#23 Taking New Zealand To The World

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Edge Message #23 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM


In the July Mailbox published today you’ll find over 40 messages of affirmation, optimism and provocation. To everyone who has asked “how can I help”, the simplest and best way is to tell your friends and family and colleagues about The New Zealand Edge and get them to visit and enlist.

Welcome to new NZEdgers this week from Auckland, California, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Manukau, Nairobi, Nelson, New York, San Francisco, Middlesex, Washington DC and Zurich.

Small observation about usage patterns: top Heroes /category/legends/ for July (in order by page views) were Bruce McLaren, Rewi Alley, Ernest Rutherford, Nancy Wake, Jean Batten, Colin Murdoch and Kate Sheppard. McLaren leads (as befits a F1 King) again in August.

We’re trying something new next week in response to comments people have made about our storytelling: as well as iconic legends of last century, they want more about the contemporary edge heroes. We’ve got a very long list of these people so we’re doing a series of shorter stories, say 750 words, rather than 5000 word epics. Next week we’ll have half a dozen starters.

Have got my ticket to Bledisloe Cup decider tomorrow at Wellington’s Colosseum, nzedge ain’t all head stuff. Below a message re NZ theatre productions in NY we’re happy to pass on to you.

Best regards

Brian Sweeney
executive editor

NYNZ message from Giarna TeKanawa, Aroha Productions

“Please come support Aroha and our endeavours in New York. We have had two New Zealand plays accepted in the New York International Fringe Festival, August 2000. The festival is 175 shows from around the world presented over 10 days in various theatres in the East Village. “Verbatim” by William Brandt and Miranda Harcourt, is a solo play presenting six people, examining violent crime, asking the how and why of who these people are. “Verbatim” comes directly from interviews with convicted murderers and those connected to them by blood and tragedy. Directed by Darcy Marta and starring Giarna TeKanawa. Showing at the Paradise Theatre, 64 E4th St. (btwn Bowery/2nd), 17-25 August, running time 1hr

“Lashings of Whipped Cream, a session with a Teenage Dominatrix” by Fiona Samuel is all about the life and work of Mistress Dominique, who shares the secrets of her profession with you the audience as her next block booking of prospective clients. Taking us on an epic journey she reveals the desires and demons as she tells the story of her life. Directed by Jason Loewith and starring NZ actress Kylie Mouat. Showing at The St. Marks Studio, 94 St. Marks Place (btwn Ave A/1st) 17-27 August, running time 1hr 15min Both plays have received many accolades in Australasia and show a diverse cross section of our cultures, addressing issues that are also relevant to life in New York from an Antipodean perspective.

For performance times and tickets call (212) 420-8877 or 1 888 fringeNYC or www.FringeNYC.org.

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