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Runo Rimac

October 13th, 2013

This week, I’m joining my friends at Black Henna Productions for a FREE staged reading of Runo Rimac in the EstroGenius Festival. What happens when a frustrated actor and his unrequited crush come across a zombie in the lost and found?

The 14th Annual EstroGenius Festival & Black Henna Productions present Runo Rimac by Manny Rodiguez

Directed by Nick Radu (Imaginary)
Featuring Ian McDonald. Melissa Meli, Trey Blackburn, Laura Packer, Laura Cetti, Will Manning and Jim Anderson

Tuesday, October 15th – Thursday October 17th at 8pm
357 W 36th St. New York, NY 10018

Free Admission

Reservations are strongly encouraged
Limited Engagement
Kicking off the EstroGenius Festival
EstroGenius 2013 – Runo Rimac (Staged Reading)

250th Showcase Gala Celebration

September 4th, 2013

Composer Seth Bisen-Hersh is celebrating the completion of 250+ showcases at Don’t Tell Mama! I’ll be singing in this concert series one night only, next Tuesday. Details are below:

Tuesday, September 10th at 7pm
$12 Cover/ 2 Drink Minimum (cash only)
Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St.
Call for reservations after 4: 212-757-0788 or online at donttellmamanyc.com

New York Fringe Festival

August 9th, 2013

July kept me quite busy! I performed in the Midtown International Theatre Festival in The Renaissance Dueling Play, and directed the 5th Annual Broadway Meows concert. This month, I’m performing in the acclaimed New York International Fringe Festival! I play Julia in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona. It’s my first Fringe show as an actor, and it’s going to be fantastic: sword fights, melodrama, silliness, and of course, romance. I’m thrilled to get to perform Julia’s famous letter speech! Here are the details:

C.A.G.E. Theatre Company presents…

Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy!
Fringe NYC
CSV Flamboyan Theatre at 107 Suffolk St.  Showdates are:
Sunday, August 11th at 5:30 pm
Monday, August 12th at 2:00 pm
Monday, August 19th at 9:15 pm
Thursday, August 22nd at 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 24th at 2:15 pm (this performance includes a talk-back)
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Click here.

Go to FringeNYC.org for more details.

My company, Cupcake Lady Productions is thriving! This month we are performing at Summer Streets. Please visit our website for more details.

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity: Hit and Match

May 26th, 2013

“Hit and Match” is back again – this time, in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (planetconnections.org/hit-and-match)! I’ll be reprising my role as Betty. Information is as follows:

Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, NYC
Friday 6/7/13 – 4:30pm
Saturday 6/8/13 – 6:30pm
Wednesday 6/12/13 – 9:30pm
Tuesday 6/18/13 – 5:30pm
Friday 6/21/13 – 4:30pm
Saturday 6/22/13 – 3:00pm
Hit and Match runs 1 hour with no intermission

Tickets: $18 General Admission, $9 for Film/Music Participants, FREE for Theatre Festivity Participants. Click  here.

The Importance of Being Earnest

April 16th, 2013

I was trained in theatre directing at school, but I’ve never put it to use. Until now! Next week, my directorial debut opens in Manhattan. Here are the details:

Caitlin LaBarge presents…
The Importance of Being Earnest
A Trivial Comedy for Serious People
by Oscar Wilde

Directed by Melissa Meli

Five Performances Only:
Thursday, April 25th at 8:00pm
Friday, April 26th at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 27th at 2:00pm
Saturday, April 27th at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 28th at 4:00pm

133rd Street Arts Center
308 W. 133rd Street
New York, NY 10027

Tickets: $18 at the door, $15 online: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/361266

March 2013 Update

March 12th, 2013

Phew! It’s been too long since I updated. I moved at the end of January, which occupied a lot of my time for a while, but now I’m happily working on lots of shows again.

Last week, I was lucky enough to play Miss Brittany and Tierra Rose in a wildly successful staged reading of Pageant Princess, the Musical. It’s an amazing new show by Lorelei Mackenzie, Kristen Penner and Joni Ernst that is destined for great things!

Next up, I’m singing in a brand new song cycle by Seth Bisen-Hersh: If Adele Can Do It, So Can I: an evening of mostly sorrow. Details below:

$10 Cover/ 2 Drink Minimum (cash only)
Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St.
Call for reservations after 4pm: 212-757-0788 or online at donttellmamanyc.com

I’m also gearing up for the next event from Cupcake Lady Productions (www.cupcakeladyproductions.com) and directing my first full-length play, The Importance of Being Earnest. Stay tuned for more on those, coming in April! Hope to see you at the cabaret.

Melissa and Devra at the Duplex

December 3rd, 2012

Every once in a while, you meet someone who makes a huge impact on your life. Sometimes they’ll be around for only a few months; other times, they stick around for a lifetime. But once you know them, you’re changed. And so it was when Melissa met Devra Seidel. Their instant, profound friendship (and really natural blending of singing voices) has inspired this evening of songs about life-altering people and those imprints they leave.

Melissa and Devra’s Duo Show
December 19th, 2012, 7-8pm
The Duplex Cabaret and Piano Bar
61 Christopher Street, New York, NY

Two-drink minimum, but no cover charge!
Please reserve here: http://www.theduplex.com/webcalendar/view_entry.php?id=7074&date=20121219
(There’s a working title on the site, but they’re gonna come up with something different.)Featuring songs from:
Shrek the Musical
Side Show
City of Angels
Little Women
…and more


November 2nd, 2012

I am so delighted to be playing Ophelia in Hamlet this month, and with one of the most talented and wonderful casts I’ve ever been a part of. Please come see us!

The Beckmann at the American Theatre of Actors
314 W. 54th Street, 2nd Floor (between 8th & 9th Aves.)
Wednesday, November 7th at 8pm
Friday, November 9th at 8pm
Saturday, November 10th at 2pm
Sunday, November 11th at 7pm

Tickets: $15. Email [email protected] or call (347)489-5459 for reservations.

A Taste of Rotten Theatre

September 20th, 2012

My brand new company, Cupcake Lady Productions, is having its first spectacular event next week! “A Taste of Rotten Theatre” will present a handful of short scenes that are horribly written, remarkably over-acted and enormously offensive. Comedian Harry Terjanian will host, and the scenes will feature actors Michael Rehse, Julie Robles and the Cupcake Ladies: Laura Mae Baker, Rich Wisneski, Stephanie Sottile and myself. There’s also a Horrible Play Contest, prizes, drink specials (with cake vodka, naturally) and – of course – custom-made cupcakes (just $1 apiece)! The details:

Cupcake Lady Productions presents:
A Taste of Rotten Theatre
Wednesday, September 26th at 8pm
Admission: $7 (cash only!) OR a pop-up toaster (seriously)
Downstairs at Eight Mile Creek (cash and credit accepted for any drinks or food you may order)
240 Mulberry St., NYC
Hope to see you there!
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Follow us on Twitter: @CupcakeLadyProd


August 24th, 2012

I’m closing out the summer with Hudson Shakespeare as Dorotea in the lesser-known Cardenio. It’s been an exciting adventure to explore such an obscure piece and create a dynamic, wacky and touching show.

Our last two performances are this weekend in Manhattan at the Producer’s Club. To see more about the run of Cardenio, please visit the show page.