LAUREN HENNESSY of AMPERSAND: A ROMEO & JULIET STORY Wins a FringeNYC OVERALL EXCELLENCE AWARD for Performance. FringeNYC shares winners with our local theatre lovers.
Lauren Hennessy’s performance as Romeo in AMPERSAND: A ROMEO & JULIET STORY has won her a FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Performance. She is among the seven winners in this category. Nytheatre.com called Hennessy’s performance in AMPERSAND “top-notch,” and The Happiest Medium considered her “breathtakingly real.” The FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award winners are selected by an independent panel of nearly 50 theater professionals. For more information on FringeNYC, visit www.fringenyc.org.
Purple Rep and Leta Tremblay presented Mariah MacCarthy’s queer pop-folk musical, AMPERSAND: A ROMEO & JULIET STORY (winner of 20 Looking Glass Forum Awards), at the 15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival this summer. The production was directed by Amanda Thompson and featured Brigitte Choura as Juliet and Lauren Hennessy as Romeo, with music composition by Brian Kirchner. AMPERSAND: A ROMEO & JULIET STORY featured Brigitte Choura, Julie Ek, Nic Grelli, Craig Hanson, Lauren Hennessy, Jeremy Michael Lagunas, Diana Oh, Anna Savant, Jordan Tierney, Lauren Weinberg, and Matthew Welsh.
LAUREN HENNESSY (Romeo) is a Hawaii-bred, wannabe breakdancer, future TONY winner. She just got back from Iceland after winning their 2011 Academy Award for the short film “Clean” and was the only foreign actress nominated in the “Best Actress” category. This is Lauren’s 6th collaboration with Ampersand writer Mariah MacCarthy and her first Fringe show. She won the Audience Favorite Award for Best Actress in the Ampersand workshop at The Looking Glass. www.LaurenHennessy.com.
PURPLE REP was founded by playwrights Larry Kunofsky and Mariah MacCarthy in order to produce their work in rep, so that when their plays are presented together, a larger story can be told. “Over time, Purple Rep will expand in order to include other playwrights in our repertory model. We are committed to plays that provoke, plays that crack you up and crack you apart so that you can put yourself together again, plays that make you see red and hear the blues…until it all mixes in your mind’s eye into a purple rush.”
LETA TREMBLAY (Producer) is an NYC director and producer. Recent NYC directing credits include: The Foreplay Play (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Snow White Zombie (2010 EstroGenius Festival), Hangman School for Girls (Manhattan Theatre Source), Fore-Shadow-Play (Galapagos Art Space). As a producer, she has successfully mounted FullStop Collective’s HAMLETTES at FringeNYC 2010, FOREPLAYS 2011 at Galapagos Art Space, and Unville Brazil at The Drilling Company Theatre. She is a graduate of Smith College and the Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute where she trained with the Wooster Group and SITI Company. She is a founding member and Producing Director of FullStop Collective. www.letatremblay.com
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