Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rich Espey, Janet Lawler, Rosebud Ben-oni, Darby Alexander

 4 short plays featuring;

  1.        Be More 282                          By Rich Espey
  2.        Don’t Call it Returning         By Rosebud Ben-Oni
  3.        Extreme Green                      By Janet Lawler
  4.        The Majority                           By Darby Alexander


Be More 282

A play about a young black man and a young white woman who have been murdered in very different circumstances. It takes place under the bridge where their bodies have both been dumped.  Both characters want very much to be discovered. The play begins when Beth asks the young black man to take her picture so that the media will make sure a search for her is continued. The play ends when Beth succeeds and the young black man fails.

Don't Call it Returning

On the first year of his death, a young woman returns to the cemetery in Jerusalem to say Kaddish for her late husband-- accompanied by her new lover. What follows is an exorcism of a life past-- and what could've been.

Extreme Green

Extreme Green is about the local food movement. A city land owner resents it deeply when a young, idealistic farmer decides to take over his vacant lot to grow a vegetable garden.

The Majority

Gordon finds himself locked in an interrogation after a natural disaster. His interrogators the Captain and the Private are both rational and mad and genuine, but to what end? Gordon's terror is heightened when he realizes the terrible thing the Majority has done with his daughter. The Majority is a light thriller about a Snowy Apocalypse or is it...

Cast: no
Open:   11/05/10
Close:   11/06/10

Friday November 5, 2010 @ 8pm
Saturday November 6, 2010 @ 5pm.
Saturday November 6, 2010 @ 8pm
Theater:   Joria Productions Mainstage
Address:   260 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:Advance tickets are $15.00 or $20 at door
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Rosebud Ben-oni Don't Call it Returning

Rosebud Ben-Oni is a playwright at New Perspectives Theater; her new play Shamhat will be previewed in October 2011, part of their 20th Anniversary Season. Recently produced work include Untouchable, Don’t Call it Returning, Owless of Santa Clara andThe Amaranthine Thread. Rosebud Ben-Oni is also a co-editor for Her Kind at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Recently, her short story “A Way out of the Colonia” won the Editor's Prize at Camera Obscura: A  Journal of Contemporary Literature and Photography, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has recent and upcoming work in Arts & Letters, Anobium, Review Americana, Existere, Third Wednesday, Slice Magazine, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. In Fall 2011, she will speak at the Women in the Arts conference as a playwright negotiating space and homosexual identity in the Middle East, and present a paper on her experiences in developing her play Quimera on the Storm at New Perspectives at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference.  Recently VIDAselected her essay “On Writing Quimera and other Fears,” also based on her work for New Perspectives, for their State of the Art Feature.

Bob Teague Don't Call it Returning


Bob Teague has directed numerous times for Thespian Productions and Rosebud Ben-Oni, and is glad for the opportunity to do it yet again. When not working on a show, Bob writes and watches the world race past him on the way to whatever it is everyone seems to be in such a hurry to catch. He's not staring, really. He's just trying to figure out the stories. You can contact him at bob@lefthipproductions if you want to share coffee and swap stories.

Sarah Schoofs HANNAH of Don't Call it Returning

Sarah Schoofs is happy to be working with Bob Teague again in yet another theatrical adventure.  Previous credits include Lily in the feature 'GUT', 'Hot Chick' in 'If You See Something, Say Something' (directed by Bob Teague) in addition to wrapping her second feature 'Alone' as the part of Jane.

Trevor Kluckman SOUL of Don't Call it Returning

Trevor graduated with a BA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. More recently, he's studied with Alan Langdon at Circle in the Square. He's performed everywhere from the Theatre at Madison Square Garden to multiple stints on ABC's One Life to Live, as well as a number of tiny black rooms around Manhattan.  Recent credits include Romeo & Juliet with Hudson Warehouse and Gods At The End Of The World at Theater For The New City. Trevor would like to thank everyone who ever believed in him.

Janet J. Lawler Extreme Green

Janet J. Lawler is the playwright of two produced plays. "NetFits" and "Extreme Green" both received staged performances in New York.  "NetFits" recently received several performances at the Secret Theatre's LIC One Act Play Festival in Long Island City, New York.  That play is now published in the new book The LIC One Act Play Festival 2013 and available on Amazon.

"Extreme Green" received a staged reading at the Chicago Dramatists Workshop in November 2009.  The play went on to be performed by Thespian Productions in Fort Myers, Florida in April 2010 and in New York City in November 2010. Janet's first play "NetFits" was staged by the American Globe Theater on Off-Off Broadway in New York as part of its 15th Annual 15 Minute Play Contest in May 2009.

Janet is an optioned screenwriter having written five original screenplays.  Her debut novel From the Ground Up is available on as a paperback and eBook  She is the creator of the blog The NY Screenwriting Life.  Janet is married, a native New Yorker and resides in Astoria, NY.

Chrysta Naron Extreme Green

Chrysta Naron is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.A. in Drama. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2008, Chrysta has directed three pieces for Left Hip Productions "From the Hip Festival."  One of which ("En-gauged") was a finalist.  She also directed "Deconstructing Berlin" at the Clemente Soto Velez.  Chrysta is a proud co-founder of Playsmiths, a playwrighting group dedicated to new works.  She has directed a number of staged readings with Playsmiths.  Her latest directing role was "Joe" for Short Play Lab at the Roy Arias Studios. "Joe" was awarded audience favorite.  She has also worked as a costume designer for "Death in Mozambique" (Cherry Pit Theater) and as a prop intern on "A Winter's Tale" for the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Bridge Project.

Cris Morales ADESH of Extreme Green

Cris Morales a full-fledged native New Yorker (Washington Heights, Manhattan). Cris studied at "Stetson Studio"-(Instr. Ron Stetson Senior Member of The Neighborhood Playhouse) from 2009-2010. Cris is one of the new cast-members of The NYC Dept. of Health's 2010-2012 HIV Ad Campaign which will begin airing on television in winter 2010. Cris is grateful to Extreme Green playwright Janet Lawler & Director Chrysta Noran for offering him the challenging role of ADESH.

Michael Soldati PAUL of Extreme Green

Michael graduated in 2009 from Keene State College (Keene, NH) with a Degree in Theatre and Dance.  Michael is now serving for a second year of domestic service with AmeriCorps, this year through City Year NYC in an East New York elementary school.  He would like to thank YOU there in particular for showing up, on time, and quite stylishly at that- nice hat- enjoy!

Rich Espey Be More 282

Rich Espey is a playwright and teacher living in Baltimore. Rich’s plays have been
produced throughout the United States, including an Equity Showcase production
of Hope's Arbor in New York City by Gallery Players/Engine 37. Rich is a two time
winner of the Carol Weinberg Award for best play at the Baltimore Playwrights
Festival and was honored with an Individual Artist Award in Playwriting by the
Maryland State Arts Council in 2007. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild,
Playwrights Group of Baltimore, Lizard Claw Playwrights, and has served as Chair of
the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. He currently serves as Board President for Single
Carrot Theatre  and proudly teaches science at The Park School of Baltimore.

Jessica Shea Alverson WOMAN of Be More 282

Jessica Shea Alversonis honored to work with Jason Lord-Surratt in this year’s Thespian Production Showcase III. She graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Theater and Honors in Acting. Favorite roles include Ma (The Grapes of Wrath), Lysistrata (Lysistrata), and Brooke (Noises Off!).  TV/Film credits include “Law & Order” (2010), “Mercy” (2010), “Believe in Me” (2006), and “Wildfire” (2005).  Specializing in physical comedy, Jessica recently completed improv classes with The Upright Citizens Brigade and a clowning intensive with The NY Goofs.

Jhulian Newell MAN of Be More 282

Little was born and raised in the Queens section of New York. He was introduced to the wonderful world of acting at the tender age of 14. Since then, he has been in numerous productions throughout high school, college, and the time thereafter. Some of his work includes Romeo and Juliet, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, just to name a couple. To date, he is one of the best kept secrets in New York, but be on the lookout. You will most likely be seeing more of this guy sooner than you think!

Darby Alexander The Majority

Darby Alexander has written many ten minute plays (Tension, A Guide to Burning Bridges, Playcee,) that have appeared on multiple stages in the greater New York area festivals, Including Child's Dream that was presented as the Producer Choice at the From the Hip festival. Darby has also written two full length plays that have received special readings in a competition format. Darby would like to thank Kyle for giving him a great opportunity to show his work. Enjoy the show.

Vinny Vericus THE PRIVATE of The Majority

Vinny is proud to represent the big "B's". Brooklyn and Brazil. Big up to all my supporters, family and friends. A special thanks goes out to my lady. She knows I love her! Thanks for keeping theater alive and well!