2014 Festivity Archive

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*Denotes a production that features artists who have won or been nominated for a Planet Connections award.



Living Room Theater

“Stories from a bathhouse, Craiglist, foxtrotting Democrats, murderous mathematicians and Asians gone bad in an experimental explosion in 29 parts..”

Benefiting: GLAAD
Written and Directed By: Marcus Yi

A Line in the Sand

A Line In The Sand
Gemini Productions

“Columbine. 15 years and more than 180 school shootings later. Have we learned anything?”

Benefiting: New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
Directed by:
 Padraic Lillis
Written by: Adina Taubman

Allie's Appendix

Allie’s Appendix*

Is truth the kindest medicine?

Benefiting: Project Unbreakable
Directed by: 
Sarah M. Chichester
Written by: Robin Rice Lichtig


Black Angus Productions in association with New Light Theater Project

“Everybody loves a winner.”

Benefiting: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Directed by: Melissa Firlit
Written by: Michael Thomas Walker

But for the Grace

But For The Grace…

“Using humor as well as pathos, “But for the Grace…” makes us realize that the time for action is now.”

Benefiting: Food Bank For New York
Written and Directed by: David Eliet



“When the going gets tough, the tough get laid!”

Benefiting: GLAAD
Written by: Brian Paul Mendoza
Musical Direction by:
 Andrew James Hall

Diary of a Catholic School Dropout

Diary of a Catholic School Dropout

“Dear diary, forgive me for I am about to sin…today is a good day to die.”

Benefiting: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
Written and Directed by: Layon Gray

Dig Infinity!

Dig Infinity!*

The Return of the Hip Messiah!

Benefiting: Democracy Now!
Written and Directed by: Oliver Trager


Rising Sun Performance Company

“Coffee served hot with a big side of small town politics.”

Benefiting: ASPCA
Directed by: Tim Errickson
Written by: John Patrick Bray

Downward Facing Debbie

Downward Facing Debbie
Project Y

A comedy of manners, morals and compromising positions. Namaste.

Benefiting: Off the Mat and Into the World
Directed by: Andrew Block
Written by: David Caudle

For Our Own

For Our Own

“Honey is sweeter than blood.”

Benefiting: SAMAR
Written and Directed by: Shubhra Prakash

Getting Away With It

Getting Away With It*

“This May, let’s find out just how much we can get away with on stage.”

Benefiting: Democracy Now!
Written by:
 Justin Cornell
Directed by: 
Christina Balkovic



“In politics, never let them see you bleed.”

Benefiting: Safe Horizon
Written by Planet Connections Activist Award Winner: 
Tom Slot
Directed by: Tom Edmond Evans

Hazard A Little Death

Hazard A Little Death

When love dies, it’s a little death.”

Benefiting: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

Written by: Sara Fellini
Directed By: 
Isaac Byrne

The Home

The Home

Delusion and denial are the only survivors of a lifetime in The Home.”

Benefiting: Alzheimer’s AssociationWritten by: Gabrielle Fox 
Directed by: Anthony Valbiro

Interpreting Her Martyr’d Signs

Interpreting Her Martyr’d Signs
For Love & Duty Players

“Can vengeance be pursued further than death?”

Benefiting: Safe Horizon
Directed by:
 Rachel Alt, and Movement Direction by Emily Desana
Written by: Noelle Fair and Lisa LaGrande

Leashes for Dinosaurs

Leashes For Dinosaurs*
“Darling, the Hypsilophodon destroyed the neighbor’s lawn again. Should we call the trainer?”

Benefiting: Amnesty International
Written and Directed by: Valerie Graham

Life in Plastic

Life In Plastic
Voyage Theatre Company

“When does it get fantastic?.”

Benefiting: Urban Justice Center
Directed by
: Rebecca Cunningham
Written by: 
Tessa Flattery



Small Pond Enterprises, Daydream Theatre Company

“The rise and fall of a comedienne through memory.”

Benefiting: NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Written and Directed By Planet Connections Award Winning Playwright: Lenny Schwartz

Maison des Reves

Maison Des Reves

“Where brutal husbands get what they deserve.”

Benefiting: RAINN
Directed by:
 Gretchen Cryer
Written by:Talie Melnyk



Smartt Productions, LLC

An undercover look into activism, adolescence, and abstinence in the pro-life movement.

Benefiting: New York Abortion Access FundWritten By: Madeline Burrows
Directed by: Emma Weinstein

Natural Novice

Natural Novice

She’s smart, she’s funny, she’s pretty, and she’s…hairy.

Benefiting: NOW (National Organization for Women)
Directed by:
 Mario Giacalone
Written and Performed by: Siobhan O’Loughlin



Produced by Danny Yeo

“6 steps to stereotypes

Benefiting: Amnesty International
Directed by: 
Elizabeth de Roza

Produced by: Danny Yeo


Violet Productions

She can’t remember. But they can’t forget.

Benefiting: TU Foundation’s Top DD Study
Book and Lyrics by: Kristen Penner and Lorelei Mackenzie
Music: Kristen Penner, Lorelei Mackenzie, and Joni Ernst
Directed by: Nick Radu


Selling Off Secrets
Lauren Ritter

“She may not remember your name, but she knows who you are.”

Benefiting: Second Wind Dreams 

Written by: Joseph Mosso Directed by: Janet Bentley

Paired With


La Matadora

“Let the games begin.”

Benefiting: Sivananda Yoga Ranch Solar Project
Written by: Hope Weiner
Directed by: Samantha Kozloff


Slam Team

“Fall through the Rabbit Hole. Land in Hades.”

Benefiting: The Door
Written By: Gina Inzunza
Directed by: Marcus Yi


The After Dinner Joke

Presented by the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Interns

“Doing good is easy. Charity is hard.”

Directed and Choreographed by: Graydon Gund
Written by: Carol Churchill

The Lost

The Lost, Or How To: Just Be

“Ah, to be young and black—The Lost of a lost generation.”

Benefiting: GLAAD

Written by: Keelay Gipson
Directed by:
 Rebeca Rad

The Perpetual Earth Program

The Perpetual Earth Program

Journey to another home with most familiar aliens.

Benefiting: Pajama Program
Written and Directed by: Scott Kesselman

The Picture (of Dorian Gray)

The Picture (of Dorian Gray)
The Gravity Partner

“How far would you go to get everything you wanted?”

Benefiting: GLAAD
Written and Directed by: 
Neal Utterback, adapted from Oscar Wilde

The Quest of the Hero

The Quest Of The Hero*

C.A.G.E. Theatre Company

Save the Princess. Become a Hero. Get Laid.

Benefiting:Safe HorizonsWritten and Directed by: Michael Hagins

Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen

Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen
BrainSpunk Theater

All the world’s race issues solved in 60 minutes.

Benefiting:Ali Forney Center
Directed by:
 Christopher King
Written by: 
Michelle T. Johnson

Vacation - All I Every Wanted

Vacation – All I Ever Wanted*
Bricken and Birch Productions and Planet Connections Theater Festivity

Sun, Fun, Barf-Bags-Vacation- All, I Ever Wanted!

Benefiting: Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
Written by: 
Bricken Sparacino
Directed by: Lori Kee

Virus Attacks Heart

Virus Attacks Heart
Pull Together Productions

They were both running away from something, until they ran into each other.”

Benefiting: New York Blood Center
Directed by
: Brian Gillespie
Written by: 
Shannon Murdoch

Why Bother

Why Bother?*

“Friends. Family. Sex. Therapy. *not necessarily in that order.”

Benefiting: Safe Horizon
Directed by: Andrew Block
Written by: KEEPING PACE by Robin Rothstein
CRAZY AT HEART by Planet Connections Award Winning Playwright Mark Jason Williams
ILLUMINATI by John Pollono
DOLL PLAY by Tony Glazer

Why Don't I Have a Girlfriend?

Why Don’t I Have A Girlfriend?
Dangerlion Productions

“Love is blind. So is he.”

Benefiting: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Book, Music, and Music Direction By: Balint Varga