of New York
(and The Woodside Players of Queens, The Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York)
October 29, 2023, at 1pm.
Fifth Avenue Theater of New York presents a live performance of “More Tales from The Times - Selections from the Metropolitan Diary”.
Over 40 actors present short vignettes based on the popular and often hilarious New York Times Saturday section. Free for all to attend.
Seating is limited, bring a folding chair. Runs about an hour. Free to attend.
650 Fifth Avenue, enter on East 52nd Street, s/w corner, down escalator, not in building lobby.
Coming this Fall! “Theater Studies” Acting and Theater Study for Adults -. 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. The class meets the 4th Saturday of each month, starting in October 12:30 - 2pm. Runs until June 2024.
Coming this fall! “Queens Public Library Astoria Branch Writing Workshop”!
Coming Sunday, December 10th at 2:30pm, “The Monologue Table”, @ QED Astoria
27-16 23rd Avenue Astoria, NY 11105.
Equity Library Theater of New York & the Woodside Players of Queens
present short solo scenes by local actors.
Just ended! Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2023 Play Festival!
August 12th at 1pm at the NYPL 18 West 53rd Street Branch (212) 714 8400. Featuring short works by: Leonard Goodisman, Cynthia Morrison, Sophia Valera Heinecke, Zoé Badovinac, Riley Yates, Sarah Congress, Cynthia Cooper, Steve Duprey.
August 19th at 1pm at the Queens Library Astoria Branch 14-01 Astoria Blvd, 11105 (718) 278 2220. Featuring short works by: Nicholas Bompart, Katie Stahl, Christopher Woods, Alexia Star, Nick Maynard.
August 26th at 1pm at the NYPL 18 West 53rd Street Branch (212) 714 8400. Featuring short works by: Jack Rushton, Lenny Hort, Marjorie Conn, Mark Schardine, William Zolla, Paul O. Mims, Begonya Plaza, Tom Padovano, Dakota Silvey
Attention Playwrights! Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2023 Virtual and In Person Play Festival.
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. 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).
Watch all submissions below. Text your vote for best play to 631 898 4205.
One vote, per person, please (we can tell…).
Links to other NYC area theater groups:
425 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011 Watch here!
Exclusive Benefit Performance - July 30th @1pm in New York City!
Equity Library Theater of New York presented a play by Johnny Culver.
“The Bermuda Curse”
Cynthia Gale Valdes
Peyton Place, horses wearing blankets, the Flushing train, grouchy Miss Rivas, John Wayne and more in this one-hour comedy!
Place: The Customer Service Office of a small New York publishing company.
Time: A Monday in January. A few decades ago. Photos here!
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.
“Hide and Seek”
A new play by Dena Levin
June 10th and 11th at 2pm at the New Stage Theater
“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!” See photos here.
With: Sasha Henriques, Griffin Ostrowski, Gus Ferrari, Noah Kleinberg, Julia Genoveva and Tess Chadwick. Johnny Culver directed.
St. Mary’s Drama Guild of Woodside presented
“The Sound of Music”.
VILLAGE PLAYWRIGHTS OF NEW YORK
Equity Library Theater of New York/Woodside Players presented "Twelve from Texas" an afternoon of short monologues by Christopher Woods.
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.
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
Winner - Best Play TIE
Winner - Best Play TIE
Winner - Best Play TIE
Winner - Best Actresses(s) TIE
Equity Library Theater of New York presented:
“At Raygar’s”, a new play by John McCloskey.
Meet our new community partner! (Below)
Piper Theater in Brooklyn – Free program for playwrights - Click here.
Now Playing! Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2022 Virtual Play Festival. Watch all 40+ submissions here!
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.
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