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: 
$25.00 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: $25.00

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

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

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

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:
$25.00 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: $25.00

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

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: 
$25.00 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: $25.00

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

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
Directed By Beverly Orozco
The news of this father’s death has been greatly exaggerated.
 

 
i am so so so lonely, or, the omegle play
By Philip Anastassiou
Directed by Eric Wimer
"You are now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!"
 

 
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:
$25.00 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: $25.00

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

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: 
$25.00 Online
$27.00 at the Box Office
 
Premium Seating (Center): $30.00 Online & $35 at the Box Office

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

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

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: 
$25.00 Online
$27.00 at the Box Office
 
Premium Seating (Center): $30.00 Online & $35 at the Box Office

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

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

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: 
$25.00 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: $25.00

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

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

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

Screenings: LOVE FOR PASSION & THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THE JOHNSONS & The Play: TRICKS

Wednesday, August 19th at 9:00 pmPrice: $20.00

Saturday, August 22nd at 3:00 pmPrice: $20.00

The Semi-Finals for the Strawberry One-Act Festival, Sunday, August 16th

The best plays from Series A thru G of the competition.

Call the box office 646-623-3488 after August 12th to see which shows are in the Semi-Finals or join our Email Club to receive notification. Or check here for the results.

Semi Finals #1 Sunday, August 16th at 3:00 pm

 

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A LOVE STORY Written by Kristen Doscher
Directed by Zenon Kruszelnicki
Featuring: Kristen Doscher & Matthew Stannah. 
Producer: One Moon Productions
LOVE noun \ˈləv\ (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. - See more at: http://www.therianttheatre.com/index.php?n=buy_tickets#sthash.sdufMHGy.dpuf
A LOVE STORY Written by Kristen Doscher
Directed by Yudelka Heyer
Featuring: Kristen Doscher & Matthew Stannah. 
Producer: One Moon Productions
LOVE noun \ˈləv\ (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.
- See more at: http://www.therianttheatre.com/index.php?n=strawberry_one-act_festival#sthash.K09Fwe4Q.dpuf
A LOVE STORY Written by Kristen Doscher
Directed by Yudelka Heyer
Featuring: Kristen Doscher & Matthew Stannah. 
Producer: One Moon Productions
LOVE noun \ˈləv\ (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.
- See more at: http://www.therianttheatre.com/index.php?n=strawberry_one-act_festival#sthash.K09Fwe4Q.dpuf
Semi Finals #2 Sunday, August 16th at 5:00 pm
 
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Sunday, August 16th at 3:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Sunday, August 16th at 3:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Sunday, August 16th at 5:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Sunday, August 16th at 5:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Sunday, August 16th at 7:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Sunday, August 16th at 7:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Sunday, August 16th at 9:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Sunday, August 16th at 9:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Wild Night at the Strawberry One Act Festival Monday, August 17th 2015

The Artistic Director selects a few plays and gives them one more chance to compete for a slot in The Finals.  (Only 1 play from the Wild Night will advance to the Finals.)

Wild Night – Monday, August 17th at 7PM

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

The Finals for the Strawberry One-Act Festival August 20, 2015 at 7:00pm

The Best plays from the Semi-Finals & The Wild Night
Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m.
 
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Tickets are $30.00 & $35.00 Online and $32.00 & $37.00 at the Box Office
(Includes Reception)


Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 pmPrice: $35.00

The Awards Show & Performance of the Strawberry One Act Festival.

For tickets to the Awards Show click here

The Awards Show will be at
The Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space

2537 Broadway, NYC, (At 95th Street)
Trains: #1, 2, 3 to 96th Street.

The Awards Show & Performance of the Strawberry One Act Festival. Price: $0.00

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646-623-3488

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Click here to download an application for the Strawberry One-Act Festival Summer 2015. (15-30 minute plays.) Deadline April 30th for the Summer Festival. Other Format of Application Click Here.

Click here to download an application to the Strawberry Theatre Festival for Full-Length Plays (55-90 minutes), Musicals (not to exceed 120 minutes), Short Plays (40-50 minutes) and Staged Reading.  Deadline to submit a play is April 30, 2015. 

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