Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in partnership with Rosalind Productions Inc., and in association with New Neighborhood, presents:

NEW SONGS NOW

July 26, 7pm: LPfunK / Lucas Steelewith conversation facilitated by Eisa Davis

 LPfunK

LPfunK

 Lucas Steele

Lucas Steele

LPfunK (a.k.a. Lucas Papaelias) is an actor, musician, composer, & filmmaker. He was an original cast member of the Tony-winning musical Once on Broadway, and was a regular on the Cinemax medical drama The Knick.  LP appears in the Lake Lucille Chekhov Project's upcoming docudrama I Am A Seagull, for which he composed original music.  He also appeared onscreen in School of Rock, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and four episodes of Law & Order, among other guest TV spots and indie films. Additional onstage credits include This Flat Earth at Playwrights Horizons, New Neighborhood's These Paper Bullets! at the Atlantic, Jack’s Precious Moment at 59E59, CYRANO on Broadway (w/ Kevin Kline) for which he also composed original music, Essential Self-Defense at Playwrights Horizons (Drama Desk nomination: Original Music) and Cellini at Second Stage. You can view his experimental films & music videos at roadporn.net, as well as learn about his most recent project in development with New Neighborhood, BYWAYZ with Randy Roads: an odd-time blues rock migration of the lost highways & scenic byways of the great American landscape. http://www.instagram.com/bywayz

LUCAS STEELE: Broadway: Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 (Tony Nomination) and The Threepenny Opera (with Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper). Off-Broadway: credits include Myths and Hymns (Prospect Theater Company), The Kid (The New Group), Wickets (3LD), Oliver Twist (TFANA), Corpus Christie (Bowery Lane), and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, Kazino) for which he received the Lucille Lortel Award for best featured actor in a musical.  Regional: Berkley Rep, The Intiman, and A.R.T. (Elliot Norton and IRNE award nominations). Television/film: “Dangerous Liaisons” (pilot), Photo Op, and Cavan. For more information visit www.LucasSteele.com.

 Eisa Davis

Eisa Davis

Eisa Davis is an award-winning actor, writer, and singer-songwriter working on stage and screen. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Bulrusher, and wrote and starred in Angela’s Mixtape, named a best of the year by The New Yorker. Eisa was awarded the prestigious Herb Alpert Award in Theatre, and was a resident playwright at New Dramatists, where she won the Helen Merrill Award and the Whitfield Cook Award. She has received fellowships from Sundance/UCross, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Cave Canem, Williams College, Doris Duke, Van Lier and Mellon Foundations. As an actor, she is an Obie Award winner for Sustained Excellence in Performance. Eisa recently concluded a celebrated run in Kings at the Public (Drama League nomination), was in the 2017 Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar, and appeared in Preludes by Dave Malloy, directed by Rachel Chavkin, for which she received her second Lucille Lortel nomination. As a singer-songwriter, music from her albums Something Else and Tinctures are available through iTunes and Soundcloud. Selections from Tinctures were featured on the Showtime series Soul Food. Eisa sings her original music at venues including BAMCafé, Bard Spiegeltent, Mass MoCA, the Whitney Museum, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Apollo. She is a Grace singing in Carrie Mae Weems’ Grace Notes. She is a member of The Actors Studio, a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop, and was an artist-in-residence at Symphony Space. A graduate of The New School and Harvard, she lives in Brooklyn, NY.

New Songs Now is an unplugged concert series that gives inventive songwriters the opportunity to test out new material in a low-key, fun environment. We believe in creating a space for innovative artists to try out risky new material, and New Songs Now does just that. Each night, composers share selections of their work, followed by a conversation with the artists to demystify the songwriting process.

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ROSALIND PRODUCTIONS INC. Women-Led.  Female Leads.  Girl Power since 2005.  Headed by Abigail Rose Solomon, ROSALIND PRODUCTIONS, INC. is a Tony-Nominated producer of new and classic work on and Off-Broadway, as well as nationally.  Currently, the company is a co-producer of the upcoming new Broadway musical The Prom.  Past Broadway shows include 2018 Tony Award Winning Three Tall Women, War Paint and The Miracle Worker.  Off-Broadway, the company produced the World Premiere of My Lingerie Play (with Rattlestick), the New York Premiere of The Last Seder, New York Premiere of A Splintered Soul and John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo. In Los Angeles: Misalliance, Proof, As You Like It and the World Premiere of Stages. The mission of Rosalind Productions is to explore stories in which the female characters are as vital, complex and influential as the male characters, with the goal to entertain, empower and enlighten audiences.  Twitter: @RosalindProds.  Instagram: @RosalindProductions.  www.RosalindProductions.com.

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New Neighborhood is a TV/theater/music/film/dance company whose sincerity and authenticity are so combustible they cannot be housed under one roof for too long without doing severe structural damage. Recent projects include Season One of The Exorcist (produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television); the world premiere of Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s One Night Only (running as long as we can) (presented in association with WP Theater); simultaneous productions of Chekhov's Three Sisters and the world premiere of Aaron Posner's No Sisters (co-produced with Studio Theatre); the west coast and New York premieres of Rolin Jones’s These Paper Bullets! (produced in association with Geffen Playhouse and Atlantic Theater Company); the world premiere of Suzanne Heathcote’s I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile (co-produced with Berkshire Theatre Group); the debut album of Honus Honus, Use Your Delusion, and its accompany tour documentary. Upcoming: Will Arbery’s Evanston Salt Costs Climbing at White Heron Theatre on Nantucket, late summer 2018, and a re-imagining of Perry Mason for HBO Television.  newneighborhood.net