NY Summerfest 2018
is not only a festival, it’s a competition as well. That means that there are prizes! The winner of the Best Play or Musical award will receive a prize of $3,500.
Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Singer will each receive $500. Best Musical Score $300, Most Creative Play, Stage Manager, Set Design and Lighting design will each receive $200
Hudson Guild Theatre ~ 441 W. 26th Street, NYC

Runs from July 9 thru October 7, 2018




by Richie Abanes 

Five Women covers five years in the lives of a lawyer,   her artist sister, their uptight mother, a fashion model,   and her ex-lover (a rising New York attorney). This humorous,   yet often heart-rending, play deals with sexual harassment,   family dynamics; spirituality; friendship; love; forgiveness;   and grief. Surprises abound as the women discover   more about themselves and each other.   July 9, 2018 @ 6:15pm  July 13, 2018 @ 9pm    July 15, 2018 @ 3:30pm  



   by Marsha Johnson  

Moondance is an urban fairy tale for grownups. A dead wife’s wish sets our play in motion. She casts a spell to bring her husband new love and hilarity ensues. As our magical plot unfolds, the quirky diverse characters reveal timeless truths about friendship, challenge, love, and the power of neighborhood.     July 9, 2018 @ 9pm   July 11, 2018 @ 9pm       July 14, 2018 @ 6pm – Sat.    



   by Lawrence Kessenich 

It’s a haunting question: If Anne Frank had survived, who would she have become? When a 33-year-old woman in New York in 1962 claims to be her, to have survived the death camp unbeknownst to the world, dare we hope it’s true? Listen, watch, decide for yourself.        July 10, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 14, 2018 @ 8:30pm       July 15, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.    



   by Ken LeSure  

An aging man can’t tell who sent him a package containing unknown personal mementos. He asks his aloof older brother to help him find out. Soon he learns a shocking secret about his family that his brother has kept from him since childhood. Later, he confronts his brother about the mystery that has haunted him all his life.       July 10, 2018 @ 9pm       July 11, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 14, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.   



   by Carl Oprey     

Brentwood, 9:10 am, March 23rd 2015; a young   man was knocked from his motorcycle and killed.   I was a passenger in a car traveling south texting   late into work. Guided by police across the intersection,   without thinking I turned my phone to the covered   body a few feet away and took a photograph.   Ravenhook is my adaptation of that photograph.         July 12, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 13, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 15, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Julia Curtis     

Ian is an acolyte at a local church who desperately   wants to do good in the world. He and Leo, his priest,   discuss what it means to be good, when Elliot   interrupts them, claiming Leo did not finish his   confession. After a fight breaks out, Ian gets to   decide for himself what being   a good person really means.       July 12, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 13, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 15, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



      by Christopher Morris     

Boris decides to take his life into his own hands   by kidnapping his ex-lover Jay. Despite the gruesome   circumstances, Jay and Boris form a sense of trust,   which Jay can use to his advantage. With trust comes   vulnerability. And when you’re vulnerable anyone can   take advantage of you…Boris learns this the hard way.        July 12, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 13, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 15, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Barry Morris       

It should have been a routine scene change for   a touring theatre company at intermission of the   matinee performance. But a leading actor is unconscious   backstage and the producer has 12 minutes to   figure out how to deal with this potential disaster,   before the second act curtain goes up   and his play goes down the tubes.     July 12, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 13, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 15, 2018 @ 8:30pm      



   by Ahtiya Liles   

When the country is going to hell, why not spend   the night with your ex? Raeanna and Dashawn’s   relationship ended abruptly, in confusion and with   no closure. Now they’re back in the same room for   the first time since the break up to watch the 2016   Presidential Election. They soon realize, though,   that they have a lot more to talk about than politics.     July 12, 2018 @ 9pm       July 14, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       July 15, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.   



   by Sharifa Williams     

This play takes place in an alternate timeline, 40 years   into a war that began in 1985. Holed up in an abandoned   roller skating rink, a resistance leader leaves   her post to plan an 80’s dance party.         July 12, 2018 @ 9pm       July 14, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       July 15, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.     



   by Bella Florence     

O Negative follows the Palmer family and how   they cope with the loss of their youngest member.   When 6-year-old Charlotte falls and hits her head,   ugly truths are revealed and the family implodes.   Theirs is a world of love, loss, and loyalty, and   a wound that spills more than just blood.         July 16, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 20, 2018 @ 9pm       July 22, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sun.    



   by Viktoriya Papayani     

This play is about the legendary pianist and composer   Clara Schumann. An exploration of an extraordinary   life of one of the few influential female composers   and musicians of the 19th Century.         July 16, 2018 @ 9pm       July 18, 2018 @ 9pm       July 21, 2018 @ 6pm – Sat.    



   by Lorisse Alicia Ortiz-Bentiné     

In this Afro-futuristic universe, there is no clear   line between artificial intelligence and humans   who need mechanical parts to survive. They have   all been treated unfairly by the powers that be.   In a world where love, magick*, and spirituality thrive,   the characters in this story must come to terms with   the grim notion that light can only emerge via darkness.         July 17, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 21, 2018 @ 8:30pm       July 22, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.    



   by James Sappho     

An intelligent, witty, loving husband and wife experience   the worst possible tragedy….the loss of their precious   daughter. HE & SHE examines, with lively imagination,   how this fascinatingly complex couple with the help   of their daughter’s ever-present and vibrant spirit,   chose to light a candle, rather than curse the darkness.       July 17, 2018 @ 9pm       July 18, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 21, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.     



   by Charlotte Volage      

This is the story of Mae who has been thrown out   of her apartment with all of her belongings on a   street corner. She is an elderly woman and as she   sifts through her belongings, she remembers her past.   It was she thought a “flamboyant life.”   But was it really?       July 19, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 20, 2018 @ 6:15pm        July 22, 2018 @ 8:30pm      




   by Michael Martinez     

Counsel of love is about four kids who are mandated   to go to attend a counseling meeting. The 4 kids   talk about how they aren’t loved by their parents   by bringing up previous experiences. Each time   they bring up previous experiences a scene is played   behind the office to represent them telling   the other students what happened.       July 19, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 20, 2018 @ 6:15pm        July 21, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Michelle Kuchuk      

A woman is asked to speak at her ex’s funeral, in   case he doesn’t wake up from a coma. Against her   better judgment, she searches through the past   for answers that she’s not even sure exist.       July 19, 2018 @ 9pm       July 21, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       July 22, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.    



   by Thalia Sablon      

Amiri enlists his college friends Langston and   Malcolm to help him remove a confederate statue   in his hometown down south. A 28 hour long bus   trip tests their friendship and if their really down   for the cause. Throughout the play these friends   challenge each other to act on the things they say   they are going to do and to think differently on   what they think will hold them back.       July 19, 2018 @ 9pm       July 21, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       July 22, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.     




   by Michaela Vivona     

After a car accident, Jenny forgets the past year   of her life, including her fiancé Alex. Led by lies,   Jenny becomes involved with her femme fatale ex,   Diane. Two Months later, Alex runs into Jenny and   learns of her amnesia and the lies she was fed.   But, is it worth it to fight for a future when   Jenny doesn’t remember their past?       July 23, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 27, 2018 @ 9pm       July 29, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sun.    



   by C.E. Harrison      

This play highlights the parallel nature of struggles   and victories experienced by women regardless   of their historical, geographical or cultural context.   It gives voice to many of the every day women who   are often unheard or misunderstood. Their fragility,   strength and beauty is celebrated through   thought-provoking unconventional storytelling.         July 23, 2018 @ 9pm       July 25, 2018 @ 9pm       July 28, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.    



   by Josh Coleman   

A businessman arrives into a small town to   reinvigorate the local economy, stirring up a   secret that will cripple the family hell-bent   on keeping the past buried.         July 24, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 28, 2018 @ 8:30pm       July 29, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.   



   by Enrique Huili     

In the aftermath of their children’s murders, Jean   and Leurana struggle to navigate their life together.   While Jean seeks to find redemption, Leurana   resists his forgiveness. As their relationship crumbles,   they are plagued by visions of their dead children and   are forced to confront the ever-present question:   Can they forgive one another?       July 24, 2018 @ 9pm       July 25, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 28, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.    



   by David Beardsley       

Bob is an aspiring writer whose fear of failure   has become artistically and emotionally paralyzing.   Susan, his frustrated wife, needs to see that Bob   can commit to something… anything. As their   marriage reaches a crisis point, Pretending explores    the corrosive nature of fear and self-loathing.     July 26, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 27, 2018 @ 6:15pm        July 29, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.     



   by Roger P. Ziegler        

When an aspiring woman and her boyfriend are held   hostage by her #metoo boss, their only hope arrives   as a special time-traveling pirate. But will the marauder   take mercy or feel like pillaging these   grog-snarfin’, scurvy swabs?       July 26, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 27, 2018 @ 6:15pm        July 29, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.      



   by Johnny Culver       

Goofy inmates, Larry and Carl, scheme to get their favorite show tunes record into their hands.     July 26, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 27, 2018 @ 6:15pm        July 29, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.     



   by Anthony Noto         

“Nutella” is a 10-minute scene that takes place   during the “Me Too” movement. Jonas has a romantic   night planned, but in an effort to make boundaries   crystal clear his boyfriend Glenn insists on using   digital contracts to document all “proof of consent.”   This leads to a heated argument between the two.   Will Glenn’s dependence on technology lead to a breakup?       July 26, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 27, 2018 @ 6:15pm        July 29, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.     



   by Patrick Simas        

Alex sweeps the stage every night after the grand   finale of the lavish musical Champagne Wishes.   One night he and the show’s star Olivia Stans strike   up a conversation which leads them   to a world they never expected.       July 26, 2018 @ 6:15pm       July 27, 2018 @ 6:15pm        July 29, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.     



   by Zachary Rogers       

Bad Luck Break-up is an absurdist comedy about   a normal day function of society. Today, break-ups   are more common than first dates. They hold a   commonplace role in modern relationships. But what   happens, when something so normal, goes so,   insanely wrong? When Lizzie goes to break up with her   boyfriend of 4 years, she thinks  its the worst thing   that could happen to him.       July 26, 2018 @ 9pm       July 28, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       July 29, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Jacklyn Thrapp      

This is musical is about journalists working the overnight   shift — inspired by real people. The musical puts a spotlight   on the people behind the scenes — exploring   why we work jobs we hate.       July 30, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 3 , 2018 @ 9pm       August 5, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.    


   by Yiqing Zhao     

After a dark secret has been revealed, Tommy   separates with his girlfriend. Meanwhile, he meets   with Maggie, now a successful writer, who was in   love with him in high school. As he is inspired by   Maggie and ready to start a career with her, he is   devastated by the multiple blows that   come at him. Will he survive?         July 30, 2018 @ 9pm       August 1, 2018 @ 9pm       August 4, 2018 @ 6pm – Sat.     


   by Brianna Barnes     

This is a folk-rock musical in the vignette style with   book and score written by Brianna Barnes. Based   on real life interviews, Let There Be Light brings the   true stories of experiences, discoveries, and   problems various kinds of people have with religion—   specifically Jesus and Christianity—to life on stage.   Through each character’s story, the audience experiences   a messy and broken, but colorful and beautiful mosaic.       July 31, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 4, 2018 @ 8:30pm – Sat.       August 5, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.    



   by Niamh Ryan     

At 17, Darren & Ashley have the world at their fingertips   but their deep obsession with Peter Pan & whats   left of their childhood leaves them struggling to   grow up. Ashley breaks free but lack of direction   & anguish cause Darren to spiral & fail.         July 31, 2018 @ 9pm       August 1, 2018 @ 6:15pm        August 4, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.    



   by S. D. Vourakis       

Two sisters in need of a little independence, one from   a bottle, the other from a wheelchair. Mae Connelly   is trapped in the role of caretaker to her demanding   crippled sister Eileen. When Mae meets an eager suitor,   she realizes she may still have a path to happiness even   if that path threatens to take her away from Eileen.       August 2, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 3, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 5, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Anna Smith       

Taking place in 1920s New York City, “Tickling the Ivories”   tells the comedic tale of an innocuous Russian pianist,   Sergei Kozlov, who gets a bit too close to a mob doll  and ends up on the run from some Wisconsin gangsters.       August 2, 2018 @ 9pm – Thurs.       August 4, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       August 5, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.     



   by Ty Baumann      

Adolf Hitler and Walt Disney are 16-year-old   roommates at an art conservatory. Both had visions   of a perfect world. One involved a mouse.   The other, a palette of blonde and blue.       August 2, 2018 @ 9pm       August 4, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       August 5, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.     


   by James Feinberg      

In this musical romantic comedy, a self-abnegating   comedian and headstrong actress become close   friends as they simultaneously evolve as a   rom-com screen pairing. But the unconventional   friendship hits rocky territory fast as sudden fame   plays hell with their already considerable neuroses.   Can love muscle its way in between these   two cynics, who know all the angles?         August 6, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 10, 2018 @ 9pm       August 12, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sun.     


   by Dan Kavulish      

Philip visits his aging mom, now in a Florida retirement   facility, where they lock horns as they frequently have   throughout the years. Despite her being confined   to a wheelchair, Philip finds he is still no match   against her overpowering personality. But the stakes   are much higher now and he is forced to make   some life-altering decisions on her behalf.       August 6, 2018 @ 9pm       August 8, 2018 @ 9pm       August 11, 2018 @ 6pm – Sat.    



   by Bear Kosik       

Mark’s disability benefits are cut, triggering his PTSD.   Older sister Caridad picks up younger sister Esperanza,   hospitalized for psychological evaluation. While waiting   for Dr. Greene to make a house call, they talk about   their family’s quirks and history. Dr. Greene arrives   and tells Mark he has no sisters.   Except he does. Where lies reality?       August 7, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 11, 2018 @ 8:30pm       August 12, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.    



   by Clovis Kabongo       

A couples relationship is tested when two friends from a mysterious past arrive for dinner, distorting   the life they’d built…       August 7, 2018 @ 9pm       August 9, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 11, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.     


   by Feng Jang      

This is a comedy about a sex cult worshipper throwing   a workshop on orgasm. Their deity is a sex goddess,   Orgie. In the workshop, Hornay penetratingly discloses   the poor sex life of modern people and teach them   how to regain their sexual well-being with meditation.   In the meantime, they is constantly indulging   in their own sexual daydreams.         August 9, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 10, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 12, 2018 @ 8:30pm   




   by Miles Gutierrez-Riley       

Three teenagers sit in a field waiting for an Angel   they all swear they’ve seen. They aren’t exactly sure   what the Angel looks like, but they know it is beautiful,   glorious, and must be murdered. Meadows is a   dreamlike, epic, and visceral exploration of the ecstasy   we experience in isolated moments and the   emptiness that fills us after the climax.         August 9, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 10, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 12, 2018 @ 8:30pm   


   by Amanda Terman      

Forty years after her untimely death, Anna waits   in heaven to reunite with her beloved husband Brian.   However, when he arrives, Anna’s plan for eternal   bliss is complicated by unexpected news.         August 9, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 10, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 12, 2018 @ 8:30pm    



   by Brandon Burk      

Mr. Franklin, an out of touch wealthy curmudgeon   who speaks only in alliteration is not a good swimmer.   This does not stop him, however, from enjoying his   leisure on his privately-owned cruising yacht. When   his personal assistant, the young and ever rule-oriented   Lloyd finds Mr. Franklin sans life preserver, a struggle   ensues to keep Mr. Franklin safe from oceans harm.         August 9, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 10, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 12, 2018 @ 8:30pm   



   by Hayden Stearns      

A space crew is instructed to move a distant planet   to make it habitable for humans. But when they   discover the planet is alive, they are forced to choose.   Should they save this life form or act for the good   of mankind? What does it mean to   be alive, and is each life equal?       August 9, 2018 @ 9pm       August 11, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       August 12, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.    



   by Peter Hargrave      

1 man. 5 characters. 35 minutes of Shakespearean rap.   In a Hamilton style musical format, Tullus Aufidius   leaps out of William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus to   examine the similarities of 2018 America and 450 B.C.   Rome. Acted through the lens of his archenemy,   meet Coriolanus; a brash warrior turned politician   forced to conspire with a foreign country.   Does history repeat itself?         August 9, 2018 @ 9pm       August 11, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       August 12, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.    



   by Jake Gonnella       

A portrait of the infamous third emperor of Rome,   Gaius Caesar, better known as Caligula. This play   portrays Caligula not as an insane tyrant, but as a   young man at the mercy of forces far beyond his control,   personal and political. Nihilistic, eccentric, and charming,   the man, not the monster, has his story told in Caligula.   August 13, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 17, 2018 @ 9pm       August 19, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sun.     



   by Kelly Flatley and Maddie Powell       

This Musical is the zany story of Jordan, a young   man recently inspired by the beauty of Crocs. He meets   and quickly falls in love with Kate, a girl who shares   his passion, much to the dismay of her friend Darb,   hopelessly in love with her. The group is heartbroken   when Kellin, the local Crocs cashier, informs   them the store will be shut down.         August 13, 2018 @ 9pm       August 15, 2018 @ 9pm       August 18, 2018 @ 6pm – Sat.     



   by Rita Posillico       

 Daisy decides to leave her past and move to NYC to   pursue a career in acting. Escaping from the comfort of   home in North Carolina, she has a slew of new experiences   at a theater company in NY. Through heartache, alcoholism,   and failure, Daisy must fight for herself and decide what   she wants in life before it is too late.       August 14, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 18, 2018 @ 8:30pm       August 19, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.     


   by Tom Hoefner      

Jesus Christ appears at the apartment of two guys from Queens, NY, to let them know that 1.) he’s   bringing about the apocalypse,   and 2.) it’s all their fault.       August 14, 2018 @ 9pm       August 15, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 18, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.     



   by Howard Zuckerman       

Richard Deeds II has become the president of a   New York City co-op board and furthers his   self-aggrandizement by creating a building sign   that is both enormous and enormously expensive.   From there, things go poorly for him and the building.           August 16, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 17, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 19, 2018 @ 8:30pm     


   by Jack Sabido       

J.R. and Danny, two best friends with a rampant opiate   habit, spend their days navigating the delicacies and   indelicacies of their friendship and the constant search   for the next high. The doldrums of drug addiction start   to shift when their new dealer, Alex, starts becoming a   more permanent figure in their daily   life at Monteleone Park.         August 16, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 17, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 19, 2018 @ 8:30pm     


   by Marcus Shacknow       

Two young gay men sit in their small shoe box apartment   waiting to hear back from a crush. While planning   and discussing and navigating all the anxieties that   come with a potential romance, the boys exemplify   all that is charmingly flawed with millennials,   actors, gay men, and Hells Kitchen.           August 16, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 17, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 19, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Daniel Park       

Will Green is a frustrated playwright trying to come   up with a new play. He conjures up an imaginary girl,   Olivia, who in turn tries to convince Will to   quit writing. A short dark meta comedy.           August 16, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 17, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 19, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Matt Sanders and  Ariel Aliza Sanders       

Poor Addie and Stan! All this married couple wants   is to get a good night’s sleep— for a change. But,   alas, that’s not in the cards. As soon as they get   in bed, Addie and Stan are joined by two nightmare   figures, Fred and Marla. Is there room for everybody?   And will anyone get any rest tonight?         August 16, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 17, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 19, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Kimberly Singleton       

Conscious, a young thriving poet, tries to come to   terms with living with HIV. Those closest to him do   not know that he has the disease and he must confront   the one responsible. Through the use of poetry, Conscious   tries to overcome his demons. The show was originally   a film script, but has been adapted for theater.       August 16, 2018 @ 9pm       August 18, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat       August 19, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.     



   by Tal Shashoua        

I finally understand what you mean now about giving back.   It’s . . . fulfilling. I’m making people feel alive.” Bereft   at the loss of the one person who truly understood him,   our protagonist finds purpose in a misguided quest   to heal other human beings. However, his emotional   isolation leads him to form a unique expression of   love that inflicts pain on everyone it touches.         August 16, 2018 @ 9pm       August 18, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat       August 19, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.     




   by Mackenzie McBride       

In A Lovely Damaged Quality, Jody descends into   the dark depths of her imagination as she tries   to make sense of her father’s suicide. Overwhelmed   with grief, she finds herself in a chaotic and magical   world where her dad still lives inside   of the pages of her notebook.           August 20, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 24, 2018 @ 9pm       August 26, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sun.    



   by Andrew Barnes       

Being in your mid twenties and living in New York City   trying to figure out who you are is hard enough. To make   it just a bit harder, Eileen is diagnosed with Leukemia   and decides she doesn’t want to get treatment. Canarsie   explores loss at the most human level. How   does grief effect our relationships?            August 20, 2018 @ 9pm       August 22, 2018 @ 9pm       August 25, 2018 @ 6pm – Sat.     



   by Veronica Picone and Jenifer Badamo       

An act of fate reunites Veronica with her familia after   a thirty-year estrangement. She soon discovers her   mother’s forgiveness is due to Alzheimer’s memory loss,   and her combative elder sister is less than happy   to have her back. As they rebuild relationships, each   woman must confront the secrets, lies, and sexual   shame at the root of the family rift.         August 21, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 25, 2018 @ 8:30pm       August 26, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.     


   by Cate Belleveau       

This play explores the lives of the Hemingway women,   his four wives, mother, granddaughter, and the   female literary critics. The  pinching masks of fame,   mental health and alcoholism’s  impact  on these women’s   lives and a larger question. When do you stay and when do   you leave as a woman because soon you will disappear?           August 21, 2018 @ 9pm       August 22, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 25, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat. 



   by Alec Kerr     

Will is spending his first day back from his freshman   year of college working at a video store. He’s catching   up with his friends Clay and Gwen and debating   whether to confess his romantic feelings to Gwen.         August 23, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 24, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 26, 2018 @ 8:30pm     


   by Uzunma Udeh     

This show is simply 24 hours with a black woman.   Even through the ups and downs, she stays optimistic   and proves her resilience. The show exaggerates art   forms (rap, haiku, etc.) as a tool to celebrate daily   survival while black and female through art.         August 23, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 24, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 26, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Natalie Hunter      

This play is an exploration of how the roles of gender   and communication impact today’s dating world.   The play consists of vignettes which explore the   application of these themes to stalking, online dating,   sexual assault, open relationships, long distance   relationships, and friends with benefits relationships.         August 23, 2018 @ 9pm       August 25, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       August 26, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.   



   by Ivan Faute      

This is a dark, surreal comedy about loss and family.   When GUS’s father dies, he negotiates with   mother BARBARA who seems unmoved. As the   years pass, they force their anger, sorrow, and   confusion inside and attack each other until the   hole in their lives is no longer avoidable. With word   play and surreal humor, the play examines the   absurdity of death, moving on, and growing up.         August 23, 2018 @ 9pm       August 25, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       August 26, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.    


   by Roy Ruiz       

What if aliens are entering our dreams? What if you’re   just going crazy? What if your wife found out? What if   you had no other choice than to hire a maniac to help you   make sense of this happening? This is precisely what’s   happening to Dr. Anthropus. His life is falling apart   and you should come see it. Cuz’ it’s hilarious”           August 27, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 31, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 2, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sun.    



   by R. K. Rich       

It’s life coach Fred Sigman’s wedding day. His fiancée   is histrionic, mercurial, and already planning their   annulment! No wonder he’s depressed! Believing that   laughter is, indeed, the best medicine, this play employs   over-the-top humor to address the serious realities of   depression while offering strategies to help loosen   the grips of despair, hopelessness, and helplessness.           August 27, 2018 @ 9pm   August 29, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 1, 2018 @ 6pm – Sat.     


   by Phil Schiff and Elizabeth Rose Sehring        

In their hilarious adaptation–comedy, crazy antics   and climate control help The Silly Shakespeare Company®   figure out if William Shakespeare picked the best title   and what he was thinking when he wrote The Winter’s Tale.           August 28, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 1, 2018 @ 8:30pm       Sept. 2, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.



   by Brett Michael Bullard        

The play normalizes the queer population with common   issues such as commitment and career troubles, to   more uncommon problems like drug overdoses. The goal   is for the audience to almost forget about the character’s   sexualities and differences and focus on their more   universal issues to hopefully influence a   more effortless idea of equality.         August 28, 2018 @ 9pm       August 29, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 1, 2018 @ 6pm – Sat.    


   by Allison Flom       

Two women are abruptly turned away at their final   wedding dress fitting when the store owner discovers   that they’re a lesbian couple. A Twitter rant sparks an   unexpected protest outside the bridal shop and forever   changes a community overnight. How will the women   respond to the growing chaos around them   knowing the world is watching?       August 30, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 31, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 2, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Emily Hupp       

A typical American Christmas is interrupted when Santa   Claus actually shows up following being kicked out   by his wife. Determined to keep magic alive for their   grandchildren, aging Phil and Dody allow the Christmas   legend to stay in their home despite the growing tension   between the trio due to political differences.         August 30, 2018 @ 6:15pm       August 31, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 2, 2018 @ 8:30pm 



   by Tenaj Smith         

Charlie is an American poet of relative notoriety who   lives alone after losing his wife. His son has moved out   to pursue his own path. His best friend Laura tries her   best to support him, but nothing seems to work. She   begins to accept his new demeanor as a fact of life.           August 30, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 1, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       Sept. 2, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.    



   by Ash Sanborn        

 Davi is a painter, a lover, a dreamer, who tries to hide   her struggle with hypersexuality. A manifestation of  her mental illness, the painful and pleasurable problem   puts her life in a shambles. Can she paint   her way to an elusive peace?       August 30, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 1, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       Sept. 2, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.  



   by Matthew Yee         

This play follows Mark who returns home post his   father’s death for Christmas. He has one goal in mind and   that’s to introduce his new boyfriend to his family. The   only downside is: his religious mother   and sister don’t know he’s gay.         Sept. 3, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 7, 2018 @ 9pm        Sept. 9, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sun.   



   by Stephen Foster         

This play is a hysterical, novelty comedy written by   award-winning actor C. Stephen Foster. This comedic   fusion of Feud and End of the Rainbow is the imagined   story of Joan Crawford inviting Bette Davis and Judy   Garland to live with her to work on their comeback film.   Bette and Judy agree until they see   what project Joan has in mind.         Sept. 3, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 5, 2018 @ 9pm    Sept. 8, 2018 @ 6pm – Sat.    


   by Lawrence Dandridge        

This musical follows a group of teenagers who, brought   together by a web of life altering circumstances, try to   stop their neighborhood community center from being   closed by the new Mayor. Inspired by Brothers Grimm t ales, RED takes us on a journey of friendship, bravery,   and just how many colors life can bring us.       Sept. 4, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 8, 2018 @ 8:30pm        Sept. 9, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.  



   by Bambi Everson         

An innocent young angel-in-training is assigned the task   of improving the life of a surly malcontent – but with no   further instructions. It’s raucous and irreverent but   at its center is sweet and even uplifting.       Sept. 4, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 5, 2018 @ 6:15pm        Sept. 8, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.    



   by Derek Nicoletto         

This play is comedy addressing the lack of real   communication in todays supposedly evolved society,   is set in a New York City diner. The patrons, many   smothering in their own egos, suffer from either   the inability to listen or the inability to be heard.         Sept. 6, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 7, 2018 @ 6:15pm        Sept. 9, 2018 @ 8:30pm     


   by Chelsea Ingram         

What happens behind closed foods? After the death   of a father an estranged brother and sister are   forced together to confront their forbidden past”.       Sept. 6, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 8, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.        Sept. 9, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.    



   by Ramón Guzman         

“Yo! I herd Ronnie and Tre ain’t friends no more. That’s crazy,   cuz they been friends for a minute. I herd Tre did sum fucked   up shit 2 Ronnie. Shiid, all I kno is dey bettah   squash dah beef, cuz dis shit lyf or def.”       Sept. 6, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 7, 2018 @ 6:15pm        Sept. 9, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Gina Keys         

This play  is the story of a son struggling to decided   the moral thing to do for his elderly father. A recent house   fire linked to Mr. Washington’s late night drinking and   cigar smoking, forces Jonny his son to conclude   full-time nursing care is required.         Sept. 6, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 7, 2018 @ 6:15pm        Sept. 9, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Molly Reisman         

This is the story of a young boy, Ted, who yearns for   a life of adventure and heroism. Set against a   pokemon-esque backdrop and using 8-bit chiptunes   and puppets, the play tells the tale of one boy who   wakes up and turns a mundane chore   into a magical adventure.         Sept. 6, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 7, 2018 @ 6:15pm        Sept. 9, 2018 @ 8:30pm    



   by Pamela Scott        

 A couple of gangsters rob a church. But not before they   find religion, go to confession and maybe whack a couple   of priest. This play explores religion, confession, forgiveness,   loyalty, betrayal, friendship and the painful but   often comedic flaws of human beings.         Sept. 6, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 8, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.        Sept. 9, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.    



   by Tom Anastasi         

This play is based on the biblical story of the life of   Lazarus, his friendship with Jesus, Lazarus’ death and   resurrection, and the time after. While true to the   biblical text, it imagines details of this relationship,   including Jesus “‘with his hair down” sharing meals,   playing games and joking around.       Sept. 10, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 14, 2018 @ 9pm         Sept. 16, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sun.     



   by Nadia Levin         

Erin is a struggling writer and bartender who finally   finds love. Then she finds she can’t sleep… Giacomo is a   violin maker who want to be a master. Problem is,   he suffers from a curse… Erin and Giacomo both suffer   from a disease called Fatal Familial Insomnia.       Sept. 10, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 12, 2018 @ 9pm         Sept. 15, 2018 @ 6pm – Sat.     



   by Wendy Tesoroni       

After years of dead end jobs in a poorly run bar, employees   finally have the chance to change their direction in life.   Will not wanting to leave their comfort zone hold them   back? Or are they strong enough to risk everything to   find their happiness and take that dive?       Sept. 11, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 12, 2018 @ 6:15pm         Sept. 15, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.     


   by Christina Stroeh     

Sarah invites her 2 sisters, Grace & Jane to celebrate   her 40th birthday. Present day shifts to memories of   their younger selves and back again. Imaginary world   vs reality. It becomes clear that Sarah’s dying, and a former   love Eli enters to this news, tries to deal with Sarah’s   unraveling and the family dynamics.        Sept. 11, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 15, 2018 @ 8:30pm         Sept. 16, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.   



   by Lauren Winnenberg         

Charlie and Liz have been best friends since kindergarten,   so a rooftop conversation together isn’t completely out   of the ordinary. It’s only when Charlie reveals the secret   he’s been holding onto for years that they face a crossroads   in their friendship that Liz is totally unprepared for.       Sept. 13, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 14, 2018 @ 6:15pm         Sept. 16, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Jeremy Kole        

Join Stephani-ni, straitjacket-clad escapist, as she   pulls off her most daring feat. yet: escaping her clinical   depression, in front of a live audience! A darkly comedic   magic show mixed with a heaping dose of “mania”.       Sept. 13, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 14, 2018 @ 6:15pm         Sept. 16, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Ilene Starger     

The world accelerates; the past retains its grip. Two   women – strangers – of different generations and   backgrounds wait at a bus stop. In a whirring, impersonal   city, human connection is vital; yet people can remain   oblivious to the world around them, and   to each other, until life intervenes.       Sept. 13, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 14, 2018 @ 6:15pm         Sept. 16, 2018 @ 8:30pm     



   by Nell Komlos   

It is estimated that an average adult will make 35,000   decisions in any given day. Most of these decisions   most trivial: Soup or salad? Can one wear white after   Labor Day? Perhaps some of the most difficult decisions   are the ones people must make on the behalf of those   incapable of speaking for themselves.         Sept. 13, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 14, 2018 @ 6:15pm         Sept. 16, 2018 @ 8:30pm  



     by Stephanie Salazar-Amaro   

Typically, customer service centers are wellsprings of   disappointment and manipulation for customers wanting   to return a damaged item. There are hoops and hurdles   and other ridiculous obstacles placed between the   customer and any sense of satisfaction. In Some Assembly   Required, a desperate woman seeks customer service   assistance in resolving an issue of vital importance:   a defunct reproductive system.       Sept. 13, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 14, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 16, 2018 @ 8:30pm    



   by Ty Autry   

Based on true events, this is a story of a gay Christian   growing up in the Deep South. Through this piece you   see him go through coming in and out of the closet   multiple times, excommunicated, conversion therapy,   and even his dad asking if there is a demon inside of him.         Sept. 13, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 15, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.         Sept. 16, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.    



   by Skylar Beirne   

Tweenagers Lily and Jack receive their first hit of   adulthood…literally. Drew and Bev must come clean   about a dank secret they have been hiding from their   children. This play is a high-stakes coming-of-age story   about the increasing popularity of recreational drug use   in the United States, and what happens when family   secrets kept on a “weed”-to-know basis, are revealed.         Sept. 13, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 15, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.         Sept. 16, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.    



     by José Luis Useche     

Alicia and Aurora are a couple of immigrants who dream   of a better future in search of a new life. Filled with   nostalgia, they decide to start from scratch, accepting   the obstacles and new experiences that fate has for them;   an uncertain destination and hard changes for both.         Sept. 17, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 21, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 23, 2018 @ 3:30pm   



     by Steve Gold   

A war drama from a woman’s point of view:  A female   Marine serves in Iraq during the recent conflict while her   civilian  boyfriend is safely home in California.  The   psychological effect of this arrangement is examined.         Sept. 17, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 19, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 22, 2018 @ 6pm    


     by Thomas Blumenfeld       

Hamburg 1962 – The new drummer for Liverpool’s   Blizzards, has been murdered. His bandmates accuse   a club owner, since they broke their contract. The   old drummer’s biggest fan shows up, supposedly   to support another band. The guitarist insinuates   that he suspects her. But did the boys themselves   do it, crazed on speed or coolly   calculating the publicity value?         Sept. 18, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 22, 2018 @ 8:30pm       Sept. 23, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.    



     by Harper Craven   

Connor Van Holden lives in New York City and wants to   write musicals but his parents want him to act on stage,   for that’s what he has a degree in. After singing an   original song to his best friend, Rhiannon, director Jack   Michaels and writer Nicole Winters hear him   and decide to work with him on it.         Sept. 18, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 19, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 22, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.    



     by Danny Shot and Lawrence Kelly     

Over a game of Strat-O-Matic baseball, two lifelong   friends explore the vagaries of life, death, memory,   and the split fingered fastball. In the process,   old and new wounds are revealed.           Sept. 20, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 21, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 23, 2018 @ 8:30pm    



     by Cathy Tempelsman      

A woman visits her aging father in prison and finds that,   despite his penchant for telling jokes, coming   home is no laughing matter.         Sept. 20, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 21, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 23, 2018 @ 8:30pm    



     by Liv Glassman      

The Kleinbergs partake in the Jewish tradition of eating   Chinese food on Christmas, which happens to fall on   Hanukkah this year. Zack doesn’t like Chinese food–or   Christmas or winter for that matter–and becomes   increasingly annoyed with his family. But, his bad mood   changes when Lily, the Chinese delivery   girl, gets stuck at the house.           Sept. 20, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 21, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 23, 2018 @ 8:30pm    



     by  Kati Schwartz      

Barry and Jane, two teenagers of the 1960s who have   been friends for their whole lives, take refuge from a rain   storm in Jane’s room. While waiting out the weather,   costumes, old photographs, and one very special ring   are pulled from the closet as the past and future   of their friendship is put on the table.           Sept. 20, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 21, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 23, 2018 @ 8:30pm    



     by  Youlim Nam      

On a beautiful, but brutally hot day, Shannon summons   April to a small park along the Brooklyn waterfront. The   two girls, more sisters than friends, gnaw, clamor, and   cry their way through a night against the   backdrop of Manhattan skyline.           Sept. 20, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 21, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 23, 2018 @ 8:30pm    



     by Ashley Hutchinson   

Girl and Guy meet at a bar. Girl and Guy go back to   Guy’s apartment to have a one night stand. Girl and   Guy fail. Miserably. One Night Standing is a new play   about expectations, insecurity, and take out.         Sept. 20, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 22, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       Sept. 23, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.   



     by Kelsey Marshall   

To interview secretive actor August, Jude agrees to take   a weekend away at his new lake house. However, the   motivations behind both Jude and August’s need to   escape their realities reveal themselves.       Sept. 20, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 22, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.       Sept. 23, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.    



   by Michael MacKenzie Wills     

The music of Tchaikovsky, a talking cow, a milk-hating   villain, a morning talk show host, a pop psychologist,   and Santa all come together to expose last year’s   plot to ruin Christmas. Based on two award-winning   children’s books by Amber L. Spradlin, the show includes   shadow puppets, a wild chase scene, and audience   inclusion to delight both children and their parents.         Sept. 24, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 28, 2018 @ 9pm         Sept. 30, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sun.    



   by Oliver Lehne     

Three 30 year olds who’ve been friends since college   meet for a weekend in New York City. Their lives have   been inextricably bound up in each other for over a   decade, and although they all love each other deeply,   the excessive closeness is beginning to take its toll.           Sept. 24, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 26, 2018 @ 9pm         Sept. 27, 2018 @ 3:30pm – Sat.    



     by  PG Pillitteri     

This is the story of three generations of an immigrant   family coming to America to build a new life in the new   world. Starting at the turn of the 20th century through   the 1960’s, they struggle to leave the past behind   and find the “American Dream.”         Sept. 25, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 29, 2018 @ 8:30pm         Sept. 30, 2018 @ 1pm – Sun.   



   by Emilio Minichiello     

This play tells the story of a young man during the first   few years of the French Revolution, who, for reasons   unknown, has an unnatural hunger that cannot be   satisfied. He eats anything that he comes across   and will feast until he can no longer stay awake.           Sept. 25, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 26, 2018 @ 6:15pm         Sept. 29, 2018 @ 6pm – Sat.    



   by Nicole Murray     

A woman in her mid-twenties is sitting in her home   folding laundry arguing with her own stream of her   consciousness. There is Al who represents the obedient   woman that would never betray her family and   theres Alyssa who represents the independent feminist   who knows she should be standing up for herself.   There is no one else to judge.       Sept. 27, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 28, 2018 @ 6:15pm         Sept. 30, 2018 @ 8:30pm    



   by Don Stitt     

A writer creates a biblical parody for a humorous   magazine essay. But when one of his creations confronts   him regarding the harsh reality he has created   for them, things take an unexpected turn.         Sept. 27, 2018 @ 6:15pm       Sept. 28, 2018 @ 6:15pm        Sept. 30, 2018 @ 8:30pm    



   by John McCaffrey & Mark Singer     

Colombian cocaine king Pablo Escobar is struggling   with a recurring dream: he is a cat on a high red roof,   reading a letter from his lover before falling to his death.   To help make sense of the dream, he turns to   Miami-based psychologist Dr. Ronald Splat.       Sept. 27, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 29, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.         Sept. 30, 2018 @ 6pm – Sun.  



   by Pamela L. Robbins     

In 1968 Amanda Kimble, a new teacher stuck with   a difficult class, “motivates” them by fabricating   their I.Q. scores. The students, believing they are   exceptionally smart, go on to accomplish great   things. Many years later the fabrication comes to   light, scandal rocks the school and the students   are crushed to learn that they were   “never bright.” Now what??       Sept. 27, 2018 @ 9pm       Sept. 29, 2018 @ 1pm – Sat.         Sept. 30, 2018 @ 6pm



   by Kris Kemp      

Confronted by the truth about his company, a well-paid   software engineer has to make the ultimate decision- continue working at the company and living a life of  comfort, or abandoning everything to join a rogue   group who intend to shut down the company. Find out   what happens in this story of friendship,   adventure, and dumpster diving.         October 1, 2018 @ 6:15pm       October 5, 2018 @ 9pm  October 7, 2018 @ 3:30pm    



   by Rob Ackerman      

A political fixer picks an honest man to protect the   President, and all hell breaks loose. Agent James   Sloan must manage a power-hungry Attorney General,  a doting assistant, a suspicious First Lady, the   President’s mistress, and a gun-loving Secretary of   the Interior. Loyalty means everything in the Harding   White House, formerly known as the   most corrupt in American history.           October 1, 2018 @ 9pm       October 3, 2018 @ 9pm        October 6, 2018 @ 6pm  



   by Jessica Ann Carp      

This musical examines the changing relationship of lifelong   best friends, Pad & Pen, as they struggle to figure out   what went wrong with their friendship. As other characters   appear, the narrative interweaves the past and present,   grappling with sexuality, bullying, parental pressure,   figuring out who you are and where   you fit in as you grow up.     www.PlaygroundTheMusical.com       October 2, 2018 @ 6:15pm       October 6, 2018 @ 8:30pm       October 7, 2018 @ 1pm  



     by Franklin L. West      

A hundred year old story of fathers and sons. Portraying   the life and times of four African American men and   their struggle against the riptides of systemic racism,   poverty and the ever muddy waters of misogyny.   Surfing the waves of joy and pain they stake their   claim in a journey to reach the American dream.         October 2, 2018 @ 9pm       October 3, 2018 @ 6:15pm         October 6, 2018 @ 3:30pm   



   by Stephanie Lynn Wilson         

Negra, pressured by a suspicious mother, a strange   bedfellow, and a amorous co-worker struggles to keep   a childhood secret while a restless spirit and   the African gods of Santeria seek justice.         October 4, 2018 @ 6:15pm       October 5, 2018 @ 6:15pm        October 7, 2018 @ 8:30pm    



   by Alyssa Williams      

This play examines the changing relationship of lifelong   best friends, Pad & Pen, as they struggle to figure out   what went wrong with their friendship. As other characters   appear, the narrative interweaves the past and present,   grappling with sexuality, bullying, parental pressure,   figuring out who you are and where   you fit in as you grow up.       October 2, 2018 @ 6:15pm       October 6, 2018 @ 8:30pm       October 7, 2018 @ 1pm  


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