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A Jewish Joke  | Open: 03/07/19 Close: 03/31/19
Bernie Lutz is a curmudgeonly Jewish comedy screenwriter from MGM, who comes up against the Communist blacklist in 1950’s Hollywood. Now, he has to decide what’s more important – his friends, or his livelihood? Armed with stories about the great era of Jewish humor, this poignant solo dramedy is about one American’s fight against one of the darkest moments of the mid-20th century. A Jewish Joke began in San Diego and has toured regionally with critically-acclaimed engagements in Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, and New Haven. A Jewish Joke was named “Best Drama” of the 2016 United Solo Festival, NY.
 

 

STAGE LIFE  | Open: 05/24/18 Close: 06/09/18
A rousing celebration of lives well-lived in and around the Theatre – The work, the art, the passion, the craziness and the joy, STAGE LIFE delights in a stunning and theatrical tapestry of contemporary and classic short stories, letters, comic and dramatic pieces and reminiscences – imaginatively adapted for the stage – featuring the Playwright, the Actor, the Director, the Producer, the Critic, the Teacher, the Press Agent --- even the Audience.  All are revealed before the footlights and are deliciously fair game.  Never mind the movies, cable, streaming and tweeting – It is and always will be the Theatre that engages, inspires and moves you like nothing else.

Gwen Arment (Director) NY:  BABYReturn To Spoon River, Accentuate the Positive; others include: The Drowsy Chaperone; Patsy Cline, etc.; Producer: Come From Away).

STAGE LIFE cast includes Brittney Lee Hamilton (NY: Theatre Row, Playwrights Horizons, Signature, Irish Rep); Peter Husovsky (NY: Mint Theatre, Traveling Papers &Return To Spoon River at Theatre Row; Regional: Hartford Stage); Judy McLane (B’way: Mamma Mia! – over 4000 perfs! Kiss of the Spider WomanAspects of Love, Chess; Drama Desk & Helen Hayes Nominations; Drama League & Broadway World Awards); Brandon Schraml (Nat’l Tours: Ring of Fire, etc.Off-B’way: Pillars of New York);MarTina Vidmar (Regional: Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, etc.; title/leading roles in Mame, Annie Get Your Gun); Stuart Zagnit (B’way: Newsies, Suessical, Those Were The Days, etc.; Nat’l Tours: Wicked, Falsettos, Into the Woods, Crazy for You); Buddy Haardt (NY: The Acting Company, etc.; Regional: Orlando Shakespeare Theatre,); and Jenny Piersol (Nat’l Tour: South Pacific; NY: Theatre Row; etc.; Regional: Walnut Street Theatre).

Calamity Jane  | Open: 03/13/18 Close: 03/25/18
This is the last chance to see one of the beloved  Musicals Tonight!’s productions. The company will take its final bow with its 100th revival and  New York Premiere of the musical western Calamity Jane, which will play a limited engagement this Tuesday, March 13th through March 25th at the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42 Street). Mel Miller, founded Musicals Tonight! in 1998 with the mission to keep early musicals alive and affordable. Musicals Tonight! prides itself on the ability to bring back virtually- forgotten musicals for new audiences to discover and old audiences to rediscover.  

Calamity Jane is based on the historical figure of the actual frontierswoman. The non-historical, and farcical plot involves the authentic Calamity Jane's professional associate Wild Bill Hickok and their stormy relationship that ultimately proves to be a facade for mutually amorous feelings. Calamity Jane is directed by Devin Vogel with musical direction by Nevada Lozano.

The playing schedule for Calamity Jane is as follows: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM, with matinees on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM (March 13th through March 25th).

 

Anything Goes  | Open: 02/27/18 Close: 03/11/18
Back by popular demand,  Musicals Tonight!’s production of Cole Porter’s hit musical Anything Goes returns to The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42 Street) for a limited engagement February 27th through March 11th. Anything Goes is helmed by Casey Colgan who returns to the production as director and choreographer. Christopher Stephens is the musical director and costumes are designed by Jack Maisenbach.

 

The original 1934 production of Anything Goes ran for over a year and has been revived on Broadway three times since then. Anything Goes takes place on board the luxury liner S.S. American where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route to England.  Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to someone she doesn’t love. Joining this love triangle are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick in crime Erma.  With the help of elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and blackmail, Reno and Moonface join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.

 

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased through www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

 

ROMANTIC TRAPEZOID  | Open: 11/04/17 Close: 11/25/17
Victor L. Cahn’s Romantic Trapezoid will get its world premiere directed by Alberto Bonilla at Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre. The show will begin performances on November 4, and open on November 8, running through November 25, 2017 at Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre (410 West 42 Street). Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

 

Melissa figures she has everything: a thriving career, a devoted partner (who never overstays his welcome), and the freedom to enjoy whatever and whomever else she wants. But when an unexpected visitor brings equally unexpected news, Melissa’s rollicking life turns into comic confusion, replete with surprising twists and a tantalizing resolution. 

ALL OVER THE MAP  | Open: 04/21/16 Close: 05/08/16
In All Over The Map, Bill Bowers takes audiences on a 30-year globe spanning adventure ride through 50 states and 25 countries. Assisted by two hookers, one bunny, and his mastery of mime, Bowers vividly depicts cultural differences through his travels and personal connections, sharing fantastical characters and indelible memories. The New York Times hailed Bowers’ previous work as “Zestful and endearing [and] full of life.”


All Over The Map, written by Bill Bowers and directed by Martha Banta, will begin performances Thursday, April 21st and open Wednesday, April 27th for a limited run through Sunday, May 8th. The show will be performed at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) on Theatre Row. Tickets are $36.25 and are available by visiting www.afo.nyc , www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

THAO'S LIBRARY  | Open: 04/20/16 Close: 05/07/16
Thao’s Library is a multi-media play written and performed by Elizabeth Van Meter, with footage drawn from her own award-winning documentary of the same name. Van Meter’s discovery of a photograph propels her to rural Vietnam to meet a woman whose indomitable spirit inspires her to build a library.


Thao’s Library, directed by Joe Ricci, will begin performances on Wednesday, April 20th and open Thursday, April 28th for a limited run through Saturday, May 7th. The show will be performed at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) on Theatre Row. Tickets are $36.25 and are available by visiting www.afo.nyc , www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

BROADWAY AND THE BARD: AN EVENING OF SHAKESPEARE & SONG  | Open: 01/28/16 Close: 03/06/16
In Broadway and the Bard, universally acclaimed stage and screen veteran Len Cariou gives full voice to an idea that he has harbored since his first prophetic Broadway season of Henry V and Applause; Combining his two great loves -Shakespeare and American Musical Comedy - into one rich and diverse tapestry; outfitting trenchant classical soliloquies and sonnets with inventive musical pairings from beloved writers of the Great White Way - an eighty-minute melding of superb soliloquy and memorable song by a one-of-a-kind master actor of exquisite vintage in what the Bard might refer to as "a most rare vision.”
TRAVELING PAPERS  | Open: 06/03/15 Close: 06/20/15
A lively theatrical adventure exploring our connections to travel, conceived and adapted by Barbara Bosch and Martin Tackel. Barbara Bosch^ directs a cast of eight including Gwen Arment*, John Camera*, Kyle Doherty, Gwen Eyster, Peter Husovsky*, Macy Idzakovich, Jillian Stevens, and Antonio Edwards Suarez*.

TRAVELING PAPERS is a passport to theatrical adventure which explores our connections to travel. Through an entertaining encounter with novels, poetry, short stories, personal letters and other literary works by Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Anthony Bourdain, W. Somerset Maugham, Michael Clinton, Paul Theroux, Edna Ferber, Robert Frost, Rosemary Mahoney, Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alice Steinbach and Peter Mayle, among many others, TRAVELING PAPERS transports us by exploring the joys and frustrations of travel. It reveals how human beings long for the distant horizon. In this era of myriad reality television shows devoted to travel competitions, and vast amounts of web-based videos, tweets, instagrams and newsprint concerned with the latest exotic destination...Now is the time to pack your bags for TRAVELING PAPERS!


About the Company: Laurel Valley Productions

Laurel Valley Productions (producer), founded by Martin Tackel in 2013, is a producing organization dedicated to the presentation of both classic and contemporary theatrical works.  TRAVELING PAPERS is its first New York production.

For Goodness Sake  | Open: 03/17/14 Close: 03/30/14
George & Ira Gershwin’s  For Goodness Sake - March 18-30 at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street)

For Goodness Sake originally starred Fred and Adele Astaire, who became the toast of the Continent.  This show has not been seen in over 90 years and has been lovingly reconstructed by Musicals Tonight

It’s 1923 at a weekend party at Bourne Estate near Maidenhead, England. Teddy (Sean Bell) and Suzanne (Sarah Rolleston) are American guests who became friends on the Mauritania en route to England.  Upon arrival, Teddy is immediately smitten by Vivi (Amber Guest) whose reputation as a flirt is legendary and who is engaged to Perry (Brandon Andrus).  Marjory (Natalie Beck), Perry’s ward, has her sights set on Geoff (Nathan Freeman) and Count Spinagio (Jason Simon) - the gigolo of the piece - will gladly walk off with any available heiress.  Perry seeks to ensure Vivi’s faithfulness by faking his own death on a flight to America piloted by friend Jack (Matt Dumont).  Vivi figures all this out and ratchets up her flirting knowing Perry is watching.  The other male guests (Marc Bitler, Daniel Drewes, RJ Magee, John Wascavage) help the other lady guests (Andrea Dotto, Michelle Foard, Lauren Frankovich, Britte Steele) avoid Count Spinagio. Joseph (Mark Hawbecker), the butler, tolerates the shenanigans.

Songs include:  I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise; Oh, Gee, Oh, Gosh; The Whichness of Whatness.

Director:  Thomas Sabella-Mills        Music Director:  David B. Bishop
Tickets: $26.25 at the Box Office or from Telecharge 212-239-6200

 

 

Elsinore County: Hamlet's Must-See Season Finale!  | Open: 06/20/13 Close: 07/03/13
Spoiled hipsters and desperate housewives reside in Elsinore County, Raymond’s mash up comedy that pairs Shakespeare’s Hamlet with an Aaron Spelling twist. This theatrical romp runs the gamut from Tele Novellas to rich dramatic (over) action that would make the WB proud.  According to the show’s producers, this season finale of ElsinoreCountyis a“MUST SEE” of the theatrical season. 

Foodacts  | Open: 02/06/13 Close: 02/24/13
FOODACTS is a culinary stage adventure which explores our primal connections to food and its power to unite. Through an entertaining encounter with established novels, colorful poetry, historic essays, personal letters and other literary works by Langston Hughes, Proust, Homer, and Dickens, among others, FOODACTS serves up the joys of food and eating. It goes beyond the mere palate, revealing how human beings relate to and obsess over food from as far back as The Bible to today. In this era of myriad reality television shows devoted to virtuosic food preparation, and vast amounts of newsprint concerned with the latest cooking innovations and restaurant reviews…now is the time for FOODACTS!

Barbara Bosch directs a cast of seven including Robert Allan, Judith Barcroft*(Bway: Dinner at Eight, Betrayal, Elephant Man, Plaza Suite), Gwen Eyster, Peter Husovsky*, Jaclyn Mitgang, Mark Ringer, and Antonio Edwards Suarez* (Bway: American Buffalo - Leguizamo understudy; Off -Bway: Chaucer in Rome - Lincoln Center).

Spirits Of Exit Eleven  | Open: 01/10/13 Close: 02/02/13
Spirits of Exit Eleven tells the darkly comic tale of a ragtag crew of outcasts struggling to keep their dignity and their livelihood afloat at a rundown New Jersey Strip club/pizza parlor on Halloween.  www.spiritsofexiteleven.com

The cast introduces newcomer Nicole Balsam and includes Mike Carlsen (The Wood, Rattlestick; “30 Rock;” “Pan Am;” Wreck it Ralph), Shane Patrick Kearns (“Law & Order SVU”), Stephen Payne (The Empty Ocean, Stella Adler, Sailor's Song by John Patrick Shanley, The Public Theater), and Deborah Rayne (“A Gifted Man,” “All My Children”). Scenic design is by David Meyer, with lighting design by Adam Greene, costume design by Alexis Forte, sound design by Donald Stark, choreography by Marlo Hunter, and fight choreography by David Anzuelo.

Thirds  | Open: 03/02/12 Close: 03/18/12
In THIRDS, three sisters inherit their mother's house. The problem is that the daughters cannot agree on how to divide the estate. When one of the sisters begins to build a brick wall to claim her third of the house, it's clear a decision must be made before the mortar dries.

Kithless In Paradise  | Open: 09/13/11 Close: 10/09/11
Bill Norrett/Cyrano Players, Inc will proudly present the World Premiere of Kithless in Paradise, written by Molly Moroney, directed by Niki Flacks at The Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street). Kithless in Paradise will begin performances on Tuesday, September 13 through October 9, celebrating its opening night on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.Tickets are $51.25 and can be purchased at www.Telecharge.comor by calling (212) 239-6200.

Some people have it all -- endless supplies of cash, a chic circle of friends and the perfect marriage. The McCalls and Barretts share a life in the lap of luxury and decades of friendship. A rollicking, lavish dinner party that promises to be full of laughter, wine and nostalgia takes a foul turn when a guest pushes the boundaries of friendship too far. Secrets spill forth, leaving all to question the tenuous binds that hold marriage, kith & kin, and life-long friendships together.

 The cast includes: Liz Frost (The Burial at Thebes), Brit Herring (The Devil and Billy Markham , The Apple Cart) , Bob Manus (The Seduction of Edgar Degas. Film: Last Letters from Monte Rosa), Tracy Newirth(The Guest at Central Park West), David Wirth (Reflections of the Heart), Jill Melenie Wirth (Orphan Train). Creative team includes:Raul Abrego (Scenic Design), Rebecca Lustig (Costume Design), Josh Scherr (Lighting Design) and Kimberly Carbone (Sound Design)

Critical Mass  | Open: 10/22/10 Close: 11/07/10
Heiress Productions is pleased to present the world premiere of CRITICAL MASS, by Joanne Sydney Lessner, directed by Donald Brenner (December Fools, A Tale of Two Cities). CRITICAL MASS will play a 3-week limited engagement at The Lion @ Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Performances begin Friday, October 22nd through Sunday, November 7th. Proceeds from CRITICAL MASS will benefit The Lustgarten Foundation, dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research.

Press are cordially invited Friday, October 22nd  at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 23rd at 8:00 pm & Sunday, October 24th  at 3:00 p.m.
(Unofficial press dates will be accommodated, upon request.)

In Joanne Sydney Lessner’s new hilarious revenge comedy, a pair of married opera critics are forced to reexamine their priorities when the tenor whose career they ruined moves in with them.

Carrie Greenlea is an opera critic who enjoys skewering singers for everything from bad high notes to bad nose jobs. Her husband and fellow critic, Norman, prefers to equivocate rather than hurt anyone’s feelings. When Stefano Donato, a mediocre Italian tenor whose career they have jointly ruined, moves in with them, he proceeds to exact revenge. Events reach critical mass when their household is further invaded by their Bette Davis-impersonating editor; a marginally talented, but resourceful soprano; and Stefano’s desperate wife. For Critical Mass, playwright Joanne Sydney Lessner drew on her own experience reviewing recordings and performances for Opera News over the past decade.

“Writing Critical Mass was my way of working through what I consider to be a solemn responsibility,” says Lessner. “To find the comedy, I took one of my fears as a critic – finding myself face to face with someone whose performance I didn’t like – and drew it out to the extreme. There are
moments when the play borders on farce, and there’s a fair helping of operatic excess, but it does explore, quite seriously, the nature and purpose of arts criticism. I think critics can lose sight of the fact that they have the power not just to derail a single career, but also to squelch a vulnerable art form. But because I’m still also an active performer, I can appreciate both sides of the equation.”

Featuring Aaron Davis*, Laura Faith, Marc Geller*, Zac Hoogendyk*, Shorey Walker*, and Leigh Williams*.

Mary Willis White and Laura Faith are the producing directors. Set design by Chris Minard, costume design by Ashley Rose Horton, lighting design by Melissa Mizell, and sound design by Hidenori Nakajo. The production stage manager is Taylor Crampton.

CRITICAL MASS plays the following schedule through Sunday, November 7th:

Wednesdays through Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm (there will be no Saturday matinee on 10/23)
Sundays at 3pm

Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Row Box Office, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Running time: 2 hours including one intermission

For more information visit www.heiressproductions.org
Photos available at http://picasaweb.google.com/kampfirefilms/CriticalMass#


*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Equity Approved Showcase.
 

A Season In The Congo  | Open: 10/01/10 Close: 10/17/10
Rico Workshop Productions, producers Jackie Jeffries and Rico Speight present Aime Cesaire's  A SEASON IN THE CONGO featuring Ezra Mabengeza in the role of Patrice Lumumba,in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  A SEASON INTHE CONGOis a tale of passion and peril, leadership and betrayal, and devoted love of nation.  Although written over five decades ago, this timely revisiting of A SEASON IN THE CONGO will shed light on important issues and incidents in the Congo’s history relevant to the chaos in the region today.

Lion Theatre at Theatre Row

410 west 42ndStreet.{bet 9th& Dwyer Ave)

New York, NY 

 

September 30 - October 17

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm

Sunday matinee at 3pm

 

Tickets price $50.00. Senior, student and group sales are available. 

For additional information please call 212 340 1121. 

www.telecharge.com  www.theatrerow.org

 

Samuel French, Inc. Off Off Broadway
short Play Festival
 | Open: 07/13/10 Close: 07/18/10
Eighteen of the theatre industry’s most highly regarded playwrights, theatrical agents and artistic directors will jury the 40 short plays featured in the 35th Annual SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. OFF OFF BROADWAY SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL beginning July 13th at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street). Six winners are chosen to have their plays licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.

The 40 plays presented in the festival have been chosen from over 850 submissions by playwriting workshops, university theatre programs, and professional companies from across the country. Plays in the festival will be presented in daily multi-sessions as per the following schedule:

- Tues. July 13
7:30PM - A History of Kites, Dance Lessons, Flood
9:00PM - Smart Phone, Black Meat, Christians Having Sex in Silence, The Delphinium Mansion

- Wed. July 14
7:30PM - White Embers, Knuckleheads, Caution
9:00PM - The Concrete Wall, Skin Deep, Ya Heard Me

- Thrs. July 15
7:30PM - Fan-Boy, The More-Than One, Schwarz! (Hansel und Gretel)
9:00PM - For the Winter, Pigskin, Facing the Window

- Fri. July 16
7:30PM - A Different Kind of Animal, Wipe Away, Climb the Smallest Mountain
9:00PM - Antipasto, Perfect Weather, The Magician and The Memory, What Dies Within Us While We Live

- Sat. July 17
3:00PM - The Peacekeeper, The Incident Report, The Mud is Thicker in Mississippi
4:30PM - Mind Control, The Complicated, Gun Metal Blue Bar, Europeans Kiss on Three Cheeks
7:30PM - Play #4 or 47 Years of Marriage, The Accidental Tragic Death of Emily Brown, The Pen is Mightier
9:00PM - Ugly Couples in Los Angeles, A Map of Our Country, Laid Plans, The Bear (a Tragedy)

- Sun. July 18. Finalists performances. Schedule TBA.

The ongoing feature “Forty Days to Forty Plays” continues on the Festival website, www.samuelfrench.com/oobfestival. This playwright expose series highlights each participating playwright and their work leading up to the opening of the Festival.

God, Sex & Blue Water  | Open: 04/18/09 Close: 05/09/09
 A Test of Faith    An Act of Love      A Choice

It is a world away from the Philippine Islands to Hoboken, New Jersey for a girl with a gift from God.
As her Uncle Max sings Karaoke and her Mother prepares for the Pasyon, a Filipino Lenten ritual of self-crucifixion, Clarita faces a greater unknown- love. Torn between her feelings for her Mother and her new American lover she must sacrifice all she has known to discover the meaning of faith.

Only maybe New Jersey is not the right place for any of this.

Starring
LEANNE CABRERA ANDREW EISENMAN
LYDIA GASTON RYAN McCARTHY

For more information go to www.LivingImageArts.org

ˇ AMERICANIZE ! A Survival Guide to Life in America  | Open: 04/18/09 Close: 05/09/09
 LIVING IMAGE ARTS' 5TH ANNIVERSARY NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

¡ AMERICANIZE !
A Survival Guide to Life in America
4 WORLD PREMIER PLAYS - 4 AMERICAN STORIES


Finding it hard to find your way in the America of today?
Don’t despair... AMERICANIZE!

Living Image Arts 5th Anniversary Festival of One-Acts features the world premiere of 4 uniquely American new works about 4 distinctly American life experiences. From the love struck brokers of Wall Street to immigration raids torn from today’s headlines, from doughnut hurling Grannies to Charlie’s Angels obsessed housewives
¡ AMERICANIZE ! will show you just what it is to be a Real American.

“A terrific presentation of One Acts... Living Image Arts is indeed one of the best small theater companies of New York’s Off-Off Broadway!” -Off-Off Broadway Review

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Playing at The Lion Theater at Theatre Row

Belles  | Open: 03/19/09 Close: 04/12/09
 BELLES: a play in two acts and forty-five phone calls
The Walker sisters, born and raised in Memphis, now live in six different US cities and communicate solely by phone. The eldest, Peggy, who remained with Mama in Tennessee, calls her siblings when their mother is hospitalized – nothing serious, she just ate some bad tuna – but the phone calls lead to often comedic and sometimes brutal confrontations about the past and the present.

BELLES is directed by Marisa Viola. Scenic design is by Jonathan W. Collins, costume design is by Emily DeAngelis, lighting design is by Jessica Greenberg and sound design is by Chris Rummel.

The Walker sisters are played by Laura Faith as Paige, Ashton Heyl as Aneece, Rebecca Lovett as Peggy, Kristi McCarson as Roseanne, Christina Shipp as Sherry, and Kelly Strandemo as Audrey

Proceeds from BELLES will benefit Joe’s House, a nonprofit organization providing a nation-wide online service that helps cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers.

 

 

 

Christine Jorgensen Reveals  | Open: 02/19/09 Close: 03/15/09
During the 1950's CHRISTINE JORGENSEN was the most famous person on earth.

For good reason. She changed sexes.

She was born GEORGE JORGENSEN. That's not how she died.

Six years ago, the show's conceiver and star, BRADFORD LOURYK, came across a tattered 78 vinyl record of the only interview MS. JORGENSEN ever allowed to be documented. He went to work.

Refuge of Lies  | Open: 09/12/08 Close: 09/28/08
Firebone Theatre Company
Proudly Presents the US Premiere of

REFUGE OF LIES
"Refuge of Lies raises impressive, complex questions about forgiveness"
—Mark Taper Forum

FIREBONE THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the US premiere production of REFUGE OF LIES, directed by Steve Day. REFUGE OF LIES will play a three-week limited engagement at Theatre Row: Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street). Performances begin Friday, September 12 and continue until Sunday, September 28. Opening Night is Wednesday, September 17 (8 p.m.).

Rudi Vanderwaal, a gentle, "good," elderly gentleman living in Canada is hunted down by a Jewish reporter who insists Rudi is living a lie. Rudi's haunting past as a Nazi collaborator now demands justice. Will he have the courage to face the crimes of his youth, or flee, once again, behind a promise of grace? This Hitchcock-like thriller is based on a true story.

The production stars Richard Mawe (Award-winning Death of a Salesman at Boston Theatre, Woody Allen's "Alice") as Rudi, Lorraine Serabian (Tony Nomination, winner of the Outer Circle Critics Award, and Barrymore Award Nomination for Zorba!) as Nettie and also Libby Skala (the "Best Solo Performer" award winner, London Fringe Festival 2007).

The production features set design by Rebecca Ferguson, costume design by Marina Reti, and lighting design by Michael Jarett. Jonathan Rivera is the sound engineer, Maria Byerley is the portrait artist and Amanda Gwin is the stage manager.

"The creative direction by Steve Day brings it all together in a unified progression that builds to Ginger's epiphany of self-determination."
- Back Stage Magazine (Invisible Child)

Affluenza!  | Open: 03/13/08 Close: 04/06/08
Affluenza! is a contemporary farce by James Sherman (named the Neil Simon of Lincoln Avenue). Multi-millionaire William Moore lives the high life in his Chicago penthouse with his loyal assistant Bernard. When Moore brings home a new girlfriend, his son and ex-wife are threatened by the potential new heir to his fortune. Who gets what and who ends up with whom is revealed in this lively farce.

The Chicago Reader exclaimed, "James Sherman has created a Moliere play for our times," while the Chicago Sun Times raved, "Monsieur Moliere, Sherman has neatly captured your taste for pranks and reversals and all forms of scheming."

Heiress Productions was founded to raise cancer awareness and funds through entertaining and inspirational professional theater. Proceeds from Affluenza! will benefit Miracle House, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to caregivers and patients coming to New York City for treatment. Through the years, its mission has grown to include anyone seeking critical medical treatment including cancer, clinical trials, reconstructive surgery and more.

Starring: Nancy Evans, Paul Herbig, Philipe D. Preston, Michael Saenz, Stephen Squibb, &
Mary Willis White

Scenic Design ~ Josh Zangen
Lighting Design ~ Joel E. Silver
Costume Design ~ Chloe Chapin
Stage Manager ~ Colin Miller
Production Manager ~ Amber Estes

The Main(e) Play  | Open: 01/16/08 Close: 02/09/08
THE MAIN(E) PLAY explores the colliding worlds of two brothers: Shane, a New York City actor desperate to connect to the sanctity of home, and his younger brother Roy, a single stay-at-home dad and sole caretaker of a dysfunctional seven-year-old. A return to Maine for Thanksgiving forces the brothers to confront the loss of tradition, raising the question: what happens when what was, is no longer?

In addition to Michael Gladis, the production stars Alexander Alioto, Susan Dahl, Curran Connor and Allyson Morgan with sets by Caleb Levengood, lighting by Jason Jeunnette, costumes by Whitney Locher and sound by Daniel Odham.

Lunch Hour  | Open: 04/26/07 Close: 05/20/07
Jean Kerr's Lunch Hour is a warm, witty play about a quirky young woman, Carrie, and a slightly stiff marriage counselor, Oliver, who discover their spouses are having an affair. To incite some jealousy from their cheating spouses, they stage an affair of their own. Will they be able to even the score or will they cause more trouble? Maura Farver directs.

Founded to raise cancer awareness and funds through entertaining and inspirational professional theater, Heiress Productions is proud to honor the memory of Gilda Radner, who starred in Lunch Hour on Broadway, by donating 50% of the net profits from its inaugural production to Gilda's Club of New York City, which was founded to provide free support to anyone affected by cancer and bears the comedian's name.

Committed  | Open: 04/05/07 Close: 04/21/07
From the company that produced "Hello, My Name Is..." and "I'd Leave You...But We Have Reservations" comes COMMITTED, a trio of side-splitting one-acts.

Off the Cuff by William K. Powers is a rip-roaring farce in the tradition of Caryl Churchill. A quirky New York family finally notices the mysterious bank robber sitting in their parlor and invites him to stay for drinks. Holli Harms directs.

Tony Zertuche's Men are Pigs is a riotous comedy that turns the tables on dating. Are men born pigs or do women turn them into swine? Marlo Hunter directs.

Boxes by Robert Askins is a touching, yet darkly comic play about two siblings trying to bury the past. Literally. Lindsay Goss directs.

Hello, My Name Is...  | Open: 01/11/07 Close: 01/28/07
Living Image Arts presents a sizzling new comedy that puts the erotic back in neurotic. According to Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA), there are over 22 million sex addicts in the United States alone. "Addiction is the new black," or so says sultry Sima DeFleur, whose cozy little sex addicts' meeting is thrust into disarray when a mysterious stranger swaggers in one Tuesday night. Will Sima survive the session? Is Johnny gay, straight, or one of those metro-sexuals? Will the Perverts League of America be able to keep sex depraved for civilized people everywhere? Make it part of your New Year's resolution to find out!

"Hello, My Name Is..." is brought to you by the producers of last year's sold-out run of "How to Lose Your Lover in 6 Short Plays," at Theatre Row. Now in its fourth season, Living Image Arts www.livingimagearts.org is committed to nurturing the innovative work of emerging artists, as well as artistic collaboration. Most recently, LIA Artistic Director Peter Marsh produced the critically acclaimed Drama Desk Award-nominated production of Horton Foote's "The Traveling Lady," as well as Romulus Linney's "Klonsky and Schwartz," for Ensemble Studio Theatre.

About the playwright: Stephanie Rabinowitz's past & upcoming playwriting credits include the well-reviewed one-act "Nice Is For Dogs," at the Linhart Theater during May 2006, the upcoming full-length version of "Nice Is For Dogs," at the Cherry Lane Theater during February, 2007, and a full-length play-to-be-named-later, at the Barrow Group Theater in May/June, 2007.

Prime Time  | Open: 05/05/06 Close: 05/27/06
PRIME TIME tells the story of John Ball, who has it all in his white suburban paradise. He views the rest of the world through a big-screen TV. But the real world is nothing like Prime Time. Class, race and pop culture collide in a satirical view of the 2-dimensional stereotypical
world fed to America through mass media. What does it all mean? The stagehands have a few ideas.
Savages  | Open: 03/08/06 Close: 04/01/06
"SAVAGES" is a play about war and its consequences, for both victors and victims—exploring the narrow distance between the two. It is set in the midst of the Philippine-American Conflict in 1902, a war that was a defining moment for the Philippines but has been almost forgotten in the United States. The play explores the situation through the eyes of four characters: the general currying favor with Washington; the Marine major on trial for war crimes; the green young recruit; and the Filipina, who is their closest human contact to an alien environment.
Greyhounds  | Open: 02/01/06 Close: 02/19/06
Circumstance brings together two very different women, a provocative loner and a suppressed housewife, at a rural Oklahoma bus stop in the wee hours. This begins a dance of hurt, humor and intense longing for a connection that could bridge the gap over two painful pasts. A horrible discovery proves to be the catalyst for revelation and transformation. GREYHOUNDS will take you on a journey both tragic and touching.

Show webpage: www.greyhoundstheplay.com

Romeo & Juliet  | Open: 01/13/06 Close: 01/28/06
The Shakespeare classic - set in Early Renaissance Verona.
Jane Ho  | Open: 11/04/05 Close: 11/19/05
"Cutting edge, riveting." ~The Hudson Reporter

"Pallotta delivers a powerful heartfelt story. A must see." ~Empowerment Source, Inc.

In its continued mission to produce quality theatre on both sides of the Hudson River, The Hudson Exploited Theater Company (HExTC) once again crosses the Hudson to The Lion at Theatre Row Studios with the New York premičre of Jane Ho written by John Pallotta and directed by Arian Blanco.

Jane Ho is a psychologically penetrating play about the world of a prostitute. Sexy, disturbing, and emotionally moving, it explores the inner workings of the "life." What are they really like behind the mystery of their occupation? To find out, spend an evening with four ladies of the night as they "reveal" the things they tell their pillow, nobody should. This original play was selected by HExTC in 2003 where it was developed and then produced at its residency space, the Park Performing Arts Center's 32nd Street Playhouse. The strong audience response along with a generous matching gift grant from the Ford Foundation spurred HExTC to now produce this NYC premiere. "This process of nurturing, developing, and polishing new plays at our residency space in NJ and then bringing them to such a prestigious venue like Theatre Row signals an important step in legitimizing HExTC's profile as a leading producer of new works," states Artistic Director Adrian Rodriguez, "Jane Ho marks an exciting time for HExTC."

Richard Cory  | Open: 09/14/05 Close: 09/24/05
"RICHARD CORY" is based on the famous poem by E.A. Robinson. It tells the story of a man who has "everything" and yet simply cannot fit in. Each scene is performed in a different musical style. However, in every interaction, Richard fails to find his own voice. In a startlingly original construction the devastating story unfolds with wit and humor that ultimately delivers the audience and Richard to his inevitable conclusion. "RICHARD CORY" was originally commissioned by PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS with a grant from Harold and Mimi Steinberg. It was also developed in the Eugene O'Neill Conference's 20th Anniversary Season. Its premiere at the Dallas Lyric Stage received a Leon Rabin Award Nomination for Best New Work.
Soon of a Mornin  | Open: 09/13/05 Close: 09/24/05
Produced by Robert A. Carreon and inspired by the Gee's Bend quilters and Library of Congress 1941 Field recordings of their Alabama community, the musical follows an African-American family of tenant farmers beginning in 1934 as they struggle to re-build their lives. Originally commissioned by Musical Theatre Works in 2004, the musical won the 2004 Library of Congress Parsons Fund Award in Ethnographic Research. An excerpt from SOON OF A MORNIN' was performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the ‘Page to the Stage Theatre Festival.'
Julius Caesar  | Open: 08/07/05 Close: 08/20/05
Shakespeare's drama about political intrigue, the corruption of power, manipulation of the masses and how even the "noblest of them all" can be destroyed by doing what he fervently believes is right.

The play is an Equity Showcase.

QUIET CRY: A musical murder mystery  | Open: 06/10/05 Close: 06/26/05
A musical mystery that takes place in the Maternity ward of a city hospital with new moms,
prostitutes, newborn babies, drug addicts, the homeless, a compassionate staff....and one murderer...
The Maiden's Prayer  | Open: 05/25/05 Close: 05/29/05
Prostitution. Dueling Diva Sisters. And Just a li'l bit of nudity. Follow the lives of 5 characters cosmically intertwined by love, lust and addiction. All eyes are on handsome Taylor. Two sisters battle over his affection while his gay best friend pines over this and other unrequieted love. Watch comic reality unfold as people seek the love they want, yet put up roadblocks to prevent it.
Pith!  | Open: 04/06/05 Close: 04/23/05
Set in 1931, PITH! is an epic tale of travel and adventure told with the most economical means. An itinerant sailor leads a grieving society widow and her stoic housekeeper on an exhilarating and treacherous journey into the heart of the South American jungle...without ever leaving the living room. With only four dining room chairs and a phonograph, Jack Vail propels Virginia Tilford and Nancy Kimble from Providence, Rhode Island to New Orleans, Panama, and Ecuador, where hilarious encounters with a succession of explorers, shysters, gigolos, natives, and all manner of tropical wildfire have life-altering consequences for the ladies.
The Winter's Tale  | Open: 03/18/05 Close: 04/02/05
A seldom-seen romance work of the Bard's, The Winter's Tale explores the follies of jealousy and suspicion as well as the hope of redemption. When Leontes, King of Sicilla, wrongly suspects his friend Polixenes of having an affair with his wife, he sets in motion a tale of tragedy which may continue unto the next generation unless it can be stopped in time.

An Equity Showcase

A Midsummer Night's Dream  | Open: 03/19/05 Close: 04/02/05
Take four young lovers, a dark forest, a group of ham actors and the King and Queen of the
Fairies (not to mention their followers), mix them together and you have the recipe for love and laughter. Where fantasy becomes reality and reality can seem less than an illusion. One of the Bard's best-loved works.

An Equity Showcase