2/19 - The Dreamer and The Acrobat opens TOMORROW!
Thursday 2/21 the adventure begins - Petite Mort Productions' The Dreamer and The Acrobat open at the Frigid Festival! For full details, including showtimes and location, press here.
Petite Mort Productions present: THE DREAMER AND THE ACROBAT By Stav Meishar
Performing as part of the 2013 FRIGID NY Festival Thursday 2/21 -Saturday 3/2 - 3:40pm at The Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th St, NY
Mallory is an agoraphobic baker who never leaves her shop, eager to experience the world but terrified to try. The circus comes to town with Mallory's best childhood friend – the acrobat Gitano – with whom she's always been secretly in love. To be with him, she must overcome her fears and join the outside world before the circus leaves.
Directed by Rachel Klein Stage Managed by Aurora Hicks Beach
Featuring: Chris Berger* Moe Bertran* Richard Michael Lee Stav Meishar Carolyn Seiff* Eyal Sherf*
*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
9/20/2012 - Performance at the Aerial Text Experiments
On Saturday September 29th at 8pm at the Aerial Text Experiments, Stav will be taking her dUKEss of Rock act to the Circus Warehouse (53-21 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City) to bring forth anew collaboration of text, music and aerials. Stav will perform a monologue from "Titus Andronicus" followed by a cover of Radiohead's Karma Police on the ukulele. She will be accompanying the talented Jake Steinback on the lyra - aerial hoop. Don't miss out what's sure to be an evening of circus, text and innovation!
Jake Steinback on Lyra, Stav Meishar on Ukulele
12/4/2012 - My play accepted to the Frigid Festival - Kickstarter fundraising campaign launched!
In June I launched my new company - "Petite Mort Productions" - along with two of my friends and collaborators. Now, after months of hard work, we are starting to bear fruit - our show "The Dreamer and the Acrobat" has been accepted to the prestigious downtown Fringe festival - The Frigid NY Festival! This is the first play I've ever written, and it's a huge honor and joy to be able to exhibit it at this festival. We will have 5 shows (specific times to be announced) between February 19th and March 3rd. If you're in or around NYC, we'd love to see you there!
Alas, producing a show in NYC, with or without a festival behind you, is not a cheap endeavor. We have launched a kickstarter project to help us fundraise the money needed to bring this show to life. We have set the funding goal as low as we could - we hope not only to reach it but to surpass it. Your help is very much appreciated, and every dollar counts, so please contribute!
More about the play:"The Dreamer and The Acrobat" (based on the 2010 poem "Apple Pie") tells the story of Mallory, a baker who suffers from agoraphobia and never leaves her shop. Instead, she discovers the world through books and movies, eager to experience it but terrified to try. Mallory's customers – a zesty holocaust survivor, an amusing gay couple and a dorky zookeeper – have become closest friends and share with her the joys of worlds beyond her own. To her, that's all she needs. But one day the circus comes to town, and with it Mallory's best childhood friend - Trapeze artist Gitano. They grew up together, making up worlds in their heads – and Mallory has been secretly in love with him since. She knows the circus is in town for a limited time and then it would move on, taking Gitano with it. If she wants to be with him, Mallory must overcome her fears and join the world outside her shop and outside her head.
We have amazing people on board who have helped and are helping us: Katelan Foisy made the art for the video that opens the show (which is the Apple Pie Poem), with gorgeous music by Tristan Allen and Amanda Palmer. Our director is Rachel Klein (from Rachel Klein Productions), a super talented downtown director who specializes in dark, dreamy, macabre creations. In short - it's a beautiful, bittersweet play with amazing, talented visionaries working on it. It will be a wonderful show, but we need your help t make it happen!
08/07/2012 - The dUKEss of Rock in Edinburgh + Excerpt from Apple Pie and more!
Ladies, gentlemen and everything in between, I am writing you from the marvelous Edinburgh Fringe Festival where I am visiting and performing for the 2nd year in a row. This festival is absolutely bunkers (yay, I'm picking up British slang!) and warmly recommended to anyone who enjoys edgy performing arts. I absolutely love it here!
Now onto NEWS: The dUKEss of Rock is back at the Edinburgh Fringe!My street act, the dUKE of Rock, is back at the Edinburgh Fringe. I've had a few slots out on the street outside of Saint Giles Cathedral (pics to come soon!), a couple guests slots in variety showcases (my fav is Tricity Vogue's Ukulele Cabaret - check it out if you're from the UK!), and this afternoon would be my last slot. I love performing this act on the street. People are instantly drawn to the beautiful language of Shakespeare, and the amusement on their faces when I start strumming Lady Gaga or Bruno Mars songs is always a delight! Shakespearean ukulele is developing its own little following...
A first excerpt from Apple Pie! I've been spending the summer working on my first ever play - Apple Pie (temporary title). It's based on a poem I wrote two years ago and though the writing process isn't easy it's coming off surprisinigly fast. These characters have been brewing inside of me for quite some time and so writing them out is more like speaking for them rather them inventing them. I find it strange yet wonderful. I am hoping to do a staged reading of it in the fall and a full scale production in the summer - all in the frame of my company Petite Mort Productions. It's gonna be a challenging year, I'm sure. Please read the excerpt. More importantly - if you do, please write me. It's teh first draft - so I want comments, feedback, critisicm, anything to make me make it better. Thank you!
Speakeasy Dollhouse celebrates its 1st anniversary! We started doing our little immersive play in October of last year and lo and behold - we are nearing our 1st anniversary! It's all very exciting and I'm very happy and proud, all the cast and team have been doing a marvelous jobs. For dates and tickets press here.
the dUKEss of Rock at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012
06/13/2012 - The Birth of our Productions Company + Boston show
Petite Mort Production is Born: AMAZING NEWS! I joined together with a couple of amazing artists and together we've formed the Petite Mort Productions Company!
We have a really exciting season coming, with some really innovative works being made. Obviously, we're a non-profit, and every dollar helps. It's my birthday, and the perfect time to ask you to contribute to our productions company! Visit our website, and while you're at it please contribute to help us mount our first season! THANK YOU :)
Experiment America: The ICA’s Experiment America party returns for one night with the kick off to this year’s Emerging America Festival. It’s a crafted collision of technology, art, music, and performance all waiting for the final element: the audience. Immersive theater artist Mikhael Tara Garver will collaborate with her company The New Ensemble, designers, playwrights, local Boston artists, and the ICA to create a party like no other. How many times have you been at a party talking to someone and realize they are subtly checking their phone? People are focused in their own physical space but are also engaging with people on the other side of the planet, all through that little device you hold in your hand every day. And these engagements are usually happening simultaneously! A very private moment could be happening in a very public space like the ICA. While at first the performers and technological component may be nearly invisible, as the night progresses, it all becomes more extraordinary. Part of the Emerging America Festival in Boston. For more info press here.
06/02/2012 - June Shows in NYC
Speakeasy Dollhouse, the highly successfull NYC phenomena, has been selling out all its shows and extending again and again. We are proud to announce that due to popular demand, Saturday shows have been added to accomodate our audiences PLUS we've extended the entire run through October, which will be our 1 year anniversary! Monday night will feature two VERY SPECIAL guest performers. It's all hush-hush, but trust me, you want to be there... For more details about the show press here. To purchase tickets press here.
GypsyTransTemporalis at Figment NYC: Greetings, & welcome to our provenance, this, of nomadic time travelers; an encampment brimful of shiny stories, music, merriment, & magick. We will be encamped just North-East of Fort Jay (to the right as you exit the Manhattan Ferry), on Governors Island, June 9-10! We come to teach, learn, & to inspire. Visit, but know! You may wish to run away with us! Within our circle, dance & sing ‘midst the Rhythm Crescent, seek counsel & reading of cards at yon Sorcerers tent, learn herbal lore & have a spot of tea at the Apothecary, storytelling in The Wordsmith tent: listen, or share your own stories. Shows at any moment may unfold on our centre stage, or even in our midst, with you… A Co-production of th' House of Collection, The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company & Artistic Evolution. We are a collaboration of artists, performers, musicians, dancers, scientists, thesbians, activists & vagabonds at large, out to inform, educate, inspire, learn & play, thru' immersive storytelling, performance, theatrics & skillshare. Come dance, come play, come sit awhile. Tell us your stories & we will will tell you ours... More info can be found here.
Folksbiene National Yiddish Theater Annual Gala: Stav will be taking part in this year's Gala of the Folksbiene, The National Yiddish Theater. The gala will honor Neil Sedaka and feature many more accomplished performers and artists including Dudu Fisher, Elle Wiesel and others. More details on the event and ticket purchasing can be found here.
the dUKEss of Rock at the MuseIAm: Stav is bringing the dUKEss of Rock To Brooklyn! The Museiam is a performance platform where every month different artists are given space to create, experiment, merge & invent...culminating in one night of dance, circus, comedy, poetry, burlesque, acting, music, multimedia & moooooorrrrrreeeeeee. For more info press here.
Stav Meishar as Anna Spano in Speakeasy Dollhouse
05/03/2012 - Post Ithaca, Speakeasy extended and Folksbiene Gala
"The Road to Ithaca", Stav's autobiographic show about her time in NYC, was a huge success! The seats at Tmuna Theater in Tel Aviv were all sold out, and the audience was raving and cheering. "Touching", "inspirational", "revealing" and "eye-opening" were only some of the comments heard by audience members. Stay tuned for the USA premiere. All songs from the show can be seen on youtube.
02/11/2012 - Speakeasy, Daughters of Lot and Ithaca
Do you like comic books, booze and dolls and immersive theater? Cause the Speakeasy Dollhouse has been so popular it has extended - every first Monday of the month from now till June we will be open, each time with a different theme! Cynthia Von Buhler, an award-winning artist who makes dark, surrealist art, is bringing you an immersive play and a comic book based on the real story of the murder of her mobster grandfather. Every First Monday of the month through June.
ALSO, in late February Stav will be taking part in a new show called Daughters of Lot, which will be running at the Kraine Theater as part of the Frigid Festival. The show tells the biblical tale through risque burlesque and is more than worth a visit, especially if you like talented girls in sexy outfits!
And most exciting of all - In late March I'll be doing a one-night-only solo show in my hometown of Tel Aviv, Israel! The show, titled "The Road to Ithaca", is a musical journey through my four years in NYC. Expect punk-cabaret, musical theatre and some special guests.
Check the Events Calendar for exact details.
Stav Meishar in Daughters of Lot
11/09/2011 - Folksbiene Cabaret Dinner and Anachronism Steampunk NYC IV
Two VERY different events coming up, folks! On Tuesday 11/22 Stav will be performing with the Folksbiene (the National Yiddish Theater) at their annual Cabaret Dinner. This star studded evening will include performances from veteran stage stars Judy Kaye, Ron Rifkin, Stuart Zagnit and more. On the other end of the spectrum, Stav has been invited to perform her Shakespearean Ukulele act at the Anachronism Steampunk NYC IV. Stav will be doing a 30 min set, and many other marvelous music and burlesque acts are scheduled to perform. It's gonna be a very steampunky evening!
Stav Meishar (2nd on the right) at the Folksbiene Cabaret Dinner
10/10/2011 - More Speakeasy and Masquerade Macabre!
Our two Speakeasy Dollhouse shows were completely SOLD OUT, ladies and gents, therefore we have ADDED A SPECIAL HALLOWEEN SHOW. That's right. On Monday October 31st the Speakeasy Dollhouse will reopen for a super awesome Halloween performance. Come. Dress up. Have a Cannolli. Witness a murder.
Also, Stav will be performing at Gemini and Scorpio's Masquerade Macabre! Stav's performance at the Lost Circus party was very well received and she was invited to perform again at G&S's next big event, happening Saturday 10/29. You don't wanna miss out on this great evening!
the dUKEss of Rock at the Masquerade Macabre
09/23/2011 - Two AMAZING projects coming up in October
Mondays October 17th and 24th: Do you like comic books, booze and dolls and immersive theater? Cynthia Von Buhler, an award-winning artist who makes dark, surrealist art, is having a two-nights only event to celebrate her new dollhouse comic book based on the real story of the murder of her mobster grandfather. This event is gonna be an all-senses tantalizer, including a speakeasy bar and an immersive play (in which Stav is taking part). ONLY WAY TO GET IN is by contributing the the Kickstarter fundraiser. You get the book and a ticket at the same price. Worth every penny.
ALSO, on the weekends of October 13th-16th and October 19th-22nd Stav will be taking part in the Exquisite Corpse Festival, in a dance piece choreographed by the multi-talented Rachel Klein, who was nominated for two New York Innovative Theater Awards. Her work is edgy, macabre and original, and the theme for the dance piece is GLITTER... Check the Events Calendar for exact details.
Stav Meishar (center) at the Exquisite Corpse Festival
08/14/2011 - the dUKEss of Rock at tinyDANGEROUSfun
On September 27th the dUKEss of Rockwill be making an appearance at the monthly performers showcase tinyDANGEROUSfun! This monthly event features all kinds of crazy acts ranging from clowns to musicians to burlesque performers. Tuesday 9/27, 8pm At the Sycamore Bar on 1118 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY.
07/08/2011 - Summer 2011: Seussical and Edinburgh Fringe
On August 21st Stav is flying to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to debute her Shakespearean Ukulele act the dUKEss of Rock. To the New Yorkers who wanna get a sneak peek at the unique act - come toThe Lost Circus: Burning Man Temple Fundraiser, where Stav will be sharing a stage with a bunch of incredible, out-of-the-ordinary artists.
Prior to that Stav will spending the summer in Kent, CT, directing the musical Seussical Jr. at KenMont-Kenwood camps.
07/02/2011 - The dUKEss of Rock at The Lost Circus: a Burning Man Temple Fundraiser
About the event: Discover a circus long lost, with music from times gone by or times that never were: Sxip Shirey (impossible music on improbable instruments), Franz Nicolay (the mustachio'd accordion man of World Inferno Friendship Society and The Hold Steady), Kim Boekbinder (songstress of murderous waltzes to epic pop ballads via voice, guitar, looping pedal and a bag full of mystery), Stav Meishar (ukelele meets Shakespeare). Yula and the eXtended family play two dance sets of unbridled punk klezmer. DJ Joro Boro bridges the dust of Burning Man with the sounds of a rogue Slavic circus, and The Bass of Disorient takes you deeper into the playa for late-night dancing.
05/20/2011 - Stav playwrighting debut
On May 10th, Israel's 63rd Independence Day, Stav performed in a show she wrote for ISRAMERICA at the Ramaz Day School in Manhattan. The show was loved by both teachers and students and is sure to make a comeback at future ISRAMERICA events. USA's leading Jewish TV station, Shalom TV, covered the story (1:20 into the video).
01/27/2011 - Stav returns to Kids and Yiddish
This season Stav will be returning to the Folksbiene - National Yiddish theater for their annual production of "Kids and Yiddish". Stav took part in the show last year and is excited to return to the K&Y family! This year the show will be touring various schools and synagogues in the Tri-State area during February-March.
01/07/2011 - Stav in AFP's video "Map of Tasmania"
Stav is thrilled beyond words to have had the honor of participating in a video of her favorite all time musician Amanda F***ing Palmer. The song is titled Map of Tasmania and it's a part of Amanda's new Australia-themed CD titled "Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under". Press the link to watch the video!
08/08/2010 - Stav returns to Don't Tell Mama
Stav will be performing once again in Seth Bisen-Hersh's Showcase on Tuesday August 24th at 7 PM. The show will take place on Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St.
Stav will sing 2 solo songs: "My Stupid Mouth" by John Mayer and "Take Me or Leave Me" from "Rent".
Call for reservations after 4pm: 212-757-0788 or online at donttellmamanyc.com
07/24/2010 - Stav tours the Southern USA
Stav is thrilled to be going on tour with Project Educational Theatre's production of "Jack and the Beanstalk". Stav will be playing the hen / bean seller and will tour with the company from September through February in KY, LA, MI, AL and other southern states.
07/19/2010 - Stav dances for Hank & Cupcakes
Stav is excited to take part in the staging of the new hit song "Redhead Girl" by the Israeli duo Hank & Cupcakes. Stav took part in a special promotional photo shoot for the song, and will dance on stage with the band at Le Poisson Rouge on Saturday, August 7th at 9pm.
06/30/2010 - Stav performs at the NYC International Fringe Festival
Stav is honored to be taking part in an original dark rock musical premiering in the NYC International Fringe Festival - "Return to the Onion Cellar." In a world made callous by its own invention, patrons flock to an underground speakeasy to cut onions forcing themselves to cry. But in this Dark Rock Musical, some things are better left uncut. Inspired by Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum. The show will run August 14th through August 27th at the Ellen Stuart Theater at La Mama. For show times and tickets got to the festival's website.
01/25/2010 - Stav performs at Don't Tell Mama
Stav will be performing at Seth Bisen-Hersh's Showcase on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 16th and 17th, 2010, at 7 PM. The show will take place on Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St.
Stav will sing 2 solo songs: "Patterns" from "Baby" and "I'm Breaking Down" from "Falsettos".
Call for reservations after 4pm: 212-757-0788 or online at donttellmamanyc.com
01/08/2010 - Stav understudies Maureen in Rent
Stav is overjoyed to join New Jersey's The Theater Company cast of "Rent" as an ensemble member and Maureen understudy. As a punk/rock chick Stav is thrilled to belt her face off in this milestone of a musical.
12/17/2009 - Stav returns to Isramerica
Stav is scheduled to participate in another ISRAMERICA show on January 31st at the City Winery in NYC. Don't miss out in this wonderful display of Isramerican talent!
12/8/2009 - "Stranger Here Myself", a Brecht/Weill Cabaret
SingEasy! at Abingdon Presents: Stranger Here Myself A Night of Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht Starring Richard LaFleur, Stav Meishar and Jennifer Lynn Tune.
Sunday, January 3rd, 7pm Abingdon Theatre Complex 312 West 36th street (between 8th an 9th avenues)
Tickets are $10, no minimum. See you there!
10/26/2009 - Stav join the Folksbiene, the National Yiddish Theater
In November-December Stav will be taking part in Kids and Yiddish at the Folksbiene - the National Yiddish Theater!
Mixing a rich stew of musical styles -- everything from rock, rap, klezmer, calypso and Irving Berlin, "Kids and Yiddish" gleefully mixes Jewish folk traditions with popular culture. How else can you explain a show that mixes the Sounds of Lamed, Silly Vov Songs, Dos Naye Lid and We Will Hock You? The New York Times raves "Kids and Yiddish" is "hilarious!" adding that "the show is like a wacky borscht belt-style revue, but much hipper than anything your grandmother might have enjoyed.
Show schedule: November 22 at 11am November 29 at 11am December 6 at 11 am & 2pm December 13 at 11 am
At the Rose Nagelberg Theatre in the Baruch Performing Arts Center 55 Lexington Avenue (Entrance on E. 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Ave) NYC, NY 10010
9/15/2009 - Stav's USA debut at Isramerica!
Stav is delighted to be part of ISRAMERICA. come see her on Wednesday October 21st at Sage theater on 711 7th avenue between 47th and 48th streets, 8pm.
ISRAMERICA is a refreshing showcase of emerging Israeli and Jewish American talent. The show will incorporate a world of diverse artists; actors, dancers, singers, comedians, filmmakers and visual artists, all drawing inspiration from their Jewish and/ or Israeli background, Jewish upbringing and Israeli experiences.