Plays and Playwrights 2003

Published by The New York Theatre Experience, Inc.
Edited and with an introduction by Martin Denton
Foreword by Mario Fratti

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Included in this anthology:

A QUEER CAROL by Joe Godfrey
Interior decorator Ben Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas in this warm-hearted, gay-inflected update of the classic Dickens tale. Originally produced in New York City at The Duplex by SourceWorks Theatre in December 2001. Joe Godfrey is a New York-based actor and playwright.

A brief and incisive play about two teenage girls raising money for a good cause in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. First produced at the Vital Signs new works festival, Vital Theatre Company, May 2002. Catherine Gillet is the author of more than thirty plays, including Wyoming (78th Street Theatre Lab) and Anomalies of the Heart (finalist, 2001 Princess Grace Award). She is also a clinical social worker with a private practice in Bedford, New York.

A beautiful, intensely thoughtful one-act drama about the places breast cancer takes a woman and her sister. First produced at the Vital Signs new works festival, Vital Theatre Company, May 2002. Andrea Lepcio has written numerous plays. The full length version of Looking for the Pony was a finalist for the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and the NEA Outstanding New American Play Award.  It was presented in a "Rolling World Premiere" Off-Broadway at Vital Theatre Company in New York City and Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta in 2009. 

BLACK THANG by Ato Essandoh
True love battles stereotypes and other hang-ups in this charming romantic comedy about the blossoming relationship between a black man and a white woman. Debuted at manhattantheatresource in August 2002. Ato Essandoh has been enjoying a fulfilling career acting and writing in New York City for the past several years.  Black Thang is his first full-length play.

THE NINTH CIRCLE by Edward Musto
Ronald Reagan’s 1980 landslide election victory is the backdrop for one man’s spiraling descent into hell in this moody and harrowing drama. First produced by CreZZle Productions at the 45th Street Theatre, March 2002. Edward Musto is the author of Genevieve, Blood Dues, Porter Peace, Boston Proper, and The Game of Love. He received an Edward Albee fellowship in 1994, and is a member of Charles Maryan’s Playwrights/Directors Workshop and The Dramatists Guild.

In this provocative sequel to The Merchant of Venice, Shylock’s grandson relentlessly pursues the truth, with unintended consequences. Originally produced by Revolving Shakespeare Company at the Greenwich Street Theatre in May 2002. Nat Colley’s plays include A Sensitive Man, The Dangerous Minute, and Seat Selection. He directed a film version of his play The Abortion of Mary Williams for Showtime TV’s black filmmaker’s showcase in 1998.

GALAXY VIDEO by Marc Morales
A comedy for the MTV generation about trying to find a copy of Midnight Cowboy and other adventures inside the biggest video store ever. Premiered at The Red Room Theatre, produced by Horse Trade Theater Group and Edge of Insanity, March 2002. Marc Morales performed with Molly Franz Blau’s Danceworks for five years. Subsequently, he has been an actor, playwright, director, and producer. Galaxy Video is his first full-length play.

A gripping drama of a dysfunctional family, set in Detroit at the turn of the millennium. Originally presented at The Present Company Theatorium in October 2001, and again at Access Theatre in July 2002, both times by Overlap Productions. Leon Chase hails from Michigan and now lives in Brooklyn. He has also written some fiction, and plays bass in a New York garage rock band. The Last Carburetor is his first play.

OUT TO LUNCH by Joseph Langham
An outrageous absurdist farce about two losers camping out in a restaurant that is quite possibly an allegory about apathy. First presented at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2002, and revived by Horse Trade Theater Group in their HA! Comedy Fest in January 2003. Joseph Langham is an actor, director, and playwright. His performance pieces Gilligan Stump! And Tha Perfesser… and HAR HAR: An Evening With Harburg Harrisbrandt have been seen in many downtown NYC venues; the latter won him the Excellence Award for Solo Show at the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival.

A fantastical solo play in which an unusual lady with many handbags muses about life, love, and llamas. Debuted as part of Screaming Venus Productions’ “Eve’s Apple” festival at the Kraine Theatre, January 2002. Maggie Cino has been seen in Geek on Smack (co-created with Patty Litzen), Angry Little People (co-created with Carolyn Raship), and Die Like a Lady: Or What Barbara Got, all of which were produced (in different years) at the New York International Fringe Festival.

LAST CALL by Kelly McAllister
A wise and moving comic drama about the ways some of us heed life’s wake-up calls—and the ways the rest of us ignore them. First presented at the New York International Fringe Festival, August 2002. Kelly McAllister is co-founder of hope theatre, inc., with whom he appeared in the title role of Edward III. He has extensive acting credits. Last Call, his first full-length play, received the award for Excellence in Playwriting at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival.