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Am I Blue  | Open: 09/18/11 Close: 10/07/11
After receiving two award nominations in the Montreal Fringe Festival (Just For Laughs Best Comedy, Centaur Theater Best English Production), Elizabeth Blue brings her solo show Am I Blue to her home turf of NYC in the Women at Work Festival! Veteran performer of NYC’s Peoples Improv Theater, Elizabeth Blue “is one of those performers you can't take your eyes off of. The honesty she brings to stage is refreshing, endearing and downright hysterical." (Peoples Improv Theater Artistic Director Jeff Lepine)


Am I Blue tells the story of a young woman living in New York City searching for answers to age-old spiritual questions like, “Who am I supposed to meditate to?” and “How does one get a man to actually call her?” When gurus fail to answer her questions, Blue takes matters into her own hands in search of her own epiphany.


“Go see this show." The Rover, Montreal.

“Blue is a criminally funny performer who is almost certainly the lovechild of Kristen Schaal and Tina Fey.” Charlebois Post, Montreal.

Proceeds benefit The Girl Effect, which works with girls around the world to help them attain self-sufficiency

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As Directed  | Open: 09/17/11 Close: 09/17/11
Sandi Sabattini, obedient executive secretary and divorced menopausal mom, gets entangled in an office crisis with her philandering boss.  Sandi is forced to confront her guilty conscience and choose which path to follow.

AS DIRECTED is performed as part of the 5th Annual WOMEN AT WORK FESTIVAL, which features work by and/or about women, and is a benefit for The Girl Effect, which works with girls around the world to help them attain self-sufficiency.

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Beyond the Pale Arts Festival  | Open: 08/01/09 Close: 08/07/09
The Beyond the Pale Festival August 1-7, 2009

Edgy! Dangerous! Erotic! Pushing the Limits in NYC!

Film, Burlesque, Comedy, Art, Sketches, Solo Shows & Music

The week starts with a Forbidden Kiss Erotica show on Saturday, August 1, featuring original monologues, sketches, comedy and erotica by the company members. www.forbiddenkiss.info

The rest of the week features over 50 performers!

Sun, Aug 2, Salty and Sweet - Erotic Readings
Mon, Aug 3, Short Films
Tues, Aug 4, and Wed, Aug 5, Monologues and Sketches
Thur, August 6, Topher Cusumano's Solo Show "Roughhouse"
and William LoCasto's NYXY, Directed by Alexander Beck and performed by
Brandon Bernard, Zach Harvey, and Leicester Landon.
Fri, August 7, Brionne Davis's Solo Show "A Noble Exile"

On Aug 2, 4 and 6 wear the most “Beyond the Pale” costume and win two free tickets.

Audiences who arrive for fest performances will be treated to projections of visual art both in the theater and the lobby pre-show and during the post-show wine receptions every night.

All shows will be at 8 pm, and tickets will be $15. Tickets are available at Smart Tix, www.smarttix.com, 212-868-4444.
Stage Left Studio is located at 438 West 37th Street 5A, between 9th and 10th Aves, and conveniently located near the A,C, and E lines at Port Authority or Penn Station.
www.stageleftstudio.net

*a life-changing experience or your money back!

For full performance details, visit http://www.stageleftstudio.net/#/beyond-the-pale/4534287207

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Breakers  | Open: 09/26/11 Close: 09/27/11
A full-length, free verse play of poetry, myth, and the psychic danger that comes along with telling a story to strangers.

Performed as part of the 5th Annual WOMEN AT WORK FESTIVAL, which features work by and/or about women, and is a benefit for The Girl Effect, which works with girls around the world to help them attain self-sufficiency.

Cast: Jamie Bock, Mike Cannon & Katrina Pallop

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Burst  | Open: 10/08/11 Close: 10/09/11
Set against the background of our multi-tasking, prescription-popping culture, "BURST” explores the madness of modern life and the unexpected sanity that comes with “being crazy.”

Gray takes us on a roller coaster ride through highs and lows of being diagnosed Bipolar, familial loss, meditating in Vietnam and eventually to her own definition of “balance.”


Performed as part of the 5th Annual WOMEN AT WORK FESTIVAL, which features work by and/or about women, and is a benefit for The Girl Effect, which works with girls around the world to help them attain self-sufficiency.

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Can I Get A Smile?  | Open: 09/19/11 Close: 09/20/11
Can I Get A Smile asks the question - What if street harassment was illegal?

With live music, dance, and spoken word, find out what a burlesque-dancing sex blogger, gay bike mechanic, overly-self-aware yoga teacher and indie-rock feminist have to say about The Holla. More info at http://canigetasmile.tumblr.com

Performed as part of the 5th Annual WOMEN AT WORK FESTIVAL, which features work by and/or about women, and is a benefit for The Girl Effect, which works with girls around the world to help them attain self-sufficiency.

Leah King is a multidisciplinary performance artist and youth educator based in Brooklyn, NY, whose work focuses on women’s empowerment, afro-diasporic arts and multicultural identity.

As a singer and dancer, Leah has performed with Brown Girls Burlesque, Black Rock Coalition Orchestra and Marc Jacobs, and been featured at Bowery Poetry Club, Whitney Museum, BAM, B.B. King’s, Le Poisson Rouge, Santos and Galapagos. She has led arts workshops at Rikers Island, Manhattan JCC, Grassroots Media Coalition and numerous educational institutions.

Leah’s one-woman show about street harassment and sexuality, ‘Can I Get a Smile?’ was awarded a grant from the NY Department of Cultural Affairs/Brooklyn Arts Council, and has been performed at conferences, venues, and festivals throughout New York City. She is currently working on a new musical project about drag culture and sexual identity.

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Deviant Women  | Open: 04/13/08 Close: 04/13/08
Letters, monologues, and poetry in this stunning inside look at the hearts and minds of lesbians, from the past to the present.


Performed by Charlita Williams, Sharon Lucas, & Marjorie Conn

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Grapefruit  | Open: 09/28/11 Close: 10/05/11
Diagnosis: Your life is on the line, and your only hope is--are you ready?--the American Medical Industrial Complex.

Treatment: See Grapefruit, and laugh your poor ass off.

Performed as part of the 5th Annual WOMEN AT WORK FESTIVAL, which features work by and/or about women, and is a benefit for The Girl Effect, which works with girls around the world to help them attain self-sufficiency.

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Made for Each Other  | Open: 02/07/14 Close: 02/28/14
 Made for Each Other is the love story of Vincent, an acerbic, witty, closeted science teacher in his mid-fifties, and Jerry, a down-to-earth nurse who cares for Vincent’s mother in an Alzheimer’s ward. When Jerry proposes to Vincent after the third date, he has no idea that Vincent’s told him a lie, a lie that might destroy their relationship. On the night before their wedding, Vincent must decide if he will tell the truth before the ceremony, and give Jerry the chance to back out. Each of these men carries a voice in their subconscious minds which pushes them toward each other. Vincent carries his Alzheimer’s addled Broadway diva mother, and Jerry carries within him his irascible old Italian grandfather.


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No Frills  | Open: 01/13/06 Close: 02/19/06
3 solo shows in repertory

Samuraization, by Pandora Scooter; Character Forum: A Thesis by Katie Northlich, and "not a nice girl" by Cheryl King.

Straightforward, funny, and idiosyncratic, all three of these shows provoke thought, question values, and examine cultural assumptions. In Stage Left Studio's intimate setting, these three actresses make direct contact with the audience, providing an unusually powerful theatrical experience.

information: www.cherylkingproductions.com.

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Ny/xy  | Open: 07/09/09 Close: 08/06/09
Two young gay men. An anonymous voice. And a lot of questions about sex in New York City.

"NY/XY".....

  • examines the sexual histories, practices, and attitudes of its two "subjects", Michael and Danny
  • exposes the risks they take with their lovers
  • explores the ways they fit sex into their lives…when they do.

Starring Brandon Bernard, Zach Harvey, and Leicester Landon.

[Warning: contains explicit language]

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Renegade Princess  | Open: 03/01/12 Close: 03/10/12
“RENEGADE PRINCESS” is ANN MARIE HOUGHTAILING’S calmly presented chronicle of the roller-coaster-ride that is her life.
 
She is starring in her own show because quite frankly no one else on earth could even possibly do it justice.
 
Miss Houghtailing, an HBO Special waiting to happen, pointedly decided to record her personal journey while in a zen-like grip of determination to get out of Japan alive with her sanity and her baby – with or without her husband.
 
While questioning her decided promise to allow life to take her where it would, she amassed her courage and took over her universe.
 
That’s when things heated up.
 
Ann Marie Houghtailing has booked a Safari through life.    She is hunting big game.    New York is next.

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Solo Macbeth  | Open: 04/14/12 Close: 06/14/12
Tom Gualtieri first performed “THAT PLAY: A Solo Macbeth” at the 2003 Midtown International Theatre Festival where it completely sold out its run while receiving across-the-board rave reviews and breathless standing ovations.  He subsequently performed the now-infamous piece at The Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY (more raves) and the now-defunct Belt Theatre, NYC (more standing ovations).
 
This season Stage Left Studio’s Cheryl King insisted that “THAT PLAY: A Solo Macbeth” be presented as a featured selection in her Left Out Festival beginning April 14 after which the show will continue at Stage Left Studio (214 West 30th Street – 6th Floor) through June 14.
 
By most scholarly accounts, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” had its first public performance at London’s Globe Theatre in April 1611.
 
Four hundred and one years later co-authors Tom Gualtieri and Heather Hill have re-examined this bloodbath of cruelty, tyranny, treachery, violence, guilt, mayhem, bedlam, murder, madness, maelstrom, betrayal, abject arrogance and blind ambition with its added omnipotent narrator and other-worldly seductive score by Billboard Magazine’s #1 world chart artist, Erin Hill, and have settled down for a two-month run with an option to continue through December.
 
“Macbeth” is arguably Shakespeare’s bloodiest play opening amidst thunder and lightning with three witches projecting the unthinkable - regicide, assassination, massacre, insanity and decapitation.
 
Consumed by ambition and driven into action by his power-mad wife, Macbeth murders the Scottish King Duncan usurping the throne and crowning his vicious Lady Macbeth Queen.
 
The Macbeths spectacularly spiral downwards as they begin doing away with anyone who might even suspect them of their unthinkable crime.
 
The body count astronomically ascends until the lady of the house goes to her death completely bonkers minutes before Macduff beheads Macbeth for slaughtering his innocent family.
 
Mr. Gualtieri plays them all!  The dead.  The living.  The slaughtered.  The betrayed.  The assassinated.   The Kings.  The Queens.  The Ladies.  The Lords.  The thanes.  The witches.  The servants.  The attendants.  The Earls.  The Generals.  The sons. 
 
He even plays the blood.
 
All to Erin Hill’s haunting score and seductive sound design.
 
Co-author Heather Hill directs. 

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The Apple Tree, Or Penis No. 7  | Open: 09/12/11 Close: 09/13/11
A young woman's poetical foray into the world of the penis, asking... Why is it that once I put the dick in my mouth we don't talk anymore?
... is it my mouth stuffed with cock that cuts off communication?

Performed as part of the 5th Annual WOMEN AT WORK FESTIVAL, which features work by and/or about women, and is a benefit for The Girl Effect, which works with girls around the world to help them attain self-sufficiency.

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The Old In And Out  | Open: 06/14/13 Close: 06/22/13
What happens when young newlyweds in the era of "free love" realize that "happily ever after" is the last thing they're likely to get? "The Old In and Out," a new two-act play by Madeline Artenberg and Karen Hildebrand, directed by Kat Georges, tells the stories of four free-spirited women who, while looking for love, discover their true independent selves. Not since "The Vagina Monologues" has live theater captured the voices of contemporary women with such honesty and compassion. Adult themes and language.  A portion of profits will be donated to V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Starring:  Holly Crane, Eloise Eonnet, Olivia Jampol and Rachel Ritacco.

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The Vegas Project  | Open: 09/14/11 Close: 09/21/11
Joanne is flying to Sin City for her annual vacation with her husband- only this time he is traveling via US Postal Express Service in his funeral urn.  She enlists the support of  her daughter Theresa in this hilarious story of what it means to love our "baggage".  

Performed as part of the 5th Annual Women at Work Festival, September 12th - October 9th at Stage Left Studio.  This festival features work by and/or about women, and is a benefit for The Girl Effect, which works with girls around the world to help them attain self-sufficiency.

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The Year I Was Gifted  | Open: 02/07/14 Close: 03/28/14
 The year is 1969. A 16 year old girl from Nebraska meets her first gay friend, and has to decide which is more important; keeping her scholarship to a prestigious boarding school for the arts, or honoring her conscience and speaking out against an anti-gay administration? Who are we willing to betray to stay “gifted”?


A true story, written and performed by award-winning playwright Monica Bauer, who plays several roles, including Young Monica (desperate to find her tribe in the arts), Present Day Monica (the narrator with a wry sense of humor), and Bill Sherwood (a 17 year old composition major who teaches his friend about the hazards of being gay in the 1960’s).


Each performance of The Year I Was Gifted is dedicated to the memory of Bill Sherwood, writer & director of  the very first feature film about gay men with AIDS, Parting Glances.


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Women At Work Festival  | Open: 09/12/11 Close: 10/09/11
the 5th annual Women at Work Festival features work by and/or about women, and is a benefit for The Girl Effect, which works with girls around the world to help them attain self-sufficiency.

Eighteen performers will participate in the festival, presenting the work of thirteen writers. The festival runs from September 12 through October 9, 2011, at Stage Left Studio, in Chelsea. Two nights of the festival are devoted to short plays, or segments of longer works, and running times are 55-75 minutes total.

The 5th Annual Women at Work Festival Line-up is as follows: 

Monday and Tuesday, September 12 & 13, 7:30 PM
The Apple Tree, or Penis no. 7 written and performed by Regina Gibson
A young woman's poetical foray into the world of the penis, asking... Why is it that once I put the dick in my mouth we don't talk anymore?
... is it my mouth stuffed with cock that cuts off communication?

Wednesdays, September 14 & 21, 7:30 PM
The Vegas Project - written and performed by Theresa Gambacorta, directed by Cheryl King
Joanne is flying to Sin City for her annual vacation with her husband- only this time he is traveling via US Postal Express Service in his funeral urn.  She enlists the support of  her daughter Theresa in this hilarious story of what it means to love our "baggage".   www.theresagambacorta.com

Saturday, September 17, 3:00 PM
As Directed, written and performed by Dawn Sofia, directed by Michael Beckett
Sandi Sabattini, obedient executive secretary and divorced menopausal mom, gets entangled in an office crisis with her philandering boss.  Sandi is forced to confront her guilty conscience and choose which path to follow.

Sunday, Sep 18 5:30 PM & Friday, Oct 7, 7:30 PM
Am I Blue, written and performed by Elizabeth Blue, directed by Maia Garrison
Am I Blue takes you on the hilarious journey of what “finding yourself” actually looks like.

“Go see this show." The Rover, Montreal.

“Blue is a criminally funny performer who is almost certainly the lovechild of Kristen Schaal and Tina Fey.” Charlebois Post, Montreal.

www.elizabethblue.net

Mon and Tue, Sep 19 & 20, 7:30 PM
Can I Get A Smile, written and performed by Leah King, directed by Jessica Creane

What if street harassment was illegal? With live music, dance, and spoken word, find out what a burlesque-dancing sex blogger, gay bike mechanic, overly-self-aware yoga teacher and indie-rock feminist have to say about The Holla.More info at http://canigetasmile.tumblr.com

Sunday, Sep 25, 12:00 PM & Monday, Oct 3, 7:30 PM
Selected Shorts

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, written by Bara Swain, performed by Jenny Zerke and Nick DeSimone, directed by Bara Swain
Why are Munch and Tutuola at the Sunbright Hotel in Chinatown?  Were they invited to the wedding?

Goodnight, Sweet Prince, written by Barbara Bleier, performed by Dara O'Brien and Tom Lacey, directed by Cheryl King
A fractured fairy tale that riffs on how romantic love has been defined through the ages.

Miss Bert Whitman, written by Margaret Morrison, directed by Cheryl King

 Mud Offerings, written and performed by Natalie Goodnow, directed by Dino Foxx and kt shorb (September 25 only)
A Chicanita has it out with the Virgen de Guadalupe. This piece is a solo play unraveling the culturally complicated truths, lies and mythologies of women's spirituality and sexuality in contexts of violence and betrayal. Winner of the 2011 Jane Chambers Playwriting Contest.

Experimenting with American Faucets & The Placebo Boyfriend, written & performed by Ella Veres, directed by Cheryl King & Ella Veres
A Transylvanian offers outlandish solutions to women’s chronic tribulations

Wednesdays, Sep 28 & Oct 5, 7:30 PM
Grapefruit, written by Sally Lambert, performed by Cheryl King, directed by Theresa Gambacorta
Diagnosis: Your life is on the line, and your only hope is--are you ready?--the American Medical Industrial Complex.

Treatment: See Grapefruit, and laugh your poor ass off.

www.cherylkingproductions.com

Mon and Tue, Sep 26 & 27, 7:30 PM
Breakers, written and directed by Katrina Pallop, performed by Jamie Bock, Mike Cannon, and Katrina Pallop, co-directed by Phil Polefrone 
A full-length, free verse play of poetry, myth, and the psychic danger that comes along with telling a story to strangers.

Tue and Thur, Oct 4 & 6, 7:30 PM
Wonder Woman: A How-To Guide for Little Jewish Girls, written and performed by Cyndi Freeman, directed by David Drake
Two time FringeNYC award-winning writer/performer Cyndi Freeman's latest solo show traces her journey - little suburban Jewish girl obsessed with Wonder Woman to fabulous burlesque Queen in NYC. Join her on a crusade to right wrongs while wearing fabulous outfits.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct 8 & 9, 7:30 PM

Burst, written and performed by Gray, directed by Tanya Taylor Rubenstein
Set against the background of our multi-tasking, prescription-popping culture, "BURST” explores the madness of modern life and the unexpected sanity that comes with “being crazy.”

Gray takes us on a roller coaster ride through highs and lows of being diagnosed Bipolar, familial loss, meditating in Vietnam and eventually to her own definition of “balance.”

For video and more info: www.GrayPerforms.com/event

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