Photo Flash: First Look at SUMMER SHORTS 5 Series A
Throughline Artists (J.J. Kandel and John McCormack, Producing Directors) will present 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 will begin 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.
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 <http://www.ticketcentral.com/> . Service fees apply to phone and web purchases.
For more information, please visit www.59e59.org <http://www.59e59.org/> or www.throughlineartists.org <http://www.throughlineartists.org/>
In This, Our Time...
By Alexander Dinelaris
Directed By J.J. Kandel
With Erin Darke, TEd Koch*, Maryann Towne, Ryan Tramont
Dealing with compromise, loneliness and the unmet expectations of the American dream, a middle class family struggles with the distance between the lives they imagined and the lives they live.
Triple Trouble With Love
Written and Directed By Christopher Durang
With Nick Choksi, Beth Hoyt, AiDan Sullivan
Two women and one man, feeling stressed and trapped, wonder why their relationships never seem to work out. Struggling with neurosis, insecurity, being too picky, and too understanding, these characters try to find normal.
The New Testament
By Neil LaBute
Directed By Dolores Rice
With Mando Alvarado, Jeff Binder*, James Chen
A recently cast actor meets with the producer and writer of a Biblical epic, only to be asked to leave the project. Old Testament-style chaos ensues.
Carrie & Francine
By Ruby Rae Spiegel
Directed Laura Barnett
With Louise Sullivan, Lydia Weintraub
A story about coming of age in America at a time when girls are made to believe they need to grow up fast.
PHOTO CREDIT: Rahav Segev
Lydia Weintraub and Louise Sullivan