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A little party never killed nobody…
By Erika Phoebus
Directed by Isaac Byrne
Presented by Theatre 4the People
Benefiting Women for Women International






Flamboyán Theater @ The Clemente
Thursday 7/12 @9:30pm-11pm
Saturday 7/14 @9:00pm-10:30pm
Wednesday 7/18 @5:30pm-7:00pm
Tuesday 7/24 @8:00pm-9:30pm
Saturday 7/28 @3:45pm-5:15pm
Tuesday 7/31 @9:30pm-11:00pm


1943. Amsterdam. Two young sisters infiltrate an underground bar catering to jazz-loving Nazis who find an escape in the music they are meant to forbid. One particular SS Lieutenant welcomes a sweet romance, though these girls have been tasked to seduce him to a darker fate. Inspired by several true events woven together to create an evening of music, dancing, boozing and secrets.


Playwright Erika Phoebus is featured in the TDF article “Want a Great Role? Write It Yourself,” about women creating their own work and Phoebus’ play KISS IT, MAKE IT BETTER produced by Theatre 4the People. Article by Diep Tran, June 8, 2016

Theatre 4the People is featured in this Huffington Post interview about their all female ensemble piece LOU by Haley Rice (May-June 2017, Paradise Factory, NYC), the first production under the new leadership of Artistic Director Erika Phoebus. Article by Jody Christopherson, May 17, 2017

“Isaac Byrne’s high-energy production is by turns earnest and campy, wrenching and visually eloquent.” NYTimes review of IN VESTMENTS, produced by Theatre 4the People and directed by Isaac Byrne (director of RUSALKA). Review by Laura Collins-Hughes, May 19, 2015

“Raw and poetic, the play falls upon you as a tsunami of engrossing pain, untamed passion, and tenderness.” “Erika Phoebus did a great job evoking the memory of the dirt and poetry of teenage years.” OnStage Blog review of KISS IT, MAKE IT BETTER by Erika Phoebus, directed by Isaac Byrne, produced by Theatre 4the People. Review by Asya Danilova, June 3, 2016

“Throughout the play, writer/performer Phoebus displays an impressive range of emotion and physicality, alternately brazen and fragile, constantly fortifying her character’s false bravado…” New York Theatre Review of KISS IT, MAKE IT BETTER by Erika Phoebus, directed by Isaac Byrne, produced by Theatre 4the People. Review by Lisa Huberman, June 6, 2016

“Special kudos also go to director Isaac Byrne for making the video segments so genuinely, incredibly chilling.” Woman Around Town Review of AMP, directed by Isaac Byrne. Review by Marti Sichel, December 16, 2017

“Serving as a cool adhesive between all shorts is Rusty Guns, a wickedly cool band that blends country, blue-grass, and rock and roll. Hailing from the south, they add the perfect smooth and grounded flavor to Tennessee’s Mississippi-bred stories, especially since the characters in these stories are anything but settled or calm.” Theatre is Easy review of Matthew Lillard’s Tennessee Williams’ Collected Shorts, music arranged by Chris Cornwell of The Rusty Guns. Review by Cindy Pierre, May 2, 2015


Erika Phoebus (Playwright, Actor) is a NY-based actor, playwright, and producer hailing from Maryland and Colorado. She was most recently seen in the world premiere of Haley Rice’s Lou at the Paradise Factory. Other credits include: Tennessee on Hudson: An Immersive Evening of William’s One Acts (The Box), Kiss It, Make It Better (dir. Isaac Byrne), In Vestments (Innovative Theater Award – Outstanding Premiere of a New Play). As a playwright, her plays have been developed and produced at the New Ohio Theater, Theatre 4the People, Actors Theater of NY, among others.  Erika is a proud member of the Actors Theater of New York City and the new Artistic Director of the award-winning company Theatre 4the People.

Isaac Byrne (Director) has been doing scrappy indie-theatre in nearly every Off and off-off theatre in the city for over a decade.  He has been awarded the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction twice and productions he has directed have been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, an Off-Broadway Alliance award, 24 NYIT awards, and 6 Planet Connection Awards. NYC Credits: Other Mozart (NYIT Outstanding Solo Performance, Nominated for Director), In Vestments (NYIT Outstanding Premier of a New Play), To Nineveh (NYIT Outstanding Production), Tar Baby (DR2, PS122), 52 Man Pick Up (Ars Nova, Edinburgh Fringe), The New Normal, I Used to Write on Walls, Grimm Reality (Co-Production with Bryant Park), and Hazard a Little Death (Planet Connection Best Original Script). He also performs regularly with the Aztec Economy theatre company in the touring show Butcher Holler Here We Come. He has taught acting at the University of the Arts, the New York Film Academy, Texas State University, and the Matthew Corozine Studio.

Chris Cornwell (Music Director/Curator, Actor) is a Brooklyn based actor and musician. He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre with a double emphasis in acting and directing from Texas State University. Some recent credits include Musician/Ensemble in Cry Eden (Access Theater), Bradley in Kiss It, Make It Better (Theatre 4the People), Jack/Wyatt in Baby Hubris (New York International Fringe Festival) and Detective Burrows in The Glory of Living (Revolve Productions). Chris is also the co-founder the bluegrass rock ‘n’ roll outfit, The Rusty Guns, who recently scored Animus Theatre Company’s production of Tennessee Williams Collected Shorts directed by Matthew Lillard.

Founded in 2010 by director Isaac Byrne, Theatre 4the People is committed to the creation of new work by emerging and established artists. The company’s belief in playwright-driven theatre has led to world premieres, workshops, and readings by Andrew Massey, Sara Fellini, Erika Phoebus, Noah Mease, Haley Rice, Bekah Brunstetter, Dan Kitrosser, Chisa Hutchinson, Zack Friedman, and  Cassandra Hume, among others.

Our mission is grounded in creating and facilitating theatre in dialogue with, and accessible to, our communities. To that end, Theatre 4the People has made a commitment to affordability through its THEATRE 4 ALL ticket initiative — every performance of every production reserves a block of “pay-what-you-can” tickets available during pre-sale, as well as our Lottery 4 Less, a pay-what-you-can lottery that occurs one hour before each performance.

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