vieux carre mud lab

Mud's second lab will be Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carre.

Open Lab Performance Show Dates & Times.
Nine Actors Lab Showings of Vieux Carre:

Saturday August 24 @ 8 pm first open lab performance 
Sunday August 25 @ 7 pm

Monday August 26 @ 8:30 pm
Wednesday August 28 @ 2 pm (afternoon)

Friday August 30 @ 8 pm
Saturday August 31 @ 8 pm
Sunday September 1 @ 7 pm
Monday September 2 @ 8:30 pm


Richarda Abrams as Nursie
Janice Bishop as Mary Maude
Charles Black as the Writer
Pasquale Carlucci as Pickup / Cop
Neil Crisci as Cop
Jen Danby as Jane
Ginger Grace as Mrs. Wire
Andre Herzegovitch as Photographer
Annette Hunt as Miss Carrie
Andy McCutcheon as Tey
Austin Pendleton as Nightingale
Dean Thomas as Skye

Production Assistant/Assistant to Director: Rafi Lewis
Assistant: Maria Kot
Production Manager: Lisa Raymond
Costume Eyes: David B. Thompson
Technical Director: Siobhan Weiss
Music For Mud Lab: Judd Danby

The Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development
330 West 38th Street, Room 805, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

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Standby will be first come, first serve if you just show up.
Limited seating for this special actor lab chance to see Mud in Action.

More on the cast...

Richarda RICHARDA ABRAMS (Nursie) Actress/Singer/ Playwright/Educator Education: B.F.A. in Acting (NYU, Tisch School of the Arts), M.A. in Educational Theatre (NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development) Memberships: AEA, SAG/AFTRA, Actors Studio, League of Professional Theatre Women, and New York Women in Film and Television. Performances include: Acting Co., Cherry Lane, Crossroads, La MaMa, Multi Stages, New York Theater Workshop, Public Theater, 2nd Stage, ABC, CBS, LIFETIME, SHOWTIME and SESAME STREET. Richarda has also written a one woman show FIRST BY FAITH: THE LIFE OF MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE. More info Here
Janice JANICE BISHOP (Mary Maude) has appeared in productions of THE HEIRESS , Picasso's DESIRE CAUGHT BY THE TAIL, Kenneth Koch's 1000 AVANT-GARDE PLAYS, KLUB KA, THE BLUES LEGEND, S. Heaney's THE BURIAL OF THEBES, Caryl Churchill's THE HEART'S DESIRE, Sara Rhul's DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE, Larry Myers' JACK KEROUAC: CATHOLIC, WOMEN OF THE BEAT GEN- ERATION: MEMO FROM ALLEN GINDBERG, and EVACUATIONS, Harold Pinter's PARTY TIME, and Alec Harrington's WAR OF ROSES at HB Studios. Recent films include for Arcadia Films A PARABLE, SAINTS SPEAK, and SAINTS ALIVE.
Charles CHARLES BLACK (The Writer) Has trained with Anne Jackson, Mary Anthony, Arthur French, and Austin Pendleton in New York. He is an actor and dancer. His stage credits include: BIRMINGHAM REUNION by George Joshua with OneHeart, BURY THE DEAD at HB Playwrights Theatre (director Geoffrey Owens), and with Mississippi Mud Productions: LUST, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and the recent reprise of STREETCAR in Mississippi Mud's summer Mud Lab, and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF in the role of Tooker, with a new production with Mud this coming fall, all under Mr. Pendleton's direction. Mr. Black has served as Assistant Director for both LUST and SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER with Mississippi Mud, both directed by Austin Pendleton and with fight choreography by Diego Villada. Television and film roles include, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN, GUIDING LIGHT, THE LAW & ORDERS, 30 ROCK, THE DEPARTED, ACROSS THE SEA OF TIME, JUST MY LUCK, STONEWALL and many others
Christina PASQUALE CARLUCCI (Pickup / Cop) Proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.Past NY and regional credits include productions A CHRISTMAS CAROL as Young Scrooge, PIRATES OF PENZANCE as Samuel, PAJAMA GAME as Prez, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR as Annas. He has worked at various theaters including The Egg Center, Albany, NY, Queens Theater in the Park, Papermill Playhouse, Northshore Music Theater and Westport Playhouse. Movie and TV credits include SEX AND THE CITY, ADJUSTMENT BUREAU and HOLLYWOOD ENDING with Woody Allen. Training includes working with AustIn Pendleton, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jacki Presti, Brad Garside, Andy Gale and Edward Morehouse. Very honored to be a part of Mississippi Mud's production of VIEUX CARRE. This ones for D.
Neil NEIL CRISCI (Judge) made his Mud debut in Mud Lab's A Streetcar Named Desire as Pablo Gonzalez. Some of his favorite explorations in class with Miss Anne Jackson were on Tennessee's work. As a veteran he has a special affinity for this character. Much thanks to Jen and Austin for providing this chance to make art sing. Eternal love and gratitude to my wife Tina.
Jen Danby JEN DANBY (Jane) Founder, Artistic Director and Company Head of Mississippi Mud. With Mud: Blanche DuBois opposite Toshiji Takeshima as Stanley Kowalski in in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (dir. Brian Lady & Austin Pendleton), Vivien Leigh in the first New York off-Broadway revival of ORSON'S SHADOW by Austin Pendleton, opposite Andy McCutcheon as Larry Olivier (dir. Lauren Reinhard), VIVIEN LEIGH: THE LAST PRESS CONFERENCE in Key West and New York, Catharine Holly in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (with Austin Pendleton), Helena in LUST, and Maggie in Mud Lab CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, with a production coming of CAT this fall in Mud, all under Mr. Pendleton's direction. She recently reprised the role of Blanche in STREETCAR, again opposite Toshiji Takeshima (Pan Asian Repetory's DOJOJI), this summer in Mud Actors Lab directed by Austin Pendleton. Select theatre: HEDDA GABLER, VALPARAISO, THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH (dir. Amy Wright at HB Studio), and Maggie Brunswick in the world premiere of BIRMINGHAM REUNION with OneHeart. Film/TV/New Media credits include RUN #3, TRUE HOLLYWOOD SITTER, ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, LOVE MONKEY, and PAULA and BAD PICTURES "DAILIES" with The Wooster Group. Ken Park Talent 212.566.8672 AEA, SAG-AFTRA
Rosie GINGER GRACE (Mrs. Wire) Recent work includes DOUBT (West Shore Community College, MI), THE FAVOR (American Globe Theatre Festival Finalist) and the Indie film SHEER. THE FIRST LADIES COALITION, written and performed by Ms. Grace under the direction of Austin Pendleton, will be coming back this October at the Prospect Street Theatre, New Jersey. She toured nationally opposite Rich Little in THE PRESIDENTS, playing all the First Ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Hillary Clinton, and her production of THE BELLE OF AMHERST has been performing around the country since 2002. She has worked in New York with Classic Stage Company/CSC Rep, the Pearl, Mother of Invention Theatre, York Shakespeare Company, Chain Lightning Theatre and Queens Theatre in the Park. Regionally she has worked at Penobscot Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Greenwoods Theatre, Woodstock Shakespeare Festival, Queen City Stage, East Lynne Company and Byrdcliff Theatre. Independent films include THE TROUBLE WITH TUESDAYS, WISH YOU WERE HERE, and IT'S ALL RELATIVE. Ginger will be in Mississippi Mud's VIEUX CARRE this summer and returns as Big Mama for the fall production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, Women Stage the World, and Playwright's Gallery.
Janelle ANDRE HERZEGOVITCH (Photographer) Recently portrayed Andrei in THREE SISTERS in Chekhov Scene Night with Austin Pendleton and Mississippi Mud Productions NYC, and Gary Gauger in THE EXONERATED at Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack: THE WAY OF THE WORLD and THE SEAGULL with World’s End Theatre; TARTUFFE and 3PENNY OPERA, at The Depot Theater. First Soldier in Irwin Shaw’s BURY THE DEAD with HB Ensemble directed by Geoffrey Owens. Television: BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Andre has directed staged readings of Jules Feifer’s LITTLE MURDERS and Harold Pinter’s BETRAYAL for World’s End Theater.

ANNETTE HUNT (Miss Carrie) Appeared Off Broadway in IVANOV, HILLBILLY WOMEN, MY SWEETHEART's the man in the moon. THE YEAR OF THE BABY, SHOPPERS CARRIED BY ESCALATORS INTO THE FLAMES, MACBETH, Dona Rosita in DONA ROSITA WHILE SHE WAITS, THE SEAGULL Standby for Rosemary Harris at the Public Theatre and Eve Ensler's LEMONADE.

Regionally she played in THE CRUCIBLE (Hartford Stage) THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEEANE (Nevada Conservatory theatre) A DELICATE BALANCE (Delaware Theatre Co.), DIVIDING THE ESTATE (McCarter Theatre), WATCH ON THE RHINE (American Stage ) CAMILLE at Bard Summerscape THE GOOD WOMAN OF SETUAN [University of Denver] directed by Gerth Weyman of the Berliner Ensemble. ME AND MY GIRL opposite George S Irving for Musicals Tonight LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Montclair Theatre Festival, TRIBUTE opposite Van Johnson Westport Country Playhouse.

She appeared in a pre-Broadway workshop of JOE FEARLESS. A Pre - Broadway try out opposite Jean Stapleton of BUTTERFLY DAYS (Based on the works of Dorothy Parker).

TELEVISION She can currently be seen on 30ROCK Was on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (Comedy Sketches). AFTER PARTY, THE BEAT, On radio she played the lead in the NBC Special, THE JEWELRY SHOP written by the late Pope John Paul II. She was hired by Colgate Palmolive to play "Harriet" for all Ajax Cleanser advertising. Daytime Drama (Recurring roles) ALL MY CHILDREN, AS THE WORLD Turns, Guiding Light, One Life to live.


CONCERTS She sings semi classical and classical music in concert and is revamping a cabaret show THE GRACEMOORE SONGBOOK.
B ANDY MCCUTCHEON (Tye) Andy has acted everywhere from Edinburgh, Scotland to Kawaguchi, Japan. He played Larry in Mississippi Mud's production of ORSON'S SHADOW (Lauren Reinhard, director). Other New York credits include Basov in SUMMERFOLK (Austin Pendleton director), Bubber Reeves in THE CHASE (Rochelle Oliver director), Tesman in HEDDA GABLER (Amy Wright director), The Master in THE MASTER AND MARGARITA (Aleksey Burago director), and Tom in BOY'S PLAY (Diane Kamp director). Regional: ACT Seattle, Ahmanson at the Doolittle, Alaska Rep, Birmingham Theatre (Detroit), and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Maureen Mooney AUSTIN PENDLETON (Nightingale / VIEUX CARRE Lab Director) has just directed A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE for the Mud Lab. This past June he directed THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT for Mississippi Mud Productions. He recently directed THE BIRTHDAY PARTY at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he has acted and directed, as a member of the Ensemble, for many years. In New York, he has directed several Mississippi Mud productions, including SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (in which he also appeared), CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (in Mud Lab and to be mounted in a NYC run with Mud this fall), and is now preparing for Mud Actors Lab work this summer of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and VIEUX CARRE. He has directed three Chekhov productions at Classic Stage Company: UNCLE VANYA, THREE SISTERS (for which he won an Obie), and IVANOV, featuring, between them, such actors as Maggie Gylenhall, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ethan Hawke. He has acted in many movies and in recurring roles on such TV series as HOMICIDE and OZ, as well as on Broadway in, most recently, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK,with Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin, in a script revised by Wendy Kesselman, in whose musical, THE BLACK MONK, he played the title role. He has written three plays: ORSON'S SHADOW, produced at Mud after it's off-Broadway run which lasted the year of 2005, at the Barrow St. Theatre, directed by David Cromer; UNCLE BOB, which has been produced in NY, around the country and internationally; and BOOTH, which starred Frank Langella in its productions in New York, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven; as well as the libretto for A MINISTER'S WIFE, music by Josh Schmidt and lyrics by Jan Tranen, commissioned and produced by Chicago's Writers' Theatre in 2009, and at Lincoln Center in 2011. All these works have been published. He directed Elizabeth Taylor on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's THE LITTLE FOXES. His most recent directing in New York is THE LAST WILL (in which he also appeared), by Robert Brustein, at the Abingdon Theatre. He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York.
Jo Anne Sellers DEAN THOMAS (Sky) Dean just made his Mud debut as the Young Man in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in the Mud Lab. Originally from Florida, Dean moved to NYC in February of 2012 to pursue acting and to develop as an artist. When he was 11 years old he did a one act on stage impersonating his grandmother for ten minutes. He had so much fun that he didn't think he could do that for a living. He always thought you had to do something you didn't necessarily like. Then when he was 18 he fell back into it and now has a great passion for the theater. When he moved here he Studied at Stella Adler for 4 months and then started to take classes with Austin Pendelton at HB.
David DAVID B. THOMPSON (Costume Eyes) holds an MFA in Costume Design & Technology from Virginia Tech. Selected costume designs, include the White Horse Theater Co.'s SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS, IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, and workshop production of HALF, the Lookingglass - productions of MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, as well as the Gallery Players AS YOU LIKE IT. After "running away to join the circus" as Wardrobe Manager for a two year North American tour of Cirque Dreams Illumination, a European-style circus, David returned to NYC to play with a different circus as a wardrobe dresser on Broadway's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT at the Palace Theatre. After which, the Circus beckoned again, this time it was Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy for six weeks in Cancun, Mexico. Immediately following was 4 months as George Hamilton's dresser/personal assistant on the 1st National tour of La Cage aux Folles. He can currenty be found dressing Terrence Mann in the Tony nominated revival of PIPPIN. Costume Coordinator for Mississippi Mud's SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE & CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Looking forward to playing in the Mud with this exciting group of people!!
Siobhan SIOBHAN WEISS (Technical Director/Lighting) Siobhan Weiss' love for plays and live theater started at nine when shesaw her first play (Harvey w/Jimmy Stewart and Helen Hayes on Broadway). Reading plays became a favorite pastime, which led to a focus on drama criticism and theater history, theory, directing. (acting came much later). Upon moving to NYC after college, she attended the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, feeling that as a director she needed to have a better understanding of acting. Living on the Lower East Side in the eighties presented many opportunities to work with experimental theater and performance art in a writer/director capacity. The focus was generally on political and social themes with mixed media, often in non traditional performance venues (everything form vacant lots and rooftops to bars, the Bethesda Fountain...) Filling in as a Stage Manager from time to time .She gained some experience in working lighting and sound boards, etc. This led to being a technical director in most of the cabaret rooms in NY between 1994 - 2005 . In 2004 she began studying Acting at The Matthew Corazine Studio and later with Austin Pendleton at HB Studio. She is thrilled to be working with Jen Danby and Mississippi Mud Productions.
Judd JUDD DANBY (Music Man) Danby holds degrees from Rutgers University (B. Mus. in Jazz Performance) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M. Mus. and A.Mus.D. in composition-theory). He studied jazz performance with Kenny Barron, Ted Dunbar, William Fielder, John Garvey, Ranny Reeve, and Sahib Shihab, jazz arranging with Mark Kirk, and composition and electroacoustic music with Thomas Fredrickson, John Melby, Scott Wyatt, and Paul Martin Zonn. At the Atlantic Center for the Arts he studied with Milton Babbitt and Donald Martino. His doctoral dissertation comprised a large work for orchestra (Regions) and a monograph on array and superarray structure and projection in Milton Babbitt's orchestral music.

About the Mud Lab: The Mud Lab is a developmental space for actors to work on craft as ensemble with key plays and as a company. For four weeks this summer, Mud will be in residence at the Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development in midtown Manhattan to explore Streetcar Named Desire and Vieux Carre under the guiding eye of Broadway director and master teacher and actor Austin Pendleton, working with a fine and curious tribe of actors. The work is in essence a gym space for actors' muscles and for ensemble, and so we want to open our process up to artistic friends, associates, and family for performances as the final part of our exploration. Acting is storytelling, after all. Our sharing of the work will be followed by a talk back with the cast and team. Our desire is in the fluxus of process to dive deeply and freely.

We will share Mud lab runs at the Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development at 330 West 38th Street, Room 805, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Mud followers on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are welcome.

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