Love Quirks is opening Off-Broadway
Love Quirks began previews at St. Luke’s Theatre on Friday, February 28th, 2020 and has been suspended for the time being due to the state of emergency in New York City.
Love Quirks is currently on hiatus until further notice due to the state of emergency.
When we reopen, we plan to play Mondays and Fridays at 8:15pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. St Luke’s Theatre is located at 307 W 46th St (8th Ave). The show stars Maggie McDowell (Disaster, Kinky Boots), Matthew Schatz (Heathers: The Musical), Erin Lamar & Lauren Testerman.
Love Quirks is a new musical fable based on actual events as a group of thirty-somethings explore the bizarre tribulations of love, friendship, and all the blurry lines in-between.
Four broken hearts must face the past and look to the future, as they march into the strange and often hilarious world of love on the island of Manhattan.
What they find is never what they expect, and they must face up to their own Love Quirks to move forward.
Love Quirks features a score of quirky, neurotic and poignant songs by composer/lyricist Seth Bisen-Hersh and a script by Mark Childers filled with laughter, pathos and sexual tension.
Sheet music for the songs of Love Quirks is available at the Seth Song Store.
Here is cast member Lauren Testerman singing “I’m Not Interested in You”:
Erin is a proud AEA/ CAEA actor and is excited to be back with the Love Quirks family! Lamar has been most recently seen in Berkeley Repertory Theater’s production of Paradise Square: A New Musical. Favored credits include the Canadian production of Sousatzka, Five Points, Bring It On! The Musical, The Wild Party, Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet, Shakespeare’s R&J, Passing Strange, A Free Man is Color and more. Lamar has also appeared in several film and web series projects. A University of the Arts alum (2013), Lamar has traveled to over 25 countries as an actor, singer, dancer, teacher, director and writer and could not be more grateful to have experienced and seen so much so early into his career. Special thanks to Avalon, Seth, Celia, Brian and Mark, the cast and team for trusting me with this opportunity, to my Mom for always encouraging me to be myself and to my beautiful husband, Unai, for being the incredible man that you are. IG: @lamar.erin IG (Ryan) @uhmyeahitsryan
Maggie was last seen as Lauren in Kinky Boots at the Ogunquit Playhouse after performing in the show on Broadway, the 1st National Tour, and at The Muny (Ensemble, Lauren u/s.) Broadway: Disaster! (OBC) Off Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy Miller, Kirk Theatre), Disaster! (Marianne, St. Luke’s), Pinklacious! (Dr. Wink, Vital Theatre Co.) Regional favorites: 9 to 5 (Doralee, Theatre by the Sea), Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley, The Fireside) Hello Dolly! (Ermengarde, Studio Tenn) Grease (Marty, Ogunquit Playhouse) Disaster! (Sister Mary Downey, CT Rep) Urinetown (Hope Cladwell, Belmont University) She also recently wrote and starred in Morning Person: to Broadway, Baby, and Back, her NYC solo debut at The Green Room 42. Huge thanks to Tom & Brent, the LQ team, and The Mine Agency for this opportunity! Love to my boys Stephen & Thomas.
Matthew’s favorite credits include Jersey Boys, Heathers, Million Dollar Quartet, and, of course, the last reading of Love Quirks. He’s also been on TV a few times in “Difficult People”, “Hostages”, “Jon Glaser Loves Gear”, and several other shows. If you’d like to know more about him
Lauren is thrilled to be returning to the cast of Love Quirks as it makes its Off-Broadway debut! Favorite theatre credits include: The Black Book (swing), Next to Normal (Natalie), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive), Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More with Feeling (Buffy), & Saved: The Unauthorized Musical Parody (Hilary Faye). She was also seen in multiple readings and the 2014 workshop of Love Quirks. TV: Most Evil, My Dirty Little Secret. Web Series: These Three Girls. Huge thanks to the entire Love Quirks creative and producing team, and About Artists Agency.
SETH BISEN-HERSHComposer/ Lyricist
Seth is a prolific, versatile and award-winning composer/ lyricist and performer. In addition to Love Quirks, he has written the score for The Diamond as Big as the Ritz (2019 Finalist: Stiles & Drewe Best Song Award, Studio Cast Recording), Stanley’s Party (Manhattan Children’s Theatre, 2010), More to Love (2014 Winner: Best Lyrics, West Village Musical Theatre Festival), The Spickner Spin (2004 Fringe NYC Audience Favorite Award), and Meaningless Sex (2003 Fringe NYC Audience Favorite Award). He has also written and starred in 9 cabaret song cycles of his work: And Then She Dumped Me, The Gayest Straight Man Alive, Meaningful Sex, Neurotic Tendencies,Why Am I Not Famous Yet?, Writer’s Block: a cabaret that was hard to write, I’ll Relax When I’m Dead: a reluctantly prolific cabaret, If Adele Can Do It, So Can I: an evening of mostly sorrow and Not Your Grandma’s Cabaret (unless she’s really naughty). For 10 years, he produced two annual charity concerts of his work featuring Broadway performers (Broadway Meows and Broadway Can!); he wrote/starred in the 5 seasons of the web series “Every Day a Little Seth,” co-wrote/co-starred in the TV pilot version and has emceed, produced and accompanied over 580 musical theatre talent showcases at Don’t Tell Mama. In addition, he has published 3 books: a memoir, “Sleep. Write. Now. Emerging from a dark year of insomnia, anxiety and depression from loss” and two books of essays: “Every Page a Little Seth” and “Millennials are Ruining the World!”, the latter which he turned into an audiobook and podcast. Also, he was a winner of a 2019 ASCAP Plus Award. He has two Bachelors from MIT (Computer Science & Engineering and Music Composition) and a Masters in Music Technology from NYU.
Mark wrote the book for the musical The Kid from Brooklyn, The Danny Kaye Story which toured regionally for two years in NY, Chicago, NJ, FL and had a long run at the El Portel Theater in North Hollywood, CA. His play, The Rest of Us, has had several readings in New York and Boston, MA. As a writer/ filmmaker, some of his film credits include “Karma’s Choice” and “A Dinner Engagement”, which was highlighted by BET’s Beyond the Lens series. He also directed “The Waiting Room”, which was part of the Doorpost Film Project. He currently serves as Creative Director at Getfused, a Digital Marketing Agency located in Boston, MA. He currently serves as Creative Director at Getfused, a Creative Marketing Agency located in Boston, MA, writing commercials for TV and Radio marketing campaigns.
DIRECTING: Fabulous Fanny: The Songs and Stories of Fanny Brice and Technology, Breasts and Other World Issues. As an actor, he received the 2002 Helen Hayes Award for “Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical” and the Mary Goldwater Award for his performance as Danny Kaye in Danny and Sylvia: A Musical Love Story. His recent tour of his new one man show An Evening with Danny Kaye has received rave reviews and has been seen coast to coast including Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. OFF-BROADWAY: Danny and Sylvia, The Danny Kaye Musical (Danny Kaye). National Tour: The Kid from Brooklyn (Danny Kaye—Original), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer). NEW YORK: Lady in the Dark (Russel Paxton Cover) City Center; Recovery (Demon/Damien) Theater for the New City. My Wife in a Chador, Theater for the New City; Sophia (Jake Kelly) Write Act Repertory; Obama in Naples (Paolo) June Havoc Theatre; Freedom’s Song: A New Musical; Miracle on 34th St.: The Musical (Marvin Shellhammer) Theatrical Gems; Promenade (Prisoner 105) The Musicals of Off-Broadway; Scandalous Behavior (Joseph Surface) York Theatre; On the Town (Gabey) St. George Theatre; Meester Amerika (Joey). Regional Theater: 90 North (Ensemble) Kennedy Center; The Titans, Kennedy Center; Lucky Stiff (Harry Witherspoon) Forum Theatre; Becoming George (The Prince) Metrostage; The Boys in the Band (Emory); Hollywood Pinafore (Ralph Rackstraw); The Robber Bridegroom (Jamie Lockhart); The Second Man (Austin Lowe) The American Century Theatre; Man of La Mancha, Olney Theatre; Crack Between the Worlds, Studio Theatre; Soloist: Hollywood Bowl: A Ball at the Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic, Dodger Stadium (Special Guest Entertainer); Lincoln Center (A Tribute to Danny Kaye); Kennedy Center (Not a Day Goes By). Brian just released his first solo album, “Life Unfurled”, on all platforms. Brian is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
TOM D’ANGORAProducer/General Manager
Tom is a 3 time Drama Desk nominee and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award Winner. Lead Producer of NEWSical The Musical, which is the 3rd longest running musical revue in history and has been the recipient of an official Proclamation from the Mayor, the Senate, and the Speaker of the NY City Council. Other Off-Broadway Credits include: A Musical About Star Wars (produced/directed), The Marvelous Wonderettes (produced/directed), Naked Boys Singing (produced/directed), ICONS (produced/directed/conceived), Back in Pictures (produced/directed/conceived), A Broadway Diva Christmas (produced/directed/conceived), and the first family musical about disability and inclusion Addy & Uno. In 2003 D’Angora produced, wrote, and starred in his multi-award winning solo show “Divas I’ve Done” (which played sold out runs Off-Broadway, LA, Boston, and Provincetown). Film: Co-Producer “The Big Gay Musical”, Executive Producer “Mangus”. Recordings: A Musical About Star Wars: original cast recording, NEWSical Full Spin Ahead: original cast recording, Ellen Greene: In His Eyes. Most recently, Tom wrote and served as executive producer on the new series, “Mélange”, starring Morgan Fairchild. In 2015/2016, Tom served in the national Grassroots and LGBT outreach departments for Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential campaign.
AUSTIN NUCKOLSMusic Director
Off-Broadway: The Great Cat Massacre, Frankenstein, It Came From Beyond! Composer and bookwriter for The Scarlet Savior: A Comic Book Musical at St. Luke’s Theatre with Lily Dwoskin; other selected composer, lyricist, and bookwriter credits include: Hyena in Petticoats, Please Say You Love Me Too, #Adulting: A Millennial Opera, Allison Wonderland, After Ever After, Inside Cloud 9, Same Old Tune. MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program
BRENT MICHAEL JONESStage Manager
Brent recently graduated with a BA in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College. He spent the last 3 years performing and originating the role RJ in Addy & Uno. Off-Broadway SM credits include: A Musical About Star Wars, NEWSical The Musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes, & Naked Boys Singing!
JOSH IACOVELLILighting Designer
Josh is thrilled to team up with Brian Childers again having previously worked together on Danny and Sylvia here at St. Luke’s Theatre. Favorite design credits include The Office a Musical Parody (dir. Donald Garverick), Friends the Musical Parody (dir Paul Stancato), The Zero Hour (dir. Piper Laurie), Hit Her with the Skates (dir. Michael Schiralli), Disaster the Musical (dir. Jack Plotnick), The Babies (dir. Lloyd J. Schwartz), and The Book of Merman (dir. Joe Langworth). Josh also has recently designed three new Food Network television projects. For his Fiancée, Thea!
“With a score that shines and four strong performers each struggling through very different love stories, LOVE QUIRKS is If/Then meets First Date: a new musical for a new generation of a new New York.”
“That’s the big thing that Seth Bisen-Hersh and Mark Childers get right with their show [is]…they’ve succeeded at telling a story today’s struggling singles probably really need to hear.”
“Within moments the audience is transported; losing themselves in the story and forgetting they are seated in the tiniest of black box theaters… Book writer, Mark Childers, connects immediately and easily to the universal panoply of emotional life that relationships evoke. And he does a wonderful job of elevating the story above clichéd generational references while maintaining a youthful sensibility. Mr. Bisen-Hersh’s songs are funny, touching and come alive in the hands (voices) of four exceptional actors.”