About the Company: Manhattan Theatre Source
Manhattantheatresource is a not-for-profit art service organization celebrating its fifth anniversary. Its 55-seat theatre, book store and cabaret, run by full-time volunteers, have afforded more than 2,400 artists opportunities to work in over 475 productions. The Source also provides workshops, marketing and design support, voiceover and video editing services and career consulting to local artists.
HANGMAN SCHOOL FOR GIRLS will feature Nick Afka, Louiza Collins, Lucy Gillespie, Sarah Ann Masse, Lillian Meredith, and Briel Pomerantz.
The creative team will include Meryl Ballew (Stage Manager), Chelsea Morgan Hoffmann (Sound Design), Jacquelyn D. Marolt (Set Design), Brian Tovar (Lighting Design), and Laura Wiese (Costume Design).
The production, presented by The Vagabond Theatre Ensemble, Brian Hashimoto, and FullStop Collective, will play at Manhattan Theatre Source (177 MacDougal Street), March 10-27, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm with additional performances on Monday, March 22 at 8pm and Saturday, March 27 at 2pm. Advance tickets ($15) are available by calling 1-866-811-411 or online at www.theatermania.com. $20 tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.
LUCY GILLESPIE (Playwright) is a 24 year-old Anglo-American writer and performer. Hangman School for Girls is her first full-length play. Her second play, The Atwater Project (working title) is a fictionalized study into the demise of bogeyman politician Lee Atwater and is currently in development with terraNOVA Collective’s Groundbreakers Program. Lucy has written a novella, The Pith and the Peel, about a woman who kills and eats her husband, as well as several short stories. She holds a BA from Northwestern University in Theater and Fiction Writing, and has studied under Stuart Dybek, Sheila Donohue, Madeleine George, Colman Domingo, and Laura Schellhardt. While at Northwestern, she served as Literary Manager for Vertigo Productions, a student theater company with a focus on original works which produced such writers as Emily Chaddick Weiss (YoungBlood), and Matt Sax (Clay, recently produced by LCT3).
LETA TREMBLAY (Director) is a director and stage manager currently residing in New York City. In her directing work, she specializes in stylized movement with bold, simple visual and auditory elements. Recent NY directing credits include The City That Cried Wolf (59E59 Theaters), 365 Days/365 Plays (FullStop Collective), and 10 Plates (ExPgirl, AD). She also staged a full production of Machinal by Sophie Treadwell as her senior thesis while attending Smith College. As a stage manager, Leta works with many NYC theaters and companies including HERE Arts Center, Cherry Lane Theatre, The Chocolate Factory, NAATCO, and ExPgirl (company member). She is a founding member and Director of Production of FullStop Collective. Leta has trained at the Eugene O'Neill National Theater Institute, with the Wooster Group, and with the SITI Company
THE VAGABOND THEATRE ENSEMBLE's mission is to establish a community of artists and storytellers, to stretch our artistic boundaries and imaginations to encourage unique and daring explorations of our humanity. We are committed to producing work that traverses the theatrical spectrum, theatre that is limitless in artistic scope and possibility. We strive to create topical and inspiring performances, to establish a dialogue between ourselves and our audience. As individuals, we are striving for active, successful, and vibrant careers in the theatre. We developed a company to call home; to return to no matter what stage of our career. It is a place to collaborate with people we love and do work we find inspiring; a place where we can focus on our art as active and supportive members of New York's artistic community. The Vagabond's have previously produced Peter~Wendy (November 2009 at walkerspace), The Wendigo (February 2009 at The Medicine Show Theater), The Cabin Fever Festival (February 2009 at The Medicine Show Theater), Endoftheworld Lovesong (September 2008 at The Flea), The Wendy Complex (2008 Midtown International Theater Festival), and Speaking Boheme. In addition The Vagabond Theatre Ensemble has produced many readings and one-night-only performances, a monthly comedy open mic, and an annual burlesque/variety show.
The Production Company re-teams with playwright Blair Singer, author of their hit play The Most Damaging Wound, for MEG'S NEW FRIEND, a timely, provocative play. Meg, a local New York television features reporter, realizes that, in the age of Obama, she doesn't have one African-American friend. When she meets her best friend's new beau, a sexy African-American yoga teacher, Meg thinks she's found exactly what she was looking for. This play was written and named for Megan McQuillan (The Most Damaging Wound). Joining McQuillan in the cast are Damon Gupton, Michael Solomon and Mary Cross.
Set Designer: April Bartlett
Associate Set Designer: Laura Taber Bacon
Costume Designer: Deanna Frieman
Lighting Designer: Carolyn Wong
Sound Designer: Isaac Butler
Properties Designer: Jamie Bressler
Fight Director: Noah Starr
Stage Manager: Jeff Meyers
Producer: Gabriella Willenz
Cast: Andrea Piedimonte-Bodini, Eric Zeisler, Esther Barlow, Dan Pona, Mike Hill and David Barrett
Produced by: Malet Street Productions, Inc. (Katerina Georgiou, Producer) in association with Manhattan Theatre Source
Set to verse and narrated by a different Secret Special Guest Artist each night.
Written & Directed by Sharon Fogarty.
"Recommended" - Time Out New York
La Vigilia is a madcap minestrone or love and passion rediscovered.
Starring: James Michael Armstrong
(Appear courtesy of Actors Equity)
Collected Stories follows the dynamic relationship between two writers '" one at the beginning of her career and the other at the other end. The duo meets over six years, and endures success, petty jealousies and small betrayals.
"Probing the development and ultimate disintegration of a student-teacher relationship over the course of six years, Donald Margulies' new play is an engaging, witty and painful work." '"Time Out
"As usual, Margulies holds the rich ore of his material up to the light so that it sends beams in every directionâ€¦always fluid and lively, the play is thick with ideas, like a stockpot of good stew." '"Village Voice
Directed by Laura Standley
Featuring Katherine Argo* and Kate Middleton*
Set/Lighting Design Travis McHale
Stage Manager Kate August
Costumes Elisa R. Richards
Graphic Designer Wade Dansby
Assistant Stage Manager Devan Hibbard
Technical Director Dan Wheeless
An Equity Approved Showcase *Actors appear courtesy of Actor's Equity Association
Proteus and Valentine were inseparable for most their young lives...until Proteus falls in love with the naďve Julia, and Valentine, searching for work and adventure, leaves for The Emperor's Court, a ritzy speak-easy in Manhattan run by a powerful businessman turned bootlegger known only as "the Duke". Proteus reunites with Valentine only to find Valentine has fallen in love with the Duke's daughter, the stunning Silvia, and plans to run away with her, and away from Proteus. Proteus decides to win Silvia for himself, even though he is engaged to Julia, scheming his way to a position of trust with the Duke, and using that position against his friend.
Shakespeare's language remains intact, but it is soaked with booze, set in motion with Jazz and Blues, and spoken over cocktails and cigarettes, a story of betrayal set in a dark chapter in American history.
Featuring Katherine Emily Mills, Zack Zimbler, Kelly Rosenblatt, John Buxton, Adam Reich, Caroyln Demisch, Isaiah Tanenbaum, Michael Dulev, T.J. Fix, Max Hambleton, and Chris Beier. Produced by Erik Lurz, Katherine Emily Mills, Montgomery Sutton, and Patrick Rutnam. Lights and Sound Designed by Vadim Ledvin and Shawn Duan. Stage and Set Designed by Carla Cruz. Costumes Designed by Nicole Quinones and Christina Hernandez. Music Composed and Directed by Nicholas Isles.
Nat Cassidy* directs. Michael Roderick and Small Pond Entertainment are the producers. Joanna Congalton serves as the Dramaturge. Gerry Maletta is the Sound Designer. Rachel Grundy is the stage manager.
In January, Mr. Silver and Mr. Frank's vivid adaptation, MACBETH: A WALKING SHADOW, was a sold out smash hit. NYTheatre.com called it "one of the best Shakespeare productions I've seen" while OffOffOnline.com lauded it as "an interpretation you will not want to miss".
MEASURE FOR MEASURE: PROVIDE YOUR BLOCK AND AXE features many of the stars from MACBETH: A WALKING SHADOW -- Ato Essandoh, Lex Woutas, Meghan Reilly, Ridley Parson and James Edward Becton -- alongside Fiona Jones, John-Andrew Morrison, Jon Ecklund and Dave Koenig.
Stages of grief are personified by actors Debra Wassum (Acceptance), Matthew Porter (Pain), Rachel McPhee (Sorrow) and Pete Aguero (Boredom) with special appearances by Bonnie Lee (Obsession) and Hope Garland (Therapist). The catalyst for Nora's demise is portrayed by Thomas Rainey (Prince Charming) who dumps her for so that he may pursue career at being beautiful.
Music and choreography is by Sharon Fogarty, accompanied by Matthew Lauren Cohen (Piano). Costumes are assisted by IT Award nominee Ramona Ponce.
Writers Andrew Frank and Doug Silver are the team behind the Off-Broadway musical Sidd, which CurtainUp called an "upbeat spiritual musical. . . in the tradition of Godspell". Variety raved "[Silver and Frank] clearly have a knack for melody -- several of their songs stick pleasantly in the brain -- and they're at home with everything from power ballads to Kander & Ebb-style cool." The duo is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater workshop. Earlier this year, their adaptation of Macbeth: a Walking Shadow received rave reviews. Michael Criscuolo of NYTheatre.com called it "one of the best Shakespeare productions I've ever seen" while Fred McKinnon of TheaterOnline.com raved that it was a "mayhem-packed evening of exciting theater." Original concept by Fran Kirmser
After the Great War ends, Czechoslovakia has a thriving artistic community that includes celebrated playwright Karel Capek. But history changes when a young woman walks into Karel's life with a strange mannequin in a wheelchairâ€¦ a mannequin that gets up and moves all by itself!
UNIVERSAL ROBOTS tells the compelling, alternate history of the Twentieth Century, beginning with the invention of the robot through the destruction of Nazi Germany at the hands of the robot army, and concluding with the horrifying robot rebellion against the human race.
Starring Joy Franz (original Broadway casts of INTO THE WOODS and PIPPIN), Joy Seligsohn, Stephanie Schmiderer, Campbell Echols, Megan Campisi, Meredith Napolitano, Benita Robeldo, Olivia Lawrence, Maitely Weismann, Helene Galek and Kathleen Kwan.
When the play first premiered in 1980 at the Astor Place Theater, the New York Times hailed it "an unusually smart sitcom,". It went on to run for two years, helping launch the careers of Susan Sarandon, JoBeth Williams, Ann Archer and Dixie Carter.
The current production stars Nancy Sirianni*, who is also a successful recording artist, and Monica Russell*, one of the founding members of Transport Group. Ms. Sirianni last starred in the critically acclaimed production of Woyzeck at Manhattan Theatre Source. Martin Denton of NYTheatre.com hailed the production "claustrophobic and rather sensationally vivid.". Ms. Russell received accolades for her performance in last year's All the Way Home. The New York Times called her turn "compelling" while Curtain Up raved that she "grows before our eyes".
Steven Bloom directs.
From the director of the critically acclaimed The Mandrake, Saint Frances of Hollywood and Dark Rapture. Featuring original music by Minetta Creek, Greenwich Village's longest running bluegrass group.
Granny always said, "Girls, you look like you don't know if you're coming or going!" When the Lewis sisters are reunited for the first time in ages after the death of their daddy, they realize Granny was right. As the sisters prepare for their father's funeral, they ponder all the big questions from the existence of God to the opening of the Super Wal-Mart in their West Texas hometown. Old wounds are reopened, and the vast differences in their lives are exposed. Torn between family loyalties and self preservation, Betsy, Meredith, Jen and Maureen try to find common ground as the door on their childhood quietly closes. Will the Lewis sisters finally figure out if they are coming or going?
Coming or Going is a Southern dramedy in the great tradition of Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart and Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias.
MACBETH: A WALKING SHADOW is told in haunting flashbacks. It begins on the battleground with the defining fight between MacBeth and MacDuff. Onstage throughout the production, MacBeth, played by Ato Essandoh (Film: Garden State, Blood Diamond, Prime) revisits the events that have led him to the climatic scene. MACBETH: A WALKING SHADOW offers a powerful psychological study of his actions and blends the supernatural elements into the fabric of reality. The witches are re-imagined as apparitions that emanate from the people MacBeth is around at that moment. This adaptation captures the rush of one?s life and the fleeting decisions one makes. It ultimately asks the very human question, How did I wind up here?
?Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more.?
Directed by Kevin Dodd
Choreographed by Erin Malley
This contemporary adaptation of the tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann follows the strange experiences of Nate, a tortured young man who believes that he witnessed the mythic Sandman maim and kill his father. Years later, everything seems to be working out for Nate: he is engaged to a wonderful girl, has a great roommate at college, and finally feels cured of the insanity that plagued his youth. That is, until a curious man sells him a pair of binoculars that cause Nate to fall in love with his Professor's peculiar daughter...
Hoffmann's "Der Sandmann" has been adapted into a popular opera (Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann) and a classic ballet (Delibes' Coppelia) and was even critiqued by Sigmund Freud in his seminal essay The Uncanny. VanWormer's script is a chilling and hilarious collision of Hoffmann's story, Freudian theory, and expressionist performance that asks the question: what directs our lives, a pre-determined fate or our own rational free will? Each 70-minute performance will be followed by a reception with the cast & crew. *WARNING: This play may not be suitable for those suffering from an Oedipal Complex
Fifty years after his heyday in New York as the voice of the New York Giants and New York Knicks, his youngest child Cindy offers a hilarious and moving tribute to his extraordinary life, the struggles both have faced and how they recreated their lives after disappointments. Using archival footage and photos, RECREATING KEITER: I Saw Dad Make the Whole Thing Up follows the Keiter family's extraordinary journey from New York to Philadelphia to Hawaii. Why, at the height of his game, did Les Keiter leave sports Meccas New York and Philadelphia behind for Hawaii? What was it like for Cindy to share her famous father with the whole world?
After spending 20 years living in shadow of her father's voice, Cindy traveled 6,000 miles to New York in a quest to find her own.
The Seventh Annual Estrogenius Festival is anchored by four weekly programs of short plays, including new work by Fiona Jones, Lucy Boyle, Kara Corthron and George Hunka. Special events are held each Saturday during the festival. Due to popular demand, GirlPower has been expanded this year. The program, produced by Atonia Pettiford, will give teen girls a showcase to shine on Saturday, September 23 and Saturday, October 7. Sola Voce Estrogenia, produced by Cheryl King, will offer two outstanding programs of solo shows Saturday, September 30 and Saturday, October 14. GirlPower and Sola Voce Estrogenia will take place at Manhattan Theatre Source (177 MacDougal Street). Women In Motion: Estrogenius Dance presents an eclectic dance program, including two Bessie Award winners, Saturday, October 14 at a new, larger venue, Morocco Studios (6 West 20th Street, 2nd Floor).
Short Plays Week 1: "Loose Screws"
Bridal Suite by George Hunka,
Screwballs by Joan Murray,
A Place for Owls by Fiona Jones,
Mescalito by Lucy Boyle,
Loose Girls & Screwdrivers by Catherine Zambri
As timely today as it was thousands of years ago, Esther Queen of Persia delights people of all faiths and ages.
Written & performed by Rachel Langley
Reservations can be made by calling 212.501.4751
Please select the "PlayGround Development Series" option, then select "80's GIRL".(reservations are recommended)
Starring: April Ortiz, Frank Harts, Donald Rizzo, James Patrick Earley and Brian Anthony Wilson
written and conceived by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann
Reggie is a onetime screenwriter who saw his friends experience success while he became the superintendent of the apartment building where he now hosts the group. He lives with his girlfriend, Lucy, who was an active participant in the group until she grew despondent from lack of praise. Samantha, Lucy's foil, continues to attend the group and regale her friends with moral tales about women's rights rife with Kafka-esque allegories, in the process, garnering little praise herself. Her main adversaries amongst the group are her onetime lover, Miles (who has recently become a cop), and their friend Waldo, who hasn't brought anything new to the group for too long. Along with Lenny, whose graphically-lewd poems and gay-themed limericks amuse, arouse and appall the group, the writers incessantly pick on each other's weaknesses until they fall into the greater good inside each of them.
Celebrated author, and career New Yorker, Arthur Nersesian (The F*ck-Up, Suicide Casanova) grew up amidst poetry readings in Tompkins Square Park and the punk-rock riots that would ensue in the same spot just a few decades later. Time Out New York has described him as "one of the wittiest and most perceptive chroniclers of downtown life."
of our nation's capitol for the ultimate act of civil disobedience.
Jason Howard Stephanie Jannsen*
Chip Philips* Liza Vann*
James Wetzel* Lex Woutas*
*appears courtesy AEA
For more info on the play, visit www.xmascarol.net
Recommended for all ages
The American version is by Daniel A. Stein with Sara O'Connor.
Written in 1978, THE WORKROOM explores the intractability of prejudice, specifically anti-Semitism, and the devastating consequences of war, evils of which we might have hoped to be free by the 21st century.
In Jean-Claude Grumberg's drama, a small group of displaced people, mostly women, are crowded together in an airless tailor's workroom in Paris in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Each is attempting, as it were, to patch together the torn fabric of her life.
Kathy Del Rosso holds a master's degree in gerontology, and is a Long Island-based long term care specialist. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including Life Insurance Selling and Bulletin, the official publication of the New York City Association of Life Underwriters. Prior to becoming a gerontologist, Del Rosso enjoyed a successful career as a singer. She starred in the Boston production of Hair; was featured in hundreds of national commercials (Coke, Pepsi, Tender Vittles, Chrysler, Crystal Light, Lee Jeans); worked with Michael Bolton, Luther Vandross and Marc Cohn; and recorded on albums for Laura Branigan, Meat Loaf and Robert Gordon. She is a member of Actors' Equity, AFTRA and SAG.
In Public is a trenchant, sometimes lyrical, often comic examination of the ways in which we negotiate and renegotiate the relationships in our lives, the ways in which we deal with eroticism, desire, trust and uncertainty, and what we keep from and share with each other
In the curtain-raiser, In Private, a man and a woman struggle with the elusive nature of desire and sensual attraction over widening abysses of time and distance.
By Meryl Cohn
Directed by Alexandra De Suze
By Stephanie Zadravec
Directed by Amber Estes
OH HELL NO!
By Vanessa A. Spencer
Directed by Esther Pan
By Jennifer J. Katz
Directed by Maura Kelley
YOU LOOK REALLY HOT
By Mac Rogers
Directed by Jordana Davis Willliams
ICE, ROCK AND DUST
By Kim Kolarich
Directed by Kathleen O'Neill
By Brian Blake
Directed by Heidi Handelsman
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
By Lissa Brennan
Directed by Joan Murray
REMIND ME AGAIN
By Sharyn Rothstein
Directed by Rachael Evans
By Renee Fleming
Directed by Kelly Haydon
PURITY AND THE PRINCE
By Robin Rice Lichtig
Directed by Handan Ozbilgin
of women's work at the Source features performance,
music, visual art, and dance.
Keep up with all things estro at www.estrogenius.org
Estro Week 2:
By Michael Ramirez
directed by Johanna Gruenhut
LADIES OF THE LAKE
By Stuart D'Ver
directed by Synge Maher
By Lucia Del Vecchio
directed by Jocelyn Sawyer
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
By Diana Fithian
directed by Miriam Eusebio
By Peggy Dougherty
directed by Laura Henry
of women's work at the Source features performance,
music, visual art, and dance.
Keep up with all things estro at www.estrogenius.org
Estro Week 1 - Reflections
by Laura Schlachtmeyer
directed by Daryl Boling
A Left at Happy Ever After
by Cathrine Goldstein
directed by Anna Guttormsgaard
Fix Me, Please and Thank You
by Catherine Zambri
directed by Alison Talis
by Daryl Boling
directed by Paula D'Alessandris
by Fiona Jones
directed by Betsy Sanders
Featuring a 15-minute epilogue THE RIGHTS OF MAN, written and performed by Aaron Petrovich then provides a chilling challenge to the male-dominant forces that constrain us in his arresting epilogue, The Rights of Man. Don't miss the opportunity to witness complementary viewpoints on a controversial topic.
Amidst the hype and rhetoric that typify public discussion, solo artists Cheryl King and Aaron Petrovich pair up to perform clear and thoughtful appraisals on the divisive relationship between sex, the sexes and power.
presented by Paper City Productions in conjunction with Paddywhack Players
Director Daryl Boling, a founding member and managing director of manhattantheatresource, follows two well-received directorial efforts, Dark Rapture and Black Comedy/The White Liars, with Saint Frances of Hollywood. Regarding Dark Rapture, Dan Isaac of Backstage raved, "Director Daryl Boling achieves wonderful results with a group of first-rate actors." Offoffonline.com heralded Black Comedy/The White Liars as "hilarious entertainment".
Sarah Ireland, a graduate of Maggie Flanigan Studio, stars as the enigmatic Frances Farmer. Ms. Ireland's credits include Burning Blue (Off-Broadway) and Jonny Zero (TV). Jeffrey Plunkett, who plays Frances Farmer's psychiatrist Dr. Betelgeuse, appeared at The Cherry Lane Theatre in Concertina's Rainbow with Mia Dillon, Joyce Van Patten and Anne Pitoniak. Off-Broadway and manhattantheatresource veterans Fiona Jones and Sharon Fogarty round out the cast as legendary gossip hound Louella Parsons and Frances's mother Lillian, respectively.
Sally Clark is an award-winning Canadian playwright whose work includes The Trial of Judith K., Life without Instruction, and Saint Frances of Hollywood. In 1990, she received the Chalmers Award.
Call for reservations: 212-501-4751
tender look at the lengths to which we will go to create the world in which we want to live.
This production is an Equity Showcase
MACHINAL will be performed in repertory with Tiny Dynamite and Hamlet as part of Dreamscape Theatre's Season on the Edge
Presented by Dreamscape Theatre, in associate with the Legitimate Theatre Company
TINY DYNAMITE will be performed in repertory with Machinal and Hamlet as part of Dreamscape Theatre's Season on the Edge
Three one acts dealing in the dynamics of communication and consequence, Working Man's Clothes is bringing another rep season to fruition. As part of Manhattan Theatre Source Flop Night Series, come enjoy three new works, of music, of mothers, of fathers, of baseball, of love, lost, and found. "The Audition," "Lost, Found and Remembered" and "Playoff Picture."
The school chef is plotting. The principal is dishing out Christ. Billy is in love with his teacher.
Sally has challenged Jeanie to a knife fight. Welcome back to High School.
Three nuns in the third world struggle in an abandoned missionary and find fame, fortune and love.
Directed by Moni Yakim
a simple, somewhat stranded everyday relationship and takes it to absurd extremes in order to examine the ways in which love, affection and intimacy can ossify without frequent exploration and renewal.