Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Where: Westbeth Community Room
Seven Women Reveal All
Brand-new stories about life-changing or almost life changing experiences.
With: Karen Ludwig, Shami Chaikin, Nancy Gabor, Joyce Aaron, Diane Spodarek, Dawn D’Arcy, and Christina Maile.
Dawn is an actor, writer, bass player and thrilled to be a new grandma to Etta. She is in love with each of the women in this group and plans to marry them all in the very near future.
Diane Spodarek is a Canadian-American artist and writer with a background in the visual and performing arts. She is the recipient of artist’s fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Creative New Zealand, and the Michigan Council for the Arts.
Oboe winner for Acting in a play Acrobatics co written by Luna Tarlo. Original member of The Open Theater, directed by Joseph Chaikin. Premiered America Hurrah by Jean Claude Van Itallie in New York and at The Royal Court Theater in London. Lived and worked with Sam Shepard on many of his early plays.
An artist and writer whose work reflects her West Indian and Dayak heritage, she has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Studio Grant, a Miriam Chaikin Foundation Writing Award as well as shows in various galleries and museums, including the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the International Center for Print, NYC. She is also the co-founder playwright of the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective.
KAREN LUDWIG performs, directs and teaches in New York and L.A.
Her B’way credits include PRELUDE TO A KISS with Steve Guttenberg and John Randolph, BROADWAY BOUND with Joan Rivers, THE DEVILS with Anne Bancroft, THE BACCHAE with Irene Pappas and many plays at the Public Theater. She was a member of Andre Gregory’s Manhattan Project for two years and performed THE SEAGULL and Wallace Shawn’s OUR LATE NIGHT with the Company throughout the United States and Europe.
Her first film was Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN, (Meryl Streep’s lover) and her most recent is THAT AWKWARD MOMENT with Zach Efron. She teaches at The New School for Drama and the HB Studio in NYC.
Obie-award winning actress, Shami Chaikin was a member of the legendary Open Theater under the direction of Joe Chaikin. She appeared in their seminal productions of The Serpent, Terminal, Mutation Show, and more. Her theatrical appearances also include working with with Andre Serban, and Elizabeth Swados and Meredith Monk at the New York Shakespeare Festival, among other venues. In film, she has acted under the direction of Michaelangelo Antonioni, James Ivory and Alan Parker, and has appeared in numerous TV shows, including Law and Order.
Theater Director, Acting Teacher:
Open Theater, Director – ‘The War In Heaven,’ w/Joseph Chaikin,
Master Teacher – Princeton University, and the Amsterdam Theater School, Holland.
Director – On-site production ‘Lost and Found,’ by Paul Binnerts at Westbeth.
Offering FREE acting sessions for seniors at Westbeth
beginning January 2018.