Photo Coverage: Charles Messina's TENEMENT PLAYS
Shortened Attention Span is presenting "THE TENEMENT PLAYS", an evening of one acts by playwright Charles Messina at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre (50 West 13th Street) on Thursday, March 29 through Sunday April 1st. BroadwayWorld.com was there to capture opening night!
The evenings will include the award-winning “Merging” and “Fugazy”, and the World Premiere of “Sick Bastids”.
In "THE TENEMENT PLAYS" the NYC born and raised Messina takes us into the world of three disparate stories all taking place in one downtown tenement building.
In 'FUGAZY', which won the Audience Award for Best Play in 2009 at The Players Theater in Greenwich Village, the authenticity of an expensive watch calls into question the character of a deceased father.
'MERGING', which won Best One Act Play in the 2008 SAS Horror Festival, explores the world of an estranged couple whose child has inexplicably gone missing.
'SICK BASTIDS' brings its audience into the twisted and hysterical world of hypochondriacs and their unwillingness to get well.
The cast for “THE TENEMENT PLAYS” includes Maria DiDomenico, Nick Fondulis, Ivan Goris, Anthony Marino, Jackie Wolter, DJ Canaday, John Stagnari, John Pieza, Bill Krakouer and Susan Campanaro. The plays are being directed by Gina Ferranti, Carlo Rivieccio and Alan Gordon.
Charles Messina's plays present a world that is wholly New York. Best known for his deconstructive take on biographical subjects, Mr. Messina is currently working with rock & roll legend Dion DiMucci, writing a musical about the singer’s life entitled "The Wanderer." His play "A Room of My Own," about an Italian American family living in Greenwich Village in the 1970s, was just optioned for stage and screen by producer TEd Kurdyla with actors Ralph Macchio and Mario Cantone attached in the lead roles. Mr. Messina’s "Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God" about the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has also received across-the-board critical acclaim.
“THE TENEMENT PLAYS” are being presented at the 13th St Repertory Theater at 50 West 13th Street March 30 and 31 at 7:00pm and April 1 at 3pm. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at ShortenedAttentionSpan.com.
Photos by Linda Lenzi
Ivan Goris, Maria DiDomenico and Nick Fondulis
DJ Canaday and Jackie Wolter
DJ Canaday, Jackie Wolter and Anthony Marino
John Stagnari, Susan Campanaro, John Pieza and Bill Krakauer
Robert R. Blume and Jim Dailakis
Bill Krakauer and John Stagnari
The cast and creative team of Tenement Plays