SPRING EATFEST 2008

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Festival
Emerging Artists Theatre and Paul Adams, present 10 Premiere Plays by Emerging Playwrights

EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE and PAUL ADAMS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
PRESENT

2008 Spring EATfest
10 Premiere Plays by Emerging Playwrights

THREE-WEEK ENGAGEMENT
APRIL 15-MAY 4, 2008 AT ROY ARIAS THEATRE CENTER

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT EATHEATRE.ORG

EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE and PAUL ADAMS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR present the 2008 Spring EATFest, for a three-week limited engagement at Roy Arias Theatre Center (300 West 43rd St, 5th floor, NYC). Performances begin Tuesday, April 15, 2008, and run through Sunday, May 4, 2008.

Series A
Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 pm, Sunday at 5 pm

The Food Monologues
Food, women, what happens . . . THE FOOD MONOLOGUES.
by Kerri Kochanski
directed by Deb Guston

The Food Monologues is an experimental play that explores womens' love/hate relationships and obsessions with food. Performed by a cast of 13, this all-female play, features monologues and ensemble-driven scenes that examine body image and shame, eating disorders, weight gain/loss, societal expectations and perceptions about women and beauty. Six of the monologues have been published by Meriwether and Smith & Kraus.

Series B
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7 pm, Sundays at 2 pm

Islands of Repair
Can marriage survive in a life raft?
by Leslie Bramm
directed by Melissa Attebery

A seasoned married couple try to survive being lost at sea in a rubber raft. They battle sharks, the elements, and each other . . .but will they survive?

Love, Me (Margaret)
How far will one woman go to feel loved?
by Jennie Contuzzi
directed by Kevin Brofsky

When Margaret's boyfriend breaks up with her, she reaches out to her former English teacher to learn a better way of being loved. Her teacher, serving time for the mercy killing of his wife, hardly thinks himself an expert on the subject, but Margaret disagrees. Spinning a theory based on the reports of Harry's crime, she uses her obsessed co-worker, Louis, as a test subject, and journeys to a darker place than even she imagines.

The Letter
A lovestruck executive confesses his feelings for a colleague in an e-mail, only to have his plans go horribly awry.
by Chuck Rose
directed by Rasa Allan Kazlas

Arnold, a successful but lonely executive, is desperate to confess his feelings to Rebecca, a beautiful but equally lonely co-worker. Too nervous to face her, Arnold is egged on by a sly but well-meaning assistant to reveal his feelings in an e-mail. However, small but critical mistake leads to unforeseen and comedic complications as love and technology prove to be a troubling combination.

Onions
Aaron has something important to tell his mother . . . but will she understand?
by F.J. Hartland
directed by Daniel Allan Dinero

When Aaron discovers he is dying, he seeks comfort from his mother. Unfortunately, she is unable to give him the love and support he so desperately needs. With the help of Hazel, a nurse and former high school acquaintance, Aaron attempts to make one last connection with the woman who raised him.

Series C
Thursdays and Sundays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 5 pm

Antiques
"Whoever thought I'd have a 50-year-old fat man for a son?"
by Stan Lachow
directed by James Jaworski

Retired antiques dealers, Gus and Mac, spend the day antagonizing each other while sitting on a bench on the boardwalk looking out at the sea. Old hurts surface and change their relationship forever.

Break
A surprise confrontation between a displaced Englishman and a drug addict who invades his home.
by J. Stephen Brantley
directed by Jonathan Warman

During the late hours of a summer night on the coast of eastern Long Island, a displaced Englishman and the drug addict, who breaks into his home, confront their differences and discover their secret similarities. Neither is who he seems.

Undercurrents
A young woman takes a surrealistic journey with Huckleberry Finn down the River of No Return.
by Marc Castle
directed by Roberto Cambeiro

Melinda, a young woman in a white dress, mysteriously finds herself on a raft with Huckleberry Finn, the start of a surrealistic dream, a dream that Melinda attempts to analyze as she continues her journey following Marilyn Monroe, the Unsinkable Molly Brown, her mother, and a series of lost loves down the River of No Return.

Fast Light and Brilliant
On a lonely hotel terrace lit by a field of fireflies, two strangers ponder the nature of romance and marriage'"and the possible repercussions of a single kiss.
by Richard Martin Hirsch
directed by Ian Streicher

Following a chance meeting, two lonely strangers find they have a lot in common, including an intense attraction. But, the path to intimacy is not without obstacles. On a deserted hotel terrace, lit by a field of randy fireflies, the pair contemplates the nature of romance and marriage'"and the repercussions of a single kiss.

George & Bill are Friends
What do George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton talk about when they're alone'"or when they think they are?
by Susan West Chamberlin
directed by Molly Marinik

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton make an unlikely pair as they travel the world raising money and acting as freelance diplomats. What do they talk about when they think no one is listening?

EATFest plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, May 4, 2008:

Tuesdays at 7 pm '" Series A
Wednesdays at 7 pm '" Series B
Thursdays at 7 pm '" Series C
Fridays at 7 pm '" Series A
Saturdays at 5 pm '" Series C
Saturdays at 7 pm '" Series B
Sundays at 2 pm '" Series B
Sundays at 5pm '" Series A
Sundays at 7 pm '" Series C

Tickets are $18.00 and $10.00 with student ID/senior. For reservations, please visit www.eatheatre.org, or call 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in person half-hour prior to the performance at Roy Arias Theatre Center (300 West 43rd St, 5th floor). TDF accepted.

PRESS FROM SPRING EATFEST 2007

"Spring EATfest 2007 offers a little something for everyone: a touching domestic comedy; a drama about Iraq; and an uproarious parody of The Sound of Music."
'"Byrne Harrison, oobr.com

"In Spring EATfest 2007, three playwrights and ten actors deliver a lively evening of entertainment."
'"Jo Ann Rosen, nytheatre.com

"If the other six plays in the Spring EATfest 2007 are as good as these three (and from overheard lobby scuttlebutt, they are), it should be a good evening out".
'"Duncan Pflaster, broadwayworld.com

About the Company: Emerging Artists Theatre Company

Founded in 1993, the mission of EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE is to provide a dynamic home for emerging writers and artists, to develop their work from an idea to a fully realized production.

In the past 16 years, EAT has premiered over 275 new works, garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination for Capathia Jenkins in (Mis)Understanding Mammy: The Hattie McDaniel Story, received the American Theatre Wing Award for Consistent Excellence in Theatre, and was named Best Off Off Broadway Theater Company in NYC for Actors to Work With by Back Stage.

During its 2009- 2010 season, under the Artistic Direction of Paul Adams, EAT will showcase over two-dozen new works.



Cast: Kerri Kochanski-Author , Deb Guston-Director , Leslie Bramm-Author , Melissa Attebery-Director , Jennie Contuzzi-Author , Kevin Brofsky-Director , Chuck Rose-Author , Rasa Allan Kazlas-Director , F. J. Hartland-Author , Daniel Allan Dinero-Director , Stan Lachow-Author , James Jaworski-Director , J. Stephen Brantley-Author , Jonathan Warman-Director , Marc Castle, Roberto Cambeiro-Director , Richard Martin Hirsch-Author , Ian Streicher-Director , Susan West Chamberlin-Author , Molly Marinik-Director , Elizabeth A. Bell, Scott Klavan, Ashley Green, Irene Longshore, Andrea Alton, Sarah Miriam Aziz, Amy Bizjak, Laine Buntrock, Stephanie Deliani, Kelly Dynan, Michelle Fulves, Erin Hadley, Janelle Lannan, Sarah Schmitz, Randi Sobel, Elizabeth Gwynne Wilson, Alexandra Zariski, Vivian Meisner, Hershey Miller, Jerry Katz, Matthew Lewis, Hunter Gilmore, Jason Alan Griffin, Desmond Dutcher*, Lue Mc Williams, Karen Stanion, Robert Terrell Milner, Carrie Tillis, Ron Bagden, Joseph Callari, Dan Almekinder
Open:   04/15/08
Close:   05/04/08

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EATFest plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, May 4, 2008:

Tuesdays at 7 pm – Series A
Wednesdays at 7 pm – Series B
Thursdays at 7 pm – Series C
Fridays at 7 pm – Series A
Saturdays at 5 pm – Series C
Saturdays at 7 pm – Series B
Sundays at 2 pm – Series B
Sundays at 5pm – Series A
Sundays at 7 pm – Series C

Theater:   Roy Arias Theaters
Address:   300 W. 43rd Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$18.00, $10.00 Students and Seniors
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Company Website at 866-811-4111
Presented by: Emerging Artists Theatre Company         Official Web Site: www.eatheatre.org
Cash Tilton currently appears as Randall in "One Seat in the Shade" in the New York Fringe Festival. He portrayed Moreau in RadioTheatre's "Island of Dr. Moreau" at 59E59, which is nominated in the category of Outstanding Performance Art Piece in the 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, and was a lovestruck CEO in Emerging Artists Theatre's spring one-acts. Onscreen in "Sexina: Popstar, P.I.," he's a computer scientist who is forced to create a cyborg boy band, with which evil record company exec Adam West plans to dominate the music industry and possibly the entire world. In the Ed-E-Torials on channel125.com, blip.tv, and elswhere on the Web, Cash delivers satirical news commentary and makes unkind remarks about politicians and other celebrities.
  RON BOPST (Mr. Ramsey) has been a member of Emerging Artists Theatre since 2005 and recently joined the staff of the Company. Ron has performed in numerous plays with EAT including Bernadette and the Butcher of Broadway (in association with TOSOS2, of which Ron is also a member), which was nominated for a GLAAD Award and Tonylust! The Broadway Bloodbath of 2006!, both by David Bell. Other favorite EAT roles are Larry in Matt Casarino's Larry Gets the Call and Rich in Karen Schiff's Recoil, as well as Bob Cratchit in the benefit reading of Joe Godfrey's A Queer Carol. In addition to EAT and TOSOS2, Ron is also a member of Handcart Ensemble (www.handcartensemble.org) and has performed in three of their last four productions. Ron is a member of Actors' Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

Recent NY theatre: Shakespeare's Slave (Theatre Row-World Premiere, dir. Eric Parness) Interchange (WorkShop Theater Co., dir. Thomas Cote), A Less Than Ideal Position (New World Stages, dir. Valentina Fratti), Summerfolk (dir. Austin Pendleton), The Conjugality Test (Midtown Intn'l Theatre Festival), The Letter (Emerging Artists Theatre: Spring EAT Fest '08), The Sanctuary (American Theater of Actors), Monday Morning Baseball (The Turtle's Shell Theatre),  Film: Pieces of Cake, Mothers' Day Special. Member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, The Dramatists Guild, and The Drilling Company. B"H. www.shaunbennetwilson.com