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Shakespeare Saturdays
Bi-Monthly performances since Spring of 2004
Featuring Numerous Actors, Directors, and Contributing Companies.
The Dentist (or Be Careful What You Put In Your Mouth)
Part of The Merry Month of May Theater Festival, May, 2006.
Donna's Late-Night Cabaret
Part of The Merry Month of May Theater Festival, May, 2006.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Part of The Merry Month of May Theater Festival, May, 2006.
Much Ado About Nothing
Part of The Merry Month of May Theater Festival, May, 2006.
All's Well That Ends Well
Part of The Merry Month of May Theater Festival, May, 2006.
Twelfth Night
Part of The Merry Month of May Theater Festival, May, 2006.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
January, 2006. Performed at the Manhattan Repertory Theater
Twelfth Night
November, 2005. Performed at the Manhattan Repertory Theater
The Dentist (or Be Careful What You Put In Your Mouth)
May and August 2005. Performed at The Duplex Cabaret Theater
King Henry The Fourth, Part 1
February 26, 2005. Performed at The Calhoun School Theater, NYC.
The Dentist (or Be Careful What You Put In Your Mouth)
August 2002. World Premiere in the New York Fringe Festival
All The World's A Stage
July 2002. World Premiere in the Midtown International Theatre Festival
Measure for Measure
April, 2000 at The New York Comedy Club
The NYC Theater SLAM
May, June and July, 2001 at Jan Hus Theater and Snapper Bear Studios
Don Juan in Hell
September 15-26, 1999. J.E.T. Theater, New York City
For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls
September 21, 23, 28 and 30, 1999. Duplex Cabaret Club, New York City.
July 14-18, 1999. J.E.T Theater, New York City
The Letter
July, 1998. Brooklyn Music School, Brooklyn, New York City.
Musical Chairs and Other Diversions
May, 1998. The Actors' Loft, New York City.
Wonder is a Wonder is a Wonder
February, 1998. J.E.T. Theater, New York City.
MoonBeam.Net Productions

is Jason Kendall and Donna Stearns. We specialize in the performance of classic and classic-like work. What we think of as classical is the emphasis on texts which emphasize the beauty, playfulness and profundity of spoken word. We strive to find works that succeed in creating a vital actor-audience experience, which is impossible in the static media of film and television. We emphasize the actor as the central storyteller; utilizing all their available skills and talents that come to their greatest power in live performance. Thus, we produce chatty, lively works with large vocabularies, poetry both high and low, lofty speech (but not too lofty, or else it is like watching paint dry), and broad physicality which would be too "big" on a confining screen. This is no "park-and-bark" bunch of actors, but a group of active thinkers and playful physiobats. To us, the theatre is the playground of the active mind.


Donna Stearns

Donna is an award-winning songwriter, composer, playwright and actor.
Executive Producer of MoonBeam.Net Productions
Click here to see her website.


Jason Shilling Kendall

Artistic Director and Producer of MoonBeam.Net Productions
Click to visit his website.

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Poetry by Ralph: written after his fiancee left him for his roommate. what's Your P(o)rn Star Name.?.
 
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Donna Stearns and Music Zone can be contacted by mail at
Donna Stearns c/o Music Zone
Village Station
PO Box 398
New York, NY 10014
(212) 629-2076 (for First Dance CD sales)
Jason Kendall: Theatrical Director and Producer
Shakespeare Saturdays
Spring, 2004-today. New York Public Library, Inwood Branch, New York City.
Directed a reading series of now 15 Shakespeare plays: Romeo and Juliet, King Henry the Fifth, and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and many others. Focused strongly on casting minorities in roles for which they usually are passed over, i.e. leads.

The Merry Month of May
May, 2006. Produced a month-long festival of plays, including four Shakespeares, a cabaret, and a remount of my clown comedy The Dentist

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
January 16 and 17, 2006. Manhattan Repertory Theater. New York City.
Shakespeare's understood comedy done with an eye for the absurdity in casting. Openin on Martin Luther King Day, the show featured prominent black actors in the leads. Uncut with original music by Donna Stearns. Show website

Twelfth Night
November 21 and 22, 2005. Manhattan Repertory Theater. New York City.
Shakespeare's classic comedy done in an extremely tight space with high physical energy and cast interaction with the audience. Uncut with original music by Donna Stearns.

The Dentist or Be Careful What You Put In Your Mouth
Revival in June and August, 2005. The Duplex Cabaret Theater. New York City.
A raucous farce in the style of the Commedia Dell' Arte, written by Jason.

The Dentist or Be Careful What You Put In Your Mouth
August, 2002. New York Fringe Festival. CSV Milagro, 103 Suffolk Street, New York City.
A raucous farce in the style of the Commedia Dell' Arte, written by Jason. Reviewed by NYTheatre.com

All the World's a Stage
July, 2002. Midtown International Theater Festival. Raw Space, New York City.
Director and Producer All the World's a Stage a new musical by Donna Stearns. Award-winning songwriter Donna Stearns created a clown-sex-farce, gay-freindly musical based loosely on Shakespeare's As You Like It. Created an original clown troupe in place of a typical chorus. Reviewed by OOBR.

NYC Theater SLAM
May and June, 2001. Produced by Genesis Repertory Ensemble and Snapper Bear Studios, New York City.
Artistic Director for a showcase event of over 80 performing artists and playwrights. All original works of varying styles, presented in a "SLAM" format.

Merry Wives of Windsor
April 2001, Genesis Repertory Ensemble, New York City.
Assistant Director: Directed and choreographed clown work.

Guys and Dolls
February 2001, Access Theater, New York City.
Stage Manager. Directed by Arthur Brown.

Measure for Measure
April 2-12, 2000. New York Comedy Club, New York City
Produced and directed this Shakespeare classic in the innovative setting of a stand-up comedy club in Manhattan. All information at /m4m . Getting great reviews for cast and direction, this play was favorably compared to current Off-Broadway productions, and was called by OOBR "one of the freshest, smartest, and funniest evenings in recent memory"

God?
November 16-December 18, 1999. Snapper Bear Studios, New York City
Stage Manager and Assistant Director for this original musical by Kenneth Golding. The play dealt with some of the most important questions about religion in the Millenial Era. God? was an experimental new musical set in a purple-hazy city-square filled with ranting millenial nutjobs. Hair meets "Party Like It's 1999" with a dash of Manhattan Cable Network.

Don Juan in Hell
September 15-26, 1999. J.E.T. Theater, New York City
This George Bernard Shaw one-act is actually the third act from his play Man and Superman. Based on Don Giovanni by Mozart, this politico-religious romp playfully explores some of the deepest questions of humanity. It portrays a Don Juan, bored with Hell, who rebels against the Devil and all the pleasures of Hell. The Devil is, of course, thoroughly put out by Don Juan’s lack of taste. The interesting thing about this show is how it uses very high language and extended monologues to amuse and raise up the audience by watching Don Juan negate the Devil. In this cosmology, Hell is a place of eternal pleasures, not of pain, and "the Devil is not so black as he is painted." He is merely a gentleman. That, however, is a catastrophic insult coming from Shaw. Shaw wanted to show us our loss of humanity and purpose by showing us that Damnation is actually a place where one does nothing for anyone else. It was my hope, with this play, to chip away at the "Baywatchification" of the theatre, providing a dramatic outlet for wit and intellect. It was reviewed by OOBR

For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls
July 14-18, 1999, J.E.T Theater, New York City
Revived at the Duplex, September 21, 23, 28 and 30, 1999, New York City.
The Christopher Durang short was produced a part of a week of Durang plays. As a spoof of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, this play was a hilarious farce and a joy to work on. The caller is a lesbian dock-worker, Laura is now Lawrence, and Tom finally comes out of the closet by finally telling us what movies he actually sees. It was reviewed by OOBR

The Letter
July, 1998, Brooklyn Music School, Brooklyn, New York
Directed this new play by Donna Stearns in which a baby is abandoned on the doorstep of a babysitter who is considering adopting a baby. This heart-warming and dramatic tale tells the story of the natural mother's difficulty in leaving her child and the choices that forced her to do it, a daughter who would never have children who takes the new baby as her own, and the adoptive mother who chooses to fight to keep the baby. The play has many impressionistic elements and bounces from moment to moment as the adoptive mother reveals the true story to her child. This true story is a tribute to the playwright's mother.

Musical Chairs and Other Diversions
1998, Actors' Loft, New York City.
Directed and produced the play Musical Chairs by Mark S.P. Turvin. It was an improvastional satire in which the audience votes on which players are worthy of speaking in the next scene. The Other Diversions were five scenes which were performed in a showcase style, all introduced by an MC. The scenes ranged from classical Indian myths to modern farce to completely new works developed by the actors. The show was reviewed by OOBR.

Wonder is a Wonder is a Wonder
February, 1998, J.E.T. Theater, New York City.
Directed Off-off Broadway production at J.E.T. Theater. The play was a surreal farce in which Woman of Wonder visits Gertrude Stein. Woman of Wonder's Writer inserted comic-book bubbles into the scene and Alice B Toklas ran around hunting for an elusive pigeon to cook for dinner. The show emphasized the struggle women have being taken seriously as artists and as leaders, especially on the front edge of ideas and creativity. The production was reviewed by OOBR.
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Tongue and Groove Theater
1996, Austin, Texas.
Founding Board Member of this professional theater organization in Austin, Texas. The group's debut performance, The Billy Club Puppets was called the best new play in Austin, 1996, by the Austin Chronicle, the leading arts magazine in Austin.

Art-In-Performance
1994-1996, University of Texas at Austin.
Founded and administered a student organization at the University of Texas at Austin dedicated to theatrical ventures. Produced A Midsummer Night's Dream (Spring 1995), As You Like It (Fall 1995) and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune (Spring 1996). Responsibilities included marketing, space procurement and management, fiscal management, and personnel hiring and management. Performances ran two weeks to positive reviews in the Austin Chronicle and Daily Texan, reaching a total audience of 1500 patrons for all three shows.

Laboratory Theater of the University of Texas at Austin
1993-1996
This student theater was designed to give opportunities to explore innovative production ideas. Produced Love Letters by A.R. Gurney (Fall 1993), Hit and Miss (Spring 1994), and Musical Chairs by Mark S.P. Turvin (Fall 1994). Musical Chairs was an new script making its Texas debut. The Arizona playwright participated via Internet sessions during both rehearsal and performance. Hit and Miss was an evening of one-act plays. Love Letters examined the acting values of reader's theater.

Creede Repertory Theater
Summer, 1996, Creede, Colorado
Concurrent with acting in the three productions, worked as post-performance changeover crew. Responsibilities included assembling and maintaining of sets and properties for four productions.