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In Uncategorized on March 2, 2011 at 7:10 am

Hello Coffee Cup followers, fans and supporters!

We’ve been hearing this question a lot lately:
What’s going on with Coffee Cup?

And to this, we now have a definitive answer:
This year will be the last for Coffee Cup as we know it and we are each moving on to other ventures in life/theater.

Over the years, we’ve produced three original shows, ten amazingly entertaining parties and events, and worked with countless talented artists and amazing community organizations. That is a record of which we are proud. So proud in fact, that we want to celebrate our successful five year run with ONE MORE PARTY.

That’s right! We will be going out in style with one more epic bash, full of free booze and food, highjinx, carnival surprises and live entertainment. So mark your calendars for THURSDAY MARCH 31st, you don’t dare miss this one!

As we plan this party, we’d love to hear if you can offer anything to make the night a huge success: We will be holding a LIVE AUCTION, might you have any goods/services to donate (or know anyone who might)? As always we’ll be offering donated food/drink, might you know a liquor distributor/restaurant owner with a soft spot for the arts?

As we are disbanding, all proceeds for this benefit are going to the Coffee Cup inspired company, James & JF, co-helmed by Ishah Janssen-Faith for their Canadian Fringe tour this summer. You can read all about this fab duo here:

So, get ready for the event, check out James & JF, and open those rolodexes one more time for us!

And most of all, thank you. We couldn’t have done it without you and moreover we wouldn’t have wanted to.

See you March 31st!

-Coffee Cup
(Ishah Janssen-Faith and Jack McGowan)


Our next show is coming!

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2009 at 6:45 pm

We’re in the process of developing our next show to be presented as part of the undergroundzero festival THIS JULY at PS122!

We’re super excited to be working with some of the best artists in downtown theater today:

The amazingly talented Ike Ufomadu & Rob O’hare will join Ishah Janssen-Faith on stage as the ensemble.
The visionary Brad Krumholz of NACL fame is directing.
The mistress of words Delaney Britt Brewer is our scribe.
Master of lights Peter Hoerburger is illuminating our world.
Composer extraordinare Daniel Kluger is shaping our universe in sound.
Scenic luminary Eliza Brown will conjure our physical world.

We’re circling back around this idea of moments that pass between people on the subway. We are NOT redeveloping Standing Clear (it was too fun the first time, why would we want to fiddle with that?). We are NOT making a “subway play” (everyone’s got a bad subway play in their bottom drawer, don’t lie… we all do…keep it there!) and we are NOT doing anything we have done before (how can we learn if we don’t do something new?). We ARE starting from a point that interests all the artists in the room and seeing where it leads us all collectively. So far, it’s been a wonderful ride and I personally can’t wait to see where it leads us. We’re so happy to have been given this opportunity to be part of a festival that is really for the artists to develop work. It’s a unique opportunity and we’re still pinching ourselves…

So check back in to find out when the dates are and how it’s going!


In Uncategorized on February 9, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Hey y’all, I’ve been thinking a lot about the PSAs on the train (Public Service Announcements), mainly because we hear them all the time and because they must be ingrained in us now, right? I mean, I know we know them all by heart. But then I realized, I tried to think of them, and could only come up with a few. So, shout at me, what are your favs from the top 40 of MTA?

Also, I was thinking about how similar they are to the sayings we all heard growing up, or even now, just little catch phrase sayings about life and living etc. I bet we all have super different ones though, and I wanted to hear some others from people. I mean, I grew up in Cambridge and there was some funny ones there, but I know there’s got to be others I have never even heard of, right? So. Here’s the deal. I would love to hear from you. Comment here on you fav sayings, or ones you wish were sayings.

Can’t wait to hear what they are! Then we’ll see what we can do with them.



Keeping the Lights On: Ishah Janssen-Faith

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Hey there! These are the installments of the documentary by Danny Powell, on artists and their day jobs. Ishah and Coffee Cup are the focus of this episode! Check it out:

Keeping the Lights On: Ishah Janssen-Faith

Subway Diary Week #4

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Fifteen minutes to get from 34th St-Herald Square to Lincoln Center.

I opted to take two trains rather than rely on the B/D. (Everytime I try need the B/D it lets me down.) So, I took a risk and hopped on the N to 42nd St. and transferred to the 1. As, I race through the throngs to people overfilling the platform, I hear overtop of my iPod, a steel pan. Personally, I think steel pans should be left in the Caribbean, where there chrams can be fully appreciated. (Quick sidebar, my sister was married to a the music of steel pan in the Virgin Islands. Charming right?)

As you may have guessed, I was not in the mood to wrestle through the ocean of people waiting for the local train let alone do it to underscoring of a steel pan. However, I paused, looked and smiled. Ever hear a Jamican (I’m assuming) play a steel pan, and sing “In the Mood” in a Jamican accent and not know the lyrics. Very funny. If I weren’t hard pressed to get to the other end of the platform, I would’ve shelled out a dollar. (Very unlike me.)

PS- I made it to Lincoln Center in record time. Thank you MTA.

Monday Feb. 4th, 7:00pm, N train from Herald Square to 42nd Street-Times Square transfer to the uptown 1 to Lincoln Center.

**This is part of a series entitled Subway Diary. These anecdotes are based on my real interactions on the NYC Subway. The basis of Coffee Cup (a theatre co)’s upcoming show in May at the Access Theatre in Manhattan.

We’re still here…

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2007 at 11:06 pm

Waking Up!

I know it’s been a while, but believe it or not, we are still here. We have been in a company reorganization mode for far too long and we are ready to come back into the light! It was like hibernating. Roooooaaaaaaaarrrrrrr. We are waking back up. The website it being updated from the last show, and we are gearing up for another showing this fall. We are all really excited and can’t wait to get back in the swing of things. Keep an eye out for more news. But fear not, we are not a flash in the pan, we are here to stay! We are looking for directors and actors, so if you know of any, send them our way! More soon…

The Show is Here!

In Blogroll, Uncategorized on September 28, 2006 at 1:08 am

I can’t believe it, but it’s finally happening. This is two years in the making and it opens tomorrow night! It’s been such a whirlwind and so amazing. We’ve got some stories for the grandkids now I tell ya! You want backstory? I’ll give you backstory… But come see the show first. Then I’ll tell you all about it. No but seriously, it’s an amazing work we have done and it looks so good with all the lights and set and costumes. It’ll be a good night out! Only $15.

Come see for yourself!

here’s all the info:


Sept 28th-Oct 15th

Thur-Sun 7:30pm, Sat& Sun 3pm

Collective:Unconscious, 279 Church st. off White St. in Tribeca.

go to for all the details.


Can’t wait!

The day is near

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2006 at 7:33 am

The benefit was a huge success and such a fun night. We had a great DJ (ActivePhase), food from all over town, a full bar, manned by our very own Phil Vos, bartender extraordinaire. So many people came out and we basked in the glory of Kevin and Valerie’s hospitality (Kevin Heaphy Fitness Studios). A night to remember. … All gearing up to the BIG SHOW! It’s two weeks away and I can’t believe it. It’s coming together so well, our director, Gita Reddy is pulling out all the stops and is the true star of the show. We have an amazing design team who are working to make this show the technical feat it will be.

And now… the moment you’ve all been waiting for… tickets are on sale for our show… TURNING TABLES:

Get them now before you forget and wonder why you waited… (get it? waited? It’s a show about waiters, so you shouldn’t wait…) The show is funnier than that.

September 28th thru October 15th Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sat & Sun 3pm at Collective:Unconscious (279 Church St. off White in Tribeca)

See you at the theater…

All good

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2006 at 4:33 pm

The engine is on and we are full steam ahead. We keep getting more auction items, and we have beer and Boylan Sodas. How fun is that? We’re working on the fun little goodie bags to give away and have some amazing ideas, and now it’s the pavement we pound. It’s like being a door to door salesperson. Selling your soul. No, not really, but it’s definitely sell sell sell. We’re also working on food. If you know of anyone who caters and wants to contribute food to the party, let me know. I’m thinkin chocolates, cheeses, hors d’oeuvres and fun nibbles. Think think think.

But on the creative end, we had a workshop of the show in July and it went really well. It was so nice to see some of the show take shape and really come together. We had 9 rehearsals and put on 1/2 hour show for a small invited audience. We’re still reshaping parts of the show until we start rehearsing on August 20th. We’re getting our design team together to make this show somethin special. Not just another off-off Broadway small budget nameless show.

We’re trying to figure out how to tap into the the food world for support too. I think it would be so amazing to have foodies and restaurant people involved heavily in this show and I think they’d get a kick out of it too. That’s in the works.

Mark your calendars though, AUGUST 23rd! It’ll be the best end of summer party you’ll go to.

Date and Venue all good

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2006 at 3:07 am

So we found a venue and settled on a date! We’re going to have this amazing party on AUGUST 23rd at KEVIN HEAPHY STUDIOS. It’s a fun space down in the West Village/Tribeca. The owners are amazing and it’s going to be such a great party. Booze, food, music and silent auction with some amazing items on the block: massage, MSG tickets, cookies, original art, dinners at top NYC restaurants, books, clothes and much much more.

Come and bring all your friends. Seriously. It will be such fun on a Wednesday night.

August 23rd. 7pm.

Kevin Heaphy Studios.

See you there.