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THE 2009 LINEUP


SHOWS         STUDIO SERIES         SHORT SUBJECTS         READINGS

Vincent Scott & Scott Pardue present

The American Black Box

Written by Scott Pardue

A sudden disappearance and hotbed of rumors spur questions about habeas corpus, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and the social forces that pave the way for our terrorist policies.

Eric, a software engineer, works for an international chemical company. When a potent weed killing agent that doubles as an explosive compound goes missing, all arrows point toward the new Syrian manager, Yasser. Eric must confront his own prejudices, allegiances to his government, and the nature of suspicion and persecution in this powerful story of family, fear, and American life.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


Theatre for a Big Country  presents

Approaching America

Written by James Evans

After a lifetime of waiting, will brothers Toby and Florida be ready when their pretty neighbor shows up seeking excitement?

A desire to escape the routine of their daily lives leads to constant bickering for two brothers stuck in their parents' rarely visited country store, until the arrival of a pretty and flirtatious neighbor drastically changes everything. Competition for the young lady's affections soon tumbles into hilarity of disastrous proportions.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


InterAction Theater, Inc.  & Off the Leash Productions present

Assholes and Aureoles

Written by Eric Pfeffinger

taboo...taboo...taboo...taboo...taboo...taboo...taboo...taboo...taboo...taboo...taboo...taboo...taboo.

Two women, thirteen taboos and countless laughs you'll feel guilty about tomorrow. This is for all of you out there who listen to so much NPR that your PC-ometer needs to get blown up and recalibrated.

Cast Members: Karen Irwin, Diane Kondrat

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

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The Theater Company / David Zimmerman  present

Bartholomew Fair, NJ

Written by Billy Mitchell

A twisting, madcap knot of deceit, disguises, puppets... and New Jersey!

Set in New Jersey in 1985, and gently inspired by Ben Jonson's classic 1641 comedy, "Bartholomew Fair, NJ" features five actors playing 20 characters in a five act epic farce -- boiled down to 80 hilarious minutes of rhyming couplets and fairground silliness.

Cast Members: Philip Corso, Leticia Diaz, Mark Dunn, Benjamin Holmes, Courtney Kochuba

Running time: 80 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Audience:  Appropriate for all ages

Official website: http://www.bartholomewfairnj.com

Promotional Video: Watch our Video 


John Montgomery Theatre Company presents

Benny

a new play  by Suzanne Bachner

"The future of theatre" - BroadwayWorld.com

A diagnosis, a broken marriage and a lifetime of displacement send a young woman on a reluctant journey of self-discovery. Benny is a kaleidoscopic theatrical portrait of Anna: a girl looking for a road to her birth parents and one that will take her home. The New York Times raved that Bachner and Minskoff’s last dramatic collaboration was “ingenious…it is no accident that so many of the sharp jokes come as complete surprises.”

Director: Trish Minskoff

Technical Director: Douglas Shearer

Cast Members: Susan Barrett*, Bob Celli*, Tim Smallwood*, Morgan Lindsey Tachco and Danny Wiseman* 

Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor

*Member AEA

Official website: www.jmtcinc.com  


The Active Theater & Rick Joyce  present

Body Language

Written by Jenny Contuzzi

Before "I Do" comes "I am"

Everyone has needs they just can’t seem to stop telling Mary about. Mike needs a wife. Harold needs a “secretary.” Theo needs a victim. But what Mary needs, she dare not say. A play about the line between who we are, and what we will admit to.

Director: Nathaniel Shaw

Cast: Amy Miller Brennan* , Michael Andrew Daly*,  Danny Katz*,  David Ojala,  Jeffrey Trunell

* appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor

Audience: Appropriate for ages 18 and up. The play has mild language and some subject matter that might not be suitable for theatregoers under 18 years of age.

Official Website: www.theactivetheater.com


Stephen Wisker presents

The Broken Jug

Written by Heinrich Von Kleist

Judge and witnesses know more than they dare say in this riot of an antique roadshow.

From a place somewhere between Amish and apple pie comes a company that time forgot -- with a broken pot. Springer meets Spitzer -- old skool style!

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


Checking In

Written by Brian Hampton

Only one rule for the weekend: No boys. No babies. Six high school friends reunite for a weekend in Atlantic City...and new truths spill out.

Six best friends reunite for a weekend in Atlantic City. Through laughter and tears, they discover there's much more to their bond than a carton of cigarettes, a case of beer, and a room full of high school nostalgia.

Director: Richard St. Peter

Cast: Natalie Buster, Allie Darden, Brian Hampton, Beverly Lauchner, Anna Nugent, and Jennifer Hyman Zimmerman.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor

Audience: Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Some adult language and content

Official Website: www.brianhampton.net

Promotional Video: Watch our Video 


Christmas Guest

Written by James V. O'Connor

An unshuttered look at the subtleties of dark family secrets and betrayal between parents and children.

Michael McGrath has finally broken out on his own to rebuild his life from the ashes of an upbringing at the hands of an abusive, alcoholic father. In an open tenement apartment in the Bronx on Christmas Eve, Michael learns that some ghosts are almost impossible to exorcise. A sincere and lucid story about how families try to hide their secrets from the people that they trust the most.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


Teater Omen presents

Connect/Disconnect

Music by Jan-Erik Sääf; English Book and Lyrics by Owen Robertson
Based in part on a Swedish version by Jan-Erik Sääf and Ola Hörling

One man. One woman. Four stories.

It’s 2009. In London, a policewoman is looking for a real man, and a young lad is looking for fun. In New York, a husband is seeking his true self, and a wife is afraid to shatter a perfect illusion. What will it take for them to connect, reconnect and disconnect when there are a million ways to communicate but only one way to talk face-to-face? Connect/Disconnect...A new musical having its world premiere at the Midtown International Theatre Festival.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


Howling Moon Cab Company presents

Crossroads

Written by Meri Wallace

The place to get a cut, a perm or change your life.

There’s trouble at Crossroads hair salon. Wing wants to sell. Angela is trying to leave her husband. Nicole is having an affair. Frank wants to be white and Guisseppe discovers that Manhattan women want lawyers, not hairdressers. When someone trashes the shop, the culprit must be found and the rest help each other to make over their lives.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


Galli Theater NY presents

Eve and Lilith -- Adam's Temptation

Written by Johannes Galli

When Adam's wife and mistress meet up, they discover more about each other--and their man--than they ever expected.

Modern man Adam has two great loves. Eve is the self-sacrificing wife; Lilith is the sultry and beguiling mistress. When the two women finally confront one another, they uncover surprising truths about themselves as women and as lovers. A quirky and unexpected riff on the ageless tale of biblical mythology, as the First Man's women meet under explosive circumstances. 

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


Stage 13, Inc.  presents

EXPOSED! The Curious Case of Shiloh and Zahara

Written by Kate Gersten

What do you do when Mom's a Tomb Raider and Dad's in a Fight Club? The story of two media darlings, all grown (and screwed) up.

What becomes of celebrity children who grow up in the spotlight? Twenty years into the future, we find one house bound, a second unable to date, and a third... the spawn of the devil. EXPOSED! is an outlandish and stylish play about the next generation of Hollywood royalty...God help us all.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


Lucky Penny Productions presents

FaceSpace

What if there was a social networking site that came with a little friend who sits inside your brain? A play about social networking, modern love, and too many choices.

What if there was a social networking site that came with a little friend that sits inside your brain? It's Tom, the founder of FaceSpace! As Simon & Anne's new romance develops, where does Tom fit in & will his meddling alter their relationship forever? FaceSpace is a play about social networking, modern love & too many choices.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Official Website: www.facespacetheplay.com


Family Symmetry

Written by Adam Samtur

A couple struggles to survive the challenges of obsessive compulsive disorder in this story of the rocky nature of love and acceptance.

Suzanne is a writer who can't help but question the direction her life has taken. Everyday, she fights to understand and accept her husband's OCD as they cope with the blows of adultery and pregnancy. FAMILY SYMMETRY is an honest and three-dimensional look at social illness, and how we deal and don't deal with it in our everyday lives. 

Director: Adam Samtur

Cast Members: Allen: Leo Goodman, Suzanne: Susan Stout, Linda: Lisa Pettersson

Running time: 80 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Length of intermission :  10 minutes 

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 15 and up.


Take Wing and Soar Productions present

Forgive Me?

written by Esther Armah

One couple, one relationship, one break-up, one last conversation. Sometimes the end is the beginning.

It's over. Zach and Lexie. An African man and a black British woman. Together for 5 years and 3 days. Friends, lovers, living together. Not any more. They have two hours to pack and leave. Who was right? Who was wrong? Culture, fear, pasts, truth - it's on the table and up for grabs.

Director: Trezana Beverley

Running time: 75 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


Lawson Caldwell & Anthony Francavilla present

Gentleman's Wish

Written by Lawson Caldwell

A play about the ever-changing world of politics, sexuality, love and integrity. 

A senator's picture-perfect life evaporates when his wife outs his 20 year affair with his best friend. As he and his staff descend upon his mother's estate to work on spin and damage control, a visit from his wife and son spill out into a well publicized press conference. 

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


Frederick Street Productions presents

How to Make an American Family

Written by Jeff Seabaugh

Follow one man's journey toward creating a family of his own.

Ever feel like you didn't belong -- in your own family? Follow one gay man as he grapples with that very question--while caring for his terminally ill mother, inheriting his developmentally disabled aunt, and finally forming a family of his own through the miracle of adoption. An outsider's story of finding family against all odds.

Running time: 65 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Official website: www.jeffseabaugh.com


The Collective Objective presents

I Hate Love

Written by Kyle Baxter & Jon Crefeld

Shakespeare Remixed!

Kira and Cruz are getting married! Hot shot pilots from Cruz's Navy squadron are coming, but not everyone is happy about it! And what exactly is going on between the best man and Kira's cousin? It's all a little queer in this modern day, gender-bending interpolation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

Director: Mark Duncan

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 17 and up, adult themes and situations.


Oberon Theatre Ensemble presents

Insecurity!

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Mickey Zetts

The recession-proof musical!

From the Creator of "Apathy-The Gen X Musical", an unlikely romance blooms when a motley crew of recession victims scheme to save their jobs. Who knew being a Security Guard was this much fun? 

Running time: 120 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


iDo Theater! presents

Las Escenas de la Cruz (Scenes of the Cross)

Written by iDO THEATER! and Daniel Carlton

At the border between the United States and Mexico, a line is crossed between dreams and reality.

Rooted in true stories and oral histories, LAS ESCENAS DE LA CRUZ is a play about the poignant and unexpected struggles of recent immigrant youth--stories conceived, created and performed by the very people who lived them.

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


Shadow Productions and Kramis Productions present

The Lincoln Continental

Written by Kathy Kafer

A father, a daughter and the car that drives their relationship through three decades.

In 1974, Murray teaches 16-year-old Rachel how to drive his pride and joy – a brand-new Lincoln Continental! He wants the radio off, she wants it on. So off goes the radio, on goes the engine, revving up a battle of wills that spans thirty-five years. Along the road Rachel encounters the challenges of growing up while Murray tackles the trials of growing old. Their relationship with each other and the car survives several crises, crashes and a few hundred thousand miles.

Director: Steven Yuhasz

Lighting Design:  Nadine Charlson

Sound Design:  Johan Churchill

Costumes:   Carol Sherry

Cast: Janet Metz & Richard Vernon

Running time: 85 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Official Website: www.TheLincolnContinental.com


DQDI presents

Love, Humiliation and Karaoke

Written by Enzo Lombard

“San Francisco’s Sedaris” weaves a quirky, cynical romantic comedy.

Enzo Lombard plays 15 different characters dealing with hideous exes, psychic training and karaoke battles, all in 6 whirlwind episodes, each set in a different city.

Running time: 80 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


Mindful Media LLC presents

Made in Heaven

Written by Jay Bernzweig

directed by Dennis Erdman

One brother is straight. One is gay. They're conjoined twins who share a penis. What happens when two Teams compete for the same Member?

Conjoined twins Max and Benjy share everything -- a life, a career and a single, large penis. Miraculously, they've met a wonderful girl who loves them both and accepts their "specialness." But on the night the brothers have planned to propose marriage, Benjy suddenly reveals that he's gay. This contemporary and outrageous farce explores the true meaning of love, commitment and self acceptance.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


Mighty Little Productions presents

Monroe Bound

Written by Lucile Scott

Secrets destroy in this offbeat tale about miscommunication, Communist microbrew, The Princess of Power and finding your home.

Lexington Monroe has a tendency towards looking for love in all the wrong places. Plus, she has a secret–and secrets destroy! Just like the rest of us, she’s trying to figure out her place in the world, in this quirky tale that spans from Georgia to New York, from Communist microbrew to The Princess of Power, and from staying stuck in the past to moving right along.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


Intentional Theater Group and Carissa Baker present

NeverCracked

Written by Daniel MacIvor and Gwydion Suilebhan

An off-kilter cooking show, followed by a desperate contest between men in neckties.

A comedic double bill including Daniel MacIvor's award-winning NEVER SWIM ALONE, in which old buddies compete in fast-paced absurdist battles of wits, one-ups, and manliness. Also featuring the world premiere of CRACKED by acclaimed DC playwright Gwydion Suilebhan, a short solo play starring a woman, an audience, and an egg.

Running time: 80 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


AFK Productions presents

A Night in the Kremlin

Written by Bernard Besserglik and Bob Barton

America's greatest clown takes on the ogre in the Kremlin

Harpo Marx, visiting Moscow, rides to the rescue of a pair of star-crossed lovers. Jokes and songs, thrills and spills as Harpo confronts a grieving Stalin in his lair. A political parable recounted in the manner of a Marx Brothers movie.

Running time: 120 minutes

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor

Official Website: www.a-night-in-the-kremlin.com


No Apology Theatre presents

Not My Daughter

Written by Ann Mary Mullane

An actress's big Broadway debut reveals more than she bargained for--and forces her parents to confront their own perceptions of their little girl, all grown up. 

A comedy about making life's hard decisions and, even worse, living with one's choices. Lea Finley's life is perfect as she signs not only the lease on her first New York apartment but also her contract as the leading lady in a Broadway musical, and realizes she's living the dream. Everything changes, however, when last-minute rewrites include a full-frontal nude scene. Lea's parents must confront their own image of their little girl as an adult as she bares it all in front of them--and thousands of theatregoing New Yorkers...

Running time: 85 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


Richard Humphrey, CEO RedCloud Mobile, Inc. and William Sauer present

Out of the Sandbox

Written by Jack Sauer

How do we get out of the sandbox of childhood dreams and nightmares and move on with our lives? 

A little boy loves to play with his trucks in the sandbox. He's befriended by an older boy who betrays that friendship in a terrible way.  Twenty years later that little boy is still struggling to leave the sandbox behind. We're all trapped in a sandbox of some kind, some with higher walls and deeper sand than others.  Forgiveness, Love, and Acceptance are the way out.  

Running time: 105 minutes

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


ULU Theatre Collective presents

Pizza Man

Written by Darlene Craviotto

Sex. Pizza. Happiness. How far would you go for a slice?

Start with one woman on the verge of a late-twenties breakdown, whisk in a neurotic roommate, pepper with broken hearts, knead in one cocky pizza man; bake at 400 degrees. and watch the hilarity sizzle.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor

Official website: http://ulutheatre.wordpress.com


Bruce Colbert presents

A Poisonous Tree

Amidst the mounting death and destruction in 1972 Vietnam, Navy officers struggle with justice at one of the war¹s ugliest court martial trials.

 

Running time: 75 minutes

Venue: The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


American International Theatre, Inc.  presents

Pound: The Poet on Trial

Written by William Roetzheim

Poet Ezra Pound is put on trial for treason, with the audience as the jury.

Ezra Pound was a key figure in the birth of modernism at the start of the twentieth century, and he was an active proponent of the Social Credit economic movement during the depression. Leading up to and during World War II he made radio broadcasts from Italy that were offensive and unpatriotic. And then he was charged with treason, but ultimately the government avoided a trial by locking him in an insane asylum for eighteen years instead. This play rewrites history and gives Ezra Pound the trial that he never had. 

Director: William Roetzheim

Artistic Director: Alix Steel

Cast Members: Jeff Berg

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 16 and up

Official website: www.aitheater.org

Újpest Theatre / Gabor Harsanyi  present

Prison Theatre

Written by Gabor Harsanyi

Power or talent; which matters in humanity's prison. 

Mr. Maki the old prisoner was sentenced because of robbery years ago but suddenly everything changes with the arrival of a new prisoner. The young man brings astonishing freedom among the walls of the prison. The barriers disappear and the prisoners walk all over the world traveling in their fantasy. But this game soon turns into a cruel fight for supremacy. When they open the Prison Theatre in their fantasies both of them are challenged in their humanity as well as in acting skills. The story is about human submission and domination of the arts with morbid humor and dramatic turning points.

Running time: 80 minutes

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


Mindful Media LLC presents

Psycho Therapy

Written by Frank Strausser

Directed by Michael Bush

It's  simple really.... Couples counseling for three!

When Lily decided to do couples counseling, she had every intention of going with her boyfriend. But when she didn't think he'd go, there was someone else... because there always is. Which is to say, it was a twosome before it became a threesome. 

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


Many Hats Productions & Third Avenue Productions  present

Requiem for a Marriage

Written by J.B. Edwards

Will Adam and Jean Smiley's shocking secret shatter their daughter Erica's existence?

Adam and Jean Smiley find their thirty year marriage hangs in a state of limbo because of a shocking secret they share about their daughter Erica. Will this knowledge shatter Erica's existence? Or will their world fall apart when Margo, a young interloper, sets her sight on Adam?

Director: Linda Selman 

Light Designer: Nadine Carlsen 

Sound Designer: David Schulder 

Set Design: Memory Contento & Linda Selman 

Costume Designer: Memory Contento & Linda Selman 

Stage Manager:  Chaya Muldavin

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Length of intermission :  10 minutes 

Audience:  Appropriate for ages high school and up.

Official website :  www.thirdavenueplays.com


Thisbe Productions  presents

Seal Songs

Written by Jennifer Fell Hayes

Two tales of love lost and found by the sea.

Two funny, touching short plays, set in the same house by the English seaside - a lonely spinster finds love after a chance encounter with a seal, and an abandoned husband rescues a mysterious woman from the sea.

Running time: 75 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Official website: www.sealsongstheplay.com


Collage Productions/Gary Ferrar  present

Self-Portrait

Written by Jeff Helgeson

Mired in a lifetime of failed relationships, a university professor wages a battle for identity against a desire for suicide.

On his thirty-third birthday, Tom Murphy's intention to kill himself after completing a self-portrait is interrupted by his ex-lover: forced to confront his demons, he must overcome a lifetime of failed relationships that threaten to define him.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


Colleen Pierce and Katzcando Productions present

Southern Man

Written by Stuart Katz, Jeff Pierce, and Colleen Pierce

Follow the adventures of a WWII POW in this timelessly profound tale of camaraderie, love, survival and triumph of the human spirit.

Set against the backdrop of the World War Two era, SOUTHERN MAN is Everyman overcoming adversity. In this one man tour de force where “The Great Escape” meets “Hogan’s Heroes”, Jeff Pierce plays 17 characters as he narrates, sings, dances, jokes, juggles and fights his way to freedom and true love.

Director: Colleen Pierce

Cast Member: Jeff Pierce

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Official website :  www.SouthernManThePlay.com 


Jon Ciccarelli, Hudson Shakespeare Co. present

The Sword Politik

Written by Jon Crefeld

When we only survive, we all are weak. Go Medieval!

10th century Dark Ages. The Baron is dead. His daughter cannot bear arms, cannot defend the barony, and cannot stop the power-hungry men who lay siege the future and soul of Germania.

Author/Book:   Jon Crefeld
Director:  Jon Ciccarelli
Fight Choreographer:  Nathan Decoux

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


Janski Productions Limited presents

That's Showbiz!

Music by Colin Chaston & Tony Clout; Book & Lyrics by Colin Chaston

If only ALL celebrity talk shows were like this!

The king of TV celebrity talk shows asks the backstabbing questions no one else will, and watches his guests squirm with a smile on his face and a song in his heart--but tonight....

Director:    Colin Chaston

Running time: 120 minutes

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 14 and up. adult innuendo

Official website: www.janskiproductions.com


Dina Leytes presents

Two Girls

"a solo written show" and performed by Gabrielle Maisels

"South Africa, 1988. Two girls—Lindiwe, Black, and Corinne, Jewish—are coming of age in the twilight of apartheid."

Two Girls is a remarkable one-woman play tracing the journeys of two children of apartheid South Africa: Corinne, Jewish, and Lindiwe, black. Gabrielle vividly portrays nine characters, delving into the deep pain politics can inflict, and the fierce hope that the two girls struggle to sustain.

Gabrielle Maisels is the granddaughter of Israel Aaron Maisels, leader of the defense team that secured Mandela’s acquittal in the 1956 Treason Trial."

Director: Joey Brenneman

Dramaturgy:  Audrey Rosenberg

Image Design: Luke Raymond

Running time: 70 minutes

Venue: The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 10 and up. 


Jeffrey Altshuler/Alternative Scenario LLC present

Two-Handers

Written by Martin Fox

2 men, 2 women, 4 conflicts, 6 scenes, no intermission

Earnie has charisma, but needs a break. Matt is dependable, but in a rut.
Greta is a giver, but needs reciprocation. Laurie has talent, but wants security.
On the one hand…Greta loves Matt, who loves Greta, but really wants Earnie, who needs Laurie, who used to love Earnie, but… 
On the other hand… Everyone needs something from someone…Getting it is another story.

Director:  Wilson Milam

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


Panicked Productions  presents

Whiskey, Beer and Apple Pie

Written by Rob Egginton, Glenn De Kler, and Eli Sands

A trio of quirky New York breakup stories about love lost, gone wrong, and gone awkward.

Every 8.7 Seconds, a story repeats itself--in bars, tables, and booths across New York City, someone is dumped. Here are three of those stories that will speak to anyone who has ever been on either end of the three dreaded phrases: "We Need to Talk...," "It's not you -- it's me," "No, seriously .. it's over!"

Running time: 80 minutes

Venue: The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor


Bright Star Prods presents

Yo Hot Mama(s)!

Written by Natalie Kim

Two women share their offbeat stories of exotic (and erotic) travel, nutty upbringings, and truth.

When you're plopped in the middle of India or stuck on a rug in a Buddhist temple, strange questions occur, like How can I be a HOT Mama on a celibate retreat? OR How DID I get so many mamas? Sometimes through the humor, you find the truth.

Running time: 90 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor



Studio Series

Park Side Productions & Jack Trinco presents

In Fireworks Lie Secret Codes

Written by John Guare

A black comedy revealing the secret desires of an upper class New York.

From a penthouse terrace in New York, five friends share amusing stories and celebrate Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks display. As they sip wine it becomes apparent that their lives are more troubled than the happy celebrations might suggest.

Director:   Carol Kastendieck

Cast Members: Emily Hansen,  Matthew Osborne, Fawnell Myfanwy, Richard Omar, Robert Stuart

Running time: 40 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 12 and up.


Pink Bulb Productions LLC presents

Numbers

Written by Kieron Barry

Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies .

This award-winning play is a brilliant, contemporary black comedy set in an all-girls’ boarding school, where four sixth-formers vie for the much-coveted position of Head Girl. Bullying, bitching, and betrayal are all on the timetable, as winner takes all.

Director: Dan Chen

Cast Members: Kristen Lewis*, Christine Donlon, Gemma Fearn, and Ella Jane New

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird


Playlab NYC presents

Perfectly Natural

Written by Jon Steinhagen

Fables from a different perspective.

Desserts philosophize. A queen bee conspires. A panda regrets a life of porn. Limestone heads bemoan their fate. On occasion, the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees (and all else that surrounds us) take it upon themselves to illuminate our problems. Which is PERFECTLY NATURAL.

Director:     Kevin P. Hale

Cast: Todd Courson*, Molly Garber*, Amanita Heird, Katie Kozlowski*, John Pieza*, Jonathan Wienner*

* Appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 16 and up.  Some adult language and content.

Official Website: www.playlabnyc.org



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Guy Pride Productions presents

Bible Stories

Written by Cedric Jones

Some things are open for interpretation. 

Bible Stories is the combination of two one-act plays with biblical themes. In Verses, Patrick is anything but The Prodigal Son when he returns to his religious hometown where people, resentful of his homosexuality, threaten to thwart his plans to produce a photography exhibit. When confronted by the town's Reverend, he learns that sometimes, you can't go home again. In the second play, Trouble in Paradise, Steve is more than just a little unhappy when husband Adam brings someone new to their garden paradise . . .someone named Eve.

Director: Alexis M. Hadsall

Cast: Raymond Alberto, Lee Cavellier, Martin Gould Cummings, Jill Drappo-Harvey, Cedric Jones, Bryan Marshall

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience: This show is appropriate for adult audiences. Strong language and adult themes

Official Website: www.guyprideproductions.com 


Chuck Orsland presents

Climbing the Ladder

written by Chuck Orsland

Two plays about ambition in tough times. 

In these two plays, two off-duty cops learn there's no such thing as a free lunch, and when tough times compel a company to implement a Reduction In Force, they really do mean force.

Director:             On the Arm (Lawrence Frank); Reduction in Force (Ali Ayala)

Cast Members:  On the Arm: Matthew Salmela, Tony White & Alice Yorke; 

                          Reduction in Force: Samantha Dark, Molly Evensky, Michael Selkirk & Tony White

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 13 and up.(no bad language or violence, probably just not interesting for younger audiences).


Tjasa Ferme  presents

Cock Tales

Written by Tjasa Ferme; Lyricist: Tjasa Ferme; Composer: Greg Adair

A juicy cocktail of bed time stories

Cock Tales is a juicy cocktail of bed time stories. A victim of the deepest penis envy, Tjasa entertains us with her original playlets about her relentless attempts to catch and internalize the most elusive of creatures. An imaginative musical collage and other surprises spice up this unique journey...

Director: Carlos D. Gonzalez    

Set Design: Yuliya Lanina

Cast Members: Tjasa Ferme, Belinda Hodler, Juliana Huestis, Alenka Kraigher, Victor Ngo

Running time: 52 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 18 and up. contains partial nudity, sexual topics

Official Website: www.myspace.com/tjasaferme


Jon Freda presents

Cracking the Code

Written by Eren T. Gibson & Jon Freda

A send-up comedy of film noir murder mysteries where two actors play eleven off the wall characters. 

Cracking The Code, the send-up comedy film noir whodunit filled with humor, intrigue and improvisation. All are suspect including the audience!

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 14 and up

Official Website: www.crackingthecodeshow.com


Two from the Aisle Productions presents

Disillusioned

Written by Susan Hodara

What you see isn’t always what you get… The art is in the illusion.

Jane hid in shadows. She acted “blind” to combat stage fright doing magic shows with Bernie… and kept acting blind to keep the world away, until the act became reality… When Jane finally reaches out, she finds someone answers.

Director: Noel Neeb

Lighting Design by Jamie Roderick

Stage Managed by Andi Cohen

Magician Consultant: Jeff Grow

Cast: Georgie Caldwell (as Jane), Eric Powers (as Bernie) and Keith Manolo Embler (as Ian and Brian)

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Official Website: http://www.twofromtheaisleproductions.com/shows.html


Starferry Associates presents

Dogs Lie

Written by Ronnie Cohen and Jane Beale

What’s a relationship without trust?

Josh and Iqbal are technicians in a sleep lab, that’s right, they watch people sleep for 8 hours a night. To ease the boredom, they devise a series of games and pranks to keep them awake. Somehow, it escalates out of control.

Director:   Brian Rhinehart

Casts:     Ian Bell, Daniel Dinis, India McDonald

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue:  The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 12 and up.


Elisa Abatsis & Shoes For Royalty Productions present

The Hanged Man

Written by Elisa Abatsis

The point where youth ends, you choose it. You choose it because if you don't , you'll fall off the face of the earth.

16 year old Corey has a stack of unfinished college applications, a gold necklace stuck somewhere in her small intestine, and her best friend, Kip, has just decided that he's in love with a porn star. As Corey uses the myth of Persephone to try to make sense of her life, she embarks an underworld odyssey haunted by fairytales, memories, and a video game Kip is trying to program in order to gain entrance into MIT. How can anything make sense in a world where even goddesses don't get out alive?

Director: Samantha Payne

Cast Members: Aaron Gonzalez, Kate O'Phalen, Elizabeth Wilson, and David Powers

Running time: 55 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience: Appropriate for ages 16  and up.


Eric Greenlund presents

Hardware Dreams

Written by Sunilda Caraballo

Unconventional childhood experiences can become the heartbeat that will carry you through your life as an adult.

A solo show that tells the inspiring story of a girl and her family, her culture, and her dreams. All the way from growing up working at the Hardware, “the family business”, with her mom and dad, three siblings, four dogs, and Auntie, to choreographing her first dance in the 5th grade, the show is a confirmation of how family will always be a part of you.

Director: Eric Greenlund
Choreographer:  Sunilda Caraballo

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience: Appropriate for all ages

Official Website: myspace.com/sunildacaraballo


Susan H. Pak presents

Haters

Two alleged best friends forever find love and hatred through an internet pick up artist.

Mo Shin and Laura Novak have been best friends forever since high school. While making fun of a geeky coworker/ Internet Pick Up Artist, Mo inadvertently learns more about Laura than she ever hoped to know.

Running time: 55 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird


Ellen Lindsay  and Mary Sheridan present

Hello Tomorrow

The Real Thing 

Written by Mary Sheridan 

A search for one woman's most favorite things: the big city, the right relationship and the opportunity to perform plus an examination of the different experiences of a small middle American community versus life in the big city.

Run Fast the Fire 

Written by Ellen Lindsay 

November 1978. Jonestown. The jungles of South America. Over 900 Americans dead. One United States Congressman assassinated. One woman who survived will talk about it for the first time tonight. This show is her story.

Running time: 20 minutes/35 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Official Websites: www.runfastthefire.com

                              www.marysheridan.net


Jen Yip & Seashell Productions present

Iris and Dawn

Iris - Iris Chang was a Chinese American historian and activist, who earned early fame for her bestselling account of a brutal—and hidden—act of genocide. Iris examines the internal struggles and contradictions of this ambitious and seemingly unstoppable young writer, wife, and mother, as her life unravels and ends in a controversial and untimely death.

Director: Elliott George Robinson

Dawn 

Written by Ralph Diaz

Four desperate delinquents facing the reality of hard prison time for their roll in the suspicious death of a wealthy woman, isolate themselves in a dark basement to determine who will take th fall. The means - a deadly card game - the outcome…death. 

Director:  Shelley Titus

Running time: 30 minutes/30 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor

Audience: Appropriate for ages 18 and up. Strong language, drug reference and suicide reference

Official Website: Iris - www.jenyip.com/iris.htm

                           Dawn - www.dawn.seashellfilms.com


Writer's State & Judith Fredricks present

Keeping It In Retrospect

A teenager on the life of a teenager.

A look at a seventeen year old girl thru her songs and dialogue (monologues) in her own words. A timely & charming show by a teen and for teens. (Parents might learn something also)

Running time: 40 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird


Three Halves Productions presents

Life Swap: Two Short Solo Shows

From Poland Ohio to New York City: Sex, Debate Team and Rock N’ Roll (well actually, Opera)

From Poland, Ohio to New York City, two girls, opposite sides of a coin, coming of age in very different worlds, come to terms with their parents as actual human beings and find their own daring and unique voices. 

Speech Team Tryst

Written by Alexis Fedor

Director: Anna Fosse Wilson

Cast: Alexis Fedor

Top Drawer

Written by Adelaide Mestre

Director: Matt Hoverman

Cast: Adelaide Mestre

Running time: 55 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience: appropriate for ages 16 and up.


Wallfly Productions presents

Lunch

by Steven Berkoff

Can you fall in love over lunch on a park bench?

In one of Berkoff's finest small pieces, two strangers both compel and repel one another through their vanity, vulgarness, sexual advances and ultimately their honesty. 

Director: Alan Kinsella 

Running time: 40 minutes

Venue: The Jewel Box Theater -312 W. 36th St., 4th floor


The Flying Invalid Company presents

My Broken Brain

Growing up can be confusing, especially when your brain explodes. 

As an artist and extrovert, it was a challenge for Michael growing up in his small (minded) New Jersey suburb. He falls in love with the unattainable girl. He strays from his Jesus loving mother, and he can’t seem to find his identity. That’s nothing five brain hemorrhages won’t cure. 

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird


Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions, Pathos Audio Theatre & David Dudley present

Parental Guidance

Up A River/Down the Aisle 

Written by Jake Lipman, developed with Mark Hoverman

When her colorful mother dies suddenly, a girl named Jake must navigate through the rites of passage of mourning and marriage, without her mother’s guidance.

Director: Brian W. Seibert

Stage Manager: Laura Schuman

Cast: Jake Lipman

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience: Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Mild profanity

Official Website: www.tictheater.com

Ticket Prices: $12 , $10 students/seniors


Howling Moon Cab Company presents

The Play Plays

Written by Jonathan Wallace, Meri Wallace and Duncan Pflaster

A darkly comic look at the experience of doing theatre. 

"Whom the gods would destroy, they first make playwrights." Five short comic plays about the madness that is theatre.

Director:   Karen Raphaeli, Liz Bove and others

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience:  Appropriate for all ages.

Official Website: www.howlingmooncabcompany.com


Shakespeare Saturdays presents

Shakespeare Saturdays Songs in Concert

Lyricist/Text by William Shakespeare, Donna Stearns; Music by Donna Stearns

Come hear the songs from Shakespeare's plays!

This concert includes beautiful songs from Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline, Othello, King Henry VIII, and Stearns' musical All The World's A Stage (based on As You Like It)- all set to contemporary musical styles from an award-winning songwriter.

Director:  Donna Stearns  

Cast Members:  10 favorite singers from the alumni of Shakespeare Saturdays

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience:  Appropriate for all ages.

Official Website: www.ShakespeareSaturdays.com


Off Sides Entertainment presents

Too Much, Too Far, Too Soon

Written by Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson

Life must be so much easier for normal people.

One group of friends discovers that anniversaries can be a joy, or a nightmare. One woman tries to hold onto something already gone. One man has decided that looking for love is harder than it looks. 

Director: Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson

Cast Members: Liz Bresnak-Arata, Heather Dumont, Alicia Giangrisostromi, Seth Thomas Grugle, Keithen Hergott, Jennifer Hope, Thomas Leidenfrost, Zachary Le Vey, Ralph John Lucci, Kelly Jo Reid and Max Rhyser

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience:  Appropriate for ages 16 and up. There is strong language in this piece.

Official Website: www.offsides.org/toomuch


Robin Amos Kahn & Strikingly Different Productions present

Unanswered Questions ... About My Mother

Not My Mother  

Written by Robin Amos Kahn

A solo show about mothers and daughters, marriage and family and what we do for the people we love.

Director: Matt Hoverman

The Unanswered Questions 

Written by Shuga Henry

Two weeks after the Inauguration of the 44th president, six unsuspecting people embark on a trip that forces them to confront they’re own prejudices. A doctor, two teachers, a salesman and a sanitation worker, the unlikely of suspects share an interesting relationship. Together they encounter a short outing that leaves a life long impression.

Director: Shuga Henry

Running time: 25 minutes/30 minutes

Venue: Where Eagles Dare Studio Blackbird

Audience: Appropriate for ages 17 and up



 

Readings 

ALL READINGS ARE FREE ADMISSION

 

1812 The Musical

Book & Lyrics by Ira Shapiro, Music  by Stacy O'Dell & Michael Murray

The adventures of French soldiers trapped in Russia

A lost child survives Napoleon's great march to Moscow with the help of French soldiers during the winter of 1812. Original rock 'n' roll music derived from Tchaikovsky's overture.

directed by Jamibeth Margolis

Running time: 100 minutes

For reservations, please e-mail: 1812rsvp@gmail.com


Family Dinner

Written by Michele Willens

What is the final cost of not telling the truth? 

In 1963, Maggie Wells' family sits down at the dinner table every night. In 2001, Maggie Wells Barton's family never sits down for dinner.

Running time: 100 minutes


Negro Ensemble Company presents

Legends

Written by Leslie Lee

When is enough enough even for the dispossessed?

A motley group of outcasts living in a flea bitten hotel  on the Lower East Side find ways to set aside their differences and unite to force respect from their tormentors,the Hell’s Angels, even though it means risking their own lives and the little they have left.

Running time: 120 minutes


Phil's Literary Works LLC presents

Lesson for Life

Written by Phillip W. Weiss

A young man learns about life...the hard way. 

A young ambitious prizefighter, consumed by greed, agrees to throw a fight for money. Believing that the situation is under control, he soon finds out that his problems have just begun, forcing him to make difficult choices and in the process learn about life. 

Running time: 120 minutes


David Beckett presents

On The Way To O’Neill’s: JFK In Ireland

Written by Ann G. Bauer & David Beckett

What if President Kennedy alone survived the Dallas assassination attempt, and Jackie didn’t?

It is 1999, and JFK returns to Ireland to mourn the loss of his son. An encounter with a female Irish reporter plunges him into a life-changing confrontation with un-exorcised demons from his past. Meanwhile, ghosts from the cold war return to threaten international peace. What happens when history is re-written, and the Legend returns?

Featuring Broadway veterans William Parry (Sunday In The Park With George, Assassins, Passion, Road Show), Maureen Silliman (Shenandoah – L.A. Drama Critics and Dramalogue Award winner), Charles Weldon (The River Niger, and Artistic Director of NEC), along with The Acting Company’s David Foubert and Natasha Malinsky (lead in the current VH1 television series Tough Love).

Running time: 120 minutes

Venue: The June Havoc Theatre - 312 W. 36th St., first floor

Performances: Thurs. 7/23 3:00 pm, Tues. 7/28 3:30 pm, Thurs. 7/30 3:00 pm

Official Website: www.onthewaytooneills.com

Reservations: (212) 560-2338