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
SHOWS BY NAME ~ NY SUMMERFEST 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.
ANNE FRANK LIVES
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
LORD OF GOOD
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.
NIGHT OF THE NEUTRON DANCE
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.
BROKEN DOLLS AND ROBOTIC HEARTS
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.
HE AND SHE
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.
MY GOLDEN GIRL
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
COUNSEL FOR LOVE
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
THIS IS WHY
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.
START FROM HELLO: A NEW MUSICAL
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.
PRECIOUS METALS: BEAUTY IN BROKENNESS
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.
SISTER PIRATE SISTER
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.
THE GHOST LIGHT SOIREE
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.
BAD LUCK BREAK-UP
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
GOOD MORNING NEW YORK
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.
LOST AND FOUND
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.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
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
TICKLING THE IVORIES
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.
BOY MEETS GIRL
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.
BETWEEN PANIC AND DESIRE
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.
MURDER ON _____STREET
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
A MATCH REMADE IN HEAVEN
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
THE TRAGEDY OF MR. FRANKLIN AND LLOYD
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.
CROCS! THE MUSICAL
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.
COULD HAVE BEEN
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.
SIGN OF THE TIMES
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
A NEW PLAY FROM WILL GREEN
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
IN YOUR DREAMS!
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.
A LOVELY DAMAGED QUALITY
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.
MARY 4 MARTHA 3 NO FOOTNOTES
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.
FIGURING OUT WILL
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
A DAY IN THE LIFE
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.
LACK OF MILK
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.
SUICIDAL LIFE COACH
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.
THE WINTER’S FAIL
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.
WHAT YOU’VE DONE
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
ANGELS IN THE SKY
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.
LEGENDS AND BRIDGE
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.
RED: A NEW MUSICAL
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.
BRUNCH IN BABEL
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.
CONFESSIONS OF A NIGGAH IN DISTRESS
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
THE INN AT THE END
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
THE AMAZING, FANTASTIC, BOMBASTIC STEPHANI-NI!
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
SO FAST IT GOES
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
SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED
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
A SOUTHERN FAIRYTALE
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.
BLAZED AND AMUZED
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.
WINTER IN CONEY ISLAND
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
WOMEN AND GUNS
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
A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES
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.
INSANITY IN THE CITY
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.
ROLL THE DICE
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
THE JEW WHO HATES CHINESE FOOD
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
ONE NIGHT STANDING
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.
COW’S NUTTY CHRISTMAS
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.
WHAT WE ARE
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
WORDS CREATE REALITY
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
EL SUENO (THE DREAM)
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
DUMPSTER DIVER THE MUSICAL
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
PLAYGROUND THE MUSICAL
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. October 2, 2018 @ 6:15pm October 6, 2018 @ 8:30pm October 7, 2018 @ 1pm
THAT BOOK AIN’T BEEN WRITTEN
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
A WOUND IN TIME
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
TWO THOUSAND MILES
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
All Shows at the Hudson Guild Theater
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