of a talented career woman, trying to hide her beauty from her male coworkers, especially her boss, a man who never met a woman he didn’t flirt with, until she decides it’s time to show up at work as a gorgeous, complete woman.
The cast of SAMANTHA AND THE GLASS CEILING features Kristin Piacentile, Jacob Merrik Storms, Anik Baker, Richard Dezmond, Kelsey Mathes, Elizabeth Doyle, Eunyoung Park, Arthur Harold, Deaunna Blackwell and Sean Bryant.
Set design is by Mark Marcante and Lytza Colon, costume design is by Susan Hemley, prop design is by Lytza Colon, sound design is by Alex Santullo, lighting design is by Alexander Bartenieff and the Assistant Director is Danielle Hauser.
SAMANTHA AND THE GLASS CEILING is the 10th collaboration of playwright and lyricist Tom Attea, composer Arthur Abrams, and director Mark Marcante.
Tom Attea (playwright). Samantha And The Glass Ceiling is the 11th show Tom has written that has been produced in the publicly funded Off-Broadway theater. The first show, Brief Chronicles of the Time, was a contemporary revue presented by The Actors Studio, where he was a member of The Playwrights Unit for 10 years. The revue was the result of a10-year collaboration with Charles Friedman, the original director of Pins and Needles, Sing Out the News, and the musical version of Street Scene. Two previous plays, Life Knock and Benedictus, and seven musicals for which he wrote the book and lyrics have been presented by Theater for the New City. He received a TNC/Jerome Foundation emerging playwright grant and is a member of The Dramatists Guild. He supports his literary work as a freelance copywriter who has written award-winning advertising for Dr. Pepper, Grey Poupon, and Jell-O, as well as numerous campaigns for media companies, including “In this city, you need a Voice” for the Village Voice, “There’s never been a greater need for understanding” for Time magazine, “Illuminate your world” for The New York Sun, and the advertising that introduced Lifetime Television for Women with “There’s nothing like a woman’s Lifetime.” Along the way, he has become one of America’s most award-winning copywriters – having been awarded 4 Clios in one night, Gold and Silver Lions from Cannes, the Gold Telly, the Gold Mobius, and many other creative awards. He holds a doctor’s degree in the sciences and studied composition and orchestration at Juilliard. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild. Theater for the new city has provided a venue for his works that he considers irreplaceable.
Arthur Abrams, Composer, began his collaboration with Tom Attea in 1982 at the Actors Studio, when they were both working with Charles Friedman on the revue Brief Chronicles of the Time. Mr. Friedman, noted director of Pins and Needles and Sing Out The News, was also their mentor. Mr. Abrams and Mr. Attea continued their collaboration at TNC, starting with the revues It's An Emergency, Don’t Hurry and Dropping In On The Earth, and continuing with the musicals Abstinence, Lincoln Plaza, Living In A Musical, The Capitalist Ventriloquist and Digital Dilemmas, as well as two plays by Attea, Life Knocks and Benedictus, for which Abrams composed incidental music. Other scores composed by Mr. Abrams for shows at TNC include The Master and Margarita (book and lyrics by Jean Claude Van Italie); The Open Gate, He Saw His Reflection, Jim The Lionhearted, Minus One, Winter Wedding, and currently The Upper Lip (all collaborations with David Willinger); The Further Adventures of Uncle Wiggily, The Windblown Visitors, Sketching Utopia, and The Golden Bear (with books and lyrics by Laurel Hessing); The Iron Heel (book and lyrics by Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado); Ludlow And Broome (book and lyrics by Ruthy Rosen); Unreachable Eden (book and lyrics by Barbara Kahn); and The Axis of Evil Vaudeville Revue (book and lyrics by Martin Bard). He also wrote the music for Jackson Heights, The Musical (book and lyrics by Paul Enger), which premiered at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center. He was pianist, music director and composer for the documentary film The Golden Age of Second Avenue, which was produced by Arthur Cantor, a film about the Yiddish Theater on New York's Lower East Side. The documentary is still shown on PBS. In the film, he accompanies Molly Picon. He was also music director and pianist for the Lambs Club presentation of Yankel in America, starring Theodore Bikel. His awards include a DAAD music fellowship to Mannheim, Germany, a scholarship to the Orff Institute at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and a “Meet the Composer” grant for the score of The Golden Bear. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Director Mark Marcante, a graduate of Kutztown University, has studied and performed Commedia Del Arte with Alessandro Bressanello and Michael Conenna from the T.A.G. Theatre of Venice, Italy. Mr. Marcante has worked and toured with The People's Theater Company, Theater East and The Guthsville Playhouse. Mr. Marcante was the theatrical and technical consultant for the Arts Connection. This is his tenth production with Tom Attea and Arthur Abrams, whom he has collaborated with on the revues, It's An Emergency Don't Hurry and Dropping in on the Earth, the musicals Abstinence, Lincoln Plaza, Living in a Musical, The Capitalist Ventriloquist, Digital Dilemmas, and the plays Life Knocks and Benedictus Other shows Mr. Marcante has directed include Rizzante Returns from the War, Benny's Barber Shop, Promises Best Kept, British Music Hall, Strangely Wonderful and One Director Against His Cast, written by Crystal Field, which premiered in Italy.
Choreographer Angela Harriell has worked with the Attea, Abrams, and Marcante on three previous musicals. She is the director and choreographer of the popular Nutcracker: Rated R, as well as the founder and choreographer of the cabaret dance troupe, The Love Show. A graduate of Fredonia University, where she received The Graduate Scholarship for ballet, she has worked with Elisa Monte and David Brown dance, Randy James Danceworks, and taught ballet at Binghamton University. Angela’s work has been seen at The Flea Theater, HERE theater, The New York Burlesque Festival, The New York Fringe Festival, White Wave Dance Festival, The Philly Fringe Festival’s Late Night Cabaret, House of Yes (earning her a New York Innovative Theatre Awards Outstanding Choreography nomination), and different nightclubs throughout New York. She has set original works for Jerboa Dance of Seattle, as well as Key West Contemporary Dance in Key West, Florida. Cointreau and Vogue magazine have commissioned pieces from her. Her work has twice been selected to be presented at special galas at the National Arts Club. Angela was a Hammerstein Beauty at Simon Hammerstein’s notorious downtown supper club, The Box, and also performs with Brooklyn Ballet, Brooklyn Repertory Opera and Opéra Français de New York. Recently, Angela was commissioned to create original choreography for the New York screening of The Antics Roadshow, a new film by Banksy. Angela also taught dance at Lincoln Center for Midsummer Night's Swing.
Thursday - Sunday - November 7 - December 1
Thursday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
All Seats $10
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