New 22-23 "Live at The Lortel" Interview Guests Announced
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:58 am EDT 09/28/22

"Live at The Lortel"
Announces First Guests of 2022-2023 Season

October 3 – Michael R. Jackson
October 24 – Robin de Jesús
November 14 – Larissa FastHorse

Live on YouTube via LiveatTheLortel.com

Virtual Live-Streamed Conversation Series Hosted by Eric Ostrow with Co-Hosts Joy DeMichelle, Ann C. James, and John-Andrew Morrison

Features In-Depth Conversations with
Famed Theatre Artists

New York, NY – The Lucille Lortel Theatre today announces the first guests of its 22-23 lineup for its "Live at The Lortel" podcast series. To kick off its new season, the show will interview Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning playwright, composer, and lyricist Michael R. Jackson ( A Strange Loop), Tony® Award nominated actor Robin de Jesús ( In the Heights, The Boys in the Band), and award-winning writer and 2020-2025 MacArthur Fellow Larissa FastHorse ( The Thanksgiving Play).

"Live at The Lortel" is designed to give theater makers the opportunity to share insight into their creative process and inspiration with a larger audience. These conversations dig deep into the artists' work and career, including past, present, and future projects. The live interviews will take place Mondays at 7:00 PM EST, offering theater fans the opportunity to view interviews and participate in a Q&A with artists. To join the audience, please visit www.liveatthelortel.com.

Hosted by Eric Ostrow, along with co-hosts Joy DeMichelle, Ann C. James, and John-Andrew Morrison, season four of Live at The Lortel continues the show's look at the intersection between art and activism. We honor the work of theater artists who boldly use their public platform for philanthropy, to advance the state of theater, and to support the issues that they are passionate about. We look to explore how an artist's passion for activism and philanthropy influences their artistry on the stage.

Following each live interview, podcast episodes of "Live at The Lortel" will be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Soundcloud as follows:

Monday, October 3 - live
Podcast release: October 7
Michael R. Jackson is one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2022, and author of A Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons 2019 world premiere in association with Page 73 Productions), which won Tony® Awards for "Best Book" and "Best Musical," as well as the Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Other awards and associations: Dramatist Guild Fellowship, Page 73's I73 Writers Group, New Professional Theatre Festival Award, Jonathan Larson Grant, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, Whiting Award, Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, Antonyo Award, Fred Ebb Award, Windham-Campbell Prize. TV: Boots Riley's upcoming Amazon series "I'm a Virgo." Special thanks to NYU GMTWP and Musical Theatre Factory.
Philanthropic or Activist Topic: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (BCEFA)

Monday, October 24 - live
Podcast release: October 28
Robin De Jesús is a three-time Tony Award nominated actor. Most recently, Robin joined the cast of HULU's Welcome to Chippendales as "Ray Colon" opposite Kumail Nanjiani. He can currently be seen in the Netflix adaptation of TICK, TICK....BOOM! (2021), directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, co-starring opposite Andrew Garfield. Prior to, he featured in the Ryan Murphy-produced Netflix film, The Boys in the Band (2020), reprising his Tony award nominated role. He can also be seen as "George" in the acclaimed indie-film Milkwater (Brooklyn Film Festival 2020). Robin received his first major film role in the cult-classic feature Camp (2003). His Broadway credits include RENT, In the Heights (Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical), La Cage Aux Follies (Tony nomination), Wicked, and The Boys in the Band (Tony nomination). Additional theater credits include the Paper Mill Playhouse's productions of Grease and Godspell, and the off-Broadway productions of Malpractice Makes Perfect, Zorba Musicals in Mufti, Patti Issues, Domesticated, and Homos or Everyone in America.
Philanthropic or Activist Topic: The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship

Monday, November 14 - live
Podcast release: November 18
Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota Nation) is an award-winning writer and 2020-2025 MacArthur Fellow. Her satirical comedy, The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons/Geffen Playhouse), was one of the top ten most produced plays in America. She is the first Native American playwright in the history of American theater on that list. In Spring 2023, The Thanksgiving Play will make its debut on Broadway produced by Second Stage. She is the first female Native American playwright ever produced on Broadway. Larissa is currently developing new plays with several theaters including Second Stage Theater, Center Theatre Group, The Public Theater, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre. In 2019 Larissa re-entered film and television by co-creating a series at Freeform. Since then she has set up projects with Disney Channel, NBC, Dreamworks, and is writing on a series for Apple+ as well as adapting three beloved Broadway musicals. www.hoganhorsestudio.com

Eric Ostrow is proud to be the host and co-creator of the Live at The Lortel podcast series. Eric is a lover of stories and how theater artists in New York tell their tales. Starting off with the live interviews at the Lucille Lortel Theater to its current form, Eric is thrilled to curate and document these artists journeys and share them with students, audiences and other artists. Eric recognized a niche with the incredible theater artists in New York and became passionate about creating a space for these artists' stories to live on and be celebrated. Eric Ostrow trained in NYC and earned an MFA in acting/performance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has worked Off-Broadway, regionally, in film, and voice-overs. Eric has taught and coached actors for film, television, and Broadway. Eric created and headed The Dramatics Department at NYC's Xavier High School and was on faculty at The Maggie Flanigan Studio. Eric recently hosted The Drama League Director Fest interviewing artists about their career for their students and alumni. Eric hopes these interviews inspire listeners to celebrate their own journeys.

Joy DeMichelle is thrilled to return to Season 4 of Live at The Lortel. As an actress a few theatre credits include: the recent US Premier or Nine Night at Roundhouse Theatre (MD); Aubergine at South Coast Repertory (CA); Sweat at Mark Taper Forum (CA); Raisin in the Sun at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Blues for an Alabama Sky and Seven Guitars at Denver Center Theatre; and Piano Lesson, Spirit North, and Harriet's Return at Crossroads Theatre (NJ). Select television credits include: Mike, Snowfall, The L Word: Generation Q, I Think You Should Leave, Criminal Minds, Lie to Me, Outlaw, and American Gun, to name a few. In addition to acting, Joy is an Intimacy Director/Coordinator, recent productions include: Hedda Gabbler and A Winter's Tale, Bedlam Theatre (NY); Choir Boy, Dezart (CA); TJ Loves Dally Forever (PA); and Apartment Living (CA). Her memberships include: SAG-AFTRA, AEA, Intimacy Coordinators of Color (ICOC), Women in Film (WIF), and Women of Color Unite (WOCU). Let's stay connected on Instagram: @actingwithjoy and get up to date joyful news at www.JoyDeMichelle.com

Ann C. James has an extensive career in international stage direction and theater education spanning three decades. James recently made her debut as the first Black Intimacy Coordinator of Broadway for Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over. She served as Intimacy Director and Sensitivity Specialist® for the Off-Broadway productions of Moises Kaufman's Seven Deadly Sins by Tectonic Theatre Project, Seize the King produced by Classical Theatre of Harlem, Twilight Los Angeles:1992 at Signature Theater, F*cking A at Fordham University, and most recently for Dominique Morisseau's Confederates. On the West Coast, James provides consultation and intimacy coordination for the television and film. Her company, Intimacy Coordinators of Color, has partnerships with Adelphi University, New York University, Columbia University, American Conservatory Theater, Brown University, Trinity Repertory Theater and A.R.T./New York.

John-Andrew Morrison won a Lucille Lortel Award and a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical A Strange Loop. John-Andrew also won an OBIE Award for that production. John-Andrew was in the Off-Broadway Premiere of Blues For an Alabama Sky with Keen Company. He was an Outer Critics Circle Award Honoree for his performance. John-Andrew's work has been seen at theaters and cabaret venues around New York City including La Mama, Classical Theater of Harlem, Classic Stage Company, Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Green Room 42, and more. Regionally his work has been seen at theaters including Hartford Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and more. John-Andrew holds a BA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University and an MFA in Acting from UCSD. With fellow A Strange Loop cast mate James Jackson Jr., John-Andrew co-hosts the podcast and live series 5 Questions with JAMES & JAM. He is also a frequent co-host with Eric Ostrow on the podcast Live at The Lortel.

The Lucille Lortel Theatre's mission is to foster both new and established artists, increase awareness and appreciation of Off-Broadway, and uphold fair and equitable business and artistic practices in service of creating a larger, more diverse community of theatre makers and audiences. The Theatre's programs include Live at The Lortel (a video interview and podcast series), NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship, Lucille Lortel Awards and Playwrights' Sidewalk, Internet Off-Broadway Database (IOBDB.com), Fellowships in Theatre with Bennington College, Non-Profit Theatre Strategic and Management Services, and Subsidized Theatre Space. For more information, please visit www.lortel.org.

The name Lucille Lortel is synonymous with excellence in theatre. As the Queen of Off-Broadway, Miss Lortel, as she was fondly known, produced more than 500 shows. The Lucille Lortel Foundation is a proud donor to more than 60 theatrical companies and has given millions of dollars to support their programs. The New York City theatre bearing her name has presented more than 250 shows, and the Lucille Lortel Awards, now in its 38th season, are Off-Broadway's top honor celebrating outstanding achievement in the field.

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