FOR GENOVEVA PRODUCTIONS, L.L.C.
AB FILM PRODUCTIONS,
and SQM PRODUCTIONS
Are partenering to take Love Complexeties Off-Broadway! We had a very successful off-off broaway run end of March/early April at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. And very happy that we received two more reviews , this is a brief synopsis of both plays:
JACKIE & CLARISSE (And the Fall to Grace)
Written and Directed by: Deborah Vines
Based on a true story about an unlikely relationship that develops over the telephone between Clarisse, a middle-aged woman who works at a high-profile talent agency in L.A., and Jackie, an ex-con on parole who works in a minimum wage job taking ticket counts for bands.
A victim of spousal abuse, Clarisse finds respite and self-respect through her relationship with Jackie, who is fighting his own battle to remain “straight” in an unforgiving world.
Written by: S.R. Anzalone
Directed by: Alan Baxter
A diabolical duel ensues after a gay screenwriter propositions
his former straight classmate--with humiliating and tragic results.
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Our indiegogo campaign is being lauched soon, and here are one of our reviews written by Nathan James, at http://gbmnews.com/wp/archives/20607:
Two One-Act Plays Debut In NYC
Rachel Marcus and Gus Ferrari get connected in “Jackie & Clarisse”
By Nathan James
A pair of innovative one-act plays has begun a limited engagement at Manhattan’s Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, featuring emerging actors and playwrights in a fine showcase of new talent. The shows, which run from today until Sunday, April 3, are embarking on their Off-Broadway journey with a vividly psychological theme.
The first play, “Jackie and Clarisse (and the Fall To Grace)”, written and directed by Deborah Vines, stars Gus Ferrari and Rachel Marcus as contrasting office professionals having an East Coast/West Coast interlude conducted entirely by telephone. Ferrari’s edgy, sketchy Jackie is an effective foil to the more reserved, upscale Clarisse, as their conversations span six weeks and emotionally varied issues.
Jackie gets under Clarisse’s skin with his animated, devil-may-care attitude, challenging and provoking Clarisse about her own problems, but also shows a very human side, as when he engages with her over the abusive relationship she endures in her off-the-phone life. Writer Vines effectively makes use of the telephone as a device simultaneously signifying separation and connection, and the acting between Ferrari and Marcus is taut and entertaining.
The light moments carry the drama well, as the pair grow close over the wire, and find the connection they make is more than just electronic. This play is produced by AB Film Productions, Genoveva Productions, and SOM Productions.
The second diversion of the evening is the revealing “Marvin’s Fetish“, a foray into a different side of gay life in New York City, starring De Angelo Justice as Marvin Casper and Mark Parker as John Corelli.
In this piece, written by Sal Anzalone and directed by Alan Baxter, De Angelo’s Marvin explores his “fetish” for married men, and uncovers some surprises, of the intended and unintended variety.
Marvin’s streetwise, sassy character spars with John as each man circles the psychological waters between them, dancing around taboos within taboos, and their own dark secrets.
Justice’s energetic delivery complements Parker’s often defensive attitude, and the places they lead the audience are steeped in the urbane, sometimes nihilistic realities of Gotham’s gay life. Baxter’s expressive staging highlights Anzalone’s unflinching script, which was selected as a finalist in the Tenessee Williams Playwriting Competition.
All showcase performances begin at 8 PM, at the Alchemical Theater Laboratory located at 104 W. 14th Street on the third floor.