Thursday, June 26, 2014

14 Ways To Find Love On The Internet; Do Not Call: Getting Back Out There After A Break Up In Today's World

By Kristopher Karcher

Laryssa Wirstiuk’s comedy Do-Not-Call List is a comedy about a women trying to end things with her boyfriend rather maturely in person, instead of online, but it doesn’t exactly go as planned. When I sat down with Laryssa, we talked about the numerous (and awful ways), due to a rise in technology, you can now break up with someone. Whether it be through a change of status on facebook, or a cruel #TransformationTuesday, getting over a break up is never easy. But have no fear! As easy as it is to be dumped over social media, it’s just as easy to find love. We’re all aware of the basic ones like Match.Com and eHarmony, as well as new dating apps such as

Laryssa Wirstiuk
Hot or Not, Tindr, and yes (sigh) Grindr, but sometimes you’re looking for something a little more specific. See if any of these options are for you! Perfect place to find someone who really shucks your corn! Science fiction fan? Found the website for you. Hope your lover isn’t a Red Shirt… For all your Vampire and Gothic Partner needs! Tried this one. Unfortunately you can only join if you’re dead… They can use internet? Someone call Billy Ray Cyrus! The top dating website for sugar babies to find their sugar daddies! You like Orange is the New Black? Wanna date someone like that?
420 I’ll let you figure that one out. Courtney Cox is ready to date YOU! You ever have trouble finding someone who just really GETS IT? 

The CupidTino App- Apple lovers! If you’re obsessed with Apple products, here’s the one for you!

Naturist Nudist dating. I feel like it can’t be hard to pick out other nudists out of a crowd…

Ashley For a little something extra on the side.

Listen to Kris' interview with playwright Laryssa Wirstiuk as she discusses her play DO-NOT-CALL LIST, which will be performed in the Riant Theatre's Strawberry One-Act Festival on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2pm at the Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th St, NYC.  For tickets click here or go to #StrawberryOneActFestival  #QuickBreakUp  #InternetBreakUps  #InternetDating

Tweet us about a crazy internet break up @RiantTheatre.  Share a break up photo with us on Instagram @RiantTheatre.  If you had to break up with your lover today would you do it via the internet?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

ART AND ACTIVISM: Inspiring People’s Souls from the Brooklyn Museum to the Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Festival

 Wadsworth A. Jarrell (American, b. 1929). Revolutionary (Angela Davis), 1971. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 64 x 51 in. (162.6 x 129.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of R.M. Atwater, Anna Wolfrom Dove, Alice Fiebiger, Joseph Fiebiger, Belle Campbell Harriss, and Emma L. Hyde, by exchange; Designated Purchase Fund, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, and Carll H. de Silver Fund, 2012.80.18. © Wadsworth Jarrell

Introduction by Nik Whitcomb

Nik Whitcomb

Often art is merely seen as a source of spectacle. Audiences, especially those of the modern day, experience it with the sole purpose of being entertained and going home with a smile on their face. This, however, was not the reason for the creation of art. It is something that has been a part of society from the beginning of time and came about as a method of storytelling. Stories are still told through art today, but I was reminded of the impact that art can have on our trip to the Brooklyn Museum this past week.

Ai Weiwei, 2012. Photo by Gao Yuan
            Currently the museum is featuring four exhibitions centered around activism: “According to What?” by contemporary Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, “Submerged Motherlands” by Brooklyn-based environmental activist Swoon, “Chicago in L.A.” by feminist artist Judy Chicago, and “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties” by a collection of civil rights activists of the time.

Norman Rockwell
As a Black man it was interesting to see my history displayed through art in the “Witness” exhibit, but I also noticed the impact that the art had on those around me. I heard a woman behind me say, “This was just a little over fifty years ago. This is not ancient history,” as I was walking through and the experience became much more intense. That was when I realized that this was not a “feel-good” type of entertainment. It is fun to look at now, but when it was created this art was tackling big issues and giving a voice to those that are often silenced. This is something that is lost in most modern art today and it is in our mission at the Riant to present purposeful and timely pieces that highlight real things that are happening in our society today.

Conscious Dilemmas Exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum
By Catherine Macleod Daigle

As Nik mentioned, the Brooklyn Museum has aimed to confront how modern art is combined with social justice movements. Instead of stories being just for entertainment, stories become a way for people to confront dilemmas surrounding them. Both artists and audiences can benefit from using art as a way to think about issues we struggle with in the 21st century.


Think about the famed Frida Kahlo for instance. She channeled the pain from her traumatic life into her art in order to process everything around her. Viewers can look at this pain, and be inspired to think about the many important topics she brings up, such as the loss of a child or the difficulty of grasping one’s own identity. While this isn’t activism per se, it does inspires activist-like thinking.

The Brooklyn Museum expands upon these ideas with an exhibit on the Civil Rights Movement, as well as showcasing work by Ai Weiwei, the famed Chinese modern artist. His exhibit spans both the 5th and 4th floors of the building and studies the freedom of expression in countries around the world, focusing on the United States and China. By juxtaposing all his ideas in one place, he reveals the similarities between them and how art is capable of uniting previously separated forces. 

Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957). R itual (detail), 2011-2013. From the work S.A.C.R.E.D., 2011‒13. One of six dioramas in fiberglass and iron,
148 3/8 x 78 x 60 1/5 in. (377 x 198 x 153 cm). Courtesy of Ai Weiwei Studio. © Ai Weiwei

The Riant Theatre, A Reflection Of Our Lives
By Nathiel Tejada 

The Riant Theatre has done and is currently presenting art contemplating activism similar to the different art pieces displayed at the Brooklyn Museum. Riant Theatre uses art as activism by presenting plays concerning many of the social issues we are tackling today. The Outing by Afrika Brown and Code of Silence by Van Fisher are two plays that deal with important and unavoidable topics surrounding us today such as LGBTQ acceptance, the AIDS epidemic, police brutality and community affairs. Instead of using theatre commercially for pure entertainment, Riant Theatre is using this type of art to affect and teach its audience members and hopefully open a constructive dialogue for healing and change. Performing works of art that are about different topical issues can do the job of spreading awareness and could inspire those experiencing it to share what they learned with others. Theatre, just like art displayed in any museum, should be used to tell a story, move people’s souls and create a reaction not passiveness. Thus, a story that’s told effectively through theatre can play an important role to bring about change, and serve as a catalysis of impacting someone’s life so that person can do the same with the rest of the world. 

What does your #activism look like?  Comment below or @RiantTheatre, #StrawberryOneActFestival #TheOuting #CodeOfSilence 

The Riant Theatre's Strawberry One-Act Festival & Strawberry Theatre Festival will be presented at the Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street, NYC
August 20, 2014 through August 31, 2014. 
For tickets go to or call 646-623-3488.

Monday, June 16, 2014

LIKE A LADY Teaches Life Lessons: We Have The Power Of Hitting The Reset Button To Change Our Lives For Good

By Kristopher Karcher

A few days ago on the N train during my daily commute between Manhattan and Queens, I met a woman in her late 50s. She hopped on the train with her parents beaming in a graduation cap and gown. She announced to the car that she just completed her associate’s degree in criminal justice. After 25 years as a correctional officer, she decided she needed a change. She went back to school so she could move up the latter in her career. The woman got many pats on the back and a few “congratulations” (including one from me). One woman sitting across from her who was currently working in criminal justice gave her some advice on working in the field. I had to get off a few stops later, but I didn’t stop smiling all day after that encounter.

As I reach the age of adulthood, I see that many of the people who had a hand in raising me are now making efforts to make some sort of change in their life. Two of my aunts are in the middle of downsizing and one is completely changing the direction of her occupation. My mother is currently putting herself back on the job market to start a whole new career.  Change at any age is difficult, but that’s the beauty of life. Every day we wake up with the ability to hit the reset button. Although I cannot understand what it is like to try to start over at that age, I know that it takes courage to pick yourself out of a rut and try something new.

Jorge Franco’s Like a Lady introduces Orlene and Alexander, two human beings on completely different paths who meet at a figurative and literal crossroads, a London Tube station. Alexander, a young man struggling with his new career is introduced to Orlene, a middle aged homeless woman, after she saves him from getting hit by an oncoming train. She gives him a second chance. Alexander has hit rock bottom. He is doing a pretty poor job at work, something he thought he would be amazing at, and he feels so isolated. Many people who suffer from depression feel like they cannot communicate with the outside world, but in Alexander’s case, that’s literally the problem. He’s living and working in France without ever learning a lick of French. There’s no one at work he can talk to, he can’t communicate with the locals, and the one thing he felt he was truly good at is blowing up in his face. It’s enough to put anyone into a slump. So what do you do when you’re in a slump? You get drunk. You almost fall onto train tracks, and some homeless woman saves you.

At rock bottom, you’ve got a choice to make: you either stay there, or you pick yourself up and change whatever in your life got you to that point. Orlene gave Alexander a second chance to pick himself up and for the next half hour, teaches him many life lessons. We can’t all have a guardian angel, but I think we can all offer ourselves the opportunity to switch the direction our life is heading at any point. Putting aside financial and family obligations, we as humans are limitless. We are not ever really stuck, we just oppress ourselves. Today I challenge each and every one of you to look at your life and find something you want to change and do it. What would you like to change? Reply below or @RiantTheatre, #LikeALady #ResetButtonChangesLives #EveryDayNewBeginnings #StrawberryOneActFestival

LIKE A LADY will be performed in the Riant Theatre's Strawberry One-Act Festival on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1pm at the Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street, NYC. For tickets go to

Listen to an interview with Jorge Franco IV, playwright of LIKE A LADY on THE VINE, featuring host Kristopher Karcher.