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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.


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Library Theater

of New York

(The Woodside Players of Queens, The Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York)


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.  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. Today they present their works for all to enjoy in person and in a virtual setting.



Visit “Genoveva Image Consultant” here. 


Visit “Elmwood Community Playhouse, Inc.”,

(who are always looking for actors and directors), here.



“Hide and Seek”

A new play by Dena Levin

June 10th and 11th at 2pm at the New Stage Theater, 36 W 106th St, New York, NY 10025. Free admission.

Limited seating, runs about an hour.

Reservations, email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com


“This is a play about David, a sixteen-year-old, in the process of coming to terms with his sexuality.  Adolescence is a difficult time for most teenagers, and it is for David. Sharing wonderful times with his Aunt Liz, David becomes aware how people have overcome challenges in their lives. He becomes enlightened and learns how he will navigate his life, even with an obstacle, his father!”

With: Sasha Henriques, Griffin Ostrowski, Gus Ferrari, Noah Kleinberg, Julia Genoveva and Tess Chadwick.  Johnny Culver directs.



St. Mary’s Drama Guild of Woodside presented

“The Sound of Music”.

Details here!



The Village Playwrights presents staged readings of  short plays to celebrate Pride Month on Monday, June 12, 2023, from 7 to 9 pm. More info here.


Attention Playwrights!

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2023 Virtual and In Person Play Festival. Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp/minutes), from playwrights from around the globe. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! We post your YouTube link of the performance to the festival site for voting. We will also present selected plays in person in the summer of 2023 in Midtown Manhattan and Queens, over three weekends August 12, 19 and 26th at 1pm, at no cost to anyone. One submission per playwright. No submission fees. Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work; we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! Deadline: September 30. 2023 (Summer ends in September, so don’t nitpick).

Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.

Watch all submissions here:

Tulips – Helen Cheng Mao


The NYPL Jefferson Market Branch will host Equity Library Theater as they present an afternoon of short one act plays set in Greenwich Village from the early 20th Century. July 29th at 3pm, NYPL Jefferson Market Branch. 425 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (212) 243 4334. Care to participate? Let us know!


The Woodside Players of Queens are seeking short plays (under ten minutes) for their summer production on Saturday, August 19th at 1pm at the Queens Library Astoria Branch 14-01 Astoria Blvd, Astoria NY 11103. All types are welcome, previously produced plays are fine.

Send your submission and/or idea to woodsideplayersofqueens@gmail.com.



May 21 at 1pm, The Fifth Avenue Theater of New York presented an afternoon of short new plays. @ 650 Fifth Avenue, lower level, enter on 52nd Street.


Featuring works by Sarah Congress, Michael Chepiga, Laurel Lockhart, Parker Cross, Denis Meadows, Jen Ju, Julia Genoveva and more. Over 60 people attended the 90 minute event.



Coming this summer – “Theater Studies” Acting and Theater Study for Adults - runs Saturdays from May through July (June 24, July 22) 12:30 to 2pm.

New York Public Library Riverside Branch, 127 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023,


This class is designed for the beginning adult actor seeking experience and feedback. The class highlights ways to make your performance more natural and spontaneous. Attendees will work with ensemble building games, script analysis, scene study, and stage production. New York director Johnny Culver moderates the sessions. No experience is necessary. Space is limited.


More info here, or email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.


Equity Library Theater of New York/Woodside Players presented "Twelve from Texas" an afternoon of short monologues by Christopher Woods.


Dramatist, poet, short story writer, Christopher Woods has a knack that is hard to match for getting to the heart of a character. Taken from his collection of brief fiction stories, this cast of loveable unconventional characters are a delight to meet. “Like streetcars – quaint vehicles – if one missed, there’ll be another one along in a minute.” William Albright Houston Post Drama Critic. Watch here.



Now playing online, the Fifth Avenue Theater of New York presents a virtual performance of (View here) “Tales from The Times - Selections from the Metropolitan Diary”.

Actors perform short vignettes based on the popular and often hilarious New York Times Saturday section.


This production will return with all new selections in October at QED Astoria.

More to come!



Equity Library Theater of New York Spring 2023 Virtual Play Festival.

Watch all selections below.

Winners in RED!


L'appel du Vide - Molly Kirschner - Winner - Best Actor(s) TIE


Demon Turkey – Kelly Morgan - Lallo


UpLyft – Felix Racelis - Special Mention!


Angelic Intervention – Barbara Alfaro


Re-in-WHAT?!—Change is Good – Linda Pallotta


Ladies Not Waiting – Riley Yates  - Winner - Best Play TIE


Holiday Decorations - Helen Cheng Mao - Winner - Best Monologue


Sorry I'm Late - Dana Hall Special Mention!


Love's Disenlightenment – Jeff Dunne - Winner - Best Actor(s) TIE


Sex in the Park – Jack Rushton


Marriage Counseling – William Zolla II - Winner - Best Play TIE


The Protest on Ninth Avenue - Jeffrey Ashkin


The Receptionist – Doc Watson


Smashing Pumpkins – Steven Carinci


The Mummy Speaks – Cynthia Morrison - Winner - Best Play TIE


Timothy and Mary – Sam Robson


I Guess I Got Good at Hiding – Josie Parrelli


The Night Watch (Part 2) - M L Farr - Winner - Best Actresses(s) TIE


Elsewhere (Celia) by Adam Szymkowicz - Digging Up Teddy scene – With Alexia Star - Winner - Best Actresses(s) TIE


You Will Not Replace Us – Denis Meadows


Best Friends - Kareem McMichael - Special Mention!


Molting - Michael Towers


Dear Daughter Moon – Lenny Hort


Socks – Dr. Mary E. Weems - Winner - Best Actresses(s) TIE


Just an Illusion: Zipper - Gretchen C. O’Halloran


Forever and a Day – Jennifer Ju


The Pearl – Donald Falconer Best International Submission!


Life of Shmuel – Ruby Lowenstein


Madalyn – Sally Connors



Equity Library Theater of New York presents:

“At Raygar’s”, a new play by John McCloskey.

Watch here.




Now Playing! Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2022 Virtual Play Festival. Watch all submissions below. Winners in red!


Aaron Leventman – Lovers and Survivors


Amy Engelhardt – The Woods of Exeter


Andy Mayo – The Connection (Tie - Best Actors)


Barbara Alfaro – The Sirius Interview


Brandon Fulk - The Four Horseman


Brett Wolfe – Simulacrum


Brian Johnston - Tell It Like It Is, Mary Louise Brown!, with Maille-Rose Smith. (Tie - Best Actress)


Chris Ferretti – Between A Rock and Port Authority


Christopher Woods – Salt Mine Exchange (Special Mention)


Colette Cullen – Everyone’s Sorry


David Simpatico - Carpe Denim


Donna Sisco - Screened


Ed Friedman – The Price of Progress


Eloise Coopersmith - My (unauthorized) Hallmark Movie Musical


Felix Racelis – Love Bomb (Tie - Best Play)


Fran Handman - The Sticking Point


Gary Duehr - Johnny Depp Vs.Amber Heard


Gregory Vines – Car Crash


Helen Cheng Mao – Stuck in Limbo (Tie - Best Play)


Jack Rushton – Dust Bunnies


Jaime Sheedy - The Effect of Magic on The Death Of Will and Grace (Tie - Best Actress)


Janis Butler Holm – Red


Josie Parrelli - Her Confession


Lenny Hort – A Little Something About My Powers (Tie - Best Play)


Leticia ArbeloTerapéuticas, Lectura dramatizada


Lettuce Eat with Suzanne Ridgeway – Christmas 2021 (Special Mention)


Lisa Stratton – The Dead Game


Marjorie Conn telling a story by Sophie Virgilio (Special Mention)


Matt Schutz – The Early Worm


Mikki Gillette - We're Just Talking, Okay?


Nancy Temple – Ties That Bind


Phylliss Shanken – Where is Bunny Boy?


Rachel White – Night Train


Rex McGregor – Swinging Campers


Selma Hazouri – Miss Elizabeth Taylor


Steven Carinci – Who Loves You, Baby?


Susan Jackson - Tahlequah


Stephen Joseph Olson - The Breakup King (Tie - Best Actor)


Wayne Paul Mattingly - Anabel, in Barcelona, with Aliona Garcia



Meet our new community partner! (Below)


Piper Theater in Brooklyn – Free program for playwrights - Click here.



Below, watch a virtual reading of two comedies from the early 20th century; Aunt Maggie’s Will (Mary Elizabeth Gale, 1910), and The Merediths Entertain (Whitney Darrow, 1922).



Fifth Avenue Theater of New York presented a free performance of “More Selections from Spoon River Anthology” on June 11th at 2pm, in Manhattan at 650 Fifth Avenue (enter on 52nd Street, down escalator)


Local actors performed short excerpts from the collection of poems that collectively narrates the epitaphs of the residents of the town of Spoon River.



Alexis Tandit

Andrew Dinan

Betsy Cruz

Evangeline Johns

Fredda Tourin

Gus Ferrari

Heather Jeanne Violanti

Heather Shore

Janice Kirkel

Joseph Ortiz

Luke Goldthorpe

Marjie Conn

Martha Morenstein

Mathilda Diaz

Stephanie Schwartz


Now Playing! Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2022 Virtual Play Festival. Watch all 40+ submissions here! Winners in Red.

Antionette’s Duck – Wayne Paul Mattingly, Filmed in Spain and Riverdale, NYC

A Milkman’s Serenade – Mark Blickley (Tie, Best Play)

Copycat – Dana Hall

Curses! Curses! - Elizabeth Shuler, Performed by Charli Williams

Dakota - Sydnie Belousek, with Ann DellaMonica

Dear Stella – With Ronnye Halpern, Pam Trester, Susan McQuirk

Email! – Dana Jaffe (Tie, Best Monologue)

Enchanted Walhalla Ravine - Farzana Datta

Just a Yellow Cab in New York City – Youlim Nam

Lights Out – Michelle Giusto

Lincoln’s Birthday – Peggy Terry

Living Bones – Megan Tripaldi

Lost Property – Robert Luxford (Tie, Best Actor)

Monologue – Gail Rivers

Out to Pasture – Alison Gilbreath (Tie, Best Monologue)

Overdue - Felix Racelis

Paramour - Rose-Mary Harrington (Special Mention)

Pen-Pal Gal – Steven Carinci

Property is Sacred – Mark Speyer

REAL(I)TY - Kat Agudo

Rugged Individualism - Terry Smith (Tie, Best Actor)

Slow Dating – Adam Szudrich (filmed in New Zealand)

Soul to Squeeze – Meagan J. Meehan (Tie, Best Play)

Stoned - Scott Carter Cooper (Tie, Best Play)

Sweet Forgiveness - John Bettis / Walter Afanasieff

Texual Abuse - Cindi Sansone-Braff

The Actor and the Funeral – Jack West

The Best Is Yet to Come – Nancy Cohen Koan

The Importance of Being Honest - Brian Johnston

The Isle Of Wight Festival, Summer 1970 - Annette Perpinan

The Lucky Escape – Eamann Breen (Tie, Best Actress)

The Meadow - Ryan Kaminski

The Men - Ruby Lowenstein

The Time is Ripe - Pamela Morgan

Two Peds are Stu Peds – S. Joshua Mendel

Waitress! – With Cynthia Gale, Robin Jacobson, Rebecca Marks

Walmart at Christmas-A Short Play – Marty Maftess

Wrong Kind of Doctor – Beth Evans, with Emily Blake, Ben WIllis (Tie, Best Actress)

You, Me, and Marie Curie – Mary Crosbie, Jeanine Calleja (Special Mention)



Watch Here! “In Swirly Letters”, a new play by Johnny Culver. With Sarah-Ann Rodgers, Phyllis Cox, Bart DeFinna, Tom Morwick, Carolyn Quinn



Past Event!


New York’s Woodside Players and Fifth Avenue Theatre join forces for a reading of short plays by local writers. Saturday, March 26th @ 3pm, 650 Fifth Avenue 52nd Street, lower level. Free admission, masks are suggested (and coats, too!). Bring a folding chair, as seating may be limited.


Presenting works by and featuring:


Youlim Nam – “Just a Yellow Cab in NYC”, with Nicole Lehrman, Ananth Padmasola, Dir. Sophia Treanor

Phil Blechman – “Morning Coffee”, with Hayley Palmaer

Marjorie Conn – “Shopping with Magic Morningstar”

Christopher Woods – “The Pink Dress”, with Danielle Patsakos

Beth Evans - "The Wrong Kind of Doctor", with Emily Blake, Ben Willis

Tom Padovano – “Reflections”

Nancy Davidoff Kelton - "An Unveiling, a Date, and a Shrink", with Sharlene Hartman, Angela Madden, Richard Toth

Daniel M. Wolpe – “Forever Intertwined”, with Andrew Dinan

Emily Blake – “The Window: My Mother, The Lockdown, and Me"

William Hugel - “You Don’t Want What I Got”, with Benjamin Willis, Joseph Ortiz

If you have any questions, please contact fifthavenuetheatre@gmail.com.



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.



Watch “Daughter!” by David Gold, here. Recorded on the streets of New York.



October 4th @ 7pm EST, Equity Library Theater of New York presented a virtual presentation of “Excerpts from Spoon River Anthology”.

Watch here.

A deluxe recording can be viewed here.




Watch here! The Woodside Players of Queens present short American plays from 1900 to today![CJ1]  Recorded August 20, 2021.



The Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2021 Virtual Play Festival! Links to over 60 plays/submissions are below. Winners in Red.


A Bell Tolls – Monte D. Monteleagre

A Cheap Maid in Chasteside – Craig Gustafson

A Soul to Squeeze - Meagan J. Meehan

Amy in Belgrade – Edmund Wilkinson

Aunt Velma Considers Changing Religion - John Arnold TIE BEST ACTRESS

Barricade - Pamela Morgan TIE BEST PRODUCTION

Bawdy Maudie - Vivian C. Lermond TIE BEST PLAY

Breakdown – Benjamin Peel

Cashless – Robert Luxford

Cassidy’s Mourning – Triza Cox TIE BEST ACTRESS

Cinderella and the 3 Bear Witches – Susan Horowitz SPECIAL MENTION

Dream Talk – Emma Goldman-Sherman

Emotional Support Canadian – Amanda Vick

Extremely Right – Glen Dickson

Field Trip – Ben Scranton

Gentle Warren - Steven Carinci

Get Out Of My Head! - Youlim Nam TIE BEST ACTRESS

Glassblower – Judith Glass Collins

Hate – Mark Wartenberg

Heaven – Colette Cullen

Hurricane of Love – Maripat Allen

Hurt – Hannah Chapman

Is My Truth the Lie? - David T. Anderson

Jamie's Protest - Leonard D. Goodisman

Killer Chicken – Jack Rushton

Last First – Martin Keady

Life Under the Prairie – Barbara Anderson TIE BEST PRODUCTION

Meconium Aspirations - Mark Blickley

Park Bench Domain – John Corins

Plaque Kills - Dana Hall, performed by John Madison TIE BEST ACTOR

Prayer To Him - Yulidal Hernandez Kin

Rita - Protective Shield - Antonia Kleopa

Sarah Franklin for President - Matt Sanders and Ariel Aliza Sanders

Scan to Begin – Monique Herbert

Seasons – George Sapio

She – Natashcha Graham

Six Impossible Things Before Coronavirus – Matt Cogswell

Space – Howard Pflanzer


Sweetheart – Natasha Cobb

Teeter - Elijah Vazquez

Telepathy – Brian Leahy Doyle, directed by Kevin Michael Morin

The Coin - Dan Taube

The Neighbor - Selma Hazouri - A man remembers a neighbor from the past TIE BEST PLAY

The Night Watch – Mostyn Lyndon Farr

The Pink Dress – Christopher Woods, with Danielle Patsakos SPECIAL MENTION

The Reveal - Meredith Utman

The Uninvited – Rose-Mary Harrington

The Waiter - Claude Clayton Smith

The Way That Sand Moves – Rick Davis TIE BEST ACTOR

This Year – Greg Lam

Threesome (A Short Pandemic Musical) - Zuker and Metz SPECIAL MENTION

That’s All We Got – Logan Rogers

Tony Defends A Friend – Dana Jaffe

Training Wheels – Michael Hardstark TIE BEST ACTOR

Una Noche En Tejas: When Beyoncé Met Selena - Kevin Ray TIE BEST PLAY

Unpack: Key Moments of Romania’s History in a One-Woman Show - Cătălina Florescu

Visiting Dad - Marj O'Neill-Butler, performed by Emma Merritt

What If Science Is Real? – Judy Klass

Your Town – Donald Steven Olson


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.


The Last Crankie - Pat Lin

This new play, written and directed by P.H. Lin, and developed by Cate Cammarata’s Create Theater, made its online debut as part of Create Theater’s Monday Night Reading Series on May 17, 2021 at 7pm EDT.


The Gatekeeper – Mark Weiner

A one-act play by Marc Weiner, Cast: Kimberly J. Yates, Sean Edward Evans, Jacob Lineberry, Crew: Ira Block, Shravya Kag, Filmed at Playwrights Rehearsal Studios, New York City.



The Pot Boiler - A Reimagining (1916) - based on a one-act satire by Alice Gerstenberg

Alice Gerstenberg’s “The Pot Boiler” is a satire about the pretensions of conventional theater. This “reimagining” transplants the humor into a modern zoom-age context. Cast: Marty Goldberg, Ted Birke, Valerie O’Hara, Bill Barry, Perryn Pomatto, Meredith Sullivan, Sean Buckley, Aleksandar Tasev and Shelia Spencer – directed by Shelia Spencer.


Sweet Jane – Dan Zellner

Jane, a 27-year-old woman with progressive political views, undergoes brain surgery. The surgery is for the most part a success except for the fact that she is now, suddenly, a rabid conservative Republican. How do her loved ones cope with her new political identity? A comedy that asks the question how much do our political beliefs shape our lives? Cast: Jane - Brittney McHugh, Jack - Martin Downs, Lauryn - Andrea Nelson, Bonnie - Vita Carnduff, Ryan - Michael May.


“A Little Sketchy" June 2021

Directed by Vincent Mraz – “I will be working with senior citizens across Manhattan teaching a virtual sketch comedy writing class as a 2021 SU-CASA teaching artist.” Runs 80 minutes.


Ghosts From The Well – Jack West

A re-imagined rewriting of Val Burton, Walter DeLeon and Bradford Ropes' 1946 Abbott & Costello comedy of two people mistaken for traitors during the American Revolutionary War. Doomed by a curse to be bound to earth forever, their ghosts now haunt a married couple on Long Island, NY. When an eccentric ghost hunter and his odd, clairvoyant assistant are brought in to rid the home of the spirits, the ghost hunter’s mistaken for an old nemesis, there’s a wacky séance - and even bigger problems. Written by Jack West. Performed by Jack West and Karen Corrado. © Jack West. All Rights Reserved.


Godless – Jarrett Winters Morley

'Godless' is a one act play that delves into the origins of the human psyche between Adam and Eve, discusses the controversy surrounding humankind's perception of a higher power, and how each of us defines faith. Directed By: Jarrett Winters Morley. Cast: Eve: Lauren Curet, Adam: Jarrett Winters Morley.


Garden Party – Judy Klass

This is a reading of the play Garden Party by Judy Klass, Directed by Alyssa Borg.


The Girl of my Dreams – Carole Jackson

With Ted Birke, Richard Callender, Laurel Lockhart, Susan Neuffer. The play follow Kathryn Coleman, a British girl, from ages 10 to 37. Although her relationships with her father, grandmother, and husband are important, it's her mother, Myrna, who is the constant in her life - for better or worse.


Selections from "Trout Day" - Peggy Terry

With: Zoe Avery, Terri Bonica, Ted Burke, Andrew Dinan, Jennifer Finger, Ann Morelli, Martha Morenstein, Tom Morwick, Olivia Rubrum, Alexis Tandit. In this comedy, the first day of school goes all wrong when a frazzled parent tries to do away with an mysterious small town tradition.


Screen Time – Jonathon Ward

Mag and Ryan, best friends since college, confront doom with Zoom, social distancing with close-up romancing in a pandemic fatigued world.


Boyself/Girlself - Jack Seamus Conley

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).


This is my Block - Talara Ruth

Originally printed in the New York Times Metropolitan Diary, Talara reminisces about her childhood neighborhood.


All Gummed Up (Comedy 1921) - Harry Wagstaff Gribble

With Ted Birke/Valerie O'Hara/Bill Barry/Perryn Pomatto/Maggi Veltre (dir. Shelia Spencer). Shelia Spencer is savoring the serendipity of finding old plays, dusting them off and giving them new life and vitality here on Zoom. She deeply appreciates the talent she is connecting with today - as well as that from our theatrical past.


The Census - Leonard D. Goodisman

Directed by Monica Hoyt. Director of Photography - Zack Bermack. Cast: Madison Hemings - Ben Baez, Sally Hemings - Yvette Bedgood, Census Taker - Gabe Girson, Eston Hemings - Cole Mackler.


Hippies, Housewives & Watering Holes – D. M. Larson

Performed by Long Island’s Afternoon Delight Players.


Love Restor’d – Paul K. Smith

America's Theatre presents Love Restor'd -- a haunted tale, a visitation in the dark night. Our play features, in order of appearance: Len Bellezza as Tom, Susan Horowitz as Becky, and Donna Wall as Susan.


Out to Lunch – Mikki Russ

Starring Toni Tennille, Julie Cargill, and Trisha Tracy, “Out to Lunch” opens in a quaint restaurant where the two main characters discuss their lives, dead husbands and the couple seated next to them. Gloria and Lillian are lifelong friends in their seventies. When the young server engages her customers, we are all left to wonder if ‘Feminism’ is the new “F-Word”. Exploring themes of the female bond, experience, and life-challenges, “Out to Lunch” rallies.


The Middle Of The Night - Elizabeth Robertson Laytin

With Danielle Patsakos, Carolle U. Elizabeth is a winner of a 2016 Frank McCourt Memoir prize for her short story Black Sugar, published in Vol. X No.2 Summer/Fall 2016 of The Southampton Review.  Her novel Come Here Go Away for the young adult audience is available on kindle, amazon.com, and at Guild Hall in East Hampton, N.Y.  Short stories have also been published on ducts.org, deadmule.com, and in The East Hampton Star.



Now playing! The Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2021 Virtual Play Festival. Links to over 70 performances are below.

(formatted for desktop viewing, in alphabetical order).

Winners, based on feedback, in red.


A Mother’s Story – Patrice Hamilton

A Perfect World – Lynde Houck

A Short Play – Nick Maynard

A Tale of Stockbridge – Charles Gross

A Turkey is NOT a Rooster – Jinna Kim (Tie – Best Play)

A Wake – Brian Petti

Across the Lake – Johnny Culver

Avoiding Unwanted Pregnancy -Rom Watson - performed by AnnaLisa Erickson,

Baby Blue – Steven Carinci

BART – Glenn Arman

Bill W and Jimmy K - Andrew Matthews (Tie – Best Play)

But Did I Leave The Oven On? – Jake Alexander (Tie - Best Actor Team)

Choice by Allison Whittenberg

Chuckles, The Clown – David Lloyd

College Without Walls - Matt Sanders & Ariel Aliza Sanders

Entitled – Peter Snoad

External Monitors - Richard Lyons Conlon

First Baby – Alex Perry (Tie – Best Play)

Flying Tigers - E. Kuznetsova

Frenchie's Fate - Kannan Menon

Give Me Something Good to Eat - John Glass

Going Up – Joseph Vitale, with Scott Cagney, Gary Glor. Directed by Will Budnikov

Guts of a Maniac – Steve Gold

Happy Funeral Day - David T. Anderson. with: Janice Kirkel, Alexis Tandit, Carolle U

Harlem Top To Bottom – Jordan Young (Best Monologue)

How Did Edward Lose his Accent? -Teddy Alexis Rodriguez, PhD

How to Survive from REMNANTS – Hank Greenspan

In the Wrong Café – Jim Moss

Introducing My Crazy – Marlo K. Shaw

Last Night Bluey Died - Sam Affoumado

Mamet Mommies Soccer - Greg D'Angelo

Millard, Is That You? – Brian Leahy Doyle

Moisture – Michelle Kuchinsky

Monologue from “Illspoken” – Blaire Baron

Morning Coffee – Phil Blechman

Museum Pieces (Monologue) - Sherry Chiaroscuro

No Rest for a Soul - Cindi Sansone-Braff

Old Hippie - Christine Emmert

Paradigm 1 – David Jones

Phony on a Twig - Rex McGregor

PhotontheTimesSquareShuttle – Lawrence Rinkel

Racism 101 – Robin Joseph

Remember Me, Mr. Jones? - Christine Benvenuto

Renown - Rose-Mary Harrington

Santa and Spock – Heidi Mae (Special Mention)

Sarah, Me Too - Dana Jaffe

Scoundrel by Monte D. Monteleagre, directed by Kevin Snyder

Screen Time – Jonathon Ward

Selkie – Donna Latham

Snow Angels – Paul Koster

Spiritual Counseling – Jack Rushen

Steely Resolve – Alan Stoltzer

Sunny Side Up – Dana Hall

Surfs Up! – Ken Levine

The Apocalypse Is Here But Where's The Iron – Daniel McKamey

The Ballad Of Leslie - Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend

The Campaign – Hannah Williams

The Carpet Washers – Jack West

The Galloping Gourmet, based on The Lying Valet, by David Garrick

The Line Up in the Time of Covid – Barbara Litt

The Woods – Andrea Lepcio

Thomas, Thomas – Leonard D. Goodisman

This Is My Block, Part Two- Talara Ruth, with Anne Morelli

True Romance – Gary Duehr

Two Ply – Chef Rossi (Special Mention)

Unpack -Catalina Florina Florescu

WABI SABI - Rachael Carnes - Directed by Andra Hunter With Zoe Margolis, Max Gallagher (Tie - Best Actor Team)

Well and On My Own - Ellen C. Scherer

What’s in a Name – Lee Franklin

Wise Old Owl: A Trilogy – Phyliss Shanken

Without Whom None of This Would’ve Been Possible - Kevin J. Miller

Zoom Break Up - Michael Perlmutter

Zoom Mom – Greg Abbott (Special Mention)



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)


Overtones - Alice Gerstenberg, w/ Hannah Abney, Alexander Chilton, Farah Diaz-Tello & Jacob Lineberry, dir. by Shelia Spencer


Finders Keepers – George Kelly – 1923 - Directed by Kevin Snyder


Suppressed Desires – Susan Glaspell – 1914 - dir. by Shelia Spencer, with Hannah Abney, Farah Diaz-Tello & Jacob Lineberry (over 1000 views)


Tickless Time - by Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook - 1918 - directed by Shelia Spencer


Sham - Frank G. Tompkins - 1920


The Angel Intrudes – Floyd Dell – 1918


Illuminati in Drama Libre- Alice Gerstenberg – 1922


Attuned – Alice Gerstenberg – 1922 - with Shelia Spencer


*all free to read on Google Books.



Past Event!


Over thirty-five short plays.

Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York Virtual Fall 2020 Play Festival


Winners in red!


Me - Marjorie Conn


E Minor Seventh – Timothy Nolan (Special Mention)


Siggy & Dolph at the Klaustenauer Cafe - by Fred Crecca


Shana The She-Pirate – Emily Battles


Coyotes – Steven Carinci (Best Play – tie)


Throne of the Third Heaven - Philip Reissman


Sing – Khalil LeSaldo


Glasses – Barry M. Putt Jr. with Allison Fradkin (Best Monologue – tie)


Who Let The Dogs Out? – Marian Rosin


Barren Landscape – Steve Gold (Best actress – Alexis Tandit)


But This – Robert Cooperman


Wounded Birds - Elaine Kuracina


Deeds Not Words - Rose-Mary Harrington (Performer

Diana Kyle and Technical Director, Elizabeth Gordon)


Lyre On The Floor – Jackson Montana


The Waiting Place - Michael Cunningham, with Regina Yeager (Special Mention)


Invisible Foe - Michele A Miller, PhD


Confessions: The Hours - Natascha Graham (Best Monologue – tie)


Broken Spirit - Eureka Lewis


Mother’s Day – Peggy Terry


Choices – James McLindon


The Wiggle Room – George D. Morgan


How I Spent My Quarantine – Ellen Abrams


It's Not Haunted Real Estate - Sarah Congress (Best Effects)


My Turkey Redeemer Liveth – Loretta Wish (Best acting duo)


The Youthful Adventures of Damon Dukirk - Part 1. Written by Kieran Carroll and performed by Zach Wegner


Fred the Projectionist – Fred Pflantzer


Games – Michael Swiskay


Where For Art Thou, Dougnuts – Michelle Glusto (Best Play – tie)


Don’t Stand Up – Amy Losi


Bethany – Dana Jaffe


Smarter than You - Richard Bonte


Occupied Countries - Jack Rushton


Tell Me How I Did – Justin McDevitt


Starry, Starry Night – Brian Doyle, directed by Kevin Michael Morin (Best actor – Tyler Michael, Sam Black)


The United States of Huevos - Tavi Juárez & Stephen Tsimpides (Best Play – tie)


Frank and Rachel – Nancy Temple


In October 2020, Equity Library Theater and the Instant Shakespeare Company presented a reading of “Catherine and Petruchio” by David Garrick. Click here to watch.


Equity Library Theater of New York presents a reading of a full length new play:


ALCUIN, a Dialogue. A Fierce and Elegant Plea for the Rights of Women, by Carolyn Balducci. (click to watch)


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.



Past event!

“Five on Fifth – 2020 Summer Play Festival”, Fifth Avenue Theater presents video recordings of short plays by local writers! Click below to watch.


“Goth Principal: A Hunted Man” By Alaina Hammond

Starring Isaac Scranton as Jonny/Gothman

and Alaina Hammond as Belinda.


“Waitress!” with Shelia Spence, Alexis Tandit, Regina Yeager.


“Generation Love” by Nick Bompart.


“Promises”, by Shirley King, with Julia Genoveva.


In The Clair De Lune” - An Online Play, by JB Bruno. (voted best play)


“A Shiny or Not So Shiny New Magnificent…” - by Marjorie Conn. This a story told with a ventriloquist puppet about a young girl who really wants a bicycle. (voted best performer)


“And Everything Was Perfect” - by Monte D. Monteleagre Directed by Kevin Snyder Performed by Chase Guthrie, Richard Callender, Charlie Manoukian, Benjamin Romanelli, and Hunter McEachern (special mention)


“All Kinds of Skin” – by Victoria Lau




Past event!

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.


Baby Bird On the Isle of Corona written by Rossi (aka Chef Rossi)

with Celeste Ciulla, Rossi and Charmaine Broad

directed by Charmaine Broad


The Seal Wife – by Michael Cunningham (special mention)


Just a Little Mistake - by Mary Elizabeth Gale


Virgins – by Scott C. Sickles, with Elizabeth Carlsen and Kinga Nowak


Parents of Defiant Children Support Group by Victoria Lau, with Beth Evans, Kevin Schwab, Regina Yeager, Alexis Tandit, Jacob Lineberry, Farah Diaz-Tello, Richard Callender, Benjamin Willis


The Effect of Magic on The Death Of Will and Grace – by Jaime Sheedy, directed by D.A.G Burgos (voted best performer)


Anonymous Recipes - by Dane Rooney (voted best play)



Past event!

Equity Library Theater’s Summer 2020 Virtual Play Festival.

Twenty plays, and links to the performances are below!


The Dead Game, by Lisa Stratton, with Regina Yeager and Alexis Tandit


What Are You Hiding? – by Elizabeth Shannon and Morgan Southwell


That’s It! - by Brian Ault - A short one-man play about a writer’s journey to a story against the twin dark voices (D and A) that try to stifle such thoughts.


Virgins – by Scott C. Sickles, with Reanna Armellino and Shay Wisniewski


J. & Dot

Book and lyrics by Mark Evan Chimsky, Music by Zev Burrows

Two legends meet in the afterlife -- who are they?

With Jennine Cannizzo (Dot), Emily Iocovozzi (J), and Ross Neal (The Translator) (tie for best play)


Gloval Covid – by David T. Anderson, with Yvette Bedgood


Sisters – by Megan McGibney

Two sisters torn apart by politics, and a big secret.


With Friends Like That - by Bara Swain, featuring Betzabeth Castro


The Immortal Jellyfish - by Elise Valderrama, with Mark Dunn as Dr. Joseph Dorowsky, Elise Valderrama as Dr. Vera Marengo


Words Are Useless – by Jeff Dunne, with Raccoon:  Gene Valendo, Baker:  Matt Layendecker, Eddie:  Jeff Dunne


Welcome Wagon – by Peggy Terry, with Regina Yeager, Alexis Tandit, Elise Valderrama


On Sacred Ground - by Susan Masters, With Yvette Bedgood (voted best performer)


I Was Here – by Ellen Scherer (tie for best play)


Unmasked – by Heidi Mae, with Jacob Lineberry, Farah Diaz-Tello (special mention)


The Other Author – by Tom Misuraca


The Waltz of the Exterminator – by Heather Violanti, with: Woman -- Taylor Lynne, Exterminator--Thomas J. Kane, Mouse--Valerie O'Hara, Stage Directions and Video--Marialana K. Ardolino


It Ain't Over 'Til the Pink Lady Sings - Written & Directed by Allison Fradkin

Cast: Nya Noemi as Marva, Emmy Carlyle Albritton as Francine, Briana Velazquez as Winifred


Crummy – by Johnny Culver, with Elise Valderrama, Haneen Arafat Murphy, Hannah Abney


Faustus and the Soliloquy - by Dane Rooney


Putting Up The Shed - by Leonard Goodisman, with Jacob Lineberry, Benjamin Willis


In The Toilet – by Madison Mayer


The Dancer – by William Jess Russell (special mention)


Humanity at a Standstill – by Bryan Myers


Real Friends Help You Move – by KK Gordon


Ann Fulton – by Charles Lupia, with Susan Palmer Everly


“The Last Bag” – by Tain Leonard-Peck



Past Best Plays from the Equity Library Theater Summer Play Festival!


2020 - I Was Here – by Ellen Scherer/J. & Dot

Book and lyrics by Mark Evan Chimsky, Music by Zev Burrows

2019 – Tina – TJ Harland

2018 - Paige Esterly - Eve and Adam

2017 - Michael Verderber - Unending Repetition/Treason

2016 - Michael Maiello – Looking Through the Glass

2015 - Hello Mom – Lauren Snyder/Driving Herd – Sam Graber

2014 - John Ladd – Ashes to Ashes (Drama)/ Scott Haskell – Womanhood (Comedy)

2013 - Liza Bulos - Attention Shoppers



Past event!

Equity Library Theater presents “Midwestern Gothic” three short works by Monte D. Monteleagre. Click to watch starting June 13th.



Congratulations to the Woodside Players of Queens!

The 2019 Josie Performance Award for best Director of 2018


Best Director: Kate Remelius – “Epitaph by Moonlight”



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

New York Public Library 53rd street Branch 18 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Leonard and Anne are two lovers travelling on the Dover Road when their car breaks down. They are taken to a hotel, which turns out to be the private residence of the eccentric, wealthy, and reclusive Mr. Latimer. Leonard and Anne soon discover that they are not the only couple to have been waylaid on the road. What does the mysterious Mr. Latimer have in store for these couples?

With: Andrew Dinan, Mike Miller, Kinga Nowak, Suzanne Schick, Debbie Smith, Johnny Tyrone and Bart DeFinna. Johnny Culver directs.

More info 631 898 4205. Free admission. Seating is limited.



Past Event!


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: fifthavenuetheatre@gmail.com.



Past Event


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.



Past Event.


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


A 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

Pearl - Alexis Tandit
Miston – Regina Yeager

Director - Jake Dunham

Free admission. Seating is limited. More info 631 898 4205. Great for groups!



Past Event!

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 Starr

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:

Andrean Players - Flushing

Astoria Performing Arts Center - Astoria

Bayswater Players - Far Rockaway

Black Henna Productions

Broadway Blockbusters

BrooklynONEtheater - Brooklyn

Brooklyn Players Community Musical Theatre - Park Slope

Centerstage Players - Bayside and Port Washington

City Island Theater Group - City Island

Douglaston Community Theatre Group - Douglaston

First String Players - Woodhaven

FSF Community Theatre Group - [now closed - click for history]

 Gingerbread Players - Forest Hills

Heights Players - Brooklyn Heights

Herricks Community Players- New Hyde Park

House of Yes - Brooklyn

Ivy Lane Players - Levittown

James Street Players - Babylon


LICTC.ORG (Queens & LI Theater)

JC Players - Queens

Maggie's Little Theater  - Middle Village

 Minstrel Players - Northport

Mount Carmel Theatre Company - Brooklyn

Narrows Community Theater - Brooklyn

Outrageous Fortune Co - Flushing

Parkside Players - Forest Hills

E Phoenix Idealis Theatre, Inc - College Point

Equity Library Theater

The Play Troupe of Port Washington - Port Washington

Rockaway Theatre Company - Ft. Tilden

Royal Star Theatre - Jamaica Estates

Shadow Waltz Productions - East Meadow

Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center - East Hills

Spotlight Theatre Productions - Mohegan Lake

St. Gregory Theatre Group - Bellerose

St. Jean's Players - Manhattan

STAR - Senior Theater Acting Repertory

Thalia Spanish Theatre - Sunnyside

Theatre By The Bay - Bayside

Theatre Box - Floral Park





Equity Library Theater presents:

"Princess Jazzberry’s Wild Ride"

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.




Past Event!!

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




Past Event!

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.


"Missed Connections"

The plays are:
Miss Direction
Intrusive Thoughts
Miss Conduct
Miss Education

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.




Past Event!


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



Past Event


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



Past Event!


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 

Directed 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


“Cricket Daniel’s ‘Lost Virginity Tour’ is one of those finely-written evenings of theater that both moves you to tears and has you laughing until your face hurts! Funny-as-all-heck dialogue, great female characters that any theatre performer would chomp at the bit to play, all wrapped up in a wonderful atmosphere of melancholy - Daniel’s ‘Lost Virginity Tour’ is a theatrical treat that should be performed in theatre’s everywhere!” - Dennis T. Giacino.

With: Terri Bonica-Matassov, Penny Gaston, Debbie Smith, and Linda Vega. Daniyel Hunt narrates, Johnny Culver directs.

Runs 90 minutes. More info 631 898 4205. Seating is limited. Free Admission.



Past event!


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)

(212) 666-9393


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

With: William Burns, Nathaniel Edward, Luda Millias, Greg Prosser.

The Great Look – 1912- William Faydon

Director. Jacob Dunham

With: Charles Baran, Nathaniel Dolquest, Melanie Gettler, Elizabeth McBryde.

The Second Hand Man - 1903 - Harry Lee Newton

With: Ron 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.


Past event!


“Lincoln’s Birthday”


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/



Past event!


The Equity Library Theater

Playwriting Summer Festival 2018


Part One August 4th @12pm

New York 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


Part Two 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


Margo Krasne – Monologue from “Til Death…”



Past Event!

Space Race - by Nick Gentile

Saturday, July 14 at 12 PM - 1 PM

Harry Belafonte-115th Street Library

203 W 115th St, New York


Space Race presents for the first time to American audiences the spine-tingling truth behind mankind's greatest adventure. Experience daring thrills as you hurtle through the terrifying void of endless space. Enjoy lavish accommodations on the ONLY exospheric vessel with five-star concierge service! Discover strange new romance on the lunar countryside. Space Race is science-fiction and comedy in one easy-to-swallow tablet. Space Race reveals how man actually got to the Moon. Space Race is available only in limited qualities at select locations.

NYPL Harry Belafonte Library Alvin Ailey Auditorium
Free Admission.
Runs about an hour. More info 631 898 4205



Past Event!

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


Free admission

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 – Peter Scarpinato
Brysen Boyd - Elephant
Nancy Kelton - Finding Mr. Rightstein

Gordon Rizza – How to get ahead in Business



Past Event!


The Woodside Players of queens presents:

Aunt    Maggie’s Will


A 1910 comedy by Elizabeth Gale


The Woodside Players of Queens and Equity Library Theater of New York present a staged reading of: Aunt Maggies Will, a comedy by Elizabeth Gale.

"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


Free Admission


More info:  woodsideplayersofqueens@gmail.com



Past Events!


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

518 West 125th Street |