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New York Madness Sets 2017-18 Season at The Kraine Theater

New York Madness Sets 2017-18 Season at The Kraine Theater

New York Madness has announced the schedule for its 2017-18 season, their second in residence with FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). Performances will be on the last Sunday of (almost) every month at 8pm. Tickets ($10) may be purchased in advance at

NYMadness will launch their eighth season on Sunday, September 24 at 8pm with an All-Company Madness. All of the writers, actors and directors will be drawn from members of our company, which now includes over 100 members of the NYC indie theatre community

This season will also feature a special fundraising event on October 29th, three MadLab readings, and co-productions with Lone Star Theatre (dedicated to creating innovative and fresh pieces of theatre for New Yorkers brought to you by Texans), Ego Actus (one of the most vibrant and prolific theatre companies in the independent theatre scene), and The Navigators (Science Fiction Theater with a clear feminist perspective).

NYMadness is excited to welcome the following artists to the company this season:

Actors: Alicia Crowder, C.L. Weatherstone, Celestina Rae, Eternanda Fudge, Fleece, Jessica Vera, Jose Sepulveda, Lisa Hickman, Lori Kee, Mariana Cardenas, Mary Monahan, Michael Haywood, Monica Callan, Rachel Weekley, Russell Jordan, Sara Fetgatter, Sara Thigpen, Sean Patrick Davis, Tyler Linke, Victoria Pollack, Zackia Marckland and Zoe Metcalf-Claw

Directors: Aimee Todoroff, Ali Ayala, Ariel Francoeur, Christopher Burris, Cotton Wright, Dan Swern, David Shane, DeLisa White, James Masciovecchio, Janet Bentley, Katrin Hilbe, Michele O'Brien, Molly Ballerstein, Pete Boisvert, Rebecca Nyahay, Taylor Reynolds

Writers: Dennis A. Allen II, Julienne Hairston, Madhuri Shekar, Nandita Shenoy and Nilsa Reyna

Judith Leora, who was previously the Managing Director for New York Madness will be taking over as the Chair of the new Artistic Leadership team which includes:

Tiffany Fisher-Love, Company Manager

Michael Markham, Acting Company Coordinator

Michele Travis, Directing Company and Development Coordinator

G. Warren Stiles, Technical Coordinator

New York Madness is a raw and unpredictable show of short plays by an ensemble of playwrights presented fully staged with scripts in hand. They write a short play and cast it, rehearse it, and bring it in on its feet. The collected works create a kaleidoscope of cultural moments reflecting this moment in time, framed by a theme that is chosen by the Featured Guest Playwright. The primary goal of Madness is the exploration of modern American Playwriting through the use of theatrical storytelling. Visit

Lone Star Theatre is dedicated to creating innovative and fresh pieces of theatre for New Yorkers brought to you by Texans. Whether a play is by a Texas playwright, or features Texas talent and ingenuity, Lone Star Theatre aims to bring entertaining theatrical events that will whisk the audience away from city life. NY Madness is excited to work with David Davila (Artistic Director), Emily Comisar (Managing Director) and Benjamin Wright (Marketing Director). Go to

Ego Actus, one of the most vibrant and prolific theatre companies in the independent theatre scene. Ego Actus is dedicated to doing art for art's sake. NYM is excited to work with Founders Joan Kane and Bruce A! Kraemer. Go online at

The Navigators' mission is to produce Science Fiction Theater with a clear feminist perspective. They are dedicated to elevating female driven stories in a genre dominated by men by empowering women playwrights, producers, directors, designers, and actors in our productions. We seek to engage new audiences, realize new and daring realities, and expand the boundaries of what theater can achieve by fully exploring sci-fi on stage. NY Madness is excited to work with Bella Boynton (Artistic Director and Playwright), Ariel Francoeur (Producing Director and Resident Director) and Melina Neves (Literary Manager and Resident Actor). Find out more at

FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade is a theater development group with a focus on new work that produces a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater every season. FRIGID's Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. FRIGID New York grew out of the annual FRIGID Festival, the first and only festival of its kind in New York City to offer artists 100% of their box office proceeds, and Horse Trade Theater Group, a self-sustaining theater development and management group. Visit for more.

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