Hey there! The summer of 2015 was bananas, you guys. In July we shot the entire first season of "Precious Cargo" with forty actors and twenty crew members in eight different locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Quogue. We have begun planning for post-production, and hope to have the show ready for your viewing pleasure this winter!
Right smack in the middle of shooting "Precious Cargo," I shot an industrial for Cohn Creative Group, in which I played Wendy Goldberg: personal branding strategist to Bigfoot himself. Bigfoot's costume came with its own wrangler. It was impressive.
At the end of July, it was off to Vermont for a whirlwind week of rehearsing for CYMBELINE with The Here & Now! Talya Klein has created quite a company. Once a year, she produces and directs a sight-specific production of a Shakespeare play at the beautiful Crapolla Farms in South Windham, Vermont. For one week we rehearsed the play (a roving production that used every part of the farm as its set) harvested fruit and vegetables for our meals, and built sets and costumes. We had one performance on August 1st. The final scene of the play took place in the pond. Yes. IN it. Swimming Shakespeare. It was a blast to work with a kick-ass cast and crew of generous, hilarious, smart, talented folks (including my hubs Dano Madden), and I'm looking forward to next summer!
Back in New York, I went right into rehearsals for Lia Romeo's play CRIMINAL INTENT, part of The Tank's Rule of 7X7 series. I played a woman held at gunpoint by her ex-boyfriend. It was a comedy! It was a blast, as always, to work on one of Lia's plays...and I got to perform on my birthday! Cool!
So, here we are, at the end of August. I'm gearing up for audition season by singing my face off for a bunch of casting directors in The Growing Studio's Musical Theatre Casting Director Workshop. In fact, I have class tonight, so I'd better get ready. Toodles!
"Precious Cargo" Indiegogo Campaign has launched!
I'm very proud to announce that my brand-spanking new web series, "Precious Cargo," will go into production in July of 2015. Allow us to explain ourselves:
We've just launched our crowd-funding campaign, and we can use all the help we can get! Check it out here.
Lauren to dialect coach B-Side Productions' 'A Man of No Importance'
Lauren is super psyched to be the dialect coach on this show! More information here.
Lauren in a reading of Dano Madden's new play with id Theater
Many years ago, Anna left her husband and daughter, Natasha, to pursue her dreams of being a musician. Now Natasha finds herself confronting the same struggle. Is Natasha capable of abandoning her family, as her mother did? What does it mean to jump off a cliff towards a bold, daring, and passionate existence, only to doubt your decision halfway to the ground?
DATE, TIME and PLACE Date: Monday, April 20th, 2015
Location: Jimmy's No. 43 (43 E. 7th Street Downstairs – Manhattan, between 3rd and 2nd Avenues)
ADMISSION IS FREE But there is a ONE DRINK MINIMUM per person. Stay afterward as we informally discuss the play over drinks and dinner, and of course feel free to DONATE!
Lauren is in 'Oakwoods' with Project Y
Project Y’s 2014 TechnoPlays Reading Series continues with a reading of:
Oakwoods a new play by Dano Madden directed by Melissa Firlit
October 26, 2014 7pm CAP21 Studio 505
Please join us for this free reading by one of Project Y’s Playwright Group members, Dano Madden, and featuring a stellar cast.
ABOUT THE PLAY: High school senior George Marvin has attracted national attention to tiny Oakwoods with his award winning science project. George’s sudden notoriety, along with the construction of a housing development and resort, has the fading mountain town standing on the verge of being reborn. Will a dark discovery derail this new found hope? Oakwoods is a story about accomplishments beyond our wildest dreams and the unexpected places they can lead us.
There will be fabulous tiki drinks, women in prom dresses, and men dancing in ironic t-shirts. What better way to kick off your Saturday night?
Lauren is in Lia Romeo's 'Connected' with Project Y
Saturday, September 7th at 7:15pm Cap 21 Studios, 18 W. 18th Street, Room 505
Sexy videos that go viral! Hilarious internet hookups! Gaming gone wild! But in a world where we constantly connect with one another through a keyboard, why do so many of us still feel so alone? Playwright Lia Romeo explores the ways – good and bad – in which social media is shaping our lives in the twenty-first century.
Lauren is a special guest performer in Project Y’s award-winning 'LoveSick!'
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 Doors Open at 7:30/8pm show
Otto’s Shrunken Head 538 East 14th Street NYC
$15 PRESALE/$20 at the Door
Lauren plays Annie in 'BAD HUSBAND' with id theater!
During her graveyard shift at the hospital, Annie finds herself falling fast for a mysterious stranger named Cowboy. Where did this man come from? Why is he wandering the halls of the hospital? By the end of the night, both Cowboy and Annie will have to face the truth about his past.
Date: Monday, April 21st, 2014 Time: 6:30pm Location: Jimmy's No. 43 (43 E. 7th Street Downstairs – Manhattan, between 3rd and 2nd Avenues)
No admission charge – but one drink minimum per person
Stay afterward as we informally discuss the play over drinks and dinner
Lauren is playing Allison again…this time in a reading of 'OAKWOODS' with Fresh Ground Pepper!
by Dano Madden
directed by Andrew Scoville
High school senior George Marvin has attracted national attention to tiny Oakwoods with his award winning science project. George’s sudden notoriety, along with the construction of a housing development and resort, has the fading mountain town standing on the verge of being reborn. Will a dark discovery derail this new found hope? Oakwoods is a story about accomplishments beyond our wildest dreams and the unexpected places they can lead us.
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 2013 at 7pm
WHERE: The Bushwick Starr, 207 Starr Street, Brooklyn 11237 (L to Jefferson St.)