Virtual Show Program – Turf Decisions

Play on Words Productions Presents…

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Your MC for the evening: Andrew Davies

Codependent Story by Kate Pressman- Directed by Christine Zagrobelny

Diana – Sarah Amandes
Jeff – Mat Leonard
Stage Directions – Rebecca Knowles

Kate Pressman (Playwright) is a Brooklyn based playwright and co-founder of Play on Words. Her full length play Piano For Four Hands was read as Red Fern Theatre Company’s Dark Night series last February and workshopped in December at the Kraine Theater. In the past year various shorter works have been read at Big Words ETC, The Access Theatre, the Samuel French Institute and Play on Words.

Christine Zagrobelny (Director) is a director, recently re-located to NYC. Directing credits include: “Jailbait” (Burning Coal Theatre Company), “The Shape of Things” (a site specific production sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill), “The Nina Variations,” and “Cinders” (LAB! Theatre). AD/”Assistant-to-the-Director” credits include: “Greater Angels” (Exit, Pursued by a Bear), “A Doll’s House” (Theatre Delicatessen), and “The Dream of the Burning Boy” (Cardinal Gibbons High School).

Sarah Amandes (Diana) recently returned from playing Maria in The Sound of Music and you may have seen her previously at The Brick and Gallery Players. Favorite roles include Aunt Em/Glinda in the national tour of The Wizard of Oz, as well as Vicki (Full Monty) and Titania (Midsummer Night’s Dream). Graduate of NYU: CAP 21 and current Friend of Flux. www.sarahamandes.com

Mat Leonard’s (Jeff) credits include playing Lennie in OF MICE AND MEN (National Players 9month National Tour), The True Love Gay For Pay Male Hustler in Sherrie Rene Scott’s PIECE OF MEAT (54 Below), Meathead in FALLUJAH (Kennedy Center/ Incite Theatre Festival), Vinny in THE AUSTERITY OF HOPE (Abington Theatre), Antonio in TWELFTH NIGHT (Columbia Grad School), Scowrer in THE VALLEY OF FEAR (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Mullet in BFPB FOR YOUR G**DAMN SOUL (Play on Words Productions), and Matthias of Galilea in THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (Boston University)

Rebecca Knowles (Stage Directions) just moved to NYC a week ago and has performed with companies such as Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Playhouse REP, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival as an acting apprentice. She is thrilled to be a part of an evening of such creative, exciting new works!

Benny and Georgette by Elizabeth Lee – Directed by Geoffrey Goldberg

Georgette – Sarah Raimondi
Benny – Jeffrey Funaro
Stage Directions – Rebecca Knowles

Elizabeth Lee (Playwright) is a playwright based in New York City; she holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her full length play, (un)real, will have it’s world premier in December 2013 (The Gene Frankel Theatre) in collaboration with Reckless Theatre Group, after a successful staged reading in May of 2013 (Theater for the New City). Some other works include short plays: Complaints and other Noise (Blink of an Eye Festival), Candy Can Do and The Insufferable Lord Whitney and his Companions. Originally from Saratoga, New York she has worked with Bond Street Theater in Manhattan and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America.

Geoffrey Goldberg (Director) is a NYC-based actor, dancer, singer, director, choreographer, writer and teaching artist. He has performed on Broadway (MARY POPPINS), on national and international tours (MARY POPPINS, CHITTY….BANG, 42ND STREET). As a director and choreographer, he has worked in NYC (BRADLEY COLE, NYFringe), Washington DC (A YEAR ON THE ROAD), and as an Associate on Broadway (MARY POPPINS, Associate Kids Director), and internationally (MARY POPPINS in Spanish – Asst Director). As a composer/lyricist, Geoffrey has had his music performed in cabarets and performances across the country including: Kennedy Center Millenium Stage (A YEAR ON THE ROAD) and on the Broadway New Amsterdam Stage (GYPSY OF THE YEAR). He is also a current member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater writing workshop here in NYC. Education: BFA with Honors from NYU/Tisch. AEA, AFTRA SDC Associate. www.Geoffrey-Goldberg.com

Sarah Raimondi (Georgette): Multi-Grammy Recording Artist Fred Hammond and JD Lawrence’s Cain and Able Off Broadway, Take Wing and Soar’s War of the Roses, Shakespeare Shakedown’s Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Hive Theatre: The Couple Next Door (dir, Shaun Peknic) and The Empress of Sex. Regional: East Coast Premier of James Sherman’s Jacob and Jack. Graduate of The Boston Conservatory, B.F.A Musical Theater; currently studying at The Barrow Group Acting School with Lee Brock.

Jeffrey Funaro (Benny) National Tour: John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd (Standby Sweeney, Judge, Beadle); New York: Marie Christine (Leary, Ensemble), R/evolution (Corporate Spy), Bradley Cole (Raul); Regional: Man of La Mancha (Anselmo) at Capital Rep, The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin) at Derby Dinner Playhouse, Beauty & The Beast (Lumiere) and High Society (Dexter) at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. BFA in Musical Theatre, NYU Tisch (CAP21); MA in Music Composition, CUNY Queens College. www.jeffreyfunaro.com

Blind Magic by Brianna Keller – Directed by Michele O’Brien

Rachel – Julia Anrather
Sara – Alexandra Evans
Jimmy – Matt Bourne
Colin – Jack Smart
Stage Directions – Rebecca Knowles

Brianna Keller (Playwright) is thrilled to be working with Play on Words Productions! Her play The Issue was recently produced by Everyday Inferno Theatre Company and her one act play The Third Bride was seen at the Spring 2012 Writer/Director Forum at The Looking Glass Theatre (NY). Brianna is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where she earned a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in playwriting.

Michele O’Brien (Director) is an actor, director, and theater artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent projects include: F#%king Up Everything (Elektra Theatre, asst. director), Winfluence (Looking Glass, actor) and Look Upon Our Lowliness (The Movement Theatre Company, producing assistant).

Julia Anrather (Rachel) is an actress and director who’s just moved back to the city after graduating from Vassar College. She’s currently ADing a production of the new musical “Bubble Boy” and in November she’ll be recording her first EP. www.juliaanrather.com

Alexandra Evans (Sara) started acting with NYU’s Looking For Shakespeare program when she was twelve. She studied at the NYSSSA School of Theatre in 2008 and just graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Drama. Her favorite roles include Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Luciana (The Comedy of Errors), Cellia (As You Like It), and Hilda/The Reverend (Wombman Wars).

Matt Bourne (Jimmy) is an actor and director from Santa Cruz, CA, currently residing in Brooklyn. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Most recently he appeared in Piper Theatre’s production of Frankenstein (adapted and directed by John McEneny). He would like to thank Michele O’Brien for asking him to be here tonight.

Jack Smart (Colin) is a recent graduate of Vassar College, where he studied English and Drama. His ultimate dream is to make a living off of seeing theater, so he is currently blogging and reviewing New York City theater at JackSmartReviews.com. This is his first time acting since playing the Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet” with Vassar’s Shakespeare Troupe last year.

MPDG by Dominic Finocchiaro – Directed by Jamie Drutman

Dave – Zac Moon
Joe – Doug Harris
Phawn – Ginna LeVine
Stage Directions – Rebecca Knowles

Dominic Finocchiaro’s (Playwright) plays include brother brother, complex, and The Lucky Ladies (someday you will be loved). His writing has been produced and developed around the country, including at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage, the Flea Theater, the Amoralists, Ugly Rhino, the Secret Theatre, Bookshop Workshops, Hearth Gods, Communal Spaces, and at the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Dominic is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of Reed College. He is in the process of completing the MFA Playwriting program at Columbia University, where he studies with Chuck Mee. He has also trained as a writer at the New School for Drama, the Kennedy Center, the Playwrights Foundation, and through the Pataphysics at The Flea Theater.

Jamie Hannah Drutman (Director) is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama where she majored in directing. She currently works with Elevator Repair Service as well as The Women’s Project. Her theatre company, Hobbyhorse, is currently in development for a new show that will debut in Spring 2014. jamiehannah.com

Zac Moon (Dave) is a member of The Bats at the Flea Theater where he has appeared in drama desk nominated Restoration Comedy, The Shakes: Romeo and Juliet as well as #serials@theflea. Recently worked with Dominic on readings of his full length Brother Brother. Other NYC credits: American English, Portrait… And Variations on R+J. Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Doug Harris (Joe) was most recently seen in the Sam French Off-Off Broadway Festival production of The Chicken Situation, the NYC premiere of The Collective by Catya McMullen, as well as readings at New York Theatre Workshop, Bookshop Workshop and the PEN Literary Festival. Other Theatre: Oh, Gastronomy (Humana Festival 2012), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,Hero Dad (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Anatomy of Gray (LAB! Theatre UNC). Doug holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science and Dramatic Arts.

Ginna LeVine (Phawn) graduated in May from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama where credits included The Rivals, Romeo and Juliet, Les Enfants Terrible, and The Learned Ladies. She was also seen on The Good Wife on CBS.

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Call for Playwrights and Directors

Call for Playwrights and Stage Directors for Play on Words Productions

This year Play on Words is planning on doubling our reading series. We will have four evenings of short-play readings throughout the year.

Our first two will be Oct 22nd and Nov 19th. We already have a few of these slots filled but are looking for a few more 10min plays and directors to direct these short readings.

These readings are a great place to try out new work or hear old work and to get a chance to work with people you haven’t before, not to mention drink and hang out with cool theater folk.

We believe in creating and combining communities, so Play on Words  will help in matching great collaborators  and introducing new artists to one another!

These readings are casual, low key, and a lot of fun!

Please email PlayOnWordsProductions@gmail.com with short plays or an artistic introduction (if you are a director).

We look forward to meeting you!

–The Play On Words Crew

WATCH by Kate Pressman

Watch new play by Kate Pressman

FREE
7:30-9pm at CultureFIX!
Come have a drink and be the FIRST to hear Kate Pressman’s new play!

It’s is an unsentimental love story about damaged people: Adwin has a clockwork heart and Adwin’s heart is breaking. Naz fixes clocks. Adwin watches Naz, only ten feet away in her tiny apartment, across their shared light well, five stories off the ground. They are both alone in the city. Then they try to connect.

Written by Kate Pressman
Directed by Larissa Lury

CAST:

Adwin: Adam Blodgett
Naz: Taylor Shurte*
Shepard: Susan Merson*
Doctor: Jerry Matz*
*Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity

Virtual Show Program 168 Play Fest

168 HOUR PLAY FESTIVALPlay on Words Productions Presents:

168 Hour Play Festival

Alpaca my bagsKICKIN’ IT by Gina Femia, Directed by Taylor Reynolds

 Zig Zag- Kaitlin Schuster

Crusher- Angelyn Thornton

Gina Femia (playwright) Her work has been produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (In the Land of Giants), Alumnae Theatre (Toronto, ON, Pieces of Penelope), Independent Actor’s Theatre (Columbia, MO, Once Upon a Valentine), the Estrogenius Festival (Happily Never Ever) and STRIKE 38 (Fly Balls) and developed at the Samuel French Institute (Super and We Are the Gods), Dixon Place (Happily Never Ever), New York Madness (HERE Arts Center, Occupy Sandy), Play on Words Productions (Once Upon a Valentine and Five-Sided Triangle), Sarah Lawrence College (The Old Man in the Woods) and Looking Glass Theatre (A Line That Doesn’t Even Exist).
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Taylor Reynolds (Director) was most recently the assistant director for Look Upon Our Lowliness with The Movement Theatre Company in Harlem. In February, Taylor was the assistant for the world premiere of Blood Privilege at the Richmond Shepard Theatre. She has worked as a director and assistant with theatres across New York and Chicago. She holds a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University, where her senior thesis production was In the Blood.  iamtaylorreynolds.com

Kaitlin Schuster (Zig Zag) is now a New York City based performer and playwright and a graduate of the Conservatory at the Atlantic Theater Company. Favorite roles include Orphan #12 in Annie and a dog newscaster in a play that her third grade class made up. As of late, her work has been seen at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, ESPA: Primary Stages, Colt Coeur, the Play on Words Reading Series in NYC and Do it Live in San Francisco. When she’s not pretending to be other people or hanging out in downtown New York theaters, Kaitlin enjoys listening to trashy pop music or Harry Potter audio books, over-investing in the contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race, spending time sitting under trees, and smiling at people on the street.  www.kaitlinschuster.com

Angelyn Thornton (Crusher) received a BA in Drama from The Catholic University of America and studies improv with Peoples Improv Theater. She is a member of the sketch comedy group Big Ugly Comedy and performs monthly with the Red Tie Mafia improv group. Angelyn would like to thank Kip for all her love and support.

The Centaur of Attention PunCAMEO by Suzanne Dottino, directed by Megan Eileen Kosmoski

Zoe- Lauren LaRocca

Zachary- Zachary Luke

Suzanne Dottino (playwright) work has been performed at The Red Room, The Culture Project, Under St. Marks, Senses Askew, The Grex Theater and Artists of Tomorrow Festival. Her play An Absolutely Perfect Life is published in The St. Petersburg Review. An excerpt of her most recent play PRANKS can be read on the Samuel French website: Breaking Character

Megan Eileen Kosmoski (director) is the founder of Play on Words Productions, has directed and designed in New York and DC. Favorite directing credits include: Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps 2012, Piano for Four Hands by Kate Pressman (Workshop, Kraine Theater),  Aphrodite’s Adonis (Bad Theater Festival), and The Lesson (The Lab Theater, CUA). She has worked with EST, Red Fern Theater Company, The Glass Eye Theater, Washington Shakespeare Company, Capitol Fringe Festival, and Active Cultures. She received her BA from Catholic University of America. www.MeganKosmoski.com

Lauren LaRocca (Zoe) hails from Connecticut and is a Brooklyn-based actor and theater-maker. She received her BFA with Honors in Drama from New York University and since graduating has worked both near (The 14th Street Y, The Red Room, The Tank, The Atlas Theatre, Columbia University) and far (The Red Poppy Art House
in San Francisco, and as an apprentice at The Williamstown Theatre Festival). Most recently, Lauren was seen as Duct Tape Girl in Duct Tape Girl and Fetish Chick Conquer the World. This summer Lauren will be heading to Kentucky for a nine month long acting apprenticeship with the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Zachary Luke (Zachary) is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch, where he studied at Atlantic Acting School and Stonestreet Studio for Film and T.V.  Since graduation he has worked with playwright and filmmaker, Jeremy Hersh on a developmental production of Authentic Lesbian Cuisine and wrapped the indie short film, Clean Sheets directed by Paul Head.  He is in love with Megan Kosmoski.

non-prophet punTHE BONES OF TERRORISTS by Samuel Wilson, Directed by Kyle Metzger

Laurie- Isabelle Zufferey Boulton
Mary- Cassie Foote
Ben- Jason Zeren

Burlesque Dancer- Amanda Lea Mason

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Samuel Wilson (playwright) is a director/writer from Rimouski, QC. Graduate of Mount Allison University in 2012. Credits:  The Ghost Sonata by August Strindberg, The Zoo Story by Edward Albee. Developed Weapons and Fucking Freud, presented at the Mount Allison Drama Workshop. Readings of his full-length play Burn the Summer have been presented at Mount Allison Drama Workshop and Live Bait Theatre. His theatre company, The Theatre in Exile, will have its inaugural production for this summer. He is delighted to be working with Play on Words for the 168 Hour Festival.

Kyle Metzger (directing) NYC Directing: Hunting and Gathering (The Glass Eye), Toxoplasmosis (Fresh Produce’d), Pussyfest Redux (Caps Lock), Werewolf (Play on Words), Entranced (Snorks and Piñs), Dog Whistles (Fresh Produce’d). NYC Assistant Directing: P.S. Jones and The Frozen City (dir: Jose Sayas, terraNOVA Collective), The Medicine Showdown (dir. Jessie Hill, Flying Carpet Theatre), Tea and Sympathy (dir: Eddie Lew, Ripple Effect Artists). Kyle is the Artistic Director of The Glass Eye, and Resident Director of Fresh Produce’d: a monthly new play workshop. Glasseyenyc.wordpress.com

Isabelle Zufferey Boulton (Laurie) is a New York based Swiss-Canadian actress. A graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, she writes for alt.theater. Recent NYC credits: Passing Through: Room 603 (The Dirty Blondes & Access Theater), Is It Already Dusk? (Irondale Ensemble Project & Stella Adler Studio),  Platonov (Columbia University), What We’ll Do (Special Sauce Company), WHO’S ZOO? (Michael Clark Company, Whitney Biennial 2012) . Regional: Where It Feels (Do It Live!, San Francisco), Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop: Tripolitania, William Shakespeare’s Mom, The Living Newspaper. Love and thanks to Megan, Cassie, Amanda and all the wonderful artists involved in this festival!

Cassie Foote (Mary) is beyond awesome. Graduate of Fordham University Lincoln Center where he studied Theatre Performance and acted in multiple productions. Has performed with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Play on Words Productions, Columbia University, and many other fancy places you have heard of and are impressed by. (she may or may not have forgotten to email her bio in time)

Jason Zeren (Ben) New York Theatre – ATTA Boy (Wild Project and HERE Arts Center), I Fioretti In Musica (La Mama Etc), Richard 3 (NYC Fringe Festival), Ravishing Carlos/Ravishing Christina (Hot Festival at Dixon Place), Friends Don’t Let Friends (Walker’s Space). Graduate of Fordham University Lincoln Center where he studied Theatre Performance and acted in multiple productions. A member of DreamLab Theatre headed by director Niegel Smith.

Amanda Lea Mason (Dancer) graduated from the Boston University School of Theatre in 2011 and has been living in Brooklyn ever since. In 2010, she completed the Classical Acting Semester at the London Academy of Dramatic Art  (LAMDA). Some favorite roles include Cari in Where It Feels, Bad dates/Jill/Nurse Ortega in Jewtopia, and Hertha in Spring Storm.

king lear shakespeare punAT THE FINISH by Nick Gandiello, directed by Callie Jane Farnsworth

CASEY – Amy Lynne Berger
BECCA – Marion Le Coguic
EDDIE – Matt Ketai
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Nick Gandiello (playwright) is a member of the 2012-13 Ars Nova Play Group, and was selected as a finalist for Page 73‘s 2013 Playwriting Fellowship. Nick’s play Travis Winters was the winner of Best Play and Audience Favorite at the American Globe Theatre, and his play Screen was presented in the Samuel French OOB Play Festival. Other NYC writing credits include Still Jackie (UglyRhino Productions), Keepers (Unity Stage Company), and Can’t Imagine (BoX the Outside Theatre). His play Oceanside was workshopped by MCC Theater and Page 73 Productions. Nick’s play Black Fly Spring

was selected for a reading by The Claque. He will be attending Page 73’s 2013 summer residency at Yale. Nick is the Literary Manager of Young Playwrights Inc. MFA Playwriting, New School for Drama.

Callie Jane Farnsworth (Director)- BFA graduate from Boston University and brand new to the New York theatre scene. Credits include: The Incident with the Mud (STAMP Festival) and The Daily Routine (24hr Play Project). She is a resident director with Rhapsody Collective.

Amy Lynne Berger (Casey) graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, received training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and Stonestreet Studios. Favorite roles include May in Time Flies (dir. Laura Savia), Linda in Savage in Limbo (dir. Stella Powell-Jones), and Anna in Vassa Zheleznova (dir. Moritz von Stuelpnagel). She has worked with Chris Tyer and Jeff Murphy at Stagedoor Manor, performed Off-Broadway with the AlphaNYC LLC., toured as Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in northern Greece with One Year Lease Theatre Company. She most recently worked as an apprentice at Williamstown Theatre Festival (2012). She is a proud member of Improbable Stage Company.

Marion Le Coguic (Becca) is a Theatre Arts-Acting major from Boston University. Post-grad credits include: El Ojo (lead) in music video El Puñal for Colombian band La Derecha; completed 3 of 4 rounds for the role of Woman in competition-based film/documentary/love story AUDITION written and directed by Matt Herron, release date 2014; Jessie (recurring) in Living In Exile, a web series written and directed by James Mendrinos; actor/dramaturg for Rhapsody Theatre Collective.

Matt Ketai (Eddie) is a recent graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre. New York credits: Oedipus (La Mama), La Ruta (script workshop, Working Theatre) Regional Credits: Othello (Gratiano/Ensemble, Actor’s Shakespeare Project) Other Credits. Fallujah(American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center and the InCite Arts Festival (2011), Three Sisters (Andrei),Masked (Daoud), Mary’s Wedding (Charlie) The Imaginary Invalid (Dr. Diaforious/Mr. De Bonnefoi), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Butch Honeywell).

MulletBFPB FOR YOUR GODDAMN SOUL by Angela Santillo, Directed by Daniella Caggiano

Mullet- Mat Leonard

Richard- Thomas Wood

Angela Santillo (playwright) is NYC based playwright and actress.  Her plays have been workshopped and performed at Dixon Place, Pan Asian Rep, Abingdon Theater, The Nightborn, Communal Spaces, foolsFURY Theater, Play on Words Productions, Playwrights Center of San Francisco.  Her play Sera (dir. Rebecca Engle, Saint Mary’s College) was a national finalist for the 2010 David Mark Cohen Award and received a Distinguished Achievement Award in Playwriting by the KCATF.  Recent acting credits include Sheila Callaghan’s Port Out, Starboard Home (world premiere, foolsFURY Theater at ZSpace and LaMama) and an upcoming workshop performance of her one-woman show The Unfelt Wonder (Dixon Place, director Lillian Meredith).   She is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild.  BA: Saint Mary’s College.  MFA: Sarah Lawrence College, recipient of the Lipkin Playwriting Award.  www.angelasantillo.com

Daniella Caggiano (director) is a native New Yorker, freelance director and the literary manager for Bedlam Ensemble. Directing credits include Novaya Zemlya (HERE Arts), Outside Providence (FringeNYC), ALICE (The Shell), The Delirium of Edgar Allan Poe (Altered Stages 2), Tell-Tale Text (Players Theatre), and In A Relationship (Emerging Artists Theatre, Dixon Place, United Solo). Daniella is also a member of New Perspective Theater’s 2013 Womens Work LAB, lead by Melody Brooks and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. This is her first adventure with Play On Words and her first piece about mullets–two for one! www.daniellacaggiano.com

Mat Leonard (Mullet) recently finished The National Players’ 9 month national tour of Of Mice and Men as Lennie Small and The Taming of the Shrew as Vincentio. Williamstown Theatre Festival: The Valley of Fear (Scowrer), The Sandbox (Young Man), The Elephant Calf (Soldier), WTF Cabaret (Trumpet Soloist). Columbia University Grad School: Twelfth Night (Antonio), The Bacchae (Pentheus), Linda’s Dream (Biff Loman)Boston University: Fallujah (Meathead, Kennedy Center award outstanding ensemble performance), A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley Kowalski), Angels in America: Millenium Approaches (Joe Pitt). New York Theatre Workshop: The Invisible Hand (Reading)

Thomas Wood (Richard) is really excited to be working with the Play on Words crew again. Recent New York Credits include Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream, an interactive night of Shakespeare and Improv with Annie’s Shakespeare Shakedown, and George in War of the Roses with Take Wing and Soar. He also recently wrapped his first feature film, Shankman’s, which will be out later this year. You can often find him making way too much noise on his twitter account (@thomaswood) or his website (www.thoamsdwood.com).

Musical Guest:

Andrew Davies is an actor, educator, and comedian in New York City. Andrew has starred in dozens of plays in New York such as Macbeth at the American Theatre of Actors, Candide at The Gallery Players, and Billy Budd at The Metropolitan Playhouse. He also co-wrote and acted in the off-broadway kid’s musical about Climate Change, Blizzard the Wizard. In 2011 Andrew co-founded The Bible Players, a Torah Comedy Troupe whose videos and upcoming performances can be found at www.TheBiblePlayers.com

Production Team:

Megan Eileen Kosmoski- Founder, Artistic Director of Play on Words Productions

Gina Femia- Director of [subject to change] and Literary Manager of 168Fest

Cassie Foote- Producer of the Festival

Amanda Lea Mason- Casting Director

Isabelle Coler- Costume Consultant

Mark Metivier – Space Manager

Mark Metivier- Performer/Producer Mark has been a performer in New York since 2003. Now specializing in live entertainment and Stand Up comedy, Mark completed the acting program at Fordham University at Lincoln Center with additional training from the AMDA and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. In 2011, Mark literally walked across America while producing the feature length documentary The Road Less Travelled By (www.roadlesstravelledfilm.com). Mark currently works as the management and artistic consultant for the historical Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria, Queens bringing live entertainment and theatrical events to one of New York’s most prized venues. Thank you to my Saloon Family for all of your support and housing this wonderful event.

The Artists of The 168 Hour Play Festival

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5 Fearless Playwrights:
Gina Femia,Angela Santillo, Suzanne Dottino, Sam Wilson, and Nick Gandiello!

5 Daring Directors:
Megan Kosmoski, Kyle Metzger, Taylor Reynolds, Callie Jane Farnsworth, and Daniella Caggiano

12 Adventurous Actors:
Kaitlin Schuster, Mat Leonard, Thomas Wood, Isabelle Boulton, Marion Le Coguic, Amy Lynne Berger Matt Ketai, Zachary Luke, Angelyn Thornton, Jason Zeren, Lauren LaRocca, Cassie Foote, and Amanda Mason

The artists will team up and have only one week from the time they meet to write, stage, and produce a play!!

TEAMS ARE PICKED APRIL 19th: Happy Hour Kick Off 6PM-8PM @ Saloon NYC! Free!

SHOW IS APRIL 25th
$10 GA + 1 FREE Drink!
7PM Doors Open
8PM Show Starts
10PM DANCE PARTY!
An evening of new plays, drinks, treats, musical acts, and partying!!
Drink specials for all audience members

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New Plays NYC: March 11th- 27th

New Plays NYC

MARCH 11TH-17TH

What are you seeing this week?
Pocahontas, And/Or America by Little Lord
!!TONIGHT!! THE LEAGUE OF INDEPENDENT THEATER’S MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM: Members of LIT will get to vote on the candidates they think will best serve the indie theater territory. LIT’s Political Research and Outreach Committee has created the Performing Arts Platform to better serve the independent theater and performing arts population of New York City. Public Forum. FREE 7pm LIT

HIT THE WALL by Ike Holter, Directed by Eric Hoff: Tuesday- Sunday  7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm. Hit the Wall focuses on the enigmatic first night of the riots, vibrantly blending history and mythology with theatrical imagination to shine contemporary light on the legacy of Stonewall. $20-75 Barrow Street Theatre

THE WILD BRIDE adapted and directed by Emma Rice: Tuesday-Saturday 3pm, 8pm. A father accidentally sells his daughter to the Devil. A fairytale complete with a live bluegrass band for adults and brave children. $55 St. Ann’s Warehouse

HONKY written by Greg Kalleres directed by Luke Harlan: Tuesday- Sunday 3pm, 8pm. A darkly comedic look at five people, white and black, as they navigate the muddy waters of race, advertising and basketball shoes. $25 Urban Stages

POCAHONTAS AND/OR AMERICA by Michael Levinton and Laura von Holt: Wednesday- Saturday 8pm. Part historical pageant, part roadside attraction, Little Lord corrupts over 400 years of fact and fiction to grant America the founding myth we all deserve. $15-18 Bushwick Starr

LAWNPEOPLE by Natalia Naman (mentored by Eduardo Machado) directed by Elena Araoz: Wednesday-Saturday 8pm. Presented as part of the Mentor Project with Cherry Lane Theater.Lawnpeople tracks the journey of Solymar, an undocumented Mexican immigrant working as a housekeeper for a wealthy black Southern couple. $19 Cherry Lane Theater

DOWNTOWN URBAN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Wednesday – Sunday 8:30pm. Awesome festival for new works and described as ´not only prestigious, but a slice of heaven for playwrights who want the chance to freely express themselves.´ The theme this year is Super Heroes! $18 DUTF

THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF NELSON FRITZ by Noah Schechter Directed by Morgan Green: Saturday 8pm. A staged reading of Noah Schechter’s new play. FREE. The Brick

THE SERIALS AT THE FLEA: Saturday and Sunday 11pm. Featuring: Slaves of Our Lives by Brett Epstein, Starwatch: Watch the Stars by Eric Dufault, and Vampire Journalings by Carrie Louise Nutt. $10 The Flea Theater

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New Plays March 4th-10th

New Plays NYC

MARCH 4TH-10TH 

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FIRST BREW: Monday at 8PM It’s a works-in-progress party! New Plays from EST Playwright Units Meeting, all actors are chosen from the audience! FREE EST

HOPE by Jerry Ford, Directed by Turron Kofi Alleyne: Monday + Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday + Thursday 8pm. Based on Jerry’s childhood, growing up in Detroit MI, in the midst of darkness, finding hope. $20 Producer’s Club

THE RADIANT by Shirley Lauro, Directed by Melanie Moyer Williams: Tuesday – Sunday @ 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm. Set one hundred years ago in France, THE RADIANT centers on the true, tempestuous life of the brilliant Madame Marie Curie. $18-25 Red Fern Theatre

HIT THE WALL by Ike Holter, Directed by Eric Hoff: Tuesday- Sunday  7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm. Hit the Wall focuses on the enigmatic first night of the riots, vibrantly blending history and mythology with theatrical imagination to shine contemporary light on the legacy of Stonewall. $20-75 Barrow Street Theatre

ON THE HEAD OF A PIN Written and Directed by Frank Winters: Tuesday- Thursday 7pm, Friday-Sunday 8pm. A political thriller. Lily Strauss, a reporter in the waning days of newspaper journalism, must cut through webs of corporate lies and government deception until finally faced with the devastating consequences of telling the truth. $18 59E59

BELLEVILLE by Amy Herzog, Directed by Anne Kauffman: Tues Wed & Sun 7pm, Thurs-Sat 8pm. A chilling, Hitchcockian, look at the limits of trust, truth, deception and dependency in a world where both love and loss can be pathological and cathartic. $25-70 NYTW

ISAAC’S EYE by Lucas Hnath, Directed by Lindsay Firman: Wednesday – Sunday  7pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm. This quirky, quick-witted new play, examines one of Isaac Newton’s earlier experiments, sticking a needle in his eye. Get $10 tickets with promo NEWTON at EST

DOWNTOWN URBAN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Wednesday – Sunday 8:30pm. Awesome festival for new works and described as ´not only prestigious, but a slice of heaven for playwrights who want the chance to freely express themselves.´ The theme this year is Super Heroes! $18 DUTF

TREVOR by Nick Jones, Directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel: Thursday- Sunday 8pm. Trevor is a show-biz chimp whose career is on the rocks, and who, despite biting a woman in the supermarket parking lot last week, still has dreams of a TV comeback with Morgan Fairchild. $15-18 Lesser America

HOPELESS ROMANTIC COMEDY by Becky Flaum, Directed by Will Taylor Sunday 6pm Becky Flaum thinks she’s Julia Roberts… or Sandra Bullock… or even Katherine Heigel…but the men she meets aren’t reading from the same scripts, and Becky’s high cinematic hopes for her love life have odd ways of crashing into reality. $10 PIT

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CAST LISTS FOR RELATIONSHIP EXPOSURE

Relationship Exposure: Let’s Go into a Dark Room and See what Develops

A reading series of 4 short plays presented by Play on Words Productions! Each play is about dating, love, and commitment; showing different views, stages, and types of love!

Feb 7th and 14th                                                          7:30pm                                   Niagara on Ave A and East 7th!

$5 donation for a hell of a time!

THE LINE UP:

MCs: Amanda Mason and Cassie Foote

WHERE IT FEELS
by Kaitlin Schuster
directed by Joe Pikowski
Hana:  Kaitlin Schuster
Joz:  Kate Foster

WEREWOLF
by Kate Pressman
directed by Kyle Metzger
Jill: Colleen O’Connor
Wes: Andrew Davies

HOMECOMING ATHENA
by Angela Santillo
directed by Heather Lanza
Michael: Mark Metivier
Red: Alison Scaramella

–PICK UP LINE CONTEST!!!–

FIVE-SIDED TRIANGLE
by Gina Femia
directed by Megan Kosmoski
Marisol: Erin Chung
Sunny: Kelley Evans
Xero: Morgan Green
Lexis: Jehan O Young
Phoebe: Jennifer Apple

Relationship Exposure

Relationship Exposure: Let’s Go into a Dark Room and See what Develops

An Evening of 4 short plays presented by Play on Words Productions! Each play is about dating, love, and commitment; showing different views, stages, and types of love!

Feb 7th and 14th
7:30pm
Niagara on Ave A and East 7th!

$5 donation for a hell of a time!

As the love train would say
choo-choo-choose us this Valentines day!