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The Skype Show or See You in August

 

 

Skype calls have never been so rock and roll.

 

Musicians Jody (an American) and Michael (a European) meet a concert and decide to form a band- Greencard Wedding. When Michael's visa runs out and he moves back to Europe the duo discovers they can't harmonize via Skype. But they can write a play with music. . . and possibly get an artist visa. A story of artistic triumph via technology and music. The Skype Show received its world premiere in the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC this past August to sold out houses and critical acclaim. It has also been presented by The Brick Theater and also by Filmgate Miami  Frisian Wedding cake served at every show. Inspired by Skype calls between New York and Amsterdam. (Performed in English.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Critics Pick: Time Out New York Gives the Skype Show 4 Stars!
" The unfolding story of their efforts to get him back to the States keeps you on the edge of your seat, and yields a poignant statement about government support for artists in America. With not much more than a desk and a few scattered props—and highly original music from their band, Greencard Wedding, that blends dubstep beat-boxing with folk guitar and vocals—The Skype Show provides just the kind of experience you hope for at the Fringe. Christopherson and De Roos are talents to watch, not to mention a pleasure to hear.—Derek Smith 
 
 
NYTheatre.com Praise for Skype Show
 
"...a unique piece based on actual experiences. . . . The “Skype calls” between Christopherson and De Roos work quite smoothly and believably. . . The audience is on their side rooting for them from the start . . David Anzuelo does a scene stealing turn as Unka Dave"- Lynne Marie Macy
 
 
   Zouch Magazine
 
 
" Jody . . . is the antithesis of the much criticized “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” that often pops up in angsty romcoms . . . when she sings, she transforms right before your eyes, acquiring a soulful kind of boldness. It’s like seeing a fish released into water.
 
Michael de Roos is also startlingly fresh and interesting. Instead of the typical ironic hipster musician, we have an energetic and sunny young man whose optimism radiates from the Skype window through which we see him for most of the show.

 The show definitely has legs and I have no doubt it will continue to charm audiences in the future."
 
 
CULTURAL CAPITOL
 
". . .Christopherson’s presence is grounding. Her vulnerability brings an intimacy to the setting . . .Michael de Roos . . . plays off her, his rock, like a beat boxer might. He also beat boxes masterfully in the show. He is lively, spontaneous, zany and looks great on camera. . . I also wouldn’t miss the chance to see the miraculous David Anzuelo. . . a one-of-a-kind, 1000-watt light bulb aiming straight for your heart. I am still laughing with him as I write this. " - Kimberly Pau
 
 
Skype Show listed as one of Ken Davenport's top 10
 
Skype's Endorsement
 
Microsoft News Mentions Skype Show

Skype Show among Culture Radar's 11 Shows Not to Miss

Jody and Michael interviewed on  Theaterspeak by Micheline Auger

Jody and Michael featured on Sad Playwright

 

Jody interviewed by playwright Charlotte Miller on NYTR

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS For The Skype Show

Synopsis and Creative Team

THE SKYPE SHOW or SEE YOU IN AUGUST- a new transmedia play with music performed live and over Skype by two artists torn apart by visa regulations. In November of 2010, Jody Christopherson and Michael de Roos formed the indie-folk-beatbox-rock band Greencard Wedding in Crown Height Brooklyn. In December of 2012, Michael's visa ran out and Jody and Michael discovered they couldn't harmonize over Skype. But they could write a play. And music. . . and maybe get an artist visa. The Skype Show is an exploration of the ways technology can enable us to transcend boundaries, uniting artists with each other and their audience. The Skype Show received its world premiere in the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC this past August to sold out houses and critical acclaim. Frisian Wedding cake served at every show. Inspired by Skype calls between New York and Amsterdam.  (Performed in English.)


Written by: Jody Christopherson with additional text by Michael de Roos

 

Music by: Greencard Wedding and David Anzuelo

 

Directed by: Natalie Johnsonius Neubert

 

Lighting Design: Derek Wright

 

Featuring: Jody Christopherson, Michael De Roos and David Anzuelo (on video)

 

Sound Design: Natalie Johnsonius Neubert

 

this show has been developement with : Sherri Kronfeld, Michael Niederman, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Nick Nace, Aaron Simms,  Emily Schuman, Ian Edward Smith.

 

*The role of "Claire" in the Skype Show is cast locally where ever the show travels and has been played by: Erika Robel and Aniela McGuinness