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Jan-Dec 2015

(most recent projects listed first)

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December 4-20, 2015: GIDION'S KNOT (play)

Erin Cronican as Corryn Fell

I am proud to announce my current project - I am playing Corryn in The Seeing Place Theater's production of GIDION'S KNOT. This is a very important play that explores societies attitudes toward artists who express some of the scarier aspects of humanity - does censorship equal good policing?

Synopsis: Over the course of a parent/teacher conference, a grieving mother and an emotionally overwhelmed primary school teacher have a fraught conversation about the tragic suicide of the mother's son, Gidion. Gidion may have been bullied severely—or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion's act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability.

Reviews for the show:

"The Seeing Place is a creative, supportive, artistic home for actors who want to grow and hone their craft. Managed by Founding Directors Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican, both first class performer/directors, The Seeing Place also takes pride in making live theater affordable at $15 ticket prices. In the company's intimate performing space at The Clarion Theater, the viewers are close enough to the performers to feel like quasi-participants in the tough, contemporary dramas, presented two at a time in repertory. Their current offering -- Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman and Johnna Adams' Gidion's Knot-- are emotion-charged studies of dysfunction, domination, torture and death." - Myra Chanin, Huffington Post

"In Johnna Adams’s intense drama Gidion’s Knot, being given a compelling production by The Seeing Place at the Clarion Theatre, two wary women – one the mother of a fifth grade boy, the other, his teacher, meet up after the boy has [spoiler redacted]...Throughout the evening, the two actresses, under Brandon Walker’s direction, give nuanced and emotionally honest performances of complicated characters. Ms. Cronican offers up a Corryn who is a tough cookie, a single mom and a literature professor who tries to approach everything from a rational and analytic perspective as she sorts through Gidion's desk sifting for clues and demanding answers. She has little patience with canned responses and platitudes; when Heather tells her the students at the school are writing her sympathy cards, she tells the teacher to "collect them, then take them home and burn them." - Howard Miller, Talkin' Broadway

"It is brutal and taxing on these characters to go to the equivalent of a boxing match in this stage with the background they have, so it is a good thing that performers Susan Izatt and Erin Cronican are up to the task. Their performances give these arguments meaning beyond what is being said. The battle of ideologies, morality, and ultimately the desperation of two women that need to get rid of the emotional storm inside of them is played beautifully by these two thespians." - Nelson Diaz-Marcano, Manhattan With A Twist

"Gidion’s Knot is only 70 minutes long [and] contains a brilliant performance by Erin Cronican, who always convinces me that she actually is the character she is playing..." - Myra Chanin, Theater Pizzazz

"Erin Cronican is FANTASTIC!! Her work is so grounded... truthful, everything happens out of a real need to speak/move. As Corryn, she's able to do the hardest thing: while dealing with what could potentially be overwhelming emotion, and at the same time having to contain it, she's right where she needs to be - not "hiding it too well", not "push it" to a larger expression. She's fully present in each moment!" - Patron Review, Theatermania

"Erin Cronican, one of the theater's co-founders and the actress who played Corryn, gave a multi-dimensional and authentic performance as the play's grieving mother. She bore her soul to the small theater's audience and provoked questions in each of our minds about where should the dividing line lie between what happens to a child at home and in school. A very timely and important topic now." - Patron Review, Theatermania

 

Winter 2015: Buddy Parker (feature film)

Erin Cronican as Margaret Diamond

I'm so excited to be a part of this feature film, produced and written by Dan Brennan. I play a Broadway singer who is trying to reignite her career who finds support in the most unlikely of places. This fil blends two of my longtime loves - the intimacy of filmmaking and the joy of singing! I'll post more details soon. In the meantime, here's a screen shot of our first shoot day (pictured with Philip Lakin)

 

August 11, 2015: Play Like A Winner (studio recording)

Erin Cronican as Kathy

I was excited to get into the studio to record a couple of demo tracks from the new musical PLAY LIKE A WINNER by David Wolfson and Erik Johnke. I will post the tracks when they become available!

 

Fall 2015: Two's A Crowd (workshop and concert reading of a musical)

Erin Cronican as Kate

I'm so excited to be doing a concert reading of this musical by Cornelia Ravenal and Zina Goldrich. This reading will most likely be closed for only industry, but I'll keep you posted if it opens up to general audiences.

 

July 17 - August 2, 2015: BOY GETS GIRL (play)

Erin Cronican as Theresa Bedell

I am proud to announce my current project - I am playing Theresa Bedell in The Seeing Place Theater's production of BOY GETS GIRL. This is a very important play that explores societies attitudes about those who don't subscribe to the "feminine ideal" of what it means to be a woman. It's also a dream role, one I have coveted for years, and I'm so excited to be tackling it.

Synopsis: Theresa Bedell is a successful reporter in New York who loves her work and the life she has made for herself. A relationship with a man would complete the picture and so she agrees to go on a blind date with a friend of a friend. Tony is attractive and funny, but Theresa isn't sure, and after a second date she's convinced they have nothing in common and sees no point in continuing the relationship. Tony, though, thinks otherwise. What at first seems like persistence on his part grows into obsession, and Theresa's annoyance with Tony turns to terror as he begins to threaten her and those around her. Ultimately, Theresa must fight to save herself from being erased by Tony's actions which call into question the assumptions at the very heart of romantic pursuit.

The show runs Wed-Sat 9pm and Sat-Sun 4pm through August 2.

For $15 tickets, visit our website www.seeingplacetheater.com.

Reviews for the show:

"This production will draw you in and take you on a ride you did not see coming. Leading actress Erin Cronican gives a downright breathtaking performance as Theresa Bedell, whose life of success and accomplishment falls to pieces at the hands of a deeply disturbed admirer. Cronican gives Theresa a level of depth and complexity that is profoundly human – above all else, Cronican’s performance made this production real...A stunningly captivating work of theatre, Boy Gets Girl was a homerun in every sense. And the best part? Tickets are only $15. Don’t miss this beyond affordable opportunity to see a great show." - Times Square Chronicles

"In this excellent revival, Erin Cronican (who not only plays the lead role in Boy Gets Girl but also directed Boy’s Life) is absolutely sensational as Theresa. She perfectly epitomizes the successful feminist in today’s world who finds herself forced to balance a variety of different relationships...Much of the success of this production must be attributed to her performance." - A Seat on the Aisle

"Boy Gets Girl opens with that most awkward of occasions, the blind date. Theresa (Erin Cronican, giving a richly layered and naturalistic performance) is a writer whose life is focused on her work with a New York cultural magazine...With this pair of plays, and especially with Boy Gets Girl, which boasts excellent performances all around, The Seeing Place and its founders Ms. Cronican and Mr. Walker (she directs Boys’ Life and he the Gilman play) display a remarkable level of maturity as a theatrical enterprise in this, only its sixth season. This is definitely a company to watch." - Talkin' Broadway

"Brandon Walker directs a tough and hard-hitting version of Boy Gets Girl, which stars Erin Cronican in a touching, dazzling star performance about a non-love boat relationship in which a seemingly decent, lonely boy meets literary journalist girl and pursues girl even after girl clearly demonstrates, it ain’t personal, but she prefers working to dating anyone...These productions feature quality writing and compelling performances anyone interested in first-rate theater shouldn’t miss. The Seeing Place Theater proves conclusively that America’s got talent and it ain’t at Radio City Music Hall.  It’s such a joy to see such fascinating commentary on the passing parade performed with such thoughtful excellence.  I’m really looking forward to seeing whatever The Seeing Place does next." - Theater Pizzazz

"When it came to the storytelling of Boys Gets Girl, the way the mystery unfolded was breathtaking. And that is also partially due to the exquisite performance by Erin Cronican as Theresa. Cronican showed her vulnerability from start to finish, allowing you to want to see her become victorious despite the odds thrown against her. Cronican was dynamic and found a way to not be a victim." - Theater in the Now

"Boy Gets Girl premiered in Chicago in 2000 and is still terrifying and relevant today. [Playing] Journalist Theresa Bedell is Erin Cronican, giving one of the evening's most powerful performances." - Pataphysical Science

For $15 tickets, visit our website www.seeingplacetheater.com.

 

July 17 - August 2, 2015: BOYS' LIFE (play)

Erin Cronican as Director

I am thrilled to say that I am directing this fantastic play, which is running in rotating repertory with BOY GETS GIRL (see above), produced by my company, The Seeing Place Theater.

Synopsis: Told in a series of fast-paced, sharply etched scenes, the play traces the misadventures of three former college buddies now seeking to make their way in the big city—and with various women of their acquaintance. Moving along briskly, with its mood of satirical humor brilliantly sustained, the play dissects and anatomizes the male narcissism—and protracted adolescence—which characterizes its protagonists and, in the end, makes it hilariously clear that it is actually the women who possess the qualities of "manhood" and maturity which their deluded lovers so desperately lay claim to.

For full details, visit our website www.seeingplacetheater.com.

 

June 13, 2015 (1pm): Nothing Normal (cabaret)

Erin Cronican as Guest Vocalist

After our debut at 54 Below and performances at the Winter Rhythms Festival and the Metropolitan Room, my dear friend Adam Shapiro has invited me back to sing backing vocals in this incredible show! We're back for a last run at the Metropolitan Room - it's going to be an incredible evening full of laughter, songs, and some behind the scenes stories from Adam's work on the HBO Film THE NORMAL HEART.

Directed by MAC and Bistro Award Winner, Peter Napolitano
Musical Direction by MAC and Bistro Award winner, Barry Levitt. Featuring Erin Cronican and Samantha Northart on vocals.

Get Tickets for the Metropolitan Room

 

June 1, 2015: Play Like A Winner (workshop presentation of a new musical)

Erin Cronican as Kathy

I'm thrilled to be working again wih lyricist Erik Johnke (with whom I did a workshop of the musical God's Country.) This time I get to play the leading role of young mom, Kathy, who will try anything to help her shy daughter to make friends, even by getting her involved with the competitive championship soccer team. (I won't give away the ending, but let's just say that the competition brings more out in Kathy than anyone bargained for!)

I'll post more information as it becomes available.

 

May 19, 2015 (7pm): Diva Selections: Short Stories and Tall Tales (cabaret)

Erin Cronican as Special Guest Vocalist

I'm so honored to have been asked to join Robin Kradles, Kim Grogg Marin, Lorinda Lisitza and Lisa Yaeger for an evening of story songs. I'm still building my song list but I can promise some great tunes with fresh interpretations!

Tickets are $20 with a 2 drink minimum. $15 for Mac or ICNY members. Buy online here.

Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th St, New York City

Directed by Lennie Watts
Musical Direction by Rick Jensen

 

February 26-March 15, 2015: OTHELLO (Shakespeare)

Erin Cronican as Desdemona / Co-Director

I am SO excited to announce my next project - I will be playing Desdemona in The Seeing Place Theater's production of OTHELLO! I did a thesis on this play in college, worked on the role in multiple Shakespeare master classes, and have sung Donna Kendall Stearns's beautiful composition of The Willow Song in an opera concert, so to say this is a dream role is putting it mildly.

For full details, visit our website www.seeingplacetheater.com.

 

February 16, 2015 (9:30pm): Nothing Normal (cabaret)

Erin Cronican as Guest Vocalist

After our debut at 54 Below, my dear friend Adam Shapiro has invited me back to sing backing vocals at the Metropolitan Room! Judging by our last sold-out performance, it's going to be an incredible evening full of laughter, songs, and some behind the scenes stories from Adam's work on the HBO Film THE NORMAL HEART.

Directed by MAC and Bistro Award Winner, Peter Napolitano
Musical Direction by MAC and Bistro Award winner, Barry Levitt. Featuring Erin Cronican, Samantha Northart and very special guest DANIELLE FERLAND (Original Broadway INTO THE WOODS, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE)

Get Tickets for the Metropolitan Room

 

February 14, 2015 (6pm): Jagged Little Pill (concert)

Erin Cronican as Lead Vocalist

I am so excited to be reuniting with longtime producer friend, Tyler Crosser, to perform in his Alanis Morisette tribute concert, JAGGED LITTLE PILL (perfect for Valentine's Day.) We're singing new arrangements from the classic album that completely took over my teen-hood.

Tickets are $20 with a 2 drink minimum. Buy online here.

The West End Lounge - 955 West End Ave, New York City

TC &the Village is:

T.C. Crosser: Musical Director/Arranger, with performers Erin Cronican, Molly Gazay, Rachel Greene, Rhianna Radick, Salvatore Real and Annie Woo.

 

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