This week's A.P.T is Schuyler Iona Press who currently has a show running called What I'm Failing To Learn which comments on New York City Culture, Civil Rights, Technology's effect on personal interaction, and more. Oh and did I mention...
She's a teenager.
Yep. It's rare to see someone so young tackle such big topics, but like a minature Bob Dylan, Schuyler stands up there guitar in hand with a cast of talented musicians and dancers and weaves a tale of how it feels to grow up in the city. This kind of bravery isn't often found in our youth. Having taught for 8 years I can count on one hand the number of students who ever decided to ask deep questions about our culture, and yet Schuyler fills her show with them. From addressing what it's like to be a mere child during 9/11, to a song dealing with the power of consumerism in current advertising, the show digs deep with some toe tapping tunes and some spoken word. More info about the show is below. If you can get a chance to catch the last performance on Saturday, I'd recommend it.
Schuyler will make you think about our city, our country, and most importantly, remind you of the value of what our youth has not failed to learn.
A MAY SKY PICTURE is pleased to announce the workshop production of Schuyler Iona Press' WHAT I'M FAILING TO LEARN, choreography by Joel Hanna, music arranged by Jeb Patton, co-directed by Darren Press, written and directed by C. Fraser Press. WHAT I'M FAILING TO LEARN will play a limited engagement at Off-Broadway's 13th Street Rep (50 West 13th Street, NYC). Performances begin Wednesday, May 15 and continue throughSaturday, June 15. Opening Night is Wednesday, May 29 (7 p.m.).
14-year-old singer songwriter Schuyler Iona Press, whose eclectic compositions include influences from modern folk, rock, and punk peppered with Latin grooves, is an outsider longing to be on the "inside", simultaneously outraged by the implications--a kid entering adolescence and questioning her world. Accompanied by a live band, percussive modern Irish dancers and video, Schuyler brings us on a poetic imaginative quest into the depths of her emotions.
A mashup of theatrical drama/live concert/multimedia video, WHAT I'M FAILING TO LEARN takes us on a walking tour through the unpredictable streets of NYC and through the even more unpredictable mind of a young teenager.
WHAT I'M FAILING TO LEARN is a personal journey of a child colored by both positives and negatives of growing up unsheltered from certain truths of our human world. As Schuyler learns, truth holds both comedy and tragedy, but most importantly, truth holds hope.
The production stars Schuyler Iona Press (Film: Theresa is a Mother) as herself. The ensemble/band includes Carlos Mena on bass, Annette Homannon violin and as the voice of Carol, Sardinian woman and Diner Lady, Henry Koperski on the piano/flute/sax and as the voice of Harvey, Matthew Gumley (Bdwy: Elf, Addams Family, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast Film: Theresa is a Mother) on electric guitar and as the voice of the Tour Guide,Sam Wagner (The Brighton Beat) on the drums, Dominique Porter as the voice of Schuyler and Savior Lady, and Hannah Tobias as voice of Mother, Sardinian teenager and Phyllis.
The production features lighting design by Rob Belchere and sound design by MikeDeRosa. Liz Peak is the stage manager.
WHAT I'M FAILING TO LEARN plays the following schedule:
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Saturdays at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $18-30 and are now available online at www.13thstreetrep.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to performance.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Press Kit: http://bit.ly/WIFLPressKit
SCHUYLER IONA PRESS (Music, Lyrics, Performer) is a 14-year old singer/songwriter guitarist and actress from NYC. She is the youngest artist ever to play the singer/songwriter sessions at the Bitter End in NYC and has played numerous music festivals in the northeast throughout the summer of 2012 including Boston GreenFest, Block Island Music Festival, Black Potatoe Music Festival and more.
A prolific songwriter from an early age, at 12 years old Schuyler opened for award winning recording artist Ellis Paul. Schuyler composed the score to the independent feature film "Theresa is a Mother," including recording "Summer Child" the main theme song. Theresa is a Mother is currently playing in film festivals around the country and has won numerous Best Film awards. Schuyler recently recorded a guitar/vocal for the music video to her 9/11 tribute song "Playground Museum." This video premiered at the 2012 International Film Festival Manhattan and won in the music video category at the 2012 My HERO Film Festival in LA. Schuyler was also nominated for a prestigious Ron Kovic Peace Prize.
As an actress, Schuyler was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Award from the 2012 Reel Independent Film Festival in Washington DC for her role in the film Theresa is a Mother.
A budding philanthropist, Schuyler is combining her talents and passions to create the I Am Today Project, an arts driven organization that works with children fighting serious illness helping them create personal and expressive projects in various artistic disciplines.