A Dance Musical by MSDT
“STANDARD TIME HAS A REAL – AND RARE - POWER!” - NPR
The cast of Standard Time features creator, Mark Stuart, Jaime Verazin (Finding Neverland), along with Loren Allred (“The Voice”), Michael Balderrama (Movin’ Out), Jerome Bell (“American Idol”), Michelle Camaya (Disney’s The Lion King), Allyson Carr (Mamma Mia), Arielle Campbell (Memphis), Jon Drake (Dirty Dancing), Brian Golub, Sean Hingston (Contact), Ayo Jackson (Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark), Marc Heitzman (Movin' Out), Sarah Meahl, Alexis Simms, Rickey Tripp (In the Heights), CJ Tyson (Wicked, Beyonce), and Michael Williams (Wicked).
Standard Time is a 90-minute, action-packed and gravity-defying celebration of love’s power to defy the endless cycle of prejudice in modern society. Showcasing Mark Stuart Dance Theatre’s explosive brand of movement and storytelling, Standard Time follows three separate, period-specific love stories set against the backdrops of the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, and today’s fast evolving acceptance of Gay Rights. Danced to live music, the new dance musical features 12 dancers, 4 vocalists, and a 7-piece orchestra.
Performances of Standard Time are Sundays through Thursdays at 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, with 2 pm matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Tickets are $69 each and can be purchased online at: www.standardtimetix.org, by calling The Duke on 42nd Street box office at 646-223-3010 or by visiting the box office in person (Tuesday through Friday 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. On performance days, box office hours are extended). Group sales (10 or more) rates are also available. For more information on booking a group, please contact Carol Ostrow at 212-265-8500.
For more information, please visit: www.standardtimetix.org
WOMEN'S MINYAN-The Play
This powerful drama expires the gulf that separates social convention from fundamentalist faith in a patriarchal society cutting across religion,gender and cultural boundaries .”Jerusalem Post" Chana Kashman, the main character in Naomi Ragen’s award-winning play, is a respected Rabbi’s wife in the patriarchal ultra-Orthodox community of Jerusalem, a community steeped in religious strictures and customs that strictly control all aspects of women’s lives. After years of abuse by her husband, she finally breaks her silence, only to find herself excommunicated and forcibly separated from her twelve children. In a desperate attempt to break the codes that imprison her, she manages to convene a Minyan –a quorum– of women closest to her, including her mother, mother- in-law, sister, daughters, and friends, asking them to decide her worthiness to be reunited with her children. But even as they sit in judgment, it is ultimately they themselves, and their entire society, that are on trial.
An award-winning musical tale of love, lies and betrayal.
A tale of three women who arrive at a funeral only to discover that they were all engaged to the same dead man. In this story of love, lies and betrayal – sparks don’t just fly – they explode! The Play debuted last summer at the midtown international festival, gathering nine MITF nominations & winning several different awards. This jewel is a co-production of One Circle Productions with Hello Entertainment, producer of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark & Ghost The Musical on Broadway and Three-time Tony Award-winner Hinton Battle who makes his playwriting debut with this bawdy, high-energy “dramedy”. Using a playlist of iconic pop, R&B, and Gospel songs including the 80’s classic “Treat Her Like A Lady”, Battle’s new gospel single “Holy Holy” along with Brian Mcknight winner single “Back to One", "Never”… Hinton manages to inject just the right amount of humor and pathos into this wildly entertaining musical.
With contemporary music giants like Brian McKnight (Harrison Brown), a 16-time Grammy Award nominee and Angie Stone R&B Divas,(Victoria Davis) herself a multi-Grammy Award nominee, round out an impressive cast that also features; film and television icon Elise Neal (Kim Anderson), season one winner of BET’s Sunday Best competition, Crystal Aikin (Mother Harrison), comedian & a Steve Harvey Morning Show regular, Kier Spates (Funeral Director), newcomer Amber A. Harris (reprising her role as Pam Jackson), and three-time Tony Award-winner Hinton Battle (PastorMilkum)… will continue traveling throughout the different states.
The art of sensuality, weaves in music and dance ,The Journey of 5 diverse women in the search to find their freedom of expression. The goddess existence is a pure antidote for blending the imbalances between the sexes that plague society.
A cabaret dinner show providing the ultimate lavish experience of Europe meet Vegas in the most intimate and exquisite NY dining banquet… from the Co Creators of the Divine Goddesses, Donkey Show, and So You Think You Can Dance.
DOCUMENTARY - with PRIORITY FILMS
Narrated by Lucy Liu, REDLIGHT is a powerful feature documentary about child sexploitation, an epidemic happening in every country around the world. Filmed over a four year period, REDLIGHT focuses on the personal stories of young Cambodian victims and two remarkable advocates for change: grass-roots activist Somaly Mam and politician Mu Sochua. Both have since been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. The filmmakers Guy Jacobson won the prestigious Global Hero Award for their work in Cambodia. Using footage smuggled out of brothels and harrowing testimonials, REDLIGHT follows the plight of several current and former child sex slaves. Some are trying to regain entry into Cambodian society to find some semblance of normality after their horrific experiences. Other stories highlight the plight of victims who are attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. Their torturous yet ultimately heroic battles to find witnesses and take brothel owners to court are dramatically brought to life in this topical and moving feature documentary.
In Christopher’s mind he never imagined that waiting for Rachel will be harder than their actual first date.
A young man, a first date, and a seductive older woman – What could possibly go wrong? In the new film short, Hardly Waiting - Christopher, a high school student with big plans for his first date with Rachel Cohen, the hottest girl in class is about to find out just how badly things can go. When he arrives early and is greeted by the tantalizing Mrs. Cohen, it sets in motion a series of unexpected and hilarious events that threaten to ruin his best laid plans.
TAKING THE STAND
FEATURE COMEDY - with PRIORITY FILMS
Is a fast pace, commercial, physical comedy of a young attorney who’s willing to do anything he can to try and get his girlfriend back…even if such puts him in the most impossible possible scenario of working for two different law firms at the same time.
This Hilarious story is about his journey to search the love he lost but mostly finding who he he is becoming.
In the spirit of Mrs. Doubtfire meets My Cousin Vinny meets Tootsie …
This is a story about a spiritual connection, love, life, death and everything unscripted in between. Aya and the narrator are extremely close childhood friends, until death brings them apart. At their last meeting, Aya hands the narrator a package of Audio tapes and letters telling the story she never heard, asking her to document it. As the narrator listens Daily to her friends voice she learns that during the last nine critical months of her life, a magical figure Named Nona had revealed herself to Aya, illuminating her last days with insights and breakthroughs that effected her feminine core. It is only Through the eyes of Aya, that such harsh transit from life to death becomes a spiritual journey with a priceless transformation.
The Bali Children’s Project (BCP) is dedicated to improving young lives through education. It is founded on the belief that as children are empowered to realize their potential, they will enrich their villages and contribute to the world we all share. By providing opportunities for education, we are giving children the chance for a better tomorrow, while lightening the burdens of today. BCP is a 501C3 non-profit registered in the state of California and Indonesia.
The Bali Children’s Project began with the private support of a few needy girls. Over the years we have grown and expanded the services we provide.
Today our activities include:
For more than twelve years the Bali Children’s Project has been quietly touching the lives of young people and their families. It grew from a simple desire to give back to the Balinese people, as a gesture of gratitude, something tangible in return for the joy and delight their warm welcome and rich culture have given to us. We are acutely aware of the importance of maintaining Bali’s rich cultural heritage, and protecting it from undue outside influence. BCP programs are designed to integrate the demands of economic progress with the island’s traditional values.
We hope you share our excitement and our vision of a more just and equitable society, in which children can look forward to a rich and fulfilling life. Only with your continued compassion and generosity can we succeed in this life-changing work.
America-Israel Cultural Foundation
קרן התרבות אמריקה-ישראל
The America-Israel Cultural Foundation supports artistic life in Israel. Since 1939, AICF has played a leading role in helping develop and fund many of Israel's largest cultural institutions. Most of Israel's finest artists in every discipline have received assistance from AICF. Among those supported: Itzhak Perlman, Menashe Kadishman, Pinchas Zukerman, Gil Shaham, Yefim Bronfman, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Museum, and the Batsheva Dance Company. We invite you to find out more about how AICF has impacted the creative arts in Israel.
Safe Horizon strives to offer the most compassionate, effective services for victims of domestic violence and their families. As the largest organization that helps victims of domestic abuse in the United States, Safe Horizon effects profound positive change for hundreds of thousands of survivors. You can be part of the solution. Help us move victims from crisis to confidence.
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One Circle Productions acquires, develops and produces full length screen, television and theatrical work. Our brand seeks thought provoking and reflective pieces of original drama, documentary, and comedy projects providing platforms for diverse voices.
Mira Tzur is the Founder of One Circle Productions, LLC, a film and live stage company setting out to acquire, develop and produce thought-provoking, reflective works of original drama, comedy and documentary which bring distinct and unique voices to the forefront. Born and raised in Herzeliya, Israel, Mira began her career as a classical dancer, graduating from the prestigious Telma Yalin Performing Arts School with scholarship funds provided by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF). During her years of active duty in the Israel Special Forces (IDF), Ms. Tzur was a member of the world-renowned Bat Sheva Dance Company and, following completion of her military duties, she received a full scholarship to New York City Ballet Arts School and moved to the United States. Her theatre credits include the original cast of Cabaret National Broadway tour, Cleopatra Off-Broadway, and touring productions in both the U.S. and Europe. Transitioning to film and television, Ms. Tzur became a season regular on the Comedy Central hit show Viva Variety, directed by Mark Gentile (The View), guest-starred on 30 Rock (playing Jack Donaghy’s secretary) and had features on Rescue Me, Fringe and How to Make it in America. Film credits include supporting roles in The Stepford Wives, The Devil Wears Prada, The Last Dance, Junk, My Father My Don and Wall Street.
Ms Tzur studied at New York University and the Atlantic Theater Acting School and holds a diploma in sports nutrition & fitness studies. She has been a national spokesperson for Women’s Apparel Group, LLC and clothing lines such as Everlast, Converse ,Reebok and Jacques Moret. Prior to founding One Circle Productions, Mira was the President of Multi Ethnix Entertainment Group and has acted as artistic director for numerous cabaret dance performances, fashion shoots, fitness commercials and independent film shorts. With the creation of One Circle Productions, LLC, Ms. Tzur is proud to foster unique new projects.
Mr. Levy recently joined the team of One Circle Productions, LLC as Corporate Liaison and Special Events Coordinator. He possesses a diverse and international background as both artist and administrator working with some of the top arts organizations in New York City. With an early beginning as a ballet dancer, Amir performed with international dance companies, including over a decade with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as both performer and administrator. As a choreographer, Mr. Levy recently collaborated with Sarah Erde and Director Richard Eyre on their critically-acclaimed productions of Manon Lescaut (Baden-Baden), Werther (Met) and Le Nozze di Figaro (Met, season opening production 2014). He is also an artistic consultant for Priority Films Productions.
In addition to his stage and film endeavors, Amir currently works as an Art-Wealth Management Specialist with Arte Questa Gallery, a San Francisco-based art gallery, and works with many charitable organizations including Red Light Children and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, helping produce presentations and events benefitting their important causes.
Finance & Operations
David Hay joins our team with his experience in the entertainment, broadcasting, media, technology, branding and public service field. He has worked in the entertainment industry with Paramount Pictures, Fox Television, General Broadcasting and the William Morris Agency. His technology work includes managing venture capital funded start-up Rave Wireless, a mobile software application company providing safety and notification to school campuses and the public. An advocate of executives working in public service to transform and improve non-profits, David has worked as a finance director and consultant with National Black Programming, Asian Americans for Equality, GrowNYC, and most recently with V-Day. David graduated with an MBA from the University of San Francisco with a major in finance and strategic planning
Artistic Consultant & Associate Development Director
Curt Olds has built an impressive career as performer, musician/composer and producer. On stage, he has been seen both internationally and regionally with critically acclaimed musical theatre and opera companies as well as appearing on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. As a producer, Curt has programmed and presented Broadway Pops programming for symphony orchestras across the U.S. with his company, Pops Tonight, Inc. In 2011, he formed Olds & Co. Productions, which produces concerts, full productions and fundraisers for regional arts companies and other non-profit entities. Mr. Olds was a 2014/15 Fellow in the BAM & DeVos Institute (formerly Kennedy Center) Professional Arts Administration Development Program and has worked with over 15 new NYC-based arts companies through the process. Curt acts as consultant to many non-profit arts companies around the country looking for guidance in development, grant writing, fundraising, and both patron and board revitalization. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Montana and has a Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory. Curt brings his vast production and performance experience to the OCP team and consults with potential clients on prospective productions and presentations. He is a value part of OCP’s theatrical and live events division.
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