Drama of the Gifted Grownup, A Musical Journey
DRAMA OF THE GIFTED GROWNUP
A Musical Journey
Written & Performed by Rosalinde Block
Production Design & Management, Maggie Whitaker
Directed & Produced by Laura Lundy, Blue Panther Productions
Thurs-Sat, March 22-24, 7:30pm
Board Room Cabaret, in conjunction with Triangle Productions!
1785 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Sunday, March 25, 2018, March 25, 7:30pm
Shout House, a Community Arts & Events Space Founded by Hand2Mouth
210 SE Madison, Suite 11, Portland, OR 97214
2018 Tour will continue in Portland, Maine, and Chicago, Illinois.
"Rosalinde Block's DRAMA OF A GIFTED GROWNUP brilliantly mixes the pathos and humor of her fascinating journey. Her sharp wit and ability to instantly weave in and out of numerous characters harkens comparisons to David Sedaris."-Eric Woodall, CSA, Director/Casting Director
New York artist and Billboard Award-Winning musician Rosalinde Block's multi-media solo show bursts with life and humor as she recreates her 40-plus-year journey navigating the 1970s and 80s pre-funk music scene in the city that never sleeps. With the biggest names in the business popping up at every bend, turn and roadblock, she charges forward through life and love in her unstoppable quest to be at the top.
Rosalinde grew up in St. Louis picking out Gershwin on the piano and serenading her parents' friends with Ella hits in her husky little voice. Realizing that her daughter had no interest in being a classical musician, her mother relented: Play the piano at parties, itll make you popular. Rosalinde's entrée into the music business skewed from recording her first demos at CBS to working in over 150 piano bars. Fast-forward to marriage, divorce and single-parenthood, her career careened into writing and illustrating childrens books, where even landing a top agent didnt detour her from those Catch-22 moments, Youre a fresh, new voice. But youre an unknown. Finding herself the sudden caregiver for her dying ex-husband and survival-guide for her son through his fatherless teens, her forward motion in the business halted, and all goals went on the back burner. As the 11th hour of life came and went on a daily basis, it suddenly occurred to her to ask, what would happen if nothing ever happened?
PRESS & INDUSTRY
"Exciting! Rosalinde takes you on a heartfelt and musical journey into her mind and the world of the struggling but ever hopeful artist". -Terry Schnuck, Broadway Producer (Sunset Boulevard, Beautiful, the Carole King Musical)
"Drama of the Gifted Grownup is hilarious and courageous. If you've ever wondered how to fan the fires of a lifelong dream while living in a world of responsibilities and setbacks, here is one artists answer."-Rick Rappaport, Writer/Director, New York
"Rosalinde is funny, gifted, compelling. Brava!"-Susan Kagan, New York
FEATURED STUDIO RECORDINGS
Music & Lyrics by Rosalinde Block
Till I Make it to the Top
No Frills Cheap Thrills
For more studio recordings of the score:
Drama of the Gifted Grownup Trailer:https://youtu.be/wGoGy25Pa58
Drama of the Gifted Grownup is a solo musical written and performed by New York artist and musician Rosalinde Block. Produced by Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (New York, 2014), Ideal Glass (New York 2016), and the John Burroughs Theatre (St. Louis 2016). Most recently performed at the Hudson Guild Theatre, for The New York Theater Festival, July 2017. Drama of the Gifted Grownup features 19 original songs and original artwork by Rosalinde Block. The show kicks off a 3-city tour on the West Coast Spring 2018, Directed & Produced by Laura Lundy, Blue Panther Productions.
CREATIVE TEAM BIOS
ROSALINDE BLOCK WRITER & PERFORMER
Award-Winning musician Rosalinde Block was born and raised in St. Louis, where she was classically trained for a career as a concert pianist. As a young musician, Rosalinde worked in the shipping department at a local record store. Perks included free admission to the Motown Revues at Kiel Auditorium. There she hung out backstage with Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Martha and the Vandellas, Mary Wells and the Marvelettes. Rosalinde attended Sarah Lawrence College then headed straight for NYC, where she was quickly picked up by Columbia Records, recording her first demos at the original CBS Studios on 52nd Street with such session greats as Bernard Purdie and Richard Tee. She went on to write for Warner Brothers, RCA and MCA, showcasing in such NYC clubs as The Bottom Line, The Bitter End, The Village Gate and Tramps, and taking home three Billboard Awards. Rosalinde ran the music department at The Hoboken Charter School in New Jersey, taught recording sessions, piano instruction and creative writing workshops, as well as participating in the Mentors and Protégés program under the auspices of the NY Philharmonic/Barnes & Noble Young Composer Series. In 2014 Rosalinde wrote her one-woman show, Drama of the Gifted Grown-Up, most recently performed at New York SummerFest. Rosalindes work as an illustrator and commissioned visual artist can be seen in stores, restaurants and sports clubs across the country. Her nationally recognized childrens book, JULIA MORPHS, was endorsed by American Ballet Theatre star Misty Copeland, and won the 2016-17 Moms Choice Award. https://www.rosalindeblock.com/
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER - LAURA LUNDY, BLUE PANTHER PRODUCTIONS
Producing team, Broadway revival, "Children of a Lesser God," 2018. Lead Producer on the 2017 Chicago/Barcelona/London/New York tour of "Dylan Brody's Driving Hollywood," award-winning comedian Alicia Dattner's "The Oy of Sex" in New York 2016, celebrated Toronto dancer/performance artist Sara Porter's "Sara does a Solo" in San Francisco, 2016, and Scott Charles' 2015 drama "Dinners with Augie" in Sacramento, California. Original Artistic Director (2005-2015) of San Francisco's Virago Theatre Company where she produced and directed "Candide," "Three Penny Opera," "A Taste of Honey" and co-developed/produced over 20 original plays and 30 readings, including "The Afterlife of the Mind" (Director/Producer, San Francisco) and "Ransom, Texas" by William Bivins (San Francisco & Los Angeles), "Beekeeper" by Jennifer Roberts (Director/Producer, SF Bay Area), and "Zombie Vixens from Hell-The Musical" by John Byrd (San Francisco). Producer/Actor in George Pfirrmanns new play "AROUSAL" paired with Pinter's "The Lover" 2014/15 in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York at The Flea Theater to critical acclaim, and Producer/Actor on the New York premiere of Crystal Jacksons "The Singularity" (2015), Virago Theatre Company/The Flea Theater. http://www.bluepantherproductions.com/
The Board Room Cabaret @ Triangle Productions (View)
1785 NE Sandy
Portland, OR 97232
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|