Strawberry One-Act Festival

 

The Strawberry One-Act Festival – Summer 2017

Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue

July 13,  2017 - July 30, 2017

The Strawberry One-Act Festival is celebrating its 30th season, the brainchild of Artistic Director, Van Dirk Fisher, is a play competition in which the audience and the theatre's judges cast their votes to select the best play of the season.  Twice a year, hundreds of plays from across the country are submitted for the competition.  Plays move from the 1st Round to the Semi-Finals and then the Finals.  The playwright of the winning play receives $4,000.00 and the opportunity to have a full-length play developed by the Riant.  The awards to be presented are Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design and Best Video Diary Short Film. Deadline for Submissions for the Summer Festival is Noveember 15, 2016.  The deadline for late submissions is January 15, 2017.  To obtain an application email us at RiantTheatre@gmail.com To submit full-length plays and musicals email us and request an application for the Strawberry Theatre Festival.


The industry judges include:
Broadway Producer: Alia Harvey-Jones from Front Row Productions
(Trip To Bountiful, Romeo and Juliet, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof & Street Car Named Desire);
Casting Director:  Ellyn Long Marshall from Orpheus Group Casting (Girlfight (2000), Real Women Have Curves (2002), Maria Full of Grace (2004), and Amreeka (2009))
 
 
The Award Ceremony for the Strawberry One-Act Theatre Festival will be on Sunday, August 27th at 7pm, In addition, some of the plays in the festival will be selected for publication in our anthology: The Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival: Volume Nine.
 
The Launch Party for the Strawberry One-Act Festival
Special Screening of the Video Diaries Project
Reception after Screening

Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 3pm
Location: TBA

Tickets will go on sale TBA
 
Proceeds from the Launch Party will benefit our YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS.
 
The Awards Ceremony for the Strawberry One-Act Theatre Festival
Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 7pm
Location:  TBA

 
To hear some testimonies from artist who have participated in the Strawberry One-Act Festival click here.
 
See photos on our Facebook Page from our Summer 2014 Launch Party for the Strawberry One-Act Festival.   Click Here
 
To see the Video Diaries Project: A Series of Short Films about the Artists in the Strawberry One-Act Festival during the Summer 2013 Click here.
 
You can see an excerpt from our Documentary - THE MAKING OF THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL Winter 2010 - Click Here.
 
Join our Email Club to receive notification of plays as they advance in the festival from Round 1, to the Semi-Finals, the Finals and The Award Ceremony - click here.
 
Tickets are $25 online and $27 CASH ONLY AT THE BOX OFFICE.
Premium Seats are $30 online and $35 CASH ONLY AT THE BOX OFFICE.

Kevin Hansen
          

Strawberry Festival Passes

 

**SPECIAL DEALS:  These passes allows you to see any performance in the Strawberry Theatre Festival & the Strawberry One-Act Festival at the Theatre at St. Clement's between July 14th and July 27, 2017.  
*****
 
 
Strawberry Pass - $192, Premium Seating: $230
8 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival*
Perks:  Skip to the front of the line for the best seats
1 Free Drink or Snack

Strawberry Tart Pass - $290, Premium Seating: $345
12 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival*
Perks:  Skip to the front of the line for the best seats
A Riant Theatre Mug or Water Bottle and 1 Free Drink

Strawberry Shortcake Pass - $390, Premium Seating: $465
16 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival*
Perks:  A Riant Theatre T-Shirt or Strawberry Festival T-Shirt
1 Free Drink and Snack
Skip to the front of the line for the best seats

Strawberry Soufflé Pass - $600, Premium Seating:  $720
25 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival*
Perks:  A Riant Theatre Mug or Water Bottle
A Strawberry One-Act Festival T-Shirt
2 Free Drinks and Snacks
Skip to the front of the line for the best seats

* Please note that the date below refers to the expiration date for your tickets.
** At check out you can give us a list (optional) of names you would like to leave the tickets for at the BOX OFFICE, as well as the date(s) you would like to use the Festival Pass Tickets.

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pmPrice: $192.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pmPrice: $230.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pmPrice: $290.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pmPrice: $345.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pmPrice: $390.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pmPrice: $465.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pmPrice: $600.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pmPrice: $720.00

BATTLE LINES By Steven Meeker, Jr.

BATTLE LINES By Steven Meeker, Jr.

The honeymoon phase of Stacy and Mia’s relationship has officially passed after two weeks. What really crosses the line?
 
Thursday, July 13th at 7pm
Sunday, July 16th at 3pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 5pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Steven Meeker Jr. (Playwright/BATTLE LINES) is a writer, actor, and choreographer, graduating from Otterbein University at the end of April 2017 with a BFA in Acting with a minor in Dance. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Steven's most recent work has been seen at the Access Theatre with the New Light Theater Project, The Kraine Theater, Otterbein University, and Manhattan Repertory Theater. During his training at Otterbein, Steven was a part of 14 different productions as an actor, a dancer, a choreographer, and a writer. He premiered mime pieces Exploration and Very Strong Liking and the full-length play Not the Truth We Seek, which was selected for Distinction at Otterbein. He premiered his play The Average High School Play in his hometown of Mount Vernon, Ohio. He has been asked to choreograph for productions of Invention of Theater (World Premiere), The 39 Steps, and The Yellow Boat. Steven is a mime of ten years trained by Rick Wamer, Lorie Heald, and Stephen Chipps. He is a proud alumnus of the 2015 Theatermakers program through the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. 

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

THE WAITING ROOM By Jack Pepper

THE WAITING ROOM By Jack Pepper
A woman working for the Company arrives at the waiting room and meets a man who thinks he recognizes her. Has this happened before? Is this the first time they have crossed paths? Here in the waiting room she is forced to confront more than she asked for.

Thursday, July 13th at 7pm
Monday, July 17th at 7pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 1pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Jack Pepper (Playwright/THE WAITING ROOM), and his lead actor Ryan, dreamed of crossing the pond to travel to America, while writing and performing. After reading about the Strawberry One-Act Festival their plans were settled and 'The Waiting Room' has given them their first opportunity to explore the theatre scene in New York. Originally born in Watford, United Kingdom, Jack graduated from King's College London with a degree in Philosophy and has spent his last year in London studying creative writing and gaining experience in local productions. 

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 1:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 1:00 PMPrice: $30.00

LITTLE INVISIBLE BACKPACKS By Magdalena Cychowski

LITTLE INVISIBLE BACKPACKS By Magdalena Cychowski

Losing a parent is an earth-shattering event.  When Jake learns that his family has been forging letters he believed he was receiving from his mother (written before she passed), he must learn to forgive, rebuild and heal in the face of his grief.
 
Thursday, July 13th at 7pm
Sunday, July 16th at 7pm
Monday, July 24th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
 
About The Playwright:
 
Magdalena Cychowski (Playwright/ LITTLE INVISIBLE BACKPACKS) Originally from Chicago, Magda Cychowski is a New York-based actor, writer and director. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and studied at the Experimental Theater Wing and the International Theatre Wing in Amsterdam. LITTLE INVISIBLE BACKPACKS began as her senior independent project at NYU and this is its second festival.

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Monday, July 24th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Monday, July 24th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

BANGING ON THE KEYBOARD By Crystal Cabrae

BANGING ON THE KEYBOARD By Crystal Cabrae
Directed by Angelica Cabrera
Featuring: Joshua Brooks, Angelica Cabrera, Hunter Hathcock, Eliza Gill, Cory Boodoo and D’Angelo Adams
 
A dark comedy that combines the intricacies of interpersonal relationships, the supernatural and the apocalypse.
 
Thursday, July 13th at 7pm
Sunday, July 16th at 9pm
Thursday, July 20th at 7pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Crystal Cabrae (Playwright/BANGING ON THE KEYBOARD) is a new Young Adult Author and playwright. Having recently self-published her debut novel, The Outcast Series: The Promise of Forever, she is now taking to the stage with her play BANGING ON THE KEYBOARD. Born in Hoboken, NJ, yet raised in Miami, Florida; Crystal has a wide vision for the worlds she puts her characters in and doesn’t think there’s ever a limit after stepping over the threshold of imagination. Crystal Cabrae currently lives back in Hoboken, NJ where she is working on the second novel of The Outcast Series as well as her newest play, SMACKED AGAINST THE GLASS CEILING. 

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Thursday, July 20th at 7:000 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 20th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

THE LATE GORDON KAPLAN By Robin Anne Joseph

THE LATE GORDON KAPLAN By Robin Anne Joseph

At her husband’s funeral, and at odds with her daughter and her rabbi, a grieving widow makes a bold decision about how her husband should be eulogized. In doing so, she grapples with the complexity of her feelings for him, for his death, and for his constant disappearances. Humorous and poignant, "The Late Gordon Kaplan" shines a light on life, death, and how we navigate our relationships along the way.
 
Thursday, July 13th at 9pm
Sunday, July 16th at 5pm
Tuesday, July 18th at 9pm

Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Robin Anne Joseph is a New York-based actor, director, and playwright and has been doing some kind of theatre or other in the New York Metro area for over 35 years.  Robin's plays have been produced through Axial Theatre, the Aery Theatre, the Hand-to-Mouth Players, M&M Performing Arts Company, and the Strawberry One-Act Festival.  Productions of her plays "Welcome to Norway" and "The Late Gordon Kaplan" were named Best Play in the 2015 and 2016 Aery 20/20 One-Act Play Festival, respectively.  Robin received a B.A. in Dramatic Literature from S.U.N.Y. Purchase.

Thursday, July 13th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 13th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

A PLAY ON WORDS (TIT FOR TAT) By Albert Repicci

A PLAY ON WORDS (TIT FOR TAT) By Albert Repicci

A young male playwright recognizes the drab appearing woman at a bar as being the theatre critic who reviewed his play and timidly approaches her and asks her opinion of his work.  When she dressed him down, he dressed her up.
 
Thursday, July 13th at 9pm
Sunday, July 16th at 3pm
Sunday, July 23rd at 3pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Albert Repicci (Playwright, A PLAY ON WORDS) is a writer whose Off- Broadway production of Honor Bound, played throughout the spring and summer of 2014 at the St Luke’s Theatre in midtown Manhattan.  Since then, his Off- Off Broadway productions have included, The Haberdasher, Holding Hands at Midnight, Once Upon a Rose and Injustice For All, which won first place in its series and was a finalist in the Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Winter Short Play Competition.  Repicci's comedy, A Play on Words, likewise was a finalist in the Manhattan Repertory Theatre Summer Short Play Competition in 2016.  Repicci has also served as a special correspondent for the Greenwich Times covering the Khmer Rouge genocide trials in Cambodia of Comrade Duch, the perpetrator of the killing fields, as well as the trial in Germany of Nazi guard, Oskar Groening, the last Nazi convicted for crimes at Auschwitz. Repicci also reported from Katmandu, Nepal during the devastating earthquakes of 2015.    He is delighted to have the opportunity to reintroduce, A Play on Words, at the heralded summer Strawberry One-Act Theatre Festival.  
 

Thursday, July 13th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 13th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 3:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 3:00 PMPrice: $30.00

TYPE CAST By Adam Delia

TYPE CAST By Adam Delia
Five Flights Theater Company
Directed by Adam Delia
Featuring: Jess Carillo & Lenny Thomas
 
When Lana, a young Italian American Acting student, wakes up with her Teacher’s Assistant Varrick, she thinks she’s finally got the man of her dreams, except he doesn’t want her to tell anyone from school and Lana isn’t the type to say the smartest things.
 
It’s bad enough to be type cast or stereo typed in everyday life, but after waking up together, Lana and Varrick find out they are guilty of type casting each other.
 
Thursday, July 13th at 9pm
Sunday, July 16th at 7pm
Tuesday, July 25th at 7pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Adam Delia came back to New York to study acting at Marymount Manhattan College where he earned a degree in Theater and continued studying acting, Meisner with James Brill of the Neighborhood Playhouse, and started studying playwriting with Donna DeMatteo at HB Studio's.  He started a theater company with twelve other writers, directors, and actors, called Five Flights Theater Company where they did shows in New York City, as well as Woodstock, New York and White Plains by Albany, New York.  He's done the Strawberry Festival back in 2011 winning Best Play with a piece he wrote and directed call Bryan and Kim which went on to other festivals including turning the piece into a full length and performing it at The New York International Fringe Festival, receiving very good reviews from Theateriseasy.com.  He's directed many pieces including taking part of the HB Studio's Ten Minute Plays, among others.  He is proud to return to the Strawberry Festival this year and cannot wait to Premiere TYPE CAST, a play which he has been working on for over seven years.  

Thursday, July 13th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 13th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

TELL ME YOUR CRAZY By Jason Kurtz

TELL ME YOUR CRAZY By Jason Kurtz
Frank, a young businessman, thinks it’s clever to ask his date how she is crazy.  He discovers that sometimes you get what you wish for, and wish you hadn’t.
 
Friday, July 14th at 7pm
Tuesday, July 18th at 9pm
Monday, July 24th at 7pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Jason Kurtz (Playwright/TELL ME YOUR CRAZY) is a psychoanalyst, a meditator, and a proud husband and father.  He is the Director of Training at the Training Institute for Mental Health, and the author of Follow The Joy.  He previously wrote the one-act play "Posturing," which won the Audience Favorite award at the Think Fast one-act play competition.  This is his second production with the amazing director Brett Douglas, who makes everything he writes into something special.  

Friday, July 14th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Friday, July 14th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Monday, July 24th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Monday, July 24th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

FATE FILES By Dennis S. Gribben

FATE FILES By Dennis S. Gribben

Bill wakes up in what looks like to be his office, only to find Gabe, a former friend who passed away in a mysterious shooting.  Bill finds out he’s dead and Gabe will judge him on whether he will go to Heaven or Hell.
 
Friday, July 14th at 7pm
Sunday, July 16th at 5pm
Thursday, July 20th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Dennis Gribben (Playwright/FATE FILES) has been writing plays since the age of 16, where he first wrote his first play, Average Joe for a One Act Festival while attending the Performing Arts Academy in Lakehurst NJ. Dennis is extremely proud and overjoyed to have his work performed in the Strawberry One-Act Festival, and is happy he gets to see Fate Files onstage again. Most of his plays have been performed by La Strada Ensemble Theater and in various theaters in NJ, including Murder on the Paradise Line, Box of Memories, Ghouls Anonymous, Grilled Cheese with Martin, Forgive Me Father, and Ricky's Story, which had performances in both NJ and New York, and is in the process of being turned into a short film. He has an Associates in Liberal Arts, and will be attending Georgian Court University in the fall of this year. Dennis would like to thank everyone who has supported him throughout his career as a playwright, and everyone who has believed in him.
 

Friday, July 14th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Friday, July 14th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

EXTRA ORDINARY By Melissa Myers

EXTRA ORDINARY By Melissa Myers

Extraordinary is a heart-touching drama about a girl who is terrified of her future and what she will amount to. 
 
Friday, July 14th at 7pm
Monday, July 17th at 7pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 5pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Melissa Myers (Playwright/EXTRA ORDINARY) is currently a freshman undergraduate at Pace University pursuing a BA in Directing. She is originally from Portland, Oregon and has lived out her dream this past year in New York. She comes from an Acting and Musical Theatre background back home. The theatre she calls her home in Portland is Staged! where she was involved in their Pre-professional conservatory, as well as Assistant Director in the Northwest production of Heathers, the musical! She thanks Chanda Hall, Andrew Bray, Paul Angelo, and her mom and dad for always supporting and believing in her dreams. 

Friday, July 14th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Friday, July 14th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

WIZARD By Gloria Craig

WIZARD By Gloria Craig
The deep south during the depression offers a landscape of poverty-stricken prostitutes who proposition “Catfish,” a strict, born-again, self-styled “wizard” who captures the beauty in garbage.  A dump caretaker and his God can transform ordinary discarded matter into spiritual finds.
 
Friday, July 14th at 9pm
Sunday, July 16th at 9pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 3pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Gloria Craig (Playwright/Wizards) Wizard is Gloria Craig's seventh New York City production. Gloria is a recipient of a Provincetown Theater Reading Prize for The Wisteria Party and also had a three-day presentation provided by the Provincetown Theater Actors and by aide of the Massachusetts Shoreline Trust for her family musical The Return of the Pied Piper. She received Funniest Play Award for Three Characters and the Speed of Light from the Village Playwrights Writing Group where she is a member and where this presentation of Wizard was developed.

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00 PMPrice: $30.00

OFF WITH THE HEAD By Xavier Damon

OFF WITH THE HEAD By Xavier Damon

Is an absurdist styled comedy about quite possibly the worst king in history. 
 
Friday, July 14th at 9pm
Sunday, July 16th at 7pm
Thursday, July 20th at 7pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Xavier Damnon (Playwright/OFF WITH THE HEAD) is a writer with ten self-published books, though only one of them consists of plays. He used to write plays quite a long time ago, though since then he has written fiction instead, until writing “Off With The Head” recently. “The plays I wrote in the past were not penned thinking of them as something whose ultimate goal was performance upon a stage. They were written in terms of plays as literature, not as theatre, where the presentation on a stage as a live event really didn’t seem to me would add much more to them than the reading of them as a story in play form. Because I viewed them as literature, not theatre, none of the realities of a production that would be staged or time requirements in terms of that were considered. The only one of them that was at all realistically feasible for being performed was a short one-act entitled “The Amnesiac” and it actually appeared in The Strawberry One-Act Festival several years ago. When writing “Off With The Head” I could tell it was developing differently than previous plays and was something where seeing it performed would be a much different experience than the mere reading of it. His published books are: “Dawn,” “What a Wonderful World,” “Xavier Cockroachal Damon’s, Um, Entirely Fictitious Autobiography,” “Welcome to the Idiot Box: Stories, Essays, Self-help Wisdom,” “Love Is What Will Make an Immortal Die: Also Includes Waiting for Godotal and Future Uncertain, Self-sedition, No Reason, Rhyme and The Mystery of the Missing Dead and Sojourn Within the Shadow Night” and a book of plays, “Dog Years Within the Curse of 7. Six Plays, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...Zero”, written under the pen name Xavier Cockroachal Damon. Other books include: “Postcards from the Wasteland,” “Welcome to Nowhereland (5 Stories),” “The Chronicles of the Adventures of Man-Man, Defender of Man: Books 1 and 2: (Episodes 1-10) ” and “Self Extermination. Sounds Like a Plan: Also Includes Give Me a Burger and Hold the Fries and Brain Circus and (3 Essays About Donald J. Trump), The Adventures of Man-Man and Soliloquy to My Soul” written under the pen name Aaron Aaronson.

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Thursday, July 20th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 20th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

TREFFPUNKT By Natalie Lifson

TREFFPUNKT By Natalie Lifson

Richard, a WWII veteran struggling with PTSD, discovers that the future may not be so dim after all when he meets Henry, a WWI veteran, and his daughter Cathy.
 
Friday, July 14th at 9pm
Monday, July 17th at 9pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 5pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Natalie Lifson (Playwright/TREFFPUNKT) is an award-winning playwright, producer, lyricist, screenwriter, and director. At eighteen years old, she has produced and/or written for 26 shows, including 4 musicals and various dramas, one acts, and sketch comedy shows in venues such as The Strawberry Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, The Players Theatre, The People's Improv Theatre, The Secret Theatre, The Broadway Comedy Club, The Lama Theatre, the International Women Artists’ Salon, and French Woods Festival. 

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PMPrice: $35.00

Monday, July 17th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Monday, July 17th at 9:00 PMPrice: $35.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PMPrice: $35.00

SELF YELP By Emily Thomas & Helene Ellford

SELF YELP By Emily Thomas & Helene Ellford

The lives of various NYC Yelp reviewers intertwine as we learn about the joy and frustration they experience via their Yelp reviews.  Five stars. Inspired by true events and written and performed by Emily Thomas and Helene Ellford.
 
Friday, July 14th at 9pm
Tuesday, July 18th at 7pm
Tuesday, July 25th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS:
 
Emily Thomas (Co-Playwright/Self Yelp): Toronto-born and L.A.-reared, Emily Thomas began her career by working in production on shows including MTV’s Popzilla and Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. After finishing her English Specialist degree at University of Toronto, she moved to New York in 2012 to delve into indie filmmaking and writing sketches. 
 
Helene Ellford (Co-Playwright/Self Yelp): is a comedy writer and performer based in NYC.  Her work has been featured on FunnyorDie.com, Brokelyn.com, in the iO West Funny Women Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, NYC Improv Festival, New York Musical Improv Festival, IndieFest (Time Out NY Critic's Pick) and the NYC Indie Film Festival.  Alum UCB & The PIT.  

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

THE WIGGLE ROOM By George D. Morgan

THE WIGGLE ROOM By George D. Morgan 

On the evening prior to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, two supervisors from NASA have a conference call with three engineers from the Morton Thiokol rocket company to discuss a problem: Challenger is scheduled to be launched the next morning, but the weather forecast is for a temperature of 18 degrees- a temperature far below what is considered safe.  NASA rules prohibit the supervisors from launching in temperatures below 53 degrees without the approval of the solid booster builder- Morton-Thiokol.  The Wiggle Room tells the true story of how five well educated, highly trained men arrived at a disastrous decision- a decision which ended in the deaths of all seven astronauts.
 
THE WIGGLE ROOM takes you behind the scenes to witness the decisions that resulted in the deaths of 7 American Astronauts.
 
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th St, NYC.
Between 9th & 10th Avenue.
 

 
Saturday, July 15th at 3pm
Monday, July 17th at 7pm
Thursday, July 20th at 9pm

Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office.  
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
George D. Morgan has a BA in Creative Writing from CSUCI and an MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts through the University of California, Riverside.
 
George has written more than a dozen stage plays and musicals including Second To Die, Nevada Belle, Thunder in the Valley, Pasadena Babalon, and Capture The Sun.  He also wrote the music and lyrics for the children’s musical The Trial of Goldi Locks.
 
George is the author of Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist, a memoir about his mother.  It is based on his play Rocket Girl, which premiered in 2008 at Caltech, where he is the playwright in residence. 
 
George is the playwright in residence at Caltech, and a member of both the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.  His personal web site can be found at www.georgedmorgan.com.
 
George and his wife Lisa are foster-adopt parents of three young children. 
 
 

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

VAGINA RIGHTS By Shaneisha Dodson

VAGINA RIGHTS By Shaneisha Dodson 
VAGINA RIGHTS is about six eclectic women who are fighting for their rights.  They create a vagina rights code to address the following issues:  depression, pay inequality, sex trafficking, genital mutilation and transgender issues.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 3pm
Sunday, July 16th at 5pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 5pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Shaneisha Dodson (Playwright/Vagina Rights) was born in Arkansas and currently resides in Texas.  She holds a B.A. in psychology, M.A. in counseling, and an Ed. S in education. Dodson has won several awards: 2016 Black Women Are Inspiration Award Winner, (2) Official selections for her first screenplay, 2015 Best Playwright, 2015 Extraordinary Person Honoree, 2014 Celebrated during Women's History Month, Who's Who of small business by Career magazine, 2011 literary excellence award winner and 2011 African American literary award nominee. In 2012, she took her love of the arts to the next level and founded Black Girlz Productions. Her company’s motto is “Dream BIG or go Home!”

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

BISCUITS By Sacha Elie

BISCUITS By Sacha Elie
A young women’s self exploration through love, ghosts and Red Lobster Biscuits.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 3pm
Sunday, July 16th at 3pm
Tuesday, July 25th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
SACHA ELIE is a classically trained Haitian American actress, writer, and playwright with credits expanding in stage, film and television. Sacha’s career as a writer began with her first film, “Clara” which was accepted into the critically acclaimed, International Black Women’s Film festival. Some of Sacha’s credits include performing in, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Williamstown Theater Festival)A Winter’s Tale, (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival), Red Noses, (The Actors Gang), Fabulation or the Re-Education of Undine (West Coast Ensemble), The Revenger’s Tragedy, Trash Story, and Praca Roosevelt, (UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television), and most recently in the upcoming digital series: #WhoIsFrankyB.?!?. She is also a member of Tim Robbins, award winning theater company, The Actors Gang in Los Angeles, CA. Sacha is a recent M.F.A. graduate from UCLA's School of Theater Film and Television. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, and AEA. Curious about Sacha? Visit www.SachaElie.com. 

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

DOUBLE JOY By Joseph Lizardi

DOUBLE JOY By Joseph Lizardi
A romance between a middle aged couple who allowed their growing love for each other act as a healing process that helps seal their relationship.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 3pm
Monday, July 17th at 9pm
Monday, July 24th at 7pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Joseph Lizardi (Playwright/DOUBLE JOY) was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx and in Long Island. He received his education at Baruch College and Stony Brook University. He served for four years in the United States Marine Corps. He recently retired as an ESL High School teacher in New York City. He studied acting, playwriting, and directing at HB Studios, Playwrights Horizons, and The Ensemble Studio Theatre. He served as playwright-in Residence at the Arena Players Theatre in Long Island where many of his full length plays were produced including The Powder Room, Three on the Run, a John-Wayne-Kind of Hero, The Comedy of Love, The Contract, and El Macho. Two of his plays were produced by Woodie King at the Henry Street Playhouse, The Commitment and The Block Party.  His play El Macho was produced by Miriam Colon at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. Theatre-Vision produced some his one-act plays in Manhattan including: Double Fault, Whatever Happened to Adam and Eve?, The Pitch & The Swing,  More Than Strangers, A Night in 1940, and The Other Side of the Bridge. This is Mr. Lizardi’s 18th play produced by the Festival. His previous ones were:  Valentine’s Day, Double Fear, Heroes, Hunters, Double Guilt, Men in a Bottle, Where the Sun Never Shines, Suicide Lover, 4 Murders & A Suicide, Always Faithful, The Reunion, A Bridge For Two, Stranger With A Gun, To Hope Again, Same Time - Same Bench, The Big Flush, Namvets, Saving Legs, December in New York, and In Love Again. His one-act play Sea Waves Inn was published by Samuel French, and scenes from his two plays The Commitment and The Block Party were published by Applause Books. His one-act play Heroes was recently published in Volume 7 of the Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival. Many of his other plays have been produced throughout Manhattan and in regional theaters throughout the country.
 

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Monday, July 17th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

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Monday, July 24th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Monday, July 24th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

ROUSING THE HEAD By Melissa Ross

ROUSING THE HEAD By Melissa Ross
If you had to decide between being sexually or intellectually fulfilled in a relationship, which would you choose?  It is the year 2050, and Judy is torn between The Compatible Man SZ20 Series and a warm-blooded companion.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 5pm
Sunday, July 16th at 9pm
Tuesday, July 18th at 7pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Melissa Ross (Playwright, ROUSING THE HEAD) I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and later placed roots in Phoenix, Arizona, which is where I currently reside with my husband and 4 year-old daughter. In the previous century, I went to Arizona State University for an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and began producing plays across the Valley. (In 2011, I worked with the Rousing the Head cast on an evening of comedy skits.) My NYC debut was the week of September 11, 2001, at Manhattan Theatre Source. Since flights were grounded, I didn’t get to go, but the actors performed to a full house. This is when I first fell in love with the passion and grit of the city…I learned the show must always go on. Today, I find time to write poems, short stories, screenplays, and plays at odd hours, on whatever paper or computer is available, since most of my waking hours I am teaching (grading papers) at South Ridge High School and Paradise Valley Community College.

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

SICK AND TIRED By Diane L. Parker

SICK AND TIRED By Diane L. Parker

Dramatic portrayal of Voting Rights activist Fannie Lou Hammer.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 5pm
Monday, July 17th at 7pm
Sunday, July 23rd at 5pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Diane L. Parker (Playwright/SICK AND TIRED), a resident of New Jersey and a native of St. Louis, Mo., is thrilled to have a New York premiere of her original play in the Strawberry One Act Festival.  By day, Diane works as the Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity for an international media company based in Manhattan.  By night, weekends and every spare moment, she is an actor, singer and director. 
Diane has toured with several national theater companies and has been featured in numerous productions in Missouri, New Jersey and New York such as Fences, Ragtime, Big River, A Piece of My Heart, Shrek the Musical, Hairspray and Godspell.  Diane is a recipient of the 2015 New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT) prestigious Perry Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Mrs. Muller in the dramatic play, Doubt.  She has appeared in several independent films and most recently in the Oscar nominated film, Fences.  Earlier this year, Diane directed Katori Hall’s play, The Mountaintop, at Villagers Theatre in New Jersey.  She is a member of the Studio Luna Acting Company and, next month, she will direct a one act play in Luna Stage One Act Play Festival.
 
Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a minor in Theater and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Lindenwood University in Missouri.  She is also a certified public speaker.  In 2012, Diane competed against 30,000 contestants to become one of nine finalists and, the only female finalist, in the World Championship of Public Speaking through Toastmasters International.
Diane enjoys spending time with the president of her fan club - her mom, supporting friends in local theater, baking homemade desserts and being number one on her leader board in Bejeweled Blitz.

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

REVEREND MOTHER'S FINAL CONFESSION By Lucy Blood

REVEREND MOTHER’S FINAL CONFESSION By Lucy Blood

Reverend Mother shares a trinity of secrets at her retirement party as the Principal of Immaculate Conception Elementary School.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 5pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 3pm
Monday, July 24th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Lucy Blood (Playwright/ Reverend Mother’s Final Confession)Plays include: full-length A Forever Family and Channeling Gene; her one-act plays Reverend Mother’s Final Confession, Going Up?, and Biblically Speaking; 10-minute plays Terminal Gate, United Therapy, and The DAMN Meeting.  Her work has been produced at the Provincetown Theater, The Actor’s Studio in Newburyport, MA, plus festivals at the Theatre at St. Clement’s and the Davenport Theatre in New York City.  Going Up? was nominated as Best Play at the 2014 Strawberry One-Act Theatre Festival in NYC.  She is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatist Guild.  Lucy earned Masters in Divinity and Education, is a teacher and ordained minister.

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Monday, July 24th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Monday, July 24th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

THE PRIVATE ROOM By Daniel Haughey

THE PRIVATE ROOM By Daniel Haughey
Is an exciting new drama about the demands schools can place on teachers and students in the harshest times.  Set on a Midwestern small college campus, this short one-act play will take you through the relationships of three desperate people trapped in a storm of passions.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 7pm
Monday, July 17th at 9pm
Monday, July 24th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Daniel Ferguson Haughey (Hoy), (Playwright, THE PRIVATE ROOM), Teaching-Artist, Member, Illinois Education Association and Illinois Theatre Association (ITA).  Credentialed in Speech and Theatre Arts.
 
Daniel has a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in English from Eastern Kentucky University, and an MFA in Theatre from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, with an emphasis in playwriting and play production.  He also attended the Florida State University-Asolo Conservatory for Professional Actor Training.  Dan is an Actor, Singer, Director, Playwright and Educator. He has taught for 29 years, thirteen of those at Black Hawk College (BHC) in Moline, Illinois, where he headed the theatre program, served as Cultural Events Chair, and instructed speech and theatre arts classes.  Also he served two years on the BHC Faculty Senate and in 2010 culminated his full-time tenure at BHC with the distinction of Professor Emeritus.  He has six years’ experience as a professional on stage, in TV, and film and is a former member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and currently the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG).  In addition to his performance resume that features a long list of the more conventional plays and musicals, Dan has toured his one-person show on Ulysses S. Grant, MR. U. S. GRANT, to schools, museums, national parks and service clubs in nine different states since 1981, including the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis.  He also tours in his new one-person show, RangerManDan!, about the wacky things people try to do to the environment.  Additionally, he is a guitarist and singer in his shows GAELIC SONGS and CIVIL WAR MELODIES.  Dan has served as a board member for regional Arts councils, state theatre associations in Tennessee and New Mexico, and on the Illinois Theatre Association Board for over five years, primarily as a University/College Co-Chair.  In 2004 he served as ITA Convention Chair, and in 2005-07 represented ITA as a member of the Illinois Arts Alliance/Foundation, Arts Education Committee, while serving as a past ITA President. He has served as a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.  In 2013-14, he was commissioned as a “Road Scholar” by the Illinois Humanities Council for his Avant Guarde one-person show entitled, EA POE: Edgar Alan Poe’s Imagination!, and returns as an IHC “Road Scholar” in 2017-18 for his show MR. U. S. GRANT. Among the plays he has written are a full-length, YANKEE GENTLEMAN, and one-acts THE DELIVERANCE OF BETSEY REED, LABOR DAY, RUN WITH ME, and a one-act musical about love and growing up in the 50’s, THE BEST MAN OF FLAGPORT, co-authored with Coleman Harris and Traci Davis.  Mr. Haughey has also taught children’s theatre classes and high school theatre. He is a member of the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association.  Dan performs through and runs his own teaching-artist business, “danact3”.  He is a native of Ohio, where he met his lovely wife Deb Hess-Haughey.  They have three children, Emily, Bob, and Joe now enjoying their own careers.

Saturday, July 15th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Monday, July 17th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Monday, July 17th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Monday, July 24th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

KETCHUP OR MUSTARD By Lior Almagor

KETCHUP OR MUSTARD By Lior Almagor 
Two women are waiting for a life-altering decision. What begins as a random encounter between strangers turns into a brave friendship that would change the way they perceive the world, each other, and themselves.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 7pm
Sunday, July 16th at 9pm
Tuesday, July 18th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Lior Almagor (Ketchup Or Mustard/Playwright) was born and raised in Israel, and currently, resides in Chicago.  He studied Theatre Arts, Directing and Teaching Drama at Kibbutzim College, Tel Aviv in Israel.  He worked at Habima National Theatre of Israel as a Production Manager, Stage Manager and Assistant Director.  He wrote and directed three plays that were performed in Israel.

Saturday, July 15th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

THIS WAY OUT By Annie Rosenberg

THIS WAY OUT By Annie Rosenberg

The last thing Nelson Ferreira expects when he gets home from school is the shocking news that his family are illegal aliens who’ve just found out that they’re being deported in less than a week.  Nelson’s furious at this parents and has no intention of leaving his friends, his home and his city to go live on some backwater island.   But he quickly discovers, intentions and reality are often worlds apart.  In This Way Out, we follow Nelson’s heartbreaking journey through anger, fear and grief as he struggles to accept his fate.
 
 
Saturday, July 15th at 9pm
Thursday, July 20th at 9pm
Wednesday, July 26th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Anne Rosenberg (Playwright/THIS WAY OUT) is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Jelly Bucket, Reader’s Digest, Stone Highway Review, Double Reed, the Four-Cornered Universe, the Toronto Star, the National Post, Marketing, Upbeat, Beach-Riverdale Mirror and Mind, Body and Spirit. She divides her time between Ontario and the Azores, where she and her photographer husband spin their stories.
 
I've been welcomed into a really fun and challenging experience of The Strawberry One-Act Festival. They’ve welcomed me and given me support on so many levels. I wrote This Way Out ten years after reading a newspaper article in 2006, which described one family’s deportation to the Azores from Toronto. As a mother and her teenage son were taken to their flight, the boy’s girlfriend reached out for him, crying. Over the years, I wondered what had happened to the boy and his family. I clipped out articles and scribbled down the barest threads of ideas, not knowing what form they would take. In 2012 and 2015, I traveled to the Azores with my husband, a Canadian-Azorean, to work on writing and photography projects. During that year, I began researching the deportations in earnest, interviewing some of the families, though I never found the teenage boy.
 
Winning the Best Play award would allow me to further polish This Way Out and expand it into a full-length play. I hope Nelson’s story moves people, scares them a little. And I hope it spurs them to action. In a full-length version of the play, I wouldn’t want to see Nelson again; I’d want to hear the stories of the deportees who have been there for years. Until then, I’m writing more plays, more stories. I don’t ever want to stop working.   

Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Wednesday, July 26th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Wednesday, July 26th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

THE TALE OF SAN MERAUX By Robert Briksza

THE TALE OF SAN MERAUX By Robert Briksza
San Meraux is a billionaire villain who is too smart for his own good.  He has built a laser Cannon The Merauxvian II and he plans to use it to take over the world.  The only thing in his way is the super Hero Hyperion, who has one weakness, the beauty that is San Meraux’s right hand man, Artemis.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 9pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 1pm
Tuesday, July 25th at 7pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Bobby Briksza is the writer and director of the one act play, The Tale of San Meraux, premiering at the Strawberry One Act Festival in July of 2017. Spending his formative high school years dabbling in the arts and writing plays for his high school competitions, Bobby has received many awards for his acting prowess, and was even named best actor in his graduating class by his peers. Today, Bobby is a jack of all trades whose resume features app development, many hours of lab work, two years of New York City bartending experience.

Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 1:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 1:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

TALKABOUT By George Coates

TALKABOUT By George Coates

Talk about is an absurdist play which aims to ask questions of social convention and compliance to said social conventions.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 9pm
Sunday, July 16th at 5pm
Tuesday, July 18th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
 
George Coates (Playwright/TALK ABOUT) is a British writer who calls on his left wing politics not only as a source of material for his plays, but also as a way to infuriate his father-in-law. He has been known to use his horrifically orange beard as a conversation starter. 

Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

A NIGHT AT STONEWALL By Anthony Fusco

A NIGHT AT STONEWALL By Anthony Fusco (For Mature Audiences)

This short, powerful story takes place at the legendary Stonewall Inn where three friends come to celebrate a weekend getaway. Corey, the birthday boy, meets two new friends who want to make his night a special one to remember. As Corey loses all inhibitions with his new prospects, conflict arises inside the men's room as Corey's birthday gift to himself backfires. A play about trust, awareness, and living in a society of phone app hook-ups.
 
 
Wednesday, July 19th at 7pm
Thursday, July 20th at 9pm
Sunday, July 23rd at 5pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Anthony Fusco (Playwright, Director) is very excited to have his playA Night At Stonewall presented as part of the Summer SOAF 2017. Last summer his play Psychic Café was part of the SOAF 2016 competition. He has had plays compete in the New York Theater festival at the Hudson Guild.  His one act psychological thriller titled Fixation, was nominated as one of the best four plays at the SOAF winter 2015 festival. He has been writing plays since 2006. He won the best director award for his one act drama Rush Hour Madness in the SOAF winter 2013. His other credits include: Crossing Verrazano, Confessions of a Bad Boy, Sole Mates, The Handbag Click Clack Girls, STR8 Men Are Bitches Too. 

Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 5:00 PMPrice: $30.00

LIFE LINE By Robert Ellsworth

LIFE LINE By Robert Ellsworth 

Two strangers, an affluent, middle-aged divorcee and a sardonic, gay Mexican American stylist, volunteer at a West Hollywood suicide hotline without any guidance. In this claustrophobic setting, they are forced to fend for themselves, performing a duty for which neither of them is qualified. They clash--of ideology, class and race/sexuality-- but despite their ostensible contrasts, they somehow find an intimacy between them and must tackle an increasingly dire phone calls as well as their own existential crisis. Memory colors the present and forges the future.
 
Friday, July 21st at 7:30pm
Friday, July 28th at 6:00pm
Sunday, July 30th at 4:30pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Robert Ellsworth (Playwright/Life Line) A native of Boston, Robert Ellsworth graduated cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and an MFA from Cal State Los Angeles. A former journalist, his writings have appeared in Elle, US Weekly, FHM, Vogue, the Boston Globe, The National Post and Movieline.  Ellsworth has also sold three feature film screenplays to such major studios as Touchstone, Village Road Show and Warner Brothers. He has worked for Paramount Pictures, Shonda Rhymes and ABC Studios. He currently teaches Media Ethics and Journalism at Cal State Los Angeles and is working on his second play.
Ellsworth’s script, The Sect was the 2016 recipient of the Best Feature Screenplay Award for the 25th Annual California Media Arts Festival.
 

Friday, July 21st at 7:30 PMPrice: $25.00

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