Genre: Comedy
Jacques Lamarre, Joshua Ramos

The Emerson Theater Collaborative presents Gary Matters, By Jacques Lamarre, in association with the Midtown International Theater Festival

In Gray Matters, we find acclaimed actress Sarah Gray in a predicament familiar to many Americans.  After an emergency hospitalization, she finds herself with no insurance, no job and no prospects.  Worse, she has a faulty memory.  Surrounded by a well-meaning but tough agent and two self-centered young upstarts, Sarah must discover if it is possible for an actor with an Etch-a-Sketch for a brain to get back to what matters.    

About the Company: Emerson Theater Collaborative

 ETC’s mission is to serve youth, under-represented communities and artists with an emphasis on diversity, by producing innovative and exhilarating theater in Southeastern Connecticut.  ETC explores timely themes and issues through new, original works and modern theatrical classics. We develop and nurture both emerging and professional artists, and collaborate with the Emerson College network of alumni and students. 

Our goals include reaching inner city youth through educational theatrical programming, to support our local communities by providing free admission to our performances to low-income families and donating profits to humanitarian causes.


Open:   07/17/10
Close:   07/31/10

July 17, 2010 2:00pm
July 18, 2010 6:00pm
July 19, 2010 6:00pm
July 24, 2010 8:00pm
July 28, 2010 8:00pm
July 31, 2010 4:00pm
Theater:   Abingdon Mainstage Theater
Address:   312 W. 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:$15 Students and Seniors $18 General Admission
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Jen Anaya Deja Smith

 Jen Anaya(Deja Smith) returns to the Midtown International Theatre Festival after winning Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her turn as Princess Aleysha in Eighty-1 at the 2008 MITF.  Jen has been seen on the New York stage bringing new roles to life in musicals including Angels and No Volvere.  Favorite roles include Frida age 25 in the debut of Casa Blue: The Last Moments in The Life of Frida Kahlo, and Maria in West Side Story. She received a BM from Arizona State University and can be seen in the new web series, “How To Make It To 30” (  

Kathryn Kates Miriam

 Kathryn Kates(Miriam) has recently returned to New York after spending over 25 years in Los Angeles where she was a Founding Member (and producer, actor and co-general manager) of the award winning Colony Theatre.  She has many stage, television and film credits but is probably best known for her recurring role on Seinfeldas The Babka Lady.  Since relocating to New York, she has appeared in over 15 plays. Kathryn is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep. 

Stephen D. Sherman Scott Leeds

 Steve Sherman(Scott Leeds) is a member of ETC since it's inception in 2008.  Previous ETC roles include  Father Flynn in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt, Picasso in Steve Martin's Picasso At The Lapin Agile, and Ross Collins in Rebecca Gilman's Spinning Into Butter.   Off-Broadway credits include Claymont (Emerging Artists Theatre) and Tony 'N Tina's Wedding(Corcoran Productions).  Tour credits include The Who's Tommy(Dodger) and Aladdin(AFT). Steve has been seen regionally in Bye Bye Birdieand Little Shop Of Horrors(The St. Louis Muny).  He has appeared in the independent feature films Dawg's Eye View, Morning Glory, and You Fit The Description.   

April Woodall Sarah Gray

 April Woodall(Sarah Gray) was seen most recently at the Theatre for a New City in A Promise Best Kept.  Her other credits include: Nunsense(The Devon); The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Montgomery Theater); La Cage aux Folles(Gateway Playhouse); Little Women, Arsenic and Old Lace, Into the Woods (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre); Smoke on the Mountain(Hedgerow Theatre); I Married Wyatt Earp, Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge(Bristol Riverside Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell(Keswick Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie, Showboat, and The Wizard of OZ(Media Theatre).  April can be seen on an upcoming episode of the Biography Channel’s Celebrity Ghost Stories.