Normal Ave is relaunching in 2022 with several exciting new projects. Normal Ave last produced in-person content – Indoor Person by Kayla Martine – in March 2020, shortly before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Normal Ave also produced several virtual dev labs and reads in 2020 as part of its QuaranStream series.
Recently announced projects include Normal Ave Studios, Off-The-Walls Campaign, NAPseries 2023, and Normal Ave’s latest “In Development” project, Wake You Up.
Normal Ave’s new venture, Normal Ave Studios, will bring the company into the world of nonprofit filmmaking. Their first film, East Meadowbrook, written by Paige Sciarrino and directed by Amanda Pinto, will begin production later this year. East Meadowbrook follows Cori Vitale’s chaotic ghostly “journey” through her family cemetery in NJ, where she has just started working again after fleeing her life in Los Angeles. Cori returned from Los Angeles to work in the family business. East Meadowbrook is produced in association with Little Fighter Films & Sub/Urban Photography.
In 2019, Normal Ave built walls, transforming their old home into a house with drywall and a prayer. In 2022, they no longer occupy this physical space and are Off-The-Walls, producing and programming in new locations on the East Coast! Specifically geared towards new film projects, the Off-The-Walls campaign aims to raise $20,000 by the end of the year.
Normal Ave’s legendary new works festival, NAPseries, returns next summer with an expanded lineup, including 29-hour readings, concerts, events and more. NAPseries supports Normal Ave’s mission to support a wide range of new work, while investing an increased amount of resources to ensure access for artists and audiences. All readings will be free and open to the public. New this year, the 2023 festival will also feature a workshop production. Full details, including submission information and festival dates, will be announced in early 2023.
Wake You Up, a new musical from Taylor Pearlstein (Six, Cruel Intentions) and Shannon Molly Flynn (Normal Ave Production Artistic Director), continue development with Normal Ave after a successful workshop with The New Musicals Lab at the Ferguson Center in July 2022. Thanks to the friendship of Jordon and Avery, Wake You Up examines the loss we have to endure in this life and how we carry each other. As this season’s “In Development” project, Wake You Up will continue with a combination of public and private labs throughout the season, as Normal Ave conducts its first foray into the world of new music development!
“After two and a half years of uncertainty, I am so happy to bring Normal Ave back to its mission of fostering new work, redefining the breadth and scope of what accessible programming looks like after a long hiatus,” said said Shannon, production art director of Normal Ave. Molly Flynn, “Adding a film division is the icing on the cake, and I’m thrilled to start with a dynamic, entirely original, female-led project like East Meadowbrook.”
About the artists
Shannon Molly Flynn (her) is a director, producer and screenwriter in New York. Shannon’s passion and empathy for the human spirit is what inspired her crazy love affair with theatre. She divides her time between the non-profit sector, currently founding artistic director of Normal Ave, and New York nightlife, producing concerts and shows at 54 Below, The Cutting Room, Green Room, The West End and The Duplex. Director of Sons of the Prophet and The Dream of the Burning Boy on Normal Ave, as well as numerous readings and workshops of new plays. Producer of the world premiere of Lily Houghton‘s Woman’s Came The Beginning of Sin and Through Her We All Die and Kayla Martine’s Indoor Person. Flynn is the book half of the writing duo Pearlstein and Flynn. (IG: @shanmofly)
Taylor Pearlstein (she) is an actor, singer-songwriter, composer and storyteller. As an actress, she has toured the country playing the role of Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions, and is currently touring with the SIX Broadway National Tour. As a composer, she is the music and lyrics half of the songwriting duo Pearlstein and Flynn. Their current project, Wake You Up, recently participated in a workshop with the Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts in Newport News, Va., as part of their new Music Lab, and made its concert debut at Green Room 42 in New York. Taylor and her writing partner Shannon Molly Flynn aim to create stories and characters that fit all bodies and identities, rooted in universally resonant experiences and made specific and important by what each human brings to each space and role.
Paige Sciarrino (her) is an award-winning filmmaker, actress, screenwriter and producer. Previously, she was Associate Artistic Director of Normal Ave before stepping down to focus fully on filmmaking. Owner of Little Fighter Films, LLC, East Meadowbrook is the 5th project she has written and produced. You can watch her award-winning short film The Blue Light Stays On available on Amazon Prime Video, which also earned her a Best Actress nomination at the NJ Film Awards.
Amanda Pinto (she) is a director, actress and photographer. She has directed for stage and screen, and her most recent work, ‘Mac & Cheese’, won numerous Easterseals Disability Film Challenge awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. Amanda is also co-owner of Sub/Urban Photography, specializing in portraiture and commercial photography. BFA NYU Tisch. www.amandapintonyc.com
More information about the relaunch and the Off-The-Walls campaign can be found at www.normalave.org/relaunch.
Normal Ave believes in redefining normality by nurturing an inclusive community of fresh and diverse voices and inviting the freedom of collaboration at every stage of the artistic process.
Their accessible programming of new and existing works sparks curiosity, challenges perception, and invites our artists and audiences to think, listen, and respond in radical ways.