MMRP Opens This Week!

8:33 PM / Posted by Ashley / comments (0)

Finished teching Co-Op Theatre East's production of Eve Ensler's "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer" today. We're super excited about it, as it's turning out to be something wonderful and extremely moving. I have included some pictures below (more will be on my photo blog and eventually on the COTE Homepage). The show opens on Thursday 2/26. Tickets will be available at the box office or (highly recommended) online at .

Alex Herrald performing the monologue "Rescue" by Mark Matousek

Full company in "Connect: A Web of Words" by Robin Morgan

Robert A.K. Gonyo in "Unititled" by Nicholas D. Kristof

Lauren McCullough and Paulina Casey in "Blueberry Hill" by Christine House

Kyra Morling in "My House is Wallpapered with Lies" by Carol Gilligan

Ensemble in "To Stop Violence Against Woman" by Alice Walker

Proceeds for this performance will go to Day One, a Manhattan based organization dedicated to ending dating violence in teen girls. Hope to see you at the show!

To see more pictures of MMRP tech visit:

To see more pictures from my "photo shoot" with Zach see:

To see some pictures from a "photo shoot" with Robby see:

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Co-Op Theatre East on the Web!

11:16 PM / Posted by Ashley / comments (0)

COTE now has an official homepage, thanks to Robby! There is a link to it above here. Check us out at Brilliance!


The Zach Attack

5:50 PM / Posted by Ashley / comments (1)

Had some fun taking pictures of my colleague from STRIDE, Zach today. Over the past year I've gotten into photography as a hobby. I'd like to think that as I experiment on more people, my work is slowly improving. I'm still learning how to work my camera, but I've been attending free seminars in it around the city and both Robby and I exchange tips. Robby has become a master of photography... though he probably won't admit it.

I will be posting more pictures on my photoblog a little later on. I'm off to see "Pal Joey" tonight. Looking forward. I LOVE Stockard Channing and Martha Plimpton!


COTE Presents: "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer" - Next Week!

11:30 AM / Posted by Ashley / comments (0)

Please join Co-Op Theatre East next week for "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer"...


A V-Day Benefit Production of

Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

Casey Cleverly and Ashley Marinaccio

Kyra Morling, James Shippy, Paulina Casey, Amy Chang, Lauren McCullough, Jamie Cooper, Alex Herrald, Kate Garfield, Betsy Head, Aimiende Negbenebor,
Katharine Hyde, Robert Gonyo, Lynn Spencer, Lyric Anderson, BarbaraAnne Smilko

Change the Story of Women!

Join us as we raise funds and awareness to end violence against women and girls

EndTimes Underground @ the Gene Frankel Theatre
24 Bond Street (between Lafayette and Bowery)
7:00 pm
February 26th, 27th and 28th 2009
$18 General Admission/$15 Students and Seniors

Tickets available by visiting or at the box office
Proceeds Benefit: Day One NYC

A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls is a groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle.

“In the current era, it takes some brain racking to think of anyone else doing anything quite like Ensler. She’s a countercultural consciousness-raiser, an empowering figure, a truth-teller.”
–Chicago Tribune

“Eve Ensler wants to save the world…and don’t even think of getting in her way.”
-New York Times Magazine

V‑Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Further information about V-Day can be found at

About Co-Op Theatre East: Co-Op Theatre East believes in the power of art to foster a dialogue for social change. We provide an entertaining performance forum in which to ask evocative, challenging questions of artists and audiences on our way to creating collaborative answers.

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From "Momma D" ...

6:29 PM / Posted by Ashley / comments (0)

My mom occasionally e-mails me great quotes. Here's another thought provoking one:

"When an artist uses her art to advance a political cause, how are we to judge the result? Should we evaluate the project by applying artistic standards or on the basis of its political or moral argument?"


Anti-Arts Economic Recovery Bill...

10:29 AM / Posted by Ashley / comments (0)

Please see below and click on the link:

During their consideration of the Economic Recovery bill, the Senate approved an amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that prohibits funding for "...museums, theaters and arts centers..." This amendment, approved by a vote of 73-24, if included in the final version of this legislation would prevent the economic recovery funding from supporting these areas of the non-profit arts community. We have crafted a customized message for you to send to your Senator based on their vote on the Coburn Amendment. If your Senator vote for this funding prohibition, you can send them a message expressing your disappointment. If your Senator voted against the amendment, you can thank them for their support of the arts. The correct letter, customized to each of your Senators will appear when you enter your zip code.

Show Your Approval/Disapproval About Senate Anti-Arts Amendment. It's easy,
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***** We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used
when we created them. -- Albert Einstein

***** We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. -- John F. Kennedy, October 26, 1963

***** All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. -- Albert Einstein