of New York
The Woodside Players of Queens, The Fifth Avenue Theatre of New York)
BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Award nominations! (Best Off Off Play,
Director, Performance, Production, Solo Performance, Immersive Experience)
Since 2013, ELT has been presenting a festival of short plays
(comedy, drama and musicals) by writers from around
the globe, in association with the NYPL. Equity Library Theater began its life
in 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.
George Wojtasik was Producing Director of ELT
from 1966-1989. ELT won the Off-Broadway Theatre Tony Award twice, in 1953 and
in 1977. Despite valiant fund-raising efforts, ELT was forced to close, due to
financial concerns, in the 1989-1990 season. Today they present their works for
all to enjoy in person and in a virtual setting.
Sunday, December 10th at 2:30pm,
“The Monologue Table”, @ QED Astoria
27-16 23rd Avenue Astoria, NY 11105.
Equity Library Theater of New York & the Woodside Players of
Queens present short solo scenes by local actors.
Featuring works by: Steph DeFerie,
Richard Greenberg, Christopher Woods, Connor Kopko and others.
A second performance will be January 28th, 2024, same
time, and location. Care to participate? Let us know!
both events here.
Submissions are being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of
New York Winter 2024 Virtual Play Festival. Seeking short plays (no more than
20 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: May 1, 2024. Email submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the entries below and
vote for your favorite by texting 631 898 4205:
And God Laughs – John Tierney
free events (theater, dance, workshops, readings, deals, etc.), in New York
City, visit www.clubfreetime.com.
Coming in Spring 2024!
A script in hand free reading of the comedy Catharine and Petruchio; to
be presented in Sutton Place Park.
Petruchio is a reworking of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew
by British playwright and actor David Garrick. It was written in 1756 and was
performed far more often than the original. Of the many versions of The Taming
of the Shrew that appeared, David Garrick's was the most popular and
influential. Between 1754 and 1844, Catharine and Petruchio was the only
version of Shakespeare's play performed on British and American stages, and the
sixth most popular Shakespearean play, according to scholar Frances E. Dolan.
2024, Equity Library Theater will present several performances of short
selections from “The Comic Entertainer” compiled by Henry L. Williams
(1902). You can read it here on Google
Books. Interested in performing?
playing! “Theater Studies” Acting and Theater Study for Adults -. New York
Public Library Riverside Branch, 127 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023.
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, starting in October 12:30 - 2pm. Runs until June 2024.
email: email@example.com. Or visit
the NYPL site.
another weeknight session, meets the third Thursday of every month on the Upper
West Side at 6pm.
if interested in attending.
session! “Queens Public Library Astoria Branch Writing Workshop”! Meets the
third Saturday of every month @1pm. Next session, November 18th.
five minute or less monologue, poem, play, story, etc. to share, actors
welcome! Details below.
Equity Library Theater of New
York Summer 2023 Virtual and In Person Play Festival. Watch all submissions
One vote, per person,
please (we can tell…).
Tulips – Helen Cheng
Phenomena – Linda Pallotta
- David A. Crespy
The Actor Prepares –
Lois Returns – John Minigan (Special
Mention – Acting)
Indigo – Lenny Hort
House – Richard Bonte
Strangers in a City - Steph Prizhitomsky
The Edge of Tonight – Parker
Prodigal Son/Someone Saw Me
– Alexia Star
Coke? I Don't Like Coke - John McDonnell Tierney
(Tie Best Actor)
– Robert Kapler (Tie Best Play)
I Only Had No Heart – Maripat Allen
Thought – Peter Curry
Dog Therapy/Therapy Dog - Stefan Diethelm
a Dog’s Life – Fran Handman
Consent – Jenny Lyn Bader
Beau Brian - Rose-Mary Harrington, performed by Penelope Grover
Doves - Amber Adamez
Tale of Superfly@ Ball State University – AJ Dorough
Impulse – Barbara Alfaro
Train to Train - Steve Duprey
Sticking Point – Fran Handman
Big Picture – Begonya Plaza-Rosenbluth (Tie Best Actor)
the Box – Nick Maynard (Special Mention – Acting)
– Rumi Nagpal
– 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.
Below! Equity Library Theater of New York Summer
2023 Play Festival!
August 12th at 1pm at the NYPL 18 West
53rd Street Branch (212) 714 8400. Featuring short works by: Leonard Goodisman,
Cynthia Morrison, Sophia Valera Heinecke, Zoé Badovinac, Riley Yates, Sarah Congress, Cynthia Cooper,
August 19th at 1pm at the Queens
Library Astoria Branch 14-01 Astoria Blvd, 11105 (718) 278 2220. Featuring
short works by: Nicholas Bompart, Katie Stahl, Christopher Woods, Alexia Star,
August 26th at 1pm at the NYPL 18
West 53rd Street Branch (212) 714 8400. Featuring short works by: Jack Rushton,
Lenny Hort, Marjorie Conn, Mark Schardine, William Zolla, Paul O. Mims, Begonya
Plaza, Tom Padovano, Dakota Silvey
The history of Equity Library Theater can be
2023 Secret Theater Summer One Act Festival, here.
Visit “Genoveva _Productions”, here.
Visit Elmwood Community Playhouse, Inc., here.
Community Partner, City Gate Productions, here.
Free Theater within the NYC Parks, here.
Writing by Johnny
Links to other NYC area theater groups:
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!
Exclusive Benefit Performance - July 30th @1pm in New
Equity Library Theater of New York presented a play by Johnny
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
Time: A Monday in January. A few decades ago. Photos here!
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
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.
“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
St. Mary’s Drama
Guild of Woodside presented
“The Sound of
OF NEW YORK
Playwrights presented staged readings of
short plays to celebrate Pride Month on Monday, June 12, 2023, from 7 to
9 pm. More info here.
Library Theater of New York/Woodside Players presented "Twelve from
Texas" an afternoon of short monologues by Christopher Woods.
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
Actors perform short vignettes based on the popular and often
hilarious New York Times Saturday section.
Library Theater of New York Spring 2023 Virtual Play Festival.
du Vide - Molly Kirschner - Winner - Best
Demon Turkey – Kelly Morgan
– Felix Racelis - Special
Angelic Intervention –
Re-in-WHAT?!—Change is Good – Linda Pallotta
Ladies Not Waiting – Riley Yates - Winner - Best Play TIE
Sorry I'm Late - Dana Hall
Sex in the Park – Jack
Marriage Counseling –
William Zolla II - Winner - Best
The Protest on Ninth Avenue - Jeffrey Ashkin
The Receptionist – Doc
Smashing Pumpkins – Steven
The Mummy Speaks – Cynthia
Morrison - Winner - Best
Timothy and Mary – Sam
I Guess I Got Good at Hiding
– Josie Parrelli
You Will Not Replace Us –
Best Friends - Kareem
McMichael - Special
Molting - Michael Towers
Dear Daughter Moon – Lenny
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
Life of Shmuel – Ruby
Madalyn – Sally Connors
Theater of New York presented:
“At Raygar’s”, a new play by John
Meet our new community
Piper Theater in Brooklyn –
Free program for playwrights - Click here.
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)
performed short excerpts from the collection of poems that collectively
narrates the epitaphs of the residents of the town of Spoon River.
Heather Jeanne Violanti
Playing! Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2022 Virtual Play Festival.
Watch all 40+ submissions here!
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
– With Ronnye Halpern, Pam Trester, Susan McQuirk
– Dana Jaffe (Tie, Best
Enchanted Walhalla Ravine - Farzana Datta
Just a Yellow Cab in New York City – Youlim
Lights Out – Michelle Giusto
Lincoln’s Birthday – Peggy Terry
Bones – Megan Tripaldi
Lost Property – Robert Luxford (Tie,
– Gail Rivers
Out to Pasture – Alison Gilbreath (Tie,
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,
Dating – Adam Szudrich (filmed in New Zealand)
Soul to Squeeze – Meagan J. Meehan (Tie,
Stoned - Scott Carter Cooper
(Tie, Best Play)
Sweet Forgiveness - John
Bettis / Walter Afanasieff
Abuse - Cindi Sansone-Braff
Actor and the Funeral – Jack West
The Best Is Yet to Come –
Nancy Cohen Koan
Importance of Being Honest - Brian Johnston
Isle Of Wight Festival, Summer 1970 - Annette Perpinan
The Lucky Escape – Eamann Breen (Tie,
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
Wrong Kind of Doctor – Beth Evans, with Emily Blake, Ben WIllis (Tie,
Me, and Marie Curie – Mary Crosbie, Jeanine Calleja (Special Mention)
Here! “In Swirly Letters”, a new play by Johnny Culver.
With Sarah-Ann Rodgers, Phyllis Cox, Bart DeFinna, Tom Morwick, Carolyn Quinn
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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Woodside Players of Queens presented their
2021 virtual holiday performance, on Zoom, December 29th @ 7pm EST. Watch here!
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.
“Daughter!” by David Gold, here. Recorded on
the streets of New York.
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
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.
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
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
'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 –
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" -
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.
Time – Jonathon Ward
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
printed in the New York Times Metropolitan Diary, Talara
reminisces about her childhood neighborhood.
All Gummed Up
(Comedy 1921) - Harry Wagstaff Gribble
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.
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
by Long Island’s Afternoon Delight Players.
– Paul K. Smith
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
Out to Lunch – Mikki Russ
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
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
(formatted for desktop
viewing, in alphabetical order).
Winners, based on feedback, in red.
Story – Patrice Hamilton
A Perfect World – Lynde
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
Lake – Johnny Culver
Avoiding Unwanted Pregnancy
-Rom Watson - performed by AnnaLisa Erickson,
Baby Blue – Steven Carinci
Bill W and Jimmy K - Andrew
Matthews (Tie – Best Play)
But Did I
Leave The Oven On? – Jake Alexander (Tie - Best
The Clown – David Lloyd
Without Walls - Matt Sanders & Ariel Aliza Sanders
Monitors - Richard Lyons Conlon
First Baby – Alex Perry
(Tie – Best Play)
Flying Tigers - E.
Frenchie's Fate - Kannan
Give Me Something Good to
Eat - John Glass
Up – Joseph Vitale, with Scott Cagney, Gary Glor.
Directed by Will Budnikov
Guts of a Maniac – Steve
Funeral Day - David T. Anderson. with: Janice Kirkel,
Alexis Tandit, Carolle U
Top To Bottom – Jordan Young (Best Monologue)
Edward Lose his Accent? -Teddy Alexis Rodriguez, PhD
How to Survive from REMNANTS
– Hank Greenspan
In the Wrong Café – Jim Moss
My Crazy – Marlo K. Shaw
Last Night Bluey
Died - Sam Affoumado
Mamet Mommies Soccer - Greg
Millard, Is That You? –
Brian Leahy Doyle
Moisture – Michelle Kuchinsky
from “Illspoken” – Blaire Baron
Morning Coffee – Phil
Museum Pieces (Monologue) -
No Rest for a Soul
- Cindi Sansone-Braff
Old Hippie - Christine
1 – David Jones
Phony on a Twig - Rex
PhotontheTimesSquareShuttle – Lawrence Rinkel
Racism 101 – Robin Joseph
Me, Mr. Jones? - Christine Benvenuto
Spock – Heidi Mae (Special Mention)
Too - Dana Jaffe
Scoundrel by Monte D.
Monteleagre, directed by Kevin Snyder
Time – Jonathon Ward
Selkie – Donna Latham
– Paul Koster
Counseling – Jack Rushen
Resolve – Alan Stoltzer
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
Campaign – Hannah Williams
The Carpet Washers – Jack
Galloping Gourmet, based on The Lying Valet, by David Garrick
The Line Up
in the Time of Covid – Barbara Litt
Woods – Andrea Lepcio
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
What’s in a
Name – Lee Franklin
Owl: A Trilogy – Phyliss Shanken
Whom None of This Would’ve Been Possible - Kevin J. Miller
Zoom Mom – Greg Abbott
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
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)
Time - by Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook - 1918 - directed by Shelia
Sham - Frank G. Tompkins -
Angel Intrudes – Floyd Dell – 1918
Illuminati in Drama Libre- Alice
Gerstenberg – 1922
– Alice Gerstenberg – 1922 - with Shelia Spencer
free to read on Google Books.
thirty-five short plays.
Avenue Theatre of New York Virtual Fall 2020 Play Festival
Me - Marjorie Conn
E Minor Seventh – Timothy Nolan
Siggy & Dolph at the Klaustenauer Cafe - by Fred Crecca
Shana The She-Pirate – Emily Battles
Coyotes – Steven Carinci
Play – tie)
of the Third Heaven - Philip Reissman
Sing – Khalil LeSaldo
– 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
Birds - Elaine Kuracina
Deeds Not Words - Rose-Mary Harrington
Diana Kyle and Technical Director,
Lyre On The
Floor – Jackson Montana
The Waiting Place - Michael Cunningham,
with Regina Yeager (Special
Invisible Foe -
Michele A Miller, PhD
The Hours - Natascha Graham (Best Monologue – tie)
Broken Spirit - Eureka Lewis
Mother’s Day – Peggy Terry
Choices – James McLindon
Wiggle Room – George D. Morgan
I Spent My Quarantine – Ellen Abrams
Not Haunted Real Estate - Sarah Congress (Best
Turkey Redeemer Liveth – Loretta Wish (Best acting
The Youthful Adventures of Damon Dukirk - Part 1. Written by Kieran Carroll and performed by
the Projectionist – Fred Pflantzer
Games – Michael Swiskay
Where For Art Thou, Dougnuts
– Michelle Glusto (Best Play
Don’t Stand Up – Amy Losi
– Dana Jaffe
than You - Richard Bonte
Countries - Jack Rushton
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
Frank and Rachel – Nancy Temple
October 2020, Equity
Library Theater and the Instant Shakespeare Company presented a reading of
“Catherine and Petruchio” by David Garrick. Click here to watch.
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
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.
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.
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
Isaac Scranton as Jonny/Gothman
Alaina Hammond as Belinda.
with Shelia Spence, Alexis Tandit,
“Generation Love” by Nick Bompart.
by Shirley King, with Julia Genoveva.
Clair De Lune” - An Online Play, by JB Bruno.
(voted best play)
“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
“All Kinds of Skin” – by Victoria Lau
The Woodside Players of Queens Summer 2020 Play
Festival. Short plays by local writers in a virtual setting. Click below to
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.
Bird On the Isle of Corona written by Rossi (aka Chef Rossi)
Celeste Ciulla, Rossi and Charmaine Broad
by Charmaine Broad
Seal Wife – by Michael Cunningham
Just a Little Mistake - by Mary Elizabeth Gale
Virgins – by Scott C. Sickles, with Elizabeth Carlsen and Kinga Nowak
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
Effect of Magic on The Death Of Will and Grace – by Jaime Sheedy, directed by D.A.G Burgos
Recipes - by Dane Rooney (voted
Library Theater’s Summer 2020 Virtual Play Festival.
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
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
and lyrics by Mark Evan Chimsky, Music by Zev Burrows
legends meet in the afterlife -- who are they?
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
Immortal Jellyfish - by Elise Valderrama, with
Mark Dunn as Dr. Joseph Dorowsky, Elise Valderrama as
Dr. Vera Marengo
Are Useless – by Jeff Dunne, with
Raccoon: Gene Valendo,
Baker: Matt Layendecker,
Eddie: Jeff Dunne
Wagon – by Peggy Terry, with Regina Yeager,
Alexis Tandit, Elise Valderrama
Sacred Ground - by Susan Masters, With Yvette Bedgood (voted best performer)
I Was Here – by Ellen Scherer (tie for best play)
– 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
Ain't Over 'Til the Pink Lady Sings - Written & Directed by Allison Fradkin
Nya Noemi as Marva, Emmy Carlyle Albritton as Francine, Briana Velazquez as
Crummy – by Johnny Culver, with Elise Valderrama, Haneen
Arafat Murphy, Hannah Abney
the Soliloquy - by Dane Rooney
Putting Up The Shed - by Leonard
Goodisman, with Jacob Lineberry, Benjamin Willis
Toilet – by Madison Mayer
The Dancer – by William Jess Russell (special
a Standstill – by Bryan Myers
Friends Help You Move – by KK Gordon
Fulton – by Charles Lupia,
with Susan Palmer Everly
Last Bag” – by Tain
Plays from the Equity Library Theater Summer Play Festival!
2020 - I
Was Here – by Ellen Scherer/J. & Dot
lyrics by Mark Evan Chimsky, Music by Zev Burrows
Tina – TJ Harland
Paige Esterly - Eve and Adam
Michael Verderber - Unending Repetition/Treason
Michael Maiello – Looking Through the Glass
Hello Mom – Lauren Snyder/Driving Herd – Sam Graber
John Ladd – Ashes to Ashes (Drama)/ Scott Haskell – Womanhood (Comedy)
Liza Bulos - Attention Shoppers
Equity Library Theater
presents “Midwestern Gothic” three short works by Monte D. Monteleagre. Click to watch starting
Congratulations to the Woodside Players of Queens!
The 2019 Josie Performance Award for best Director
Best Director: Kate Remelius
– “Epitaph by Moonlight”
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
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.
fall, a new theater group begins work in Manhattan, The Fifth Avenue Theatre of
first event will be a reading of new short plays by
local writers, in a casual, free setting, November 9th @12pm in the atrium on
the lower level at 650 Fifth Avenue. Enter on 52nd Street. No admission fee.
John - Lloyd Pace
Wonderer - Lynda Crawford
Mom – Nancy Davidoff Kelton
Everything Was Perfect – Monte D. Monteleagre
- Johnny Culver
info, contact us at: email@example.com.
16, 2019 @12pm, NYPL Alvin Ailey Auditorium
203 West 115th Street
Library Theater presents a reading a reading of a new play
by Dwayne Yancey, Directed by Alexandra Scordato.
truck driver sleeping in his cab in southern California is awoken by someone
banging on his door. He opens it to find two teen-age girls who say they
desperately need a ride back to New York -- Sam says she's rescued her sister
Libby from drug gangs in Los Angeles and needs to get her home to her family. Thus
begins a strange, cross-country journey full of mysterious characters -- and a
dark allegorical tale about modern politics and immigration.
about 90 minutes. Free admission. More info 631 898 4205.
Woodside Players of Queens present
Molly”, a 1918 comedy by Elizabeth Gale!
21st, 2019 @2pm Queens Library Forest Hills Branch,
71st Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375
simple case of mistaken identities in the home of a "crabbed old
misogynist" provides much laughter and mayhem in this short two act play.
Reginald - Johnny Culver
Julian - Frankie Wang
Joe - Charles Huang
Annie - Shelia Spencer
Molly - Cheryl Bear
Cissie – Samantha Whitmore
- Alexis Tandit
Miston – Regina Yeager
Director - Jake Dunham
Free admission. Seating is limited. More info 631 898 4205. Great for groups!
Equity Library Theater Summer 2019 Play Festival
One - August 3rd, 2019 @12pm, ,
NYPL Alvin Ailey Auditorium 203 West 115th Street
Tina by F.
J. Hartland (best play)
by Paula D'Alessandris, w/Alex Etling
Soldier Returns - Lionelle Hamanaka
Directed by Nicholas Leung, w/ J.R. Carter, Selear Duke
Directed by Charles Lupia,
w/ Susan Palmer Everly
Figure - Liz Amberly
by Leslie Kincaid Burby , w/ Maggie Horan, Fred Velde
Shoppers - Barbara Blumenthal
Directed by Valeria Canigla,
w/ Jacob Linberry, Pilar Adara, Cheryl Bear
Shrugged - Wayne Paul Mattingly
With Quinn Warren, Emily Mervosh
Laura Huntt Foti
With Kristin Samuelson, Rew
With Clare Casey
Part Two -
August 10th, 2019 @12pm, NYPL Alvin Ailey Auditorium 203 West 115th Street
- Rob Dames
Directed by Ted Thompson, w/ Martin Goldberg,
Divorcee Shower - Lavinia Roberts
Directed by Dianna Garten, w/ Brittney Jo Sowards
the Dog - Barbara Litt
Directed by Conrado
Falco III, w/ Sarah Quane Smyth, Gamal ElSawah
Doctor Penington - Steve Capra
Oliver Conant, Beth Griffith, Justyna Kostek
Not Rendered – Ray Vagge
With Bridget Sweeney, Donna Ross
Mole - Ken Langer
by Naman Gupta
Free Admission – More info: 631 898 4205.
Equity Library Theater presents:
NYPL 53rd Street Branch
18 West 53rd Street, New York
Saturday, July 13 2019
Stephen Zuccaro - Del
Trevor Jones - Mason
Bec Everett - Liz
Christopher Trindade - Ted
Evelyn Dumont - Stage Directions
and Directed by Kyle A. Smith
Kyle A Smith is
a dramatist living in Brooklyn, NY. He has an MFA in Dramatic Writing
from NYU where he was a recipient of the TSOA fellowship. His plays have
been produced or workshopped at The Queen's Theatre, The Tarragon Theatre, The
Goldberg Theatre, The Emerging Artist's Theatre, The Secret Theatre, and The
Bad Theatre Fest. His screenplays and short film have won multiple awards
across the United States. He was recently a finalist for the Princess
Grace Award and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
Residency, and a semifinalist for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries. His short
play Don was published in 2018. Kyleanthonysmith.com. He holds an MFA in
Dramatic Writing from NYU where he was a recipient of the TSOA fellowship.
presenting “Soo Zoo Me”, by Mark Blickley,
a solo performance by Irish actress Maeve
Price. A tale of interspecies romance at the Congo Gorilla Forest in the
Players of Queens Summer Play Festival
June 15, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Library 37-44 21st St, Long Island City, NY 11101
plays by local authors.
Wild Weekend Fernando Buzzar Segall
Time to A Phantom
Zachariah Ezel (winner)
Ocean Front Tom
Alzheimer's Diary Steve Gold
Unstoppable Ed Adomatis
Your Digital Past Tanya
Equity Library Theater presents an afternoon of
short plays by Kyle A. Smith.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
at 12 PM – 2 PM
Ailey Auditorium Harry Belafonte-115th Street
Library 203 West 115th Street, New York.
The plays are:
Free admission. More info 631 898 4205.
Kyle Smith’s plays have been produced and workshopped at The Goldberg
Theater, The Tarragon Theatre, The Secret Theater, The Emerging Artists
Theatre, The Treehouse Theater, The Robert Moss Theater, and Shetler Studios.
His plays include Unstuck in Time, Princess Jazzberry’s
Wild Ride, Whiteout, The Part of Me (Princess Grace Finalist), Blinded
(Goldberg Play Prize Finalist), The Correctable, Inherit the Earth, Revolution,
Don, Frisky, Squashy (selected for Best of Night, Bad Theatre Fest). He was
recently a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, a finalist for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Residency, a semifinalist for
Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries, and a semifinalist for the Baltic Writer’s
His screenplays include Higher Education (1st place festival-wide Chicago Genre
Screenplay Competition, 1st place for comedy at Chicago Genre Screenplay
Competition, 1st place for comedy Las Vegas Screenplay Contest, Runner-up best
screenplay Portland Comedy Film Festival, Silver Award Winner at North American
Film Festival, Finalist Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition, Semifinalist LA
Cinefest, official selection Focus International Film
Festival, Houston Comedy Film Festival, LA Live Film Festival), A More Perfect
Union (Winner, Best Historical Screenplay, iHolly
Film Festival, 2nd place for historical screenplay at Las Vegas Screenplay
Contest, Finalist Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest, Finalist Twin Falls
Sandwiches Film Festival, semi-finalist LA Cinefest),
Hair of the Dog (Winner of Dark Comedy Award Avalonia Film Festival, official
selection Bad Film Fest, official selection Portland Comedy Film Festival,
Frostbite International Film Festival, Hellfire Short Film Festival), and
Probert Bound (Winner Best Short Screenplay Laugh or Die Comedy Festival,
official selection Austin Comedy Short Film Festival).
His pilot, The Blackout Menace, won the award for Best Half Hour Comedy
Original Pilot at The Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition, is a finalist at
the Austin Revolution Film Festival, and an official selection of the Finish
Line Script Competition.
His short play, Don, has an expected publication in 2018 as part of the Act
One: One Act Anthology from Top Secret Books.
He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU where he was a recipient of the
The Woodside Players of Queens presents their
spring 2019 production of five rare one act Broadway comedies from 1910 by
Clare Beecher Kummer and Irving Dale.