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Uptown at Night: An Evening of Humorous Storytelling and Comedy - Fully Registered

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:00 PM
| Open to the Public | Members' Room | Refreshments at 6:00 PM; presentation at 6:30 PM | $20 per person | Advance registration required

The storytelling and comedy scene in New York City is a source of endless creativity. Not quite under the radar, it’s bubbling up on small storytelling stages and in feisty comedy venues, primarily located in the far reaches of Manhattan and beyond. Join us as we bring to the Members’ Room a delightful roster of storytellers and comic actors with fresh, funny observations of our life and times.

Michael Arkin began his impressive acting career performing theater on the streets of his native Brooklyn as a member of Everyman Co. With a BA in Theater from Wesleyan, he has played principal roles on TV (Law & Order), in film (Fatal Attraction) and on stages across the U.S. Active in actors’ organizations, he has served on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild.

Carmen Maria Machado is a writer whose humorous stories and commentary have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was awarded a Yaddo fellowship, among others. Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, is forthcoming in 2017 from Graywolf Press.

Nancy McCabe-Kelly and Bruce Jarchow, improv comedic actors, met performing at Chicago’s famed Second City. Jarchow’s film and TV appearances include Seinfeld, Coach, and Continental Divide. The couple’s latest production, Been There, Still There, was performed in New York and in Chicago, where they received TimeOut’s Critic’s Choice award for being “funny, tender and funny again.”

Dorothea Benton Frank, a New York Times bestselling author, tells tales of the South Carolina Low Country, where she was born and still resides part time, in addition to her New York area life. Ms. Frank's first novel, Sullivan’s Island, debuted at #1 on the Times Best Seller list in 1999. An amazingly prolific writer and storyteller, she recently published her 17th bestselling novel, All Summer Long.   

Matthew Mercier, a writer and storyteller, recently completed his first novel. He holds an MFA in fiction from Hunter College. A two-time Moth story slam champion, his stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and have been broadcast on The Moth Radio Hour. He has performed at The Story Collider, The Liar Show, and on The Moth Mainstage in Brooklyn and Nantucket.

Sarah Fearon is a comedienne, award-winning playwright, writer, and actress (The Comedian, The Departed). She has performed her original comedy at the Gotham Comedy Club, Stand Up New York, Caroline’s, and The Metropolitan Room. She recently won first place in the Players Theater Short Play Festival for TED Talks NYC. She also regularly performs as an extra on Saturday Night Live.

Uptown at Night presents live storytelling and comedy on the Upper East Side. It is a collaboration of Sydney LeBlanc, a writer, and Mickey Murray, a producer. Ms. Murray began her career in TV, working with the Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett shows. Ms. LeBlanc frequently reads her humorous short stories at Live from the Library.


The Writing Life events in 2017 are generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

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