40 Full Productions, Music & Film Festivals and More Set for PCTF, 5/12-6/8
The full lineup has been announced for the 2014 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York's premiere eco-friendly/socially-conscious theatre festival running from May 12-June 8 at the Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street) upstairs & downstairs theaters. With 40 full productions, over 10 free staged readings, music & film festivals and more, one thing that makes Planet Connections unique is that each show partners with a charity and some of the ways they offer support are soliciting donations at shows, holding special benefit performances, fundraisers and/or talkbacks after performances with charity representatives. The music festival will take place at 8pm on May 21, 22 & June 5 at R Bar (218 Bowery).
For more information on the festivity, the full lineup and scheduling information, and to purchase tickets to the full productions (priced at $18), please visit www.PlanetConnections.org.
Some of the full productions at the upstairs theater include: Lucy, an autobiographical play about comedienne Lucille Ball written by Planet Connections Playwriting Award Winner Lenny Schwartz; The Quest for a Hero! which chronicles an adventurous journey within a video game written by Planet Connections Playwriting Award Winner Michael Hagins; But for the Grace...a docu theater piece about the anti-hunger movement; Why Don't I Have a Girlfriend? a musical comedy about a computer programmer who is a whiz with computers but a total loser when it comes to the ladies; political drama Graceless; and 29x/y, an experimental collage play that fuses Craigslist, Facebook, dance, poetry, music and the occasional rabbit.
Some full productions at the downstairs theater include: Why Bother? an evening of one acts by playwrights Robin Rothstein, John Pollono, Tony Glazer & two-time Planet Connections Playwriting Award Winner Mark Jason Williams; Dig Infinity! the story of Lord Buckley (1906-1960) the influential jazz comedian, philosopher & premier beatnik rapper; Allie's Appendix, a surreal comedy with heart written by award winning playwright Robin Rice Litchig; Vacation-All I Ever Wanted! adventure, ponies and love...all found on vacation in this comedy; Interpreting Her Martyr'd Signs', a unique adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus's Andronicus; Virus Attacks Heart an intricate dissection of a one night stand written by Shannon Murdoch, the 2011 winner of the Yale Drama Series Award; and A Line in the Sand, Adina Taubman's one-person docudrama, based on interviews conducted in Littleton, Colorado in 1999 following the massacre at Columbine High School.
Also included in the festivity's eclectic lineup are: Leashes For Dinosaurs, Downward Facing Debbie, Diary of a Catholic School Dropout, Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen, Life in Plastic, Pieces, Donkey, The Lost, or How To: Just Be, Hazard a Little Death, Mom Baby God, The Perpetual Earth Program, Devil Lay Me Down, The Home, For Our Own, Other(s), DeliveryBOI, Coyote on a Fence, Maison des Reves, The Picture (of Dorian Gray), Slam Team, Natural Novice, Friends, Family...and Therapy!, BUBBA, Getting Away With It, Art Because Hats, La Matadora, Selling Off Secrets & ZEN A.M.
The 2014 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Gala 'One Acts for a Cause' is set to take place on Sunday, June 22 at 7:30pm at the East 13th Street Theater (136 East 13th Street). The evening will benefit the non-profit NYC food services agency City Harvest and showcase world premiere one-act plays by four acclaimed playwrights: Obie Award-winner Israel Horovitz, Erik Ehn, Wendy MacLeod & Winter Miller. Tickets can be purchased online at www.PlanetConnections.org.
Fostering a diverse cross-section of performances and events, the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere. At the heart of the Festivity are like-minded individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, music and film, while supporting organizations which give back to the community at large. During the Festivity, each show and event partners with a charity and some of the ways they offer support are soliciting donations at shows, holding special benefit performances, fundraisers and/or talkbacks after performances with charity representatives. For more information on the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, visit www.PlanetConnections.org