IMPERIAL GARDEN REVISITED

Genre: Comedy, Drama
©John Watts

    "One being perceived as another only to be lost in the invasion of the inner self."

Evening of 3 orginal one act plays involving social issues.

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS FOR FORCED ENTRY

Written by Allan Bates.  Directed by Sonia Jacquez

A woman is reading late at night in her living room when a younger man breaks into her house.  She had been a teacher in prison; he had been an inmate student, incarcerated for murder.  The intrusion ends with positive results.

SYNOPSIS FOR THE PHILOSOPHERS

Written by Robert Anthony.  Directed by Chrissy Laboy

Two longtime friends, Sammy and Ernie, meet almost daily to read and discuss the changes in their thinking, society in general, and the neighborhood. They have not seen their friend, Abie, the pickle salesman, since he lost his store. Abie suddenly appears and is now peddling pickles on the street. Sammy and Ernie are pleased to see him and he goes on his way. Abie’s daughter, Sarah, appears. She is frantically searching for her father. She tells them he is not well and should be home in bed. Sammy and Ernie help in the search, only to return and find Abie leafing through a book. Since he is now living with Sarah, she takes him home with her. Sammy and Ernie return to their reading.

SYNOPSIS FOR LEGAL INFIDELITY

Written by Charlotte Cox.  Directed by Philip M. Waller

Bernie and Jill have been married for 22 years, since they’ve been in college. They are now in their 40’s and after many years, are complacent and bored with their life together, and have been introduced to the concept of an open marriage.  Will this new idea bring them closer together or will underlying issues tear them apart?

Open:   09/22/11
Close:   09/24/11

Schedule:
September 22- 23, 2011 @ 8pm
September 24, 2011 @ 2pm & 7pm
Theater:   Joria Productions Mainstage
Address:   260 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:$15.00 advance / $20.00 at door.
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006
Allan Bates Playwright for FORCED ENTRY.

ALLAN BATES has more than forty years’ experience as a playwright and professor of creative writing. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he specialized in American humor and served as captain and later coach of the university wrestling team. He taught writing courses for twenty-five years at Northeastern Illinois University, where he served as Director of the Creative Writing Program. A founding member of Chicago’s early theatre movement, his first play ( Kids Games ) was produced at the Hull House Theatre along with works by Ionesco and Beckett. He taught playwriting at Victory Gardens Theatre for eight years, and for six years served as Playwright-in-Residence at The Raven Theatre, two of Chicago’s most prominent theatres. He has authored more than twenty full-length and one-act plays, which have been produced throughout Chicago, as well as in New York. Yellow Heat: Van Gogh in Arles was optioned for a Broadway production, and his docu-drama based on personal experiences at the National Theatre in Prishtine during on the Kosovo War, Sing for Me, Naxhie , won the Bailiwick Theatre’s annual new play award. Recently he has branched out into new directions, including children’s theatre, musical theatre, and screenwriting. He is a current member of The Dramatists Guild and The Playwrights Center.

Sonia Jacquez Director for FORCED ENTRY.

Forced Entry is Sonia Jacquez' debut as director of a play. A native of Colorado, she gained much of her directing experience in the Southern California areas of Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico in the independent film sector. She continues to collaborate on independent projects in New York City, bringing a collection of her own entertaining scripts to the screen and now possibly, the theater.

Brandi Robinson As MARGARET FRANKLIN in FORCED ENTRY.

Brandi Robinson is currently studying with a scholarship at HB Studio under Rochelle Oliver, Geoffrey Owens, and Helen Gallagher.  Brandi's interests include singing, writing and dancing.  She has also produced a successful cabaret show in Chelsea, “The Jang-Jang". Brandi thanks her family and friends for their unyielding love and support.

Ron Rivera As DEXTER COPELEY in FORCED ENTRY.

Ron's passion for acting began at the early age of 9. He studied at Erasmus Hall School for Performing Arts where he played the lead in several contemporary plays. In the early 90's, he was featured in films like "A Bronx Tale" with Robert Deniro, "Carlito's Way" with Al Pacino and several others but then took on a Retail Management job and left acting for a while. After being laid off from a Litigation Management job in NYC in 2007, he began to act again. Since then he has appeared in over 14 short films - many of which have won prestigious awards at film festivals. He can also be seen in the 2010 Sundance Dramatic Jury Feature film Nominee "Don't Let Me Drown" with Ricardo Chavira and Gina Torres. Ron played the lead role (Del) in Bonnie Wright's play "From Deep inside the Dark" in 2010 that received rave reviews. His latest short films include "Collateral Package" an action drama thriller and "Jackin Carlos" a brilliant comedy. Trailers can be seen on youtube.com. Both are currently making their rounds in the 2011 film festival circuit. He has just completed Producing and Starring in a new television Pilot "God or Guns" that will be pitched to Major Cable Networks in 2012. Screen Actors Guild Member. For more info on Ron Rivera please visit www.imdb.com.

Charlotte Cox Playwright for LEGAL INFIDELITY.

Charlotte was born in Ohio, but now resides in Ft. Myers, FL. Charlotte has always had a strong interest in the written word and telling stories. Her debut, in 2010, as a playwright was for ACTS for Act, which "A Different Kind of Love" was performed, a story of learning self-worth and escaping domestic violence. In 2011, "Raging Love" was her second play in the domestic violence series, being performed in NYC.  Charlotte is inspired to keep creating stories and seeing them come to life on the stage.

Philip Waller Director for LEGAL INFIDELITY.

Philip Waller is a recent graduate of Oberlin College with a major in Theatre with duel concentrations in directing and acting. He has directed productions of This Is Our Youth, Love's Labour's Lost, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, and The Flattering Word among  others. Beyond his training at Oberlin, Philip has trained at SUNY Purchase, The American Academy for the Dramatic Arts, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. This is his first time directing in New York.

Sharon Pinney As LINDA in LEGAL INFIDELITY.

Sharon Pinney was recently seen on stage in ‘Killing Time’ at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre as well as in ‘The Sanctuary’ at the American Theatre of Actors.  Her latest film project is a piece that will be included in the web-based documentary titled ‘The Desire Series’.  She earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Appalachian State University.  Sharon is honored to work with this new cast and crew.

Robert Anthony Playwright for THE PHILOSOPHERS.

North Carolina playwright, Robert Anthony, studied English and Drama at Western Carolina University and then made his way to New York city. He has appeared in numerous films and off-off Broadway productions and has held a variety of jobs, from shrimp boat operator to magazine editor. In recent years Mr. Anthony has written five full-length plays and more than thirty one-acts, six of which have had NYC productions. He currently divides his time between New York City and Cherryville, North Carolina.

Chrissy Laboy Director for THE PHILOSOPHERS

Chrissy earned her bachelor’s in Nursing as well as an AS in Drama and theater. She has been pursuing acting, modeling and theater for 3 years, but has been 
much more active in her acting career intensely over the past year, including taking many workshops and classes to polish this craft of her passion.
It allowed Chrissy to work closely with many great A list actors such as Steve Schrippa (Sopranos), Steve Harvey, and Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order SVU), just to name a few.  

As well as venturing into modeling for many great companies, catalogs, and ads while filming many eminent fulfilling national & international commercials.

Alexa Servodidio As SARAH in THE PHILOSOPHERS.

Alexa is excited to be a part of Thespian Productions.. This is her 2nd performance with the group. Alexa was recently seen as "Joy" in The Pursuit Of Love, written by Diamondo Stratakos.. Alexa has also been seen in Odd Jobs as Karen, at The Shotgun Theatre Festival, and as "Clarita" , in Menu Driven, written by Kyle Spearman and directed by Jason Surratt. Alexa's other theatrical credits in New York/NJ are 10 Minutes Early, Nuts and Bolts, and Eating Out. She has also had lead roles in independent films such as, Reverse, The Project, Return to Innocence Lost, and Beautiful. Her television credits include principal roles in It's All Geek To Me, The View, and Lucille Roberts. Alexa has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters in Social Work.

Samuel Muniz As ABIE in THE PHILOSOPHERS.

Sam has appeared in various stage productions in New York City such as "Hamlet" at The Actors Studio, "Revenge of A King", "61 Dead Men" and "Menu Driven" resectively at The Producers Club,  and "Macbeth" with The Brooklyn Stage Company.   He had also undergone a massive weight loss program as Tony Taste, a 300 pound Italian Master Chef with an equally massive ego, in the dark comedy "Prisoner of Splendor" directed by Vernon Church.
 

Noah Schultz As SAMMY in THE PHILOSOPHERS.

Noah Schultz had his first role in Kindergarten playing Tom Thumb in PT Barnum.  Noah is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York and a Certified Stuntman by way of the United Stuntmen’s Association in Seattle Washington. Noah's stage credits include Stolen Chair’s Stage Kiss, Commedia Del Artemisia, Quantum Poetics, Theatre is Dead and So Are You and The Accidental Patriot, Gemini Collision Works’ Devils, The Jewish Theater of New York’s Press 93 For Kosher Jewish Girls in Krakow and Lee Sobel's Escape From the Women's Wacko Ward.  Noah's film credits include Kowalabunga, CCTV and stunt work in music videos for the bands Pereza and Phoenix Reign.  Noah would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support. 

Matt Kessler As ERNIE in THE PHILOSOPHERS.

Matt Kessler, who just graduated from Binghamton University in the spring, is very excited to make his NYC stage debut in the Imperial Garden Showcase. Some of his favorite on stage roles from his past includes Adam in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Prez in The Pajama Game, and Keith in Betty's Summer Vacation. He wants to thank his family and friends for their constant support.