May
3
1:00 pm13:00

THE BRUNCHFAST OF CHAMPIONS!

For some reason, playwrights write a lot about losing. And loss. And losers.

See what happens when they write about winning and the winners who do it.

THE BRUNCHFAST OF CHAMPIONS!


five brand new short plays about VICTORY by:

Rob ASKINS
Eli CLARK
Joshua CONKEL
Jon KERN
Michael LEW

Apr
5
1:00 pm13:00

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE BRUNCH

THE HOMETOWN BRUNCH

You’ve met the Youngblood playwrights, now see where they’re from:

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE BRUNCH


five brand new short plays about the playwright’s hometown by:

Jesse Cameron ALICK

(Missoula, MT)

Dorothy FORTENBERRY

(Washington, DC)

Mira GIBSON

(Sanbornton, NH)

Courtney Brooke LAURIA and Sharyn ROTHSTEIN

(the Avon Valley, CT)

Erica SALEH

(Dryden, NY)

Mar
25
Apr 19

End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer

End Days by Deborah Zoe Laufer*

Directed by Lisa Peterson*

March 25 - April 19, 2009

Sixteen year old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn't changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her, hard. And the Apocalypse is is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.


Featuring Dane DeHaan*, Molly Ephraim, Peter Friedman, Deirdre O'Connell & Paco Tolson*

Set Design - Lee Savage
Costume Design - Suzanne Chesney
Sound Design & Original Composition - Ryan Rumery
Light Design - Raquel Davis
Production Stage Manager - Jeff Davolt
Assistant Stage Manager - Michael V. Mendelson

EST/Sloan Program Director - Graeme Gillis*
EST/Sloan Associate Program Director - Linsay Firman*

*denotes EST member

Mar
1
1:00 pm13:00

BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A BRUNCH

The stock market is in the tank. Gloom and doom is in the air. The “Great Recession” is upon us.

Luckily, Youngblood has a stimulus package:

BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A BRUNCH


Five brand new short plays about the fiscal crisis by

Robert ASKINS
Nikole BECKWITH
Jon KERN
Patrick LINK
Anna MOENCH

Directed by: Isaac Butler, Nelson Eusebio, Linsay Firman, Kel Haney and Larissa Lury

Featuring: Anna Aronson, Denny Bess^, Kelly Anne Burns, Ronald Cohen, Dana Eskelson, Marcia Haufrecht^, Haskell King^, Florencia Lozano, Thomas Lyons^, James Murtaugh^, Bill Peden, Jane Pfitsch, Patricia Randell^, Amy Saats^, Chris Wight^, Beth Wittig, Daniel Ziskie^

^denotes a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre

Feb
5
Mar 7

STOCKTON

by Michael Lew

directed by Colette Robert

featuring Julie Fitzpatrick*, Ryan Karels, Julie Leedes* and Diana Ruppe*

Welcome to Stockton, CA: home of graffiti legend "Neckface" and three of the most fun, least motivated girls you've ever met.


Production Stage Managers: Eliza Jane Bowman and Michal V. Mendelson
Costume Design: Mark Richard Caswell and Danielle Schembre
Lighting Design: Ji-youn Chang and Gina Scherr
Set Design: Maiko Chii Sound Design: Christopher Rummel, Robert Gould and Hillary Charnas
Production Manager/Technical Director: Jack Blacketer
EST Season Producer: Annie Trizna
Youngblood Artistic Directors: Graeme Gillis* and R.J. Tolan*

*Denotes a member of EST.

Feb
5
Mar 7

NODDING OFF

by Emily Chadick

directed by Abigail Zealey Bess*

featuring Chris Ceraso*, Helen P. Coxe*, Eunice Ha and William Oliver Watkins

Weiss Daniel's beautiful wife is pregnant, but he falls asleep every time she mentions the baby. Can his alluring psychiatrist help him figure out why he's sleeping through life? 


Production Stage Managers: Eliza Jane Bowman and Michal V. Mendelson
Costume Design: Mark Richard Caswell and Danielle Schembre
Lighting Design: Ji-youn Chang and Gina Scherr
Set Design: Maiko Chii Sound Design: Christopher Rummel, Robert Gould and Hillary Charnas
Production Manager/Technical Director: Jack Blacketer
EST Season Producer: Annie Trizna
Youngblood Artistic Directors: Graeme Gillis* and R.J. Tolan*

*Denotes a member of EST.

Feb
5
Mar 7

PRINCES OF WACO

by Robert Askins*

directed by Dylan McCullough

featuring Evan Enderle, Kristin Griffith*, Scott Sowers* and Megan Tusing*

The kid is alone. The old man is alone. Together they rob a Stop & Shop and everything turns out right. Then the girl walks in.


Production Stage Managers: Eliza Jane Bowman and Michal V. Mendelson
Costume Design: Mark Richard Caswell and Danielle Schembre
Lighting Design: Ji-youn Chang and Gina Scherr
Set Design: Maiko Chii Sound Design: Christopher Rummel, Robert Gould and Hillary Charnas
Production Manager/Technical Director: Jack Blacketer
EST Season Producer: Annie Trizna
Youngblood Artistic Directors: Graeme Gillis* and R.J. Tolan*

*Denotes a member of EST.

Feb
5
Mar 7

LAKE WATER

by Delaney Britt Brewer

directed by Jordan Young

featuring Ann Talman* and Audrey Lynn Weston

The story of a homecoming, a mysterious lake, and a family drowning in the things they cannot say.


Production Stage Managers: Eliza Jane Bowman and Michal V. Mendelson
Costume Design: Mark Richard Caswell and Danielle Schembre
Lighting Design: Ji-youn Chang and Gina Scherr
Set Design: Maiko Chii Sound Design: Christopher Rummel, Robert Gould and Hillary Charnas
Production Manager/Technical Director: Jack Blacketer
EST Season Producer: Annie Trizna
Youngblood Artistic Directors: Graeme Gillis* and R.J. Tolan*

*Denotes a member of EST.

Feb
5
Mar 7

MARIETTA CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

by Lucy Weston

A Special Concert Event Deep in the swamps of Georgia, little Christmas Flint battles trash and wild animals in her epic musical journey to become a Woman of Substance.


Production Stage Managers: Eliza Jane Bowman and Michal V. Mendelson
Costume Design: Mark Richard Caswell and Danielle Schembre
Lighting Design: Ji-youn Chang and Gina Scherr
Set Design: Maiko Chii Sound Design: Christopher Rummel, Robert Gould and Hillary Charnas
Production Manager/Technical Director: Jack Blacketer
EST Season Producer: Annie Trizna
Youngblood Artistic Directors: Graeme Gillis* and R.J. Tolan*

*Denotes a member of EST.

Feb
1
1:00 pm13:00

'Til Death Do Us Brunch

Youngblood is tired of being the bridesmaid and never the bride. So we went out and got ourselves a wedding dress, and five brand new short plays are going to use it! Get ready for the Youngblood side of marriage.


Brand new short plays about the long march down the aisle by:

Joshua CONKEL
Courtney Brooke LAURIA
Kyoung PARK
Sharyn ROTHSTEIN
Erica SALEH

Directed by: Nelson Eusebio, John Giampetro, Sarah Malkin and Alexa Polmer

Featuring: Pepper Binkley, Christopher Bonewitz, Cathy Curtin*, Lucy Devito, Christine Farrell*, Cara Greene, Bob Jaffe, JJ Kandel*, Mordecai Lawner*, Annie O’Sullivan*, Patricia Randell*, Devere Rogers, Jessa Sherman, Scott Sowers* and Amy Staats*

*denotes a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre

Jan
4
1:00 pm13:00

E=Mc Brunch

For the second year in a row, Youngblood takes a running jump at the theme of SCIENCE, in collaboration with the EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s FIRST LIGHT FESTIVAL!


Brand new short plays by:

Eliza CLARK
Mira GIBSON
Patrick LINK
Emily Chadick WEISS

and a new mini-musical by:

Dorothy FORTENBERRY and YB alum Matt SCHATZ!

Dec
7
1:00 pm13:00

IT'S A WONDERFUL BRUNCH

The Youngblood Sunday Brunch takes on the holidays, and it all turns out more depressive than George Bailey, cuter than Zuzu and drunker than Clarence:

IT’S A WONDERFUL BRUNCH!


Brand new short plays about the holidays by:

Rob ASKINS
Nikole BECKWITH
Eliza CLARK
Joshua CONKEL
Jon KERN

Directed by:
Isaac Butler, Tamara Fisch, Andrew Grosso, Kel Haney and R.J. Tolan*

Featuring:
Anna Aronson, Rob Askins, Steve Boyer, Kelly Anne Burns, Geneva Carr*, Lucy DeVito, Dave Gelles-Hurwitz, Graeme Gillis*, Jenny Gomez, Mattie Hawkinson, Thomas Lyons*, Jared McGuire, Bobby Moreno, Amy Staats* and Ann Talman*

*member of Ensemble Studio Theatre

Nov
28
1:00 pm13:00

ColumBRUNCH Ohio!

For the first time ever, the Youngblood Sunday Brunch is going on the road – for our political-themed Brunch performance we’re climbing into vans and driving out to the battleground state of Ohio.

Five brand new plays by the members of Youngblood and a breakfast buffet of pancakes, eggs, bacon, pastries and fruit. Come see what New York’s sharpest young playwrights have to say about the state of our nation, two days before a historic election day.

Check in on the Youngblog to keep up with the trip and the local coverage of the Brunch!

COLUMBUS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
549 Franklin Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Oct
21
Oct 25

Asking For Trouble 2008: Series A

ASKING FOR TROUBLE 2008: more trouble than you can handle

Youngblood just turned FIFTEEN – and to celebrate a decade and a half of supporting the best young playwrights, we’ve invited them all back to the fold for our annual SPEED THEATRE CHALLENGE.

Forty-one Youngblooders past and present drew the names of a director and a cast of actors from a hat, and have ONE WEEK to write them a short play, which have (less than) ONE WEEK to rehearse before going up in Youngblood’s biggest short play festival ever.

Forty-one writers. Thirty-five directors. One hundred and twenty actors. Fifteen years of Youngblood. And only one ASKING FOR TROUBLE


Series A Performance Schedule:
Tues 10/21 @ 7pm
Fri 10/24 @ 9pm
Sat 10/25 @ 2pm

Written by: Zakiyyah Alexander, Lucy Alibar, Delaney Britt Brewer, Anna Moench, Qui Nguyen, Erica Saleh, Phil Schmiedl, Crystal Skillman*, Maggie Smith, Lloyd Suh*

Directed by: Isaac Butler, Shoshona Currier, Tamara Fisch, John Giampetro, Kel Haney, Kitt LaVoie, Jeff Lewonczyk, JV Mercanti, R.J. Tolan*

Featuring: Pepper Binkley, Havilah Brewster, Stefanie Bubnis, Raul Castillo, Paul Coffey, Alison Crane, Helen Farmer, Jenny Gomez, Delphi Harrington*, Mattie Hawinson, Dave Hurwitz, Fay Ann Lee, Polly Lee*, Erin Mallon, Sarah Matthews, Jared McGuire, Lori McNally, Bobby Moreno, Johnny Pruitt, Nathan Robinson, Marc Santa Maria, Ted Schneider, Claire Siebers, Caroline Tamas, Gordon Tashjian

Stage Managers: Eliza Jane Bowman and Michal Mendelson
EST OctoberFest Producer: Annie Trizna

* denotes member of EST

Oct
21
Oct 25

Asking For Trouble 2008: Series B

ASKING FOR TROUBLE 2008: more trouble than you can handle

Youngblood just turned FIFTEEN – and to celebrate a decade and a half of supporting the best young playwrights, we’ve invited them all back to the fold for our annual SPEED THEATRE CHALLENGE.

Forty-one Youngblooders past and present drew the names of a director and a cast of actors from a hat, and have ONE WEEK to write them a short play, which have (less than) ONE WEEK to rehearse before going up in Youngblood’s biggest short play festival ever.

Forty-one writers. Thirty-five directors. One hundred and twenty actors. Fifteen years of Youngblood. And only one ASKING FOR TROUBLE


Series B Performance Schedule:
Tues 10/21 @ 9pm
Fri 10/24 @ 7pm
Sat 10/25 @ 4pm

Written by: Jesse Cameron Alick, Emily Conbere, Joshua Conkel, Amy Fox*, Mira Gibson, Graeme Gillis*, Ross Maxwell, Michael Sendrow, Lucy Thurber, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Directed by: Abigail Zealey Bess*, Evan Cabnet, Andrew Grosso, Kel Haney, Jamie Richards*, Erica Saleh, Marc Santa Maria, R.J. Tolan*, Birgitta Victorson, Kim Weild

Featuring: Polly Adams*, Jake Aron, Robert Askins, Alana Barrett, Kit Bihun, William Carden*, Chelsey Donn, Bjorn DuPaty, Stephen Ellis, Julie Fitzpatrick*, Sharon Freedman, Enzo Gentile, Kristen Harlow, Helen Highfield, Jenny Kirlin, Diana LaMar*, Courtney Lauria, Matt Lauria, Mordecai Lawner*, Josh Lefkowitz, Jodi Lin, Thomas Lyons*, Ellen Mareneck*, Jane Pfitsch, Shawn Randall, Justin Reinsilber, Teresa Stephenson, Caroline Strong, Naomi Warner, Chris Wight*

Stage Managers: Eliza Jane Bowman and Michal Mendelson
EST OctoberFest Producer: Annie Trizna

* denotes member of EST

Oct
21
Oct 25

Asking For Trouble 2008: Series C

ASKING FOR TROUBLE 2008: more trouble than you can handle

Youngblood just turned FIFTEEN – and to celebrate a decade and a half of supporting the best young playwrights, we’ve invited them all back to the fold for our annual SPEED THEATRE CHALLENGE.

Forty-one Youngblooders past and present drew the names of a director and a cast of actors from a hat, and have ONE WEEK to write them a short play, which have (less than) ONE WEEK to rehearse before going up in Youngblood’s biggest short play festival ever.

Forty-one writers. Thirty-five directors. One hundred and twenty actors. Fifteen years of Youngblood. And only one ASKING FOR TROUBLE


Series C Performance Schedule:
Weds 10/22 @ 7pm
Thurs 10/23 @ 9pm
Sat 10/25 @ 7pm

Written by: Robert Askins, Eliza Clark, Sharon Eberhardt, Sam Forman, Edith Freni, Amy Herzog, Michael Lew, Patrick Link, Daria Polatin, Jeremy Soule, Daniel Talbott

Directed by: Sherri Eden Barber, Michole Biancosino, Isaac Butler, Steve Fried, John Giampetro, Graeme Gilis*, Michael Goldfried, Alexa Polmer, Giovanna Sardelli, Tom Wojtunik

Featuring: Ali Ahn, Emily Bennett, Chris Ceraso*, Jackie Chung, Curran Connor, Kibibi Dillon, Dana Eskelson, Christine Farrell*, Michael Ferrell, Graeme Gillis*, Kristen Hansen, Birgit Huppuch, Debbie Lee Jones*, Julie Kline, Julie Leedes*, Erin McMonagle, Melanie Nicholls-King, Noelle Parker*, William Peden, Patricia Randell*, David Rispoli, Lance Rubin, Diana Ruppe*, Katie Schorr, Michael Smith-Rivera, Marguerite Stimpson, Ann Talman*, Cori Thomas*, Susan Willerman*, Dan Ziskie*

Stage Managers: Eliza Jane Bowman and Michal Mendelson
EST OctoberFest Producer: Annie Trizna

* denotes member of EST

Oct
21
Oct 25

Asking For Trouble 2008: Series D

ASKING FOR TROUBLE 2008: more trouble than you can handle

Youngblood just turned FIFTEEN – and to celebrate a decade and a half of supporting the best young playwrights, we’ve invited them all back to the fold for our annual SPEED THEATRE CHALLENGE.

Forty-one Youngblooders past and present drew the names of a director and a cast of actors from a hat, and have ONE WEEK to write them a short play, which have (less than) ONE WEEK to rehearse before going up in Youngblood’s biggest short play festival ever.

Forty-one writers. Thirty-five directors. One hundred and twenty actors. Fifteen years of Youngblood. And only one ASKING FOR TROUBLE


Series D Performance Schedule:
Weds 10/22 @ 9pm
Thurs 10/23 @ 7pm
Sat 10/25 @ 9pm

Written by: Nikole Beckwith, Jihan Crowther, Ann Marie Healy*, Mrinalini Kamath, Jon Kern, Courtney Brooke Lauria, Erin Murtaugh, Sharyn Rothstein, Matt Schatz, Emily Chadick Weiss

Directed by: Amanda Charlton, Adam Fitzgerald, Barrie Gelles, Melissa Kievman, Laura Konson, Larissa Lury, Sarah Malkin, Colette Robert, Debbie Saivetz, Jordan Young

Featuring: Jessica Andres, Anna Aronson, Katie Barrett, Steven Boyer, Lucia Brizzi, Kelly Anne Burns, Sarah Hayes Donnell, Nancy Franklin*, Abigail Gampel*, Kelli Lynn Harrison, Mary Joy*, Nancy Lemenager, Jay Liebman, Maya MacDonald, Tara MacMullen, Stephen O’Reilly, Annie O’Sullivan*, Mary Quick, Delilah Rivera, Thom Rivera, Jamie Rose, Michael Rudko, Rachel Rusch, Tommy Schrider, Scott Sowers*, Amy Staats*, Candace Thompson, Jacquelyn Todie, Max Van Bel, Johanna Weller-Fahy, Janet Zarish*

Stage Managers: Eliza Jane Bowman and Michal Mendelson
EST OctoberFest Producer: Annie Trizna

* denotes member of EST

Oct
5
1:00 pm13:00

The Birthday Brunch!

This year is Youngblood’s Sweet Fifteen. Our quinceanera. Our crystal anniversary. And we’re celebrating the only way we know how: pancakes, bacon, bloody marys, and THEATER.

Join us for the classic brunch buffet (plus cake!) and new plays about birthdays, being fifteen, about 1993 and the 1.5 decades since.


Plays by:

Britt BREWER
Michael LEW
Sharyn ROTHSTEIN
Emily Chadick WEISS

Featuring (among others):
Ali Ahn, Anna Aronson, Quincy Confoy, Julie Leedes, Patricia Randell and Anne Talman

Directed by:
Alexa Polmer, R.J. Tolan, Melissa Kievman and Moritz von Stuelpnagel

Plus a special Youngblood Birthday Seranade by Lucy ALIBAR!

AND our brunch buffet of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, pastries and fruit and our MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE, FISCALLY INDEFENSIBLE OPEN BAR!

Sep
17
Oct 12

Close Ties By Elizabeth Diggs

Close Ties
Written by Elizabeth Diggs*

Directed by Pamela Berlin*

September 17-October 12, 2008

The Frye family gathers at their vacation home in the Berkshires,  ruled for three generations by Josephine, their willful matriarch and center of the family. But what happens as the younger Fryes discover their center cannot hold? Close Ties celebrates the humor, the truth, and the mystery of family.

Cast & Creative

Featuring: Jack Davidson*, Julie Fitzpatrick*, Fiona Gallagher*, David Gelles-Hurwitz*, Polly Lee*, Corle Monferdini, Judith Roberts*, Tommy Schrider

Set Design: Michael Schweikardt
Costume Design: Suzanne Chesney
Lighting Design: Chris Dallos
Sound Design: David Lawson
Casting: Janet Foster, C.S.A.
Production Stage Manager: Mary Leach
Assistant Stage Manager: Christine Fisichella
Producer: James Carter
Associate Producer: Annie Trizna
Press Representative: David Gersten and Associates

*Denotes a member of EST

Feb
3
Mar 1

Thicker Than Water 2008

Our signature collection of new one-acts, THICKER THAN WATER, returns with an evening of SEVEN new plays and musicals.


508
by Amy Herzog

directed by Marlo Hunter
with Julie Fitzpatrick and Miguel Govea

Young ex-lovers confront a strange area code on their joint cell phone bill.


La Fete
by Daria Polatin

directed by R.J. Tolan
with Geneva Carr, Lucy DeVito and Grant Shaud

On a Christmas trip to Paris, sparks fly between a mother and daughter with the new stepdad caught in the crossfire.


For Candy
by Michael Sendrow

directed by Marlo Hunter
with David Gelles-Hurwitz and Grant Shaud

A dead letter forces a reckoning between a widower and his son.


It'll Soon Be Here
by Delaney Britt Brewer, music by Eric Kuehnemann

directed by Abigail Zealey Bess
with Jenny Greer, Debbie Lee Jones and Lance Rubin

At the (Bill) Clinton inauguration, a one-hit wonder helps her daughter find romance.


Red Blue and Purple
by Justin Deabler

directed by Michael Goldfried
with Miguel Govea and Kelli Lynn Harrison

A small town boy made good confronts the friend he left behind.


Co-Op The Musical
by Courtney Lauria, music & lyrics by Matt Schatz

directed by Jordan Young
with Julie Fitzpatrick, Thomas Lyons and Steve Boyer

Unexpectedly, in an Oregon produce market, love blooms.


Both
by Emily Chadick Weiss

directed by Alexa Polmer
with Steve Boyer, David Gelles-Hurwitz, Jenny Greer, Lance Rubin and Maureen Sebastian

Sex, betrayal, heartbreak, sex — the furious pace of freshman year.