SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, NEW YORK CITY’S INDIE IMMERSIVE THEATRE HIT CELEBRATES ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY

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"Thrilling and delighting all of the senses."
- The Huffington Post

“An ingenious project jam-packed with creativity."

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**FOR PRESS PHOTOS – go to http://imgur.com/a/jOJFP


STAGEWORKS MEDIA
PRESENTS

CYNTHIA VON BUHLER’S
SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE

NEW YORK CITY’S INDIE IMMERSIVE THEATRE HIT
CELEBRATES ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH DECEMBER 13TH

Based on a true NYC murder case, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE
immerses audience in a surreal, Prohibition-era time capsule
featuring live jazz, burlesque, mobsters, moonshine and more.

Transporting audiences to an era of mobsters, moonshine, and murder, Cynthia von Buhler’s SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, one of the city's most unique, interactive, and surreal theatre experiences, proudly celebrates its two-year anniversary this month.  Performing to sold-out audiences since October 2011, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE brings an actual unsolved Prohibition-era murder to life in the downtown building that once served as mobster Meyer Lansky’s hangout. SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is performed weekly (Saturdays at 5:00PM) at "Spano's Club" (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.).  Tickets (advance only and starting at $55.00) are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE was created by artist and author Cynthia von Buhler, whose Italian immigrant grandfather, a speakeasy owner named Frank Spano, was shot and killed on a Manhattan street in 1935.

Though the shooter was caught, his case was inexplicably dismissed, leaving the question of motive forever unanswered. Long haunted by the mystery, von Buhler, whose mother was born the day her grandfather died, began interviewing family members about the killing and scouring autopsy reports, police records, and court documents. Inspired by a 1940s investigative technique called "nutshell studies," von Buhler first recreated the crime scene in an elaborate dollhouse diorama (which can be explored on location during each performance).

Von Buhler brought her miniature set to life in SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, which was first intended to be a one-night theatrical staging (via a successful Kickstarter campaign). It has since become a hot underground theater ticket as it is consistently sold out, and has extended its run repeatedly over the past three years.

The SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE experience begins with a series of emails featuring actual 1935 news articles, court documents, and autopsy reports. Audience members also receive special instructions to show up dressed for a 1930’s night on the town at a secret address, including the password they will need to enter. Upon arrival, an audience member has their palm read by a fortune teller, and is assigned a role ranging from shooting a mobster to aiding in an autopsy.  Once they step through the tiny door, they are transported into a perfect replica of a speakeasy, where they can eat cannoli, sip hooch disguised in coffee cups, play cards with gangsters, enjoy burlesque performances – and witness a shooting, funeral, murder investigation, and trial.

Each show explores a different motive behind the murder, from jealousy over a suspected affair to a Mafia hit. As audience members meander through a speakeasy bar, a private alleyway, a bakery, and more, they are privy to conversations and whispered snippets from cast members about the victim's marital infidelities, mob connections, and other clues. The piece is constantly evolving based on new scenarios sparked by spontaneous interactions between cast members and guests, who are encouraged to become full-fledged participants in the unfolding drama.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is more than just a play – it is a time capsule that transports audiences to the scene of a riveting crime and then invites them to live fully in that world, erasing the boundary between themselves and the performers," said von Buhler.

The cast of SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE includes noted jazz violinist Russell Farhang in the starring role as Frank Spano, Nino Giaimo (Uncle Nino from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Show with Vinny”) as undertaker Dominick Grimaldi, burlesque star Kat Mon Dieu as Lena Doino, jazz musician Howard Fishman as bandleader Henry Azelrod, and soprano Katie Kat as Millie Nelba.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE has attracted a roster of guest performers that has included bestselling author Neil Gaiman, actress Alison Wright, actor/singer Euan Morton, musician Amanda Palmer, writer Kate Manning, downtown theatre icon Edgar Oliver, and others. New guest performers will be announced shortly.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is presented by Stageworks Media. It is performed on Saturdays at 5 PM (5 – 7:30 PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.).

Tickets to SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE are now available for performances through December 13th.  Tickets are available in advance only (prices start at $55; Packages and VIP tables are available.  Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.

For inquires, call 212-960-8323, or email info@stageworksmedia.com.

Stageworks Media Presents Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth



For Speakeasy Dollhouse, The Brothers Booth press photos, go to http://imgur.com/a/Fsgki#0

A New Chapter for the Long-Running Immersive Theater Hit
SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, THE BLOODY BEGINNING . . .

This time delving into the sibling rivalry 
between John Wilkes and Edwin Booth.

Stageworks Media 
Presents

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, 

THE BROTHERS BOOTH


Created by Cynthia von Buhler

Directed by Wes Grantom (Eager to Lose at Ars Nova)

Featuring
Eric Gravez as Edwin Booth, Ryan Wesen as John Wilkes Booth,
Russell Farhang (Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning) as John Drew,
and Tansy (Eager to Lose) as the Hostess

Presented Monthly (Saturday Evening Performances) At The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South

EXTENDED – On Sale Now Through July, 2014
Stageworks Media presents 
Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth -- an immersive, time-traveling theatrical experience created by Cynthia von Buhler and directed by Wes Grantom (Eager to Lose at Ars Nova). Ms. von Buhler’s Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning has, over the past two years, become one of the city's most unique, interactive, and surreal theatrical experiences. Once again, Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth brings Ms. von Buhler’s unique brand of historic fiction investigation to the legends of John Wilkes and Edwin Booth. Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth is performed monthly on Saturday evenings (usually the first Saturday of the month) at The Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South). Tickets are now on sale through July 2014. For tickets and more information, visit www.speakeasydollhouse.com.
According to Speakeasy Dollhouse creator Cynthia von Buhler, Edwin Booth, a staunch Lincoln supporter, was honored by the president -- and even saved Lincoln’s son Robert from being crushed by a train shortly before the president’s assassination. Edwin, the more successful actor, divided the map allowing John Wilkes the opportunity to only perform in the South, while he ruled in the more desirable North. Every book I read on the family claimed that John Wilkes was his parent’s favorite. Their mother, Mary Ann, constantly told the boys of her prophesies about their destiny, leading them to become self-fulfilling. My research has led me to believe that Abraham Lincoln may have been murdered as a result of sibling rivalry, and not because of John Wilkes’ great love of the confederacy. The Brothers Booth encourages audiences to roam Edwin Booth's former mansion in search for the truth. Utilizing Shakespearean themes, longtime conspiracy theories, and surreal vignettes, Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth weaves together a story of the brothers' troubled lives.”

The Speakeasy Dollhouse experience begins with a series of emails from Cynthia von Buhler featuring actual news articles, investigative dollhouse recreations and a password.
The given password is to be whispered to a newsboy on the street in the back of Edwin Booth’s Greek Revival mansion -- now home to The Players, a real- life club for luminaries of all eras from Mark Twain and John Singer Sargent to Liza Minnelli and Jimmy Fallon. Ushered via a secret entrance into the club’s opulent ballroom, the audience is swept into a splendorous scene: The November 13, 1919 gala unveiling of a life-sized bronze statue of Edwin, a legendary Shakespearean actor and the club’s founder. A newsboy announces the statue unveiling along with other breaking news: the Volstead Act has been passed and the John Wilkes Booth mummy has been stolen from the circus. Bootleg cocktails, burlesque, gambling, and live jazz are staples of the evening’s festivities. Scandals abound. The troubled relationship between handsome and impetuous John Wilkes and brilliant but brooding Edwin unravels as a series of surreal vignettes which swirl around partygoers and echo throughout the many rooms of the mansion. Because guests have the freedom of movement and to initiate interactions in the space, each experience is unique. While it pays not to be shy, even those who wish only to observe will be surrounded by eye-raising conversation, rousing music, dramatic performance, evocative puppetry, and haunting séances and spirit photography. Artist and author Cynthia von Buhler is the creator of the Speakeasy Dollhouse series. Her first play, The Bloody Beginning, is an immersive theatrical hit that explores the murder of von Buhler’s Italian immigrant grandfather, Frank Spano. A speakeasy owner, Spano was shot and killed on a Manhattan street in 1935. Though the shooter was caught, his case was inexplicably dismissed, leaving the question of motive forever unanswered. Long haunted by the mystery, von Buhler, whose mother was born the day her grandfather died, began interviewing family members about the killing and scouring autopsy reports, police records, and court documents. Inspired by a 1940s investigative technique called "nutshell studies," von Buhler first recreated the crime scene in an elaborate dollhouse diorama (which can be explored on location during each performance). Von Buhler brought her miniature set to life in Speakeasy Dollhouse, which was first intended to be a one-night theatrical staging (funded via Kickstarter). It has since become a hot underground theater ticket, consistently sold out, since it began in 2011. The cast of Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth features Eric Gravez, Ryan Wesen, Russell Farhang and Tansy, as well as Jonas Barranca, Victor Barranca, Chrissy Basham, Daniel Burns, Laura Epperson, Chris Fink, Katelan Foisy, E. James Ford, Francine the Lucid Dream, Skyler Max Gallun, Ashley Grombol, Jenny Harder, Lord Kat, Alexandra Kopko, Delysia LaChatte, Stacee Mandeville, Justin Moore, Travis Moore, Dan Olson, Erin Orr, William Otterson, Natalie Rich, Hannah Rose, Samantha Rosenrater, Sarah Vogt, Silent James, and Allen Wilcox.
Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth is the first show of its kind to be staged at The Players Club, which was founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth, America's pre-eminent Shakespearean actor, and 15 other incorporators (including Mark Twain and General William Tecumseh Sherman). The Players was the first American club of its kind. Its purpose: "The promotion of social intercourse between members of the dramatic profession and the kindred professions of literature, painting, architecture, sculpture and music, law and medicine, and the patrons of the arts . . ." Today, leaders from a variety of professions in the arts, business, and commerce enjoy The Players' unique spirit of conviviality and discourse. 2014 marks the 125th anniversary of The Players Club. Cynthia von Buhler’s Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth, directed by Wes Grantom, is presented monthly (Saturday evening performances) at The Players Club (16 Gramercy Park South). The first performance was Saturday, March 1, 2014 (Press Opening). Tickets are currently on sale for the following Saturdays: April 5th at 8pm; May 3rd at 8pm; June 7th at 8 pm; and July 12th at 8pm. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are priced at $75 (general admission) and $125 (exclusive access to the VIP lounge with VIP-only scenes). Tickets are available by visiting www.speakeasydollhouse.com.


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SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, NEW YORK CITY’S INDIE IMMERSIVE THEATRE HIT CELEBRATES ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY



**FOR PRESS PHOTOS – go to http://imgur.com/a/jOJFP


STAGEWORKS MEDIA
PRESENTS

CYNTHIA VON BUHLER’S
SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE

NEW YORK CITY’S INDIE IMMERSIVE THEATRE HIT
CELEBRATES ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY

TICKETS NOW ON SALE THROUGH DECEMBER 14TH

Based on a true NYC murder case, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE
immerses audience in a surreal, Prohibition-era time capsule
featuring live jazz, burlesque, mobsters, moonshine and more.

Transporting audiences to an era of mobsters, moonshine, and murder, Cynthia von Buhler’s SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, one of the city's most unique, interactive, and surreal theatre experiences, proudly celebrates its two-year anniversary this month.  Performing to sold-out audiences since October 2011, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE brings an actual unsolved Prohibition-era murder to life in the downtown building that once served as mobster Meyer Lansky’s hangout. SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is performed weekly (Saturdays at 5:00PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.).  Tickets (advance only and starting at $55.00) are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE was created by artist and author Cynthia von Buhler, whose Italian immigrant grandfather, a speakeasy owner named Frank Spano, was shot and killed on a Manhattan street in 1935.

Though the shooter was caught, his case was inexplicably dismissed, leaving the question of motive forever unanswered. Long haunted by the mystery, von Buhler, whose mother was born the day her grandfather died, began interviewing family members about the killing and scouring autopsy reports, police records, and court documents. Inspired by a 1940s investigative technique called "nutshell studies," von Buhler first recreated the crime scene in an elaborate dollhouse diorama (which can be explored on location during each performance).

Von Buhler brought her miniature set to life in SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, which was first intended to be a one-night theatrical staging (via a successful Kickstarter campaign). It has since become a hot underground theater ticket, going from monthly performances to weekly performances as it consistently sold out, and extending its run repeatedly over the past two years.

The SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE experience begins with a series of emails featuring actual 1935 news articles, court documents, and autopsy reports. Audience members also receive special instructions to show up dressed for a 1930’s night on the town at a secret address, including the password they will need to enter. Upon arrival, an audience member has their palm read by a fortune teller, and is assigned a role ranging from shooting a mobster to aiding in an autopsy.  Once they step through the tiny door, they are transported into a perfect replica of a speakeasy, where they can eat cannoli, sip hooch disguised in coffee cups, play cards with gangsters, enjoy burlesque performances – and witness a shooting, funeral, murder investigation, and trial.

Each show explores a different motive behind the murder, from jealousy over a suspected affair to a Mafia hit. As audience members meander through a speakeasy bar, a private alleyway, a bakery, and more, they are privy to conversations and whispered snippets from cast members about the victim's marital infidelities, mob connections, and other clues. The piece is constantly evolving based on new scenarios sparked by spontaneous interactions between cast members and guests, who are encouraged to become full-fledged participants in the unfolding drama.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is more than just a play – it is a time capsule that transports audiences to the scene of a riveting crime and then invites them to live fully in that world, erasing the boundary between themselves and the performers," said von Buhler.

The cast of SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE includes noted jazz violinist Russell Farhang in the starring role as Frank Spano, Nino Giaimo (Uncle Nino from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Show with Vinny”) as undertaker Dominick Grimaldi, burlesque star Kat Mon Dieu as Lena Doino, jazz musician Howard Fishman as bandleader Henry Azelrod, and soprano Katie Kat as Millie Nelba.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE has attracted a roster of guest performers that has included bestselling author Neil Gaiman, musician Amanda Palmer, downtown theatre icon Edgar Oliver, and others. New guest performers will be announced shortly.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is presented by Stageworks Media. It is performed on Saturdays at 5 PM (5 – 7:30 PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.).

Tickets to SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE are now available for performances through December 14th (no performance on Thanksgiving weekend, Sat, November 30th).  Tickets are available in advance only (prices start at $55; Packages and VIP tables are available – up to $145 per person).  Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.

For inquires, call 212-960-8323, or email info@stageworksmedia.com.


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TONY AWARD NOMINEE EUAN MORTON TO PLAY IN CYNTHIA VON BUHLER’S SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE


To download press imageshttp://imgur.com/a/jOJFP

TONY AWARD NOMINEE
EUAN MORTON
TO PLAY IN

CYNTHIA VON BUHLER’S
SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE

NEW YORK CITY’S INDIE IMMERSIVE THEATRE HIT
NOW CELEBRATING ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY

PRESENTED BY STAGEWORKS MEDIA

MR. MORTON AND MEMBERS OF
GRANDPA MUSSELMAN & HIS SYNCOPATORS
TO APPEAR
NOVEMBER 16, NOVEMBER 23, AND DECEMBER 7

Based on a true NYC murder case, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE
immerses audience in a surreal, Prohibition-era time capsule
featuring live jazz, burlesque, mobsters, moonshine and more.

Transporting audiences to an era of mobsters, moonshine, and murder, Cynthia von Buhler’s SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE brings an actual unsolved Prohibition-era murder to life in the downtown building that once served as mobster Meyer Lansky’s hangout.   For three upcoming Saturday performances - November 16, November 23, and December 7 – Tony Award nominee Euan Morton will step into the DOLLHOUSE to play the role of bandleader “Henry Azelrod,” performing with members of the jazz band Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators. 

Presented by Stageworks Media, SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE -- one of the city's most unique, interactive, and surreal theatre experiences -- has been performing to sold-out audiences since October 2011.  Mr. Morton is the latest in a roster of guest performers that have visited SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, including bestselling author Neil Gaiman, musician Amanda Palmer, downtown theatre icon Edgar Oliver, and others.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is performed weekly (Saturdays at 5:00PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.).  Tickets (advance only and starting at $55.00) are now on sale through December 14th.  Tickets are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at brownpapertickets.com.

Euan Morton, a native of Scotland, received an Olivier Award nomination for originating the role of Boy George in the musical Taboo. He moved to New York in 2003 to reprise the role on Broadway, earning Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award nominations, as well as the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. His other New York stage appearances include Sondheim on Sondheim and the 2007 revival of Cyrano De Bergerac on Broadway; as well as the Off Broadway productions of Measure For Pleasure at The Public Theater (2006 OBIE Award), Tony Kushner's adaptation of Brundibár at the New Victory Theatre, Howard Katz (opposite Alfred Molina) at the Roundabout Theatre, the 2009 American premiere of Leaves of Glass, and the Keen Company’s current revival of The Film Society.  Regionally he has appeared in the historic Ford's Theatre's production of Parade (Helen Hayes Award, best actor), as well as in productions at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA; the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Berkeley Rep; Kansas City Rep; Theatreworks in Mountain View; the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Bay Street Theatre.  Euan can be heard on various cast recordings and released his debut solo CD NewClear in 2006, followed by Caledonia-the Homecoming in 2011. He has appeared in concert in New York City at the Oak Room at the Algonquin, Town Hall, the Metropolitan Room, the Zipper, Joe's Pub and Birdland, as well as at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA and The Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C., and many other venues all over the country.  This December he will play his first NYC concert in over two years at 54 Below, where -- backed by Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators – he’ll perform a repertoire of turn of the century ragtime, 1920s jazz and depression era swing by composers such as Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE was created by artist and author Cynthia von Buhler, whose Italian immigrant grandfather, a speakeasy owner named Frank Spano, was shot and killed on a Manhattan street in 1935.

Though the shooter was caught, his case was inexplicably dismissed, leaving the question of motive forever unanswered. Long haunted by the mystery, von Buhler, whose mother was born the day her grandfather died, began interviewing family members about the killing and scouring autopsy reports, police records, and court documents. Inspired by a 1940s investigative technique called "nutshell studies," von Buhler first recreated the crime scene in an elaborate dollhouse diorama (which can be explored on location during each performance).

Von Buhler brought her miniature set to life in SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE, which was first intended to be a one-night theatrical staging (via a successful Kickstarter campaign). It has since become a hot underground theater ticket, going from monthly performances to weekly performances as it consistently sold out, and extending its run repeatedly over the past two years.

The SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE experience begins with a series of emails featuring actual 1935 news articles, court documents, and autopsy reports. Audience members also receive special instructions to show up dressed for a 1930’s night on the town at a secret address, including the password they will need to enter. Upon arrival, an audience member has their palm read by a fortune teller, and is assigned a role ranging from shooting a mobster to aiding in an autopsy.  Once they step through the tiny door, they are transported into a perfect replica of a speakeasy, where they can eat cannoli, sip hooch disguised in coffee cups, play cards with gangsters, enjoy burlesque performances – and witness a shooting, funeral, murder investigation, and trial.

Each show explores a different motive behind the murder, from jealousy over a suspected affair to a Mafia hit. As audience members meander through a speakeasy bar, a private alleyway, a bakery, and more, they are privy to conversations and whispered snippets from cast members about the victim's marital infidelities, mob connections, and other clues. The piece is constantly evolving based on new scenarios sparked by spontaneous interactions between cast members and guests, who are encouraged to become full-fledged participants in the unfolding drama.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is more than just a play – it is a time capsule that transports audiences to the scene of a riveting crime and then invites them to live fully in that world, erasing the boundary between themselves and the performers," said von Buhler.

The cast of SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE includes noted jazz violinist Russell Farhang in the starring role as Frank Spano, Nino Giaimo (Uncle Nino from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Show with Vinny”) as undertaker Dominick Grimaldi, burlesque star Kat Mon Dieu as Lena Doino, and soprano Katie Kat as Millie Nelba.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE is presented by Stageworks Media. It is performed on Saturdays at 5 PM (5 – 7:30 PM) at “Spano’s Club” (a.k.a. The Back Room) located at 102 Norfolk St. (near Delancey St.).

Tickets to SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE are now available for performances through December 14th (no performance on Thanksgiving weekend, Sat, November 30th).  Tickets are available in advance only (prices start at $55; Packages and VIP tables are available – up to $145 per person).  Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online atbrownpapertickets.com.

For inquires, call 212-960-8323, or email info@stageworksmedia.com.

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