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

NEW SONGS NOW

July 25, 7pm: Simone Allen // Helen Park, with conversation facilitated by Natasha Sinha

 Simone Allen

Simone Allen

 Helen Park

Helen Park

Simone Allen is a singer/songwriter, music director/pianist, and arranger. In January 2018, she presented "The Songs of Simone Allen" at 54 Below— she has also performed at venues such as Joe's Pub, Ars Nova, Pianos, Mirror Tea House, Playwrights Horizons, and New York SongSpace. As a New York SongSpace grant recipient, she is currently developing a new musical loosely based on the life of Clara Wieck Schumann. She was a featured songwriter in the NYCLU's 2017 Broadway Stands Up For Freedom concert at the NYU Skirball Center (winner of the "Songs of Freedom" protest song contest). She has collaborated with artists such as Shaina Taub, Mike Brun, Andrea Grody, Leigh Silverman, Ellen Winter, Justin Levine, & Bandits on the Run and accompanied performers such as Aaron Tveit, Stephanie J. Block, Karen Olivo, and Joel Perez. Recent theater credits: The Cher Show (Chicago), The Suffragists (Public Theater lab), Cruel Intentions, Folk Wandering (Pipeline Theatre Company), Moulin Rouge (lab), As You Like It (Public Works), and East o', West o'! (Ars Nova ANT Fest). She music-directed eleven productions with Torn Ticket II at Tufts University (B.A. Music 2017). She is a composer in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. 

Helen Park is a composer and arranger based in New York City. Her music has been described as “perversely addictive” (New York Times) “infectious” (Hollywood Reporter) and “irrepressible” (Theatermania). Helen has received the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, 3 Drama Desk Nominations and the Richard Rodgers Award for her Off-Broadway musical KPOP, which had a critically-acclaimed, sold-out Off-Broadway run last year. Helen’s other work includes Baked Goods (lyrics: Christyn Budzyna /book: Charlie Cohen) which was selected winner for the 2017 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. Currently, Helen is writing songs for a new Animated Feature musical film, Over the Moon, directed by Academy Award Winner Glen Keane and produced by Pearl Studio in collaboration with Netflix, slated for a 2020 global release. Helen’s music has been featured at Ars Nova, The Duplex, NYMF, BMI Smoker, Joe’s Pub, Rockwood Music Hall and 54 Below among others. Helen is an alumnus of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, a member of the Dramatists Guild and a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced). www.Helenparkmusic.com

 Natasha Sinha

Natasha Sinha

Natasha Sinha is a producer and dramaturg, focusing on new plays and new musical work. She is the Associate Director of LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater which exclusively produces premieres (including Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, Dave Malloy's Preludes, War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Martyna Majok's queens, and Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over). Natasha is a co-founder of Beehive Dramaturgy Studio, which works with individual generative artists as well as organizations such as P73, MTF, APAC and NYMF. Prior to joining LCT3, she was the Associate Producer at Barrington Stage Company. Natasha is on the Advisory Boards of Musical Theatre Factory and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She has served as a judge on award committees, taught classes, and curated events focused on inclusivity.

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