Genre: Festival

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the theatre, Manhattan Repertory Theatre presents: SUMMERFEST. 19 new plays will be presented by over 100 theatre artists.

Highlighting the Festival will be CONVERSATIONS WITH DOG by Ken Wolf, featuring Anthony J. Ribustello from HBO's The Sopranos as DOG. CONVERSATIONS WITH DOG is a tale of a wise-cracking sex-obsessed 300 lb. dalmation who is sent from Heaven to help a miserable young playwright get on with his life. Also featured are Amber Jean Koerner and Jamie Watson. CONVERSATIONS WITH DOG plays Wednesday July 19th at 7 p.m., Thursday July 20th at 9 p.m., Friday July 21st at 7 p.m. and Saturday July 22nd at 9 p.m. It is directed by Manhattan Rep's Artistic Director, Ken Wolf.

Opening the festival is Nick Linnehan's wild new play IDENTITY, an autobiographical tale of Cerebral Palsy, Catholicism and Homosexuality, featuring Nick Linnehan, Sarah Giller, and Peter Quinones. It is directed by Manhattan Rep's Artistic Director, Ken Wolf. IDENTITY runs Thursday July 6th, Friday July 7th and Saturday July 8th at 8 p.m.

Two extraordinary One Act Plays: Sitting On The Edge of The World by Dan Chen and RPG by William Andrew Horn will be presented together Wednesday July 12th at 9 p.m., Thursday July 13th at 7 p.m. and Friday July 14th at 9 p.m. SITTING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD is about a troubled young woman, who has the power to stop time.

RPG tells the tale of a man who returns back home after six years to the RPG comic book shop, only to find out that sometimes turning a page brings you right back to the beginning. It is written by William Andrew Horn and directed by Jessie Lyn Jarosz. It features Punam Bean, John Bodycombe, Meg O'Brien, Kevin Coyle, John Dillon, Billy Horn, Melissa Howes, Cameron J. Oro, and Jaimee Segars.

If you are looking for topical sketch comedy, immodest social critique and unabashed commercialism, not to mention, an uncomfortable evening for the entire family, check out, LISTERINE-A-STRADA: A Cock-tease of a good time." which plays Wednesday July 12th, at 7 p.m., Thursday July 13th at 9 p.m. and Friday July 14th at 7 p.m. LISTERINE-A-STRADA features Elizabeth Blue, Jedidiah Clarke, Amanda Cronk, Jared Robinson, Jennie Slentz, Paul Snyder and Tracy Walsch.

IN THE FLOODPLAIN by Jacob Appel will be presented Saturday July 15th at 7 p.m. and Sunday July 16th at 8 p.m. It is directed by Rosalie Purvis with Set and Costumes by Clara Purvis and Sound Design by Patrick McCarthy. It features Juliet O'Brien, Russell Kerr, and Kathy Devine. IN THE FLOODPLAIN is about Apollo Hopewell, the world's least memorable human being, who has fallen in love with the world's most attractive woman, Helen. Apollo sees only one possibility of romantic success with Helen: Building a large wooden vessel and rescuing her in a flood, and so he begins constructing an ark on his mother's suburban front yard in Connecticut.

WALKING ON EGGSHELLS by Deborah Johnstone and ANIMUM REFLECTERE by A.B. Asher will be presented together Saturday July 15th at 9 p.m. and Sunday July 16th at 6 p.m. WALKING ON EGGSHELLS poses the question: Normal vs. abnormal – who decides? How our culture anticipates one should behave and think is highly suspect. Don't you sometimes just get pissed off by the rules? It features Deborah Johnstone and is directed by Mary Lee Kellerman. ANIMUM REFLECTERE explores racism, homophobia, and the prism through which memory's light is filtered in a story of a relationship between two seemingly disparate men, Horace, an African-American, and Graham, a Jew.

Three across-the-board New York City females speak to their form of ‘diary' in this comedy that manages to hit you where it hurts. With choreographed dance breaks and a drunk narrator who ties the political with the personal, TELLING YOURSELF IT DOESN'T MATTER by Marlene Rhein will leave you wondering: What secrets are killing YOU inside? It is directed by Marlene Rhein and features Stephanie Bush, Marlene Rhein, Will Schmincke, and Marcella Anise Smith. Performance dates are Wednesday July 19th at 9 p.m., Thursday July 20th at 7 p.m., Friday July 21st at 9 p.m. and Saturday July 22nd at 7 p.m.

RACHEL MUST DIE by Christopher Abate tells the story of a young musician whose best buddies are trying to hook him up with new girls, while he's writing love songs to try and win back his ex-girlfriend. It features Chelsie Castillo, Beverly Lauchner, Ryan Stone, Christopher Albate and Craig Peugh. It is directed by Jessie Martinez with Sound and Light Design by Robert Baxter. Performances are Wednesday July 26th at 8 p.m., Thursday July 27th at 8 p.m., and Friday July 28th at 8 p.m.

CHERUBINA by Paul Cohen is inspired by the true-story of a love triangle in Pre-Revolutionary Russia. From a duel thwarted by a boot to a moon-shine making schoolteacher, CHERUBINA explores crimes of the heart in times of great historic change. It is directed by Rebecca Lingafelter, with Sound Design by Mark Valadez. It features Laura Heidinger, Teddy Bergman, and someone cool. It plays Saturday July 29th at 8 p.m. and Sunday July 30th at 7 p.m.

After being told she lacks the qualities of a great actress, a spoiled diva finds herself on a famous street meeting several memorable characters who force her to look inward in BROKEN BOULEVARD by Rudy Cecera. BROKEN BOULEVARD is directed by Richard Harden and features Alexandra Byrn, Danielle Gerado, Rudy Cecera, Tom Detrik, and Jagger Kaye. Performance dates are Wednesday August 2nd at 9 p.m., Thursday August 3rd at 7 p.m. and Friday August 4th at 9 p.m.

CONFESSIONS OF A CATHOLIC GIRL, written and performed by Julia Bugnacki
is a wacky comedy about a girl who attends an All Girl's Catholic School, full of Lesbian Nuns, perverted Music teachers and hormonal teenage girls. It is directed by Ilona Pierce. It goes up Wednesday August 2nd at 7 p.m., Thursday August 3rd at 9 p.m. and Friday August 4th at 7 p.m.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF FORBIDDEN FRUIT by David Jeffers takes place in the Garden of Eden. Gabriel is a control freak. Lucifer is trying to help. Eve is a little princess. Adam is confused. In the beginning... Paradise had its drawbacks. It features Kristen Albanese, Renee Brown, Jim DeProphetis, and David Jeffers. Performance dates are Saturday August 5th at 8 p.m. and Sunday Augusts 6th at 7 p.m.

The last week of SUMMERFEST is ONE ACT WEEK and 5 new one act plays round out the festival's exciting line-up.

IDENTITY CRISIS by Kevin Chew, IN THE OPEN by Angela Liao and ABSENT MINDED GAY ANGEL by Jessie Lyn Jarosz will be performed together Wednesday August 9th at 7 p.m., Thursday August 10th at 9 p.m., Friday August 11th at 7 p.m. and Saturday August 12th at 9 p.m. In IDENTITY CRISIS, an internet couple, Jane and Joe, enter a Chinese restaurant serving today's special, fake accents. Joe, a food critic, has hopes of enjoying a savory authentic Chinese meal with his new girlfriend while Jane plans to reveal her true gender preference to her sexually confused boyfriend. It is directed by Arthur An and features Chris Wang, Melanie Maras, Kevin Smart and Sarah Bernier. IN THE OPEN tells the story of Grace, who is thirty two years old, and dating outside her race. Will her Mom be cool or caustic? This humorous slice of life asks hard-hitting questions and more! It is directed by Don Nguyen and features Vera Miao, Mami Kimura and Shaka Malik. Finally, ABSENT MINDED GAY ANGEL asks the question: How close to heaven would you be if you lied about your own suicide? Sometimes the only angel you need is as close as a phone call away. ABSENT MINDED GAY ANGEL is directed by Peter Mussared and features Michelle Federico and Jose Laureiro.

Finally, WOODY AND THE HEEB by Bill Barnett and CARRIE AND LIL by Sara Jeanne Asselin are being performed together Wednesday August 9th at 9 p.m., Thursday August 10th at 7 p.m., Friday August 11th at 9 p.m. and Saturday August 12th at 7 p.m. WOODY AND THE HEEB is about 2 estranged college friends who meet 45 years later at a college reunion. CARRIE AND LIL is about two speech writers who work in a woman's BRAIN! Carrie is a young, intellectual upstart. Lil, now retired, used to be the woman's sex/romance/fantasy writer. When the speech writers get orders to ruin the woman's life, will they obediently fulfill their duties, or will they overthrow the BODY and save her? It is directed by Jessica Franz, with stage manager Sarah Ford, and features Sari Kamin, Ramona Floyd, Ann Margaret Hollyman and Alton Clemente.

About the Company: Manhattan Repertory Theatre


Manhattan Repertory Theatre was founded in August 2005 by Ken Wolf, Artistic Director and Jennifer Pierro, Director of Productions. Since its inception, Manhattan Repertory Theatre has produced over 900 plays and worked with over 10,000 theatre artists.  MRT’s mission is to help all artists get their work produced in a professional, supportive and clean environment.

Open:   07/01/06
Close:   07/12/06

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