Cosmic Orchid
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Millennium Mom by Liz Amadio



Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Artistic Director) 

and The Dream Up Festival present:

A Cosmic Orchid production of an Equity-Approved Showcase

Millennium Mom by Liz Amadio

Directed by Glenora Blackshire


A latte-guzzling, stroller-toting, advanced-aged single mom

cultivates her maternal instinct 

as she stumbles through the daunting challenges of new motherhood. 


Featuring:

Liz Amadio - Militant Mom

Shelley Molad* - The Outside World**

Hank Morris - Millennium Mom

Heather Wahl* - Mainstream Mom


*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association


**Doula, Pediatrician/Lactation Consultant/Genetic Counseling Nun


When a forty-six year old, single woman gives birth to her first child, her often comedic, sometimes tragic struggles - with the medical community, the outside world, her demons and her own mortality - propel her into her new, seemingly chaotic place in the world.  In this one-character play, three women bring a voice to her wild mind as it kicks and screams toward transformation. 


All Performances at Theater for the New City's Cabaret Theater


Friday 9/9/16 6:30 PM *** Saturday 9/10/16 8 PM *** Sunday 9/11/16 2 PM


Tuesday 9/13/16 9 PM *** Thursday 9/15/16 9 PM


Friday 9/16/16 6:30 PM *** Saturday 9/17/16 5 PM *** Sunday 9/18/16 5 PM


Liz Amadio (Playwright) (Militant Mom) has a rich history in the Theatre as dancer, poet, actor, playwright, director and producer with credits spanning NY, regionally and abroad. Liz has moderated DAPLab, the Alumni Playwrights Lab at The New School CoPA-Drama, since its inception eight years ago. She produces all their Readings, including Phase II, their full-length staged reading season. Other mom roles include Tattoo Mother in Merri Biechler's Occupation, Veteran Mother in Maria Micheles’ PhotoPlay, Mamo-O in Jorshi Taleon-Sonza’s Haiyan and Evelyn Swain in Killian Beldy’s The Surge. Phase II Spring 2015 included her new play, Evolution: Among Statues. Directing credits include a Best Director nomination for George Cameron Grant's PUSH at the 2011 Strawberry Festival. Other recent directing projects:  her own Deeply & Roommate Simulation by Maria Micheles at Manhattan Rep Theatre, & Jorshi Taleon-Sonza’s Haiyan at the 2015 Potpourri World Women Works. Liz is the Artistic Director of Cosmic Orchid, which launched in 2015 with The Hoodie Play, and recently completed the inaugural cycle of their signature production of Integrative Theatre, The Voire Dire Project. The project developed four one-act plays inspired by four works of art, and featured eighteen artists.  She has an MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School (New School), teaches, and is a member of The Dramatists Guild, LPTW and NLAPW.  Liz is grateful to TNC’s Dream Up Festival for this opportunity to showcase Millennium Momwww.cosmicorchid.com

 

Glenora Blackshire (Director) returned to her stage-directing roots with Millennium Mom at the DAPLab's Phase II Fall Staged Reading series in December, 2013. For most of the last decade, she has produced work primarily for screens large and small. Glenora is the current camera-woman for the CBS-local television show Toni On New York, for which she has received two Emmy nominations. Her feature-length documentary "Smell Me" is currently in post-production. Her editing work for filmmaker/photographer Richard Kern was recently included in the DVD-extra for the Taschen book "Shot by Kern," and has appeared on Channel 4 in England. Her editing work for artist Martynka Wawrzyniak has appeared at the Venice Biennale.  Her directing collaboration with Italian author Elena Perazzini produced several short films that have played across Italy on Perazzini's book tours. Glenora has produced and directed several short documentaries and music videos. She is currently editing a feature film written and directed by Dionne Jones called "The Goat Shearing," which first got its legs as a staged reading directed by Glenora back in 2004.  Glenora has an MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School (New School University).

 

Victor Vauban Junior (Stage Manager) is an Actor, Dancer, Circus Performer, Trapeze Artist and Dramatist, originally from Brazil.  Victor has just wrapped back-to-back productions of two of his own plays.  Agape premiered at The New York Theatre Festival’s Summerfest at The Hudson Guild Theater.  Victor also acted in it.  Oh, Happy Dee premiered at MITF’s Short Play Lab at WSP’s Main Stage Theater.   He self-produces through his production company, Brother Soul C & T.  

 

Shelley Molad* (AEA) (Doula/Pediatrician/Lactation Consultant/Breastfeeding Mom #1/Breastfeeding Mom Group Leader/Mom Support Group Participant #1 & #2/Genetic Testing Nun) is a New York based actor, writer and producer. Originally from Houston, Texas, with Macedonian and Israeli roots, Shelley moved to New York to pursue her love of the Arts.  Shelley works in  film and television, theater, new media, commercials, print, and industrials. Recent projects include the critically acclaimed indie feature film Out of My Hand (Winner Best Film at the LA Film Festival, Independent Spirit Award Nominee, Official Selection Berlin Film Festival) now available on Netflix, and the feature film Brennan, set to release in AMC theaters in September 2016. Upcoming projects include the TV Pilot Presentation Boys v. Girls, created by Rob Alicea. Producing projects have included a short film entitled A Big Black Space,written by and starring Tanis Pareanteau, as well as the original stage play Inspector Descending by  Eddie Aronoff.  Shelley periodically writes for NYTheaterNow, a blog dedicated to reviewing indie theater in NYC, is a freelance videographer, and works for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, house managing their special events and assisting with the On-Camera Lab. http://www.shelleymolad.com/

 

Hank Morris (Millennium Mom) most recently played Anna Now, who triumphs over domestic abuse in the new play Capture, which debuted at the Venus/Adonis Festival at the beginning of 2016. Hank is also a proud cast member of the award-winning web series "Or So the Story Goes," and looks forward to shooting a new season this Spring! She was seen as Faith in Foreclosure and Mother in PUSH, both directed by Liz Amadio; and as Lisa in DAPLab’s Phase II Spring 2015 staged-reading of Evolution:  Among Statues. Hank is thrilled to be working with Liz again, bringing to life the insightful and unique perspective of Millennium Mom. http://www.hankmorris.com/

 

Heather Wahl* (AEA) (Mainstream Mom) is a NYC based actor/producer/director who has performed onstage in nearly all 50 states. Theatre Highlights include: A Piece of My Heart (Speranza Theatre); The Vagina Monologues (HCCC & SPU); Loose Knit (Centenary Stage); A Body of Water (Garage Theatre); The Daughters of Eve (Cherry Lane); Scenes from an Execution (59E59); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (dir. Austin Pendleton); and Anne Boleyn in Rex (world premiere revival). On-Camera Highlights: 12 Steps to Recovery (winner for Best New Comedy Series). She holds an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama and a BFA in Dance. Heather is Artistic Director of Jersey City-based women’s theatre company, www.SperanzaTheatreCompany.org.  

 

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association.