Richmond Shepard Theatre

Todays Date: 04/01/23
Last Update: 01/20/14 02:43:00 PM
Address: 309 E. 26th Street (between 1st & 2
New York, NY   

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East of the Sun, West of the Moon  | Open: 06/01/13 Close: 06/08/13

Looking Glass Theatre, celebrating 20 years, is proud to bring back for a very limited run Frankie Little 
Hardin’s East of the Sun, West of the Moon, a new children’s play directed by Julia Sterling Martin and 
Naima Warden. East of the Sun, West of the Moon performs Saturday, June 1 and Saturday June 8 at 2 p.m
at Richmond Shepard Theatre, located at 309 East 26th Street, at 2nd Avenue. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 kids 12 and under at Group tickets also available. Running time is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.
This play was so well-received last year that we just had to bring it back!
To save her father and mother, a young daughter makes a promise to live with a beastly bear, whose palace is secretly filled with nasty, bumbling trolls.
In the dark of night, our heroine falls in love with a sweet shy Prince. She makes a promise never to see his 
face in the light and to keep their love in the dark. But when the tricky trolls convince her to sneak a peak, she 
breaks her promise and the trolls whisk away the newly un-enchanted Prince.
So what’s a girl to do? Save him, of course! On her amazing journey to save her true love, she encounters 
Hags and Horses and gets help from the Winds. Will she save her hero from the evil trolls? Can she mend her broken promise? Will they live happily ever after? Join us and find out!
Rentboy, the Musical  | Open: 03/21/13 Close: 03/31/13
Rentboy, the Musical breaks entirely new ground in New York Theater. This lively new musical is set on the night of the famous Hookies Awards, the Oscars of Male Escorts, where gigolos receive awards for their erotic talents. In the show we see a gala award ceremony, we hear the personal stories of men-for-sale, and wacky, raunchy tales about their working lives. There are romantic songs too, as loves grows between a Rentboy and one of his clients. Its wild and wonderful new kind of musical romp with 14 original songs, which reveal the stories of these male escorts in words, song, dance and in the flesh.

Visit RENTBOYTHEMUSICAL.COM for more information.


Fabulous! The Musical  | Open: 08/09/12 Close: 08/26/12
Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies is a farce in the style of the Golden Age of Broadway. The show is a cross between Anything Goes, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot. It begins in Paris! Two female impersonators, Jane Mann and Laura Lee Handle, are down on their luck. Backing up Sue Flay, the worst Drag Diva in France, proved a complete disaster. They're jobless and homeless. Just when Jane and Laura Lee get ready to throw in their powder puffs ... a telegram! They'll headline as fabulous showgirls on a cruise ship, the Queen Ethel May. The catch? Keeping their male identities a secret from snooping crew members, jewel heisting gangsters and every gentleman caller that comes their way. It's vintage musical theater meets contemporary farce in a new musical comedy where practically everything goes.


Fabulous! The Queen Of New Musical Comedies  | Open: 08/09/12 Close: 08/26/12

FABULOUS! The Queen of New Musical Comedies

Write Act Repertory Eastside’s Producing Artistic Director John Lant present the New York Premiere of FABULOUS!, a celebrated limited engagement, opening August 11th, and closing August 26th 2012.

New York – Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies is a farce in the style of the Golden Age of Broadway. The show is a cross between Anything Goes, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot. It begins in Paris! Two female impersonators, Jane Mann and Laura Lee Handle, are down on their luck. Backing up Sue Flay, the worst Drag Diva in France, proved a complete disaster. They're jobless and homeless. Just when Jane and Laura Lee get ready to throw in their powder puffs ... a telegram! They'll headline as fabulous showgirls on a cruise ship, the Queen Ethel May. The catch? Keeping their male identities a secret from snooping crew members, jewel heisting gangsters and every gentleman caller that comes their way. It's vintage musical theater meets contemporary farce in a new musical comedy where practically everything goes.


(*Appears courtesy of Actor's Equity Association)

Book and Lyrics by Dan Derby, Music by Michael Rheault, Directed by Rick Hamilton, Choreographed by Mary Lauren, Produced by John Lant.

Captain Crash Vs The Zzorgwomen- Chapters 5 & 6  | Open: 06/20/12 Close: 06/27/12

Like the Saturday afternoon movie serials of the 30’s and 40’s, the show starts with the end of Chapter 4: Captain Crash, his beautiful secretary Dulla, his sidekick Swede and The Professor are trapped and about to be killed by the Snakepeople.  Somehow, they miraculously escape.  
Their ship is hit by a meteor shower, and they crash-land on the planet Zzorg, where the population is all women.   They are caught in the nefarious schemes and traps of these voracious women.  Will they escape?   Will they succumb to the malevolent schemes of The Zzorgs and their beautiful King? Will Captain Crash continue fighting evil throughout the galaxy?   
Come and see the show, with its singing, dancing, gymnastic Zzorgwomen, and the staunchest, most Patriotic, American Hero in The Galaxy. 
CAPTAIN CRASH plays the following regular schedule:
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and are now available at 212-684-2690 or ½ hour prior to performance at the
Running Time: 2 hours
The Wedding Plan  | Open: 05/23/12 Close: 06/13/12

The Wedding Plan  | Open: 05/23/12 Close: 06/13/12

A Girl Wrote It  | Open: 04/19/12 Close: 05/13/12

A Girl Wrote It is back again after its critical success in 2011.  This year, Wide Eyed Productions has upped the ante by bringing together some of the most gifted emerging and established female playwrights beingproduced today. 


From first flings and early love to failing bonds, exploration, and erotic courtship, the five stories in this year’s A Girl Wrote It will present comedies and dramas that explore relationships and contemporary issueswhich press and spark our imaginations.


Kicking off their fifth season with new Artistic Director Tim Butterfield at the helm, Wide Eyed Productions looks to establish itself as a new staple of the Off-Broadway scene with risk-taking, relevant theatre that highlights a richly talented and established ensemble of actors, directors, writers, and artists.



About the playwrights:


BEKAH BRUNSTETER was a part of A Girl Wrote It 2011 and is back again in 2012 with her play YES. Bekah has been produced Off-Broadway by The Atlantic Theater and Naked Angels. This fall Roundabout Theater will producer her play CUTIE AND BEAR and her play OOHRAH! is presently being produced at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. Bekah is currently writing for a new MTV series, Underemployed.


HEATHER LYNN MACDONALD is loaning her talents to Wide Eyed in the form of her play EARLY MICHIGAN. Heather has previously been produced Off-Broadway by The New Group for her play EXPATS at Theater Row.


DEIRDRE O’CONNOR has been produced recently in Chicago and Off-Broadway. She has won an Emmy for her work on The Electric Company and penned a segment for the Lifetime original movie FIVE. Wide Eyed is thrilled to be producing her play PENICILLIN for A Girl Wrote It.


LAURA MARIA CENSABELLA is Wide Eyed’s Resident Playwright for the 2012 season and two of her plays will be included in AGWISTONES FALL, BIRDS FLY and POSING. Laura’s plays have been produced or workshopped by Ensemble Studio Theatre (where she is a member and runs the professional Playwrights Unit) The Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, The Women's Project & Productions, The Working Theatre, Interact Theatre in L.A., and the Belmont Italian American Playhouse (which commissioned her play SOME GIRLS). Her one act play INTERVIEWING MISS DAVIS was produced in 2010 in Ensemble Studio Theatre’s One Act Marathon of Plays. For 2010/2011 she received an EST/Sloan Foundation Commission to write a new science-based play.  Ms. Censabella has been awarded three grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts: two in playwriting for ABANDONED IN QUEENS and THREE ITALIAN WOMEN, and has also been a two-time participant in the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Her short play POSING was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and THE ACTUAL FOOTAGE won the Tennessee Chapbook Prize for Drama.



About The Shows:


YES:  The question has been asked, but HE wants certain assurances and SHE wants all the facts before answering.


PENICILLIN:  John attempts to butter-up Jen by telling her, of all the women he’s given an STD, she’s the only one he’s visited at the clinic.  “Deirdre O'Connor's unexpectedly moving PENICILLIN finds John (an oddball James McMenamin) attempting to butter up Jen (Nancy McNulty in a resourceful performance) by telling her that of all the women that he's given a sexually transmitted disease to, she's the only one he visited in a health clinic. Which somehow comes off sweeter than it sounds.”  - The New York Times


EARLY MICHIGAN: Pam and Serge visit their friends, Kyle and Mia, who escaped the demands of living in New York to start a family. Pam and Serge struggle to take the next step in their lives, whatever it may be.


POSINGElaine has a plan to lift her out of the misery of her life, but it requires the help of the gruff and abusive bartender, Pete.


STONES FALL, BIRDS FLY:  Lenny, a self-made aviator, lives in a world that tells him he belongs on the ground, but all he wants to do is fly.




About the Artists:


By - Judith Goudsmit

Dir. Kristin Hoffman

Trish - Liz White 



By Bekah Brunstetter

Dir. Brian Hanscom

Man - Andrew Harris

Woman - Sarah Cook



By Erin Singleton

Dir. Kristin Hoffman

Performer - Amy Lee Pearsall



By Deirdre O’Connor

Dir. Rebecca Hengstenberg

John - Michael Komala

Jenny - Ali Scaramella 



By Liz Magee

Dir. Kristin Hoffman

Performer - Carly Knight 



By Heather Lynn MacDonald

Dir. Paul Takacs

Pam - Judy Merrick

Serge - Sky Seals

Mia - Lisa Mamazza

Kyle - Patrick Bonck



By Judith Goudsmit

Dir. Judy Merrick

Jona - Savvy Clement 



By Laura Maria Censabella

Dir. Tim Butterfield

Pete - Nate Faust

Elaine - Dana Mazzenga



By Laura Maria Censabella

Dir. Sherri Barber

Lenny - Curzon Dobell


About the Company: Wide Eyed Productions

Wide Eyed Productions is a New York-based collective dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the creation of risk-taking, relevant theatre. Through a core ensemble committed to both the birth of contemporary works and the rebirth of classic texts, it is our goal through collaborative process to discover and create new theatre that stimulates the imagination and awakens the public's passion for high standards in performing arts.

High Plains  | Open: 05/03/12 Close: 05/03/12
Set on the dark and expansive Colorado Plains, this one-man confession tells the story of Jake, a young drifter, who is haunted by a cruel childhood secret that has finally caught up with him.FOUR STARS!"Watkins is a gorgeous writer...from the moment the lights go up, you somehow know you're in for a sad and sordid treat."-TimeOutNY"Like a modern-day campfire ghost story... Watkins has written a disturbing, thought-provoking tale with an ending that is guaranteed to inspire debate and reflection. There's no reason to miss out on such an effective evening of theatre."

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High Plains  | Open: 05/03/12 Close: 05/03/12
Set on the dark and expansive Colorado Plains, this one-man confession tells the story of Jake, a young drifter, who is haunted by a cruel childhood secret that has finally caught up with him.FOUR STARS!"Watkins is a gorgeous writer...from the moment the lights go up, you somehow know you're in for a sad and sordid treat."-TimeOutNY"Like a modern-day campfire ghost story... Watkins has written a disturbing, thought-provoking tale with an ending that is guaranteed to inspire debate and reflection. There's no reason to miss out on such an effective evening of theatre."

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Shalom Dammit! An Evening With Rabbi Sol Solomon  | Open: 03/13/12 Close: 03/17/12
“SHALOM DAMMIT!”offers the Rabbi’s wit and wisdom on such topics as world religions, intolerance, Christianity, Arabs and Muslims, the Holocaust and other aspects of modern Jewish life.  Punctuating the Rabbi’s sermon will be such songs as “Then You’re Jewish,” “I Know What Goys Like” and “When Jewish is What You Are.”

About the Company: TotalTheater Productions

TotalTheater Productions is the parent company of, Performing Arts Insider and the radio program, Dave’s Gone By. 

Shalom Dammit! An Evening with Rabbi Sol Solomon  | Open: 03/13/12 Close: 03/17/12
“SHALOM DAMMIT!” offers Rabbi Sol Solomon's wit and wisdom on such topics as world religions, intolerance, Christianity, Arabs and Muslims, the Holocaust and other aspects of modern Jewish life.  Punctuating the Rabbi’s sermon will be such songs as “Then You’re Jewish,” “I Know What Goys Like” and “When Jewish is What You Are.”

Joining Rabbi Sol onstage will be musical director Richard Shore.

 The performance schedule for “SHALOM DAMMIT!” is:

Tues March 13, 2pm

Wed March 14, 7:30pm

Thurs March 15, 2pm

Fri March 16, 2pm

Sat March 17, 2pm

 Running time: 2 hrs, 10 min.

Parental caution: adult themes, strong language and pervasive Jewishness.

 Tickets are $18. Students/Seniors: $15. Group discounts available.  Credit cards accepted via Paypal (to or through Brown Paper Tickets (800-838-3006 /

 Location: Richmond Shepard Theater: 309 East 26thSt.(2ndAve). Subway: #6 to 28thSt.Wheelchair accessible.  Open seating is on a “first-come, first-disturbed” basis.

More about the Rabbi: and on Facebook at:

Says Rabbi Sol about “Shalom Dammit!”: “I want to be clear – this show is not just for Jewish people!  Everyone is welcome.  We just ask that gentiles use the side entrance and don’t touch anything.  But seriously, so much of life involves pain, suffering and discomfort, what’s another hour or two?”

 Audience responses to the show’s Nov. 2011 workshop included these quotes: “…sneaky, provocative, pointed and thoroughly hysterical!” and “Sacha Baron Cohen – move over!!!!  Make way for Rabbi Sol Solomon!!”


 Rabbi Sol Solomon (Himself) is the spiritual leader of Temple Sons of Bitches in Great Neck, New York. Despite the valiant efforts of programming directors and city governments, Rabbi Sol continues to appear on numerous radio stations and make personal appearances wherever there’s free food.  His Rabbinical Reflections air weekly on UNC Radio’s Dave’s Gone By and are then archived on Youtube and  A learned scholar and a thrilling kvetch, Rabbi Sol’s hobbies include burping and pain management.  The Rebbe dedicates this evening to his dear wife, Miriam Libby, and their 21½ mostly beautiful children.

 Dave Lefkowitz (Co-creator) is the host of Dave’s Gone By on UNC Radio (, the co-publisher of Performing Arts Insider theater journal, and the founder of  Dave’s plays include Kandide (winner Lee Korf Award and produced by The Original Theater Works, L.A.), The Triple Wedding, and the one-acts The Sky is Calling, Human Error, King Solomon the Wise and the oft-produced Blind Date. A collection of his plays, “Marriage, Babies and the End of the World,” was published by Holvoe Books, St. Petersburg, and his theater writing has appeared in BackStage, Playbill, Show Business and Entertainment Weekly.  As a performer, he hosted “ Live” at the Player’s Theater in 2009-10.  Dave’s monthly theater column appears in Long Island Pulse, and he has written numerous cover stories for Long Island Woman magazine.

 RichardShore (Musical Director) once considered entering the rabbinate until he met Sol Solomon.  After many lengthy discussions with the great tzadik, he now works happily in the theater and academia.  Among his many accomplishments, Richard has been music director for Fiddler on the Roof six times.

 TotalTheater Productions is the parent company of, Performing Arts Insider and the radio program, Dave’s Gone By.  Industry support is sought to reach the goal of bringing Shalom Dammit! to an off-Broadway venue in the 2012-2013 season.

Vampure  | Open: 10/08/11 Close: 12/17/11

Saturdays Oct 8th-Dec 17th 10:45 PM at the Richmond Shepard Theatre (26 and 2nd)

VAMPURE.COM/ TWITTER/ FACEBOOK raves ‘Vampure’ is “Funny, well-acted, surprising and raw, with satirical political undertones that leave you wondering just who the vampires are when you exit the theater.” And calls it a “show you can really sink your teeth into!”

"Vampure" is a late night Rocky Horror-esque romp about seven vampires forced into rehab to cure their vile addiction to blood. In its second bigger and bloodier year, join the eccentric Dr. Fuschia Fernoak at her Vampure Rehabilitation Center on a frightening graduation night to remember!

During the course of this ghoulishly festive commencement, each vampire performs a "Performance: Art Piece" showcasing their individual talents. From inventing vampire skin-hiding make-up to absurd non-Broadway-caliber musical numbers, each vampire utilizes Dr. Fernoak's groundbreaking "Face All And Gain" (F.A.A.G) techniques that have compelled them to suppress their murderous instincts.

The President of the United States, the wily Todd Maple, is the guest-of-honor, making sure your hard-earned taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely to keep you safe, making sure Vampires too can take a bite out of the American Dream.

Check out the outrageous cast of vampires including the sexy Donnatella, a guidette vampire who just wants to make everyone as gorgeous as her, the glamorous Claire, a Golden Age Hollywood actress with an ax to grind and the smoldering Ryker, a fallen Confederate soldier just dying to meet a delectable audience.

An evening of treats, tricks and holiday cheer await, as you drink the night away in this merry and gay atmosphere. Have these vampires truly become Vampure? If you're not careful you may just become the drink yourself.

Returning for its second year of spooks, laughs and chills, "Vampure" is running every Saturday night throughout the fall. Before you hit the bars and clubs, start your night right by graduating Vampure. Wine and beer are served for $3 each. If you pre-order now at, get a pre-sale price of $12 for ANY show (pre-sale through 10/9).

Producer: FNDoit Productions
Director: Joshua John McKay / Writers: Mary Ann Hedderson and LJ Regine
Starring: Mary Ann Hedderson, Scott Jernigan, Joe Kurtz, Mark Merritt, Edie Monroy, Rachel Myers, Abigail Raye, LJ Regine, Robert Stubbs and Cristina Velez

The Runner Stumbles  | Open: 11/07/11 Close: 11/20/11
The award-winning Retro Productions presents a revival of the haunting drama THE RUNNER STUMBLES, which enjoyed a two-year run on Broadway.


Part courtroom drama, part whodunit, THE RUNNER STUMBLES is based on a true story of a Nun’s mysterious murder in a remote parish in northern Michigan in the Nineteen teens and the charge that her superior, Father Rivard, is her murderer. The alternating action between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past reveal that Father Rivard, who had been banished to the small, up-country parish, fell in love with Sister Rita; and when circumstances forced her to move into the rectory with him, his anguish became unbearable. Their relationship, inevitably, spelled tragedy, but not until the explosive and surprising climax of the play is the full extent of their sacrifice made clear.

Featuring: Jim Boerlin*, Becky Byers, Nat Cassidy*, Heather E. Cunningham,
Casandera M.J. Lollar, Joe Mathers, Christopher Patrick Mullen*,
Alisha Spielmann and Ric Sechrest*.

Set Design by Jack and Rebecca Cunningham
Principal Costume Design by Kathryn Rohe
Lighting Design by Jacqueline Reid
Sound Design and Stage Management by Jeanne Travis*
Property Design by Heather E. Cunningham
Special Effects by Joe Mathers

About the Company: Retro Productions

It is the mission of Retro Productions to present works of retro theatre. Retro is defined as "involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past (American Heritage Dictionary)." At Retro Productions we will strive to tell good theatrical stories which have an historical perspective -with an emphasis on the 20th century- in order to broaden our own understanding of the world we live in. We believe through stories of human lives and struggles, both dramatic and comedic, we can understand social history and culture and how it affects us today.

Retro received recognition from their first two productions of Catholic School Girls and Mrs. California (as River Heights Productions) then gathered momentum in their third season with the Retro production of Still Life. Also directed by Ric Sechrest, Still Life received accolades from playwright Emily Mann: "Your production got it...Every aspect of the experience was first rate. Retro is clearly a company dedicated to creating impeccable work that truly matters," and Heather E. Cunningham's performance was honored alongside Romeo and Juliet’s Lauren Ambrose and August: Osage County’s Deanna Dunagan as one of Backstage's ‘2007 Performances to Remember’.

Retro Productions put themselves on the map in their fourth season producing Sally Nemeth's Mill Fire and What I Did Last Summer, called "...first-rate: brisk, sweet and occasionally quite moving," by playwright A.R. Gurney. This, their first season in residence at The Spoon Theater, garnered six 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations: two for performance and four for design, a New York Magazine ‘Off-off Broadway pick’ and the growing reputation of ‘the finished effect of a Retro Production’ (The Fab Marquee, Mill Fire). Kicking off with The Tender Trap and concluding with When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder? Retro's fifth season is proving that with a design team that has the ability to achieve 'theatrical time travel,' (The Fab Marquee) and "a powerful display of New York's dramatic talent," (offoffonline) Retro Productions is “...becoming a reliable source for first-class work.” (United Stages).

Mother Of God!  | Open: 03/10/11 Close: 03/26/11
NEW PERSPECTIVES THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Michele A. Miller’s MOTHER OF GOD!, directed by Melody Brooks.

With historical context but creative license, both profane and profound, Mother of God! investigates the intersection of the politics of Sex and of Religion embedded in the story of the coming of the Messiah. Written by a Jewish mother about the ultimate Jewish Mother, this play expands upon what is a very short story in the New Testament.
The production features production design by Meganne George, and lighting design by Joyce Liao and Sound Design by Jenny Greeman.
MOTHER OF GOD! plays the following regular schedule through Saturday, March 26:
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $18; $15 student/senior; now available online at or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theatre ½ hour prior to performance, subject to availability. For more information, please call New Perspectives at 212-630-9945.

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Mother of God! is an original play developed in New Perspectives’ Award-winning Women’s Work LAB.

A Midsummer Night's Dream  | Open: 06/02/10 Close: 06/20/10
Shakespeare's most loved comedy asks: What happens when four foolish lovers and a bunch of wannabe actors get lost in the forest? Well, when the forest is the meeting place of the King and Queen of the fairies, who can't resist meddling in the affairs of mortals, magic and mayhem ensues. Luckily, in spite of ass-heads, love spells, and slapstick, every man has his maid, the play is preferred, and everyone lives happily ever after.

The Mark Twain You Don't Know  | Open: 03/23/10 Close: 04/05/10
Mark Twain died 100 years ago, yet his humour and insights remain contemporary. The Mark Twain You Don’t Know isa rich mix of humor, homespun wisdom and satirical observations, performed in a one-man tour de force by Chris Wallace.

Starting with Letters from the Earth, Mark Twain’s version of the creation of the Universe: Satan writes letters home to his fellow archangels, telling them about this quaint little insignificant place and the “interesting fools” who populate it.

1601, A Conversation as it was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors is a ribald, bawdy romp that features characters from Elizabethan England, including Sir Walter Raleigh, Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon, Shakespeare, Elizabeth the First and others

The War Prayer, written late in Mark Twain’s life, puts the notion of war into a universal context, showing the other side of patriotism as the wilful destruction of equally valid human life. 

A mini-musical version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn leads into the finale of The Autobiography of Mark Twain, with a chapter dedicated to the death of one of his two remaining daughters. The power and poignancy of this piece resonates with everyone who has ever suffered a loss.

The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot  | Open: 01/14/10 Close: 02/07/10
Simultaneously pious and profane, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot follows the Trial of the Millennium. Between Heaven and Hell, two attorneys argue the fate of the Bible's most infamous sinner, Judas Iscariot. Mother Theresa, Satan and Pontius Pilate are among the witnesses called to testify in Stephen Adly Guirgis's seriocomic look at free will, destiny, forgiveness and redemption. Religion has never been this real.

Watch the VIDEO PREVIEW by clicking here

The Original One-Act Festival  | Open: 01/07/10 Close: 01/10/10

The Complete Theatre Company presents its first annual festival of one-act plays; which opens on January 7th at 8:00 p.m.  The line-up offers a diverse and unique range of one-acts produced to captivate and entertain.  Fifteen company members takes part in this thought provoking and highly theatrical exploration.  The Original One-Act Festival was designed to support and celebrate the achievement of emerging directors and playwrights.

Run. Run. Stop.
Written by Stacy Davidowitz & Directed Cedric Hill

Simon’s Summer of Woe
Written by Alyssa Ritch & Directed by Jonathan Whitton

Written by Dave Gold & Directed by Alex Simmons

Compass Rose
Written & Directed by Michael Bell

Eastern Sparrow
Written & Directed by Susan Burns

The Match
Written & Directed by Steven Alexander

 F e a t u r i n g:

Steven Alexander, Amanda Sawyer, Susan Burns, Rachael Palmer Jones, Charles Hinshaw, Meredith Edwards, Linda Creamer, Edward Snyder, Bob Brown, Julie Allen, Cody Steigerwald, Aaron Frank, Kelly Hadous, Andrea Swenson, Alyssa Ritch & Michael Bell


Produced by Annie Ward



A Twelfth Night's Dream About Nothing  | Open: 12/11/09 Close: 12/20/09
Come to Willy’s Lounge to see Shakespeare’s newest comedy. Bankrupt club owner William Sly is at the end of his tether; rather at the end of his star performer Queen Regina’s tethered whip. A washed up old has-been, Sly consoles himself by reverting back to his younger years when he dreamed of being a Shakespearean actor, coming up with inane plots for money and deviously interfering with the budding romances this sultry club inspires. Come watch as new lovers fall in love, sing and dance, fight and forgive, as a fresh story is told through familiar scenes. Shakespearean connoisseurs will have their heads spinning as they try to identify each of the 21 different plays used to tell our tale of “A Twelfth Night’s Dream About Nothing”.

Winter Reading Series: Servant's Sin  | Open: 12/07/09 Close: 12/07/09
At a torture tribunal in medieval Spain, an Inquisitor's daughter falls in love with a prisoner. His ultimate betrayal causes her brutal death. 500 years later, both souls will have the opportunity to make things right.




Winter Reading Series: Life-changing Tomatoes  | Open: 12/06/09 Close: 12/06/09
Camping in the woods at an outdoor music festival, four friends observe birds, tomatoes, and the transient nature of love.

The Businessman  | Open: 10/15/09 Close: 10/31/09
The hero of the play, Aydin Devrim, is one of the country’s most successful businessmen. He bases his existence on money and power until the day he finds out that he has an untreatable illness.

In his desperation, Aydin starts to reorder his life on his own terms. He unites his efforts to be himself again, purified of past mistakes, with his search for a cure.

The little things that he had not been able to see before suddenly gain new meaning. The urge to settle scores with his past take him to Sicily, where happiness (that no fame or fortune can ever provide) are waiting for him in a humble guesthouse.

Aydin reaches a point far surpassing all his hopes. And, ultimately, he realizes that money is of no use...without health.

The Funeral Director's Wife  | Open: 06/09/09 Close: 06/27/09
THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR'S WIFE is a rare piece of Americana. Like OUR TOWN, PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION and SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY, it has the heart, flavor and humor of small town America as tales of the life and the foibles of the profession unfold. Co-author Douglass was married to an Iowa funeral director, and the incidents are all based on truth in that strange, unusual, fascinating environment. The Minneapolis Star and Tribune called THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR'S WIFE "a delightfully twisted commentary on marriage, the business and the small town in Iowa … The seemingly random events add up to a hilarious and touching whole."

Playwright KATHLEEN DOUGLASS has won awards for her writing at Beverly Hill's Film Festival,, Writer's Place, First Glance Screenplay Contest, Austin Film Festival and Script Savvy Screenplay Contest. THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR'S WIFE was produced at The Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. Her play SO NICE A DIFFERENCE, a true historical adventure, was read at The Playwright's Center in Minneapolis in April of 2005. Her play CHURCH COUNCIL was workshopped at Iowa Writers Workshop. Kathy spent three years as a creative writer for KIMT TV, a CBS affiliate, writing, producing and doing voice-overs for over 100 commercials and several industrial films.

Playwright BETH GILLELAND co-wrote, with Bob Beverage, SISTERS OF SWING, The Story of the Andrews Sisters, which has been playing in theaters across the U.S. since its premiere in 2002. She has toured extensively with her one-woman show WHISTLING GIRLS AND CROWING HENS, which was initially developed and performed at the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis, and has written and performed for American Public Radio's Good Evening with Noah Adams, The First House on the Right, NPR's All Things Considered, and BBC Scotland via the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Director RICHMOND SHEPARD has directed and performed with the improvisational comedy troupes The L.A. Cabaret and Noo Yawk Tawk. In Los Angeles he produced, directed or acted in over thirty plays, including TRAVESTIES, COLD STORAGE (DramaLogue Award for Acting), LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, and several musicals. In 2008 he re-translated (with Nick Wolfson) and directed Sartre's NO EXIT, and last August directed and co-starred in Ronald Ribman's COLD STORAGE. Richmond started America's first ensemble Mime troupe and still performs solo or with his company throughout the world. He currently teaches Mime and regularly conducts workshops in Mime and in Improvised Comedy at "The Playhouse" in Derry, Ireland.

The Best Party Ever  | Open: 02/07/08 Close: 06/10/09
Tired of the Bar Scene? Looking for something Fun to do this weekend? A Hip pre-cursor to your evening?

You're invited to The Best Party Ever, a satirical Two Act Play about a Keg Party followed by an Office Party consisting of vignettes, sketches, and monologues.

This show ignites onstage with a Congo Line in the first act and a Bunny Hop in the second act with a brief intermission where audience members drink up. You're sure to walk away smiling and maybe even dancing if you'd like.

And...the night doesn't stop when the actors take their bows. Stick around for the after-party as the house lights dim, the disco ball spins, and audience members mingle, continue to drink, and dance the night away.

Performance Dates: Saturdays @ 5:00 pm (No Shows In April. We resume May 3rd.)

Ticket Price: $24 Includes Two Drinks / $28 Includes Three Drinks

*(Wine, Beer, Cola, Water)*

The Complete Mixed Bag Show  | Open: 05/28/09 Close: 05/30/09
The Complete Mixed Bag Show

A two-act variety showcase composed of original music, dance, poetry, comedy & drama.  Featuring an assortment of entertaining material written and performed by members of The Complete Theatre Company.

$20 Includes 1 Drink

Members of The Complete Theatre Company are:

Amanda Sawyer, Marvin Telp, Robin Barnier, Jessie Losch, George Brand, Susan Burns, Charley Young, Casey Pratt, Dawn Rene Fowler, Daniel Morales, Carly Howard, Rachel Palmer Jones, Leo Fenwick, Tabitha Boulding, Gabe Gooley, Jared Roberts, Bruce Colbert, Janice Bishop, Samantha Alicea, Elyse Brandau & Michael Arena 

Directed & Produced by Annie Ward

Thursday, May 28th @ 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 29thth @ 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30th @ 8:00 p.m.

The Keagan One-Act Festival  | Open: 02/11/09 Close: 02/14/09
The Keagan Theatre Company presents its first Annual Festival of One-Act Plays; which opens on February 11th at 8:00 p.m. The evening offers a diverse and unusual range of works to captivate and entertain. Fourteen company actors take part in this highly theatrical and thought provoking exploration. The Keagan One-Act Festival was designed to celebrate and support the achievement of emerging playwrights and directors.

 In the Shade of a Blue Umbrella  by Robert Maley, directed by Ellery Schaar

 The Loan  by Burton E. Swartz, directed by StephenRiscica

Cut from the Same Cloth by Ashley Michael Rogers, directed by Alexander Orbovich

 Chances Are by Kimberly Ong, directed by Rob Anderson

 My Last Ten Minutes On Earth by Tom Messner, directed by Stephen Riscica

 Wishful Thinking by Beth Derochea, directed by John Hawthorne Smith

Take My Breath Away by Ashley Michael Rogers, directed by John Hawthorne Smith

 A Writer's Imagination by Erik Christian Hanson, directed by Ellery Schaar

 Featuring:Claire Levin, Rob Bradford, Laura King, Patrick Barry, Kate Dickson, Thomas Mitchum Amy Miller, Caroline Eckman, Adam Leong, Adrian Kelly, Karen Braun, Nandini Sonnad, .Jeanine Brinell: Stage Manage: Nicole Stoica, Lights & Sound

McReele  | Open: 10/08/08 Close: 10/25/08
CONFLICT OF INTEREST THEATER COMPANY is pleased to announce their revival of Stephen Belber's play MCREELE, directed by Leah Bonvissuto. MCREELE will play a three-week limited engagement at the Richmond Shepard Theatre (309 East 26th Street). Performances begin Wednesday, October 8 and continue through Saturday, October 25.

MCREELE is the politically dramatic story of world-weary Delaware journalist, Rick Dayne, as he rediscovers his zeal liberating convicted murderer, Darius McReele, from sixteen years on death row. Darius' magnetic personality makes him a darling of the lecture circuit, leading to national media attention and political viability.

When the local Democratic Party taps McReele to challenge the Republican incumbent for his U.S. Senate seat, McReele hires Dayne to be his campaign manager. When questions arise about McReele's true culpability in the crime for which he has been cleared, Rick's attempt to salvage his faith in humanity runs up against his all-too-human desire to win at all costs.

Dayne's dilemma will reinforce the lesson all voters forget at their peril this election year: that politicians serve merely as warped reflections of themselves.

Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me  | Open: 07/27/08 Close: 10/12/08

Laugh as you relate to LJ in Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me, an upbeat musical depicting the hurtful yet insightful journey of a young gay man's life. Transitioning from his world of dysfunctional family to a family of friends who cure his debilitating one man show disease, LJ's journey of self discovery comes alive with a hilarious use of pop culture, that leaves you ready to embrace what it takes to let go and enjoy this life.

The Big Bad Variety Show  | Open: 10/01/08 Close: 10/03/08
The Big Bad Variety Show

Feauturing an assortment of entertaining material written and performed by members of:

the * k e a g a n theatre company

Directed by Annie Ward, Rob Ryan, and Tiffani Theiss

Wed, 10/1, Thurs, 10/2, Fri, 10/3 @ 9:00 p.m.

$15 Includes One Drink!

Produced By Annie Ward

Members of The Keagan Theatre Company:

Annie Ward, Nandini Sonnad, Michael Micalizzi, Pheonix Vaughn, Caroline Eckman, Katharine Higgins, Sean McIntyre, Claire Levin, Rob Ryan, Laura King, Thomas Mitchum, Jeanine Brinell, Joe Testa, Cole Pensinger, Karen Braun, Taylor Curtis, Tiffani Theiss, Katherine Varno & Adam Leong

Cold Storage  | Open: 08/06/08 Close: 08/30/08
ROTHMAN FAIRCHILD is pleased to announce the production of Ronald Ribman's powerful, three-character, New York Dramatists Award-winning, comedic drama, COLD STORAGE, directed by Richmond Shepard. Shepard will also be reprising his award-winning Los Angeles performance. COLD STORAGE will play a 4-week limited engagement at the Richmond Shepard Theater (309 East 26th St. @ 2nd Ave). Performances begin Wednesday, August 6th and continue through Saturday, August 30th. Press are invited starting August 7th.

COLD STORAGE is set on the roof terrace of a New York cancer hospital. Shepard, who won a DramaLogue Award for his Los Angeles performance as the acerbic old Armenian dying of cancer will be joined by Dan Burkarth playing a younger repressed art dealer "in for tests." The insights into life and death, the irony of existence, as the actors play out a game of challenges and revelations is both funny and emotionally heartrending.

"700 Wives - The Musical'  | Open: 07/16/08 Close: 08/03/08
Musical-comedy based on the legend of King Solomon, who, renown for his wisdom, nevertheless struggled with his own human failings, while trying to please 700 wives; the story follows the steamy romance of Sheba - the Ethiopian queen who tamed him. Floridian composer/playwright Ginger Reiter is best known for "Pickles" based on her ten year romance with Comedian Jackie Mason and starred their daughter (Atlantis Playhouse, Florida 2003).
"..material far superior..." The Palm Beach Post 2007
The Cream Of The Crop Festival  | Open: 03/21/08 Close: 03/29/08
An Evening Of Five Original One-Act Plays

5 Plays for only $15!

F e a t u r i n g:

The Dentist
written by Dave Sweeney, directed by Michael Peterson

After the Curtain
written and directed by Mim Granahan

The Seduction
written by Tamar Kummel, directed by Stefanie Sertich

The Games Men Play
written by Williard Manus, directed by Richmond Shepard

Blind Date
written by David Lefkowitz, directed by Heather Rush
Who Do You Love?  | Open: 12/16/07 Close: 01/19/08
This new gospel musical stageplay is inspired by the Old Testament Book of Esther. Set in an African-American urban "mega-church" outside a major city, Who Do You Love? weaves the story of a young woman who moves in with her Uncle Mordecai and acclimates herself to a fresh start. She soon discovers her new church, its charismatic Reverend, and the devastating challenges the congregation is facing due to bad business tactics and corporate influences. As the church struggles to re-grow under the supervision of the Reverend, and the impending threat to the people of the church increases due to the conspiring mind of Councilman Hanes (who represents all things evil in the world), Hadassah must balance her new found love with the Reverend and decide whether to risk everything by taking a stand for the church or whether to simply walk away from her faith.
The Lady Swims Today  | Open: 02/07/07 Close: 02/18/07
"Sopranos" stars Robert Funaro, Maureen Van Zandt and Suzanne DiDonna lead the cast of H.G. Brown's crime caper, THE LADY SWIMS TODAY, in a special limited engagement at The Richmond Shepard Theatre (309 E. 26th St. at 2nd Ave.), February 7th - 18th, 2007.

Welcome to the Carney Hook Marina Motel, where four would-be criminals are cooking up the heist of a lifetime. It's summer, 1984, and Eddie has a plan to steal two million dollars off a boat in the Chesapeake Bay – now he just needs a crew to pull it off. But when these schemers and dreamers collide with three tough and sultry broads, the course to a fortune is threatened by more than bad weather. THE LADY SWIMS TODAY is a drama in the tradition of Bogart and Bacall in Key Largo, with film noir shadows and flashes of comedy.

The cast of THE LADY SWIMS TODAY includes three "Sopranos" stars: Robert Funaro (Ridley Scott's upcoming film American Gangster, Dread Awakening), Maureen Van Zandt (Danny Aiello's upcoming film Anyone's Son), and Suzanne DiDonna ("Sex and the City"), as well as William Fowle, Gordon Silva, Kelli K. Barnett, and Jack Rodgerson.

Writer/Director H.G. Brown is the author of The Gargoyle, which won the Norman Corwin Prize at San Diego State University and was later produced for television, starring David McCallum; as well as Play Sinatra at the American Theater of Actors. He is the director of the plays Slow Dance On the Killing Ground and The Dock Brief in San Francisco, as well as Stepping Down for WAMU-FM Radio in Washington, D.C.

THE LADY SWIMS TODAY begins performances on Wednesday, February 7th at 8pm at The Richmond Shepard Theatre (309 E. 26th St. at 2nd Ave.), and plays for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 18th only. The performance schedule is Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm, with matinees on Saturday at 1:30pm and Sunday at 2pm.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at or by calling (212) 868-4444. The running time is 120 minutes with one intermission. The theatre can be reached by taking the 6 Train to 23rd Street. More info can be found at

THE LADY SWIMS TODAY is presented by Brown Swan Productions. Costumes are designed by Lori Santoro.


Modern Medieval  | Open: 11/04/06 Close: 12/23/06
Comic & dramatic storytelling at it's finest. If you long for more "Lord of the Rings", if you moan for more "medieval times",if your hankering for "Harry Potter," come see this show!" Saturdays only at 12PM.
A contemporary fool goes in search of the ultimate gift by traveling back in time. He battles giants, dragons, kings and various other things, while he tries to find his present.

Tickets can be purchased via Smarttix or at the box office the day of the show

THIS IS NOT A PIPE DREAM, A Play for Family Audiences  | Open: 05/27/06 Close: 06/25/06
"Charming and Extraordinary" "Audiences will leave with an appreciation...for the power of art to transform the ordinary into the wonderful" -- The New York Times

This Is Not a Pipe Dream is a multimedia theatrical fantasia that allows audience members young and old to enter the magical world of surrealist painter Rene Magritte. The Belgian artist was renowned for creating whimsical, absurd paintings adored by all ages. This Is Not a Pipe Dream takes its name from one of his most famous creations, a painting of a pipe with the French message "This Is Not a Pipe" written underneath.

The play offers a glimpse of Magritte's early years when his unique vision of the world left him feeling ostracized, and his one possible outlet was taken by his father who refused to let him take art lessons. Using projected images and theatrical recreations of Magritte's beloved work, the play illuminates his inspiring story. This Is Not a Pipe Dream also seamlessly blends magic realism with physical comedy. The play captures the dreamlike quality of Magritte's paintings, and borrows elements from silent films, farce, and vaudeville to create its over-the-top slapstick humor. This Is Not a Pipe Dream encourages everyone to learn from Rene Magritte and pursue their pipe (and not so pipe) dreams.

This Is Not a Pipe Dream will be directed by SUNY Purchase professor and Drama League Fellow Tracy Bersley and feature a score by Emmy-nominated composer Gil Talmi (CBS Evening News, The Mummy Who Would Be King, Yu-Gi-Oh).