Estrogenius Festival at Manhattan TheatreSource

The Manhattan Theatre Source present Estrogenius Festival, a showcase for female creativity, offering a diverse array of short plays, solo shows, dance, visual art, performances by teens and music, at Manhattan Theatre Source from 19 Sep - 13 Oct 2007. Amongst the events scheduled are a series of short plays

The festival will feature a programme of short plays, presented in 4 parts - each part consisting of five plays.

Short Play Programme One
Dates: 19 - 22 Sep 2007

  • A Cure For Panacea
    Playwright: Laura Schlactmeyer
    Director: Regina Robbins
    Cast: Adam Nowak, Greta Pauley, Nikolas Priest, Catherine Rush and Allison Walton
    Synopsis: Two bickering couples go to the futuristic Panacea Clinic in hopes of saving their relationships and meet a young woman trying to get over a crush. If you could take a single pill to solve your love life would you?
  • After People
    Playwright: Fiona Jones
    Director: Mhari Sandoval
    Cast: D'Vorah Bailey, Judy W. Chen, Brie Eley, Carla Hayes and Elizabeth Rosengren
    Synopsis: Set in the future, three "families" of clones search for answers and understanding about the sun's demise.
  • Wedding (Re)Gift
    Playwright: Jennifer Thatcher
    Director: Devon Higby
    Cast: Denise Fiore and Elon Rutberg
    Synopsis: Tensions flare when a young couple realizes they've been given a white elephant as a wedding present.
  • The End
    Playwright: Shoshonna Currier
    Director: Michelle Salerno
    Cast: Vonia Arslanian, Frederick Backus, Gordon Lai and Alanda Spence
    Synopsis: Jack, April, Simon and Mal are the four remaining survivors on a reality TV show "The End". Who will win the prize inside the altar? Is it worth giving up on a budding romance?
  • Swan Song
    Playwright: Anton Chekhov, adapted by Andrew Frank & Doug Silver
    Director: Andrew Frank
    Cast: James Lawson and Shoshonna Richman
    Synopsis: A new short musical by the team behind THE GREENWICH VILLAGE FOLLIES and SIDD. Based on a Chekhov one-act play, the musical follows an aging actor as he reflects upon his life and finds happiness with the help of his young niece.

Short Play Programme Two
Dates: 26 - 29 Sep 2007

  • The Curse Of The Horned Babby
    Playwright: Lisa Dillman
    Director: Heidi Handelsman
    Cast: Amy Dickenson, Ridley Parson, Alison Saltz and Franny Silverman
    Synopsis: How did a town lose all its men? When a minstrel passes through, the cobbler's wife, the baker's wife and a crone tell him the frightening tale of horned babby.
  • I Have It
    Playwright: Bekah Brunstetter
    Director: Irene Carroll
    Cast: Caroline Parsons and Thomas Rowen
    Synopsis: An off-the-wall tale about George and Lady, a young couple who meet under the most interesting of circumstances. Will a dose of reality get in the way of their budding attraction?
  • Parents Of Typical Children
    Playwright: Michele Markarian
    Director: Leah Bonvissuto
    Cast: Denise Collins, Helene Galek and Bill Kozy
    Synopsis: A 40-ish couple must come to terms with a grim reality: their child will love the Blue Man Group and sports. Are they up to being parents of a typical child?
  • Kid Sister
    Playwright: Carrie Louise Nutt
    Director: Lanie Zipoy
    Cast: Zazie Beetz and Dominique Fishback
    Synopsis: When 12-year-old Iris confronts 16-year-0ld Diana about her bulimia, the result is a far cry from and after-school special.
  • Saguaro
    Playwright: Philip Dawkins
    Director: Shannon Ward
    Cast: Amelia Campbell and Julie Fitzpatrick
    Synopsis: Are men and cacti the same? Wren finds out when she dates a succulent saguaro in this clever comedy.

Short Play Programme Three
Dates: 3 - 6 Oct 2007

  • Please Remove This Stuffed Animal From My Head
    Playwright: Crystal Jackson
    Director: Dev Bondarin
    Cast: Mark Adamsbaum, Nick Arens, Brian Karim and Amy Lee Pearsall
    Synopsis: Phil and Jerry are shocked that Man wants to take part in a life threatening procedure: removing the stuffed animal from his head.
  • Rumple Schmumple
    Playwright: Megan Gogerty
    Director: Megan Demarest
    Cast: Medina Senghore and Montserrat Mendez
    Synopsis: A feminist twist on the Rumplestiltskin fairy tale. Tired of many no-sleep nights and being tied to a young baby, the Queen gives up trying to guess Rumplestiltskin's name and instead suggests that he take the baby home. Who will win this tug of war?
  • Crossing Over
    Playwright: Natalia Naman
    Director: Mary Hodges
    Cast: Meagan Prahl, Tarantino Smith & Chandra Thomas
    Synopsis: A re-imaging of the tragedy of Philomela, Procne and Tereus as an African American myth. A tale filled with longing, jealousy and revenge.
  • In Dog Years
    Playwright: TD Mitchell
    Director: Rosalie Purvis
    Cast: Marinda Anderson and Ivory Aquino
    Synopsis: Can a canine come between a lesbian couple?
  • The Body Washer
    Playwright: Rosemary Frisino Toohey
    Director: Zoya Kachadurian
    Cast: Joane Cajuste, Amy Forney and Rasha Zamamiri
    Synopsis: Three women� an African American soldier, a white reporter and a Iraqi body washer, who cleans the dead according to Muslim tradition, � are brought together by one terrible event.

Short Play Programme Four
Dates: 10 - 13 Oct 2007

  • Family Time
    Playwright: Pamela Danforth Yaco
    Director: Leslie Cloninger
    Cast: Michael Kaplan, Valerie O'Hare & Kate Sessions
    Synopsis: Siblings Marie and Vinnie confront the past while presiding over their dying mother's hospital bed. Will they be able to find common ground?
  • Fetus Envy
    Playwright: Melissa Maxwell
    Director: Kathleen O'Neill
    Cast: Jeanette Bonner, Nigel Jamaal Clark, Charlie Fersko, E.C. Kelly, Synge Maher and Vincent Marano
    Synopsis: In this courtroom drama, a woman is tried for the accidental death of her unborn baby. Will she be found guilty?
  • For Want Of A Shoe
    Playwright: Kristine McGovern
    Director: Esther Neff
    Cast: Christine Burnett, Tina Chilip and Michael J. Connolly
    Synopsis: Couple Paul and Laurie see the world differently in this screwball comedy. When Laurie loses her shoe in an expensive restaurant, uptight Paul's faith in their relationship begins to wane.
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
    Playwright: Stacey Lane
    Director: Tegan Meyer
    Cast: Christine Bokhour & Jacqueline Kroschell
    Synopsis: Miranda wants to hire a perfectly normal, non-controversial, completely PC clown for her young son's birthday party. When Rainbow Sprinkles walks in her door, she gets more than she bargained for.
  • Red Carpet
    Playwright: Kristina Romero
    Director: Maura Kelley
    Synopsis: Young wanna-be starlet Laura is set for the night of her life, a date with Hollywood's biggest hunks, but she soon learns that fame always comes with strings attached.

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