Tanya O'Debra's New York Innovative Theatre Award nominated solo show, RADIO STAR, is being presented by the Horse Trade Theater Group for its Encore Series. Performances are Saturday, January 12 @ 6:30pm and Monday, January 14 @ 7pm at The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. NYC, NY 10003. Tickets ($12 -15) are available at the door or on Smarttix.
Watch (but mainly listen) as Tanya O'Debra lends her voice to ten different characters while simultaneously staging live Foley sound effects in this filthy, filthy, dirty 1940's radio detective spoof. Just like the golden age of radio, only dirtier. The play runs one hour with no intermission.
Radio Star won Best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival. It was nominated for Best English Language Production and Just For Laugh's Best Comedy at the Montreal Fringe Festival. Published by Original works, it was also nominated for Outstanding Full Length Script and Outstanding Actress in a Leading role at the New York Innovative Theater Awards. Radio Star has been presented at the New Orleans Fringe Festival; Cincinnati Fringe Festival; Joe's Pub, NYC; The Kraine Theater, NYC; Red House Arts Center, Syracuse, NY; San Francisco Fringe Festival; Montreal Fringe Festival; Orlando Fringe Festival; Ars Nova, NYC; The Red Room, NYC; Edinburgh Festival Fringe; and Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn.
Tanya O'Debra is a writer/performer/funny lady. One half of the ECNY Award nominated comic sister duo, The O'Debra Twins, Miss O'Debra has spread mirth and filth all over NYC. Their annual O'Debbie Awards garnered a Best of New York Award from The Village Voice. Her play Fuck You won The Excellence Award in Overall Production at Fringe NYC. Published by Original Works, her play Radio Star has been produced all over the world, receiving numerous awards and accolades. Winner of the Miss Fag Hag Pageant, other theater credits include Patrice O'Debra in Straight Up Vampire (Joe's Pub), The Evil Queen in Snow White (The New Acting Company) and Amanda McCloud in The Ultimate Stimulus (Dixon Place). Her newest Play, Shut Up, Emily Dickinson, is currently in development.
Andrew Mauriello, the show's composer, has over 15 years of experience including his studies at Berklee College of Music. Mr. Mauriello has been incorporating his songwriting into a variety of settings with a vast spectrum of musical styles. He has performed at Boston's Symphony Hall, crowded basements in Philadelphia, sold out shows at the late CBGB's in New York City, and seemingly everywhere in between. His music for Radio Star garnered a NYIT Award nomination for Outstanding Original Music.
Peter Cook directs. His credits include SAILOR MAN (NY Int'l Fringe Festival: Outstanding Play), The Nosemaker's Apprentice (The Brick), Straight Up Vampire (Ars Nova), Crabquistador: Scavenger of God (Ars Nova), ROCKBERRY: The Last One Man Show (The Brick), WASP COVE (Comix), No Direction Homo (P.S. 122), Everything is Nice (Laurie Beechman); Misgivings (West End Theater); Go, Dog. Go!, Charles Ludlam's Bluebeard, and Alice in Wonderland (Hangar Theater). Peter is co-artistic director of Terrible Baby Theater Company, and a Drama League directing fellow.
Horse Trade Theater Group is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade's Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.
Photo Credit: Molly Peck