After six years of hosting and producing PENNY’S OPEN MIC at UNDER St. Marks Theater, Penny has ended her show to go into pre-production with her feature film ABIGAIL: A Comedy About Suicide with Above the Sea productions, Immortal Cinema International and directed by American History X director Tony Kaye.
But the tradition lives on with THE OPEN MIC DOWNSTAIRS!
Hosted by Dan Ricker Mike Milazzo and Kaitlyn O’Connor
UNDER ST. MARKS THEATER
94 St. Marks Place
off of first Ave
For more information email Dan Ricker at firstname.lastname@example.org
CBS New York on Penny’s Open Mic
“Possibly the best venue in New York City for performers who like to take risks, Penny’s Open Mic at Under St. Mark’s Theater features some of the most eclectic and talented performers to grace the New York scene. Spoken word artists, musicians and comedians combine aspects of several art forms such as dance and theater to create memorable performances for New York audiences. The atmosphere is very supportive and hostess Penny Pollak has amazing energy and enthusiasm. Performers can count on musicians Mike Milazzo and Dan Ricker to accompany them upon request. Remember the three most important rules: no heckling, no fire on stage and no glitter.”
- CBS New York
Penny Pollak on The Open Mic and the Big Screen by E.V. Greive
“For the past six years on Tuesday nights, Penny Pollak has hosted Penny’s Open Mic at Under St Mark’s Theater. This coming Tuesday she is hanging up the mic (the show will go on without her, though). Pollak is heading into production on her feature film with directorTony (“American History X”) Kaye. She stars in “ABIGAIL: A Comedy About Suicide,”
Here, Pollak, a writer, actor, fire-breather, shares some thoughts on her years hosting the open mic as well as prepping for her film work. From 2007 to 2013, without fail EVERY TUESDAY Penny’s Open Mic has been a home for any and all artist to come, workshop, experiment and share their art 7 minutes at a time. The audience is here to listen and support, there is a back garden for talking and smoking, a bar for drinks including $4 Budweiser tall boys, there is a green room for the performers on deck to prepare before they go on stage. On this stage anything is welcome…except for heckling , fire and glitter.”
Literary Magazine Exit Strata on ending Penny’s Open Mic
“Every Tuesday night for the past five years, Penny Pollak has hosted Penny’s Open Mic in the East Village. And every week, a freak scene of musicians, storytellers, comedians, and performance artists descends into the basement theater of Under St. Marks for what is arguably the best open mic in NYC.”
Stagebuddy on saying goodbye to Penny’s Open Mic
“Penny’s Open Mic, a staple of the East Village, has closed. The late night show, open to performers of all disciplines, had run every Tuesday from 9PM-2AM since 2007. Penny Pollak, an actor, writer and artist, crafted a safe environment that became a second home to a gargantuan range of New Yorkers including beatboxers, Scottish folk singers, and suicidal comedians. The intimate basement Under St. Mark’s Theatre cultivated an incredibly supportive atmosphere, and performers were able to explore and refine material without fear of retribution or rejection. Many Open Mic’s operate in an outrageously critical environment full of bitter comedians that could care less about supporting fellow performers, and wait for their turn quietly seething. Not so at Penny’s.The focus has always been the stage and the person on stage does not heckle the audience. With the help of the many talented artists who grace this stage Pennys Open Mic become an inspiring atmosphere where people feel free and safe to grow as artists and as people.”
Also featured in New York Magazine, Backstage magazine, village voice, Time Out NY, The New York Press and New York Times Local.
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Click here to listen: Saying Goodbye to Penny’s Open Mic: Interviews recorded live on the SKETCH BLOCK PODCAST
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The Last Penny’s Open Mic