“See it with a handkerchief, as you're sure to tear up from laughter.”
- Dianna DeSilvestro, Show Business Weekly
World Premiere of MODERN LIVING , a new play by
Richard Sheinmel. Under direction of Michael Barron, the production features original music
by Clay Zambo.
MODERN LIVING is a collection of interrelated stories by and about Mitchell, a New York
performance artist. Comic family miscommunications, better living through medication, childrearing,
and caring for an ailing parent are all ordinary topics that take on extraordinary
qualities as filtered through Mitchell’s fertile imagination.
Richard Sheinmel was born in Brooklyn, raised on Staten Island and currently resides in
Hell's Kitchen. He attended the LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (where he
wrote his first play at the age of 14) and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As
an actor he has appeared in The Ridiculous Theatrical Company’s Call Me Sarah Bernhardt,
and The Tale of Two Cities, Ridge Theater’s Mathew in the School of Life and Everyday
Newt Burman, Mac Wellman's The Sandalwood Box, Linda Simpson’s The Tranny Chase
at PS 122, Reza Abdoh's Father Was a Peculiar Man and Jeff Weiss and Carlos Riccardo
Martinez cult hit Hot Keys. Richard wrote the libretto for Downtown Dysfunctionals at The
Zipper Theater and Jitter, which premiered at the Arclight Theater in June. Richard is a
member of The Dramatist's Guild.
Michael Baron is currently the Associate Director of Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C.
and has directed over 35 productions at theaters across the country. He wrote and directed
the world-premiere comedy The Whore of Sheridan Square at La Mama E.T.C. based on
the life and works of Charles Ludlam. It was recently published in the anthology Plays and
Playwrights 2006 and nominated for three 2006 Innovative Theatre Awards. He has
directed at numerous regional theaters including Trinity Repertory Company, Perishable
Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has taught theatre and arts
education at Brown University, Holy Cross College, Rhode Island College, and in at the
Unidade Universitária in Brazil.
Clay Zambo’s music, lyrics, or arrangements have been heard Off-Off Broadway
(Downtown Dysfunctionals, The Fall of Eve and Adam, The Woman) and in nationally
touring educational-theatre productions. I Am Star Trek was produced at the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival and transferred to London. His scores have been commissioned for
premiere at NYC’s Merkin Hall, including Yo, Jonah!, They Fly and Greenbrier Ghost, which
was selected by Stephen Schwartz for the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop. A
former faculty member at Carnegie-Mellon University and the Idyllwild Arts Academy in
California, he currently teaches at the Lucy Moses School in Manhattan. He is a member of
the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and the Dramatists Guild.