Press Release

December 23rd, 2010


MOTHERLODGE BROOKLYN 2009, a Live Arts Exchange between NYC and the local creative community of Louisville, KY, comes to Brooklyn October 8-11, bringing artists of different genres and arts communities together in up-and-coming Brooklyn performance venues. Pulitzer nominated playwright/ screenwriter/ director Adam Rapp, performer/ vocalist LADY RIZO, the award-winning internationally- produced theater company THE TEAM, theatrical bands BALTHROP ALABAMA , THE LISPS, and LESS THE BAND, award-winning Scottish filmmakers Ian Waugh and Catriona MacInnes, playwright/ musician Molly Rice and many others will perform, present and rock out at Goodbye Blue Monday, Bushwick Starr, Monkeytown, and The People’s Garden throughout the weekend, all as part of MOTHERLODGE’s first NYC-area festival.

MOTHERLODGE is a Live Arts Exchange established for creative cross-pollination between the stage, film, culinary, and literary communities of New York City and Louisville KY, with the goal of building links among local arts communities and creative hubs across the nation. It’s founded by husband-and-wife team Ray Rizzo and Traci Timmons, who live in Bushwick, but have roots in Louisville.

Timmons and Rizzo (a 20 year veteran of the Louisville music scene, writer and actor, most recently seen in TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare in the Park) moved to NYC five years ago to pursue work in the theater/music world; and while they have created programming at Bushwick’s People’s Garden in order to develop their local community, they maintain strong ties to the eclectic local talent in their hometown.

MOTHERLODGE launched itself into being in Louisville, Kentucky last Spring. During the final week of the Humana Festival of New American Plays, MOTHERLODGE LOUISVILLE staged 30 shows in 8 days including shows by Rapp, Taylor Mac, and Dawn Landes. MOTHERLODGE’s migration to Brooklyn gives the organizing team (which includes playwright/musician and MOTHERLODGE presenter Molly Rice) a chance to dip their toes into New York’s waters before planning two MOTHERLODGEs for the Spring of 2010 in Louisville and New York City.

Through a partnership with, MOTHERLODGE broadcasts many of its shows from its website. Full listing of times, dates, and venues is attached, and is also available at

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