EST Showcases New Works with Octoberfest 2005, Oct. 5-30

Ensemble Studio Theatre will present Octoberfest 2005, the 25th annual month-long festival of new comedy, drama, poetry, and storytelling by members of E.S.T., featuring over 70 full theatrical productions, musicals, staged readings, comedy and cabaret. Performances begin October 5th and continue through October 30th.  

This year's Octoberfest will feature more than 600 actors, directors and writers, including Amy Irving ("Crossing Delancy," Traffic), Andrew McCarthy (Pretty in Pink, Mulholland Falls), Paul Ben-Victor (Drowning Mona), Leslie Lyles (Ladder 49, Mona Lisa Smile), Billy Hopkins (I Love You I Love You Not, Alexander, Chocolat), David Margulies (Angels in America, "The Sopranos," Celebrity), among others, performing new works by Arthur Giron (Flight, Moving, Bodies), Horton Foote (The Young Man From Atlanta, Trip To Bountiful), Amy Fox (Heights, Summer Cyclone), Rob Ackerman (Airborn), Bill Bozzone, Conrad Bromberg (Silent Witness), Peter Maloney and Jeffrey Sweet (Solving Your Script, The Dramatist's Toolkit).

Started a quarter century ago, this members festival, performed on E.S.T.'s two stages, is sponsored by Ensemble Studio Theatre's over 500 artist members and "has become a spawning ground for new American plays, music, poetry, stand-up and performance art. All of this directly serves E.S.T.'s mission to nurture artists and develop new plays for the American stage," according to press notes.

Octoberfest 2005 will run in both of E.S.T.'s theatres, Sunday through Saturday at 7:00pm and 8:30pm, with additional matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm and 3:30pm.  The O-Fest Cabaret will run every Thursday night in October at 10:30pm.

Ensemble Studio Theatre is located at 549 West 52nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.  Reservations can be made by calling 212-247- 4982. 

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