*The three week run of 222w23rdSt targeted for May 2020 is on pause. I am wishing everyone health, moments of peace and solidarity as we get through this together.*
I am so honored 222w23rdSt- a play was accepted to receive Fiscal Sponsorship from NYFA.
222w23rdst-a play, about life in the Chelsea Hotel, brought to the stage an authentic story and actual feeling of a time in New York City history that is gone forever. The people (who were characters in and of themselves without embellishment), the look, the feel, the smells and the sounds. Somehow, Elizabeth was able to convey it all. Her account, and so far hers alone, will be an important record of a lost era. JK Clarke, Theater Pizzazz
222w23rdst-a play was produced by Dixon Place, mainstage works-in-progress series. The projected timeline for production is May/June 2020 in NYC. Twelve performances over a three week period. The estimated budget is $35,000 to be raised by crowdfunding, corporate sponsorship and grants. I received a grant from The Dramatist Guild this past spring. The crowdfunding target is $5600.00.
One of the first memories I had when I started to write this play, was of the poet, actor, art critic, and painter, Rene Ricard (July 23, 1946 – February 1, 2014).
There was a loud knock on my door in the middle of the night. Ok, it was 8 am which is the middle of the night in Hotel Chelsea Standard time--a mix between dog years and light years. I thought it was Rene dancing in the poetics of his poverty back to ask to for another .18 cents. I think Andy Warhol was Rene’s protégé and not the other around. Rene Ricard was operating a sliding scale of fundraising; I am the Patron of a legend. I didn’t ask what he needed it for. I gave him that dignity Pause I mattered. I belonged. I was home.
The first phase this project is to raise $5600.00 for grant writing, venue deposit, playwright, director and producer fees.
We would need 31,111 donations of .18 cents to reach our goal of $5600.00. Tax-deducatble! But feel free to donate what you can. It is very exciting to have this project moving forward and would love your support to bring this project to the stage.
Elizabeth Pugh, Writer/Perfromer
Elizabeth is an actor, writer and singer/songwriter. Her first play, I’m Not Finished...Yet, ran in NYC and Dublin, Ireland to sold-out audiences and critical acclaim. Academy Award winning director Jim Sheridan produced I’m Not Finished... Yet at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival selling out audiences and receiving critical acclaim. Her play, 222w23rdSt-a play with one- woman, premiered at Dixon Place, NYC, and is in pre-production for a theatrical run. As a singer/songwriter Elizabeth plays in notable venues and music festivals in the US and abroad. Her EP, Seven, was released in December 2018 by Jones Street Records. Elizabeth studied acting with Uta Hagen and Wynn Handman.
Pugh, What a scorcher! Forget the tags that are so glibly pinned on one-woman shows The Evening Herald, Ireland I’m Not Finished... Yet rips with the urgency of Pugh’s performance -- a volatile mixture of little girl lost and fast-talking babe. An Astonishing Journey. The SundayTribune, Ireland Elizabeth Pugh has the talent of a born actress. An absorbing piece of theatre. The Irish Times Pugh is an actress who knows how to push the limits of a character. The Stage, London. Elizabeth is like Dorothy Parker meets Sam Shepard. Wynn Handman, American Place Theater, NYC
Audrey Rapoport, Director
Audrey Rapoport is an actor, writer, director and teacher. She has performed with The Groundlings, Acme Comedy Theatre, and at the Montreal, Woodstock, and Austin Comedy Festivals. She’s performed her own material in numerous shows, including her critically-acclaimed one-person show I Am Rapoport and STARF**CKERS.
Audrey has received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schaefer Award, Drama-Logue, and La Weekly Awards. She has contributed to numerous writing projects including Histeria! for Warner Brothers.
Audrey teaches improvisation, acting and writing at The School of Visual Arts, Marymount Manhattan College and Improvolution NYC.