Chess

Tickets are on sale for my first show since moving back to the Northwest!

August 29 – September 14, 2014

Chess
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Book by Richard Nelson,
 Lyrics by Tim Rice
, Music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson

Directed by Danny Miller
, Music Direction by Josh Zimmerman
, Choreography by Krista Lofgren

Two of the world’s greatest chess masters battle it out at the world chess championship but their greatest contest lies beyond the boundaries defined by their ancient game. Amidst political intrigue and international conspiracies, the American and the Russian fight to win the heart of Florence Vassy in a romantic triangle mirroring the heightened passions of the Cold War all set to an explosive score by the composers of Mamma Mia and the lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

SHOW SPONSOR: David LeCompte

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SHOW TIMES


Thursday, August 28, 2014 8pm – PWYC Preview

Friday, August 29, 2014 8pm – Opening Night

Saturday, August 30, 2014 8pm

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8pm

Friday, September 5, 2014 8pm

Saturday, September 6, 2014 8pm

Thursday, September 11, 2014 8pm

Friday, September 12, 2014 8pm

Saturday, September 13, 2014 8pm

Sunday, September 14, 2014 2pm Matinee

MEET THE CAST


Adrienne MacIain (Florence), Casey Raiha (Freddie), Nick Watson (Anatoly), Alyssa Maas (Svetlana), Doug Fahl (Molokov), Isaiah Crowson (Walter), Brock Madden (Arbiter), Heather Refvem (Ensemble), Britt Boyd (Ensemble), Matt Dela Cruz (Ensemble), Meagan Castillo (Ensemble), Jeremy Force (Ensemble), Sebastian Hubert (Ensemble)

“Chess (UK Version)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

The Final Countdown at Youth Theatre Northwest

I’ve officially moved back to Seattle and I already have my first performance scheduled. It’s actually a reunion from my past life as an actor in the area. I will be joining my friends and castmates from Youth Theatre Northwest‘s 2001 production of Grease! I played “Sandy” at 16 years old… pretty sweet huh! Check out the pics below, yup that’s me in the blonde wig…

I am excited to reprise my role for a number or two and honored to celebrate an organization that was instrumental in my journey as an artist.

We are gathering to celebrate YTN’s final event in their space they have been in for as long as I worked with them growing up.

The open house starts at 6pm with the performance at 7pm. Click HERE for more details and to reserve tickets.

Run/Walk Thank You!

Sending a BIG THANK YOU to all of my friends and family who donated to the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women.

Amy Bandolik

Brad Benson

Natalie Engelbert

Andrew & Nanette Fulp

Todd Lefkovic

Ted Mineau

Taylor Hilt Mitchell

Gail Provo

Ken Refvem

Kevin & Ti Refvem

Curt Upton

Deb Wunner

With your help, The Actors Fund team has raised $22,226 and counting! We can continue to raise money until June 13th. Click HERE to donate today!

It was a great day, the weather was gorgeous, our post-run/walk brunch at Jacob’s Pickles was a success. A fun time was had by all, all while raising awareness and funds for a very important cause.

Thank you again for your support!

-Heather

 

Goodbye Party: I’m heading back to the Emerald City

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My New York chapter is coming to a close and I am gearing up to make my move back to the Pacific Northwest. I hope you’ll join me for one last goodbye. My goodbye party is Monday, May 12th at the Blind Tiger Ale House in Greenwich Village- 281 Bleecker Street between 6th and 7th Avenue. I’ll be there at 5pm, but come by anytime that evening.

“I think I’ll miss you most of all.”

 

2014 EIF Revlon Run/Walk

In keeping with the successful re-launch of The Young Professionals of The Actors Fund, we are proud to announce YP’s first volunteer opportunity of the year – the annual Revlon Run/Walk.

Each year, The Actors Fund has a major presence at the Revlon Run/Walk in New York City and in Los Angeles, building a large team of participants and hosting a booth at the finish line. The race was created in 1994 through the committed and collective efforts of the Entertainment Industry Foundation to raise funding for and awareness of women’s cancers. The EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women has grown to become one of the nation’s largest fundraising events, and to date the annual events have distributed over $70 million for cancer research, treatment, counseling and outreach programs. Thanks in part to these funds, new treatments are being developed and lives are being saved.

In partnership with our participation, EIF donates $55,000 to The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative program. 

The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative (PNWHI) was created to address the myriad of concerns women face when dealing with a serious medical condition. When women come to The Actors Fund after a serious medical diagnosis they are often overwhelmed with concerns about their ability to work, family issues, managing basic bills as well as medical bills, and coping both physically and mentally with a challenging medical situation.

Last year’s race had over 100 participants in NYC and raised over $22,000. I hope you’ll join me in supporting this as a walker, runner, cheerleader or donor.

Thank you,

Heather

CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

The 2013 Actors Fund Team

The 2013 Actors Fund Team

Young Professionals is Re-launching in 2014!

Are you interested in seeing Matilda?

The Actors Fund Performance is Wednesday, February 12th at 8pm and Young Professionals (YP) members can order $50 tickets! Yours truly is hosting the YP Matilda pre-show reception at the New York Brewing Company which as a member you are invited to attend!!!
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2014 brings the official re-launch of the Young Professionals of The Actors Fund.  I’ve been appointed the Philanthropy Chair, which means I’ll be heading some fundraising and philanthropy events and really “giving back,” which is something I was hoping this group would turn in to; a community service opportunity, and even better because it’s for OUR community.
The new YP will strive to become a genuine resource for you and your social, professional and philanthropic development. YP will also become a fully integrated part of the overall Actors Fund organization. It’s going to be a great year and we’re so thankful for your continued support.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF THE ACTORS FUND will strive to create a social, professional and philanthropic community of young adults who love and support arts and entertainment. Through diverse events – including performances, receptions, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities – members can connect with other arts enthusiasts and engage as a valued part of The Actors Fund.
Young Professionals will now center on three channels:
  1. SOCIAL – receptions and mixers, as well as casual outings such as trivia nights, to offer a social outlet for like-minded individuals
  2. PROFESSIONAL – networking opportunities, both in person and electronically, that can be used as a resource for members looking to build and grow a career in New York, in any industry
  3. PHILANTHROPIC (THAT’S ME!!!)- volunteer opportunities and fundraisers to allow members the chance to give back, get involved and reinforce the goals and mission of The Actors Fund

If you are interested in becoming a member, there are a few different membership levels. The lowest price is $50 for the year and they move up from there. With membership you’d have access to many Actors Fund Performances, YP pre-show receptions, as well as house seats and free tickets to film screenings.

Thank you again for your support of YP and The Actors Fund. I’m looking forward to an exciting year! CLICK HERE to join TODAY and be my guest for Matilda and the pre-show reception at the New York Brewing Company!!!

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The Jane Games: A Quaint Kick-Off

Check out the pilot for the new web series I am working on called  “The Jane Games” created by my friends Laura Riley and Jennifer Teska! The pilot features Laura Riley, Jennifer Teska, Elizabeth Devlin, Nora GustusonLori Kee, Mary Lane Townsend, Kristie Wortman and yours truly.

I play Dr. Russell, a recreation of “Lady Russell” from the novel Persuasion, who “helps” heroine Anne Elliot make her submission video for the new reality series “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Check out the full submission video below!

As you see the production value is lacking, which works ok for reality show submission videos but for the full series a production team has been hired, but they need your help! CLICK HERE to help bring the full series to life!

Stay tuned here for my future episodes. To watch the full series keep an eye on “The Jane Games” website and/or on “The Jane Games” Facebook page.

Thank you for your support!

At The Tone

I had the pleasure working with New York University student Lydia Bernatovicz on an audio show a few weeks ago and I’m excited to share it with you!

“At The Tone” is about a woman in her early twenties, who is navigating her life around her mother’s birthday. She accidentally left her phone at home, and now is listening to all of the voice mails that were left on her phone during the course of the day. Through the messages we learn more about her and her relationships with her family, friends, coworkers and significant others. I voiced Amanda, Samantha’s strong willed ex-girlfriend who ended the relationship but on reflection is now trying to get back together with Sam.

Thanks for listening!

SPARKLE – An All-Star Holiday Concert

I am having so much fun being a part of The Young Professionals of The Actors Fund! In the past couple months we have really gained some momentum… In October, we hosted The Actors Fund Community Arts Festival, which included a Halloween screening of the cult classic and ultimate “sleepover movie staple” Clue with an amazing talkback with Michael McKean and the director Jonathan Lynn.

Me with Michael McKean, Jonathan Lynn and the members of The Young Professionals of The Actors Fund Advisory Committee

Me with Michael McKean, Jonathan Lynn and the members of The Young Professionals of The Actors Fund Advisory Committee

I am so excited to see where we will go in 2014, in particular with the development of our social, professional and philanthropic sectors. But first, we have one more event to celebrate before the end of the year and it is my pleasure to invite you!

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“SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert” returns to NYC to help kick off the holiday season for the second year in a row! Featuring an all-star cast of performers from the worlds of Broadway, Television, Film and the music industry, this one night only extravaganza will once again take place at XL Cabaret and benefit the programs and services of The Actors Fund (www.actorsfund.org).

Currently scheduled to perform:

Legendary Tony Award Winner and 4-time Grammy Award Nominee
MELBA MOORE
(Purlie, Hair)

Tony Award Nominee and Emmy Award Winner
LIZ CALLAWAY
(Baby, Miss Saigon)

Tony Award Nominee
CHARL BROWN
(Motown: the musical, Jersey Boys, Sister Act)

Olivier Award & Ovation Award Winner
LESLI MARGHERITA
(Matilda: the musical)

One of the stars of the upcoming film version of “Jersey Boys”
ERICH BERGEN
(Anything Goes)

TITUSS BURGESS
(30 ROCK, The Little Mermaid, Jersey Boys)

RACHELLE RAK
(Abbys Ultimate Dance Competition, Fosse)

TELLY LEUNG
(GLEE, Godspell, RENT)

SHAYNA STEELE
(Hairspray, RENT)

ERIN QUILL
(Avenue Q)

BRANDI MASSEY
(Wicked, The Color Purple, Jekyll & Hyde)

JULIE GARNYE
(Lorna Luft’s Pink Party, the 2013 Academy Awards, Les Miserables & Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl)

KELLY KING
(Winner: 2013 Best International Singer  Viña del Mar International Song Festival  Chile, Billboard Top 20 Recording Artist)

THE GLAMAZONS
(America’s Got Talent)

“Motown: The Musical” cast members
SAYCON SENGBLOG and N’KENGE

plus this year’s celebrity reader of “Twas The Night Before Christmas”

Tony Award Nominee
RICHARD KIND
(Mad About You, Spin City)

and more!!!

The evening will once again be Produced and Hosted by TV Personality Scott Nevins (Bravo’s The People’s Couch, truTV Presents: World’s Dumbest) with Jesse Vargas serving as the shows Music Director and Arranger. The evening is made possible by the generous support from Presenting Sponsors Jim Burba and Bob Hayes.
TICKETS

VIP Tickets: $100 each
(includes premium seating & private post-show Meet & Greet with Cast).

General Admission: $65 each

Standing Room: $30 each
“Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert” benefiting The Actors Fund

Sunday, December 1st 2013

7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

XL Cabaret  (512 w42nd street  between 10th/11th Aves.)

Drinks and an a la carte menu of food from KTCHN are available at the show.

*Cast is subject to change without notice

About The Actors Fund
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyoneperformers and those behind the sceneswho works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 12,800 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund hasfor 130 yearsbeen a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition.

 

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. I hope to see you there!