Over 80 Years!

 

Equity

Library Theater

of New York

(and The Woodside Players of Queens, The Fifth Avenue Theater of New York)

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Equity Library Theater has been presenting short plays (comedy, drama and musicals) by writers from around the globe, in association with the NYPL, since 1943 as a sort of New York City road-show, with performances rotating among many theaters built during the Depression in branches of the New York Public Library.  Equity Library Theater won the Off-Broadway Theatre Tony Award twice, in 1953, and in 1977. Today they present their works for all to enjoy in person and in a virtual setting.

 

Make a small contribution to Equity Library Theater here.

 

 

“Actors Free Co-op” meets weekly (Sundays 8-10pm ET) on Zoom. It is a nurturing space to work on monologues, cold reads, scenes, improv, exercises, commercial copy, get help with self-tape setups, etc. - whatever the group wants.NO COST WHATSOEVER!  FREE FOREVER! Actors of all levels are welcome. It's OK to just observe. Attend often or occasionally. We'll have rotating facilitators. (We encourage actors to step into this role occasionally.) Bring your own material to work on or let the group assign something for you. The email address of group is:  actorsfreecoop@gmail.com.  Folks can send their contact info to be on our mailing list/get the Zoom link. We have an Eventbrite account in case actors prefer to sign up for specific dates there: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/actors-free-co-op-79624123403.We also have a Facebook page which has the link to Eventbrite signup and also has our email address: http://facebook.com/actorsfreecoop.

 

 

FREE One Person Play Writing Seminar - “The Art of Creating the One Person Play” with Best National Solo Artist Jessica Lynn Johnson. (Click here to register)

 

 

Attn. playwrights: Would you be interested in presenting your under ten-minute play live in New York City on (one performance) October 12th or 21st? Comedy preferred, you provide actors and director. No cost to anyone! If interested, contact: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.

 

 

Submissions are being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2024 Virtual Play Festival. Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp/minutes), from playwrights from around the globe. Also seeking monologues (no more than 5pp/minutes). Musicals welcome! We post your YouTube link of the performance to the festival site for voting.  One submission per playwright. No submission fees. Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. We do not produce your work; we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too!  Deadline: September 1, 2024. Email submissions to: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.

See all submissions below and text your favorite at 631 898 4205.

 

Park Benches – Darrin J. Friedman

The Institute of Love – Jack Rushton

Waiting for the GYN - Helen Cheng Mao

51 and Done – Stacey Linnartz

Am I Dying? – Lorna Brown

At the Clinic - Milton Coykendall

My Shayna Putim – Felix Racelis

 

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Coming up! Equity Library Theater of New York

Summer 2024 Play Festival!

 

August 3rd at 1pm at the NYPL Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library

203 W 115th St, New York, NY 10026.

 

August 10th at 1pm at the NYPL Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library

203 W 115th St, New York, NY 10026.

 

August 17th at 1pm at the Queens Library Astoria Branch 14-01 Astoria Blvd, 11105 (718) 278 2220.

 

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Roundabout Theatre Company, Artist-In-Residence Eight-Week Program

“Unlock your creativity with Roundabout Teaching Artists! Join us for a series of free artistic workshops that ignite your imagination through storytelling, ensemble building, and community connections. In these intergenerational workshops, you'll collaborate to create your own story, essay, monologue, play, song, poem, speech, or theatrical performance, culminating in a communal sharing event. Discover inspiration from primary sources at Flushing Library and explore various cultural and art movements.”

Visit https://www.queenslibrary.org/calendar/roundabout-theatre-company-artistinresidence-eightweek-program/017551-0624 for details.

 

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Acting and Theater Study Group!

 Join us at the NYPL Kingsbridge/Riverdale Branch, returning September 7th at 1pm. Details here.  All are welcome for an afternoon of scene work, exercises, and conversation about the art of the stage. Free to attend!

 

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Seeking Actors!

September 14th, 2024, at 1pm.

NYPL West 53rd Street Branch.

 

Equity Library Theater of New York presents a staged reading of the 1897 apocalyptic short story “The Star” by HG Wells, with Broadway actors. Runs about an hour Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com if interested in participating.

 

“On New Year's Day (about 1900, presumably), astronomers announce that the orbit of the planet Neptune has become erratic. Soon it's discovered that a strange luminous object has entered the Solar System, its gravitational pull causing the disturbance. This story is often credited with having created a science fiction subgenre depicting the impact event of a planet or star colliding, or near-colliding with Earth.”

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Equity Library Theater is seeking short plays for an October 12th and October 21st performance At the New York Public Library on West 145th Street in Manhattan. Under ten minutes. We do not produce your work; we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too!  Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.

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Now playing! “Theater Studies” Acting and Theater Study for Adults -. New York Public Library Riverside Branch, 127 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023.

 

This class is designed for the beginning adult actor seeking experience and feedback. The class highlights ways to make your performance more natural and spontaneous. Attendees will work with ensemble building games, script analysis, scene study, and stage production. New York director Johnny Culver moderates the sessions. No experience is necessary. Space is limited. The class meets the 4th Saturday of each month, 12:30 - 2pm. Runs until July 2024 and returns in September.

More info, email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com. Or visit the NYPL site.

 

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Now in session! “Queens Public Library Astoria Branch Writing Workshop”! Meets the third Saturday of every month @1pm. Next session, July 20th, 2024.

14-01 Astoria Blvd. (718) 278-2220

Bring your five minute or less monologue, poem, play, story, etc. to share, actors welcome! Details below.

 

https://www.queenslibrary.org/calendar/writing-workshop-for-adults/002124-0823

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January 21st, 2024, Equity Library Theater presented an online performance of short selections from “The Comic Entertainer” compiled by Henry L. Williams (1902).

Watch it here.

 

Spring 2024 Virtual Festival! Watch over 30 entries below. Winners in red.

 

And God Laughs – John Tierney (TIE BEST ACTOR)

Birthrite - Lydia Gerson

All God's Children Got Equipment - John Paul Porter

Louis and Clark – David Guaspari

Blue Nightmare Vocation – Hunyah Irfan

The We Heart Christopher H. Mahoney Through Time and Space Forever Club - Bailey Jordan Garcia

Where’s This (play) Train Going? – Bruce Guelden (TIE BEST PLAY)

Kenneth Weene – The Funeral

"Glass Child" - Sharisse Zeroonian

Is Everything Okay – Samekh Resh

Model United Nations – Thea Flanzer (TIE BEST PLAY)

Questioning Authority – Michael Chepiga (TIE BEST PLAY)

Gub Gub Godmother Gaslight – Colleen O’Doherty

Enkha Monologue From Fierce, A One-Act Play - Mary Donnet Johnson (TIE BEST ACTOR)

I Am the Center of My Universe - Nora Louise Syran

Sadie Hawkins Dance – Ryan Vaughn

Tabula Rasa – Donna Sisco

Dialogue with an Extrovert – Robert Csoma

Hamstering – Robin Blasberg

Last Time I Saw Her - A short play by Jed Sutton

The Grand Can – Felix Racelis

Who Needs A Playwright? – Helen Cheng Mao

Helter Shelter – Philip Way (TIE BEST PLAY)

The Ballad of Lulu and Dad - Festival Cut – Wayne Paul Mattingly

Beautiful Sludge – Gordon Blitz

Andy/Andrew - Hazouri Selma

Dancing Kitties – Sally Connors

AIDEN - A Short Sci-Fi Musical – Clay Herzberg (TIE BEST PLAY)

Call Me Your Queen – Ryan Vaughn

Little Kasia Meets the God of Death – Andrea Berting

Two Pigeons - James Marlow

A White Russian – Y Danese

A Small Victory – Matthew Menendez

The Packsaddle Librarian – Benjamin Peel

The Dream People - Patrick McEvoy

The Perfect Prom Date – Phil Olson

 

For more free events (theater, dance, workshops, readings, deals, etc.), in New York City, visit www.clubfreetime.com.

 

 

Please consider becoming a member of the Episcopal Actors' Guild, visit www.actorsguild.org for more information. The mission of the Episcopal Actors' Guild is to provide emergency aid and support to professional performers of all faiths and none who are undergoing financial crisis. We are also dedicated to helping emerging artists advance their careers through scholarships, awards, and performance opportunities. See their many events here: https://www.actorsguild.org/calendar.html

 

 

Past event! Sunday, January 28th at 3pm,

“Back to The Monologue Table”, @ QED Astoria

27-16 23rd Avenue Astoria, NY 11105.

Equity Library Theater of New York & the Woodside Players of Queens presented short solo scenes by local actors. Cynthia Gale Valdes hosted. Watch here!

Click here for a video of our December 2023 performance.

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Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2023 Virtual and In Person Play Festival. Watch all submissions below.

Tulips – Helen Cheng Mao

The Match - Cynthia L. Cooper (Tie Best Play)

Sunset Phenomena – Linda Pallotta

La Susona - David A. Crespy

The Actor Prepares – Donna Sisco

Lois Returns – John Minigan (Special Mention – Acting)

Indigo – Lenny Hort

Open House – Richard Bonte

Strangers in a City - Steph Prizhitomsky

The Edge of Tonight – Parker Jenkins (Tie Best Play)

Prodigal Son/Someone Saw Me – Alexia Star

Coke? I Don't Like Coke - John McDonnell Tierney (Tie Best Actor)

Boyfriend – Robert Kapler (Tie Best Play)

If I Only Had No Heart – Maripat Allen

The Bunker Thought – Peter Curry

Dog Therapy/Therapy Dog - Stefan Diethelm

It’s a Dog’s Life – Fran Handman

Consent – Jenny Lyn Bader

My Beau Brian - Rose-Mary Harrington, performed by Penelope Grover

Mourning Doves - Amber Adamez

The Tale of Superfly@ Ball State University – AJ Dorough

Irresistible Impulse – Barbara Alfaro

From Train to Train - Steve Duprey

The Sticking Point – Fran Handman

Quantum’s Big Picture – Begonya Plaza-Rosenbluth (Tie Best Actor)

Alone inside the Box – Nick Maynard (Special Mention – Acting)

Lockdown – Rumi Nagpal

Cognition – David Harms

Guys in the Wild – Felix Racelis (Tie Best Play)

Street Fight - David Malouf (Tie Best Actor) (Tie Best Play)

The video contains profanity and violent language.

 

 

The history of Equity Library Theater can be read, here.

 

Visit the 2023 Secret Theater Summer One Act Festival, here.

 

Visit “Genoveva _Productions”, here.

 

Visit Elmwood Community Playhouse, Inc., here.

 

Visit our Community Partner, City Gate Productions, here.

 

Free Theater within the NYC Parks, here.

 

 

Writing by Johnny Culver (here).

 

 

Links to other NYC area theater groups:


Andrean Players - Flushing

Astoria Performing Arts Center - Astoria

Bayswater Players - Far Rockaway

Black Henna Productions

Broadway Blockbusters

BrooklynONEtheater - Brooklyn

Brooklyn Players Community Musical Theatre - Park Slope

Centerstage Players - Bayside and Port Washington

City Island Theater Group - City Island

Douglaston Community Theatre Group - Douglaston

First String Players - Woodhaven

FSF Community Theatre Group - [now closed - click for history]

 Gingerbread Players - Forest Hills

Heights Players - Brooklyn Heights

Herricks Community Players- New Hyde Park

House of Yes - Brooklyn

Ivy Lane Players - Levittown

James Street Players - Babylon

LICTC.ORG (Queens & LI Theater)

JC Players - Queens

Maggie's Little Theater - Middle Village

 Minstrel Players - Northport

Mount Carmel Theatre Company - Brooklyn

Narrows Community Theater - Brooklyn

Outrageous Fortune Co - Flushing

Parkside Players - Forest Hills

E Phoenix Idealis Theatre, Inc - College Point

Equity Library Theater

The Play Troupe of Port Washington - Port Washington

Rockaway Theatre Company - Ft. Tilden

Royal Star Theatre - Jamaica Estates

Shadow Waltz Productions - East Meadow

Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center - East Hills

Spotlight Theatre Productions - Mohegan Lake

St. Gregory Theatre Group - Bellerose

St. Jean's Players - Manhattan

STAR - Senior Theater Acting Repertory

Thalia Spanish Theatre - Sunnyside

Theatre By The Bay - Bayside

Theatre Box - Floral Park

 

 

Equity Library Theater presented an afternoon of short one act plays from the early 20th Century, once performed in Greenwich Village, July 29th @ 3pm, NYPL Jefferson Market Branch.

425 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011 Watch here!

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Exclusive Benefit Performance - July 30th @1pm in New York City!

 

Equity Library Theater of New York presented a play by Johnny Culver.

 

“The Bermuda Curse”

 

With:

Sasha Henriques,

Griffin Ostrowski,

Laurie Sammeth,

Cynthia Gale Valdes

 

Peyton Place, horses wearing blankets, the Flushing train, grouchy Miss Rivas, John Wayne and more in this one-hour comedy!

 

Place: The Customer Service Office of a small New York publishing company.

Time: A Monday in January. A few decades ago. Photos here!

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Past Event! May 21 at 1pm, The Fifth Avenue Theater of New York presented an afternoon of short new plays. @ 650 Fifth Avenue, lower level, enter on 52nd Street.

 

Featuring works by Sarah Congress, Michael Chepiga, Laurel Lockhart, Parker Cross, Denis Meadows, Jen Ju, Julia Genoveva and more. Over 60 people attended the 90 minute event.

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Recently…

“Hide and Seek”

A new play by Dena Levin

June 10th and 11th at 2pm at the New Stage Theater

“This is a play about David, a sixteen-year-old, in the process of coming to terms with his sexuality.  Adolescence is a difficult time for most teenagers, and it is for David. Sharing wonderful times with his Aunt Liz, David becomes aware how people have overcome challenges in their lives. He becomes enlightened and learns how he will navigate his life, even with an obstacle, his father!” See photos here.

With: Sasha Henriques, Griffin Ostrowski, Gus Ferrari, Noah Kleinberg, Julia Genoveva and Tess Chadwick.  Johnny Culver directed.

 

 

St. Mary’s Drama Guild of Woodside presented

“The Sound of Music”.

Details here!

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VILLAGE PLAYWRIGHTS OF NEW YORK

The Village Playwrights presented staged readings of  short plays to celebrate Pride Month on Monday, June 12, 2023, from 7 to 9 pm. More info here.

 

 

Equity Library Theater of New York/Woodside Players presented "Twelve from Texas" an afternoon of short monologues by Christopher Woods.

 

Dramatist, poet, short story writer, Christopher Woods has a knack that is hard to match for getting to the heart of a character. Taken from his collection of brief fiction stories, this cast of loveable unconventional characters are a delight to meet. “Like streetcars – quaint vehicles – if one missed, there’ll be another one along in a minute.” William Albright Houston Post Drama Critic. Watch here.

 

 

Now playing online, the Fifth Avenue Theater of New York presents a virtual performance of (View here) “Tales from The Times - Selections from the Metropolitan Diary”.

Actors perform short vignettes based on the popular and often hilarious New York Times Saturday section.

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Equity Library Theater of New York Spring 2023 Virtual Play Festival.

Watch all selections below.

Winners in RED!

 

L'appel du Vide - Molly Kirschner - Winner - Best Actor(s) TIE

 

Demon Turkey – Kelly Morgan - Lallo

 

UpLyft – Felix Racelis - Special Mention!

 

Angelic Intervention – Barbara Alfaro

 

Re-in-WHAT?!—Change is Good – Linda Pallotta

 

Ladies Not Waiting – Riley Yates  - Winner - Best Play TIE

 

Holiday Decorations - Helen Cheng Mao - Winner - Best Monologue

 

Sorry I'm Late - Dana Hall Special Mention!

 

Love's Disenlightenment – Jeff Dunne - Winner - Best Actor(s) TIE

 

Sex in the Park – Jack Rushton

 

Marriage Counseling – William Zolla II - Winner - Best Play TIE

 

The Protest on Ninth Avenue - Jeffrey Ashkin

 

The Receptionist – Doc Watson

 

Smashing Pumpkins – Steven Carinci

 

The Mummy Speaks – Cynthia Morrison - Winner - Best Play TIE

 

Timothy and Mary – Sam Robson

 

I Guess I Got Good at Hiding – Josie Parrelli

 

The Night Watch (Part 2) - M L Farr - Winner - Best Actresses(s) TIE

 

Elsewhere (Celia) by Adam Szymkowicz - Digging Up Teddy scene – With Alexia Star - Winner - Best Actresses(s) TIE

 

You Will Not Replace Us – Denis Meadows

 

Best Friends - Kareem McMichael - Special Mention!

 

Molting - Michael Towers

 

Dear Daughter Moon – Lenny Hort

 

Socks – Dr. Mary E. Weems - Winner - Best Actresses(s) TIE

 

Just an Illusion: Zipper - Gretchen C. O’Halloran

 

Forever and a Day – Jennifer Ju

 

The Pearl – Donald Falconer Best International Submission!

 

Life of Shmuel – Ruby Lowenstein

 

Madalyn – Sally Connors

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Equity Library Theater of New York presented:

“At Raygar’s”, a new play by John McCloskey.

Watch here.

 

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Now Playing! Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2022 Virtual Play Festival. Watch all submissions below.

 

Aaron Leventman – Lovers and Survivors

 

Amy Engelhardt – The Woods of Exeter

 

Andy Mayo – The Connection (Tie - Best Actors)

 

Barbara Alfaro – The Sirius Interview

 

Brandon Fulk - The Four Horseman

 

Brett Wolfe – Simulacrum

 

Brian Johnston - Tell It Like It Is, Mary Louise Brown!, with Maille-Rose Smith. (Tie - Best Actress)

 

Chris Ferretti – Between A Rock and Port Authority

 

Christopher Woods – Salt Mine Exchange (Special Mention)

 

Colette Cullen – Everyone’s Sorry

 

David Simpatico - Carpe Denim

 

Donna Sisco - Screened

 

Ed Friedman – The Price of Progress

 

Eloise Coopersmith - My (unauthorized) Hallmark Movie Musical

 

Felix Racelis – Love Bomb (Tie - Best Play)

 

Fran Handman - The Sticking Point

 

Gary Duehr - Johnny Depp Vs.Amber Heard

 

Gregory Vines – Car Crash

 

Helen Cheng Mao – Stuck in Limbo (Tie - Best Play)

 

Jack Rushton – Dust Bunnies

 

Jaime Sheedy - The Effect of Magic on The Death Of Will and Grace (Tie - Best Actress)

 

Janis Butler Holm – Red

 

Josie Parrelli - Her Confession

 

Lenny Hort – A Little Something About My Powers (Tie - Best Play)

 

Leticia ArbeloTerapéuticas, Lectura dramatizada

 

Lettuce Eat with Suzanne Ridgeway – Christmas 2021 (Special Mention)

 

Lisa Stratton – The Dead Game

 

Marjorie Conn telling a story by Sophie Virgilio (Special Mention)

 

Matt Schutz – The Early Worm

 

Mikki Gillette - We're Just Talking, Okay?

 

Nancy Temple – Ties That Bind

 

Phylliss Shanken – Where is Bunny Boy?

 

Rachel White – Night Train

 

Rex McGregor – Swinging Campers

 

Selma Hazouri – Miss Elizabeth Taylor

 

Steven Carinci – Who Loves You, Baby?

 

Susan Jackson - Tahlequah

 

Stephen Joseph Olson - The Breakup King (Tie - Best Actor)

 

Wayne Paul Mattingly - Anabel, in Barcelona, with Aliona Garcia

 

 

Meet our new community partner! (Below)

 

Piper Theater in Brooklyn – Free program for playwrights - Click here.

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Below, watch a virtual reading of two comedies from the early 20th century; Aunt Maggie’s Will (Mary Elizabeth Gale, 1910), and The Merediths Entertain (Whitney Darrow, 1922).

 

 

Fifth Avenue Theater of New York presented a free performance of “More Selections from Spoon River Anthology” on June 11th at 2pm, in Manhattan at 650 Fifth Avenue (enter on 52nd Street, down escalator)

 

Local actors performed short excerpts from the collection of poems that collectively narrates the epitaphs of the residents of the town of Spoon River.

 

With:

Alexis Tandit

Andrew Dinan

Betsy Cruz

Evangeline Johns

Fredda Tourin

Gus Ferrari

Heather Jeanne Violanti

Heather Shore

Janice Kirkel

Joseph Ortiz

Luke Goldthorpe

Marjie Conn

Martha Morenstein

Mathilda Diaz

Stephanie Schwartz

 

Now Playing! Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2022 Virtual Play Festival. Watch all 40+ submissions here!

Antionette’s Duck – Wayne Paul Mattingly, Filmed in Spain and Riverdale, NYC

A Milkman’s Serenade – Mark Blickley (Tie, Best Play)

Copycat – Dana Hall

Curses! Curses! - Elizabeth Shuler, Performed by Charli Williams

Dakota - Sydnie Belousek, with Ann DellaMonica

Dear Stella – With Ronnye Halpern, Pam Trester, Susan McQuirk

Email! – Dana Jaffe (Tie, Best Monologue)

Enchanted Walhalla Ravine - Farzana Datta

Just a Yellow Cab in New York City – Youlim Nam

Lights Out – Michelle Giusto

Lincoln’s Birthday – Peggy Terry

Living Bones – Megan Tripaldi

Lost Property – Robert Luxford (Tie, Best Actor)

Monologue – Gail Rivers

Out to Pasture – Alison Gilbreath (Tie, Best Monologue)

Overdue - Felix Racelis

Paramour - Rose-Mary Harrington (Special Mention)

Pen-Pal Gal – Steven Carinci

Property is Sacred – Mark Speyer

REAL(I)TY - Kat Agudo

Rugged Individualism - Terry Smith (Tie, Best Actor)

Slow Dating – Adam Szudrich (filmed in New Zealand)

Soul to Squeeze – Meagan J. Meehan (Tie, Best Play)

Stoned - Scott Carter Cooper (Tie, Best Play)

Sweet Forgiveness - John Bettis / Walter Afanasieff

Texual Abuse - Cindi Sansone-Braff

The Actor and the Funeral – Jack West

The Best Is Yet to Come – Nancy Cohen Koan

The Importance of Being Honest - Brian Johnston

The Isle Of Wight Festival, Summer 1970 - Annette Perpinan

The Lucky Escape – Eamann Breen (Tie, Best Actress)

The Meadow - Ryan Kaminski

The Men - Ruby Lowenstein

The Time is Ripe - Pamela Morgan

Two Peds are Stu Peds – S. Joshua Mendel

Waitress! – With Cynthia Gale, Robin Jacobson, Rebecca Marks

Walmart at Christmas-A Short Play – Marty Maftess

Wrong Kind of Doctor – Beth Evans, with Emily Blake, Ben WIllis (Tie, Best Actress)

You, Me, and Marie Curie – Mary Crosbie, Jeanine Calleja (Special Mention)

 

 

Watch Here! “In Swirly Letters”, a new play by Johnny Culver. With Sarah-Ann Rodgers, Phyllis Cox, Bart DeFinna, Tom Morwick, Carolyn Quinn

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Past Event!

 

New York’s Woodside Players and Fifth Avenue Theatre join forces for a reading of short plays by local writers. Saturday, March 26th @ 3pm.

 

Presenting works by and featuring:

 

Youlim Nam – “Just a Yellow Cab in NYC”, with Nicole Lehrman, Ananth Padmasola, Dir. Sophia Treanor

Phil Blechman – “Morning Coffee”, with Hayley Palmaer

Marjorie Conn – “Shopping with Magic Morningstar”

Christopher Woods – “The Pink Dress”, with Danielle Patsakos

Beth Evans - "The Wrong Kind of Doctor", with Emily Blake, Ben Willis

Tom Padovano – “Reflections”

Nancy Davidoff Kelton - "An Unveiling, a Date, and a Shrink", with Sharlene Hartman, Angela Madden, Richard Toth

Daniel M. Wolpe – “Forever Intertwined”, with Andrew Dinan

Emily Blake – “The Window: My Mother, The Lockdown, and Me"

William Hugel - “You Don’t Want What I Got”, with Benjamin Willis, Joseph Ortiz

If you have any questions, please contact fifthavenuetheatre@gmail.com.

 

 

The Woodside Players of Queens presented their 2021 virtual holiday performance, on Zoom, December 29th @ 7pm EST. Watch here!

 

“An evening of short Vaudeville sketches by Harry L. Newton” (b. 1872).

 

Presenting: An Oyster Stew, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, The Jumpkins Jumble, Strenuous Mame - the Bowery Girl, Fresh Timothy Hay, A Jack and His Queen, The Secondhand Man.

 

Directed by Johnny Culver, Anne Hammond, Shelia Spencer, Milton Coykendall.

With: Allison Fradkin, Andrew Dinan, Candy Brown, Carolle U, Cynthia Gale, Gus Ferrari, Helen Yalof, Joseph Bowen, Marjie Conn, Paul Jones, Regan Carmody, Robin Jacobson, Ronnye Halpern, Shelia Spencer, Susan Neuffer, Ted Birke.

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Watch “Daughter!” by David Gold, here. Recorded on the streets of New York.

 

 

October 4th @ 7pm EST, Equity Library Theater of New York presented a virtual presentation of “Excerpts from Spoon River Anthology”.

Watch here.

A deluxe recording can be viewed here.

 

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Watch here! The Woodside Players of Queens present short American plays from 1900 to today![CJ1]  Recorded August 20, 2021.

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The Equity Library Theater of New York Summer 2021 Virtual Play Festival! Links to over 60 plays/submissions are below. Winners in Green.

 

A Bell Tolls – Monte D. Monteleagre

A Cheap Maid in Chasteside – Craig Gustafson

A Soul to Squeeze - Meagan J. Meehan

Amy in Belgrade – Edmund Wilkinson

Aunt Velma Considers Changing Religion - John Arnold TIE BEST ACTRESS

Barricade - Pamela Morgan TIE BEST PRODUCTION

Bawdy Maudie - Vivian C. Lermond TIE BEST PLAY

Breakdown – Benjamin Peel

Cashless – Robert Luxford

Cassidy’s Mourning – Triza Cox TIE BEST ACTRESS

Cinderella and the 3 Bear Witches – Susan Horowitz SPECIAL MENTION

Dream Talk – Emma Goldman-Sherman

Emotional Support Canadian – Amanda Vick

Extremely Right – Glen Dickson

Field Trip – Ben Scranton

Gentle Warren - Steven Carinci

Get Out Of My Head! - Youlim Nam TIE BEST ACTRESS

Glassblower – Judith Glass Collins

Hate – Mark Wartenberg

Heaven – Colette Cullen

Hurricane of Love – Maripat Allen

Hurt – Hannah Chapman

Is My Truth the Lie? - David T. Anderson

Jamie's Protest - Leonard D. Goodisman

Killer Chicken – Jack Rushton

Last First – Martin Keady

Life Under the Prairie – Barbara Anderson TIE BEST PRODUCTION

Meconium Aspirations - Mark Blickley

Park Bench Domain – John Corins

Plaque Kills - Dana Hall, performed by John Madison TIE BEST ACTOR

Prayer To Him - Yulidal Hernandez Kin

Rita - Protective Shield - Antonia Kleopa

Sarah Franklin for President - Matt Sanders and Ariel Aliza Sanders

Scan to Begin – Monique Herbert

Seasons – George Sapio

She – Natashcha Graham

Six Impossible Things Before Coronavirus – Matt Cogswell

Space – Howard Pflanzer

STOLPERSTEIN - Len Cuthbert

Sweetheart – Natasha Cobb

Teeter - Elijah Vazquez

Telepathy – Brian Leahy Doyle, directed by Kevin Michael Morin

The Coin - Dan Taube

The Neighbor - Selma Hazouri - A man remembers a neighbor from the past TIE BEST PLAY

The Night Watch – Mostyn Lyndon Farr

The Pink Dress – Christopher Woods, with Danielle Patsakos SPECIAL MENTION

The Reveal - Meredith Utman

The Uninvited – Rose-Mary Harrington

The Waiter - Claude Clayton Smith

The Way That Sand Moves – Rick Davis TIE BEST ACTOR

This Year – Greg Lam

Threesome (A Short Pandemic Musical) - Zuker and Metz SPECIAL MENTION

That’s All We Got – Logan Rogers

Tony Defends A Friend – Dana Jaffe

Training Wheels – Michael Hardstark TIE BEST ACTOR

Una Noche En Tejas: When Beyoncé Met Selena - Kevin Ray TIE BEST PLAY

Unpack: Key Moments of Romania’s History in a One-Woman Show - Cătălina Florescu

Visiting Dad - Marj O'Neill-Butler, performed by Emma Merritt

What If Science Is Real? – Judy Klass

Your Town – Donald Steven Olson

 

Full length plays performed virtually

from the summer and fall of 2021!

Watch them below and text your favorite to 631 898 4205 - play, actor, actress.

 

The Last Crankie - Pat Lin

This new play, written and directed by P.H. Lin, and developed by Cate Cammarata’s Create Theater, made its online debut as part of Create Theater’s Monday Night Reading Series on May 17, 2021 at 7pm EDT.

 

The Gatekeeper – Mark Weiner

A one-act play by Marc Weiner, Cast: Kimberly J. Yates, Sean Edward Evans, Jacob Lineberry, Crew: Ira Block, Shravya Kag, Filmed at Playwrights Rehearsal Studios, New York City.

 

 

The Pot Boiler - A Reimagining (1916) - based on a one-act satire by Alice Gerstenberg

Alice Gerstenberg’s “The Pot Boiler” is a satire about the pretensions of conventional theater. This “reimagining” transplants the humor into a modern zoom-age context. Cast: Marty Goldberg, Ted Birke, Valerie O’Hara, Bill Barry, Perryn Pomatto, Meredith Sullivan, Sean Buckley, Aleksandar Tasev and Shelia Spencer – directed by Shelia Spencer.

 

Sweet Jane – Dan Zellner

Jane, a 27-year-old woman with progressive political views, undergoes brain surgery. The surgery is for the most part a success except for the fact that she is now, suddenly, a rabid conservative Republican. How do her loved ones cope with her new political identity? A comedy that asks the question how much do our political beliefs shape our lives? Cast: Jane - Brittney McHugh, Jack - Martin Downs, Lauryn - Andrea Nelson, Bonnie - Vita Carnduff, Ryan - Michael May.

 

“A Little Sketchy" June 2021

Directed by Vincent Mraz – “I will be working with senior citizens across Manhattan teaching a virtual sketch comedy writing class as a 2021 SU-CASA teaching artist.” Runs 80 minutes.

 

Ghosts From The Well – Jack West

A re-imagined rewriting of Val Burton, Walter DeLeon and Bradford Ropes' 1946 Abbott & Costello comedy of two people mistaken for traitors during the American Revolutionary War. Doomed by a curse to be bound to earth forever, their ghosts now haunt a married couple on Long Island, NY. When an eccentric ghost hunter and his odd, clairvoyant assistant are brought in to rid the home of the spirits, the ghost hunter’s mistaken for an old nemesis, there’s a wacky séance - and even bigger problems. Written by Jack West. Performed by Jack West and Karen Corrado. © Jack West. All Rights Reserved.

 

Godless – Jarrett Winters Morley

'Godless' is a one act play that delves into the origins of the human psyche between Adam and Eve, discusses the controversy surrounding humankind's perception of a higher power, and how each of us defines faith. Directed By: Jarrett Winters Morley. Cast: Eve: Lauren Curet, Adam: Jarrett Winters Morley.

 

Garden Party – Judy Klass

This is a reading of the play Garden Party by Judy Klass, Directed by Alyssa Borg.

 

The Girl of my Dreams – Carole Jackson

With Ted Birke, Richard Callender, Laurel Lockhart, Susan Neuffer. The play follow Kathryn Coleman, a British girl, from ages 10 to 37. Although her relationships with her father, grandmother, and husband are important, it's her mother, Myrna, who is the constant in her life - for better or worse.

 

Selections from "Trout Day" - Peggy Terry

With: Zoe Avery, Terri Bonica, Ted Burke, Andrew Dinan, Jennifer Finger, Ann Morelli, Martha Morenstein, Tom Morwick, Olivia Rubrum, Alexis Tandit. In this comedy, the first day of school goes all wrong when a frazzled parent tries to do away with an mysterious small town tradition.

 

Screen Time – Jonathon Ward

Mag and Ryan, best friends since college, confront doom with Zoom, social distancing with close-up romancing in a pandemic fatigued world.

 

Boyself/Girlself - Jack Seamus Conley

A pre-transition transmasculine person (Girlself), who is in the early stages of “coming” out and uncertain of what the future may hold for them, receives a surprise visit from a future version of their self (Boyself), who only has foggy memories of the exchange from the “other” side. As they talk together about everything and nothing, both “selves” learn something unexpected about who they are collectively. Directed and written by Jack Seamus Conley, and starring Lea Hulsey (Girlself) and Chase Nuerge (Boyself).

 

This is my Block - Talara Ruth

Originally printed in the New York Times Metropolitan Diary, Talara reminisces about her childhood neighborhood.

 

All Gummed Up (Comedy 1921) - Harry Wagstaff Gribble

With Ted Birke/Valerie O'Hara/Bill Barry/Perryn Pomatto/Maggi Veltre (dir. Shelia Spencer). Shelia Spencer is savoring the serendipity of finding old plays, dusting them off and giving them new life and vitality here on Zoom. She deeply appreciates the talent she is connecting with today - as well as that from our theatrical past.

 

The Census - Leonard D. Goodisman

Directed by Monica Hoyt. Director of Photography - Zack Bermack. Cast: Madison Hemings - Ben Baez, Sally Hemings - Yvette Bedgood, Census Taker - Gabe Girson, Eston Hemings - Cole Mackler.

 

Hippies, Housewives & Watering Holes – D. M. Larson

Performed by Long Island’s Afternoon Delight Players.

 

Love Restor’d – Paul K. Smith

America's Theatre presents Love Restor'd -- a haunted tale, a visitation in the dark night. Our play features, in order of appearance: Len Bellezza as Tom, Susan Horowitz as Becky, and Donna Wall as Susan.

 

Out to Lunch – Mikki Russ

Starring Toni Tennille, Julie Cargill, and Trisha Tracy, “Out to Lunch” opens in a quaint restaurant where the two main characters discuss their lives, dead husbands and the couple seated next to them. Gloria and Lillian are lifelong friends in their seventies. When the young server engages her customers, we are all left to wonder if ‘Feminism’ is the new “F-Word”. Exploring themes of the female bond, experience, and life-challenges, “Out to Lunch” rallies.

 

The Middle Of The Night - Elizabeth Robertson Laytin

With Danielle Patsakos, Carolle U. Elizabeth is a winner of a 2016 Frank McCourt Memoir prize for her short story Black Sugar, published in Vol. X No.2 Summer/Fall 2016 of The Southampton Review.  Her novel Come Here Go Away for the young adult audience is available on kindle, amazon.com, and at Guild Hall in East Hampton, N.Y.  Short stories have also been published on ducts.org, deadmule.com, and in The East Hampton Star.

 

 

Now playing! The Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2021 Virtual Play Festival. Links to over 70 performances are below.

(formatted for desktop viewing, in alphabetical order).

Winners, based on feedback, in red.

 

A Mother’s Story – Patrice Hamilton

A Perfect World – Lynde Houck

A Short Play – Nick Maynard

A Tale of Stockbridge – Charles Gross

A Turkey is NOT a Rooster – Jinna Kim (Tie – Best Play)

A Wake – Brian Petti

Across the Lake – Johnny Culver

Avoiding Unwanted Pregnancy -Rom Watson - performed by AnnaLisa Erickson,

Baby Blue – Steven Carinci

BART – Glenn Arman

Bill W and Jimmy K - Andrew Matthews (Tie – Best Play)

But Did I Leave The Oven On? – Jake Alexander (Tie - Best Actor Team)

Choice by Allison Whittenberg

Chuckles, The Clown – David Lloyd

College Without Walls - Matt Sanders & Ariel Aliza Sanders

Entitled – Peter Snoad

External Monitors - Richard Lyons Conlon

First Baby – Alex Perry (Tie – Best Play)

Flying Tigers - E. Kuznetsova

Frenchie's Fate - Kannan Menon

Give Me Something Good to Eat - John Glass

Going Up – Joseph Vitale, with Scott Cagney, Gary Glor. Directed by Will Budnikov

Guts of a Maniac – Steve Gold

Happy Funeral Day - David T. Anderson. with: Janice Kirkel, Alexis Tandit, Carolle U

Harlem Top To Bottom – Jordan Young (Best Monologue)

How Did Edward Lose his Accent? -Teddy Alexis Rodriguez, PhD

How to Survive from REMNANTS – Hank Greenspan

In the Wrong Café – Jim Moss

Introducing My Crazy – Marlo K. Shaw

Last Night Bluey Died - Sam Affoumado

Mamet Mommies Soccer - Greg D'Angelo

Millard, Is That You? – Brian Leahy Doyle

Moisture – Michelle Kuchinsky

Monologue from “Illspoken” – Blaire Baron

Morning Coffee – Phil Blechman

Museum Pieces (Monologue) - Sherry Chiaroscuro

No Rest for a Soul - Cindi Sansone-Braff

Old Hippie - Christine Emmert

Paradigm 1 – David Jones

Phony on a Twig - Rex McGregor

PhotontheTimesSquareShuttle – Lawrence Rinkel

Racism 101 – Robin Joseph

Remember Me, Mr. Jones? - Christine Benvenuto

Renown - Rose-Mary Harrington

Santa and Spock – Heidi Mae (Special Mention)

Sarah, Me Too - Dana Jaffe

Scoundrel by Monte D. Monteleagre, directed by Kevin Snyder

Screen Time – Jonathon Ward

Selkie – Donna Latham

Snow Angels – Paul Koster

Spiritual Counseling – Jack Rushen

Steely Resolve – Alan Stoltzer

Sunny Side Up – Dana Hall

Surfs Up! – Ken Levine

The Apocalypse Is Here But Where's The Iron – Daniel McKamey

The Ballad Of Leslie - Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend

The Campaign – Hannah Williams

The Carpet Washers – Jack West

The Galloping Gourmet, based on The Lying Valet, by David Garrick

The Line Up in the Time of Covid – Barbara Litt

The Woods – Andrea Lepcio

Thomas, Thomas – Leonard D. Goodisman

This Is My Block, Part Two- Talara Ruth, with Anne Morelli

True Romance – Gary Duehr

Two Ply – Chef Rossi (Special Mention)

Unpack -Catalina Florina Florescu

WABI SABI - Rachael Carnes - Directed by Andra Hunter With Zoe Margolis, Max Gallagher (Tie - Best Actor Team)

Well and On My Own - Ellen C. Scherer

What’s in a Name – Lee Franklin

Wise Old Owl: A Trilogy – Phyliss Shanken

Without Whom None of This Would’ve Been Possible - Kevin J. Miller

Zoom Break Up - Michael Perlmutter

Zoom Mom – Greg Abbott (Special Mention)

 

 

The Woodside Players of New York City 2021 winter season. One act plays*, some from over 100 years ago, performed virtually. Watch them below!

(thanks to Shelia Spencer and her actors)

 

Overtones - Alice Gerstenberg, w/ Hannah Abney, Alexander Chilton, Farah Diaz-Tello & Jacob Lineberry, dir. by Shelia Spencer

 

Finders Keepers – George Kelly – 1923 - Directed by Kevin Snyder

 

Suppressed Desires – Susan Glaspell – 1914 - dir. by Shelia Spencer, with Hannah Abney, Farah Diaz-Tello & Jacob Lineberry (over 1000 views)

 

Tickless Time - by Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook - 1918 - directed by Shelia Spencer

 

Sham - Frank G. Tompkins - 1920

 

The Angel Intrudes – Floyd Dell – 1918

 

Illuminati in Drama Libre- Alice Gerstenberg – 1922

 

Attuned – Alice Gerstenberg – 1922 - with Shelia Spencer

 

*all free to read on Google Books.

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Past Event!

 

Over thirty-five short plays.

Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York Virtual Fall 2020 Play Festival

 

Winners in red!

 

Me - Marjorie Conn

 

E Minor Seventh – Timothy Nolan (Special Mention)

 

Siggy & Dolph at the Klaustenauer Cafe - by Fred Crecca

 

Shana The She-Pirate – Emily Battles

 

Coyotes – Steven Carinci (Best Play – tie)

 

Throne of the Third Heaven - Philip Reissman

 

Sing – Khalil LeSaldo

 

Glasses – Barry M. Putt Jr. with Allison Fradkin (Best Monologue – tie)

 

Who Let The Dogs Out? – Marian Rosin

 

Barren Landscape – Steve Gold (Best actress – Alexis Tandit)

 

But This – Robert Cooperman

 

Wounded Birds - Elaine Kuracina

 

Deeds Not Words - Rose-Mary Harrington (Performer

Diana Kyle and Technical Director, Elizabeth Gordon)

 

Lyre On The Floor – Jackson Montana

 

The Waiting Place - Michael Cunningham, with Regina Yeager (Special Mention)

 

Invisible Foe - Michele A Miller, PhD

 

Confessions: The Hours - Natascha Graham (Best Monologue – tie)

 

Broken Spirit - Eureka Lewis

 

Mother’s Day – Peggy Terry

 

Choices – James McLindon

 

The Wiggle Room – George D. Morgan

 

How I Spent My Quarantine – Ellen Abrams

 

It's Not Haunted Real Estate - Sarah Congress (Best Effects)

 

My Turkey Redeemer Liveth – Loretta Wish (Best acting duo)

 

The Youthful Adventures of Damon Dukirk - Part 1. Written by Kieran Carroll and performed by Zach Wegner

 

Fred the Projectionist – Fred Pflantzer

 

Games – Michael Swiskay

 

Where For Art Thou, Dougnuts – Michelle Glusto (Best Play – tie)

 

Don’t Stand Up – Amy Losi

 

Bethany – Dana Jaffe

 

Smarter than You - Richard Bonte

 

Occupied Countries - Jack Rushton

 

Tell Me How I Did – Justin McDevitt

 

Starry, Starry Night – Brian Doyle, directed by Kevin Michael Morin (Best actor – Tyler Michael, Sam Black)

 

The United States of Huevos - Tavi Juárez & Stephen Tsimpides (Best Play – tie)

 

Frank and Rachel – Nancy Temple

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In October 2020, Equity Library Theater and the Instant Shakespeare Company presented a reading of “Catherine and Petruchio” by David Garrick. Click here to watch.

 

Equity Library Theater of New York presents a reading of a full length new play:

 

ALCUIN, a Dialogue. A Fierce and Elegant Plea for the Rights of Women, by Carolyn Balducci. (click to watch)

 

The play is based on a book written by American author, Charles Brockden Brown (publ. in 2 vols.1798 & 1815). It consists of a dialogue between Edwin Alcuin, a Quaker schoolmaster, and Mrs. Carter, a  widow, in Philadelphia in 1798. Alcuin and Mrs. Carter argue about women's lack of voting rights, their need for financial independence, and their inadequate access to education and employment opportunities. Mrs. Carter speaks for all women, sharing her insights about marriage and divorce as well as politics. As the two debate these issues, they become friends and, eventually, lovers. The plot includes a remarkable sequence in which Alcuin travels to a future utopia, The Paradise of Women, where men and women are equals and where the word "marriage" does not exist. Though their conversations are serious, there are many light moments and a subtle romantic subtext.

 

Caterina Nonis is a director, theatre maker and actor from Milan, now based in New York. She has collaborated with Page 73, The Habitat, The InHEIRitance Project, NYMadness, Shotz! Amios, Theatre East, KIT, Stella Adler, Modern Shakespeare Project, Match:Lit, among others.  At the Venice Biennale, she studied different approaches to theatre making with directors Thom Luz and Jakop Ahlbom. She is an artistic associate of The InHEIRitance Project, and an SDCF Observership 18/19 Class member. BFA: NYU Tisch, Stella Adler & RADA. www.caterinanonis.com.

 

California native, Dean Linnard is a New York based AEA actor, singer, solo-performer, and puppeteer. He studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.  Since then, he has been associated with a number of outstanding theater companies, such as the Portland Playhouse, Vermont Shakespeare Company, and New Orleans Fringe Festival. Though he specializes in classical material, his projects have ranged from Shakespeare to experimental performance art, from children’s theater to Off-Broadway. In 2011, he developed a one-man adaptation of Hamlet which he performed as a benefit for Young Actors Workshop in California and as part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s New Work series.  He is a Teaching Artist for Broadway.com’s Broadway Classroom Series.  www.deanlinnard.com.

 

Carolyn Balducci’s publications include fiction & non-fiction books, articles & reviews as well as translations and poetry. Her plays include adaptations/translations of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata; Renaissance comedies, La Calandra and La Veniexiana; contemporary Italian comedies; Alcuin: A Fierce & Elegant Plea for the Rights of Women; and Chekhov in the Hamptons. Original works include Maestro:Pirandello as Recalled by Ms. Marta Abba; and Giovanni the Fearless, a commedia dell'arte musical (book and lyrics by Carolyn Balducci; music composed by Mira J. Spektor). She is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild, BMI and NYWIFT.

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Past event!

“Five on Fifth – 2020 Summer Play Festival”, Fifth Avenue Theater presents video recordings of short plays by local writers! Click below to watch.

 

“Goth Principal: A Hunted Man” By Alaina Hammond

Starring Isaac Scranton as Jonny/Gothman

and Alaina Hammond as Belinda.

 

“Waitress!” with Shelia Spence, Alexis Tandit, Regina Yeager.

 

“Generation Love” by Nick Bompart.

 

“Promises”, by Shirley King, with Julia Genoveva.

 

In The Clair De Lune” - An Online Play, by JB Bruno. (voted best play)

 

“A Shiny or Not So Shiny New Magnificent…” - by Marjorie Conn. This a story told with a ventriloquist puppet about a young girl who really wants a bicycle. (voted best performer)

 

“And Everything Was Perfect” - by Monte D. Monteleagre Directed by Kevin Snyder Performed by Chase Guthrie, Richard Callender, Charlie Manoukian, Benjamin Romanelli, and Hunter McEachern (special mention)

 

“All Kinds of Skin” – by Victoria Lau

 

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Past event!

The Woodside Players of Queens Summer 2020 Play Festival. Short plays by local writers in a virtual setting. Click below to watch!

 

The Values of Gold, Silver & Bronze by: Meagan J. Meehan Theater 294 on Long Island. Three statues of women--one Gold, one Silver, and one Bronze--are constantly bickering over who is made of the best material. Then, when a Burglar breaks into the posh mansion which they inhabit, the three statues must find reasons for him to take one of the other two instead.

                                                                                 

Baby Bird On the Isle of Corona written by Rossi (aka Chef Rossi)

with Celeste Ciulla, Rossi and Charmaine Broad

directed by Charmaine Broad

 

The Seal Wife – by Michael Cunningham (special mention)

 

Just a Little Mistake - by Mary Elizabeth Gale

 

Virgins – by Scott C. Sickles, with Elizabeth Carlsen and Kinga Nowak

 

Parents of Defiant Children Support Group by Victoria Lau, with Beth Evans, Kevin Schwab, Regina Yeager, Alexis Tandit, Jacob Lineberry, Farah Diaz-Tello, Richard Callender, Benjamin Willis

 

The Effect of Magic on The Death Of Will and Grace – by Jaime Sheedy, directed by D.A.G Burgos (voted best performer)

 

Anonymous Recipes - by Dane Rooney (voted best play)

 

 

Past event!

Equity Library Theater’s Summer 2020 Virtual Play Festival.

Twenty plays, and links to the performances are below!

 

The Dead Game, by Lisa Stratton, with Regina Yeager and Alexis Tandit

 

What Are You Hiding? – by Elizabeth Shannon and Morgan Southwell

 

That’s It! - by Brian Ault - A short one-man play about a writer’s journey to a story against the twin dark voices (D and A) that try to stifle such thoughts.

 

Virgins – by Scott C. Sickles, with Reanna Armellino and Shay Wisniewski

 

J. & Dot

Book and lyrics by Mark Evan Chimsky, Music by Zev Burrows

Two legends meet in the afterlife -- who are they?

With Jennine Cannizzo (Dot), Emily Iocovozzi (J), and Ross Neal (The Translator) (tie for best play)

 

Gloval Covid – by David T. Anderson, with Yvette Bedgood

 

Sisters – by Megan McGibney

Two sisters torn apart by politics, and a big secret.

 

With Friends Like That - by Bara Swain, featuring Betzabeth Castro

 

The Immortal Jellyfish - by Elise Valderrama, with Mark Dunn as Dr. Joseph Dorowsky, Elise Valderrama as Dr. Vera Marengo

 

Words Are Useless – by Jeff Dunne, with Raccoon:  Gene Valendo, Baker:  Matt Layendecker, Eddie:  Jeff Dunne

 

Welcome Wagon – by Peggy Terry, with Regina Yeager, Alexis Tandit, Elise Valderrama

 

On Sacred Ground - by Susan Masters, With Yvette Bedgood (voted best performer)

 

I Was Here – by Ellen Scherer (tie for best play)

 

Unmasked – by Heidi Mae, with Jacob Lineberry, Farah Diaz-Tello (special mention)

 

The Other Author – by Tom Misuraca

 

The Waltz of the Exterminator – by Heather Violanti, with: Woman -- Taylor Lynne, Exterminator--Thomas J. Kane, Mouse--Valerie O'Hara, Stage Directions and Video--Marialana K. Ardolino

 

It Ain't Over 'Til the Pink Lady Sings - Written & Directed by Allison Fradkin

Cast: Nya Noemi as Marva, Emmy Carlyle Albritton as Francine, Briana Velazquez as Winifred

 

Crummy – by Johnny Culver, with Elise Valderrama, Haneen Arafat Murphy, Hannah Abney

 

Faustus and the Soliloquy - by Dane Rooney

 

Putting Up The Shed - by Leonard Goodisman, with Jacob Lineberry, Benjamin Willis

 

In The Toilet – by Madison Mayer

 

The Dancer – by William Jess Russell (special mention)

 

Humanity at a Standstill – by Bryan Myers

 

Real Friends Help You Move – by KK Gordon

 

Ann Fulton – by Charles Lupia, with Susan Palmer Everly

 

“The Last Bag” – by Tain Leonard-Peck

 

 

Past Best Plays from the Equity Library Theater Summer Play Festival!

 

2020 - I Was Here – by Ellen Scherer/J. & Dot

Book and lyrics by Mark Evan Chimsky, Music by Zev Burrows

2019 – Tina – TJ Harland

2018 - Paige Esterly - Eve and Adam

2017 - Michael Verderber - Unending Repetition/Treason

2016 - Michael Maiello – Looking Through the Glass

2015 - Hello Mom – Lauren Snyder/Driving Herd – Sam Graber

2014 - John Ladd – Ashes to Ashes (Drama)/ Scott Haskell – Womanhood (Comedy)

2013 - Liza Bulos - Attention Shoppers

 

 

Past event!

Equity Library Theater presents “Midwestern Gothic” three short works by Monte D. Monteleagre. Click to watch starting June 13th.

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Congratulations to the Woodside Players of Queens!

The 2019 Josie Performance Award for best Director of 2018

 

Best Director: Kate Remelius – “Epitaph by Moonlight”

 

 

Past event and returning on Zoom (view here)

 

Equity Library Theater and the Gingerbread Players of Forest Hills present a staged reading of the 1921 comedy

 

"The Dover Road" by A. A. Milne.

 

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2 PM – 4 PM

New York Public Library 53rd street Branch 18 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Leonard and Anne are two lovers travelling on the Dover Road when their car breaks down. They are taken to a hotel, which turns out to be the private residence of the eccentric, wealthy, and reclusive Mr. Latimer. Leonard and Anne soon discover that they are not the only couple to have been waylaid on the road. What does the mysterious Mr. Latimer have in store for these couples?

With: Andrew Dinan, Mike Miller, Kinga Nowak, Suzanne Schick, Debbie Smith, Johnny Tyrone and Bart DeFinna. Johnny Culver directs.


More info 631 898 4205. Free admission. Seating is limited.

 

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