The Wastes of Time
A gay play by Duncan Pflaster
Directed by David Stallings
Starring: Peter C. Cappello*, Mark Emerson*, John Heath, and Susan Barnes Walker*
*indicates member of Actors' Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase.
When a young man starts dating a guy 10 years older, his mother tries to be accepting, until she discovers she has more than one reason to be wary of her son's new boyfriend. A powerful and provocative play that challenges what we think we know about love.
"It's uncommon these days for a gay-themed play to tackle the issues surrounding AIDS — both because it's a heavy, potentially unpopular subject and because it might seem irrelevant in an age of seemingly magical drug therapies that have extended many AIDS patients' lives. That's why it's such a pleasure to watch a play like The Wastes of Time that not only tackles the thorny subject but does it in a way that is relevant, insightful, and emotionally moving, without depending on nostalgia or maudlin gimmicks." - Jerry Portwood, Backstage (Critic's Pick, 2006 MITF production)
“The Wastes of Time is a beautiful and well-constructed play by Duncan Pflaster. I have often admired the actress Susan Barnes Walker, and here she is perfect, as usual, in the role of Mary Ann, a mother who loves her son and accepts the fact that he is a homosexual.” – Mario Fratti, America Oggi
“Pflaster has bravely etched three memorable characters and set them dancing emotionally against the backdrop of the gay disco scene and AIDS. Yes, this is an AIDS play, but one that handles the subject with disarming naturalness and perspective.” – Bob Ost, TRU
Limited Run of 4 performances as part of All Out Arts' 2011 Fresh Fruit October Festival.
Tuesday, October 25th, 7:30pm, Wednesday, October 26th, 5pm
Friday, October 28th, 9pm, Saturday, October 29th, 1pm
At the WorkShop Theater Mainstage: 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor, New York
Tickets $18 at www.FreshFruitFestival.com or 866-811-4111
Their hearts and minds torn by fear, pain and grief, two young American officers in Vietnam have lost faith in themselves, their families, their country and their God. When they meet in Penang in a brief respite from the Mekong Delta, they learn what every soldier comes to know: In war, the only thing that truly matters is the guy next to you. But is this truth enough to save them?
Penang earned five nominations at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, including Outstanding Overall Production of a New Drama Play, and won the Playwrights First Award at The Players in Gramercy Park.
Advisory: Penang contains full frontal nudity.
The production features Ray Chao, Jacqueline Gregg*, Rushi Kota, Chris LaPanta, Scott Raker*, Peter Sabri* (2008 MITF Nominee for Best Supporting Actor, Penang), Jeffrey Evan Thomas* and Kurt Uy*.
Dana Monagan and Kathleen O’Neill are the associate producers. Set design by Craig Napoliello, lighting design by Zach Blane, costume design by David Withrow, sound design by David Schulder (2008 MITF Nominee for Best Sound Design, Penang). Michelle Kelleher* is the production stage manager.
PENANG plays the following schedule through November 22nd:
Wednesdays at 8 P.M.
Thursdays at 8 P.M.
Fridays at 8 P.M.
Saturdays at 2 P.M. and 8 P.M. (no 2 P.M. performance on November 7)
Sundays at 2 P.M.
Tickets are $18.00. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.theatermania.com, or by calling 212-352-3101. Tickets may also be purchased at the theatre’s box office half hour before the performance.
For more information visit www.BOO-Arts.com
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Written by Meri Wallace
The place to get a cut, a perm or change your life.
There’s trouble at Crossroads hair salon. Wing wants to sell. Angela is trying to leave her husband. Nicole is having an affair. Frank wants to be white and Guisseppe discovers that Manhattan women want lawyers, not hairdressers. When someone trashes the shop, the culprit must be found and the rest help each other to make over their lives.
Running time: 90 minutes
Venue: The MainStage Theater - 312 W. 36th St., 4th floor