Independent television festival 2017 Winner
Best Actress in a Comedy
"The Weekend Detectives"
"Max Reinhardsen and Natalie Rich’s series, in which they play a brother-and-sister pair of bumbling detectives, matches up favorably against shows with far larger resource pools. It has the sharp plotting, amusing characters, and witty script it needs to be a top-notch workplace comedy, digital or otherwise."
"Natalie Rich delivers a stand-out performance as Kevin’s mother Kate McCallister, offering astounding levels of both touching emotion and laugh-out-loud comedy."
"Created by and starring Max Reinhardsen and Natalie Rich as siblings Alex and Alex McNally, the series...is full of hilarious running gags and subtle moments that make it a stand out series."
The Weekend Detectives is an Official Selection in the TV Short Comedy category of The Independent Television Festival! Natalie and co-creator/co-star Max Reinhardsen will make their way to Manchester, Vermont in October with their buds from Sublets to schmooze, booze, attend workshops and host an exclusive Q&A!
Max & Natalie are taking their show from the regular studio to The PIT Loft for an actual live taping! That means that you, yes YOU, can come, drink, watch, and laugh with and/or at us! They will have a SURPRISE guest that'll knock your socks off (again, assuming). Tickets are only $7, which you can purchase online or at the door.
The Adam & Gordon Show welcomes back Natalie to a brand new season of their podcast, "The Black Widows." You can listen for free on the iTunes Podcast site. It's a serial narrative podcast about a young couple that has moved to Icarus Falls, where a girl has recently been murdered. It's spooky AND funny! Tune in.
In this summer's edition of Rule of 7x7, produced by Brett Epstein, Natalie shares the stage with Sam Garber and Chris Murphy in a new play by Natalie Walker. Get your $12 tickets now! August 22nd at 7:30 and 10:00 at The Tank.
Natalie joins the ranks of the many comedians in Geoffrey Stevens' indie film project, Comedians Who Aren't Dancers Dancing. Check it out right here!
Natalie and fellow Evansville alum/BFF, Rosa Palmeri, have created a brand new vaudevillian clown show where they play The Boehner Sisters, famous Hungarian strongwomen. You can expect an original live trombone score, physical comedy, improv, and a whole lot of props. Catch the very first iteration of their new play at Dixon Place, Monday June 12th at 7:30. Directed by Jenna Panther (also Evansville!) Tickets HERE.
It's finally here. Natalie Rich and Max Reinhardsen of Cookrat Productions (The Weekend Detectives) hit the small screen Wednesday nights starting March 22nd with a late night talk show on public access! You can expect a new guest each week, but that's pretty much the only rule. Max & Natalie LIVE! No audience. No celebrities. Not even live. Manhattan Neighborhood Network will stream the show online right HERE for those without NYC TV, with weekly episodes on YouTube as well. Follow the fun: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
KEVIN!!!!! is back and better than ever. After our run at The PIT earlier this year, Recent Cutbacks takes it to Brooklyn. We present you Home Alone, shot-for-shot in one hour. Natalie returns to the stage as mother f*cking Catherine O'Hara and Marv... you know, the tall one. Read about it in The Times! March 23-25, 30-31, April 1 @ 8pm at The Voorhees Theater, 186 Jay St. in DUMBO Brooklyn | TICKETS!!!!!
"College baby" from The Adam & Gordon Show was finally released! "College Baby" is a two hour radio play in the form of a podcast. It's the story of one wild year at Babylon University, where professor Copland Ash puts his translation device to the test by enrolling his infant son in classes. Natalie voices The Dean and an intoxicated young woman just trying to get it together. It's college, after all. Listen online or download free on iTunes!
The pilot has officially been green lit! Natalie Rich and Max Reinhardsen's next comedy project is Max & Natalie LIVE! a weekly late night talk show on Manhattan's open access channel. Along with online streaming every Wednesday at 10:30pm, they'll post all episodes on YouTube. The show will feature David Wardell and Brittany Allen, along with a new special guest each week. Be on the lookout!
'Tis the season for readings! Come bundled up with hot cocoa to hear some new work in the new year. Natalie will be featured in Allesandro King's Cartoon Blue at Primary Stages directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker and Sarah Einspanier's I LOVE SEAN at Cherry Lane directed by Morgan Green. Both readings are FREE! January 9th at 6pm and January 26th at 3pm, respectively.
The reviews are in! KEVIN!!!!! at The PIT has gotten shout outs from Theater in the Now, OnStage, Pop City Life, Stagebuddy, The Reviews Hub, and has been featured in the The New York Times twice! Andy Webster of The Times says, "It takes audacity and energy to satirically sabotage a holiday film as revered as the 1990 comedy “Home Alone.” But in “Kevin!!!!!,” a multimedia send-up at the People’s Improvisational Theater, the troupe Recent Cutbacks displays plenty." Another fun treat: CLICK to hear director Kristin McCarthy Parker talk about KEVIN!!!!! on the podcast, "Go See a Show!"
This Christmas, Kevin is alone...at home. The team that brought you Hold Onto Your Butts and Fly, You Fools! tackles their most ambitious project to date, featuring live projections, puppets, and a four-person choir, all told in Recent Cutbacks’ signature brand of humor, nostalgia, and thrilling theatricality. Discover the true meaning (maybe) of Christmas this year with KEVIN!!!!! Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker. Performances Dec 1-Jan 7 | CLICK FOR TIX
Natalie starts off the month at The Actor's Studio in a reading of Piper Werle's new play, Rhonda III; a Mean Girls take on Shakespeare's Richard III. Natalie plays Bernie in the piece, which is directed by Jessie Schechter. Join the studio's Playwright Director Unit for a talk-back after the reading! 6:00pm Wed. November 2nd at 432 West 44th St. [Free]
Natalie is now a featured voice over artist with SpokenLayer, the company behind iTunes' Spoken Editions. She will voice articles daily for SpokenLayer's premier media clients such as The Huffington Post, Reuters and Time Magazine.
Two Headed Rep does it again! Natalie joins Tartuffe for the theatre company's second season, after having appeared in Electra this April. Moliere's play has been translated and adapted by Amanda Keating, a major change being Natalie's role. The family's uncle and trusted adviser, Cleante, is now an aunt! Natalie will play Cleante in this 1980's retelling of the French comedy, directed by Molly Clifford. October 21-30 at Iati Theatre in NYC. Click for tix!
Natalie joins Sanguine Theatre Company on September 17th to read Jeremy O. Harris' play Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1. She is thrilled to read another of Jeremy's plays, having last been seen in his play Daddy. Directed by Logan Reed, Natalie will be reaching as "Internetz" and a cheesy porn star, Alana Arabesque. Catch a magical script and some hilarious voice work at 8:00 at Access Theatre! Free.
The Weekend Detectives: Season One has arrived. Natalie has been working on the web series she created with Max Reinhardsen for two years and on August 19th, all five episodes are available to stream on Vimeo. Check out the show's official website at weekenddetectives.com to watch the show, see behind-the-scenes pics, connect on social media, and more!
Natalie is thrilled to get back to work teaching kids this summer! Having taught at Vermont's New England Youth Theatre in 2013, Natalie returns to the team once again, only this time in the U.S. Virgin Islands! Natalie and the co-directors of "Get Thee to the Funnery" will teach Shakespeare workshops and stage a full production of Romeo and Juliet in a mere two weeks with the young women of Gifft Hill School on St John.
Gimme an F! is a brand-new all-original character-driven sketch show written and performed by Natalie Rich and Erica Hernandez! They bring you the characters of high school; parents, teachers and students alike. Directed by Frank Garcia-Hejl and produced by SallyCade Holmes, the show is August 10th 7:30 and August 17th 7:30 at the PIT Loft in Chelsea. Tix HERE!
Natalie is this month's guest star on Will Sarratt and Max Reinhardsen's brand new improvised podcast, Fear and Self-Loathing. The show comically delves into rational and irrational fears and anxieties we face on a day-to-day basis. Episodes have yet to air, but be on the lookout this fall. Natalie's voice will also appear in a scripted podcast later this summer with the guys over at The Adam & Gordon Show!
Natalie will be weaving some funny tales Saturday June 25th at 7:00pm with The Group Lab with their storytelling series The Where Project. This time is special though, as they are performing as part of Horse Trade's Queerly Festival at The Kraine! Natalie will answer 'where are you from?' as well as 'where are you going?' and you're sure to laugh, cry, and wonder. CLICK HERE for tix.
Come out to The Grand in Williamsburg Thursday night June 9th to hear Natalie read in Jessica Luck's new play Scallywag, directed by Kate Moore Heaney. The reading is part of a monthly series called Playwrights at the Grand, and this month, they're exploring a summer job theme. The show is absolutely free, and it'll be followed by START UP written and directed by David Armanino.
In support of The Center, New York's LGBT community center, there will be a reading of MJ Kaufman's Eat and You Belong to Us. The play is produced by Tom Kirdahy Productions and all proceeds go towards services provided by The Center, of which Natalie is a member of the Young Leaders committee. She'll be reading stage directions in MJ's play. Come hear this lovely new piece of theatre and support an incredible initiative Thursday May 5th at 7:30!
Natalie starts training at Upright Citizens Brigade this month! She is enrolled in Sketch Comedy Writing 101 under the instruction of Evan Greenspoon. UCB is an improv theatre and comedy training center, with locations in both New York and LA, and was founded by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. Natalie will be writing with the class for the next eight weeks!
Part of the New York University film school's partnership with 360fly, Natalie is filming an original comedy short with Matt Grella and Jack Filsinger. 360fly is the world's first 360° virtual reality camera, filming fully immersive HD footage that can be instantly edited on a mobile device. The short comedy will be submitted to the school's first VR film competition.
Two Headed Monster's production of Electra brings on Natalie to play Clytemnestra for its inaugural production, in repertory with Amanda Keating's new play Retreat. The Greek tragedy is directed by Lily Riopelle, the company's co-founder. You can catch the two shows at once, April 1-3 at The Gallery at Access Theatre. You can find tickets HERE!
Tom Kirdahy Productions' latest project, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, runs every Monday throughout March and April. The play is structured so that a different performer each night is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Mike Birbiglia, and Martin Short are among the many performers slated to read the script over the next two months. Natalie is thrilled to join the TKP rabbits as their first guinea pig!
Natalie is to appear in three TV studio shorts produced by the film students at New York University. The shorts are performed and shot live, in a three-camera setup. Natalie is working on the projects with Rachel Brown, Annalee Walton, and Bennett Smith. They'll be producing a comedy sketch featuring Natalie as Miss Piggy, and excerpts from two original scripts.
Directed by Adam Arian, Natalie and co-star David Jenkins take on a new 10-minute play in Amios' February Edition of Shotz. Lizzie Vieh's play Down and Out in Chichen Itza is the hilariously dark tale of a young couple who escape to Mexico for what's supposed to be the end of the world. Catch the show Monday the 1st at The Kraine, at both 7p and 8:30. Grab a free drink with your ticket, and party with the cast afterwards at Dempsey's! Tickets HERE
As a part of The Habitat's Directors Playground, Natalie and six other women are collectively devising a piece about queer women. There will be a showing of their progress on Monday the 21st at 6:30 at A.R.T./NewYork Brooklyn. Led by director and Habitat Artistic Director Katie Lindsay, the group will continue collaboration in January of 2016, exploring ideas and elaborating on the characters they've created thus far.
For its first ever showing, Natalie will perform in a reading of Jeremy O. Harris' new play Daddy. Jeremy wrote the play during his time at the MacDowell Colony Fellowship earlier this year. Directed by Mitchel Civello, the play will be read in Studio Three at 890 Broadway on Monday the 14th @ 7:15.
Natalie shoots Business "News" a new short comedy for NYU film student Jack Filsinger, alongside co-stars Rome Davis and Evyn Whiteley. Natalie plays Valerie Allen, a sharp up-and-coming actor, who has recently found her way into the spotlight; however, her maturity and poise will be tested when interviewed by infamous misogynist, Everett McGreggor.
Come on over to the lounge at Dixon Place, Thursday night, October 8th at 7:30. Natalie will be movin' and groovin' in Morgan Green's presentation of Sarah Einspanier's new play, I Love Sean. The play was recently workshopped in Maine at The Barn Arts Collective. Natalie joins the cast for this one-night-only event! Don't miss it. Reserve a seat!
Tensions rise and entitlement shows its face as two women prepare for a performance together...Natalie stars alongside Bianca Crudo in Gracie Gardener's new play Big Lady at The Secret Theatre this month in the Long Island City One-Act Festival. The play opens the festival's "Program 4" and will run through the month, with a possible awards show performance on the 19th at 7:00pm.
Natalie will perform in a new work by Sarah Einspanier at The Tank, one night only in The Getaways Series: A New Works Festival of Colby Day Commissions. Titled The Initial Inklings of a Play by Sarah Einspanier, this reading is not to be missed. Natalie plays two very different twelve-year-old girls and a wealthy New York mother who just can't. This performance of scenes is the very first step in the very long process of writing a play.
Natalie joins the cast of the 2015 24 Hour Play Festival! For four days, a group of actors, writers, directors, and producers under age 25 create a festival of brand new plays to be performed one night only! Catch the show Monday August 10th at 8pm. Follow their process on Twitter and Facebook! Kevin Spacey calls it "an adrenaline rush like no other" and Naomi Watts claims it's "fear on steroids."
Natalie has just signed on to understudy Nick Abeel in what TimeOut New York declared one of the "Top 10 Comedy Shows of 2014" - Hold Onto Your Butts! Two actors and a foley artist perform a live, shot-for-shot remake of the greatest movie of all time; Jurassic Park. The show will play at The Peoples Improv Theater for its fourth extension, every weekend in August & September.
Natalie and The Weekend Detectives co-creator, Max Reinhardsen, start filming their 5-episode premier season this month on a whopping budget of 10k they raised throughout April. They're scheduled to wrap by the end of June, but if you're hungry for more, catch sneak peeks of their progress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Expect the entire season to drop on Vimeo this fall.
The Weekend Detectives have officially launched their Kickstarter Campaign! If you take a look at their Proof of Concept, you'll meet Alice and Alex McNally, twin part-time cops. Anything they say or do can and will be used against them. They have 30 days to raise $10,000 to produce this 5-episode web series. Max and Natalie are insanely thrilled and proud of this project, and they're just getting started. Help them bring the McNally twins to life!
You can catch Natalie in Mat Smart's new play Fuck City, part of Rule of 7x7: Spring Edition, at The Tank on W. 46th, April 24th and 25th @ 9:30pm. Tickets are $12 at the door, with a free drink upon entry! Directed by Wes Grantom, Fuck City will also feature 7x7 producer and fellow Slant Theatre Project artist, Brett Epstein.
Natalie and her bud Max Reinhardsen are finally getting the ball rolling with their web series The Weekend Detectives. Be on the lookout for their Proof of Concept vid and the Kickstarter campaign April 1st! If you like to laugh, you won't be disappointed. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram! #weekenddetectives #webseries
Joining Amios NYC once again, Natalie will appear in Erin Mallon's new play Loodvig. As always with SHOTZ, you'll receive a free beer with your $12 ticket. Monday February 2nd at The Kraine on East 4th Street @ 7pm & 8:30pm with a party at Dempsey's following the late show. See you there!
Come hear Natalie as the character Betsy in a reading of Allyson Morgan's new pilot, Neighbors. Directed by Kristin McCarthy Parker, a hilarious bunch of actors (including Allyson herself!) will be performing for free at The PIT on East 24th Street, Monday 1/26 @ 7pm.
*The reading has been postponed due to massive snowpocalypse
Natalie is featured in Danny Babayev's latest inspirational short, Fading Advice. The film has been submitted to multiple competitions, and can be found on Facebook @ Danny BFilms.
Natalie is performing in The Habitat's third New Territory: Short Works in Progress at 4th Street Theatre January 8th and 9th at 8:00pm in a new play called Parallax Shift by Daisy Freund. Directed by Sarah Stites, the play is inspired by the works of Cheryl Strayed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your $10 tickets.
Horse Girls at The Cell has extended through January! Natalie, a proud understudy, will be performing on January 16th at 8pm. She is in LOVE with this new play, and so is New York City. Get your tickets soon, the house fills fast.
We're flyin' by the seat of our pants, folks! Every month, Brooklyn-based theatre company Ugly Rhino puts on an evening of themed new work and good beer. With just two rehearsals in sight, Natalie embarks on Tiny Rhino: Office Holiday Party. Get your tickets soon – the show is Tuesday, December 16th! Mark Armstrong directs Paul Notice's new play, It's the Uniform.
Happy opening to the HILARIOUS new play, Horse Girls by Jenny Rachel Weiner (directed by the fabulous Sarah Krohn). Now playing @ The Cell on West 23rd in Chelsea. Natalie is understudying Kaley Ronayne as the Lady Jean Ladies treasurer and recorder extraordinaire, Margaret. Horse Girls is sold out, but you can sign up for the wait list HERE.
Spot Natalie at the birthday party on My Crazy Love, a new series on Oxygen! Look out for the "Melissa" episode, airing Tuesdays at 10:00am. The new show tells the wild, romantic, and hilarious tales of what real people have done in the name of love.
Natalie is appearing in the monthly theatrical pressure-cooker known as Shotz with Amios NYC. Each month, "six groups get two weeks to write, two weeks to rehearse, two hours to tech, and two chance to perform all new short plays." This month's theme: AWKWARD. Hilarity ensues, be sure to check it out. Kraine Theatre: Monday, November 3rd @ 7/8:30pm.
Natalie, along with WTF's non-equity company, is back in the big apple! Join these twelve young actors as they showcase their talent at Playwrights Horizons on September 22 at 5 & 7pm! Email email@example.com to reserve your tickets. Click the VIDEO tab above to check out the promo video!
The summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival is coming to a close, and Natalie is so thankful to be featured in multiple readings! Before heading back to the city, she'll present the screenplay of an upcoming film, Behold My Heart by Joshua Leonard and Rebecca Lowman, sing in Evan & Mike Yionoulis' new transmedia musical Redhand Guitar, and read in Dennis Staroselsky's new play Mourning Found Me Again for WTF's Free Write program. What a summer!
Natalie has been cast in Danny Sharron's project, OKAY by Taylor Mac. The play takes place in the bathroom of a 2003 high school prom. Each stall encircles a different world, seemingly separate from the others. If you're in town, head to The Directing Studio on July 27th at 10pm/11:30pm.
Happy opening ROBIN HOOD! Come CHECK OUT Natalie Rich as Ellen Deirwold AND Riccon Hazel at Poker Flats in Williamstown, MA July 15-19 and 22-25. Click the Video tab above to catch an amazing Behind-the-Scenes clip from rehearsal.
Finally having made it to Williamstown Theatre Festival, Natalie has begun rehearsals for ROBIN HOOD. In addition her role in WTF's Free Theatre production, she has been cast in a workshop reading of Jeff Roda's 18 TO PARTY, directed by Julie White. Natalie is thrilled to be acting alongside Amanda Seyfried! The reading will present June 25th in The Directing Studio at WTF.
Natalie will be reading stage directions in her buddy Mat Smart's new play The Great Barrier at Primary Stages directed by Daniel Aukin, starring Bill Heck (Cabaret), Jay O. Sanders (Person of Interest), and Jenny Mudge (Rocky). The reading is @ 4:30 on June 5th – 307 West 38th St.
Natalie is returning to Williamstown Theatre Festival to join the ranks of their Non-Equity Company! She's headed to the Berkshires to play Ellen in ROBIN HOOD, the festival's outdoor production. In addition to this role, Natalie will have the opportunity to perform in new play readings, workshops, and the projects of WTF's young directing assistants. ROBIN HOOD is playing at Poker Flats in Williamstown, MA July 15-19 and 22-25.
Here it is! The podcast we've all been waiting for! Catch Natalie Rich in "Episode 8: Siren Song" on iTunes today!
Natalie Rich makes her Ars Nova debut February 25th! Don't miss it! Natalie is performing in Slant Theatre Project's live podcast, On This Island. She's featured in Jiehae Park's short play, NEW YORK, NEW YORK. Look out for an update! The podcast will be available on iTunes soon.
Natalie has been cast as Georgina in Speakeasy Dollhouse's production of THE BROTHERS BOOTH. Performances will take place at The Players Club March 1, April 5, and May 3 @ 8:00. Tickets can be found HERE.
Next spring, Natalie Rich will be assistanting on the direction of Speakeasy Dollhouse's production of THE BROTHERS BOOTH alongside Wes Grantom. Written by Cynthia Von Buhler and Mat Smart, the show is an interactive, inclusive experience featuring burlesque, murder, and a live jazz band!
Natalie is starting work as Slant Theatre Project's new Artistic Apprentice! Following Slant's mission to build the plane in flight, her artistic duty will create itself, growing and changing along with the upcoming projects. Check out Slant's awesome podcast called On This Island.
Natalie has just signed on to teach NEYT's Brave Young Vaudevillians program with Michael Trzos! The two-week program will help kids ages 7-9 to create their own acts, fostering courage and imagination. Here goes!
Happy opening to Natalie's Co-written and directed children's play Professor Mobius and the Architects of Doom at the New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro, Vermont. Congratulations to Andrew Marchev and the kids, too!
Natalie's summer at the New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro, Vermont has begun! Don't miss these hilarious kids in A Story Familiar, co-written and directed with the ever-talented Dylan Frederick.
Natalie returns to Indiana's New Harmony Project for her third conference. This year, she will be leading the office staff interns and reading in Mat Smart's ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTARTICA.