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.
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 womenÃ¯Â¿Â½ an African American soldier, a white reporter and a Iraqi body washer, who cleans the dead according to Muslim tradition, Ã¯Â¿Â½ 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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