Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

The Woods

EST/Youngblood Presents a Workshop of

The Woods

a new play by Jahna Ferron-Smith
directed by Colette Robert*

featuring Daniel Abeles, Lydian Blossom, Will Dagger, Bjorn DuPaty*, Starr Kirkland, Julius Powell, Drew Lewis*, & Naomi Lorrain

THE WOODS. explores our learned relationships to the "American" landscape--who’s taught to love it? Who's taught to fear it? Who's allowed to claim it?--and the consequences those cultural narratives have on young Black Americans, only just learning what being Black in today's "American landscape" might mean for them. Going forward, might there be a way to manifest a more positive narrative surrounding the natural environment, for the sake of all of those next in line to inherit it?..."

Sunday, March 24 at 3:00pm
Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2nd Floor

No Reservations Required

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May
12
to Jun 30

EST’s 37TH MARATHON OF ONE-ACT PLAYS

Ensemble Studio Theatre / Radio Drama Network Present

EST’s 37TH MARATHON OF ONE-ACT PLAYS

Inspired by the format in which Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill honed their craft, EST held its first Marathon in 1977. Praised by critics and beloved by audiences, it launched an industry-wide revival of the short play form and broke new ground by putting new and established writers together on one stage. The Marathon has premiered new plays by David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, Steve Martin, Leah Nanako Winkler, Christopher Durang, Anna Ziegler, Olivia Dufault, Qui Nguyen, and countless others, including Martyna Majok, whose 2015 Marathon play John, Who's Here From Cambridge was expanded into the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living.

MAY - JUNE 2019
Final Dates TBA
This season's Marathon plays will be announced in the Spring.

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Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Memberfest: Happy Hour

MEMBERFEST presents

Happy Hour

short plays by, with, and directed by EST Members
followed by cocktails, mocktails & creative conversation

plays by Susan Eve Haar*, Adam Kraar*, Quincy Long*, Florencia Lozano*, & Bridgette Wimberly*
directed by Patricia Golden*, Marcia Jean Kurtz*, Florencia Lozano*, & Abigail Zealey Bess*

featuring Brad Bellamy*, Helen Coxe*, Lynnette Freeman*, David Gelles*, Dion Graham*, Thomas Lyons*, Dawn McGee*, Turna Mete*, Grant Shaud*, Jonathan Randell Silver*, & Lilli Stein*

No Tickets Required

*Denotes EST Member Artist

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Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

Memberfest: The House of Piñatas

MEMBERFEST presents

The House of Piñatas

written by Kathryn Grant
directed by Ed Setrakian*

featuring Will Dagger, Jacqueline Knapp , Carla Brandberg, Steven Hauk, Margaret Ladd, & David Gelles Hurwitz*

Dabney Hutchins, a 35-year-old man living in the Poconos has a good life. He is a popular and beloved figure in the many organizations that make up the civic life in the Poconos. He works as a desk clerk for the Red Roof Inn, he volunteers as an EMT and sells the great folk art of the Poconos on his website, Dabney’s Pocono Treasures. Only one thing. His mom, Judy is not happy with the fact that he may be gay. Or let’s just say that he is not straight. So Judy convinces him to try out Living Waters, a “reparative therapy” operation that just put out its shingle. In an abandoned mall in the Poconos, in the old “House of Piñatas,” newly minted Living Waters’ therapist, Dr. Margaret Fullerton, leads her clients through an identity-bleaching process as her mentor, Dr. Charles Harbison, watches behind a two-way mirror. But their latest client, Dabney fails to get it, so the therapists pull out all the stops in a ritualistic Aztec ceremony designed to purge the urge vis-à-vis some carefully orchestrated whacks of the piñata stick. But when Dabney’s high school crush and his mother show up for this bizarre coming of age ritual, things become unhinged and a full-out brawl ensues. When the smoke clears, the masks have fallen away, the operators are revealed and the stage is set for new beginnings for all the players.

No Tickets Required

*Denotes EST Member Artist

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Here’s to the Ladies Who BRUNCH
Mar
3
12:00 PM12:00

Here’s to the Ladies Who BRUNCH

EST Youngblood presents

Here’s to the Ladies Who BRUNCH

It's women's history month, and we're celebrating ladies who kick ass, take names, and BRUNCH. Join us for five new plays by the writers of Youngblood, as well as pancakes, bacon and mimosas!

featuring new short plays by Gillian Beth Durkee, Mona Pirnot, Jahna Ferron-Smith, Julia Specht, and Lizzie Stern

Sunday, March 3

THIS MONTH IS A DOUBLE BRUNCH AT THE IRISH ARTS CENTER

This month, you have two chances to catch BRUNCH on Sunday the 3rd at the Irish Arts Center!

Brunch #1: Brunch begins at 11:30am, plays begin at 12pm!

Brunch #2: Brunch begins at 2:30pm, plays begin at 3pm!

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Mar
1
to Mar 2

Sizzle Sizzle Fly

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Workshop of

Sizzle Sizzle Fly

written by Susan Bernfield

It’s December 1968, Apollo 8 has gone behind the moon, and under her black headset Poppy Northcutt, Mission Control’s first woman engineer, holds her breath.

March 1 at 7pm
March 2 at 3pm

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Susan Bernfield’s plays, presented and developed all over, include Tania in the Getaway Van (The Pool, New Harmony Project) and Stretch (a fantasia) (New Georges, People’s Light).


Sizzle Sizzle Fly is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

World Avoided // Panel & Reception to Follow

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

World Avoided
Followed by A Special Panel & Reception

written by Andrea Lepcio

When the scientific community realized that CFCs were destroying the ozone layer, world governments, big business and scientists came together to save the world.

Panel and Reception to Follow World Avoided

We invite you to join us following the February 26 reading of World Avoided for a reception and special panel discussion with playwright Andrea Lepcio and several individuals who have contributed to the success of the Montreal Protocol: Dr. Stephen O. Andersen, Dr. Suely Carvalho, Dr. David Fahey, and Durwood Zaelke.

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Andrea Lepcio is author of World Avoided and a dozen other plays including Looking for the Pony, Strait of Gibraltar, Dinner at Home, Deaths at Naked Angels, Me You Us Them, Tunnel Vision, Central Avenue Breakdown (book by Kevin Ray and Andrea Lepcio with additional story by Suellen Vance and music/lyrics by Kevin Ray). Ms. Lepcio is a visiting professor at College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor Maine, Dramatists Guild Institute, and a partner in Destination Health.

The Panelists:

Dr. Stephen O. Andersen, Director of Research at the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) in Washington DC and Paris. He is former United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Director of Strategic Climate Projects, Deputy Director of Stratospheric Ozone Protection, and Liaison to the US Department of Defense on stratospheric ozone and climate policy. For the United Nations he was founding co-Chair of the Montreal Protocol Technology & Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP). Dr. Andersen—with Velders, Fahey, Daniel, and McFarland—published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the seminal papers on the past and future importance of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the climate.

Dr. Suely Carvalho is a Senior Expert Member of the Montreal Protocol Technology and Economics Assessment Panel (TEAP), Scientific Advisor for Centro Mario Molina-Chile, and Senior Adviser of the Climate and Society Institute-Brazil. She is former Director of the Montreal Protocol and Chemicals Unit at UNDP in New York overseeing investment for phaseout of ozone-depleting substances in developing countries and countries of the former Soviet Union. Before joining UNDP she was Director of Technology Transfer at CETESB (Secretary of Environment São Paulo) and coordinator of the São Paulo State Programme of Climate Change and Ozone Layer Protection.

Dr. David Fahey is Director Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Sciences Division at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and co-Chair of the Montreal Protocol Scientific Assessment Panel. He has worked continuously for four decades on strengthening the scientific understanding of atmospheric processes that are essential for life and prosperity on earth. Dr. Fahey—with Velders, Andersen, Daniel, and McFarland—published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the seminal papers on the past and future importance of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the climate.

Durwood Zaelke is founder and President of the IGSD. He is former Director of the Secretariat for the International Network for Environmental Compliance & Enforcement (INECE) in Washington DC and Geneva and the co-Director of the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California Santa Barbara. Mr. Zaelke is one of the driving forces behind the campaign to strengthen the Montreal Protocol in ways that maximize its climate benefits. His efforts raise awareness of the threats from the rising use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in developing countries and played a key role in the 2007 agreement under the Montreal Protocol to accelerate the phaseout of HCFCs and the 2016 Kigali Amendment to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).


The World Avoided is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Biology of the Surface

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

The Biology of the Surface

Written by Dominic Taylor

Two African-American scientists in the 1930s query: can we have scientific progress, a successful career and love, or does biology force us to choose one?

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Dominic Taylor is a writer/director and a newish transplant to Los Angeles. He has worked all over the country. Holds a BA, and an MFA from Brown. He is a professor at UCLA.



The Biology of the Surface is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

Another Revolution

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

Another Revolution

written by Jacqueline Bircher

Two students are forced to share a lab at Columbia in 1968. As their campus devolves into political chaos, they each find themselves in someone else’s orbit.

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Jacqueline Bircher is a playwright born and raised in New York City. Plays include Another Revolution, The Rule of Thirds, Webster’s Bitch, and The Once and Future Casey Colman.


Another Revolution is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Feb
15
to Feb 16

Golden Shield

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Workshop of

Golden Shield

written by Anchuli Felicia King

With interweaving storylines from across the globe, Golden Shield is an urgent legal drama that explores the creation of China's epic firewall.

February 15 at 7pm
February 16 at 7pm

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Anchuli Felicia King is a multidisciplinary artist of Thai-Australian descent who works primarily in live theater. anchulifeliciaking.com


Golden Shield is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Ghosts

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

Ghosts

written by Chad Beckim

A researcher’s discovery of a long-held family secret unravels a legacy of trauma, asking, “Do our ancestors carry with them more than just memories?”

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Chad Beckim’s work has been developed by Partial Comfort, LAByrinth, The Lark, Ars Nova, Naked Angels, The Old Vic, New Victory Theater, EST/Sloan, and The Playwrights Realm.


Ghosts is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Do Androids Dream Of Electric BRUNCH?
Feb
10
12:30 PM12:30

Do Androids Dream Of Electric BRUNCH?

EST Youngblood & the EST/Sloan Project present

Do Androids Dream Of Electric BRUNCH?

the Youngblood Science Brunch

Pull out your Erlenmeyer flask, your bunsen burner, and your biography of Marie Curie and join us for five new plays celebrating science by the writers of Youngblood, as well as pancakes, bacon and (young)bloody marys!

featuring new short plays by Amanda Keating, Yilong Liu, Cristina Luzarraga, Megan Chan Meinero, & one play co-written by Lily Houghton & Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

Sunday, February 10

Brunch begins at 12:30pm, plays begin at 1pm!

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Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Have You Met Jane Goodall & Her Mother

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

Have You Met Jane Goodall & Her Mother

written by Michael Walek

The Tanzanian government allowed Jane Goodall to study chimpanzees in the wild under one condition- she must bring a chaperone, so she invited her mother.

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Michael Walek is playwright and producer. His work has been presented at EST, Joe’s Pub, The Signature and The Flea. He received his bachelors from NYU and his MFA from Columbia.


Have You Met Jane Goodall & Her Mother is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here

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Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

The Space Race

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

The Space Race

written by Marc Acito

The Space Race  explores the ethical quandary of rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, the only person to receive honors from both the USA and Nazi Germany.

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Marc Acito writes about social justice. Work includes Allegiance (Broadway), Bastard Jones (cell theatre, also directed); Birds of a Feather (Helen Hayes Award, Best Play).


The Space Race is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

What Looks Like Pretty

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

What Looks Like Pretty

written by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

When an African-American girl goes missing, Gloria and Charlie question how we perceive light and color, as well as who is seen and who is invisible.

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A Youngblood alum and NYU grad, Elyzabeth is currently the Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at Sewanee: The University of the South.


The Color Girl is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Carthage

EST Youngblood presents a Workshop of

Carthage

by Andrew Massey, directed by Andrew Grosso*

featuring James DeMarse*, Christine Farrell*, Rachel Sachnoff, Socorro Santiago*, & Elizabeth Scopel

Saturday, January 19 at 7pm
Ensemble Studio Theatre

No ticket required 

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Brunch Away From BRUNCH
Jan
13
12:00 PM12:00

Brunch Away From BRUNCH

EST Youngblood presents

EST Youngblood presents

Brunch Away From BRUNCH

Home is where the Brunch is. Usually, that place is EST, but this month we're taking a little vacation, and you're invited. Same format, same bacon, but this month Brunch will be held at the Irish Arts Center here in Hell's Kitchen!

featuring new short plays by Julia Doolittle, Lily Houghton, Daniel K. Isaac, Cristina Luzárraga, and Andrew Massey

Sunday, January 13

THIS MONTH IS A DOUBLE BRUNCH AT THE IRISH ARTS CENTER

This month, you have two chances to catch BRUNCH on Sunday the 13th at the Irish Arts Center!

THIS MONTH IS A DOUBLE BRUNCH AT THE IRISH ARTS CENTER

This month, you have two chances to catch BRUNCH on Sunday the 3rd at the Irish Arts Center!

12pm BRUNCH

Brunch begins at 11:30am, plays begin at 12pm!

 

3pm BRUNCH

Brunch begins at 2:30pm, plays begin at 3pm!

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Jan
9
to Mar 10

Behind the Sheet

Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation present

Behind the Sheet

by Charly Evon Simpson
directed by Colette Robert*

MUST CLOSE MARCH 10!

A NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC'S PICK!

featuring Stephen James Anthony, Nia Calloway, Naomi Lorrain, Cristina Pitter, Shawn Randall*, Joel Ripka, Megan Tusing*, Amber Reauchean Williams, & Jehan O. Young

Charly Evon Simpson confronts the history of a great medical breakthrough by telling the forgotten story of a community of enslaved black women who involuntarily enabled the discovery. In 1840s Alabama, Philomena assists a doctor - her owner - as he performs experimental surgeries on her fellow slave women, trying to find a treatment for the painful post-childbirth complications known as fistulas. Reframing the origin story of modern gynecology, Behind the Sheet tells how these women supported each other, and questions who, and what, history remembers.

Behind the Sheet runs one hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

Please note, this performance includes theatrical fog/haze and explicit depictions of medical procedures.

Scenic Design: Lawrence E. Moten III | Costume Design: Sarah Woodham | Lighting Design: Adam Honoré | Sound Design: Fan Zhang | Production Stage Manager: Fran Acuña-Almiron | Assistant Stage Manager: Dayana Isabel Sanchez | Assistant Director: Sifiso Mabena

Photos by Jeremy Daniel Photography

REVIEWS

Behind the Sheet may be a quiet play. But its echoes are thunderous.”

“It’s the developing and changing bond among the slave women that gives the play its heart.”

- Ben Brantley, The New York Times, Critic’s Pick

“Simpson must be commended for giving a voice to the voiceless…it's a brave, unflinching piece from top to bottom".

- TheaterMania

About the Playwright

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Charly Evon Simpson’s plays include JumpBehind the Sheet, Scratching the Surfaceform of a girl unknown, and more. In 2019, Jump will be produced at PlayMakers Repertory Company, Milagro, and Actor's Express. Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Tank, Salt Lake Acting Company, PAGE 73’s Summer Residency, National New Play Network at its Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. She’s currently in The Amoralists’ 18/19 ‘Wright Club and she’s The Pack’s current playwright-in-residence. Charly was a Philadelphia Dramatists Center Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theatre and is a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s 17/18 Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab, and Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGround PlayGroup. BA: Brown. MSt: Oxford. MFA: Hunter College. www.charlyevonsimpson.com

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Jan
1
7:00 PM19:00

GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD

EST’s previously announced production of GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD by Catya McMullen will be rescheduled for our 2019/20 season.

GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD

written by Catya McMullen
directed by Giovanna Sardelli*

featuring Daniel Abeles, Layla Khosh, Laura Ramadei, & Dina Thomas

Gretchen, Emma and Whitney are thirty. They've been friends since they were teenagers. They've been sober since they were teenagers. As they set off on a road trip south--with homemade female urination devices, too much pie, ill-advised sexual escapades--to celebrate and mourn a figure from their past, GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD reveals what it's like to face adulthood and death after growing up weird and possibly broken.

Scenic Designer: Alexis Distler | Costume Designer: Sydney Maresca | Lighting Designer: Cat Tate Starmer | Sound Designer: Shane Rettig* | Props Master: Caitlyn Murphy | Stage Manager: Fran Acuña-Almiron


About the Playwright

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Catya McMullen is a playwright, tv and screenwriter, and comedian. Her short play, MISSED CONNECTION won the 37th Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, was directed by Leslye Headland and is published by Samuel French. She writes for AMC's hit show Dietland and is the author of the comedic hip hop musical LOCKED UP BITCHES (World Premiere, The Flea) and the plays GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD (Upcoming World Premiere EST/Youngblood), AGNES (Upcoming World Premiere Lesser America at 59E59 Fall 2018, Workshop Production, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), EVERYTHING IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE OKAY, WE PRAY TO ELEPHANTS, ASSHOLES IN GAS STATIONS, RUBBER DUCKS AND SUNSETS (World Premiere Ground UP Productions), and THE COLLECTIVE (World Premiere, Triskellion Arts) along with numerous shorts. She is a proud alum of the Obie award winning EST/Youngblood and a company member of The Middle Voice Theater Company; the apprentice company of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. She was a finalist for the City Theater National Award for Short Playwriting and is the Creator of the WE ARE ANIMALS series, a quarterly variety show series she writes with Scott Klopfenstein of the Gold Record selling band Reel Big Fish, where she raps under her feminist hip hop alias “Chihuahua Fancy.”  She has received multiple commissions from the Sloan Foundation and is currently writing a play about back alley abortions given in the years before Roe V. Wade. She teaches sketch comedy and playwriting at The People's Improv Theater. She has been produced or developed work with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, EST/Youngblood, The People's Improv Theater, The Lark Play Development Center, Lesser America, Naked Angels, The Flea Theater, The F*it Club, Rising Phoenix Rep, Playmakers Repertory Company, Ground UP Productions, Ugly Rhino, and Primary Stages. BA UNC Chapel Hill

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Nov
19
7:30 PM19:30

EST/Sloan Project Cultivation Event

Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation present a special 20th anniversary

EST/Sloan Project Artist Cultivation Event

To celebrate its landmark twentieth anniversary, the EST/Sloan Project is bringing together on November 19 many of the people who have been critical to the program’s success. Joining Sloan Program Director Doron Weber to discuss “what makes a great play about science?” will be playwrights Cassandra Medley, Lucas Hnath, Charly Evon Simpson, and Anna Ziegler, all of whom have had (or will soon have) EST/Sloan mainstage productions. Also participating will be EST/Sloan’s three veteran scientist/consultants: Gabriel Cwilich, Stuart Firestein and Darcy Kelley.

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Thanks a BRUNCH!
Nov
18
12:00 PM12:00

Thanks a BRUNCH!

EST Youngblood presents

THANKS A BRUNCH

Ah, Thanksgiving. Whether you spend it with your friends or your family, it’s the perfect time to express gratitude, eat your weight in pie and wear the coziest of socks.

Come celebrate the first brunch of the season with five brand new plays about giving thanks by the writers of Youngblood, along with pancakes, bacon and (young)bloody marys.

featuring plays by Will Arbery, Jahna Ferron-Smith, Amanda Keating, Julia Specht, & Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

THIS MONTH IS A DOUBLE BRUNCH!

What does that mean? That means you have two chances to catch BRUNCH on Sunday the 18th.

12pm BRUNCH

Brunch begins at 11:30am, plays begin at 12pm!

3pm BRUNCH

Brunch begins at 2:30pm, plays begin at 3pm!

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Nov
6
to Nov 10

Asking for Trouble 2018

EST Youngblood presents

ASKING FOR TROUBLE 2018

featuring new short plays by the writers of Youngblood.

Do you smell that in the air?  It's not the whiff of pumpkin spice and fresh hay bales. 
It's trouble. A ten minute play festival with 24 brand new plays over four separate nights of theatre- November 6-10.

new plays by:


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