Women Without Men
(Mint Theatre Company, at City Center)
Making her Off-Broadway debut in the winter of 2016, Shannon was honored to work with a female director (Jenn Thompson) and an all-female cast to bring Hazel Ellis' lost play - Women Without Men - back to life. Ms. Ellis wrote the play in the 1930s, and it had only one production at the famous Gate Theatre in Dublin, until the Mint Theater's Artistic Director Jonathan Bank discovered it and decided to produce it here in America for the first time. Shannon was very happy to be part of such an amazing cast of actresses, and to perform on the City Center II stage. The show received 5 Drama Desk, 2 Lucille Lortel, and 1 Off-Broadway Alliance awards nominations.
In the Fall of 2016, Shannon was honored to be cast in the new play, From Silence, based on a Holocaust survivor's true story, written by Anne Lucas. The play centers around Esther, a Holocaust survivor, and how she has unwittingly passed on trauma to her daughter and grandaughter by never speaking a word about her concentration camp imprisonment in her youth. Esther (played by Karen Lynn Gorney (Saturday Night Fever) is surrounded by her "ghosts" from the past; "Adult Esther" (Esther as a younger adult, played by Krystal Rowley), and "Young Esther", (Esther as a child in the concentration camp, played by Shannon). This haunting and thought-provoking original work was directed by Peter Zachari, and performed as an Equity Showcase for 3 weeks at the Theater for the New City, in New York City to sold-out audiences every night. It was a stark reminder in these troubled times about how important it is to speak the truth about atrocities and unjustice, in order to stop it, and prevent it from happening again.
Pictured from left: Karen Lynn Gorney, Nora Falk, and Shannon Harrington
Shannon was thrilled to play one of the most significant and challenging roles any young actress would be honored to play...the iconic "Scout" in To Kill A Mockingbird at Queens Theatre in Queens, NY with a superb cast and crew led by Director Rob Urbinati. The production was adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel and is based on the novel by Harper Lee. Shannon is pictured here with Ezra Barnes who played Atticus Finch (Dominick Totino, photo).
Shannon was so happy to play Bielke in one of her favorite musicals, Fiddler on the Roof. The show was the highlight of Surflight Theatre's summer lineup with mostly packed houses, starring the incredible Matt Ban (Rock of Ages, Broadway) as Tevye.
Shannon got the chance to work with Directer Norb Joerder for a 3rd time! Joerder was her Director both times when she played Susan Waverly in the Broadway National Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas.
In George M! Shannon worked with a great cast, many from Broadway, including Tony-nominated Meg Bussert (Faye Templeton).
(Surflight Theatre, NJ)
The Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ has a rich history on Long Beach Island. Many theatre professionals from actors, directors, choreographers, musicians and even producers have spent time working at the Surflight at some point in their career. So many Surflight alum have gone
on to -- or come back from -- Broadway to be part of the Surflight legacy. Shannon was fortunate to work at Surflight during two summers when Broadway Director and choreographer Norb Joerder was the resident Director.
Acting, singing, dancing, twirling & acrobatics...Shannon got the chance to do it all in the fast-paced musical George M! based on George M. Cohan's life, in between starring as Susan Waverly in two National Tours of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, also under Mr. Joerder's direction.
"...8-year old, Shannon Harrington, is an applause-getter
in a small role - she is already a veteran in that she knows how to beg an audience for love!"
- The SandPaper
In 2013, after returning from her first year as Susan Waverly in the Broadway National Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Shannon was thrilled to be re-united with her Director from the tour - Norb Joerder - when he cast her in George M! that summer at the Surflight. The show needed a little girl who could not only act and sing, but do acrobatics and twirl too, so Shannon was cast in the role of "Little Girl/Baton Twirler/Acrobat".
The cast featured many Broadway veterans, and also some very talented young actors, singers and dancers who brought the iconic songs and story of George M. Cohan to life. The roles Shannon played in the show were great fun and kept her quite busy. She learned a lot from her Director and adult castmates and really enjoyed getting a chance to show her versatility in this musical.
She sang solos in "Always Leave Them Laughing" and "Down By The Erie Canal", twirled while doing a split in her featured act during the elaborate reprise of "All Aboard for Broadway", and joined with the company for stirring renditions of "I Want To Hear A Yankee Doodle Tune" and "Give My Regards To Broadway".
What made her experience even more special was her connection to George M. Cohan and in particular, the song "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Three years prior, Shannon and her sister Brigid did their own version of the song - changing the lyrics a bit to "Yankee Doodle GIrl" when they performed live at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. They were taped live for broadcast for the show "America's Got Talent", and performed for the celebrity judges and a packed house.
Their act was a huge hit, and the girls were featured in a promo for the show called "Great Talent" that ran on NBC and the Oxygen Network.
Shannon is always happy to be part of helping to shape new and upcoming theatrical productions. In the early part of 2017, she was asked to participate in two such projects. She is pictured to the left with the cast, Director Melissa Ross, and playwright Melisa Annis at Primary Stages' staged reading of Ms. Annis' play in development, "Blood Moon" (working title). Shannon had done an initial table reading of the play at The Lark in 2016. To the right, Shannon appears with the cast, and playwright Sean O'Donnell at the reading of his new play, "Wink At The Stars."
- National MFA Playwrights' Festival -
"Take Ten 2016"
(Theater Masters, NYC)
In April of 2016, Shannon was cast as the lead, "Zella", in No More Monsters - a 10-minute play written by Jess Honovich (Carnie Mellon).
Theater Masters' annual National MFA playwrights NYC festival culminates with an Equity showcase cast by Judy Bowman, featuring nightly performances of 8 plays, written by the winning MFA playwrights from the nation's top MFA programs.
Samuel French publishes an annual anthology of all winning plays and actors. Learn more about Theater Masters, and its prestigious annual competition.
- Developmental Production -
Once 'Round The Circle
(Emerging Artists Theater "New Works Series")
Promotional video for Once 'Round The Circle, a musical in development
Shannon was cast to originate the role of Dolly Mackenzie in Shanan Estreicher's new musical in development Once 'Round The Circle. The musical is about 3 sisters at the turn of the century stranded, alone, in their house during a snow storm, trying to work out tensions between them due to a family tragedy. Shannon's real-life sister, Brigid, was also cast to play sister Charlotte, and Cheryl Ann McCullagh played eldest sister Emily. They workshopped the show for a week, and then recorded a 3-song demo at the famous Avatar studios, and also shot a promotional video. Shortly after that, the show was selected to be part of the Emerging Artists Theater's "New Works" series where the cast performed a in a developmental production at Tada! Theatre in NYC, in March of 2016.
Listen to the original demo recorded at Avatar studios here.
Click here to read about the show on BroadwayWorld.com.