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Most Polite Productions to Present WOMEN & CHILDREN, 6/17-7/9

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Most Polite Productions presents Women & Children, a tale of snow globes, secrets, friendship and love. Written and directed by Michael Boothroyd, Women & Children will be presented at The Paradise Factory on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:45pm, Sunday, June 21st at 2pm, Tuesday, June 23rd at 9:30pm, Wednesday, June 24th at 4:30pm, Tuesday, July 7th at 4pm and Thursday, July 9th at 6pm, as part of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2015.

Marcus, Zinc, Jeff and Arthur, four long-time gay friends, all survivors of decades of change and turmoil in New York City, gather together for a quiet dinner party. But when two unexpected guests show up, including the straight brother of one of those in attendance, the carefully calculated evening goes off the tracks as the group realizes they must all come to terms with past choices they made, those they left behind and what it truly means to be both gay and happy.

The cast of Women & Children features Michael Boothroyd*, James Henry Doan*, Ryan G. Metzger*, Matthew J. Nichols*, Bruch Reed* and Amar Srivastava*. Stage manager is Nicole Kuker*. The approximate running time of the show is one hour. The production is an Equity Showcase.

Michael Boothroyd is a graduate of Emerson College. He previously wrote and directed Stars in My Eyes, based on the poetry of Edward Field, (Midtown International Theatre Festival); Calamus, based on the poetry of Walt Whitman (The Duplex); and hook up at the Strawberry One Act Festival, where he was nominated for Best Director. As an actor, he has performed in New York City at The Flea, Kaye Playhouse, and ATA. Michael has also appeared in commercials, soap operas and films.

Most Polite Productions has been bringing all sorts of drama to NYC for several years. Previous productions include a theatrical presentation of Edwards Fields Hollywood poetry in Stars in My Eyes; a provocative look at the financial elements of dating in hook up; and a review of Walt Whitman's poetry in Calamus at The Duplex.

A portion of ticket sales from Women & Children will go to SAGE: Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders. SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. Their mission is to lead in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging. SAGE offers innovative services and programs to LGBT older people nationwide-throughout New York City and through their national affiliate program, SAGENet. From arts and culture, to health and wellness, and much more, SAGE's innovative services and programs support thousands of LGBT older people in communities around the country. SAGE advocates at the federal, state and local level for public policies that will improve economic security, community support, and health and wellness among a growing population of LGBT older people. For more info, go to www.sageusa.org.

All performances of Women & Children will take place in the Upstairs Theater at The Paradise Factory, located at 64 East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery). All tickets are $18.00. For reservations go to https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/946380 or call 866-811-4111.

For the entire Planet Connections Festivity calendar, go to https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/27385.

Please note: the theatre is wheelchair accessible. The closest subway stops are the L train at 3rd Avenue or the 6 Train at Astor Place. The closest bus lines are the M103 at 4th Street or the M15 at 6th Street.

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity is New York's premiere socially-conscious theatre, music and film festival. The entire festival is aligned to help artist shine a light on the issues facing our society and support the organizations working to make a difference. The 2015 Theatre Festivity will run from June 15-July 12 at The Paradise Factory (located at 64 East 4th Street between the Bowery and 2nd Avenue), and will also play host to special events at various locations in New York City's East Village. For more information visit: www.planetconnections.org.

* - Appearing through the courtesy of Actors' Equity Association


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