THE 5 BOROUGH PLAYS

Genre: Festival
Written by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Sharon E. Cooper, Cheryl L. Davis, ML Kinney and Bethany Larsen

The Milk Can Theatre Company concludes its fifth season with The 5 Borough Plays, a showcase of five original short plays inspired by the five boroughs of New York City. Five playwrights randomly drew a borough from a hat: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan and Queens. The resulting work is The 5 Borough Plays, a marathon evening of theatre through the five boroughs of New York City.

Playwrights and work include: 1600 Feet, public fighting is a New York phenomenon and in this musical version, the fight stems from an inter-borough romance. Music, lyrics and direction by Colleen Darnall, book by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (inspired by Brooklyn); A Visit to the Bronx, where time collides in this family drama by Sharon E. Cooper, directed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (inspired by the Bronx); Stan and Illy Await the Coming written and directed by ML Kinney. With a nod to Samuel Beckett, our sock puppet heroes wait for the Ferry (inspired by Staten Island); Peace Through Understanding where a trip to the 1964 World's Fair brings a couple's relationship into focus. Written by Cheryl L. Davis, and directed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (inspired by Queens); Hot Corn Girl Sings Her Song where an obscure bit of Manhattan history prompts a woman to examine her modern life, written and directed by Bethany Larsen (inspired by Manhattan). Further information is available to view at www.milkcantheatre.org.

Set design by Ann Bartek, lighting design by Christopher Edwards, costume design by Deb O., sound design by Scott O'Brien, with performances by Nnamudi Amobi, Sarah Brill, Ashley Griffin, Lian-Marie Holmes, Zak Kostro, Michael McGuirk, Brad Makarowski, Katie Northlich, Emma O'Donnell, Caley Rose, Mike Steinmetz, Natalie Weaver, Chris Yonan, and Jonathan Zipper.

Saturday evening May 10th will be a special benefit performance and party to celebrate The Milk Can Theatre Company's amazing 2007/2008 Season. The festivities will include dancing, drinking, food, a silent auction showcasing work from various area artists, and plenty of surprises., all at O'Lunney's Times Square Pub, 145 West 45th Street. Tickets to join the celebration are $45 per person, which includes The 5 Borough Plays theatre ticket, and pass to the Spring Fling Party at O'Lunney's. Theatre tickets can be used for any performance of The 5 Borough Plays. Please note that all tickets for the 7 pm performance May 10th will include a ticket to the Spring Fling and will be $45. Tickets to join the celebration only at O'Lunney's are $30.

Open:   05/03/08
Close:   05/18/08

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The 5 Borough Plays will run May 3rd through May 18th, Tuesdays at 7pm, Thursdays at 10pm, Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm, with a special benefit performance Saturday, May 10th at 7:00pm* at The Michael Weller Theatre, 311 West 43 Street (6th Floor). Tickets are $18. *Please note that the Saturday, May 10th performance is at 7:00 pm as part of The Milk Can Theatre Company’s Spring Fling Benefit, tickets are $45.

Theater:   Michael Weller Theatre
Address:   311 West 43rd Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$18.00 General, $15.00, $10.00 Students and Seniors, $45 Benefit Ticket
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Presented by: Milk Can Theatre Company         Official Web Site: www.milkcantheatre.org