Strawberry One-Act Festival

 

The Strawberry One-Act Festival – Summer 2015

Tato Laviera Theatre
240 East 123rd Street, NYC
Between 2nd & 3rd Avenue

August 5, 2015 - August 23, 2015

The Strawberry One-Act Festival is celebrating its 27th 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 $1,500.00 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 and Best Actress. Deadline for Submissions for the Summer Festival is April 30, 2015.  The deadline for late submissions is May 15, 2015.  To download an application click here.  To submit full-length plays, musicals and staged readings click here for 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 & Performance will be on Monday, August 24th 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 9.
 
The Launch Party for the Strawberry One-Act Festival
Special Screening of the Video Diaries Project
Reception after Screening

Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 3pm
At the Poet's Den Theatre,
309 East 108th Street, NYC
 
The Awards Ceremony & Performance for the Strawberry One-Act Festival
Monday, August 24, 2015
At the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC

 
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.

Kevin Hansen
          

Series A: Another Famous Dead Artist, Casper The Not So Friendly Ghost, The Prophet & Haram

Series A: August 5th (Wed) at 7pm & August 9th (Sun) at 9pm
 
ANOTHER FAMOUS DEAD ARTIST By Anthony Marinelli
Featuring: Rick Schneider, Amanda Greer & Lucy Dolly Caires
Without art, what’s the point?
 
 
CASPER THE NOT SO FRIENDLY GHOST by Domenic Servidio
What would you do if someone invaded your home and tried to kick you out? Come see what pissed off the friendliest ghost of them all.
 
 
THE PROPHET By Lewis Payton Jr.
I did not come to bring peace.
 
 
HARAM By Regine Mont-Lewis
Featuring: Asra Arif, Becca Beberaggi, Naci Baybura
A young woman returns home to find herself at the mercy of a fatal situation.
 
Tickets:  $22.00 Before July 12, 2015 Online
$25.00 After July 11, 2015 Online
$27.00 at the Box Office
 
Premium Seating (Center): $30.00 Online & $35 at the Box Office

Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Sunday, August 9th at 9:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Sunday, August 9th at 9:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Sunday, August 9th at 9:00 pmPrice: $30.00

LAUNCH PARTY: Pioneer of the Arts Awards / Screening of the Video Diaries Project

THE RIANT THEATRE'S LAUNCH PARTY FOR THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL Will Present The Pioneer Of The Arts Awards To PETER A. ANDREWS, CEO of PACO GLOBAL & Former Vice President of NBC Entertainment and LIESL TOMMY, an award winning international theatre director on

Date:  Sunday, July 26, 2015
Time:  3:00 P.M.

At the POET'S DEN THEATRE
309 East 108th Street, NYC
Between 1st & 2nd Avenue

The Launch Party will also feature a screening of
The Video Diaries Project, A Series of Short Films About The Artist In The Strawberry One-Act Festival.

Reception to follow the Awards Ceremony

 
Tickets: 
$40.00 Before July 18th Online,
$50.00 After July 17th Online
CASH ONLY AT THE BOX OFFICE Day of Show

 

Mr. Andrews is currently CEO, PACO GLOBAL, Long Beach, California based real estate development company specializing in Sports and Entertainment complexes. He remains a founding partner to SPARKLE ENTERTAINMENT, a film and television production company.  Peter has over 30 years of experience in the television and motion picture industries and has represented several major clients in finance, distribution, marketing and packaging content for global exploitation in all markets and media.  

He began his career with Harry Belafonte Enterprises in New York City as a writer/producer. He then was hired by NBC and became the Vice President of NBC Entertainment. During his seven years at NBC he oversaw a budget of $80million and was responsible for developing programming resulting in several Emmy Award winning hits and some of television’s most memorable shows in NBC’s history.

He continued this success as Senior Vice President Columbia Pictures and then Executive Vice President of MGM Studios overseeing all network television production and distribution.

Mr. Andrews has been an adjunct Professor of Drama at Yale University and the University of Southern California. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada. He is also founder and former director of the Warner Brothers, Women and Minority Writers Workshop (1976) the longest running and most successful writers’ workshop in Hollywood history.
 
His outstanding managerial and creative vision has been demonstrated in many areas of performing and cultural arts presentation.
 
For the past several years, Mr. Andrews has worked as a Producer’s Rep and Head of Acquisitions for Ferretina Studios in Toronto, Canada, a leading producer of 3D-CGI animation. As an Executive Producer/Producer's Rep for Mr. Frank Avianca, CEO of Ferretina Studios, they have plans to complete and arrange worldwide theatrical exhibition for 3 projects now in production and post production, FERRETINA, ARTICA and RASBERRY LION.


 
Liesl Tommy is an award winning international theater director. She is known for her world premieres of visceral, politically complex new plays and musicals and her fresh, highly theatrical revivals of classics. World premieres include plays and musicals such as: A Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl and Todd Almond (Trinity Rep), Kid Victory by John Kander and Greg Pierce (Signature Theater), Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Woolly Mammoth, Signature Theater), Party People by Universes (Berkeley Repertory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The White Man – A Complex Declaration of Love by Joan Rang (DanskDansk Theatre, Denmark), Peggy Picket Sees the Face of God by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Luminato Festival/Canadian Stage Toronto), Eclipsed by Danai Gurira (Yale Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson (The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center), A History of Light by Eisa Davis (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), Angela’s Mixtape by Eisa Davis (Synchronicity Performance Group, New Georges), Bus and Family Ties (Play Company for the Romania Kiss Me! Festival). Other credits include groundbreaking and award-winning re-interpretations of Les Miserables, Hamlet, A Raisin in the Sun, Piano Lesson, and Ma Raney’s Black Bottom as well as a 4 city tour of Ruined. She has worked at Dallas Theater Center, California Shakespeare Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Sundance East Africa, Manda Island, Kenya, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and Huntington Theatre Company, among others. Affiliations: Liesl is Associate Director at Berkeley Rep, serves as a Program Associate at Sundance Institute Theatre Program and as an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. Liesl facilitated the inaugural Sundance East Africa Theater Director’s Lab in In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Awards: She’s earned an Obie award, the Pioneer of the Arts Award, a Lillian Hellman award, the Alan Schneider award, and the inaugural Susan Stroman Award from the Vineyard Theatre, the NEA/TCG Directors Grant, and the New York Theatre Workshop Casting/Directing Fellowship. Almost every production she has directed has been nominated and won numerous awards for directing, production, best new play, design, choreography, or acting. She has taught or guest directed at Yale Rep, Juilliard, NYU, and Brown University. Liesl is an alum of Trinity Rep Conservatory and a native of Cape Town, South Africa.

Sunday, July 26th at 3:00 pmPrice: $40.00

Sunday, July 26th at 3:00 pmPrice: $50.00

Series B: The Crossroad, The Old Gang, Forgive Me, Brother; Adele In Berlin & Veal Cutlet And Pinot Noir

Series B: August 5th (Wed) at 9pm &
August 9th (Sun) at 7pm
 
THE CROSSROAD By Julia Genoveva
Andrea meets a mysterious and dark stranger, who puts her face to face with the past, present and future.
 
 
THE OLD GANG By Kyle Giller
Life is stupid. Or is it? Come find out in this exciting new play, The Old Gang, which charts the lives of several humans as they struggle to find meaning under the icy grip of mortality as they fumble through their finals days. Played for BIG laughs!! Can’t miss!
 
 
FORGIVE ME, BROTHER By Barry Slater
A small time gambler dying of cancer asks his alienated brother, a priest, to help him die. The priest thinks he means Last Rites, the gambler has other ideas.
 
 
ADELE IN BERLIN By Lydia Nightingale (FOR MATURE AUDIENCES)
When offered the chance to escape from a city turned deadly in 1946, Berlin resident Adele eagerly takes it…but a shadow from her past threatens to destroy her future.
 
 
VEAL CUTLET AND PINOT NOIR By Emma Marks
Two women fight to save their relationship, but can’t agree on how it’s done.
 
Tickets:  $22.00 Before July 12, 2015 Online
$25.00 After July 11, 2015 Online
$27.00 at the Box Office
 
Premium Seating (Center): $30.00 Online & $35 at the Box Office

Wednesday, August 5th at 9:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Wednesday, August 5th at 9:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Wednesday, August 5th at 9:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Sunday, August 9th at 7:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Sunday, August 9th at 7:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Sunday, August 9th at 7:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Series C: Mr. Invincible Explains It To The World, Loves Last Will, Deadline Daters & It Is Wrong To Eat People


Series C: August 6th (Thurs) at 7pm &
August 10th (Mon) at 9pm
 
MR. INVINCIBLE EXPLAINS IT TO THE WORLD By Michael Hauschild
Harvey may seem like your typical high school punching bag, but below the surface he is much more than he seems. Now is the time to fulfill his destiny and let his true nature shine through.
 
 
LOVES LAST WILL By Jeffrey E. Milstein
A surprise at the reading of the will.
 
 
DEADLINE DATERS By Nikki Pope & Nicole Raviv
 
 
IT IS WRONG TO EAT PEOPLE By Faith Sanders
How much do we really need each other to survive? In this post-apocalyptic world, desire for one another is not just essential, but destructive.
 
 
Tickets:  $22.00 Before July 12, 2015 Online
$25.00 After July 11, 2015 Online
$27.00 at the Box Office
 
Premium Seating (Center): $30.00 Online & $35 at the Box Office

Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Monday, August 10th at 9:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Monday, August 10th at 9:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Monday, August 10th at 9:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Series D: Careful What You Wish, i am so so so lonely or the omegle play, & Poor, Poor Eleanor


Series D: August 6th (Thurs) at 9pm &
August 10th (Mon) at 7pm
 
CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH By Tyriq Mustaqiym
The news of this father’s death has been greatly exaggerated.
 

 
i am so so so lonely, or, the omegle play by philip anastassiou
“U there?” – the world of internet dating.
 

 
POOR, POOR ELEANOR By Armando Santana
On a day like today, in a place like here, a wife sits down with her husband for dinner. She knows what happens next, but still, she sits. The husband takes and takes until, almost inevitably, he asks too much of his sweet, poor wife.
 
Tickets:  $22.00 Before July 12, 2015 Online
$25.00 After July 11, 2015 Online
$27.00 at the Box Office
 
Premium Seating (Center): $30.00 Online & $35 at the Box Office

Thursday, August 6th at 9:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Thursday, August 6th at 9:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Thursday, August 6th at 9:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Monday, August 10th at 7:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Monday, August 10th at 7:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Monday, August 10th at 7:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Series E: Angel On The Yellow Couch, Change Of Heart, The Unsalable Thing, Closure


Series E: August 9th (Sun) at 1pm &
August 11th (Tues) at 7pm
 
ANGEL ON THE YELLOW COUCH By K.K. Gordon
Directed by John Culver
Moving day mischief and a little magic!
 
 
 
 
CHANGE OF HEART By Rick Charles Mueller
Can best friends cross the barrier of sexual preference and form an intimate relationship?
 
 
THE UNSALABLE THING By Mark D. Tjarks
Directed by Lacy Reily
Three bidders, too much money, one unexpected prize. Are there really some things that can't be bought?
 
 
CLOSURE By Vic Cuenca
Bitterness is Brutal.


Tickets:  $22.00 Before July 12, 2015 Online
$25.00 After July 11, 2015 Online
$27.00 at the Box Office
 
Premium Seating (Center): $30.00 Online & $35 at the Box Office

Sunday, August 9th at 1:00pmPrice: $22.00

Sunday, August 9th at 1:00pmPrice: $25.00

Sunday, August 9th at 1:00pmPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, August 11th at 7:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Tuesday, August 11th at 7:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, August 11th at 7:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Series F: Ceci N'Est Pas Un Metaphore, Future Fags Of America, Same Time, Same Bench & Onward Upward


Series F: August 9th (Sun) at 3pm &
August 11th (Tues) at 9pm
 
CECI N’EST PAS UN MÉTAPHORE by Shannon McDavid
Art is fragile: A gallery-goer and a might-be artist have a těte-ă-těte.
 
 
FUTURE FAGS OF AMERICA Written & Directed By Jack Wernick
Right-wing housewife squares off against LGBT activist in this homotopian satire.
 

 
SAME TIME, SAME BENCH By Joseph Lizardi
Desire and trust could make the difference when living on the edge of hope and despair.
 
 
ONWARD UPWARD By Freddy Valle
Charlie must venture through the game that is life in order to save his dearly beloved, Valarie. He must face dragons, monsters and enemies; will he make it? Who knows? You’re guaranteed a thrilling show.
 
Tickets:  $22.00 Before July 12, 2015 Online
$25.00 After July 11, 2015 Online
$27.00 at the Box Office
 
Premium Seating (Center): $30.00 Online & $35 at the Box Office

Sunday, August 9th at 3:00pmPrice: $22.00

Sunday, August 9th at 3:00pmPrice: $25.00

Sunday, August 9th at 3:00pmPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, August 11th at 9:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Tuesday, August 11th at 9:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, August 11th at 9:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Series G: Charles' Calamity, Whale, Book Wench, Ben & Jess


Series G: August 9th (Sun) at 5pm &
August 12th (Wed) at 9pm
 
 
CHARLES’ CALAMITY By Chris Lazzaro
In a satirical unforgiving world, a freshman honors student, Charles, is dragged into an awful date by a sketchy hustling 5 year senior, Donnie.


 

WHALE By Ali Keller
Bobby agreed to be the subject of Maggie’s senior thesis. Bobby did not agree to public humiliation.
 
 
BOOK WENCH By Pat Hart & Directed by Dennis Gleason
Is he ‘a cold and hungry traveler, waiting out the storm,’ as he claims, or a violent boy turned murderous man, as she believes? It’s a long, snowy night of truths, lies, and consequences that will either be lived with…or not.
 
 
BEN & JESS By Maria Concha
Two fun loving roommates/best-friends searching for meaning in life and possibly in Jess’s case much more as her young sister was murdered and she’s become obsessed with finding the killer.
 
Tickets:  $22.00 Before July 12, 2015 Online
$25.00 After July 11, 2015 Online
$27.00 at the Box Office
 
Premium Seating (Center): $30.00 Online & $35 at the Box Office

Sunday, August 9th at 5:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Sunday, August 9th at 5:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Sunday, August 9th at 5:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Wednesday, August 12th at 9:00 pmPrice: $22.00

Wednesday, August 12th at 9:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Wednesday, August 12th at 9:00 pmPrice: $30.00

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