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GLASSHEART  | Open: 10/19/17 Close: 10/28/17
"In the empty living room of a shabby apartment, a Beast is crying. There is just enough light to see that he is monstrous, and clutching something precious to him."

Beauty never showed up. Centuries after the curse, the Beast and his last remaining magical servant are holed up in a ramshackle apartment, managed by a mysterious landlady with a suspicious taste for gingerbread. When an eligible maiden moves in next door, "happily ever after" feels agonizingly within reach, but we all know that in fairytales, nothing is exactly as it seems. Full of humor, magic, and belief in the life-altering power of love, Glassheart is a witty and decidedly adult take on a classic tale that explores the space between light and dark, and the sacrifices we make in search of an ordinary life.

Featuring: Carey Cox*, Christopher Alexey Diaz*, Meghann Garmany*, Virginia Roncetti*
*Member, AEA

Produced by: Katherine Sommer
Production Stage Manager: Frances Swanson
Lighting Designer: Ali Hall
Set Designer: Caitlynn Barrett
Sound Designer & Composer: Sam Kaseta

Performances dates are 10/19-10/22 and 10/24-10/28 at 8pm, plus a 1pm matinee on 10/22 and an industry-friendy show on 10/24 at 4pm. The Access Theater is located at 380 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10013, near Canal Street on the N, Q, R, W, 6, J and Z lines. For more information visit us online at www.everydayinferno.com.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Thursday 10/19 @ 8pm - Preview Performance
Friday 10/20 @ 8pm - Opening Night Party
Tuesday 10/24 @ 4pm - Industry-friendly scheduling!
Saturday 10/28 @ 8pm - Halloween closing party before and after the show


INTRODUCING OUR NEW TICKETING INITIATIVE

In a continued effort to expand the accessibility of our programming, Everyday Inferno is introducing a new tiered ticketing initiative. For each performance, five $5 tickets, ten $10 tickets, and fifteen $15 tickets will be available for purchase on a first come, first served basis. Remaining tickets will be available for each performance at our general admission price of $18.

Can you afford to pay a bit more?
We hope you'll consider booking one of the higher-price ticket tiers, to ensure that the lowest cost tickets remain available for those who need them most.

 


About the Company: Everyday Inferno Theatre Company

Everyday Inferno creates adventurous theatrical productions of new or rarely produced texts with a focus on telling women's stories in a unique, entertaining, and accessible manner. We exceed the limitations of low-budget theatre by exploring nontraditional spaces, stagecraft, and storytelling. We are committed to developing a diverse audience by producing work that is large in scope while keeping our production costs (and ticket prices) at a minimum. Through our work, we prove that stories focused on women can be universally enjoyable and relatable.

APARTMENT 301  | Open: 08/03/17 Close: 08/18/17
Lacey, a ballet dancer at the peak of her career finds out she's pregnant. Her roommate Brooke is a Canadian actress who is about to be deported.  When Jim, a slightly odd secretary moves in the apartment next door, the strangest New York City love triangular forms and changes their lives altogether.

The cast features Eric Doviak (yeah, i met this girl…/Elsinore County), Abbey Shaine Dubin (Ars Nova/Ant Festival), and Morgan Scott (Outting Wiggtenstein/Castillo Theater).


About the Company: Elsinore County

Elsinore County (EC), so-named after one of their most successful productions, is an award winning Greenwich Village based theater company founded in 2011 by a small cohort of talented New York City actors under the direction of Antony Raymond. EC is a tightly knit, uninhibited, impassioned community of artists who are committed to creating entertainment that challenges the status quo. They engage their audiences with works of satire, farce, and dark humor that examine timeless social tenets and the politics of wanton power and sexuality so prevalent today. Elsinore County's mission is to give their audience smart, poignant and exciting entertainment that fearlessly explores the full gamut of human experience: from hilarious to tragic and back again.

THAT TRUE PHOENIX  | Open: 04/21/17 Close: 05/07/17
That True Phoenix is the story of Lorenzo Da Ponte: the most interesting man you’ve never heard of. Far more than just the Librettist for Mozart’s greatest Operas, Da Ponte still ended up as a mere footnote in history. Based on his own highly embellished memoirs, That True Phoenix chronicles Da Ponte’s life from exiled revolutionary schoolteacher in Venice, to disgraced court poet in Vienna, to Pennsylvania grocery story owner, to Columbia University Professor in New York City and tells the true story of a perpetual immigrant who changed his story to become the true embodiment of the American Dream.

That True Phoenix is Team Awesome Robot’s long-term script development project with playwright, Daniel John Kelley. Their upcoming production will be the culmination of a year of investigation into the improbable life of Lorenzo Da Ponte.

The cast will feature Siho Ellsmore*, Kayla Jackmon, Isaiah Tanenbaum*, Samantha Fairfield Walsh, Sarin Monae West, and Curry Whitmire* as Lorenzo Da Ponte with Costume Design by Caitlin Cisek, Sound Design by Beth Lake, Lighting Design by Chelsie McPhilimy, Projection Design by Chet Miller, and Properties Design by Jennifer Neads. The production Stage Manager will be Lauren Schatten. *Actor appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.


About the Company: Team Awesome Robot

TEAM AWESOME ROBOT is a Theatrical Collaboration Initiative with a focus on New Plays. We are storytellers drawn to character driven narratives that are best experienced in the present moment. Our goal is to extend the spirit of collaboration to our audience- fully embracing that whatever world we are making, it is made better together.

The Weiner Monologues  | Open: 11/06/13 Close: 11/10/13
The Factory presents A Devised Greek Tragedy Composed of Found Texts Detailing the Rise and Fall (and Rise and Fall Again) of Former New York Representative Anthony Weiner, or, The Weiner Monologues.

Anthony Weiner was a rising star in the Democratic Party until his online exploits ended his career. Then he ran for mayor, and it looked like he would be back on top until his junk was in the news again.

Using Greek tragedy as a model to tell the story of the ups and downs of Weiner’s career, The Weiner Monologues explores the tension between personal and communal in the age of the Internet and the proliferation of social media. Through found text, live song, dance, video, and the use of smart phone technology as a narrative device, TWM goes beyond the headlines and double entendres to penetrate the issues of identity and meaning in our post-post-modern era.

Also, there are a lot of wiener jokes.

Jonathan Harper Schlieman directs a cast of eight, including Devin James Heater and Liana Wendy Sarapas with P. Tyler Britt, David M DeLeon, Christopher Gizzi, Esther Ko, Sarah Smyth, and Jillian Stevens.

Producer: Joel Bassin; Production Stage Manager: Kimberlyn Alava; Stage Manager: Lexi Quillen; Executive Videographer: Daigoro Hirahata; Chief Media Executive: Jesse Reyes; Set Designer: Norihito Moriya; Lighting Designers: Zoey Russo & Maria Frantz; Choreographer: Jillian Stevens; Costume Designer: Caitlin Cisek; Technical Director: Zoey Russo; Graphic Designer: Theadora Hadzi; Publicist: OFF OFF PR/Paul Siebold


About the Company: The Factory

The Factory is dedicated to the cultivation and presentation of original works that emphasize creativity in both concept and execution. Rather than focusing on literal productions that are achieved through big budgets and effects, we are interested in immediate and present works as a part of our belief that necessity fosters ingenuity. (www.TheFactoryNYC.org)

Truant Arts presents Chaos Under Construction  | Open: 09/19/13 Close: 10/13/13
Truant Arts proudly announces its Fall 2013 show, "Chaos Under Construction," running in repertory from September 19-October 13 at Access Theater (380 Broadway, NYC). Created from a starting point of four randomly generated words--rhapsody, cloister, phoenix, and polypropylene--five new plays (four one-acts and one full length) will have their WORLD PREMIERES.


In March, Truant Arts created five troupes, each with actors, a director and a playwright. Each troupe was given four words and two hours. The directors guided the actors, the playwrights brainstormed with their directors, and the actors got to just play. Then, the playwrights wrote plays built on that day's foundation.

After open readings, audience feedback, and more collaboration amongst the troupes, we are thrilled to present the five new plays that make up Chaos Under Construction, as well as six new poster designs by New York City visual artists.

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THE PLAYS:

Babydada by Katie Fabel; directed by David Platt.
with Shawn Ack, Ariana Fekett, Natalya Krimgold, and Mateo Prendergast.
Poster art by Rachel Blithe

Black Triangle by Lavinia Roberts; directed by Julia Goldstein.
with Jessica Appel, Turquoise Olezene, and Marjorie Swartz.
Poster art by Laura Murdoch

Teeth by Jonathan Alexandratos; directed by Frank-Thomas Grogan.
with Casey Bessette, Peter Guarraci, Sarah Hammer, and Mary McCarthy.
Poster art by Robin Mørk

Yes, and! by Kristen Felicetti; directed by Omar Perez.
with Brandon Ferraro, Clinton Powell, Yarden Shoval, and Ja-Ron Young.
Poster art by Brandon Ferraro

Chaos, and Other Worldly Possessions by R. Arson Teague; directed by Amy Surratt.
with Cassandra Andrus, Christopher Lazariuk, Kat Norcutt, Shay Roman, Rachael Solomon, Sarah Schoofs, and Alex Tatarsky.
Poster art by Kristy Caldwell

Chaos Under Construction poster art by Michael Linton Simpson

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THE SPACE:

Access Theater, 380 Broadway, 4th Floor, NYC. (At the corner of Broadway and White Street, two blocks south of Canal Street)

Mass Transit: A short walk from the Canal Street stops on the A, C, E, J, N, Q, R and 6.

The theater is handicap accessible.

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THE SCHEDULE:

Babydada, Black Triangle, Teeth, Yes, and!

Previews September 19, 20, 21, 22 at 8pm; September 22 at 2pm
Runs October 2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12 at 8pm; October 13 at 2pm

Chaos, and Other Worldly Possessions

Previews September 26, 27, 28, 29 at 8pm; September 29 at 2pm
Runs October 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 13 at 8pm; October 6 at 2pm

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DISCOUNT TICKET REQUESTS: Discount tickets available for groups of eight or more, and for those wishing to see both nights of Chaos Under Construction. Please email TruantArts@gmail.com with your name, the number of tickets, and the night(s) you'd like to attend.

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Truant Arts, a collaborative theater company, was founded in 2011 by Jamie Rosler and Bob Teague, to facilitate the creation of new works for the stage.

Jamie and Bob met as members of Left Hip Productions, a company that produced 48-hour play festivals, bringing playwrights, directors and actors together to improvise and create 10-minute plays. Keeping the collaborative aspect, and the potential for artistic boundary breaking, but expanding the length of the development process, Truant Arts aims to produce substantial, meaningful work that reaches a wider audience.


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Twelfth Night  | Open: 06/20/13 Close: 06/30/13
 

“Journeys end in lovers meeting.” 

― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

MISTAKEN IDENTITY ... GENDER-BENDING ... A LOVE-SICK DUKE ... BRILLIANT FOOLS ... DEBAUCHEROUS ROUGES AND LOVELY LADIES-IN-WAITING PRANKING PRUDISH STEWARDS … ALL STARTING WITH A SHIPWRECK. THAT’S JUST SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE!

 

Spend a summer night at

Twelfth Night

Presented by Ripple Effect Artists

 

Thursday – Sunday: June 20 – 23

Wednesday – Sunday: June 26 – 30

All Performances: 8:00 p.m.

FREE MATINEES: Saturdays: June 22 & 29 at 3:00 p.m.

Students and Actors Equity members (both with proper ID) are free throughout the run on a standby basis.   

 

Access Theater

380 Broadway

New York City

 

Tickets Online: 

www.rippleeffectartists.com. Click on "Reserve Twelfth Night Tickets"

 

We are also on TDF: www.tdf.org

 

New York – Ripple Effect Artists take on Shakespeare’s raucous romantic comedy,Twelfth Night, about two shipwrecked twins – Viola and Sebastian – and the mischief they create.

Viola – reeling from a shipwreck in which she thinks her brother has been killed – dresses like her brother to survive in the strange land where she finds herself. This decision to gender-bend changes the lives of Duke Orsino, pining over Lady Olivia, who has now fallen in love with the manly-clad Viola, who is in love with Orsino, who can't love her as the her is a him but... well you get the point! This all sets in motion uproarious ruses and plots involving the dower Malvolio; the drunken Sir Toby Belch; the silly Sir Andrew Aguecheek; the fetching lady-in-waiting, Maria, and Feste, the fool. And when it turns out Sebastian is not dead… well, that’s when the really fun begins!

With each production of RIPPLE EFFECT ARTISTS (REArtists), a significant percentage of the box office proceeds are donated to a Human Rights Organization that coincides with the subject-matter of the show. Twelfth Night employs one of Shakespeare’s favorite comic conventions: switching [sexual] identity. This makes it a perfect choice for RIPPLE EFFECT ARTISTS to create a project that asks the question: In matters of love, how much does gender matter?  "We wanted to put on a production that deals with gender identity and to focus on how love can rise above one's gender" exclaims Jessie Fahay, the founding director of Ripple Effect Artists and author of "What Method? The Different Ways an Actor Can Train."

 

Proceeds from Twelfth Night will be donated to Freedom to Marry, an organization dedicated to creating freedom for all individuals to marry across the United States.www.freedomtomarry.org. The company's goal with the messaging of the production is to significantly impact marriage rights in the state of New Jersey.

 

Twelfth Night

Executive Producer: Jessie Fahay.
Director: Beth Newbery.
Stage Manager: Laurie Rae Waugh.
Technical Director: Terrence Christgau.
Costume Designer: Marcus Desion
Graphic Designer: Natalie Craig.
Cast:

Paul Battiato*, Kaelin Birkenhead, Corey Camperchioli*, Joseph Esbenshade, Jessie Fahay, Terrence Montgomery, Erin Nelson, Valerie O'Hara, Kyle Sallee, Robert Shryock, Christopher Spurrier, and James Stewart*

 

*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

 

Visit Us … Follow Us … Friend Us …  

www.rippleeffectartists.com

www.twitter.com/REArtists

www.facebook.com/#!/groups/184429398299538/

 

 

 


About the Company: Ripple Effect Artists

 

Ripple Effect Artists

 

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."-John F. Kennedy

 

REArtists believe that THEATRE can…

·      INSPIRE AN AUDIENCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

·      EMPOWER STUDENTS TO STRIVE TO THAT SAME PRINCIPLE

 

REArtists believe in

·      THEATRICAL PHILANTHROPY: Each of their productions donates a percentage of the proceeds to a HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION that is aligned with the theme of the production. 

·      INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH: Every year, we partner with an ARTS OUTREACH COMPANY in which we send a theatre teaching artist to work with students in an impoverished community.

·      PROVIDING INSPIRATION to students who can create a RIPPLE EFFECT of their own!  All students with an ID are admitted free into our productions. We also provide complimentary tickets to student groups along with their teachers. 

·      HONORING MASTERFUL PLAYWRIGHTS whose works have powerful messages.  These playwrights include Robert Anderson, Clifford Odets, William Shakespeare, and more... 

·      HONORING ARTISTRY: Ever since its inception, all participating artists have been paid and have been shown that we honor their work. 

RIPPLE EFFECT ARTISTS is dedicated to creating a connected, communicative, and compassionate world through STAGED THEATRE WORKS and GLOBAL EDUCATION. We dare our audiences to move from APATHY to ACTION, creating a RIPPLE EFFECT in the larger community and world.

 

www.rippleeffectartists.com

 

www.twitter.com/REArtists

 

www.facebook.com/#!/groups/184429398299538/

Hamlet  | Open: 04/11/13 Close: 05/03/13
Seven actors bring Shakespeare's masterpiece to life on a bare stage. Hamlet is visited by a ghost who reveals a grissly secret, hurling the young prince into a pit of revenge, espionage, treason and madness.


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New York NEW Playwright Festival: Before & After  | Open: 02/04/13 Close: 02/09/13
Before & After is a theatre/video piece about women and time. Featuring an ensemble of (extra)ordinary people which includes Hilary Bettis, Yael Ben Zion, Judy Bowman, Brandy Forbes, Dana Jacks, Jennifer Joynt, Trish Nelson, Carrie Louise Nutt, Emily Raboteau, Sarah Sander, Aidan Sullivan, Bara Swain, Emily Voorhees, Addie Walsh, and Zoe Winters.

Conceived and Directed by Michole Biancosino

Monday Feb 4th 7:30pm
Thursday Feb 7th 7:30pm
Saturday Feb 9th 7pm


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New York NEW Playwright Festival: The FIrsts  | Open: 02/06/13 Close: 02/09/13
Zora Neale Hurston takes us on a tour through the history of some notable African American Women who were able to achieve greatness in the face of adversity. Sojourner Truth, Stagecoach Mary Fields, Aretha Franklin, Dr. Mae Jemison, and Oprah Winfrey describe their groundbreaking journeys.

Written and Performed by Antu Yacob

Directed by Michole Biancosino

Wednesday Feb 6th 7:30pm
Friday Feb 8th 9pm
Saturday Feb 9th 2pm


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New York NEW Playwright Festival: Undressing Cinderella  | Open: 02/08/13 Close: 02/09/13
Undressing Cinderella features 5 playwrights shedding a new and modern light on this old fairytale.

Car Go by David Caudle
Midnight Special by Mark Eisman
Prince Charming, presented without comment by Duncan Pflaster
Livin' the Dream by Lia Romeo
Stamps by Sarah Sander

Directed by Andrew Smith

Starring: Caitlin Duffy, Emma Eastwood-Paticchio, Leah Sarbib, Angeline Rodriguez, Sumi Doi, Kalya Koltes, Jay Dunn, Joe Varca, Joachim Boyle, Teresa Stephenson, Tara Giordano, Chelsea Melone, Alexander Burnett, and Rebecca Kaasa.

2 Nights Only:
Friday Feb 8th 7pm
Saturday Feb 9th 9pm


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New York NEW Playwright Festival: SEASON PASSES 2013  | Open: 02/04/13 Close: 02/04/13
BEFORE & AFTER, Conceived and Directed by Michole Biancosino

Before & After is a theatre/video piece about women and time. Featuring an ensemble of (extra)ordinary people which includes Hilary Bettis, Yael Ben Zion, Judy Bowman, Brandy Forbes, Dana Jacks, Jennifer Joynt, Trish Nelson, Carrie Louise Nutt, Emily Raboteau, Sarah Sander, Aidan Sullivan, Bara Swain, Emily Voorhees, Addie Walsh, and Zoe Winters.

Monday Feb 4th 7:30pm
Thursday Feb 7th 7:30pm
Saturday Feb 9th 7pm


THE FIRSTS, Written and Performed by Antu Yacob

Zora Neale Hurston takes us on a tour through the history of some notable African American Women who were able to achieve greatness in the face of adversity. Sojourner Truth, Stagecoach Mary Fields, Aretha Franklin, Dr. Mae Jemison, and Oprah Winfrey describe their groundbreaking journeys.

Directed by Michole Biancosino

Wednesday Feb 6th 7:30pm
Friday Feb 8th 9pm
Saturday Feb 9th 2pm


UNDRESSING CINDERELLA

Features 5 playwrights shedding a new and modern light on this old fairytale.

Car Go by David Caudle
Midnight Special by Mark Eisman
Prince Charming, presented without comment by Duncan Pflaster
Livin' the Dream by Lia Romeo
Stamps by Sarah Sander

Directed by Andrew Smith

Starring: Caitlin Duffy, Emma Eastwood-Paticchio, Leah Sarbib, Angeline Rodriguez, Sumi Doi, Kalya Koltes, Jay Dunn, Joe Varca, Joachim Boyle, Teresa Stephenson, Tara Giordano, Chelsea Melone, Alexander Burnett, and Rebecca Kaasa.

Friday Feb 8th 7pm
Saturday Feb 9th 9pm

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Outfoxed  | Open: 11/29/12 Close: 12/16/12

Written by Lucy Gillespie
Directed by Brian Hashimoto

Studying abroad in Italy, Alyssa gets caught up in a whirlwind of sex, drugs and violence... Her Mother gets a phone call.

Executive Producer, Jack Sharkey
Producers, Leta Tremblay & John DeSilvestri
Press Representation by, Lanie Zipoy (lanie.zipoy@gmail.com)

Featuring
Lindsey Austen, Brandi Bravo, Brian Dunlop, Deanna Henson*, Stephen Moore*, James Oblak, Charity Shubert, Hannah Vaughn
*Appearing courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association.

Creative Team
Jacquelyn D. Marolt - Set Designer
Sarah Bertolozzi - Costume Designer
Aaron Porter - Lighting Designer
Seth Asa Sengel - Sound Designer
Claire Kavanah - Props Charge
Sofie Miller - Stage Manager
LeeAnn DiCicco - Graphic Design


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Outfoxed -- World Premiere Play  | Open: 11/29/12 Close: 12/16/12
FullStop Collective presents the world premiere of OUTFOXED, the headline-making story about a bookish American young woman who is swept up in a life of sex and drugs while studying abroad. After one particularly wild night, she finds herself at the center of a cultural, moral and legal maelstrom 6,000 miles from home. 

Playwright: Lucy Gillespie
Scenic Design: Jacquelyn D. Marolt
Costume Design: Sarah Bertolozzi
Lighting Desingn: Aaron Porter
Sound Design: Seth Asa Sengel
Props: Claire Kavanah
Stage Manager: Sofie Miller
Graphic Design: LeeAnn DiCicco
Executive Producer: Jack Sharkey
Producers: Leta Tremblay & John DeSilvestri
Cast: Lindsey Austen, Brandi Bravo, Brian Dunlop, Deanna Henson, Stephen Conrad Moore, James Oblak, Charity Shubert, and Hannah Vaughn.


About the Company: FULLSTOP COLLECTIVE

FULLSTOP COLLECTIVE is a company of emerging artists dedicated to invigorating the theatrical experience through bold, intimate, original interpretations of new and existing work. We work to realize the individual and collaborative endeavors of our members. We are multi-disciplinary theater artists bonded by a mutual respect for each other’s visions and aesthetics. We’re artists and we’re a production company. We are experimental, diverse and unconventional – and we deliver. Gumption and Gusto. FullStop Collective has previously produced Negative Space (March 2009 at The Looking Glass Theatre), Clean Sheets (June 2009 at The Vintage Loft), and Girl Words (January 2009 at Flushnik Studios). FullStop will kick off their 2010/11 season with two nights of bold original theater, short films, and live music with FOREPLAYS, Februray 8 & 15 at Galapagos Art Space.

Macbeth  | Open: 10/25/12 Close: 11/04/12
A demented twist on a terrifying tragedy, The Crook Theater Company's MACBETH mines the Scottish play for deep horror and dark comedy.  The troubled thane and his fiend-like queen let nothing stand in the way of becoming the last men standing. This gender-bending adaptation highlights most frightening aspects of Shakespeare's story, setting the play in a bleak future full of violence and betrayal, and devoid of hope.  Demons, witches, zombies, and bloody murder make this the perfect Halloween treat!

MACBETH marks the third production for young The Crook Theater Company, following The House of Yes in 2008 and Plunge in 2011.

The cast features Teddy Alvaro, Jacob Cribbs. Marisa Duchowny, Daniel K. Isaac, Benjamin Kahre, Dan Morrison, Lloyd Mulvey, Richard Prioleau, Ed Renninger, and Max Rosenak.

The creative team includes Dan Rousseau (lighting design); Roy Howington (set design); PK Pickens (sound design); Dan Morrison (costume & makeup design); and Jay Marks (animation). The production stage manager is Whitney Dearden.

Originally from the state of Georgia, Raife Baker (adaptation/director) holds a BA in Philosophy and Theater Studies from Emory University, and an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater. He has worked as a theater artist in Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York, and in 2011 was the recipient of the Tanne Foundation's Award for Artistic Excellence.  A Co-Founder of The Crook Theater Company, he has acted in their previous New York productions of The House of Yes, and Plunge. He has appeared in The New York International Fringe Festival, as well as performing regionally in Twelfth Night and Richard III at California Shakespeare Theater, A Christmas Carol and The Government Inspector at A.C.T., King John and Measure for Measure at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and 30 Below with Atlanta’s Out of Hand Theater.  Raife has taught and directed in A.C.T.’s prestigious Young Conservatory, as well as being a guest artist and master-class instructor at Northwestern’s Cherubs program for young actors. He is passionate about reimagining and adapting classic literary works.  Raife work-shopped and appeared in a one man show, based on Crow—a book of poems by Ted Hughes—directed by Vincent Murphy, in Atlanta.  He has also adapted a folk-punk -musical version of Measure for Measure (music by PK Pickens, directed by Lori Hudson), which culminated in a staged reading in New York.

Ivanov By Anton Chekhov  | Open: 10/05/12 Close: 10/20/12
According to popular culture, 30 is the new 20, but the body and soul often disagrees. Meet Nikolai Ivanov. He just turned 30. His wife is dying. The young, blossoming woman next door is much too attractive. His neighbors are gossiping nonstop about him. His closest friends are—well, let’s just say they’re caught up in other issues. And above it all, the crushing melancholy and weariness of not-so-middle age threatens to extinguish the remnants of his hope and pride at any moment. So what’s a man to do? What can any of us do when life just becomes too much to bear? PS. This is a comedy. We promise. *An Equity Approved Showcase


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Ivanov  | Open: 10/05/12 Close: 10/20/12
According to popular culture, 30 is the new 20, but the body and soul often disagree. Nikolai Ivanov has just turned 30. His wife is dying. The young, blossoming woman next door is much too attractive. His neighbors are gossiping nonstop about him. His closest friends are—well, let’s just say they’re caught up in other issues. And above it all, the crushing melancholy and weariness of not-so-middle age threatens to extinguish the remnants of his hope and pride at any moment. So what’s a man to do? What can any of us do when life just becomes too much to bear?

P.S. This is a comedy. We promise.


The production team includes Patricia Lynn (director), Allison Grubbs (scenic design), Natalie Hegg (co-musical direction), and Brian MacDonald (co-musical director). The cast includes Christopher Bonewitz (Nikolai Ivanov), Emily Kitchens (Anna), Brian Keith MacDondald (Count Shabelsky), Nate Dendy (Misha Borkin), Timothy J. Cox (Pasha Lebedyev), Kymberly Tuttle (Zinaida), Brittanie Bond (Sasha), Jordan Kaplan (Yevgeny Lvov), Patricia Lynn (Martha Babakin), Kyle Schaefer (Dmitri Kossih), Judith Ingber (Avdotya Nazarovna), Vichet Chum (Yegorushka) and Natalie Hegg (Natasha).


About the Company: The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective

Artists are always starving. For food, for work, for a break, for mastery, for truth, for dreams, for fearless creation, and for bold dedication. 

Born in Patricia Lynn’s living room from a group of actors breaking bread and reading plays aloud, the Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective strives to cultivate an ensemble of passionate artists dedicated to the discovery of the unexpected and surprising truths of the classics. With an emphasis on profound simplicity and generosity of spirit, it is our desire to invite the extraordinary into our daily lives. 

We invite you to join our collective so that we all can eat, drink, grow, create, and rejoice together.

The Why Overhead  | Open: 09/06/12 Close: 09/23/12
 Adam Szymkowicz (www.adamszymkowicz.com) has been carving a niche for himself among our best young crop of comedy writers with "fabulously weird and weirdly fabulous" plays, (NY Times) describing love affairs of many kinds with an admirable simplicity.  His latest work, "The Why Overhead," will have its premiere run September 6 to 23, presented by Zootopia Theatre Company (www.zootopiatheatre.org) at Access Theater, 380 Broadway.  The piece imagines what happens in the office while the boss is away.  Matthew J. Nichols directs a cast of 12, which includes Susan Louise O'Connor, a Theatre World Award winner for "Blythe Spirit" on Broadway.


While the boss is away, the workers will play.  At a call center, all the employees are desperate to connect with each other, seek greater meaning in their lives and take their desires to extremes.  The results are shocking and funny. Sam is in love with Violet, a customer who called once with a warranty question, and he smashes all barriers to rendezvous with her.  Alan and Sid are blinded in their rivalry for Jessica; together, they build a decorative glass window over her cubicle to worship her under.  Annie (Susan Louise O’Connor) and Nigel have a hate-hate relationship and plot each other's demise.  Karen, the department head, plays hookey, hiding at home and making plans with her talking dog to abandon the working world for the hobo's life.  Donald, the office manager, is home too, plotting revenge for being canned.  By the end of the day, the business is in tatters and everyone is frantic for the CEO to sweep in and make everything right, because that's what CEO's do, right?

Adam Szymkowicz's comedies exhibit a wacky humor that is grounded in the compulsive honesty of the characters.  Everyone seems to lack an emotional filter, as if they were voicing their thoughts, unaware that others could hear them.  Their dialogue is spare, earnest and very dry.  Szymkowicz says most of his plays are about romantic relationships and he relishes writing about them in different contexts, referring to his "Hearts Likes Fists," which opened July 28 at Theater of Note in Los Angeles, as a "comic book relationship play" (since it deals with comic book characters) and "The Why Overhead" as an "office relationship play."

Szymkowicz's better known plays include "Nerve," "Food for Fish" and "Deflowering Waldo," published by Dramatists Play Service  and "Pretty Theft," published by Samuel French.  His work has been presented or developed at MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LAByrinth Theater Company and Primary Stages, among others.  The Baltimore City Paper declared, “Szymkowicz is a gifted young playwright with an imagination on overdrive."  The New York Times has reviewed three of his plays since 2006.  "Nerve" (14th Street Y Theater, 2006) was characterized as "a sweet, sexy, neurotic-friendly date comedy."  "Food for Fish" (Kraine Theater, 2006), a play loosely inspired by Chekhov’s “Three Sisters," was described as a "fabulously weird and weirdly fabulous new comedy." On "Pretty Theft" (Flux Theater Ensemble at Access Theater, 2009), the Times wrote, "Mr. Szymkowicz writes quirky plays about contemporary topics like online dating and gender roles, but there always seems to be something--a knife, a rope, a dead body--in an unexpected place."  All three reviews were by Anita Gates.

"The Why Overhead" was inspired by some crazy temp jobs Szymkowicz had after the crash in 2008.  In one, he answered phones in a Minneapolis call center and was entranced by his fellow employees' impulses to "check out" while on the job, their reactions to being forced out and their determination to make career choices in some other direction.  He was "blessedly delivered" from the job when he got a TV writing gig and moved to Atlanta for five months, which will probably be the subject of another play some day.

Mr. Szymkowicz (the name is pronounced "Simkowitz") now lives in Brooklyn with his wife, playwright Kristen Palmer.  He grew up in Colchester, CT, near East Haddam, where he attended Bacon Academy, a public school that dates back to 1803.  He graduated from UMass Dartmouth and subsequently earned a Playwright's Diploma from The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia, where he was the Dean's Fellow.  He is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, WGA, Primary Stages' Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer's Group, the MCC Playwright's Coalition and was a founding member of the Ars Nova Play Group. He has been a Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, received a grant from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and was commissioned by South Coast Rep. He was the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects' Square One Series.  His website iswww.adamszymkowicz.com. On his blog (www.aszym.blogspot.com), he has interviewed 479 playwrights over three-and-a-half years.

Zootopia Theatre Company (www.zootopiatheatre.org) made an auspicious debut in 2007 with "Professional Skepticism" by James Rasheed, presented at the Abingdon Theatre Complex.  The play is a dark comedy about an accounting scandal set in a Big Five CPA firm in Charleston.  The New York Times (Ginia Bellafante) called it  "[A] dark comedy of corporate immorality" adding, "Matthew J. Nichols plays [Paul] as a first-rate disgruntled sycophant."  Nytheatre.com (Robert Buckwalter) called it  "an enjoyable evening of darkness….In fact, it is as solid a production as one could hope to find in the world of independent theater."  Backstage (A.J. Mell) wrote, "playwright James Rasheed has somehow turned the world's most eye-glazingly dull profession into an entertaining, stiletto-sharp satire of office politics and macho head games. As enacted by an offbeat and very funny cast, it is flat-out terrific."  The Village Voice (Andy Propst) stated, "the play often crackles with rich dialogue and keen detail."

In 2008, the troupe presented "Still the River Runs" by Barton Bishop at Center Stage, NY in Chelsea.  The play is a hilarious and moving portrait of two estranged brothers in rural Florida who heist their deceased grandfather's body and put him to rest in the wilds of their old hunting grounds.  The New York Times (Neil Genzlinger) wrote, "Perhaps you’re one of those people who have long lamented, 'If only Weekend at Bernie’s had been funnier and had starred actors with some chemistry.' Your wait is over.....the two actors are a treat to watch. And the lighting designer, Andrew Lu, and set designer, Tim McMath, both put on clinics on what can be done with modest means in a small space."

In 2009, the troupe mounted "Eminene" by Barton Bishop in the NY International Fringe Festival, a harrowing science fiction tale.  With "The Why Overhead," the company returns to comedy, which seems to be its forte.

Matthew J. Nichols (Director) is founder and Co-Artistic Director of Zootopia Theatre Company and has an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University.  As a director, he has overseen productions of "The House of Blue Leaves," "The Zoo Story," "Of Mice and Men" and "Without a Song," an original script he also wrote.  He directed Zootopia's well-received productions of "Eminene" and "Still the River Runs."  The latter was nominated for six NYIT awards, including Outstanding Direction and Production of a Play.

The actors include Susan Louise O'Connor (Theatre World Award winner for "Blythe Spirit" on Broadway, Off Broadway: Urban Stages, Lucille Lortel, Soho Playhouse), Matthew Murumba ("Kofi"– 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Flux Theatre Ens., The Flea) Scott Thomas (The Tank, Denver Center, Long Wharf) , Jeffrey Emerson (Theatre of Note, Ohio Theater, The Flea), Alexandra Hellquist (Extant Arts, FringeNYC, La Mama ETC) Heather Hollingsworth (NYTW, The Kraine), Larry Phillips, David Bennett (The Flea), Rowan Michael Meyer (IRT, The Flea), Cotton Wright (Flux Theatre Ens.), Britney Burgess (Zootopia Theatre Co.), and Ken Glickfeld (Atlantic Theater Co., American Globe).

Set and Lighting design is by Andrew Lu.
 

Love Song, Olivier Nominated Play  | Open: 06/08/12 Close: 06/24/12

John Kolvenbach’s offbeat comedy Love Song was a 2007 Olivier Award Nominee for Best New Comedy. Love is a drug. Love is imagined. Love is truth. Love is laughter. Love is a gateway to the senses. Love is madness. Love is a contagion.

Beane is an exile from life-an oddball. His well-meaning sister, Joan, and brother-in-law, Harry, try and make time for him in their busy lives, but neither can get through. Following a burglary on Beane's apartment, Joan is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy and tries to unravel the story behind his mysterious new love, Molly.

"An intelligent Play with a wise ending... it leaves you meat, not fluff to ponder afterwards" --The Times, London

Cast: Eric Doss (Houston Shakespeare Festival; HGO-Basil Twist) as eccentric Beane, Sarah Koestner (The Libertine, Theatre Row) as his hard- driving successful sister, Joseph W. Rodriguez (Macbeth, New Perspectives; Hamlet, A.R.T.) as brother-in-law Harry, and Patricia Duran (Porco Morto, Mabou Mines; Our Lady of 121st Street, Alley Theatre) as the mysterious Molly.

Scenic & Light Design: Kent Arneson
Costumes by Angela Huff
Production Stage Manger: Karen Heimbaugh Curtis


About the Company: Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company

Playhouse Creatures mission is to pursue and explore themes of love and passion, in all its myriad forms through classical, contemporary, and new works. We are committed to working as an ensemble based company.

Love Song By John Kolvenbach  | Open: 06/08/12 Close: 06/24/12
Friday June 8th Benefit Performance @ 8PM $50 -Includes Champagne & Reception with the Cast-All Other Performances June 9 - 24th Tickets $18**Choose "Will Call" when presented with ticket delivery options for 'Paperless Tickets' Beane is an exile from life-an oddball. His well-meaning sister, Joan, and brother-in-law, Harry, try and make time for him in their busy lives, but no one can get through. Following a burglary on Beane's apartment, Joan is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy and tries to unravel the story behind his mysterious new love, Molly. The Cast Includes: Eric Doss*, Patricia Duran*, Sarah Koestner*, and Joseph W. Rodriguez*Directed by Kenny Wade MarshallSet & Lights Kent ArnesonCostumes by Angela HuffProduction Stage Manager - Karen Heimbaugh CurtisPress Representation - Lanie Zipoy


Comedy"

Theater.Comedy

Four Square, By Truant Arts  | Open: 05/29/12 Close: 06/03/12
Meet Janice. She meets Sid, who introduces her to Earl. Earl meets Kerry, who slept with Michael who slept with Janice who plans to sleep with Sid, or plans to until Earl shows up. But, was Earl always there? And, where did Sid go? Kerry never leaves. Neither does Michael, which really starts to bother Kerry who takes it out on Janice and Earl. Or was that Sid? It all depends on how you look at it. But one thing's certain, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

--

The house will open 30 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will be admitted at the discretion of the house manager.

If available, tickets will be on sale at the door for $18. Cash only.

Please direct any questions or requests for industry tickets to TruantArts@gmail.com

Four Square
written by Bob Teague
directed by Jamie Rosler
with Nick DeMarco, Marjorie Swartz, Gabi Van Horn, and Ryan P.A. Walsh


Arts.Theatre

The Tutors By Erica Lipez  | Open: 05/19/12 Close: 05/20/12
In Erica Lipez’s (writer for Suits on USA) play The Tutors, Joe and Toby, along with the many other residents of New York City who work a job in order to do something else, tutor high school students. Heidi anonymously helps write college admissions’ essays online. Together, they run a friendship-finding website from their apartment, except that their work with students starts to invade their lives and, in Heidi’s case, her subconscious. The Tutors by Erica Lipez tests what people who are so plugged into the digital world and online friendship do when confronted by the real thing.


Comedy"

Theater.Comedy

The Tutors By Erica Lipez  | Open: 05/19/12 Close: 05/20/12
In Erica Lipez’s (writer for Suits on USA) play The Tutors, Joe and Toby, along with the many other residents of New York City who work a job in order to do something else, tutor high school students. Heidi anonymously helps write college admissions’ essays online. Together, they run a friendship-finding website from their apartment, except that their work with students starts to invade their lives and, in Heidi’s case, her subconscious. The Tutors by Erica Lipez tests what people who are so plugged into the digital world and online friendship do when confronted by the real thing.


Comedy"

Theater.Comedy

100 Proof Arts Collective is staging a new production of Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat (or, The Soldier's Tale). You may know it as just a concert suite for seven musicians, but The Soldier's Tale was originally written "to be read, played, and danced." Our production, starring William Vaughn, Niall Powderly, Rachel Sussman and narrated by Katie Eisenberg, will add to that suite with a new interpretation of C.F. Ramuz's libretto.

Our question for the ages: after war, what happens when you become the enemy?

Our soldier, Joseph (Niall Powderly), is on leave from serving in Afghanistan. As he tries to adjust to life at home, he struggles against a disguised Devil (William Vaughn), who threatens to derail his quest for inner peace.

Throughout the show, Joseph attempts to deal with the difficulties of civilian life, filling the disconnect and isolation with his tortuous relationship with the Princess (Rachel Sussman), and searches for a direction despite the turmoil weighing him down. We see Joseph ache for a non-existent past while the present surges forward.

But those guys won't be the only ones on stage. They will be accompanied by these amazing musicians:

Dean Buck, Conductor
Chuck Furlong, Clarinet
Alexander Onieal, Bassoon
Derek Ganong, Trumpet
Jeff Karlsson, Trumpet (May 4)
Sean Biehn, Trombone
Josh Henderson, Violin
Maya Bennardo, Violin (May 5)
Patrick Swoboda, Bass
Matthew Overbay, Percussion
Jeffrey Eng, Percussion (May 5)


About 100 Proof Arts Collective

100 Proof Arts Collective is a group of young artists devoted to creating new works and adapting classic pieces of music, literature, painting, sculpture and theatre. Distinctions between different art forms are confining, detrimental to innovation and just plain silly--we want to smash through those barriers. We want to develop new works of theatre and music, live action art pieces, film, and studio art. Whatever will make people sit up and pay attention. This issue issue remains largely unaddressed in the arts; 100 Proof isn't about making statements, but asking questions, the kind that sting a little in the back of your throat. If it burns a little on the way down, it's working.

100 Proof was founded by actors William Vaughn, Niall Powderly, and musician Chuck Furlong. Check out their website 100ProofArts.weebly.com for more information on how the collective came to exist. They're also on twitter under the name @100ProofArts if that's easier to follow.

Access Theater is located at located at 380 Broadway at White Street, (2 blocks South of Canal) on the 4th Floor.


Arts.Dance

2 Plays, 1 Conversation  | Open: 04/13/12 Close: 04/22/12
For this year's "2 Plays, 1 Conversation", we intimately explore two plays that share a common theme of youthful passion: world premiere adaptations of both William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet & Frank Wedekind's Spring's Awakening.

As stories of abstinence education, teen suicide, school shootings, and gang violence permeate our 21st-century consciousness, these plays - from the 16th and 19th centuries, respectively - offer evidence of how much remains constant in a world that seems to be careening uncontrollably forward. These world premiere adaptations examine how playwrights from distinctly different periods come into intensely passionate contact with today's conflicting attitudes toward love, lust and sexuality.

To help our audience experience and explore both, we have alternating readings of each play over two consecutive weekends, Friday - Sunday, April 13 -15 and April 20 - 22. All readings are at 7pm. Each reading has a talkback with New York scholars.


Arts.Performance

Ordinary Days  | Open: 04/19/12 Close: 04/22/12
Ordinary Days tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives cross over in an enormous metropolis, NYC, as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and the meaning of life. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, you will find your own story among their experiences.


About the Company: Theatre Lapis

Théatre Lapis is a brand new theater company. Our aim is to cross a variety of borders including between musical and straight plays, between western and eastern cultures, and between other frontiers.

All This Here  | Open: 04/05/12 Close: 04/15/12
When a new couple moves in to the apartment across the hall, Judith insists they join her and her husband, Henry, for dinner. Both couples, converging at two different points in their relationships, discover that their ability (or inability) to communicate with one another will force them to make the ageless decision: to stay or go.

Founded by brothers Kevin Michael and Jeremiah, Murphy Brothers Productions has produced several short films (Malcolm Lowery, Carver, 26 Seconds).  This is MBP's second play written by Jeremiah. His first, Troubles, appeared in the NY International Fringe Festival in 2009.

For over 75 years, the mission of the Village Light Opera Group (VLOG) has been to enrich its community by providing both theatrical productions and hands-on theatrical experience. Initially, VLOG focused on rarely-performed light opera, operettas, and musicals but our mission has recently expanded to include a broader range of performance genres. This is the first production of their Spring 2012 season.

 

 All This Here is presented as an Equity Approved Showcase.

Spark  | Open: 02/16/12 Close: 02/25/12
100 years from now...

A drunk Cupid sits on a city street

People screw without meaning

People who love are sick

Because love is dead

...or is it?

 

The Nightborn proudly presents the world premiere of Spark, written by Angela Santillo and directed by Elizabeth Miller. Mythology and city life collide to explore issues of love and sex in this futuristic love story set on February 14, 2112.


About the Company: The Nightborn

Founded in 2011 by Elizabeth Miler, The Nightborn is a new theater company specializing in evocative and socially relevant new works

Spark  | Open: 02/16/12 Close: 02/25/12
The Nightborn presents the world premiere of "Spark," a new play by Angela Santillo, directed by Elizabeth Miller.

100 years from now...
A drunk Cupid sits on a city street
People screw without meaning
People who love are sick
Because love is dead
Or is it...

Mythology and city life collide to explore issues of love and sex in this futuristic love story set on February 14, 2112.

***Adult subject matter***

WALK UP SALES:
Tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before showtime at Access Theater. Cash only and tickets are based on availability.


Arts.Theatre

Rope  | Open: 01/26/12 Close: 02/12/12
 A play by Patrick Hamilton, directed by Christopher Shepard, Rope is about the nature of superiority and its very real and historical consequences. As the play meditates on the cultural and intellectual components that allow one man to kill another, it asks the audience to think about who must be sacrificed in displays of superiority, from the personal to the national. 


About the Company: Random Access Theatre

Random Access Theatre is a theatre company located in NYC. We focus on developing new plays and musicals and re-imagining classics for a contemporary audience.

 

Our goal is to create a community of artists who can grow, learn, and explore the craft of the theatre, without limiting themselves to any one discipline.

Boy Gets Girl  | Open: 11/03/11 Close: 11/20/11
HARRY DIESEL PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce the production of award-winning
playwright Rebecca Gilman’s BOY GETS GIRL, directed by Michael Menger. BOY GETS GIRL
will play a three-week limited engagement at the Access Theatre (380 Broadway @ White
Street on the 4th Floor). Performances begin Thursday, November 3 and continue through
Sunday, November 20. Opening Night is Saturday, November 5 (8 p.m.). Press are invited to all
performances starting November 3.
 
Theresa Bedell is an independent literary journalist living in New York City. Utterly devoted to her
work, she struggles to find a meaningful relationship. When set up on a blind date with Tony, a
handsome man new to town, with humor and suspense her life is turned upside down.
 
What defines a stalker? How tenuous is one woman's control over her own life, when someone
refuses to take no for an answer?
 
The production features scenic design by David Menard, costume design by Jessa-Raye Court,
and lighting design by Keith Truax. Shaun Gunning is the sound designer and creating original
soundtrack music and Connor Davis is the stage manager.
 
BOY GETS GIRL plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, November 20:
 
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 7 p.m.
 
Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.theatermania.com or by 866-811-4111.
Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to performance.
 
BIOGRAPHIES
 
REBECCA GILMAN (Playwright) most widely known works are Spinning Into Butter, a play that addresses
political correctness and racial identity, and Boy Gets Girl, which was included in Time Magazine's List of
the Best Plays and Musicals of the Decade. She is also the author of “The Glory of Living” which was a
Pulitzer prize finalist. In 2010 she was named to Goodman Theatre’s Artistic Collective, a diverse group of
outstanding American theater artists who make the Goodman their artistic home.
 
Gilman is a member of the Council of Dramatists Guild of America and a board member of the American
Civil Liberty Union of Illinois. She is an Associate Professor of Playwriting and Screenwriting in the Master
of Fine Arts Writing for the Screen and Stage program at Northwestern University.
 
MICHAEL MENGER (Director) has been writing and directing for over 20 years. Some of his directing
credits include, Mass Appeal and The House of Nunzio for All Seasons Theatre, A Midsummer Night's
Dream for Tygres Heart Shakespeare, The True History of Mexico and Coca-Cola, Cenizas, Profecia, and
Deporting the Divas for The Miracle Theatre, and Grease for The Broadway Rose. 
 
As an actor Michael was seen in the New York premiere of Tit for Tat and Vanishing Point.  Some favorite
Shakespearean roles include Edmund in King Lear, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Antipholus of
Syracuse in Comedy of Errors, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Michael also enjoyed a three-
year run of the wacky comedy, The Comple at Wrks of Wllm Shakespeare.  He made his national television
debut on the sit-com “Hope and Faith”.
 
Michael has written several plays including, Stranger Fantasies, The Really BIG Dance Company Goes To
Hell!, The Holiday Show, Out West!, Perfection (which he wrote, produced and directed for his wife Kellie
Johnson) and most recently Sweet Morning. He and his wife are currently seeking producers for their epic
musical extravaganza: The Really BIG Pirate Show!
 
For 12 years Michael was the founder and artistic director of Michael Menger's Really BIG Dance
Company, based in Portland, Oregon, which produced modern dance and physical theater productions, as
well as original musicals.
 
HARRY DIESEL PRODUCTIONS is the brain child of Shaun Gunning and Kate Dulcich, two actor/writer/
musicians who had faded out of the NYC theater scene recently due to the realities of paying rent and the
dissolution of Hipgnosis theatre company, of which Kate was a member. When they were faced with two
milestone birthdays in the same year, they heard the deafening sound of a clock ticking and got a rush of
invigorating energy. They wanted to do something but weren’t sure what or how. So they looked at their
cat, Harry Diesel, and asked him what to do. Harry yawned, which meant: “Go after your dreams you guys!
No one is doing the shows that you want to do? Do them yourselves!” And so they did. This is their first
producing collaboration together.
The Birthday Boys  | Open: 09/15/11 Close: 09/25/11
ArtEffects Theatre Company presents the New York premiere of The Birthday Boys, Aaron Kozak’s darkly comic, award-winning play.

Set in 2006 Iraq, three U.S. Marines are captured by insurgents during an unheard-of infiltration of the Al Asad Airbase, regarded as one of the safest bases in the country. At a remote warehouse, bound and blindfolded, the three soldiers must struggle with fear, betrayal and even boredom, leaving morale as their only ally against an uncertain fate. Alternately tense and hilarious, The Birthday Boys offers a riveting, non-partisan look at honor and redemption.

WINNER, the Best World Premiere Award and the LA Theatre Review Critics Choice Award, 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival

"Without being disrespectful to the gravity of military service or the war in Iraq, [Aaron] Kozak finds dark humor in the humanity of three Marines... Go!" – LA Weekly

"...a high-tension, clock-ticking-away dramatic thriller” -- LAist


Set by: Jason Bolen
Stage Manager: Mary Spadoni
Producers: Phil Newsom & Kristy McCarson

Cast: Lowell Byers, Walker Hare, Zach McCoy, Abraham Makany, Jevon McFerrin, Patrick Cann, & Roland Lane


About the Company: ArtEffects Theatre Company

ArtEffects Theatre Company strives to provide a positive environment where each artist can express themselves freely without judgement. Our company focuses on creative processes that include equal appreciation and collaboration among all artists. Through our work, we hope to spark conversation about the positive effects of art in our society.

Paper Cranes  | Open: 04/15/11 Close: 05/08/11
Award-winning Packawallop Productions presents Paper Cranes, a new play starring Susan Louise O'Connor, Melissa Hammans, Sarah Lord, Eric T. Miller and Cynthia Silver.

Paper Cranes follows five people in a modern American town who are connected through a chain of surprising relationships, each desperate to break free from a haunted past in order to find a better future.

Maddie is a rebellious and precocious young woman, balancing the social implications of her burgeoning sexuality with the responsibility of supporting her bereft mother, a woman who finds solace in the folding of origami paper cranes. Maddie escapes the confines of her stifling home-life by entering into a tumultuous relationship with Julie, an older woman. Julie's best friend and one-time lover Amy, in a renewed search for true love, enters into a dangerous S&M relationship with a mysterious man protecting a dark secret.

Like the precise folds of a paper crane, the characters wrap around each other, culminating into a play about lives that are at once fragile, surprisingly resilient and, after much work, breathtakingly beautiful.

The production team includes Jared Rutherford (scenic design), Jennifer Paar (costume design), Scott Bolman (lighting design), and Ryan Maeker (sound design).

A Doll's House  | Open: 04/14/11 Close: 04/17/11
by Henrik Ibsen

sound design: Kate Marvin
set and lighting design: Natalie Robin

Featuring: Jaclyn Backhaus, Maxwell Eddy, Stacy Jordan, Anastasia Olowin, Jon Riddleberger

produced by John Kurzynowski and Sydney Matthews, Theater Reconstruction Ensemble


 

Wild Blue  | Open: 03/30/11 Close: 04/10/11
Loosely based on The Wizard of Oz, Wild Blue imagines the hysterical and haunting moments that caused Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater to curse out passengers over the intercom, slide down the emergency slide, and become an instant Facebook sensation.  In the second act, Steven escapes to a cabin near the Canadian border, inhabited by famed 1970’s airline hijacker/outlaw D. B. Cooper.   In this backwoods version of Oz, Steven assumes the role of Dorothy while D. B., as the Wizard, questions whether their actions are “the only sane reaction to an insane society.”  Wild Blue explores the many problems with our overburdened social system and whether or not it’s possible to truly break free.

Wild Blue features Chad Miller (CollegeHumor) as Steven Slater.  The ensemble includes Erin Ronder (The PIT), Ariana Murphy (The Magnet), Jeremy Weber (AMDA), Nastasha Strang (Algonquin Theater), and George Walsh; and features the original song, “The Nearest Exit,” by Patrick Gaughan (The Argyle Effect).


About the Company: Hyper Aware

The Hyper Aware Theater Company was founded in 2008, in an effort to push beyond the standard gimmicks of metatheater into a world of pure emotion. Most recently, their sold out run of Time Traveling with Cannibals at Nicu’s Spoon Theater was hailed as “a hilarious journey with outrageously awesome set design . . . which never drags or lags” by theateronline.com.

Fool For Love  | Open: 02/23/11 Close: 03/05/11
Artistic Director Rich Ferraioli of Variations Theatre Group decided to stage the gut wrenching 90 minute play Fool for Love after realizing that Off-Off-Broadway Theatre “needed a bit of an awakening”. The Sam Shepard classic, with its argumentative, ping pong style of dialogue and sexual tension so thick it makes you squirm, is the perfect choice for a cast and crew of talented, independent artists who are ready to prove they measure above typical Off-Off-Broadway standards. “This play is to be performed relentlessly without a break”, Shepard wrote. With a tight knit cast and dedicated crew, that is exactly what audience members will get.

Fool For Lovetells the story of May and Eddie, two not so star-crossed lovers. May is hiding out at an old motel in the Mojave Desert where she is found by old flame and childhood friend Eddie. He threatens to metaphorically and at times, literally, drag her back into the life she has fled.  With searing truth and dark humor, Fool for Love shows the story of two people who just can't live without each other, whether they like it or not.

When asked about his vision for not only the play, but for the company as a whole, Ferraioli responds with “We have based this company on the idea of minimalist theatre. It is the text that drives the play and the acting that fuels it. It isn't a budget thing; it is simply that we believe spectacle gets in the way of the true nature of the beast. Now, that is not to say that we don't have a set but we take what is actually 100% needed and we twist it a little to fit our concept”, an appropriate approach for a physically demanding show.


About the Company: Variations Theatre Group

 

Variations Theatre Group, a nonprofit organization, is formed by a group of young stage professionals (all in their twenties) with the following goals and objectives:

           

1. To stage at least one play each season with a theme that is of interest and concern to the public (e.g. autism, post traumatic stress in veterans) and donate the profits from its production to appropriate charitable foundations.

2. To show plays of short duration at schools, hospitals, nursing homes and such other places, free of cost when the institution cannot afford it.    

3. To produce American theatrical classics, giving opportunities to young actors and directors.     

4. To stage theatrical works by relatively unknown contemporary American  playwrights.

5. To  hire and train a new generation of actors, playwrights and directors to familiarize themselves with the seminal works of modern theatre.

6. To recruit and train interns, giving preference to minority and disadvantaged applicants, by giving them stipends and hands-on work experience.

7. To have special theater festivals (or benefit events) to reflect our nation’s multicultural milieu, and to provide contemporary American playwrights the ability to showcase original work spanning gender and cultural diversity. 

 

Variations Theatre Group believes that contributing to the community is paramount and will focus on active and dynamic participation in this area, with a separate group headed by a director to perform outreach functions.  Furthermore, all the assets belonging to Variations Theatre Group will, upon its dissolution, be liquidated and the entire proceeds will be donated to the state, federal government or organized charities.

A Weekend At An English Country Estate  | Open: 10/14/10 Close: 10/31/10
Weekend at an English Country Estate follows a group of upper-crust Brits in the 1920's getting into trouble with love. Fueled by copious amounts of champagne, what begins as an innocent treasure hunt around the estate grounds turns into a frenzied competition for money, marriage and love.


About the Company: Ateh Theatre Group

The Ateh does theater that’s fun.

The House Of Yes  | Open: 04/15/10 Close: 05/02/10
Who says "no" to Jackie-O? Not Mrs. Pascal, Jackie's whiskey-soaked mother; not Anthony, Jackie's lost little brother; not Marty, Jackie's prodigal twin; not even Lesly, Marty's new light within. No, no one says "no" to Jackie-O ...and, as the Pascals re-unite for a hurricane-blown Thanksgiving on their Kennedy-adjacent D.C. estate, that becomes a problem of simply incestuous, decidedly hilarious -- and quite possibly murderous -- proportions.  A wickedly witty 90s cult-classic, The House of Yes is a semi-psycho, incestuous dark comedy.

 

Director Brandt Reiterhas acted and directed in stage, film and television in New York and Los Angeles; he is currently Vice Chair of Playwriting for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region I) and teaches Dramatic Literature and Acting at the University of New Haven. Brandt was jazz critic at LA Weekly from 2000-2004; he has also written for Village Voice and All About Jazz New York. Training: George Morrison (Professional class, 5 years); Earl Gister; Viatcheslav Dolgachev; Austin Pendlton. MFA, Theatre (Directing & Playwriting), Sarah Lawrence College; BA, American Studies, Temple University; Certificate, Film Theory and Criticism, Sorbonne, Paris.

 

Playwright Wendy MacLeod'sThe House of Yes premiered in 1990 and has been produced at Soho Rep, The Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, The Gate Theater in London, and The Washington Shakespeare Company.  It became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey in 1997, earning a Special Jury Award at Sundance. MacLeod’s other plays include: Juvenilia (Playwrights Horizons), The Water Children (Playwrights Horizons; L.A.’s Matrix Theatre), Things Being What They Are (Seattle Rep.; Steppenwolf; Bay Street Theater), and Sin and School Girl (The Goodman, Chicago).  A New Dramatist alumna and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael playwright-in-residence at her alma mater, Kenyon College, and has been a guest professor at Northwestern University's film and theater departments. (wendymacleod.com)

 

Heathcliff Entertainment is a producer of adventurous, thought-provoking and comedic contemporary American theater.  Executive Producer Zoë Swenson is the founder of Heathcliff Entertainment, and The House of Yes is her debut as producer.  In addition to running the business-side, she is an actor and has performed in Chicago and Boston.  She came to New York in 2006 to attend the professional program at the New Actors Workshop and holds a BA from the University of Chicago.  Outside of the theater industry, Zoë is the Head Varsity Cross Country and Track Coach at Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private school for girls in Manhattan.

Glee Club  | Open: 03/03/10 Close: 04/03/10
About eight misfit members of Romeo, Vermont’s cut-throat Glee Club. They are on the verge of meltdown after their soloist makes the disastrous decision to save his own life. Will they be ready in time for the big recital? And isn’t music the most important thing? GLEE CLUB is a comedy about singing. Singing makes people happy.

The cast features Bruce Barton, Robert Buckwalter, Steven Burns, David DelGrosso, Carter Jackson, Stephen Speights, Tom Staggs and Matthew Trumbull.

The design team includes Robert Monaco (sets), Wheeler Kincaid (lighting) and Jonna McElrath (costumes). Susan Sunday is the Production Stage Manager.

Matthew Freeman’s (playwright) plays include The Death of King Arthur (Gorilla Repertory Theater); Reasons for Moving (The Local Productions); Genesis (Handcart Ensemble); 465 (Metropolitan Playhouse); The Great Escape, The Americans, The Most Wonderful Love, What To Do To A Girl, The White Swallow and When is a Clock (Blue Coyote Theater Group); Trayf, An Interview with the Author, Glee Club and Exposition (The Brick Theater). The Death of King Arthur was anthologized in Plays and Playwrights 2002 and is published by Playscripts, Inc. Monologues from Arthur have been catalogued by Smith & Kraus and Playscripts, Inc. Trayf (under the title Rabbi Hersh and the Talking Lobster) will soon be available from Playscripts, Inc. His adaptation of the mystery plays, Genesis, can be found in the anthology Playing with Canons, published by the New York Theatre Experience, Inc. When is a Clock is published by Samuel French. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Maxim Online, MTV Magazine, Complex Magazine, MSN City Guides, nytheatre.com and Gamespy. He was the event writer for the 5th Annual New York Innovative Theater Awards and maintains a well-regarded and read theater-related blog.

Kyle Ancowitz (Director) is a founding member of Blue Coyote Theater Group. Directing credits with Blue Coyote include premieres of Matthew Freeman's The Most Wonderful Love, The Great Escape, An Interview with the Author (Brick Theater’s Pretentious Festival Award-winner), What To Do To a Girl, The White Swallow and When Is a Clock; Kristen Palmer’s Departures and Something Decent; Brilliant Traces; Wanda’s Visit; The Author’s Voice; Nebraska; Psychopathia Sexualis; Kingfish; Dimly Perceived Threats to the System; A Phone Call from Washington State; Late at Night; and Saturday with Martin. Former directing resident at Playwrights Horizons. Technical Director for Access Theater. Graduate of Dartmouth College.

Never In My Lifetime  | Open: 02/03/10 Close: 02/21/10
 3 ISLES is pleased to announce the New York premiere production of Shirley Gee’s Never in My Lifetime, directed by Tim Ruddy. Never in My Lifetime will play a three-week limited engagement at the Access Theater (380 Broadway). Performances begin Wednesday, February 3 and continue through Sunday, February 21. Opening Night is Saturday, February 6 (8 p.m.).

 

This is a love story about six people. It is also a story of survival and the indomitable human spirit in Belfast, a city reminiscent of any in the world where there is violence and conflict. Tessie and Maire are young Irish Catholics who have been friends all of their lives. One is fiercely loyal to Irish unity; the other is uncommitted. Tom and Charlie are young British soldiers determined to stay alive in the bitter strife they neither understand nor care about. The other two are Tessie's mother and Charlie's wife. Tessie's and Tom's paths cross. As they turn to one another, they find something precious in a world of loss and are caught in a ferocious trap, which ensnares all six.

 

The production stars Fiana Toibin* (Long Day's Journey into Night (Tony Revival ’03 with Vanessa Redgrave), The Weir, Shining City).

 

Never in my Lifetime plays the following regular schedule through Sunday, February 21:

 

 Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (no performance Wednesday Feb. 10)

 Thursdays at 8 p.m.

 Fridays at 8 p.m.

 Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 Sundays at 3 p.m.  (no performance Sunday Feb. 7)

 

Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to performances.

 

Running Time: 2 hours

 

Website: www.neverinmylifetime.com

 

Never In My Lifetime  | Open: 02/03/10 Close: 02/21/10
This is a love story about six people. It is also a story of survival and the indomitable human spirit in Belfast, a city reminiscent of any in the world where there is violence and conflict. Tessie and Maire are young Irish Catholics who have been friends all of their lives. One is fiercely loyal to Irish unity; the other is uncommitted. Tom and Charlie are young British soldiers determined to stay alive in the bitter strife they neither understand nor care about. The other two are Tessie's mother and Charlie's wife. Tessie's and Tom's paths cross. As they turn to one another, they find something precious in a world of loss and are caught in a ferocious trap, which ensnares all six.

The production stars Fiana Toibin* (Long Day's Journey into Night (Tony Revival ’03 with Vanessa Redgrave), The Weir, Shining City).

The production features scenic design by Marianne Lu, lighting design by Jonathan Spencer and costume design by Ellen Johansing. Colin Adams-Toomey is the stage manager.
 

You May Be Splendid Now  | Open: 01/20/10 Close: 01/31/10
In the wee hours, over the airwaves, comes You May Be Splendid Now—A comedy about the TV shows they don't make anymore. Because no one watched them. In this final farewell episode we see that in the cathode glow nothing is safe and more people may be watching than you think.

Starring
LAUREN GLOVER NICK LEHANE*
GABRIEL MILLMAN* DAN WOHL
 

Granada  | Open: 11/05/09 Close: 11/22/09
Granada begins in 1992 as the King of Spain prepares to symbolically welcome Jews back to Spain after 500 years of banishment. A young Egyptian Jewish woman has been invited to stand in for all of those exiled—but following the ceremony, she reveals to Spain’s prince that she believes herself to be the resurrection of Moses Maimonides (1135-1204), philosopher, royal physician, and Jewish cultural icon. Quite suddenly, the prince’s world is not what it was before her revelation: he is pursued by a bear, seduced by a princess hatched from a grapefruit, and nearly betrayed by his trusty aide-de-camp. Is this the beginning of the Messianic age?

Bringing together characters and storytelling from Sephardic Jewish folklore and history and weaving from Spain to Israel to Morocco and back again, Granada explores issues of identity, both religious and national, and the uncanny link among followers of a tradition separated by continents but united by a state of exile.

 

 

Produced by Catherine Wallach and Polybe + Seats

Set and Costume Design: Peiyi Wong
Lighting Design: Natalie Robin assisted by Marika Kent
Dramaturgy: Miriam Felton-Dansky
Stage Manager/Associate Producer: Donald Butchko assisted by Dinah Finkelstein
Selected music performed by Anna Levenstein

Monster Uprising  | Open: 10/29/09 Close: 11/08/09
Monster Uprising consists of 3 new one-acts; off-kilter takes on classic movie monsters.

It is a followup to our event of last year, Robot Uprising, which nytheatre.com called "a brilliant concept that is very funny and very well executed", and, "so much fun".

The one acts this year include:
Frankenstein vs. Frankenstein vs. Godzilla: Doctor Frankenstein and Mrs. Doctor Frankenstein try to reconcile their strained relationship while simultaneously avoiding being crushed under the mighty paws of Godzilla.
Third Shift: Which is worse, the curse of vampirism, the curse of a factory job, or the curse of marriage?
Transylvania is for Lovers: American Tourist is trapped in a Gingerbread house with a Hag, a Hunchback, and a Werewolf. Will she learn a few things about love?

 

See it at the Access Theater:
380 Broadway, 4th F.
New York, NY 10013
8pm performances on October 29, 30, 31, and November 5, 6, and 7
Matinee performances on November 1st and 8th

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at door
buy online today at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/84348
Costume contest and Halloween Party on October 31st. Costumed attendees receive instant prizes.

 

Greendale, G.p.  | Open: 08/27/09 Close: 09/13/09
Physicians with God-complexes, Domestic Abuse, High School Shootings, Reality TV, and Pharmaceutical Salesmen: Welcome to “Greendale, G.P.” Brad Saville’s latest play takes a hard-hitting satirical look at the absurdity of the American Medical Industrial Complex, the Pompousness of our Physicians, the Pill-Popping Populous, the Bankruptcy of American Culture and Contemporary Values. Bring your insurance card, and please come twenty-minutes early.

On The Way Down  | Open: 07/30/09 Close: 08/09/09
It’s a summer’s afternoon and all eight million New Yorkers have invaded the Hamptons for the weekend. Why everyone has come remains a mystery, but what is clear is that the situation is becoming too much for three of them to handle. Since graduation from college, Josie, Browning and Stevenson have made the Hamptons their sanctuary. With this now under attack combined with the mounting fear that Josie’s husband and children are later than expected create a turbulent atmosphere in which one of them pushes the envelope too far, and the audience is left asking themselves: “how far is too far to go to save someone’s sanity”?

Pre-disposal  | Open: 07/08/09 Close: 07/25/09
Pre-Disposal takes place on a hot Bed-Stuy morning; three young men meet all looking for something different. One is looking for someone to confide in, another is looking for a story to tell and the third is looking for an opportunity. Pre-Disposal is a savage comedy about race, terror and the role of art in an unforgiving part of the world.

Cast includes: DK Bowser (“Lipstick Jungle”, Film:Slow Jam King), Deborah Green (Miss White House, Film: Infamous), Paul Pryce (Film: The End Is The Beginning, Romeo & Juliet Theatreworks National Tour) , and Matt Schock (Atlantic Theater Company's "What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling").

John Prescod (playwright) is a founding member and the resident playwright of EBE Ensemble, where he wrote and directed Pig and an adaptation of Chekhov's Marriage Proposal. His play Reck premiered with the EBE Ensemble in October 2008, directed by Jackie Danziger. This past February, he directed the Ensemble’s production of Matthew Paul Olmos' The Bus That Got Cut Over Its Eye.

Joshua Luria (director) is a founding member of EBE Ensemble, where he directed Ira Gamerman's Dated: A Cautionary Tale for Facebook Users. He received his BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied with the Atlantic Theater Company and at Jim Calder's Commedia dell'Arte program in Florence, Italy.

EBE Ensemble was founded in 2006 by a group of NYU theater graduates. It is a theater company dedicated to producing provocative new work on stage, intermixing classical themes with youthful and modern ideas and interpretations. Now in their second season, EBE Ensemble has produced six fully staged productions and created the “You Fill in the Blank” play festival and competition, EBE also sponsored a national one-act competition which resulted in their production of Elephants on Parade 2009.
 

Madeleine George's "The Most Massive Woman Wins" is set in the waiting room of a liposuction clinic, four women preparing to undergo surgery come to find waiting is the hardest part. Each woman's story speaks to the core of our personal feelings of inadequacy and asks why we punish ourselves for our imperfections.

"All Those Violent Sweaters" plays with our sense of memory and nostalgia. Is it possible to recall things truthfully when our memories are always affected by our emotions? As Edith looks back on Patti-Jo, her best friend from high school, the past dissolves until she can no longer separate fact from fiction. Melodrama and hysteria override the memory, and the emotional life of an adolescent girl takes over. Edith is plunged into an upside-down landscape of romance novels, Olan Mills portraits, and the boredom of living in 1980's small town America. Ultimately Edith will have to decide which is more important; what actually happened between the two girls or how it feels after all these years?


3rd Annual "Salute UR Shorts" New Play Festival  | Open: 05/28/09 Close: 05/31/09
Rapscallion Theatre Collective Presents

3rd Annual "Salute UR Shorts" New Play Festival

9 New shorts to the NYC stage!

The Weight by Steven Schutzman
dir. Jennifer Cintron
Michael Rivard
Joslyn Jensen

Reading with Friends by Crish Barth
dir. Mariah MacCarthy
Chris Doi
Jimmy Allen
Adam Law

Recognition by Patrick Gabridge
dir. Matthew Kreiner
Diana DeCarlo
Megan Lee

Speed Bumps by Brett Hursey
dir. Jeffrey Rega
Adam Law
Gillian Wiggin

Duo by Pedro Montalban-Kroebel
dir. Christophe Anderson
Reynold Malcom Hewitt
Michelle Burns

Oh, Momma by Megan Lohne
dir. Alex Runnels
Ryan Casey
Emily Rudolph

A Boy, A Girl and a Puppet with a Cowboy Hat by Damon Chua
dir. Jessica Newton
Henry Borriello
Katherine E. Sulenski
Michael Coyne

Secondhand Gifts by C.J. Ehrlich
dir. Jamie M. Mayer
Jessica Zodrow
Bridget Nason

Four Dry Tongues by Alex Dremann
dir. Lauren Reinhard
Nick Mitchell
Jennifer Cintron
Casey Joseph
Mary Greenawalt

 

 


After Darwin  | Open: 05/07/09 Close: 05/24/09
Impetuous Theater Group celebrates the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species with the New York premiere of AFTER DARWIN by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Tony-nominated Our Country's Good).

AFTER DARWIN begins in 1831 as naturalist Charles Darwin embarks on a South American journey with Robert FitzRoy, a scientist and fundamentalist Christian. The men's voyage aboard the HMS Beagle leads to Darwin embracing a radical vision of the world's evolution, and a fracture in his relationship with FitzRoy, who is determined for faith to win out. After Darwin unveils FitzRoy and Darwin's incredible story as well as the the struggles of a cast of modern actors to deal with the consequences of Darwin's theories during rehearsal of a play about the fateful journey.

AFTER DARWIN premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in the United Kingdom in 1998. The Belfast Telegraph raved that "Like Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, After Darwin leads its audience through difficult concepts, scarcely allowing us to catch our breath before offering another idea for our consideration. After Darwin is everything good theatre should be -thought provoking, quality entertainment."
 

Pretty Theft  | Open: 04/23/09 Close: 05/17/09
After losing her father, Allegra falls under the wing of bad-girl Suzy, only to find an unexpected friendship with Joe, an autistic savant obsessed with ballerinas. When things between them take a violent turn, Allegra and Suzy escape cross-country and befriend Marco, a mysterious thief who claims he cannot be caught. Newest Flux member Angela Astle stages this unsettling comedy by the critically acclaimed playwright of Nerve, Food for Fish and Incendiary. The play will be produced at Access Theater’s Gallery space, a non-traditional theater space which will highlight the element of dance seen throughout the play. 

One Thing I Like To Say Is  | Open: 04/15/09 Close: 05/03/09
A Scottish butler, a dollhouse, and a place called Nantucket that is not in Massachusetts... adult siblings cling to the rich, imaginative world they created as children to escape from the harsh realities of their upbringing. This play offers hope for everyone who has an imagination and/or a sibling.

 

Playwright David Johnston returns to Blue Coyote with the New York premieres of four short plays: CONVERSATIONS ON RUSSIAN LITERATURE, PLAY RUSSIA, FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE LIVED IN FRANCE and MOTHRA IS WAITING. Each play examines the romanticism, idealism and absurdism of journeys to other countries (and sometimes other planets) through the prism of David Johnston’s “fertile imagination” and his “trademark off-kilter sensibility” (New York Times).

In PLAY RUSSIA—a must-see for theater nerds—Mr. Johnston upends the most revered Russian playwright, Chekhov, with hilarious results. MOTHRA IS WAITING finds two middle-aged chanteuses waiting for the cult-horror-classic bug Mothra to rescue them from their meaningless lives in Bridgeport to become Goddesses on Infant Island. The Francophile desires of Henry Kissinger, Mary Queen of Scots and modern-day American Lunelle Snead converge in FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE LIVED IN FRANCE. In CONVERSATIONS ON RUSSIAN LITERATURE, we return to Russia where post-Cold War espionage and intrigue collides with Russia’s literary masters.

The cast features Frank Anderson, Laura Desmond, Tracey Gilbert, Carter Adams Jackson, David Lapkin, Jonna McElrath, Katherine Puma, Amanda Ronconi, Jane Titus and Matthew Trumbull.

Shadow Of Himself  | Open: 01/08/09 Close: 01/31/09
Inspired by one of the masterpieces of world literature ("The Epic of Gilgamesh") and interviews with men from all walks of life about fear, "SHADOW OF HIMSELF" is a modern allegory that uses contemporary attitudes about masculinity, power, and mortality to tell the story of a prideful king and his journey towards himself. Gil, a god-like king, terrorizes his people until he finds balance in a comrade who equals his strength, bravery, and beauty. But when the king sets out on an adventure to kill a notorious monster and immortalize his name, he has no idea that it will cost him the most precious thing he has.

NEAL BELL is one of America’s most respected playwrights. His plays, which include "Two Small Bodies," "Raw Youth," "Cold Sweat," "On The Bum," and "Spatter Pattern," have appeared at Playwrights Horizons and at regional theatres including the Berkeley Rep, the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, the La Jolla Playhouse, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, where his ten-minute play "Out The Window" was a co-winner of the Heideman Award. A recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment, and the Guggenheim Foundation, Mr Bell was awarded an Obie Award for sustained achievement in playwriting.

Featured in the cast: MARK CAJIGAO ("Broadway’s Rising Stars" at Town Hall, "Twelfth Night" at Storm Theatre) MATT W. CODY (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Urban Stages, Lark Theatre), EMILY HARTFORD (Off Broadway’s "The Contrast" at Mirror Repertory Company), DANIEL AJL KITROSSER (off-Broadway’s "A Dolphin Up A Tree") and ADAM SWIDERSKI ("Charlie Victor Romeo" at PS 122).

Director EDWARD ELEFTERION is the Artistic Director of Rabbit Hole Ensemble and the recipient of the 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Director. Among his credits: four collaborations with playwright Neal Bell, including the world premiere of his adaptation of "Therese Raquin" at New York University; "Big Thick Rod" (FringeNYC 2008), "The Night Of Nosferatu," "The Transformation of Dr. Jekyll" (FringeNYC 2006), "The Siblings" (MITF 2006), and acclaimed productions of "In The Jungle Of Cities," "Macbeth," and "The Misanthrope." He currently teaches acting at Hofstra University.

Call Me Anne  | Open: 12/02/08 Close: 12/21/08
Broadway's Matt McGrath makes his NY directing debut with writer/performer Phillip Taratula's bravura solo piece CALL ME ANNE, the biting and riotous story of actress Anne Heche and her singular journey, a cautionary tale of finding stardom while losing your mind.

Actress Anne Heche rocketed to super-stardom, starring in Hollywood blockbusters like Donnie Brasco, Wag the Dog and Six Days Seven Nights. As the explosive controversy over a widely publicized love affair with Ellen Degeneres turned her into tabloid fodder, Heche heard the voice of God ringing in her ears. He said that she was His daughter Celestia, and He told her of the earthly tasks she must perform before her ascension into Heaven. Writer/performer Phillip Taratula (a performer whose "impeccable comic timing" was noted in the New York Times) takes the audience on Anne's spiritual journey, set against a showbiz backdrop where only the strongest egos survive. A dizzy and hilarious trip, CALL ME ANNE is a brutally funny look at identity and ambition.

Phedre  | Open: 11/06/08 Close: 11/23/08
Translated by Wallace Fowlie and directed by Aubrey Snowden.

Starring Kym Smith, Jake Paque, Genevieve Gearhart, Colin McFadden

The classic text in a fresh movement based theatrical production! With story, movement and stirring multimedia, Phédre examines the public's obsession with celebrities and how the media has turned otherwise ordinary citizens into virtual royalty. Witty, passionate and visually arresting, Phédre will have you squirming delightfully in your seat. If you spend your nights wondering about "Brangelina" and "TomKat," or even if you've never picked up a tabloid, you will be engrossed in Wide Eyed's production of this stirring tale.

OBAMA DRAMA - A Political Theatrical Spectacular!  | Open: 10/23/08 Close: 10/25/08
Written by: Zakiyyah Alexander, Nastaran Ahmadi, Sarita Covington, Kimberly Megna,
Harrison David Rivers, Matt Schatz, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart

Directed by: Carlos Armesto, Nelson T. Eusebio III, Jose Zayas

Can Barack Obama save America?
Is he the most important presidential candidate of our lifetime?
Join Creative Destruction for a weekend of world premiere political drama, drinks and debate, as seven talented playwrights take on the Senator from Illinois.

Equity approved Showcase featuring:
Ashley Bryant*, Arlene Chico Lugo, Caitlin Clouthier*, Sarita Covington*, Wen-Chuan Dai, Siho Ellsmore*, Ariel Estrada*, Crystal Finn*, Ben Graney, Brian Tyree Henry*, Rory Lipede, Ryan McCarthy*, Tom Everett Russell*, Derrick LeMont Sanders, Shawn Setaro, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart*, Chandra Thomas*, Laura June Weissinger
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

Production Manager: Cat Tate, Sets: Maiko Chii, Costumes: Kate Cusack, Sound: Sharath Patel

Produced by CREATIVE DESTRUCTION,
Nelson T. Eusebio III and Kelly L. Miller, Artistic Directors
in association with Samantha Desz, DownTownTheatre Company

Veni Vidi Vici  | Open: 08/17/08 Close: 08/19/08
Take equal parts of dance, theater and circus clown, add Native American mask work, flavor with a pinch of bouffon, a touch of true mischief, and a nod to "Harold and the Purple Crayon," and you get this delightful look at greed and acquisition.

Mud, a comic sprite, seeks the perfect picnic spot. Finding it, she gleefully proclaims it "MINE" and marks it with chalk, trapping herself inside its boundaries. Magic spells expand her territory; new acquisitions awaken a lust for even more. Be prepared to be, literally, drawn into her world. Mud brings new meaning to the phrase, "take the stage." Expansionism and colonialism, greed and exploitation, all from a clown whose entire vocabulary consists of just four words: you, mine, nice, want.

Written for adults, appropriate for children over seven

"An exploration of human instincts at so basic a level that thought can be put aside and impulse thoroughly enjoyed . . . this performance gleams most brightly, with true mischief . . . unfettered at maximum strength." --nytheatre.com

Photo by Julie Lemberger

Euphoric Tendencies  | Open: 03/06/08 Close: 03/22/08
Euphoric Tendencies centers around Beth Moss, a young writer whose rocky path to creative fulfillment seems destined to keep her tripping with every step. Enter Mina, an effervescent free-spirit who helps lead Beth through the world of erotic spanking, bisexuality, and other sexual adventures. In the process, Beth manages to find herself, her muse, and, eventually, a more fulfilling life than she could ever have imagined.

For more information contact info@actors-rep.org or 917-463-1097.

Blue Coyote's Happy Endings  | Open: 02/12/08 Close: 03/01/08
Strippers, go-go boys, porn star wannabes, hustlers and hos take to the stage.

Blue Coyote Theater group commissioned ten of their favorite playwrights to create new short plays on the lives of sex workers.

Presented in a stripped-down style, the plays are raunchy, funny, and surprisingly tender. Working hard for the money are: . David Johnston (Busted Jesus Comix, Candy & Dorothy, The Oresteia) . Blair Fell (Burning Habits, The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun) . Boo Killebrew (They're Just Like Us) . Matthew Freeman (The Most Wonderful Love, Interview with the Author) . Stan Richardson (The Children) . David Foley (Paradise) . John Yearley (Leap) . Christine Whitley and Brian Fuqua.

Business As Usual  | Open: 12/06/07 Close: 12/17/07
Meet STEVE. The Actor. A James Dean wannabe heartthrob who no one wants to work with...ALEX. The Agent. A low level everything who needs Steve to make it...And finally KATHERINE. The Mystery Woman. A savvy entrepreneur who unwittingly finds herself in the middle of their pathetic moral dilemmas. Sex. Scandal. Intrigue. In Hollywood 2007, they're all BUSINESS AS USUAL.

Featuring Michael Mraz, Corey Ann Haydu, and Steven Todd Smith.

Lilith  | Open: 09/07/07 Close: 09/23/07
How far would you go to create art? Would you manipulate?
Compromise? Ruin the lives of others? Shed your morality?
Lilith: a Sculptress.
The Danish Mediations/Slots  | Open: 08/16/07 Close: 09/09/07
THE DANISH MEDIATIONS/SLOTS follows Kiah, an actor producing his dream showa production of Hamlet where the roles change every night, determined by a random drawing of names. He enlists his friends to realize his vision, among them an up-and-coming television star, a budding actor/filmmaker, and an old flame. But while Kiah's cast-mates begin to loathe each other, ignore their work, and focus on everything but the show, he learns who among his friends canor can'tbe trusted. Unfortunately, Kiah's biggest betrayal won't come from without, but from within.
Women of Manhattan  | Open: 07/17/07 Close: 07/22/07
Described by the author as "an Upper West Side story," this provocative, brilliantly stylized and often very funny play delves into the lives of three upscale Manhattan female "yuppies" whose financial success is counterbalanced by their unmet emotional needs.
The Chronological Secrets of Tim  | Open: 05/18/07 Close: 06/03/07
When the love of Tim's life leaves him on his 30th birthday due to his flagrant sexual indiscretions, his solution is an overdramatic suicide. It makes perfect sense for a man whose love life has played out against a Madonna soundtrack. Before he can off himself, Tim must deal with two ex-girlfriends and revisit his outrageous and heartbreaking past.

The Chronological Secrets of Tim is a biting comedy that examines the existence of a reformed jerk and the women who love him no matter what.

Sarah Ali directs.

Marriage is Murder  | Open: 03/29/07 Close: 04/08/07
This comedy/thriller, directed by JoAnn Oakes, SSDC - is a killer of a time! Paul and Polly Butler used to be a husband & wife murder-mystery writing team, with a twist; their unique way of testing the realism of their novels was to actually try out the murder methods... on each other. After eighteen months of divorce they reluctantly reunite to write one more book. How real will the murder methods be this time??? Featuring Perry Award winning actress Christie Oakes and WUP's Gregory Cilmi.
Six Degrees of Separation  | Open: 03/15/07 Close: 03/24/07
Directed By Jon Ciccarelli and Leticia Diaz, Six Degrees of Separation is a witty, biting, yet ultimately sincere commentary on what drives people: the desire for money, fame, social standing, comfort, and, for the lucky, a desire for meaningful human connection. Guare based the premise of his play on an actual incidenta young African-American man gained access to the homes of upper-class New Yorkers by pretending to be the son of actor Sidney Poitierbut the creation of the play is an imaginative tour de force. Guare uses the props of the late twentieth century, such as social issues and art, to create a comprehensive picture of a fragmented society, one in which those simple six degrees that bind people together are overlooked, blatantly ignored, and, very occasionally, celebrated.
The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare  | Open: 11/02/06 Close: 11/19/06
From the company that recently enlivened William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure ("providing comic relief in the face of dark truth" The Villager) comes an intoxicating production of the Bard's The Winter's Tale. Leontes, King of Sicilia, convinces himself that his pregnant wife Hermione is carrying on an affair with his visiting childhood friend Polixenes, now the King of Bohemia. Leontes' jealousy leads to Hermione's imprisonment, Polixenes' return to Bohemia, and ultimately a test of faith for the residents of both countries. Will Leontes life and love ever be restored? What happens to Hermione and the child she has while in prison?

Be transported to the magical worlds of Sicilia and Bohemia by live original music, composed specifically for this production by Luke Mitchell, and a shifting landscape. As the play moves from Sicilia to Bohemia, the stage undergoes a major transformation, and the audience receives a different perspective on these enchanted lands and the people who reside in them.

Project Playwright II  | Open: 11/14/06 Close: 11/19/06
Featuring new works by William Campbell, Robert Charles Gompers, Paul F. Hancock, Erik Christian Hanson, Craig McNulty, Mark Saunders, Michael Small, and Andrew W. Turner.

Directed by Melani Adair, Tim Farrell, Robert Charles Gompers, and Antonio Merenda.

With Marc Baizman, Morgan Baker, Jeff Bloovman, Ed Domingues, Rene Ashli Fulton, Robert Marlowe, Marisa Marquez, Carly Miller, Candice Owens, Werner Pauliks, and Amybeth Whissel.

Stage Manager Wren Sheldon

Lighting Designer Brandon Voight

Costumes & Make-up Meredith Magoun

The Crackwalker  | Open: 10/26/06 Close: 11/12/06
One of the most notorious Canadian plays of the past 25 years, The Crackwalker is a plunge into Canada's underworld of drugs, sex, mental illness and murder, where four local down-and-outs struggle to live, to love and to make a better world for themselves with tragic results. Judith Thompson's first play is a visceral exploration of the ugly realities of society's castaways, where the "Crackwalker" waits to crush anyone unable to walk the fine line between sanity and destruction.
Buried Child  | Open: 10/04/06 Close: 10/22/06
This award winning company, known for turning expectations and stereotypes on their head, re-envisions this classic and shakes it up in new ways. If you think you know the story, think again...

Starkly poetic, humorous, and mysterious, Buried Child' is a vision of a dysfunctional family transformed into a symbol of America's loss of innocence. Produced by Nicu's Spoon and now cast with a multi-racial and multi-abled roster of artists this upcoming production shows a true reflection of America.

What Comes Next  | Open: 07/05/06 Close: 07/29/06
WHAT COMES NEXT is a quirky, modern American road story set on the wagon train trail in the latter days of the Westward Expansion. Julia, a skilled outfitter running her own cross country wagon train business, has her hands full leading pioneers through the wilderness and herself through a mid-life crisis. Blazing trails has always been easy for her, but it's not what it once was. Now her lead scout and lover, unhappy with the way the US is heading, wants to move to Canada. Armed with advice from some unusual friends including Tammy Wynette and Ulysses S. Grant, Julia must find a new path -- proof that all destiny is not exactly manifest.
Marat/Sade  | Open: 06/01/06 Close: 06/03/06
The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by The Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under The Direction of The Marquis De Sade, or MARAT/SADE, as the play is more commonly known, concerns the performance of a play by inmates of an early 1800s insane asylum, with script & direction by the infamous Marquis de Sade. The story of the play concerns the assassination of the revolutionary Marat by Charlotte Corday, but the play itself becomes a debate between various characters, all played by mentally-ill inmates of the asylum. The debate is further fueled by their insanity, unpredictability as performers & the staff's reactions to both their behavior & the often subversive nature of the script they play out.
Josh Lefkowitz gives an epic, tour-de-force performance in an original and engaging show by this rising-star monologist. Fresh out of college, Lefkowitz was a struggling actor, working as a parking lot attendant when he was introduced to the work of Spalding Gray. Gray's compelling and deeply personal monologues influenced Lefkowitz so greatly, that he embarked on a quest to meet his icon.
A Lie of the Mind  | Open: 01/27/06 Close: 02/05/06
A Lie of the Mind is a story of two American families set against a backdrop of dysfunction and dark humor. The rifts and fusion of Shepard's eight colorful characters correspond brilliantly with contemporary concerns like broken dreams, financial woes, even a divided America. The sheer and sometimes bleak -- humanity of the play transcends time. Shepard himself described Lie as "a love ballad...a little legend about love."
Fits & Stars: The Sacred Heart  | Open: 01/10/06 Close: 01/28/06
As the play begins, it's a normal day like any other: Pappaw Rogers sits in his rocker on the porch; Mother and Nadine are at the beauty parlor, and the sheets are drying on the line. Without warning, a storm of comic proportions kicks up and day turns to night. Suddenly, there's an old Jewish man sitting in Pappaw's rocker, Nadine is pregnant and three truck drivers from Jersey have been lured into down by an exceptionally bright star overhead. Mother is struck blind and convinced that The Rapture has come. Only time will tell...
Sightlines Theatre Company honors acclaimed Canadian playwright George F. Walker
with a festival of six award-winning plays

Set in what is transparently a single neighborhood, THE EAST END PLAYS by George F. Walker is a series of related plays that explore the margins of contemporary urban life in the global village. Three of THE EAST END PLAYS -- "Love and Anger," "Criminals in Love," and "Tough!" -- will be presented for the first time ever in repertory. The remaining three -- "Better Living," "Escape from Happiness," and "Beautiful City" -- will be presented as readings.

Often cited as Canada's most frequently produced playwright, George F. Walker made his leap from cab driver to professional playwright in the early seventies by responding to a flyer seeking new works for The Factory Theatre in Toronto. After quickly becoming The Factory Theatre's resident playwright, Walker had a prolific career that spans over thirty years, includes twenty-six published plays, five Chalmer's Awards and two Governor General's Awards. His plays have been translated into German, French, Hebrew, Turkish, Polish and Czech, and receive continued success worldwide. In spite of his international popularity, Walker is still relatively unknown to the New York theater community.

The three EAST END PLAYS that will have fully staged productions, with lighting design by Evan O'Brient, sets by Ryan Kravetz, costumes by Cady Zuckerman and dramaturgy by Olivia Brinton, are:

CRIMINALS IN LOVE
October 29- November 20 -- Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm
Walker's award-winning play explores the lives--and modest fantasies of future happiness--of Gail and Junior, two young people in love. Overwhelmed by the pervasiveness of Junior's extended family of felons, he and Gail are forced to fall back upon a neighborhood philosopher/bum. Together, they make comic, yet poetic, attempts at a strategy to avoid not only the inevitability of Junior's destiny, but also the great shadow of the abyss.

Directed by Eileen Phelan, CRIMINALS IN LOVE costars Franklin Clay Boyd, David Colacci, Lila Donnolo, Faryl Millet, Melanie Rey and John Taylor.

LOVE AND ANGER
November 2-20; Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30pm
Walker's hilarious play follows a ragtag group of would-be activists hell-bent on defeating the corruption caused by a media mogul who runs the town. Their unlikely leader is Petie Maxwell, voice of the underdog and former corporate lawyer. Born-again after suffering a stroke, Maxwell becomes a social revolutionary with the will to remake the world -- one hopeless lawsuit at a time.

Directed by Lee Gundersheimer, LOVE AND ANGER costars Bill Balzac, Ted Hannan, Michael Kuhn, Cecil MacKinon, Jaquita Ta'le and Rae C. Wright.

TOUGH!
November 12-November 20 -- Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm
Walker's dark comedy looks at a relationship on the edge of success or failure. Tina and Bobby face a tough decision: stay together and face the world or go their separate ways, hoping one day they'll come back together. Sometimes love has to be fierce.

Directed by Chris Mirto, TOUGH! costars Mary Cavett, Nick Scoullar and Nell Teare.

This first-ever George F. Walker festival also features three "Sunday Brunch Readings": BEAUTIFUL CITY (November 6th at 2:00pm) -- a journey through a city that has been given over to the interests and values of criminal developers, directed by Shelly Wyant; BETTER LIVING (November 13th at 1:00pm) -- an "Chekhovian vision" of a family paralyzed by a tyrannical father and husband, directed by Donna Linderman; and ESCAPE FROM HAPPINESS (November 20th at 1:00pm) -- one of the most popular and funniest of THE EAST END PLAYS, directed by Gaye-Taylor Upchurch. Readings are free and open to the public with complimentary food and refreshments. Cast to be announced.
Murdering Marlowe  | Open: 10/11/05 Close: 10/23/05
The "green-eyed monster" of jealousy between playwrights William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe comes to life in "Murdering Marlowe," a brilliant new play by Charles Marowitz. Jason King Jones directs this apocryphal thriller in its east coast premiere, onstage at the Access Theater from Tuesday, October 11 through Sunday, October 23.

Up-and-coming writer Will Shakespeare is trying to make a name for himself in London's theatre scene. Only 29 years old and stuck in a loveless marriage, Shakespeare's home life fares little better than his writing career, as he toils under the shadow of literary giant, Christopher Marlowe. Will's luck changes when the bawdy and brash Marlowe falls out of favor with the moralistic Crown government, and he suddenly finds himself poised to depose the "king" of the Elizabethan stage.

William Shakespeare is played by Cedric Hayman, whose Off-Broadway credits include "Richard III" with the Acting Company and "Unbound" with the Prospect Theatre Company. Christopher Marlowe is played by Glenn Peters, who comes to the show just from his performance in "The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World" with the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Off-Broadway credits include "The Turn of the Screw," "Murder by Poe," and "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."

Rounding out the cast of nine are Jeremy Beazlie as Ingram Frizer, Bryan Cogman as Henry Maunder, Nicholas Coleman as the Henchman, Patrick Hallahan as Robert Poley, Caralyn Kozlowski as Emilia, Tim McGeever as Philip Henslowe, and Mandy Olsen as Anne Hathaway.

The world of sixteenth-century London will be created by set designer Brian J. Ruggaber, costume designer Maggie Dick, lighting designer Aaron Spivey, and sound designer Zachary Quarles.

In Actu Theatre is an artists' collective that utilizes the collaborative nature of theatre to rouse its members and the community into action by creating a forum for passionate discourse. The company celebrates the immediacy and transience of the theatrical experience by continually generating compelling, socially-relevant, and classically-inspired works. "Murdering Marlowe" is In Actu Theatre's inaugural production.

Located in the heart of the downtown theater scene, on the fourth floor of 380 Broadway (two blocks south of Canal Street), The Access Theater is a 64-seat black box in a former textile warehouse in TriBeCa. The venue has recently played host to various Fringe Festival companies as well as the hit play, "Busted Jesus Comix."

Busted Jesus Comix  | Open: 07/13/05 Close: 08/07/05
When 19 year old Marco created a comic book, the community leaders of Tallahassee, Florida took him to court for obsenity. They won. Now Marco is a convicted felon, and banned by law from drawing for three years. Loosely based on a shocking Florida court case. BUSTED JESUS COMIX is irrevently funny, whip-smart and incredibly relevant, serving as a cautionary tale for the "culture wars" playing out our national political stage
Detour  | Open: 06/22/05 Close: 07/09/05
DETOUR reflects the ever-changing-good and not-so-good circumstances that weave all people's lives. We strive, once we are able to motivate ourselves, to make one step in front of the other but frequently those strides must go in other, often uncharted, directions...This performative work uses original and covered music ranging from Scorpions to Sondheim, stand-up to Socratic stoicism and sex to civility to tell the story of unexpected change in spite of how securely one may try to nail down the yet to come.

Musical direction by Brenda Bush
Music consultant Mitch Kaplan

general admission tickets and reservations through www.theatremania.com or 212-252-3204

DETOUR is part of The CARNIVAL OF CULTURE presented at the Access Gallery from June 20th July 10th. The CARNIVAL OF CULTURE will feature art exhibitions by Olan, Bill Sharp, Greg Zukowski, Robert W. Richards, Bradford Noble, Karen Lowry, Manu Saluja and Danielle Fonseca. Fashion shows by Philippe and David Blond and Keanan Duffty. Music by Keyth Lawrence, Ari Gold, Brenda Bush, SUBSTRIKE, Adam Joseph, Lisa Heffter and the cast of PERMISSION. Dance by Paula Plessas, Ann Robideaux and Julie Troost. Readings by David Parr and Michael Griffo and photography and film presentations by Tommy McCall and Adam Stroncone, Mike Lane and Steven Kijak.

Dying Goldfish  | Open: 05/05/05 Close: 05/28/05
Dying Goldfish_ is a bittersweet comedy about first dates, weddings and awkward displays of emotion. Two siblings -- Carol, a university instructor and Will, a lonely and aspiring novelist -- return home to witness their cousin's wedding and visit their uncle -- a former professor -- who has suffered a stroke that has destroyed his ability to control his emotions. This homecoming reminds both Carol and Will how separate their private lives are from their family lives, and how happy they are to keep things that way.
The Information She Carried  | Open: 03/24/05 Close: 04/16/05
In 1920 Ray Chapman became the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to have been killed by a baseball in a game. Many years later, a sportswriter/ high school baseball coach and current owner of the collectible, sent one of his players to his car to grab a ball to practice with. The kid innocently took the death ball instead. On the very first pitch, the ball was hit, went up the third baseline, took a very funny hop, and seriously injured the third baseman. These are historical facts.

The Information She Carried surrounds the story of lifelong conspiracy theorist SHARON NORTH who will not be deceived anymore! She needs to know the truth behind some of the world's most notorious cover-ups JFK, Roswell, Moon Landing, Alien Autopsy, 9/11, etc. Having concocted a well thought out theory that the "Chapman Death Ball" was actually the work of the infamous Illuminati and holds unspeakable power, she aims to steal it, and then trade it for the answers she has so longed for. Having arranged a meeting, Sharon begins to realize the truth about where she is and the strange woman speaking to her, and tries desperately to change the way things will turn out, hoping that she still might discover one bit of truth.
Miss Nelson Is Missing!  | Open: 02/26/05 Close: 04/03/05
The kids in Room 207 are the worst...ever! After many attempts by the sweet, kind Miss Nelson to teach them obedience, respect and the difference between right and wrong, she suddenly goes "missing." Her replacement, Viola Swamp, doesn't allow any misbehaving...nor any fun. Although the students start learning...they miss their former teacher terribly. So they set out to find Miss Nelson and prove they really have changed!

This musical adaptation, based on the favorite children's books: Miss Nelson is Missing! and Miss Nelson is Back! is suitable for all ages!

Nightswimming  | Open: 03/09/05 Close: 03/13/05
On August 28th, 1998, two sisters were killed in an automobile accident, and the world of two New York City police officers was turned upside down. We meet the two officers on the one year anniversary of the death of their wives, and are quickly introduced into the dichotomy of grief. Chris Tucker, a brilliant and promising plain-clothes investigator, walking as if asleep, suffering from chronic insomnia, has buried himself in an already obsessive workaholic existence. Danny Harper, abandoning the world of law enforcement, leaves behind all that he knew, corrupting himself within the depths of compulsive lying and the seclusion of personal chaos.
Through their only contact, a phone conversation, once a month, every month, on the anniversary of the death of their wives, the weight of guilt, and the pressures of loss, spirals them both desperately through a quest for the taste of lost personal connection; and to its inexorable resolution, the effects of such a pursuit will leave not only a permanent mark on all involved, but prove in the end you can only save your own world.
No Change  | Open: 02/24/05 Close: 03/06/05
Access Theater in Tribeca presents No Change, four political comedies about wanting to change the world -- and failing miserably. All four plays were written by James Christy, whose first full-length play Never Tell had an extended run at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2004. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless, and the March 5th performance will be followed by a benefit reception. The plays are:

A Shot: A Vietnam veteran struggling with demons from his past comes face to face with the self-involved ennui of a younger generation.
Put Them Away: A teenage boy who objects to being grounded tries to get his left-leaning parents detained as terrorists.
The Club: Three would-be anarchists' plan to make an environmental statement is snagged by administrative quarreling.
Change: A man's effort to help a homeless woman on a subway backfires and makes him examine his own intentions.
The Furies  | Open: 02/04/05 Close: 02/22/05
A dark comedy, THE FURIES provides a merciless view of an established Melbourne suburb, where a sudden matricide creates suspicion and paranoia among its well-heeled inhabitants. The unknown killer in their midst has everyone looking at one another in a new light. When a fifty-something mother fails to appear at an important family function, obsessive fear finds a voice. As suspicion grows, high emotions, paranoia, insecurity and greed emerge.