Monthly Archives: July 2015

39 Steps at The Union Square Theatre: Exclusive Opportunity for ASF Members

ASF Members and Friends can enjoy special ticket pricing for the Tony Award winning play, 39 STEPS, a hilarious and fast-paced comedy-thriller that consists of “100 breakneck minutes of sheer theatrical fun.”

A show suitable for any age, 39 STEPS is a comedic spoof on the classic 1935 film. The hero of the play, the dashing Richard Hannay, must race to solve the mystery of 39 Steps and clear his name! The Tony® Winning Hit Comedy features just 4 talented actors in 150 different roles!

“ABSURDLY ENJOYABLE! Theater at its finest!”                                     ––Ben Brantley, New York Times.

“THE MOST ENTERTAINING SHOW ON BROADWAY”                          ––Liz Smith, New York Post.

To receive the exclusive discount on tickets use ASF;s special code LSP88. The offer is valid on all performances through 11/30/2015.

 $49 Tickets* Mon/Wed/Thu performances  (reg. $79)

$59 Tickets* Fri/Sat/Sun performances  (reg. $89).

For more information visit

To apply this exclusive rate to your order, visit then select a performance date & enter the code: LSP88.

You can also call Ticketmaster at 800-250-2929 and mention the code. Or, simply print this page and bring it to the Union Square Theatre Box Office at 100 East 17th St.

Don’t forget to enter our online sweepstakes for a chance to win TWO FREE TICKETS. Learn how to enter here.

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Vermont High School Receives Lord Malcolm Douglas Hamilton Bursary Award

Excitement builds at the Otter Valley Union’s Walking Stick Theatre Company.

Young  performers from Vermont’s Otter Valley Union High School are preparing for their international debut at the Edinburgh Festival FringeThe students will perform “Anon(ymous),” a 90-minute modern adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey written by Naomi Iizuka.

otter valley logoOtter Valley’s acting troupe is one of only a few dozen high school theater companies who will perform at the Fringe.

Theater Director Jeff Hull explains how Otter Valley’s company was invited to apply to take part in the festival two years ago based on the quality of their work. “We had to go through a rigorous application process,” Hull says. “But we did it!”OVUHS 5

The application process was only one obstacle the group would face. Funding the $6,500 per student cost of the trip proved to be a huge challenge. But the support that they recieved, from both their local community and beyond, was staggering.

The American-Scottish Foundation heard of Otter Valley’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and immediately wanted to lend support. The Foundation gave Otter Valley’s Theater program a bursary grant to help make their potential trip to Edinburgh a reality. ASF’s involvement with Otter Valley only continued from there. Chairman Alan Bain invited Jeff Hull and his family to New York City so they could march in the annual Tartan Day Parade.

OVUHS 3The Hull family had a wonderful time at the NYTD Parade, where they were able to meet “Outlander” star Graham McTavish, as well as the ASF officials.

Alan Bain got in touch with Scottish contacts, ensuring that the American-Scottish Foundation Bursary award could help enhance the students’ Scottish adventure. The students will be able to tour Edinburgh Castle, visit parts of Edinburgh’s Underground City, and purchase tickets to shows. The students will also enjoy a farewell dinner at the acclaimed Royal Overseas League.OVUHS 2

Chairman Alan Bain says that his support for the Otter Valley theater group’s trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe comes, in part, from his own experiences traveling abroad when he was a young student. He is confident that “this trip will give all those involved a life-long and treasured memory that is likely to be […] inspirational and life transformative.”

To learn more about the ASF Bursary program visit this page.

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Countdown to the 66th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The iconic Edinburgh Tattoo is fast approaching.royal-edinburgh-military-tattoo-logo

The 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will begin on August 7th and run until the 29th. The theme of this year’s event is East Meets West. The 90-minute production will showcase around 1,200 talented performers, many of whom are of Scottish descent — but the international theme promises acts from everywhere from Germany to Nepal.edinburgh-tattoo-travel-packages (1)

With Edinburgh Castle setting the scene, singers, dancers, pipers, and drummers will come together before massive audiences. The 2015 Edinburgh Tattoo line-up includes Switzerland’s famous percussion group, ‘Top Secret Drum Corps,’ as well as the new addition of an appearance by the UK’s Royal Air Force. And for the first time, Charleston’s 70-piece Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will travel from South Carolina to perform. Alongside the music will be a light display, illuminating the castle in color and complementing the sights and sounds on stage. Every show will end in a display of fireworks.

A “Tattoo” is a ceremonial performance given by military musicians. They traditionally take place in the evening. “Tattoo” comes from the old term “tap toe,” which was a call for last orders in the tavern before soldiers were sent off to bed. The first official Edinburgh Tattoo occured in 1950. Since then, over 48 other countries have taken part. The audience is also always filled with international spectators. In the past 65 years, over 13 million people have attended the Tattoo.royal-edinburgh-tattoo-melbourne-2016

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo coincides with city’s various summer festivals. The Tattoo keeps Scottish flair and history alive, even as it celebrates international relations. Each August the city fills with excited tourists and locals alike. The annual audience is made up of around 217,000 people who are eager to experience the Scottish tradition.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Tattoo’s official website.

Preview the 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in this video:

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East to Edinburgh: Experience The Festival Fringe in New York

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If you can’t make it to Edinburgh for the Festival Fringe, have a taste of the exciting performances in New York City.


Every August since 1947, the city of Edinburgh has played host to a festival celebrating the arts. Today this festival, known as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is the biggest arts festival in the world. Visitors from all over the world flock to Scotland’s capital every summer in order to view dramatic performances, listen to music, attend exhibits, and wander the lively, crowded streets.

broadwatBefore the festival even begins, the 59E59 Theater company is hosting a preview of the Fringe fun. 59E59 is an off-Broadway theater complex which hosts the East to Edinburgh Festival every year. This festival gives audiences an opportunity to preview the American acts being taken over to Scotland, and performers an opportunity to practice their acts before a live audience.

The festival only lasts for limited time, as the Festival Fringe starts in Edinburgh on August 7th. This year’s performances are as follows:

Bettie Davis Ain’t For Sissies –  July 8-21

Raft – July 18-22

Derby Day –  July 21 – 25

Trans Scripts – July 23 – 26

These Troubled Times – July 23 – 24

 Ferdinand – July 25 – 26

Bug Bite – July 25 – 26

Learn more about the East to Edinburgh Festival and the acts here.

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Sights and Sounds from the Edinburgh Festival Carnival

On Sunday, July 19, the fourth annual Edinburgh Festival Carnival took to the streets, drawing a crowd of over 20,000.

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The parade performers hailing from Edinburgh include Edinburgh Samba School, Chinese Dragon, Brass Gumbo and Pulse of the Place — but those involved in the festival were not only from Scotland. There were dancers from Capetown, acrobats from Zambia, drummers from Holland, circus acts from Serbia, and more.  A total of 700 performers started at The Mound and danced through the city, despite a downpour of Scottish rain.

The Edinburgh Festival Carnival was originally set up in 1978 by Mike Hart, a Scottish banjo-player and guitarist. At first, the festival consisted of traditional jazz acts performed at free events in pubs. Over the years, events grew into large, ticketed affairs and the music  began to include other genres.360181-edinburgh-festival-carnival

Today, many international guests attend and perform at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. The musical festivities will continue until July 26. To see a complete timetable of the festival’s performances, visit their official website.



To view more photographs from the festival, visit the STV Edinburgh article here.

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