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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Katie Thompson in the NYMF (New York Musical Festival) production of “Bloodties,” written by Ned Massey.

Ned Massy was tapped to be the next big star, but that early promise went largely unfulfilled. With raw honesty and dark wit, a musician explores destiny, faith, forgiveness…and the ties that bind.

“Bloodties” plays at the TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street, 3rd floor):

Tues, 9/28: 8pm

Wed, 9/29: 1pm

Sat, 10/2: 5pm & 9pm

Sun, 10/3: 1pm

Wed, 10/6: 8pm

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Photo credit: Stephen Mosher

Be sure to celebrate this Halloween in style with “Saturday Nightmares: The Ultimate Horror Expo of All Time!” by filmmaker and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant, Michael Stever.

Come take a chilling, behind-the-scenes look at the historical and gothic Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, “Saturday Nightmares: The Ultimate Horror Expo of All Time! Michael Stever takes viewers up close and personal with the entire George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead”) family as well as many horror genre luminaries: Adrienne Barbeau (“Creepshow”), Tom Savini and Ken Foree (“Dawn of the Dead”), Roy Frumkes (“Document of the Dead”), John Amplas (“Martin”), Joe Pilato (“Day of the Dead”), and Louise Robey (“Friday the 13th: The Series”).

Michael has captured almost every aspect of the expo from the set-up of the memorabilia and collectible stands to the panel discussion with Romero, Barbeau, and others moderated by Roy Frumkes to the allegiance of fans costumed and all waiting for autographs from their favorite horror legend.

This DVD is a must have for any horror fan! Be sure to pick up your copy late September!

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Bobby Cronin’s concert ROCKED Danbury, CT’s Palace Theatre on Monday, September 13! Produced by TheStage Repertory Company, the stage was full of talent who sang their hearts out. Those talented performers were fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants LaQuet Sharnell and Andrew Kober, along with Allison Case, Jenn Furman, Brian Gallagher, Brett Teresa, Robyn Lee, Jennifer Dinola, and Brad Simanski. Bobby’s music is out of this world amazing…written from the heart; his songs are inspiring, emotional, and at times humorous. Singing songs mostly from his debut CD “Reach The Sky,” Bobby did premiere three new songs…”Wilted,” “Fifty Years,” and “The Roads We’ve Taken.” Dedicated to his friend and fellow performer Robyn Lee, “The Roads We’ve Taken” is all about their friendship and how no matter where they go in life, they’re friendship will always be.

On a personal note, I got to meet Dana, the contest winner from “Win It Wednesday’s” “Win two tickets to Bobby Cronin’s CT Concert.” Dana, it was a pleasure to meet you (and Leah) and I’m glad you enjoyed the concert as much as I did.

Chicago audiences will get to experience the greatness that is Bobby Cronin this Sunday 9/19 at Davenport’s Piano Bar Cabaret while NY audiences will be dazzled by him on 11/27 at Birdland! Treat yourself and someone you love to an evening of song, laughter, and pure enjoyment!

For more on Bobby and his talent be sure to visit www.bobbycronin.com. (Click here for Bobby’s interview on “Adaumbelle’s Quest”)

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Be sure to catch Luciana Faulhaber as “Fabiola” & Javier E. Gomez as “Georgie” in Jose Luis Ramos-Escobar’s “The Smell of Popcorn” at Teatro IATI (59-61 East 4th Street in NYC).

Through September 19, come watch the worlds of an acting student and career theif collide in this dark comedy about human connectedness and the multiple effects of urban crime upon daily life in “The Smell of Popcorn!”

Production Photo Credit: Michael Palma

Luciana Faulhaber as “Fabiola”

A native of Brazil, Luciana is an actress on the rise! She completed a two-year Meisner training with Bill Esper adn the LABryinth Theatre Master Class. Her theatrical credits include many Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions such as John Patrick Shanley’s new musical “The Monkey Show,” a staged reading with LAB theatre, “I rise in Flame Cried the Phoenix,” at TEEN 99, “Don’t hold the Doors” at Bleecker Street Theatre, “Seascape with Sharks” and “Dancer” at The Tank, “One” at Nic’s Spoon Theatre, Joleen in B.F.F. finalist at the From the Hip: Horror festival, “The Goose is Getting Fat” finalist of Kick IT! Festival, “Romeo and Juliet Together” and “Alive at Last!” at Long Beach Playhouse, CA. Her film credits include “The Winning Season,” “Una calle Sin Salida,” “Lottery Ticket,” and “The Last Samba.” Luciana has also been featured as a model for Guy Webster, MAC Cosmetics, and has a national AT&T commercial currently running. For much more on Luciana be sure to visit http://www.lucianafaulhaber.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? That’s a tough one. I guess in a twisted way my family did. I come from a traditional one and being an artist was never on top of my mother’s list for me. She wanted me to have a “real job” and live the safe life. I played the good girl role for a while but as they pushed me in that direction the need to act and break free grew stronger, until I did. I guess you can say I am a bit of a rebel.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many people I’d like to work with that it would be impossible to pick one. But I’ve had the chance to meet wonderful people in the past year that just make me see the world in a whole different level with their art: Sandra Werneck, John P. Shanley, Jose Rivera…I would be lucky to work with them not only cause they are so incredibly talented but because they are wonderful people and that is hard to find. Now if I had to pick another actor to work with, it would be Eli Wallach. He is a legend, sweet and just so adorable!

3. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? Every show is different for me. It really depends on what the character requires. “Fabiola” for example, needs to move to loud music, own the space and grow big before each performance. The only ritual that seems consistent is putting my make up on in the dressing room before every performance. I make sure to arrive at the theatre with an extra half hour, turn on a play list on my iPhone and play with the colors forgetting the world out there. That is the beginning of becoming a new character for me. Now to decompress I go for bike rides. I turn on my favorite sing along tunes, put my doggy Spike Lee in the basket, and just ride. The evenings are my favorite since the city is quieter and cooler. It just makes me happy.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Unfortunately this is a one way street for me. I can say I’ve been there and done that. I have tried other careers and life times. I can say with certainty that this is it.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent the no one knows about? Nothing I would proudly say in public. But I have one peculiar childhood obsession that grew into an amazing observant talent. I’ll tell you one of these days.

6. Favorite meal? Any meal cooked by my mom at home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The smell of the black beans being cooked or the rising cakes she bakes…it’s all just sweet like childhood and I miss it so much here in NY. But I had a chance to be hosted in Lebanon last year by my beautiful friend Sarah Himadeh and she made sure I tried everything. Since then I have been a huge fan of Lebanese food.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Dancing! That’s my meditation. But I don’t have a gym membership. I must say the reason I joined was the steam room, but I try to exercise regularly. Key word here being “try.”

8. Favorite skin care product? I am very concerned with what kind of products I use on my skin since it absorbs almost everything you put on it.  I really like “Kiss My Face” moisturizers. They are light in texture, all natural, smell great and give me an excuse to ask for some kisses. Couldn’t be better.

9. Favorite website? Imdb. I love movies and I want to do more film work from here on. So imdb helps me learn more about upcoming projects and the film industry even though it is not always up to date.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman! I am all about female empowerment. I learned a lot about my own feminine power by playing “Fabiola” and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I am not doing much sleeping these days…but I’d like to dream about people I am yet to know. Nothing like waking up looking forward to something new.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Whenever you don’t know what to do just smile. People will come to you. Everyone wants to talk to the happy person in the room.” This is advice I got from a girlfriend about dating but I apply it to just everything.

Javier E. Gomez as “Georgie”

Already an award-winning writer, Javier is an up and coming actor rising fast! He too is a graduate of the two-year Meisner program with Bill Esper. Recently, Javier appeared in “No Dogs Allowed” at the Atlantic Theatre Company. His other theatre credits include “My Favorite Year,” “Rock Horror Show,” Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” “Apathy: The Gen X Musical,” “Lorca Federico,” “Ruandi,” “Paper Boat: Hostos,” Sondheim’s “Passion,” “Threepenny Opera,” “The Wiz,” and “Man of La Mancha.” His film and TV credits include “Guiding Light, ” “Psychosis” (Padre David), a Sunday prime-time series for Telemundo directed by Sonia Valentin, “El Cantante” and “Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power.” Javier is also an award winning writer with works published by “El Diario/La Prensa” (the oldest Spanish language newspaper in the US), “El Nuevo Dia,” “Pie Derecho,” and “Reuter’s Dollars & Sense” magazine.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My main inspiration to become a performer was originally self-generated. It came from within me, at a very early age, and there was nothing I could do about it. It was just there. It was an inexplicable drive to perform, and awareness that performing was what I was meant to do. Along the way I have strengthen my inspiration through the encouragement of my family and a dear high school teacher, and the example and legacy of Eleonora Duse, the late actor Raul Juliá, Puerto Rican playwright Rene Marqués, Teatro del Sesenta Theater Collective in San Juan, and director Joseph Papp, among other artists whose work led me to aspire to the same level of commitment and excellence.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Hal Prince! LOL. Talk about a man whose vision has repeatedly changed the course of theater in this nation!

3. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? Before a show I try to be as relaxed as possible. I usually take some time alone to be in silence, and meditate, and check with myself. Then I go into a voice, movement, and body warm up routine that varies according to what show I am working on. In the case of “The Smell of Popcorn”, such an intense non-stop physical and emotional show, it involves Suzuki, Viewpoint, and military exercises, and beating a punching bag conveniently located inside the theater. After a show, my favorite way to decompress is going home to family for a quiet conversation, and a cup of cereal in cold milk. Except for “The Smell of Popcorn”. After that show I head straight to a bar near the theater for a cheeseburger and beer.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would be Mayor, or Director of Tourism or Cultural Affairs for my hometown in Puerto Rico. I love public service, and I believe that I would be equally content making a contribution there.

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I have a remarkable ability to remember historical facts, dates, and names. I keep it to myself because the moment I express it in public, people think I am a freak.

6. Favorite meal? Tough choice. I am a huge exotic food junkie, so my favorite meal keeps changing as I discover more foods from around the world. At the moment I am obsessed with tripe soup from Wing Wong Restaurant in Chinatown. For dessert, nothing beats the Tres Leches (Triple Milk Dipped) Cake, Cuban style.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Weight lifting and cardiovascular training, combined with eating and sleeping well.

8. Favorite skin care product? Kiehl’s entire line of moisturizers for men.

9. Favorite website? nydailynews.com and nypost.com (Oh, come on! I have the courage to admit it!)

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman, of course!

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My father, my grandparents, my great-aunt Tomasa, and all those people whom I adore but sadly passed away too soon in my life.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Create your own circumstance. Don’t let circumstance create you” – Landmark Forum.

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This contest is now over and this week’s winner is Bryan A! Congratulations Bryan A! Tune in next week for another edition of “Win It Wednesday” because you never know, the winner just might be you! It’s another edition of “Win It Wednesday” here on “Adaumbelle’s Quest” and one lucky reader, at random, will win their very own brand-new, factory sealed “Wicked” Lip Balm by answering the question below. The winner will be announced at 5pm!

If you could re-cast “Wicked,” who would you choose for the roles of: “Glinda,” “Elphaba,” “Fiyero,” “Madame Morrible,” “The Wizard,” “Nessarose,” “Boq,” and “Dr. Dillamond?”

Wicked” plays at the Gershwin Theatre in NYC, London, Sydney, and on tour around the U.S.

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If you ever wanted to learn how to be a stand-up comedian, now would be a good time to take that step! World renowned stand-up comic Eddie Sarfaty (and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant) will be teaching a course in stand-up comedy this fall at NYU. Deadline to register is this Monday, September 20!

Providing a safe and encouraging environment, Eddie will teach you the skills you need in how to write material for your stand-up comedy show. Eddie has been featured on “The Today Show,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” Logo’s “Wisecrack” as well as Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and New York’s Toyota Comedy Festival.

Learn how to write stand-up comedy from a working comedian who knows the business! Registration deadline is this Monday, September 20!

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Pure genius is how I would describe John Tartaglia’s “Imaginocean,” playing at the New World Stages in New York City (340 West 50th Street). This is one of the best pieces of theatre I have ever seen. From the concept to the show itself to the positive message it sends. Nominated for a 2010 Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience,” this live black-light puppet show is the perfect way for kids and adults alike to spend time together. “Imaginocean” takes you on an undersea adventure with three fish friends: “Tank,” “Bubbles,” and “Dorsel” as they discover the true meaning of friendship while learning how to help others, face their fears, and use their imagination.

Imaginocean” teaches these life lessons in a fun and innovative way using brilliant lyrics, music, and story along with humor and bubbles! Come see how all of these ingredients add up to one of the most memorable theatre experiences both you and the child you love will enjoy!

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