2012 Short Plays

new short works

Our short play series anchors the EstroGenius Festival. In each short play program, we present the New York premieres of a series of throught-provoking short plays.

Past plays have included a fairy-tale zombie apocalypse, a body dysmorphic costume comedy, a tale of two conjoined twins finding their independence, and the story of a disgruntled grandmother with wanna-be road rage.

Below you can see the 2012 Festival lineup.

The audiences’ favorites from Programs A, B, and C were featured in our Encore Line-Up on closing night, December 1st–which also featured the premiere screening of Mac Rogers’ “Happening to My Body,” based on his 2002 EstroGenius play!

(Click on “Program A,” “Program B,” or “Program C” to see full details for each program.)

Program A:

Thursday, November 8th @ 8:00pm*
Saturday, November 10th @ 5:00pm
Sunday, November 11th @ 8:30pm
Friday, November 16th @ 8:00pm
Sunday, November 18th @ 1:30pm*
Monday, November 19th @ 6:30pm*
Wednesday, November 28th @ 6:00pm*
Friday, November 30th @ 8:30pm
Saturday,December 1st @ 1:00pm*
*FREE live pre-show music onstage 1/2 hour before curtain!

Buying the Farm
written by Lezlie Revelle
directed by Audrey Alford
featuring Nancy Evans, Limor Hakim,* Sue Ellen Mandell, & Laurel Lockhart*
A group of older women become tired of being ‘invisible.’ They decide their only course of action is to do something drastic and buy the farm – literally.

The Key
written by Vivian Neuwirth
directed by Kathleen O’Neill
featuring Alex Kliment & Kayla Wickes
A scarred Israeli soldier and an American girl with wounds of her own are drawn together by desire which could heal them both. 

A Recipe to Remember
written by Celeste Koehler
directed by Estefania Fadul
featuring Donna Barkman,* Marianne Ferrari,* & Mary Matoula-Webb
Monica and her sister Deirdre have come to a crossroads. It’s time to decide what to do about mother.

Gold Star Mother
written by Cynthia Robinson
directed by Allison Moody
featuring Alan Hasnas & Cindy Keiter*
The reality of war threatens to destroy a couple as their faith is put to the ultimate test.

Jumping In
written by Seth Freeman
directed by T Valada-Viars
featuring Helen Barnes & Justine Hall
It is night, after hours, and the tense confrontation between a high school teacher and an aspiring gang member wasn’t in the lesson plan.

Produced by Jen Thatcher 
Assistant Producer: Anne Carlino 
Stage Manager: Katt Masterson
Lighting Designer: Kayla Goble
Sound Designer: Amber Gallery
Costume Designer: Julija Frodina

Program B:

Friday, November 9th @ 8:00pm
Sunday, November 11th @1:30pm*
Monday, November 12th @ 6:30pm*
Saturday, November 17th @ 8:00pm
Sunday, November 18th @ 4:00pm
Tuesday, November 20th @ 6:30pm*
Wednesday, November 28th @ 8:30pm
Thursday, November 29th @ 6:00pm*
Saturday, December 1st @ 3:30pm
*FREE live pre-show music onstage 1/2 hour before curtain!

written by Patricia Henritze
directed by Emma Duncan
featuring Charlotte Foster & Jenny Paul
A disheveled young bride and her reluctant maid of honor ponder the questions of life:  Why wear panty hose? Is there more beer? Is our life a series of random events? Or is it Destiny?

When Predator Dies
written by Catya McMullen
directed by DeLisa White
featuring David Greenslade, Sheila Joon,* Sergio Lo Dolce & Jack Reitz
Three roommates stage an intervention on their fourth roommate, who is cutting onions to cry and disturbing the equilibrium of the apartment.

Orangutan and LuLu
written by Lisa Kenner
directed by Amanda Junco
featuring Rusty Buehler & Laura Butler*
Orangutan and Lulu may have been together for two weeks, two years or two decades. Like all couples they must navigate intimacy, spatial relations and interdependence to arrive at some level of comfort and happiness.

written by Lisa Bankert
directed by Jessica McVea
featuring Kate Dickinson & Matthew Trumbull
Passions threaten to reignite between two former flames when she boldly crashes his date night 18 months post- break-up to taunt him with a provocative memento she found tucked in the back of his sock drawer.

written by Lynda Green
directed by Rachel Dart
featuring John Gardner & Kristin Shields*
Keeping the sun in the sky is literally the responsibility of June and George, two burnt-out coworkers toiling away in their jungle office, who come to see that there is more to living than just your job.

Produced by Catie Choate
Assistant Producer: Earline Stephen
Stage Manager: Angelica Toussaint
Lighting Designer: R.S. Buck
Sound Designer: Madeleine Gaw

Program C:

Saturday, November 10th @ 8:00pm
Sunday, November 11th @ 4:00pm
Tuesday, November 13th @ 6:30*
Thursday, November 15th @ 8:00pm
Sunday, November 18th @ 8:30pm
Monday, November 26th @ 6:30pm*
Thursday, November 29th @ 8:30pm
Friday, November 30th @ 6:00pm*
Saturday, December 1st @ 6:00pm
*FREE live pre-show music onstage 1/2 hour before curtain!

Life on Mars
written by Trish Cole
directed by Sara Lyons
featuring Libby Collins,* Marcie Henderson* & Patrick Walsh*
“Life on Mars” is a campy, futuristic drama about the final ten minutes an intergalactic lesbian fugitive spends on Earth waiting to board the last penal transport to Mars.

written by Sharon Goldner
directed by Olivia Kinter
featuring Sabrina Blackburn, Yvonne Gougelet* & MaryLynn Suchan
A woman is sitting around one day having a conversation with her breasts.

Rosie the Retired Rockette
written by Daniel Guyton
directed by Heather Cohn
featuring Monica Furman, Vivian Meisner,* Marianne Miller,* & Kristen Vaughan  choreographed by Stephanie Willing
86 year old Rosie is in a nursing home, but she still believes she’s back in her fabulous Rockette days. When her family comes for Christmas dinner, the present and the past collide.

Books Not Now
written by Kira Lauren
directed by Sharon Hunter
featuring Kate Dulcich & John Say*
A play about the end of a marriage: how it ends, why it ends, and how sometimes love is not enough.

Jennifer Bourne Identity
written by Hilary King
directed by Kathryn McConnell
featuring Jeff Johnson & Annalisa Loeffler*
Jennifer Bourne keeps getting flashbacks to her past. Who was she before she became an ultra-efficient, modern multi-tasking mom? Will she return to her slacker past or embrace her butt-kicking self?

Produced by Andi Cohen 
Assistant Producer: Margaret Stockton
Stage Manager: Earline Stephen
Lighting Designer: Daisy Long
Sound Designer: Earline Stephen

* ACTORS APPEARING COURTESY OF AEA. An Equity-Approved Showcase 


Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org


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