Martin Denton Set for THE GIFTED SERIES Talkback, 2/7

Good Works Productions & Fig Tree Productions in association with Stage Left Studio, will present a special Talkback with Martin Denton, editor of Indie Theater Now, following the February 7th performance of The Gifted Series, two riveting and unique solo-shows written by Monica Bauer. The Gifted Series includes The Year I Was Gifted, performed by Monica Bauer and directed by Carolyn Ladd; and Made For Each Other, performed by John Fico and directed by John FitzGibbon.

The Gifted Series will play Friday nights at 7 p.m. (The Year I Was Gifted), and 9 p.m. (Made for Each Other) from February 7th through March 28th, 2014 at Stage Left Studio (214 West 30th St, 6th Fl, Manhattan). Tickets are $25.00 (Special package for both shows for $35.00) and available to purchase online at Tickets may also be purchased half hour before each performance at the venue.

Martin Denton is the editor of Indie Theater Now (ITN), an online service that presents and preserves new American plays in script form. He is the executive director of The New York Experience, a nonprofit corporation that uses new and traditional media to provide tangible support and advocacy for the theatre community in New York City. Through their major programs - Indie Theater Now, nytheater now, NYTE Small Press, and Community Outreach - they highlight, nurture, promote and advance the work of thousands of theatre practitioners making groundbreaking and foundational art in New York City and around the US, and inform and grow theatre audiences.

The Year I Was Gifted and Made for Each Other are currently published and available at Indie Theater Now,

The Year I Was Gifted, February 7-March 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Written & performed by Monica Bauer
Directed by Carolynn Lad
Presented by Good Works Productions in association with Stage Left Studio

The year is 1969. A 16 year old girl from Nebraska meets her first gay friend, and has to decide which is more important; keeping her scholarship to a prestigious boarding school for the arts, or honoring her conscience and speaking out against an anti-gay administration? Who are we willing to betray to stay gifted? A true story, written and performed by award-winning playwright Monica Bauer, who plays several roles, including Young Monica (desperate to find her tribe in the arts), Present Day Monica (the narrator with a wry sense of humor), and Bill Sherwood (a 17 year old composition major who teaches his friend about the hazards of being gay in the 1960?s).

Made for Each Other, February 7th-March 28th, 2014 at 9 p.m.
By Monica Bauer
Performed by John Fico
Directed by John FitzGibbon
Presented by Fig Tree Productions in association with Stage Left Studio

Made for Each Other is the love story of Vincent, an acerbic, witty, closeted science teacher in his mid-fifties, and Jerry, a down-to-earth nurse who cares for Vincent?s mother in an Alzheimer?s ward. When Jerry proposes to Vincent after the third date, he has no idea that Vincent?s told him a lie, a lie that might destroy their relationship. On the night before their wedding, Vincent must decide if he will tell the truth before the ceremony, and give Jerry the chance to back out. Each of these men carries a voice in their subconscious minds which pushes them toward each other. Vincent carries his Alzheimer?s addled Broadway diva mother, and Jerry carries within him his irascible old Italian grandfather.

Tickets are $25.00 (Special package for both shows for $35.00) and available to purchase online at Tickets may also be purchased half hour before each performance at the venue.

Stage Left Studio is located at 214 West 30th St, 6th Fl, New York, NY 10001.
Between 7th and 8th Avenues, across the street from St. John the Baptist Church.
Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, B, D, F, N, R and Q lines.

For more information on The Gifted Series visit

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