Davila premieres new play in BIG TEX SHORT FEST

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David Davila will premiere a brand new play in the upcoming BIG TEX SHORT FEST for Lone Star Theatre Co. The event will feature five new short plays by Texas playwrights Judith Leora, Virginia Grise, Kevin Kautzman, Emily Comisar, and David Davila directed by Nilsa Reyna, Daniel Roberts, Benita DeWit, Diego Chili, and Jeremy Karafin.

The BIG TEX SHORT FEST takes five Texas playwrights and connects them with a diverse group of actors to write new material for. The plays will feature a massive cast of talent including Brendan Daugherty, Mark Andrew Garner, Daniel Hidalgo, Jenny Anne Hochberg, Lloyd Mario Prion, Eternanda Fudge, Tracy Singer, Don Frame, Sara Noe, Bryn Packard, Aaron Morton, Tania Jeudy, Keelie Sheridan, Dakota Dutcher, Jorge Luna, David Gomez, Aamira Martinez, and Jasmin Bristow.

BIG TEX SHORT FEST is produced by Emily Comisar and will take place on Sunday May 24th at 7:30pm at the Kraine Theatre on East 4th St in Manhattan. A $15 dollar donation is suggested.

Now in it’s third season, Lone Star Theatre is dedicated to bringing Texas pages to New York stages. Whether a play is by Texas playwright, or features Texas talent and ingenuity, Lone Star Theatre aims to bring you entertaining theatrical events that will whisk you away from city life.

Visit lonestartheatre.com for more info and click here for tickets.

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Dates & Creative Team announced for NYMF production of MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

MANUEL VS STATUE - Official PosterThe creative team is now complete for the upcoming July production of MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Winner of the 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading series, this Latin infused American musical directed by Jose Zayas is inspired by the true story of a Princeton Undergrad who was an undocumented child immigrant. When Manuel gets a scholarship to study at Oxford, he’s faced with the brutal realization that he can’t leave the USA. His only choice is to take on The Statue of Liberty in the fight of a lifetime; the high-stakes boxing match that is immigration today. Is he worthy of America?

MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY will have performances on:

Tuesday July 21 @ 8pm
Wednesday July 22 @ 5pm
Saturday July 25 @ 5pm
Sunday July 26 @ 8pm
Monday July 27 @ 12pm

MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY has book, music, and lyrics by Noemi de la Puente, David Davila, and Howard Post, musical direction and orchestrations by Juana Aquerreta, piano arrangements by Karl Hedrick, choreography by Sidney Erik Wright, scenic design by Jason Simms, lighting design by Zach Blane, sound design by David Margolin Lawson, costume design by Lux Haac, and graphic designs by Tri Vo. Casting by Stark Naked Casting.

For tickets and information visit www.nymf.org.

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MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY chosen as an official selection of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival

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The 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) announced the selections for the 2015 Next Link Project, including MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY by Noemi de la Puente, David Davila, and Howard Post.

The 10 musicals, and three initial invited productions, were announced as part of the 12th edition of the festival, which will take place in July at locations around midtown Manhattan in New York City.

The Next Link Project is open to any writer, produced or unproduced, with or without agency representation. The program receives hundreds of submissions from all over the world each fall, and every script and demo recording is reviewed by numerous members of NYMF’s Reading Committee and then by a Grand Jury of musical theatre artists and producers.

This year’s Grand Jury included Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris, Drama Desk Award-winning actress Donna Lynne Champlin, Tony Award-winning producer Jane Dubin, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated actor Hunter Foster, Isaac Robert Hurwitz (creative director, Fox Stage Productions), Joe Machota (CAA agent), Jonathan McCrory (director of theatre arts program at The National Black Theatre), Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter, director and choreographer Josh Prince, Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-nominated actor and writer Tony Sheldon and Motown director Charles Randolph-Wright.

Dan Markley is NYMF’s executive director and producer, and Jen Bender is the director of programming and artist services. The selected Next Link Project show teams will gather for the first time Feb. 28-March 1 to begin preparing.

The Next Link Project selections follow:

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Jessica Kahkoska, Brian Charles Rooney, Brendan Daugherty and more set for David Davila’s VOX POP at Musical Theatre Factory

vox pop cast 4x15Casting is now complete for the upcoming 4×15 workshop of David Davila’s VOX POP at Musical Theatre Factory in Manhattan. Directed by Srda Vasiljevic with musical direction by Karl Hedrick, the musical tells the story of a future where countries are traded like stocks between powerful corporations – bees are extinct and humans slaves must pollinate the crops.

Leading the cast is Jessica Kahkoska as the young heroine Sylathia, Brian Charles Rooney as rebel leader Reckal Rimmith, Brendan Daugherty as the trusted friend XooXoo, Injoy Fountain as Bryzal, Gaby Hornig as the Consultant General, and Erin Rubico as Emperor Ometta. Rounding out the cast are Aaron Shaw, Michelle Siracusa, Jackie Shiffer, Emile Mervis, Tim Hein, and Jeannine Frumess.

Musical Theatre Factory’s 4×15 series showcases four new shows by up-and-coming writers in four 15-minute staged presentations. Each creative team will have 5 hours to workshop the strongest (or most troublesome) excerpt of their piece. A cast of MTF volunteer performers will then have 15 minutes to present each excerpt before an audience and a panel of industry professionals. The audience is invited to offer supportive feedback to the writers and creative teams. Come have a drink at the Factory bar, and get in on the creative process!

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MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY GETS INDUSTRY READING JAN 28

manuel-vs-the-statue-of-liberty-poster-39359An industry reading of the new musical MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, which debuted in concert form at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and won the 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading Series award, will be presented Jan. 28, 2015. The musical, directed by Jose Zayas, is an Official Grand Jury Selection of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, a comedy about immigration, is inspired by the Dream Act and follows a young American man who happens to also be an illegal immigrant as he fights for the right to leave the country legally and become a Rhodes Scholar.

The invitation only reading features Jose Sepulveda (Sueño Pop), Gabrielle Ruiz (If/Then), Doreen Montalvo (Giant), Alicia Tomasko (In The Heights), Tiffany Green (Hairspray), Christina Aranda (In The Heights), and Danny Boman. Juana Aqueretta musical directs.

Manuel Versus The Statue of Liberty features a libretto by Noemi de la Puente and music by David Davila and Howard Post.

The musical is inspired by the true story of a brilliant Princeton undergrad who received a Rhodes Scholarship to study classical Greek and Latin literature at Oxford, and could not leave this country because he had no way of returning due to his immigration status. It’s a story that crosses cultural barriers, and combines Latin rhythms, American pop, rock, and gospel music to tell a complete American story that is not often found on stage. Continue reading

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VOX POP GETS WORKSHOP AT MUSICAL THEATRE FACTORY

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David Davila’s new musical VOX POP: A MUSICAL REVOLUTION has been chosen as part of Musical Theatre Factory’s 4×15 new works series. The musical will receive a fully staged workshop of the first fifteen minutes of the work on February 18th.

Musical Theatre Factory’s 4×15 series showcases four new shows by up-and-coming writers in four 15-minute staged presentations. Each creative team will have 5 hours to workshop the strongest (or most troublesome) excerpt of their piece. A cast of MTF volunteer performers will then have 15 minutes to present each excerpt before an audience and a panel of industry professionals. The audience is invited to offer supportive feedback to the writers and creative teams. Come have a drink at the Factory bar, and get in on the creative process!

VOX POP has music and lyrics by David Davila with a book by David Davila and Mark Andrew Garner. This workshop will be music directed by Karl Hedrick.

The other three productions featured will be Brett Macias’ GUMBO, David Berg’s OPEN ROAD, and NEWTON’S CRADLE by Saunders and Saunders.

The fully staged workshop presentation will be held on February 18th at 8:00pm. Visit mtf.nyc for more information. Tickets are available here.

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DAVILA SINGS THE SONGS OF BENJAMIN B. WRIGHT

Songs of Benjamin WrightDavid Davila returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Times Square on January 24th in Benjamin Brundrett Wright’s FEEL THE WHIPLASH: Songs for Throwing Popcorn & Chasing Whales!

Davila produces this concert which features Texas-Fried musical theatre writer, Benjamin Wright in his New York City concert debut with a wild night of country-fried rock-n-roll songs from his musicals such as MOBY DICK and LONE STAR: A POPCORN THROWING MUSICAL.

The concert has music direction by Karl Hedrick and features some of the hottest new songs sung by Davila, Wright and constant collaborators Brian Charles Rooney, Steph Nash, Vanessa Theus, Joey Calveri, Injoy Fountain, Chris Jehnert, Peter Michael Romberg, and more!

The concert will be held at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd St on January 24, 2014 at 8pm. Click here for tickets.

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New artwork revealed for VOX POP: the songs of David Davila @ 54 Below

David Davila 54 below jenna leigh green jaime cepero desi oakley danny quadrinoAbove, the official poster for VOX POP: the songs of David Davila @ 54 Below and below, the retro-psychedelic poster for VOX POP.

David Davila VOX POP at 54 Below

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David Davila’s VOX POP plays 54 Below Nov 18th!

David Davila Jaime Cepero 54 Below Charles Barksdale Jenna Leigh Green Emma Hunton Gabrielle Ruiz Michael McCorry Rose Stephen Schwartz Sondheim Mariela Flor Olivo Jose SepulvedaThe zany, not-so-hip-hipster from South Texas will make his 54 Below debut on November 18th when he premieres songs from his upcoming musical, VOX POP: a musical prophecy.

David Davila has played sold-out concerts of his work at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Triad, the Underground, and The West End Lounge, and the Intar Theatre.

VOX POP is set in a dystopian world where bees have become mythological creatures, and human slaves must pollinate the crops. One such pollinator, a young woman named Sylathia’s life is turned upside down when she becomes the center of the Voxist revolution.  But is she really the “chosen one” that will fulfill the ancient Vox Pop prophecy?

VOX POP features the songs “Be The Change,” “Closer,” “All Good Things,” “Propaganda,” “Voice of the People,” and others.

The concert will feature Michael McCorry Rose (Wicked), Emma Hunton (Wicked), Daniel Quadrino (Newsies), Desi Oakley (Evita), Jaime Cepero (SMASH), Gabrielle Ruiz (In The Heights), Charles Barksdale (Sister Act), Mariela Flor Olivo, Jose Sepulveda… and more to be announced soon!

VOX POP: the concert is Tuesday, Nov 18th at 9:30pm at 54 Below – located at 254 W 54th St in the historic Studio 54 building.

Tickets are avaialble at: www.54below.com/VOXPOP

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MEN OF GOD WILL GET STAGED READING FOR LONE STAR THEATRE

David Davila’s play MEN OF GOD will receive a staged reading for Lone Star Theatre Co’s 2014/2015 “Texas Reads” series. The reading will be held on Oct 10 and will be the second play by Davila to be read for “Texas Reads.”

MEN OF GOD is the second play in Davila’s TEX-MEX series and tells the story of a group of priests in South Texas who are shocked by the arrest of fellow priest, “Santo Mando,” who many consider to be a modern saint. In the midst of the allegations and rumors that are circling the community, Sergio, a young priest begins to question his own beliefs; searching for answers anywhere he can find them including the prison where Santo Mando is incarcerated. Can Sergio find the answers he is looking for before he gives in to the temptations of carnality?

Lone Star Theatre Co’s “Texas Reads” series gives Texas playwrights the chance to have their plays read in New York City with New York directors and actors. The reading will be held on Oct 10, 2014. More info can be found by visiting www.lonestartheatre.com.

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