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Natalie Menna is an award-winning playwright and actress living in downtown Brooklyn. A native New Yorker, she was recently awarded Outstanding Playwriting of a One-Act and Outstanding Overall Production of a One-Act for her play Occasionally Nothing in Planet Connections Festival 2016. She was also awarded Outstanding Overall Production of a Reading and Best Actor for her full-length drama Committed at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2015. Committed, produced by Ego Actus, received six nominations, including Outstanding Production of a Staged Reading, Outstanding Playwright For A New Play in a Reading, Best Director, Best Actress, and Two Nominations for Best Actor.

She was nominated for Outstanding Writer for her full-length comedy Zen A.M. in Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2014. Her solo show Roberta! was featured in United Solo Theatre Festival, Theatre Row, in November 2014 and for an Encore Presentation in September 2016. Select previous awards include The Nettie Award for Best Solo Show for her play I-pod in the Network One-Act Festival, and Best Actress for I-pod in The Midtown International Theatre Festival. I-Pod also was part of United Solo Festival 2013. Her play Hiroshi-Me, Me, Me was a finalist in both The Strawberry Festival and The Network One-Act Festival, with two nominations for Best Actress and Winner for Best Supporting Actress.

I-pod, Roberta!, and Zen A.M. published on indietheaternow in 2016.

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Theatre for the New City to Present August Strindberg Rep in MISS JULIE 1925

From June 27 to July 7, Theater for the New City will present August Strindberg Rep in a production, translated from the Swedish and adapted by Robert Greer, that transplants Strindberg's story to a Long Island country estate in 1925. 
25th Anniversary Production Of ORSON'S SHADOW Comes to Theatre For the New City

From March 14 to 31, Theater for the New City (TNC), in association with Oberon Theatre Ensemble and Strindberg Rep, will present the 25th Anniversary presentation of 'Orson's Shadow' by Austin Pendleton, directed by the author.
HIROSHI-ME-ME-ME by Natalie Menna to be Presented at Theater for the New City This Month

HIROSHI-ME-ME-ME, written by Natalie Menna, is coming to Theater for the New City this month. Learn how to purchase tickets!
Theater for the New City to Present August Strindberg's CREDITORS Beginning This Month

From April 27 to May 14, Theater for the New City will present an innovative August Strindberg Rep production of Strindberg's 'Creditors.' The 1888 drama will be updated to modern Long Island in this adaptation, which is newly translated and directed by Robert Greer. 
HEDDA GABLER Postponed One Week Due to a Casting Change

Due to a cast change, 'Hedda Gabler' must postpone its opening by one week. The production now begins September 29, runs through October 9. Sean Phillips takes over role of Eilert Lovborg.
Theater for the New City to Present August Strindberg Rep in HEDDA GABLER in September

Director/translator Robert Greer will set Ibsen's 'Hedda Gabler' in 1981 Norway for the world premiere of his modern translation of the play, which will be presented by Theater for the New City September 23 to October 9.
OCCASIONALLY, NOTHING Absurdist Play By Natalie Menna Announced at Theatre for the New City

It was inevitable, perhaps, that post-truth politics would seep into 21st century absurdist theater.  One sunny example is 'Occasionally Nothing' by Natalie Menna, which takes us to an upsetting time-to-come when something can become a profound, obvious nothing. 
Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Love Gets Debated, The Duplex Gets a Makeover and the K.G.B. Switches Allegiances

An audience participation panel discussion show that tours one-nighters around the country debates how to get dating right.
Theater for the New City Presents August Strindberg's DANCE OF DEATH, PARTS ONE AND TWO

From February 25 to March 13, Theater for the New City (TNC) will present the August Strindberg Rep production of August Strindberg's 'Dance of Death, Parts One and Two,' newly translated and directed by Robert Greer.
August Strindberg Rep Performs DANCE OF DEATH, PARTS 1 & 2 at Theater for the New City This Month

From February 25 to March 13, Theater for the New City (TNC) will present the August Strindberg Rep production of August Strindberg's 'Dance of Death, Parts One and Two,' newly translated and directed by Robert Greer.
The Theater for the New City Production of OCCASSIONALLY NOTHING Postponed to the Fall

The Theater for the New City production of 'Occasionally Nothing' by Natalie Menna, which was originally scheduled for June 4-20, 2021, has been postponed to September 19-October 9, 2021
OCCASIONALLY NOTHING to be Presented by Theater for the New City

It was inevitable, perhaps, that post-truth politics would seep into 21st century absurdist theater. One sunny example is 'Occasionally Nothing' by Natalie Menna, which takes us to an upsetting time-to-come when something can become a profound, obvious nothing. Life becomes the time in between the sometimes which sometimes happen.
SMARTPHONE SHORTS to be Presented at Oberon Theatre Ensemble's Film Festival

LanDan Consulting has announced Oberon Theatre Ensemble's 'Smartphone Shorts' (Brad Fryman, Artistic Director). An evening featuring short films created during Oberon's Smartphone Workshops. The films were shot exclusively on smartphones as the ensemble negotiated its way through the pandemic.
Strindberg's THE PELICAN and ISLE OF THE DEAD Will Have World Premieres Together at TNC

Sweden's greatest modernist playwright, August Strindberg, returned from the Continent to Stockholm in 1906, where he lived out his last seven years. There he wrote 'The Pelican' for his Intimate Theater in 1907 and 'Isle of the Dead' (Toten-Insel) immediately after as its prologue. The latter was unpublished until 1918 and rediscovered in the early 60s, when it was found and promptly dismissed as an incomplete fragment. The two plays were finally reunited by Ingmar Bergman in a radio version in 2003. It was his last dramatic production. From February 6 to 22 August Strindberg Rep, a resident company of Theater for the New City (TNC), will bring the two plays to the stage together for the first time in history. It will also be the world premiere of new English translations of both plays by Robert Greer, Artistic Director of Strindberg Rep, who helms the production.
Theater for the New City Presents THE FATHER By August Strindberg, Translated By Robert Greer

From August 25 to September 2, Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival will present the world premiere of a new translation by Robert Greer of August Strindberg's 'The Father,' directed by Mr. Greer and performed by an ensemble of actors from August Strindberg Rep, who developed the piece in a workshop production last November at Gene Frankel Theatre. 
TNC Presents ZEN A.M. By Natalie Menna, A Comedy Of New Age Manners & Mores

It's Lower Manhattan in 2005 and a new painter and 9/11 survivor faces an artistic dilemma -- should he cave to shifting cultural mores or stand his sacred ground over a commission? 
Nylon Fusion Theatre Company Presents New Plays Including John Patrick Shanley's THE ESTIMATE

Nylon Fusion Theatre Presents What's The Big Idea? Myth / Reality Featuring new plays by John Patrick Shanley's 'The Estimate' and Natalie Menna's 'Steps.'
ZEN A.M. By Natalie Menna Announced At Theatre For The New City

Since classical times, artists have always had to reconcile the demands of their patrons with their own artistic integrity.  In the 21st century, the patrons' demands can come from both the left and right. 'Zen A.M.,' a new comedy by Natalie Menna, illustrates the conundrum, nesting it in present-day issues of class identification, compassion, cultural identity and creative resistance.  Theater for the New City will present the world premiere of the piece May 31 to June 16, directed by Andrew Block.
Strindberg Rep Presents THE FATHER At Historic Gene Frankel Theatre NYC

LanDan Consulting announces that Brad Fryman is taking on the title role in Robert Greer's new translation of August Strindberg's 'The Father' at Strindberg Rep.
#METHREE By Natalie Menna Comes to the Gene Frankel Theatre

Resident playwright Natalie Menna offers an evening of three comedies about the role of narcissism in the battle of the sexes.

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