Ariana is one of three female playwrights featured at the Dramatists Guild Fundin support of the Women’s Voices Theater FestivalIn response to the call of the Washington DC-based National New Play Network for organizations across the country to participate in its second WVTF, the Dramatists Guild Fund will celebrate plays being written by women in a full day of readings on January 20. Three female writers - Ariana Johns, Christine Toy Johnson, Lisa DeSpain - will present a selection of their works. Ariana will present a reading from her work-in-progress with composer Darryl Curry, the new musical comedy A Stroll with Troll, a tale about balancing modern technology and virtual reality with elemental magic, nature, and spirit. Along with Johns and Curry, the cast features Ethan Hardy, Zoe Reed Helm, Evangeline Johns, Erik Ransom, Sierra Rein, and Francesca Shipsey. The presentation also includes songs from their musical BUZZ, Son of a Bee. Saturday, 1/20/2018 @ 7:00 PM in the DGF’s Music Hall, 356 W. 40th St. The event is free and includes light refreshments.
BUZZ performed a Salon at the home of our gracious hostess Laura Inge on Saturday, 9.24.16 for a full house--it was a wonderful flight on our journey--check out our pix below (along with some photos from our Metropolitan Room show!) MONDAY, November 2nd, 2015 @ 2 & 7 pm: Two presentations of BUZZ at The Actor's Temple Theatre. Fully staged readings/backer's auditions with Michael Citriniti, Chris D'Amico, Ariana Johns, Evangeline Johns, Gigi Neil, Wallace Norman, Perryn Pomatto. With Darryl Curry at the piano, directed by Andrew Johns. MONDAY, JULY 27th @ 7:00 pm: Ariana and Evangeline performed songs from BUZZ, with Darryl at the piano at The Episcopal Actor's Guild, 1 E.29th St., NYC, for an evening of entertainment benefiting performers in need.
SATURDAY, MAY 23rd: Ariana, Michael Citriniti, Evangeline Johns, Gigi Neil and Perryn Pomatto sang selections from BUZZ (with Darryl at the piano) as part of the 20th Annual LES Festival of the Arts, at Theater for the New City's Johnson theater.
THURSDAY, MAY 21st @ 8:00 pm: Ariana sang 'Wide Awake' at the Musical Theatre Factory salon
THURSDAY, APRIL 16th @ 8:00 pm: Ariana sang 'A Certain Age' at the Musical Theatre Factory salon, hosted by Joel Waggoner, accompanied by Darryl Curry.
MONDAY, MARCH 9th @ 7:00 pm: A staged reading of the entire show, sponsored by The Peccadillo Theatre Company at The Theatre at St. Clements, 423 West 46th Street, W. of 9th Ave. BUZZ is a comic, sometimes poignant musical about actors and their ability to believe in anything, if it'll get them on stage. From lost Shakespeare to vulture bees, BUZZ jumps headfirst into the world of the Theatre. Think Mickey & Judy in a Pirandello Wonderland, with lots of laughs and hummable tunes. The cast featured Michael Citriniti, Ariana Johns, Evangeline Johns, Greg Mullavey, Gigi Neil, Wallace Norman, Addison O'Donnell and Perryn Pomatto. Directed by Andrew Johns, with choreography by Dale Harris, and Darryl Curry at the piano.
After the success of our reading at The Dramatists Guild (despite a psychotic thermostat that set the room temperature to 'bake'), we garnered lots of raves on our FB pages, AND we were invited to perform the entire musical as a staged reading at The Peccadillo Theatre's beautiful venue, The Theatre at St. Clements! More details as they emerge...
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12th @ 7:30 pm: A staged reading of BUZZ...Son of a Bee (all of the songs, some of the book) was presented as part of the Friday Night Footlights series at The Dramatists Guild of America. From lost Shakespeare to vulture bees, BUZZ jumps headfirst into the world of the Theatre. Think Mickey & Judy in a Pirandello Wonderland, with lots of laughs and hummable tunes. With lyrics by Ariana Johns, music by Darryl Curry, and book by Andrew and Ariana Johns, the cast features Michael Citriniti, Ariana Johns, Evangeline Johns, Gigi Neil, Wallace Norman, Addison O'Donnell and Perryn Pomatto, and was directed by Andrew Johns, with Darryl Curry at the piano. Admission is Free, Doors open at 7:30. Running time: 70 minutes. Where: The Frederick Lowe room of The Dramatists Guild, 1501 Broadway, 7th floor.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd @ 8 pm: Selections from BUZZ...Son of a Bee Golden Fleece Ltd., The Composers Chamber Theatre presents The Square One Series: Excerpts from musical theatre works in progress at Studios 353. 353 W. 48th St. Admission: $10 Reservations: 212.691.6105 20 minutes of songs from Buzz will be performed by Addison O'Donnell, Ariana Johns and Evangeline Johns, with Darryl Curry on piano.