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

NEW SONGS NOW

JUNE 12, 8pm: Michelle Rodriguez // Lila Blue, with conversation facilitated by Leigh Silverman

 
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Michelle Rodriguez is a singer, songwriter and musical theater composer, currently at work on a new musical commissioned by The Public Theater. She has captivated audiences at Joe's Pub (NYC), the Hideout (Chicago), and Steppenwolf (Chicago) with her stunning vulnerability onstage. Beloved by NPR’s All Songs Considered team, Michelle became a finalist for NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk Contest with her band MICHA’s song “Nena Nena Nena.” Michelle made her Steppenwolf début in La Havana Madrid and starred in her original bluegrass/folk musical, East o', West o'! at ANTFest at Ars Nova, which earned her a mention in The New Yorker. In 2018, Michelle’s work in theater and music is being supported by residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm, New York Theater Workshop, and the University of Chicago. Other musicals include Rokera, Bibliophile, Betty White: The Musical!, JIRAN, and So Far Cecile. BA: Williams College.

LILA BLUE is a singer-songwriter from New York who moved to San Francisco in 2011. At 19 years old, she has proven herself an accomplished recording artist, theatrical composer, and multi-instrumentalist. She has released two full- length albums (Lucille and The Hollows Hold the Healing), an EP (Have a Look), and recently completed an LP for release in the fall. Her song "Kill All the Witnesses" was featured in the Lifetime movie Story of a Girl. Blue has played at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, opened for The Bacon Brothers, and worked with Noche Flamenca, and the Joe Goode Performance Group. This past summer, a full-length score for The Cherry Orchard (written by Blue and Phillip Roebuck) was performed in New York with the Lake Lucille Chekhov Project.

 
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LEIGH SILVERMAN (Director). BROADWAY: LIFESPAN OF A FACT; VIOLET; CHINGLISH; WELL. Recent: HURRICANE DIANE (NYTW); WILD GOOSE DREAMS (PUBLIC); SOFT POWER (AHMANSON/CURAN); HARRY CLARKE (VINEYARD/MINETTA LANE); SWEET CHARITY (NEW GROUP); ON THE EXHALE (ROUNDABOUT); THE OUTER SPACE (PUBLIC); NO PLACE TO GO (PUBLIC).

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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