Written by and featuring Molly McFadden, this one act play will explore the bittersweet journey she personally shared with her mother, after her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease in the 1980’s. Culled from a lifetime of producing, acting, and singing professionally, McFadden’s talents bring meaning and light
to telling her late mother’s story.

This production is sponsored by:

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A portion of the production proceeds will benefit:

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Friday & Saturday @7pm. Sunday @2pm :: All tickets are $20 :: All Tickets are General Admission.
P::216.202.0938 | E:: tickets@ensemble-theatre.org.

MEET THE ARTISTS:

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Molly McFadden (Playwright/Featured Actor) While living in New York, Molly had the opportunity of performing and singing at a variety of theatres, clubs and Margaret Whiting and Rosemary Clooney both of whom encouraged her to never give up as a stylist. Molly is a stylist of note and was featured in the New York Times as "An up and coming performer in a disappearing genre". In the supper clubs and jazz jaunts Molly performed with musicians such as the legendary trumpeter Joe Wilder, Bassist Dick Romoff and Gary Mazzaroppi as well as Colin Romoff as arranger and pianist. Following 22 years in New York -Molly and her family relocated to Midland MI. Molly performed in numerous productions as well as being the Executive Director for the Michigan Jazz Trail for five years, which she began. During that time, she and her husband owned and operated Molly’s Bistro in MidMichigan. Her enthusiasm for promoting the jazz art form was demonstrated by her ability to turn dreams into reality, coordinating with like- minded community leaders and by serving as the Michigan Jazz Trail’s primary fundraiser and highly visible spokesperson. Molly has held this position since its inception in 2011 until 2015. Every weekend Molly’s Bistro featured jazz artists from New York, Detroit, Traverse City as well as guest artists such as the Harlem String Quartet. Molly was the featured vocalists of the 19-member big band made up of performers throughout Michigan and the band opened for Ramsey Lewis, John Pizzarelli and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Molly now resides in Cleveland with her husband, playwright Brian McFadden and together they are working on a variety of projects ranging from a musical to their own original works. Molly's recent theatrical performances and writings in the last 10 years are the following:
PLAYS/FILMS/CLUBS Ohio:: Author "86 Christmas" :: One Act "Fish Feel Pain" :: Full length play "Living on the Moon":: One Act PERFORMER Film titled Summer In Ohio :: Harriet in Karamu Holiday Cabaret/Jazz Show ::Test Flight at Cleveland Public Theatre - "To Be Healthy" :: Entry Point at Cleveland Public Theatre “Living on the Moon” :: “Living On the Moon” work in progress at the Ensemble Theatre ::MICHIGAN Gypsy (Mama Rose), You’re Perfect Now Change (Ensemble), Singin’ the Rain (Miss Dinsmore), Company (Joanne), Cabaret (Fräulein Schneider), Death of A Salesman (Linda Loman) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Mama), Women in Waiting - Original One Woman Show based on the works of Tennessee Williams.

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Vince Robinson (Pianist and bandleader) is a multi-genre artist, having given time to evolving in music, the visual imagery of photography and the magic of words in poem and song. He began playing piano at the tender age of 7 in Savannah, Georgia. Initially studying with Dr. Peter Smalls, he navigated through various sports and other diversions as a military dependent before eventually attending Kent State University. It was there that he did his first musical performances as a pianist, but eventually, he would end up in Cleveland, forming his group Vince Robinson & The Jazz Poets in 1997 with bassist Derrick James and drummer Kevin Conwell. In the mid-nineties, he connected with pianist and bassist Ben Austin, a former member of the Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra. His studies with Austin and pianist L.R. Smith were the foundation of his rebirth in music and beginning of his orientation as a bandleader. The group eventually landed at the Cleveland Museum of Art as the house band for an event known as the Nia Coffeehouse. By then, it evolved into an ensemble that included CWRU professor Thomas Sayers Ellis, poets Kelly Harris and Joseph Primes, and a cadre of musicians performing his original compositions. Vince Robinson & The Jazz Poets has performed on various stages, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Nighttown and WVIZ-TV25’s television show Applause. They have also opened shows at Akron’s Lock 3 for R&B legends War and the Dazz Band. Vince also serves as the Musical Director for Mwatabu Okantah’s Muntu Kuntu Energy and is a member of the Latin-fusion group Timbara. He has performed with Bilal Sunni-Ali, saxophonist/flautist with Gil Scott-Heron’s Midnight Band. From jazz to tribal, Latin to reggae, hip hop to R&B. for him it’s just about playing the music.

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Christina Courtenay (Director) is a firm believer that life is too short to pass up an adventure, so Chris took up the opportunity to help with the development of new plays coming out of Ensemble Theater’s StageWrights group. There she met Molly McFadden when Molly brought in a few pages to be read and pulled a puppet from her purse. A year later Living on the Moon is born. As a child, Courtenay saw the 1954 live television production of Mary Martin’s Peter Pan and was immediately transformed into an 8 year old theater fanatic. A backyard version of the play in Laguna Beach, Ca. earned her a first glowing review written by a columnist neighbor in the Los Angeles Times . Thus, bitten by the bug, she earned a BA and later an MA in Theatre-(Directing Emphasis) at SDSU where she also taught acting.. She proceeded to perform/direct in area theaters over the next 40 years in San Diego, Ca. and the Charlottesville, Va. region of the Blue Ridge mountains where she and her husband Jim had a small horse farm. She moved to Cleveland about 2 years ago to be near their daughter Liz and her family. Some favorite acting roles over the years include Lear in King Lear, Bananas in The House of Blue Leaves and Betty Yearn in Landscape of the Body. She has been privileged to direct plays written by Tony Kushner, Caryl Churchill, Charles L. Mee, Paula Vogel, John Guare, Michael Frayn, Craig Lucas., Liz Duffy Adams, David Lindsay-Abaire and now, Molly McFadden. Thanks for the journey, Molly.