SUMMER SHORTS 2016 Kicks Off 10th Season at 59E59 Theaters Tonight

59E59 Theaters and Throughline Artists present SUMMER SHORTS 2016, now in its 10th season of celebrating summer and the short form.

In Series A, Maggie Burke and David Deblinger join Cusi Cram's THE HELPERS. Neil LaBute's AFTER THE WEDDING features Frank Harts and Elizabeth Masucci. THIS IS HOW IT ENDS, by A. Rey Pamatmat, features Rosa Gilmore, Nadine Malouf, Sathya Sridharan, Chinaza Uche, and Kerry Warren.

In Series B, Sinem Meltem Dogan, James Rees and Dana Watkins star in Richard Alfredo's THE DARK CLOTHES OF NIGHT. Alexander Dinelaris's QUEEN (inspired by "The Woman Who Came at Six O'Clock" by Gabriel García Márquez) features Casandera M.J. Lollar, Chris McFarland, and Saverio Tuzzolo. BLACK FLAG, by Idris Goodwin, features Francesca Carpanini, Suzette Azariah Gunn, and Ruy Iskandar.

Full details on SUMMER SHORTS 2016 line-up:


Performance schedule: 7/22 @8:15 PM; 7/23 @8:15 PM; 7/24 at 7:15 PM; 7/26 at 7:15 PM; 7/27 at 7:15 PM; 7/28 at 7:15 PM; 7/29 at 8:15 PM; 7/31 at 3:15 PM; 8/6 at 2:15 PM; 8/7 at 7:15 PM; 8/9 at 7:15 PM; 8/10 at 7:15 PM; 8/13 at 8:15 PM; 8/14 at 3:15 PM; 8/18 at 7:15 PM; 8/19 at 8:15 PM; 8/20 at 2:15 PM; 8/21 at 7:15 PM; 8/23 at 7:15 PM; 8/24 at 7:15 PM; 8/27 at 8:15 PM; 8/28 at 3:15 PM; 9/1 at 7:15 PM; 9/2 at 8:15 PM

Press Opening: Sunday, July 31 at 3:15 PM

THE HELPERS by Cusi Cram, directed by Jessi D. Hill

With Maggie Burke (The New Century, Lincoln Center Theater) and David Deblinger (The Atmosphere of Memory, LAByrinth Theater Company)

Jane and Nate have a complicated and thorny past. Jane used to help Nate but now that the tables are turned can Jane take the leap and let Nate help her? A bittersweet comedy about risk, kindness, and how difficult it can be to let people in.

AFTER THE WEDDING by Neil LaBute, directed by Maria Mileaf

With Frank Harts (A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway) and Elizabeth Masucci (Neil LaBute's Good Luck (in Farsi), Summer Shorts/59E59)

A man and a woman meet to discuss her infidelities. However, the more the woman confesses, the more the man professes his love for her. AFTER THE WEDDING is a comedic and bittersweet look at love, lust and forgiveness.

THIS IS HOW IT ENDS by A. Rey Pamatmat, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar

With PatRick Cummings (Bright Star on Broadway), Rosa Gilmore (The Taming of the Shrew, NYSF/Delacorte Theater), Nadine Malouf (The Who & The What, LCT3), Sathya Sridharan (Hapgood, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Chinaza Uche (Brownsville Song, Seattle Rep), and Kerry Warren (The River with Hugh Jackman)

How would you spend your last day on Earth? Jake is about to find out, because his all-too-perfect roommate Annie has just broken some seriously disturbing news. She's the Anti-Christ, her co-workers are the Four Horseman, and the end is most definitely nigh. A hilarious and touching new play about life, love, and making the most of the time we're given.


Performance schedule: 7/30 at 8:15 PM; 7/31 at 7:15 PM; 8/2 at 7:15 PM; 8/3 at 7:15 PM; 8/4 at 7:15 PM; 8/5 at 8:15 PM; 8/6 at 8:15 PM; 8/7 at 3:15 PM; 8/11 at 7:15 PM; 8/12 at 8:15 PM; 8/13 at 2:15 PM; 8/14 at 7:15 PM; 8/16 at 7:15 PM; 8/17 at 7:15 PM; 8/20 at 8:15 PM; 8/21 at 3:15 PM; 8/25 at 7:15 PM; 8/26 at 8:15 PM; 8/27 at 2:15 PM; 8/28 at 7:15 PM; 8/30 at 7:15 PM; 8/31 at 7:15 PM; 9/3 at 2:15 PM and 8:15 PM

Press Opening: Sunday, August 7 at 3:15 PM

THE DARK CLOTHES OF NIGHT by Richard Alfredo, directed by Alexander Dinelaris

With Sinem Meltem Dogan, James Rees (Measure for Measure, NYSF/Delacorte Theater), Dana Watkins (The Jazz Age, 59E59)

Burke Sloane is a hard-knuckle Film Noir private eye, caught in a web of perfumed intrigue. Rob Marlowe is a professor of Film Semiotics, toggling between gender politics and fanboy fantasies. Their paths collide in a kaleidoscope of shifting identities, femme fatales and deadly horticulture. A doppelgänger whodunit.

QUEEN by Alexander Dinelaris, inspired by The Woman Who Came at Six O'Clock by Gabriel García Márquez, directed by Victor Slezak

With Casandera M.J. Lollar (Teeth of the Sons, Cherry Lane Theater), Chris McFarland (Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage), Saverio Tuzzolo (After Hours, touring sketch comedy group)

Everyday at six o'clock a prostitute named Queen, comes into Joe's restaurant for a free meal. And everyday for years the routine has been the same. But today isn't everyday.

BLACK FLAG by Idris Goodwin, directed by Logan Vaughn

With Francesca Carpanini (The Tempest, dir Michael Greif, NYSF/Delacorte Theater), Suzette Azariah Gunn (Paradox of the Urban Cliché, LAByrinth Theater Company), Ruy Iskandar (MacBeth, Lincoln Center Theater)

Sydney is from Georgia. Deja is from Detroit. These two new dorm-mates cannot wait to start their freshman year together. That is, until Sydney decides to decorate their room with a little piece of "Southern pride." Now, all bets are off. BLACK FLAG is a biting new play about allegiance, censorship, and the price of honoring the past.

SUMMER SHORTS 2016 begins tonight, July 22 and runs through Saturday, September 3. Series A and Series B run in rep with a general performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:15 PM, Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM and 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM & 7:15 PM. Please note, there are no matinee performances on Saturday, July 23; Sunday, July 24; or Saturday, July 30. A calendar with a detailed performance schedule is available for download. Press Opening for Series A is Sunday, July 31 at 3:15 PM. Press Opening for Series B is Sunday, August 7 at 3:15 PM.

Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members). A Pair of Shorts (a ticket to both Series A & B) is $40 (available until August 17). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visit

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