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Balm In Gilead  | Open: 10/14/10 Close: 12/12/10
Balm in Gilead extends performances to December 12, 2010.  Due to critical praise and sold out houses, T. Schreiber Studio added performances December 2 - 12, 2010.


Balm in Gilead, Lanford Wilson’s first full-length play, captures the lives of the disenfranchised, the lost, and the derelicts who hang out at an all-night diner on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Joe and Darlene, two young people who desire better lives, are at the center of the maelstrom, caught in the crosshairs of the turbulent 1960s. Poetic and haunting, Balm in Gilead resonates as strongly today as it did at its 1965 premiere at Ellen Stewart’s Café La MaMa.



Cast: Seth Allen, Ian Bell, Esteban Benito, Jill Bianchini, Dennis Brito, Tommy Buck, Lowell Byers, Belle Caplis, Amanda Catrini, Lawrence Crimlis, Ian Campbell Dunn, Jordan Feltner, Jevon McFerrin, Erica Lauren McLaughlin, Mariel Matero, Brad Martocello, Alona Metcalf, Sebastian Montoya, Michael W. Murray, Jason Pumarada, Orlando J. Rivera, Olivia Rorick, Stephanie Seward, Lisa Sobin, Eric Spear, Christine Vega, Stewart Villilo, Jonathan Wilde,  & Richard Zekaria.


Director: Peter Jensen
Producing Director: Barbara Kielhofer

Assistant Director: Julia Kelly
Set Design: Matt Brogan

Costume Design: Anne Wingate

Lighting Design: Eric Cope

Stage Manager: Liz Elise Richards

Sound Design: Andy Cohen

Composer: Mickey Theis

Choreographer: Jessica Osborne

Better Living  | Open: 05/25/06 Close: 06/25/06
George F. Walker's darkly comic play about a family faced with the return of their abusive patriarch ten years after they tried to kill him. The three daughters find idiosyncratic ways to deal with their dysfunctional parents. The mother's out-of-the-ordinary ideas include taking a jackhammer to the basement floor to build a cavern where the family can live better.

The father, an ex-cop, commandeers his wife's project putting the whole family into survivalist mode. Walker said of the play, "These warrior women and the guy trying to find a place with them again are all working to survive in a threatening environment, struggling to make it in the world. There are no big political issues, just an attempt to hang in there."

Jack's Back!  | Open: 05/09/12 Close: 06/24/12
T. Schreiber Studio and Theatre -- winner of the 2011 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production -- presents the world premiere madcap musical romp about Jack The Ripper.  Has one of history’s most notorious men finally met his match?Jack’s Back! answers the question as Herbert Wingate, an audacious cockney sausage stuffer, struggles to make the gas-lit streets of Whitechapel safe from the ruthless murderer. Herbert’s wild and zany schemes offer a hilarious and heartfelt new take on the centuries old tale. Tom Herman contributes a rich new score that’s Broadway meets Operetta meets Vaudeville and that complements the book by Elmer L. Kline with Lee Cardini and Herman.

The cast includes Megan Abell (Prostitute), Matthew Boyce (Detective Hugo Cummings), Bonnie Cannon-Brown (Chorus), Emily Cannon-Brown (Sophie), David Donahoe (John Green),  Warren Douglas (Man 1/Chorus), Alexa Erbach (Prostitute/Dancer), Shane Lacoss (Man II/Chorus), Kevin Maleike (The Bobby), Lance Olds (Jack the Ripper), Chloë Patellis (Elizabeth), Roman Rachline (Sailor Bill/Chorus), Casey Shane (Herbert Wingate), Maxine Stewart (Annie), Arley Tapirian (Martha Wingate) and Julie Udine (Jenny Treadwell).

Director - John Gould Rubin
Choreographer -Bronwen Carson
Composer/Musical Director – Tom Herman
Musical Director - Andy Cohen
Producing Director - Barb Kielhofer
Assistant Director - Laine Bonstein
Assistant Choreographer - Alexa Erbach
Stage Manager - Amanda Yollin
Asst. Stage Manager - Aurora Hicks Beach
Set Designer/Props - Andreea Mincic
Costume Designer - Sherry Martinez
Lighting Designer - Lois Catanzaro
Sound Designer - Chris Barlow
Dialect Coach - Matthew Ellis Murphy

Joking Apart  | Open: 05/20/10 Close: 06/27/10
T. Schreiber Studio, recipient of five New York Innovative Theatre Awards, presents JOKING APART, Alan Ayckbourn’s 1979 play.

Richard and Anthea seem to have it all: a lovely country house, two wonderful children, and a natural social charm that captivates the friends surrounding them. Or do they? Cleverly crafted with vintage Ayckbourn wit, JOKING APART simmers with triumphs on and off the tennis court, ongoing rivalries, petty jealousies, unrequited love and lust, and the tantalizing question, "What is happiness?"

JOKING APART stars Michael W. Murray (Richard), Aleksandra Stattin (Anthea), Michael J. Connolly (Hugh), Alison Blair (Louise), James Liebman (Sven), Stephanie Seward (Olive), Sebastian Montoya (Brian) and Anisa Dema (Melody/Mandy/Mo and Debbie).

 Directed by Peter Jensen, whose production of FIFTH OF JULY was hailed “a sparkling revival” by Back Stage last summer, the JOKING APART production team includes Matt Brogan (Set Design), Anne Wingate (Costume Design), Eric Cope (Lighting Design), Andy Cohen (Sound Design), Page Clements (Dialect Coach), Liz Elise Richards* (Stage Manager), Barbara Kielhofer (Producing Coordinator) and Julia Kelly (Assistant Director). 

Last Summer at Bluefish Cove  | Open: 09/29/05 Close: 10/30/05
The story evolves around eight women dealing with issues of love, romance, monogamy, infidelity and family. When the group is threatened by losing one of their own, they must call upon a strong foundation of love and support to sustain them in the difficult times. Chambers wrote LAST SUMMER AT BLUEFISH COVE in 1980 for The Glines First Gay American Arts
Festival. This year is the 25th anniversary of that move. Introducing the play, Chambers wrote, "Life is not a crap shoot; it is what we who love each other do together, and that is, in itself, sufficient meaning."
Lobby Hero  | Open: 10/13/11 Close: 11/20/11
From T. Schreiber Studio & Theatre and director Peter Jensen, whose production of Balm in Gilead won the prestigious the 2011 Outstanding Production Award from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominations, comes a revival of Kenneth Lonergan's beloved play LOBBY HERO.

See the play Time Out New York hailed “a masterpiece.”  Drama, comedy and romance collide in the lobby of a Manhattan high-rise apartment building when hapless security guard Jeff gets caught in a power struggle between his boss and two police officers investigating a murder. Lonergan, the award-winning author of This Is Our Youth, Analyze This, and You Can Count on Me, is at his piercing best in Lobby Hero, a play about ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

“Soon after making the year’s best movie, You Can Count on Me, Kenneth Lonergan delights us with his irrepressible LOBBY HERO.” -NY Magazine

“A masterpiece. The best drama, the best comedy and the best romance of the year, all rolled into one.” -Time Out New York

Starring Nasay Ano, Michael Black, Olivia Rorick & Joshua Sienkiewicz

Director: Peter Jensen
Producing Director: Barb Kielhofer
Stage Manager: Victoria Loye
Assistant Director/Props Mistress: Kerry Miller
Scenic Design: Matt Brogan
Costume Design: Anne Wingate
Lighting Design: Lois Catanzaro
Sound Design: Andy Cohen
Assistant Costume Design: Marie Fahlgren
Technical Director: Anthony Long

Love! Valour! Compassion!  | Open: 11/10/05 Close: 12/11/05
Terrence McNally's 1995 Tony Award-winning play, LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! The story gathers together eight gay men over three summer weekends at the upstate New York house of a celebrated dancer-choreographer who fears he is losing his creativity and possibly his lover. Infidelity, flirtations, soul-searching, AIDS, truth-telling and skinny-dipping mix monumental questions about life and death with a wacky dress rehearsal for Swan Lake performed in drag.

Saturday, November 12th performance is $50.00

Picasso at the Lapin Agile  | Open: 04/05/07 Close: 04/06/07
Hey, have you heard this one? A brilliant scientist and a master painter meet in a bar in Paris in 1904 … ah, never mind â€" I don't want to spoil the ending for you! Suffice it to say that the wit level is high, the subject matter is beauty, and the pleasure is all yours in this gem of a play.

Set Design: George Allison, Costume Design: Karen Ann Ledger, Sound Design: Christopher Rummer, Assistant Director: Brittney Venable

Starring members of T. Scheiber's Studio

Picasso at the Lapin Agile  | Open: 04/05/07 Close: 05/06/07
In PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, both young, headstrong and passionate, come together in a fictitious meeting devised in the comic mind of Steve Martin. It's bohemian Paris, at the turn of the century and the earth has fallen quiet to listen to a conversation. Does art matter? Can science touch the heart? Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder? Did Einstein and Picasso really only excel in their chosen fields in order to get girls? With a little help from a mysterious, blue-suede shoe-wearing stranger from the future, these topics get debated in the best possible of environments – your friendly neighborhood bar, the "Lapin Agile." Wit and wisdom combine, and the pleasure is all yours in this gem of a play.
Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead  | Open: 10/15/09 Close: 11/22/09
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Cat Parker

T. Schreiber Studio, recipient of 5 2009 Back Stage Readers Poll Awards, including Best Off-Off Broadway Theatre, and nominated for 5 NY Innovative Theatre Awards, presents the Tony Award-winning play ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD.

In his thoughtful and witty play, Tom Stoppard riffs on the greatest mystery of all time – Death. And along the way he dabbles with such trifles as destiny and free will. Does life consist of a series of random events, or is it controlled by fate? In the end does the journey matter when the destination is the same? ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD follows Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet’s bewildered friends, as the tragedy in Elsinore unfolds. Performed in the round atop a directionless compass, T. Schreiber Studio’s production of this modern classic offers an especially intimate look at Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as they observe the crumbling world around them and march toward the Bard’s inescapable conclusion.

OCTOBER 15 – NOVEMBER 22, 2009
Thursday – Saturday at 8pm & Sunday at 3pm

Rosencrantz – Eric Percival
Guildenstern – Julian Elfer
The Player – Erik Jonsun
Hamlet – Tim Weinert
Claudius – Doug Williford
Gertrude – Tootie Larios
Ophelia – Marguerite Forrest
Polonius: - Tom Lawson, Jr.
The Tragedians -- Esteban Benito, Meghan Brown, Horacio F. Lazo, James O’Brien, Janine L. Pangburn, Diane Terrusa, Aki Tsuchimoto, Therese Tucker, and Rodney Allen Umble.

Set Design: George Allison
Costume Design: Karen Ann Ledger
Lighting Design: Eric Cope
Sound Design: Andy Cohen
Dramaturge: Page Clements
Assistant Director: Cristina Lundy
Stage Manager: Michael Denis
Producing Coordinator: Barb Kielhofer
Production Assistant: Oliver Sterlacci
Publicist: Lanie Zipoy

Sister Cities  | Open: 10/18/07 Close: 11/18/07
138 reams of white paper. 27 different brands of vodka. 5 Russian stacking dolls. 4 sisters. One dead mother. Family reunions are always a bitch. Named after the cities of their births and separated by careers, families and old animosities; four sisters discover the truth behind the phrase, "blood is thicker than water" ...and vodka.
The Actor's Nightmare & The Real Inspector Hound  | Open: 05/08/08 Close: 06/15/08
One man's dream is another man's Nightmare....and in The Actor's Nightmare, George Spelvin certainly gets the wrong end of that bargain. Playwright Christopher Durang thrusts his anxious accountant on the stage to replace an ailing actor, but George has no knowledge of the lines or even the name of the play – is it a Noel Coward comedy? Shakespeare's Hamlet? As Sir Thomas More's all-too-real executioner approaches, George hopes against hope that it's only a dream!
The Fallen  | Open: 06/19/13 Close: 07/28/13
Sarajevo. Turin. London. No matter where they go, six survivors of the Bosnian War feel its lingering repercussions. The Fallen offers a powerful look at lives reeling from the war’s atrocities nearly 20 years later as well as their valiant attempts to recover from the horrors they experienced.

nytheatre.com raved about last year’s workshop production of the play: The Fallen “is a theatrical work that’s as explosive as a piece of investigative journalism but told as a story about individuals.” Rana wrote the play after working in Bosnian refugee camps as a way to pay homage to the enduring human spirit.

The cast includes Ananda Bena-Weber, Joshua Sienkiewicz, Kelly Swartz, Molly Gyllenhaal, George Mouriadis, and Cyrus Salvia. The production team includes Hal Tiné (scenic design), Sherry Martinez (costume design), Eric Cope (lighting design), Andy Evan Cohen (sound design), Schuyler Burks (assistant scenic design), Nate Frieswyk (technical director), and Janet Bentley (assistant director/producing director).

The Night of the Iguana  | Open: 02/21/08 Close: 03/30/08
The Night of the Iguana, directed by Terry Schreiber, is a compassionately told romance of the lost who are fighting the uphill battle to find dignity and redemption out of their trampled lives. The play celebrates the survival instinct in mankind and the "need to go on."

Arthur Miller said about this Williams work: "His theme is, perhaps, the most pervasive in American literature, where people lose greatly in the very shadow of the mountain from whose peak they might have had a clear view of God. It is the romance of the lost, yet sacred misfits who exist in order to remind us of our own trampled instincts, our forsaken tenderness, the holiness of the spirit of man."

Tennessee Williams stated: "I am a heretic. I am a believer in God, but I am a hysterical believer in God. I don't believe any of our formal religions have given us the true image of God. I don't go to a church. God is the size of the universe and in the nature of the universe, we don't know the nature of the universe. We don't know God. There are certain elements and they exist in God. He is superior to us in magnitude and mystery, but He is not superior to us in cases of good and evil. There is good and evil, but they are not people."

The Real Thing  | Open: 12/22/12 Close: 12/29/12
A 2-time Tony Award winning play written by 4-time Tony Award winning playwright Tom Stoppard.  The Real Thing provides a multi-layered look into the veracity of love.  Is true love a commitment, exclusive rights or a bargain struck between two people?

The Real Thing  | Open: 02/19/09 Close: 03/29/09
A 2-time Tony Award winning play written by 4-time Tony Award winning playwright Tom Stoppard.  The Real Thing provides a multi-layered look into the veracity of love.  Is true love a commitment, exclusive rights or a bargain struck between two people?

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will  | Open: 10/09/08 Close: 11/23/08

T. SCHREIBER STUDIO is pleased to announce their production of TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL, directed by Cat Parker. TWELFTH NIGHT plays a seven-week limited engagement at the Gloria Maddox Theater at T. Schreiber Studio (151 West 26th Street, 7th Floor). Performances begin Thursday, October 9th and continue through Sunday, November, 23rd.

T. Schreiber Studio's Gloria Maddox Theatre will be transformed into the mythological world of Illyria using the visual style of "steampunk," an aesthetic characterized by a feeling of Victorian era romance, coupled with a modern twist, meant to enhance the magical world of Shakespeare's timeless play, Twelfth Night, or What You Will.

This gender-bending classic of a woman in a man's world runs the gamut from laughter to tears. Enhancing the emotional rollercoaster will be the music of the whimsical indie rock band, Cloud Cult.

The production features scenic design by George Allison (IT Award Recipient for his work on T. Schreiber's Picasso at the Lapin Agile), costume design by Karen Ann Ledger, sound design by Chris Rummel and lighting design by Paul Hackenmueller. Page Clements is the dramaturge, Matt McKennon is the technical director and Liz Richards is the stage manager. Ben Paganelli will be providing video content and Arela Rivas is assistant directing.

You Can't Take It With You  | Open: 05/24/07 Close: 06/24/07
In YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, a heartwarming tale from the 1930's, Alice of the eccentric, artistic Sycamores and Tony, of the wealthy, uptight Kirbys, have fallen in love. The Sycamore family is a collection of passionate individuals each pursuing happiness in his own unique way. Firework production, playwriting, ballet dancing, xylophone playing, and snake hunting fill the house with life. Alice anxiously anticipates introducing Tony to her unconventional family. After a romantic evening Tony proposes. Alice worries about their family's different values, but she accepts his proposal. The families meet, and it is worse than Alice could ever have imagined - explosions both literal and metaphorical rock the household, and everyone ends up in jail! The families must resolve their tensions, and this occurs when Grandpa confronts Mr. Kirby about the true value of life.
You Never Can Tell  | Open: 05/12/11 Close: 06/19/11
George Bernard Shaw’s side splitting comedy You Never Can Tell was born out of a bet: that Shaw could not write a seaside comedy, an extremely popular genre in 1890s England.  Shaw, the only person to win an Oscar and the Nobel Prize for Literature, succeeds on his own terms, offering a hilarious and insightful look at marriage, family and the modern woman. Mrs. Clandon, a celebrated writer and independent New Woman, returns to seaside England with her three adult children – Gloria and twins Phillip and Dolly –  after an 18-year self-imposed exile in Madeira.  The Clandons’ chance meeting with a dashing dentist, Valentine, and his landlord, Mr. Crampton, sets up an unexpected family reunion.  It just goes to show that you never can tell.

CAST: Helen Abell, Townsend Ambrecht, Lucy Avery Brooke*, Lowell Byers, Laurence Cantor*, Seth James, Peter Judd*, Randy Miles*, Marilyn Mineo, Jessica Osborne*, Edwin Sean Patterson*, Kyle Storey & Noelle P. Wilson*

Producing Director: Barb Kielhofer
Stage Manager: Victoria Loye
Assistant Director: Michael W. Murray
Dialect Coach: Page Clements
Set Design: Chris Minard
Costume Design: Steven Daniels
Sound Design: Andy Cohen
Lighting Design: Eric Cope
Choreographer: Jessica Osborne
Technical Director: Josh Sienkiewicz
Asst. Technical Director: Anthony Long
Assistant Costume Designer: Phoebe Kamijo