Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Rise and Fall of...Kelly Klein

Name: Kelly Klein

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Education: Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

Favorite Credits: Anne Frank in The Diary Of Anne Frank (national tour with Barter Theatre); Maura in “Taking Woodstock” (Dir. Ang Lee); Katy in “Nurse Jackie” (upcoming, Lifetime); Meredith Webster in Let Him Eat Steak (Barrow Group, written by fellow slice Lyndsey Anderson); Sammy in Hooker Raft (Dead Herring, written and directed by fellow slice Ben Lewis).

Tell us about Bread Arts Collective: We are a group of multi-disciplinary and talented individuals who also happen to be long-time collaborators and friends. We wanted to create a collective that fostered each of our creative ambitions while simultaneously building our artistic community. We flirted with the idea of forming for years and finally, with our last production of Lonesome Devil at Cloud City in Brooklyn, we decided it was time.

Tell us about Rise and Fall: The show is a big party and everyone is invited! The story is about a group of criminals on-the-run who decide to stop in their tracks and create a new, perfect society. Thus, paradise is born! But then Jimmy Gallagher and his chorus of Alaskan cowboys roll into town and deconstruct what this utopia is really all about: money. With original tunes by Andrew Lynch and inventive direction by Eric Powell Holm, Rise & Fall is truly a unique evening not-to-be-missed.

Why Rise and Fall now?: I say why not? I was approached about the People Lounge residency by my friend Alyson Viva of Play These Records and I knew right away that Rise & Fall would be a perfect fit. It's immersive, sexy, provoking and, most of all, a raucous good time. BREAD proposed the project to People Lounge owner Heinz Liu, he accepted, and the rest is history. It's like the universe was telling us: OK, you think you're ready for this? Then do it!

What is it like to be a part of Rise and Fall and Bread Arts Collective?: It's a dream come true. To work with my dear friends, to stretch our limits of creativity, and to work out challenges together is a wonderful gift. I love having a community where my ability to act, direct, write, and produce is trusted and encouraged.

Why should we come see Rise and Fall?: You will have a blast! You will leave moved, happy, a bit pensive, and definitely tipsy! And we have a party after. And it's cheap! Actually, there's no reason why you shouldn't come see it.

For more, visit http://www.breadartscollective.com/upcoming.html

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