Associate Director on the new musical: Bliss by Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie directed by Sheryl Kaller is an INCREDIBLE piece in development. We just did a four week workshop at New 42. If I could play the recordings and blast the pictures I would but until then just know at an empowering, funny, catchy as all hell musical subverting the idea of what it means to be a “princess” or a woman in society is coming to a theater new you.
So excited to be returning back to the home state to work on this four hour epic adaptation of Henry Vi Part one, two, three and Richard III which completes the full history cycle of the War of the Roses with the brilliant Eric Ting.
If you're in California, join us at the end of August, in the outdoor Bruns theatre for this epic.
After years of dreaming up this concept here it is in it's first workshop form. This event is free (suggested donation) and depends on the audience both during and after the show. Please come check us out. I value all feedback on this process as both a facilitator, director and producer. This show will also be having community performances at ps218 in the Bronx and Veteran Center, Samaritan Village in Manhattan.
Assistant directing Eric Tucker on Bedlam's production of PYGMALION. It will be the version of this classic story you have never seen before and reimagines the possibilities of how dated stories can be reimagined and how struggles of the past live on in the present.
The Sheen Center
March 16-April 22nd
SO jazzed to be directing the world premiere of David's darkly hilarious, all too real play SINK FLORIDA SINK at The Public Theater of San Antonio in May 2019. More workshop information prior to the production to come.
WORKSHOP OF THE OCEAN THOUGHT NOTHING
With my playwright partner in crime Kari Bentley-Quinn!
A part of Goldfish Memory Productions workshop series:
THE OCEAN THOUGHT NOTHING
A workshop in-progress (supported by Goldfish Memory Productions)
By Kari Bentley-Quinn
Directed by Lana Russell
When seventeen year old aspiring marine biologist Colleen goes missing, all eyes are on her boyfriend Robbie, a sensitive young man with a violent past. When Robbie heads out on his boat to look for Colleen off the coast of southwest Connecticut, he encounters a lost humpback whale in Long Island Sound. Robbie’s search for Colleen and his desperate attempt to help the lost whale collide in unexpected and mysterious ways.
Featuring: Charly Bivona, Oscar Cabrera, Kristin Granade, Billy Higgins and Trevor McGhie
Friday, 2/9 at 7 pm
Sunday, 2/11 at 7 pm
RSVP - limited seating!
307 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
Friday January 25th and Saturday January 26th at 8pm at the New Ohio!
Directing a chunk of exciting new plays all one minute in length with an ensemble cast of NYC's emerging indie actors.
Summer 2017 Recap!
Lana was the assistant director of SACRED VALLEY by Josh Radnor, Directed by Sheryl Kaller at New York Stage and Film-Powerhouse series.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Cape Cod Theatre Project
On Wednesday April 12th I will be directing David's heart breaking, hilarious, magical and timely romp through an imagined future.
SINK FLORIDA SINK
by David L. Kimple
Directed by Lana Russell
6:30 pm ESPA at Primary Stages 307 West 38th Street 15th Floor.
Free and open to the public.
In, Gibraltar, chance brings together Palo, a traveler searching for his runaway wife, and Amy, a widow whose husband disappeared in a boating accident. Sharing their stories invites in other tales of love in our times, played out on the stage of memory: an improbable reunion of an artist and a dock worker, a bruising breakup of a policeman and his angry wife, a marriage irrevocably altered but not ended by Alzheimer's. In this dreamlike landscape of lover's bargains, Amy and Palo come at last to accept their own losses.
by Octavio Solis
Directed by Lana Russell
With: Rivka Rivera, Raul Castillo, Vicky Gilmore, Heidi Armbruster, Tommy Buck, Bob Jaffe, Lucy McMichael & Sam Metzger.
by Alexander Kveton
directed by Lana Russell
Featuring: Rachel Griesinger, Mike Axtell, Ashley Underwood, Ari Shapiro, Erin Salm, Nathaniel Kent, Victoria Tamez, Taylor Del Priore, Jessica Pomeroy, Zach Catron, Jarahn Cosby, Alex Roller, and Amber Barrios.
On the cusp of graduating, a prep school senior boy falls in love with a freshman girl, but because the school is so entrenched in a salacious tradition, what begins as love ends in tragedy.
The New School for Drama
151 Bank St. New York, NY 10014
March 18, 3:00 p.m.
March 22, 7:00 p.m.
March 23, 9:30 p.m.
March 24, 7:00 p.m.
March 25, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets available at https://www.ticketcentral.com/Online/default.asp?doWork%3A%3AWScontent%3A%3AloadArticle=Load&BOparam%3A%3AWScontent%3A%3AloadArticle%3A%3Aarticle_id=32A45E39-2FC6-48AA-ADFD-2B2BD41C3C53
Lana will be directing the world premiere of SALUTE by MFA 17 playwright Alex Kveton with an opening in March 2017. Stay tuned for more information!
I am thrilled to be a part of a diverse and talented group of directors in this years SDCF observership class. Looking forward to all of the fantastic mentorship Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation is generously sharing.
Lana has recently become a producer and the resident director for Goldfish Memory Productions. Click the Goldfish Memory tab on the site to find out more about the fish bowl. http://www.goldfishmemoryproductions.nyc
Lana will be directing Goldfish Memory's Samuel French OOB Festival play Human Resources by R Eric Thomas on 8/10. There will be puppets and laughs and chaos. More information: http://www.oobfestival.com