Sissy brushes up her manners with The Portrait playwright, Sarah Levine Simon LIVE on The Sissy Show

Sarah Levine Simon, playwright of the upcoming world premier play The Portrait, a comedy of bad manners, sits down with Sissy to talk about her creative journey LIVE Friday night 7:30pm EST on MNN Ch 56 TWC and on
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NEW YORK - Dec. 27, 2013 - PRLog -- SARAH LEVINE SIMON (Playwright) has enjoyed a dual career as a musician
and writer.  Among her solo and recital appearances: Weil Recital Hall of
Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Joseph Astman International Series at
Hofstra University, Aspen Opera Theater.  She has sung the difficult
sopranto solo repertory such as Bach 51, Allesandro Scarlattiís Cantata
for soprano, trumpet, “Su le Sponde del Tebro,” Lukas Foss’ “Time Cycle,”
David Gagne’s: “Songs of Orpheus” with orchestras and ensembles throughout
the United Stages and Europe.  Her writing credits include “Bernardo’s
Farewell,” a story for orchestra, actress Tovah Feldshuh and others,
produced with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with the
Manhattan Chamber Symphonia under the baton of Glen Cortest; Commissions
from Plays for Living, Inc. ( She shares an honorable
mention for film writing from Montage Home Box Office with novelist
Kathryn Rockwell Lawrence for a screenplay entitled, Killer.  She trained
her voice at Oberlin Conservatory, The Juilliard School of Music and
privately with Uta Graf, Laurel Miller and Beatrice Krebs and was the
recipient of a Kathryn Long Grant from the Metropolitan Opera.  In
addition, she holds a BA in literature and writing from Columbia
University and is a candidate for an MPH at Columbia.  She has taught at
Brooklyn College, Baruch, New York Institute of Technology, Mid-town
YMWHA, Dutchess Community College, and has a studio of private voice
students in New York City and in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Sarah Levine Simon's THE PORTRAIT is a new comedy of manners—a
highfaluting madcap caper, satirizing the war between the haves and the

Marty Finklestein, a struggling theater director, has been bequeathed THE
PORTRAIT of his 18th Century Jewish ancestor. Over pate and crepes, at a
dinner hosted by his wealthy cousin Toddy Renard, antics by the French
maid Honore, high notes from Marty’s singer wife Alissa, and pretentions
about their early American Jewish roots, a wager is made as to who will

The production stars Rutanya Alda (Film: The Deer Hunter) as Honore,
Jessica Eleanor Grant (As The World Turns) as Alissa, James Leaf
(Catastrophe, Young Mechanics Ensemble) as Marty, Caitlin O’Heaney (Bdwy:
A Matter of Gravity) as Helen, Roger Hendricks Simon (Film: Wall Street,
Money Never Sleeps) as Henry, June Stein (Film: Romance & Cigarettes) as
Agnes and James Williams (OBR: Brothers Karamazov Part I) as Toddy.

The production features scenic design by David Bragin and Josie Williams,
costume design by Josie Williams, and lighting design by Emma Schimminger.
Name of Designer is the sound designer and Regina Novicky is the stage
manager. The show will have its World Premiere at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios on 54th St between Broadway & 8th Ave. For more information on the play and tickets, go to

Now Ms Simon will talk about this exciting new play with Sissy LIVE on The Sissy Gamache Show this Friday night 7:30pm EST on MNN (Manhattan Neighborhood Network) Channel 56 Time Warner Cable Manhatttan and on our website

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