Knee's Up at Club Cumming
Club Cumming, was bursting to the seams last month with talent, goodwill, and glee. The cause of all this? Jenny Sterlin and DoubleDeckerProductions. Orchestrated by the afore named was an evening featuring a series of musical and poetry performances collectively titled Knees Up. The content included everything from American classics to original pieces, and was performed with the aim of raising money for the company’s upcoming production of Meshahnye at Theater for the New City. It brought smiles, laughter, a few tears, and raised a good chunk of the money required for the play in question. While the appreciation of an audience is always a good indicator of success, any evening that features an endorsement and personal appearance by the venue’s owner simply must be deemed as such. Particularly when the owner in question is none other than stage and screen legend Alan Cumming. Indeed, he concluded the evening by praising the acts, declaring his love for DDP proprietor Jenny Sterlin, and introducing the audience to his dog Lala. British actor Nick Clayton had driven down from his adopted home in Montreal to Emcee the Knees up and the talented performers were, Aida Levantaki, Amelia V. Anderson,Annie K.F Nelson, Carol Lipnik, Joel Jones, Leo Grinberg, Stephanie James, and Thomas Burns Scully. The Musical Director and Accompanist was Satoko Mori, and it was directed by Jenny Sterlin. The whole event was overseen by Laurie Prose - General Manager and Alex Duncker - Production Assistant and Stage Manager, with help from Matt Helm, Pepe Hernandez, Michelle Bourque and Kasia. With another successful fundraiser on their books, the eyes of DoubleDecker now look onwards to the production of Meshahnye by Maxim Gorky, which will be hitting stages September 13th. If you trust the taste making of Alan Cumming, then you absolutely must catch it.
Raffle Prizes and Winners
Two Tickets for Bernhardt/Hamlet courtesy of the Roundabout Theatre Company
Winner: Ben Burns Scully
Two Tickets for The Nap courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club
Winner: Henry Zhang
Two Tickets for Getting the Band Back Together courtesy of Ken Davenport and the Producers
Winner: Aida Leventaki
Two Tickets for The Play That Goes Wrong courtesy of Kenny Wax and the Producers
Winner: Susan Burnham
Hamilton: The Musical sweatshirt courtesy of Laurie Prose
Winner: Jayne Vitale
Read more about our fundraisers here!
Fundraiser at George Baker Mansion
For the first fundraiser of the 2018/19 Season, Jenny Sterlin and the production team for DoubleDeckerProductions wanted a venue that not only gave us the space we needed, but created the atmosphere as well. The event was held primarily to raise money for the the new translation of Maxim Gorky's play Meshahnye that opens in September. The play takes place in turn of the century Russia and investigates many of the social, cultural, and religious pressures of a country on the brink of revolution. The translator of the new script, Russian native Leo Grinberg, found the George Baker Mansion, a complex of buildings constructed in the 1920s and donated to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1958. Today the building is a functioning church with living quarters and spaces for ceremonies. In addition, the entire building is full of artifacts from Russia, many of them preserved since before the revolution. The venue was an ideal location for the fundraiser which began with a complementary shot of authentic, infused vodka in a novelty shot glass. The main event of the fundraiser was a performance of the opening scene of Meshahnye. The actors, many of whom helped with the first reading of the newly translated script and some of whom will be seen in the staged performance, volunteered their time to entice the audience and illustrate the potential of the piece. Afterward, Artistic Director Jenny Sterlin elaborated on the journey the piece has taken. She then described the importance of the company and revealed some future plans. General Manager Laurie Prose further expounded on the value of the company and asked for support from the members of the audience. After the performance and speeches, guests were invited to eat, drink, and mingle in order to learn more about DoubleDeckerProductions, it's members, and it's goals. A complimentary tour of the incredible building (one of only three buildings in Manhattan that had direct access to the underground trains) was offered, allowing many to learn about Russian culture through it's religion and art. Overall, the event was a fun and successful way to kick of DoubleDeckerProductions 2018/19 Season.