Players Loft

Todays Date: 06/30/22
Last Update: 07/28/10 05:34:18 PM
Address: 115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY   

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Violators Will Be Violated  | Open: 08/15/10 Close: 08/28/10

Violators will be Violated
Created and Performed by Casey Smith
Produced and Directed by Jennifer A. Skinner
Circle X Theatre Co. is proud to present Violators Will Be Violated as part of the 14th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC.
Violators Will Be Violated is the surreal answer to the question, "If a mime gets humiliated, chopped in half, and fed to cannibals in the forest, is everyone a little happier?" This unique, unconventional, nearly wordless theatrical experience has more destruction, mayhem, murder, ambition, and special effects than an action film but it's only one guy, with no props or set, relying solely on the physical story-telling of one elastic, sometimes friendly but frequently hostile performer.
In short, anything you can't imagine, you just might. 
The Players Loft
115 Macdougal St.
New York, NY 10012
Buy your tickets here: 
(Find Violators on the page and click on your preferred date and time) 
Sunday, August 15 @ 2:30pm
Monday, August 16 @ 5:15pm
Saturday, August 21 @ 3:30pm
Sunday, August 22 @ 1:45pm
Monday, August 23 @ 8:15pm
Saturday, August 28 @ 8:15pm
"Smith is insane...Nobody with an iota of self-restraint or self-respect would put on a show like this, another with hardly a word spoken...This is Smith’s answer to Michelangelo’s David, an homage to our times, as puerile and self-absorbed as we are. I loved every minute of it." -Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly
"With all the grace of a drunken maniac, Smith abuses his body and his dignity in this contorted mime-style show that is outright hilarious...words are secondary to humor, while suicide and deprivation are indispensable." -David Jette, LA Theatre Review

About the Company: Circle X Theatre Co.

Our Mission: Circle X is a not-for-profit ensemble theatre company dedicated to highly provocative and boldly theatrical productions of new and rarely-seen plays. We believe in imagination over budget, adrenaline over inertia and excellence over all. Through art and action we cultivate a better community. 

Eli And Cheryl Jump  | Open: 08/14/09 Close: 08/30/09
IGNITED STATES in association with Crosstown Playwrights are pleased to announce their production of Daniel McCoy’s ELI AND CHERYL JUMP, directed by Nicole A. Watson. ELI AND CHERYL JUMP will be performed as part of The New York International Fringe Festival at Venue#9 The Players Loft (115 MacDougal St, 3rd Floor). Performances begin August 14th and continue through August 29th.

Press are cordially invited to all performances.

Accident-prone Eli is magically shielded from death. Maybe. Mythology, personal history and recent tragic events collide in a story spanning 15 years, and 1,000 miles. When Eli and Cheryl jump it's only the beginning of their journey.

The production stars Charles Linshaw* and Cassandra Vincent*.

The production features the design team behind To Barcelona! Lighting design by David Bengali, sound design by Martha Goode, and prop design by Blair Mielnik (NY IT Awards Nominee for Best Set Design--To Barcelona!). Nik Santiago is the production manager and Rebecca McBee is the stage manager.



Spitting In The Face Of The Devil  | Open: 08/14/09 Close: 08/29/09
The sins of the father go on and on from son to son until someone chooses to end them. Little Bobby took a knife and nearly killed his father, the Bob Sr. nobody knew. Now his son reveals what only he knows. SPITTING IN THE FACE OF THE DEVIL, a daring, darkly funny, highly personal, absolutely true solo show in the vein of Spalding Gray and Mike Daisey. The show is about the author's tension-filled relationship with his father, a charismatic and terrifying ex-Marine. Bob Brader, Sr. harbors a huge personal secret about his sexuality that is revealed halfway through the piece; this revelation comes as a shocking surprise not only to the author, but also to the audience, who discovers the details along with him.

Be A Man!!!  | Open: 08/15/09 Close: 08/28/09
HA! Comedy Corp. presents its new play “Be a Man!!!” at the NYC Fringe Festival – the largest multi-arts festival in North America, in August.

Directed by Grant Kretchik, “Be a Man” tells the story of a guy who married another man, looks like Annie Lennox and avoids manual labor. He keeps his membership in the almighty "Boys Club," while keeping trust of the "Sisterhood" of women.

The Antarctic Chronicles  | Open: 08/15/09 Close: 08/22/09
SISTER FANTASTIC PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce the New York premiere production of Jessica Manuel’s THE ANTARCTIC CHRONICLES, directed by Paul Linke. THE ANTARCTIC CHRONICLES will be performed as part of The New York International Fringe Festival at Venue #19 The Players Loft (115 MacDougal St, 3rd Fl). Press are invited to all performances.

Striving for individuality and freedom, Jessica Manuel found herself at the bottom of the Earth--living and working in Antarctica as a fuels operator. THE ANTARCTIC CHRONICLES explores her biographical journey through multiple characters: her parents, friends, roommates, and bosses. A story of love, courage, absurdity and madness, Jessica shares what happens living in an isolated community void of sun for months. Loss of memory and black urine are just a taste of the experiences she endured while trying to create a life worth examination.

The production features scenic design by Mike Gaglio, sound and lighting design by Louis Sciarrotta.

THE ANTARCTIC CHRONICLES schedule is the following:

Sat, Aug 15 @ 11:00 pm
Sun, Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm
Mon, Aug 17 @ 8:15 pm
Wed, Aug 19 @ 3:15 pm
Fri, Aug 21 @ 5:00 pm
Sat, Aug 22 @ 8:45 pm

Tickets are $15

For Information / Tickets visit:
or call 866-468-7619

90 minutes, no intermission.

Expecting  | Open: 02/13/09 Close: 02/22/09
Done to Death Productions presents Expecting, an original comic-drama by Aren Haun. Alice and Neil, an expecting married couple, receive a visit from an old college roommate, Frank, and his 17 year old companion, Taylor. Frank and Taylor lead their hosts through a night-in-Hell intensity that might destroy them all, including the unborn child.

Featuring: Samantha Henning, James Liebman, Kirsta Peterson

The Spin Cycle: 5 Plays by Jerrod Bogard  | Open: 01/22/09 Close: 02/07/09
It's The O'Rielly Factor on Steroids. Dan Dillinger takes news entertainment to a new low in this collection of five plays by J Bogard amped up with all the multi-media trappings of a corporate media outlet. CLICK HERE for a YouTube VIDEO PREVIEW

With a through-line designed by the author , these new and proven pieces are directed by artists from companies like the Brooklyn Theatre Arts Project; the Internationalists; Lincoln Center Director's Lab, Wide Eyed Productions and more.

Political, tragic, hilarious and heartwarming, this 90-minute showcase is presented as an acute indictment of the American media and also an ambitious, fulfilling evening of theatre in the Players' Loft. (This is an AEA approved showcase.)

Martin Denton of will host a talkback discussion after the matinee performance, Sunday the 25th of Jan. 3 PM.

Bogard's plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Several of the plays presented here were developed at Shortened Attention Span's playwright's workshop in 2008.

THE PLAYS (click for pics) :

* Video interludes are directed by Brian Bernard– 2 time Emmy Nominated creator of CUNY TV's "Art or Something Like It."

Copper Green (premiere) directed by Anthony Augello– Board Member of Brooklyn Theatre Arts Project, Inc. While on vacation in New York City, a mid-western family takes a ride on the Staten Island Ferry to see Lady Liberty. But young Jake can't figure out why his big-brother should be overseas fighting for this ugly statue. Only in New York City could you see this scene on your daily commute.

Hedge (premiere) directed by Jake Witlen– co-founder of the Internationalists and member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Sunbathing beauties argue the merits of the new privacy hedge while the paparazzi snap pictures in the Hollywood Hills. The hysterical ending has us asking, are the hedges designed to keep people from seeing in or from seeing out?

Just Your Average G.I. Joe directed by Kristin Skye Hoffmann– Artistic Director of Wide Eyed Productions and starring the playwright as Justin, a hawkish war vet pushed to give his unique view on yellow ribbons. This monologue play was part of Bogard's award-winning triptych, Plays for the Sunni Triangle.

First Base Coach directed by Neil Fennell, Award Winning director from University of Northern Colorado. Nine year-old Ben meets 11 year-old Amy for a date on the baseball field. He's been instructed on how to get a girl to first base, but he's not exactly sure what he's supposed to do once they get there. Lucky for him, Amy knows the score. Remember your first time on first?

Jerome Via Satellite (premiere) directed by Justin Ness. It's 8,000 miles from Dallas to Baghdad, and it's been two years since Jerome has seen his family back home. Now #1 cable news show, "The Spin Cycle," is proud to reunite them through a video satellite feed. Millions of viewers are watching live, and they're going to see a good deal more than the network promos promised they'd see.


"[Bogard] must hear dialogue rather than create it. . ... [He] knows his characters and writes them well." - Sarah Happel -

"It's pretty rare to see a political piece that responds to events in wholly original ways, and audiences are as likely to be offended as moved by Bogard's work." -- Anthony Nelson,

Produced by Shortened Attention Span and Wide Eyed Productions.

Cirque Jacqueline  | Open: 12/18/08 Close: 12/19/08
Following the suggestion of acclaimed director Jim Simpson, Andrea Reese combined her theatrical experience with extensive research on Jackie O. and a startling resemblance to the icon to create Cirque Jacqueline, a riveting drama. In Cirque Jacqueline, we meet the real Jackie who hid beneath a carefully constructed public persona. The play covers Jackie’s childhood with a womanizing father and abusive mother, her joys and struggles within her marriage to Jack Kennedy, her trauma during and after the assassination, her scandalous marriage to Aristotle Onassis and her blossoming interests and loves during the last decades of her life.

“Andrea Reese channels Jackie O. in this one-woman show. The upshot is a character of both charm and substance.” ~ The New Yorker
“Andrea Reese is the quintessential Jackie and channels the former first lady down to the last detail.” ~ The Journal News (Gannett)
“Amazing…Very authentic, very real.” ~ CBS-TV News

The Right To Understand  | Open: 02/16/08 Close: 03/01/08

It's 1938 in Monroe County Florida, and the minimum wage is just being introduced. Joshua Poole decides to build a home for his aging parents but first, he needs a copy of his deed and the approval of the local government. He's told, he must take a test. A test based on "Jim Crow Laws" and Poole, unable to read sees little hope in obtaining what is rightfully his until a stranger, who goes by the name of Reading Man, comes to his aid. A community steeped in superstition may block the only person who can help Poole, when Henrietta, a Hoodoo Priestess, challenges the newcomer!

Helmet  | Open: 08/11/07 Close: 08/19/07
HELMET is a kid obsessed with computer games. The shop, where he spends most of his days, is closing down. Sal, the owner, despises guys like Helmet and blames them for his, and the shop's, downfall. Sal takes his now ample time pining for his wife's return, dodging his father, and trying to convince Helmet to change his ways. Sal feels if he can succeed at something then he can finally face the mess in his private life. But it maybe too late as the truth slowly comes out and they both move through the levels of the play.

The play is told in the style of a video game. The shop is real, the characters are real, but the play is framed by the paraphernalia of a game; energy bars, multiple lives, check points, etc. The American premiere production is presented in a physical aesthetic and with a vibrant sound track that compliments the computer game format and challenges the senses.

Welcome Home Steve  | Open: 12/06/06 Close: 12/17/06
Sex, Drugs, and Comic Books Gone Bad... A WORLD PREMIERE

Welcome Home Steve reveals the lives of five misguided friends in their twenties living in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and crosses boundaries by adding comedy to realistic drama. A fun-filled night of beer and drugs takes a rapid turn when a shocking discovery is made. Paranoia, love, and greed fill the air as the race against time begins. In an age in which substance-abuse thrives among our youth, Welcome Home Steve is sure to leave audiences shocked and entertained.

The Prostitute of Reverie Valley  | Open: 08/11/06 Close: 08/26/06
Following its hit production of Good Fences Make Good Neighbors at the 2005 FringeNYC, One Armed Man returns to the New York International Fringe Festival with Adam Klasfeld's offbeat existential drama The Prostitute of Reverie Valley. An unnamed prostitute decides to leave her life behind, and one of her most faithful johns tries to stop her. But before the night is over, she'll find out shocking secrets about the mysterious town and herself. Who were her parents? How did she get there? Why are certain urges forbidden for her? Why is everybody so secretive? And most importantly, how does she get out?
SUGARVILLE: a little death  | Open: 06/30/05 Close: 07/24/05
Marilee Talkington presents SUGARVILLE: a little death a beautiful and haunting narrative about 4 characters in limbo. The audience is ushered through 3 different sanctums: Each room designed to mimic the emotional landscape of the characters journey, whether it be tortured or peaceful, and engage each of the six senses giving the audience a truly visceral experience of the play.