THANKS to all who joined us on Saturday, November 17th for a celebration of the arts to benefit Sea Dog Theater! We had a beautiful evening featuring an art exhibition showcasing some of our favorite NYC artists (Carin van der Donk, John Britton, Pete Ho, Amy Chase Gulden, Ben Cowan and Andrew Shepherd), performances of Len Cariou’s Broadway & The Bard, Vincent D'Onofrio & Dana Lyn’s Slim Bone Head Volt, and Fred Rogers’ Original Compositions performed by Kamel Boutros and Tami Schuch. Food by The Pixie and The Scout.
All art is available for purchase through December via our online art gallery below.
WHY a Fundraiser?
As a small theater company we are continually dependent on grants and the generosity of our audience to help us reach our budgetary goals. Every dollar raised at our fundraiser goes towards producing theater that explores questions of alienation and reconciliation. At this upcoming event we hope to raise $20,000. This helps us take concrete steps towards producing our spring production, the world premiere of “The Rare Biosphere” by Chris Cragin-Day, our monthly reading series, and finally, it supports our hospitality initiative (complimentary food and drink) after each of our events that allows us to continue the conversation of the play with our audience and artists. If you can’t attend but would like to support us, please consider making a one-time or recurring tax-deductible donation via here via Fractured Atlas.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
LEN CARIOU’S BROADWAY AND THE BARD
LEN CARIOU is one of the theater world's most beloved talents, Len Cariou is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and a pre-eminent interpreter of the music of Steven Sondheim. On Broadway, he has appeared in "Applause," for which he earned a Tony Award nomination and won the Theatre World Award; "A Little Night Music," for which he was also nominated for a Tony Award; "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," for which he won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award; "Nightwatch;" "Cold Storage;" Teddy and Alice;" "Dance a Little Closer;" "The Speed of Darkness;" "The Dinner Party" and "Proof." Off-Broadway, Cariou has appeared in "Mountain," "Papa," "The Persians," "A Sorrow Beyond Dreams," "The Master Class" and "Measure for Measure." In addition, he has served as Artistic Director of the Manitoba Theatre Center and Associate Director of the Guthrie Theatre. On television, Cariou has appeared in "Blue Bloods" "Damages," "Brotherhood," "Murder, She Wrote," "CSI" and "Numb3rs" on CBS, "Ed," "Law and Order," "The Outer Limits," "The Practice," "The West Wing," and many television films including "Into the Storm," for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination.
FRED ROGERS COMPOSITIONS BY KAMEL BOUTROS & TAMI SCHUCH
KAMEL BOUTROS, born in Egypt, graduated from the Curtis Institute with a MA degree in Opera performance. He performed with pianist Martha Argerich in Europe and Japan. He has sung at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as in a gala concert with the late Luciano Pavarotti conducted by James Levine. He was the first prize winner; at the Opera Index’s Competition and the Sullivan Foundation Career Award. Kamel’s recent music arrangement of “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” was used in the show Damages. Kamel played the part of Papin and also music directed the play Babette’s Feast in NYC, directed by Quinton Gordon in 2010. Several of Kamel’s performances can be seen on youtube, including his concerts with pianist Martha Argerich. Presently Kamel is the music director of The Parish of Calvary-St. George’s Church and Concert Series in New York City, and continues his work in acting, singing, and as a pianist in chamber music concerts.
TAMI SCHUCH is a soprano with a degree from The Eastman School of Music. Classically trained and versatile, she shares music in many places, including: on classroom rugs with her 100+ preschool students in Brooklyn; with acclaimed folk musicians on her album of Americana songs, “This Land (Parents’ Choice Award); on the stage of La Madeleine in Paris for the world premiere of a Requiem (composed by Kamel Boutros); in the studio singing sound clips for Google; on the East River at Bargemusic performing contemporary American repertoire; in an episode of the tv show, Damages; and on Sunday mornings as a section leader in the choir at Calvary-St George’s. Tami has witnessed and believes wholeheartedly in the transformative and unifying power of music. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children (and their dog, Zero).
SLIM BONE HEAD VOLT BY VINCENT D’ONOFRIO & DANA LYN www.slimboneheadvolt.com
VINCENT D’ONOFRIO first gained attention for his intense and compelling talent on the screen in 1987 with a haunting portrayal of an unstable Vietnam War recruit in Stanley Kubrick’s gritty Full Metal Jacket. Other film appearances include Mystic Pizza, Adventures in Babysitting, Steal This Movie, The Cell, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, The Salton Sea, Imposter, The Player, Ed Wood, Strange Days, and Men in Black. More recently, D’Onofrio appeared in the sci-fi thriller The Tomb, featuring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fire With Fire opposite Bruce Willis and Josh Duhamel, Warner Bros’ The Judge opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, and as Coach Feola in Brian Grazer’s PELE, written and directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist. Forthcoming film appearances also include the independent feature Chained, from writer-director Jennifer Chambers Lynch, and Universal’s Jurassic World opposite Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and directed by Colin Trevorrow. Vincent starred as Detective Robert Goren in over 100 episodes of the USA Network original series LAW & ORDER: Criminal Intent. He received an Emmy® Award nomination in 1998 for his riveting guest appearance in the Homicide: Life on the Streetepisode, “The Subway.” D’Onofrio also directed, produced and starred in the short film, Five Minutes, Mr. Welles, and recently appeared on the Academy Award winning short, The New Tenants.
DANA LYN, multi-instrumentalist and composer, has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Beacon Theater, Carnegie and Town Halls, as well as folk festivals and dive bars the world over, along with appearances on David Letterman, Saturday Night Live and the Conan O’Brien Show. She is at home in multiple musical worlds as a keyboard player and violinist, ranging from classical/contemporary classical to folk, electronica and improvisatory music. Selected theater credits as an onstage musician include Hamlet (2008, Public Theater), A Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard (2009, BAM, dir. by Sam Mendes), and Clive (2013, The New Group, dir. by Ethan Hawke). She music-directed and appeared in Family Album (2014, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), a new musical by Tony Award-winning collaborators Stew and Heidi Rodewald. As a composer, Lyn has received commissions from the Brooklyn Rider, the Apple Hill String Quartet, the Arts Council of Ireland and the New Orchestra of Washington, among others, and her music has been performed at the Savannah Music Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Austin’s NMASS, the Stillwater Music Festival and at Carnegie Hall. As a bandleader, Lyn has six albums of music to her name and is currently writing a chamber opera inspired by visual artist Jay DeFeo, called A Point on a Slow Curve. In 2017, she was an artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and is currently a member of the 2018 Joe’s Pub Working Group.
JOHN BRITTON uses traditional figurative painting and drawing techniques to explore contemporary subjects. His work creates links between the historical practice of painting and the modern conceptual notions of art. His portraits of African migrants convey the range of human emotions in the most trying of circumstances. The humanity of the migrants - hope, despair, perseverance - is shown in careful graphite portraits. Britton also creates allegorical work, fusing classical subject matter with modern topics of political or social interest. The juxtaposition of classical imagery within contemporary settings prompts a deeper consideration of the subjects at hand. www.johndbritton.net
AMY CHASE GULDEN is interested in art-making processes that are collaborative, involve chance, and bring her into direct contact with the living world; plants and the sun being her key collaborators.
BEN COWAN was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI by a creative and musical family. He received a BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Indiana University. His painting reached a turning point during a residency in Umbria, Italy through the exposure and study of its historic vistas. The visual landscape and character of his immediate surroundings has since remained an inspiration wherever he calls home. Ben currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY creating paintings of familiar urban sights cropped, collaged and simplified in order to capture a concentrated experience that refers to the interpersonal and supernatural. His work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout the U.S., including New York City and Chicago. In addition to painting Ben is an active member of the curatorial collective Ess Ef Eff. Ben’s work can be seen in private and public collections including Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan, The Racquet Club of Chicago and The Renwick Hotel in NYC. www.bencowan.com
PETE HO is internet famous as the Brooklyn Hip Hop artist, Pete Miser. While his adult life has been spent making music, his secret superhero identity is that of a visual artist. Pete creates three dimensional typographical works out of paper that both celebrate and poke fun at popular culture. His background as a graffiti head inspires the informal and snarky nature of his art. Pete’s paper and illustration work has found its way onto album covers, posters and into the pages of street culture magazines such as Mass Appeal. www.ho-mademedia.com
ANDREW SHEPHERD is a director and photographer based in Texas. Andrew’s studio, Lockwood, is inside a renovated auto garage called FLOCC, a mixed discipline space. In his spare time, he is developing narrative film scripts and strange music videos, while waiting for notes, sometimes he dabbles in music. www.andrewryanshepherd.com
CARIN VAN DER DONK is a Dutch-born photographer who has lived and worked in NYC for over three decades. Self taught, she has been photographing since her teenage years. This selection of images represents van der Donk’s dedication to portraying individuals either as participants of life in our turbulent times or captured in their own private world of thoughts. Since 2016 her work is coinciding with her commitment to political activism.
THE PIXIE AND THE SCOUT In 2014 - after several years of professional cooking in New York City and abroad - chef partners, Jonathan Hittinger and Katy McNulty, began a dining project of their own. They borrowed a few beloved elements of fine dining: attention to detail; devotion to deliciousness; the buying power to support dozens of superb food producers. And what followed was a series of meals. Some were lively, others more serious. Some were elaborate, others rustic. Some involved just a handful of people, others fed a crowd. Eventually this band of foraging|cooking|hosting troubadours stumbled upon a successful recipe: EQUAL PARTS DELICIOUS INGREDIENTS + UNFUSSY COOKING TECHNIQUE. FOLD TOGETHER AND SEASON GENEROUSLY WITH INTELLIGENT HOSPITALITY [TO TASTE]. YIELD: ONE NIGHT OF DINING MAGIC. www.thepixieandthescout.com
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