“Every once in a while, something that seems too good to be true actually IS true. Working with the Manhattan Repertory Theatre was effortless and uncomplicated. Their constant support from the moment our play was chosen was amazing - we always felt like we were their highest priority- which is incredible given the large amount of artists they're constantly working with. In addition to the great team of people at MRT, we were given a lovely, intimate, functional space in the heart of the theater district to showcase our work. The Manhattan Repertory Theatre is a diamond in the rough - a group of professional artists truly supporting other artists. Being a part of their play festival has been a dream and a blessing.”
Michael DiFrancisco, Producer/Director - EDGAR’S SMILE
Ken Wolf & Roma Pierro-Wolf in Dad and the Dog
"My experience at Manhattan Repertory Theatre has been extraordinary. Because of Ken Wolf’s unwavering support, I was able to transform my solo show into a richly layered, multi-character ensemble piece. Ken fearlessly encourages each playwright to fully engage in their work – from producing to writing to directing to performing, but he is also there every step of the way, tirelessly responding to each question, giving vital advice. Although this was an incredibly challenging undertaking, I’d remind myself of Ken’s words to me: “think of each hardship as a gift.” His open-minded approach taught me to value each challenge as an integral part of the artistic process, as part and parcel of the organic evolution of what it means to truly develop a play. I am deeply grateful to both Ken Wolf and Jennifer Pierro for their unique vision and devotion to emerging playwrights."
Anna Fishbeyn - Actor/Playwright/Producer
SEX IN MOMMYVILLE
$1000 prize for best play!
THE COMPETITION CONTINUES!
12 more plays square off at a chance to get into the Semi-Finals!
For more information on all of the 32 competing plays this month in this competition - click here!
Nearly Naked with Meryl Streep
By Jordyn Taylor 5/08 4:56pm FROM THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
I can’t quite explain how it happened, but last night I found myself performing in my underwear for Meryl Streep.
Well, I can explain part of it—the part thatwasn’t the direct result of the Gods of Off-Off-Broadway Theater.
My good friend Hanah Fazio wrote a play called “The Miss Woman Pageant 2013,” which was accepted into the Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Spring One-Act Competition.
(Click on the link below for the rest of this amazing story!:)
Alexander C. Mulzac and Arno Austin in The Tellin' Man by Rudy Gray
Directed by Christen Callahan
“Although I have produced and directed films, The Hail Mary Pass was my first play and I had a lot of questions, especially since I live out of state. Ken Wolf at Manhattan Repertory Theatre patiently answered every one and made the process as easy as possible for me and my team. With so many productions moving in and out of the theater during a festival, it would be understandable if the place got a little messy and the scheduling got a little chaotic--but that never happened. MRT is run incredibly well and all of the participants I encountered were considerate of each other and of the theater. The audience loved the intimate atmosphere and stadium seating, and I hope to return someday with a new play.”
Patrice Hamilton - Playwright/Producer
THE HAIL MARY PASS
"We had a wonderful production - all thanks to you. You made what could have been a stressful production into a professional and polished showcase in a NewYork location that simply cannot be beat. Most festivals are zoos, but this one was fun and easy because of your professional and calm guidance. From the very beginning you helped accommodate our schedules (I had out of town relatives who were able to see the Sunday performance) and we were able to have three industry professionals see our play. Everything was very well organized and your theatre is a wonderful space to work in. This production was a great experience. It helped me improve the work and identify certain production issues to further improve upon next time. I am so very proud to be able to boast that American Lullaby made its world premiere at Manhattan Repertory Theatre."
Cassandra Lewis - Playwright/Producer
What a wonderful and fulfilling experience it was to be able to bring our play to the stage at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. During their busy Summerfest theatre festival, Ken Wolf and his staff helped us to run our production in the easiest and smoothest way possible.
Problems happen during the life of a play, as we all know. Two days before our last sold out performance, our assigned sound and light operator had to run to the bedside of a dear family member who was in critical condition. She very professionally found us a replacement and MRT quickly moved their schedule around, making it possible for us to have an additional tech rehearsal the day before the performance. What an amazing sign of support! Professionalism doesn’t need kindness to operate. I found that at MRT, kindness turned professionalism into a more effective tool. Every step of the way, we felt like we were dealing with friends who would never abandon you when you need them.
Our play turned out to be very successful. Every performance sold out and we were given an additional one which also sold out. Many factors contributed to the success of our show and one of those was the atmosphere at MRT. Thank you to Ken Wolf & Jen Pierro, who have managed to create a space full of love for theater on super busy 42nd Street. Manhattan Repertory Theatre is absolutely one of Manhattan’s hearts, offering unmatched support to new and seasoned artists who want to create original work for the stage. Bravo MRT!
Franco Moschetti – Playwright/Director
WHEN YELLOW WERE THE STARS ON EARTH
SEEKING ONE ACT PLAY PRODUCTIONS
(7 - 25 minutes)
Seeking fully produced one act plays (cast, directed and ready to perform) 7 minutes to 25 minutes in length for MRTʼs FALL ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION September 10 - Oct. 4. 2013 at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 W.42nd St. NYC. Ken Wolf, Artistic Director
FIRST PRIZE for BEST PLAY: $1000
To submit your one act play production please email:
The complete play, a synopsis of the play, the running time of the play, the set and lighting requirements, the playʼs production history (if it has been produced before and where) and a creative team leader contact email address to:
by MONDAY June 17, 2013 at Midnight.
Please put “Fall One Act Competition” in the subject heading. Applicants will be contacted by Monday June 24 as to their acceptance.
There is no submission fee.
Each play will be given a MINIMUM of FiVE performances, more if the play moves on to the semi-ﬁnals and finals.
Once accepted, there will be a $150.00 participation fee.
There will be NO additional security fees or Manhattan Repertory Theatre based production fees.
FOR FALL ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION RULES AND GUIDELINES - click here!
A BROOKLYN LOVE STORY
Written and Performed by Chiara Montalto
A BROOKLYN LOVE STORY is a tale set in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn about the profound effect a grandfather and his granddaughter have on each other as one's life is ending while the other's is just beginning.
OffBroadway.com review by Laurie Lawson
"The characters playwright/performer Chiara Montalto creates are the kind with whom you quickly bond. In this one-woman tour-de-force, you enjoy spending as much time as possible with Chiara and her grandfather, along with a couple of potential love interests and neighborhood folks. What hasn’t changed is the powerful punch this work packs. In loving tribute to an elderly man at the end of his life, your emotions will get a consummate workout. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry, and you will leave wishing you had the opportunity to meet the grandfather who inspired A BROOKLYN LOVE STORY.”
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Here's another shameless plug. Shameless bcuz this is fun! Submit 4 MRT's Fall One Act Competition - deadline 6/17 $1000 prize 4 best play!
Meryl Streep, her daughter Mamie Gummer AND Tracy Ullman -All attended our Spring 1 Act Competition this past week I still can't believe it!