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The Voice Finalist India Carney Stars In Held Momentarily

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2015 The Voice finalist India Carney won’t forget where she came from. She will return to a role she created last summer, before her recent television success came into her life. Working with friends from LaGuardia School for the Performing Arts (the FAME school), who wrote the show and perform alongside her, she will star in a new musical titled Held Momentarily. Directed by her former Drama teacher, Harry Shifman, Held Momentarily recently added an additional performance and will play the New York Musical Theater Festival from July 20 to 27th.

Something’s up down below.

Trapped on a stalled subway car, six strangers discover it’s not just the train that’s stuck. A poignant musical comedy about making connections, living in the moment, and moving on in life. Oh, and one more thing: a woman just went into labor.

The complete cast of the show features Jordan Barrow, Ciaran Bowling, India Carney, Oliver Houser, Yael Rizowy, Geena Quintos and James Zebooker.India Carney

Held Momentarily: A New Musical will be presented at PTC Performance Space

  • (555 West 42nd Street in New York)
  • Monday, July 20 at 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, July 21 at 1:00 PM (Added Performance)
  • Thursday, July 23 at 1:00 PM; Saturday
  • July 25 at 5:00 PM; Sunday
  • July 26 at 8:00 PM
  • Monday, July 27 at 12:00 Noon

Tickets are $27.50 and can be purchased online or by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information, please visit

While on “The Voice,” the Los Angeles Times praised Carney’s “usual lush, open-throated tone and polished, passionate, open-armed performance.” In addition to her TV appearances, Carney has also opened for The Roots, performed at Yankee Stadium and was a featured soloist at the Harlem Arts Festival. Watch her “New York State of Mind” blind audition below.

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Erika Dickerson-Despenza Addresses Flint Water Crisis with Cullud Wattah

Drew Shade



Playwright Erika Dickerson-Despenza

There is limited seating left for Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s new play CULLUD WATTAH at The Public Theater. Opening today, Thursday, March 7th and running until Sunday, March 10th in the Public Studio is about three generations of Black women living through the current water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

“It’s been 936 days since Marion’s family has had clean water. When local activists file a class action lawsuit against the city, Marion—a third-generation employee at General Motors—must decide how best to support her two daughters, sister, and mother while lead seeps into the community, their home, and their bodies. As corrosive memories and secrets rise among them, the family wonders if they’ll ever be able to filter out the truth.”

2018 Relentless Award Semifinalist and poet-playwright makes her Public Theater debut with CULLUD WATTAH directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. Jones; the cast includes Deonna Bouye (Marion), Alana Raquel Bowers (Reesee), Caroline Stefanie Clay (Big Ma), Nikiya Mathis (Ainee), and Kara Young (Plum).

The creative team includes Production Stage Manager Gregory Fletcher, Stage Manager Priscilla Villanueva, and Movement Director Adesola Osakalumi. Along with scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado, Costume Design by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene, lighting Design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, and sound design by Megan Culley

We believe in this work so much we’re giving away 4 tickets to the performances on March 10th. 2 tickets to the matinee and two the evening performance thanks to our founder Drew Shade and actress/playwright Jocelyn Bioh. Go to our Instagram to find out how!

Also, find out more about how you can help the Flint Water Crisis and support this show HERE.

Listen to Erika talk about her work on an episode of Off Book Podcast below

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Surely Goodness and Mercy by Chisa Hutchinson Begins Off-Broadway

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Performances begin today, Tuesday February 26th, for the New York premiere of  Surely Goodness and Mercy, presented by Keen Company. A story about an exceptional boy living a troubled life in Newark, NJ who does a good deed for an often unnoticed person.   Sarita Covington, Jay Mazyck, Brenda Pressley, Courtney Thomas, and Cezar Williams star under Jessi D. Hill’s direction.

Set in an under-funded public school in Newark, Surely Goodness and Mercy by rising playwright Chisa Hutchinson, tells the story of a bible-toting boy with a photographic memory who befriends the cantankerous old lunch lady. Against all odds, Tino and Bernadette help each other through the mess of growing up and growing old.  

Surely Goodness and Mercy has spent the last year charming audiences across the country: “Notably absent from Hutchinson’s frank and sobering story: cynicism” – Chicago Reader; “(Surely Goodness and Mercy has) a soul-stirring quality, touching audiences with its sincerity” – Daily Utah Chronicle; “it’s impossible not to like it” – The Salt Lake Tribune. Now, Keen is honored to bring this big-hearted new play to New York for the first time.

Performances for this limited Off-Broadway engagement of Surely Goodness and Mercy will continue through Saturday, April 13th only, with opening night set for Wednesday, March 13th.

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