To whom much is given, much more must be given back. I am blessed with creative talent. I must share to make a difference.
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- I am seeking the opportunity to share my work and the important and little known information they provide, and social issues they address on the stage as well as at educational institutions and organizations in an effort to inspire, build bridges and ente
- Presentation of my plays for arts education in high schools and universities. All of my plays tackle social issues, as well as provide historical information. I am also offering opportunities for endangered Black/Latino youth to work on productions givin
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CASTING FOR "THE GRINDER" COMPLETE! MEET THE CAST!
The first play in the trilogy, "The Grinder" is fully cast. We will be entering rehearsal status in late March and go up in mid May! This is gonna be good!Posted on Feb 20, 2014
Michelle Lamelza plays the lead as the stripper past her prime, Lauren aka "Diamond" Robert Hennessey plays the straight laced government employee and one of "Diamond's" regulars T Valada-Viars plays Lauren's difficult mother, Carlotta Al Roffe plays Romano, Lauren's pal and hairstylist extraordinaire Christiana Blain plays Rita, a fellow stripper and friend Bill Russo plays Lou, the grumpy owner of the strip club Stilettos
CASTING "WILD CHILD"!
Part of the cast of "Wild Child" as casting continues... The roles to be cast are "Susan's" fellow party animals Herman and Christi, Susan's obnoxious brother "Peter", and Susan's Aunt Carol.Posted on Jan 9, 2014
Joy Song plays Susan Li... The "Wild Child" Plays Muqin Susan's mother
Bryan David Essing plays the shell shock Viet Nam veteran "Vet"
"WILD CHILD" IS DONE AND THE TRILOGY "WOMEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW" IS COMPLETED!
It is done! The trilogy has been completed. Readings, showcases, and production to follow...Posted on Jan 5, 2014
"WILD CHILD" IS FINALLY TAKING OFF!!!
Writing is a very mysterious process... Sometimes you have it and sometimes you don't. When I don't I cease typing and wait until the "feeling" returns. I don't push it. I don't force it. When it returns I immediately take advantage of the moment and type away! "Wild Child" has finally taken off. Meaning, it has a way of getting to its destination. By the way, yes I did write the last scene of the play before completing the first act. This journey is now looking very interesting!Posted on Dec 20, 2013
"THE GRINDER" SHOWCASE PRODUCTION SET FOR SPRING 2014
The process continues and I'm happy to announce the return of most of the original cast members from the staged reading of the first play in my trilogy, "Women You Thought You Knew", to the showcase production of "The Grinder" next Spring.Posted on Dec 19, 2013
Michelle Lamelza reprises the lead role of the aging stripper, Lauren aka "Diamond".
Christiana Blain reprises her role as friend and fellow stripper, Rita.
Al Roffe reprises his role as the gay "hairstylist extraordinaire" and friend, Romano.
Bill Russo, who played the role of Nelson in the reading will make his stage debut, in a role since written, as the grumpy strip club owner/manager, Lou.
The roles of Carlotta and Nelson will be cast after the holidays with actors on standby for auditions.
Thanks to Katherine Mylenki for the great job as Carlotta in the reading.
THE STAGED READING OF "SILK STOCKINGS AND A BIBLE" IS CAST
The staged reading of the second play in my trilogy, "Silk Stockings and a Bible", has been cast. Set in Harlem and Atlantic City during WWII it tells the story of chorus girl, Fannie Mae Brown aka "Della Starr", who years later becomes a "church lady". Are her regrets of her past or of the present?Posted on Dec 7, 2013
Krystal Hill as chorus girl Fannie Mae Brown Irma Cadiz as fellow chorus girl Doris La Salle Stacey Griffin as sailor Joseph Charles aka JC Chuk Obasi as sax player/bartender Buddy Mike Adler as Sammy G. Harlem/Atlantic City mob guy Eren T. Gibson as Sassy bartender at Club Harlem/former Cotton Club chorus girl
WELCOME TO THE TEAM!
From the start I pretty much did everything when it came to mounting my productions, from making the programs, flyers, posters, and scenic, and sound design. That's what you do when you have no budget... Some of the weight will be lifted now that two talented gentlemen have reached out to offer their talent in future projects!Posted on Dec 4, 2013
Wilson Exclusive Talent Productions is growing! Joey Vega as Art Director, and Tony Cathcart as Makeup Artist join the team for upcoming projects. And a special mention to "super producer"Alexa Birdsong for offering her help. Thanks for reaching out guys!
PROJECTED TIMELINE FOR UPCOMING PROJECTS IN 2014
I tell you, I must be going through a serious manic phase of my bipolar as I have lots to do and plan to carry it out with the right folks on board! Remember, that's a "projected" timeline.Posted on Dec 3, 2013
UPDATED PROJECTED TIMELINE FOR THEATRE AND FILM PROJECTS:
Feb/March-Staged reading of "Silk Stockings and a Bible"
March/April-Rehearsals for "The Grinder"
April-Showcase Production of "The Grinder", Pre-production begins for "A Wound In Time" the feature film (1st production meeting)
May-Rehearsals for "Silk Stockings and a Bible"
June-Showcase Production of "Silk Stockings and a Bible"
July-Staged reading of "Wild Child"
August-Exteriors for "A Wound In Time" the feature film, Rehearsals for "Wild Child"
September-Showcase Production of "Wild Child", Principle photography of "A Wound In Time" begins
October/November-Rehearsals and 2 week run of entire trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew"
CAST ALMOST COMPLETE FOR FEBRUARY OR MARCH READING OF "SILK STOCKINGS AND A BIBLE"
The casting of the staged reading of the 2nd play in my trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew" is almost completed. I will post the cast and their pics at that time. You will see some familiar faces from previous projects. I am casting carefully seeking folks that I know can continue on to full production. It saves lots of time in rehearsal when you have a cast that knows the story and characters from having participated in the reading. Since I will be having readings of each play followed by its showcase practically back to back so this is the smartest way to proceed; with a cast that I KNOW is professional, and responsible... Stay tune. It's about to get busy!Posted on Dec 3, 2013
"WILD CHILD" OFF AND RUNNING!
I will be casting for the staged reading of the 2nd play in the trilogy after the holidays.Posted on Nov 19, 2013
I have written the end of the 3rd play, "Wild Child" before completing the first scene. I know it's weird but that's how my mind works sometime. I think it's a bipolar thing... I will resume writing when I come off my self-imposed hiatus. Lots going on and I'll fill you in next year!
2ND PLAY IN TRILOGY IS DONE!!!
"Silk Stockings and a Bible", the 2nd play in my trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew", set in Harlem during WWII, is finally completed. The last 2 months were spent pondering 3 endings for the final scene. I finally decided on another way to end the play. Writing of the final installment of the trilogy, "Wild Child" will resume after my self imposed hiatus ends in January. Stay tuned...Posted on Nov 8, 2013
DIVINA: FROM ROMA TO THE BRONX WITH LOVE
So I have a working title for my proposed documentary about the great Anna Magnani. I wrote the treatment and imagine it being filmed in Rome, her birthplace, with an Italian and myself as host/interviewers. We want to know more about Anna Magnani the WOMAN; her likes and dislikes, favorite places, hobbies, etc. This would be a cultural collaboration between the U.S. and Italy.Posted on Oct 7, 2013
In the treatment the opening shot will have a montage of stills and clips of The Bronx during the 50's and 60's with a the face of Anna Magnani superimposed, and classical Italian music in the background. There will also be a voiceover of myself: "I was so lucky to have grown up during the golden era of film and television in the 1950’s and 60’s... So many wonderful films and amazing actors. There were so many that influenced me in one way or another and were such a joy to watch. But there was only one who spoke to me on a deeper, more personal level... And that was the great Anna Magnani. She let a sensitive and very emotional little girl know that it was okay to be passionate, and that there was a way to express that passion in a positive and safe way..." Then we cut to a shot of myself being interviewed on camera continuing with my statement to set up upcoming shots as we begin to learn about the "Divina".
A CULTURAL EXCHANGE? SO MANY PARALLELS WITH MY IDOL ANNA MAGNANI
As I ponder the possibilities of an international collaboration about my idol, the great Anna Magnani, I find the parallels around our lives glaring. For now I will reveal only one... That we are both Pisceans. Perhaps a documentary about how this Italian acting icon had a major impact on a little black girl from the South Bronx? Hmmm...Posted on Sep 27, 2013
HIATUS? CAN'T FIGHT THE CREATIVE FLOW...
So I attempted to totally disengage myself of any creative projects until January 2014. However, the trilogy was calling me to complete it. I am now on the last scene of "Silk Stockings and a Bible" and have begun "Wild Child". If possible, I will produce the trilogy as a 2 week run with alternating shows. Otherwise, I will produce them separately beginning with "The Grinder" in early Spring. Stay tuned.Posted on Sep 18, 2013
I have also been thinking about my upcoming trip to Italy and pondering a possible collaboration in cultural exchange having to do with my idol, the late great actor Anna Magnani!
THE HIATUS HAS BEGUN... WELL SORT OF!
I am on a self imposed hiatus from all my creative dabblings until January. After producing and directing 2 projects every year for the past three years using my own resources I must regroup and deal with "me". Thus, I can return with sleeves rolled up and ready to deal with the many things I have planned. In my hunger for all that is cultural and artistic I plan on heading over to Italy and maybe take a peek at France to recharge my batteries. What's on the menu when I return?Posted on Aug 6, 2013
I really want to begin a program of arts and cultural immersion for our endangered Black and Latino males, where I would give them an opportunity at hands-on experience helping on productions as well as treat them to the theatre, museum, etc. I also plan on showcasing "The Grinder", and go into pre-production of the feature film version of "A Wound In Time". Looking to bring my Creole drama into the schools, have more dinner theatre productions, and eventually to the Off Broadway stage. And finally complete the two remaining plays of the trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew".
LEADING LADY OF "BLOOD MAKES THE RED RIVER FLOW" IS MAKING MOVES ON ANOTHER STAGE TOO!
So excited for my muse and leading lady of my Creole drama "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" Christiana Blain and her band members for their new recording "In Time" and their gig tomorrow night. The Exotik Robotz are making moves... Check them out! Exotik RobotzPosted on Aug 6, 2013
After a much needed hiatus I plan on moving forward with new projects as well as remounting old projects. Look for a late November, early December return where I'll be putting the wheels in motion.Posted on Jul 30, 2013
-Showcase "The Grinder"
-Off Broadway and Dinner Theatre Events for "Blood Makes The Red River Flow"
-Pre-production of feature "A Wound In Time"
-Complete Trilogy "Women You Thought You Knew"
All not necessarily in that order...
In doing what I love and with major sacrifice, I must take care of myself to rejuvenate and prepare for the great things ahead. As I resume projects, one of my goals will be to expose the arts to endangered minority males, and help them become cultured adults. Stay tuned...
LITTLE KNOWN AMERICAN & LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY REVEALED IN CREOLE DRAMA
Well, my very first themed dinner theatre event of my historical stage play "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" was appreciated by all who attended. It has been tried and tested and can be tailored for any size group or organization. The cast and I can also perform for your own special event. Browse the production's website for more information. There are photos, video clips, music, and reviews for your perusal. Experience a time at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Experience a time when the Louisiana Territory was a foreign country in the middle of America. We'll take you there to experience little known American and Latin American history.Posted on Jul 29, 2013
BLOOD MAKES THE RED RIVER FLOW'S WEBSITE
MY FIRST REVIEW FOR ANY OF MY PRODUCTIONS THEATRE CRITICS!
Posted on Jul 27, 2013MARK SAVITT REVIEWS STEPHANIE LYNN WILSON'S "BLOOD MAKES THE RIVER FLOW" AND THE CREOLE THEMED DINNER
Wilson Exclusive Talent Productions presented a very special Creole dinner theatre event at the exciting gallery/food space Culturefix on 9 Clinton Street near Houston St. A scrumptious three course dinner was followed by Stephanie Lynn Wilson's play "Blood Makes the Red River Flow". The appetizer was black-eyed pea fritters with (heavenly) crawfish cream. The main course featured Chicken and okra gumbo, dirty rice, skin cracklings, and homemade hot pepper sauce. The sausage studded dirty rice was the most delicious rice I've had in ages and the okra was tasty but not slimy. The desert pina colada cake with pineapple rum glaze and maraschino cherries alone would have been enough to completely satisfy me.
Ms. Wilson's play which she also directed and played the significant wise maternal figures Guma and Yaya, explored the rich culturally diverse milieu of Louisiana pre and post Louisiana Purchase. Beautiful black women had the best chance for a financially secure future if they could secure a protector at a special ball. Lizette (Christiana Blain) attracts Ferdinand (Ron Rivera) a wealthy owner of a plantation in Cuba. Her mama (Ms Wilson) is an astute businesswoman who makes sure to get favorable contracts assuring that the property will pass to Lizette and any future generations. A subplot involves Lizette's friend Marie (Krystal Hill) who must flee to Mexico with her brother who was caught passing for white. Another subplot involves an escaped slave Rebeau (Chuk Obasi) who, as a freeman works for Ferdinand and Lizette. Rounding out the cast is the mother's French friend played by Al Roffe. Becoming part of the United States compromised the former freedom of the heterogeneous colored population of Louisiana, but as Ms. Wilson showed they often found ways to help each other with the relatively privileged (Lizette) helping the not so privileged: Rebeau and her friend Marie.. The combination of Creole dinner with this rich history play worked wonderfully to enhance each other. I hope this dinner theater combo gets another chance to enchant a wider audience. If they do get another chance, perhaps some minor technical issues can be addressed. The background music was too loud, often swallowing the dialogue. Long pauses made the scene transitions awkward, especially because we were all eagerly waiting to find out what would happen next. As Natasha and Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 has shown, New Yorkers love dinner theater, so look out for this one when it comes around again.
EVA HEINEMANN'S RESPONSE:
I completely concur with Mark Savitt's review of show and food.
I want to thank Fractured Atlas for fiscally helping to produce this unique event and Ari and Cole of Culturefix for the beautifully presented and delicious food. I kept thinking of John Guare's "A
Free Man of Color" done at Lincoln Center awhile ago which dealt with the same subject of what happens to all the free people under Spanish and French rule in the Louisiana Purchase territory that gets destroyed by joining the United States with their horrible slavery. This was even better as it was from the female point of view. It's a very gripping story.
Unfortunately some of the accents were a bit thick that made it hard to understand the dialogue on top of the loud background music.
The costumes by Angelina Scantlebury were gorgeous. A very talented cast brought this steamy story to life.
Well, again it has been another year of whirlwind of creativity. Sunday, I remounted my Creole historical drama "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" as a dinner theatre event. We performed it up close and personal in the round. It was an amazing experience. In attendance were 2 theatre critics, and a producer. The official review will air on July 27th. Everyone loved it, including the venue's staff. Performing in the round is like performing in the middle of an energy center with emotions swirling about. It was definitely a very different show from when first performed last year. So grateful to my wonderful cast and to all who attended.Posted on Jul 24, 2013
Now that that's done I shall take some "Me" time and resurface in November and set wheels in motion to begin pre-production, and showcase one of my latest plays.
- Posted on Jul 24, 2013
The performance of "Blood Makes The Red River Flow" at Culturefix as dinner theatre was amazing! To perform without the 4th wall gave me such a freedom as an actor! I LOVE "theatre in the round". It is so organic and the emotions seem to be swirling around you, as well as the audience. The audience was so engaged and really fed our performance. They LOVED us! And we LOVED them!Posted on Jul 22, 2013
The food was amazing, as the cast was served and catered to after the audience dispersed. It was a lovely end to a wonderful show. There were two lovely theatre critics in the audience who promised me a favorable review airing on July 27th! I'm still floating!
Thanks to all who attended, and to my wonderful cast. And of course to Ari and Cole of Culturefix! It was the perfect venue, for the first, of our Creole dinner theatre events to come.
For every show that we do is a step closer to getting the recognition and support "Red River" so deserves. Stay tuned...
GREAT REHEARSAL AS WE COUNTDOWN TO CREOLE VITTLES AND A SPICY DRAMA!
Yesterday's rehearsal was amazing as our 2 new cast members come on board already wearing their roles, making things a lot easier for this Director! Chuk Obasi takes over the role of the plantation overseer Rebeau, and Krystal Hill takes over the role of Marie Pollion. It is such a pleasure to work with folks who already "bring it"! So excited for the remount of this production where we will break through the 4th wall and get up close and personal with the audience! Hope to see you there! More tickets have been released so get 'em while they last until July 17th. CREOLE DINNER THEATRE EVENTPosted on Jul 8, 2013
Krystal Hill Chuk Obasi
STAGED READING OF "THE GRINDER" SOLD OUT!
Like all my plays and screenplays "The Grinder" tackles social issues. How abandonment as a child impacts a person's adulthood, and other questions are put on the table in my latest play. It has inspired the next topic of my radio show Multicultural Moments titled "Abandoned Children: Their pain, Their guilt" on July 7th.Posted on Jun 30, 2013
How appropriate that the staged reading of "The Grinder" should take place during Pride Weekend when it mentions the torment suffered by gays before the uprising at Stonewall. The date June 30th was chosen by coincidence...
I am so grateful to the cast I've assembled and thank them all for their time and talent! Today is the day that "The Grinder"debuts!
THE BOTTOM LINE FOR THE TRUE ARTISTE!
"The show must go on!" Many don't realize that that quote does not only pertain to the performance itself but to a whole mindset of a true artist. For to the true artist, all inconveniences are to be transcended for the "work". For it is the "work" that must get done.Posted on Jun 23, 2013