Co-produced with executive chef David Goldman and Victoria Rae Sook.
SHAKE AND BAKE is a chamber production of a William Shakespeare play that combines culinary and performing arts into a two-hour full-sensory experience. The audience enjoys a handcrafted 8-course tasting menu that is created in front of them through the performance.
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST by William Shakespeare is a play that features a bit of mischief and misbehavior. It is about camaraderie, and about the joy we find in the company of others. Navarre, Berowne, and Longaville have laid great plans to engage in serious scholarship and have chosen a path of isolation, but are immediately challenged by the question: Can one truly know the world by retreating from it? Is the student more satiated by reading a book or creating his or her own experiences? The sudden arrival of a French emissary including The Princess, Maria, and Rosaline, force the men out of their comfort zone, and seek out joy.
Shake & Bake held its first public performances over two weeks in an Upper West Side apartment in August 2016, to unanimously thrilled audiences. This workshop provided the foundation for the development of the concept, and informed the performance and production model for resident theater productions and private bookings in large event spaces as well as private residences.
A new musical with book and lyrics by R.C. Staab, and music and lyrics by Michael Sansonia.
There are stories about people living. There are stories about people after they die. But DUMB LUCK tells the unlikely, but true, story of the life and afterlife of poor Elmer McCurdy, a small-time Old West outlaw. Despite his love for LuluMae and a promise to do right be her, Elmer embarks on a highly unsuccessful career as an outlaw until he's shot by a sheriff’s posse in 1911.
Elmer’s body is “preserved” by a funeral director in Oklahoma -- becoming a local tourist attraction. As a result, Elmer can’t move on from Limbo to his final destination until his body has been properly buried. For another 66 years, Elmer’s body is a fixture of carnival sideshows, movies and road races. In 1976, the crew of “The Six Million Dollar Man” discovers Elmer’s body in the Laff in the Dark funhouse in a California amusement park and the LA coroner uncovers Elmer’s amazing post-death journey. Due to the publicity, the people of Guthrie, Oklahoma, pay to have Elmer transported and buried in the Boot Hill section of their cemetery in 1977.
This adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare, strips down the production to two characters, MAN and WOMAN. WOMAN, angry, makes her way to the attic of their home with the intention to pack her bag and leave. In her haste she discovers keepsakes from her past, and a number of copies of the play. She reads: “In sooth, I know not why I am so sad..." MAN arrives, confronts her, and she tosses him a copy of the script. The play begins and at stake is their relationship.
This production was first performed with John Keller and Heather Holmes at Franklin Stage Company in August 2016.
A new one-man show written and performed by Ben Rosenblatt and commissioned by American Records, the play is based on interviews with real people, and the playwright's own experience living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
FLIGHT by Megan Felix, Heather Holmes, and Shelah Marie Rhoulhac, Dixon Place and NY African Burial Ground, NYC 2015
FLIGHT is a funny and poignant journey through the millenial black female experience. Our three glamorous flight attendants guide the audience through a series of stories that highlight a conflicted reconciliation between cultural past and modern identity. The play’s vignettes and poetry conjure George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum and Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf but finds its own voice through the collaboration of its young writer-performers.
Branch Street Productions is a young company whose goal is to create engaging theater for, by and about Black Women. Stories are the building blocks of the human experience and we believe that by deconstructing/reconstructing existing narratives and creating new ones we can change the way we see the world and ourselves. We want to create high quality, innovative theater that challenges normative ideas about race and gender, questions boundaries and inspires critical thought and dialogue.
Into the Labyrinth / Art of Love, Tenri Cultural Center, NYC 2014
Ray Luedeke's original, virtuosic score for two pianos, actor and visuals with a text adapted from Ovid's infamous manual, banned for two thousand years.
Kafka Shorts, Tenri Cultural Center, NYC 2014
Ray Luedeke's original music-theater piece for 2 actors and live string quartet. Using as its text the intriguing Parables of Franz Kafka, the 2 actors represent
Kafka himself and his literary creation, Gregor Samsa, the anti-hero of Kafka's famous story Metamorphosis.
Voice Afire celebrates new ways of integrating live music for small ensembles with theater, visual arts, opera, cabaret, and dance.
Adapted by Christopher Carter Sanderson from the book, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max, the play revolves around the sexual exploits of the infamous writer.
This pseudo-immersive production is designed to be staged in a bar with performances happening throughout the space, all while performers make and serve drinks for the audience.