Democracy in America Schedule - This Weekend!!!

10:21 AM / Posted by Ashley / comments (0)

Co-Op Theatre East ( is presenting some exciting new street theatre this weekend at various locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens called "Democracy in America". Come check us out! "Democracy in America" explores the nature of contemporary democracy in the United States, with a focus on the New York City mayoral election. Curated and directed by Robert A. K. Gonyo, the piece is brimming with questions of civic participation, spectatorship, the politics of art, and the art of politics. The locations are listed below. We definitely hope to see you as you're out and about this Halloween weekend.

Happy Halloween!!!!


Between 12:30 and 1 p.m.Fort Greene Park, Dekalb Ave. @ Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY, 718-398-4024

Between 2:30 and 3 p.m., and 4 and 4:30 p.m.:A.D.A.’s World’s Largest Block Party FREE Madison Ave between 42nd and 57th Sts ( Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central; N, R to Fifth Ave–59th St. 10am–6pm.

Between 5:30 and 6 p.m., and 6:30 and 7 p.m.36th Annual Village Halloween ParadeFREE Sixth Ave from Spring St to 23rd St ( Subway: A, C, E, D, F to W 4th St; C, E to Spring St; F to 14th or 23rd St; L to Sixth Ave. 7–10pm.


Between 12 and 12:30 p.m., and 1 and 1:30 p.m. Sixth Avenue Autumn Fair FREE Sixth Ave between 34th and 42nd Sts ( Subway: D, F, N, Q, R to 34th St–Herald Sq; D, F to 42nd St–Bryant Park; 7 to Fifth Ave. 10am–6pm.

Between 2:30 - 3:00 pmJackson Heights Greenmarket, 34 Avenue between 77 & 78 Streets, and on 78 St between 34 Avenue and Northern Blvd. 7 to 74 St/Broadway; E, F, V, R, G to Jackson Heights/Roosevelt.

Between 5:00 - 5:30 pmUnion Square Broadway FestivalFREE Broadway between 17th and 23rd Sts ( Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq; R to 23rd St. 11am–6pm.

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12:59 PM / Posted by Ashley / comments (0)

Has anyone else noticed how incredibly classist the GRE exam is?

More on this soon...

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Quote of the Week...

10:32 PM / Posted by Ashley / comments (0)

"Being an artist does not make any of us exempt from the laws of humanity -- in fact, it actually makes us more responsible to them." - Eve Ensler.

Read Eve Ensler's wonderful op-ed on Roman Polanski in the Huffington Post.

Also inspiring on a different note is this article about the very talented Jane Lynch. If you haven't seen her on Glee (or any of her work) you're missing out. I've been a fan forever and am finally glad she's getting the recognition she deserves.,0,1595975.story

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Brilliant GirlPower Video!

4:08 PM / Posted by Ashley / comments (0)

One of the GirlPower cast members created this video for the show. It includes interviews with cast members discussion what having "girl power" means to them.


GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest - TONIGHT!

3:54 PM / Posted by Ashley / comments (0)

Check out the GirlPower- Teen Performance Collective's newest show "Survival of the Fittest" tonight at 6:00 pm. For this show we had two GirlPower alumni come back and co-direct. If you're in the Greenwich Village area tonight, stop by and check it out. GirlPower is presented as part of the Manhattan Theatre Source's "Estrogenius Festival", celebrating women's voices in theatre and the arts. .

GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest
teen actors, teen voices
October 9 & 10 at 6pm
tickets: $18

GirlPower is a series of powerful written words performed by teen actors struggling with issues that they face in today's world. The actresses share the joys and troubles of growing up in today's generation with their experiences of love, relationships, parents, pain and success

The Company:
Deanna Alexandra, Kaylyn O'Gara, Tess Cronin, Manya Saaraswat, Emily Rupp, Valerie Dent, Dailyn Santana, Camille Theobald, Michelle Lee and Beatrice Miller

Directed by:
Andrea Panichi and Kezia Tyson

Edited and Facilitated by:
Ashley Marinaccio and Elizabeth Koke

For more information visit:

GirlPower video created by Manya Saaraswat:

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How to Feel Miserable as an Artist

9:15 AM / Posted by Ashley / comments (0)

Keri Smith (author of what you will see below) is a brilliant illustrator and author of one of my favorite books (and big inspiration for GirlPower) "The Guerilla Art Kit", among many other things. Check out her work at . She also has a wicked "artist" planner that I can't wait to get my hands on in 2010.

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