2009 Festivity Archive

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A PLAY ON WORDS

Produced by Tribe Productions benefiting City CrittersWritten and Directed by J.C. SvecStrangers, strained relations and unique circumstances force people to “communicate” in three absurd one-act comedies. A bunny, stuffed in a duffle bag, confuses two individuals in The Guy. Four obnoxious individuals explore the ABC’s of standing in The Line. AndThe Body is just one big cliché.Planet Activist Award: J.C. Svec, Playwright/Director of A Play on Words supporting City Critters


AMERICA: A PROBLEM PLAYProduced by On the Square Productions benefiting The Woodhull Institute for Ethical LeadershipWritten and Directed by Deborah WolfsonIn modern Vienna, Duke Vincentio abandons his post, leaving crooked deputy, Angelo,as law enforcer. When Claudio is sentenced to death, his sister Isabella pleads his case- displaying how absolute power corrupts as hypocrisy clashes with justice. Incorporating The End of America and Shakespeare’s Measure for MeasureAmerican : A Problem Play takes on a timely political urgency.Planet Award for Outstanding Scenic Design: Zane Robert EnloePlanet Activist Award: Jackie LaVanaway nd Rachel McPhee, Producers of America: A Problem Play supporting Woodhull Institute for Ethical LeadershipClick here to read the review by StageBuzz.com

CAFÉ SUSTAINABLE & INSTANT HAPPY!

Café Sustainable – A Corcaigh Irlandese production benefiting EMBARQ and Endometriosis Foundation of Amerrica

Written by Corcaigh Irlandese

Directed by Nathan Brauner

Music by composer Stephane Wrembel (composer August 2008: USA Release of the Woody Allen movie Vicky Christina Barcelona, featuring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson)

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Instant Happy! – Produced by Wildwire Productions benefiting Citymeals-on-Wheels

Written by Mark William Butler

Directed by Richard P. Butler

Two playwrights, two collections. Corcaigh Irlandese’s Café Sustainable: “While NYC EMBARQs upon clean air, India embarks upon surrogate ware.” Nose Fob: a story w/ a certain air to it; and Low Rent Wombs: India – the mother of outsourcing. Featuring: musician name. And, Mark William Butler’s Instant Happy! presents three different couples, three different places, three crazy little comedies!

Planet Award for Outstanding Band, Orchestra and/or Musician: Stephen Wrembel for his live guitar from Café Sustainable

Planet Award for Outstanding Actress in a One-Act Production: Daina Schatz for various roles

Planet Activist Award: Mark Butler, Playwright/Producer of Instant Happy! supporting Citymeals-on-Wheels

CHILD OF HUNGRY TIMESProduced by The New York Theatre Barn benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AidsWritten and Performed by Bridget BaileyBased on the works of Ludmila PetrushevskayaBridget Bailey performs the New York premiere of her poignant and funny solo show based on the controversial writings of Soviet dramatist Ludmila Petrushevskaya. Child of Hungry Times reveals and revels in the lives of six women through the humor and heartache of living under the Soviet regime. A powerful evening filled with music, potatoes, and Russian jokes.Planet Award for Outstanding Overall Production of a Solo ShowClick to read the review by j.b. spinsClick here to read the Broadway World PREVIEW

DICKINSON

An American International Theater, Inc. production benefiting Safe Horizon

Written by William RoetzheimDirected by Al GermaniA well researched, enchanting story of a brilliant woman with a dazzling talent—and her struggle to evolve her personal, artistic and sexual identity, while battling inner and outer Demons.  A magical journey presented thru the one-night dream of a playwright struggling to write a play worthy of her genius.Click here to read the review by StageBuzz.comClick here to read the review by nytheatre.comClick here to read The Clyde Fitch Report “Spotlight On” Dickinson playwright William RoetzheimClick here to read the review by Theatre Scene

MEREDITH’S RING & ANONYMOUSMeredith’s RingA White Rabbit Theatre production benefiting CEDARS KidsWritten by Andrew Rothkin&AnonymousProduced by Cuchipinoy Productions benefiting CEDARS KidsWritten by Rodney E. ReyesThis double-bill evening features two original short plays. In Anonymous, a girl goes to a police station to anonymously give up her newborn but what she receives is more than what she hoped to leave. In Meredith’s Ring, nobody seemed to understand Meredith, the strange new girl who showed up at school one day. But A.J. didn’t have to understand. He loved. And sometimes love is enough.Planet Award for Outstanding Overall Production of a Short Play, One-Act, or Monologue: Meredith’s RingPlanet Congeniality Award: Rodney Reyes, Playwright of Anonymous

MONETIZING EMMAA Thackeray Walsh, LLC production benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDSWritten by Felipe OssaDirected by Leah BonvissutoMonetizing Emma follows a shy 15-year old who most days shuttles between bullies at school, a pushy mom and a fantasy life inspired by Jane Austen. But when investment bank Thackeray Walsh makes her its new profit center, she’s forced to trade reality for something scarier — and far more adult.Planet Award for Outstanding Postcard and Playbill: Leah BonvissutoPlanet Award for Outstanding Playwriting for a New Script of a Play: Felipe OssaPlanet Award for Outstanding Direction: Leah BonvissutoPlanet Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play: Janice Mann for the role of ColleenPlanet Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play: James Arden for the role of TonyPlanet Award for Outstanding Overall ProductionClick here to read the review by Dealbreaker.com

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NEW BEULAHA Shelby Company production benefiting Democracy Now!Written by Dan MoyerNew Beulah is a small town with big characters. Told through vignettes, an ensemble of eight actors play over thirty characters who struggle with the simple but overwhelming problems of daily life: love, loss, family, threatening conglomerates and Greenland. Tender, heartwarming and funny, this is a play you don’t want to miss.Planet Award for Outstanding Actress in a Featured  Role of a Play: Marisa Lark Wallin for the roles of Discount Donna/DanaPlanet Award for Outstanding Ensemble: The Cast of New Beulah: Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Hadley Cronk, Emma Galvin, Carl Howell, James B. Kennedy, Nathaniel Kent, Emily Kenyon Scott and Marisa Lark WallinPlanet Award for Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role of a Play: James B. Kennedy for the roles of Dirk/Ricky/Tithonus

Planet Congeniality Award: Nathaniel Kent – Actor/Producer of New Beulah

Planet Activist Award: Dan Moyer, Playwright of New Beulah supporting Democracy Now!Click here to read the review by “One Producer in the City” for New Beulah AND Everybody Dies

SUCKERS

Produced by Cross-Eyed Bear Productions benefiting the Red Cross Blood Bank

Written and Directed by Duncan Pflaster

Romaine and Jeff meet some fun folks who run a late-nite suburban coffee house, but never suspect that they’re actually vampires. Romaine’s cunning captures the imagination of Elvis, the leader of the group – will they be devoured, the victims of the political schemes of the undead, or will Romaine become their Vampire Queen?

Planet Congeniality Award: Duncan Pflaster – Playwright/Director of Suckers

Click here to read the review by The Fab Marquee for Suckers AND Hound

TRUTH OR… CONSEQUENCES

A Hogan/Lopez production benefiting The Oasis Project

Written by Brianne Hogan and Carla Lopez

Directed by Ashley Beam

Three distinctive women from various social classes and backgrounds in a pre-9/11 world. When one of them begins dating a student named Amir, different hostilities are ignited within the women for different reasons, eventually unearthing tensions regarding prejudices, leading to devastating and horrific consequences.

WRESTLING THE ALLIGATORA Conflict of Interest Theatre Company production benefiting City HarvestWritten by Sergei BurbankDirected by Adam KarstenA professor of notorious behavior and diminishing renown is bolstered by his assistant (who does the lion’s share of the work). This delicate balance is upset when the professor meets his most vituperative critic—an undergraduate columnist—spurring a chain reaction of revelation and betrayal that spirals beyond anyone’s control.Planet Award for Outstanding Scenic Design: Kina ParkPlanet Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play: James Ware for the role of Professor Ron SmithPlanet Congeniality Award: Sergei Burbank – Actor/Playwright and Ryan Mueller – Lighting Designer of Wrestling the Alligator

Click here to read the review by nytheatre.com

THE ROBERT MOSS THEATER

CLEOPATRA – A LIFE UNPARALLELEDProduced by Crystal Theatre, Inc. and L2 Entertainment, Inc. benefiting Women for Women InternationalBook, Music and Lyrics by Cheryl E. KemenyDirected by Barbara Labbadia and Alexandrea KemenyMusic Direction by Cheryl E. KemenyChoreography by Kari Ann SweeneyCheryl E. Kemeny’s Cleopatra –A Life Unparalleled chronicles her life and times through music ranging from blues to rock to ballad.  In a time of “kill or be killed,” Cleopatra competed for dominance in a man’s world and used what she had (money, looks and charm) to get what she wanted!Planet Award for Outstanding Lighting Design: Jessica BurgessPlanet Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical, Play with Music, or Musical Event:Jennifer Van Buskirk for the role of FulviaPlanet Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, Play with Music, or Musical Event:Melissa Labbadia for the role of CleopatraClick here to read the review by TheCelebrityCafe.comClick here to read the Broadway World PREVIEW

DESIGNER X, YOUR FACE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?Produced by The Mush-Room Performing Design benefiting SOS Children’s Villages: VenezuelaWritten by Maria Alexandria BeechDirected by Oscar A. MendozaThis series of politically charged plays focuses on humanity within underlying social issues. In What Are You Doing Here, a woman finds her ex-boyfriend in the audience and questions their relationship among other subjects. In the age of scientific discovery and power to shape genetic makeup, Designer X explores one couple’s attempt to honor the past while shaping the future. In Your Face, drinks with a friend turns interesting when a stranger enters the picture.Planet Award for Outstanding Performance in a Solo Show: Danielle Patsakos for the role of Womanin What Are You Doing Here?Planet Award for Outstanding Overall Production of an Entire Evening of One-ActsPlanet Congeniality Award: Oscar A. Mendoza (Director) and Gabriel Comrie-Pepin (Designer) of Designer X, Your Face,What Are You Doing Here?Click here to read the review by nytheatre.com

EVERYBODY DIES

Produced by Edible Brains Productions benefiting Play for P.I.N.K.Written by Molly RydzelEverybody Dies examines a love triangle that takes place during the commencement of a world-wide suicide pact.Planet Award for Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role of a Play: Marek Sapieyevski for the roles of Jane’s Mom/Man 3/CherClick here to read the review by nytheatre.comClick here to read the review by “One Producer in the City” for Everybody Dies AND New Beulah

HER KIND: THE LIFE & POETRY OF ANNE SEXTONA Wild Child Presents production benefiting Safe HorizonWritten by Hannah Wolfe, featuring the poetry of Anne SextonCo-directed by Hannah Wolfe & Shanara GabrielleDiscover Anne Sexton: one of the most celebrated and controversial American poets of the 1960’s and 70’s.Critically-acclaimed in the New York & San Francisco Fringe Festivals, Her Kind vividly explores Sexton’s life and workby weaving dance and video with tantalizing character twists. Are you one of Her Kind?

Planet Award for Outstanding Sound Design: Daneil MintserisClick here to read the review by Theatre SceneClick here to read the review by nytheatre.com

HOUNDProduced by HQ Rep. in association with Rachel Klein Productions benefiting RAINNWritten by John Patrick BrayDirected by Rachel KleinA detective has returned from the dead. An American becomes the heir of an estate after a mysterious death in the family.Sherlock Holmes’ faithful sidekick, a grieving widower, risks his very soul to find and battle the legendary creature that he believescan reunite him with his wife.Planet Award for Outstanding Costume Design: Rachel Klein for the costumes, Anita Rundles for make-upPlanet Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: Ryan Knowles for the role of Sherlock HolmesClick here to read the review by The Fab Marquee for Hound AND SuckersClick here to read the review by j.b. spinsClick here to read the review by nytheatre.com

OUR COUNTRYA Tony Asaro/Dan Collins Production benefiting GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)Book by Dan CollinsMusic & Lyrics by Tony AsaroOuted in a public restroom, humiliated and abandoned by fans; Country Music sensation Tommy Dautry has gone from darling to derelict overnight. But now, in a one night only engagement (in the back room of The White Swallow) Tommy is back and ready to prove that gay or straight, left or right…it’s Our Country too!Planet Award for Outstanding Book Music & Lyrics of A Musical or Musical Event:Tony Asaro for the Music and Lyrics, Dan Collins for BookPlanet Award for Outstanding Band, Orchestra and/or Musician:Eric Day, Matt Hinkley, Jeremy Pasha, Justin Smith, and Arvi SreenivasanPlanet Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical, Play with Music, or Musical Event:Justin Utley for the role of Tommy Dautry

Planet Award for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, Play with Music, or Musical EventClick here to read the review by nytheatre.com

RESIGNATIONS

A Boann Books and Media LLC production benefiting China Tomorrow Education Foundation

Written by John Kearns

Directed by Erin Smiley

Joy and Grace sit in the cubicles of an absurd office.  Grace is growing content while Joy is getting restless. Over the course of a year, on five weekdays associated with five elements of Chinese medicine, the two Chinese-American friends struggle over their artistic dreams and their need for security.

THE IMAGINARY INVALID: BY PRESCRIPTION ONLYAn Aliza Shane production benefiting Hospice of New YorkBased on Le Malade Imaginaire by MolièreWritten and Directed by Aliza ShaneShe’s got the symptoms… But her doctors are the real disease. Arganne is a wealthy, aging hypochondriac preyed upon by a gold-digging husband, a rebellious daughter and a chorus of drug-peddling incompetent doctors. Together, her maligned assistant and exasperated sister must figure how to get rid of the doctors and save Arganne’s life before it’s too late.Planet Award for Outstanding Choreography (Fight or Dance): Chanda CalentinePlanet Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Ayelet Blumberg for the role of AngeliquePlanet Award for Outstanding Overall Production of a Revival/AdaptationClick here to read the review by Show Business Weekly

THOSE WHISTLING LADS: THE POETRY AND SHORT STORIES OF DOROTHY PARKERProduced by TimeSpace Theatre Company in association with Third Eye Theatre Company benefiting Safe HorizonAdapted for the stage by Maureen Van TreaseDirected by Bricken SparacinoThose Whistling Lads brings five light-hearted stories and five satirical poems of Dorothy Parker to life, drawing you into the world of loves and friendships that inspired them, from newlyweds to break-ups and waiting for that telephone call. A member of the famed 1920’s Algonquin Round Table and a critic for The New Yorker, she was well-known for her stinging witticisms.Planet Award for Outstanding Actor in a One-Act Production: Ethan Angelica for the role of He in Here We Are from Those Whistling Lads: Stories and Poetry of Dorothy ParkerPlanet Activist Award: Maureen Van Trease, Playwright/Actress of Those Whistling Lads: Stories and Poetry of Dorothy Parkercoordinated Three Poets charities and supporting Safe Horizon

Click here to read the review by Theatre Scene

TWIN TOWERSA Damian Wampler production benefiting ENACTWritten by Damian WamplerDirected by Angela AstleAn Iraq war veteran returns to the Bronx after years at war in search of his childhood friend, also returned from years abroad.Twin Towers uses song, dance and action to tell of two best friends reunited and divided amongst thesocial and political turmoil of present day America.

WAGON WHEEL

A Sandusky/Kremmyda production benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalBook & Lyrics by Robin Sandusky

Music by Erato Kremmyda

Directed by Robert Heller

Musical Direction by Mark Evans

A Romany community struggles against the constant threat of persecution and racism from the outside world while becoming corroded from within by the power of its own secrets. As the threads of their tight-knit society unravel, they are forced to rediscover the ongoing and unwavering strength of kinship that defines their way of life.

Planet Award for Outstanding Choreography (Fight or Dance): Claire Cook

Planet Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical, Play with Music, or Musical Event:
Sam Pinkleton for the role of Bohdan

Click here to read the review by j.b. spins

WAIT OF THE WORLD

Produced by Peter and Matt’s Production Company benefiting the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation

Written by Peter Dagger

Directed by Jeremy Bloom

Art by Sean WardScientists underestimate the pull an individual can have on the planet. Their estimations don’t take into account factors like heartbreak, loneliness, and longing. By my calculations, the Earth is far off its predicted orbit and will collide with the sunon precisely October 2, 2013.Planet Award for Outstanding Direction: Jeremy BloomPlanet Award for Outstanding Use Of Projections, Special Effects, AND/OR Multi-Media Event:Jeremy Bloom and Sean Ward for special effectsClick here to read the review by The Fab MarqueeClick here to read the review by nytheatre.comREADINGS @ THE ROBERT MOSS

HAPPY NEW YEAR, LADY LOU!

Presented by The Entertainment Agora benefiting MCC Homeless Youth Service –Sylvia’s Place

Written and Directed by David Gaard

Boozy, brassy drag king, Lou, is a beloved member of New York’s downtown club scene; a long hidden secret in his past makes nightmare problems in his present, his fellow desperadoes, divas, drag queens, trannies and dykes come to his rescue and create whole new meaning of the word FAMILY!

HERS

An Ashley Jacobson production benefiting Sanctuary for Families

*In memory of Patrice D’Onofrio

Written by Ashley Jacobson

Directed by Nadine Friedman

When their mother unexpectedly arrives at Steely’s doorstep, Steely is forced to confront her claustrophobic fears of daughterhood and the unusual symptoms of her mother’s breakdown. Meanwhile, her sister Dana begins to deteriorate from her loneliness. With wine, Sylvia Plath, and spiders, Hers shows us just how women in a family can love after the father has cast them aside.

HOWLING HILDA

A Berlin/Bleckner production benefiting Women’s Sport Foundation

Book & Lyrics by Anne Berlin

Music by Andrew Bleckner

Directed by Travis Greisler

Howling Hilda is a one-woman musical that tells the story of Hilda Chester, the greatest Dodgers fan.Thwarted from playing baseball because she was a woman, she spent a lifetime cheering.An institution at Ebbets Field she was notorious for her clanging cowbells, frying pan and iron ladle.Planet Award for Outstanding Performance in a Reading: Lucia Spina as Hilda

SURFACING

A Julia Martin production benefiting Food Bank for New York City

Written by Julia Stirling Martin

Directed by Ellen Orenstein

Years after Mandy’s disappearance, she and her college boyfriend, Bobby, meet up by accident on a film set. Their encounter unleashes the questions of the past that hound their lives in the present. Sometimes funny, sometimes searing, Surfacing is a rollercoaster ride of blame, fear and, ultimately, intimacy.

THE 40-FOOT TALL JESUS STATUE & HATE MYSELF IN THE MORNING

The 40-Foot Tall Jesus Statue – Presented by Pistorius Productions benefiting Amnesty International

Written by Glory Bowen

Directed by Amber Gallery

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Hate Myself in the Morning – Presented by Pistorius Productions benefiting Amnesty International

Written by Duncan Pflaster

Directed by Amber Gallery

A Catholic, a Wiccan, a Hawaiian Mormon and a talking statue of Jesus result in a new understanding of the value of friendship. Hey, stranger things have happened. Here’s one: A police officer goes home with a woman he meets in a bar for some kinky fun. The next morning, he finds he’s in for much more than a simple one-night stand. Come find out why this is the stranger of the two stories!

THE JAMB

A Bowden Square Production benefiting Raising Malawi Academy for Girls

Written by J. Stephen Brantley

Directed by Jonathan Worman

Tuffer and Roderick are turning forty. While Tuffer smokes, snorts, and screws his way through Manhattan’s gay male population, Roderick goes straight for activism and martial arts. After another failed intervention, Roderick drags Tuffer and his latest boy-toy to rural New Mexico – and into a spiritual desert, almost somewhere, in the jamb.

Planet Award for Outstanding Overall Production of a Reading