Jun
25
7:00 pm19:00

Bloodworks 2012

EST/youngblood's annual full-length reading series. Twenty-one (!) brand new full-length plays by the members of Youngblood.


RESPONSIBLE ADULT
by Lucy Gillespie 

directed by Colleen Sullivan
with Clare Barron, Helen Coxe*, Parker Leventer, Chris Thorn and Nitya Vidyasagar*
read more about it on the Youngblog


DIVERSITY AWARENESS PICNIC
by Leah Nanako Winkler

directed by Shannon Sindelar
with Alfredo Narciso*, Devere Rogers, Allison Buck, Debbie Lee*, Stephen Ellis & Risa Sarachan
read more about it on the Youngblog


TRANSCENDENTAL WILD OATS
by Chiara Atik

directed by Laura Lashley
with Liz Alderfer, Jessie Barr, Bix Bettwy, Nathaniel Kent and Dylan Lamb
read more about it on the Youngblog


THE LAST GREAT TELEMARKETER
by Eric Dufault

directed by John Giampietro*
with Denny Bess*, Alex Borinsky, Catherine Curtin*, Molly Carden*, Haskell King*, Thomas Lyons*, Shawn Randall*
read more about it on the Youngblog


NIGHTS IN LATE DECEMBER
by Willie Orbison 

directed by Alec Strum
with Chris Ceraso*, Cathy Curtin*, Kristen Harlow & Jonathan Silver
read more about it on the Youngblog


THE MAJESTIC PLAYERS STORM KANSAS CITY
by Patrick Link 

directed by Colette Robert
with Denny Bess*, Pepper Binkley, Steven Boyer*, Joshua Conkel*, Eric Dufault, Kelli Lynn Harrison*, Richmond Hoxie*, Jason Liebman, Diana Ruppe*, Scott Sowers* and Amy Staats*
read more about it on the Youngblog


THE BIRD AND THE TWO-TON WEIGHT
by Darcy Fowler 

directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel*
with Emma Galvin, Seth Kirschner, Heather Robb, Danielle Slavick and Chris Thorn


GOING OUT AND COMING BACK
by Alex Borinsky

directed by Colleen Sullivan
with Clare Barron, Kathryn Dickinson, Paola Irun, Deb Margolin, Mary Neufeld, Danielle Slavick, Stephanie Wright Thompson
read more about it on the Youngblog


THE MORNING AFTER
by Erica Saleh 

directed by Tamara Fisch
with Aimee Cucchiaro, Bjorn DuPaty, Christine Farrell*, Diana Ruppe* and Chris Thorn
read about it on the Youngblog


ASHORE
by Meghan Deans 

directed by Colette Robert
with Tina Benko, Megan Tusing* and Jonathan Silver
read about it on the Youngblog


STIFF
by Ryan Dowler 

directed by R.J. Tolan*
with Steven Boyer*, Ryan Karels, Diana Ruppe* and Claire Siebers
read more about it on the Youngblog


BARN BURNER
by Christopher Sullivan 

directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel*
with Clare Barron, Jon Bass, David Gelles*, Thomas Lyons* and Scott Sowers*
read more about it on the Youngblog


OSKAR & ALMA
by Lydia Blaisdell 

directed by John Giampietro* 
with Helen Cox*, Megan Hill*, Ethan Hova, Ryan Karels, Jessica Lauren-Howell, Al Pagano, Michael Schantz & Scott Sowers*
Stage directions read by Patrick Link
read more about it on the Youngblog


GUADALUPE IN THE GUEST ROOM
by Tony Meneses 

directed by Jose Zayas* 
with Socorro Santiago*, Deonna Bouye, Maxon Davis, and Anthony Ruiz
Stage directions read by Brian Quijada 


GOOD DANCER
by Emily Chadick Weiss

directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel * 
with Kristen Griffith*, Mike Hodge, Geany Masai, Gregg Mozgala, Melle Powers, Scott Sowers* & Ali Stroker
read more about it on the Youngblog


THE HUNTERS
by Jen Silverman

directed by Jessi Hill
with Jake and Jeffrey Manabat
read more about it on the Youngblog


THE BUILDING AND UNBUILDING OF THE SAXOPHONE SUNSET
by Mary Hamilton 

directed by Sean Lewis
with Matt Delapina & Noah 


FOOLPROOF
by Eric March

directed by Tom Wojtunik
with Denny Bess*, Dan Bittner, Stephen Ellis, Emma Galvin, Jonathan Gregg, Jared McGuire* & Anthony Pierini
read more about it on the Youngblog


BABY SCREAMS MIRACLE
by Clare Barron

directed by Colleen Sullivan
with Suzanna Hay*, Meg MacCary, Eric T. Miller Stephanie Wright Thompson, Jessica Lauren Howell
Stage directions read by Willie Orbison


MYRNA IN TRANSIT
by Angela Hanks

directed by Linsay Firman* 
with Kristen Adele, Bjorn DuPaty*, Brian D. Coats, Tim Cain, Lizann Mitchell, Geany Masai, Vinie Burrows, & Shawn Randall* 

*denotes EST Member

Jun
3
1:00 pm13:00

Fellowship of The Brunch

Youngblood's last brunch of 2011/2012.

Five of our Youngblood playwrights are "emerging" from the group at the end of this season. This is their last Brunch. FIVE brand new plays, plus a brunch buffet of pancakes, eggs, bacon, pastries and fruit! And our morally reprehensible, fiscally ludicrous OPEN BAR of mimosas and (young)bloody marys!


GET ALONG
by Meghan Deans

directed by R.J. Tolan*
with Kristen Harlow and Haskell King*


MOVIES ABOUT WATER
by Ryan Dowler

directed by Andrew Grosso
with Emma Galvin and Mordecai Lawner*


FALLEN DOWN
by Angela Hanks

directed by Colette Robert
with Tiffany Greene and Nedra McClyde*


THE MEETING
by Kyoung H. Park

directed by Kel Haney
with Pepper Binkley, Diana Ruppe*, Katie Schorr and Amy Staats*


GOODBYE BRUNCH
by Erica Saleh

directed by John Giampietro*
with Megan Hill*, Allyson Morgan and Risa Sarachan

 

*denotes EST Member

Apr
18
May 27

Headstrong by Patrick Link

Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation presents

Headstrong
by Patrick Link

Directed by William Carden*

April 18 - May 27, 2012

"When you win, nothing hurts." - Joe Namath

Ex-NFL linebacker Duncan Troy played with the greats, and tackled them to the ground. When his son-in-law, a Pro Bowler himself, dies under strange circumstances, Troy and his widowed daughter struggle with their own culpability, and whether the brain trauma he suffered in life was the price of football greatness.

with Ron Canada+ , Tim Cain+ , Alexander Gemignani+  & Nedra McClyde*+ 

Assistant Director - Francesca Di Cesare
Production Stage Manager - Danielle Buccino+
Assistant Stage Manager - Kelly Ruth Cole+
Sound Designer - Janie Bullard
Lighting Designer - Chris Dallos
Costume Designer - Suzanne Chesney
Set Designer - Jason Simms
Video Designer - David Tennent
Props Manager - Kate Stack
Technical Director - Derek Dickinson
Wardrobe Supervisor - Eileen Lalley

*denotes EST Member + denotes Equity Member


REVIEWS

"Funny, frightening, relevant and enlightening, Headstrong folds the scientific, medical, social and cultural aspects of the sports/CTE story into a dramatic family narrative beautifully with wonderful, engaging characters." - Stone Phillips

"Well-acted and incisively directed by William Carden, Headstrong boasts strong characters and pungently funny dialogue. A chilling final twist suggests that the problems facing this tragedy-plagued household are far from over." - NY Post

"Headstrong is a riveting, character-driven work of art. The piece is a must-see for anyone who has an interest in any form of competition. The writer manages to make the world of football players both unnecessarily tragic and universally heroic. In the last year, many media outlets are beginning to turn their attention to the dangers of competitive sports. All of them would be wise to go watchHeadstrong and see how a brilliant writer, director, and cast show the complexities of this issue." - theateronline.com

"[Patrick] Link has created a universal tale about the struggle between pride and self-preservation, and between honoring the past and creating a workable future. A strong cast helps to make this tight little story a minor home run-I mean, touchdown." - Time Out New York

"Headstrong scores with taut directing by William Carden and great performances all around." - nytheatre.com

Videos

 

EVENTS

On Saturday May 12, we held a post-show discussion with Hall of Fame Linebacker and all-time NY Giants great, Harry Carson, Forensic Pathologist/Neuropathologist/Epidemiologist & Clinical Professor of Pathology at University of California, Davis, Bennet Omalu and veteran news reporter Stone Phillips.

On Wednesday May 2, we held a post-show discussion with clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Jill Brooks & senior writer for ESPN: The Magazine Peter Keating. The discussion was moderated by Ivan Oransky, executive editor of Reuters Health.

On Friday April 27, Headstrong director William Carden, actor Ron CanadaDr. Annegret Dettwiler-Danspeckgruber & Dr. Jeffrey S. Kutcher from The University of Michigan's Department of Neurology were on Science Friday discussing concussions & the repeated brain injuries suffered by some athletes. Click here to listen.

On Monday, April 23 we held a post-show discussion with Irvin Muchnick, a leading reporter and writer on concussions in sports & Dr. Annegret Dettwiler-Danspeckgruber, Associate Research Scholar at The Princeton Neuroscience Institute, moderated by Headstrong director William Carden. Watch the video below.

 

Apr
1
1:00 pm13:00

April Fool's Brunch!

Six (count 'em, SIX!) brand new short pays that will put itching powder in your shorts and Saran Wrap on your toilet. SIX brand new plays, plus a brunch buffet of pancakes, eggs, bacon, pastries and fruit! And our morally reprehensible, fiscally ludicrous OPEN BAR of mimosas and (young)bloody marys!


HOOVER
by Clare Barron


NO SNOWGLOBES PAST THE SECURITY CHECKPOINT! 
by Lydia Blaisdell


HEY COMRADE LENIN REMEMBER WHEN WE USED TO BE FRIENDS? 
by Alex Borinsky


TIM TORRES PRESENTS THE FIRST APRIL FOOL'S DAY, THE STORY OF AN UNLIKELY HERO FEATURING THE MUSIC OF TIMMY T: A PAGEANT
by Ryan Dowler


DAY DRINKING
by Erica Saleh


ARCH NEMESIS
by Leah Nanako Winkler

Mar
11
May 27

First Light Performances

EST/Sloan Rough Cut Presentation

THE UNUSUAL LOVE LIFE OF BED BUGS AND OTHER CREATURES
by Cori Thomas*

directed by Jamie Richards* 
with Vandit Bhatt+, Maggie Bofill+, Stephanie Berry*+, Sarah Nina Hayon & Alfredo Narciso*+

Maricela, recently out of prison and looking for gainful employment, begins a journey to become a Pest Control Engineer. Little does she know a bed bug epidemic looms'

Production Stage Manager - Julie Watson+ 
Assistant Stage Manager - Kevin Clutz+
Lighting Designer - Greg MacPherson* 
Set/Props Designer - Travis Bell

EST/Sloan Mainstage Production HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link

EST/Youngblood Presentatiom THE BIG BRUNCH THEORY

Video

Mar
11
May 27

First Light Readings

Presented by the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

When a new telescope focused on the heavens becomes operational, the initials images it sees are called First Light. For fourteen years, the EST/Sloan Project has led a pioneering nationwide effort to commission, develop and present hundreds of new plays that challenge and broaden the view of science in the popular imagination.


THE BONE WARS
by Jeff Bienstock, Patrick Link and Eric March

Mon March 12 @ 7pm

Rival paleontologists fight for their legacy in a musical battle for the ages.


WARMTH
by Bekah Brunstetter 

Thu March 15 @ 3pm

After a Thanksgiving dinner debate gets out of hand, Blaine sets out to prove to her father that global warming is real. But the data is slippery, and Blaine struggles to defend her truth when Googling isn’t enough.

 


ICARUS FALLING
by Holli Harms

Thursday, March 15 @ 7pm

1967: one lone cosmonaut is launched into space on a fatally flawed rocket. As he hurtles back to earth, Vladimir Komarov is haunted by his past, present, and his now-inevitable future.


SOLDIER OF THE MIND
by Justin Fleming

Fri March 16 @ 7pm

Against his father’s wishes, Santiago Cajal secretly pursues his dreams of being an artist, while compliantly studying medicine. In the scientific backwater of Barcelona, he discovers that the brain is composed of independent neurons. Armed with his secret talent for art, he embarks on an extraordinary mission to show the world his discovery.


BEFORE YOU RUIN IT
by Laura Jacqmin

Mon March 19 @ 7pm

Can one Player save the most influential computer game company of the 1980’s from certain doom? Matching wits against feuding founders, a changing adventure game marketplace, and a demonic CEO, one man attempts to rout disaster and score the maximum number of points. A theatrical text adventure based on the fall of Infocom.


OUT OF ORBIT
by Jennifer Maisel

Fri March 23 @ 7pm

Sara lives on Mars time, spearheading the Mars Rover Expedition, visiting a planet she cannot touch. Her teenage daughter Lis, on earth time, falls under the spell of the cyber-cypher Edgar2330. An exploring woman and a longing-to-be-explored girl try to find each other in our increasingly disconnected universe.


KASIMOV
by Beau Willimon

Sun March 25 @ 3pm

1997: A legendary chess master travels to New York to play the supercomputer created solely to defeat him.


SOME BRIGHTER DISTANCE
by Keith Reddin*

directed by Giovanna Sardelli*

Mon March 26 @ 7pm 

For decades after he left Germany, the Nazi scientist Arthur Rudolph played a crucial role in US missile development and getting a man to the moon. But toward the end of his life, America didn’t want him anymore. A story of mixed allegiances and strange bedfellows in 20th century science.


FAST COMPANY
by Carla Ching

Thu March 29 @ 7pm

Mable Kwan was a famous grifter who taught her sons the long con. One retired and became a magician; another, a sports writer. Blue, the youngest and the only girl, now studies game theory and may become the best con artist of the family. When the estranged trio is called home with a small fortune at stake, who will con who in the end?

Mar
11
1:00 pm13:00

The Big Brunch Theory

It's the FIFTH ANNUAL Science Brunch! Five brand new short plays about SCIENCE!

Part of the EST/Sloan Project's FIRST LIGHT FESTIVAL.


SMOKE BREAK
by Chiara Atik

directed by Abigail Zealey Bess*
with Helen Coxe*, Kristin Griffith*, Diana Ruppe* and Amy Staats*


SMOKE DETECTOR
by Meghan Deans

directed by Liz Carlson
with Kristen Harlow and Ryan Karels


THE SCIENCE OF STARS AND FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS
by Darcy Fowler

directed by Linsay Firman*
with Michael Cullen and Emma Galvin


WHALE 52
by Jen Silverman

directed by R.J. Tolan*
with Haskell King*, Eric Miller and Nitya Vidyasagar*


BOUNCE WITH ME! WE'RE BEING HEATED! 
by Christopher Sullivan

directed by John Giampietro*
with Chet Siegel and Jonathan Silver

 

*denotes EST Member. 

The First Light Festival is produced in association with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the EST/Sloan Project.

Feb
5
1:00 pm13:00

Brunchback Mountain

It's the Queer Brunch! Five brand new short non-heteronormative plays


NARCISSIST
by Alex Borinsky

directed by Jeremy Bloom
with Frank deJulio and Justin Miller


OKAY
by Angela Hanks

directed by Nick Leavens
with Joshua Conkel*, Aimee Cucchiaro, Megan Hill*, Matthew Jellison, Anthony Johnston, Nana Mensah and Mike Smith Rivera


THE BOYS BACK AT CAMP
by Patrick Link

directed by Colette Robert
with Dylan Dawson, Jay Patterson* and Scott Sowers*


GRAVIDITY
by Tony Meneses

directed by R.J. Tolan*
ith Shyko Amos*, Eugene Oh and Ean Sheehy


JAZZ VISITS GAY NEW YORK
by Emily Chadick Weiss

directed by Mark Armstrong*
with Geneva Carr* and Christine Farrell*

 

* denotes EST member

Jan
25
Feb 4

Year of the Rooster

by Eric Dufault
directed by John Giampietro*

With Denny Bess*+, Delphi Harrington*+, Thomas Lyons*+, Bobby Moreno*+ and Laura Ramadei

Lighting Design - Wilburn Bonnell, Costume Design - Rachel Guilfoyle, Stage Manager - Kevin Clutz, Rehearsal Stage Manager - Sarah Hoke Brady, Sound Design - Chris Barlow & Emily Auciello, Set Design - Rebecca Lord-Surratt, Props Manager - Travis Bell

Odysseus Rex is a champion. He is his trainer's greatest hope. He is his opponents' worst nightmare. One day he will destroy the sun. He is a rooster.

January 25th, 26th, February 3rd, and 4th @ 7pm
January 28th @ 2pm
Added performance - February 4th @ 2pm

*denotes EST member + denotes Equity Member

This is an Equity Approved Showcase. All actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Jan
18
Feb 28

In Memory of Julie Simmons

by Erica Saleh
directed by Tamara Fisch

With Cathy Curtin*+, Dylan Moore+, Emma Galvin+ & Megan Tusing*

Lighting Designer - Wilburn Bonnell, Costume Design - Erica Evans, Stage Manager - Jason Weixelman+, Sound Design - Chris Barlow & Emily Auciello, Set Design - Rebecca Lord-Surratt, Props Manager - Travis Bell

After the suicide of their best friend, three girls try to reconcile who they thought she was with who she might have been.

January 18th, 19th, 23rd, 27th, and 28th @ 7pm

*denotes EST member + denotes Equity Member

This is an Equity Approved Showcase. All actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Jan
11
Jan 21

The Gratifications

by Ryan Dowler
directed by Andrew Grosso

With Michael Cullen+ and Chet Siegel+

Lighting Design - Matt Bathe, Costume Design - Erica Evans, Stage Manager - Eileen Lalley, Sound Design - Chris Barlow & Emily Auciello, Set Design - Rebecca Lord-Surratt, Props Manager - Travis Bell

Lailia considers her sex life liberated, but her father Ken sees things differently. When he refuses to cosign on a loan she desperately needs, Lailia sets out to prove that she's the one in control of her life, even if it costs her the relationship she values most.

January 11th, 12th, 20th, 21st @ 7pm
January 14th @ 2pm

*denotes EST member + denotes Equity Member

This is an Equity Approved Showcase. All actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Jan
5
Jan 14

BIG TEX

By Angela Hanks
Directed by José Zayas*

With William Jackson Harper*+, Geany Masai+, Nedra McClyde*+ and Shawn Randall*+

Lighting Design - Matt Bathe, Costume Design - Rachel Guilfoyle, Stage Manager - Kevin Clutz, Sound Design - Chris Barlow & Emily Auciello, Set Design - Rebecca Lord-Surratt, Props Manager - Travis Bell

At the State Fair of Texas, a young bus driver trains to become the voice of the main attraction: his childhood hero, a 52-foot tall cowboy.

January 5th, 6th, 13th, and 14th @ 7pm

*denotes EST member + denotes Equity Member

This is an Equity Approved Showcase. All actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Dec
31
1:00 pm13:00

New Year's Brunchin' Eve

All these Dicks are ready for New Year's. Are you? Five brand new short plays about the end of the old and the beginning of the new


WHY I STILL SMOKE
by Dylan Dawson


BOYFRIEND SCARF
by Meghan Deans


IT'S CHRISTMAS! a new musical
by Eric March


AULD LANG SYNE
by Willie Orbison


SCRABBLE
by Erica Saleh

Dec
4
1:00 pm13:00

Brunchify Wall Street

Whether you're the 99%. Or the 1% Everybody likes pancakes. Five brand new short plays about the 1%


NUNS VS. GOLDMAN SACHS
by Lydia Blaisdell


THE DAME OF CRYSTAL BRIDGES
by Mary Hamilton


A PART OF IT
by Christopher Sullivan


THE BRAINSTORMS
by Emily Chadick Weiss


NINETY NINE
by Leah Nanako Winkler

Dec
1
Dec 4

When They Go, And You Do Not

When They Go, And You Do Not

two pieces about living, dying and living

written by and starring Susan Merson*

Directed by Bob Jaffe*

The birth of something new. The start of a new journey. Summoning the joy and courage to declare to another human being:  This is who I am. This is where I've been. The path ahead is uncertain. But join me as I take the next ecstatic step forward. The joyful noise of a soul opened and exposed. A heart shared. These affirmations swirl throughout Susan Merson's new solo play, and illuminated the Opening Night of the World Premiere last night at the Fountain.

When They Go, And You Do Not is a funny and moving solo journey about love, loss and starting over. In the play, Wendy rediscovers the elements of living that pull her toward her new beginning after recovering from the death of her husband. Giving up old habits, letting go of what was, accepting new lovers and a new beginning, she finds the richness in her loss and the ways in which we all make it to the next step.

Recognition, a one-act play
by Susan Merson*

Directed by Bob Jaffe*

starring Janet Zarish*, Mark Blum, Gloria Rice, Andrew Platner

December 1st, 2nd and 3rd @ 7:30pm
December 4th @ 5pm (Only When They Go, And You Do Not)

Stage Manager/Light & Sound Board Op - Daniel Melnick

FREE

*denotes EST Member

Nov
8
7:00 pm19:00

Fall Artist Cultivation Event

The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Project, which has been funding plays about science for the last 14 years, held its Fall Artist Cultivation Event on November 8, 2011. This was a fabulous opportunity for playwrights to discuss what makes a great potential science play with scientists and science journalists. The panelists included Janna Levin, Robin Lloyd, Corey Powell & Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Nov
6
1:00 pm13:00

The Virginity Brunch

Brand new plays, plus our fabulous BRUNCH BUFFET of pancakes, eggs, bacon, pastries and our fiscally irresposible open bar - all for just $18!


WOLVES
by Eric Dufault

directed by Colette Robert
with Eddie Boroevich*, Julie Fitzpatrick*, Jessica Lauren Howell, Eugene Oh & Jonathan Silver


UNTITLED VIRGINITY PLAY
by Darcy Fowler

directed by Kel Haney
with Steven Boyer*, Elana Fishbein, Seth Kirschner and Heather Robb


SEX
by Angela Hanks

directed by Mia Walker
with Britt Lower, William Peden, Stephen Stout and Megan Tusing*


ENDANGERED
by Jen Silverman

directed by Tasha Gordon-Solomon
with David Gelles*, Amy Staats* and more!


CARRY THE ZERO
by Christopher Sullivan

directed by Andrew Grosso
with Molly Carden and Jared McGuire*

Nov
4
Nov 5

Leave the Balcony Open

Leave the Balcony Open
by Maya Macdonald

Directed by Jessica Bauman

May is standing in the way of control. June is trying to hold out. Jon really wants a hug. Silent Gen is still looking up at that broken window, and everyone knows why, but never says anything, especially Gen. On a rural college campus where proximity to death defines your social status, four soon-to-be-graduates party, scream and learn how to move on.

Chrissy: Heidi Armbruster
June: Molly Carden
Prospective: Jerzy Gwiazdowski
May: Jessica Lauren Howell
I Almost Died Cathy/Chorus: Julie Kline
Badly Drawn Johnny Depp/Chorus: Jared McGuire*
Silent Gen: Mary Rasmussen
Producer: Lisa Dozier
Stage Manager: Emily Paige Ballou
Casting by: Judy Bowman

Friday, November 4th @ 5:00pm
Saturday, November 5th @ 3:00pm

FREE

*denotes EST Member

This EST Member Workshop is sponsored by Jared McGuire.

Oct
31
Apr 1

Hand to God

EST/Youngblood presents

Hand to God
by Robert Askins*


Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel*

October 31 - April 1, 2012

Christian Puppet Ministries are a great way to teach children about the Bible. Each child gets a puppet, and each puppet gets his own personality. But children can be fooled by Satan's tricks. For even within the sanctuary of the Christian Puppet Ministry, the devil lurks. The people of Cypress, Texas were good Christians. Until one day at Puppet Ministry, a boy named Jason, and his puppet Tyrone, let the devil in. This is their story.


Cast & Creative

Jason / Tyrone - Steven Boyer*+ 
Margery - Geneva Carr*+ 
Timothy - Bobby Moreno*+ 
Jessica - Megan Hill*+ 
Pastor Greg - Scott Sowers*+ 

Production Stage Manager - Michele Ebel
Assistant Stage Manager - Julie Watson+ 
Sound Design - Chris Barlow
Lighting Design - Matthew Richards
Costume Design - Sydney Maresca
Set Design - Rebecca Lord-Surratt
Puppet Design - Marte Johanne Ekhougen
Fight Choreographer - Robert Westley
Props Manager - Deb Gaouette

*denotes EST member + denotes Equity Member


Reviews

"Satan, the great tempter of men's souls, takes deceptively innocuous form in the frisky new comedy Hand to God, by Robert Askins. Mr. Askins possesses a perfect ear. The cast is wonderful across the board. Bobby Moreno is terrific, all pent-up lust and rage. But first honors must go to Steve Boyer, who truly gives two distinct performances - one all bewildered innocence, the other pure beastly vulgarity - as Jason and Tyrone." - Charles Isherwood, New York  Times

"Robert Askins's daffily devout black comedy is just the sort of juicy little morsel the hard-bitten theatervore hopes to find, and seldom does, Off Broadway." - New York Magazine, Critic's Pick!

"Wickedly twisted! ....Watching Steven Boyer play both Jason and Tyrone-switching back and forth between contrasting personae with ease and vast vocal range-is a big hallelujah." - Time Out NY

"Joining a rich current crop of shows about the Almighty, from The Book of Mormon to Sister Act, Robert Askins' Hand to God, might just be the quirkiest and funniest of them all!" - Theatermania

"This fantastic cast of five-six, if you count Tyrone-had me alternatively gasping for laughs, covering my eyes and jumping in my seat. ...the sock puppet sex in this production makes Avenue Q look like the teacup ride at Disneyland. A devilishly good time!" - NYTheatre

"Hand to God is riotously funny... For anyone who likes fun, puppets, and has confusing feelings about religion, the play is not to be missed." - New York Theatre Review

"Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel has added some gleeful comic sauce to Askins' script and, with a tireless cast of five who take no prisoners, keeps it all working, all the time." - Don't Miss it

"The funniest play about faith, hands down, on the contemporary stage." - Solange on Theater


Video

Oct
5
Oct 8

EST/Youngblood Asking For Trouble 2011: Series A

ASKING FOR TROUBLE is Youngblood's annual speed-theater freakout.

The Youngblood Playwrights draw a director, a cast and a song from a hat, and then have one week to write a script for that director and cast. Inspired by (and utilizing) that song.

The playwrights of Youngblood pull their cast, their director, and their inspiration from a hat - then they have one week to write a brand new 10-minute play.


Dates

Wed 10/5 @ 7pm
Fri 10/7 @ 11pm
Sat 10/8 @ 5pm


Writers: Clare Barron, Dylan Dawson, Anna Kerrigan, Tony Meneses, Willie Orbison & Jen Silverman.

Directors: Mike Donahue, Kel Haney, Mark Karafin, Jeff Kurtz, Tasha Gordon Solomon & RJ Tolan*.

Actors: Katie Atcheson+, Clare Barron+, Emily Bennett, Denny Bess*+, Brian D. Coats+, Helen Coxe*+, Brandon Drea, Stephen Ellis+, Kristin Griffith*+, Jessica Lauren Howell+, Matthew Jellison, Anna Kull+, Nana Mensah+, Jeffrey Nauman+, Michael Rosete+, Dominic Spillaine, Marguerite Stimpson+, Jen Taher+, Chris Wight* & Ariel Woodwiss


Video

Oct
5
Oct 8

EST/Youngblood Asking For Trouble 2011: Series B

ASKING FOR TROUBLE is Youngblood's annual speed-theater freakout.

The Youngblood Playwrights draw a director, a cast and a song from a hat, and then have one week to write a script for that director and cast. Inspired by (and utilizing) that song.

The playwrights of Youngblood pull their cast, their director, and their inspiration from a hat - then they have one week to write a brand new 10-minute play.


Dates

Wed 10/5 @ 9pm
Fri 10/7 @ 7pm
Sat 10/8 @ 7pm


Writers: Chiara Atik, Lydia Brunner, Eric Dufault, Lucy Gillespie, Eric March & Christopher Sullivan.

Directors: Luke Harlan, Maryna Harrison, Jamie Richards*, Robert Saenz de Viteri, Mia Walker & Tom Wojtunik.

Actors: Margot Avery*+, Vandit Bhatt+, Loren Brown*+, Cathy Curtin*+, Bjorn duPaty, Dana Eskelson+, Dawn Evans*+, Chris Harcum+, Frank Harts*+, Brian Hastert+, Marcia Haufrecht*+, Debbie Lee Jones*+, Britt Lower, Dawn McGee+, Patricia Randell*+, Risa Sarachan, Socorro Santiago*+, Chet Siegel+, Michael Tisdale+ & Renee Williams


Video

Oct
5
Oct 8

EST/Youngblood Asking For Trouble 2011: Series C

ASKING FOR TROUBLE is Youngblood's annual speed-theater freakout.

The Youngblood Playwrights draw a director, a cast and a song from a hat, and then have one week to write a script for that director and cast. Inspired by (and utilizing) that song.

The playwrights of Youngblood pull their cast, their director, and their inspiration from a hat - then they have one week to write a brand new 10-minute play.


Dates

Thu 10/6 @ 7pm
Fri 10/7 @ 9pm
Sat 10/8 @ 9pm


Writers: Alex Borinsky, Meghan Deans, Darcy Fowler, Angela Hanks, Patrick Link, Kyoung H. Park & Erica Saleh.

Directors: Pat Golden*, Andrew Grosso, Nick Leavens, Victor Maog, Mia Rovegno, Colleen Sullivan  & Sarah Wansley.

Actors: Stephanie Berry*, Eve Bianco+, Kelly Anne Burns+, Tommy Crawford, Aimee Cucchiaro+, Merissa Czyz, Cecilia DeWolf*+, Shannon Esper+, Helen Farmer+, David Gelles*+, Graeme Gillis*, Kelli Lynn Harrison*, JJ Kandel*+, Shane Kearns, Natalie Kim, Ilene Kristen*+, Mordecai Lawner*+, Thomas Lyons*+, Maya MacDonald, Clare McNulty, Allyson Morgan+, William Peden+, Shawn Randall*+, Max Rosmarin+, Mike Smith-Rivera+, Teresa Stephenson+, Steven Stout, Caroline Strong, Ann Talman*+ & Brigitte Viellieu-Davis+ 


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Oct
5
Oct 8

EST/Youngblood Asking For Trouble 2011: Series D

ASKING FOR TROUBLE is Youngblood's annual speed-theater freakout.

The Youngblood Playwrights draw a director, a cast and a song from a hat, and then have one week to write a script for that director and cast. Inspired by (and utilizing) that song.

The playwrights of Youngblood pull their cast, their director, and their inspiration from a hat - then they have one week to write a brand new 10-minute play.


Dates

Thu 10/6 @ 9pm
Sat 10/8 @ 3pm & 11pm


Writers: Rachel Bonds, Ryan Dowler, Mary Hamilton, Anna Moench, Michael Walek & Leah Nanako Winkler.

Directors: Knud Adams, Jeremy Bloom, Shoshona Currier, John Giampietro*, Colette Robert & Allie Woods.

Actors: Anna Aronson, Pepper Binkley+, Eddie Boroevich*+, Dave Brown, Lucia Brizzi, Molly Carden, Frank deJulio, Darcy Fowler, Sam Gilroy, Tiffany Greene+, Grant Harrison,  Lou Liberatore*+, Irene Longshore+, Erin Mallon+, Jo Mei, Eugene Oh, Jay Patterson*+, Gio Perez+, Erin Roberts+, Diana Ruppe*+, Ean Sheehy+, & Jonathan Silver+ 


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Sep
18
Jun 19

Memberfest 2011/2012

The spirit of work in progress is what EST is all about.

Memberfest is the heartbeat of our process. Our membership of over 500 artists come together to present projects in development. This is a unique opportunity to come into EST's famous creative gymnasium, to experience our members' work - new and raw and always surprising - and to share in the spirit of The Ensemble Studio Theatre.


Pig Shit and the Frozen City
by Rob Askins

Sunday 9/18 @ 6pm, on the 2nd Floor


Spill
by Paul Austin 

Tuesday 9/20 @ 7pm, on the 2nd Floor


The Share (Pilot Episode)
by Emily Chadick Weiss 

Tuesday 9/27 @ 7pm, on the 2nd Floor 

For more information click here


No Good Deed
by Eric Conger

Tuesday 10/11 @ 7pm, on the 6th Floor


Living Online
by Gina Barnett

Directed by Ellen Podolsky
with Susan Willerman & Hanna Cheek 

A recent college grad is paying off her school loans by doing cyberporn. Her mother finds out. Great web-driven chaos ensues.

Tuesday 10/25 @ 7pm, on the 6th Floor


Margaret and Kit
by Shirley Lauro

with Delphi Harrington & Lucy Devito

Tuesday 11/1 @ 7:30pm, on the 2nd Floor


Iced-out, Shackled and Chained: Still Looking for the North Star
by Kisha T. Spence & Mo Beasley

Directed by Jeffery V. Thompson
with Bianca Le-Verne Jones & Stephanie Berry
click here for more information

Wednesday 11/9 @ 7pm, on the 2nd Floor


Ocean Drive a two-act play
by Christopher Goutman

Initiated by EST member Loren Brown 

Blythe Raskin has considered herself cursed ever since she lost her parents in a boating accident 22 years ago. In Ocean Drive, the final installment of a family triology, Blythe arrives in Palm Beach to sign off on her recently deceased uncle's will. She expects only trouble, but discovers a real opportunity for change. 

Tuesday 11/15 @ 7pm, on the 2nd Floor


Try This at Home a solo-show
by Michele Remsen 

Directed by Karen Lynn Carpenter

Friday 12/16 at 7:30pm, on the 6th Floor


The Rust Age
by J. Holtham

Tuesday, 12/20 at 7:00pm, on the 6th Floor


Lilly Harvest
by Richard Toth 

Initiated by member Rob Askins

Tuesday, 1/10 at 7:00pm, 6th Floor


COLLEGE TOWN
by J. Holtham

with Corey Allen, Lydia Blaisdell, Curran Connor*, Abigail Gampel*, Graeme Gillis*, Richmond Hoxie*, David Gelles Hurwitz*, Thomas Lyons*, Dawn McGee and Nitya Vidyasagar* 

Lonnie, a grad school dropout, runs a bookstore in a college town in upstate New York. When a big box store wants to buy him and a few other small business owners out, Lonnie finds himself navigating loyalty, betrayal, friendship and what it means to finally grow up. Sometimes, even after you've graduated, you still have a lot to learn.

Tuesday, 1/31 at 7pm, 6th Floor


THE ISLAND OF NO TIME
by Kristen Lowman 

with David Bishins, Karin de la Penha, Nick Fondulis, Paul Hecht, Amy Hecht, Bob Jester, Amanda Jones, Debbie Lee Jones*, Megan Lawrence, Steve Hauck, Ryan Hugh McWilliams, Scott Sowers*, Corey Tazmania, Sam Underwood and Harris Yulin* 

Father Time and Mother Time have split. Time has stopped on the island. Second, Minute and Hour are now unemployed. Father Time, dejected and bored, tracks the world's events beyond the shore. Mother Time could give a Black Hole! But when two children are washed ashore, everything changes. Will Mother and Father Time reunite? Will the children be saved from two witches with a taste for a nice bottle of Bloody Balls of Barbarossa? Will Time resume?

Tuesday, 2/7 @ 7pm, 2nd floor


SNAKESKIN SUIT
by J. Holtham

A Play About The Devil
Directed by Christopher Burris
with Erin Cherry, Jody Christopherson, William Oliver Watkins and Andrew Zimmerman 

Lily's new boyfriend is funny, charming, more than a little goofy and quite possibly the one. He also happens to be the devil. No, really, Satan. Lucifer. The font of all evil. But he's not really that bad. Or is he? Does he have a diabolical plan for Lily's soul? Or does he just want to win her heart? As she falls deeper and deeper, and her friends get more and more worried about her heart and her immortal soul, Lily has to face her own inner demons...and maybe a few outer ones, too.

Friday, 2/17 @ 8pm - Saturday, 2/18 @ 8pm - Sunday, 2/19 @ 3pm & 8pm, on the 6th floor


STRUDEL AND SHORTS
with/by Amy Staats & Maria Gabriele 

Short works and snacks for those who deserve them

Tuesday, 2/21 at 7pm, 6th Floor


GOD'S CIGARETTE
by Tom Matthew Wolfe 

Directed by Jamie Richards* 
with Eddie Boroevich*, Helen Coxe*, Jay Patterson* & Amy Staats*

Sarah's dad is a mystery.  He sends strange packages full of painted ping-pong balls and dead leaves.  Her mom, Melanie, is worried.  Will her dad come to Sarah's 16th birthday party? And why is Sarah talking to herself? Is it possible that Sarah will inherit his mental illness?

Tuesday, 2/28 @ 7:30pm, 6th Floor


DOLL PARTS
by Rob Askins*

Initiated by member Kelli Lynn Harrison*

Ingrid hates her big fat life.  An old woman gives her a life-sized doll and everything magically gets better... for a while.  Then the doll gets hungry.

Tuesday, March 6th @ 7pm, 6th Floor


GLORIA
by Alex Beech+

Directed by Michelle Bossy

9/11 survivor Madeline returns to Caracas to stay with her family as she recovers from the tragic events that decimated her office in New York.  To surprise Gloria, her Mother, she re-decorates her apartment and discovers that new things mean little in a world undergoingnatural disasters and political upheaval. At its core, GLORIA proposesthat the only thing we have after losing everything is each other.

Tuesday, March 13 @ 4pm, 6th floor


WALKING IRON
by Linda Faigao-Hall*

Tuesday, March 27 @ 7pm


SHOUTING DOWN A QUIET LIFE
by Holli Harms*

Tuesday, April 3 @ 7pm


ANNE AND ADA
by Rachel Bonds 

Directed by Linsay Firman*
with Emma Galvin, Megan Tusing*, Jared McGuire*, Stephanie Wright Thompson & Matt Steiner

After the sudden death of their parents, Anne and Ada are left to live alone in their childhood home. As Anne longs for the safety of childhood, Ada bristles under her new duties as caretaker. When a mysterious Visitor arrives, both sisters begin to imagine how life could be better without the other...

Tuesday, May 8 @ 7pm, 6th floor


WINGWOMAN
by Ken Jaworoski 

Directed by Nick Leavens
Initiated by member Julie Fitzpatrick*
with Kelly Anne Burns, Julie Fitzpatrick*, Mike Smith Rivera, Nedra McClyde* & Joanie Schumacher

Tuesday, May 22 @ 7pm


THE WAY OF WATER
by Caridad Svich*

Directed by José Zayas* 

The Way of Water is a play that pits the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico next to the lives of those directly affected by it. It's a story about four people making do as best they can, living their lives, and trying to stay afloat in the land of many compromised dreams, as the devastation of a health and environmental crisis in the US Gulf is played out on a human scale. It's a play about poverty in America, rumors and truth, what is said and what gets written, and the quest for an honorable life. The Way of Water was developed at the 2011 Winter Writers Retreat, Roundtable Reading and 2012 Studio Retreat at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. The Way of Water has received multiple readings at venues across the US and abroad this spring as a NoPassport theatre alliance International Reading Scheme. Dramaturges: Heather Helinsky and R. Alex Davis. For more information please click here.

Tuesday, May 29 @ 7pm


FESTIVITIES
by Tom Rowan*

with David Gelles*, Peter Levine, Mark Light-Orr, Rita Rehn, Storm Reid & Jessica B. Smith

Tuesday, June 19th @ 7:30pm, 2nd Floor Theater

Admission to all events is FREE

Sep
14
Oct 2

The River Crosses Rivers II

EST/Going to the River presents

The River Crosses Rivers II

A Festival of Short Plays by Women of Color

Started in 1999, EST/Going to the River addresses the critical lack of opportunity for women playwrights of color. The goal, simply put, is to give these women the kind of exposure that is provided by EST, whose goal is to nurture individual theatre artists and to develop new American plays. The River Crosses Rivers II is a stellar lineup of playwrights whose voices add richness and texture to the American Canon.

Special thanks to Jann Leeming, The Little Family Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Trust, and Bloomberg Philanthropies for their support of new play productions at EST.


COMIDA DE PUTA (F#@king Lousy Food)
by Desi Moreno-Penson

Directed by José Zayas*
With Maggie Bofill+, Gilbert Cruz+, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Susanna Guzmán+
Stage Managed by Kevin Clutz

Phaedra in the Bronx. A bodega-owner's wife, is madly in love with her husband's son, the lunch-counter boy,  even her friend, the neighborhood 'spiritual' woman, Rosalia, can't save her.


LEARNING TO SWIM
by France-Luce Benson*

directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke*
with Stephanie Berry*+, Lincoln Brown+, Ashley Bryant+, & Paulo Quiros
Stage Managed by Daniel Melnick

A woman grappling with loss discovers the only way to rise above her grief is to swim through it.


MODERN ROMANCE
by Bridgette Wimberly*

Directed by Chuck Patterson*
With Chike Johnson, Trish McCall+ & Harvey Gardner Moore
Stage Managed by B'Jai Pierce-Astwood

Tanya has been lonely for a long time.  Lately she has found something exciting to do with her afternoons ' but is he for real?


ONE QUARTER
by Christine Jean Chambers

Directed by Talvin Wilks*
With William Jackson Harper*+& Amelia Workman+
Stage Managed by Jonathan McCrory

A multi-racial woman ponders the future of her progeny- How will her child inherit a culture she's always felt alienated from.


ONE FOR THE BROTHERS, A LOVE STORY
by Pearl Cleage

Directed by Woodie King, Jr.
With Reggie Burch, Denise Burse+, & Morocco Omari+
Stage Managed by Mutiyat Ade-Salu+

A love story set during the turbulent 60's & 70's when revolution was the norm.


POST BLACK
written & directed by Regina Taylor+

With Carmen DeLavallade+ performing September 14 - 18, Micki Grant+ performing September 21 - 25, & Ruby Dee+ performing  September 28 - October 2
Stage Managed by B'Jai Pierce-Astwood+

In an airport, a 110 year-old woman encounters the post black generation, much to their surprise.


THE SETTLEMENT
by Philana Omorotionmwan

Directed by A. Dean Irby
With Denny Dale Bess*+, Teresa Stephenson+, & Marie Thomas+
Stage Managed by Chiara Di Lello

New homeowners find their domestic bliss disrupted by the late-night arrival of a stranger who insists that the couple's home is rightfully hers.


SKIN
by Naveen Bahar Choudhury

Directed by Jamie Richards*
With Vandit Bhatt+  & Nitya Vidyasagar*+
Stage Managed by Joshua Hernandez

A classic tale of Hip Hop Wannabe Boy meets Disenchanted Poet Girl.


WAKING UP
by Cori Thomas*

Directed by Tea Alagic+
With Lynnette Freeman+ & Amy Staats*+
Stage Managed by Kevin Clutz

Two women on different continents face breast cancer. A play about what separates us and what makes us the same.

*denotes member of EST +denotes member of Equity

Equity Approved Showcase


REVIEWS

"Carmen DeLavallade delivers a powerful performance." - Back Stage NY, Critic's Pick! 

"Lots of Brava's to spread around here. Each piece comes close to exploding off the page. If I could split myself into a million people  I would personally kidnap you and get you over to Ensemble Studio Theatre to see this festival." - Ushernonsense


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