Genre: Festival

This year's OCTOBERFEST will feature more than 600 artists, including...
A spectacular ensemble led by Amy Irving (Crossing Delancy, Deconstructing Harry), Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink, Mulholland Falls), Paul Ben-Victor (Drowning Mona), Leslie Lyles (Ladder 49, Mona Lisa Smile) New works by: Arthur Giron (Flight, Moving,Bodies), Amy Fox (Heights, Summer Cyclone), Rob Ackerman (Airborn), Bill Bozzone, Conrad Bromberg (Silent Witness), Leah Kornfeld Freidman, Peter Maloney and Jeffrey Sweet (Solving Your Script, The Dramatist's Toolkit) And works directed by: Billy Hopkins (d. I Love You I Love You Not/cd. Alexander, Chocolat), David Margulies (a. Angels in America, Sopranos, Celebrity)

Started a quarter century ago, this in-house festival, performed on our two stages, is sponsored by ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE's over 500 artist members and has become a spawning ground for new American plays, music, poetry, stand-up and performance art. All of this directly serves E.S.T.'s mission to nurture artists and develop new plays for the American stage.

About the Company: Ensemble Studio Theatre

The Ensemble Studio Theatre is a not-for-profit developmental theatre founded by Curt Dempster and a loose-knit group of fellow theater artists during a fertile period Off Broadway between 1968 and 1972. EST’s founders had two primary goals in creating the company: to nurture individual theatre artists and to develop new American plays.

EST nurtures individual artists through its free membership program, which offers lifetime membership in the company to diverse theater artists selected via a competitive application process. Demonstrated talent and keen interest in collaboration and contributing to EST’s community are the criteria for admission. The emphasis is on talent. EST currently lists more than 500 theatre artists on its membership roster. Collectively the group has won every major prize or award in theater, film and television, including Pulitzer Prizes, Oscars, Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Obie Awards and Susan Smith Blackburn Awards.

EST’s goal to develop new American plays has resulted in a record of achievement that rivals any theater in the U.S. in terms of quantity and quality of output, with a total of more than 6,000 plays developed and produced since 1972 featuring many of the finest playwrights, directors and performers working in the theater. Each year, EST produces over 150 projects, including readings and workshops of new works-in-progress and fully produced Mainstage productions, including many U.S. and world premieres.

Plays that originated at EST have been produced at more than 360 theatres across the United States. The company has been recognized with Village Voice Obie Awards, NY Outer Critic Circle Awards and numerous American Theater Wing Awards for excellence in theater.

Open:   10/05/05
Close:   10/30/05

Sunday through Saturday at 7:00pm and 8:30pm
Additional matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm and 3:30pm
The O-FEST CABARET will run every Thursday night in October at 10:30pm.
Theater:   Ensemble Studio Theatre
Address:   549 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:Call for ticket prices or Call: at 212-247- 4982
Company: Ensemble Studio Theatre         Official Web Site: www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org