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Chill Out With Some Hot Summer Shows with 59E59's Summer Season

59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to announce the lineup of shows for the 2018 Summer Season at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Ticket prices range from $15 - $70 ($15 - $49 for 59E59 Members). Tickets for the summer season go on sale to 59E59 Members on Wednesday, May 23, and to the general public on Wednesday, May 30. Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or by visiting

The 2018 summer season launches in July with the critically acclaimed Arena Stage when they bring their provocative production of THE ORIGINALIST to Theater A as part of 59E59's Subscription Series. July also features 59E59 Theaters' two summer staples: EAST TO EDINBURGH, the festival that features American shows on their way to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and SUMMER SHORTS, the hottest short play festival in NYC.

In August, fall in love with Gianmarco Soresi's unromantic comedy LESS THAN FIFTY%.
Then audience favorite Hersey Felder returns to 59E59, this time as Irving Berlin in the aptly titled Hershey Felder AS Irving Berlin.

In September, Lesser America joins the 59E59 family with the NYC premiere of AGNES. The summer season comes to a fiery close with SEPARATE AND EQUAL, set on the hot cracking asphalt of an aging Birmingham, Alabama basketball court in 1951.

The Full 2018 Summer Line Up at 59E59 Theaters:

July 10 - July 29
Schedule: Varies
Tickets: $15 ($12 for 59E59 Members)

Summer officially kicks off at 59E59 Theaters with the annual EAST TO EDINBURGH, featuring plays from US companies that are premiering at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Show details coming soon.

July 14 - August 19
THE ORIGINALIST written by John Strand, directed by Molly Smith
With Edward Gero and two additional actors to be announced
Produced by Middle Finger Production, LLC and Arena Stage
Tickets: are $25 - $70 ($25 - $49 for 59E59 Members)

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero returns to his "lively performance" (Washington Post) as controversial Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. When a bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with the conservative Justice, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court?

July 20 - September 1
Play line up and cast TBA
Produced by Throughline Artists
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)

59E59 audience favorite SUMMER SHORTS, the annual festival of short plays, returns to 59E59 Theaters. Details coming soon!

August 3 - September 1
LESS THAN 50% by Gianmarco Soresi, directed by Jen Wineman
With Gianmarco Soresi and one more actor TBD
Produced by Robin Milling in Association with James Brent White, Todd and Elizabeth Donovan and New Light Theater Project
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Actor and stand-up comedian Gianmarco Soresi stars in this smart and witty unromantic comedy - a two-hander about something everyone can relate to - love - and all the insane, irrational, and impromptu ways we try to keep it.

August 24 - October 28
Hershey Felder AS Irving Berlin written by Hershey Felder, directed by Trevor Hay
With Hershey Felder
Produced by The Town Hall in Association with Hershey Felder Presents

59E59 favorite Hershey Felder returns with his critically acclaimed salute to Irving Berlin.
>From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to The Silver Screen, and from the pop charts to the steps of the nation's capital, Berlin's music provided America with the soundtrack of a century. Hershey Felder AS Irving Berlin brings the man behind the iconic music to life.

September 5 - September 30
SEPARATE AND EQUAL written and directed by Seth Panitch
With Pamela Afesi, Will Badgett, Ted Barton, Ross Birdsong, Steven Bono Jr., Edwin Brown III, Dylan Davis, Matthew Edwin Lewis, Tony-Donn Edward Lorrich II, Will Travis, and Barbara Wengerd
Produced by the University of Alabama
Tickets: $25 - $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)

Inspired by compelling personal recollections from the Oral History Project at the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum, SEPARATE AND EQUAL is a provocative new theatrical experience that explores the emotional violence of segregation through the playing of a forbidden basketball game between black and white teens in the pressure cooker of 1950's Jim Crow Alabama. A dynamic hybrid of basketball and modern dance, performed to an original Jazz soundtrack, provides a visceral experience of the game. SEPARATE AND EQUAL follows six young men on the very cusp of adulthood as they struggle to break free from a repetitious cycle still evident today.

September 8 - September 29
AGNES written by Catya McMullen, directed by Jenna Worsham
Cast TBA
Produced by Lesser America, in association with Hugh Hayes
Tickets: $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members)

Charlie's been missing, and his roommates have a lot of questions for him. Trapped by a storm on the night of his mysterious return, they each discover how easy it is to miss the mark when it comes to the people you love. With heart, humor and a touch of the bizarre, AGNES explores vulnerability, our limited understanding of Asperger's, and how we strive for human connection, even when it seems impossible.

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