to Jul 24

Southampton Arts: A Summer Of Theatre & Film

From July 6 to 24, 2011, Ensemble Studio Theatre heads to the Hamptons, as part of Stony Brook Southampton's summer session. Premiering this season, Southampton Arts: A Summer of Theatre and Film features workshops in Playwriting, Musical Book, Screenwriting, Theatre Directing and Digital Film Production lead by professional artists at the top of their fields.

Ensemble Studio Theatre is the resident theater company of Southampton Arts. Member actors and directors complement the experience by applying their talent to a wide variety of workshops, electives, panel discussion, evening readings, and after-hour events in this month-long conference.

Participating theatre and film professionals this summer include Marsha Norman Jon Robin Baitz, Edward Albee, Christine Lazaridi, Mitchell Kriegman, Tony Walton, Joe Mantello, Austin Pendleton, John Erman, Tina Landau, Kathleen Marshall, Andrew Bienin, Mark Wing-Davey, Emily Mann, Adam Bock, Leslie Ayvazian, William Carden, Jules Feiffer, David Adjmi, and Paula Brancato.

Directed by Robert Reeves, Southampton Arts is a program of the Southampton Writers Conference, Stony Brook University in Southampton, NY.  For over 30 years, the Writers Conference has been a cultural and literary destination in the Hamptons arts community.

For more information please visit: stonybrook.edu/writers/taf

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to Jun 30

Personal History Volumes I-V: Abridged

Personal History Volumes I-V: Abridged

Written by Rachel Bonds, Joshua Conkel*, Patrick Link, Anna Moench & Jason Platt

Directed by the 2010-11 EST Resident Directors Jason Bruffy, Jessica Fisch, Morgan Gould, Heidi Handelsman & Pirronne Yousefzadeh

How do our personal histories become intertwined? Five EST resident directors posed this question to five playwrights, challenging them to compose a single play, with each writer contributing an installment and passing the baton to the next. The result is a collaborative exploration of loneliness, absent family members, lost pets, and the enduring power of the dance-off.

With Allison Altman, Denny Bess*, Evan Enderle, Timur Kocak+, Kate Levy+, Maria McConville+, Anna O'Donoghue+, Katie Schorr, Kim Tolksdorf, Amanda Tudesco, Amir Wachterman

Scenic Design: Brett Banakis
Lighting Design: Lois Catanzaro
Costume Design: Melissa Trn
Stage Manager: Anna Kroup

* Indicates Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre

+ Indicates Member of Actors Equity Association

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Brunching Up Baby

The first Youngblood baby has been born, and we're going to brunch about it. It's the last Brunch of the season, and in honor of the birth of the first offspring of an active Youngblood member playwright (Lucien Parker (Rothstein) Lesh, 5/10/11, 7lb 4oz), we've got five brand new plays all about BABIES. 

by Alex Borinsky

directed by Morgan Gould
with Jake Aron and Robert Askins*

by Joshua Conkel*

directed by Abigail Zealey Bess* 
with Megan Hill and the Playwrights of Youngblood

by Darcy Fowler

directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel*
with Frank Harts*, Haskell King*, Jane Pfitsch*, Debargo Sanyal*, Scott Sowers* 

by Michael Lew

directed by Ralph Peña*
with Denny Bess*, Sheldon Best*, Steven Boyer*, Florencia Lozano, Jo Mei, Alfredo Narciso*, Claire Seibers, Amy Staats*

by Sharyn "Mom" Rothstein

directed by John Giampietro*
with Jeremy Beck, Geneva Carr*, Cathy Curtin*, Bjorn DuPaty, Thomas Lyons*, Nedra McClyde*, Diana Ruppe*

* member of Ensemble Studio Theatr

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to Jun 25

33rd Marathon of One-Act Plays: Series B

Ensemble Studio Theatre's flagship festival of new one-act plays, the Marathon has played annually at EST for over 30 years. 2011, marking the 33rd year of the Marathon, features all EST member playwrights.

Series B begins Saturday, June 4th and runs through Saturday, June 25th, 2011.
Opening Night - Thursday, June 9th, 2011

I Know
by Jacquelyn Reingold*

Directed by Dan Bonnell* 
With Jack Davidson*+ & Beth Dixon+
Stage Managed by Meredith Dixon+

A funny play about a sad day. Two lifelong actors and long-term lovers, devoted to the theatre and each other for forty years, one day find nothing is the same.

Mrs. Jones and the Man from Dixieland
by Steven Sater*

With a song by Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik;
Directed by José Zayas* 
With Uzo Aduba+ & Stanton Nash+
Stage Managed by Matthew Klein
Music Supervisor/Orchestrator: Eli Zoller.

A blind sharecropper's daughter is rocking her infant when a young man in a blue serge suit comes calling with a carpet. The play features a new song by Tony and Grammy Award-winning composers Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, who have collaborated for over a decade.

For Elise
by David Zellnik*

Directed by Pamela Berlin*
With Delphi Harrington*+, Drew Hirshfield+ & Erik Liberman+
Stage Managed by Jason Weixelman.

At a Hasidic wedding reception, a 90-year-old woman from the old world and a gay 30-something from the new one find themselves on the outside looking in.

Two from the Line
by Michael Louis Wells*

Directed by R.J. Tolan* 
With Eddie Boroevich*+ & Curran Connor*+
Stage Managed by Jes Levine+

Two men get a little too personal while watching a basketball game on TV.

by Cassandra Medley*

Directed by Jamie Richards* 
With Shyko Amos*, MaConnia Chesser+ & Lizan Mitchell+
Stage Managed by Chiare Di Lello

An African-American woman rescues her younger sister and adult niece from homelessness only to have a "minor" on-the-job mishap change her family forever.

Set by Jason Simms
Lights by Greg MacPherson*
Sound by Benjamin Furiga
Costumes by Erica Evans
Props by Starlet Jacobs

*denotes EST Member + denotes Equity Member

Marathon 2011 is an Equity approved showcase


"Memory, both sweet and painful, triggers engaging drama in each of the five plays of Ensemble Studio Theatre's 33rd Marathon of One-Act Plays (Series B). It is a thin thread weaving together a memorable night of entertainment and talent. Quality casting, tight direction, graceful writing, and program diversity add to a satisfying evening." -nytheatre.com

"Director Jamie Richards pitches the tension levels just right, and the three-person cast [of Cell] all deliver superb performances. [Cell] provocatively addresses issues of race, class, and immigration even as it remains centered on the complex interactions of these three women, who are just as trapped by their social circumstances as the prisoners whom they oversee." - theatermania.com

"Uzo Aduba gives an intense portrayal of Mrs. Jones, an African-American woman with an overly obsessional attachment to a baby. Mr. Sater and Duncan Sheik provide touching music for [Mrs. Jones and the Man from Dixieland]'." - picktainment.com


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2011 Benefit

The Ensemble Studio Theatre cordially invites you to

The 2011 Benefit



Distinguished EST Member

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Prince George Ballroom
115 East 27th Street
New York City

Festive Attire

6:30pm Cocktails, Hors d'Ouevres, Silent Auction
7:45pm Dinner and Award Presentation

Benefit Chair

Jerry Zaks

Honorary Chairs

Edward Albee
Candice Bergen
Ellen and John Clarkson
Denny Denniston and Christine Thomas
International Creative Management
Bob and Jill Jaffe
Jujamcyn Theaters
Ann Sachs and Roger Morgan
Jarry Saviola/Grey New York
Dorothy Strelsin Foundation
Dominic Chianese
George C. Wolfe

Benefit Committee

Barbara Andres
Fred Berner and Liz Manne
Michael David/Dodger Properties
Elizabeth Diggs
Roy Furman
Abigail Gampel
Stephen Hamilton and Emma Walton
Marcia Haufrecht
J. Holtham
David Charles Horn Foundation
Alexandra and Philip Howard
Joanne Jacobson
Ilene Kristen
Swoosie Kurtz
Dick Latessa
Lawrence Leibowitz
Jack Levin and Lisa Mondschein
Anna Li
Lincoln Center Theater
Ken and Janet Mandel
Candyce Mason
Drew McCoy
Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller
Susan Merson
New Dramatists
Carol Tambor and Kent Lawson
Janet Zarish

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to Jun 18

33rd Marathon of One-Act Plays: Series A

Ensemble Studio Theatre's flagship festival of new one-act plays, the Marathon has played annually at EST for over 30 years. 2011, marking the 33rd year of the Marathon, features all EST member playwrights.

Series A begins Friday, May 20th and runs through Saturday, June 18th, 2011.
Opening Night - Monday, May 23

Bike Wreck
by Qui Nguyen*

Directed by John Gould Rubin
With Louis Changchien+, Michael Louis Wells*+, & Charlie Hudson III+
Stage Managed by Phillip Rudy

A rookie to the world of Chinese food delivery learns the rules of the game.

In the Middle of the Night
by Billy Aronson*

Directed by Robert Davenport
With Jared McGuire*+, Irene Longshore, Helen Coxe*+ & Scott Sowers*+
Stage Managed by Kelly Ruth Cole+

A college freshman breaks into a campus building for a night with a wild girl.

School Night
by J. Holtham*

Directed by Abigail Zealey Bess*
With Curtis Jackson+, Lucy DeVito*+ & Lance Rubin*+
Stage Managed by Kate Pressman

Two estranged young men are forced into brotherhood when the elder returns home to bury his dead cat.

Ten High
by Ben Rosenthal*

Directed by John Giampietro*
With Chris Ceraso*+, Ned Eisenberg*+, Danny Mastrogiorgio+ & Tina Benko+
Stage Managed by Alice De Cent

A murder plot on one side of a bar and a marriage unraveling on the other threaten to intertwine.

by Romulus Linney*

Directed by Harris Yulin*
With Rufus Collins+, Helen Coxe*+, Julie Fitzpatrick*+, Eamon Foley+, Kristen Lowman+ & Scott Sowers*+
Stage Managed by Mark Karafin+

In the mountains of North Carolina in 1870, the mystery of an old woman's life is revealed.

Set by Jason Simms
Lights by Geoffrey Dunbar*
Costumes by Rachel Dozier-Ezell
Props by Bruce Kraemer

*denotes EST Member +denotes Equity Member

Marathon 2011 is an Equity approved showcase


"[Tennessee] pays tribute to Linney, an undervalued playwright who died in January and had a long history with this incubational Off Broadway company. But it also stands as a vibrant example of what superior short-form drama can encompass in terms of narrative density, pithy character development and idiosyncratic authorial voice." - The New York Times

[Tennessee], lovingly staged by actor Harris Yulin, features a terrific performance by Kristen Lowman...." - NY Post

"Bike Wreck [is] cleverly directed by John Gould Rubin. Hudson and Acuna are phenomenal together.... Everything about this play is right." - Curtain up

"...In the Middle of the Night, a thought-provoking piece... [is] neatly done, and McGuire in particular impresses." - Curtain up

"John Giampietro stages [Ten High] nicely.... The performances are quite good." - Curtain up

School Night is "well-acted" & "intriguing". - Backstage


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to Jun 29

Bloodworks 2011

Youngblood's annual reading series.

Brand new full-length plays by the members of Youngblood.

Admission is free.

Mon 5/2
8:30pm - Year of the Rooster by Olivia Dufault

Mon 5/16
6:30pm - Breathe Into This Bag by Angela Hanks
8:30pm - Anne & Ada Rachel Bonds

Mon 5/23
6:30pm - Lydia Brunner
8:30pm - Michael Walek

Mon 6/6
at the IRT Theater, 154 Christopher Street (at Washington), Buzzer 3B
6:30pm - Christopher Sullivan
8:30pm - Meghan Deans

Tue 6/7
at Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 W. 52nd Street, 2nd Floor
6:30pm - Erica Saleh
8:30pm - Mira Gibson

Mon 6/13
at NYU's Goldberg Theatre, 721 Broadway, 7th Floor
6:30pm - Emily Chadick Weiss
8:30pm - Alex Borinsky

Tue 6/14
at Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 W. 52nd Street, 2nd Floor
6:30pm - Anna Kerrigan
8:30pm - Joshua Conkel

Wed 6/22
at Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 W. 52nd Street, 2nd Floor
8:30pm - Patrick Link/Eric March: THE BONE WARS

Mon 6/27
at NYU's Goldberg Theatre, 721 Broadway, 7th Floor
6:30pm - Sharyn Rothstein
8:30pm - Michael Lew

Tue 6/28
at NYU's Goldberg Theatre, 721 Broadway, 7th Floor
7:00pm - Ryan Dowler

Wed 6/29
at The Algonquin Seaport Theater, Pier 17, South Street Seaport
8:30pm - Darcy Fowler

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Bless Me Father For I Have Brunched

It’s time for the Youngblood playwrights to come clean. Awkward secrets will be revealed. Ex-lovers will be confronted. Souls will be bared. Pancakes will be eaten. SIX (that’s right, it’s a bonus month) brand new plays about confessions, from the playwrights of Youngblood.

by Lydia Brunner

directed by Heidi Handelsman
with Natalie Kim, Risa Sarachan and Katie Schorr

by OliviaDufault

directed by Colette Robert
with Molly Carden and Cathy Curtin*

by Mira Gibson

directed by Jason Bruffy
with Kelly Anne Burns, Julie Fitzpatrick*, Haskell King* and Thomas Lyons*

by Angela Hanks

directed by Kel Haney
with Robert Askins and Debbie Lee Jones*

by Christopher Sullivan

directed by Andrew Grosso
with Jeremy Beck and Nikole Beckwith

by Michael Walek

directed by Jamie Richards*
with Edward Boroevich, Curran Connor and Scott Sowers*

* member of Ensemble Studio Theatre

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to Apr 24

First Light Performances

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

When a new telescope focused on the heavens becomes operational, the initial images it sees are called First Light. For thirteen 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. Each play's life onstage begins with the First Light festival. Join us for this year's discoveries.

EST/Sloan RoughCut Workshop Production

by Tommy Smith*

directed by William Carden*

Set in depression-era New York City and Stalinist Russia, Pidgeon follows the exploits of Leon Theremin, Soviet inventor and father of electronic music. When Theremin marries a whipsmart black prima ballerina, their expatriate romance shocks society and attracts the looming shadow of foreign terror. With Robert Joy*, Curran Connor*, Angela Lewis and Peter Maloney*, with Theremin music by Jen Rondeau

April 20 - 23 at 7pm, with a 2pm matinee on April 23

EST/Youngblood Presentation: A BRUNCH HISTORY OF TIME: The Youngblood Science Brunch

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to Apr 26

John Guare Reading Series

A month-long celebration by the member artists of The Ensemble Studio Theatre of selected plays by 2011 Distinguished Member John Guare

The Series is an EST Members Council Initiative Produced by Council Members J. Holtham*, Marcia Haufrecht* and Abigail Gampel*

All presentations take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Ensemble Studio Theatre 

Marco Polo Sings a Solo

Sunday April 3

Directed by Jamie Richards*

The time is 1999, the place an island off the coast of Norway. Stony McBride, a young movie director and adopted son of an aging Hollywood star, is writing a film about Marco Polo, in which, it is hoped, his father will make a comeback. Stony is also attempting to deal with his attractive wife, a former concert pianist whose lover, a dynamic young politician who has gotten hold of the cure for cancer, is also on hand. Adding to the rapidly multiplying complications are Stony's mother (a transsexual, as she later confesses); a friend named Frank (who has been in space orbit for the past five years); a maid (who is impregnated astrally by Frank); and another friend, Larry (who is fitted with a set of mechanical legs). There is also an earthquake; the discovery of a planet; and the birth of a new hero (Stony himself?); all coming together, within the bizarre action of the play, to yield some chilling, albeit very funny, glimpses of the future which may await us all.

Diane - Geneva Carr* 
Stoney - Thomas Lyons* 
Tom - Chris Ceraso* 
Skippy - Amy Staats* 
Lusty McBride -  Scott Sowers* 
Mrs. McBride - Anne O'Sullivan*
Frank - Sam Freed
Larry - Steven Boyer

An Evening of One-Acts

Sunday April 10


Directed by Holli Harms*

As the New York Times outlines, "It is done almost as a comedy, yet it isn't quite. Jack Argue is the 'hero,' the middle-class man from Connecticut who works for Muzeeka, a piped-music company that inflicts its bland tunes on all America. He is the man who has made it, who tries to assuage his conscience through hypocritical verbiage. There is a series of episodes--Argue chanting a hymn to a penny, Argue loving his wife, Argue loving a prostitute, Argue fighting in Vietnam. If he could have been wherever he chose to be, he says, he would have chosen to be an Etruscan, one of those ancient people who came and went 'a million years ago,' 'a whole civilization danced out of the earth.' Mr. Guare has written with thought, craftsmanship and beauty. His allusions are poetic--the traffic lights, for instance, that make the streets go from grass to blood."

Argue - Haskell King* 
His Wife- Julie Fitzpatrick* 
Evelyn Landis - Maria Gabriele* 
Stage Hand - Geneva Carr* 
#2 - Robert Askins*

Woman at a Threshold Beckoning 

Directed by Mordecai Lawner*

This universal but surreal courtroom drama, which was originally performed as a part of Brave New World, the commemoration of the first anniversary of 9/11 at Town Hall in New York, is a provocative attempt to spiritually understand and come to peace with the atrocities experienced on that day. The narrator Joan recounts her time as a juror on the grand jury: one day the monotony of testimonies and indictments is interrupted when an Arab woman suspected of terrorist ties suddenly appears to testify before the grand jury. Soon the question of whether or not she really is a terrorist pales in the face of even greater questions-the search for God and the wish to give meaning to life.

with Chris Ceraso*, Martin Shakar*, Sakina Jaffrey*, Jose Angel Santana*, Shawn Randall*, Shyko Amos*, Denny Bess*, Polly Adams*, Linda Faigao-Hall*

The General of Hot Desire 

Directed by Giovanna Sardelli*

How does one write about the unknowable? A group of English Lit students attempt a condensed version of the Christian Bible, starting with a Shakespeare Sonnet. Their knowledge of Bible stories combine with their modern day sensibility to become an accusation against an apathetic and greedy God. Their take on Eden and the after-math compel them to combine love and knowledge to become the weapon against a God who frowns on those who have used their freedom from Eden to see God as perhaps he really is silent.

with Shyko Amos*, Cindy Cheung*, Ann Talman*, JJ Kandel*, Jay Patterson*, Chris Wight*, Catherine Curtin*, Bill Cwikowski*, Haskell King*

Lake Hollywood

Monday April 18

Directed by Barbara Andres*

The first act finds us on the shore of Scroon Lake in New Hampshire in August 1940.  Agnes and Andrew, a soap salesman, arrive from New York City at Agnes' cabin that she owns with her sister, Flo.  Flo would like to have the home all for herself and her new much younger husband, Randolph.  Mrs. Larry, Randolph's German mother, is also in residence.  It is the Feast of the Assumption which Agnes believes brings special healing powers to the lake, powers she hopes to share with her would be suitor, Andrew. The woods around the lake are ablaze on this day, threatening the house, and their belongings have been brought down to the beach.  Their older Uncle Ambrose arrives to add complications to the day by befriending the visiting Andrew, and sharing his own earlier adventure with another visitor, Spencer Tracy.

The second act leaps forward forty years to find us on the West side of Manhattan.  Agnes and Andrew, now husband and wife, are preparing to go to St. Clare's hospital where Agnes must undergo a serious operation.  Hildegarde, their daughter, along with her husband and teen-age daughter, George and Monica, come into the city from New Jersey to drive them to the hospital, but things occur which prevent their helping.  On their short walk to the hospital, Agnes and Andrew stop at a restaurant, and share a long hidden reality. We are left with the image of two people realizing the hope in a 50 year friendship.

with Patricia Randell*, Scott Sowers*, Lois Smith*, David Margulies*, Joel Rooks*, Anne O'Sullivan*, Ann Talman*, Grant Shaud*, Leslie Lyles*, Charlotte Cwikowski, Denny Bess*, Haskell King*

Landscape of the Body

Tuesday April 26

Directed by Abigail Zealey Bess*

Moving back and forth in time, the action of the play is a mosaic of short scenes, monologues and original songs, all blending together into a revealing and affecting study of the American Dream gone awry. The play moves on many levels. In one sense it is a murder mystery: a boy is found dead, and his mother is suspected of his killing. But, as the investigation of the crime proceeds, other themes emerge and combine with it. The boy's mother has come to New York to persuade her sister to come back to their home in Maine; the sister is killed in a bizarre accident and her sibling slips easily into her persona, moving into her apartment and taking over her job; and her son loses his country innocence and becomes involved in the often ugly street life of Greenwich Village. In the end all these various strands are drawn together into a shattering climax--a forceful, moving illumination of lives first betrayed and then destroyed by illusions which, inevitably, lie always behind comprehension and control.

Betty -  Katherine Leask* 
Rosalie - Abigail Gampel* 
Holahan - Lou Liberatore* 
Bert - Jared McGuire* 
Durwood Peach/Masked Man - Chris Harcum
Joanne - Shyko Amos* 
Margie - Molly Carden
Donny - David Gelles* 
Raulito/Dope King - Denny Bess* 

At the piano - Eric March

Special thanks to Tom Rowan* for the casting

*denotes member of Ensemble Studio Theatre

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A Brunch History Of Time

What is the nature of the universe? Why are scientists so different, and yet so not-different-at-all? Why is Stephen Hawking giving the shiteye to that giant pile of pancakes? Very few of these questions will be answered satisfactorily this Sunday.

For the fourth year in a row, Youngblood and the EST/Sloan Project are getting together to present the YOUNGBLOOD SCIENCE BRUNCH. Five brand new short plays about science and scientists, which ponder the big questions of the universe. Or, in many cases, don't. Because, unlike scientists, playwrights are extremely distractible.

Join us for the kick off event of First Light 2011.

by Meghan Deans

directed by Dylan McCullough
with Stephen Ellis and Kristen Harlow

by Ryan Dowler

directed by Linsay Firman
with Andrew Dolan and Haskell King*

by Patrick Link

directed by Abigail Zealey Bess*
with Jason Liebman, Joel Rooks* and Lance Rubin

by Erica Saleh

directed by Jamie Richards*
with Robert Askins and Denny Bess*

by Emily Chadick Weiss

directed by Mike Donahue
with Steven Boyer and William Jackson Harper*

* member of Ensemble Studio Theatre

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to 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 initial images it sees are called First Light. For thirteen 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. Each play's life onstage begins with the First Light festival. Join us for this year's discoveries.

by Frank Basloe

Yale, early 1960s. Professor Stanley Milgram's "obedience experiments+ù test how cruel people can be when they are just following orders. Milgram gets the data he needs, but the lab assistant who conducted the experiment is left to grapple with his own cruelty, a dilemma echoed by unexpected crimes on campus. Please Continue examines the conditions under which we allow ourselves to inflict harm. 

Monday, April 4 at 7pm


by Carla Ching

Mable Kwan was a famous grifter who taught her sons the long con, and how to be an expert roper and fixer. Tired of the life, Francis retired and became a magician. H became a sports writer. Blue, the youngest and the only girl, always kept out of the family trade, now studies game theory and may become the best con artist of the family. The estranged trio is called home to Mable's deathbed. With a small fortune at stake, will they be able to break old habits? Or who will con who in the end? 

Tuesday, April 5 at 7pm


by Robert Askins*

directed by David P. Moore*

It's 1993 and the biggest particle collider in the world is being built in Waxahatchie, Texas. As project head, Alan is the hometown boy made good. Never mind that the hometown didn't like him too much and his bosses need his accent more than his mind. He's living his dream until things start to slip: Bill Clinton is in the White House and Congress is out of money. All of a sudden, atoms aren't the only thing about to get busted apart.

With Florencia Lozano, Joel Rooks*, Scott Sowers*, Joe Urla and Michael Louis Wells*. Stage Managed by Kate Pressman.

Thursday, April 7 at 7pm


by Cori Thomas

directed by Mariana Carreño King

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...

With Maggie Bofill, Teddy Cañez, Maria Helan, Maria-Christina Oliveras and José Joaquín Perez. Stage Managed byMegan Kosmoski. 

Friday, April 8 at 3pm


Composed by Kim Sherman & Libretto by Margaret Vandenburg

directed by Lisa Rothe

Musical direction by Kim Grigsby
Stage Managed by Mark Karafin

An opera on the life of Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron and widely credited with writing the first computer program. Like her father before her, Ada embarks on a Romantic quest that rebels against Victorian restraint, creating a revolutionary language of numbers that was way ahead of her time.

Featuring Millinee Bannister, Robert Boldin, Christopher Burchett, Sarah Chalfy, Brian Cheney, Cherry Duke, Juan Jose Ibarra, David Schmidt, Abigail Shue and Sarah Statler, with Pianist Micah Young. 

Monday, April 11 at 8pm @ The 52nd Street Project, 789 10th Avenue


by Susan Bernfield

directed by Emma Griffin

Catherine is a Silicon Valley billionaire who wants to give away her money - she thinks. Always a perfectionist, she is determined that her charity be as efficient and effective as everything else she's done in her life. But feeding the world is an unruly, messy business, where the rules she learned - and invented - don't apply. A play in three parts about goodness in the context of great privilege, and the moral value of work. 

Tuesday, April 12 at 3pm


by Bridgette Wimberly*

directed by Woodie King

Dr. Charles Drew encountered many separations throughout his life. The discoverer of the groundbreaking method of separating and preserving blood for safe transfusions and the driving force behind the first blood bank in the world was himself unable, like all African Americans, to receive a blood transfusion. On the night of April 1, 1950, in a long perilous drive through the south, he set out to change that. 

Tuesday, April 12 at 7pm


Conceived and directed by Jon Levin

Written by Jon Levin and Josh Luxenberg from research, interviews, improvisations and discussions by the Sinking Ship Presented alongside an Exploration of contemporary THEORIES of PHYSICS pertaining to EXTRA DIMENSIONS of SPACE. Based on "Flatland" by Edwin Abbott Abbott, and incorporating material from writing by Abbott, Charles Hinton, Brian Greene, Lisa Randall, Wade Davis, and conversations with Raman Sundrum, Andreas Karch and Wade Davis.

On the last night before the new Millennium, A. Square, an inhabitant of Flatland, is visited by a Sphere from the land of three dimensions. Sphere takes him on a journey to discover the true nature of the universe. But in Flatland, the notion of a third dimension is heresy, and one who preaches such heresy must be silenced. Using puppetry, physical theater and technology from overhead projectors to lasers, Flatland tells the story of a search to comprehend the world beyond our experience.

Featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell, Roger Robinson, Linda Powell, Olivia Ford and James Earl Jones

Ensemble: Clare McNulty, Johanna Morris, Jeremy Pickard, Eric Wright, Jesse Garrison, with a particularly large amount of research done by Solon Gordon. Performed by Sinking Ship Ensemble Rehearsal/workshop puppets built by Eric Wright. Technical Directed by Jesse Garrison. Stage Managed by Sarah Biesinger. 

Thursday, April 14 at 3pm & Friday, April 15 at 7pm @ The Vault (LMCC's Swing Space), 14 Wall street, Level B


by Lynn Eckert, Christine Farrell*, and Kevin Confoy*

directed by Kevin Confoy*

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive an MD degree from an American medical school. A Lady Alone is a one-woman play about a life that spanned the American Civil War and the most intriguing questions of science and the human condition at the top of the 20th century.

Monday, April 18 at 7pm

*denotes member of Ensemble Studio Theatre


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Payback's A Brunch

Revenge is best served cold.

Brunch, on the other hand, is best served hot. In a buffet. With new plays in front of it.

The playwrights of Youngblood are getting out all of their retributive impulses with THE REVENGE BRUNCH. Evil bosses, neglectful parents, haughty casting directors, best frenemies and even devious pets get an eye for an eye in this collection of brand new short plays.

by Rachel Bonds

directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
with Jake Aron and Katie Schorr

by Ryan Dowler

directed by R.J. Tolan*
with Julie Fitzpatrick* and Shawn Randall

by Darcy Fowler

directed by John Giampietro
with Jono Hustis, Florencia Lozano, Tom Lyons*, Heather Robb and Scott Sowers*

by Mira Gibson

directed by Abigail Zealey Bess*
with Lucia Brizzi, Jenny Gomez, Allyson Morgan, Amy Staats* and Megan Tusing

by Anna Kerrigan

directed by Tamara Fisch
with Julie Leedes* and Diana Ruppe*

* member of Ensemble Studio Theatre

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to Apr 1

Memberfest 2010/2011

An Hour With Bernard Madoff
by Conrad Bromberg*

Friday April 1 at 7pm

featuring David Margulies* and Polly Adams*

A Scream
by Gina Barnett*

Tuesday, March 29 at 7pm

directed by Isaac Klein with Gabriel King, Michael Lluberes, Vayu O'Donnell & Christy Pusz

It's 2004. A down-on-his luck art dealer is given what he assumes to be a copy of Edvard Munch's recently stolen painting "The Scream." He tosses it, only to be unwittingly ensnared in a Homeland Security sting surrounding the iconic painting. A Scream, an artsy farcey where motherland security, politics, sex and art happily collide.


Tuesday, March 29 at 7pm

Manhattan Five is a staged reading of six short plays written by members of the Manhattan Play Group, a women's playwriting group one of whose members is Linda Faigao-Hall, EST Member Playwright.

by Adelma Park

directed by Nancy Robillard
with Judith Roberts & Dan Haughey

A well educated, older woman on the verge of 80 seeks the one thing she's never had: Sex. Thus, she goes about trying to solve that problem only to find the old gas station owner has loved her for years. Are they too different or does love prevail

by Susan Barsky

directed by Nancy Robillard
with Daniel Haughey, Jeffrey Guyton & Ben Williams

In a bar, spies meet to exchange information.

THAT WHICH DOES NOT KILL ME MAKES ME STRANGER (Three pieces from the solo show) written & performed by Judith Greentree

directed by Julie Kramer

Short pieces about aging & invisible women (with some exceptions).

by P.H. Lin

directed by Rachel Dart
with Shawn Randall, Jennifer Gawlik & Emilie Soffe

On a beach, located within the perimeter of a military installation, two soldiers reflect on War, and their assignments.

by Jean Reynolds

directed by Alan Wynroth
with Diane Love & Margo McKee

Two ex-stewardesses wait for a train which will take them to a reunion with former co-workers. Will they get to the reunion or will revelations regarding the past derail their trip?

The Groaning Board
by Wendy MacLeod

Thursday, March 24 at 7pm

directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel+ 
with Julie Fitzpatrick*+ Richmond Hoxie*+ Greg Keller* Tracey Conyer Lee* Devin Norik* Patricia Randell*+ Matt Wilkas*

Diane and Jesse have retreated from their unstable life in the arts to the hallowed halls of academia. That is: a world of fragile egos, insular self-importance, and a reverence for diversity bordering on the perverse. But if these professors thought navigating a classroom took wit and perseverance, they're quite unprepared for their department head's dessert party. Ensemble Studio Theatre presents a fast-paced, ensemble comedy by the writer of The House of Yes and Juvenilia.

The Six Flights of Matilda Boosoms: A VERY dark comedy, with music
written & Directed by Stephen Holt

Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00pm

Matilda Boosoms is a VERY presentable woman of an age certain, who lives in a six-flight walk-up in Greenwich Village. It's set in 2004(though Matilda's mind is in 1964!) and Matilda is finding it harder and harder to get up and down all those stairs. It's beginning to take it's toll on her physical and mental health. And in a post 9/11 world, she begins to think that her neighbors are out to kill her. Or is it vice versa?

MATILDA BOOSOMS - Judith Roberts+*
BUZZ GOODBODY - Michele Scully+
MEISNER - Josh Silverman+
B.F. - Adam McNulty
DICK WARD - Daniel Patrick Matekja
A STRANGE WOMAN - Sue Gazzolla+
MAN WITH A BIRD CAGE - Jeff Burchfield+

written & performed by Susan Merson*

Tuesday, March 8th at 7:30pm

directed by Bob Jaffe

RECLAMATION traces the journey of healing and survival after the loss of 'what had always been'. In lyric language, with irony and humor, this solo show chronicles the reclamation of a body and a life. RECLAMATION is Susan's 8th solo play. Developed over the last two years with the Los Angeles Writers Bloc and at Julia's Reading Room (League of Professional Theatre Women), RECLAMATION is about what it takes to keep going after the status quo gets blown off the table. Many of the boomers are facing the issue of solo life after years in company as wife, husband, mom or dad - but we are living longer and figuring out how one claims the loss and heals the wound. This became central for Susan in the last three years. Humor, sense of place and purpose seem to be the elements that root but in the end we are not in charge of what happens to us but only in how we deal with it. The journey continues to be a great adventure ... funny, odd, unavoidable and larger than any of us.

JANUARY 2ND a comedy
by J. Holtham* 

Tuesday, March 1st at 7pm

directed by Mark Armstrong

A staged reading with Jackie Chung*, David Gelles*, Julie Leedes*, Megan Tusing and Chris Wight*

It's New Year's Eve, 1993. Jake and Kate are young, optimistic, politically committed, and totally awesome. They're also about to sleep together for the first time and take their relationship to the next level. But a mysterious stranger has other plans for them. Now they have one day to decide their entire future...if anyone's going to have one at all. A comedy about how far you can go to get things right the first time...the second time around.

* denotes EST Member

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White People by Neil Cuthbert

White People

By Neil Cuthbert*

Directed by Michael Barakiva

February 16 - March 13, 2011

On a seemingly idyllic suburban Saturday in 1975  the long repressed tensions of Mag's WASP family finally explode.  Her older son is writing a pornographic science fiction epic in his pajamas.  Her go-go dancing daughter is followed home from work by a mysterious stranger.  Her youngest son is smoking something in the basement.  Her husband's started drinking again' and her racist mother shows up for lunch on the wrong day.  A long day's journey into white.

Cast & Creative

Featuring James DeMarse*, Cecilia DeWolf*, David Gelles*, Delphi Harrington*, Matthew Minor, Mickey Solis and Jennifer Joan Thompson* denotes EST Member

Set: Maiko Chii
Sound: Matt Sherwin
Costumes: Suzanne Chesney
Props: Sylviane Jacobsen
Lights: Cate Tate Starmer
Production Stage Manager: Samone B. Weissman
Assistant Stage Manager: Beth Stegman
Casting Director: Tom Rowan*


"'a funny, fond, but not entirely forgiving family portrait, full of wist and rue." - NY Magazine, Critic's Pick

"Delphi Harrington excels as Gramma, the relative you love to hate, this is a skillful ensemble." - Curtainup

"Making a "normal" situation break apart at the seams is difficult, and Cuthbert is to be commended." - NYTheatre.com


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EST's collective of playwrights under 30 presents a festival of new plays in studio productions.

The Sluts of Sutton Drive
by Joshua Conkel*

directed by Lila Neugebauer

with Denny Bess*+, Graeme Gillis*, Megan Hill+, Justin Noble, and Amy Staats*+

A working mother enrolls in a strip aerobics class only to realize she hates men. It's when she becomes addicted to drinking cleaning products that her life really begins to unravel.

Thu 1/27 at 7pm Sat 1/29 at 2pm Thu 2/3 at 7pm Fri 2/4 at 7pm Sat 2/5 at 7pm

* denotes EST Member + appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Unfiltered 2011 is an Equity-Approved Showcase

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to Jan 29


EST's collective of playwrights under 30 presents a festival of new plays in studio productions.

In Quietness
by Anna Moench 

directed by Birgitta Victorson

with Katie Atcheson+, Eric Feldman*, Julie Fitzpatrick*+, William Jackson Harper*+, and Clare McNulty

A former CEO follows her born-again husband to a Southern Baptist seminary and enrolls as a student at the Homemaking House, a place where marital bliss means never having to say thank you for cleaning the toilet.

Wed 1/19 at 7pm Thu 1/20 at 7pm Mon 1/24 at 8pm (note later start time) Fri 1/28 at 7pm Sat 1/29 at 7pm

Scenic Design: Maiko Chii
Sound Design: Hillary Charnas
Costume Design: Danielle Schembre and Erica Evans
Lighting Design: Cat Tate Starmer
Props Design: Renee Williams
Production Stage Manager: Mark Karafin+ 
Stage Managers: Kelly Ruth Cole+ and Lisa McGinn+ 
Production Manager: Joshua Scherr
Technical Director: Michael Hetzer

*denotes EST Member + appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Unfiltered 2011 is an Equity-Approved Showcase

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to Jan 22


EST's collective of playwrights under 30 presents a festival of new plays in studio productions.

Sweet Forgotten Flavor
by Patrick Link 

Directed by RJ Tolan*

With Haskell King*+, Kristin Griffith*+, Richmond Hoxie*+, Diana Ruppe*+, and Michael Louis Wells*+

A wealthy lawyer commissions a talented but penniless painter to do a portrait, but during their first painting session a careless confession releases an unstoppable spring of sin, scandal and sensuality.

Thu 1/13 at 7pm Fri 1/14 at 7pm Sat 1/15 at 7pm Fri 1/21 at 7pm Sat 1/22 at 7pm

Scenic Design: Maiko Chii
Sound Design: Hillary Charnas
Costume Design: Danielle Schembre and Erica Evans
Lighting Design: Cat Tate Starmer
Props Design: Renee Williams
Production Stage Manager: Mark Karafin+ 
Stage Managers: Kelly Ruth Cole+ and Lisa McGinn+ 
Production Manager: Joshua Scherr
Technical Director: Michael Hetzer

* denotes EST Member + appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Unfiltered 2011 is an Equity-Approved Showcase


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Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler*

Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation presents

Photograph 51
by Anna Ziegler*

Directed by Linsay Firman*

October 27 - November 21, 2010

London, 1953. Scientists are on the verge of discovering what they call the secret of life: the DNA double helix. Providing the key is driven young physicist Rosalind Franklin. But if the double helix was the breakthrough of the 20th century, then what kept Franklin out of the history books?

A play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness.

Photograph 51 is the winner of the 2008 STAGE International Script Competition and was developed, in part, through the University of California, Santa Barbara's STAGE Project by the Professional Artists Lab (Nancy Kawalek, Director) and the California NanoSystems Institute.

Featuring Kristen Bush*, Kevin Collins, David Gelles*, Haskell King*, Benjamin Pelteson and Jeremy Webb.

Scenic Design - Nick Francone
Sound Design - Shane Rettig
Costume Design - Suzanne Chesney
Lighting Design - Les Dickert
Properties Design - Caitlin Fergus
Dialect Design - Erik Singer
Casting Director - Kelly Gillespie
Production Stage Manager - Danielle Buccino
Assistant Stage Manager - Olga Kreimer

* denotes EST Member


"Critic's Pick! A play that glows with intelligence and humanity. Compelling theatre." - Backstage

"Provides an emotional journey into the complex realities of laboratory science." - Science Magazine

"Who knew science could make for such terrific theatre?" - New Scientist

"Palpable, persuasive drama." - TheaterMania

"I highly recommend it!" - Discover Magazine

"There's something irresistible about plays that deal with iconic scientific discoveries" - The Scientist


Podcast of Science Friday interview with playwright Anna Ziegler and actress Kristen Bush. Listen here.

Scientific American podcast of panel discussion on the issues and controversy surrounding the play. Part 1 / Part 2

Also read Scientific American's write-up about the panel discussion here.

The Story Behind the Play

The Story Behind the Play

In the early 1950s, scientist Rosalind Franklin used x-ray diffraction photography to examine what people were calling the "secret of life": the structure of DNA.

One particular image, nicknamed "Photograph 51", was the key that revealed the secret of DNA's double helix.

Fellow scientists James Watson and Francis Crick used "Photograph 51" as the inspiration for their 1953 paper in Nature Magazine detailing DNA's helical structure. This breakthrough won them the 1962 Nobel Prize.

To the layperson, this landmark photograph may not reveal much at all. To get a closer look, take a look at PBS/NOVA's animated explanation of "Photograph 51" and its significance.

To learn more about the fascinating history and science behind the play, check out the New Yorker article "Photo Finish" or the PBS documentary "Secret of Photo 51".

A newly discovered trove of letters from this era has revealed deeper insight into the people behind the race to discover the "secret of life". To learn more, read the New York Times article about this recent find.

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to Oct 16

Octoberfest 2010

53 Plays in 27 Days

From September 20 to October 16, EST will be the busiest theater in the world as we present readings of over 50 brand new plays. Hundreds of theater artists and thousands of audience members will come together in a flurry of creative activity. Join us!

What is Octoberfest?

From the Artistic Director:

"During Octoberfest, the EST lobby, stairwell, elevator, offices and theatres are filled to bursting with actors, directors, and playwrights rehearsing and developing their newest, most promising material. What's different this year is that we've initiated a plan to produce more full-lengths and so we issued a challenge: focus Octoberfest squarely on new full-length plays. The result has been anOctoberfest revolution, a remarkable showing of ambitious, challenging new theatre. 53 plays in 27 days is a staggering pace, but the EST work ethic is central to who we are as a company. Viva la revolution!" - William Carden, Artistic Director

More than 50 playwrights will have their newest work read in this year's Octoberfest. This is the schedule sorted by playwright:


Robert Askins: Everything is Ruthless. Everything is Cruel. (9/23 & 9/26 @ 7pm) and Fish Display(10/10 @ 7pm)


Gina Barnett*: A Scream (10/4 & 10/6 @ 7pm)Maria Alexandria Beech: Little Monsters (9/25 @ 4:30pm)
Keith Alan Benjamin*: Mrs. Jones (9/27 @ 7pm)
France-Luce Benson: Fati's Last Dance (9/24 @ 7pm)
Hilary Bettis*: Mexico (10/7 @ 9pm & 10/8 @ 7pm)
Suzanne Bradbeer: Shakespeare in Vegas(9/25 @ 9pm & 9/26 @ 7pm)


Jonathan Caren: Three (9/30 @ 7pm)
Naveen Bahar Choudhury: Henna (10/3 @ 4pm)
Eric Conger*: F U 4 Your Service (10/9 @ 9pm & 10/11 @ 7pm)
Joshua Conkel: The Sluts of Sutton Drive (10/13 @ 8:30pm)
Neil Cuthbert*: White People(10/14 & 10/15 @ 8:30pm)


James DeMarse*: Existing Privilege (10/10 @ 4pm & 10/13 @ 7pm)
Elizabeth Diggs*: Glory Girls (10/4 & 10/7 @ 7pm)
Jeanne Dorsey*: Away Towards Home(9/27 @ 7pm)


Maria Gabriele*: Santiago in Vienna (10/8 @ 9pm & 10/10 @ 6:30pm)
Joe Gilford*: Finks (10/14 @ 7pm)
Arthur Giron*: The Exhibitionist, a farce (10/13 @ 7pm & 10/15 @ 7pm)
Joel Gross: Shoestring Paradise(9/20 @ 7pm)


Susan Haar*: Eating and Drinking by Susan Haar* - 6th fl, 9/22 & 9/24 @ 7pm)
Holli Harms*: Palmetto (10/9 @ 2pm & 10/10 @ 4:30pm)
William Jackson Harper*: The Man from Madisonville (9/20 @ 7pm)
Marcia Haufrecht*: Promethea Bound and Sisyphus Too (10/6 & 10/8 @ 7pm)
Roger Hedden*: As Sure As You Live (10/7 @ 7pm & 10/9 @ 4pm)
J. Holtham*: Togetherness(9/29 @ 7pm & 9/30 @ 9pm)


Patrick Link: Sweet Forgotten Flavor (10/6 @ 9pm)
Elizabeth Logun: R(10/2 @ 2pm)


Eduardo Machado*: That Night in Hialeah (10/1 @ 9pm & 10/2 @ 6pm)
Anthony McKay*: Endless Lawns (10/16 @ 2pm & 8:30pm)
Julie McKee*: Will Sacrifice (9/24 @ 9pm & 9/25 @ 6:30pm)
Anna Moench: In Quietness (9/29 @ 9pm


Matthew Paul Olmos: The Death of the Slow'Dying Scuba Diver(10/10 @ 2pm)


Carole Real*: We Used to Be Fun (10/1 @ 7pm & 10/2 @ 4:30pm)
Daniel Reitz: Turnabout (10/3 @ 6pm)
Michele Remsen*: Toss It (9/22 @ 7pm & 9/23 @ 9pm)
Ben Rosenthal*: Neptune Kelly (10/11 @ 7pm)
Tom Rowan*: David's Play (10/8 @ 9pm & 10/9 @ 4:30pm) and The Second Tosca(10/2 @ 6pm & 10/3 @ 2pm)


Murray Schisgal*: Naked Old Man & 4XMe (9/25 @ 2pm & 9/26 @ 4pm)
Randee Smith*: Dayglo (10/2 @ 9pm & 10/3 @ 6pm)
Aurin Squire: Friendly Fire (9/25 @ 3pm)
Saviana Stanescu*: Ants (10/9 @ 7pm & 10/10 @ 8:30pm)
Lloyd Suh*: Great Wall Story (10/16 @ 5pm)
Jeffrey Sweet*: You Only Shoot the Ones You Love(10/1 @ 7pm & 10/2 @ 4pm)


Judy Tate*: Sex in the Kitchen (10/1 @ 8:30pm & 10/2 @ 9pm)
Cori Thomas*: The Princess, The Breast, and The Lizard (9/23 @ 7pm & 9/26 @ 2pm)
Paco Tolson* and Jon Hoche: Subterranea(9/29 & 9/30 @ 7pm)


Mary F. Unser*: The Only Gift(10/9 @ 7pm & 10/10 @ 2pm)


Bridgette Wimberly*: Pluto(9/25 @ 6:30pm & 9/26 @ 4:30pm)

*denotes EST member

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