Dia de los Muertos on Off Broadway, Cocktails For Canines To Benefit Last Chance Animal Rescue, La Plage Boutique and Cirque Hamptons Premieres in East Hampton at the East Hampton Studios.
(Long Island, N.Y.) On July 13th Teatro La Tea and Core Creative Productions will be presenting the world premiere of Dia de los Muertos, an entertaining new Off-Broadway Production by Anthony P. Pennino, co-directed by Pennino and Alberto Bonilla. Spanish translations by Javier E. Gomez. All performances will be held at Teatro La Tea, 107 Suffolk Street in New York City from July 13, 2011 through July 31, 2011. Guests, supporters and theater buff will enjoy an opening night party on July 14th.
I had the pleasure of interviewing director Alberto Bonilla and the star of the play actress Elizabeth Inghram at the World Bar in Trump Towers who were both excited to chat about their latest accomplishment.
The synopsis of the play is the world is at war in 1916. Kings are falling and empires are crumbling. Devlyn Byrne, newly arrived from Ireland walks into a small Mexican village near the U.S. border. There she meets Pablo Carrillo, a Mexican doctor, and together they embark on a journey for the honor of both families. Suddenly the audience finds out that Devlyn certainly has a hidden agenda she is not ready to reveal. Dia de los Muertos is a daring new play from Core Creative Productions. Articulately expressed in English and Spanish. The Off-Broadway production is both a tale of magical realism and a deconstructed Western.
Alberto Bonilla is a New York-based actor, director and writer whose recent directing credits include "Servant of Two Masters" at the Secret Theater, "Raft of the Medusa" and "Clout in the Mug's Look Back in Anger." He is currently in pre-production for a Spanish television pilot and his short film "Speed of Love" will be premiering in 2011.
Actress Elizabeth Inghram was most recently hailed by the New York Times for "breathing life" into her unique and entertaining performances as the comic Polly and her perfect timing ability to "elevate the material" and as a "...scene stealing delight..." by Backstage in The Great Divide at the Obie award winning Metropolitan Playhouse.
For more information about this wonderful production please go to www.teatrolatea.com.
Hamptonites enjoyed a day of shopping on July 2nd in Southampton at two wonderful boutiques on Jobs Lane in Southampton, New York.
Cocktails for Canines to benefit Last Chance Animal Rescue took place at Gretchen Scott Designs Boutique located at 46 Jobs Lane in Southampton from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
It was an elegant cocktail soirée to benefit Last Chance Animal Rescue of Southampton. Guests enjoyed wine and hors d'oeuvres while enjoying a private viewing of the collection. A raffle was held for various Gretchen Scott Designs during the evening. Guests also received a 50% discount on one clothing item purchased while enjoying a wonderful evening to benefit a great cause.
I had a chance to chat with founder Whitney Knowlton of Last Chance Animal Rescue about the organization's mission in rescuing adoptable animals.
Last Chance Animal Rescue is a charitable, not-for-profit organization created to save the lives of animals. The organization rescues animals that are located in "KILL" facilities and underwrite the costs of relocating them to "NO KILL" facilities in hopes of finding them a caring and stable family. The organization works with local veterinarians for spay-neuter/ medical services until permanent placement is secured into a pre-screened loving environment. They depend on donations to continue to save these helpless loving animals from being killed and hope that all individuals will consider supporting their cause.
I also spoke to Southampton store manager Vanessa Scott-Brown about Gretchen Scott Designs who described their apparel as "Happy Clothes for Happy People! Bright colors, basic shades and enough variations to set one's imagination ablaze."
Their mission is to create clothes to play and party in mostly girly printed cotton tunics, dresses and jackets. Their clothes are best described as detailed clean lines, forgiving silhouettes, timeless styles and enough playfulness that anyone can go from errands to cocktails in the Hamptons.
Animal trainer Lisa Hartman stopped by and sipped champagne with me as we discussed her plans for writing a new book about canines in the Hamptons.
Lisa Hartman has tamed and trained the most difficult dogs from pampered French poodles to highly reactive canines from the streets. She has been a lifelong animal lover, pet owner and animal advocate. She focuses her dog training expertise on companion canines and the issues conflicting owners and their pets.
You can visit Lisa at www.LisaTheDogTrainer.com.
Afterwards, I stopped by La Plage Boutique at 42 Jobs Lane. Owner Caroline Ragot-Delran poured me a glass of expensive Champagne as she described her store as the best beachwear in the Hamptons. "La Plage means the beach in French," Caroline revealed.
Shoppers can enjoy beach attire, Egyptian cotton blend T-shirts and resort ensembles perfect for cocktails around the pool. The store is conveniently located in a European inspired courtyard at 42 Jobs Lane in Southampton, New York.
Later that evening my crew and I were invited to the much anticipated Cirque Hamptons at East Hamptons Studio. Owner Michael Wudyka hosted the event that was created by Gordon von Broock and Erik von Broock.
Cirque Hamptons celebrated the 4th of July unlike any other event throughout the Hamptons. On Saturday, July 2nd & Sunday, July 3rd, East Hampton Studios located at 77 Industrial Road in Wainscott, New York was transformed into an electrified circus tent complete with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. The evening was filled with tasty edibles, cocktails, music and a jaw-dropping spectacular show.
Cirque Hamptons has rightfully named their show The Electric Cirquit. The event electrified the audience's imagination throughout the 90-minute performance. The extravagant show featured amazing cirque acts including electric jugglers, aerial performers and contortionists. The extravagant show explored advances in light manipulation. Intelligent lights, surreal black light and sparkling lasers. Computerized LED lighted costumes were dynamically utilized to create a unique visual experience for the mesmerized audience.
One of the more notable acts included the Spinning Cube which showcases performers who orbit the stage performing gravity-defying somersaults inside a miraculous sphere of light.
The show truly dazzled the Hamptons audience.
For more information please visit www.cirquehamptons.com.
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