"alieNation" AT CHERRY LANE THEATER
New York's preeminent theater company, Kairos Italy Theater, is producing a month of Italian theater in translation at the historic Cherry Lane Theater in the West Village. Thrilled to be a producer, translator and actor on this ambitious project, originating the role of Silvia in Paolo Bignami's award-winning play The Journey I Never Made. A touching reflection on immigration, our perception of "the other," and our immense yearning for human connection in the face of obstacles and prejudice.
"alieNation" - three new plays from Italy presented in repertory, directed by Laura Caparrotti
november 7 - december 3rd, 2017 at Cherry Lane Theater
The Journey I Never Made by Paolo Bignami, with Carlotta Brentan & Paloma Pilar
A Story of Love and Soccer by Michele Santeramo, with Eric Gravez and Dave Johnson
Enrico IV - A Monologue by Luigi Pirandello, with Rocco Sisto
eBAY ITALY 2017 HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN
Had a great time shooting these clever holiday ads for eBAY Italy: I'm the girl whose terrible gift-giving habits should NOT be imitated!
"OUTSTANDING ACTRESS" NOMINATION
Honored to be nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Reading at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, for the role of "Claudia" in Frank J. Avella's beautiful play Vatican Falls. Having worked on multiple incarnations of this play over the last 5 years, and collaborated on its development, I couldn't be more thrilled. One of my all-time favorite characters. The Award Ceremony will be held in September 2017!
IN THE STUDIO AT PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
Loved spending a few days in the recording studio at Penguin Random House to narrate the audiobook of "Things That Happened Before The Earthquake", Chiara Barzini's beautiful debut novel about a 15-year old Italian girl's adventures in Los Angeles in the 1990s. Amazing praise for the novel from The New York Times, Vogue, & many others.
Check out a little excerpt of the audiobook. I narrated this one in English with an Italian accent for the narrator, playing over 70 characters throughout in multiple languages and accents.
"QUIET HOUSE" BY ERIK EHN
Thrilled to collaborate once again with the unique talents of Erik Ehn for a staged reading of his beautiful new play Quiet House. Directed by the amazing Glory Kadigan at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Read all about the all-star cast & crew that will be bringing to life this poetic story of homelessness, endurance, family and forgiveness HERE.
Quiet House by Erik Ehn
directed by Glory Kadigan / Flamboyan Theater / Planet Connections Theater Festivity / June 23rd, 7.30pm
"VATICAN FALLS" AT PLANET CONNECTIONS THEATRE FESTIVITY
After a packed staged reading at Theaterlab in May, Vatican Falls by Frank J. Avella is back for another staged reading at Planet Connections! Read all about it here. Always an honor to reprise the role of "Claudia" and contribute to the development of this ambitious piece.
Vatican Falls by Frank J. Avella / June 21st 4pm / LaTea Theater /Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.
"THIS ROUND'S ON US" WITH NYLON FUSION!
Nothing more fun and invigorating than jumping into one of Nylon Fusion Theater Company's quarterly festivals of new One-Act plays, "This Round's On Us." Here I am looking quite unimpressed as Colleen, in a bittersweet new short play set in New England.
When It's Actual Love by Liam Kuhn / directed by Andrew Block
TaDa! Theater / Jun 2nd & 3rd, 2017 / 9pm / $20 with Open Bar!
"THE WORTH OF WOMEN" AT THE ACCESS THEATER
After three months of development and preview presentations at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' and Bernie Wohl Center, our brand new adaptation of The Worth of Women by Moderata Fonte opens at the Gallery at Access Theater! I am so proud of this collaborative, brave, incredibly relevant production - and hope it's just the beginning of the journey for this exceptional piece. Scroll below to read more about the project and the subject matter!
The Worth of Women by Moderata Fonte, directed by Jay Stern and co-directed by Laura Caparrotti
Produced by Kairos Italy Theater. March 30th - April 9th at the Gallery at Access Theater (380 Broadway, 4th floor) Thursdays - Sundays at 8pm. Saturday matinees at 3pm. Additional matinee Sunday April 9th, 2pm.
With: Carlotta Brentan, Laura Caparrotti, Tali Custer, Aileen Lanni, Marta Mondelli, Irene Turri, Annie Watkins.
AUDIOBOOKS, COMMERCIALS & Everything in between...
I love announcing new and continuing collaborations with voiceover clients for 2017!
I'm ecstatic to have started working with Audible as an audiobook narrator. My first title currently in production is a young adult horror novel. Watch this space for updates.
I've also been voicing digital advertising videos for MakeMeReach - and working on some fun projects for John Marshall Media and CMD.
Check out my new voiceover page HERE!
"FEMINISM STARTED IN RENAISSANCE VENICE..."
...is the title of this great article in "La voce di New York" about our show The Worth of Women. Have a read in preparation for the next run of our show, March 30th - April 9th at the Gallery at Access theater!
Interviews! In Italian!
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a few of Italy's top publications this month. So if you're feeling fluent (in Italian...) check me out in PANORAMA talking about my work and passions. I also penned an open letter about living and working as an artist in America, and the type of theater that sets my soul on fire, in DOMENICA del SOLE24ORE. Finally, here I am on EXIBART discussing New York and how I got here.
"VATICAN FALLS" IS BACK AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
Thrilled to collaborate once again with playwright Frank J. Avella (Lured, Consent) on a staged reading of his non-linear epic Vatican Falls - about the Catholic priests sex abuse scandal. A powerful piece and I love revisiting the character of Claudia, having been part of her development for five years. Feb. 20 + 21st, Theater for the New City. Info HERE.
"THE WORTH OF WOMEN" PREMIERES AT CASA ITALIANA
Since the beginning of 2017, I've been collaborating with a fantastic group of artists to adapt a book published in 1600 into a brand new play, The Worth of Women. The author is a woman, Moderata Fonte, who lived in Venice, Italy, over four hundred years ago. A wife and mother, she was also - much rarer in her time - a published writer.
Her words are both deeply revelatory of the historical realities of women in her day, and still relevant today. She conjures up seven Venetian noblewomen who get together and - laughing, drinking, singing - get around to asking themselves: why are we treated as second-class citizens? Is it true, as we're constantly being told, that we're simply inferior to the male gender? And if it isn't, what could be done to change our circumstances?
The Worth of Women will be presented on February 11th at 3pm at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' as part of Carnegie Hall's "La Serenissima" festival of Venetian Arts.
The Worth of Women will then be on stage at Bernie Wohl Center at Goddard Riverside March 1st - 4th, and finally at the Gallery at Access Theater for a full run March 30th - April 9th, 2017. Directed by Jay Stern.
ERIK EHN'S "CLOVER" OPENS AT LA MAMA
The World Premiere of Erik Ehn's beautiful, experimental new piece Clover opened this week and will run Dec. 1 - 16th 2016 at the historic La MaMa experimental theater. I'm honored to be part of this ambitious production, with an incredible cast and creative team.
In four parts and with a cast of 20, Clover is a fragmented, poetic, epic look at the universal and violent cycle of life. Following the tragedy of Emmett Till and three other interconnected stories, Clover paints a lyrical picture - sadly so relevant today - of the consequences of hate and violence towards those most vulnerable.
Here are a few beautiful shots from this sprawling piece, that features music, movement and puppetry. I hope you'll come share this experience. In the meantime, here's a great interview with visionary playwright Erik Ehn - and you can listen to me talking about the play here.
Frank J. Avella's Lured had an incredible, sold-out limited engagement at Theater for the New City's "Dream Up" festival in September 2016. I was thrilled to originate the role of Zhanna - seen here:
Its difficult subject matter sparked intense conversations and unprecedented audience feedback. We're already working to bring this important piece back to the New York stage in 2017 - in the meantime, here is a taste of what people had to say:
"Lured,” Frank Avella’s play about the persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Russia, sounds interesting and timely." - The New York Times
"In a word, harrowing. [...] What unfolds before you is one of those endless cycles of assault-and-vengeance that plague the world. Who can mediate or intervene to end it? [...] The story depicted in Lured is one that ought to be more widely known." - Upstage Downstage
"Lured is a play that will challenge the audience on multiple levels. [...] The ingredients of something spectacular are present. [...] This cast did a phenomenal job at capturing the essence of this doomed world. [...] Lured is a work of fiction yet the actual factual authenticity that Frank J. Avella puts into his play is devastating. To be reminded that there is so much hate in this world can tear you up. Avella has a story that needs to be told." - Theater in the Now
I love every chance I get to step behind the mic! This month I recorded voiceover for a few radio commercials for Price Chopper supermarket.
"LURED" TO HAVE WORLD PREMIERE AT DREAM UP FESTIVAL 2016
Join us at Theater for the New City, September 5th - 18th, for the World Premiere of Lured. Based on real events around LGBTQ persecution in Russia, Frank. J Avella's new play asks difficult questions and sheds light on dark truths; it forces us to question how hate is taught and where the line of retribution is - and how easily it can be crossed. Lured is a violent, graphic theatrical experience - for mature audiences.
Having collaborated with playwright Frank J. Avella before, on his controversial piece Vatican Falls as well as others, I'm honored to be part of this powerful ensemble piece. I look forward to sharing it with everyone - and to the discussions it is bound to spark!
Show & ticket info above - hope to see you at the theater.
"CAKE" IS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION AT THE PLAYHOUSE WEST PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL
Early in 2016 I wrote, produced and starred in the short film "Cake." Thanks to a wonderful team of collaborators who came together to work on this passion project, the movie was accepted into the Playhouse West Philadelphia Film Festival, July 2nd - 3rd. Can't wait to see the film on a big screen. Have a look at some of our production photos and catch some clips from the movie on my Media page.
SHOOTING COMPLETED FOR "SLEEPING DOGS"
I was thrilled to be cast as female lead "Emily" in the independent film "Sleeping Dogs," featuring Jim Parrack (True Blood, Suicide Squad). In this exciting thriller, Emily's rash decision sets in motion a series of dramatic consequences that affect those closest to her. "Sleeping Dogs" is currently being submitted to festivals - watch this space for updates and check out a short clip from the movie on my Media page.
"LIKE CRAZY" PREMIERES AT 2016 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR'S FORTNIGHT
"Like Crazy - La Pazza Gioia" by acclaimed Italian director Paolo Virzi' (director of "Human Capital", Italy's official entry in the 2015 Academy Awards) had its premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film festival Director's Fortnight. I had a fantastic time spending two days on set acting in the film lat summer, and look forward to seeing the film released in the United States soon!
"TRAVELING WITH ANI" PREMIERES AT ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
The beautiful film "Traveling with Ani," that I was on set for in December 2015 had its Premiere at Anthology Film Archives on June 13th. An exceptional night to celebrate a fantastic film by filmmakers John McNulty and Elexa Poropudas.
COMMERCIAL & V/O NEWS
I spent a fun day on set this week filming a SAG-AFTRA Industrial for WebMD - and loved recording multiple commercial and industrial voiceovers through CMD earlier this month!
WORKSHOPPING NEW WORKS
Lately, I've been fortunate to work with some exciting playwrights on workshopping their original works. They include Carolyn Balducci, Francesco Andolfi ("Defence" at Planet Connections Festivity), Michael Perrie Jr. ("La Crescita" at The Pantry Reading Lab Season), and Frank J. Avella ("Lured," which will premiere later this summer at the Dream Up festival at Theater for the New City). Always a pleasure and an honor to participate in the developmental process of original material.
THE REVIEWS ARE IN for "You Are Perfect"
"It is the critical night of decision before protagonist Susan Atkins, skillfully given to us by actress Carlotta Brentan, will take the stand. Reflective, seductive, spirited, angry, stubborn, resistant, longing, this is a breakout role for Brentan whose performance choreographs these states of mind into a heart-breaking dance." - The Front Row Center
"It's amazing when a production really stands out. Cyndy Marion, the producing artistic director, has redefined the narrative of one of America’s saddest moments. [...] The cast consisted of three marvelous actors portraying Susan, Charlie, and another inmate counselor; trying to make sense of Susan’s plight. [...] These three actors were stellar in their respective roles. Carlotta made you believe you had been introduced to Susan Atkins. [...] This is a play that leaves you emotionally exhausted and strangely satiated." - Spotlight Magazine
"YOU ARE PERFECT" AT WORKSHOP THEATER
"You Are Perfect", written & directed by Cyndy A. Marion, is currently playing at the WorkShop theater through February 20th. A theatrical re-imagining of the life of Susan Atkins, this new play moves through time and space, as Susan is having doubts about testifying against Charles Manson. A well-intentioned social worker visits Susan in jail and attempts to understand Susan's fears and motivations.
I'm ecstatic about the chance to play the incredibly challenging & complex role of Susan in this world premiere production, opposite two wonderful actors. Couldn't be more excited to share this production - an early review calls it "a little gem of a show". Come discover this fascinating story.
White Horse Theater Company presents "You Are Perfect" featuring Carlotta Brentan, Nancy Wolfe* and Brad Burgess / *Courtesy of AEA/AEA approved showcase.
WorkShop Theater, Main Stage, 312 West 36th Street, 4th floor.
Feb. 5th - 20th, 2016, Tuesdays - Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 3pm. Additional shows Saturdays 2pm.
Photo credit: John Robert Hoffman via BroadwayWorld.
Thrilled to announce I'll be playing the lead role of Manson "family member" Susan Atkins in Cyndy A. Marion's new play You Are Perfect.
Produced by White Horse Theater Company at the Workshop Theater, Feb. 5th - 20th, 2016.
Watch the video, above, to hear some of my thoughts on this challenging character, and keep an eye on this page for updates!
"BIG RED BUTTON" WORKSHOP
Come join us for an exciting workshop production of Michael Perrie Jr.'s new play Big Red Button, featuring Michael and myself, directed by Eric Cotti.
It's World War 3 and two unlikely civilians are charged with the incredibly uneventful and yet catastrophic task of pressing the button on the final nuclear missile... if it comes to it. Adam and Marie couldn't be more un-like; yet as time drags on the two begin learning from each other. But if they ever have to push the button... will they?
I'm incredibly proud of the work we've done on this dark comedy, and would love to share it with you.
Free Admission - Donations gratefully accepted.
Lucid Body House, 230 Lexington Avenue, New York.
Wed, NOVEMBER 25 @ 10pm
Fri, NOVEMBER 27 @ 7pm
Sat, NOVEMBER 28 @ 3pm
Have a look at some great shots from tech, courtesy of Yulduz Zaripova.
THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
Here's what people have said about our production of Mario Fratti's "Wives" (World Premiere) and "The Academy" - still running at Theater for the New City!
"This playlet will charm anyone who drops by during its run [...] You will see plenty of grit in these two women [...] Carlotta Brentan plays the Third Wife with stern sophistication." - Theaterscene.com
"These plays by Mario Fratti have the efficiency of well-crafted short stories. Like all successful art they are made up of particulars – a certain time, a certain place – but through these particulars they communicate universal truths [...] Carlotta Brentan is the more urbane character, While Giulia Bisinella plays the innocent. Range is the heart of acting, and both actresses impress us with yet another aspect of their repertories" - TheFrontRowCenter
There's one more week left of our run - come on down!
Through October 25th, 2015. Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm. Theater for the New City. $12 tickets.
"WIVES" & "THE ACADEMY" AT THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
Happy to announce I'll be starring in the World Premiere of Mario Fratti's new play "Wives", running together with his breakthrough play "The Academy" at Theater for the New City this fall. What happens when a woman receives a visit from her estranged ex-husband's new fiancee? Come find out!
Directed by Stephan Morrow.
"Wives" features Carlotta Brentan and Giulia Bisinella. "The Academy" features Kate Rose Reynolds, Stephan Morrow, Michael Striano, Fergus Scully, Kellan Peavy, Nick Palazzo, Taylor Petracek and Tucker Lewis.
October 8th - 25th, 2015
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
$12 general admission, $10 seniors and students. Box office (212) 254-1109, www.theaterforthenewcity.net
Running time: 1:30 with intermission.
"BEST ACTRESS" NOMINATION
I was honored to received a "Best Actress" nomination at the 2015 Strawberry Theater Festival for my role as storage-locker bidder "Honey" in the wonderful "The Unsalable Thing" by Mark D. Tjarks.
"THIS ROUND'S ON US" WITH NYLON FUSION
Thrilled to be part of Nylon Fusion's August festival "This Round's On Us: Time Travel 50s - 60s" playing Siobhan in John F. Sarno's "Turnupseed, Mushroom Cloud." These guys are so inspiring - no wonder they were just named one of "Eight Young & Mighty New York Theater Companies" by Backstage!
Shots below courtesy of Al Foote Theatrical Photography.
"THE UNSALABLE THING" AT THE STRAWBERRY THEATER FESTIVAL
We made it to the semi-finals! Had a great time performing in "The Unsalable Thing" by Mark D. Tjarks, directed by Lacy Reily for the Strawberry One Act Festival. Check me out below as no-nonsense storage-locker bidder "Honey."
With: Carlotta Brentan, J. Dolan Byrnes, Anthony Castellano, Mary Orzano & Michael Perrie Jr.
"LOVE ME" PRESS
My latest Equity Showcase production of Jason Grossman's "Love Me" closes on May 16th after a great run in the East Village. One more chance to join us & be transported back to the 1990s!
"A TRIBUTE TO PASOLINI"
Come on down to the opening night of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY's third edition and catch me in a staged reading of 'A tribute to Pasolini," created and directed by the wonderful Marco Calvani.
With myself, Jacopo Rampini and Rocco Sisto.
May 4th, 6 pm, Casa Italian Zerilli-Marimo's. Free Admission.
Details about the reading and the rest of the festival, which runs in NY May 4-20th, HERE!
"LOVE ME" Opens April 30th!
Not long till my latest play opens! "Love Me" by Jason S. Grossman, directed by the amazing Rachel Klein. This one's not to be missed. Do I say that every time? Well, this time it's true!
Re-live the magic of 1990s New York, where underachieving writer/motivational speaker Charlie is mired in a lifelong love life slump. Come along on a fast-paced ride of 44 scenes in 90 minutes... and come check me out as Charlie's high-maintenance girlfriend, Susan.
"Love Me" won Outstanding Playwriting when it was originally presented at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity & was published in NYTE's Plays and Playwrights 2011.
Starring: Carlotta Brentan, Amy-Helene Carlson, Chris Chirdon, Sarah Elizabeth Grace, Mary Orzano, Zal Owen*, Michael Perrie Jr and J. Andrew Young*.
*AEA Member. Equity Approved Showcase.
The 4th Street Theatre, 83 East 4th St.
Performances: April 30th - May 16th.
Click HERE to get your tickets!
Produced by Funny... Sheesh. www.lovemetheplay.com
"Decameron" & "The Mandrake Root" on the UWS
We just can't get enough of these shows! KIT will be reviving our productions of Boccaccio's "Decameron" and Macchiavelli's "The Mandrake Root" for a 6-performance repertory run at Bernie Wohl Center on the Upper West Side.
So if you didn't catch these in 2013 or 2014, here's your chance to discover what these two centuries-old masterpieces of Italian literature have in common with contemporary American society (hint: it's a lot.)
By Giovanni Boccaccio
April 9, 11 - 7:30pm
April 12 - 2pm
THE MANDRAKE ROOT
by Niccolo’ Macchiavelli
April 10, 12 - 7:30pm
April 11 - 2pm
Francesco Andolfi, Giulia Bisinella, Carlotta Brentan, Francesco Meola, Jacopo Rampini, Irene Turri.
Directed by Laura Caparrotti.
Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue, NY.
General Admission $15, Students & Seniors $12.
Click HERE to read more details on Facebook.
Click HERE for tickets. Info: email@example.com
Could not be more thrilled to have been cast in the upcoming Equity Showcase production of Jason Grossman's fantastic play, "Love Me," directed by Rachel Klein. 90s New York; friendships; relationships; hilarious shenanigans.
Funny... Sheesh Productions. April - May 2015 at the Fourth Street Theater. More details to come!
THIS MONTH I ALSO...
Sharpened those commercial skills in an Intensive three-week class with the hilarious - and infinitely wise - Angela Mickey. And continued my streak of learning from brilliant women in workshops with Tisha Ioli and Eve Battaglia!
Screenplay reading: "Dating 101"
Really excited to be part of this ambitious project: "Dating 101" by the multi-talented Claudia McCoy. A funny, moving & original story about friends navigating life and love in New York. Sound familiar, anyone?
This is only the beginning for this fun feature script and excellent cast. And just look how good-lookin' we all are...
Presented by RTB Productions.
Sunday, March 1st, 2-5pm.
Madida Harlem, 46 West 116th Street.
"Do Not Disturb" on Investigation Discovery
I had a great day on set this week filming for a new Investigation Discovery TV series - executive produced by Joel Schumacher.
Fun commercial shoot!
Spent Saturday on the set of a major Whiskey commercial for the Indian market.
2015 is off to a great & productive start. This month, I took fantastic On-Camera Intensives with the amazing Adrienne Stern and Kathleen Hanley @ Adrienne Stern Casting, as well as a commercial Voiceover masterclass with the lovely Rachel Reiss @ Liz Lewis Casting.
Jeff Cohen's "UNCLE JACK" at Treehouse Theater
One more reading before the holidays! Thrilled to be playing Helena in a reading of Jeff Cohen's "Uncle Jack", presented as part of Treehouse Theater's Playing with Canons series. The play is a contemporary adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" set in West Virginia.
This series of readings at Treehouse are "helmed by an eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming directors, and performed by some of New York's finest indie theater talent."
Come join us! Wednesday, Dec. 17th, 6pm. Free Admission.
Directed by Angela Pirko. Treehouse Theater, 154 West 29th st.
THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
Check out what some lovely peeps had to say about our revival of Mario Fratti's "Six Passionate Women" at Theater for the New city last month!
“Carlotta Brentan, who plays Nino’s assistant, understated behind large glasses, holding a constant notebook, impresses by how she communicates not only with words, but facial expressions, gestures and movements that amount to tiny, choreographed moments. She is an actress to watch.” - Raphael Badagliacca for The Front Row Center
“Audiences will be charmed by the performances of Parlato and Brentan, who give the production its style and verve.” - Off-Off Online
"A delightful turn by Carlotta Brentan" - Blog Critics
“The play is directed with an interesting take by Stephan Morrow and is well acted by all […]. Ms. Brentan and Ms. Sexton stand out among the six.” - T2C Online
“Each actor is perfectly cast.” - Roberta On The Arts
Workshop Performance - "FROM BOCCACCIO TO SHAKESPEARE, VIA MACHIAVELLI"
Come down to Casa Italiana on Monday, Dec. 8th at 7.30pm for a free event I'll be performing in: a workshop performance by YoungKIT of scenes from "Measure for Measure" combined with excerpts from "The Mandrake Root" by Machiavelli and the "Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio. This is the culmination of a 6-week Shakespeare workshop that we participated in, led by the brilliant OBIE-award winning actor Rocco Sisto, who'll be introducing the workshop performance on Monday.
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo' at NYU, 24 W 12th Street. Free Admission.
Check out this article about it on I-italy.
"SIX PASSIONATE WOMEN" by Mario Fratti at Theater for the New City, Oct. 9 - 26
I'm currently performing as devoted secretary Franca in a revival of Mario Fratti's "Six Passionate Women," presented at Theater for the New City October 9th - 26th.
This bedroom farce revolves around a great film maker who has been stealing ideas all his life. The six passionate women in his life decide that to be a muse is to be exploited… and they enact a bizarre revenge. The play was the prototype for the award-winning musical "Nine"
It's been such an honor to work with this talented cast, composed largely of Broadway vets.
Directed by Stephan Morrow
$12 tickets at: http://www.theaterforthenewcity.net/passionate.htm
Hope to see you there!
Booked & Shot! TV & Online Commercial
Thrilled to have booked - and shot - the lead in a TV commercial for car dealership Keeler Auto. Coming soon to a screen near you!
After putting it off for... a year... I finally got around to getting new headshots taken by the hilarious and talented Taylor Hooper, and I love them!
Here are just a couple of my top picks:
ADR for MAJOR MOTION PICTURE "The Giver"
Earlier in July I got to act with Meryl Streep... or rather, act over her. How, you ask? By booking a gig as a loop group voice on her latest upcoming film, "The Giver"! An excellent experience in yet another field of voice acting - meeting director Phillip Noyce was pretty great, too.
Exceptional commercial class
This month, I took a brilliant Advanced Commercial technique class with Casting Director extraordinare Ken Lazer. I honestly cannot recommend his classes enough to anyone looking to sharpen up their Commercial audition technique. You'll learn an absurd amount in a very short period of time, and will honestly see results immediately!
Follow him on Facebook for news of upcoming classes. Thank me later.
Interview in "Corriere della Sera"!
Here I am alongside my wonderful friend & colleague Francesco Meola, talking about what it's like to be actors in NYC. In a major Italian newspaper!
You can read the full interview HERE if you're up for practicing your Italian.
IF I LIVED IN ROME IN THE '50s...
Aside from producing In Scena! Festival behind-the-scenes, I also got to perform in it a few times, including playing the role of Viola in Carlotta Corradi's play "Via dei Capocci," winner of this year's Mario Fratti Award for emerging Italian playwrights - which I also translated into English. Always feels good when a playwright tells you that you played her character exactly like she pictured her!
"In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY" is back!
It's June! And that means the return of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY for an even bigger and better second edition! I couldn't be more proud to be back this year as Executive Producer of the festival, which once again takes place in all five boroughs of NYC. We're bringing over six incredible shows from Italy, plus readings, special events, surprises... You definitely don't want to miss this. Check out our full calendar on our website, inscenany.com!
Here's what journalist Raphael Badagliacca had to say after chatting with me after the Festival's first show:
"The In Scena Theater Festival is like an Italian feast made up of endless courses. That’s what I felt when Executive Producer Carlotta Brentan enthusiastically outlined for me the week’s lineup, like a master chef lavishly describing the specials on the menu. I have my eyes on three tempting dishes. Buon Appetito!"
- Raphael Badagliacca, Front Row Center
Performing at the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts!
I'll be performing in Wives by Mario Fratti at Theater for the New City at 7.30pm on Saturday, May 24th as part of the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts! The whole festival is free and there are lots of great events going on, so come down and have a look! I'll be sharing the stage with the fantastically talented Giulia Bisinella, whose character seeks my advice as she's about to marry my ex husband...
A month of Voiceovers
Exciting month of Voiceovers! Auditioned for some great projects, recorded work with CKP Media and John Marshall Media - and got to meet and learn from Casting Directors Darren Dunstan (Animation) and Judy Keller (Commercial), as well as the wonderful Melanie Ehrlich. Next step, building my home studio.
The "Decameron" Goes on Tour!
Great news for our production of Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron: we'll be taking it on tour for a special one-night-only performance at the Italian Embassy in Washington D.C. on April 6th, 2014!
Earlier that day, we'll be staging bits of the performance and conducting a seminar at the Catholic University of America in D.C.
"Vatican Falls" at the Midtown International Theatre Festival
Excited be reprising my role as "Claudia" in Frank J. Avella's brilliant play Vatican Falls to be presented at the Midtown International Theatre Festival salon on March 31st. I'll be performing along a group of ultra-talented actors, so come out and support!
Details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/382714748535610/
The "Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio
I'm thrilled to be rehearsing my second production with YoungKIT Theater Company, continuing our mission of bringing neglected Italian classics to the New York stages. After the success of our inaugural production of Machiavelli's The Mandrake Root, we are about to open with three novels from Giovanni Boccaccio's 14th century masterpiece Decameron. Performances are in English, with a sprinkling of Italian from the original text. We use no sets, only a handful of props and costumes, and 7 actors to embody over 30 characters. Come check us out!
CLICK HERE to see what i-Italy magazine has to say about our upcoming production - scroll towards the end of the article for some of my thoughts about the production!
Directed by Laura Caparrotti
Featuring the YoungKIT:
Performing March 6th, 6.30pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo', 24 W 12 St.
Click HERE for 10$ tickets ***available ONLINE ONLY
Find us on Facebook HERE
interview in Panorama magazine
Check out this interview with me in national Italian weekly mag, Panorama, from January 2014!
In case your Italian isn't up to scratch, I talk about the journey that brought me to New York and to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, as well as the highlights of what I've been working on since graduating. These include working with one of my absolute favorite playwrights and directors, Neil LaBute, on a workshop of his latest play One Day Like This, as well as bringing Italian classics to the stage with Kairos Italy Theater company.
"Kudos to Carlotta Brentan on her incisive, impressive work on Neil LaBute's new play [One Day Like This] --in workshop--last night."
- Frank J. Avella, Playwright & Theater Critic, Dec. 2013
One Day Like This written & directed by Neil LaBute
I'm beyond excited to have been cast in a workshop and staged reading of brilliant playwright & director Neil LaBute's new play, One Day Like This. Mr. LaBute himself is directing me and other five fellow AADA graduates in this exciting project hosted at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts as part of their new 'Main Stage Live' program. Readings of One Day Like This will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 17th @ 7pm, Wednesday, Dec. 18th @ 3pm and Thursday, Dec. 19th @ 7pm. Make sure to reserve your seats and come check out a preview of this immensely talented artist's new play, staged by Academy graduates!
Wrapped: "Monumental Mysteries" on the Travel Channel
This week, I spent a fun day on set, playing 'Mrs Reed' for Travel Channel show Monumental Mysteries. Brilliant experience - watch this space for footage!
Great review of our show "The Mandrake Root" in Oggi7 Magazine
Journalist Elena Greco writes that the whole cast "interprets each character extremely well, having fun and entertaining. The audience at Casa Italiana was engaged, laughing throughout and applauding warmly at the end. A well-deserved success for Kairos Italy Theater who brought a 16th century Italian master's words back to the stage through young talents of 2013."
"The Mandrake Root" by Niccolo' Machiavelli
I'm thrilled to be rehearsing an exciting new production of Machiavelli's seldom-produced 1518 masterpiece, The Mandrake Root (La Mandragola), with YoungKIT theatre company. I'll be playing two-faced Friar Timoteo.
The production will feature only 6 actors, a handful of props and a few costumes, and Macchiavelli’s masterpiece translated into English, while retaining some elements of the original Italian version.
Directed by Laura Caparrotti
Featuring the YoungKIT:
Performing Dec. 5th (by invitation only) and Dec. 9th, 6.30pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo', 24 W 12 St.
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Wrapped: "REGARDING THE ACTRESS"
I just shot the lead role of 'The Actress' in a fantastic new short, Regarding The Actress, written & directed by Derek Nelson. This was my most exciting and challenging film role to date, as I got to perform 10 different monologues as 10 different characters, as well as narrate the entire film!
The 15-minute film is being submitted to a number of film festivals. Watch this space for updates.
Click HERE for a full behind-the-scenes photo gallery of the shoot. All photography by Elena Rott
Reviving my role as Sister James in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt!
I just shot an NYU Tisch short based on John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, where I got to revive my beloved role of Sister James! I'd be quite happy to keep playing the role for the next 20 years...
Directed by Amaal Mustafa.
Wrapped: "BALL BOY: THE LONDON BELL SAGA"
I play Bella - the world's no. 2 tennis player! - in the upcoming comedy short BALL BOY.
Written by Dave Broitman & Jay Boccio
Directed by Dave Broitman
Produced by So Real? Entertainment
Click here for an interview with BALLBOY Director & Co-writer Dave Broitman, who was kind enough to say: "I am truly in love with the whole cast as I think we nailed the casting choices."
Watch this space for news of the BALLBOY screening coming soon!
"INTERRUPTED" at the 2013 World Wide Lab: A Directors Feast
Come see me perform in 'Interrupted' - a devised movement piece presented as part of PROGRAM B - ALONE IN THE CROWD of the 2013 World Wide Directors Lab.
September 4 - 7, 2013
Irondale Center, 85 S. Oxford St, Brooklyn, NY
ALONE IN THE CROWD: a theatrical study of community and the individual’s place within it.
Agamemnon by Aeschylus. Directed by Ioli Andreadi and Jay Stern; adapted by M. Sweeney Lawless
Interrupted – A Devised Piece. Directed by Evan Tsitsias, Jocelyn Yuchia Chang and Chang Nai Wen
Last Request inspired by Franz Xaver Kroetz's Wunschkonzert . Directed by Chang Nai Wen, Annie G. Levy and Vidhu Singh
WorldWideLab is a truly international collective, with members who are creating dynamic, diverse and engaging work in every corner of the globe.
Click here for more information about the WorldWideLab.
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"A TRIBUTE TO MARIO FRATTI" - Three One-Acts
PRESENTED AS PART OF In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY - the first Italian Theater Festival to take place in all five New York City boroughs and beyond, presented by Kairos Italy Theater (KIT) in the year of Italian Culture in the U.S.A. THREE ONE ACTS by the author of “Nine” directed by Kevin Albert - DINA AND ALBA, ACTORS, MISSIONARIES. Presented at The Secret Theater, 4402 32rd street, LIC, Queens.
FEATURING Francesco Andolfi, Giulia Bisinella, Carlotta Brentan, Nicola Iervasi, Carmen Lamar*, David Licht*, Cheryl Orsini*
*Appears courtesy of Actor's Equity. Equity showcase presented by Mare Nostrum Elements
MARIO FRATTI has published over 90 plays. He has taught at Columbia University and at Hunter College. His works have been translated into 20 languages and produced in 600 theatres. He had a long run on Broadway with his 1982 musical “Nine.” The musical was revived on Broadway in 2003. Fratti has won 33 theatre awards in Italy and 11 in New York City.
Wed. June 19 – 2PM FREE performance for In Scena!
Thu. June 20 – 7:30PM - In Scena! Closing Night BY INVITATION ONLY
Fri. June 21 + Sat. June 22 – 7:30PM - $18 general admission
Sun. June 23 – 3PM – MEET MARIO FRATTI, post performance talkback - $18 general admission
Sun. June 23 – 7PM - $18 general admission
To purchase tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/924446
"MORNINGS AT TEN TO FOUR" by Luca de Bei
STAGED READING, MONDAY JUNE 17th at the Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue
PRESENTED AS PART OF 'In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY' - the first Italian Theater Festival to take place in all five New York City boroughs and beyond, presented by Kairos Italy Theater (KIT) in the year of Italian Culture in the U.S.A.
SYNOPSIS The settin is the suburbs of Rome, the Time is the present. In the background are a love story, a friendship, and the controversial theme of death due to unsafe working conditions on construction sites. The lives of three characters - a construction worker, a Romanian immigrant, and a girl - are told through the vivid slang of the slums. The play debuted in Rome in 2009 and has received several awards, including the 2010 Golden Graal Award and Le Maschere del Teatro Award 2011 for Best Original Italian Play.
TRANSLATED by Carlotta Brentan
DIRECTED by Laura Caparrotti
FEATURING Drew Bruck, Carlotta Brentan, Yosef Podoslki
"THE BALCONY" by Jean Genet
HORIZON THEATRE REP. Presents THE BALCONY by Jean Genet, featuring Carlotta Brentan as 'The Thief.' Genet’s erotic world of political intrigue and violent revolution is set in a United Europe searching for a new identity.
MAY 16th - JUNE 2nd @ the ACCESS THEATER, 380 Broadway at White Street.
WED - SAT @ 8 PM, SUN @ 3PM
In a continent on the brink of chaos, the power figures struggle to keep their hold on power…
”Genet’s vision of society is both perverse and private, and his play is a species of Grand Guignol – arresting, horrific and trivial. “ - Donald Malcom, The New Yorker
Directed by Rafael De Mussa.
With Francesco Andolfi, Carlotta Brentan, Alison Paula Campbell, Rafael De Mussa*, Carlo Giuliano* ,Matt Gottlieb, Shuhei Kinoshita,Ines Lucas, Jon Okabayashi, Jacopo Rampini, Kimmie Solomon, Maria Wolf*, and Zoe Watkins.
* Members of Actors Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase