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TRU Voices: Daring Theater Streamed Online


The world of theater marches on amidst the global crisis of Covid-19 and police brutality. Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the first virtual presentation of its 2020 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series. The series, a benefit for Theater Resources Unlimited to help make up for financial losses due to COVID-19, will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT and on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 2:30pm EDT. These are plays that address global crises, diaspora, authoritarian violence, and making sense of a chaotic world.

The series features two world premiere plays: No Entry by Marc Paykuss, which follows Jews who were displaced after being liberated from Nazi camps and placed in interim detention camps, and Disbelief, a Cassandra Tale by Garret Jon Groenveld, which uses the Cassandra legend to catalog the struggle of women being believed and having their voices heard.

TRU is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-seven-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

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TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series
June 14 & June 17, 2020

Summer Shorts 2019: One Act Plays with a Punch

Featuring the work of up and coming as well as beloved playwrights, the Summer Shorts Festival is a theatrical smorgasbord. The festival, running July 19 to August 31, features roughly six premiere short plays, 20 - 30 minutes in length, presented as two separate series at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street) in Manhattan.

Plays being shown include:

  • Interior (Written by Nick Payne, Directed by Rory McGregor)
    It is a seemingly normal day for a small family in a quiet, quaint neighborhood. Two men convene outside. The actions they choose to take in just a few short moments will change the course of this family's life forever.

  • Lucky (Written by Sharr White, Directed by J.J. Kandel)
    What's the first thing you say after six years? Just on the outskirts of town, in room 11B of The Royale Motor Lodge, Phil Granger is stripping off his wet shirt as Meredith, his wife, is rushing through the rain towards him. Lucky is the moment they meet.

  • Here I Lie (Written by Courtney Baron, Directed by Maria Mileaf)
    Strangers Maris and Joseph, a young editor and a nurse, collide in this play about what it means to exercise compassion and self-care, in the face of hardship

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Summer Shorts 2019
July 19 - August 31. 2019

59E59 Theaters
59 E 59th St.
New York, NY 10022

inaugural Rave Theater Festival Introduces a New Dimension in Theater


Spearheaded by Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport, the Rave Theater Festival is a platform for emerging artists in the theater. The inaugural Rave Theater Festival will take place at Teatro SEA and Teatro LaTea Theatres at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street, NYC) with a selection of 20 shows spanning plays, musicals, family-friendly shows, and cross-disciplinary projects.

In Joshua Turchin’s The Perfect Fit, Alexandra, a driven child actor with a powerful voice, grows concerned that she is growing too old to play a child and too young to play an adult. After being cast in a musical, she is sabotaged by a vindictive stage parent who would do anything for her daughter to succeed. Alexandra wants to give up her dreams of being a musical star, but her best friend Jake, a budding composer, and her mother, Annie, teach Alexandra to move forward. It is through the heartbreak and defeat that she faces that allow her to find her real perfect fit.

Training Wheels, from Robin Bradford, is about a long-married Lesbian couple, Penny and Katherine, suffer from a gradual breakdown of their relationship. When Penny discovers Katherine’s infidelity, with a man no less, the couple seek marital counseling. Deeply felt emotions force them to reevaluate their lives and their lifestyles.

Doppelgänger, written by Craig Donnelly, follows social media star Max Henderson, who dies in a prank gone wrong. Now his “team” must convince his doppelgänger to take his place.

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The Rave Theater Festival
August 9 - 25, 2019

The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY 10002

NY Indie Theatre Film Festival Returns for Third Year

Charlie Kaufman in Hey Charilie

Celebrating theatrical works that break off into new and exciting territory, the third annual NY Indie Theatre Festival returns to NYC with premieres and special performances. Running February 8 to 11 at the New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St.), the NYITFF is also produced by the New Ohio Theatre, a two-time Obie Award winning establishment.

The festival opens with the premiere of Poor Behavior, a dark, dysfunctional comedy that marks the film directorial debut by Theresa Rebeck (upcoming spy thriller 355, Broadway’s Bernhardt/Hamlet, NBC’s “Smash”), based on her play of the same name. Ms. Rebeck will participate in a talkback after the screening, moderated by Marc Stuart Weitz, New Ohio Theatre’s Producing Director.

This year’s lineup includes 14 world and New York premieres, including:

  • Hey Charlie, directed by Shaun Irons, starring Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich)

  • But This Is How It Will End, written & directed by Amy Epstein, starring Steven Rattazzi (The Venture Bros., Broadway’s Indecent).

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NY Indie Theatre Film Festival
February 8 - 11, 2019

New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher St. #1E
New York, NY 10014

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