Spotlight On: Kristen Vaughan & Nat Cassidy 

Christopher Borg 


Last fall, actor John Glover handed Kristen Vaughan the 2012 Award for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for her portrayal of Jane in Retro Productions' Benefactors. She was previously nominated for that same award twice - for Retro's productions of Desk Set and Mill Fire.

Basil Twist handed Nat Cassidy the award for Outstanding Solo Performance for I Am Providence from Things At The Doorstep: An Evening of Horror Based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, presented by Manhattan Theatre Source. Cassidy has the rare distinction of being an NY indie theatre artist who has, since his first production in 2008, been nominated and received multiple awards including receiving the 2009 Outstanding Full Length Script award for The Reckoning of Kit & Little Boots and the nomination for Outstanding Director for Any Day Now.

Both are multi-talented artists who have had extensive work in New York Indie Theatre, and if you don't already know them or your work, you will. Like a popular brand of candy says: you can now enjoy two great tastes that taste great together in the upcoming FringeNYC production of Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mixtape.

In a production that's billed as "part-Once and part-The Kids in the Hall", Tin Drum Productions is presenting the world-premiere of this collection of Cassidy's short plays and, or "tracks", each complemented by an original song performed live onstage by Cassidy. The plays explore topics as diverse as amateur porn, genital warts, sex with breakfast foods, epilepsy, and mothmen, but are connected by the central theme of the insanity of love.

"I wanted a really unique approach to your typical evening of one-acts," says Cassidy " a collection of original love songs and very twisted short plays ping-ponging off of each other to create a messy, chaotic, enlightening panorama of the insanity of romantic love. In short, a theatrical mixtape. We've got a phenomenal cast, too, including Kristen Vaughan, Matt Bailey (National Tour of Jersey Boys), Abby Royle, Tarantino Smith, Alexis Thomason, and Ben Williams."

"It's not quite a night at the theatre, it's not quite a concert, it's definitely not a musical. But the hope is that this is just the first of many, with future mixtapes featuring all kinds of different authors and songwriters, each one 90-minutes long-ideal cassette length-and as unpredictable and thrilling as those tapes you know you're still holding onto."

The show will run at the Players Theatre on MacDougal Street from August 10th - 26th. For tickets and information visit


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