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Naked Angels Announces Andy Donald as new Artistic Director

NAKED ANGELS

Announces Andy Donald as new Artistic Director

Andy Donald, current Associate Artistic Director of Naked Angels since April 2009, will assume the role of Artistic Director of the company in July of 2011, succeeding current Artistic Director Geoffrey Nauffts, who has held the position since September 2007. Nauffts, a Tony-nominated Naked Angels company member, will retain his status as a company member, take a new role on the Naked Angels Board, and continue to work with the company as a playwright and director.

 

Alyson Brandt, Naked Angels Board of Directors Chair said, “In addition to his contributions as writer, director and actor, Geoffrey Nauffts’ leadership has galvanized the company and the theatre community during this unprecedented time of growth at Naked Angels.  His artistic sensibilities and choices have led to some of our best accomplishments yet.  Geoffrey’s humble and gracious approach makes all of us so proud to be part of Naked Angels. We are thrilled that he plans to remain actively involved with the company in new ways once he passes the baton to Andy.”

 

Geoffrey Nauffts said, “I couldn’t be more thrilled with the Board’s choice for my successor as Artistic Director of Naked Angels. Andy reflects the new generation of Naked Angels and has already made a huge impact on shaping the future of the company. In all truth, I’m really not going anywhere – Naked Angels will remain my creative home, as it has been for the past twenty-five years, and I will advise on artistic matters from my role on the Board of Directors. I will continue to develop my writing with Naked Angels, and plan on directing future Naked Angels productions. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments Naked Angels has made under my tenure, and I can’t wait to see how the company continues to grow under Andy’s leadership.”

 

Andy Donald said, “Naked Angels was founded by some of my heroes – artists whom I’ve looked up to all of my life and only dreamed of ever working with in my career.  I can only be incredibly humbled to lead their company now, charged with shepherding their singular aesthetic and mission for provocative work into the future.  In addition to collaborating with the founding ensemble on bold new projects, I look forward to introducing our audiences to the next generation of Naked Angels’ voices and expanding our programming on stage, online, and on both coasts. ”

 

ANDY DONALD has been the Associate Artistic Director of Naked Angels since April 2009.  With the company, he has produced the original Off-Broadway production of Geoffrey Nauffts’ Next Fall, the American premiere of Chloe Moss’ This Wide Night, and Armed and Naked in America: a Naked Angels Issues Project, as well as initiating the inaugural Naked Radio podcast series online.  Before coming to Naked Angels, he worked as a freelance director and served as Producing Associate at the Public Theater and Second Stage Theatre, in pilot development at ABC and HBO, and as the founding artistic director of the Los Angeles-based Charlie B. Theater Company.  He holds a BFA from NYU/Tisch and an MFA from Columbia University.

 

ABOUT NAKED ANGELS

SINCE 1986, NAKED ANGELS has been committed to strengthening a community of artists through the development and production of provocative new work. The company has played a role in developing critically acclaimed new plays including The Substance of Fire, Side Man, Tape, Fault Lines and most recently the Tony Award-nominated Next Fall.  From New York to LA, they inspire artists to generate fresh voices and create new work through their popular Tuesdays@9 (cold readings of plays, screenplays, stories and music in early development), 1st Mondays (public readings of new plays), and Angels in Progress (weeklong workshops). Their newest venture, Naked Radio, brings the work of talented new writers from the stage to the digital airwaves through weekly blogs and podcasts.

 

NAKED ANGELS celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year as one of the most innovative theatre companies in New York with a full season of exciting new work spanning the 2011 calendar year.

 

The season will kick off with a special 25th Anniversary Gala on February 14, 2011 at Roseland Ballroom. The rest of the season will include three new productions:

NAKED FOOTPRINTS: AN ISSUES PROJECT

NAKED ANGELS’ signature fast-paced, raucous and irreverent festival of original material exploring urgent issues of the day

March 24 – April 2, 2011

at Comix

 

A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE

World Premiere of a new play commissioned by NAKED ANGELS

Written by BEKAH BRUNSTETTER

Directed by founding company member PIPPIN PARKER

at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

June 9 – July 31, 2011

 

OUTSIDE PEOPLE

World Premiere of a new play by ZAYD DOHRN

Fall 2011

at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

In addition to 2011 marking the first year in which NAKED ANGELS will offer a full three-show season, it also marks the first time the company will offer a season membership package. Advance tickets, including priority seating and discounts, are available exclusively to members. Membership levels, benefits and pricing are available at NakedAngels.com/Season25.

 

Naked Angels is led by Geoffrey Nauffts (Artistic Director), John E. Alexander (Managing Director) and Andy Donald (Associate Artistic Director).

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NAKED ANGELS Naked Radio featured in The Wall Street Journal

“The Naked Angels theatre company, celebrating its 25th year of producing AUDACIOUSLY ORIGINAL work is on a roll this year.”

Roma Torre, NY-1 News

 

NAKED ANGELS

ORIGINAL RADIO PODCAST PROGRAM NAKED RADIO FEATURED IN

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Naked Radio is a program that brings the work of NAKED ANGELS from the stage to the digital airwaves. The Naked Angels Writers Room meets every week, creating original content in podcast, video, and blog form. The content is available at nakedangels.com/nakedradio. 

 

Naked Radio is profiled in today’s Wall Street Journal:

 

Getting Naked on the Airwaves

by Pia Catton

 

Radio plays may belong to the past, but they’re currently shaping the future of the nonprofit theater company Naked Angels.

 

Founded in 1986, Naked Angels—which takes its name from John Tytell’s book about the Beat generation—is a Chelsea-based operation that produces about three stage productions a year. The company can boast names like Marisa Tomei, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kenneth Lonergan as longtime members, but in recent years its connection to the emerging generation of writers and performers needed some cultivation.

 

Now, a group of 15 theater types in their late 20s is meeting every week at the Naked Angels offices on Seventh Avenue to write and rehearse weekly theatrical offerings in the style of short radio plays. The scripts are recorded and posted as Naked Radio podcasts at nakedangels.com.

 

“We use Naked Radio as an incubator, and we invite playwrights that we’re interested in,” said Naked Angels associate artistic director Andy Donald, who formed the adjunct group in 2009.

 

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NAKED ANGELS Launches Unique Co-Produced Podcast Series This Week on Naked Radio

NAKED ANGELS

LAUNCHES CO-PRODUCED PODCAST SERIES THIS WEEK ON NAKED RADIO

Unique Collaboration WITH DC-BASED WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY

Inspired by their production of gregory s. moss’ HOUSE OF GOLD Will Air

on naked radio and radio woolly BEGINNING TODAY, OCTOBER 26

NAKED ANGELS and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC) team up for a unique co-production podcast series inspired by the themes of House of Gold, Woolly’s world premiere of Gregory S. Moss’ darkly funny inquest into the fate of a certain six-year-old beauty queen, playing in Washington, DC from November 1 – November 28, 2010.  The co-production podcast series will be released beginning October 26 leading up to the first performance of House of Gold on November 1, and will be available on Naked Radio and Radio Woolly, both of which are available for download on iTunes.

This unique co-production podcast series includes episodes entitled Childhood (Sucks!) written by Cathleen Carr, Daiva Deupree and Will Rogers; Crime written by Sarah Burgess, Eric Clem and Adam Lustick; Miniatures written by Lauren Blumenfeld, Bekah Brunstetter and Dylan Dawson; and Tabloid/Sensationalism written by Lucas Kavner, Roger Lirtsman and Josh Koenigsberg. The co-production podcast series is directed by Kerry Whigham and recorded by Grammy Award-winner Zane Birdwell. Naked Radio is produced for NAKED ANGELS by Brittany O’Neill.

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NAKED ANGELS Announces Most Comprehensive Season Ever for 2011

NAKED ANGELS

Turns 25 and offers its most comprehensive season ever in 2011

Following the Tony-nominated Broadway transfer of Artistic Director Geoffrey Nauffts’ new American play Next Fall and the celebrated, sold-out American premiere of Chloe Moss’ This Wide Night starring Edie Falco and Alison Pill, NAKED ANGELS will celebrate its 25th Anniversary as one of the most innovative theatre companies in New York with a full season of exciting new works. NAKED ANGELS’ 25th Anniversary Season will span the 2011 calendar year.

The season will kick off with a special 25th Anniversary Gala on February 14, 2011 at Roseland Ballroom. The rest of the season will include three new productions:

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NAKED ANGELS’ ‘3-Step Formula’ Kicks Off New Season This Month

NAKED ANGELS’

3-Step Formula

Tuesdays@9 / 1st Mondays / Angels In Progress

KICKS OFF A NEW SEASON THIS MONTH

www.NakedAngels.com

Naked Angels is committed to strengthening a community of artists through the development and production of provocative new work.

The foundation of Naked Angels’ commitment to new work is a unique development program called the 3-Step Formula that provides writers, actors and directors with a menu of opportunities to experiment with their work – from early ideas to completed script. The first step of the Formula is Tuesdays@9, a weekly ‘open-submission’ environment in which writers and actors gather to bring the first breath of life to brand new material – ten pages at a time. Tuesdays@9 is a community salon (think the “Cheers” bar for theatre-folk), unhindered by the pressure of industry attendance or critique. The second step of the Formula is 1st Mondays, which take place monthly and facilitate the first readings of full-length plays. After 1st Mondays, a play may have the opportunity to receive a weeklong workshop at Angels In Progress, which are scheduled based on selection and availability and culminate in a public presentation.

The month of September brings the first installments of each level of Naked Angels’ 3-Step Formula:

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Last chance to see Edie Falco & Alison Pill in THIS WIDE NIGHT

LAST CHANCE TO SEE
EDIE FALCO & ALISON PILL
IN
NAKED ANGELS’ ACCLAIMED NEW DRAMA

THIS WIDE NIGHT

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT MUST CLOSE JUNE 27
www.NakedAngels.com  

The American premiere of This Wide Night starring two-time Golden Globe and three-time Emmy Award-winner Edie Falco and Tony nominee Alison Pill opened on Sunday, May 16, garnering rave reviews for its two stars and for Naked Angels’ continued commitment to producing provocative new work. The hit production quickly broke Naked Angels’ previous box office records and announced a one-week extension to its limited engagement. This Wide Night must close on Sunday, June 27.

“Two actresses at the top of their game.”
Ben Brantley, The New York Times
 
“Pill and Falco give complex powerhouse performances.”
Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

“Audaciously original. An altogether ideal production.”
Roma Torre, NY-1 News
 
“Naked Angels once more confirms its rep for preferring solid substance over flashy style.”
Marilyn Stasio, Variety
 
“It will be the talk of the town for those lucky enough to see it in the weeks to come.”

Kevin Sessums, The Daily Beast

This Wide Night is written by Blackburn Prize-winning playwright Chloe Moss and directed by Anne Kauffman.

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NAKED ANGELS in the news

“The Naked Angels theatre company, celebrating its 25th year of producing AUDACIOUSLY ORIGINAL work is on a roll this year. Next Fall, a beautiful new play by artistic director Geoffrey Nauffts made the leap to Broadway, and now its latest, This Wide Night, is equally captivating, an altogether ideal production that manages to burrow under your skin, resonating far deeper and longer than you could imagine.”
Roma Torre, NY-1 News

Naked Angels once more confirms its rep for preferring SOLID SUBSTANCE over flashy style.”
Marilyn Stasio, Variety

NAKED ANGELS
IN THE NEWS
ON BROADWAY: NEXT FALL          OFF-BROADWAY: THIS WIDE NIGHT

www.NakedAngels.com 

Naked Angels, celebrating its 25th Anniversary as one of the most innovative theatre companies in New York, is currently represented on the New York stage with two critically-acclaimed productions on and Off-Broadway. On Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, Naked Angels Artistic Director Geoffrey Nauffts’ new American play NEXT FALL has been nominated for two Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Director, celebrating a successful Broadway transfer from a sold-out extended run Off-Broadway last summer. Off-Broadway at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, the celebrated American premiere of Chloe Moss’ THIS WIDE NIGHT, starring Edie Falco and Alison Pill, opened to rave reviews last month and extended its run one week to Sunday, June 27. Naked Angels is currently featured in the news:
 
Next Fall celebrates its 100th performance on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre – photos on Playbill.com.
TO VIEW, CLICK HERE 

THE NEW YORK TIMES
This Wide Night set designer Rachel Hauck featured in The New York Times for her painstakingly accurate, very messy set design.
TO READ, CLICK HERE 

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