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DARK PLANET: Not Your Mother’s Valentine’s Day” presented by Planet Connections Theatre Festivity; performing Thursdays and Fridays, February 6 – 21 at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York City. Tickets on sale soon!
A cavalcade of acclaimed Playwrights, Directors, Actors and Friends – all Planet Connections Award Winning and Nominated artists – present an evening of varied sides of humanity – from funny to brutal. Planet Connections Artistic Director, Glory Kadigan, stated “We’re living in dark times. It became clear to all of us at Planet Connections that we wanted to highlight our edgy writers exploring dark comedy. So, in February we’ll present an unbridled nefarious evening of playlets we call “Dark Planet: Not Your Mother’s Valentine’s Day.”
7PM SHOW – THE X’S
PLAY WITH ME
Written by Lenny Schwartz, Directed by Akia Squitieri
Missy: ASHLEY MARINACCIO*
Tim: CHRISTOPHER WHALEN
Two lost souls meet for a blind date/hookup at a fetish club.
THREE MEN WITH GUNS
Written by Monica Bauer, Directed by Francisco Solorzano
Mikey: JOHN FICO*
Devon: RUSSELL JORDAN*
Pack: RANDALL RODRIGUEZ
What happens when three desperate men with guns all lay claim to a briefcase full of cash? The man with the most deserving story wins in this darkly comic tale of social justice, physical fitness and puppies by Monica Bauer.
Written by Jake Brasch, Directed by Glory Kadigan
A: MOLLY COLLIER*
B: ALYSSA KEMPINSKI*
Shadow A: JOYCE MILLER
Shadow B: GINA LEMOINE
They’re friends. Should they be lovers? Should they eat sweet corn? Should they turn conversation into a full-fledged musical? Should they reexamine their relationship or just leave things as they are? Welcome to the realm of The shadow dancers.
Written by Desi Moreno-Penson, Directed by Nicoletta Mandriotti
Lenny: CHARLES EVERETT
Emma: MARY MONAHAN
Emma and LENNY broke up. Emma wants Lenny back. Lenny thinks she’s crazy but Emma’s going to show him that they belong together. Even if she has to kill him.
8:30PM SHOW – THE O’S
Written by Glory Kadigan, Directed by Katrin Hilbe
Jay: JOHN DIMINO
Holly: ERIKA PHOEBUS
Alan: JOHN FICO*
Set in the 1970’s in New York City, a young distraught boy alone on a street corner at night is suddenly approached by an older man propositioning sex.
Written by Drew Larimore, Directed by IIana Becker
FEATURING: MISTI TINDIGLIA
Wires and lines of communication are crossed when Bonnie, an entrepreneurial text message angel, realizes the consequences of her actions may very well lead to life and death.
FIEVEL DRIDGE, THE GREAT ORATOR OF FISHINGSTILL
Written by Erik Champney, Directed by Irina Abraham
Hatcher Warmwhistle: ISSA BEST
Linda Jones: CARLOTTA BRENTAN
Professor Pallethammer: MICHAEL DONALDSON
Fievel Dridge: MATT MARETZ*
Plunkett Rumplelunge: MARY MONAHAN
A British schoolboy, who eerily shares characteristics with a notorious American President, leads his little friends in act of terrorism against their teacher. It’s a comedy.
THE SECOND COMING
Written by Gabrielle Fox, Directed by Lu Bellini
Jesus: KONRAD CUSTER*
Joe: MICHAEL GNAT*
Mohammed: CHARLES EVERETT
Martha: SACHI PARKER
Charlie: FURTHER CASTING TBA
Chaos ensues in an apocalyptic survival bunker when Joe’s prayers are answered.
Written by Jan Rosenberg, Directed by Glory Kadigan
Agatha: JILL SHACKNER*
Kelly: FUTHER CASTING TBA
It’s Kelly’s first time. She’s nervous because she’s heard the first time hurts, and he’s in college, but she’s got her friend Agatha for moral support. And it’s okay, because you know even if someone gets hurt – it’s gonna be SO worth it.
A DAY AT THE BEACH
Written by Quincy Long, Directed by Glory Kadigan
Harold: ALI ARKANE
Anthony: JOHN FICO*
Father: MICHAEL GNAT*
Mother: MADALYN MCKAY
Anthony is upset because his brother Harold has gotten their Mother pregnant.
*These Actors are Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association