Theater 54

Todays Date: 11/26/22
Last Update: 01/02/14 11:41:50 AM
Address: 244 West 54th Street
New York, NY   

Location: (between 8th & Broadway) 12th Floor

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The Portrait  | Open: 01/15/14 Close: 01/26/14
 Sarah Levine Simon's THE PORTRAIT is a new comedy of manners—a highfaluting madcap caper, satirizing the war between the haves and the have-nots!

Marty Finklestein, a struggling theater director, has been bequeathed THE PORTRAIT of his 18th Century Jewish ancestor. Over pate and crepes, at a dinner hosted by his wealthy cousin Toddy Renard, antics by the French maid Honore, high notes from Marty’s singer wife Alissa, and pretentions about their early American Jewish roots, a wager is made as to who will buy THE PORTRAIT.

Cymbeline  | Open: 07/17/12 Close: 07/19/12

Join us as we take you on a thrilling adventure through the fairy-tale world of ancient Britain (with side-trips to Rome and Wales)! Follow Princess Imogen's romantic, dangerous, and magical journey - as she searches for her banished love and reunites her troubled family along the way. One of Shakespeare's final works, this rarely-performed romance is rich in beautiful language and fascinating characters - a charming, bittersweet tale that is by turns hilarious and deeply moving.

Cymbeline will be performed in "Shakespeare Unplugged" Concert Performance (a JSC signature format). "Shakespeare Unplugged" is a format unique to JSC that features actors on book in a rich environment of clear storytelling, dynamic visual elements, and live music.  Come, hear a play!

Director/Dramaturg: Joanne Zipay

Composer: Neil Alexander

Stage Manager: Katy Lynn Patterson

Movement Consultant: Elizabeth Mozer

Press/Publicity: Ginny Hack, Brady Amoon


Brady Amoon

Sandra M. Bloom*

Jane Culley*

Amy Driesler*

Bill Galarno*

Ginny Hack*

Rachael Hip-Flores

Miriam Lipner

Merle Louise*

Jennifer Sherron Stock*

Jane Titus*

Natasha Yannacañedo*

*Member, Actors Equity Association,
AEA Showcase Production

With an original keyboard score performed live each night by Neil Alexander.

To reserve tickets, call or text:  917-275-7617 or e-mail

This production is made possible by the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Mr. Charles E. Bockwith, and JSC’s many generous individual donors.

About the Company: Judith Shakespeare Company

Judith Shakespeare Company, founded in 1995, is committed to bringing Shakespeare's language to life with clarity and vitality, while expanding the presence of women in classical theatre. 

Rose Colored Glass  | Open: 05/05/07 Close: 05/24/07
Set in 1938 Chicago, ROSE COLORED GLASS takes place in the back rooms of Lady O'Riley's (Anita Keal) Pub and Rose Fleishman's (Emily Zacharias) delicatessen. Their disparate worlds, separated by much more than the alley between their kitchens, are about to collide. Peg O'Riley, (Brianne Moncrief) the 13-year-old granddaughter of Lady, has grown determined that these two very different women will become friends, but it is not until they become involved in the same cause that their friendship has a chance to bloom. In a series of stunning flashbacks, Peg, now older, remembers the moving story of how Lady and Rose formed a united front to fight American apathy and bureaucracy in a wild attempt to get Rose's nephew out of Europe before the war.

ROSE COLORED GLASS features Anita Keal, who was last seen in NYC as BESSIE in "From Door To Door" at the Westside Theatre. Her luminous career ranges from Broadway (M Butterfly) to regional theatre (George St, Syracuse, Center Stage, etc) to film (latest in Enchanted) and television. Emily Zacharias has appeared on Broadway numerous times, most recently in Jekyll & Hyde, and has worked with Hal Prince, Joe Mantello, Mike Nichols. She is a founding member of the Workshop Theater Company. Newcomer Brianne Moncrief, a graduate of Fordham University, also joins the cast.

In Between The Sheets  | Open: 06/01/06 Close: 06/17/06
Call them transcripts of dreams or deadly accurate maps of the tremor zones of the psyche, the three short stories featured in this production engage and implicate us in the most fearful ways imaginable. In "Pornography," a two-timing adult magazine-shop worker becomes an unwilling object in the fantasies of his victims. A jaded millionaire buys himself the perfect mistress and plunges into a hell of jealousy and despair in "Dead As They Come". Finally, in "Psychopolis," a London screenwriter visiting Los Angeles finds himself the only sane man amongst the population of the inhabitants of that psychotic metropolis.
Laundry and Bourbon & Long Star  | Open: 02/08/06 Close: 02/19/06
Alternately funny and biting one-act plays about life in the small town of Maynard, Texas near the end of the Vietnam War.

LAUNDRY AND BOURBON & LONE STAR paint a hilarious portrait of the goings-on in the dusty one-horse town of Maynard, Texas. In LAUNDRY AND BOURBON, Elizabeth and Hattie sit on the porch folding laundry, sipping drinks and gossiping. They're soon joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee, who can't resist blurting out a bombshell: Elizabeth's husband, Roy, has been seen around town with another woman.

In LONE STAR we meet Roy, who's back from Vietnam and anxious to begin his life again. As he drunkenly recounts his military exploits, his younger brother Ray confesses a shocking secret that makes Roy question his entire life.

Making Marilyn  | Open: 11/23/05 Close: 12/08/05
"MAKING MARILYN" opens just after Marilyn Monroe's death in 1962. A young Canadian man, Scout, has been caught speeding down a deserted stretch of Los Angeles highway. As the suspicious policeman begins to ask probing questions, Scout flashes back to 1953 and his home in the remote town of Banff. A lonely teenager, Scout is ecstatic when he learns that the famous Marilyn Monroe will be coming to shoot her new movie The River Of No Return. An accidental meeting with the star herself leads to a friendship blossoming between the two. But the friendship soon turns into a mutual sexual attraction, and the teenage Scout begins to develop strong feelings for the much older Marilyn--feelings which ultimately lead to heartbreak and tragedy.
Never Swin Alone & This is a Play  | Open: 05/12/05 Close: 05/22/05
In "NEVER SWIM ALONE," two lifelong male friends are on a beach taking part in a series of masculinity contests refereed by a beautiful young woman in a bathing suit. As the competition intensifies in brutality and the two men bloody each other both physically and verbally, the woman takes them closer and closer to finally confronting a long-hidden tragedy that's haunted them throughout their adult lives.

In the satirical "THIS IS A PLAY," three actors are performing in a dreadfully written stage drama.But rather than the dialogue from the play, we hear the actors' innermost thoughts about such subjects as the lame script they've been given, their less-than-adaquate fellow thespians and the general horrors of a life in the theatre.

Plunge  | Open: 03/23/05 Close: 03/27/05
PLUNGE provides a candid snapshot of an entire generation as it traces the Labor Day weekend reunion of three friends who are approaching age thirty. Clare, Val and Mary were the best of friends back in college. Now Clare is a wealthy yet insecure corporate VIP and the liberal Val is stuck in an unhappy marriage with the conservative Harris -- who just week prior to the reunion, was involved in an aborted hotel room tryst with Clare. He drunkenly confides his almost-infidelity to the caustic Marty, who wastes no time in letting Val know the truth about her husband. His decision sets off chain reaction that has life-altering effects for everyone.