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Mind The Art Entertainment Mind The Art Entertainment is a NYC based production company seeking to bridge the gap between art a Mind The Art Entertainment is a New York City based collaborative arts and entertainment company whose mission is to promote, enhance, workshop, and produce new work and talent in the arts.

It is a company firm in the belief that the modern arts, in all their varieties, should be used not just to entertain but also to inspire, teach, reach out, and enhance their respective art forms. Art is, and must remain, a collaborative & ever evolving medium

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To all our beloved artists and friends.We are closing a dear dear chapter of our life these coming two Fridays, July 8th...
07/07/2022
Christian De Gré Cárdenas

To all our beloved artists and friends.

We are closing a dear dear chapter of our life these coming two Fridays, July 8th and 15th. Our company of 15 years will be closing its doors for good. And we are bidding farewell with an epic concert at The Public Theater of our greatest numbers featuring an all star cast.

We really hope you will join us in saying goodbye. A handful of beautiful souls have offered to buy tickets for any artists who may find the ticket price a barrier. If you want a comp. Just let us know. DM us or message Christian at 3476075839. No questions asked. We just want to share this beautiful and meaningful work with you as we bid farewell.

Tix: https://publictheater.org/productions/joes-pub/2022/c/christian-de-gre-cardenas/

Much love to you all.

“Evokes Burton’s “Nightmare”, a creepy-carnival vibe. Simply put, it’s twisted and wonderful.” –Time Out New York

04/22/2022

Meet the incredible Caro Guzmán! Who bravely stepped in the week of load in as a cast replacement in FOUR roles in a TRILOGY of plays. An incredible artist of the highest professionalism she has been doing genius work on ACEDIA at The Brick ! Only a handful of performances remain. You do NOT want to miss her powerful performances.

https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

04/17/2022

If you missed last night's opening, you missed the fun! Don't miss out. See it tonight, see it next week, but SEE IT! ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy!
Who knew the apocalypse could be so much fun?! Today at 5:30pm, strap in for the FULL TRILOGY! 3 plays in 1 day!
Tix-- http://bricktheater.com
The Brick

A ensemble work from Christian De Gré Cárdenas!
Weeknights: 1 play/night
Weekends: The FULL TRILOGY

Pics: Ze' Castle

Tonight's the night! Do you have tickets yet? ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy. A cheery exploration of the morose and exis...
04/16/2022

Tonight's the night! Do you have tickets yet?

ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy. A cheery exploration of the morose and existential. A theatrical experience. A celebration of apocalyptic turmoil and the collapse of the inner self. Fun. Painful. A question. Three plays that stand alone or can be experienced as a collective. Acedia: the lost name for the emotion we’re all feeling. A state of listlessness or torpor. An inert state without pain or care.

Get tickets now! Join us at The Brick: https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

Photos: Ze' Castle

04/15/2022
ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy!

DON'T MISS OUT--OPENS TOMORROW!!!!

See all 3 parts of ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy in one night!
Tickets ON SALE NOW:
Saturday, April 16 at 5:30–Limited Availability
Sunday, April 17 at 5:30 – On Sale NOW
Saturday, April 23 at 5:30 – On Sale NOW
Sunday, April 24 at 5:30 – On Sale NOW
Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 – Limited Availability
OR see each play, in any order, in Repertory, weeknights April 16-30.

Live theater is back at The Brick with Mind The Art Entertainment’s award winning Apocalypse Trilogy.

Written by: Christian De Gré Cárdenas
Photos: Ze' Castle

https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

THE SHOW WILL GO ON! ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy is finally happening! Get your tickets now for the FULL TRILOGY -- an...
04/15/2022
ACEDIA: AN APOCALYPSE TRILOGY Changes Performance Schedule Due To COVID

THE SHOW WILL GO ON! ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy is finally happening! Get your tickets now for the FULL TRILOGY -- an immersive theartrical experience playing on Saturdays & Sundays through April 30. OR See each of the 3 plays on weeknights. Each play stands alone and can be viewed in any order. ACEDIA25 -- the code to $25 tickets: https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

Mind the Art Entertainment in association with The Brick, have announced changes to the performance schedule for Christian De Gré Cárdenas' award-winning ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy due to cast testing positive for Covid-19.

Celebrate apocalyptic turmoil and the collapse of the inner self. Enjoy Acedia: the lost name for the emotion we’re all ...
04/12/2022

Celebrate apocalyptic turmoil and the collapse of the inner self. Enjoy Acedia: the lost name for the emotion we’re all feeling. A state of listlessness or torpor. An inert state without pain or care.

And have fun doing it!

ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy at The Brick. Three plays that stand alone or can be experienced as a collective.

Don't miss out. Get tickets now!

Photos: Ze' Castle

https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

04/10/2022

Weird! Quirky! Fun! Dark! BEAUTIFUL!
Don't miss the apocalypse!
ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy plays April 13-30 at
The Brick in Brooklyn.
Who knew the Apocalypse could be so much fun?
JOIN US: https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

Written By:
Christian De Gré Cárdenas

Photos:
Ze' Castle

See it all! Experience the question. Enjoy the Apocalypse!Three plays that can be seen on their own, in any order, or al...
04/07/2022

See it all! Experience the question. Enjoy the Apocalypse!

Three plays that can be seen on their own, in any order, or all at once on weekends.

Starting April 13th through 30th at !

Tickets at the !

Photos: Ze' Castle

04/07/2022
ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy

Who knew the Apocalypse would be this much fun? It's scheduled April 13-30, only in Brooklyn!

BIG Thanks to FRIGID New York for helping to develop these 3 Plays.

See one play or all 3 in 1 day--it's up to you. New dates just added!
Special $25 Weeknight Code: ACEDIA25.
https://bit.ly/3ucpJe0

Written by: Christian De Gré Cárdenas
Photos: Ze' Castle

04/06/2022
ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy

ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy

A theatrical experience. A celebration of apocalyptic turmoil and the collapse of the inner self.

Fun.

Painful.

A question.

April 13-30 on at The Brick!

HUGE Thanks to The National Opera Center for helping to develop these 3 Plays.

See one play or all 3 in 1 day!

Special $25 Weeknight Code: ACEDIA25.
https://bit.ly/3ucpJe0

Written by: Christian De Gré Cárdenas
Photos: Ze' Castle

04/06/2022
ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy

Join us at the Apocalypse. Who knew it would be this much fun?

So proud to stage ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy live at The Brick this month.

BIG Thanks to SPACE on Ryder Farm for helping to develop these 3 Plays. See one play or all 3 in 1 day--it's up to you.

Special $25 Weeknight Code: ACEDIA25.

https://bit.ly/3ucpJe0

Written by: Christian De Gré Cárdenas
Photos: Ze' Castle

04/05/2022
ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy

Acedia: the lost name for the emotion we’re all feeling. A state of listlessness or torpor. An inert state without pain or care.

A cheery exploration of the morose and existential. A theatrical experience. A celebration of apocalyptic turmoil and the collapse of the inner self. Fun. Painful. A question. Three plays that stand alone or can be experienced as a collective.

This April join The Brick in welcoming three plays that make-up
Mind The Art Entertainment’s award winning Apocalypse Trilogy.

Written by: Christian De Gré Cárdenas
Photos: Ze' Castle

MEET THE ACTORS!Caro Guzmán (She/Her) is a Queens-bred, Afro-Latina actor with an appetite for collaborating in thought-...
04/04/2022

MEET THE ACTORS!

Caro Guzmán (She/Her) is a Queens-bred, Afro-Latina actor with an appetite for collaborating in thought-provoking works with fellow Black and Brown artists. She acquired acting training from Atlantic Theatre Company’s Acting Conservatory as well as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and recently starred in the award-winning indie film “Motions”—an official selection at The Chelsea Film Festival and New York Latino Film Festival. Caro is incredibly humbled to be working on the raw, honest piece that is Acedia alongside incredible talents.

Come see her as Katia & Magda / Blaise / Wisp this month at The Brick!

MORE Performances ADDED! See ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy – All 3 Plays in one day!Just Added: Sundays, April 17 & 24 -...
04/04/2022

MORE Performances ADDED!
See ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy – All 3 Plays in one day!

Just Added: Sundays, April 17 & 24 - NOW ON SALE!
Still Available: Saturdays April 23 & 30 – GET TICKETS NOW!

April 16 SOLD OUT!

At The Brick Theater: https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

Or see each Part, in any order, weeknights: April 13-30
Sappy Tales for a Frozen Heart - Part 1
Fish Food for Feelings – Part 2
Ampathy: miscreated by a non-writer – Part 3
$25 tickets with CODE: ACEDIA25

Written By: Christian De Gré Cárdenas
Photos: Ze' Castle

04/02/2022

“A very deep ennui with a beautiful, bittersweet, off-the-wall comedy tinge.” Enjoy the Apocalypse with actor Mark Dessaix & the entire ensemble of ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy. 3 plays in a beautiful & immersive theatrical experience.

“They MUST SEE IT.” At The Brick. April 13-30: https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

Written By: Christian De Gré Cárdenas
Photos: ' Castle
Mark James Dessaix

Fish Food for Feelings (ACEDIA Part 2): Set on the eve of The Apocalypse- Four adopted siblings meet at an abandoned cab...
04/02/2022

Fish Food for Feelings (ACEDIA Part 2): Set on the eve of The Apocalypse- Four adopted siblings meet at an abandoned cabin on the 2nd anniversary of their parents’ death. The middle child has recently undergone a procedure to have his feelings removed. As the siblings struggle to reconcile their differences his psychotherapist shows up in the middle of the night along with an eccentric singer who claims to be the physical manifestation of the middle child’s removed feelings. Fish Food for Feelings is a surrealist dueling sibling dramedy unraveling during the end of the world.

Tickets available now! https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

photos by Ze' Castle Graphic by The Brick

04/02/2022

“Come see our show. It’s really lovely.” Meet actress Jules Murtha of ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy. “These 3 stories paint a really beautiful, heartbreaking, picture of why we pursue life and community.” Spend the Apocalypse with MTAE. April 13-30 at The Brick in Brooklyn. TKTS: https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/
Written By: Christian De Gré Cárdenas

Photos: Ze' Castle

SOLD OUT performance April 16! Don't miss out! Get your tickets today: https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-enterta...
03/31/2022

SOLD OUT performance April 16! Don't miss out! Get your tickets today:
https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy! An immersive theatrical experience with Three plays that stand alone or can be experienced as a collective.
Spend the Apocalypse with MTAE. April 13-30 at The Brick

Written By: Christian De Gré Cárdenas
Photos: Ze' Castle

Sappy Tales for a Frozen Heart (ACEDIA Part 1): Set before The Apocalypse- Can a broken man find humor and meaning as he...
03/31/2022

Sappy Tales for a Frozen Heart (ACEDIA Part 1): Set before The Apocalypse- Can a broken man find humor and meaning as he listens to tales of romance on an old radio in an isolated cabin for 7 weeks as the world comes to an end? Can any of us? Is that the future, the past, the end of the world, or just another well-meaning neighbor or rent collector, knocking at the door?

https://www.bricktheater.com/event/sappy-tales-for-a-frozen-heart-acedia-part-1/2022-04-13/

photos by Ze' Castle Graphic by The Brick

03/31/2022

ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy! A cheery exploration of the morose and existential. Three plays that stand alone or can be experienced as a collective.

Spend the Apocalypse with Tyler Andrews and MTAE. April 13-30 at The Brick Theater! The Brick https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

Mind the Art Entertainment is an experience that has so many beautiful elements that your eyes and ears won’t know what to do next.

Joseph Andrews
Written By: Christian De Gré Cárdenas
Photos: Ze' Castle

Meet the actors!Jules Murtha (they/them) is an actor, musician, and writer based in NYC. They earned a BA in Theatre fro...
03/30/2022

Meet the actors!

Jules Murtha (they/them) is an actor, musician, and writer based in NYC. They earned a BA in Theatre from CU Boulder, where they performed in shows such as Next to Normal (Diana), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Claire), and Poltergeist (Ash). In pre-pandemic times, Jules performed in several Jaffe St. Q***r productions in Philadelphia, including Gay Mis and The Lizard of Oz. Their music projects consist of Padraic’s Joy, a folk-rock band based in NJ, and DeepWhine, a soul-folk duo. They are beyond thrilled to return to the stage and work alongside this immeasurable cast and crew of Acedia as Killian / Sensum / Traveler!

Don't miss the Apocalypse! Tickets: https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

Meet the actors! Mark Dessaix is thrilled to be working with Mind The Art on Acedia! Mark made the move to NYC from Sydn...
03/30/2022

Meet the actors!

Mark Dessaix is thrilled to be working with Mind The Art on Acedia! Mark made the move to NYC from Sydney, Australia and is forever grateful and excited at the opportunities he has had in his time here. He has worked extensively in theatre, touring Australia multiple times with the award winning Monkey Baa Theatre Company. In NYC, Mark worked with Headwall Theatre on Other Desert Cities, and soon after joined the board and became a company member. His voice-over work includes multiple short fictions and he has just completed a collection of stories which will be released on Audible. Mark will be seen in the upcoming action film, Interceptor, written and directed by international best selling author, Matthew Reilly, starring Elsa Pataky and releasing on Netflix in 2022. Training: AFTT Australia. Mark is a proud member of Equity Australia.

Don't miss him LIVE on stage as As Bart / Dr. Feels / Tuft this April: https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/

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Our friends at The Brick and Mind The Art Entertainment present ACEDIA: An Apocalypse Trilogy, written by Mexican Artist Christian De Gré Cárdenas.

A cheery exploration of the morose and existential. A theatrical experience. A celebration of apocalyptic turmoil and the collapse of the inner self. Fun. Painful. A question. Three plays that stand alone or can be experienced as a collective. Acedia: the lost name for the emotion we’re all feeling. A state of listlessness or torpor. An inert state without pain or care.

Get your tickets now for the final week of performances: https://www.bricktheater.com/mind-the-art-entertainments-acedia/
Can you feel the pure joy of the coming of spring?

We have had three successive blue sky sunny days and slightly elevated temperatures in Maryland as the COVID nightmare begins to wane and the joy of life returns.

All of a sudden with the early creativity of spring there is mischief in the air and the planet reminds me of how fortunate we all are to be here together.

As a result, I have charged back into the things I love.

Mind The Art Entertainment is producing a radio play version of The Grace of God & The Man Machine, prior to the planned stage performance at Riant Theatre when the theaters open again in New York.

In addition, I have returned to my work on a book of 52 sonnets to be published and available on Amazon by Christmas this year. In celebration of this newfound ribald mischief, I publish here one of these poems:

The Facts of Life

I swam, back then, with some father’s daughters,
Back stroking only slightly out of touch,
Out to the raft in the starry waters
And never thought of their fathers all that much.

My child, don’t judge me till you’re fifty-five
But there were midnight visits to “Ice House Pond,”
In my misspent youth, when I was still alive,
Where couples would strip, and swim and then bond.

And my child, this I know for sure is true:
At seventeen we all are born to be free
But ’cause I’m your father and I love you
Please consider this seasoned advice from me:

As you lust for life avoid the crudity
But don’t miss occasional sponti-nudity.

(More at my blog: https://robertbowiejr.com.)
"Because I had excelled in something I didn’t want to do and I had completed an introductory class in it, I applied for an advanced class in producing at the prestigious Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Conference in Waterford Connecticut. I got in and there I met Sue Conover Marinello, who produced my play ONAJE with great success last year in New York, and Christian De Gré Cárdenas of Mind The Art Entertainment who has an amazing history of producing and also writing the music for a number of amazing operettas in New York. Both became friends."

https://buff.ly/2lsumA1
Is this how you make an operetta? I swear Christian De Gré Cardenas and I are only following the charter of our employer, Mind The Art Entertainment, which requires, ”Make Art and Have Fun.”

We are five hours north of Mexico City, holed up in San Miguel de Allende, diligently working over breakfast from 9:30 to 1:30, having a little lunch, perhaps a swim, back to work from 3:30 to 6:30, and then off to the rooftop bars, dinner, local beer, mezcal, and tequila.

This is a beautiful place with deep Mexican history rooted in its independence and, in the last 70 years, the arts. In the winter, American tourists and expats flood in, along with vacationing Europeans. In the summer, far fewer visitors come and generally only for the weekends. They come here to experience the battling mariachi bands around the church plaza, the three-star restaurants at a third of New York and European prices, the stunningly beautiful textiles, art work, and wall art. Here, you walk on cobbled streets older than any in the United States and are surrounded by color.

Christian has had numerous operettas performed in NYC, most recently based on the “seven deadly sins.“ I am honored to have been chosen to write the libretto for the final operetta based on the overarching sin of “pride.”

The first day together, we went over the script I wrote over the last several months, and we just talked about it. The second day, we went to work and went line by line, page by page through the first act. The third day, we worked through the second act and celebrated the harmony of our efforts with a big lunch on a rooftop overlooking the city.

This carrying out of our corporate responsibilities is serious business. Our assignment is to write a b***y, irreverent “meta” piece (the actors can break character and speak to the audience). It is written in rhyme and hip hop and has a singing dog.

Our first few days have been so productive, we are ahead of schedule. Tomorrow, Christian continues to outline and compose the music while I adjust and continue to shape lines and rhythms. The next several days before we leave, we will shape the two efforts into one operetta and be prepared to have it ready in the fall to be sent out to investors and performance venues.

In the meantime, over the next week, we will continue to carry out our corporate duty.

(You can follow along on my blog: http://robertbowiejr.com/blog/)
ONAJE is moving up the ladder in New York.

It is funny how you take a new path and learn the same lesson. Trusted friends, credibility, and hard work were everything in creating my law firm almost 30 years ago — and now I learn the same is true in the world of New York theater.

When I sold my controlling interest in my law firm I had decided that I wanted to be equally as successful as a playwright. The problem was I had to make up for 40 years of lost time.

I decided I would become the oldest playwright ever to apply to Yale Drama school. I succeeded in being the oldest playwright ever to be rejected by Yale Drama school.

So with my objective still firmly in mind, I decided I would have to change my approach. I took a class at the Commercial Theater Institute in New York, not in playwriting, but in producing. After the first morning, the students gathered outside and shared conversation during a brown bag lunch. As they went around the circle, they all talked about plays they were hoping to produce. When it came to me, I confessed I did not want to be a producer. I wanted them to produce me. I got a laugh and two offers which led to staged readings in San Francisco, NYC, and Los Angeles and I made new friends.

One, Parker Bennett of Aligned Online, signed on to teach me how to create and manage my new website. Following the precedent set with Yale, I proved myself to be an unworthy student, but Parker became a trusted friend, took over the website, and became my guru on all things pertaining to script writing and the business generally, since he is an accomplished writer in his own right.

The following summer, I continued on my path and was admitted into the Producers’ Class at the O’Neill Festival in Connecticut and there I met Sue Conover Marinello, the future producer of Onaje at FringeNYC - The New York International Fringe Festival and Christian De Gré Cardenas, who would become an indispensable ally at FringeNYC and ultimately the composer for “The Voice of the People,“ after I was asked to write the libretto by Mind The Art Entertainment.

Sue, Christian, Parker, and now Katie Marinello — who is handling our presence on Instagram and Twitter () — have all become indispensable trusted friends.

When Onaje was chosen to be performed at FringeNYC, Sue Conover Marinello asked Kevin R. Free, the highly respected NYC director, to direct. He read the script, but had a scheduling conflict and was unable to join us at FringeNYC.

During the pre-rehearsal and rehearsal stages leading up to the performances, Onaje was lovingly shaped and focused with the ideas of additional friends: the actors, director, stage manager, and others. It opened to sold-out performances and rave reviews, largely due to Sue’s tireless work as its producer.

Sue decided that she wanted to take Onaje up the ladder in New York and elsewhere. She wanted Kevin R Free.

She took me to see several 10-minute plays directed by Kevin for Kelly Girod, the Obie winner and manager of The Fire This Time Theatre Festival. Based on the successes in New York, Sue took the script to Kevin’s agent, John Essay, again. By coincidence, John had seen the reviews of Onaje and asked that Kevin revisit the play.

The path is always different but the results are always the same. When we all met each other for the first time during a Zoom conference call about a month and a half later, Kevin had fresh ideas that highlighted missed opportunities in the script. He had X-rayed it and knew the bone structure perfectly. I joked with him that it was almost as if he had a lawnchair in my brain.

The same lesson is re-learned: trusted friends, credibility, and hard work make the apparently impossible dream happen. I’m so excited to be reaching for the next rung of the ladder.

Stay tuned.

(You can also follow along on my blog: http://robertbowiejr.com/continuing-to-build/)
"Fatty Fatty No Friends, it's the song that never ends!"

Opening August 1st at New York Musical Festival!


Tix: fattyfattynofriends.com
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