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Amas Musical Theatre
Amas Six O’Clock Musical Theatre Lab Series
Donna Trinkoff/Producing Artistic Director,
in association with Rejoicensemble, Inc.
presents an Original Pop/Opera
The Psalms of
by Carl MaultsBy
Tuesday May 1 at 6pm
and Wednesday, May 2 at 3pm and 6pm
THE PLAYERS LOFT
115 MacDougal Street (between 3rd Street and Bleecker Street)
Amas Musical Theatre, Donna Trinkoff/Producing Artistic Director, in association with Rejoicensemble, Inc. will present a free staged reading of the new pop opera The Psalms of Ruby Redd, on
Tuesday, May 1 at 6:00 pm and Wednesday, May 2 at 3:00 pm and 6 pm at the The Players Loft (Third Floor), 115 MacDougal Street (between 3rd Street and Bleecker Street).
The Psalms of Ruby Redd is a day in the life of four church organists who, after Sunday services, meet in a local bar and attempt to tackle the problems of the world. “It’s a wonderful,
eclectic and deeply felt mix of gospel and other musical traditions, plus some politics to add a little spice,” says Trinkoff.
Written by veteran composer/musician/arranger Carl MaultsBy, The Psalms of Ruby Redd is directed by Chuck Patterson. The conductor is M. Roger Holland II. The cast features Diana
Solomon-Glover, David Hughey, Fred Isozaki, N’Kenge, Jess
Munoz and Charlotte Small.
Carl MaultsBy’s work as a composer, arranger, conductor,
keyboardist, and singer has been featured in the Broadway productions of Jelly's Last Jam, High Rollers, Big Deal, It’s So Nice
and Bubbling to Be Civilized, Eubie, Timbuktu, Ain't Misbehavin',
and Off-Broadway in Crowns, Call the Children Brown Sugar,
Home, Storyville, Basin Street, Louis, Before the Flood, Sepia Star,
and Ain’t Doing Nothing but Singing Suddenly the Music Starts,
He also composed the original dance music for the My Song.
Broadway musical It's So Nice To Be Civilized, as well as for
several Off-Broadway productions including the composition "Night Riders" for the Amas production of Peanut Man. He is also
an accomplished church and concert organist.
Chuck Patterson, while an Associate Artist in Acting and Directing at the Cleveland Playhouse, directed their Mainstage productions of The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Blues For An Alabama
and Crumbs From The Table Of Joy. As Sky, The Amen Corner,
Artistic Consultant and Resident Director for Theater of Universal Images, Newark, New Jersey, he directed Ain’t Supposed To Die A
Natural Death, Weep Not For Me, Burden, Jack! A Musical
and Crispus! A Musical, which he co-wrote. Other credits Fantasy
include The Vagina Monologues at the Brooklyn Museum, Niger at
the Samuel French One Act Play Competition, Passin’ Time at
Medicine Show Theater, Watermelon, Get It While It’s Hotat !
Cape May Stage and Passage Theater, James: A Soul On Fire! at
The New Federal Theater, In De Beginnin’ and Only Her Barber
, for American Folk Theater, and two revivals of Knows For Sure
Colored People’s Timefor The Negro Ensemble Company.
M. Roger Holland II has toured nationally and internationally with The Boys Choir of Harlem. In addition to working frequently with the Boys Choir as a conductor, pianist, instructor and arranger, he
has served as the choir’s director of artistic education. Currently
Color Purple he plays keyboards in the Broadway production of
while serving concurrently as the minister of music at Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens. He is also the Founder and former Artistic Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra Youth Gospel Choir. Holland is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance.
The presentations The Psalms of Ruby Redd are part of the
ongoing Amas Six O’Clock Musical Theatre Lab, a development
series for writers, lyricists and composers to mount staged readings of their new musicals. Audiences attend free of charge.
Amas Musical Theatre – since 1968, Amas (“you love” in Latin) has been devoted to the creation, development and professional production of original musicals, the celebration of diversity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of inner-city young people. In recent years, Amas has emerged as one of America’s leading not-
for-profit laboratories for new musicals, including SHOUT! The
Mod Musical, Lone Star Love, or the Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, From My Hometown, Zanna Don’t, and Stormy Weather: Imagining
OFF-OFF BROADWAY THEATRE LISTINGS/FREE EVENTS
“The Psalms of Ruby Redd” a free, staged reading of new pop
opera by Carl MaultsBy, directed by Chuck Patterson,
presented by Amas Musical Theatre, in association with
Rejoicensemble, Inc., May 1 at 6 PM and May 2 at 3 PM and 6 PM at The Players Loft, 115 MacDougal Street (Third Floor). Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 563-2565.