Michael Weller Theatre

Todays Date: 10/14/19
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Address: 311 West 43rd Street
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Location: 6th Floor (between 8th & 9th Avenues)

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The 5 Borough Plays  | Open: 05/03/08 Close: 05/18/08
The Milk Can Theatre Company concludes its fifth season with The 5 Borough Plays, a showcase of five original short plays inspired by the five boroughs of New York City. Five playwrights randomly drew a borough from a hat: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan and Queens. The resulting work is The 5 Borough Plays, a marathon evening of theatre through the five boroughs of New York City.

Playwrights and work include: 1600 Feet, public fighting is a New York phenomenon and in this musical version, the fight stems from an inter-borough romance. Music, lyrics and direction by Colleen Darnall, book by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (inspired by Brooklyn); A Visit to the Bronx, where time collides in this family drama by Sharon E. Cooper, directed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (inspired by the Bronx); Stan and Illy Await the Coming written and directed by ML Kinney. With a nod to Samuel Beckett, our sock puppet heroes wait for the Ferry (inspired by Staten Island); Peace Through Understanding where a trip to the 1964 World's Fair brings a couple's relationship into focus. Written by Cheryl L. Davis, and directed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (inspired by Queens); Hot Corn Girl Sings Her Song where an obscure bit of Manhattan history prompts a woman to examine her modern life, written and directed by Bethany Larsen (inspired by Manhattan). Further information is available to view at www.milkcantheatre.org.

Set design by Ann Bartek, lighting design by Christopher Edwards, costume design by Deb O., sound design by Scott O'Brien, with performances by Nnamudi Amobi, Sarah Brill, Ashley Griffin, Lian-Marie Holmes, Zak Kostro, Michael McGuirk, Brad Makarowski, Katie Northlich, Emma O'Donnell, Caley Rose, Mike Steinmetz, Natalie Weaver, Chris Yonan, and Jonathan Zipper.

Saturday evening May 10th will be a special benefit performance and party to celebrate The Milk Can Theatre Company's amazing 2007/2008 Season. The festivities will include dancing, drinking, food, a silent auction showcasing work from various area artists, and plenty of surprises., all at O'Lunney's Times Square Pub, 145 West 45th Street. Tickets to join the celebration are $45 per person, which includes The 5 Borough Plays theatre ticket, and pass to the Spring Fling Party at O'Lunney's. Theatre tickets can be used for any performance of The 5 Borough Plays. Please note that all tickets for the 7 pm performance May 10th will include a ticket to the Spring Fling and will be $45. Tickets to join the celebration only at O'Lunney's are $30.

Running  | Open: 05/02/08 Close: 05/17/08
The Milk Can Theatre Company is proud to present the world premier of Running, a new play by Sharon E. Cooper. Three gay men, a widow, and a funeral set the stage to answer the questions - can we escape our past? What happens when we have to confront the lies we tell ourselves? Running not only tackles the issue of coming out about ones sexuality, but also what everyone must face when confronting the truth about ourselves.
Running is directed by Pat Diamond, set design by Ann Bartek, lighting design by Christopher Edwards, costume design by Deb O., Assistant Director/Stage Manager Seth Gamble. Production Assistant James Spry, with performances by Ryan Clardy, Katherine Alt Keener, Lance R. Marshall, and Willie Mullins.
The Milk Can Theatre Company is pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS, for a special benefit performance of Running. Expanding The Milk Can Theatre Company's definition of community beyond Off-Off Broadway, on May 7th the Company will donate a percentage of ticket sales to GMHC.
Running will be performing in rep with The 5 Borough Plays, a marathon through the
five boroughs of New York City. Featuring five short plays all inspired by a New York
City borough.
Consequences  | Open: 05/05/08 Close: 05/05/08
The Milk Can Theatre Company is proud to presents a staged reading of Consequences a new play by ML Kinney. As the hour of Wade's execution nears, his brother Denny waits at the prison with attorney Scott Reese. With the death penalty as a lens, Consequences examines the overlapping events of three men's lives and the consequences of their choices. Directed by Riv Massey, with performances by Zak Kostro, Daren Taylor, Jack Wallace and Justin Zimmerman. Further information is available to view at www.milkcantheatre.org.

Consequences will be performed as part of The Milk Can Theatre Company's monthly reading series Scene Herd Uddered. To call it a reading series is a misnomer. Scene Herd Uddered isn't actors sitting in chairs simply reading a script. Instead, each presentation is the culmination of seven weeks of intense developmental work. We give ateam — usually composed of a playwright, a director and a group of actors — a budget, rented space in which to show their work, a stage manager, publicity, and a support staff of dramaturgs. This is a rare opportunity for emerging artists to spend seven weeks developing a project together, without the intense pressures and constraints usually associated with the production of a new play. We gladly push teams to take huge creative risks and stretch the boundaries, rather than driving towards a neat, traditional end product. Each month we invite the public to view these projects-in-progress and share their views on them. We hope you will join us.

Bound Shadow  | Open: 03/21/08 Close: 03/23/08
Experience the four interwoven journeys of history's most fascinating, misunderstood, and forgotten figures - from the archetypal hero to an 18th century illusionist to Thomas Edison's young wife.

Don't miss this unforgettable synthesis of theater, dance, music, video and photography, as it tells a story in which the dreaming and waking worlds collide to find out the core of what it means to be human.

By Oscar Micheaux  | Open: 10/20/07 Close: 11/04/07
The Milk Can Theatre Company opens its exciting fifth season with the world premier of By Oscar Micheaux, a stirring new play by Kleban Award-winning playwright Cheryl L. Davis. This is the (mostly) true story of Oscar Micheaux, one of the nations first African-American filmmakers. Against all odds, Micheaux became a successful playwright, novelist and director of over 40 films in segregated, early 20th century America. Through a compelling mixture of historical film clips, imagined scenes, and recreated moments, By Oscar Micheaux tells the story of a man whose legacy has been all but lost to the forces of history.
By Oscar Micheaux is directed by Milk Can Artistic Director Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, with original music by Elise Morris, video recording and design by Rene Migliaccio, set design by Ann Bartek, lighting design by Christopher Edwards, and features performances by Garrett Hendricks, Becky Lake, April McCants, Harold Suratt, Vladimi Versailles, Amelia Workman, and Justin Zimmerman.
P.o.v.  | Open: 10/20/07 Close: 11/04/07
The Milk Can Theatre Company opens its fifth season with the world premier of P.O.V., a fascinating new play written by four playwrights (Sharon E. Cooper, Cheryl L. Davis, ML Kinney and Bethany Larsen.) Inspired by Kurosawa's 1950 movie, Rashomon, P.O.V. explores the murder of Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello, from four different perspectives. Watch as Othello, Desdemona, Emilia, and Iago, each try to convince Shakespeare to see things their way.
P.O.V. is directed by Riv Massey, with original music by Elise Morris, set design by Ann Bartek, lighting design by Christopher Edwards, costume design by Brittany Jones, and features performances by Maria Teresa Creasey, Kwaku Driskell, Jodi Epstein, Elliot Hill, and Michael Saenz.
By Oscar Micheaux  | Open: 07/09/07 Close: 07/09/07
By Oscar Micheaux is a stirring new play by Cheryl L. Davis that tells the story of Oscar Micheaux, an African-American who recreated himself and the newborn American film industry in the name of "uplifting the Race." Against all odds, Micheaux became a successful playwright, novelist and director of over 40 films in segregated, early 20th century America. Directed by Catherine Miller Hardy, with performances by Michelle Brown, Garrett Hendricks, Sarena Kennedy, Vadim Newquist, and Kyle Younger. Further information is available to view at www.milkcantheatre.org.

By Oscar Micheaux will be performed as part of The Milk Can Theatre Company's monthly reading series Scene Herd Uddered. To call it a reading series is a misnomer. Scene Herd Uddered isn't actors sitting in chairs simply reading a script. Instead, each presentation is the culmination of seven weeks of intense developmental work. We give a team — usually composed of a playwright, a director and a group of actors — a budget, rented space in which to show their work, a stage manager, publicity, and a support staff of dramaturgs. This is a rare opportunity for emerging artists to spend seven weeks developing a project together, without the intense pressures and constraints usually associated with the production of a new play. We gladly push teams to take huge creative risks and stretch the boundaries, rather than driving towards a neat, traditional end product. Each month we invite the public to view these projects-in-progress and share their views on them.

The Actor's Project NYC Presents:  | Open: 06/25/07 Close: 06/25/07
Monday June 25 at 7:30pm
The Michael Weller Theatre at 311 West 43rd Street- Suite 602
Two Shows in One Night at One Low Price of $25.00
Reservations 212-560-0991 www.TheActorsProjectNYC.com
Artiste'- Theatrical Showcase
The Artiste' Café is an intimate dwelling where actors and audience journey together through a carefully weaved evening of drama and comedy. Romance also hurdles into the mix with scenes such as Mabel's Able, where two stalkers in Jerusalem fall in love; Blind Date, where a swallowed button can lead anywhere; and Date with the Paramedics, where two Manhattan opposites share odd tales of their struggles to find love.
Dramedy – The Advance Troupe Show
In this fast-paced second presentation of Dramedy, the evening moves swiftly with a touch of drama in a scene such as Mother, where three daughters confront their Deceased Mother about her wild ways, and side-splitting comedic sketches such as Babytalk, where a "Yum Yum", under a restaurant table, has more than one meaning, and Redneck Auction, where bids such as canned goods and beer might get you a hunk and bid of nickel will get you Cletus.
Life is a Dream  | Open: 06/07/07 Close: 06/24/07
Calderón's play about the dream of life is given contemporary urgency in Flux Theatre Ensemble's upcoming production. "I am very concerned about the importance of individual liberty and the necessity of a person to be fully free in order to reach his or her potential," says director Kelly O'Donnell. "It is a fundamental right that is denied to so many people. It is heartbreaking and Segismundo's story is the perfect vehicle to explore that theme."

Segismundo is born a prince, but when prophecy predicts he will be a tyrant, his own father locks him in a tower. "[He] basically embarks on a crash-course to adulthood. In the beginning of the play, he is literally chained and cut off from the rest of the world" continues O'Donnell. "By the play's end he grows to a sturdy, self-actualized adult with a bright, however fragile, future."

The Potluck Plays  | Open: 05/03/07 Close: 05/13/07
The Milk Can Theatre Company concludes its fourth season with The Potluck Plays, a premiere of seven original plays in ten-minute form. Each play is based on a recipe. Seven playwrights randomly drew a recipe from a hat, with each recipe representing a course for a potluck dinner: appetizer, salad, main course, vegetables, dessert, and drink. The result is a seven course theatrical feast. Playwrights and work include: Answering written and directed by Tom Nondorf (inspired by a shitake-pumpkin ravioli recipe); Eggnogstic by Bethany Larsen, directed by Ryan Ratelle (inspired by an eggnog cheesecake recipe); PUNCH written and directed by ML Kinney (inspired by a rhubarb punch recipe); Swimming Uptown by Cheryl Davis, directed by Jill Landaker (inspired by a dishwasher salmon recipe); Salad Days by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, directed by Kimberly VerSteeg (inspired by a Jello salad recipe); The Potato Play: A Brief & Inaccurate History of the Potato written and directed by Melissa Fendell (inspired by a french fried potato recipe); The Cooking King by Sharon E. Cooper, directed by Riv Massey (inspired by an asparagus patina recipe). The Potluck Plays are a funny and fabulous evening of theatre.
Galileo  | Open: 05/07/07 Close: 05/07/07
Director, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and cast members John D'Arcangelo, Ruth Darcy, Timothy Downey, Loren Dunn, Desiree Maumus, Geoffrey Parrish, Martin Soole, Maria Estine Taylor, and Cheri Wicks are exploring Bertolt Brecht's classic, Galileo, through Milk Can's Scene Herd Uddered (SHU) workshop process. Regarded as one of Brecht's masterpieces, Galileo is a fictionalized history of the scientist Galileo Galilei. The play's major themes are science versus religion, poor versus wealthy, knowledge versus ignorance, and the ethical responsibilities of the scientist.
The Milk Can Theatre Company's monthly reading series Scene Herd Uddered. To call it a reading series is a misnomer. Scene Herd Uddered isn't actors sitting in chairs simply reading a script. Instead, each presentation is the culmination of seven weeks of intense developmental work. We give a team — usually composed of a playwright, a director and a group of actors — a budget, rented space in which to show their work, a stage manager, publicity, and a support staff of dramaturgs. This is a rare opportunity for emerging artists to spend seven weeks developing a project together, without the intense pressures and constraints usually associated with the production of a new play. We gladly push teams to take huge creative risks and stretch the boundaries, rather than driving towards a neat, traditional end product. Each month we invite the public to view these projects-in-progress and share their views on them.
Hotel Lucky  | Open: 03/03/07 Close: 04/14/07
The hilarious course of events in Hotel Lucky begins when Warren Prescott's daughter finds a vacation package for the family. Her father reluctantly agrees to the trip, only to find his mother-in-law packed and loaded in their car the next morning!
Loose Knit  | Open: 03/28/07 Close: 04/01/07
Do we really need the opposite sex to make our lives work? This is just one of the questions the five women in Theresa Rebeck's Loose Knit consider as they get together weekly to knit and decompress from their hectic New York lives. Lily is the perfect hostess and mother; Liz, a celebrity journalist who hates the liars she's forced to interview; Paula, a psychologist who wonders who she really helps; Margie, a caterer, is looking for love and all lawyer Gina wants to do is knit! Add in Bob, Lily's husband, and millionaire capitalist Miles and the group begins to unravel. Can the women pick up the all dropped stitches and knit their friendships back together again?
The Heart of My Mystery: The Hamlet Project  | Open: 10/12/06 Close: 10/29/06
THE HEART OF MY MYSTERY: THE HAMLET PROJECT places William Shakespeare's most famous play in juxtaposition with the critical response it has inspired. "I am far from justifying the tragedy of Hamlet," wrote Voltaire in 1749. "It is a gross and barbarous piece, and would never be borne by the lowest of the rabble in France or Italy." Two hundred years later, Sir Laurence Olivier said, "I could see it and read it forever. Yes, the best play in the world." Shakespeare's tragedy finds itself in dialogue with Samuel Johnson, Voltaire, Goethe, Harold Bloom and others. Ideas about the mystery of the central character take on the nature of theater itself. The result is an irreverent and scholarly study of HAMLET.
Never Tell  | Open: 07/22/06 Close: 08/13/06
What's your dirty little secret? In today's upgraded personal existence, virtual relationships are as common as virtual imaging. Is anything, as it truly seems? Who is one to trust? Your lover, friends your superiors, NEVER TELL examines the fine line between trust and greed, repression and aggression - because sometimes you can never tell.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead  | Open: 04/28/06 Close: 05/14/06
Tom Stoppard's funny, absurd, and tragic play which centers on Hamlet minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, in their misadventures and musings enroute to their inevitable end. Often compared to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead raises many questions about free will versus determinism and the search for value in life.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will be running in rep with The Hamlet Plays a collection of six ten-minute plays written by Milk Can Theatre Company Artistic Associates. Each play is based on a different character from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Two One Acts by Donald Margulies  | Open: 03/26/06 Close: 03/27/06
L.A. & Pitching to the Star

"In L.A. a washed-up young movie star explains to a willing fan in a bar how he went from a happy, married young novice to a wealthy, gambling, overnight sensation and back to hungry, divorced wanna-be who only wants to recapture his original dream of having "enough" and being married for life."

"When Peter finally gets a good break for his Hollywood script, he finds himself Pitching to the Star of the pilot show. Promised control over something he's worked long and hard on, he finds his integrity and his storyline attacked every time the star makes a suggestion to completely change his script and make the lead character exactly like herself."
-Dramatists Play Service

Impossible Lorca: A Theatrical Hat-Trick  | Open: 03/06/06 Close: 03/06/06
A world premiere of Caridad Svich's translations of Federico Garcia Lorca's plays Buster Keaton Takes A Walk, and The Maiden, The Sailor and The Student. Impossible Lorca: A Theatrical Hat-Trick has been conceived and directed by Melissa Fendell and will include the two world premieres with Chimera as part of the Milk Can Theatre Company's monthly reading series Scene Herd Uddered. Impossible Lorca: A Theatrical Hat-Trick is three "miniatures" belonging to a collection of work which Lorca himself termed as "impossible theatre." A world where gravity is non-essential, stage directions seem unrealizable on the stage, where plot does not exist and raw, naked emotion is the only thing you can trust. Rooted in surrealism, these plays resist being straightforward, refuse to give any answers, but above all, leave themselves open to interpretation. In Buster Keaton Takes A Walk, we watch the famous silent film star negotiate a dangerous American landscape. Chimera exposes the painful goodbye between a man and his family. And finally, in The Maiden, The Sailor and The Student, a young woman prepares herself for marriage, struggling with the concepts of womanhood and doomed love. Directed by Melissa Fendell, with performances by Jeanne Harris, Sarah Lemp, Casey McClellan, Jennifer Perrotta, Larry Pontius, and Jordon Zolan. Sound design by Udi Pladott, costumes and set designs by Nadira Adams and movement by Aaron Cedolia.
The Last of Mrs. Lincoln  | Open: 02/24/06 Close: 02/26/06
Please join us in the telling of this lovely and not often told true story of the days after the assasination of President Lincoln, through the remainder of Mary Todd Lincoln's life.
Girl in Heat  | Open: 01/27/06 Close: 02/19/06
A lawyer. A secretary. A late night at the office. GIRL IN HEAT combines sexual intrigue and psychologoical drama with unexpected humour to break the gorwing tension. Joseph and Marilyn, all alone in his law office, engage in a steamy series of foreplay games with each other. Before long, they discovery that their connection is much deeper than they ever could have imagined...
A Broken Christmas Carol  | Open: 12/08/05 Close: 12/30/05
It's a "Broken" take on a Christmas classic as three playwrights conspire to irreverently update Dickens' masterpiece for the 21st Century. Scrooge gets shoved out of the spotlight when two Jewish kids search for the true meaning of Christmas, a lapsed homeboy is spooked into keeping it real, and Bob Cratchit pimps his family out to reality T.V. Filled with laughs, gasps, and (we swear) real Christmas Spirit, A Broken Christmas Carol will haunt you like "an undigested bit of beef." This ain't your daddy's Christmas Carol.
Just Happy To Be Here and Skin Poppin  | Open: 11/16/05 Close: 11/20/05
JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE?
Written and performed by Damien D. Smith
Directed by Jason Summers

An indelible scar has been left on the psyche of America following the events of September 11, 2001. Just Happy to Be Here? tells of a government-sponsored study to evaluate to what extent does race and class affect ones feelings regarding that day and how one copes in this disconcertingly new and ever changing societal landscape? It is the final session of the study and this time several Black men from varying walks of life are having their say. Running the gamut from apathy to zeal, Just Happy to Be Here? seeks to reveal that despite differing opinions and lifestyles there are some inescapable realities that Black men face in America that transcend even the communal shock of a national tragedy.

SKINPOPPIN
Written and Performed by Christopher Basil Scrivens
Directed by Ozzie Jones

"Skinpoppin" is a provocative journey into the past, present and future of Mainchild James a drug addicted Afro-American man who faces the harsh reality of self discovery. Christopher 'Basil' Scrivens gives a heartrending performance in this one man show that offers a disturbing glance into the social and psychological impact of heroin addiction and recovery. His journey is illuminated through spoken word, movement and rhythm that will take you on a true Roller Coaster Ride.