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
Reservations are strongly encouraged
Kicking off the EstroGenius Festival
EstroGenius 2013 – Runo Rimac (Staged Reading)
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:
SETH’S 250TH SHOWCASE GALA CELEBRATION
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
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!
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.
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.
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 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:
THURSDAY, MARCH 21ST AT 8PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 22ND AT 9:15PM
$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.
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
ONE NIGHT ONLY
December 19th, 2012, 7-8pm
The Duplex Cabaret and Piano Bar
61 Christopher Street, New York, NY
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.
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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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.