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The Psalms of Ruby Redd - For Immediate Release Contact Jan Hacha

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The Psalms of Ruby Redd - For Immediate Release Contact Jan Hacha

Press contact: Jan Hacha (212) 563-2565

    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

    Ruby Redd

    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 Beginninand 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

    Lena Horne.

    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: amasevents@aol.com or (212) 563-2565.

    www.amasmusical.org

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