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MAY 2013 NEWS
May 5th, 1pm: My play DOUBLE SUICIDE AT UENO PARK!!! at Youngblood’s History Brunch at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, directed by John Giampietro starring Bobby Foley, Natalie Kim, Satomi Blair, Jo Mei, Allison Buck and Cleo Grey.
Tickets Will Be Available Soon at http://ensemblestudiotheatre.org/
Get them fast- these sell out very quickly!!!
410 West 42nd Street
(between 9th and 10th Aves.)
-I was invited to be a Playwright In Residence with the 4th Annual New Group/Urban Arts Life Stories Youth Ensemble. The final product will be presented at the Acorn Theatre on Theater Row in May. Stay tuned for tickets and information!
-FOOD PLAY NYC’S Indiegogo Campaign is a go! We’re trying to raise $10,000 by March 6th! Help us reach our goal by visiting http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/330449
- My essay, Analyze My Face will be a part of the Japanese American National Museum/Discover Nikkei’s exhibition, ”Visible and Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History” from April 6-August 30, 2013.
March 3rd, 2013:
My short play DUCK SEX, directed by John Giampedro will be performed at the Alfred P Sloan Foundation/Ensemble Studio Theatre’s ‘EINSTEIN ON THE BRUNCH’ at 1p.m. Tickets are $18, and includes four other plays about science and a brunch/cocktail buffet. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9757605
March 9th, 2013
A workshop performance of my play Diversity Awareness Picnic will be presented at The Flea Theater (20 Thomas Street space) on March 9th. The exact time is TBA, but it will take place in the afternoon. Please contact me if you’d like to attend the closed presentation. Leahnana@gmail.com. Admission is free.
March 11th, 2013
I will be presenting a short piece NAGORIYUKI at Little Theatre @ Dixon Place. Directed by Matt Dickson, sound and video by Chase Voorhees and performed by Eli Gelb, Jared Maguire and Allison Buck. Tickets available here.
February 9 and 10th. 2013
I will have a monologue in Caps Locks Theater’s PUSSYFEST REDUX! Details below
Lindsey Austen. Virginia Baeta. Dana Berger. Becca Blackwell. Becky Byers. Hanna Cheek. Louiza Collins. Leah Dietrich. Susan Ferrara. Kim Gainer. Zoe Geltman. Ana Grosse. Lauren Hennessy. Homa Hynes. Sarah E. Jacobs. Sheila Joon. Yeauxlanda Kay. Jocelyn Kuritsky. Catherine LeFrere. Sarah Lemp. Parker Leventer. Joey Liao. Sevrin Anne Mason. Sarah Matteucci. Allyson Morgan. Romy Nordlinger. Diana Oh. Briana Packen. Laura Ramadei. Stacey Raymond. Emily Rupp. Elizabeth Seldin. Sarah Shaefer. Chet Siegel. Samantha Soule. Diana Stahl. Alexis Thomason. Sarah Todes. Anna Van Valin. Kristen Vaughan. Miranda Wilson. .
Rob Askins. Micheline Auger. Kari Bentley-Quinn. Emily Bohannon. J. Stephen Brantley. Zack Calhoon. Ruben Carbajal. Nat Cassidy. J. Julian Christopher. Alexis Clements. James Comtois. Josh Conkel. Cecilia Copeland. Fernanda Coppel. Kim Davies. Libby Emmons. Susan Ferrara. Cynthia Flowers. Zoe Geltman. Lucy Gillespie. Yeauxlanda Kay. Jenny Lane. David Lawson. Brandon Marianne Lee. Judith Leora. Mariah MacCarthy. Maya Macdonald. Daniel McCoy. Nicole Pandolfo. Marisel Polanco. Mac Rogers. Christine J. Schmidt. August Schulenberg. Louise Schwarz. Elizabeth Seldin. Sarah Shaefer. Diana Stahl. Tatiana Suarez-Pico. Daniel Talbott. Jona Tarlin. Leah Nanako Winkler.
Heather Cohn. Nic Grelli. Sherri Kronfeld. Kyle Metzger. Christina Roussos. Leta Tremblay. Nicole Watson. Jordana Williams.
Music and Ukeladies courtesy of:
Diana Oh. Emily Rupp. Reema Zaman. Jody Christopherson and the Vagina Choir.
260 West 36th Street, 3rd floor.
February 9 & 10, 8pm
Thursday-Saturday Jan 24-27, 2013-
My play DUNGEON DIARIES will be a part of #serials at The Flea Theater. Starring it also stars Akyiaa Wilson, Bobby Foley, Vicki Rodriguez, Brett Hunter, and Peregrine Heard directed by the awesome Will Taylor (Choreographer of Restoration Comedy!) Hurry and reserve your seat NOW by e-mailing email@example.com, they’re going fast!!
Check out Write-ups about my manifesto and the program itself at Prelude NYC on Culturebot and Contemporary Performance
Breath and Manifestos by Jessica Applebaum
Prelude 12: The Manifesto Recap by Eric Shethar
Write up on Contemporary Performance
November 1-30 Indianapolis premiere of Death For Sydney Black presented by No Exit Theater.
Read about it on Nuvo
November 11, 13, 16: NYC Workshop of Death For Sydney Black at Terra Nova Collective/IRT Theatre dir. Kip Fagan.
The play will be part of Terra Nova Collective’s GROUNDWORKS initiative to showcase the new play development projects and expose this work to artistic leaders, industry professionals and the general public. terraNOVA is thrilled to have cultivated relationships with 4 talented playwrights and to continue in the development of their wonderful plays. This October, November and December, as part of our residency at IRT Theater, we will develop and present the work of playwrights including
J. Julian Christopher, Jennifer Lane, Leah Nanako Winkler and Lucy Gillespie.
All public performances will take place at IRT Theater, 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington.
Tickets on the door at IRT Theater – suggested donation $10.
November 28, 29th: Reading/Workshop of Dead People (cowritten with Teddy Nicholas) at Long Island University Reading Series (time and exact location coming soon)
October 3rd at 6:30 pm Presenting at Manifesto at Prelude NYC
Read about it on:
Wed 10/10 @ 7pm, Fri 10/12 @ 8:30pm, Sat 10/13 @ 8pm
My short play WHY ME directed by Ben Kamine, with Laura Ramadei & Jonathan Randell Silver† will be part of YOUNGBLOOD’S ASKING FOR TROUBLE at The Ensemble Studio Theatre
Buy tickets here $12
Sat. 10/13 from 5pm-7pm a benefit for The Food Play, a project I’ve been working on collaboratively with on with Nastaran Ahmadi, Dorit Avganim, Ben Beckley, Nick Choksi, Joby Earle, Amanda Feldman, Lauren Feldman, Lanna Joffrey, Eric Miller, Lauren Rayner, Rachel Rusch, Josh Sauerman, Charise Castro Smith, Leah Nanako Winkler, Elvy Yost, Jehan O. Young, and director Pirronne Yousefzadeh (who has been developing this enormous project for the past two years!) Please join us for food, beverages, and a raffle. Plus, you’ll have a chance to learn about our show and process, and hear some of The Food Play‘s original music, written by Nick Choksi and Elvy Yost! You can buy your tickets at http://foodplaypotluck.brownpapertickets.com (only $10 if you bring a dish) and you can also join our event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/361673697242115/?fref=ts For more, visit www.foodplaynyc.com
-September 17 @8pm Reading of my play DIVERSITY AWARENESS PICNIC at The Bushwick Starr. Full info and directions here
-Chosen as a Semi-finalist for the 2012-2013 Page 73 Fellowship
Read About It on Stage Directions
-Finalist for the Doric Wilson Emerging Playwright Award
Nominee for the Doric Wilson Emerging Playwright Award
New Ohio Theatre presents
ICE FACTORY 2012
JULY 4 – 7
FLYING SNAKES IN 3D
Produced by Everywhere Theatre Group
Written & Directed by Leah Nanako Winkler & Teddy Nicholas
Video/Sound Design by Chase Voorhees
Flying Snakes in 3-D is an epic fusion of sci-fi parody, the avant-garde, and brutally autobiographical elements, in which a young and broke theater company challenge themselves to the ultimate task in order to pack the houses: to successfully make a play that is better suited for film. What they come up with is “Flying Snakes in 3-D,”where mutant killer snakes are accidentally released from CIA-enlisted scientific headquarters under the setting of earth under attack, and violent, bloody chaos ensues. Will The Heroes be able to defeat the snakes? Will the theatre company be able to make their play succeed in the face of overwhelming financial, technical and emotional obstacles? Packed with dance, cheap special effects, and absolutely stunning video design, this tongue-in-cheek parody wildly entertains while daring to ask the question: If theater is a dying art, why are we still making it?
-Mon 6/4 @ 9 pm
A reading of my new play, DIVERSITY AWARENESS PICNIC at The Ensemble Studio Theater as part of Youngblood’s BLOODWORKS. Information and reservations TBA.
- MAY 7TH at BAR 82
A reading of a piece I wrote for Joseph Fink/ Commonplace Books project: What It Means To Be a Grown-Up: The Complete and Definitive Answer, in which writers, artists, and comedians from across the country respond to the question “What does it mean to be a grown-up?”.
There will be readings and performances from contributors. Also beer and talking with other people and interactive things that you can interact with. Come join with us in celebrating being a grown-up. You know, whatever that means.
-MAY 15TH @ The CHERRY LANE THEATER
I’ll have a play as part of Asian and… an evening of scenes and readings that will take place at the Cherry Lane Theater on May 15th. Here is a little bit more info about Asian And…:
MONDAY 4/9 @ 7PM
THE ROOM @ NEW GEORGES
RSVP @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Death For Sydney Black is a play that deconstructs destructive female stereotypes through appropriation and release. Borrowing from contemporary tropes such as ”teen comedy” as well as classical fairy tale narratives, the play highlights the untenable standards girls are subjected to daily while encouraging uncensored, brutal insights about womanhood. The play centers on Nancy, a young girl newly arrived from a magical forest, Jen, her token minority sidekick and and Sydney Black, the evil queen of the high school
that must be brought down. We also meet three cheerleaders who are starving, beautiful and desperate, and the charming jock, Brad (played by the actress who plays Sydney Black). As Jen speaks, sings and raps various versions of a familiar story where the unpopular girl becomes popular, as harsh realities are remembered and roles are reversed, the girls realize they’ve been stuck in the same narrative since the dawn of fairytales through “chickflicks” in 2012 and beyond.
Nancy Upton ( as featured on the The Today Show, Huffington Post, Jezebel), comedian Jen Kwok(NBC’s Standup for Diversity, “Eat, Pray, Love”), Lindsay Mack ( FLYING SNAKES IN 3-D!!!) along with the amazingly awesome Lillian Rodriguez, Susannah Jones and Emily Kratter as The Three Cheerleaders!!!!
Directed by Kip Fagan and Leah Nanako, support by New Georges and Kara Lynn Vaeni
Are you a producer? Industry? Email me at Leahnana@gmail.com and I will reserve you a seat!
MAKE SURE YOU RSVP TO ME IF YOU WANT A GUARANTEED SEAT!
Wine and snack reception to follow!
THE ROOM @ New Georges
520 8th Avenue, New York, New York 3rd Floor
Monday, 4/9/12 at 7 pm
-APRIL 1st: My play, ARCH NEMISIS will be a part of Ensemble Studio Theater’s April Fools Brunch!
FEB 5TH: I will be a participating playwright in PIPER McKENZIE’s DAINTY CADAVER
More info at http://www.pipermckenzie.com/
FEB 24th: Sydney Black table read at New Georges- directed by Kara Lynn Vaeni
January 18 – 28, 2012
Created collaboratively by Everywhere Theatre Group
Stage Direction: Leah Nanako Winkler
Co-Direction and Choreography: Lindsay Mack
Sound and Video Design/Direction: Chase Voorhees
Lighting and Scenic Design: Barbara Elderidge, Matt Taylor
Text: Leah Nanako Winkler and Teddy Nicholas
Stage Management: Raffaela Vergata
Featuring: Kim Gainer*, Lindsay Mack, Cory Hibbs, Jen Kwok, Peter Mills-Weiss, T Ramon Campbell, Chris Tyler, Eevin Hartsough*, Heather Lee Rogers, Molly Gray, Brett Hunter, David Weinheimer, Tim Platt and Tricia Cramer
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
- FOURTH IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND ON JAN 7TH & 8TH AT 11:30
Arranged by Tommy Smith
Featuring text from the actual drug journals of prominent authors, musicians and philosophers who never intended to have their journals published. A music-heavy text mashup, FORTH is a hallucinatory sound play exploration of the opiatic state as experienced by geniuses.
Directed by Meiyin Wang
Additional text by Leah Winkler
January 7th & 8th @ 11:30 pm
$15 / $10 for students or unemployed (online code: BROKEASS)
55 33rd St., 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232
D, N, R to 36th St.
Rehearsals for FLYING SNAKES IN 3D!!! coming to The Brick Theater Jan 18-28th, 2012.
-November 10-November 27th DEATH FOR SYDNEY BLACK will be produced by Thinking Cap Theater at the Empire Stage in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Starring Shira Abergel, Axy Carrion-Bannon, Nicole Stodard, Sarah Siegel, & Natasha Waisfeld. Purchase tickets online at http://thinkingcaptheatre.com Cash only at door.
November 16-8 p.m- FLYING SNAKES IN 3D! will be perform as part of Ars Nova Ant Fest. Get your tickets hereFlying Snakes in 3D part of ANT Fest at ARS NOVA $10 GET YOUR TICKETS NOW , as we are anticipating selling out! Nov. 9-12: Some text I wrote will be a part of Tommy Smith’s FOURTH in a huge Sunset Park warehouse, the home of the production company Magic Future Box (http://www.magicfuturebox.com/).
Check out their site for details.
A radio documentary.
with text by Walker Benjamin, Jean Cocteau, Kurt Cobain & Leah Winkler
and songs by Cat Power, R. Kelly and Nine Inch Nails.
arranged by Tommy Smith
__ _ __ ___ _ ___ __ SHORT PLAYS ___ __ _ _ ___ ___ For the Love of Brandon by BEN ROSENTHAL
Directed by Chris Sullivan Henley by BRIAN OTANO
Directed by Eva Schelbaum I Don’t Want to Read Your Blog written and directed LEAH NANAKO WINKLER
____ ______ ______ ___ __ _ ___ with _______ __ ______ __ _ _ _ ___ __
SLOW ANIMAL –> http://slowanimal.bandcamp.com/
HEAVEN’S GATE –> http://heavensgate.bandcamp.com/
PERFECT TEETH –> http://tinyurl.com/44alo8g
($7 /// doorzat eight, soundzat nine)
PONY SHOW Presents w/ SSG
- Come see ASKING FOR TROUBLE is EST/Youngblood’s annual speed-theater freakout.
Last week 25 Youngblood Playwrights drew a director, a cast and a song from a hat, and then had one week to write a script for that director and cast. Inspired by (and utilizing) that song. Rehearsing now are 95 actors & 25 directors who will bring you some of the freshest plays you’ll see this year!
ASKING FOR TROUBLE will be performed in four series. I am in Series D.
A single Series ticket is $12
2 Series for $20
3 Series for $30
4 Series for $36
SERIES D (performs Thu 10/6 @ 9pm, Sat 10/8 @ 3pm & 11pm)
Writers: Rachel Bonds, Ryan Dowler, Mary Hamilton, Anna Moench, Michael Walek & Leah Nanako Winkler. Directors: Knud Adams, Jeremy Bloom, Shoshona Currier, John Giampietro*, Colette Robert & Allie Woods. Actors: Anna Aronson, Pepper Binkley+, Eddie Boroevich*+, Dave Brown, Lucia Brizzi, Molly Carden, Frank deJulio, Darcy Fowler, Sam Gilroy, Tiffany Greene+, Grant Harrison, Lou Liberatore*+, Irene Longshore+, Erin Mallon+, Jo Mei, Eugene Oh, Jay Patterson*+, Gio Perez+, Erin Roberts+, Diana Ruppe*+, Ean Sheehy+, & Jonathan Randell Silver+
*denotes EST Member
+ denotes Equity Member
Leah will begin rehearsal for FLYING SNAKES IN 3D!
Accepted as a member of Youngblood, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s collective of emerging professional playwrights under the age of 30.
*Leah was selected as a semi-finalist for the P73 Fellowship*
*FLYING SNAKES IN 3D* , Everywhere Theatre Group’s latest show, was selected for ANT FEST at Ars Nova*
August 23-27: Leah will be continuing collaboration as a writer on The Food Project lead by Pirrone Yousefzadeh and Lauren Feldman, on a fellowship at the The Space at Ryder Farm. She is also….
* continuing text work on DEAD PEOPLE with Everywhere Theatre Group- which had a sold-out run at Ice Factory! Thanks guys! *
JUNE and JULY 2011
-Selected as a semi-finalist for 2012 Princess Grace Award in playwrighting, for DEATH FOR SYDNEY BLACK
Writing text, co -directing and collaboratively creating a full length version of DEAD PEOPLE with Everywhere Theatre Group, as part of Ohio Theatre’s Ice Factory ( part of the ice cube studio series) at 3LD Art And Technology Center. Showtimes 9 p.m. on July 14th and July 15th- get your tickets here.
collaboratively created and directed by Everywhere Theatre Group
(Teddy Nicholas, Leah Winkler, Chase Voorhees and Lindsay Mack)
part of the Ice Cubes Studio Series
JULY 14 & 15th – 9PM
@ 3 Legged Dog
purchase tickets here
Beth sits at a laptop late at night, typing away to a faceless society. Slowly, her facade of humanity melts, uncovering the inner cruelty she inflicts upon others and herself. Focusing on the destructive nature of relentlessly driven people encumbered with everyday failure, DEAD PEOPLE fuses together elements of surrealism, dance, horror and cinematic video projections, to uncover the darkness inside us that emerges when the lines of reality begin to deteriorate.
*Leah was accepted as a member of 2011-2012 New Perspective Theater’s Women’s Work Lab*
May 15th: Reading of DEATH FOR SYDNEY BLACK at Thinking Cap Theater in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Directed by Nicole Stoddard.
May 14th-15th: Workshop and reading of DEATH FOR SYDNEY BLACK at Luna Theater in Philadelphia, PA.
Featuring: Melissa Dunphy, Caroline Blasius, Haley McCormick, Katy O’Leary, Kristen Egermeier and Gina Martino
Directed by Gregory Scott Campbell
May 12th: In house presentation of OUR FOOD PLAY collaboration with Lauren Feldman,Pirrone Yousefzadeh at New York Theatre Workshop.
May 9th: My short play, DEAD PEOPLE will be at Little Theatre@ Dixon Place. Tickets available here. Show starts at 7:30.
April 15: Workshop performance at the The PIT for collaboration with Jen Kwok’s new solo show, “Wish Come True“ along with Juliet Jeske who is directing. Tix are availble here. Hope to see you on Friday 4/15 at 7pm!
April 27, 29, 30- rejoining workshops for Food/Farming collaboration lead by Lauren Feldman and Pirrone Yousefzadeh.
Week of March 1-6: Joining workshops for Food/Farming collaboration lead by Lauren Feldman,Pirrone Yousefzadeh at New Georges.
February 11 and 12th @ 8 p.m: Leah’s ten-minute play, Bieber Bug will perform as part of Leon Pease’s Friend Me A Festival of Short Plays and Performances . Featuring the illustrious Emily Kratter, directed by the amazing Shelley Butler. At Centerstage NY, 48 West 21st Street, 4th Floor, Buzzer 401#New York, NY. Tickets are $10, buy them online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/155683.
February 10 @ 8 p.m.: A workshop presentation of Death for Sydney Black will be presented by Terra Nova Collective at Incubator Arts Project as part of the 2010 Groundbreakers Reading Series. Directed by Mallory Catlett, featuring Nicole Hodges, Jen Kwok, Emily Kratter, Lauren Marcus, Jenny Gomez and Rachel Radenburg. At Incubator Arts Project, (131 East 10th Street at 2nd Avenue). FREE.
Continuing work on the development of Death for Sydney Black
Beginning writing collaboration with comedianne/actress/writer/ukeplayer Jen Kwok on TBA 2011 show
On the evening of Monday, December 6th, there will be a benefit for Terra Nova Theater Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwright Group. at HERE Arts Center located at:
145 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
There will be ten-minute plays written by the participating writers (which includes me!) performed that evening. Please join us from 7:30-10 p.m.!
Leah will be directing “From A Different Place” by Jeff Helgeson as part of The Variations Theatre Group, 2010 Harvest One-Act Festival. Show-times are: November 10th at 9:15 p.m. and November 13th at 7:00 p.m.
for reservations, please visit:
*Leah was accepted as a member of Terra Nova Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwright Group for the development of her play, Death For Sydney Black from August-December 2011.
August 10-21, 2011
A multi-media piece I am writing and directing text for ( with Everywhere Theatre Group) called:
will premiere at
INCUBATOR ARTS PROJECT
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street
(at 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
For more information visit