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Secret Admirers | A Benefit for The Secret City

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Secret Admirers A Benefit for The Secret City

Chris Wells and Bobby Lucy

invite you to

With Very Special Guest, Grammy Award Winner

Rosanne Cash

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
6:30pm -10:00pm

Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street
New York

 

Featuring

Live Art Auction
Silent Auction
The Secret City Singers
The Secret City Band

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

$5,000 Sponsors (tax deduction: $4,700)

  • 4 tickets
    Reception (6:30pm-8:00pm)
    (open bar, hor d’oeuvres, buffet)
  • Seating at the Head table
    Meet and Greet with Rosanne Cash
  • Private on-site tour of silent art auction with Bobby Lucy
  • Name in all social media and program
  • Gift bag
  • CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

 

$2,500 Sponsors (tax deduction: $2,350)

  • 2 tickets
    Reception (6:30pm-8:00pm)
    (open bar, hor d’oeuvres, buffet)
  • Seating at the Head table
    Private on-site tour of silent art auction with Bobby Lucy
  • Name in all social media and program
  • Gift bags
  • CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

$1,000 Sponsors (tax deduction: $850)

  • 2 tickets
    Reception (6:30pm-8:00pm)
    (open bar, hor d’oeuvres, buffet)
  • Private on-site tour of silent art auction with Bobby Lucy
  • Name in program
  • Gift bags
  • CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

TICKETS:

$250 Ticket (tax deduction: $175)

  • Reception (6:30pm-8:00pm)
    (open bar, hor d’oeuvres, buffet)
  • Name in program
  • Gift bags
  • CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

$100 Ticket (tax deduction: $70)

$50 Ticket (tax deduction: $50)

Can’t attend? Please consider donating.

BENEFIT CO-CHAIRS

Joanne Aidala · Heather Klinkhamer

THE SECRET CITY BOARD MEMBERS

Wendy Anderson · Kerry English · Heather Klinkhamer · Robert Lucy · Kristin Marting · Daniel Millner · Victoria Rowan · Leslie Tamaribuchi · Annie Weisman Macomber · Chris Wells

THE SECRET CITY DEACONS

Alexandra Avans · Charlotte Booker · Natasha Brenner · Paula D’Alessandris · David Fino · Tamar Hacker · Ayun Halliday · Deb Kletter · Annie Lawrence

BENEFIT COMMITTEE

Tari Ayala · Anne Bonney · Susan Brecht · Laura Breen · Elias Colombotos · Maritza Gulin · Jon Menaster · Beverley Rouse · Ryan Sheridan · Clayton Dean Smith

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Holly Shelowitz | Food Offering

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For this Sunday’s service – Sunday, April 26th at Dixon Place – the theme is TRUTH AND LIES. it’s not the easiest theme to curate a food around – but never fear, we have our dear friend and food maven from upstate, Holly Shelowitz — nutritionist, chef, teacher and all around healthy living guru — to save the day. We met Holly shortly after moving to Woodstock, she did the food offering for our first Woodstock gathering last summer. I’m delighted she’s going to do the honors this weekend and can’t wait to see (and taste) what she’s come up with.

Here’s her bio:

Holly Shelowitz is a Culinary Nutrition Counselor and Real Food Educator. Since 1999 through her client sessions, cooking classes and educational events, Holly has been inspiring people to eat their greens and get into their kitchens and cook. She leads Workplace Wellness Workshops and is a keynote speaker throughout the tri state area, educating on site in corporations, educational institutions and community organizations. Holly’s newest project is her cooking school, sponsored by Warren Kitchen and Cutlery and Rhinebeck Kitchen and Bath. Check out the schedule of classes and events here. A regular guest on WDST Radio Woodstock’s morning show, Holly has taught nutrition and cooking classes at The Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health In Manhattan, The Bronx Botanical Gardens, and at numerous farmers markets, culinary stores, libraries, colleges and schools. A 2000 graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Professional Training Program in Manhattan, Holly has studied herbal healing with Pam Montgomery, Dina Falconi, Deb Soule, Rosemary Gladstar and Susun Weed.

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David Driver | Featured Performer

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I first heard David Driver sing when we were on a shared bill at Joe’s Pub several years ago. It was a benefit put together by David Clement with a great group of performers – everyone had one song. David sang a song by The Carpenters…was it Superstar? Maybe…which is really a song by Leon Russell, but I digress. For those who don’t know me, The Carpenters are a really big part of my personal history – to hear one of their signature tunes by a fantastic male singer was HEAVEN. Instant fan. I’ve been eager to have him sing for us at The Secret City and this month, it’s happening. This Sunday, April 26th – the theme is TRUTH AND LIES. I can’t wait.

Here’s David’s bio:

DAVID DRIVER has been a fixture on the downtown NYC music scene for more than a decade. As a musician, he’s toured the US, Europe and the Middle East with luminaries like Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Richard Butler, and Roy Nathanson & The Jazz Passengers, and was in the original Broadway cast of the musical RENT. In 2010, under the aegis of The US State Department, he toured Iraq, Turkey and Jordan with fellow musician Mary McBride, performing for both civilians and troops and conducting immersive workshops on American Musical Idioms for teenagers and college students. He’s been featured on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and The Late Show with David Letterman, and has been the voice of commercial brands including Dunkin Donuts, Bridgestone Tires, and USA Network. His recorded work includes ‘Goalie For The Other Team’ (Meow), ‘Night Time’ (Driver Quartet), ‘Fire At Keaton’s Bar & Grill’ (Roy Nathanson & The Jazz Passengers), and ‘Togetherness’ (Phillips&Driver).

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Charleigh Parker | Featured Performer

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I first met Charleigh Parker when we were performing in Boys From Syracuse at Baltimore CenterStage. I was blown away by her talent and charms. She’s going to be part of the cast of our first short play – this Sunday, April 26th at Dixon Place, the theme is TRUTH AND LIES. Christina Anderson is finishing up the script and Charleigh will be part of the fantastic cast we’ve assembled. One of the great perks of my job is getting to invite wonderful artists and performers to take part. Can’t wait to see Charleigh Parker.

Here’s her bio:

Charleigh E. Parker’s career has crossed classical theatre, musical theatre, TV, film, improv, and Stand-Up Comedy. Favorite experiences include working with August Wilson on Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, playing with Philadelphia’s Pig Iron theatre company to experiment on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, and touring Southeast Asia with Lea Salonga in Broadway Asia’s production of “Cinderella”. TV: “Blue Bloods”, “Unforgettable”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “The Good Wife”, “All My Children”, and the upcoming Netflix series, “AKA Jessica Jones”.

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Cathy Richards | Featured Performer

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CATHY RICHARDS For our service this Sunday, April 26th in NYC, the theme is TRUTH AND LIES and playwright Christina Anderson is writing a short play on the theme – the first of our new play initiative featuring The Secret City Players. I’m delighted to announce that Cathy Richards is going to be part of it. Cathy is a good, old-fashioned (altho no traditional by any means) triple threat – dancer, singer, actor. I know her from The Secret City Singers – she’s been singing with us for the past season. This Sunday, along with the rest of our amazing cast, she’ll be showing off her acting chops. So excited to see this – and to witness Cathy’s radiance in another medium.

 

Check out her bio: Cathy Verdicia Richards is a choreographer, dancer, actor, and writer who likes to experiment with numbers and shapes in an emotionally open space. She is co-founder of Movement in C and Artistic Director of CV Projects. Her most recent works include Two Peas in an Odd Pod, H.A.L.T., Satisfaction, and Liquid Candy. She studied at the Deena Levy Theatre Studio. Her choreography has been showcased at Five Myles Gallery, ad hoc Art Gallery, and Salmagundi art Club, Merce Cunningham Studio, Zone Chelsea Gallery, Panetta Movement Center, Bushwick Starr, Chez Bushwick, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Cool New York 2009 and 2007, Chashama’s OASIS 2007, 2006, and 2005 Festival, DUMBO 2007, 2006, and 2005 Festival, BAM Local Development/ Chashama’s 2005 Outside Art Festival, She is a performer with Salma Allam Dance Theater seen in Things My Mother Taught Me: a daughter’s journey, Bamboo Sticks, and Roses on the Floor. She has also performed with Stanley Love Performance Group, RMK Crew, Kelly Shroeder Dance, Magnetic Laboratorium, and Canta Theatre Group.

 

www.cathyrichards.com

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Yvette Ganier | Featured Performer

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Yvette Ganier is going to be part of the cast of powerhouse women who are reading our first short play commission – this Sunday, April 26th at Dixon Place, the theme is TRUTH AND LIES. I met Yvette through New Dramatists, that wonderful temple of new play development and playwright support on W. 44th St. We’ve done a bunch of readings together over the years – the one I remember best was a workshop of a wonderful play by Lisa D’Amour called The Night Sky. Yvette was amazing in that! As she is always. I’m so happy she’s agreed to be a part of the inaugural piece in this new initiative. The Secret City Players!

Here’s her bio:

BIO
Yvette Ganier most recently appeared in NYC at The Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in Pitbulls by Keith Josef Adkins directed by Leah Gardiner. Yvette was also recently seen in the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq at the Wilma Theater. Broadway: The Miracle Worker; King Hedley ll. London: Jitney (National Theatre – 2002 Olivier Award). Off-Broadway: includes Breath Boom (2002 OBIE – Playwrights Horizons) and Jitney (Second Stage). Regional: includes Steppenwolf, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Arden, PTC, Interact, Freedom Theatre, The Goodman (originated Black Mary in Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson), Mark Taper, The Intiman, Seattle Rep, Pittsburgh Public (originated Rena in Jitney by August Wilson), Baltimore Centerstage (US premiere of Elmina’s Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah.) Film/TV: includes Evolution of a Criminal – Darius Monroe, director; Must Be The Music, Charles Dutton – director; Lifetime’s For One Night directed by Ernest Dickerson and ABC’s All My Children. Awards: OBIE, LA Ovations Award, Audelco, NAACP Image Award, The Bowden Award

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Abigail Ramsay | Featured Artist

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ABIGAIL RAMSAY

For this Sunday’s service – April 26th at Dixon Place – the theme is TRUTH AND LIES. And, we’ve got our first short play – an initiative I’ve been wanting to kick off for years. We have so many amazing playwrights and actors in our community – and, now, we’ve finally got a forum for their talents. Christina Anderson is writing a short play on the theme and we’re assembling a wonderful cast and crew to bring it to life. I’m thrilled to announce that Abigail Ramsay has agreed to direct. Abigail was brought to The Secret City by our board member, Kristin Marting, who runs HERE arts space in SOHO. Abigail is a dynamic performer and theater maker and we’re delighted to have her with us.

Here’s her bio:

New York-based actor, director, and theatre administrator committed to engaging audiences with innovative, adventurous, and culturally relevant work. A New York City native, born in London to Jamaican parents, Abigail Ramsay’s artistic perspective is as international as her background. She received a BA in English Literature from Brown University and a three-year professional actor training diploma from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Currently, she is Director of Global Partnerships at Girl Be Heard, a non-profit theatre company that brings global issues affecting girls center stage by empowering young women to tell their stories.

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Christina Anderson | Featured Playwright

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At last. PLAYS come to The Secret City – and I’m so excited! I’ve long wanted to present short plays as part of our events – we’ve presented nearly every other type of art and performance and finally, we’re starting to present theater.Christina Anderson is writing a short play on the theme of TRUTH AND LIES and we’re assembling a wonderful cast and we’ll be presenting it on Sunday, April 26th as part of the service.I first met Christina Anderson years ago at a young playwrights camp in Minnesota. She was 17, I think, and already had buzz about her. She performed a solo piece and blew us all away. Since then, she’s gone on to become a celebrated playwright with productions around the country. I’m so grateful that she’s agreed to kick off this whole new chapter in The Secret City’s development.

Here’s her bio:

Christina Anderson’s plays include pen/man/ship, Good Goods, Man in Love, BlackTop Sky, and Hollow Roots. Her work has appeared at Magic Theatre, CATF, Steppenwolf, Penumbra, Yale Rep, A.C.T.,The Public Theater, Crowded Fire, and other theaters all over the country. Awards and honors include Playwright-in-Residence at Magic Theater (National New Play Network), two PONY nominations, two Susan Smith Blackburn nominations, finalist Laurents Hatcher Award, and finalist Woursell Prize. She’s a resident member of New Dramatists. Commissions: Lincoln Center, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep. American Theatre Magazine selected Anderson as one of fifteen up-and-coming artists “whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come.” She obtained her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama’s Playwriting Program. She teaches playwriting at Purchase College. Anderson was born and raised in Kansas City, KS.

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Carson Elrod | Featured Aritst

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Carson Elrod is going to perform for us! Our next gathering is Sunday, April 26th at Dixon Place, the theme is TRUTH AND LIES. For the reading, I was trying to think of something that spoke to deception…I recalled Hamlet’s speech to the players – where he asks the acting company to use the tools of theater to reveal the truth about the sitaution at home – and uncover the lies at the heart of his family’s discord. I reached out to Carson Elrod, a wonderful actor, (he’s just been nominated for a Lucile Lortel Award for his work in The Heir Apparent) to see if he would read it for us. He wrote back instantly, “I have it memorized and ready to perform.” FANTASTIC!

Join us for TRUTH AND LIES – and Carson and so much more. Can’t wait.

Bio:

CARSON ELROD: BROADWAY: Peter And The Starcatcher, Reckless, Noises Off. LINCOLN CENTER: The Merry Widow (Metropolitan Opera) OFF BROADWAY: Lives Of The Saints, (Primary Stages) The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company, Drama League nom.), The Explorer’s Club (MTC, Lortel Nom), Comic Potential, House/Garden (Manhattan Theatre Club), All In The Timing (Primary Stages), The Tempest, Measure For Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well (NYSF), Cavedweller (NYTW), Oliver Twist (TFNA), Waiting For Godot (NYFringe). REGIONAL: Two River Theatre, Yale Rep, Shakespeare Theatre DC (Battis Award Winner), Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Center Theatre Group, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Shakespeare and Company, Bay Street Theater. TV: Person Of Interest, Deadbeat (Hulu), 30 Rock, Law and Order CI. FILM: The Weekend, Kissing Jessica Stein, Wedding Crashers. Princess Grace Award Recipient. NYTW Usual Suspect. AEA since 2000. BA from KU. MFA from NYU Grad Acting. www.carsonelrod.com

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Olivia Oguma | Featured Artist

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For our next gathering in NYC – Sunday, April 26th at Dixon Place – we’ll be blessed with the charm and talents of Olivia Oguma, who’ll be reading the cultural calendar for us. I first met Olivia several years back at New Dramatists and then we were in a reading of a play for Red Bull Theater – she’s a riot and a triple threat and great shot of energy and I’m so excited she’s coming to be part of The Secret City.

Here’s her bio:

OLIVIA OGUMA is the daughter of a professional ballet dancer and a sushi chef born and raised in NYC. Broadway & National Tour: Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables, Disney’s High School Musical, A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway: BFE (Playwrights Horizons), La Dispute (NAATCO), Luce (Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3), Emotional Creature (Signature) Regional: Snow Falling on Cedars (Portland Centerstage), …Spelling Bee (Paper Mill), Miss Saigon (NCTheater), Skin of Our Teeth (Bristol Riverside), BFE (Long Wharf), Emotional Creature (Berkeley Rep) TV: Ella on Odd Mom Out (a new scripted series premiering June 8th on Bravo), Younger, The Good Wife, The Big C, As the World Turns, All My Children,  Law & Order, The New Electric Company Film: This is Where I Leave You, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Flamingo Rising, Strangers with Candy. Olivia won the CT Critics Circle Award for her performance in BFE at the Long Wharf Theater. Most recently, she won Best Actress for her role in the Short Film “Take Out” in the 72 Hour Film Shoot Out as part of the Asian American Film Festival and her team’s film also placed in the top ten. She currently has two commercials running (NJ LOTTO and Hostels International) and is the voice of “Asian mom” in a current Gerber babies campaign. 
Olivia is also a video editor, bracelet designer and champion decoupager!

 

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