Genre: Comedy, Drama

MARATHON 2009 is Ensemble Studio Theatre's 31st annual festival of one-act plays. This year's Marathon offers ten World and Off-Broadway Premieres in two separate evenings. The two series will run in rotating repertory.

Ensemble Studio Theatre's Series A has the following shows:


TRICKLE by Kia Corthron; directed by William Pomerantz* and starring Geneva Carr*, Shirine Babb, Tatiana Suarez-Pico, Nikki Walker and Jackie Chung.


FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, ST. TERESA by Christine Farrell*; directed by Deborah Hedwall* and starring Christine Farrell* and Lucy DeVito.

AMERICANA by Garrett M. Brown*; directed by Linsay Firman and starring Miles Bergner, Ann Talman*, Michael Cullen and Chris Ceraso*.

PTSD by Tommy Smith; directed by William Carden* and starring Jay Patterson*, Stephanie Janssen, Haskell King* and Julie Fitzpatrick*.

FACE CREAM by Maggie Bofill; directed by Pamela Berlin* and starring Paula Pizzi and Bruce MacVittie*.



* indicates EST member

An Equity Approved Showcase. All actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

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.

Preview:   05/22/09
Open:   05/28/09
Close:   06/19/09

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