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Saturday, October 29, 2011

New Short from Derek McPhatter 11.11.11 - 7 PM

with Gregarian Tunks

a new short play by
Derek Lee McPhatter

Directed by
Christopher Burris

Ty Baumann
Lori Parquet
Perri Yaniv

and Paul Perroni as Candidate Tunks

Does Nuclear Radiation + Media Spin Job + Adultery Scandal + Hostile Instant Messaging + Conspiracy Theory + Profanity-in-the-campaign-speech +Whatever Else Happens = A Successful Bid for President? 

Join Candidate Gregarian F. Tunks and what’s left of his staff on 11/11/11 at 7 PM and let’s find out…

Barbara Matovu, Assistant Director
Nicole Judd, Stage Manager
Craig Lenti, Sound
JuLondre K. Brown, Intern 

Part of STICKY: An Evening of Music and Short Plays
Friday, November 11, 2011 - 7 PM
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery b/w Houston and Bleeker
$10 at the door

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

roughdraftofmylife - in Washington, D.C. THIS MONTH

Biting, tender, harsh, gentle, profane and exalted, roughdraftofmylife is a one-act play that chronicles the passions, disappointments, triumphs and struggles of a modern African American woman through four female characters.

Playwright Lauren Cooper has created a powerful commentary on woman as daughter, sister, mother, lover, wife and companion.


written and directed by Lauren Cooper


-Barbara Asare-Bediako - 
-Carolyn Barrett - 
-Alison Carney - 
-Teresa Michelle Lasley-

Fridays - August 19 and 26
Cocktail Hour - 6:30 PM
Showtime 7:30 PM

Saturdays - August 20 and 27
Pre-Show Brunch - 2PM
Showtime - 3 PM

2001 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

$12 in advance

$15 at the door

Tickets are available here:
roughdraft appeared in the Hip Hop Theater Festival in 2002 and 2003. Also in 2003, roughdraftofmylife traveled to the National Black Theater Festival as a featured presentation in the late night salon series.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Under the Spell Seeks Production support for Web Series

Help Wanted:  She's Out of Order - Comedic Webseries

This comedic web-series was conceived by Teresa Michelle Lasley and focuses on an African-American arts and culture reporter. Everyday frustrations such as rude customer service and dropped cell phone calls provide our heroine with humorous opportunities to try very, very hard to stay level-headed. She’s Out of Order strives to entertain and challenge audiences to embrace a nuanced and relatable modern black woman.

Teresa Michelle Lasley is performing the starring role, with Rhonney Greene attached as director. Episodes are being written by Derek Lee McPhatter, with Aymar Jean Christian signed on as the videographer and co-producer.

Shooting is scheduled over a two-week period in July 2011 in metropolitan Philadelphia, PA.

We are actively seeking volunteer / intern support in the following:

Technical Crew
Assistant Director
Camera Operators
Script Supervisor


On-Screen Extras

Travel compensation available for most positions. If interested send an email with resume / bio to utsboxoffice@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New Website is UP!

Hey Ya'll.
So we've launched Under the Spell Productions' new website,  with a slick new design courtesy of Jeff Stacy graphics.  What do ya think?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Under the Spell Promotes - A new short by our very own Derek Lee McPhatter

Horse Trade Theater Group


“A Better Destiny for Bethany”

A short play

by Derek Lee McPhatter

Directed by Nicole Gehring

Featuring Yesenia Tromp and Matthew Wise

About the Play
Bethany's the biggest fan for the best-est boy band you've never heard of. And tonight she's finally putting the publicity stunts, medications, restraining orders, hallucinations and whatever else behind her...we hope.

A Featured presentation of Horse Trade Theater Groups’ THE DRAFTS

The Drafts Fest is the collaborative effort of six playwrights, six directors, and eight multifaceted actors. Playwrights receive randomly compiled cast lists and create stories tailored to The Drafts based on this year’s theme: Accidental Discharge Impossible. The Production also features Aliza Einhorn, Danny Sharron, Penny Pollak, Gary Warchola, Quinn D. Eli, Shay Gines, Amanda Von Nostrand, Quinn Warren, Eric Kingrea, Nicole Watson, JB Rote, Evan Taylor Walker, Megan Hill, Axel Avin Jr., Matthew-Lee Erlbach, and Randi Rivera.

The Red Room

85 E 4th St

New York, New York 10003

Between 2nd and 3rd Ave

$18 ($15 Students)

May 5 – 7 PM

May 6 – 7 PM

May 7 – 7 PM

May 12 – 7 PM

May 13 – 7 PM

May 14 – 7 PM

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Under the Spell...Coming Soon

Hey Folks,

It's been a while since we've been blogging, but we're back with some exciting news.
We've been very focused on building a solid foundation for Under the Spell as we set our sights on some very ambitious projects.

More soon...very soon!