Friday, April 21, 2017

Salon Radio Live Theatre series: Radio Kitchen Sink HR - April 21, 2017

International Women Artists' Salon series Salon Radio debuts a new series of Live (or recorded as-live) Theatre on Radio from March 17 through April 28th on City World Radio Network

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& rebroadcast tonight at 10pm EST.

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April 21st, 2017 Salon Radio Live Theatre presents...
The Opt Imistiks' Radio Kitchen Sink
That is, wireless plays by folk from across the Pond. Plays will be new & old, from home and away, but always entertaining and true. So put the kettle on, dust off yr Battenburg and enjoy these worlds.

This Week: A Sonnet, a Sheilagh and a Swipe Left!
It's Shakespeare's birthday so indulge in some hallowed, honeyed words. And sit tight for an all-new (recorded) rendition of Sheilagh Delaney's radio play, 'Sweetly Sings the Donkey' and a fresh airing of Fiona Walsh and Jenny Green's short on the digital dating game.

SWEETLY SINGS THE DONKEY by Sheilagh Delaney, features:-
(in order of appearance)
Jenny D Green
Eliot Salt
Emily Eden
Imani Asi
*with thanks to manhattan theatre source*

written by and starring Fiona Walsh & Jenny (D) Green
*with thanks to George Heslin and Origin Theatre Company's "1st Irish" Theatre Festival

and our gratitude to Shakespeare is implicit in any silly love song, barbed remark or witty one-liner!

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Heidi Russell, founder and producer

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Salon Radio Presents: Project Y's Women in Theater Festival with Great Again; Jacqueline Lynch - April 20, 2017

Find Collaborators, Get Inspired, Discover Resources, Learn about Cultures, Uncover Arts happenings around the world...

THIS THURSDAY NIGHT, please join us for SALON RADIO on City World Radio Network

8pm/Midnight/On-Demand thereafter

This week's show is hosted by Maureen Van Trease with Marcina Zaccaria as presenter, featuring...

Salon Radio Special features

GREAT AGAIN: an evening of two plays by Crystal Skillman and Chiori Miyagawa,

the centerpiece of Project Y Theater’s 2nd annual Women in Theater Festival (WiT)

Our Salon Solo {Radio} guest is Jacqueline Lynch.

Salon Radio is rounded out as always with our Women in Art World Bulletin highlighting news about women in all The Arts tonight with editor Jenny Green and our Salon Bulletin for upcoming week's happenings of Salonistas around the world (Casey Abeson editor). Our sound engineer is musician Jade Zabric.

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This week’s show will rebroadcast Thusday at midnight EST.

You can listen to past shows on demand anytime on (click on the mic icon, then the

folder icon, and search for our Salon Radio shows in the archive listing).

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Thank yous to tonight's sponsor Karios Italy Theater

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See you on the radio!

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Salon Solo {Radio}: Jacqueline Lynch

Rosemarie at the Cinema is an evening at the cinema for the meet up group French New Wave Behave. Rosemarie leads the meet up as they watch, participate and point out bad behavior in the film they are watching. Using elements associated with French New Wave we get a glimpse at Rosemarie internally and externally as she tries to socialize.


Jacqueline Lynch is an actress, writer and solo artist. She is currently creating solo characters who share the themes of isolation and humor. These ladies have been performed at venues around NYC including The Brick, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Triskelion Arts, WAXworks. Her show Rosemarie at the Cinema will be performed April 29th at Dixon Place.

One of these characters, Teddy, became a short video which played at the Extremely Shorts Festival in Houston. This is leading to more shorts - including recent collaborations with the dancers of The Creators Collective and Nachmo.

Artist Statement:

In my solo work I look to create women I have not played onstage before in an effort to diversify the personalities of women we see in a dramatic or comedic context. They are not the star of any moment, only of their own lives. As an audience we connect to the simpleness of their expression and let that lead us on a journey to the unexpected.


Salon Radio Special: GREAT AGAIN: an evening of two plays by Crystal Skillman and Chiori Miyagawa, the centerpiece of Project Y Theater’s 2nd annual Women in Theater Festival (WiT)

Both plays were commissioned by Project Y Theater,

Michole Biancosino, Artistic Director

Great Again is an evening of plays in two parts: Test by Crystal Skillman (directed by Jessi D. Hill) and In the Line by Chiori Miyagawa (directed by Kristin Horton and choreographed by Sonoko Kawahara). Both plays were commissioned by Project Y Theatre Company and written as a response to the November 2016 election. Together they will receive full productions as part of the Women in Theatre Festival, June 1-24th 2017 at The A.R.T./New York Theatres.

In Test, by Crystal Skillman, an English teacher in a struggling high school readies her junior students for the most important test of their lives. But when a symbol of hate appears in her classroom, she and two students on either side of the recent election, find their lives forever changed.

Chiori Miyagawa’s In the Line revolves around a woman who drops something while standing in a long line of people. She looks for the lost object as the line transforms into other lines – people waiting to vote, to buy the newest Nintendo, to get into the hottest restaurant – as she struggles to keep her original place. When she finally arrives at the front of this line that has shifted time and space, what she finds is a surprise. It is a magical exploration of loss, long lines, and letting go.


Project Y Theater: WiT

MICHOLE BIANCOSINO is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Project Y Theatre Company, where she has developed and directed new work in Washington, D.C. and New York City over the past 18 years. She is also the Founder and producer of NY’s Women in Theatre Festival (June 1-24th2017) at the brand new ART/NY Theatres.

Directing work includes: The hit show David Carl’s Celebrity One Man Hamlet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and three years of touring the US), Connected (59E59, NYIT Award winner),That’s All I Got (UnitedSOLO Winner “Best Variety Show”), LoveSick or THINGS THAT DON’T HAPPEN (59E59, NYIT Award winner), The Revival(TheatreRow, NYIT Award winner and The Advocate Top 10 Show of the Year), and Derby Day (Theatre Row, Papermag #2 Show of the Year) in NYC, and many others in NYC, Edinburgh, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. She currently is directing SOLOCOM Founder, Peter Michael Marino’s one-man show, Show Up! (playing in Edinburgh this summer) and her devised piece “Landmarks & TRANSformations” with upcoming performances at Queerly. Michole is a recipient of the SDC Gielgud Fellowship for classical directing. For more info about her work:

CHIORI MIYAGAWA is a playwright, an educator, and a registered voter in New York City. Her plays vary in subject and style, yet they all bear a unique signature—elements of magic realism, collapsed time, and a theme of memory and identity. They have been produced off-Broadway, at renowned performance houses in NYC, and regionally. Currently, she is working on a libretto based on her play This Lingering Life, which premiered in San Francisco in 2014, in collaboration with renowned librettist Mark Campbell (Pulitzer Prize, Silent Night) and composer Anne LeBaron. This Lingering Life was one of five finalists for Theater Bay Area Best Premiere of New Plays Award. Twelve of Chiori’s plays are collected in two books: Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays, published by Seagull Books and America Dreaming and Other Plays, is published by NoPassport Press. Her work has been supported by many fellowships and grants including a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, a Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship in Italy, MAP Fund (twice from the Rockefeller Foundation and once from Creative Capital), and a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship at Harvard University. She is an alumnus playwright of New Dramatists, a member playwright of Lark Play Development Center, and a Usual Suspect of New York Theatre Workshop. She teaches playwriting at Bard College.

CRYSTAL SKILLMAN is the author of the plays Geek, Cut, and King Kirby (co-written with Fred Van Lente), all NYTimes Critics picks. Her new plays include: Rain and Zoe Save the World (2017 Blue Ink Award Finalist, 2017 O’Neill Semi-Finalist, 2016 New Harmony Project, 2016 Oregon Performance Lab), Pulp Vérité (2017 Judson’s Magic Time Series, 2016 BAPF Finalist, 2015 Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission), and Another Kind of Love, a punk rock play (Chopin Theater with InFusionTheatre Co., 2015, Chicago). She is the musical theater book writer of Mary and Max, based on the claymationfilm, and The Cover, written for Glee’s Ali Stroker, both with award winning ASCAP Composer/Lyricist Bobby Cronin. Mary and Max,following a successful intimate industry presentation earlier this year, will be directed by Stafford Arima in a workshop with Broadway Dreams Foundation in Atlanta this June. Wild was just published by Chicago Dramaworks, following sold out runs in Chicago and New York. She is also the author of The Vigil or The Guided Cradle, winner of the 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script. Crystal is represented by Amy Wagner and Ron Gwiazda at Abrams Artists Agency in NY, and James Beresford with Shepard Management in the UK. She is a proud member of EST, where she started her career as a playwright in Youngblood. EST Productions/Commissions include: Tooth (Youngblood), Flow,and The Ballad of Phineas P. Gage (EST/Sloan Commission, HERE/Drama of Works Production). Other memberships include: Women’s Project Lab and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Her work can be found at her publisher Samuel French, as well as Chicago Dramaworks. She just finished the original TV pilot for her series Paper Heroes, co-created and written with Fred Van Lente.

Artists Statement

Excerpt from “Conversation between two distressed/hopeful playwrights”

From the blog salon “Stages of Resistance” curated by playwright Caridad Svich.

CRYSTAL: It’s amazing Project Y Theater matched us, and the terrible outcome of the elections brought us closer. While we are such different writers, we’ve always been doing political work. Though mine has been veiled a bit in genres of comics, film, punk rock, etc.

CHIORI: I’ve felt that who I am - an immigrant, woman, Asian - made what I write political.

CRYSTAL: But now, we’re coming at it in a whole new way, or that’s how I’m feeling. It’s not only art we’re proud of, but there is such energy in these plays and this project. We’re fueled for this, really fired up.

CHIORI: I admire your energy. I still wake up with some degree of dread every morning. It feels like I’m standing in line holding my breath for the first female president to come on stage only to find out the play doesn’t exist.

CRYSTAL: What I love about your piece, Chiori, is how you actually address our feelings about waiting in line, and our sense of loss and grief in such an energetic, funny, and theatrical way. I love the style of it.

CHIORI: I appreciate the unpredictable actions of the characters in your play. The initial event that propels the play conjures certain expectations in the audience. But the characters keep surprising us. It shows the complex nature of people in emotional crisis.

Also featured in Project Y Theater’s 2017 WiT:

The Hrosthvitha Project, two nights of staged readings of new commissioned short plays. These adaptations will reclaim a piece of women’s theatre history by highlighting the first female and first German language playwright, Hrostvitha of Gandersham, while also making her work relevant and resonant to a modern audience through fresh adaptations by playwrights Caridad Svich, Pia Wilson, Julienne Hairston, Michole Biancosino, Lia Romeo, Stacie Lents, and Erin Mallon.

Stages of Resistance, a blog salon curated by Caridad Svich: GREAT AGAIN

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Salon Lounge at Dixon Place: April 15th, 2017

Showcase: creating, building & originating work from the ground up and integrating various disciplines

International Women Artists' Salon is honored to be partnering with Dixon Place to bring you our multi-disciplinary project series, "Salon Lounge at Dixon Place", a monthly showcase of women's artistry.

This month we have amazing multidisciplinary artists discussing the theme of creating, building & originating work from the ground up and integrating various disciplines.

Don't miss this dynamic evening of incredible artistry by these uber talented women creatives:

Performance: Melinda Lauw (textile artist and immersive performance creator)

Music: Ysanne Spevack (composer, chef, and sensory experience designer)

Visual Art: Olen Riyanto (fiber artist and photographer)

Literature: Ran Xia (playwright and director)

Host: Alexandra Moro
Curators: Alexandra Moro and Kendra Augustin

Come early to mix, stay after to mingle!
FREE to attend, donations welcome

7:30 pm, showcase begins
8:15 pm on, mixing and mingling in lounge with artists and audience

The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. Proceeds directly support Dixon Place’s artists and mission.

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002
(btwn Delancey and Rivington, west side of Chrystie)
Closest trains: J, M, F, M B, D
(Bower, Essex/Delancey, 2nd Ave, Grand)

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Performance: Melinda Lauw (textile artist and immersive performance creator)

Melinda Lauw presents hand-tufted textiles and ASMR-inspired video works. Inspired by her own sensory experiences, Melinda will talk about the pseudo-scientific conditions, Trypophobia and Autonomus Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) in relation to her practice. She’ll also talk about her ongoing immersive performance, Whisperlodge – a part-theater, part-therapy, live ASMR spa.

Melinda is a Singaporean artist, curator and performance creator based in New York. She holds a BA in Fine Art & History of Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. She is the recipient of The Christine Risley Award 2015 from the Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery in London. Her work has been exhibited extensively in London and Singapore, and she actively performs live ASMR in New York. //


Music: Ysanne Spevack (composer, chef, and sensory experience designer)

Composer and food writer Ysanne Spevack draws from scientific research to build multisensory multimedia immersive experiences on a foundation of her music, food and ideas. Her events are based on a new area of perception research called crossmodality, which explores how our senses interrelate to create an experience that’s unified, despite being made of separate organs, i.e. eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin.

Ysanne Spevack has recorded and/or toured with Smashing Pumpkins, Tiesto, and Christina Perri, written books for HarperCollins and Rizzoli, cooked for Joshua Bell, and created edible gardens for William Shatner. Her sensory experiences and music have been featured in The Los Angeles Times and Huffington Post.


Visual Art: Olen Riyanto (fiber artist and photographer)

Olen Riyanto presents pieces of her artwork at the intersection of mental health, comfort, innocence, and interactivity.

Olen Riyanto is a Chinese-Indonesian fiber artist, fashion photographer, and independent curator based in New York. She acquired her BFA in Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts in 2016, and is currently an MPS candidate for the school's Fashion Photography department. Her works revolve around sleep, human psychology, and interactivity. Her commercial works in photography have been published in InStyle Magazine Indonesia, Artspace, and The Fashionisto. Her previous curation, OVER THEIRS (2016), was a week-long exhibition at K&P Gallery in Chelsea, where artists from Indonesia, Korea, and the USA showcased their personal narration, cultural observation, abstract thoughts, and emotions.


Literature – Ran Xia (playwright and director)

Ran Xia reads "Painted Blue (No One Ever Wins The War)", a poetry piece incorporating visual art and music.

Ran Xia is a playwright, director, sound designer and visual artist. Past visual arts projects include Art Takes Times Square with SEE.ME, Dacia Gallery, Spiegel Me (Fountains Foundation, Chicago). Her works include HARMONY, a sound sculpture and audio documentary which performed at Dixon Place and HERE Arts center, De Profundis (MITF, also director), The Enchanted Realm of Rene Magritte (One of 8 writers, Exquisite Corpse Company), Word Play , [AI] (An adaptation of Ayn Rand's Novella Anthem), Tabula Rasa (A dance quartet and radio play); as a director she recently directed Wanda, Daisy, & the Great Rapture (Exquisite Corpse Company), Disability (by Ivan Faute, Planet Connections Festival), assistant directed Baby Fat: Act I (Dir. Michael Scholar, Jr. with Columbia Stages and LA MAMA). She co-founded theatre collective The Arctic Group and curates The Plunge bimonthly salon. She's currently working on her first trilogy and a genre bending piece about refugees and the underworld. Upcoming Fridge Fest at IRT this summer. //


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