18 exciting plays by some of this country's best playwrights.

June 5 - August 14, 2013

(This page is still under construction.  More plays and information will be posted soon! )

 


BOOMER

by Jessica Penzias

BOOMER paints a perversely comedic portrait of a dysfunctional family held together by an eccentric young son on a mission to make a friend and kill the family dog, all before midnight.

 


ENTROPY

by James Barone

A psychedelic journey through the streets of Manhattan on the night the world was supposed to end, but didn't.

 


 

SECOND CHANCES

by Carmela Morada

There's gotta be a technique to starting over... 

 


WOMEN IN MOTION

by Donald Margulies

"WOMEN IN MOTION tells the tale of two twenty-somethings who escape the cubicle for some fun and sun, but when desires and secrets are revealed, will they return as friends or foes?"

 



RUDY ON DRUMS

by Hannah Benitez

is about shame. It's about dirty people with dirty mouths, struggling to get out of the world they're stuck in.

Live music, violence, drinking, love.

 

HANNAH BENITEZ is a playwright/actor elated to be working on Rudy On Drums for the second time in NYC, having just closed a run at the Cabrini Theatre in March. She just finished ROBIN HOOD down at The Hippodrome Theater in Gainesville, FL. Other regional acting credits include GODSPELL with The Offsquare Theater Co., OTHELLO and LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST with The Montana Shakespeare Co. She’s a member of the Dramatist Guild, Playwrights Center and Equity Membership Candidacy Program. Thanks to her wonderful cast! hannahbenitez@yahoo.com

MORGAN BAKER (Rudy) is excited to be making her New York City debut! She graduated form Florida State University and just recently made the move to the city. She thanks Hannah and her wonderful cast mates.

RYAN BARRENTINE (Bus Boy) is a BFA acting graduate from Florida State University and is elated to be working on this amazing show. Recent credits include Nicky in The Trill of the Chase and Tom in Fat Pig. Thanks and love to everyone in the cast and Hannah!

MATT EBLING (Tim) Matt Ebling is a graduate from the Florida State University acting program of 2012. In his short time in NYC, he has been seen at the Hudson Warehouse Theatre, Dicapo Opera Theatre, and this. This right now. What you're watching.

KAT GLAZER (Frankie) is overjoyed to be back on stage with this sexy cast after appearing in it's debut at the Cabrini Repertory Theatre. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia and proud FSU alum! She would like to thank MT12, Hannah Benitez, family, friends, and this awesome cast.

MACKENZIE McBride (Sophie) is a 2011 graduate of Florida State’s BA Theatre program and is thrilled to be making her NYC debut surrounded by a cast of close friends and fellow alums.  For their unending support, she thanks her mom and dad, Morgan, Anna, Britt and Damian: “No man [or woman] is a failure who has friends.”



DON'T WAIT UP...

by Mike Durell

Don't Wait Up.....join us as we laugh, cry, shout, whisper, sing, and live with our troubled but resilient couple as they try to understand their marriage---and themselves.

 

Writer/Director/Co-star Mike Durell has been acting andplaying music in the tri-state area for some years now, and this is the third of his works that he has brought to the New York stage, with more to come!

mikedurell.com

 

Co-Star Denise Ivanoff has appeared in numerous stage productions as well as films and is an accomplished pianist and singer.

deniseivanoff.com

 



OPENING CHRIST

by Lamar Hill

Two things in this life you can never get back, time and respect. 

Jacob is running dangerously low on both. He has one hour to face his demons, and the clocks ticking.

 


REALITY......15 MINUTES _ _ _ _TILL THE END OF THE WORLD

by Richard Thomas Henle

Have we gone too far........are all the predictions right....is this the end of the world at long last?

Is Kim Kardashian "Behind" it all?

 


 NOBODY HEARD US SINGING

by Pamela Robbins

Four teens -  friends by default - alternately bullied and ignored.  Their school thinks they have a plan to get even. 

But what are they planning really?



LOVE (AWKWARDLY)

by John Rotondo & MaryAnn Carolan

Love (Awkwardly) follows eight students as they navigate the wonderful, painful, exhilarating and awkward moments of relationships that are adult in magnitude but cramped by the confines of high school.

 



PREACHER MAN

by Jamie Jung

Wounded in Afghanistan, Pastor William Corley returns to his rural parish to rediscover the hopes and fears of a life he thought he'd outgrown. Tempted, accused, begged, and threatened by his lost love, criminal brother, and a host of complex characters, Preacher Man rephrases small town problems and expands on the quirky and curious ways we fight our own daily battles.

 

NANCY SINACORI (Actor) has been appearing on stages in CT for 18 years.  Favorite roles include:  Kate Keller in ALL MY SONS;  Linda Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN;  Beatrice in THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON-MARIGOLDS;  Beverly in THE SHADOW BOX;  Charlotte in BEYOND THERAPY;  Fanny in PAINTING CHURCHES;  the Woman in VERONICA'S ROOM;  Mildred Wild in THE SECRET AFFAIRS OF MILDRED WILD; and Flo in PICNIC.  She is absolutely thrilled to be included in the Manhattan Repertory Theatre's SUMMERFEST 2013 Play Festival and can be seen in 2ND ANNUAL UNBOXED VOICES Play Festival at The Kraine Theater on July 27th & 28th.   nancysinacori@gmail.com

 

 

STEPHANIE SCHWARTZ  (Actor) has performed on stage and in film and TV throughout the metropolitan area in known and new plays portraying a range from healthy young women to sick 85 year olds..  Favorite roles include Lillian (I HATE HAMLET), Martha  (WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?), Helga (DEATH TRAP), Norma (PLAZA SUITE), Clairee (STEEL MAGNOLIAS), Florence (THE ODD COUPLE – FEMALE VERSION), Mrs. Frank (THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK).  She has had featured roles in award winning independent films TAFFY WAS BORN and GUESS WHO'S COMING?,  and  soon to be released GROUP THERAPY.  She performed in MTW’s Newborn Festival, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and in FACT’s Words and Wine programs, and Instant Theatre, 2011 and 2012. She has appeared in a reading at The Peekskill Playhouse.  Most recently, she performed in MTWorkalogues, and Love Creek’s Brief Acts.. She is a member of F.A.C.T., MTW, New York Artists Unlimited, TRU, The Supporting Characters, The Scene Stealers, Love Creek Productions, and SAG-AFTRA.

Contact: 

actorstephanieschwartz@gmail.com

for video clips and more information go to Http// resumes.actorsaccess.com/stephanieschwartz

JENNIFER MCVEY (Actor) is delighted to be part of MRT's SUMMERFEST!  Recent Credits include; Theatre: THE 39 STEPS (Lake Dillon Theatre);  A DREAM PLAY (Billy&Co); THE AWAKENING (Ugly Rhino); CRIMES OF THE HEART (Crossroads Rep); THE NOTEBOOK MUSICAL (Galeotti&Aniello). Film: A WEDDING DAY(Anthony Nicolau). She will make her Off-Broadway debut this fall in The Mint Theater's production of PHILIP GOES FORTH. MFA: The New School

RYAN CORRELL (Actor) is happy to return to the MRT stage in this original production. He was last seen at MRT during the Spring One Act Competition as The Businessman in THE WAITING ROOM, which he also wrote and directed. NYC theatre credits: THE BEAR (Smirnov), THE PROPOSAL (Lumov), NO THANKS (Robin Leech), CAN I BORROW YOUR TIME MACHINE? (James Earl Ray), PROGRESS (Homeless Man). NJ theatre credits: PVT. WARS (Silvio), THE WOMAN IN BLACK (Kipps), A FEW GOOD MEN (Pfc. Downey), THE DREAM OF THE BURNING BOY (Steve), JULIUS CAESAR (Octavius), COWBOY MOUTH (Slim), PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE (Elvis Presley). Film: WE THREE KINGS (dir. Kenny Spooner, Spoonyvision), AS SHE WALKED OUT ONE NIGHT (NYU, dir. Tien Chi Fu), HAIR OF THE DOG (dir. Daniel DeLuca), THE WAKE (dir. Clay Dias), BOMBER JACKETS (dir. Robert Santana). A recent graduate of Montclair State University in Theatre Studies, Ryan is also a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe "The Pavlovian Dog Show."

KATHERINE CARTUSCIELLO (Sound & Light Board Designer / Stage Manager) is a current student at Columbia University majoring in music composition. She has worked for Manhattan Repertory Theater in the Fall, Winter, and Spring One-Act Play Competitions, along with designing the lights and sound for Ken Wolf's one-man show, DAD AND THE DOG. Her most recent sound and lighting design endeavors have included DEAD CITY by Sheila Callaghan (Atlantic Theater Company's Stage 2), YOUNG & PRECIOUS by Tobi Sigona, (Cabrini Repertory Theater), THE BRINK by Eugenie Carabatsos (Roi Arias Studios and Theaters) and THE CLUB...RAIN by Richard Henle (Manhattan Repertory Theater). She is delighted to be a part of this show, and will always have a fond place in her heart for Rebecca's antics. Congratulations to the cast and crew of PREACHER MAN, you all have my love.

 

 

MELANIE SUTRATHADA (Publicist) has worked in the public relations and marketing field for the past five years and loves being able to promote different products, brands and theatre works. As a working actress herself, Melanie understands how wonderful it is to perform in front of a full house, and therefore loves to bring in a big audience for great shows like PREACHER MAN.


 



BREAKING VELOCITY

a new solo Musical

by Megan Phillips

What if everything you worked for your whole life is taken from you in an instant? In BREAKING VELOCITY, M finds light in the darkness when her budding dreams are smashed by a car.

Literally.

 



ANTHROPOLOGY OF A BOOK CLUB

by Barbara Cassidy

Anthropology of a Book Club is a play about a book club composed of Muslim and non Muslim women.  

It is realistic, but not true, fantastical but not fake.  

 


NOT RETARDED

by Rachel Greenhoe

Not Retarded follows the graceless Gertie, her younger, questionably straight brother Bret, and their aging yet sharp Mamma as they deal with realities that force them to question how far they can push unconditional love.

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HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE

by Michael Long

In HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE,

a high-school savant with a bizarre gift has an affair with his teacher, and ends up in a fight for his life.

 


EAT THE CHICKEN

by Anna Rosa Parker

EAT THE CHICKEN is a farcical, not-politically-correct, wicked sense of humor, story about a group of friends  

who come together for a birthday.

"…its hilarious, ridiculous, and disturbing..." 


THE CENTURION

by 

Robert Leuci and Arlene Violet

NYC, a seductive dark place for narcotics detectives, making them behave in ways that are foreign to their nature.

Leaving the audience to decide; what would they have done differently?


MEDEA

by Euripides

Adapted by Jason Kilby.  Directed by Heather Chamberlain.

Merging the art of high drag with high drama, this mythological take on the ancient story of MEDEA will thrill, surprise and inspire audiences!

 



THE TIES THAT BIND

6 short plays by Meri Wallace 

 

Through a twist of fate we imprint upon other people's lives. 

This is a short play festival that shows that by a twist of fate

we imprint upon other people's lives. 


Each performance, there will be six short plays.

 


THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER

by Doreen Firestone

 

“The Prodigal Daughter” is the story of the prodigal son’s spiritual journey home to forgiveness,

but from a woman’s perspective.

 

DOREEN FIRESTONE, the playwright, composer, and performer of the dramatic presentation, THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER, is an artist who has enjoyed years of stage experience.  She has performed regionally at the Paper Mill Playhouse, as well as in a national tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC and on cruise ships, in summer stock productions and in cabaret performances on Restaurant Row in NYC.  Operatically, she has brought CARMEN to life as the title character and she has graced the recital stage.

After years of performing in productions created by other people, Doreen was inspired to give birth to her own creative project.  Led by her inner voice, the voice of the Holy Spirit, she began to scour the Bible for stories depicting regular people struggling to find God in the midst of their inner darkness.  This became her passion; to bring these stories to life and pull them together through the beloved parable of the Prodigal Son, but this time from a woman’s perspective.  For more than four years, this presentation, filled with scripture and original music, has uplifted audiences of all Christian faiths in parishes and retreat centers from Jamestown, NY to Leesburg, FL and throughout Long Island, New York and New Jersey.  In addition, Doreen has had the honor of sharing her own testimonial at these performances of how Jesus Christ transformed her life, beginning with a difficult childhood history and alcoholism, to her getting sober in 1984, to her conversion from Judaism to Roman Catholicism at the Easter Vigil in 1997, and culminating in the present, where she describes how she is living out her call to lead people home to God through her art and history.

Doreen is especially excited about her recently released CD of THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER, which includes all the new original music composed and arranged by Doreen, sung by the artist herself and performed with musicians she describes as her “amazing group of talented friends.”   For more information about where you can purchase her CD and for upcoming performance dates and locations, please see her website at theprodigaldaughtershow.com or doreenfirestone.com.  Also, please feel free to stop in and say hello every Sunday at Our Lady of Peace in Lynbrook, NY, where Doreen leads the congregation in song and praise to God.