June 21, 2006


Filed under: Listings,Press Releases — offoffbway @ 9:39 pm

Ewww… Well, I guess whatever gets you through the night. Still, that sounds like it would hurt.

WHAT:              Sex and Sealing Wax

performed by Romy Nordlinger

written by Romy Nordlinger and Adam Burns

directed by Hilary Adams

video design by Julian Rad

Part of the Seventh Annual Midtown International Theater Festival

SYNOPSIS:    A multi-media solo show performed by Romy Nordlinger about the search for sexual freedom under the ever-watchful eye of the media.  Darker questions about independence and individuality are also raised – such as just who sets the moral compass in society?  An updated and expanded version of the critically acclaimed show Nordlinger brought to the MITF last year.

WHERE:            Where Eagles Dare Theatre

347 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)

Ground Floor

WHEN:              July 22nd – August 6th

Saturday, July 22nd at 8:15pm

Tuesday, July 25th at 8:30pm

Sunday, August 6th at 1:45pm

TICKETS:       $18.00, $15.00 for students and seniors

RESERVATIONS:      212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com

FESTIVAL INFORMATION: www.midtownfestival.org

SUBWAY INFO:        Take the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 trains to 34th Street
Step through the looking glass!

Get down and dirty with Romy Nordlinger in SEX AND SEALING WAX,

a multi-media solo show about the search for sexual freedom

under the ever-watchful eye of the media

– Part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival
“Romy Nordlinger is an actress of real ability and total commitment. … I was knocked out by her work. … She brings soul, intelligence, and disarming honesty to every moment she’s asked to play.” – John Patrick Shanley

“Sex and Sealing Wax is a canon blast of feminine energy…a[n] affirmation of a woman’s sexuality in its myriad forms.” – Backstage

Ever since the dawn of mass media, it’s been trying to tell people how to look, act, feel and think.  Romy Nordlinger taps into this premise with an updated and expanded version of her acclaimed solo show, SEX AND SEALING WAX, which focuses on women through the decades as they face life-changing moments beneath the gaze of the media.  Darker questions about independence and individuality are also raised – just who is it that sets the moral compass in society?  The show will begin performances on Saturday, July 22nd at the Where Eagles Dare Theatre, located at 347 West 36th Street, as part of the Seventh Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival.  The show is written by Nordlinger and Adam Burns, and directed by Drama Desk nominee Hilary Adams.

Spanning 1928 to the present, with stops in 1959, 1963 and 1976, Nordlinger takes the audience on a wild roller-coaster ride through a shadowy “medialand,” with seven characters facing tough choices – i.e. “Do you have to be a mother or a career woman?  Can’t you just be a woman?”  A Prohibition era flapper rejoices over the sexual freedom of an age defined by movies and magazines; an adolescent girl, obsessed with how perfect her Barbie dolls are, toys with sexuality; a seventy-something widow looks back on the choices she didn’t make; and a stripper (circa 1959) rebels against the oppressive conventions of society only to find herself trapped just the same.  Through it all, the perennial gaze of the media is never far away – via Dr. Lesser’s nightmarish media wonderland, the “Existential Make-Over;” a multi-media tour-de-force working against a woman’s search for independence.

SEX & SEALING WAX had its world premiere at last year’s Midtown International Theatre Festival, playing to enthusiastic audiences and being hailed by the critics.  BackStage says “Nordlinger is a powerful actor and excels at playing strong women,” while nytheatre.com said “Romy Nordlinger is a performer with a lot of talent and charisma.”  Show Business Weekly calls her “mischievously sexy,” and New York Cool states “Nordlinger is an actor gifted with presence. … She’s a performer who gives 110 percent to every performance.”  Now helmed by Drama Desk-nominated director Hilary Adams, with video design provided by award-winning videographer Julian Rad, Romy has introduced new characters, sharpened the multi-media elements, and darkened the tone to deliver an edgier, even harder-hitting show.

Romy Nordlinger, co-writer and performer, has played leading and supporting roles in the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, the New York International Fringe Festival, Primary Stages, Circle Repertory, Fleetwood Stage, Wilma Theatre, Hudson Guild Theatre, Emelin Theatre and the Shubert Theatre, among others. Included in her film credits are leading and supporting roles in “Real Life,” “Law & Order” and “One Life to Live.” Romy has been a teaching artist in Harlem for the past five years. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Look for Romy in the upcoming films “East Side Story” and “Confessions of a Call Girl.”

Co-writer Adam Burns has written two novels and three feature screenplays. For his first novel, “The Haunted Ghost” Adam lived on Greyhound buses for a year, covering 25 U.S. States and a sizeable chunk of Mexico.  He adapted his second novel, “The House Made of Wheels” to a screenplay and has recently completed a TV pilot and a short film currently in production by LA-based Milkman Films. He also penned a collection of children’s stories entitled “Hip Tales for Hip Kids,” focusing on inner city minorities. Adam holds a BA in Literature and Screenwriting from CUNY.

Hilary Adams is a 2004 Drama Desk nominee for her direction of Works Productions’ “Moby Dick” at the Ohio Theater. Recent work includes “Moonlight and Magnolias” (Associate Director, Alliance Theatre/MTC), “Hamlet,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Mickey Mouse is Dead” (The Hangar Theatre Lab Company), “Peter Pan” (CT Repertory) and “Romantic” (NJ Rep).  Other recent highlights include a 2005 Drama League Summer Directing Project Fellowship, and two MTC Directing Fellowships, Assistant Directing for Mark Brokaw (“Reckless”) and Lynne Meadow (“Moonlight and Magnolias”). Member: SSDC; First Look Theatre Company (NYU); VP board of directors, The New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media.  Info: www.hilaryadams.com

Running from July 22nd to August 6th, SEX AND SEALING WAX will be performed at the Where Eagles Dare Theatre, located at 312 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) on the Ground Floor, as part of the Seventh Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival.  The show will be performed on Saturday, July 22nd at 8:15pm, Tuesday, July 25th at 8:30pm and Sunday, August 6th at 1:45pm.  Tickets are $18.00 $15.00 for students and seniors.  Reservations: 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com.

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