Tuesday, July 24, 2007


JTMF Alumni News #2 - August, 2007

Coming Attractions:

Eve Connolly (The Odd Couple) has been cast in the role of Eleanor in The Lion in Winter with the Bordentown Community Players. The show goes up in mid-October. More information to follow.

Five members of the JTMF family, along with a recipient of the James Tolin Memorial Scholarship, will be participating in the premiere of a new play, To Be Loved by Alex Defazio, at the NYC Fringe Festival this month. Jody Person (Mr. Charles...) directs; Josiah DeAndrea (The Altruists; Psycho Beach Party) is a featured performer; technicians Robert Terrano, Carol Zingone and Chris Ghaffoor are the project's Technical Director, Assistant Stage Manager and Lighting Designer, respectively and JTMF scholarship winner Eric A. Rojas also performs. The Fringe Festival is very competitive. If our alumni are going to be a hit, they need audiences! So please come out and support them by purchasing tickets in advance of the show's first performance and showing them your proud faces in the house. Tickets for To Be Loved are only $15.00 and can be purchased now, by phone at 212-279-4488 or online at: http://www.fringenyc.org/seeing/tickets.asp.
To Be Loved performs at The Lafayette Street Theatre (45 Bleeker Street at Lafayette) on Sunday, August 12 at 2:45pm; Wednesday, August 15 at 3:45pm; Saturday, August 18 at 2:30pm; Thursday, August 23 at 9:15pm; and Friday, August 24 at 9:00pm. For more information, visit http://www.elixirproductions.org/.
Jody asks: "If you can manage, please remember to purchase your tickets as soon as possible; the more advance ticket sales we get, the more positive attention it will draw to the show!"

Brian Bara (Publicity Coordinator) will hold a public reading of his original screenplay, Comatose Joe, on Monday, August 13th at 7:30 PM in the Don Evans Studio Theatre in Kendall Hall on the campus of The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Comatose Joe is a comedy about Joe Lanahan, a young playwright who awakens from a two-year coma to find that his last play has become a huge hit, despite its shortcomings. Determined to write a better, serious play, Joe finds himself out of ideas. But when he is car-jacked by a beautiful magician's assistant on the lam, he lands right in the middle of what may well be the solution he's been looking for. For more information, please send an email to: LaLunaAzur@aol.com

The James Tolin Memorial Fund is proud to announce their Sixth Annual AIDS Benefit, featuring Joe Orton's madhouse sex farce, What the Butler Saw, on June 20, 21 and 22, 2008. The production includes our first ever Sunday matinee. After a trip to Psycho Beach, the only logical place to go? Why, the madhouse, of course. But this is no ordinary madhouse. Here, the doctors are crazier than the patients and no one is truly who they appear to be. Sex; drugs; cross-dressing and other assorted mayhem are all on the bill in Orton's 1970 comedy of errors. Watch this space or visit http://www.jtmf.org/ for more details to come.

Special Announcements:

Josiah DeAndrea (The Altruists; Psycho Beach Party) has been accepted into Pace University's BFA Acting Program and has been awarded $17,000 in scholarships.

Aubrey Malloy (Psycho Beach Party) has been accepted into Pace University's BA Theatre Arts program.

Nicole Patrick (Psycho Beach Party) has moved to Park Slope in Brooklyn. She says: "Those of you who are going to be the Manhattan/Brooklyn area, let me know and I'd love to see you and have you visit!!!!"

In Case You Missed It:

July was a quiet month for the JTMF family. We hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

New Monthly Feature: JTMF Alumni News

Welcome to the first monthly edition of the James Tolin Memorial Fund's Alumni News, for and about the members of the extended JTMF Family and their families, friends and admirers.

Each month we'll be bringing you updates on who's doing what, when, where and with whom (come on, you know we had to make sound a little dirty).

The column will be divided into three sections:

Coming Attractions, for folks with projects about to be produced.

Special Announcements, for letting us know about marriages; births; anniversaries; bar/bat-mitzvahs; First Communions; Sweet Sixteens; loss of virginity; new job; new home; new pet; new furniture and/or any of the other momentous occasions in your life which you feel compelled to share with the entire world via the World Wide Web.

In Case You Missed It, for folks who just didn't get their announcements in by the deadline, but still want to let us know what they have been up to (Okay - it's for the procrastinators - are you happy now?).

So without further ado:

JTMF ALUMNI NEWS #1 - July, 2007

Coming Attractions

Watch for our own Mark Violi (The Odd Couple; Psycho Beach Party) to appear in both print (on billboards, no less) and television ads for the Philadelphia Inquirer's "Get it While it's Hot" Summer campaign.

Josiah DeAndrea (The Altruists; Psycho Beach Party) sees the premiere production of his original play Angels as We Fall, August 17th & 18th at 8PM in the Kelsey Studio Theatre on the MCCC campus. Angels as We Fall re-imagines the tale of Lucifer's fall from grace as a modern allegory of love, family and the struggle between light and dark.

The James Tolin Memorial Fund proudly presents the Sixth Annual JTMF AIDS Benefit, featuring Joe Orton's madhouse sex farce, What the Butler Saw, June 20, 21 and 22nd, 2008. After a trip to Psycho Beach, where else could we go but the madhouse? And trusts us, the doctors in this asylum are far crazier than any of the patients. Watch this space or visit http://www.jtmf.org/ for details.

Special Announcements

Katie Pierce (The Alruists) has gotten engaged! Hubby-to-be Nick DeVito, proposed at a private table on the beach, during a perfect Aruban sunset on June 18th. No date has been set for the wedding. Congratulations and best of luck, Katie and Nick!

In Case You Missed It

The only thing you might have missed was our fabulous Fifth Anniversary Gala, featuring Charles Busch's Psycho Beach Party. The Gala was our second most successful event to date, raising nearly $10,000 for the Open Arms Foundation; Grafitti Productions and the James Tolin Memorial Scholarship at MCCC. The riotous production was the wildest show of the season, featuring an astoundingly talented cast of veterans and new-comers to the JTMF, all of whom rallied to the call and had more fun than should be legal, while raising money for charity. And let's not forget the amazing Red Carpet Event featuring Gary Dee as Joan Rivers; Kevin Jackson as Diana Ross and Phil Marino as Peggy Lee, courtesy of HOLLYWOOD Entertainment (http://www.hollywooddjz.com/). The luau reception was almost as hot as the gorgeous bathing beauties and surf hunks on stage and our Silent Auction was a smashing success! Our deepest, most heartfelt thanks go out to all of the wonderful folks who gave of their time and talents to make the event the success that it was.

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Submission deadline for inclusion in the following month's edition is the 26th. Submissions received after the 26th will be posted under In Case You Missed It, one month later.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The Numbers are In!

Thanks to everyone who attended and/or supported the James Tolin Memorial Fund's Fifth Anniversary AIDS Benefit Gala. We enjoyed our second most successful event ever, and raised nearly $10,000 (almost $6,000 in ticket sales and almost $4,000 in Silent Auction Sales and cash donations)!

Make sure you watch this space for additional photos and updates on next year's production of Joe Orton's madhouse sex farce, What the Butler Saw, June 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2008, featuring our first-ever Sunday Matinee! To add to the fun, tickets to our Sunday matinee will be available as part of your Kelsey Theatre Season Subscription! See the Kelsey Theatre brochure or visit their website (linked to the right) for details!

We'll also be sponsoring special "Pride Night" events at several shows on the '07/'08 Kelsey schedule (and maybe a special evening of our own, too). So stop by now and again. You never know what you might find here.