Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!

Throughline Artists (J.J. Kandel and John McCormack, Producing Directors) presents SUMMER SHORTS 5, their fifth annual festival of new American short plays from established and emerging writers, at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street). Performances began Thursday August 4th, and continue through Saturday September 3rd. This season's cast includes Mando Alvarado, Jeff Binder, Christian Campbell, James Chen, Nick Choksi, Erin Darke, Crystal Finn, Arthur French, Meg Gibson, Kathryn Grody, Beth Hoyt, Neal Huff, J.J. Kandel, Megan Ketch, TEd Koch, Jodie Markell, Shirley A. Rumierk, Socorro Santiago, Rebecca Schull, Ryan Cyrus Shams, Victor Slezak, AiDan Sullivan, Louise Sullivan, Maryann Towne, Ryan Tramont, and Lydia Weintraub. Check out photos from the opening night reception below!

Featured will be eight Premieres from some of New York's finest established and emerging playwrights, including In This, Our Time... by Alexander Dinelaris (Zanna Don't, Still Life), directed by J.J. Kandel; Triple Trouble With Love written & directed by Christopher Durang (Beyond Therapy, Sister Mary Ignatius..., The Marriage of Bette and Boo); Some Women In Their Thirties Simply Start To Fall by Tina Howe (Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances, Pride's Crossing), directed by Billy Hopkins; The New Testament by Neil LaBute (reasons to be pretty, Fat Pig), directed by Dolores Rice; Clap Your Hands by Keith Reddin (Rum and Coke, Life During Wartime, Frame 312), directed by Billy Hopkins; Lessons For An Unaccustomed Bride by José Rivera (Oscar nominee for The Motorcycle Diaries, Obie winner for References To Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot), directed by Jen Wineman; The Green Book written & directed by Will Scheffer (HBO's "Big Love"); and Carrie & Francine by 17-year-old Ruby Rae Spiegel, directed by Laura Barnett.

George Xenos will provide scenic design, with costume design by Michael Bevins and lighting design by Greg MacPherson.

Summer Shorts returns for another summer of new American one-acts featuring original plays by the country's top playwrights. Representing some of today's best writing, directing and acting talents, Summer Shorts celebrates theatre, summer and the short form. The festival's two separate series offer a diverse range of voices, styles, and subject matter. Summer Shorts 5 offers eight world premiere one-act plays, in two separate evenings. The two series will run in rotating repertory.

Throughline Artists (J.J. Kandel and John McCormack, Producing Directors) is committed to preserving the traditions of the theater for the next generation by providing opportunities for established professionals to work with and pass on knowledge to emerging artists.
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) is the Drama Desk Award-winning state-of-the-art theater complex located on 59th Street between Park and Madison Avenues in Manhattan. Owned and operated by the Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation, a not-for profit operating foundation, 59E59 Theaters has set an invigorating policy of bringing new, challenging and entertaining work to a new Off Broadway neighborhood.
Performances will be Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:15, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:15pm, with matinees Saturdays at 2:15 and Sundays at 3:15. Tickets are $18 each (59E59 Members $12.60). Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office (Monday 12Noon - 6pm, Tuesday - Sunday 12Noon - final curtain), by phone through Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 <file://localhost/tel/212-279-4200> or online at www.ticketcentral.com. Service fees apply to phone and web purchases.

For more information, please visit www.59e59.org  or www.throughlineartists.org 

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
attending the Summer Shorts 5: 2011 OPENING RECEPTION! in New York City.

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
'Carrie & Francine' : Lydia Weintraub & Louise Sullivan

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
'Carrie & Francine' : Lydia Weintraub & Louise Sullivan

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Lydia Weintraub

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Louise Sullivan

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Playwright Ruby Rae Spiegel

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Director: Laura Barnett

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
'Carrie & Francine': Playwright Ruby Rae Spiegel, Lydia Weintraub, Louise Sullivan & Director Laura Barnett

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
'Clap Your Hands': Victor Slezak, Megan Ketch, J.J. Kandel & Meg Gibson, Clara Hopkins Daniels & Director Billy Hopkins

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
'Clap Your Hands': Victor Slezak, Megan Ketch, J.J. Kandel & Meg Gibson

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Megan Ketch & J.J. Kandel

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Megan Ketch

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Director J.J. Kandel

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Meg Gibson

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Victor Slezak

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
'The Green Book' : Neal Huff, Jodie Markell, Christian Campbell & Rebecca Schull

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
'The Green Book' : Jodie Markell, Neal Huff, Playwright / Director Will Scheffer, Christian Campbell & Rebecca Schull

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Playwright / Director Will Scheffer

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Jodie Markell

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Neal Huff

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Rebecca Schull

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Christian Campbell

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America Olivo & Christian Campbell

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
America Olivo & Christian Campbell

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
'In This, Our Time': TEd Koch, Playwright Alexander Dinelaris, Maryanne Towne, Erin Darke, Director J.J. Kandel & Ryan Tramont

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Maryann Towne

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TEd Koch

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Playwright: Alexander Dinelaris

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Erin Darke

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Ryan Tramont

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
'The New Testament': Jeff Binder

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
'The New Testament': Jeff Binder

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
'The New Testament': James Chen

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
James Chen

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
James Chen

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Some Women in Their Thirties Simply Start to Fall: Kate Geller, Arthur French, Crystal Finn, Kathryn Grody & Ryan Shams

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Some Women in Their Thirties Simply Start to Fall: Kathryn Grody, Arthur French, Kate Geller, Ryan Shams, Billy Hopkins, Crystal Finn & Tina Howe

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Kate Geller

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Arthur French

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Crystal Finn

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Ryan Shams a

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Playwright: Tina Howe

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Kathryn Grody

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Mandy Patinkin & Kathryn Grody

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!
Mandy Patinkin & Kathryn Grody

Photo Coverage: SUMMER SHORTS 5 Celebrates Opening Night!



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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.