2017 TRU Voices: Catharsis
Catharsis, June 12th
by Mayo Simon
Presented by Filmus Inc./Ben Goldstein
Directed by Carl Andress
featuring J.D. Taylor, Keira Keeley, Amy Rutberg, Robert Gregory
15 Vandam St.
NYC, NY 10013
A beautiful Greek island. A tacky hotel. A young married couple at each others throats. It’s kill or be killed in this fantasy of revenge, death and rebirth.
Dollars & Sense panel featuring Jack DePalma, producer (PopNation, The Band Wagon) former Play Development Director at the Old Globe (The Whipping Man, Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House, Leslie Bricusse’s Sammy, The First Wives Club, Robin and the 7 Hoods), former Creative Director for NAMCO (Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, Seussical, Wonderful Town, Sweet Charity); Lawrence D. Poster/Asparagus Entertainment - producer (Rags, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging, Fingers and Toes); Ron Simons, producer (Tony Awards for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Porgy & Bess and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, plus A Streetcar Named Desire; off-Broadway's Turn Me Loos e and Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan); Frank Zuback, producer (Roof of the World, Taking Leave, American Soldier).
is a producer on the immersive theatrical experience, PopNation. He also helped develop The Band Wagon which played City Center in November 2014. He is also creative consultant for four other musicals currently in development. More recently, he was Play Development Director at the Old Globe where he helped plan the Globe's seasons. Among the productions were Matthew Lopez' The Whipping Man, Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House, Leslie Bricusse’s Sammy and the Broadway bound musicals The First Wives Club and Robin and the 7 Hoods. Prior to that, Jack was the Creative Director for the National Arts Management Company where he was involved in the productions of Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, Seussical, Wonderful Town, Sweet Charity and This is Our Youth in addition to helping in the development of musical adaptations of Clueless and The Opposite of Sex. Jack started out in casting and was the casting associate for the feature films Nighthawks, King of Comedy, Author! Author!, Yentl, Once Upon a Time in America and The Last Temptation of Christ.
LAWRENCE D. POSTER
is the Founder, Managing Member and Lead Producer of Asparagus Entertainment, LLC. He has been Associate Producer of 4 Off-Broadway Shows: Forbidden Broadway, Alive and Kicking – on almost everyone’s Top 10 List (2012-13); Forever Dusty (2012-13); Becoming Dr. Ruth (2014); and Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging (2014). He also was lead Producer of Fingers & Toes, developing it in New York and licensing it for 2 Regional Productions (2013, 2014). He is currently assisting Producers with several new plays and Musicals and is Lead Producer of The Harlem Ladies’ Knittin’ and Bitchin’ Society (www.harlemladies.com), now in development. His producing debut began with Rags, the 1986 Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz, Joe Stein musical of immigrants on the Lower East Side, which Mr. Poster hopes one day to return to Broadway. In addition to theater, Lawrence has also pursued a career in Management Consulting, Executive Search and Investment Banking. Lawrence is an Alumnus of numerous CTI courses, including the 14-Week Program, which at the time he attended was 16 weeks. He is or has been a Member of the Off-Broadway Alliance, The Off-Broadway Theatre League and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), and has been a supporter of the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) – Platinum Supporter – 3 years; Playwrights Horizons and Amas Musical Theatre. He is also a veteran Member of the Amateur Comedy Club performing on its stage, most notably as Sergeant Match in What the Butler Saw.
is a four-time Tony Award-winning producer, four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer and actor of stage, film and television. Ron is also the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment - A Film & Theatre production company with a mission to Tell Every Story™. SimonSays tells stories that examine the unheard voices of the American Tapestry. Broadway projects include the 2012 Tony-winning Broadway production of The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess and the all-black Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Additionally, Ron produced the Tony Award winning BEST PLAY and BEST MUSICAL winners Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jitney revival and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. Off-Broadway: Turn Me Loose with Joe Morton, and Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan. His film credits include Night Catches Us which premiered as a Grand Jury Nominee at Sundance and won both the FIPRESCI Award for Best American Feature and the 2010 African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Picture. Blue Caprice (Sundance premier) was sold to Sundance Selects/IFC, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture and nominated for the NAACP Image Awards' Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. Mother of George was a Grand Jury nominee in Sundance's U.S. Dramatic Competition earning Bradford Young an award for Best Cinematography. Mother of George was given the Best World Cinema honor by the African American Film Critics Association. Gun Hill Road premiered at Sundance as a Grand Jury nominee and was the winner of the IMAGEN Award for Best Film. It was released theatrically in the U.S. and abroad.
was the Lead Producer for Moolah, a new comedy by Arje Shaw (The Gathering). Currently he is helping develop three new works: Taking Leave, American Soldier and Roof of the World. Frank has also had the great privilege of working on a number of shows and projects with the late director Tom O’Horgan (Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair). In addition, he has worked on over twenty musicals and was involved for thirty years on the Tony Awards. Also involved in the music and entertainment industry, Frank has worked with luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, conducted the Count Basie Orchestra, and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and consulted on nine Super Bowl half-time shows. Mr. Zuback founded Frank Zuback Productions, which provides a wide range of services in the music and entertainment industry. Website - http://fzpi.com