Writer's Block
a cabaret that was hard to write

By and starring Seth Bisen-Hersh

With: Elyse Beyer, Madison James, Mary Orzano & David Weitzer

Directed by Jessica Redish

Sun, 5/3 @ 5:30PM; Mon, 5/4 @ 8:30PM

$10 Cover/ 2 Drink Minimum (Cash Only)
Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th St.
Call for reservations after 4: 212-757-0788 or online at dontellmamanyc.com

Writer's Block deals with all kinds of barriers whether they be creative, emotional or sexual. Featuring 16 new songs covering topics from returning home to find one's old bedroom now has an exercise machine ("Thanksgiving Day") to having sex with a co-worker ("This is Awkward") to finding out how your girlfriend's mother really feels about you ("Her Mother Hates Me"), Writer's Block is sure to delight anyone who has ever felt there was something blocking them from success, happiness or love.

Check out an interview Seth gave here!

"Dynamic fivesome... Overall charming... Well done, Seth and cast! [Happy face raised]" -- Ranya Khalil, HI! DRAMA

"Seth Bisen-Hersh is certainly doing his part to increase the cabaret act population and his off-beat, irreverent material makes for a fun time." -- Michael Dale, broadwayworld.com

Bisen-Hersh “had the nearly packed house roaring with laughter.” – The Siegels, talkinbroadway.com

"Bisen-Hersh is a talented composer and his lyrics are often very good...He has a penchant for wit." -- Byrne Harrison, oobr.com

WRITER'S BLOCK RECORDINGS (Recorded 11/7/08 at Sinister Sound, Seth Bisen-Hersh on piano):

OCD (Sung by Seth Bisen-Hersh)
Thanksgiving Day (Sung by Cait Doyle)
I Eat to Fill the Void (Sung by Deborah Grausman)
Losing a Pet (Sung by Elyse Beyer)
Stuck Here (Sung by Michael Lowe)
You Can’t Always Choose (Sung by Elyse Beyer)
Her Mother Hates Me (Sung by Michael Lowe)
Darling, I Love You (Sung by Deborah Grausman)
Not Tonight! (Sung by Michael Lowe & Cait Doyle)
He’s Too Busy for Me (Sung by Deborah Grausman)
This is Awkward... (Sung by Cait Doyle)
Hey! (Sung by Elyse Beyer)

WRITER's BLOCK VIDEOS (Filmed live 5/4/09):

Writer's Block Sung by Seth Bisen-Hersh, Elyse Beyer, Madison James, Mary Orzano & David Weitzer
Opening Rant about Star Trek IMAX Ticket Prices Ranted by Seth Bisen-Hersh
Thanksgiving Day Sung by Madison James
I Eat to Fill the Void Sung by Elyse Beyer
Losing a Pet Sung by Mary Orzano
Darling, I Love You Sung by Mary Orzano
Write Something Sung by Seth Bisen-Hersh, Elyse Beyer, Madison James, Mary Orzano & David Weitzer
I Guess Sung by David Weitzer

WRITER's BLOCK VIDEOS (Filmed live 9/14/08):

OCD Sung by Seth Bisen-Hersh
Positive Thinking Sung by Seth Bisen-Hersh, Elyse Beyer, Cait Doyle, Deborah Grausman & Michael Lowe
You Can't Always Choose Who You Love Sung by Elyse Beyer
Not Tonight Sung by Cait Doyle & Michael Lowe
He's Too Busy for Me Sung by Deborah Grausman
This is Awkward Sung by Cait Doyle
Hey! Sung by Melissa Zimmerman (Previously recorded)

Seth Bisen-Hersh is a composer/ lyricist, accompanist, vocal coach, musical director and performer. He has had two musicals produced at the NY International Fringe Festival: Meaningless Sex (2003) and The Spickner Spin (2004), which both won the Audience Favorite Award. Seth has written over 100 cabaret songs which he grouped by themes into his cabaret acts: And Then She Dumped Me (2003), The Gayest Straight Man Alive (2004), Meaningful Sex (2005), Neurotic Tendencies (2006), Why Am I Not Famous Yet? (2007) and Writer's Block (2008). In addition to coaching and MDing, he runs audition and cabaret workshops and emcees/ accompanies weekly talent showcases at Don't Tell Mama. Currently he is working on a new musical, More to Love, and a children's musical, Stanley's Adventures, to be produced at Manhattan Children's Theater fall 2009. He earned 2 Bachelors Degrees from MIT and a Masters Degree from NYU. Member of AFM Local 802. www.sethbh.com

Jessica Redish is a New York-based director/choreographer. She recently directed green eyes at the New York International Fringe Festival. Other New York credits include: Movement Director for the Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Adding Machine, A Musical, Director/Choreographer for Maccabeat, and Choreographer for The Family Fiorelli, Oedipus for Kids! at the New York Music Theatre Festival, Moving Forward, Looking Back at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Regional: And the World Goes 'Round (ariZoni nomination for choreography) and Falsettos at Northwestern University, her alma mater, where she recently served on the Music Theatre Faculty. She has assisted Michael Greif, Christopher Gattelli and at Paper Mill Playhouse. Jessica is the founder and artistic director of La Red Productions, a Chicago area company committed to commissioning and presenting new works of music theatre. www.JessicaRedish.com

Elyse Beyer is thrilled to return to Don't Tell Mama with Writer's Block having previously appeared in Seth Bisen-Hersh's Why Am I Not Famous Yet? Songs of Bitter Frustration. Elyse also recently appeared in several events at the Laurie Beechman Theater, including DIVAPALOOZA10 and Cabaret Cares, the proceeds from which went to Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS and Help Is On The Way Today. In October, Elyse made her Off Broadway debut as Stephanie Kapowski in the play Judy And Me at the St. Lukes Theater.

Madison James is thrilled to be a part of Writer's Block! Past shows include Into the Woods (Baker's Wife), The Baker's Wife (Denise), and the U.S. Premiere of Monkey: Journey to the West at the Spoleto Festival USA 2008. Madison recently graduated from Westminster Choir College of Rider University with a B.M. in Music Theatre.

Mary Orzano's regional theatre credits include: Leonard Bernstein's MASS (Kennedy Center); Souvenirs: A Cabaret to Wage Peace (Kennedy Center); Il Trovatore (The Summer Opera Theatre Company). New York: 4 X'mas (Workshop Theatre); Double Exposure (Dramatist's Guild); Balls (Playwrights Horizons/ Peter Jay Sharp Theatre) TV: Forensic Files; Food Detectives: Season One; Gossip Girl; Law & Order; Law & Order: CI. BM, musical theatre, Catholic University.

David Weitzer: International Tour: The Phantom of the Opera (Raoul). Off-Broadway: The Awesome 80s Prom. Favorite regional: Les Miserables (Jean Valjean), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), Into the Woods (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Beast). In concert: Kiss Me, Kate (Fred Graham/Petruchio), Show Boat (Ravenal), Man of La Mancha (Don Quixote). Proud member of AEA. www.davidweitzer.com


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