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A bit of advice: don’t open with your botched suicide attempt on a first date.

By Mike Poblete
Directed by Daniella Caggiano
Benefitting The Jed Foundation

Friday 7/13 @5:30pm-6:45pm
Sunday 7/15 @6:15pm-7:30pm
Wednesday 7/18 @9:30pm-10:45pm
Wednesday 7/25 @5:30pm-6:45pm
Sunday 7/29 @5:15pm-6:30pm
Friday 8/3 @7:45pm-9pm


Read the press release for SURFACING.

Chelsea has no idea how to take care of her older sister Marissa after her failed suicide attempt, until they each discover the horrors of Tinder. SURFACING is a funny and gut wrenching story about family, sex, life, death and starting over in 2018.


Poblete’s writing is very natural and often times very comical, but with enough intensity at moments to punch the audience in the gut.” – Michael Roderick, Broadwayworld, Aug 20, 2010, review of The New York Monologues.

“No punches are pulled in the matter of “blue” humor, so if you’re easily offended, go anyways and get over yourself. This is an enjoyable night at the theater, and it’s conceptually interesting and topical.” – Joe Kurtz,, Aug 13, 2011, review of Flaccid Penis Seeks Vaginal Dryness –

“Mike Poblete’s narrative mixes Irish and American sensibilities more naturally than expected, the result a witty, somewhat crude yet very charming play.” – Lauren O’Toole,, Mar 6, 2012, review of Treading Water –|-the-new-theatre/10/2404.htm

The play, written by Mike Poblete and directed by Rob Barron, is a moving, frequently funny look at loss, aging, dreams and human connection.” – Deborah Martin,, Aug 5, 2016, review of One Down –


Mike Poblete (Writer/Producer) Born in Brooklyn, Mike has had six full length plays and numerous one acts performed in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and South Korea. In New York his work has been seen at the Lucille Lortel Theater, Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, Theater for the New City, The Brick, The Robert Moss Theater, The Gene Frankel Theater, The Krane, TBG Theater and many more. His plays have been published by Carysfort Press and Smith & Kraus. He has a Playwriting MFA from Trinity College Dublin and works as Director of Script Development at The Foxboro Company, a Broadway, film and television production company.  In August 2018 Mike will move to Honolulu to work on a Theatre Studies PhD at the University of Hawaii, where he will also teach their Introduction to World Theatre course.

Daniella Caggiano (Director) is a freelance director and native New Yorker. She was named one of The Interval’s “Women to Watch” in 2016 and is a current MTC Directing Fellow, the recipient of a 2018 Drama League Residency, and an alum of Labyrinth’s Ensemble Workshop and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She has directed at Joe’s Pub, The Flea, Dixon Place, Ugly Rhino, Musical Theatre Factory, Merkin Concert Hall, The Kraine, Le Poisson Rouge, HERE, FringeNYC, and 54 Below among others. Favorite projects include Next To Normal (benefit concert starring Tony nom. Christiane Noll), Vinegar Tom, and an original adaptation of Macbeth. Recent assisting: Erin Markey’s Rainbow Caverns (dir. Ellie Heyman), (Not) Water (dir. Daniella Topol), Tumacho and All The Ways To Say I Love You (both dir. Leigh Silverman). MFA The New School for Drama, BA Sarah Lawrence College

Ben Paul Williams (Actor) received his actor training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Cornell University, with additional study at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He holds a degree in Philosophy and Performance (with a concentration in Theatre) from Cornell University, and his work has been seen at Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La MaMa E.T.C., The Players Theatre, The Gene Frankel Theatre, Under St. Marks Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Folding Chair Classical Theatre, Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, Riverside Theatre, Shadowland Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Casa Mañana Theatre, Farmer’s Alley Theatre, Illusion Theatre, and Milwaukee’s late great X Theatre, among others. He was also a founding member of the sketch comedy group Saint Glorious (formerly known as Quasi under Quasi-Productions, where he was also an Executive Producer), performing with them in 12 shows over 8 years and 3 cities. Ben is represented by Phoenix Artists, Inc. and Abrams Artists Agency, and he is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

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