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The Cover of Life Press Release

 

January 4, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Miller-Coffman Productions Proudly Presents The Cover of Life. The Cover of Life to make way to the Gene Frankel Theater in March! Directed by Stephen S. Miller

 

Tickets on sale now!

 

 

Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life Magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career set-back, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her own powerlessness in a man's world. Filled with charm and fun, The Cover of Life is a deeply affecting story about the struggle for self-worth.

 

THE COVER OF LIFE had its world premiere at the American Stage Company, James N. Vagias, Executive Producer; further developed at The Hartford Stage Company, Mark Lamos, Artistic Director; David Harkanson, Managing Director.

 

The Cover of Life will be making its way to the Gene Frankel Theater with an opening on 7 March 2018, where it will run for a month in celebration of Woman’s History Month. Tood, Weetsie and Sybil the brides of rural Louisiana during 1943. Each young lady married one of the Cliffert brothers. The brothers currently off at war in which a local news story written about the wives left at home in Louisiana keeping the home fires burning intrigued the attention of Henry Luce. In which he decides that this story would make a perfect cover for Life Magazine. Kate Miller is assigned to the story. Kate has been focused on the way in Europe, though she is surprised to be asked to cover this story. “A woman’s piece”, something that Kate Miller had no interest in doing. Feeling that this would be a set-back in her career at Life Magazine, but she decides to accept the story as this will be her first cover story. Kate Miller is sent down to Sterlington, Louisiana to spend a week with the Cliffert women in her sophisticated New York attitude allows way for the sympathetic feelings as she begins to learn the background that this family holds near and dear to their heart. Kate comes face-to-face with her own powerlessness within a man’s world. The Cover of Life is filled with 1943 charm in today’s world. This show is deeply filled with an affecting story that will bring such struggle and self-worth to life and the realization that life can bring such bumps along the dirt road.

Ronn T. Robinson, Playwright, originally from Bastrop Louisiana and then moved to New York City in his early twenties. As a struggling actor in the New York Theater circle he began to do some writing. He began to write a story based on his life and the life of his mother Ollie Marzelle Fife. Throughout the years of his early childhood, Ronn described this in an earlier interview in the Hartford Courant: Originally from Bastrop, Louisiana about 15 miles from the Arkansas state line, in the northeastern part of Louisiana, described by R. T. Robinson It's hilly land, very Faulkneresque: magnolia trees, bayous, very rich land, a lot of red clay. The town has a courthouse square. When the play began to be produced in workshops for two years in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The show particularly shows the way men were treated the in that world. Ronn stated, I wasn't going to change the play based on the response of his mother’s thoughts, because he felt he had to be as honest as he could through his writing. Ronn believed the secret of great Southern writers is being born into a family of interesting, passionate women, and pointed to the great southern writers such as, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, and described these men as the men who sat around and listened to the women in their lives. Growing up around women, Robinson described his childhood as time spent with women was an inspiration of his great writing skills. Because women tend to sit around, talk about men, life issues, and of course the gossip of the goings on around town. So, there he was, the fly on the wall, taking in the information pertaining to what was happening during the years of his childhood and then adulthood. Robinson described that the best way to write a great show is to place one’s self in the middle of the living room with the women back in the 1940’s and listening to them talk about everything that they choose to talk about. The Cover of Life began its venture to the New York Stage in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when it opened in Florida, Louisiana, and finally at the Hartford Stage in 1993. The show was further developed at the Hartford stage in preparation of the New York City premiere at the American Place Theater in Midtown Manhattan. The show opened at the American Place Theater on October 11, 1994 and closed November 20, 1994. The Cover of Life will be revived in the loving memory of Ronn T. Robinson, by Ronn’s nephew and director/producer Stephen S Miller. Since Stephen was very young, he was inspired by Ronn and inspiration through the text of The Cover of Life, and the story behind the scenes.

 

 

Reviews:

 

"The kind of roles actresses dream of. Robinson's writing has a warm, rural flavor, and [the] conflicts are laced with a poignant urgency." – Variety

 

"Vivid." - Newark Star Ledger

 

Full Length Play

 

Dramatic Comedy

 

105 Minutes

 

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

 

Settings of Play - September 1943. Various locations over several weeks in Sterlington, Louisiana, a very small town.

December 1, 2017

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE COVER OF LIFE, Opening March 8, 2018 at the Gene Frankel Theater, 24 Bond Street, NY. Included here, a great interview with the inspiration behind the title role of the show, Kate Miller. As well as past interview information from Ronn. T. Robinson.

Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life Magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career set-back, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her own powerlessness in a man's world. Filled with charm and fun, The Cover of Life is a deeply affecting story about the struggle for self-worth.

Ronn T. Robinson, Playwright, originally from Bastrop Louisiana and then moved to New York City in his early twenties. As a struggling actor in the New York Theater circle he began to do some writing. He began to write a story based on his life and the life of his mother Ollie Marzelle Fife. Throughout the years of his early childhood, Ronn described this in an earlier interview in the Hartford Courant: Originally from Bastrop, Louisiana about 15 miles from the Arkansas state line, in the northeastern part of Louisiana, described by R. T. Robinson It's hilly land, very Faulkneresque: magnolia trees, bayous, very rich land, a lot of red clay. The town has a courthouse square. When the play began to be produced in workshops for two years in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Robinson thought he'd better let his mother read the script. The show particularly shows the way men were treated the in that world. Ronn stated, I wasn't going to change the play based on the response of his mother’s thoughts, because he felt he had to be as honest as he could through his writing, but he felt it only fair for his mother to read it. She loved it. Ollie Marzelle Fife thought it was “real good”. Ronn always said: mothers are kind. Throughout his years of writing and poetry of the show that he was creating Robinson found his newfound love for his southern roots. Robinson took a break from his writing and spent some years as a struggling actor and found love. But through hardships with the loss of his life partner, he took a new stab at the show that he was creating, and began to write what he knew. Ronn believed the secret of great Southern writers is being born into a family of interesting, passionate women, and pointed to the great southern writers such as, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, and described these men as the men who sat around and listened to the women in their lives. Growing up around women, Robinson described his childhood as time spent with women was an inspiration of his great writing skills. Because women tend to sit around, talk about men, life issues, and of course the gossip of the goings on around town. So, there he was, the fly on the wall, taking in the information pertaining to what was happening during the years of his childhood and then adulthood. Robinson described that the best way to write a great show is to place one’s self in the middle of the living room with the women back in the 1940’s and listening to them talk about everything that they choose to talk about. The Cover of Life began its venture to the New York Stage in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when it opened in Florida, Louisiana, and finally at the Hartford Stage in 1993. The show was further developed at the Hartford stage in preparation of the New York City premiere at the American Place Theater in Midtown Manhattan. The show opened at the American Place Theater on October 11, 1994 and closed November 20, 1994.

 

The Cover of Life will be revived in the loving memory of Ronn T. Robinson, by Ronn’s nephew and director/producer Stephen S Miller. Since Stephen was very young, he was inspired by Ronn and inspiration through the text of The Cover of Life, and the story behind the scenes. Stephen sat down with his mother and learned more of the information with the background of the story behind Ronn and his life. “I met Ronn in the early 1980’s through a dear friend Rodney Armstrong and then life partner of Ronn, and we began a lifelong friendship” Kate Miller says. “When I first met Rodney, he was in a long-term relationship with Rudolpho Sormiento, who passed away of AIDS during the late 1970’s, and in the early 1980’s Rodney was on a train to his summer home in the Hamptons and met Ronn on the train heading for the Hamptons. Rodney at this point was diagnosed with AIDS, but Rodney and Ronn became partners” Kate Miller describes. “Rodney passed away in the mid 1980’s of AIDS complications, and through the emotional roller coaster, Ronn focused on his performing around New York, teaching English at a college in New York, and writing his show.” Kate Miller finishes with. “Through the final years of the preparation of the show, Ronn and I spoke frequently and spent much time traveling to the south to see the developments of the show and then we took a trip out to Hartford to see the show in the final stages of development when it opened at the Hartford stage, and then soon after, the American Place Theater.” Kate Miller states.

 

The show will be presented at the Gene Frankel Theater, 24 Bond Street, New York, NY, for a one month run with a free public preview performance on March 7, 2018 at 8pm, opening night March 8, 2018, 8pm.

 

 

Photo Credit: Kate Miller

Opening Night 1994.

 

Reviews:

 

"The kind of roles actresses dream of. Robinson's writing has a warm, rural flavor, and [the] conflicts are laced with a poignant urgency." – Variety

 

"Vivid." - Newark Star Ledger

 

Full Length Play

 

Dramatic Comedy

 

105 Minutes

 

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

 

Settings of Play - September 1943. Various locations over several weeks in Sterlington, Louisiana, a very small town.

The Cover of Life Press Release:

Oct. 1, 2017

Miller-Coffman Productions Proudly Presents – The Cover of Life The Cover of Life to make way to the Gene Frankel Theater in 2018! Directed by Stephen S. Miller

 

Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana in 1943. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life Magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career set-back, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her own powerlessness in a man's world. Filled with charm and fun, The Cover of Life is a deeply affecting story about the struggle for self-worth.

 

THE COVER OF LIFE had its world premiere at the American Stage Company, James N. Vagias, Executive Producer; further developed at The Hartford Stage Company, Mark Lamos, Artistic Director; David Harkanson, Managing Director.

 

The Cover of Life will be making its way to the Gene Frankel Theater with an opening on 7 March 2018, where it will run for a month in celebration of Woman’s History Month. Tood, Weetsie and Sybil the brides of rural Louisiana during 1943. Each young lady married one of the Cliffert brothers. The brothers currently off at war in which a local news story written about the wives left at home in Louisiana keeping the home fires burning intrigued the attention of Henry Luce. In which he decides that this story would make a perfect cover for Life Magazine. Kate Miller is assigned to the story. Kate has been focused on the way in Europe, though she is surprised to be asked to cover this story. “A woman’s piece”, something that Kate Miller had no interest in doing. Feeling that this would be a set-back in her career at Life Magazine, but she decides to accept the story as this will be her first cover story. Kate Miller is sent down to Sterlington, Louisiana to spend a week with the Cliffert women in her sophisticated New York attitude allows way for the sympathetic feelings as she begins to learn the background that this family holds near and dear to their heart. Kate comes face-to-face with her own powerlessness within a man’s world. The Cover of Life is filled with 1943 charm in today’s world. This show is deeply filled with an affecting story that will bring such struggle and self-worth to life and the realization that life can bring such bumps along the dirt road.

 

Reviews:

 

"The kind of roles actresses dream of. Robinson's writing has a warm, rural flavor, and [the] conflicts are laced with a poignant urgency." – Variety

 

"Vivid." - Newark Star Ledger

 

Full Length Play

 

Dramatic Comedy

 

105 Minutes

 

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

 

Settings of Play - September 1943. Various locations over several weeks in Sterlington, Louisiana, a very small town.

BLOOD BOUNDARY

 

PRESS RELEASE

26th July 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Blood Boundary”
New York, New York

MILLER-COFFMAN PRODUCTIONS
Presents the WORLD PREMIERE of
BLOOD BOUNDARY
by Cherokee playwright Vicki Lynn Mooney

In “Blood Boundary”, (the third and final play of Vicki Lynn Mooney's Broken Heart Land trilogy), James, a young man raised in a white family, must examine his life when confronted with his Cherokee mixed-blood relatives. James faces the tough choice to leave to pursue his medical career abroad, or stand beside his family in a time of racial oppression during the dark days of 1920’s.

“BLOOD BOUNDARY” WINNER 2016 Native American New Play Festival

“BLOOD BOUNDARY”
PREVIEW PERFORMANCE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017
OPENING NIGHT ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2017
AT
THEATRE 54
@ Shetler Studios & Theatres
244 West 54th Street,12th Floor
New York, NY 10019

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INFORMATION FOR LISTING EDITORS

WHAT:
“BLOOD BOUNDARY”
by Cherokee playwright Vicki Lynn Mooney

WHERE:
THEATRE 54
@ Shetler Studios & Theatres
244 West 54th Street,12th Floor
New York, NY 10019

WHEN:
Sept 20th - Oct 7th

CREATIVE TEAM:
Tony White
Director

Alex Haney
Stage Manager | Set & Light Design

Stephen Miller
Executive Producer | Assistant Director

Jay Cruz
Producer | Marketing & Media

CAST:
Auditions are currently underway.
To find out more contact us at millercoffmanproductions@gmail.com or visit millercoffmanproductions.com

SYNOPSIS:

“Blood Boundary" is set after World War I and before the 1921 Greenwood Massacre, formerly recalled as the Tulsa Race Riot.

James Broughton arrives in Tulsa to renew contact with his Oklahoma roots before returning to study medicine in Europe. Among other surprises, he finds out that he has a previously unknown uncle, Billy Vann, and that he may have more Cherokee blood in him than he thought.

Billy is a railroad porter who wants to turn the family house in Greenwood into a “hospitality” center for all races, but local tumultuous developments involving race make him conclude that he must arm himself, against the wishes of his daughter Tassie, an aspiring artist.

Fain Cuddahy returns to meet her grandson Virgil, who we learn is a budding Klansman. She must teach Tassie how to defend herself against men like him. Virgil, a likable but self-centered young man twisted with hate toward blacks, in the end learns a shocking truth about himself.

Balancing the family equation, the more overtly Victorian, inwardly strong great-Aunt Jane comes into the picture to attempt to mend a broken family. When she evacuates Tassie and James to Paris on a subterfuge, they learn of the terrible events back home, and realize they are the last of their bloodline to survive the Greenwood Massacre.

The play is driven by historical events in 1920, taken from headlines in Mr. Smitherman’s Star and the Tulsa World .  Until 2012, the Greenwood Massacre was known as the Tulsa Race Riot – it was and still remains the worst race riot in U.S. history.


SHOW SCHEDULE:

Preview:
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 • 8PM
Opening Night
Thursday, September 21st, 2017 • 8PM
Show Dates:
Friday, September 22nd • 8PM
Saturday, September 23rd • 2PM
Saturday, September 23rd • 8PM
Sunday, September 24th • 2PM
Wednesday, September 27th • 8pm
Thursday, September 28th • 8PM
Friday, September 29th • 8PM
Saturday, September 30th • 2PM
Saturday, September 30th• 8PM
Sunday, October 1st • 2PM
Wednesday, October 4th • 8pm
Thursday, October 5th • 8PM
Friday, October 6th • 8PM
Saturday, October 7th • 2PM
Saturday, October 7th • 8PM

TICKETS:
$39.00
http://nativeblood.bpt.me


 

JULY 2017

 

Executive Producer Stephen Miller will be a guest Judge at the Strawberry One Act Festival which is a great thrill! For further information pertaining to this event please visit: https://www.therianttheatre.com/

Miller-Coffman Productions might be taking on a new show for the fall of 2017 titled The Cover of Life, by R.T. Robinson. This show means the world to me because my uncle Ronn had a dream to write a show and have it play New York before he died of Aids. He completed this dream in 1994 and he passed away shortly after. So in tribute to him, I am thinking about bring this show back to the stage in New York. Auditions will commence in July or august with a possible start date of the show in September. This information might change, but if you are interested in auditions for this show, it is mostly female with the need of one male. Many age ranges. More information to follow..

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