LoNyLa produced the Set Ablaze Series, which aimed to expose industry-ready material with strong narratives and well-developed characters to creative executives, artistic directors and producers in the U.S. and U.K.
This platform was designed to help artists transition their work to the next level, whether it’s a theatrical production, a film or television show. A Set Ablaze reading involved actors and directors with profile and was broadcast – “streamed live” – over the Internet so industry audiences could view the event from remote locations.
Audiences clicked on a hyperlink to view the reading on laptops from offices and homes. LoNyLa units in London, New York and Los Angeles participated in post-reading feedback via Skype.
LoNyLa presented a rehearsed reading of a “The Correspondent,” a new play by Ken Urban, directed by Wilson Milam, in London on June 12, 2011. The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ
Brandee Tucker as “Mirabel”
Michael Steger (“90210,” “True Blood”) as “Young Man”
Jonathan Wrather (“Casualty,” “Push”) as “Philip”
A grieving husband hires an ill woman to deliver a message to his recently deceased wife in the afterlife. He makes an unexpected connection with this young woman dying of cancer. Then, letters signed by his dead wife begin to appear, letters that detail things that only she could know. Is his mysterious correspondent a ghost or a con artist?
LoNyLa NY presented a rehearsed reading of a new screenplay, LOST BOY, by Mark Malone, directed by John David Coles, in New York City on June 5, 2012. Location: 95 Leonard Street, NYC 10019
Kevin Conway as “Reagan”
Adam Rothenberg as “Billy”
Caridad de la Cruz as “Gina”
With Gregory Perri, Salvatore Inzerillo, Victoire Charles, Bernardo Cubria, Brandon Nagle and John Sarno.
A tragicomic crime story set in the outer fringes of New York City.
Billy is a fixer for Reagan, a small-time mob boss in Irish Yonkers. The old man taught Billy the ropes, and promised a big future. Billy is a fast talker who sees himself as an entrepreneur, but it’s getting harder for him to ignore the ugly reality of Reagan’s criminal operation…a fact not lost on his pregnant fiancé. Gina is ready to start a family away from the criminal world.
Into this fraught triangle drops Huey, a man-child who grew up in prison. All he knows is the skewed and brutal logic he learned inside. Finally out on the street, he just wants a good meal, a decent job and a chance to prove himself.
Billy is tasked by his boss, Reagan, to mentor Huey, and against his better instincts, Billy grows protective of his inept partner. When a guns-for-cash job goes awry, Billy’s world is rocked when he’s instructed to offer-up Huey to keep the peace.
Billy has to decide: save himself or save his friend.
JOHN COLES is an award-winning director and producer known for evocative material with compelling performances. He has enjoyed success in features, television and theater while his production company, Talking Wall Pictures, has focused on the development of cutting-edge feature and television projects.
MARK MALONE is a writer-director who divides his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver. Lost Boy is one of three screenplays he’s written about criminal life in New York City. The first two, Bulletproof Heart and Hoods, have been produced.
Livin’ the Dream
“Livin’ the Dream” is a new TV pilot by Noel Douglas Orput and directed by Sue Hamilton. The reading took place at Esperanza Productions, the Paramount Lot in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at noon PST, 3pm EST, 8pm GMT.
Orput’s new pilot follows the daily grind of “Richard Sweat,” a talented yet struggling actor in Hollywood and his eccentric entourage. The LA-based production staff includes: Sue Hamilton, Noel Douglas Orput, Michael Lopez and Shiela-Marie Shostac.
Noel Douglas Orput has written and directed five short films, the most recent being the award-winning short comedy, Three Times a Lady (www.threetimesaladymovie.com). He has co-written two feature comedies and wrote and produced the web-series Men for Hire.
Sue Hamilton directs Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular for The Walt Disney Company, and is the director for the ABC Television Group Diversity Talent Showcase. Hamilton is the concept creator and original director for the award-winning musical The Break-up Notebook; she’s also directed Jane Lynch’s Oh Sister, My Sister, and Alison Arngrim’s Confessions of a Prairie Bitch. Collaborating with NY playwright Jessica Litwak, she’s directed the award-winning productions Victory Dance and Secret Agents. Hamilton lives and works in LA and NY, and is a proud member of SDC.