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2008

TOSOS II
Robert Chelsey/Jane Chambers Playwright Project
presents a FREE reading of
BREEDERS
a human comedy in three acts
by Bob Ost
directed by Mark Finley
Chad Austin • Eric C. Bailey • Jeremy Lawrence • Robert Locke
Jane Lowry • Jolie Meshbesher • Catherine Porter • Chris Weikel

Saturday evening April 12, 2008 at 6:30 pm
Ripley Greer Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue



The Shortened Attention Span Horrorfest presents
Neverwonderla
nd
a fantasy in one act
directed by Catherine Lamm

Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz • Leslie Nemet
Susan Neuffer • Akua Taylor


October 11-12-13, 2008
The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street

2006

Punchlines,
a torturous comedy in one act
by Bob Ost

Bad jokes can be just torture!

Part of The Bad Plays Festival presented by NY Artists Unlimited.

My evening is called “BAD PLAYS, GOOD TIMES” and also includes Safecracking by Chuck Spoler, Blood Astounds Me by Don Chan Mark and Expletives Deleted by Crystal D. Langley.

Wednesdays August 10, 17 and 24 at 8pm

Tix: $10 per night or $25 for 3 nights. FREE re-admission for repeat perfs of winners Sat 8/28 (if you attended ap previous performance). Artists Of Color Art Exhibit running concurrently (free). Tix/info: 212.242.6036.

Downeast Arts Center, 203 Avenue A at 12th Street


The Shortened Attention Span Festival presents
Speak to Me, I'll Listen

a short play
directed by Catherine Lamm

WINNER Audience favroite Award!


The WorkShop Theatre presents
a FREE reading of
The Necessary Disposal
,
a play in two acts

by Bob Ost

directed by Ludovica Villar Hauser

A middle class housewife, a handsome young salesman
... and a desperate struggle for survival.
Barbara Lee GoVan • Ron Pallilo • Will Vought • Emily Zacharias

A developmental production, presented by Scripts Up! as part of their "Wrong Place, Right Time" series.

Thursday 8/18 at 7pm, Saturday 8/20 at 7pm, Sunday 8/21 at 3pm

78th Street Theatre Lab, on 78th Street east of Broadway

 

Punchlines,
a torturous comedy in one act
by Bob Ost

Bad jokes can be just torture!

Part of The Bad Plays Festival presented by NY Artists Unlimited.

My evening is called “BAD PLAYS, GOOD TIMES” and also includes Safecracking by Chuck Spoler, Blood Astounds Me by Don Chan Mark and Expletives Deleted by Crystal D. Langley.

Wednesdays August 10, 17 and 24 at 8pm

Tix: $10 per night or $25 for 3 nights. FREE re-admission for repeat perfs of winners Sat 8/28 (if you attended ap previous performance). Artists Of Color Art Exhibit running concurrently (free). Tix/info: 212.242.6036.

Downeast Arts Center, 203 Avenue A at 12th Street


The Necessary Disposal,

a play in two acts

by Bob Ost

directed by Linda Nelson

A middle class housewife, a handsome young salesman
... and a desperate struggle for survival.

A developmental production, presented by Scripts Up! as part of their "Wrong Place, Right Time" series.

Thursday 8/18 at 7pm, Saturday 8/20 at 7pm, Sunday 8/21 at 3pm

78th Street Theatre Lab, on 78th Street east of Broadway


The Journey Continues...
Jeff Britton and Broadway/Bound Productions
in association with

The 2005 Midtown International Theatre Festival


Vickie Phillips in
A Musical Journey

written & directed by
Bob Ost

Music director
Gerry Dieffenbach

Tech director
Ginny Hack

FREE Belgian Beer tasting 7/23, compliments of Duvel Beer!

Where Eagles Dare Theatre
347 W. 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave), NYC

$20. For tickets, go to www.SmartTix.com or call 212.868.4444

For a $5 discount, mention code "TRU"

• Saturday, 7/23, 3:30 pm
• Sunday, 7/31, 3:30 pm
• Thursday 8/4, 8:30 pm


Remembrances of Things Past
(BEFORE 2005):


COSMIC WONDERS, COMIC BLUNDERS

Opens Friday July 9th at 8pm!

Directed by Laurie Eliscu

An evening of one-acts that features my "heavenly comedy"

The Body Shop

Plus pieces by TRU members Mike Folie and Jay Hanagan (plus some guy named Chris Durang). Directed by TRU's Laurie Eliscu, with TRU actors Dan Diggles, David Csizmadia, Samarra (and others). Previews 7/9 - 11, runs 7/12-25: Thu - Sat at 8pm; Sun at 5pm (also Mon 7/12 at 8pm). $15. Call 212.352.3101 or go to www.TheaterMania.com to get details and tickets.

The Shetler Theater, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10019

Bob, Vickie & Gerry win a 2004 OOBR Award for "Songs Are Like Friends"!

Two 2004 MAC Nominations!


 

Everybody's Gettin' into

THE ACT

2004 MAC Nomination

Best CD of the Year

(Group or Compilation)

London loves Gettin' into the Act!
Here, two excerpts from London reviews of my CD

Everybody's Gettin' into the Act:

"From the hugely entertaining title song onwards, Ost picks at the neuroses of folk, and in particular show folk, with a mixture of ruthlessness and affection. Ultimately, in the show-stopping (dare one suggest Lloyd-Webberesque) Don't I Know You?, he seems to conclude that an acceptance of human imperfection is the key to achieving relative happiness. The performances are universally strong and perhaps this is no surprise, since the soundtrack has 20 Broadway performers, no fewer than six of whom have been nominated for Tony Awards."
-Philip Fisher, The British Theatre Guide
(click to read full review)

"Bob Ost is an obviously talented individual, shifting easily between the many different musical styles on display. A show like this really needs to be seen to be properly appreciated, but until you get the chance, this likeable CD is the next best thing."
-Richard Kates, Musical Stages

For great shots from the York Theater reading of

Everybody's Gettin' into THE ACT, click here!


Wednesday evening, May 19th at 8pm

Downtown Urban Theater Festival

presents

A Glass of Water,
a one-act comedy about shopping and trust
by Bob Ost
(On a double bill with

Working Things Out by Wmalim.)

$15. Tickets now on sale at www.theatermania.com

or call 212.352.3101.

Abrons Arts Center’s Harry de Jur Playhouse and Recital Hall, 466 Grand Street on the Lower East Side.


The Necessary Disposal

 

by Bob Ost
directed by Moira Boag.
Starring Catherine Hennessey, Sybil Simone, Christopher Danuser, David Heston

A middle class housewife, a handsome young salesman
... and a desperate struggle for survival.

Creative Place Theater, 750 Eighth Avenue, 6th floor.
Wednesday-Friday 1/28-1/30 at 9pm.
Saturday 1/30 at 7pm.
Reservations: 212-769-7973

Presented by Developing Acts Company
A Division of Love Creek Productions Network


Where Eagles Dare Theatre
347 W. 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Ave), NYC.

John Chatterton and the

Where Eagles Dare Theatre Festival
presents

Vickie Phillips
in

A Musical Journey:

the songs of Jacques Brel, Kurt Weill,
Eric Blau and Charles Aznavour

Phillips has a journey to take, and she travels with irresistible charm and vivacity, generously taking her rapt audience with her wherever she chooses to go.... She rocks the house and there is nothing left but to surrender willingly to her particular brand of vocal magic. She is one of a kind, demands to be seen, and once seen, will not soon be forgotten.”
—Doug DeVita, OOBR

“Phillips is absolutely sublime. She captures the essence of high class cabaret. If you haven’t seen her, you are being musically disenfranchised ... run to her next performance!”
—George S. Bettinger, Applause! Applause!

directed by
Bob Ost

Saturday, 1/17, 4:15 pm
Sunday, 1/25, 3:15 pm
Sunday 2/1, 5:15 pm

FREE Belgian Beer tasting after each show, compliments of Duvel Beer!


CD NEWS:

Me and Tito Jackson are among the featured artists on the new RECORDCOMPANYNETWORK.COM, a new Napster-like legit website where you can download music for a tiny fee. Starting Wednesday, July 16th, 2003 this new on-line record company will be open for business... and my CD "A Special Place: Songs from the Heart" is one of their features. Check out all the artists, listen to tracks. Download them for just 99 a track!

 

 

2003 Productions:

A Heavenly Pair
by Bob Ost
a staged reading of two plays about the after-life

The Body Shop
directed by Julie Jensen
with Mac Hardcastle, Matt Mager,
Stephanie Ila Silver

Late Night Limbo
directed by Jana Robbins
with Kevin Carolan, Sondra James, Matt Mager, Neal Mayer, Stephanie Ila Silver

Monday night, December 8th at 7:30pm.
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd Street


Late Night Limbo
the premiere reading of new one-act play
by
Bob Ost
With Jason Grossman, Neal Mayer, Matt Mager,
Karen Prager and Stephanie Ila Silver

Presented as part of the Golden Fleece Limited Argonaut Series,

Friday 10/24 at 8pm.
Where Eagles Dare Studios, 346 W. 36th Street, 12th floor.

Songs Are Like Friends:
Vickie Phillips sings
the songs of Bob Ost
and Gerry Dieffenbach.

Bob directed, Gerry music directs this new musical evening with Bistro Award winning Phillips. It's a look at how two different song writers deal with life, love and loss. And the highly personal way a singer connects to the songs written by two friends. Saturday 7/12 at 3pm, Sunday 7/20 at 2pm, Thursdays 7/24 & 7/31 at 8:30pm, Saturday 8/2 at 3pm, Saturday 8/23 at 4:30pm. $12 cover/2 drink min. Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St. Reservations: 212.757.0788. 1/2-price cover for TRU and MAC! (Note that Mama's does not accept credit cards.)

Photo by Ben Strothmann

By the end of the hour, you will discover some shades of friendship you had never discovered before. Ms. Phillips ... regaled us with stories and songs resulting from her friendship with singer/songwriter Gerry Dieffenbach (who serves as musical director) and songwriter Bob Ost (also serving as director). Each song is strung on the thread of a story about friendship, like precious pearls on a string, and the resulting necklace is a comfortable fit. It is all done so smoothly, so gently, and so lovingly, the hour passed almost in an instant.... This is Vickie at her best!"
— Stu Hamstra, Cabaret Hotline

Saturday, July 12 • Sunday July 20
Thursdays, July 24, 31 • Saturdays, Aug. 2, 23 2003


 
NOT QUITE WHAT YOU EXPECTED, the songs of Bob Ost, directed by Barry Moss, music director Mara Waldman. Starring Marnie Baumer, Michael-Demby Cain,  Steven Hope,  Annie Hughes and Mary Setrakian. UPTOWN: Thursday February 20th, 2003, at 7PM. $12 cover/2 drink minimum. The Triad, 158 W. 72nd Street. DOWNTOWN: Monday-Tuesday February 24th-25th, 2003, at 7PM. $12 cover/2 drink minimum. The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street (at Sheridan Square), NYC. MIDTOWN: Bob's Birthday Bash 'n' Show Tuesday March 11th at 9pm (dinner at 8pm). $12 cover, $10 food or drink minimum. SAM'S Restaurant, 263 West 45th Street.
NOT
QUITE WHAT YOU EXPECTED, the songs of Bob Ost, directed by Barry Moss, music director Mara Waldman. Starring Michael-Demby Cain,  Steven Hope,  Annie Hughes,  Clare O'Shea and Mary Setrakian. Monday January 27th and Wednesday January 29th, 2003, at 7PM. $12 cover/2 drink minimum. The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street (at Sheridan Square), NYC.

2002 and prior:

TRU FACES OF 2002, A Cabaret Evening of Songs and Comedy to Raise Money for TRU. A special one-night only celebration of TRU talent, featuring TRU member perfomers and writers, directed by Chuck Noell, produced by Vickie Phillips and Judee Wales, with musical director William Wade, stage manager Rachel Kadushin. Two completely different shows. With songs by Bob in both:

7:00PM show, hosted by Sidney Myer featuring Bill Brooks, Donna Coney Island, Natasha Hanina, Michael Simon Hall, Vickie Phillips, Mary Setrakian, Vicki Shaghoian, Clare O’Shea and Judee Wales.

9:30PM show, hosted by Richard Skipper as Carol Channing, featuring Kathryn Amyotte, Kirsten Lara Becker, Suzanna Bowling, Dottie Burman, Jon Delfin, Michael Simon Hall, Gerta Grunen, Natasha Hanina, Vickie Phillips, Kimberly Vaughn and Clay Zambo.

Songwriters represented include Debra Barsha, Dottie Burman, Ron Dellapina, Michael Fritz, Sue Horowitz, Eben Keyes, Nicholas Levin, Howard Levitsky, Dennis Livingston, Marc Miller, Chuck Noell, Michael Ogborn, Bob Ost, Richard Simson, Clay Zambo. Don’t Tell Mama’s, 343 W. 46th Street

A Glass of Water is part of the HOMOGenius festival, an evening of short plays about the gay experience. June 26-29th, 2002: Wednesday thru Saturday evenings at 8pm $14. Manhattan Theatre Source, 177 MacDougal Street at Washington Square Park. Call 212.501.4751.
Program A/June 26th - June 29th: The Space Between Heartbeats by Kathleen Warnock ... Padding the Wagon by Gary Garrison ... A Glass of Water by Bob Ost with Stephen Hope and Robert Hedglin ... Nightwalking, Ladder #7 by Frank Canino ... The Fishing Lesson by Margaret Dodge. With Lisa Barnes*, Cesar Carrasco, Holland Hamilton, Robert Hedglin, Stephen Hope*, Eileen Lacy, Bekka Lindstrom, Sarah Matthay, Jennifer Monaco, Caitlin Rice and Susan Scrudder. Directors: Rosey Strub, Jessica Rotondi, Julie Mock, Jessi Slater, Anita Hollander.

Breeders, a human comedy about how reverse discrimination and closet heterosexuality disrupt a gay artists' colony. Staged reading, directed by Dr. Linda Burson, part of the 4th Annual TRU VOICES New Play Reading Series on Monday evening, January 21st, 2002 at 8pm at the PANTHEON THEATER, 303 W. 42nd Street.

A one-night only staged reading of Everybody's Gettin' into the Act took place Monday night, October 8th, 2001 at The Players Club on Gramercy Park featuring many of the singers from the current CD: Delisco (James Beeks), Kristopher McDowell, Mark Nadler, Stephanie Pope, Jana Robbins, David Sabella, Steven Stein-Grainger and Mary Testa. Plus Michael Farina, Mardie Millet, Sue Delano, Georgia Osborne.


The 5th Annual Broadway Blessing, Monday evening, September 10th, 2001 at 6:30. This multi-denominational service to bless the theater community is a joint venture of St. Clement's, St. Luke's, St. Malachy's and The Actor's Temple. This year it was held at St. Luke's, 306 W. 46th Street.

The Broadway Blessing has been spreading good faith throughout the theater community for 4 years, and Bob has been a part of it for 3 of them. His songs have been part of the service sung by KT Sullivan ('98), Ken Prymus ('99) and Scott Coulter ('00). This year, Bob agreed to write an original song for the occasion, sung by The Broadway Blessing Choir: Bryan Batt, Ellen Bullinger, Sandi Durell, Lucia Gianetti, Mark Simon Hall, Chuck Karel, Chris Karel, Marc Kudisch, Jason Levinson, Heather MacRae, Kristopher McDowell, Nancy McGraw, Evan Pappas, Christine Pedi, Vickie Phillips, Ken Prymus, Eliseo Romano, David Sabella, Alonzo Saunders, Mary Stout and Mary Testa. The scriptural reading will be by the legendary Marian Seldes.

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Back: Christine Pedi, Father Kelly (St. Malachy's),
Marian Seldes, Father Schnige (St. Luke's).
Middle: Jana Robbins, Bob, Bryan Batt, Barbara Brussell.
Front: Vickie Phillips, Heather Mac Rae.

 

Bob, surrounded by members of The Broadway Blessing Choir:
David Gebel, Jana Robbins, Vickie Phillips, Barbara Brussell,
Christine Pedi, Bryan Batt and Heather Mac Rae.

 

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