Lauren’s song “Bite Your Teeth (Into The A** Of Life)” from her adaptation of a film is being presented as part of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Workshop’s Semi-Annual Smoker. Performing it are the fantastic Jeremy Lawrence, Chris Critelli, and Andy Roninson.
“Overdue,” the short film by Arian Moayed for which Lauren composed the score, has received its online premiere on The Business Of Being Born.com — the website for Ricki Lake’s celebrated film of the same title. “Overdue” explores the options available to a very pregnant mother-to-be (who prefers natural childbirth techniques) when living in a state with mandatory inductions 2 weeks after one’s due date. It approaches the subject with humor, grace, and authenticity. All those involved with the film are honored to find a home on Ms. Lake’s website, which celebrates natural childbirth and the pregnant woman.
On October 22nd, Joe’s Pub welcomed a cast of 12 and a band of 4 onto its stage to perform a concert reading of The / King / Operetta, freshly refined from its adventure at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The all-star cast included Rodney Gardiner, Shelley Thomas, David Manis, Reed Birney, Will Harper, Brian Tyree Henry, JD Webster, Adrienne Warren, Hanna Cheek, and many, many more incredibly talented folk. The music was brought to an inspired new life, full of unyielding energy and emotional depth, as generously provided by the singers and musicians. It was a powerful night, and an always-empowering story.
In October ’12, Lauren and fellow Waterwell-ers, Tom Ridgely and Rodney Gardiner, were invited to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab for New Work. The extremely talented members of the Festival workshopped The / King / Operetta over 5 days’ time, allowing the 3 inspired writers to refine existing material and try out the new. All this amidst the jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenery Ashland, OR has to offer. A true gift to theater and its denizens lives there.
Lauren’s song “Idle Hands” will be performed Monday January 30th at 7pm at the Triad Theater at a benefit for the amazing One Healing Arts Company. Performing it along with Lauren are the fabulous Carey Anderson and Charlie Brady. Buy your tickets in advance and come celebrate a wonderful company … amongst wonderful company!
Lauren composed and sang the a cappella score for Arian Moayed’s short film “Overdue,” which was selected for the 2012 Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose. Feb 28 – Mar 11. Visit Cinequest.org for more information. And if you’re in the area, come by for a screening!
Lauren’s orchestrations will be featured in the upcoming workshop production of Stephen Karam’s “Emma.” Karam’s “Speech and Debate” premiered off-Broadway at the Roundabout in 2007 and his “Sons of the Prophet” arrives there this fall. “Emma” is being developed through Waterwell’s New Works Lab. Presented along with PPAS, “Emma” runs May 11-14th at 328 W 48th St, NYC.
Performing the piece was a very talented cast, including Jennifer Blood, Chris Critelli, LaDonna Burns, and many others.
The piece is currently being developed into a full-length musical as part of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
Lauren and Waterwell are off to Indiana University for a whirlwind adventure!
Bringing such NY/LA actors as Jordan Gelber and Nicole Parker along with us, we’ll be working with IU students and faculty to bring to life our newest piece: “The Wizard of Wall Street.” It’s a musical about the financier/railroad executive Jay Gould, known to some as the “Mephistopheles of Wall Street” and the “Robbingest of the Robber Barons.”
Read more at Playbill.com
Come see the performances Thurs Aug 26 – Sun Aug 29 at IU’s Wells-Metz Theater!
Book by Jonathan Goldberg
Music by Lauren Cregor Devine
Lyrics by Devine, Goldberg, and (director) Tom Ridgely
[Update] – Listen to Lauren’s interview with Mike Ahearn on 93.1 WIBC: