CHRISTOPHER CARTMILL

Christopher Cartmill named Affiliate Fellow for the American Academy in Rome

 

Christopher Cartmill was chose by Mason Gross School of the Arts/Rutgers University to be the 2014-2015 Affiliate Fellow for theprestigious American Academy in Rome

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Christopher Cartmill's ROMEO'S DREAM has an extraordinary design workshop

 

Washington and Lee University hosts a process workshop of Cartmill's award-winning play ROMEO'S DREAM.  Presented and lead by designer Owen Collins, with actors Kathleen O'Grady and William Franke, as well as student design collaborators.Romeo_sDreamWorkshop_resized.jpg

 

Cartmil's ON THE STREET(S) WHERE I LIVE iPhone photo series goes international.

 

Christopher Cartmill's iPhone photos from the series ON THE STREET(S) WHERE I LIVE appear on Fernanda Salles' international urban blog — Zona 10!

Check them out!.

"As fotos abaixo foram feitas por Christopher Cartmill, dramaturgo, diretor, ator e professor de teatro na NYU Gallatin (mais informações sobre sua carreira em www.christophercartmill.com). Entre uma atividade e outra, ele fotografa as ruas de Nova York com a câmera de seu I-Phone."

ZONA 10 - pela ocupação cidadã dos espaços públicos

 

Christopher Cartmill Plays the title role in KILLING JOHN GRISHAM in the 2011 New York Fringe Festiv

Cartmill's THE SPECTRE BRIDEGROOM in Washington State production - article by Darren Oke

 

"Tonight I had the pleasure of attending Everett High School’s spring play, “The Spectre Bridegroom”, in the school’s “Little Theater”, and was treated to a very entertaining and nearly flawless theatrical presentation.  On the surface, I wasn’t sure that a play about possibly-ghostly groomsmen in a Bavarian castle in 1895 sounded like my cup of tea; however, I was very pleasantly surprised at the story, the fantastic script, and the superb acting and staging of this delightful comedy of errors.

I can hardly begin to describe the story, as it simply must be seen in person to be fully grasped.  Its one of these very clever scripts where everything is not as it seems.  While the audience can easily follow what is really happening, the characters in the story most certainly cannot, and in many ways, this reminded me of a Shakespeare story.  Louisa, the daughter of a once-wealthy family is due to be married to a groom she has never met, as arranged by their parents and against her own wishes.  The groom-to-be himself, the Count Von Altenburg is, well, quite a handful.  He and his servant Osmar arrive in Louisa’s town and run into an old friend, the handsome and rebellious Hermann Von Starkenfaust. The three young men have no idea that a bizarre course of events lies in front of them, or how all their plans will go wrong at just about every turn, causing tremendous confusion and commotion at the castle of Louisa’s family.  They also have no idea that Louisa’s family includes some very colorful and amusing characters too, and it all makes for a great play.

Adelaide Leroy stars as Louisa, and very skillfully portrayed many different emotions and reactions in some very strange situations.  I loved her polished performance!  She delivered every line with the right amount of confusion, anger, worry or bemusement on her face, and espoused some deep feminist philosophy in an entertaining way.  Keenan Uriu was also impressive as Hermann, who unwittingly finds himself in the midst of more chaos and confusion than he could have imagined.  Strong performances were also contributed by Sam Magley as Osmar, Tyler Hicks as Louisa’s exasperated dad, the Baron Von Landkurz, and Taylor Voje as her pushy and worrisome aunt Ermingarde.

Two of my favorite characters in this play were the other aunt, Romilda, and Otto, the Count Von Altenburg who was the originally intended fiancé.  Becca Morgan played Romilda, a slightly nutty, very witty, middle-aged busy body who writes horror novels and fancies herself as a spiritual medium prone to visions and premonitions.  Morgan’s deadpan delivery of some of the shows most outrageous lines made her a scene stealer whenever her character was on stage.  Gavin Dunne-Marble played Otto, one of the most arrogant, condescending, pompous characters I’ve ever seen.  He had fantastic stage presence and awareness of his character, as well as great comic timing.

I picked out some excellent performances from cast members with small roles too.  I loved Minh Button as the owner of the town’s tavern, trying to respond to Otto’s demands for service.  I liked Jake Segner’s funny portrayal of the nervous and overly-talkative Cousin Adelric.  And Eric Bayne was excellent as Karl, a testosterone-laden tavern customer who decides not to put up with Otto’s posturing.

All the technical elements in this show came together extremely well.  Lighting cues, sound effects, and scene changes were all seamless.  The sets and the stage, though small, were decorated very artistically in each scene.  And a great deal of effort was put into the choreographing of a sword fighting scene between Otto and Karl; it was a long and exciting fight all over the tavern with lots of metal clanking and tangible tension between the two!

I congratulate director Paula Antonevich for taking the fledgling drama department at EHS and extracting such an exciting, amusing and artistic performance from her cast.  “The Spectre Bridegroom” was definitely worth seeing, and I encourage anyone who enjoys plays to go and see this excellent production!"


 

THE NEBRASKA DISPATCHES is a semi-finalist!

 

THE NEBRASKA DISPATCHES is a SEMI-FINALISTS: NONFICTION for 2011 Friends of American Writers!  FAW has been awarding prizes since 1928 to emerging writers who are from the Midwest and/or write about the Midwest.  Past winners include: Carl Sandburg, William Maxwell, John Gardner, Toni Morrison, Jane Smiley, Sara Gruen and many others.

 

Poetry Foundation Interview

Reviews of THE NEBRASKA DISPATCHES

 

 

 ForeWord Reviews By John Michael Senger Book Review November 2010 

 

The Nebraska Dispatches 

Christopher Cartmill, successful New York playwright, director, and actor, disregarded Thomas Wolfe’s famous advice that “You can’t go home again,” and returned to his home in Nebraska to research and write a play. His subject was Chief Standing Bear, a Ponca Indian who in 1879 sued the United States government and won. The turmoil that enveloped Cartmill and renewed his bond with home, in the broadest meaning of that word, is gracefully retold in The Nebraska Dispatches. 

Standing Bear was chief of the Ponca Indians living along the Niobrara River in Northern Nebraska in the mid 1800s, when the US government moved many of the Indian tribes to the Oklahoma territory. Standing Bear’s son died in Oklahoma, having first requested burial in Nebraska with his ancestors. To honor his son’s request, Standing Bear returned to Nebraska, where he was arrested and incarcerated. He declared he was being held illegally, and sued the US government for a writ of habeas corpus. The Court agreed with the chief and he was freed to quietly live out his life in Nebraska. 

The Nebraska Dispatches is far more than just the story of Standing Bear, although that alone would make for an interesting tale. Cartmill also tells his own story, of his return to his roots and reconciliation with place and history. The story’s pace and drama builds as Cartmill meets the people of Nebraska and hears their stories. 

Flowing throughout is the undercurrent of anger and bitterness that irresolutely defines the relationship between the Plains Indians and their white neighbors. Cartmill is forced to confront the idea that stories matter. History is not abstract, but about actual people and events that have consequences yet today. As Susan Cloud Horse, an Omaha Indian, tells him: “First of all, I’m going to tell you this again: by what you’re doing you’re stirring up five hundred years of anger, pain, and shame.” 2 | P a g e 

The Nebraska Dispatches refrains from bravado or overstatement; nevertheless, it is an intense and dynamic book. Cartmill is expert at relating his own story and just enough information about the Poncas, Standing Bear, and other Plains Indians. He intertwines these sagas to make them part of a larger story of America and how Americans connect to home. In the end, Cartmill proves Wolfe wrong. Not only can one go home again, but there can be much to be learned from the experience. (November) John Michael Senger 

 

Artist Amy Hutchinson's hand-printing of Cartmill's NEBRASKA CITY SIMILES is available for purchase

 

Christopher Cartmill's poem "Nebraska City Similes" in a lovely hand-printed one sheet by the artist Amy Hutchinson is suitable for framing and is available for purchase http://redhawkpress.com/

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THE NEBRASKA DISPATCHES available for pre-order

 

THE NEBRASKA DISPATCHES is available for pre-order NOW at the UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS.

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PRAISE

“Delightfully intimate yet soaringly ambitious, Christopher Cartmill’s lovely and lovingly told memoir of his journey through personal and national history is a fascinating meditation on the infinite meanings of home. This is a terrific nonfiction debut from a terrifically gifted writer.”—Adam Langer, author ofEllington Boulevard and My Father’s Bonus March

“It is not as a disinterested witness that Christopher Cartmill embarked on this extraordinary exploration, but as a passionate participant, often literally risking body and soul, with a clear eye, a probing intellect, and a compassionate and fearless heart. The result is a fascinating, and very moving, chronicle of his journey.”—Eva Rubinstein, actress and internationally acclaimed photographer

“The Nebraska Dispatches sensitively chronicles a time when paths crossed—when the past intertwined with the present and remade a future.”—Renee Sans Souci, Umonhon (Omaha) poet

“Cartmill writes with such power and beauty. The Nebraska Dispatchesresonated with me personally. Even though our experiences are of course different in the discovery journey that led to our respective projects . . . there are many deep and striking resonances.”—Jocelyn McKinnon, lecturer at The University of Newcastle, Australia, and creator of the performance piece,Listening: Indigenous Stories from the Central Coast

Praise for Christopher Cartmill’s play Home Land, on which this book is based:
“This is a mature, sophisticated play. Like rainwater in the Nebraska Sandhills, the play’s haunting truths seep into the cracks where life begins and ends. And it is here where those hard truths are delivered with whispers—not megaphones—which of course make them resonate even louder.”—Joe Starita, author of I Am a Man

AWARDS
Publication of this volume was assisted by The Virginia Faulkner Fund, established in memory of Virginia Faulkner, editor in chief of the University of Nebraska Press.
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BEYOND THE PALE

 

Gad's Hill presented and Christopher Cartmill hosted four site specific performances of Barbara Hammond's BEYOND THE PALE in the historic rectory of Saint Peter's Chelsea.  The entire rectory stood in for a manor house in Northern Ireland between the mountains and the sea and the audience moved through the house along with the actors.   This extraordinary experience was directed by Kevin Kittle and was part of the 1st Irish Festival.  Cartmill was the guide and host for the evening.

A description of the production by Shaun B. Wilson --

"This past Friday I had the opportunity to see Barbara Hammond's new play "Beyond the Pale" at St. Peter's Rectory in Chelsea, part of the 1st Irish 2009 Theatre Festival in NY. Almost as soon as the play began, I realized that I had been led astray. This was not a play. This was one of those dreams that feels like a film or a palpably familiar trip to a place you've never been. This was an invited invasion into the lives of others. This was, quite simply, an experience. The play took place in an Irish Manor house in Northern Ireland and began in the back garden. We, the audience, found our places among the walkways and shrubs as the play began and moved with the cast through the first floor of the manor throughout the course of the play. We were no longer audience members, but a fog moving through the countryside of Ireland, gently oppressing the manor's inhabitants. In what I feel is a stroke of genius, the convention of the audience's close proximity to the cast mirrored the railing against a silent heaven that dwelt in the play. The three main characters, Siobhan, Terry, and Declan seemed as if they were trying to escape from or engage with some invisible force that hemmed them in, watched them, and never spoke. This convention also left no room for the actors to be false or distracted, or for the dialogue to be tricked up and stiff as we were no less than three feet away from them at all times. The entire creative team rose to the challenge quite successfully. It was a beautiful whisper of a play, simple and true."

For a slide show of the event check out the home page at www.barbarahammond.com

 

check out some APOTHEOSIS rehearsal footage on Melissa's blog

 
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THE FERRIS WHEEL SONG in the Coney Island Film Festival

 
THE FERRIS WHEEL SONG, a short film written and staring Christopher Cartmill (with Joe Schulz as the Childish Friend) and directed by Richard Jack and produced by Richard Ende is an Official Selection of the 8th Annual Coney Island Film Festival! 8th Annual Coney Island Film Festival September 26-28, 2008 at Sideshows By The Seashore and The Coney Island Museum in the historic Brooklyn neighborhood Coney Island, New York!
 

Christopher Cartmill's THE SPECTRE BRIDEGROOM published.

 
High in the Odenwald, young Louisa von Landkurz waits to marry the Count von Altenberg, a man she has never met. When the Count appears, she is smitten -- but is he the real Count, a murderer, or a ghost? And for that matter, is the second Count real? Or the third Count? A gothic comedy full of mistaken identities, mysterious messages and ghostly appearances. For your copy go to www.playscripts.com and plays an order. While you're at it get a copy of Christopher adaptation of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW!
 

Christopher Cartmill named 2009 Flournoy Playwright at Washington & Lee University

 
Washington & Lee University has chosen Christopher Cartmill to be the 2009 featured playwright for the seventh annual festival, following the likes of Paula Vogel and Neil LaBute. Ruth E. Flournoy Theatre Endowment and celebrates the pivotal role of the playwright in theatre arts and encourages dramatic writing in the United States and throughout the world. "Playwrights are the heart and soul of the theater. They challenge cultural assumptions, question cherished beliefs, resurrect forgotten values and revitalize the theater for each passing generation," said Joseph Martinez, theater department chairman. "Institutions of higher learning have an obligation to support playwrights and play writing as part of a rich liberal arts tradition." Christopher will direct his play THE APOTHEOSIS OF VACLAV DRDA and a reading of another work to be announce will also be presented. THE APOTHEOSIS OF VACLAV DRDA 2/5-7 at the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts, Lexington, VA. For more information go to www.wlu.edu
 

Cartmill at the Standing Bear Park dedication

 
Christopher accompanied NET documentary maker/producer Christine Lesiak and associate producer Carol Brown to Ponca City, Oklahoma for the dedication of the Standing Bear Park & Museum. Events included; the Annual Standing Bear Pow Wow and the Museum dedication.
 

MONOLOGUE TO TELL TALE OF STANDING BEAR

 
By Travis Coleman, Journal staff writer Four years ago, Christopher Cartmill was no more than a curious outsider interested in the tales of Nebraska's American Indian tribes. Now, he's being trusted with telling the story of its members and one of its most heralded chiefs. That transformation is documented in "The Nebraska Dispatches," a monologue based on journal entries Cartmill wrote while researching a play he was set to write on Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. Standing Bear successfully argued in U.S. District Court in Omaha that an American Indian is a "person" deserving of certain rights. The decision allowed the Poncas to return to their land in modern day Knox County, Neb., that had been previously taken from them by the federal government. But before he could write that play, Cartmill said he needed to learn more about the area's tribes, which led him to Renee New Holy, an Omaha tribal member from Macy, Neb. "I felt that it was vital," said Cartmill, a playwright originally from Lincoln, Neb. But after first meeting on the Omaha Indian Reservation, New Holy questioned why Cartmill, a non-Indian, would be interested in the stories of Standing Bear and other tribal people. "(I told him) to tell this story, you have to understand what we've been through as Native people," New Holy said. "I saw myself as a gatekeeper. If you make it past me, you may have a chance to do something pretty awesome." Cartmill wanted to write about the "powerful" story of Standing Bear's desire to go home, Cartmill said. But "Dispatches" details the changes he and New Holy went through in the year they spent together, also featuring the "bad use of cowboy boots and a very small car," Cartmill said. "I was pretty ill prepared for the journey," Cartmill said. "The Nebraska Dispatches" can be seen for free at 4:30 p.m. today at Valentine Parker Jr. Center in Macy. Following the performance, New Holy is set to perform a poem on American Indian youth suicide. "Dispatches" is the first of three plays, with the last two using actors to tell Standing Bear's story. Those performances are set to be performed in the Omaha and Ponca tribal languages, Cartmill said. Cartmill has performed "Dispatches" in Lincoln and shows are planed in New York City later this year. While those plays are still in production, the lessons Cartmill learned on American Indian life over the past year continue. "It will never be done now," Cartmill said. "It's too much a part of my life."
 

NO RETREAT FROM DESTINY — Christopher Cartmill as Captain Brown

 
Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOK5vC0hCbw Check it out. Forgive my "By God!" If I'd seen the dailies . . .
 

ROMEO'S DREAM reading

 
A reading of Christopher's ROMEO'S DREAM with an extraordinary cast; Jess Dickey, Jerry Richardson, Julie Evan Smith, William DeMeritt, Richard Ende, Joe Schulz, Samantha Brahms, Tom Budd, Virginia Lowery, Christine Marie Brown and John Wright.
 

THE NEBRASKA DISPATCHES IN NEBRASKA

 
Christopher performs the solo memoir in Lincoln, Nebraska; presented by the Lied Center for the Performing Arts at the Great Plains Study Center. With opening and closing prayer graciously given by Omaha elder Alice Saunsoci and a piece read by poet Renee New Holy. Directed by Christine Marie Brown. On the day of the celebration of Chief Standing Bear.
 

Christopher Cartmill pitches for VERIZON

 
look for Christopher in a commercial for Verizon.
 

Christopher Cartmill artist-in-residence with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble at the AIC

 
The Art Insitute of Chicago presents an amazing week of music and performance with the Silk Road Ensemble. WOW! April 9th thru 15th.
 

THE NEBRASKA DISPATCHES

 
The premiere of Christopher Cartmill's solo performance of his journals from Nebraska. Directed by Christine Marie Brown. March 26th and 27th at the Access Theater, NYC and April 28th and 30th at THEATRELAB, NYC.
 

Christopher hosts Suzie Devoe in DOROTHY PARKER

 
Suzie Devoe is an amazing actress and has created a solo performance of the works and wit of Dorothy Parker. This work is not to be missed. March 19th @ 7:30pm at the Access Theater, NYC.
 

THE ROBBERS OF MADDERBLOOM at the Access

 
Christopher's hilarious play THE ROBBERS OF MADDERBLOOM read at the Access Theater as a part of Gad's Hill's celebration of process during the run of THE APOTHEOSIS OF VACLAV DRDA. With Christine Brown, John Wright, Julie Evan Smith, Joe Schulz and more. WHAT A WAY TO CELEBRATE SAINT PATRICK'S DAY with a play writing in Ireland!
 

THE APOTHEOSIS OF VACLAV DRDA

 
Christopher Cartmill's new play THE APOTHEOSIS runs at the Access Theater in NYC. Starring Kathleen O'Grady, John Wright, Quinn Michael Mattfield, Carter Roy, Carolyn Stone, Jason Grossman and Armand Anthony. Stagemanager Samantha Brahms. March 8 thru April 1.
 

Christopher Cartmill SILK ROAD ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE at the Art Institute of Chicago

 
A series of readings and VOICES and inspirations at one of the world's great museums. February 25 to March 3.
 

Reading of Michael Milligan's PHAETON

 
Christopher hosts a reading of Michael Milligan's new play, PHAETON.
 

Christopher works with musicians Betti Xiang, Omar Al Musfi and Kinan Abu Afash

 
Christopher Cartmill spent the weekend working with extraordinary musicians Betti Xiang (erhu), Omar Al Musfi (percussion) and Kinan Abu Afash at the Art Institute of Chicago.
 

The premiere of Cartmill's THE APOTHEOSIS OF VACLAV DRDA

 
Make plans for the premiere of Cartmill's new play - this March at New York's Access Theater. Directed by Yuval Hadadi.
 

READING TO RENEW

 
On Monday, 2 October 2006 Christopher directs and the writer's collective GROOP curates an evening of readings to benefit the Hancock County Library. The readings will include the works of Faulkner, Williams, Armstrong and the live a capella vocals of Derrick McQueen. Actors reading that night will include Michelle Hurst, Kathleen Chalfant, Jay O. Sanders, among others. The reading takes place at the Chashama space, 217 East 42nd. $15 suggested donation.
 

THE SILK ROAD at The Art Institute of Chicago

 
Christopher gives four performances in one day to help kick off the Art Institute of Chicago's SILK ROAD Project. 30 September 2006 will be a day of extraordinary events at the AIC which will kick off a year long exploration of the Silk Road. Also performing will be Krithika Rajagopalan and Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. Look for Christopher at the following events; 10:30am in Price Auditorium: WE'RE RIDING ON A CARAVAN 12:30pm in Price: TIME TRAVELLERS 1pm in Price: DRAGON'S IN THE MIST 2:30pm in Fullerton Auditorium: PERSIA, MAJESTY AND RIDERS
 

Christopher's adaptation of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW published

 
The adaptation of Washington Irving's THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW is now available through Playscripts Inc. Go to www.playscripts.com and you'll find it!
 

CROSSING TO SAFETY

 
Christopher plays Larry in a reading of Frances C. Jones film adaptation of Wallace Stegner's CROSSING TO SAFETY with Kathleen O'Grady and Elizabeth Berkley. At New York's famed Player's Club.
 

THE END OF . . . is part of Nebraska Festival of Original Works

 
Rough Magic Productions presents and Laura Kendall directs THE END OF . . . June 8,9,10,15,16 and 17 at 7:30pm Rough Magic is launching an annual summer new work festival entitled ‘GO’ at the Loft at the Mill this June.  This festival is an opportunity to view original work     New Rough Magic Artistic Director Jack Carpenter wants to focus on creating original theatre for Lincoln.  “The purpose of GO is to create opportunities to showcase the talent we have of every medium in our hometown.  We are the only theatre company in Lincoln whose mission is to develop the unique artistic voice of Nebraska; that’s what Rough Magic and GO is all about,” says Carpenter.    with an additional performance at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9 and June 16. The production features an ensemble cast of Lindsay Cooke, Matt Gee, Mike Goode, Lacey Hannan, Brok Kerbrat, Laura Kendall, Sean McGill, Rachael Miller, Eric Ojeda, Rebecca Reineke, Whitney Rhodes, and John Ryan.  Directors include Noelle Bohaty, Joel Egger, Mary Gaetz, Laura Kendall, Jen Lukas and Gregory Peters.  Featured playwrights are Christopher Cartmill, Jody Christopherson, Jack Loscutoff, Andrew Marshall and Gregory Peters.   
 

NO RETREAT DVD RELEASE

 
The feature film: "No Retreat From Destiny: The Battle That Rescued Washington" has just been released on DVD nation-wide!  March 10th is the official release date.  It's 106 minutes long, and the DVD has nearly 2 hours of extras...   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOK5vC0hCbw   http://www.lionheart-filmworks.com  
 

Christopher begins teaching at Gallatin/NYU

 
Christopher begins as an instructor at NYU's Gallatin School. His full class is ROMANTICS AND REVOLUTIONARIES. A investigation of theatricality in the late 18th and early 19th century.
 

Christopher in MY HEART, MY SERPENT

 
Christopher portrays the philosopher Nietzsche — the compelling language of Nietzche's masterpiece ZARATHUSTRA, along with excerpts from his letters and diaries, adapted by scholar James Melo. Works by some of the greatest Romantic composers, the enchanting sounds of a children's chorus, baritone and instrumental interludes. Brahms's 'Four Serious Songs,' Wolf's 'Prometheus' and Liszt's dramatic recitation 'The Sad Monk.'
 

Christopher's salonologue ON THE PECULIARITY OF FEELING performed as part of Dance/Theater performan

 
Community Dance Connection Theatre of Lexington, Virginia performs "A Dream I Had"; including Christopher Cartmill's short work ON THE PECULIARITY OF FEELING, as well as spoken word work by Jennifer Wise.
 

GAD'S HILL co-produces at Alvin Ailey Studios

 
Christopher Cartmill and GAD'S HILL with SASHA SOREFF DANCER THEATER present THE DANCER WHO WORE SNEAKERS AND OTHER TALES: An Evening of Dance Theater choreographed, written and directed by Sasha Soreff with original music by Matt Stine and Cody Owen Stine. Presented December 2, 3 and 4 at the Citigroup Theater of the Alvin Ailey Studios, NYC
 

TOLSTOY'S LAST DAYS

 
Relive the dramatic final days of Tolstoy's life. A narrative based on diaries and letters of Tolstoy and his wife, combined with excerpts from THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYCH, recounts his final journey. The text, intertwined with Rachmaninoff's music for violin, cello and piano creates a theatrical concert that epitomizes Russian tragedy and soulfulness. Vesselin Gellev, violin; Borislav Strulev, cello; Eve Wolf, piano Jonathan Epstein as Count Leo Tolstoy Ariel Bock as Countess Sofya Tolstoy and Christopher Cartmill as the narrator, Peter Ivanovich, and the young Tolstoy Directed by Donald T. Sanders
 

BALAM CONCERT A SUCCESS

 
The Balam Dance Theatre's 25th Anniversary performance was a triumph. The ensemble shined and THE HAUNTING OF LADY M. began what's hoped to be an on-going collaboration.
 

Christopher at Walnut Grove Elementary School in Nashville Tennessee

 
Christopher got to perform for about 700 students, pre-K to 5th grade, telling tales from East Indian mythology and art as well as exploring the animal kingdom. The students were rapt and full of energy, asking questions like; 'My soccer team is called the comets." It didn't matter that it wasn't a question and had nothing to do with the topic because everyone was having a good time. They made a play and got good practice with their looking goggles. And happy birthday to Marjorie.
 

THE ROBBERS OF MADDERBLOOM read at Producer's Club

 
A small invited reading of THE ROBBERS OF MADDERBLOOM was a great success at the Producer's Club. Performed for members of the Washington and Lee University faculty and students visiting New York City. Faculty/Staff: Rob Mish (Director of the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts), Susan Wager (Assistant Director/Lenfest), Owen Collins (Professor of Theater), Jennifer Anderson (Technical Director, Lenfest Center) and Cathy McElhannon (Theater staff). Students: Paige Smith, Jonathan Sturtz, Mary Guy, Blair McCartney, Eddie Greco. with performers Ken Bolden, Duane Noch, Kate Gehring, Mercedes Herrera, Joe Schulz, Mike Dale, Kathleen O'Grady and Brian Hotaling
 

TIME TRAVELLERS at the Art Institute of Chicago

 
Christopher plays Julian the Time Traveller for the Art Institute's Behind the Lions Day. An interactive show for the entire family full of music, dance and laughter. 11:30am and 12:30pm in the Insitute's Fullerton Auditorim
 

VOICES: ANDY WARHOL at the Art Institute

 
Christopher Cartmill reads from the diaries and letters of artist Andy Warhol for the Art Institute of Chicago's VOICES program. Thursday, September 29 at 12:30pm.
 

Jane Gennaro's SHAKING THE GOOSE EGG

 
Christopher Cartmill directs fellow GROOP member Jane Gennaro in her solo piece SHAKING THE GOOSE EGG at the Workshop Theater Company, 312 West 36th, 4th floor. September 22, 23, 24 at 8pm.
 

NO RETREAT FROM DESTINY screening

 
The screening, sponsored by the Virginia Film Office and the Virginia Production Alliance, is open to all cast and crew, as well as the general public. Tickets are only $5.00. The 102-minute film tells the true story of the Battle of Monocacy and the 1864 Confederate campaign against the U.S. Capitol. More detailed information about the screening with directions and times can be found on-line at www.lionheart-filmworks.com.
 

INCORRUPTIBLE staged reading with ONE ARM RED

 
Christopher Cartmill's INCORRUPTIBLE: THE LIFE, DEATH AND DREAMS OF MAXIMILIEN DE ROBESPIERRE will be presented in a very special staged reading. SATURDAY, JULY 16th at THE NEW ONE ARM RED, 25 JAY Street. Take the F Train to the first Brooklyn stop (York St.). Come out into the light, turn left and 25 is the first building on the right at the river. The new space is on the first floor. The schedule is as follows (all are welcome to come watch and listen). 2:30pm - 3pm Orientation 3pm - 3:50pm ACT ONE 4pm - 4:50pm ACT TWO 5pm - 5:50pm ACT TWO 6pm-7:25pm DINNER 7:30pm - 8:20pm ACT FOUR 8:30pm — 9:20pm ACT FIVE 9:30pm - 10:20pm ACT SIX Don't miss the extraordinary event. with actors CHRISTINE BROWN, JULIE EVAN SMITH, KEN BOLDEN, VIRGINIA LOWERY, CARLOS FITTANTE, RANDALL NEWSOME, NOEL VELEZ, BROOKE CENICOLA, GREG THORNTON, JOHANNA PARKER, MICHELLE HURST, RICHARD ENDE, ADAM ADAMS and more!
 

Christopher Cartmill directs next reading of Leonard Wolf's MARRIAGE, MARRIAGE, MARRIAGE

 
Chaucer's bawdy stories, "The Miller's Tale" and "The Merchant's Tale" have been fused with "The Wife of Bath's Prologue" 6pm JULY 11th at the Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street) with Suzanne Toren, Ken Bolden, Jonathan Cook, David McCann, Johanna Parker, Adam McLaughlin with pianist Flip DeBlasio assistant director Virginia Lowery
 

ROMEO'S DREAM at One Arm Red

 
An informal reading of the award-winning play at the new offices of One Arm Red with Ken Bolden, Julia Knight, David Engel, Virginia Lowery, Duane Noch, Johanna Parker, Brian Hotaling, Brooke Cenicola, Davide Borella, Richard Ende, William DeMerrit, Sasha Soreff and the playwright — filmed for a documentary exploration of the process toward production.
 

The beginning of THE END OF . . .

 
A new piece by Christopher Cartmill. THE END OF . . . follows a harried businessman through the airport on the morning of an important day. The first reading took place on June 12 during a reunion of the extraordinary cast of the Gad's Hill production of TARTUFFE.
 

Christopher Cartmill's adaptation of Mozart's IMPRESARIO

 
Church of the Transfiguration's "A Little Midday Music" concert series presents Mozart's little 1786 "Singspiel" The Impresario (Der Schauspieldirectkor), with playwright Christopher Cartmill's exciting new adaptation for three performers of Stephanie the Younger's libretto.  This high-spirited one-act jest at the problems of an opera manager's life features sopranos Nancy Loesch and Lynn Norris, tenor Jim Russell and organist Dr. Claudia Dumschat.  Tuesday, May 17th at 12:30pm, One East 29th Street, NYC 10016.  Subways: 1/9, N/R/W, or 6 to 28th Street.  Music Office: 212.684.4174.  www.ilttlechurch.org.
 

SAINT GEORGE AND THE DRAGON with the children of the Church of the Heavenly Rest

 
The children of the Church of the Heavenly Rest in NYC at 90th and 5th Avenue perform the stage adapation of Christopher Cartmill's verse telling of SAINT GEORGE AND THE DRAGON. Quake at the sight f the fiercesome dragon, cheer for the hero and heroine. Mother's Day, May 8th during the service, 10:45am.
 

Cartmill directs Leonard Wolf's MARRIAGE, MARRIAGE, MARRIAGE

 
Chaucer's bawdy stories, "The Miller's Tale" and "The Merchant's Tale" have been fused with "The Wife of Bath's Prologue" with Suzanne Toren, Ken Bolden, Jonathan Cook, Brian Hotaling, John-Charles Kelly, Johanna Parker, Duane Noch, Andrew Oswald, Karen Kumm, Adam McLaughlin and Leonard Wolf with pianist Flip DeBlasio Mr. Cartmill assisted by Virginia Lowery at The Cooper Union's Hewitt Auditorium (41 Cooper Square, between 7th and 6th Streets)
 

LA CHASSE SCREENPLAY

 
And informal reading of the screenplay of LA CHASSE with Christine Marie Brown, Julie Evan Smith and Michael Milligan
 

Barbara Hammond's BEYOND THE PALE

 
Christopher Cartmill appears in a free reading of Barbara Hammond's play BEYOND THE PALE, a story set in an old house in County Down in Northern Ireland. 7pm at The Paradise Theatre 64 East 4th Street (Bowery/2nd Avenue)
 

LA CHASSE in ERGO ENTERTAINMENT'S Winter Festival

 
From the producers of the recent Broadway production of LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, the up-coming Broadway bound STEEL MAGNOLIAS and the critically acclaimed documentary PAPERCLIPS comes the first annual Winter Festival. January 10th thru 16th at the Producers' Club Two (616 Ninth Avenue, between 43rd and 44th). Christopher Cartmill's play LA CHASSE will finish the festival on Sunday, January 16th at 5:30pm - in a new staged reading with the talents of Julie Evan Smith, Michael Milligan and Christine Marie Brown. Also experience the rest of the Fest. Including: Monday and Tuesday (the 10th and 11th) at 7:30pm - the comedy and insight of Elizabeth Warner, Cynthia Adler, Jane Gennaro, Marge Royce and More. Wednesday (12th) at 7:30pm - a reading of Barbara Hammond's play NORMAN AND BEATRICE: A MARRIAGE IN TWO ACTS. On that night Ms. Hammond will be presented with one of the Festival Awards. The reading is followed by a short set by Elizabeth Warner and then (at 10pm) the wonderful music of Arielle. Thursday thru Saturday (13th-15th) at 7:30pm - Courtney Fine's one-woman show ME 2. Followed at 10pm on Saturday by Arielle. Sunday (16th) at 5:30pm - LA CHASSE. The readings are free. The tix for individual events is $20. Better yet buy a festival pass for $40. Do not miss this opportunity. For more information go to www.ergoentertainment.com
 

MADDERBLOOM BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

 
A Staged Reading of a new play by Christopher Cartmill . . . . . THE ROBBERS OF MADDERBLOOM . . . . 7:30pm December 7th at THE DRAMA BOOKSHOP, 250 West 40th Street (between 7th & 8th) New York City.
 

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS AT PRINCETON

 
Christopher Cartmill directs Gian-Carlo Menotti's opera AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS at Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, New Jersey. Sunday, December 5th at 2pm.