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Video selections from past virtual play festivals have been used in the Creative Writing Program (instructor Gary Duehr) at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.
of New York
(And the Woodside Players of Queens, and The Fifth Avenue Theatre)
The Equity Library Theater of New York 2022 Summer Play Festival.
August 6th and 13th(may be relocated) at 12pm at the NYPL 53rd Street Branch, 18 West 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Featuring works by:
Allison Fradkin – “Soar Spot” – 8/6, 8/13
Anghus Houvouras – “The Safety of Structure” - 8/13
Brett Wolfe – “Simulacrum” - 8/6, 8/13
Christopher Woods – “Salt Mine Exchange” - 8/6, 8/13
Eloise Coopersmith – “My (unauthorized) Hallmark Movie Musical”, - 8/6, 8/13
Jaime Sheedy – “The Effect of Magic On The Death Of Will and Grace” - 8/13
Jennifer Ju – “Happier Days” - 8/6, 8/13
Julia Genoveva – “The (Fairy) Truth of the Matter” - 8/6
Sophie Virgilio - “Angel Wings and Hand Grenades” - 8/6
Marlin Thomas – “Queensbridge” - 8/13
Mary Weems – “Getting Ready for Work” - 8/13
Nicholas Bompart – “Valley of the Queens” - 8/13
Philip Hall – “Alvin” - 8/6
Tom Padovano – “Comedy Tonight!” 8/13
Runs about 90 minutes and is suitable for all.
Since 2013, ELT has been presenting a festival of short plays (comedy, drama and musicals) by writers from around the globe, in association with the NYPL. Equity Library Theater began its life in 1943 as a sort of New York City road-show, with performances rotating among many theaters built during the Depression in branches of the New York Public Library. Today they present their works for all to view in person and in a virtual setting.
George Wojtasik was Producing Director of ELT from 1966-1989. ELT won the Off-Broadway Theatre Tony Award twice, in 1953 and in 1977. Despite valiant fund-raising efforts, ELT was forced to close, due to financial concerns, in the 1989-1990 season.
Acting opportunities this fall!
The Woodside Players of Queens will present a live production of “Six Cylinder Love”, a 1920 comedy by William Anthony McGuire. The performance is November 19th at 1pm at the Queens Library Astoria Branch: 14-01 Astoria Blvd. Script in hand. Rehearse on Zoom and in person.
"Gilbert and Marilyn Sterling make their home in a pleasant suburb. The young wife explains that she wants an automobile badly. The husband takes out a mortgage on the home and buys a machine from a crafty auto salesman, The couple gets in with a fast set and Gilbert borrows some cash from his employer. The employer discovers the theft, but accepts Gilbert's promise to work hard and make good and atone for his embezzlement. All ends well for the couple."
Fifth Avenue Theater presents a virtual and in person performance of “Tales from The Times - Selections from the Metropolitan Diary”. Contact: Fifthavenuetheatre@gmail.com.
Equity Library Theater presents a performance of short plays of the supernatural by Theodore Dreiser. Read them on Google Books. Contact: email@example.com.
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Now Playing! Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2022 Virtual Play Festival. Watch all 40+ submissions here! Winners in Red.
A Milkman’s Serenade – Mark Blickley (Tie, Best Play)
(Tie, Best Monologue)
Lost Property – Robert Luxford (Tie, Best Actor)
Out to Pasture – Alison Gilbreath (Tie, Best Monologue)
Soul to Squeeze – Meagan J. Meehan (Tie, Best Play)
Stoned - Scott Carter Cooper (Tie, Best Play)
The Lucky Escape – Eamann Breen (Tie, Best Actress)
Wrong Kind of Doctor – Beth Evans, with Emily Blake, Ben WIllis (Tie, Best Actress)
Watch Here! “In Swirly Letters”, a new play by Johnny Culver. With Sarah-Ann Rodgers, Phyllis Cox, Bart DeFinna, Tom Morwick, Carolyn Quinn
The Woodside Players of Queens presented their 2021 virtual holiday performance, on Zoom, December 29th @ 7pm EST. Watch here!
“An evening of short Vaudeville sketches by Harry L. Newton” (b. 1872).
Presenting: An Oyster Stew, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, The Jumpkins Jumble, Strenuous Mame - the Bowery Girl, Fresh Timothy Hay, A Jack and His Queen, The Secondhand Man.
Directed by Johnny Culver, Anne Hammond, Shelia Spencer, Milton Coykendall.
With: Allison Fradkin, Andrew Dinan, Candy Brown, Carolle U, Cynthia Gale, Gus Ferrari, Helen Yalof, Joseph Bowen, Marjie Conn, Paul Jones, Regan Carmody, Robin Jacobson, Ronnye Halpern, Shelia Spencer, Susan Neuffer, Ted Birke.
Full length plays performed virtually
from the summer and fall of 2021!
Watch them below and text your favorite to 631 898 4205 - play, actor, actress.
A pre-transition transmasculine person (Girlself), who is in the early stages of “coming” out and uncertain of what the future may hold for them, receives a surprise visit from a future version of their self (Boyself), who only has foggy memories of the exchange from the “other” side. As they talk together about everything and nothing, both “selves” learn something unexpected about who they are collectively. Directed and written by Jack Seamus Conley, and starring Lea Hulsey (Girlself) and Chase Nuerge (Boyself).
The Woodside Players of New York City 2021 winter season. One act plays*, some from over 100 years ago, performed virtually. Watch them below!
(thanks to Shelia Spencer and her actors)
Finders Keepers – George Kelly – 1923 - Directed by Kevin Snyder
*all free to read on Google Books.
Over thirty-five short plays.
Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York Virtual Fall 2020 Play Festival
Winners in red!
Coyotes – Steven Carinci (Best Play – tie)
Glasses – Barry M. Putt Jr. with Allison Fradkin (Best Monologue – tie)
Barren Landscape – Steve Gold (Best actress – Alexis Tandit)
The Waiting Place - Michael Cunningham, with Regina Yeager (Special Mention)
It's Not Haunted Real Estate - Sarah Congress (Best Effects)
My Turkey Redeemer Liveth – Loretta Wish (Best acting duo)
(Best Play – tie)
(Best Play – tie)
Equity Library Theater of New York presents a reading of a full length new play:
The play is based on a book written by American author, Charles Brockden Brown (publ. in 2 vols.1798 & 1815). It consists of a dialogue between Edwin Alcuin, a Quaker schoolmaster, and Mrs. Carter, a widow, in Philadelphia in 1798. Alcuin and Mrs. Carter argue about women's lack of voting rights, their need for financial independence, and their inadequate access to education and employment opportunities. Mrs. Carter speaks for all women, sharing her insights about marriage and divorce as well as politics. As the two debate these issues, they become friends and, eventually, lovers. The plot includes a remarkable sequence in which Alcuin travels to a future utopia, The Paradise of Women, where men and women are equals and where the word "marriage" does not exist. Though their conversations are serious, there are many light moments and a subtle romantic subtext.
Caterina Nonis is a director, theatre maker and actor from Milan, now based in New York. She has collaborated with Page 73, The Habitat, The InHEIRitance Project, NYMadness, Shotz! Amios, Theatre East, KIT, Stella Adler, Modern Shakespeare Project, Match:Lit, among others. At the Venice Biennale, she studied different approaches to theatre making with directors Thom Luz and Jakop Ahlbom. She is an artistic associate of The InHEIRitance Project, and an SDCF Observership 18/19 Class member. BFA: NYU Tisch, Stella Adler & RADA. www.caterinanonis.com.
California native, Dean Linnard is a New York based AEA actor, singer, solo-performer, and puppeteer. He studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Since then, he has been associated with a number of outstanding theater companies, such as the Portland Playhouse, Vermont Shakespeare Company, and New Orleans Fringe Festival. Though he specializes in classical material, his projects have ranged from Shakespeare to experimental performance art, from children’s theater to Off-Broadway. In 2011, he developed a one-man adaptation of Hamlet which he performed as a benefit for Young Actors Workshop in California and as part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s New Work series. He is a Teaching Artist for Broadway.com’s Broadway Classroom Series. www.deanlinnard.com.
Carolyn Balducci’s publications include fiction & non-fiction books, articles & reviews as well as translations and poetry. Her plays include adaptations/translations of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata; Renaissance comedies, La Calandra and La Veniexiana; contemporary Italian comedies; Alcuin: A Fierce & Elegant Plea for the Rights of Women; and Chekhov in the Hamptons. Original works include Maestro:Pirandello as Recalled by Ms. Marta Abba; and Giovanni the Fearless, a commedia dell'arte musical (book and lyrics by Carolyn Balducci; music composed by Mira J. Spektor). She is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild, BMI and NYWIFT.
“Five on Fifth – 2020 Summer Play Festival”, Fifth Avenue Theater presents video recordings of short plays by local writers! Click below to watch.
The Woodside Players of Queens Summer 2020 Play Festival. Short plays by local writers in a virtual setting. Click below to watch!
The Values of Gold, Silver & Bronze by: Meagan J. Meehan Theater 294 on Long Island. Three statues of women--one Gold, one Silver, and one Bronze--are constantly bickering over who is made of the best material. Then, when a Burglar breaks into the posh mansion which they inhabit, the three statues must find reasons for him to take one of the other two instead.
Past Best Plays from the Equity Library Theater Summer Play Festival!
Congratulations to the Woodside Players of Queens!
The 2019 Josie Performance Award for best Director of 2018
Past event and returning on Zoom (view here)
Equity Library Theater and the Gingerbread Players of Forest Hills present a staged reading of the 1921 comedy
"The Dover Road" by A. A. Milne.
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2 PM – 4 PM
This fall, a new theater group begins work in Manhattan, The Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York!
Our first event will be a reading of new short plays by local writers, in a casual, free setting, November 9th @12pm in the atrium on the lower level at 650 Fifth Avenue. Enter on 52nd Street. No admission fee.
St. John - Lloyd Pace
The Wonderer - Lynda Crawford
Scary Mom – Nancy Davidoff Kelton
And Everything Was Perfect – Monte D. Monteleagre
Lunchtime - Johnny Culver
More info, contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 16, 2019 @12pm, NYPL Alvin Ailey Auditorium
203 West 115th Street
Equity Library Theater presents a reading a reading of a new play
EXTRACTED by Dwayne Yancey, Directed by Alexandra Scordato.
A truck driver sleeping in his cab in southern California is awoken by someone banging on his door. He opens it to find two teen-age girls who say they desperately need a ride back to New York -- Sam says she's rescued her sister Libby from drug gangs in Los Angeles and needs to get her home to her family. Thus begins a strange, cross-country journey full of mysterious characters -- and a dark allegorical tale about modern politics and immigration.
Runs about 90 minutes. Free admission. More info 631 898 4205.
The Woodside Players of Queens present
“Miss Molly”, a 1918 comedy by Elizabeth Gale!
December 21st, 2019 @2pm Queens Library Forest Hills Branch,
108-19 71st Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375
simple case of mistaken identities in the home of a "crabbed old
misogynist" provides much laughter and mayhem in this short two act play.
Reginald - Johnny Culver
Julian - Frankie Wang
Joe - Charles Huang
Annie - Shelia Spencer
Molly - Cheryl Bear
Cissie – Samantha Whitmore
- Alexis Tandit
Miston – Regina Yeager
Director - Jake Dunham
Free admission. Seating is limited. More info 631 898 4205. Great for groups!
Equity Library Theater Summer 2019 Play Festival
Part One - August 3rd, 2019 @12pm, , NYPL Alvin Ailey Auditorium 203 West 115th Street
Tina by F.
J. Hartland (best play)
Directed by Paula D'Alessandris, w/Alex Etling
The Soldier Returns - Lionelle Hamanaka
Directed by Nicholas Leung, w/ J.R. Carter, Selear Duke
Rosemary - Charles Lupia
Directed by Charles Lupia, w/ Susan Palmer Everly
Father Figure - Liz Amberly
Directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby , w/ Maggie Horan, Fred Velde
Attention Shoppers - Barbara Blumenthal
Directed by Valeria Canigla, w/ Jacob Linberry, Pilar Adara, Cheryl Bear
Valentine Shrugged - Wayne Paul Mattingly
With Quinn Warren, Emily Mervosh
HOA - Laura Huntt Foti
With Kristin Samuelson, Rew
Meaning - Tommy Nichols
With Clare Casey
Part Two - August 10th, 2019 @12pm, NYPL Alvin Ailey Auditorium 203 West 115th Street
Questions - Rob Dames>
Directed by Ted Thompson, w/ Martin Goldberg, William Barry
The Divorcee Shower - Lavinia Roberts
Directed by Dianna Garten, w/ Brittney Jo Sowards
Going to the Dog - Barbara Litt
Directed by Conrado Falco III, w/ Sarah Quane Smyth, Gamal ElSawah
Doctor Penington - Steve Capra
With Oliver Conant, Beth Griffith, Justyna Kostek
Service Not Rendered – Ray Vagge
With Bridget Sweeney, Donna Ross
Find the Mole - Ken Langer
Directed by Naman Gupta
Free Admission – More info: 631 898 4205.
Links to other well respected theater groups:
Equity Library Theater presents:
NYPL 53rd Street Branch
18 West 53rd Street, New York
Saturday, July 13 2019 @12pm
Stephen Zuccaro - Del
Trevor Jones - Mason
Bec Everett - Liz
Christopher Trindade - Ted
Evelyn Dumont - Stage Directions
Written and Directed by Kyle A. Smith
Kyle A Smith is a dramatist living in Brooklyn, NY. He has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU where he was a recipient of the TSOA fellowship. His plays have been produced or workshopped at The Queen's Theatre, The Tarragon Theatre, The Goldberg Theatre, The Emerging Artist's Theatre, The Secret Theatre, and The Bad Theatre Fest. His screenplays and short film have won multiple awards across the United States. He was recently a finalist for the Princess Grace Award and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Residency, and a semifinalist for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries. His short play Don was published in 2018. Kyleanthonysmith.com. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU where he was a recipient of the TSOA fellowship.
Also presenting “Soo Zoo Me”, by Mark Blickley, a solo performance by Irish actress Maeve Price. A tale of interspecies romance at the Congo Gorilla Forest in the Bronx.
Woodside Players of Queens Summer Play Festival
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Queens Library 37-44 21st St, Long Island City, NY 11101
Short plays by local authors.
Wild Weekend Fernando Buzzar Segall
Time to A Phantom Zachariah Ezel (winner)
Ocean Front Tom Cavanaugh
Polly Scott Cohen
Alzheimer's Diary Steve Gold
Breakfast Alan Stolzer
Unstoppable Ed Adomatis
Your Digital Past Tanya Sharma
Equity Library Theater presents an afternoon of short plays by Kyle A. Smith.
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 12 PM – 2 PM
Ailey Auditorium Harry Belafonte-115th Street Library 203 West 115th Street, New York.
The plays are:
Free admission. More info 631 898 4205.
Kyle Smith’s plays have been produced and workshopped at The Goldberg Theater, The Tarragon Theatre, The Secret Theater, The Emerging Artists Theatre, The Treehouse Theater, The Robert Moss Theater, and Shetler Studios. His plays include Unstuck in Time, Princess Jazzberry’s Wild Ride, Whiteout, The Part of Me (Princess Grace Finalist), Blinded (Goldberg Play Prize Finalist), The Correctable, Inherit the Earth, Revolution, Don, Frisky, Squashy (selected for Best of Night, Bad Theatre Fest). He was recently a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, a finalist for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Residency, a semifinalist for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries, and a semifinalist for the Baltic Writer’s Residency.
His screenplays include Higher Education (1st place festival-wide Chicago Genre Screenplay Competition, 1st place for comedy at Chicago Genre Screenplay Competition, 1st place for comedy Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, Runner-up best screenplay Portland Comedy Film Festival, Silver Award Winner at North American Film Festival, Finalist Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition, Semifinalist LA Cinefest, official selection Focus International Film Festival, Houston Comedy Film Festival, LA Live Film Festival), A More Perfect Union (Winner, Best Historical Screenplay, iHolly Film Festival, 2nd place for historical screenplay at Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, Finalist Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, Finalist Twin Falls Sandwiches Film Festival, semi-finalist LA Cinefest), Hair of the Dog (Winner of Dark Comedy Award Avalonia Film Festival, official selection Bad Film Fest, official selection Portland Comedy Film Festival, Frostbite International Film Festival, Hellfire Short Film Festival), and Probert Bound (Winner Best Short Screenplay Laugh or Die Comedy Festival, official selection Austin Comedy Short Film Festival).
His pilot, The Blackout Menace, won the award for Best Half Hour Comedy Original Pilot at The Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition, is a finalist at the Austin Revolution Film Festival, and an official selection of the Finish Line Script Competition.
His short play, Don, has an expected publication in 2018 as part of the Act One: One Act Anthology from Top Secret Books.
He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU where he was a recipient of the TSOA fellowship.
The Woodside Players of Queens presents their spring 2019 production of five rare one act Broadway comedies from 1910 by Clare Beecher Kummer and Irving Dale.
Saturday March 9th at 2:30pm
Queens-Forest Hills Library (108-19 71 Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375
E F R to 71st Avenue)
Clare Beecher Kummer - The Robbery
Clare Beecher Kummer - The Choir Rehearsal
Irving Dale - Too Much Salt
Irving Dale – Tickets Please
Irving Dale - The Way of a Woman
Local actors perform these short plays. Suitable for the entire family
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2 PM – 3 PM
14-01 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, NY 11102, United States
The Woodside Players of Queens present local performing artists!
The Woodside Players of Queens present local artists in a coffeehouse setting for a casual afternoon of theater, poetry, music, comedy and more! Free admission. More info 631 898 4205. Great for groups
The Woodside Players of Queens Fall Play Festival!
Saturday November 10th@2pm
Queens Library - Astoria
14-01 Astoria Blvd.
M60, Q100, Q69, Q19 or N train to Astoria Blvd.
Presenting short plays by these writers:
The Border - Tony Manzo
With Isaac Conner, Jane Park
Ventroquilist - Marjie Conn
With Ms. Crow
Willie - Donald Loftus
With Rosina Fernhoff, Joanne Halev, Jeff Knapp
Drama Should Stay on the Stage - Lavinia Roberts
Directed by Karen Crighton, with Kaitlyn Farley, Sonseray Reed
Sailboat 12 - Greg Driscoll
Don - Kyle Smith (Best Play)
With Michael Bradley, Chris Trindale
The Will - Glenda Frank
by Susanna Miller, with Rhonda Addams, Daniel Blankenship, Esq.
Chew on This - Ellen O’Neill
Epitaph by Moonlight - Michael Verderber
Reina – Joseph Bulvid
With Aram Hovsepian, Alissa Simmons, Antonio Silva
December 1st @12pm
NYPL 53rd Street Branch 18 West 53rd Street
Equity Library Theater presents: The Lost Virginity Tour, a reading of a play by Cricket Daniel
The Woodside Players presents:
Rare Short Plays from Early 20th Century Broadway
November 3 @ 12pm, NYPL Alvin Ailey Auditorium @1pm
203 West 115th Street (B C 2 3 to 116th Street)
Private Boarding – 1878 – William Courtwright
Director. Andy Scott
Jason Ballew, Kevin Buiocchi, Johanna Lee, Caitlin McQuade, Emma Miller.
The Motor Bellows – 1877 – William Courtwright
Director. Graydon Gund
William Burns, Nathaniel Edward, Luda Millias, Greg
The Great Look – 1912- William Faydon
Director. Jacob Dunham
Charles Baran, Nathaniel Dolquest, Melanie Gettler, Elizabeth McBryde.
The Second Hand Man - 1903 - Harry Lee Newton
Crawford, Kevin David Thomas.
Is It Raining? - 1903 - Harry Lee Newton
With: Ron Crawford, Sutton Thomas.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home 1903 - Harry Lee Newton Director. Johnny Culver
With: Daniyel Hunt, Laurie Sammeth.
More info: 631 898 4205.
With: Andrew Dinan, Penny Gaston, Mike Miller, Tom Morwick, Alissa Simmons
Goofy inmates, Larry and Carl, scheme to get their favorite show tunes record into their hands, with no help from a Hollywood legend!
July 26, @ 6:15pm, July 27, @ 6:15pm, July 29, @6:15pm
Hudson Guild Theater 441 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001.
Tickets here: http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/lincolns-birthday/
The Equity Library Theater
Playwriting Summer Festival 2018
Part One August 4th @12pm
Public Library – George Bruce Branch Auditorium
518 West 125th Street (at Amsterdam Ave.)
New York, NY 10027-3407
John Cannatalla – Restless in Limbo
Marlin Thomas – Speak Gods English
Samantha Fox – Cardiomyapathy
Vivian Lermond – Call It Karma
Joshua Charmatz – Cactus
Maia Henken – Beheld
Paul K. Smith – A Day of Promise
Arthur Lundquist – Explorers of the Sky
Glenda Frank – Head of House
Matt Haldeman - Sir Edmund Walter…
Spangler's Spring - Jason Boies
August 11th @12pm
NYPL Harry Belafonte Auditorium
115th Street Branch
203 W 115th St, New York, New York 10026
Lizzie Guest – My Berenstein Life
Josiah Mullins – My Mother Is What?
Wayne Paul Mattingly - Worlds Apart
Kyle Smith – Don
Ian Cohen - Old Wounds
Nathan Smith – Monologue
Gary Beck - Clown Show
Paige Esterly - Eve and Adam (winner best play!)
Gordon Rizzo – How to Get Ahead in Business
Woodside Players of Queens
Summer Play Festival 2018
Voted best plays!
Brysen Boyd - Elephant
Nancy Kelton - Finding Mr. Rightstein
June 2nd, 2018 2pm
Queens Library Astoria Branch Auditorium
14-01 Astoria Blvd.
Astoria NY 11105
This performance repeats June 16th at the Steinway Reformed Church
41st and Ditmars, Astoria,
at noon. Bring lunch!
Nelson Diaz-Marcano - El Yunque In English
Lane Northcutt - Secretary
Ludovic Coutaud - Look At Me
Just like the Movies –
Brysen Boyd - Elephant
Nancy Kelton - Finding Mr. Rightstein
Gordon Rizza – How to get ahead in Business
The Woodside Players of queens presents:
“Aunt Maggie’s Will”
A 1910 comedy by Elizabeth Gale
Woodside Players of Queens and Equity Library Theater of New York present a
staged reading of: Aunt Maggies Will, a comedy by
"Madeline is getting married, and is due to inherit a large sum of money, only if she can prove herself an excellent housewife!"
The cast of ten recreates this comedy from 1910, fully staged and costumed.
May 12, 2018@12pm
NYPL Harry Belafonte Library
Alvin Ailey Auditorium
203 West 115th Street
Between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Frederick Douglas Blvd
With: Tiffany Darden, Hailey DePoto,
Kate Hoffman, Saturday Lawson,
Malinda Logan, Kinga Nowak, Lil Rhee, Phylis Rossi, Dakota Wollmer
Johnny Culver directs
More info: email@example.com
The Retreat: A Comedy by Enzo Gattuccio.
March 3rd @2pm
NYU Playwright Enzo Gattuccio's The Retreat tells the scary story of a girl who has been ill for sixteen days.
The play features stress, insanity, Swedish literature, Swedish meatballs, disgust, social media influencers, and a small, totally non-threatening corporate retreat center tucked in the woods of the Bay Area.
Starring Kelsey Ann Wacker.
This event takes place at:
NYPL George Bruce Theater
January 20th @ 12pm
NYPL Alvin Ailey Auditorium
203 W 115th St, New York, New York 10026
A staged reading of “Hyacinth Goes Camping” based upon “Keeping up Appearances” by Roy Clarke.
In this re-imagined version (by Carole Jackson) of the BBC
comedy, “Keeping up Appearances”, Hyacinth is as conniving as ever, as one can
be at 30 plus years old. The gang is back, Richard, Emmett, Liz, Rose, Daisy
and Onslow as they suffer through another one of Hyacinths attempts to shove
herself into society.
"The telephone rings at the Bucket Residence. Rose's latest gentleman friend, the Earl of Crawford (!) has invited the whole family to go camping on his estate. Glowing with the possibilities for social advancement this brings, Hyacinth commandeers Richard to buy the necessary camping accoutrements and off they go, dressed for the occasion. Now, if only everything goes according to plan..."
With Kinga Nowak, Scott Haskell, Sonya Rice, Mike Miller, Debbie Smith, Andrew Dinan, Terri Matassov, Bart DeFinna.
Equity Library Theater of New York presents a reading of:
“The Night before the Night before Christmas”,
A comedy play by Cricket Daniel.
December 2nd at NYPL George Bruce Branch
518 West 125th Street (at Amsterdam Ave.)
New York, NY 10027-3407
December 9th at NYPL West 53rd Street Branch
18 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Lou has wrestled with a big ball of tangled Christmas lights for the last time! He is grabbing the sunblock, his Elvis in Paradise album and his wife Carol, and hopping on the Pineapple Express to Hawaii! However, a freak snowstorm leaves the couple stranded in the airport and their dream of sipping Pina Coladas on the beach is in peril!
Directed by Jean Tessier
Free admission, runs about 90 minutes. For the entire family!
EQUITY LIBRARY THEATER
OF NEW YORK
A reading of
“Be Calm, Camilla”
a 1918 Broadway comedy by Claire Kummer.
November 18th @12pm
NYPL Harry Belafonte Library
Alvin Ailey Auditorium
203 West 115th Street
Between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and Frederick Douglas Blvd.
Camilla Hathaway - Alone in the City - Lydia Kalmen
Bill Slattery - A piano mover – Clinton Schreck
Alma Robbins - Haley Klausmeyer
Baxter Pell - Of Fifth Avenue - Tom Meade
Celia Brooke - A Lady of Leisure - Rachel Deutsch
Jo Gibbons - Another mover – Julian Cano
McNeil Brownlow, "Mac" - A Waiter - Tim Mills
Gus Beals - of Broadway - Mark Brystowski
Junius Patterson - Owner of the car - Rasik Ohal
Directed by Johnny Culver
A review from 1918...
“BE CALM, CAMILLA” AT THE ALCAZAR THEATRE
“Be Calm Camilla," airy, witty, romantic fairy tale of Broadway, at the Booth Theatre this witty, whimsical comedy, by Claire Kummer, ran for months. It is smart, snappy, up-to-date, This adroit, epigrammatic writer knows Broadway life to its core. Her humorous fancy finds wide swing in the droll story of the artless Wisconsin girl who went to the big cynical city to challenge fame and fortune as a pianist. "Be Calm” is Camilla's motto, whether in a dismal little side street hotel, or in a lovely white hospital room after the automobile has bowled her over, or at the bungalow in the woods where she convalesces. Everybody is good to Camilla, because she is artless and unsophisticated, from the burly piano movers, who come to seize her old rattle trap instrument, and the bibulous old waiter who smuggles food to her, up to the repentant, but careless, millionaire motorist.
A gay and carefree play this, with blend of crackling humor and tender pathos. It has delightful character types, including Belle Bennett, as the heroine; Walter P. Richardson, as the Tin pan alley song writer; Thomas Chatterton, as “the sixth richest man in New York"; Clifford Alexander, as a Fifth avenue lizard; Henry Shumer and Rafael Brunetto, as the piano movers; Al Cunningham, as the philanthropic waiter; Emily Pinter, as a “lady of leisure," and the first appearance of Jean Oliver, as the sophisticated, amusing little hospital nurse. The scenic environment is most picturesque!
Free Admission. Runs about 90 minutes
Who We Are…
Mark Brystowski - Off-Broadway: Every 28 Hours Plays (LAByrinth Theater Co.), God of Vengeance (Theater at St. Clements). Other NY credits: Private Disclosures (Shetler Bridge), Le Cygne(Manhattan Repertory Theater), Fear Festival (AlphaNYC/Roebuck Theater). Film/TV: Rotten! (Netflix), Zenith (dir. Ellie Foumbi), Lulu Loves Brooklyn (dir. Gretchen Zufall). Mark recently line-produced the off-Broadway and touring premiere of Bamboo in Bushwick and The Nose. Thank you Jackie and Roman for your love and support.
Rachel Deutsch - a recent graduate of NYU (2016) earning a BFA in Drama. Rachel’s previous acting credits include Tulon in ‘Red Noses’ and ‘Titania’ in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at The New Studio on Broadway. Her directing credits include, ‘Science Fair’ at Theater Row and ‘Aliens Coming’ at The Pit. She is also a film actor and a yoga teacher.
Tom Meade -
born and bred and still resides in NYC. Produced and hosted Rant n Rave TV on
MNN for over 10 years. Tom appeared the role of The Bartender in Jack Condon’s
“Orphans of the Digital Era”, and in George Morgan’s “The Wiggle Room”. As well
as a number of short films and plays. Recently Tom
played the role of Sam in the feature “Thru” which opened The NYC Independent
Film Festival. He is currently working on getting his original screenplay
"The Slip" made.
Timothy Mills – after graduating from George Westinghouse High School, Tim took a Business of Acting class with Mark Stolzenberg in 2015. He worked on a project called The Hard Candy Kid, where Mills was featured as a Berlin Wall crusader, which solidified his passion for the craft. Since then he’s been working on his craft through various films & theatre, Mills is actively working on new projects!
Rasik Ohal - For the last few years, Rasik has been working mainly in film and television. Highlights include, The Comedian, Mr. Robot, and Master of None. He is making an effort to get back into theatre. Highlights include, Comedy of Errors, Drunkle Vanya, and The Springfield Boys.
Lydia Kalmen - an actor, dancer, model, and member of SAG-AFTRA. Recent credits include Lady Caroline in Enchanted April, Juror 10 (the bigot) in 12 Angry Women, The Diary of Anne Frank and I Remember Mama.
Claire Kummer – (1873 – 1958) Composer, songwriter ("Dearie"), playwright and author, educated at the Packer Institute and in private music study. She wrote the Broadway stage scores for "90 in the Shade", "One Kiss", "Annie Dear", "Madame Pompadour", and "The Three Waltzes". Joining ASCAP in 1934, her chief musical collaborators included Sigmund Romberg and Jerome Kern, and her other popular-song compositions include "Egypt", "Other Eyes", "Blushing June Roses", "Somebody's Eyes” and "Lover of Mine". Today is for you, Claire!