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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


Earlier Event: May 2
Bloodworks 2011
Later Event: May 24
2011 Benefit