Two story theatre pieces about two extraordinary creative souls take the U fest!
Broadway veteran Ann Morrison finds immense beauty in her friend Linda, a highly imaginative actress and writer with Down syndrome, who teaches deep lessons from the heart. During a road trip to New York to fulfill her dream of singing center stage on Broadway, Linda actually prepares for a larger mission,one that will profoundly affect everyone around her. Director: Blake Walton. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, Down syndrome communities, Alzheimer’s communities.
Trevor, a magnificent seven-year-old diagnosed with the “ring of fire on the brain,” or ADHD, streaks through a world of dry, flammable kindling that asks him to be “normal,” until a stranger sees his fire as a gift. Like the mythical Phoenix, he must burn brightly before rising from the ashes, healed and able to lead. Director & Playwright: Ann Morrison. . Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, ADD & ADHD communities.
Who We Are
ANN MORRISON a director, writer and professional theater actress for over 35 years, has starred on Broadway (LoveMusik, Merrily We Roll Along, 1982 Theatre World Award©), The West End (Peg), Off Broadway (Forbidden Broadway, Goblin Market, Drama Desk Award Nomination©) as well as Regional Theaters across the country playing the canon of musical theater roles from Peter Pan and Sally Bowles to Norma Desmond. Her cabaret acts have filled rooms throughout the U.S. and she is featured on over a dozen recordings. On TV she starred in an original musical Keystone for NJ Public Television as well as guest starring on Night Court, Merv! and Dinah! She has been an acting teacher coach and mentor for two decades. Her directing credits include: The Secret Garden, On A Clear Day, Merrily We Roll Along, Smoke On The Mountain and Hair. She has been Creator and Artistic Director for theater programs for persons with developmental differences, Kaleidoscope and Random Play. She has written the “Living Room Theater” pieces Aimee and The Xymox and A Grail Knight Named Christopher, and solo plays Discourse of A Maid, Movements of A Modron, Annie’s Celtic Kitchen, Out of A Three-Legged Pot as well as Linda Lovely Goes To Broadway and Trevor’s Fire. http://www.annmorrison.net
BLAKE WALTON as a young actor moved from native Michigan to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Bill Esper and Sandy Meisner. In New York he originated roles in Ham, Songs and Ceremonies and Doric Wilson’s historic, groundbreaking production of The West Street Gang. In Regional Theater he has starred in the musicals Into The Woods, Sweeny Todd, Stop The World I Want To Get Off, Anything Goes, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum, I Do, I Do!, City Of Angels and plays Jeffrey, Snakebit, Kiss of The Spider Woman, Dirty Blonde, The Sum Of Us, Don’t Dress For Dinner, and as screen star Bette Davis at 77 in Me & Jezebel. He has directed Singin’ In The Rain, Big River, Babes In Arms, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, 42nd Street, Marvin’s Room, and Jest A Second and most recently Jeffrey Helgeson’s In The Moment for Variations Theater Group. Also in New York he directed Amy Whitman’s solo performance piece MALIBU MORNINGS for The Farrington Company and created, wrote, directed and edited the web series The misAdventures of Wendell Burke. In Chicago he directed his play Out Of My Mind for the Bailiwick and a staged concert of son Huck Walton’s musical The Charm at The Theater Building. http://www.blakewalton.net
History of the plays: Linda Lovely Goes to Broadway and Trevor’s Fire are two plays that came out of a larger project of four story theatre pieces designed for Living room theatre in concert style. Linda Lovely Goes To Broadway was awarded the John Ringling Tower Award grant to further develop the play for a theatre setting directed by Blake Walton. Later, as an actor Blake Walton transformed the second play by Ann Morrison, Trevor’s Fire for the stage with Ann Morrison’s direction. Both plays have been explored in workshops in Florida where the playwright resides. Both plays were accepted in the 2012 United Solo festival this fall.
What we want: We are pleased to be represented at the United Solo Festival in New York City on Theatre Row and are required to produce both plays. Therefore, we are looking for your support to make this happen. We would like to further the growth of both these plays with a longer production run and tour. Both Ann Morrison and Blake Walton feel passionately about the larger missions of both persons with Down syndrome and the “Alphabet Children” i.e. ADHD. Caregivers and clinicians seem to get lost in the care-giving and miss the metaphor. We would like to have these plays be the heart piece around a larger discussion with Down syndrome groups and the Alzheimer organization and dialog and awareness with ADHD advocates and clinicians.
What your donation will do? Since we have to produce ourselves in the United Solo festival we need your support. There are Festival fees, rehearsal space rental, Travel expenses for Annie to rehearse in NYC and Blake to rehearse and workshop in Florida, publicity, stage management, production costs: such as wardrobe, truck rental, storage, and chairs … for the plays, that is.
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