Friday, June 29, 2012
INDIANA BASED TALENT PROGRAM BRINGS ACTORS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE TO PERFORM OFF-BROADWAY AT ‘THEATRE 315’ IN NEW YORK CITY
Shelly Woods, S.D.I. Entertainment PR
Director, Rich Swingle, MasterWorks Theatre
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MasterWorks Festival Theatre Program Presents Pope John Paul II’s “The Jeweler’s Shop” on July 13 and 14 at 7:30pm and special industry talent showcase of “A Midsummer Afternoon’s Love”on July 12.
NEW YORK (July 12, 2012) – The MasterWorks Festival Theatre Program, based in Winona Lake, Indiana, is an annual summer program -- for elite students of classical music, theatre, dance, and opera instructed by world-class faculty from around the globe -- will hold a special acting showcase of “A Midsummer Afternoon’s Love” for agents and casting directors in New York City on July 12 at 4:30 and 6 p.m. at The Ellington Room of Manhattan Plaza located at 400 West 43rd Street; followed by two performances of Pope John Paul II’s “The Jeweler’s Shop“ at Off-Broadway’s Theatre 315 located at 315 W. 47th St. on July 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Industry, teens and adults welcome.
“The Jeweler’s Shop” portrays three couples facing episodes of joy, pain, love and marriage, while asking the question, “What does it mean to fall in love?” Directed by MasterWorks Festival Theatre Program director Rich Swingle (www.RichDrama.com) features 14 aspiring and professional actors from around the world, ages 17 to 32 including Actor Brandon Langeland, playing the lead role of Adam, who received a masters degree from Regent University. Irene Kao, playing Teresa, studied at Melbourne’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), where Cate Blanchett and Mel Gibson trained. Elizabeth Lobach, sharing the role of Teresa, is en route to the USC School of Theatre after having studied filmmaking at Media Village in Cape Town, South Africa. Danny Cornett, playing Stefan, will appear in upcoming Olympic soccer player film “For the Glory” opposite Jason Burkey (“October Baby”).
Swingle also directed “The Miracle Worker,” “Cyrano de Bergerac” and co-directed “Tartuffe” and “Our Town” with renown acting coach John Kirby (“Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Déjà Vu,” “Scream 4”). Swingle is an accomplished theater actor who has performed his one-man plays in 23 nations and is scheduled to perform in Puerto Rico, Transylvania and London during the Olympics this summer. He also appeared in eight feature films including upcoming French and Indian War movie “Alone Yet Not Alone” and “The Screenwriters.”
Patricia Mauceri (www.PatriciaMauceri.com), director of 2007’s MasterWorks “The Crucible,” is the director for the industry showcase of “A Midsummer Afternoon’s Love.” Mauceri trained at The Juilliard School in the Drama Division's early years alongside actors Patti LuPone, Kevin Kline and Kelsey Grammer. For about 40 years, she worked as a performer on Broadway, film and television alongside Christopher Plummer, James Earl Jones, Johnny Depp, Richard Dreyfuss, Gene Hackman, and other luminaries.
Master class instructors for the 2012’s MasterWorks Theatre Program students include actress Carol Doscher (Broadway’s “Sweeney Todd” with Angela Lansbury), filmmaker Phillip Telfer (Captivated), MasterWorks alumna Kaelen Carrier (founder of St. Louis improv troupe “Living Improv” ). Previous master class instructors include casting director Bev Holloway (“Like Dandelion Dust” with Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper), producer Ken Wales (“Amazing Grace,” original “Pink Panther” films, Emmy-winning television series “Christy”), and actress Edwina Findley (HBO’s “Treme” “Brothers and Sisters,” Brett Ratner’s movie-of-the-week “Blue Bloods”).