Spotlight On: Nat Cassidy & Watson Arts
Nat Cassidy We recently heard from the mustachioed and multi-talented author of The Reckoning of Kit & Little Boots the Outstanding Full-Length Script of the 2009 IT Awards Ceremony. Born in North Carolina and raised in Arizona, Nat Cassidy is an actor, musician, playwright, and director living in Brooklyn. As frontman to Nat Cassidy & the Nines (who have performed in venues across the City) he has written and recorded two albums – “Pet Symmetry” and “Everybody Here Says Hi!” and is currently working on a third.
The ceremony was a boon for Nat. Besides receiving the award for full-length script, Reckoning, was nominated for both Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role (David Ian Lee) and Outstanding Production. In addition, Nat wrote and directed Any Day Now, for which Elyse Mirto received the Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role award and earned Nat a nomination for Outstanding Director. And since the ceremony, Any Day Now was published as part of NYTE's "Plays & Playwrights 2010" anthology coming out early next year. So, how does an award-winning writer follow-up a year of tremendous achievement? He writes, of course: “I recently finished (and had a fantastic first table reading of) my newest script, a four-act ghost story set in the White House in the 1850s entitled, Pierce. We have no specific plans for production as yet, but I'm hoping to see it up sometime in 2010.”
Nat confesses that he is, at the same time, also working on a one-man show about HP Lovecraft and planning a "sorta sequel" to The Reckoning of Kit & Little Boots. Keep writing, Nat!
Watson Arts a resident company of La MaMa ETC, Watson Arts (in association with LaMaMa ETC) received multiple nominations for their musical adaptation of Willa Cather's novella, Coming, Aphrodite!: Outstanding Original Music (Mark Ettinger & Paul Foglino), Outstanding Set Design (Jim Boutin) and Outstanding Production of a Musical.
Watson Arts, headed by artistic director, Mary Fulham, is dedicated to presenting new work with a particular emphasis on women and in February will inaugurate an annual play series dedicated to female playwrights, “The Write Women Project.” Their first offering will be Dog And Wolf, a new political play by playwright and human-rights activist, Catherine Filloux. In this story of “intrigue, identity and pursuit,” a wheelchair-bound lawyer must track down an asylum-seeking political refugee who has suddenly disappeared. The play, directed by Jean Randich, explores how human indifference can accommodate genocide. It will run at the 59E59 Theater from February 5 through 21, 2010. For more information please visit their ebsite: www.watsonarts.org.