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    Cellphones: A New Rock Musical

    The Only Show In Town Where They Ask You To Turn Your Cellphone ON! CELLPHONES is set in the present. With the war in Iraq continuing, and threats by terrorists keeping America on orange alert, the Department of Homeland Security is the only place that's offering a decent job. A new recruiting booth is about to open up at 8am, Monday, in Central Park. The night before the booth opens, eleven strangers gather and wait for the booth to open. While they wait, they rock out about timely topics such as — Enron, teenage white girls, pornography, the Internet, rap culture, fast foods, Michael Jackson, gay marriage, soccer moms, Starbucks, Korean Americans, Michael Moore, the war in Iraq, gun control, weapons of mass destruction, and of course — cellphones. The original rock score was written by William Electric Black and Joel Diamond; Mr. Black will also direct. When audience members arrive at the theater, they will be asked for their cellphone numbers. If they provide them, a select few will receive a call during the performance — live from the stage. (Of course, they will have to put the phone on vibrate.) Everyone else, however, has to turn their phones off. William Electric Black, a.k.a. Ian Ellis James, is a 7-time Emmy Award winning writer for his work on Sesame Street. His theater projects have been seen in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. For the past five seasons he has been directing, writing, and producing rock musicals at La MaMa ETC. In television, he has received a Bronze Apple Award for directing and recently received a grant from the NIEHS to produce his own animated children's TV show on health & fitness. TV credits include Nickelodeon, Lancit Media, Scholastic Productions, Warner Cable TV, Voodoo Ent. (Vancouver), and Winchester TV & Film (London). Mr. Black is presently writing a children's book and producing songs for pop/R&B singer Leigh. The co-composer for CELLPHONES is Joel Diamond, who composed the score for the film "The Believer" (winner of the Feature Film Competition for Drama at Sundance 2001). Diamond has also produced the scores for Todd Solondz's "Welcome To The Dollhouse" (Sony Pictures and Polygram Records) and David Mamet's "Oleanna" (Hallmark). Mr. Diamond's stage work includes writing scores for five Theater For The New City Productions. The choreographer will be Matt Williams, who recently choreographed giant piano dances for the grand re-opening of the FAO Schwarz toy stores in Las Vegas and New York. Matt was also one of six choreographers selected to present new choreography in the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) annual Broadway showcase, Dancebreak.

    Dates:  Jan. 27, 2005 - Feb. 13, 2005
    Schedule:  Thurs.-Sun. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m.
    Venue:  La Mama Experimental Theater, 74A East 4th St.
    Price:  $20
    Tickets/info:  (212) 475-7710


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