Equity Library Theater presents:





The NYPL Grand Central Library

135 East 46th Street

New York, NY, 10017

(212) 621-0670

Library Manager: William Hall


Saturday January 7th, 2017 at 2pm


Free admission


DAF....................is played by IVY AUSTIN
ROSE................is played by NANCY ENG
VI.....................is played by KECIA LEWIS

Stage Directions read by BARRY SACKER

Equity Library Theater past productions have included: A concert by the Village Light Opera Guild, Short Plays by John Ladd, KK Gordon and Craig Schwab, ATANST (new plays by New York writers), Ferry Tales (plays set on the Staten Island Ferry), a new play by Pamela Robbins, Katherine and Petruchio; (rare David Garrick version from 1750), assorted plays by members of the Provincetown Playhouse, and our annual winter and summer play festival!


Equity Library Theater future productions will include: A reading of a screenplay by Tom Meade (February 11), The Bermuda Curse, by Johnny Culver (March 4). And our 2017 summer play festival; 30 short plays over two weekends!   Look on Facebook for more info!


Submissions are now being accepted for the New York's Equity Library Theater Summer 2017 Play Festival, to take place over two weekends in August at the NYPL Alvin Ailey Theater and the George Bruce Theater in New York City.

Seeking short plays (no more than 10 pp), from playwrights from all over the USA. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Musicals welcome!


Basic set requirements.

One submission per playwright. No unpleasant profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee. 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: April 15, 2017


Woodside Players of Queens is now accepting submissions for their summer production of short one act comedies from the early 20th century Broadway. The show will run over two weekends in June at the Langston Hughes Theater in Corona, Queens, and one other location in Manhattan. If interesting in acting, or directing a one act, please send your resume and headshot to: woodsideplayersofqueens@gmail.com.


Do you have a full length play you’d like presented by Equity Library Theater, let us know!

We are always looking for new material to produce.


We are presenting a free creative writing class at the Queens Library Astoria branch.

Biweekly at noon - September 24th – May 27th. All genres welcome. Call 718 278 2220 for more info.


IVY AUSTIN's career has taken her from Broadway (Raggedy Ann, Blame it on the Movies) to New York City Opera (Candide, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, Music Man, Naughty Marietta, Merry Widow, Live From Lincoln Center) to NPR (A Prairie Home Companion, Selected Shorts, Wall to-Wall Bernstein, Rodgers, Berlin, Weill, Sondheim) to Sesame Street (singing with the Muppets). She created eight seasons of musical series at the World Financial Center (Women on Broadway, Women in Cabaret, The Tony Awards-50 Years of Broadway’s Best Musicals, A Centennial Salute to George & Ira Gershwin, Happy Birthday New York!, Songs from Shubert Stages, Spring Fling, Great Songwriters of Hollywood) in collaboration with the Rodgers &Hammerstein Organization, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Camp Broadway, Library of Congress and WNYC. Credits include Radio Rhapsody at Avery Fisher Hall, Rob Fisher & The Coffee Club Orchestra at City Center, host of Lyrics & Lyricists at the 92nd Street Y, Ira Gershwin-The Art of The Lyricist at Carnegie Hall, and a decade as contributing lyricist and performer in the Thalia Follies political cabaret at Symphony Space. Recently, she appeared at St. Ann's Warehouse in the urban variety show, "In Your Face New York." An alumna of the High School of Performing Arts and Colgate University, Ivy is Director of Broadway Events for SunnySpot Celebrations and serves on the board of the League of Professional Theatre Women.

NANCY ENG, Writer & Performer (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) - An actual graduate from the High School of Performing Arts which inspired "Fame", who was inspiration for one of the characters created & debuted as 'oriental drama student' during her attendance, and an alumni of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; who debuted as playwright w/solo show has one character confirmed early this year for inclusion in updated edition of Monologues For Women of Color published by Routledge Press & under consideration for complete publication late-2015 in updated edition of Contemporary Plays by Women of Color also by Routledge Press; whose theatre credits include WE ARE at the West End Theatre (“Nancy Eng offers an energetic and welcome comedic break...” – NYtheatre.com), the 1st half of Pan Asian Rep’s Vietnam Project II & 13th St. Repertory Theatre’s production of ORPHANS; add'l credits featured on-screen list roles on Showtime's Nurse Jackie (7seasons) & Comedy Central's Broad City; television shows 30 Rock, Rubicon, Law & Order: SVU, episode six "New Life Café" of the NYC/CUNY produced series We Are NY, with film roles in Premium Rush, God’s Land and Tu-Na House, a 9min narrative written & starring Eng, who also co-produced in her first foray as filmmaker, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival when an official selection of FESTIVAL DE CANNES' organizers & recipient of Fall 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award; with voice that can be heard in “Mai Lai” from the PBS American Experience series and as the hip, cool internet chick in Grand Theft Auto 4; and founding ensemble member & writer-in-residence of Leviathan Lab, a non-profit production studio dedicated to the development of Asian American actors, writers and directors. Add'l info found at www.leviathanlab.com or www.womenoftunahouse.com

KECIA LEWIS From originating the role of “Asaka, Mother of The Earth” on Broadway in Once on This Island, to her Classic Stage debut in the title role of Mother Courage, Kecia Lewis’s rich career of portraying powerful mothers and formidable women has come full circle. It all began when she was 18 years old and made her debut as “Effie” in the original Broadway company of Dreamgirls. Kecia went on to be seen on Broadway in Big River, Ain’t Misbehavin, The Gospel at Colonus, and earned a Drama Desk Nomination for her work in Dessa Rose at Lincoln Center Theater. Kecia originated the roles of “Trix” and “Ida Mae” in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and Leap of Faith, respectively, and took over the reins of “Mama Morton” in Chicago. She was most recently seen flying through the air, spreading joy and magic as “The Fairy Godmother” on the first national tour of Cinderella. On television, she can be seen guest starring on “Law & Order SVU” (recurring), “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Season 2), “Limitless,” and “Blue Bloods.”

JOHN CAPPELLETTI is fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful artists. He has been mentored by Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Jose Quintero and Alan Schneider; acted with Zoe Caldwell, Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy; taught and/or directed  Jennifer Aniston, Ivy Austin, Ellen Barkin, Adrien Brody, Danny Burstein, Keith David, Nancy Eng,  Omar Epps, George Grizzard, Julie Harris, Glenne Headly, James Earl Jones, Eartha Kitt, Kecia Lewis, Jody Long, Priscilla Lopez, Sarah Paulson, Elizabeth Pena, Lonny Price, Ving Rhames, Amy Ryan, Wesley Snipes, Lorraine Toussaint and Steven Weber; taught acting to his students who have gone on to win the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award, Emmy and Tony Awards as well as several nominations for these awards; and with Marat Yusim translated Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard for the late Geraldine Page. Cappelletti’s plays have been  presented at off-Broadway’s Hudson Guild Theatre, Gene Frankel Theatre,  HB Playwrights Foundation, Theatre for the New City and the New York Public Library. His play about Saint Francis has been translated into Italian for a future production in Tuscany. His poetry received a reading at the Poetry Society of America in NYC. He has been a member of The Stage Directors/Choreographers union (SDC),  The Dramatists Guild (DG),  The American Federation of TV and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) and the United Federation of Teachers.



Use of library space by Equity Library Theater for this program today does not indicate endorsement by The New York Public Library. Some actors appear courtesy of Equity. The recording/photographing of any of this pieces requires prior approval.