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Jan-Dec 2016

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December 8-22, 2016: MACBETH (play)

Erin Cronican as Lady Macbeth

I am proud to announce my next project with The Seeing Place - I am finally getting to play Lady Mcbeth (after playing Lady Macduff when I was 20) in The Seeing Place Theater's production of MACBETH.

TSP Main Stage at the Paradise Factory, 64 East 4th St, NYC

What do you feel you are owed in this world?
What are you willing to do to get it?

To complete the season theme, “But Who Am I, Really,” The Seeing Place presents one of Shakespeare’s greatest stories in a way rarely seen by NY audiences: with an deep emphasis on text that’s understandable, presented in modern dress to deeply connect the audience to the play’s relevance today.

Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased here: www.theseeingplace.com

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Reviews for the show:

"The Seeing Place Theater’s Macbeth is a compact and powerful one hundred minutes of Shakespeare. They are an “actor driven company with a strong ensemble that is well showcased in this production. Brandon Walker portrays Macbeth as a flawed man who makes bold choices knowing full well where they might lead. Erin Cronican’s Lady Macbeth is solid and sure of herself with the ability to both lead her husband when he is unsure, and follow him when he is decisive. Together they are riveting. ...It is a seamless and faced paced production. Be sure to see it!" - Domenick Danza, More Than The Play

"The Seeing Place’s MACBETH is a sharp, fresh and stirring production of this classic tragedy: directed with style that springs from truth and acted with centered grace all around. The ensemble company’s 7th season’s productions all explore the question, “But Who Am I Really?” The characters in Macbeth seem to ask this of themselves with poignancy: in one scene, Lady Macbeth tenderly folds up a toddler’s clothing to store away forever: it is clear that she has lost a child. What does this mean for her identity? Without a child, is she still a mother? Had her child lived, would she have focused her energy on nurturing rather than channeling it into her husband’s mad ambition?...The performances are solid and magnetic...Erin Cronican’s Lady Macbeth is a genuine woman grasping for a distraction from her grief, eventually swallowed by it. Her performance is layered: is there a little resentment and bitterness toward her oft-absent husband? Has she been left alone too long in her grief?...I cannot say enough about the quality, and originality of this production: it has brains, heart, soul and spirit. Don’t miss it!" - Leslie DiLeo, Hi!Drama

"Another sharp, fresh, stirring show from The Seeing Place ensemble. Modern but timeless. Run, don't walk, to MACBETH!" - Six Second Review

"Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking - See it if great acting, dynamic staging, contemporized Shakespeare, and strong ensemble work in an intimate setting are your thing. Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare over acted with studied wooden performances." - Kevin 6070, Show Score

"A very humanized Macbeth and Lady. I was surprised to find myself weeping as they struggled with coming to grips with having done the deed. A fully committed and compelling cast brings the world and drama to life. After seeing several Macbeths through the years, this is the first time it truly felt like a tragedy. A stark examination of how violence affects the violent. Beautiful! Five stars." - Clinton P, via Time Out NY

"I went to see Macbeth and it was a fabulous. The performances by all the cast, but in particular from Brandon Walker (Macbeth), Erin Cronican (Lady Macbeth) and Tim Anderson (Macduff) were superb. The intimacy of sitting almost on stage and being surrounded by the performances was innovative and made me feel as if I was in the middle of the action. Fantastic show with actors and directors that are extremely committed to Shakespeare and to the theater – highly recommended. Five stars." - Tal Shamir, via Facebook

 

December 9, 2016 (7pm): The Lady in Penthouse B (musical)

Erin Cronican as Mel

I'm so excited to have been asked to lead the cast in this touching musical comedy by Matthew Martin Ward (score) and Peter Napolitano (Book & Lyrics), being presented at Urban Stages as a part of their Winter Rhythms Festival. The musical also stars Klea Blackhurst, Tom Gamblin, Brian Charles Rooney, and Adam B Shapiro, with other actors to be named soon. The musical is directed by Robert Bartley, with musical direction by Matthew Russell.

Tickets are $30 for this ONE NIGHT ONLY event. Get your tickets here: web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10126327

 

November 29, 2016 (2pm): A Taste of Chocolate (private reading)

Erin Cronican as 911 Operator/Cop 4

I've thrilled to have been asked to come in as a part of the ensemble cast of this amazing new musical written by Timothy Ware-Hill. This is part of the developmental process, where Tony Award winning producers Martian Entertainment (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Title of Show) will be listening to the recently revised script.

Starring in this show are writer/conceiver Timothy Ware (Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia), Marisha Wallace (Something Rotten, Aladdin), Kimberly Marable (Lion King), Christy Faber (Kinky Boots, Les Miserables), and Kevin Mambo (Fela, The Color Purple, Mother Courage).

For more information about the show, visit www.chocolate-musical.com

 

October 30, 2016 (7pm): Quel Fromage 2: Michael Colby's 65th Birthday Bash (benefit)

Erin Cronican as Featured Soloist

I'm honored to be singing in this concert benefiting Child Find of America, in honor of Michael Colby's birthday.

Hosted by Sandi Durell, the concert will feature songs from Colby's musicals, including Charlotte Sweet, Mrs. McThing, Tales of Tinseltown, Slay It With Music, Boynton Beach Club, North Atlantic, Ludlow Ladd: The Poor Little Orphan Boy and The First Family of Second Avenue as performed by Jeff Harnar, Jeff Keller, Heather MacRae, Marianne Tatum, Robert Cuccioli and other stage stars.

Michael is a prolific lyricist whose work I've performed several times, including a workshop production of NORTH ATLANTIC opposite Robert Cuciolli. Here, I will be reprising our romantic duet with Robert Cuciolli, as well as another song from one of his musicals optioned for Broadway.

See the show's announcement in Playbill.

 

October 10, 2016 (7pm): After The Revolution (reading)

Erin Cronican as Emma

I'm so excited to be a part of presenting this (unfortunately) timely production of Amy Herzog's AFTER THE REVOLUTION as a part of the TSP Unplugged Reading Series.

Synopsis: The brilliant, promising Emma Joseph proudly carries the torch of her family's Marxist tradition, devoting her life to the memory of her blacklisted grandfather. But when history reveals a shocking truth about the man himself, the entire family is forced to confront questions of honesty and allegiance they thought had been resolved.

Click here for more info about this reading series.

 

September 17, 2016 (7pm): "The INtiMATES" (developmental table read of new screenplay)

Erin Cronican as Gemma

It's wonderful to be asked back by Wilderness Films to be a part of their development of "The INtiMATES" (formerly A Rational Solution") - a feature length comedy about the hilarious lengths two couples will go to save their marriages after an infidelity.

For more information about Wilderness Films, click here.

 

September 17, 2016 (3pm): Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin (benefit)

Erin Cronican as Nellie Forbush / Featured Soloist

I'm honored to have been invited to perform at this benefit for the Ziegfeld Society in the role of Nellie Forbush (which I've played two times before in SOUTH PACIFIC!)

The evening is Written & Hosted by DAVID KAUFMAN, author of the New Best Selling Biography of Mary Martin, and stars Broadway and cabaret greats Karen Akers, Erin Cronican, Marcy Degonge Manfredi, Chelsie Nectow, Candice Oden, Meg Tolin-Piper, Virginia Wing and Karen Ziemba.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 (3pm)

Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College

For more information about the Ziegfeld Society or to buy tickets, click here.

 

July 16-August 7, 2016: GETTING OUT (play)

Erin Cronican as Arlene Holsclaw and Director

I am proud to announce my current project - I am playing Arlene in The Seeing Place Theater's production of GETTING OUT. This is a very important play that explores societies attitudes tpward ex-convicts - is

Synopsis: Released from prison "Arlene" returns to a rundown apartment in Louisville, intent on starting her life over. Rebellious and disruptive as a young girl, she has found strength in religion and wants to put her youth (as "Arlie") behind her. But her struggle to find her way in the present (as "Arlene") is counterpointed by flashbacks of her past (as "Arlie"), her two personalities being represented by two performers, who sometimes appear on stage simultaneously. We meet the guards and prison officials with whom "Arlie" waged a running battle; and the unfeeling, slatternly mother, the lecherous former prison guard, the pimp ex-boyfriend, and the touchingly friendly neighbor with whom "Arlene" is confronted in the present. Ultimately the play, like life, offers no simple answers—but it conveys, with heartrending honesty and compassion, the struggle of someone fighting for her life against incredible odds.

Reviews for the show:

"BOTTOM LINE: A heartfelt revival about one woman’s struggle to rebuild her life after prison...Getting Out is a deeply relevant story that calls attention to the fight of victimized women, a mission that enormously warrants this earnest revival...The cast gives impassioned performances and Cronican is especially poignant as the determined, conflicted Arlene. Jane Kahler is a delight as Ruby, a fellow ex-con who offers the first glimmer of acceptance and companionship for Arlene later in the play." - Helen Herbert, Theater is Easy

"The Seeing Place is a theater company worth embracing by performers as well as the folks that sit and watch. It’s a creative, supportive, artistic home for actors who want to grow and improve. Managed by Founding Directors Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican, both first class performers and directors, The Seeing Place always presents plays that not only absorb your interest during a performance, but also compel you to think about what you’ve seen for a significant period afterwards. They take pride in making live theater affordable to almost everyone at $16.50 per ticket. Their productions are always about compelling rather than frivolous subjects and they have the guts to give their audiences a chance to escape during the intermission. PS. I’ve never seen a Seeing Place performance where anyone did...As usual, the direction by Erin Cronican and all of the performances was outstanding, even when they were minor roles or when an actor played more than one part. Both Erin Cronican who plays Arlene and Candice Oden who plays Arlie touched my heart and made me hope that prisons nowadays go beyond acquainting lost souls with Jesus and teach prisoners the skills that will allow them to earn a decent living when they are released." - Myra Chanin, Theater Pizzazz

"The thoroughly developed acting and directing and the play's script and structure are elements that set this show apart from many currently running off-Broadway...Where this company really shines is in the acting. Each character seems completely developed and grounded from within. One feels as if one is watching real people living in the moment; and while this is (obviously) always the aim of theater, it's by no means a given...Erin Cronican both directs and plays Arlene with a perfect blend of tenuousness, toughness and vulnerability. It's as if her newfound "meekness" is actually quiet strength...The Seeing Place is a wonderful company and is fulfilling its mission by producing socially relevant works with integrity." - Leslie DiLeo, HI! Drama

 

July 13-21, 2016: Play Like A Winner (NYMF musical reading)

Erin Cronican as Kathy

I'm thrilled to have been invited back to perform the leading role of Kathy in this hilarious musical about motherly love going a little overboard. I have been a part of the developmental process for the past year, and it's wonderful to see it take its next step of professional development at the New York Music Theater Festival.

 

June 18, 2016: Gone Too Soon: A Tribute to Howard Ashman (cabaret)

Erin Cronican as Featured Singer

I'm so excited to bring back this amazing tribute, where I'm singing "A Part of Your World" and "Suddenly Seymour" (with my dear friend, Adam Shapiro!)

Howard Ashman's lyrics inspired generations to believe in magic with shows and films such as Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and the first animated film to receive an Academy Award Best Picture nomination, Beauty and the Beast. 2016 will mark 25 years since Howard died of AIDS related complications at the age of 40. To commemorate the anniversary, Joseph Macchia and Adam B. Shapiro will present this tribute to Howard's life and work as the first 2016 installment of the Metropolitan Room's GONE TOO SOON series.

Performance is at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd St NYC

Saturday, June 18, 2016 (4pm) - Tickets Here

Check out this blog post I wrote about the first performance.

 

May 28, 2016: Ziegfeld Girls (benefit)

Erin Cronican as Marilyn Miller

I'm honored to have been invited to perform at this benefit for the Ziegfeld Society. I appeared as Marilyn Miller, singing her signature song, "Look For The Silver Lining."

Here's an announcement about the event in Broadway World.

 

May 4, 2016: Only Words (playwriting workshop)

Erin Cronican, starring in 6 student written short plays

I'm honored to have been invited to participate in this reading series at Pace University, hosted by playwright and friend Judd Lear Silverman. 10 students from the playwriting program have written a series of short plays, which are being enacted in a full evening of theater for friends, family, and colleagues.

 

May 3, 2016: 1984 (reading)

Erin Cronican as Julia

The Seeing Place Theater is presenting this reading as a part of our TSP Unplugged Reading Series, where audiences go behind the scenes with The Seeing Place to experience our work "unplugged."

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 (7pm)

Location: The Seeing Place @ TheatreLab
357 W 36th St, 3rd Floor

Tickets: Free but limited. Click here to reserve.

We'll start at 7pm with the audience observing our artists discussing the play in their final rehearsal, laying the ground-work for how the actors will approach the piece during the reading. At 7:45pm we'll begin the reading. Immediately following the reading we'll discuss what was seen - what is the modern relevance of the play? What would a theater company want to consider if producing the play as a ful production? These and other questions will be explored during this lively talkback.

This play is being presented in conjunction with the UN's "World Press Freedom Day." It stars Olivia Baseman*, Carla Brandberg*, Erin Cronican*, Brisa Freitas, Logan Keeler, Autumn Mirassou, Emily Newhouse, Danny O'Shea*, Carla Torgrimson*, and Brandon Walker*. * = Member of Actors’ Equity. The reading is directed by Brandon Walker.

 

February 23, 2016 (7pm): "A Rational Solution" (developmental table read of new screenplay)

Erin Cronican as Emma

It's wonderful to be invited by Wilderness Films to be a part of their development of "A Rational Solution" - a feature length comedy about the hilarious lengths two couples will go to save their marriages after an infidelity.

For more information about Wilderness Films, click here.

 

January 19, 2016: Gone Too Soon: A Tribute to Howard Ashman (cabaret)

Erin Cronican as Featured Singer

I'm so excited to be a part of this amazing tribute, where I'm singing "A Part of Your World" and "Suddenly Seymour" (with my dear friend, Adam Shapiro!)

Howard Ashman's lyrics inspired generations to believe in magic with shows and films such as Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and the first animated film to receive an Academy Award Best Picture nomination, Beauty and the Beast. 2016 will mark 25 years since Howard died of AIDS related complications at the age of 40. To commemorate the anniversary, Joseph Macchia and Adam B. Shapiro will present this tribute to Howard's life and work as the first 2016 installment of the Metropolitan Room's GONE TOO SOON series.

Check out this blog post I wrote about the performance.

 

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