Queen of Hearts
Queen of Hearts is a multi-media performance piece, created by Emma Tattenbaum-Fine (writer and comedian), Noelle McMurtry (soprano), and Andrea Kleinbussink (illustrator) which combines comedic stories and sketches, American musical theatre songs from the 20th and 21st Centuries, and original projected artwork to explore the layers of absurdity, complexity, tragedy, and beauty that evolve with the presence of romantic love in one's life. By programming stories, songs, and illustrations from a decidedly female perspective, Emma, Noelle, and Andrea offer a mosaic of complex, ironic, and modern female characters, each with their own unique perspectives on love and relationships.
In May of 2016, Queen of Hearts was premiered at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre in New York City. In June of 2016, it was further work-shopped on The Pleiades Project Concert Series, a New York City-based non-profit promoting artistic collaborations that focus on female perspectives. In December of 2016, Queen of Hearts was awarded a Development Grant by the Peabody Institute to further its artistic scope.
Ultimately, Queen of Hearts is an evening of cabaret theatre in its purest form: through spoken word, song and illustration, three women explore and complicate the questions that we constantly ask ourselves about love.
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine is a comedian, essayist, actor, writer, and director who was named a 2016 Comedy Central Comic to Watch and is an "Official Artist" at this year's New York Television Festival for her TV concept, Ladies Choice: A Dating Game Show. Emma was a staff writer on Almost Genius for truTV and her comedic writing has been featured on Jezebel, Refinery29, Huffington Post, BustMagazine.com, Gawker, in Time Out NY and Comedy Centrals "Indecision 2012" in Tribeca. She has written for Al Sharpton, Aparna Nancherla, and Reggie Watts throughout her various sketch comedy adventures. Her original TV pilot, STRAIGHT, was a semi-finalist in WeScreenplay Diverse Voices, ITVfest, and SeriesFest. Her comedy album is available at emmatattenbaumfine.com. (@emmatattenbaum on Twitter, @emmatbomb on Instagram)
Noelle McMurtry, soprano, recognized for her expressive panache and flashing voice, is devoted to the interpretation of art song, Baroque, and cabaret repertoire. Her recent operatic credits include Calisto in La Calisto with Peabody Opera Theatre, Drusilla in Lincoronazione di Poppea and Fairy in The Fairy Queen with dellArte Opera Ensemble, and First Witch in Utopia Operas Dido & Aeneas. Noelle also performed as a member of the Young Artist Program in the Boston Early Music Festivals production of Almira. An avid recitalist, Noelle is most interested in innovative, thematic programming that creates new contexts in which to experience song, particularly those which highlight female perspectives. Examples of her original programs include Ophelia and Her Sisters, Femme en fleurs, and The Heavenly Banquet, all performed at various venues throughout NYC. Through her affiliation with The Cantanti Project, a classical singer-lead collective in NYC, Noelle has performed on The Little Ghost, Ophelia Transformed, and Her Story, all programs focusing on the perspectives of women through song. She is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma in Voice at The Peabody Institute of Music in the studio of Ah Young Hong. www.noellemcmurtry.com
Since as long as she can remember, Andrea Kleinbussink has been drawing, painting and creating new ways to represent the world she sees around her. In December of 2006, Andrea moved to New York City and suddenly, she was immersed in the Art World. She decided to nurture her creative side so she enrolled in The Art Student League of New York and took drawing classes. She visited many museums and art galleries almost daily. Moving back to Maryland in 2009, she decided to go back to school and take more art classes. She took many drawing, painting and illustration classes at Montgomery College, including both traditional and electronic mediums. During the spring of 2013, she had an amazing chance to have her internship at Visarts at Rockville, where she had an enormous exposure to many different artists and the overall process of organizing their exhibitions in one of their three state-of-the-art galleries. www.andreakleinatelier.com
Hanna Shin is a Korean pianist, currently pursuing Master's degrees in both Piano Performance and Vocal Accompanying under the tutelage of Alexander Shtarkman and Eileen Cornett, respectively, at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Shin has won in many prestigious competitions (i.e. Seoul National Symphony Orchestra Competition, University of Seoul Piano Competition, etc.) and has given numerous honorable recitals selected by well-recognized Korean musical institutions. In addition, she has played as an invited pianist for world-renowned orchestra teams, including Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and Paris Chamber Orchestra. Serving as an accompanist for the Peabody Opera, her excellence has been praised in The Baltimore Sun by critic Tim Smith mentioning, "Shin makes the most of the assignment, becoming a major star of the production."
Stillpointe Theatre (View)
1825 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
|Minimum Age: 17|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|