SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE: ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC
 EXTENDS THROUGH SUMMER

"An evening of dark revelry” - The New York Times

"Like being inside a Baz Luhrmann movie" - TheaterMania

"A glorious romp" -  NY Daily News

"Thrilling and unique" -  TheaterMania

"A spangly, slithering web of dreams" -  Talkin' Broadway

"Dizzyingly elaborate" -  Talkin' Broadway

"A creatively altered universe" -  Viewing NY

"The darker side of the American Dream" Where NY

(July 1, 2015 – New York, NY) SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE: ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC, the third interactive show in the Speakeasy Dollhouse series from author, artist and playwright Cynthia von Buhler opened April 18, 2015 and has been extended through the summer.

The show is held at the historic Liberty Theater in Times Square (accessible only through a secret portal located at the back of the Liberty Diner at 234 West 42nd Street). Guests are given a faux United States passport, a suggested role to play and a password which grants them entry into a reimagining of Ziegfeld's 1920’s extravaganza The Midnight Frolic, replete with showgirls, burlesque, aerialists and – of course – plenty of spirits. At the center of the story is the mysterious 1920 poisoning death of silent film star and Ziegfeld Girl, Olive Thomas, and the subsequent destruction of her husband, movie star, Jack Pickford. Inspired by Theodore Dreiser’s novel Sister Carrie, ZIEGFELD MIGNIGHT FROLIC explores a starlet's transition from hopeful anonymity to disenchanted fame.

Audiences are free to follow the story by watching an elaborate stage show at Ziegfeld’s Rooftop Theater and or by using their passport to travel to “Paris.” In Paris they choose their corruption at Montmartre’s Cabaret du Néant where a garish garcon regales them with tales of guillotines and deadly bacteria. Or, they travel around the corner to sleuth the luxury suite at Hotel Ritz Paris where Pickford allegedly tried to save the Follies’ star, after she drank poison.

In addition to Thomas, Pickford and Ziegfeld, 1920s stars such as Fanny Brice, Josephine Baker, Eddie Cantor, Billie Burke, Marilyn Miller and the Ziegfeld Girls are represented in the cast. Guests are entertained with dance, jazz, silent films and magic and as with all Speakeasy Dollhouse experiences, guests are expected to ignore the advice their parents gave them as children: they should be nosy and talk to strangers.

Olive Thomas is played by actress, model and filmmaker Syrie Moskowitz. Recently, Moskowitz starred in a one-woman play also adapted for the screen, “A Telephone call” by Dorothy Parker, directed by Avram Ludwig (Swingers). Moskowitz has been the feature of a Spring 2015 Kate Spade advertising campaign. Violinist Russell Farhang, the star of Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning, plays Florenz Ziegfeld. Delysia La Chatte plays Josephine Baker. La Chatte wrote, choreographed, produced and performed in Dark Heroine, a burlesque show about super heroines of color, at The Triad Theater. Robyn Adele Anderson plays Lilyan Tashman. Anderson is a lead vocalist in Postmodern Jukebox, a band that recently became a viral YouTube sensation. Postmodern Jukebox’s album hit #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart and charted in the top five of the Billboard charts.

The cast also includes Dash Barber, Haleigh Ciel, Brian Davis, Bethany Fay, Chris Fink, Ellie Frances, Luka Fric, Jeremy X Halpern, Celeste Hudson, Charley Layton, Rachel Boyadjis, Dana McDonald, Melissa Aguerre, Erin Orr, Erica Vlahinos, Carmen Carriker, Dolly Debutante, Lily Faye, Ivory Fox, Brianna Hurley, Wae Messed, Kat Mon Dieu, Melissa Aguerre, Sylvana Tapia, Akela, Angela, Amy-Helene Carlson, Claudia Acosta, and Maximillien Jaden.

ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC’s music director, bandleader and horn player is Alphonso Horne, a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, the band that played nightly for the Broadway musical After Midnight. Bass is played by Jennifer Vincent, drums by Moses Patrou and keys by Chris Pattishall.

Cynthia von Buhler is the writer, director and set designer of ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC. Von Buhler's first play in the Speakeasy Dollhouse series, The Bloody Beginning, ran continuously in New York City from 2011 - 2105. Chris Fink served as associate director and FX’s The Americans star Alison Wright served as Directorial Consultant. Delysia La Chatte is the choreographer for the dance and burlesque. Carmela Lane created the costumes. Puppetry was created and is performed by Erin Orr. Billy Butler, wrote original songs for the show, and Czech photographer and filmmaker Bibiana created silent films for the play that feature the cast and the show’s sets at Liberty Theater. Milliner and puppeteer, Lisa Van Wambeck, sells her wares on a street cart in “Paris.”

Bespoke cocktails were created by Bootleg Greg for ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC, mixologist at the Dean James Max farm-to-table restaurant Parallel Post in Connecticut, and are mixed and served by the Liberty Theater staff.

Liberty Theater will be offering a $65 per person prix fixe dinner option for guests during the show. Dinner will be traditional 1920's American cuisine (with pescetarian, vegan and gluten-free options) and will include a choice of an appetizer, a salad, an entree, a dessert and one drink (wine, beer, premium cocktail, or one of our specialty cocktails.) The prix fixe menu is posted on our website. Dinner is reserved by emailing reservations@libertytheaterny.com

The SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE series is produced by Smoosh & Smoosh Inc., which creates unique experiences by applying audience immersion to theater, fine art, music, events, and business. The company was founded in 2014 by husband and wife duo Russell Farhang and Cynthia von Buhler. Associate Producer PJ Mead joined the company in 2013.

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE: ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC will be presented every Friday and Saturday evening, from April 18 – August 29, at the Liberty Theater. To enter the Liberty Theater, guests must enter through the Liberty Diner (234 West 42nd Street), where they will be escorted through a curtained doorway into the world of ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are priced as follows:

Dewdropper (General Admission) Dewdroppers wander and explore -- they don't need a seat. They receive a role, a passport and an unforgettable experience. $80

Bee's Knees (VIP) Showgirls escort VIPs to a ''champagne orgy'' at “Paris.'' They receive a luxurious stage side reserved seat, a celebrity role, a passport and an unforgettable experience. If they choose the dinner option they enjoy their dinner at a premium table. $155

Speakeasy Dollhouse often posts promo codes on their ticketing site offering lower prices. In addition, returning guests are encouraged to bring their first passport back in when they return to the show. Those with the most stamps receive special perks.

Tickets are available by phone at 1-866-811-4111 or online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/943609.



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Speakeasy Dollhouse Heads To Broadway

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE
TRANSFORMS TIMES SQUARE’S
 LIBERTY THEATER FOR 
ZIEGFELD MIDNIGHT FROLIC


"An evening of dark revelry” - The New York Times

''Von Buhler infuses the evening with a louche and lively glamour'' - The New Yorker

"Like being inside a Baz Luhrmann movie" - TheaterMania

"A glorious romp" -  NY Daily News

"Thrilling and unique" -  TheaterMania

"A spangly, slithering web of dreams" -  Talkin' Broadway

"Dizzyingly elaborate" -  Talkin' Broadway

"A creatively altered universe" -  Viewing NY

"The darker side of the American Dream" - Where NY

(March 5, 2015 – New York, NY) This spring, a former Broadway theater just off Times Square will be resurrected as the lavish and risqué playground of Florenz Ziegfeld and his Follies for SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE: ZIEGFELD’S MIDNIGHT FROLIC, the third interactive show in the Speakeasy Dollhouse series from author, artist and playwright Cynthia von Buhler.


From April 18 – May 9 at the Liberty Theater (accessible only through a secret entrance located at the back of the Liberty Diner at 234 West 42nd Street), guests can step into a reimagining of Ziegfeld's 1920’s extravaganza The Midnight Frolic, replete with showgirls, burlesque, aerialists and – of course – plenty of spirits. At the center of the story is the mysterious 1920 poisoning death of silent film star and Ziegfeld Girl, Olive Thomas, and the subsequent destruction of her husband, movie star, Jack Pickford. Inspired by Theodore Dresier's novel Sister CarrieZIEGFELD’S MIGNIGHT FROLIC explores a starlet's transition from hopeful anonymity to disenchanted fame.


Audiences will be free to follow the story on their own by wandering throughout an expansive environment. Choose your corruption at Montmartre’s Cabaret du Néant while a garish garcon regales you with tales of guillotines and deadly bacteria. Sleuth the luxury suite at Hotel Ritz Paris where Pickford allegedly tried to save the Follies’ star, after she drank poison. Take a gander at the glories and gutters that created the American Dream.
In addition to Thomas, Pickford and Ziegfeld, 1920s stars such as Fanny Brice, Josephine Baker, Eddie Cantor, Billie Burke, Will Rogers, Marilyn Miller, Mary Eaton, Dorothy Mackaill, Alberto Vargas, Mr. Gallagher, Mr. Sheen and the Ziegfeld Girls will be represented in the cast. Guests will be entertained with dance, jazz, silent films and magic – and as with all Speakeasy Dollhouse experiences, guests are expected to ignore the advice their parents gave them as children: they should be nosy and talk to strangers.

Olive Thomas will be played by actress, model and filmmaker Syrie Moskowitz. Recently, Moskowitz starred in a one-woman play also adapted for the screen, “A Telephone call” by Dorothy Parker, directed by Avram Ludwig (Swingers). Moskowitz has been the feature of a Spring 2015 Kate Spade advertising campaign. Joey Calveri will play Jack Pickford. Calveri was featured in the Broadway cast of Rock of Ages as Joey Primo, and he assumed the starring role of Stacee Jaxx in 2012. Violinist Russell Farhang, the star of Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning, will play Florenz Ziegfeld in ZIEGFELD’S MIDNIGHT FROLIC.

Delysia La Chatte will play Josephine Baker. La Chatte wrote, choreographed, produced and performed in Dark Heroine, a burlesque show about super heroines of color, at The Triad Theater. Robyn Adele Anderson will play Lilyan Tashman. Anderson is a lead vocalist in Postmodern Jukebox, a band that recently became a viral YouTube sensation. Postmodern Jukebox’s album hit #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart and charted in the top five of the Billboard charts.

The cast will also include Dash Barber, Billy Butler, Haleigh Ciel, Brian Davis, Bethany Fay, Chris Fink, Ellie Frances, Luka Fric, Jeremy X Halpern, Glen Heroy, Celeste Hudson, Charley Layton, Dana McDonald, Frank Neuman, Anya Sapozhnikova, Erin Orr, Amy-Helene Carlson, Erica Vlahinos, Carmen Carriker, Dolly Debutante, Lily Faye, Brianna Hurley, Melody Jane, Wae Messed, Kat Mon Dieu, Melissa Aguerre, Sarah Sadie, Anya Sapozhnikova, Roxie Valdez, Lola Carter, Stephanie Sutherland and Sylvana Tapia.

ZIEGFELD’S MIDNIGHT FROLIC’s music arranger is Alphonso Horne, a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, the band that played nightly for the Broadway musical After Midnight. Chris Pattishall and Jennifer Vincent are the co-music directors of the show.

Cynthia von Buhler is the writer, director and set designer of ZIEGFELD’S MIDNIGHT FROLIC. Von Buhler's first play in the Speakeasy Dollhouse series, The Bloody Beginning, has been running continuously in New York City since 2011. Chris Fink will serve as associate director, in addition to playing Eddie Cantor. FX’s The Americans star Alison Wright will serve as Directorial Consultant. Delysia La Chatte will be the choreographer for the dance and burlesque. Aerial was choreographed by Anya Sapozhnikova from House of Yes and Melissa Aguerre. Puppetry will be created and performed by Erin OrrBilly Butler, the silent film explicator, will be writing original songs for the show, and Czech photographer and filmmaker Bibiana is creating silent films for the play that will feature the cast and the Liberty Theatre.


Bespoke cocktails will be created by Bootleg Greg, mixologist at the Dean James Max farm-to-table restaurant Parallel Post in Connecticut. 

The SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE series is produced by Smoosh & Smoosh Inc., which creates unique experiences by applying audience immersion to theater, fine art, music, events, and business. The company was founded in 2014 by husband and wife duo Russell Farhang and Cynthia von Buhler. 

SPEAKEASY DOLLHOUSE: ZIEGFELD’S MIDNIGHT FROLIC will be presented every Thursday through Saturday evening, from April 18 – May 9, at the Liberty Theater. To enter the Liberty Theater, guests must enter through the Liberty Diner (234 West 42nd Street), where they will be escorted through a back entrance in to the world of ZIEGFELD’S MIDNIGHT FROLIC. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are priced as follows:


Dewdropper (General Admission, 8pm) Dewdroppers wander and explore -- they don't need a seat. They receive a role, a passport and an unforgettable experience. Please note: This ticket level isn't guaranteed a seat unless they reserve the prix fixe dinner with their ticket. You may reserve dinner by emailing reservations@libertytheaterny.com

Bees Knees (VIP Admission, 7:30pm) Showgirls escort you to VIP-only ''champagne orgy'' at ''The Hotel Ritz in Paris.'' You receive a luxurious stage side reserved seat, a celebrity role, a passport and an unforgettable experience. If you choose the dinner option you enjoy your dinner at a premium table.

There will be a separate $65 prix fixe dinner option for guests during the show featuring traditional 1920’s American cuisine with pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.  The dinner includes an appetizer, a salad, an entree, a dessert and a cocktail or wine. Reservations for dinner may be made by emailing reservations@libertytheaterny.com. For questions about dinner and the menu, call 212-997-0009 M - F from 10am - 5pm.


Tickets are available by phone at 1-866-811-4111 or online at


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Speakeasy Dolhouse: Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic Dinner Menu

Click to view the whole menu. 

There will be a separate $65 prix fixe dinner option for guests during the show featuring traditional 1920’s American cuisine with pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.  The dinner includes an appetizer, a salad, an entree, a dessert and a premium cocktail or wine. Diners should arrive to the theater at 7pm. Reservations for dinner may be made by emailing reservations@libertytheaterny.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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