The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York's premiere eco-friendly/socially-conscious theatre, music and film festival, has announced its dates and theaters for 2014 and is currently accepting theatre submissions through January 18th, 2014. Running from May 12th through June 8th, the 2014 festivity is scheduled to take place at the Paradise Factory located at 64 East 4th Street b/t Bowery and 2nd Ave.
Fostering a diverse cross-section of performances and events, the Festivity seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere. At the heart of the Festivity are like-minded individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, music and film, while supporting organizations which give back to the community at large.
During the Festivity, each show and event partners with a charity and some of the ways they offer support are soliciting donations at shows, holding special benefit performances, fundraisers and/or talkbacks after performances with charity representatives. Some of these organizations include RAINN, Mercy Center, the Innocence Project, the Long Island Crisis Center, Children's Aid Society, More Gardens!, the National Arthritis Foundation and the National Eating Disorder Association. "Green Theatre" is also an important aspect of Planet Connections; each year they educate participating artists on how they can make a difference by continuing to create great art while reducing their carbon footprint.
The festivity is open to musicals, full length plays, new works, adaptations, one-acts, solo-shows, experimental work, and devised dance and staged readings. Contact for submissions is Marcus Yi, Literary Manager and Staged Readings Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). Contact for all other inquiries is Joanna Bokovitz, Managing Director (email@example.com).
Artists are asked to read the application and Artist's Manual on the website prior to contacting a staff member.
For more information on the festivity, you can visit www.PlanetConnections.org.
Lauren Gralton grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Oklahoma for four years to attend Oklahoma City University. There she received a Bachelors in Performing Arts with a minor in History. While dance has always been her passion, lately she's been focused on becoming a true triple threat. She is so grateful that Marcus took a chance on her and appreciates the positive reinforcement from the cast. Acting is pushing her boundaries and it's exhilarating.
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Milwaukee, WI and raised just 15 min west of Lake Michigan in a well-off suburban community. I went to Brookfield Central high school and then proceeded to go to Oklahoma City University for college.
What is your job on this show?
My job is to portray an immigration officer and a girl who is about to get another abortion.
Who are your heroes?
My heroes would have to be my family. My parents and my sister are the most supportive people I know. Not only do they support the career I chose, but they accept every side of me. To the point of even eating tofu cream cheese over the regular stuff because of my food allergies. I look up to each of them in a different way and try to emulate their best qualities.
What is your Zodiac sign?
I'm on the cusp between Scorpio and Sagittarius, November 22.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I think that theatre can inspire social change and motivate the audience. History has proven to us that it is possible.
Would you be willing to get a microchip implanted in your eye?
I think I would get a microchip implanted. I would weigh the consequences of doing it versus not having it in my eye. Ultimately, if it put others and myself in danger to not have the chip, I would do it.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that asks what would have happened if Mary the blessed Mother had gotten an abortion.
The Procedure will be performed on Friday 5/31/13 at 5:00pm, Tuesday 6/4/13 at 9:00pm, Saturday 6/8/13 at 12:30pm, Friday 6/14/13 at 9:00pm, Monday 6/17/13 at 4:30pm, and Thursday 6/20/13 at 5:00pm as part of the Planet Connections Theater Festivity. The Festival will take place at the Gene Frankel Theater, at 24 Bond St New York 10012.