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

NEW SONGS NOW

JULY 23, 7pm: Rebecca Hart // Or Matias, with conversation facilitated by Lisa Kron

 Rebecca Hart

Rebecca Hart

 Or Matias

Or Matias

Rebecca Hart once accidentally won a comedy competition in Dublin, Ireland while appearing as musical guest (true story).  She has been acting since her first stage appearance at the age of nine months and writing songs for only a slightly shorter time. Recent acting credits include the workshop of The Pogues’ Fairytale of NY (The Public); (Not) Water (New Georges @3LD); the short film I Enjoy Being a Girl (Play Mountain Productions), and Midsummer; a Play With Songs (Hartford Theaterworks - CT Critics Circle Best Actress Nomination). Recent composer-lyricist activity: The Cabaret at the End of the World (Hard Sparks, co-winner of NY Innovative Theatre Best Original Music Award); Rimbaud in NY (The Civilians @BAM), How to Break (Village Theatre, Seattle), Uriel Acosta (Target Margin). Known for her ‘infectious stage presence’ (BAMCafe Live) and ‘impressively well-textured voice’ (TimeOut), she is a regular at the Rockwood Music Hall and plays all over NYC and elsewhere with and without her band. She is a Civilians Associate Artist and a recent graduate of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (book & lyrics). Her new album The Magician’s Daughter was produced by Ben Sollee in Louisville KY and by Ben Arons in NYC and is available now.  www.rebeccahart.net

Or Matias is a composer, lyricist, pianist, orchestrator, and music director. He has worked with Josh Groban, The Trans Siberian Orchestra, Ingrid Michaelson, Rachael Yamagata, and tap dancer Andrew Nemr, alongside countless others. He was most recently the music director and conductor for Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway. As composer and playwright, Or is writing a musical adaptation of The Wave - the 1967 experiment which turned an entire high school into a proto-fascist movement in just 5 days. He frequently composes for the radio show “Israel Story” alongside other collaborations in Israel. His musical Wall Between Us, about a relationship between two Israeli and Palestinian men, was performed across the United States to wide acclaim. He is currently writing scores for Rise to the Tap featuring virtuoso tap dancer Andrew Nemr, and a musical about Ignacy Paderewsky, sponsored by The Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Poland. His scores for dance and theater have been performed at many venues in New York City. Or has served as the music director for the NY branch of Playing for Change – an organization which raises money through concerts to build music facilities for underprivileged kids worldwide. He is proudly sponsored by Yamaha.

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LISA KRON wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Fun Home and plays including In The Wake, Well, and 2.5 Minute Ride.   As an actor, she appeared most recently in the Foundry Theater’s production of Brecht’s Good Person of Szechuan.  She is a founding member of the collaborative theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers and currently serves as Vice-President of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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