Robert Moss Theater @ 440 Studios

Todays Date: 07/02/22
Last Update: 02/06/18 01:12:24 AM
Address: 440 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY    10009

History of Productions View Current and Upcoming

ONE MORE TIME WITH MALICE  | Open: 03/08/18 Close: 03/17/18
Set in a New Jersey hospital in the mid-90s, Freddie, an anxious, sharp witted, gay New Yorker, had planned to tell his family about his HIV status. After his mother tries to commit suicide, he now has the perfect excuse not to. At the hospital, things quickly get tense in this forced family reunion as the siblings try to navigate old wounds, while their father bullies them into making their mom promise to “never to do it again.” Seeing his mother this way, Freddie fears his own death. He and his mother share drug induced hallucinations. Hot Nurse Donny, the perfect escape, is a beacon of light helping Freddie see that with new breakthrough medication, he may not die, so he better figure out how to live. A witty, complex drama about facing fears, mortality, sexuality, spiritually, and trying to connect.

SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR  | Open: 05/06/16 Close: 05/15/16
Six characters enter a theater...and they won't leave.

In this brand new, modern adaptation of Luigi Pirandello's classic work, the heart and soul of theater confronts its logistics and bottom lines, asking us to reconsider the timeless question: does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? Or, more importantly, is this whole art thing a sham to begin with? 

With: Anthony Abdo, Carmen Borla, Meghan Ginley, Danny Gomez, Alen Kolenovic, Victoria Myrthil, Franco Pedicini, Conrad Shaw, Colleen Slattery, Bianca Soto, Natasa Warasch

Tickets at:

Monday, May 9th at 8PM, Thursday, May 12 at 8PM, Friday, May 13th at 8PM, Saturday, May 14th at 8PM, Sunday, May 15th at 3PM at the Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios at 440 Lafayette Street.


About the Company: The Wise Fish Theater Collective

We are theater artists and friends who were looking for an artistic home where our voices were heard and nobody was in charge, where we could build upon our creative strengths and explore new ideas without needing permission. Mostly, we were looking for a place where we could create all together, where we could create art that comes from collaboration. One day, our founder thought, "Hey!  I'm getting a vibe here. Something needs to happen!" So she asked her friends if they wanted to make magic with her. And, with the enthusiasm that has sustained us ever since, they said, “Heck Yes We Do!” And then they did. That was it. 


Chatting With The Tea Party  | Open: 01/30/16 Close: 02/21/16
Chatting With The Tea Party, a documentary-style play by playwright Rich Orloff (Funny as a Crutch), based on interviews he conducted with leaders of Tea Party groups around the country, will have its world premiere and begin performances at The Robert Moss Theater (440 Lafayette Street) on Saturday, January 30th. Directed by four-time Carbonell Award winner Lynnette Barkley, the play will open on Monday, February 1st. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online at

From the writer known for his journalistic curiosity and a gift for comedic dialogue comes CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY – a play about the people behind the politics. Rich Orloff, a New York liberal playwright travels across the country, interviewing the Tea Party leaders in search of the answer to the question: “Who are these people?” Armed with a notebook full of facts, an open mind and an irreverent wit, he finds more than he bargained for.

Nothing the Tea Party people in the play say has been made up. CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman New Play Award and the NuVoices New Play Prize.

Based on the true story of Geli Raubal, niece to the most infamous villain in history, Mein Uncle, an absurdist fairytale about the seeds of inhumanity, is a love story, ruled by mystery, obsession and ultimately, madness. Mein Uncle is a tale of love gone terribly wrong, an absurdist look at the bizarre secret relationship that influenced the man behind the darkest event of the 20th century.

"My entire life I’ve lived with the history of the Holocaust and its devastating effects on the world, the Jews, and my own family. The idea of exploring Adolf Hitler and his relationships is not something I ever addressed. However, after learning about Geli Raubal, I became fascinated with her story; how her life, and death, affected this man, and changed his life, ultimately for the worse,” shares creator Aliza Shane. “The more I read, the more I realized that this is a story that needed to be told. This is not a story that 'explains' or excuses Hitler or his actions - rather, it’s a microscopic look at a relationship that may have been the last straw in a life already set on a path of destruction."

About the Company: 3 Voices Theatre

Is an NYC-based theatre company committed to organic theatre, new play evolution, creative collaboration and development of the Artistic Voice. The “three voices” represent the three primary voices in creating a play: Playwright, Director and Actor. Each component is equally vital to the process and we believe that the best art is that which comes from the collaboration of all three voices. We also believe that an artist can have more than one voice, and we encourage using multiple voices – actors who have stories to write, playwrights who love to act, etc. – there’s room to explore all variations with 3V Theatre in a safe and supportive environment.

Mein Uncle marks the first major production for 3V. The company has produced three staged reading events -- Threesomes, Say Uncle! and Caged -- for which scripts about a specific theme were solicited over a two-week period, then assigned to a director and team of actors. This creative team had one-two rehearsals before presenting in a staged reading format for the public.


Ready For The River  | Open: 09/26/13 Close: 10/12/13


Ready for the River is Rabbit Hole Ensemble’s second collaboration withObie Award winning playwright Neal Bell. Directed by the Ensemble’s Artistic Director, Edward Elefterion. The production will run from September 26th through October 12th Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, at the Robert Moss Theater, 440 Lafayette St. NYC Tickets are $15 in advance/$18 at the door available at

Doris witnesses her husband murder the banker who foreclosed on their farm. When he turns the gun on her, she grabs her daughter and hits the road hard, carving a path across the ravaged American heartland in an old Buick made of rust. But some things they can’t outrun, like the banker’s shotgun-blasted face, semi-intact, in the backseat. Hunted by their past, terrified of their future, mother and daughter learn more about each other – and themselves – than they ever wanted to know.  When you’re running for your life and fromyour life, how far is far enough?


Cast: SHEILA JOON* (“Detention: Ready, Aim, Fire!” at Primary Stages), BRAD MAKAROWSKI*(“Design Your Kitchen” at the Flea),PAUL TIESLER* (Broadway: “A Doll’s House” and: “A Christmas Carol”), ABIGAIL WAHL. *appearing courtesy of AEA. Equity Approved Showcase.


What Every Girl Should Know  | Open: 08/09/13 Close: 08/25/13
The Order of St. Margaret Sanger is proud to present WHAT EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW by Monica Byrne, directed by Jaki Bradley, as part of the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC. The production will feature music by Amanda Palmer.

A smash hit for Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern in Durham, NC, this production brings to life the four young heroines – Anne, Theresa, Joan, and Lucy – in the very neighborhood in which the play is set, the Lower East Side, exactly one century ago. Performances are at Venue #16: Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios (440 Lafayette Street, near Astor Place; Subway: 6 to Astor Place or N/R to 8th Street).

In 1914, the era of the oppressive Comstock Laws, four Catholic girls in a reformatory enact innocent masturbation rituals that belie their regimented lives. But after the mysterious death of their roommate, a new girl, Joan, arrives with a trunk full of contraband: banned literature from birth control activist Margaret Sanger, including the famous pamphlet What Every Girl Should Know. Inspired, the girls make Margaret Sanger their patron saint and build an elaborate fantasy life where they travel the world, take lovers at will, and assassinate their enemies. Then one of them becomes pregnant, blurring the line between their fantasy life and their real one.

Bellini And The Sultan  | Open: 08/13/13 Close: 08/24/13
The Turkish American Repertory Theatre in association with the 17th Annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC - presents Bellini and the Sultan: A Comedy in Istanbul, a unique adventure-comedy that explores how Muslims and non-Muslims can communicate and understand one another’s cultures.

In Bellini and the Sultan, the West and the Ottoman Empire are on the verge of war…and Renaissance painter Gentile Bellini is sent to keep the peace by painting a portrait demanded by Sultan Mehmed II. Since Islam forbids personal images, he finds himself fighting to survive and faces numerous obstacles -- a manipulative Sultan, a hostile Vizier and a plotting concubine. Along the way, the painter and the Sultan find common ground and forge a friendship despite the differences in their cultures and customs.

The cast of 8 includes Alan Smith, Eliud Kauffman, Christopher McAllister, Amir Levy, Everett Goldner, Chris Olson, Temi Hason, and Kate Szekely.

Milk For Mrs. Stone  | Open: 08/16/13 Close: 08/22/13
Broadway performers are featured in this new play about a family struggling to accept that life doesn’t always go as planned.

A conservative Kansas matriarch is crippled by a severe stroke and can hardly speak.  When her recently out-of-work journalist son, Daniel, asks her for money to pay for his Muslim boyfriend’s cancer surgery, she tells Daniel she’s not a bank.  He can only hope to be able to change her mind. Will they able to overcome their differences and keep the family from falling apart?  Part comedy, part drama, Milk for Mrs. Stone explores the issues of health care in the U.S., anti-Muslim bias, the changing status of queer unions, and what it means to forgive.

Miss Nowhere Diner  | Open: 06/13/13 Close: 06/23/13
A play about the power of faith, the lure of deceit.


Gambling, promises, denial, lies, and a trucker/preacher who thinks of his flock “not as sheep, but as deer in the headlights of life.”  As each character’s outlook is altered, the audience is left to decide what truly constitutes conversion – what truly constitutes change.

“The great Jazz musician Charles Mingus had a resounding conviction that all art is revolutionary,” said Director Lydia Fort. “Miss Nowhere Diner contributes to the revolution by giving our audience a mirror through which we see ourselves, and through which we can gain the courage to re-determine, to change, and to see hope where there was none.  What things and people do we put our faith in? Why do we take these risks when the ‘odds of winning’ are so slim? Why do we put our faith in others, but not in ourselves?’"

About the Company: Akadēmeia Theatre

Akadēmeia Theatre is named after and draws inspiration from Plato’s famous school of philosophy in ancient Greece.  This company is dedicated to combining formal and informal education through theatre.  We embrace diverse viewpoints and philosophies and believe that theatre is a format that allows direct connection through live interaction and therefore wonderful opportunities for pre- and post-show discussions about important artistic, cultural, and social themes and issues. 

Walden - A New Musical  | Open: 05/29/13 Close: 06/15/13
The Mayor orders his daughter out of Walden Woods, to keep her out of the arms of rabble-rousing jailbird, Henry Thoreau. Yet more than young lovers sneak through the huckleberries. Love and freedom conflict in this musical adaptation of Thoreau's best-seller, featuring his work on the underground railroad.


From the Playwright
“We often think of human rights and the environment as separate issues, but Thoreau combined them in his observation of living ecosystems. Both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi credited Thoreau with inventing non-violent civil disobedience, and Thoreau worked actively on the underground railroad. Walden has evolved from a collection of art songs, to a musical drama about the conflict that arises when a man takes a moral stand that his friends and neighbors find uncomfortable, impractical and illegal.”

About the Company: Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
The Planet Connections Festivity Inc. is New York’s premiere eco-friendly/socially conscious not-for-profit arts festival. Fostering a diverse cross-section of performances, the festivity seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere forming a community of like-minded artists. At the heart of the festivity are individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, film, music and art, while supporting organizations, which give back to the community at large.
Greasemonkey  | Open: 02/13/13 Close: 02/24/13

Mara has just taken over her very-recently-deceased dad's position at a vintage car restoration shop in Berkeley, CA, run by his best friend of 30 years. She meets, and is pursued by, Patrick, a younger man who is a professor of anthropology at the university. Hesitantly, she allows herself to fall in love with him. On a business trip to Boston, Mara literally runs into Daniel, the love of her life who left her six years earlier and realizes his mistake. Based on and inclusive of modern day love poetry of folks like Alice Walker, Noel Coward, and James Tipton.  Starring Miranda Jonte, A.J. Heekin, Josh Bywater, Cathy L. Simpson, Elliott Mayer, Kerry Flanagan, Morgan McCann, and Leajato Amara Robinson.

Once upon a time there was a flawless family: a Mother, a Father and a little girl named Perfect. But one dark night a screaming, bawling monster rips her way out of the Mother's womb: a baby called Curiosity. Suddenly nothing is quite right in this world or the next

Be Among the First to See This Work-In-Progress From Writer/Director Elizabeth Hess and a multi-talented performing ensemble including:

Composer: Lucas Syed
Choreographer: Katie Palmer

Ensemble: Cherrye Davis, Price Garrison, Vanessa Koppel, Katie Palmer, Javi Perez, Katie Polin, Danielle Sachs, Lucas Syed

Production: Barbara Begley (Designer), Brad Raimondo (Assistant Director/ Production (Consultant), Colleen Toole (Stage Manager)