Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios

Todays Date: 10/14/19
Last Update: 05/16/19 05:17:47 PM

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Address: 244 West 54th St. - 12th Floor
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TO SHE WHO WAITS  | Open: 05/23/19 Close: 06/08/19
Meg and Jack were childhood sweethearts, who got married, and when their daughter, Hannah, was born, Meg stayed home with her, while Jack worked. They were happy. Then their church hired a new pastor. Flash forward … Jack is dead, and Meg is fighting the church she fled for custody of Hannah. Now that Meg is about to see Hannah for the first time in two years, the clock is already ticking. She will only have 12 visits to convince Hannah, who is openly hostile toward her, to leave the church she loves and its promise of salvation, to live with Meg -- the mother who left her behind.

Written by Bob Clyman

Directed by Maria Aladren

Produced by American Renaissance Theater Company

The cast features Lee Eden, Brian Homer, Carol Todd, and Kathleen Swan.

The creative team includes scenic and costume design by Joanna Conte, sound design by Abigail Nelwin, Stage Manager Mackenzie McGuire and assistant production manager Alexis Wilner.

Playwright Bob Clyman has received numerous awards and fellowships including an Outer Circle Critics nomination, Drama League's Playwrights First Award, Eugene O’Neill Summer Conference Fellowship, Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, among others.

CRADLE  | Open: 03/22/19 Close: 03/24/19
A young 16 year old London Muslim student becomes infatuated with ISIS and seeks to run away and join them. Her immigrant mother pleading to assimilate is stunned by her daughter's actions and will risk anything to stop her. Starring Sandy Singh, Paul Weisemann.

Women Playing Hamlet  | Open: 06/22/16 Close: 06/26/16
Women Playing Hamlet follows former soap opera actress Jessica Bisset (Jennifer Teska), who has just been cast as the dark prince. Plagued by insecurities, Jessica seeks guidance from Shakespearean scholars and a celebrated acting coach (Joy Sudduth), but gains insight into the role from less conventional sources (multiple roles played by Amy Fulgham, Lori Funk, Jake Lipman, and Hannah Sloat). A comedy about performing a tragedy.

The Inn at Lake Devine  | Open: 10/07/15 Close: 10/24/15
Where chutzpah meets reservations.

Spring 1964. When Natalie Marx’s mother inquires about summer accommodations in Vermont, she gets the following reply: “The Inn at Lake Devine is a family-owned resort, which has been in continuous operation since 1922. Our guests who feel most comfortable here, and return year after year, are Gentiles.”

For fourteen-year-old Natalie, who has a stubborn sense of justice, the words are not a rebuff but an irresistible challenge, setting in motion events that will change her life.

The New York Times writes, "in her delightful novel, The Inn at Lake Devine, Elinor Lipman waltzes fearlessly through a minefield of identity politics. Anti-Semitism, intermarriage, ethnic cuisine and Anne Frank are some of the unlikely, loaded subjects of this witty romantic comedy."

Adapted by Jake Lipman
Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman
Assistant directed, associate produced, and stage managed by Molly Ballerstein
Original music and orchestrations by Philip Rothman
Scenic design by Tyler M. Perry
Lighting design by Richard T. Chamblin III
Costume design by Lisa Renee Jordan

Cast: Kurt Bardele, Michael Breese Barbour, Andrew Dawson, Jessica Giannone, Carson Lee, Jake Lipman, Maria Maloney, Norrice Raymaker, Amanda Rodhe, Andrew Spieker, Barbra Wengerd, Jennifer Dorr White, Jill Melanie Wirth, Tony Wolf, and Melissa WolfKlain.

This world premiere of The Inn at Lake Devine marks Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions' tenth season and 31st production of thought-provoking comedies. For more about TIC and to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.tictheater.com. This is an Actors' Equity-Approved showcase.

Book clubs, faith-based organizations, and school groups are welcome. To request a talk back following a performance and study guide materials, e-mail info@tictheater.com.

Foreign Wars  | Open: 03/20/14 Close: 04/06/14
Random Access Theatre presents Samara Weiss' Foreign Wars, an aggressive, erotic and powerful adaptation of the ancient Greek myth of Phaedra. Set in military expansionist Athens, Phaedra comes into power when Theseus takes her as his queen after conquering Crete. Away to conquer Megara, Theseus leaves Phaedra to rule Athens and its modern military operations. Fixated on her family's history of sexual perversion, Hippolytus, the Crown Prince of Athens, is intent on dragging Phaedra off of his mother's former throne. While Phaedra and Hippolytus find themselves trapped in a psychosexual power struggle that threatens to bring down an empire, their subordinates Thermanenes and Panope embark on a cross-cultural love affair with dire consequences. Just as victory over Megara seems imminent, forces of desire, vengeance and love converge in an avalanche of tragedy.

Foreign Wars is an explosive war room thriller that explores hybrid time and place, forbidden love, the power of language, and how we justify human loss in war. The production runs March 20th through April 6th at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios, NYC.


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How I Learned To Drive  | Open: 10/11/13 Close: 10/13/13
This October 11th-13th, Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize winning play "How I Learned To Drive" will be coming to New York City for a limited run on Off-Off Broadway.

"Drive" tells the story of Lil' Bit, a young woman who has had to grow up early in her life due to a complicated relationship, but still has to learn how to navigate the roads of life, both real and metaphorical. A funny yet also honest look into the growth and mindframe of someone who has experienced something no one should.

The show runs October 11th at 2:00 and 7:30 PM, October 12th at 7:30 PM, and October 13th at 2:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at howilearnedtodrive2013.brownpapertickets.com.


Lil' Bit: *Crawford M. Collins
Uncle Peck: David M. Farrington
Female Greek Chorus: Mary McNulty
Male Greek Chorus: Stephen Powell
Teenage Greek Chorus: *Hannah Dubner

*Appearing Courtesy of Actor's Equity Association.

"How I Learned To Drive" is an Equity Approved Showcase.

Thirst  | Open: 07/27/13 Close: 07/28/13
 

Three people, one raft, and the merciless ocean on all sides.

Grex Group Theatre produces Eugene O’Neill’s rarely done, 100 year old, one-act play, Thirst, just blocks from where Mr. O’Neill was born in New York City. Three passengers from a sunken ocean liner are stranded on a life raft, afloat in the crisp open waters, among the circling sharks as the sun relentlessly beats down. These people are very different, and they are the same. They want to survive. But at what cost? Thirst, Eugene O’Neill’s harrowing play, is a not-to-be-missed drama that will force you to think about human nature and the passion we all have inside.

Performances are 3pm and 7pm, July 27-28 at Theatre 54 in New York City.

Clayton Guilter, Artistic Director of Grex Group Theatre (Director: Ibsen’s Women, Pretentious Young Women)directs the New York company of actors, David Gazzo as “The Gentleman”, Jackie Jacobi as “The Dancer”, and Quatis Tarkington as “The Sailor”. The creative team also includes: Assistant Director: Emily Jackson, Scenic Designer: Tyler M. Perry, Costume Designer: Erin Guiltner, Lighting Designer: Nick Flinn, Dramaturge: Casey Wright. 

For more information visit: www.grexgroup.com/thirst


About the Company: Grex Group Theatre

What We Do

The Grex Group strives to contribute to the art of live theatre through quality productions, giving opportunities to the many highly trained and skilled emerging and established theatre artists in New York City and beyond. We produce plays that aim to both entertain and enrich our audiences through the telling of vibrant stories involving memorable characters. 

Each project serves as a research experiment for our directors, actors, and designers, and an opportunity for us, as theatre practitioners, to practice our craft with freedom and creativity. Whether it's a simple staged reading or a complete staged production, our projects contribute not only to the growth of those involved at Grex, but also to those who attend our shows, classes, workshops, or read about our projects in theatre blogs, journals, and magazines.

Perchance To Dream Theatre's One Act Play Festival  | Open: 07/10/13 Close: 07/14/13
Perchance To Dream Theatre is proud to present our One Act Play Festival.  Join us for 9 new one act plays performed in repertory July 10-14.  Each performance will feature 3 of these new plays.  Come see them all! 

 

The Russian Room by Barbara Sperber, Directed by Clara Elser

Romeo & Juliet...and Eddie by Jennifer Marvel, Directed by Kyle Metzger

Cinderella by Sander Gusinow, Directed by Tessa Siegel

Redemption by Paul Moulton, Directed by Lilah Shreeve

Moon Songs by Sydney Bailey, Directed by Freddy Mancilla 

The Conversation by J.A. Curcione, Directed by J.A. Curcione

The Twisted Cross by Ashley Nicole Audette, Directed by Ashley Nicole Audette

Kevin and Angela by Matt Heftler, Directed by Burak Tatar

Read Good by Nancy Nevarez, Directed by Gamaliel Valle

 

Lighting Design by Molly Ballerstein 
 
Broken Fences  | Open: 05/03/13 Close: 05/19/13
When Czar and April buy a home in a black neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side, they find community with Hoody and Dee, who live next door. But can these two these families stay connected without destroying themselves and each other?  It’s crazy, it’s whack. And everybody’s in it, from the skittish best friends from the suburbs, to the militant brother/a barista at Starbucks, and the wild child street kid who can’t keep his pants up or his stash on the DL.  It’s a banging new world…of $7 coffee and $6 cheese snacks.   Cardio Boot Camps and hand-me-downs.  Jacked up taxes and gang tags. It’s the last stand of neighborhood, turf, tradition. It’s Broken Fences, a hilarious, scorching new play about friendship, fear…and all the other possibilities. Produced by Ballybeg, the company behind last year's hit Empanada for a Dream.

Alex Levy directs a cast of eight including Brian Carter*, Krissy Shields*, Clinton Lowe*, Emilio Aquino*, Erika Rose*, Lori Funk*, Scott Aiello, and Benjamin Foronda. *Member, Actors' Equity Association. AEA Showcase.


About the Company: Ballybeg

Founded in 2012, Ballybeg is a new non-profit theatre company committed to working in spaces where the barriers between the show and the audience can be eliminated. By presenting new plays (and American classics) in intimate venues, it’s Ballybeg’s goal to make the deepest possible connection with its audience.

Rise  | Open: 04/05/13 Close: 04/20/13
RISE is an opera-infused play intertwining the tale of Rome's most infamous anarchist Emperor with the extravagant ambition of four modern-day misfits. 


In a decaying Roman Empire, debauchery and ruthlessness are de rigueur, but Boy-King Elagabalus's excesses and flagrant disregard for religious tradition and sexual taboos shocks even the most callous citizens. Placed on the throne by the conniving machinations of his mother and grandmother, Elagabalus marries a sacred Vestal Virgin, skewers the national religion, and flaunts his exploits with men and women of all classes.

On the outskirts of LA, aspirations run high. Brick Richards has been a top player in porn for ten years, and his manager Myrna Malone desperately wants to convince him to transition to mainstream movies before his star fades. Myrna's assistant Glenn wants something different from Brick: a great, sweeping romance to make life complete. Glenn's roommate Mia doesn't care about sweeping romances, she just wants to achieve her dream of launching the next big cosmetics line, and maybe Myrna or Brick can make that happen?

Through human history, one conflict is timeless: when personal ambition eclipses all other considerations, crossed desires lead to double crossing.



Written by Joseph Wright
Music by David Carl
Directed by Samantha Shechtman
Featuring:
Crawford M. Collins*
Tafe Gato
Trey Gerrald*
Jamey Grisham*
Arielle Hader
Margaret Meyer
Jennifer Teska*
Jessica Wagner*
*Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, Equity Approved Showcase


Limited engagement April 5th – 20th
Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios
244 W. 54th Street, 12th Floor (btwn Broadway and 8th Ave)


Tickets are $15 at SmartTix. A limited number of $18 premium reserved seats available each night. 

Performances on:
4/5 at 8 PM
4/6 at 8 PM
4/7 at 3 PM

4/11 at 8 PM
4/12 at 8 PM
4/13 at 8 PM
4/14 at 3 PM
4/15 at 8 PM

4/18 at 8 PM
4/19 at 8 PM
4/20 at 8 PM

Measure 4 Measure  | Open: 01/24/13 Close: 02/03/13
CityShow presents Shakespeare's conflicted masterpiece, "Measure for Measure". It's themes of political corruption, religious hypocrisy, and sexual harassment are as relevant today as they were nearly 500 years ago. This production explores the relationship between sex, power, and religion in the light of our current social, and economic strife. Sometimes funny, sometimes sexy, often dangerous and always thought provoking, Measure for Measure reminds us that "For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you." 


About the Company: CityShow

CityShow is a New York City-based entertainment production company whose mission it is to bring first-rate quality live entertainment to the multitude of intimate performance venues of the metropolitan area. CityShow endeavors to identify and nurture the finest talent - showcasing these performers in an array of classical and contemporary artistic material. CityShow’s commitment to excellence is manifest in all of its production endeavors, providing a “high-production value” experience to the audience at a very affordable cost.

Antigone  | Open: 01/03/13 Close: 01/13/13
ANTIGONE - a new adaptation written by Perchance To Dream Theatre.

This production, based on the Dover Classics translation of Sophocles' classic play, will feature original masks, light & shadow play and video projections to create an entirely new adaptation. For information on our company please visit www.perchancetodreamtheatre.org.

To donate: www.indiegogo.com/ptdt2013

CAST:
Megan Lee as Ismene and Eurydice
Bret McCormick as the Guard
Leanne Mercandante as the Chorus
Lauren Pennline as Antigone
Brian Sheppard* as Creon and Eteocles
Kevin Paul Smith as Tiresius, Polyneices, and Haemon

Directed by Emma Schimminger
Set and Projection Design by Luc. S. Hotaling

*Appears courtesy of Actor's Equity. An Equity-approved Showcase.

Our production has been registered with the New York Innovative Theatre Awards! After you see our show please visit www.nyitawards.com and vote for Perchance To Dream Theatre!


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Speaking In Tongues  | Open: 11/30/12 Close: 12/16/12
Fragile marriages are put to the test as two couples inadvertently switch partners for an adulterous exchange.

Simultaneously, a psychologist goes missing after being stranded on a deserted road, and one man's suspicious behavior leads his neighbor to believe he might be responsible for the woman's disappearance.

Fresh off the recent success of their inaugural production, Così, Australian Made Entertainment is pleased to present Andrew Bovell's modern Australian classic, Speaking In Tongues. Winner of the Australian Writer's Guild award for Best Play, the New York Times called it "clever, provocative, elliptically resonant and writerly".

Four actors bring to life nine intersecting lives in this haunting and challenging play from one of Australia's most exciting and inventive playwrights. Through interwoven stories, Speaking In Tongues treats its audience to an intriguing narrative journey. Where one story ends, another begins. The same events are retold from different perspectives. Characters reappear, others disappear.

Exploring our inability to truly understand each other, this absorbing psychological thriller will leave you breathless as it poses questions about the rights and wrongs of emotional conduct. Are we listening to each other? Are we making ourselves understood? Or are we merely Speaking In Tongues?

Written by Andrew Bovell

Directed by Bryn Boice

Featuring:
Kathleen Foster
Matthew Foster*
Laura Iris Hill
Michael Poignand*

Scenic Designer: James J. Fenton
Lighting Designer: Simon Cleveland
Costume Designer: Emily Rose Parman
Stage Manager: Vikki De Meo

* Appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association


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Our Town  | Open: 10/17/12 Close: 10/27/12
A love story between neighbors Emily and George, and a love letter to small town life in America.  Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama.


Featuring original music by Philip Rothman.


About the Company: Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions

Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions mission is to produce thought-provoking comedies.  Founded in 2006, the company's more than 20 productions to date include Books on Tape (FringeNYC 2011), Dead White Males, Proof, Love Letters, Five Flights, Recent Tragic Events, and its ongoing festival of original solo works, the Plus One Solo Show Festival. 

The Water Children  | Open: 09/26/12 Close: 10/13/12
In this dark comedy, Megan is a pro-choice actress walking the line between ingenue and mom. When she loses a big role to the next hot young thing, her agent convinces her to take a well-paid commercial- for a pro-life organization. In spite of her beliefs, she can't afford to say no. To her surprise, she finds herself falling for Randall, the pro-life organization's charismatic leader. Along the way she gets conflicting advice from her quirky gay roommate, her Catholic mom, her flamboyant hairdresser, her unborn son, and her cat. Things turn upside down when Randall's militant group takes a crazy turn and Megan's pregnancy test turns up positive. What will Megan do? The choice is her's...for the time being.

 
Cast (so far):
Katherine Barron
Tom Frank*
Molly Garber*
Carson Lee*
Mary McGloin*
Jennifer Terrell*
Taylor Valentine*
 
*Member, Actor's Equity Association, An Equity Approved Project

About the Company: Goodly Rotten Apple Productions

 

Goodly Rotten Apple Productions- a place for artists to collaborate and do what we're meant to do- follow our higher calling. Art. We are founded by AEA actress Mary McGloin and playwright John Hamilton. We are fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas and are producing our first production this fall, which is The Water Children by Wendy MacLeod.
 
The show will be directed by J. Paul Nicholas who just returned from directing Yellowman at Henley Street Theatre in Richmond, VA and who is participating in the Lincoln Center's Directors Lab this July.
 
On board are Jahn Hall and Kurt Uhlendorf of Brklyn Dry Goods as our Costume Designers, Technical Director is Jim Langan, and Weta VFX Lighting Technical Director Jason Galeon is our Graphic Designer and Andrew Sumpter hand drew the blue logos.
The Tempest  | Open: 07/11/12 Close: 07/15/12
Join Perchance To Dream Theatre for our production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Through the use of mask work, shadow play, light, sound and projection we will strive to create an exciting production of this play, illuminating power struggles, egos, quests for glory and revenge - a tangible, gritty, dirty, soulful and unique production the likes of which has never been seen.


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Perchance To Dream Theatre Presents  | Open: 07/11/12 Close: 07/15/12
PERCHANCE TO DREAM THEATRE PRESENTS "THE TEMPEST"
 
Perchance To Dream Theatre to proud to announce its first major production as a company: an epic, thrilling production of The Tempest at Theatre 54, Shetler Studios.  This production seeks to be gutsy, innovative and unique.  Using mask work, shadow play, light, sound and projection we wil strive to create an exciting interpretation of this play, illuminating power struggles, egos, quests for glory and revenge - a tangible, gritty, dirty, soulful and unique production the likes of which has never been seen. 
 
PERCHANCE TO DREAM THEATRE PRESENTS "THE TEMPEST."
Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, NYC
 
Preview July 11th at 7:30pm ("Pay What You Can")
Opens July 12-14 at 8pm
July 14 at 3pm
July 15 at 2pm
 
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/256207

 
CAST: Nicholas Corda, Megan Lee, Patricia Lynn*, Leanne Mercadante, Neal Moeller*, Lauren Pennline, Zak Risinger*, Brian Sheppard*, Kevin Paul Smith, Kymberly Smith, Minna Taylor
*Appears courtesy of Actor's Equity. An Equity Approved Showcase.
 
For further information contact Leanne at perchancetodreamtheatre@gmail.com or by phone - (518) 209-4108

 

 

 

 

 


About the Company: Perchance To Dream Theatre

Perchance To Dream Theatre is a new theatre company interested in infusing fresh and spirited interpretations of new and classic works. We aim for the highest level of artistic and professional productions while keeping our ticket prices affordable.  We believe theatre should be accessible to all and is an integral part of the international cultural community. 

PTDT is the brainchild of Elizabeth Dapo and Emma Schimminger, a result of their post-graduate work at the Central School Of Speech And Drama in London, England. Their mutual research interests culminated in a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an exploration of Shakespeare's classic text combining the use of sacred spaces and performance.  This production was a "promenade performance" - each scene took place in a different part of the Maple Grove Cemetery in Queens.  Actors wore original masks and used puppets to represent the fairies, all original works of art by Ms. Dapo. 

Sphinx (part Of The Love, Sex & Art Festival)  | Open: 06/28/12 Close: 07/08/12
In this surreal play about the German painter Franz von Stuck, the Sphinx, a powerfully erotic figure from one of his most famous paintings, confronts the Artist late at night to present him with a riddle which is actually the riddle of his life. His Daughter, his Step-Daughter, his Wife and his Mistress eventually appear, as he attempts to understand what his life has signified. The relationship between love, sex, art, betrayal and the elusive nature of reality are all part of the Artist’s attempt to answer the riddle. Mysterious, erotic, dark and funny.

AD/SM: Denis Adan Zepeda

Featuring: John P. Naughton, Taliesen Rose, Dorothy O'Shea, Tawney-Joy Bedkober, Crawford M. Collins, Mariette Strauss, Brian Reilly


About the Company: CityShow

CityShow is a New York City-based entertainment production company whose mission it is to bring first-rate quality live entertainment to the multitude of intimate performance venues of the metropolitan area. CityShow endeavors to identify and nurture the finest talent - showcasing these performers in an array of classical and contemporary artistic material. CityShow’s commitment to excellence is manifest in all of its production endeavors, providing a “high-production value” experience to the audience at a very affordable cost.

The Snap Shot Plays  | Open: 05/08/12 Close: 05/13/12
The Snap Shot Plays a collection of seven ten-minute original plays all inspired from a photograph
The Snap Shot Plays are comprised of Field Trip by Cheryl L. Davis, directed by Gwynn MacDonald; Missing Pieces by Megan McDavid, directed by Seth M. Gamble; Heaven Swing by ML Kinney, directed by Seth M. Gamble,: Up the Creek Without A Paddle by Riv Massey, directed by Tom Nondorf,: Jane and Bernie, Rochester by Lorraine Cink, directed by Dev Bondarin,: The Green by Jenny Bennett, directed by Dev Bondarin; and The Spirit of New Orleans by Bethany Larsen, directed by Tom Nondorf.
Each play was inspired by a photograph from seven photographers: Sarah Kalemkerian, Raymond Adams, Izik Mishan, PM Kinney, Sharon Light, Amanda Schultz and Phillip Nondorf.

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The Snap Shot Plays  | Open: 05/08/12 Close: 05/13/12
 The Snap Shot Plays is a collection of seven ten-minute original plays all inspired from a photograph.   

An exciting evening of theatre which delves into voodoo, run away birds, and what God looks like. The Snap Shot Plays are comprised of Field Trip by Cheryl L. Davis, directed by Gwynn MacDonald; Missing Pieces by Megan McDavid, directed by Seth M. Gamble; Heaven Swing by ML Kinney, directed by Seth M. Gamble,: Up the Creek Without A Paddle by Riv Massey, directed by Tom Nondorf,:  Jane and Bernie, Rochester by Lorraine Cink, directed by Dev Bondarin,;The Green by Jenny Bennett, directed by Dev Bondarin; and The Spirit of New Orleans by Bethany Larsen, directed by Tom Nondorf.

Each play was inspired by a photograph from seven photographers: Sarah Kalemkerian, Raymond Adams, Izik Mishan, PM Kinney, Sharon Light, Amanda Schultz and Phillip Nondorf. 

 


About the Company: The Milk Can Theatre Company

Founded in the summer of 2003, The Milk Can Theatre Company is a collective of playwrights and directors who develop and produce new plays through readings, workshops, full productions and ten-minute play festivals.

 Our structured development process results in work that finds humor in the unexpected, excites the audience's imagination and explores the complexity of the human experience.  

So.  | Open: 03/16/12 Close: 04/01/12
SO is a story about Astrid, an artist, whose ex unexpectedly reappears and forces her to face the choices of her past and acknowledge the person she used to be and the person she has become.


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Ha Ha!  | Open: 03/22/12 Close: 04/01/12
A play by Lawrence Dial.
HA! HA! is an unlikely love story between a graffiti artist and a recently graduated traffic cop.


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