2001 Short Plays

The 2nd year of our festival fell over September 11th, 2011. In the inimitable theatre spirit, the festival was kept afloat through the efforts and talents of a huge number of people. You can read more about it below.

(Click on “Program 1,” “Program 2,” or“Program 3,”to see full details for each program.)

Program 1:

Barbie Und Ken by Sandra Dempsey
directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde
featuring…Deborah LaCoy* & Daryl Boling
movement by Fran Kirmser

The Contents of Your Suitcase by Daphne R. Hull
directed by Donna Jean Fogel
featuring…Julia Ryan* & Margaret Dodge

Raven by Kimberly Orton
directed by Karin Bowersock
featuring…Eleni Beja & Debra Ray Anderson*

Scatterhead by Elizabeth Anderson
directed by Lisa Rothe
assistant director: Tammy Chang
featuring…Roy Sorrels*, Jonathan Tindle*, Maria Demarse, Sylvia Norman*, Irma St. Paule*, Betty McKinley*, R. Paul Hamilton*
music by Amy Kohn

The Stroller by Kathleen Rowlands
directed by Zelda Gergel
featuring…Nicole Potter* & Liz Morton*

Program I Production Team:
Produced by Pamella Pearl
Set Design ~ Bekka Lindstrom
Lighting Design ~ David Alan Comstock
Sound Design ~ Giovanna Sgarlata
Costume Design ~ Jamie Comenole
Stage Management ~ Jessica Provenz
Crew ~  Montserrat Mendez
Sound  ~ Doug Silver

Program 2:

Chance in a Million by Shannon Noel
directed by Zoya Kachadurian
featuring…Pamela Pearl, Rob Grader*, Jennifer Monaco, AJ Handgard

Rousing the Head by Melissa Hill
directed by Tina Marie Polzin
featuring…McCready Baker & Clark ov Saturn

Turn Four by Crystal Skillman
directed by Abigail Zealey Bess
featuring…Michael Etheridge*, Jason Howard*, Denny Bess*

What You See by Sonya Sobieski
directed by Kathleen O’Neill
featuring…Amy Morse* & Diana Landers

She Finds Her by David DeWitt
directed by Kate Magram
featuring…Bekka Lindstrom & Bridgett Ane Lawrence

Program 2 Production Team:
Producer – Kassie Bracken
Set Design ~ Bekka Lindstrom
Lighting Design ~ Laura Walczak
Costume Design ~ Rita Powell
Stage Management ~ Jamie Matthews

Program 3:

Baby Cake by C. Danby Swanson
directed by Eva Burgess
featuring…Janet Girardeau* & Alex Finch

The Eviction by Carolyn London
directed by Amy Kiehl
featuring…Elizabeth London*, Carla Tassara, Joe DeGuise, John McCullough

The Italian Lesson by Paula Wing
directed by Passion
featuring…Carrie Kerrapen, George Bennett

The Last Woman on Earth by Liz Duffy-Adams
directed by Lynn Sally
featuring…Carol London*, Edelen McWilliams*, Blaire Alexander

Please Don’t Feed the Children by Michelle Fadem
directed by Vernice Miller
featuring…Joanna Llao*, Roger Dale Stude, Michael Baugh, Spencer Scott Barnes*, Cameron Francis*

Where Have You Been by Fiona Jones
directed by Julia Gibson
featuring…Susan Scudder* & Laura Poe*

Program 3 Production Team:
Producer – Allie Diaz
Set Design ~ Bekka Lindstrom
Lighting Design ~ Pamela Kupper
Costume Design ~ Rita Powell


*Appeared courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


estrogenius & September 2001: The Power of Theatre in Action at manhattantheatresource

It was September 13, 2001 –  a mere 2 days after a large portion of the bottom of our beloved isle of Manhattan – just 30 or so blocks below our little theatre – had been suddenly, viciously reduced to a steaming pile of twisted steel, concrete, fire and flesh. We had spent the past few days occupied with the surreal business of confirming the health and safety of friends, loved ones and Estrogenius festival participants as well as reciprocating the job with our near and dear outside the city. As far as we could determine, our numbers were well and safe as could be. Many had lost friends, some lost homes and even family. There were numerous close calls, anguished eye witnesses and horrifying tales of narrow escapes through lethal panic and debris. Visits to the armory to register the missing and the grim practicalities of  providing DNA samples, identifying bodies and making funeral arrangements took priority. Several members of our company became unavailable due to the drastic changes in their lives. Throughout the city, we bore the mantle of unspeakable sadness and the weighty inference of increased police and military presence. Manhattan was effectively sealed off and travel was greatly disrupted by the destruction, regular bomb scares & added security measures. We stood on the front stoop of the source and gaped through the dusty air at the acrid, smoking hole in our skyline. Program Two of Estrogenius 2001 was opening.

Audience and actors alike arrived in face masks to ease the sting of the dead, burnt air. Solemn but grateful, runny eyes embraced amidst coughing and the roar of fighter jets overhead. Friend or stranger, we were all just so damn happy to see each other. The whole space resonated with the ritual reverence of a church, as much to our astonishment, our house filled to capacity.  Palpable was the shared exhaustion of grief and  deep was the need to pool our creative energies and imaginations in the wake of such destruction. We were all desperately aching to be carried away from our dread reality and there was a mutual shred of healing and joy in coming together to do so.  It was a night in the theatre like none we had ever experienced – one that illuminated in a fresh way the critical  importance of what we do. More than ever, we all appreciated the community aspect of theatre and the sheer, immediate aliveness of it’s sustenance.

In the days ahead we had to call in our own rescue team of sorts to keep the festival and the source going. Despite the chaos into which we’d been thrust, our community pitched in wherever needed to staff now empty festival positions and take care of the business of producing under such adverse conditions.  Our playground for passion became a haven of sorts for our tribe of volunteers and members of the Estrogenius company. Participants from the various programs returned each week to see the offerings on our boards and  thank you notes began to pour in expressing gratitude for keeping the work going and providing a welcoming and safe gathering place for our community. They thought we were helping them cope with these unspeakable events. We thought they were helping us. The source has been privileged to serve our extended family in any small, comforting way.

The Estrogenius team and staff at the source was continually humbled and inspired by our participants’ ability and willingness to do extraordinary work in the wake of the devastation and it’s ongoing fallout. We are forever in debt to the entire company and audience of Estrogenius 2001 for their generosity, resourcefulness, brilliance, courage and dedication. It is that strength which gives us hope on dark days and it is to them that the BOOK OF ESTROGENIUS 2001 will be dedicated when it premieres in December. We thank them for reminding us that the worst aspects of human nature will always be met in equal or greater measure with the very best of the human spirit. We are fortunate indeed that our job is the celebration and sharing of that very humanity and that, as Americans, we are free to make our anguished and joyous voices heard.

Even today as I write this and our fear takes new shapes, our lives adjust to the low level anxiety of inhabiting a targeted city and once simple tasks like opening the mail or riding the subway have new and eerie resonance, we are continually fortified by the bravery and better natures of our gifted and extraordinary community. Though largely unsung, these courageous, dedicated & imaginative New Yorkers are heroes all the same. We are eternally grateful for their inspiration.

Fiona Jones
Founder & Executive Producer of Estrogenius
Founder & Director manhattantheatresource
30 October, 2001