DINING WITH PLOETZ Set To Open At Theater For The New City, 9/6
Dining with Ploetz, an evening of one-acts, will play at Theater for the New City September 5 - 22. Opening night is slated for Friday, September 6 at 8:00 pm. Written by playwright and published author Richard Ploetz, the production features three dark comedies, Goldfish, Memory Like a Pale Green Clock and Bone Appetite.
The one-acts feature a repertory cast that has numerous Broadway and off-Broadway credits. Longtime collaborators Steven Hauck and Richard Ploetz direct. Dining with Ploetz is presented by Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director, in association with Nedworks, Inc.
Sabrina, a feral child, just turned 6 and her parents are throwing her a party in their shabby loft in the desolate rug district. After the cake is eaten, the parents and their only friend Beth, wait for an aristocratic couple to arrive. The couple arrives minutes before midnight with a strange "poet" they just met on the street. Now, as a goldfish presides, the evening begins.
MEMORY LIKE A PALE GREEN CLOCK
A husband surprises his wife with a romantic dinner at an extravagant restaurant. Across from them is a woman sitting alone that he remembers but can't place. As his distraction persists his wife becomes increasingly irritated. While the evening unravels an ancient waiter serves as an enigmatic master of ceremonies.
A tale inspired by a true story. One character focuses on a special dinner, the other on how it will be served. What is at "steak" here, a simple meal or something of a more existential nature? Enlightenment--served as desert?
The repertory cast includes Wynne Anders (off-Broadway Claymont/Emerging Artists), Elizabeth A. Bell (A Fool's Lear/IRT), Christopher Borg (Charles Busch's The Confession of Lily Dare/TNC), Claudia Fabella (Universal Kids/NBC), Steven Hauck (Broadway Irena's Vow), Jamie Heinlein (off-Broadway Penny Penniworth/Emerging Artists), and Ryan HilIiard (off-Broadway Grey Gardens/Playwrights Horizon).
The creative team includes lighting design by Alex Bartenieff and scenic design by Mark Marcante. Elizabeth Ramsay serves as production stage manager and production manager. Produced by Nedworks, Inc.
Performances take place at Theater for the New City, 155 1st Avenue (Between 9th & 10th Street), New York City, NY 10003. Subways: L to 1st Avenue, 4/6 to Astor Place, F to 2nd Avenue, R/W to 8th Street.
Tickets are $18.00 and can be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4304402 or by calling (212) 868-4444 Tickets purchased before August 30 are $12. Running time: 85 minutes.
Thursday, September 5 at 8:00 pm (Preview)
Friday, September 6 at 8:00 pm (Opening Night)
Saturday, September 7 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 8 at 3:00 pm
Monday, September 9 at 8:00 pm
Wednesday, September 11 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 12 at 8:00 pm
Friday, September 13 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 19 at 8:00 pm
Friday, September 20 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 22 at 3:00 pm
Richard Ploetz (Playwright, Director of Goldfish, Bon Appetite) has had plays produced in New York City at the WPA Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Theater Genesis, LaMaMa ETC, Emerging Artists Theater, Theater for the New City (Deceit 2013, Versailles 2014, Old Flame 2015) and the Kraine Theater. In California his play Oli's Icecream Suit was produced at the West Coast Repertory Theatre. He studied playwriting at the Yale School of Drama and received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia. Richard has published poems, short stories and children's books. Clement Oubrerie, graphic artist, and he collaborated on NEDTOONS, a cartoon series featuring Ned, a very smart corgi. Richard teaches composition and playwriting at NYU and is a long-term instructor at Lehman College's Adult Learning Center. He is a member of Emerging Artists Theater, The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and The Dramatists Guild. He and his wife, Carol Dudgeon (Producer), founded their not for profit production company Nedworks, Inc. in 2015. www.richardploetz.com
Steven Hauck (Director of Memory Like a Pale Green Clock) has directed at Theater Aspen, The Red Barn Playhouse and the Barn Theater, where he helmed productions of Lend Me a Tenor and Anything Goes starring the late, great Marin Mazzie. In New York he has directed for Dixon Place, FACT Theater Company and Young Playwrights. As an actor, Steven has appeared on Broadway in The Velocity of Autumn and Irena's Vow. Other New York theater credits include One Arm (The New Group/Moisés Kaufman, director), The Screwtape Letters (Westside Theater), Crossing Swords (Outstanding Performance Award; NYMF) and Deceit by Richard Ploetz (Theatre for the New City). Select film and tv credits include Ocean's Eight, Spike Lee Joints Oldboy and Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Blue Bloods, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Americans, and a reoccurring role on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.