"TL;DR: Thelma Louise; Dyke Remix" is a parody sequel, queer rock musical that asks the question "why do strong female characters always gotta die?" and turns the death as freedom narrative for women in film on its head. It starts mid-air in a Thunderbird convertible suspended over the Grand Canyon and features two women of color as T and L backed by a band of badass rockstars. Loud and proud, TL;DR resists the idea that queer/lesbian narratives have to live in subtext and defies the "bury your gays" trope by giving our heroines the ending they deserve. TL;DR takes on the patriarchy, the gaytriarchy, and anything else standing in the way of T and L's love.
This show is being produced as part of The Tank's annual PrideFest 2017!
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About the Artists
ELLAROSE CHARY is an award-winning writer focused on politically engaged projects. The Tank: RULE OF 7X7: Ladyfest!, THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, PATRIETTES (The Tanks TV Writing Program, the #Fword Finalist). Current projects: COTTON CANDY AND COCAINE (Ars Nova Uncharted), QUEER. PEOPLE. TIME. (Dramatists Guild Fellowship), Untitled Anarchist Play (The Civilians R & D Group), THE LAKE AND THE MILL (Drama League Rough Draft Residency), THE LORIKEET (The Flea Commission) and several other projects for young audiences. You can see more of her work with Brandon in Prospect Theater's WorldViews Musical Theater Lab on July 8. BA: Brown University; MFA: NYU Tisch www.ellarosechary.com // www.brandonandella.com
BRANDON JAMES GWINN is an award winning composer, lyricist and musician. His musicals include Cotton Candy & Cocaine (Ars Nova Uncharted) Queer. People. Time. (Dramatist Guild Fellowship), Matchmaker Matchmaker, Im Willing to Settle (ART Club Oberon, New York Musical Theatre Festival 2011), Small Town Story (Finalist Richard Rodgers Award, NAMT Writers Residency Grant, Village Originals Seattle, NYTB Commission). He recently produced the debut album of Trixie Mattel (RuPauls Drag Race) which premiered at #2 on the iTunes charts. You can see more of his work with Ella in Prospect Theater's WorldViews Musical Theater Lab on July 8. MFA: NYU Tisch. www.brandonandella.com
SASH BISCHOFF is a director whose credits include LONG DIVISION (Portland Center Stage), FLEE (NYSAF/Naked Angels, Colt Coeur), FUCK MARRY KILL (Lincoln Center workshop), HOTEL (The Civilians), CANDYLAND, LIFE, and TABOO (Ars Nova), SHREK (National Tour), THE WHITE PARTY (Clubbed Thumb, National Black Theatre), BABS THE DODO, SWEPT, TALK TO ME OF LOVE, COLD, and SEVEN CATEGORIES (Williamstown), MINE (Chautauqua), HOW THE MOON WOULD TALK (Keen Company), The Johnsons (Judson), NORWAY (The ____ Space), THE NINTH HOUR (Rockwood), #SERIALS (The Flea), ELEVEN SHADES OF BLUE and BODEGA PRICING (Pipeline), Chary/Gwinn Concert (54Below), THE QUICKEST WAY (F*It Club), THE AGE OF MAN (NYU Grad), UN-UTERO (Columbia MFA), TOP GIRLS and HAY FEVER (Stella Adler), I SHOULD SAVE THIS (Dixon Place), THE BOX SHOW (PIT, Radd, Dixon, Fringe, Fringe Encore, United Solo). UPCOMING: FUCK MARRY KILL (New Ohio). Princeton University.
NATE BERTONE (Producer) - As a storyteller, Nate works professionally as a producer, director, set designer, and playwright. Nate aims to create work in each discipline that questions the viewers level of vulnerability, and in turn, his creative work is often referred to as theatrical and artistic therapy. Recently, Nate has worked with Beowulf Boritt on A BRONX TALE (Bway) and CRAZY FOR YOU (Lincoln Center.) He is dedicated to new work and recently produced premiere productions of POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL, LETTERS FROM WAR, and ENTANGLED. Nate is the founder and leader of an NYC based Art Therapy group by the name of DiscoverHERE, which recently partnered with lululemon. He has studied in London, England at Central Saint Martins, and he is an alumnus of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. www.natebertone.com
COURTNEY DANIELS (Louise) is super stoked to show the funny in this beautifully corky show. Tours: Shrek the Musical (National and International Tour). Regional: The Drowsy Chaperone, How to Succeed, and Gypsy. NYC Workshops: Disenchanted (The One Who Kissed The Frog), Berenstain Bears: Family Matters. TV/Film: The Bunny Hole Show( The Duchess), Holiday Parties Gone Wrong ( CareerBuilder.com) , Silence; (Kayla ) Other: Disney Dream (Ursula/Rafiki), Jean Ann Ryan Productions. Thank you God for the blessings you have bestowed upon me. Mommy, Alex, Ronald, Grandpops, and my homie "you know who you are" hehe.
ALISON LEA BENDER (Thelma) most recently sang with Broadway in Bryant Park and BCEFA's Easter Bonnet. She has been seen in many new works here in the city this year. Favorite regional credits: Next to Normal (Natalie), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), 25th... Spelling Bee (Marcy), Carousel (National Asian Artists Project), and Academia Nuts at NYMF!
CHRISTINE J. COLONNA is a Stage Manager whose credits include Off-Broadway: Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Company), The Fork (world, premiere, Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Dread Pirate Project (world premiere, Baryshnikov Arts Center), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (TACT). Regional: Hurricane Diane (world premiere, Two River Theater Company), Evita; Mamma Mia; Fiddler on the Roof (Maine State Music Theatre); 42nd Street; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Riverside Theater), The Full Monty; Hairspray (West Virginia Public Theatre), Elf the Musical (NETworks), Illinois Shakespeare Theater, The Lost Colony, Bucks County Playhouse, Psittacus Productions. MFA: Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.
ELLEN WINTER is a performer, composer, and theater-maker based in Brooklyn. She writes and belts with nerd-rock group Chamber Band, who after three national tours is slated to release their third album in Fall 2017. Off Broadway, she’s collaborated with Dave Malloy, César Alvarez , and Heather Christian on various projects. She co-wrote/directed/composed 36 Questions, a musical podcast produced by Two Up, premiering July 10th. ellenwintermakesthings.com