"The Mermaid Won't Sing" is a new one-act by me, inspired by Tom Bovo's photograph "Harbor- Fog." It will be presented twice, at 4:30 and 6, on Saturday, July 18th at 440 Gallery, 440 Sixth Avenue (near Ninth Street), in Brooklyn, New York. It's directed by Christie Marie Clark, and features Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum as Barnaby, and Shannon Marguerite as Aphrodite the mermaid. Admission is free. The play was commissioned as part of Tom Bovo's solo photography show, "The Other Side of Summer."
Tomorrow morning there's a special guest at the Church of Monika at Open Source Gallery. Cezar Del Valle is coming at 11AM to talk about his new book, "Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume III," about the history of theatre in Coney Island. I am a total theatre history geek in general, but I'm particularly interested in Coney Island because of Eddie Cantor, Chico Marx and Louis Roth. Roth was married to (and trained) Mabel Stark- they're both in my play "The Tiger Play." He learned to train big cats while working for a wild animal show in Coney Island, ca. 1900.
Open Source Gallery is at 306 17th Street, near the corner of Sixth Avenue.
Tom has got another solo show at 440 Gallery, and once again, he's commissioned me to write a play based on a photo of his (I chose the above). It's called "The Mermaid Won't Sing," directed by Christie Clark, featuring Shannon Marguerite as Aphrodite the mermaid, and Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum as Barnaby. The play will run one afternoon only, Sat., July 18 at 4:30 and 6PM.
Tom has many events for his show. This Saturday, there's an opening reception, 5-8. Sat. the 25th, I'm giving a talk on mermaids (really not for children, nor is the play) at 4. Sun. August 2nd, Jody Mullen is singing a pop and standards set; and Sunday, August 9th, there's a closing reception, 4-7.
440 Gallery is at 440 Sixth Avenue (near Ninth Street) in Brooklyn, New York. The nearest trains are the G, F, R at 4th Avenue/Ninth Street. For more information, www.tombovo.com or www.440gallery.com