Friday, July 29, 2011

FringeCENTRAL and A New ComMERcial!

In celebration of FringeCENTRAL's opening today, we have a new comMERcial to share with you! Get your first glimpse of Dawn McGee as Miriam Moselle in all her wheelchair-bound rehearsal-tailed glory!


FringeCENTRAL is the heart of FringeNYC and is located at 45 Bleecker Street (at Lafayette). Purchase tickets with NO convenience charge, and don't forget to pick up an AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID postcard while you're there! 

And of course, tickets are still available online at! We can't wait to share this senSEAtional show with all of you!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Party With Us at Our FUN-Raiser!

Join the cast and crew of THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID for a FINtastic night to celebrate our upcoming production!

Tuesday, August 9, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

232 W. 14th St
New York, New York

10 clams (that's $10 to you landlubbers) gets you in the door with access to extended happy hour prices! Be the first to taste a special MERMAID drink (a MERtini perhaps?) created just for the event. Grab some raffle tickets for some cool MER-chandise and other sen-SEA-tional prizes!

Miniature sexy mermaid NOT
included with drink. Sorry.

We hope you'll join us to help raise the FUN (and yes, the funds)! Feel free to RSVP on our Event Page on Facebook, or simply show up with 500 of your best friends in tow! And if you can't make it out on the 9th but still want to support the show, no worries; our Indiegogo campaign doesn't end until August 12th!

We can't wait to SEA you there!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tickets On Sale for Our Tale of a Tail!

We always knew mermaids were cooler than other fairytale characters: while midnight signaled the end of the party for Cinderella, it signals the beginning of the party for us! That's right; as of midnight last evening/this morning, tickets to THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID in FringeNYC are oFISHially on sale! 

For tickets, visit or call 866.468.7619. FringeCENTRAL (45 Bleecker St. at Lafayette) opens at NOON on July 29th if you'd like to MERchase your tickets in person!

And just a friendly reminder that you can score FREE TICKETS to the show if you become a Cool Crustacean, Dolph-Winner, Supportive Shark, Big Tuna, Angelfish, or Ruler of Atlantis by donating to our Indiegogo campaign... click here for more details! 

THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID will receive 5 performances at the following dates/times:

Show Dates:
SAT 8/13 @ 3:15pm
MON 8/15 @ 9:30pm
THR 8/25 @ 6:00pm
FRI 8/26 @ 9:15pm
SAT 8/27 @ 1:00pm

FringeNYC Venue #7: 
Connelly Theater, 220 E. 4th St between Aves A&B 

And don't forget to RSVP to our event on Facebook and share your mer-thusiasm with your fellow finned friends by "liking" our fan page! We can't wait to share this show with you, and we look forward to SEA-ing you there!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

New MER-PERKS Announced for our Fundraising Campaign!

Great news for all of our fin-tastic funders: our Indiegogo campaign has been updated to include categories of support and sen-SEA-tional perks at each one!

All donations will be acknowledged on our Support-Mers Page for all the world to see, but check out our MER-PERKS*:

  • $25: FIN-TASTIC FRIENDS receive our oFISHial "permanently-out-there-in-the-world-of-cyberspace" thank you on our website + our exclusive and succinct MERbacker updates!

  • $40: COOL CRUSTACEANS get everything $25 gets + an oFISHial thank you IN PRINT in our program, which you'll see when you claim your one (1) free ticket to the show!

  • $100: DOLPH-WINNERS get everything $40 gets + one additional (2 total) free tickets to the show + a fashionably trend-setting, ecologically sensible, limited edition MERtote!

Come on, Dolph-winners. You know you want one!
  • $175: SUPPORTIVE SHARKS get everything $100 gets + an ORIGINAL "2 Minutes or Under" personalized audition monologue written by playwright Jessica Fleitman suited to your acting strengths and interests, or give as a gift to the starving actor/actress that you love!

  • $275: BIG TUNAS get everything $175 gets + two additional tickets to the show (4 total) + a (1) one hour monologue coaching session with Mind The Gap Theatre’s Artistic Director, Paula D'Alessandris for you, or as a gift to the starving actor/actress that you love! 

  • $500: ANGELFISH get everything $275 gets + a FULL EVALUATION of your play or musical, or give as a gift to the struggling writer(s) that you love, by New York theatre industry professional, Robin Rothstein!

  • $1,000: RULERS OF ATLANTIS get everything $500 gets + A PRODUCER CREDIT ON THE PRODUCTION, including a full biography on our website under "Creative Team" and in our show's program for all to see!

ANNNNND … THE HIGHEST BACKER gets all the items included in the category within which s/he contributed + WILL HAVE HIS/HER NAME WRITTEN INTO “THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID” AND WILL BE HEARD BY THE THRONGING MASSES ATTENDING OUR PRODUCTION! Don't miss your chance to be part of New York theater history!

So what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID TODAY! We thank you for your support. It means more than you know!

*Note: We are showing intense self-restraint by not referring to our new perks as MERks (which we would never do because we're bastions of good taste (or should we say SEbastions? Like the crab in the Little Mermaid? (or should we say SEAbastions... oh lord, it's like the Inception of mer-puns... how are we ever to escape from this parenthetical prison?))).

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Show Dates and Venue Announced!

Fin-tastic news for all of you! We know you want to see THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID, and thanks to FringeNYC, we can now tell you when and where! Consider this announcement your "Save the Date" for nautical-themed hilarity!

Without further ado, here are the show dates for THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID...


SAT 8/13 @ 3:15pm

MON 8/15 @ 9:30pm

THR 8/25 @ 6:00pm

FRI 8/26 @ 9:15pm

SAT 8/27 @ 1:00pm


FringeNYC Venue #7:

Connelly Theater, 220 E. 4th St (between Aves A&B)

We are thrilled that FringeNYC is giving us the maximum five performance run during the festival, and we're so lucky to be sharing the tale of our tail in such a fantastic space!

Ticket sales begin on July 22nd (via phone at 866.468.7619 & online at You can also purchase tickets at the FringeCentral box office, which opens at NOON on July 29th.

CLICK HERE to read and share our official electronic press release, which contains all of this information and more!

COMING SOON: Tickets to the show! MER-chandise! Secrets from the rehearsal room!

Friday, July 8, 2011

TONIGHT: Surprise MERMAID Preview!

We're thrilled to the gills to announce that a special unprecedented preview of THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID will take place TONIGHT at Manhattan Theatre Source at 8:00 pm!

Don't miss your chance to see Dawn McGee* and Vinnie Penna* rock their roles and get a taste of what's coming down the pike (a pike's a kind of fish, get it? Also, the "taste" we're describing may very well be fishy. You'll have to come to the preview to find out!).

We're being featured as tonight's "Surprise Special Guest Performance" in MTS's EstroGenius Summer Sampler, which also includes MERMAID playwright Jessica Fleitman's short play, G TRAIN EXODUS! The night will also include a dance piece and a short one-woman show. Pretty cool, right? It's like Win and Awesome had a baby!

Here are the details:

When: TONIGHT, July 8th, 8:00 pm

Where: Manhattan Theatre Source, 177 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10011 (btwn. 8th St. and Waverly Pl.)

Tickets: $18 (can be purchased online here or at the door)

We hope to SEA you there!

*Appearing courtesy of the AEA

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Meet the Cast!

Over the past few weeks, we've been casting our nets out into the sea of New York actors in hopes of finding the perfect people to join the mer-family.

Without further ado, we'd like to introduce you to the hilarious and wonderful cast of THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID: Dawn McGee*, Vinnie Penna*, David J Goldberg, Erika Myers, Daniel Cibener, and Shannon Munley. Each one, a perfect catch! We don't mean to brag, but their talents are thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis big.

Dawn McGee* (MIRIAM) Credits include:  Theatre:  The Asphalt Kiss (59E59 - Drama Desk nominated production), Chekhov’s Rifle, w/Austin Pendleton (World premiere), Making Ends Meet (American Globe Festival – outstanding actress award), Grace & Glorie (DTF),  Pierrot le Quin (FringeNYC), Left/left\left (AOTF), Live Coverage (FringeNYC), The Persecution of Arnold Petch (NY premiere).  Film/TV:  recently wrapped on Another Night in Suck City (directed by Paul Weitz /scenes with Robert De Niro), Bobby Dogs (PRISM Award), Wasted, “Are We There Yet?,” “As The World Turns” (recurring), and numerous national commercials.  Dawn is thrilled to be a part of the Mermaid family – Thanks to the amazing cast, Jessica, Paula and to Robin for planting the seed.

Vinnie Penna* (LOUIS)-Greatest Hits: In NYC, “Hungry Mother” in Native Speech, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Boomerang Theatre Company); The Vigil or the Guided Cradle (Impetuous Theatre Group); Last Call and Muse of Fire (NY Fringe Festival); and The Ives’ Six-Pack (Bang! Theatre Collective). Regionally, Richard III (title role) and The Cmplt Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged). He also appeared with Mind the Gap in two iterations of the BritBits series. A prolific voiceover artist, Vinnie can be heard on radio, television, videogames, audiobooks, and several animated programs of varying degrees of quality and clarity. Upcoming: the webisode series Exorcists Local 667. Much love and thanks to Paula D., the cast and crew, and as always and for everything, to Shannon and Emmett, his wonderful family.

David J Goldberg (BARRY) is an actor living in Brooklyn, NY.  A native of Washington DC and a graduate of Emerson College, some of his recent off-off credits include Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet (Wings Theater); Guildenstern in Dubstep Hamlet (Webster Hall); Jason in The Fallow House, a devised, improvised play which premiered at Roots & Wings Theatrical's recent festival of new and experimental works (The Bridge Theater); and most recently as Bohdi in The Rogoff Theater Company's New York debut of Quick & Dirty (The Zoo Theater, Triskelion Arts). He has also recently co-produced and starred in the short comedic web-series, Abner, which you can learn about at Besides acting, some of his interests include vermiculture composting, the films of Terrence Malick, leisure, travel, novelty theory, and poker.  He is grateful to be working with Paula and Mind the Gap Theatre to bring Miss Fleitman's hilarious play to life.

Erika Myers (NETTIE) is a native of Greenville, NC. Stage Credits include:  Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery (Vital Theater Co.), Corner Wars (47th Street Theater), and Crumbs from the Table of Joy (NativeAliens Theater).  Her television credits include "Law & Order:  Special Victims Unit" and a Series Regular role as Dani Ulmer in "12 Steps to Recovery."  Erika is excited to be returning to the stage in her inaugural performance in the New York International Fringe Festival.

Daniel Cibener (JIM/RADISH/K. VODA) is thrilled to be part of this fin-tastic show. If you are still reading Daniel's bio after this joke, he thanks you. A native New Yorker, Daniel has been studying acting since the ripe old age of sixteen, most recently having attended the William Esper Studio. He is currently pursuing work in both theater and film while studying privately with his vocal coach. Previous work has included Henry Hudson in Vital Theater's Matthew Takes Mannahatta, Jack in Prevailing Wins, which premiered at the Midtown International Theater Festival, and Ben Van Diepan in The Serious Theater Collective's darkly comedic musical The Legend of Johnny 15. As always he would not be where he is without the love and support of friends, family and Renee, reminding him every day how truly lucky he is. Visit Daniel at his website:

Shannon Munley (TRISH/ASHLEY) is thrilled to be a part of the Fringe Festival this summer!  She has most recently been seen onstage at the Roy Arias Studios in the original cast of The Meltdown and will be performing with the Broadway Pioneers' debut performance of Second Samuel this fall.  She also can be found backstage with several Broadway productions with Performing Arts Physical Therapy, providing PT to the many performers in need!

Be sure to catch this tidal wave of talent when they storm the stage this August in THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID!

COMING SOON: Show dates and performance venue announced!

*Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association