Mark Cirnigliaro directs a cast of five, including Christopher LaPanta, Margaret Curry*, Tony Head, Justin Hofstad, and Patrick Massey.
About the Company: Wee Man Productions
Wee Man Productions is a theater company based in the New York City area interested in developing high quality, new work, by emerging playwrights. Work that aims to engage and involve multiple communities in the artist process. Our goal is to give artists a home and a professional environment where they can feel safe while experimenting without repercussions. One of our highest commitments is to pay all the artists on our team. We are currently producing the Equity Showcase, Hounds of War by Bill Holland, Directed by Mark Cirnigliaro, opening at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre March 21st and running through April 5th. Our next show, Craftsman, by Josh Beerman is slotted for Late Summer/Early Fall - date to be announced. Visit us at www.weemanproductions.com
About the Company: The Actor's Project NYC
Assisting Actors Land Agents and Get Work through Quality Industry Showcases and Quality Original Plays!
Starring Kim McKean and Craig Fox. Directed by David Hilder
A Co-Production with the Midtown International Theatre Festival
Three perfs: Tuesday, July 23rd, Saturday, July 27th & Sunday, July 28th
At the Dorothy Strelsin Theater, 312 West 36th St.
A lonely woman A windy day A plastic bag: A love story
Margarita is having a rough time. She’s unemployed, broke and newly unattached. She’s on her way to catch a bus to New York City to interview for a menial job she probably won’t get. She could use a miracle. A strong spring breeze blows one of those ubiquitous black plastic bags into her path…and into her life. This is no ordinary bag and this is no ordinary day.
Manuel Igrejas’ previous plays include Shrinkage, Kitty and Lina, Miss Mary Dugan and Hassan and Sylvia (both Fresh Fruit Festival Best Play winners.) Margarita and Max is directed by David Hilder who won the 2009 Best Director Award at the Fresh Fruit Festival and directedHassan and Sylvia. His other NYC credits include Blogologues and Daddy.
Margarita and Maxstars Kim McKean and Craig Fox. A recent transplant to New York, Kim McKean has extensive theater credits in Chicago and California and has appeared on HBO’s “True Blood” and ABC’s “Private Practice.” Craig Fox has performed with the Texas Shakespeare Festival, the Lark Theatre and NY Stage and Film. He won the Best Actor Award in the Fresh Fruit Festival for Miss Mary Dugan in 2009 and reprised the role of Kevin Pecinka in 2012. He can be seen at HA! Comedy Club and clubs all over NYC.
The Midtown International Theatre Festival’s 2013 Season runs from July 15 – August 4, 2013. John Chatterton created the MITF in 2000, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, as a way to present the finest Off-Off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety. The MITF’s artistic emphasis is on the script itself, and therefore the Festival focuses on effective but minimal production values. For more information, visit www.midtownfestival.org.
Margarita and Maxby Manuel Igrejas, part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival
Starring Kim McKean and Craig Fox. Directed by David Hilder
Schedule:Tuesday, July 23rdat 7:30pm, Saturday, July 27that 6pm, Sunday, July 28that 8:30pm
Dorothy Strelsin Theater, 312 West 36thSt.(1stfloor) Running time: 60 minutes
Admission: $15. For tickets: www.midtownfestival.org. Or call: 866 811 4111.
The Downtown Village News, on the verge of closing, is a place Suzanne, Denise, Phoenix, and Jeremy all call home. But, when Phoenix and Jeremy suddenly die, Suzanne and Denise must join forces to find the men in the afterlife and save the newspaper. Their lives are turned inside out as the men start reemerging through mystic channelers, boisterous blues divas, mysterious messages, and a myriad of other characters who all seem to be Jeremy and Phoenix reborn. Can the love the women seek in the afterlife save them in reality?
Falling Awake stars Sara Minerd*, Brendan Wahlers, Julia Kelly and Jay Rivera. Directed by Adyana de la Torre. Stage Management by Jackie Filer. Set/Lighting Design by Sarah Cogan. Sound Design by Andy Cohen. Costume Design by Sherry Martinez. Production team includes Brett Thomas Miro and Dennis Yueh Yeh Li. Please visit www.fallingawakeplay.com for more info about cast and crew.
Ticket 2 Eternity Productions Inc was formed in November 2010, and since then has produced 4 one –act play festivals featuring original works by local playwrights, and over a dozen readings and events. Ticket 2 Eternity Productions was originally formed by Company Director, Adyana de la Torre with Jay Rivera & Brendan Wahlers to bring actors, writers, and directors together to produce works that inspire hope, illuminate reality and tickle the heart strings. Matthew Ethan Davis, Writer in Residence.
The Midtown International Theatre Festival’s 2012 Season runs from July 16 – August 5, 2012 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor and the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC. Tickets are $18-15 and are available at www.midtownfestival.org or by phone at 866-811-4111.
John Chatterton created the MITF in 2000, a midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, as a way to present the finest Off-Off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety. In 2003, the MITF moved its activities to their current location, the Theatre Building on W. 36th St., where it has been successfully ensconced since. The MITF’s artistic emphasis is on the script itself, and therefore the Festival focuses on minimal production values.
*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association.
Multiple Plotchanalities is the modern day runaway bride story for the infantilized, indecisive 30 year-old in all of us. Through a multitude of kooky characters, we watch the story of Leah unfold, as she tries to find her own voice, while shutting out all the crazy. A light-hearted and poignant tale of growing up, moving on and, of course, bikini waxes.
About the Company: Midtown International Theatre Festival
The Midtown International Theatre Festival, now in its eleventh year, celebrates the diversity of theatre. The MITF welcomes theatrical storytelling across a broad spectrum of genres, forms, identities, cultures, and appetites. The MITF seeks to nurture these new ideas, perspectives, and stories on its stages, with an eye set on guiding these productions toward future success and longevity. The festival, traditionally held in summer, represents a fantastic, often paradoxical, adventurous and intriguing cross-section of the forefront of the theatre world. The MITF proudly hosts production companies from across the country and around the globe, uniting talent in one of the biggest theatre capitals in the world.
Mr. Chatterton created the MITF, a Midtown alternative to other theatre festivals, in 2000 as a way to present the finest off-off Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety. In 2008, the Festival added two 99-seat theatres and inaugurated the Commercial Division for upwardly mobile shows with commercial ambitions. The MITF's artistic emphasis is on the script itself and therefore the Festival requests minimal production values.
The notion of being physically connected to another human has long fascinated us and been fuel for great entertainment, whether it’s two convicts chained together in The Defiant Ones or Lucy and Ricky handcuffed to each other on I Love Lucy. There’s something about the loss of independence coupled with forced physical connection that speaks to us deeply. And when it comes to the comedy of conjoinedness, nothing wrings more laughs out of too much closeness than the hilarious, family friendly, “Left & Right,” which, though brand spanking new, has already been awarded the Producer’s Award for Best Show at the New England Fringe Festival and been top seller at The Seacoast Fringe Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
"Left & Right" takes place in three parts: home life, work life and social/love life. Combine Mr. Bean, Blue Man Group, and The Three Stooges, throw in some of the “sexiest” dancing these conjoined twins can muster and you have Left & Right!
It’s the combination of dance and comedy within their strange world that sets Left & Right apart from the pack. As the authors, two wunderkinds fresh from conservatories, note: “We want nothing more than for audiences to leave our show with sore cheeks from smiling and a warm heart that will stick with them for days.”
Jay’s and Nate’s creation of Left & Right was a reaction to the growing dog-eat-dog mentality that is often reflected in the arts, particularly live comedy, which has become increasingly satirical. “While there is undoubtedly value in being able to laugh at ourselves, we find that innocent and sometimes even "meaningless" laughter can be more satisfying and longer lasting.” As such, they stop at nothing to help you leave happier than when you came in.
Jay plays “Right.” Nathaniel plays “Left.” Together, they present to the New York audience – this multifaceted new creation: Left & Right. Fresh from a triumphant run in Boston, these conjoined brothers are not to be missed!
About the Company: Pension Punches Production
LOST ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE co-stars Peter Brouwer, previously seen at Abingdon in MY DEAH, GOD'S DAUGHTER and Ms. Buttram's GLORY GIRLS, as Malcolm Jeters; and Leopold Lowe, Audelco Award winner for his work in Classical Theatre of Harlem's revival of MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, as Tom.
The production has scenic design by Andrew Lu; costume design by Catherine Siracusa and Sidney Levitt; lighting design by Travis McHale; and sound design by David Margolin Lawson. The Production Stage Manager is Genevieve Ortiz.
Peter Brouwer has appeared in several Abingdon productions, including Jan Buttram's GLORY GIRLS, BEACHWOOD DRIVE, MY DEAH, and GOD'S DAUGHTER. He appeared in the recent remake of "Arthur" (as an auctioneer) and is best known for his role in the original "Friday the 13th." He also works as an auctioneer at fundraising benefits for numerous organizations, including Abingdon, of which he is a founding member.
"Everyone falls in love and no one had much say in the matter, which is why it's such a delicious idea to think, hmm...what if I could control that?, stated playwright Merridith Allen. “In Sex Curve, a multi-ethnic cast with varying sexual preferences deals with this question, which I believe evidences one of life's Universal, ironic and funny mysteries."
“Before I knew this story existed, I always questioned my own identity,” stated Nora Brown. “I escaped from life with my mother to the ballet stage, where I truly knew who I was and why I was there; that was my real world, and I loved it deeply. As I made up before the performance, I didn’t know that dark haired woman in the mirror. The make-up finished, I knew the image. I was that dancer, that character in the ballet being danced that night. On stage, I felt close to God, to the audience, to the other dancers, to myself.”
Directed by Cora Weissbourd.
Featuring Adam Aguirre, Jordan Gray, Ian Heitzman, Nick Monroy, Leigh Poulos, David Sanchez, Kym Smith, Katie Rose Spence, and Jeremy Weber.
Cait Keane - Stage Manager
Andrew Lu - Lights
Jessa-Raye Court - Costumes
Chrissy Farrell - Sound
Jen Rogers - Production Manager
Produced by Joe Gallagher & Big Rodent
The Gospel According to Josh is a 30 character one man Josh-apalooza, centered around a small town Jersey boy, as he follows his dreams to Hollywood despite the great obstacle of his life: the tempestuous relationship with his pious father. This coming of age tale chronicles Josh’s religious upbringing and escape to New York, including a look into his starring roles in not one but two reality TV shows, and ending with a final showdown between him and his father.
Featuring cameos by Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Moms Mabley, a gaggle of flamboyant gay men, and Elvis Presley; “The Gospel...” will leave you praying for more.
The production stars Joshua Rivedal* (FilmFakers/AMC; Seven Card Draw/Dixon Place).
For more information, please visit www.thegospelaccordingtojosh.com.
Jim Williams as TOM
Kristen Hung as JESSICA
Directed and Produced by Anna Grace
Written by Ben Thompson
Original score by Michelangelo Sosnowitz
Production Stage Manager, Kelly Vieau
Assistant Stage Manager/Tech, Chad Helmer
A desire to escape the routine of their daily lives leads to constant bickering for two brothers stuck in their parents' rarely visited country store, until the arrival of a pretty and flirtatious neighbor drastically changes everything. Competition for the young lady's affections soon tumbles into hilarity of disastrous proportions.
The dramatic comedy Approaching America, written and directed by James Evans, is opening on July 16th as part of New York’s Midtown International Theater Festival.
The play was last performed in New York exactly 10 years ago on the third floor of an old building on the corner of Canal and Varick which has since been torn down. Despite the less than ideal setting, the play was honored with glowing reviews and quickly sold out.
TimeOut New York gave the show a “critic’s pick” and wrote “expert design, confident direction and tremendously watchable performances…The play resonates beautifully.”
TheatreScope wrote “a compelling new play…The actors gave the impression that they had been playing their characters so long, they were not giving performances but simply exposing themselves.”
Approaching America now returns with two of the original three actors, the original director and the original designer.
Original cast member Tom Bartos reprises the role of Florida, the older brother of Toby, played by Erik Saxvik. Each brother is stuck with a desire to escape the routine of their daily lives—stuck in their parents' rarely visited country store, until the arrival of a pretty and flirtatious neighbor, Mary, drastically changes everything. Tate Evans, who ended up marrying writer/director James Evans after they met on the original production, reprises her role of Mary.
Begin with one woman on the verge of a late-twenties breakdown, whisk in a neurotic roommate; pepper with broken hearts. Knead in one cocky pizza man, bake at 400 degrees and watch the hilarity sizzle in this laugh out loud dark comedy by Darlene Craviotto.
Written by Bridget Harris
Directed by Leah Bonvissuto
Featuring: Kat Ross, Beverley Prentice*, Dorothy Frey, Marca Leigh*, Danaher Dempsey, and Maria Portman Kelly*
*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association. AEA approved showcase.
Running Time: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
The Dorothy Strelsin Theatre at Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th St., 1st Fl.
Potheads, alcoholics, shopaholics and chocoholics--
who can save these women from themselves?
A dark comedy, which explores a women's support group called Overindulgers Anonymous.
Peter Quick, a popular motivational speaker, comes to town as a guest lecturer to help the women overcome their various addictions, bringing more than just his astute instruction. When he begins to woo single-mother and group member, Sweetie, he faces the skepticism of her over-protective reading tutor, Brenda, a lesbian and fellow overindulger.