2017

SHE HE ME by Amahl Khouri

From UK

Thursday, Oct 26  7PM

THE PROPHET

Written by Hassan Abdulrazzak

Directed by Edmund Wilkinson

With Thamer Jendoubi*, Anthoula Katsimatides*, Robert Krakovski*, Amanda Ladd*, and Ali Nasser

It’s January 28th 2011 and Egypt stands on the brink. For Layla and Hisham, a young couple living in downtown Cairo, a dictatorial and corrupt government is only one of their problems. As the world shifts, cataclysmically, around them, some long-hidden secrets threaten to emerge and tear them apart. Based on extensive interviews in Cairo with revolutionaries and soldiers, journalists and cab drivers, this new drama depicts both a revolution in progress and the society from which it sprang.

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New York Public Library 18 W 53rd St (btw 5th/6th Aves)

SHE HE ME by Amahl Khouri

From Europe

Thursday, Aug 24  7PM

ILLEGAL HELPERS

Written by Maxi Obexer

Translated by Neil Blackadder

Directed by Miriam Eusebio

With Herbert Bennett, JJ Condon, Roberto De Felice,* Guenevere Donohue, Mariam Habib,* Asta Hansen,* Wayne Maugans*, Francisco Solorzano,* Harold Tarr, and Pauline Walsh

This award-winning documentary play addresses the plight of the people from all walks of life who seek to provide aid and shelter to migrants—even though it is against the law. A powerful insight into a contemporary tragedy that threatens to engulf Western Europe, ILLEGAL HELPERS provides a sharp look at those who help and those who callously sit by doing nothing.

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New York Public Library 18 W 53rd St (btw 5th/6th Aves)

SHE HE ME by Amahl Khouri

From Jordan

Thursday, June 22  7PM

SHE HE ME

by Amahl Khouri

Directed by Lisa Rothe

Starrring Andrew Dahreddine,* Bianca Leigh,* Rhys Roffey

She He Me is a documentary play based on interviews with several transgender people in the Arab world. Witty and affecting, and in many ways, surprising, it focuses on the challenges encountered and discoveries made by three unique individuals who “just want to be themselves.”

Celebrating LGBT Pride Month at

New York Public Library 18 W 53rd St (btw 5th/6th Aves)

 

THE CONSPIRACY OF FEELINGS by Yurii Olesha

From Russia

100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

Thursday, April 20   7PM

THE CONSPIRACY OF FEELINGS

by Yurii Olesha

Translated by Daniel Gerould

Directed by Wayne Maugans

With Happy Anderson,* Stephen Barkman, Ben Stroman,* Hallie Samuels, Thomas Walker,* Jordan Douglas Smith, Mary Round, Tessa Flannery, Nick Westemeyer, Gulshan Mia, John Michael Decker, Sarah Good, Emmanuel Elpenord, Artur Brodskiy. Stage Management by Catherine Maliha  (*Member, Actors’ Equity)

Written in 1929, THE CONSPIRACY OF FEELINGS is a savage satire of Soviet society brought to life through two ideologically opposed brothers  — one a “New Soviet Man,” the other a holdover from Russia’s imperial past. Set in a rapidly industrializing Moscow, Yurii Olesha’s celebrated and controversial play, based on his landmark novel ENVY, is a bitingly funny look at both capitalism and communism.

This special reading is being presented to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and is a featured cultural event of Russian-American History Month, sponsored by Russian American Cultural Heritage Center (RACH-C).

New York Public Library 18 W 53rd St (btw 5th/6th Aves)

 

THE LAST SCENE by Alain Foix
From France

Thursday, February 23   7PM

THE LAST SCENE (La Dernière Scène)

by Alain Foix

Translated by Amelia Parenteau

Directed by Tyrone Henderson

Assistant Director Candyce Adkins

With Joniece Abbott-Pratt*, Emmanuel Elpenord, Charlie Hudson III*, and Ryan Brooke Taylor*

From Théâtre de l’Albatros in Avignon, France, comes a play that imagines a series of meetings between Coretta Scott King and radio journalist/activist Mumia Abu-Jamal. The meetings take place at a correctional facility in Philadelphia where Abu-Jamal spent 30 years on death row (and is currently still imprisoned) for allegedly murdering police officer Daniel Faulkner. Weaving together Abu-Jamal’s history with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the play connects the two seemingly disparate leaders of the Civil Rights Movement to tell a uniquely American story.

 

53rd Street NYPL  18 W 53 Street (bet. 5/6 Aves)

 

2016

KISS by Guillermo Calderon
From Norway

Thursday, December 15   7PM

I DISAPPEAR

by Arne Lygre

Translated by May-Brit Akerholt

Directed by Cat Miller

With Jennifer Dorr White*, Cynthia Babak*, Ella Dershowitz, Sean Patrick Reilley*, and Christy Escobar*

Acclaimed Norwegian playwright Arne Lygre delves deep into what it means to be human in today’s world — and how our own interpersonal relationships have direct parallels to society as whole. I DISAPPEAR examines dislocation, memory, mortality, and identity in a poetic yet haunting drama that solidifies Lygre’s position as one of our most interesting and challenging dramatists.

53rd Street Library  18 W 53 Street (bet. 5/6 Aves)

 

KISS by Guillermo Calderon
From Australia

Thursday, October 20   7PM

COLDER

by Lachlan Philpott

Directed by Edmund Wilkinson

With Tom Ashton, Hunter Canning, Nyle Lynn, Lindy Rogers, Ryan Taylor, and Judylee Vivier

A young boy is separated from his mother and goes missing in Disneyland. Adrift in the artificial world of giant mice and noisy parades, nobody can account for what happened in the seven frantic hours before he’s found.

Years later his life seems normal, stable, happy. But something about that day haunts him. Something remains unresolved. And then — he disappears again.

53rd Street Library  18 W 53 Street (bet. 5/6 Aves)

 

KISS by Guillermo Calderon
From Chile

Thursday, August 18   7PM

KISS

by Guillermo Calderon

Directed by Rebecca Cunningham

With Ian Cherry, Kristin Dawn-Dumas, Mariam Habib,* Sophie Hassett, Riley King, Jessica Osber [*Member Actors’ Equity Association]

Two couples meet for dinner to take their minds off the war raging around them. An unexpected profession of love, an untimely proposal, and one kiss later, one of the foursome lies dead on the floor. KISS breaks open cultural barriers as a group of western actors interpreting a Syrian play slowly realize the limits of their own understanding, and the suffocating effect of an oppressive, omnipresent regime.

SITI Company  520 8th Ave, 3rd Floor, NYC

 

BACKSTAGE / Front of House by Daniel Libman
From U.K.UNBEARABLY LONG EMBRACES

MAMMOTH

by Nina Hemmings

Thursday, June 2   7PM

Mammoths disappeared 10,000 years ago. Some argue they were hunted to extinction. Others claim that climate change was the cause. In this new play the giant mammals have returned to modern-day Britain. Two women take refuge in a bathroom.
“You’re probably wondering what it was like. My first encounter with a mammoth. Well.  It’s what you’d expect.”

Lucid Body House  230 Lexington Ave @ 33rd Street

 

BACKSTAGE / Front of House by Daniel Libman
From Russia UNBEARABLY LONG EMBRACES

UNBEARABLY LONG EMBRACES

by Ivan Virapaev

Translated by Cazimir Liske

Directed by Grant Kretchik

UNBEARABLY LONG EMBRACES is the story of four people at an existential crossroad. Charlie and Monica thought that their marriage would last forever. But the secrets they keep from each other are too much to bear. They get caught in a journey of discovery and destruction that reaches from New York to Berlin and across the cosmos.

Thursday, April 21    7PM

Lucid Body House  230 Lexington Ave @ 33rd Street

 

BACKSTAGE / Front of House by Daniel Libman
From Austria
Thursday, Feb 25   7PM

hamlet is dead. no gravity

By Ewald Palmetshofer
Translated by Neil Blackadder
Directed by William Hand

From the winner of the Retzhofer Literary Prize comes a darkly funny meditation on life, death, and suburban life.

With Inga Ballard*, Kristen Alyson Browne*, Luke Forbes*, Kevin Gilmartin*, Xavier Reminick, and Alejandra Venancio

*Member Actors Equity Association

Punto Space (325 W 38 Street, NYC)

2015

BACKSTAGE / Front of House by Daniel Libman

Friday, Nov 6, 2015   7PM

The Mecca Tales

By Rohina Malik

Directed by Rohina Malik

Live Oud Music by Scott Wilson

Five Muslim women meet for the first time at the pilgrimage in Mecca known as the Hajj.  Grace, the group’s leader, requires each of the pilgrims to reveal her unique and personal reason for making this journey.  The women must choose whether to reveal themselves and go forward, or to guard their stories and stay behind.  Poetic and transporting,  The Mecca Tales explores  the power of ritual and redemption.  Commissioned by the Goodman Theater, and developed at Chicago Dramatists, The Mecca Tales has been nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Play 2016. white

With Purva Bedi*, Dalia Davi*, Gillian Glasco*, Abraham Makany, Gulshan Mia, and Mary Round

*Member Actors Equity Association

Sheen Center for Thought and Culture (18 Bleecker Street, NYC)

BACKSTAGE / Front of House by Daniel Libman
Presented in association with Queens College and CERRU

MOSQUE ALERT by Jamil Khoury

Directed by Wayne Maugans
Inspired by the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy in New York City, and developed, in part, via live and online conversations and community events, Mosque Alert tells the story of three fictional families living in Naperville, Illinois, whose lives are interrupted by a proposed Islamic Center on the site of a beloved local landmark. Mosque Alert explores the intersections of zoning, civil rights, and Islamophobia, with humor, family drama, and raw honesty.
With Noam Ash, Amr El-Bayoumi*, Christopher Graham*, Polina Ionina, Lameece Issaq*, Dariush Kashani*, Mary Round, Monna Sabouri*, Imran Sheikh*, Paul Urcioli*, and Debra Whitfield*
Assistant Director: Will Hand
Stage Manager: Laura Kabelka
Thursday, Oct 15    7pm    Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
104 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
Friday, Oct 16     10am    Kupferberg Center for the Arts 
65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367
*Member AEA
BACKSTAGE / Front of House by Daniel Libman

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015   7PM

BACKSTAGE / Front of House

By Daniel Libman

Directed by Daniel Libman

Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad. — Euripides Playwright Daniel Libman brings his uncle – famed New York acting teacher Paul Mann – back to life in a searing examination of a great, flawed life, and their relationship. From uncle to hero, guru to bully, what does it mean when the devine in art mixes with the profane in life?

With Catherine Eaton*, Tessa Flannery, Wayne Maugans*, and Jay O. Sanders*

SITI Company Studio (520 8th Ave #310, NYC)

*Member AEA

I ENTER THE VALLEY by Dipika Guha

Thurs, Aug. 13, 2015  7PM

The Soldier’s Daughter

by Ryan Sprague Directed by Nicholas Westemeyer

A year after Carly’s father is killed in the line of duty, she befriends her older brother’s former roommate, Jasper. With her brother following in the father’s footsteps and shipping off to the Middle East, Carly and Jasper begin to connect, sharing more than they ever intended. And the war hero her father was once perceived as, slowly starts to crumble in the wake of a startling truth.

With Alessio Araujo, Ella Dershowitz, Mary Round, Andrew Sanford, and Shelby Wong
Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street, NYC)
I ENTER THE VALLEY by Dipika Guha

Tues, July 28, 2015  8PM

I Enter The Valley

By Dipika Guha
Directed by Cat Miller

Beloved national poet Augusto Reál has not written a scrap for seven years. What’s more, he’s been incredibly happy. Or has he? In the twilight of his life, his once quiet house is flooded with the voices of women who descend upon the valley. They upset him, shatter his peace and in the noise something unspoken begins to stir in them all… I ENTER THE VALLEY is a play about the nature of power, creativity and female friendship inspired by the life of Pablo Neruda.

With Laura Esterman*, Suzy Fay*, Luke Forbes*, Mike Hodge*, Rachel Kenney*, Mary Beth Peil*, and Charles Socarides*

*Member AEA

Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street, NYC)
Thurs, April 16, 2015

TROUT BREAKING THROUGH ICE

By Robert Stanilov
Directed by Rebecca Cunningham
With Emmanuel Elpenord, Dale Fuller, Dave Herigstad, Kris Howard, Polina Ionina, Wayne Maugans, Ryan Pater, Mary Round, and Nicholas Westemeyer

Petrograd, 1921. With food scarce and ice forming on the inside of the windows, poet and musician Mikhail Smourov fights to keep his lover, his privacy, and his artistic soul. Outside, the provisional government is closing in all dissenters. Smourov’s diaries may hold the key to life or death for everyone he has ever held dear. Based on the poems and diaries of Mikhail Kuzmin (1872 – 1936), this reading of Trout Breaking Through Ice is a featured cultural event of Russian-American History Month. For more information, please visit Russian-Amercan Cultural Heritage Center.

Manny Cantor Center (197 East Broadway, NYC)
Thursday, March 26   7PM

BLAST

By Wang Haoran
Translated by Gigi Chang
Directed by Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li
With Jody Doo, Wanning Jen, Ethan Nguyen, and Tadashi Mitsui

In an unnamed Chinese city where industrialization and economic boom bring prosperity to millions, three men living on the edge of poverty grapple to survive in a rapidly-changing culture of iPhones, new cars, and “sit down” toilets. We proudly present the first American reading of the play that was the hit of the 2013 Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Manny Cantor Center (197 East Broadway, NYC)
Thur, Feb 19, 2015  7PM

DO NOT PASS GO (Herr Schuster kauft eine Strasse)

By Ulrike Syha
Translated by Neil Fleming
Directed by Nicholas Westemeyer
With Rachel Fenton, Tessa Flannery, Luke Leonard, Natalie Leonard, and Mary Round

A “lefty liberal’s” garden. Mr. Schuster, his wife, her sister, the mother-in-law, and the new au pair, awaite the arrival of one final guest. Until then, they kill time playing monopoly – a game whose point is to “drive others into insolvency.” But insolvency begins even before the first roll of the dice. Do Not Pass Go is a multi-layered comedy of manners, where Alan Ayckbourn meets David Lynch meets Stephen King.

Manny Cantor Center (197 East Broadway, NYC)

2014

Thursday, Dec 18 2014  7PM

THE PELICAN

By August Strindberg
Translated/Adapted and Directed by Charles C. Bales and Kalle Westerling
With Tessa Flannery, Wayne Maugans*, Mary Round, Nick Westemeyer, and Sara Troficanto

Evil mother Elise has made her own children go hungry while she lived the high life. When her husband dies and their daughter gets married, will things change? August Strindberg’s rarely produced psychological drama The Pelican (in a brand-new translation/adaptation) is just as provocative today as it was when it premiered in 1907.

Manny Cantor Center, 197 E Broadway, NYC *Member AEA
Thursday, Nov 20 2014 7PM

YASMINA’S NECKLACE

By Rohina Malik
Directed by Michele Travis
Live Music by Scott Wilson
With Amr El-Bayoumi*, Shelle Davis*, Kenneth Maharaj*, Najila Said*, Socorro Santiago*, Imran Sheikh*, Gabriel Sloyer*, and Ted Sod*

Meet Abdul Samee: his father is Iraqi, his mother is Puerto Rican-but if you ask him, he’ll say he’s Italian. Longing to shed his cultural identity he changes his name to Sam, marries an American and does everything in his power to turn his back on his heritage. But when Sam meets Yasmina, a beautiful woman from his father’s homeland, he begins to learn that a tree without roots cannot stand for long.

Manny Cantor Center, 197 E Broadway, NYC *Member AEA
Thursday, Oct 23 2014 7PM

NIGHT AT THE BIG CHIEF MOTEL

By Caroline Prugh
Directed by Cat Miller
With Caitlin Mehner, Lori Prince, Samantha Tunis, and Nicholas Westemeyer

May 27, 1994. Abigail and Jet are driving cross-country to meet Richard (boyfriend of former, best friend of latter) in Los Angeles. A new twist on a classic American genre, Night at the Big Chief Motel is a roadtrip fairytale from the era before smartphones and Google Maps.

Manny Cantor Center, 197 E Broadway, NYC
Tuesday Sept 23 2014 7:30PM    Wednesday Sept 24 2014 3PM & 7:30PM

FATHER-LAND

By Bill C. Davis
Directed by Wayne Maugans
With Bill C. Davis*, Ella Dershowitz*, Felix Everding, and Sheila Head*

After being disowned by his family, the grandson of a recently deceased German doctor arrives in America from Germany with a secret and a passionate request that both moves and enrages the adult son and daughter of a World War II American prisoner of war.

Sheen Center Black Box Theater, 18 Bleecker Street, NYC

*Member AEA