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Jay Michaels & Mary Elizabeth Micari talk to indie artists about indie arts: Stage, Page & Screen

Henry & the Improv’rs (IRTE)

February 10th, 2019

IRTE 2019: Fasten your seat belts!!!

Tammy’s Bachelorette

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS March 8, 9, 15 & 16, 8:00pm

Tickets $15 Online / $17 at the Door

The Producers Club

358 West 44th Street

New York, NY 10036

Conceived by Nannette Deasy

Directed by Robert Baumgardner 

With Special Guest Improvisers and Musical Guests!

Blonde, beautiful Tammy Tucker is getting married, and you’re invited! She’s reunited all her besties, one male stripper and an ex-boyfriend or two to say goodbye to single life in this improvised and interactive Bachelorette Party of the CENTURY!


Quisqueya Productions presents a limited showing of a re-imagined version of Shakespeare’s HENRY V. Shakespeare’s definitive parable of war and warriors will directed by Broadway veteran, Mary Lou Rosato, at the legendary American Theatre of Actors – one of the last great theaters of the famed off-off Broadway movement – for a special limited run, February 21 – 24 (Thursday – Saturday @ 7:30 p.m. with special matinees on Saturday & Sunday @ 2:00 p.m. – Invited previews start Feb 18) The ATA is located at 314 W 54th St, New York City. Tickets available at

Presented in contemporary dress with allusions to period style, Quisqueya Productions hopes to show – in this stunning new production – the duality of mankind; the eternal battle between modern thinking and warlike desires. Producer/performer, Laris Macario, who appears as Henry was quoted as saying “Henry gets caught up in his own legend … as we all do,” Macario has accepted the challenge of playing several of Shakespeare’s men of conviction, who see their missions as a way to justify a place on the throne and, in many respects, come closer to God. Others in his canon are Marc Antony in Julius Caesar and Lucius in Titus Andronicus leading the pack. “In these uncertain times, the story of a valiant soul leading the common man to victory is that much more necessary,” he concluded.

Broadway luminary, Roger Rathburnappears in the production as the Archbishop of Canterbury and the King of France. Rathburn was seen on Broadway in No, No, Nanette, Five O’Clock Girl; OB: Children of Adam; Las Vegas: Mame; among others. His own canon of appearances in Shakespeare include The Tempest (Gonzalo and Prospero), Henry IV, Hamlet, As You Like It (Corin, Adam).

Helming the production is another Broadway notable: Mary Lou Rosato with credentials including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet and Henry V; with non-Bardian Broadway works including Salome in the first Broadway production of The Robber Bridegroom; Once Upon A Mattress, The School For Scandal, The Suicide, The Inspector General, The Three Sisters, The Time Of Your Life, Edward II, and The Beggar’s Opera.

The ensemble cast includes, Sylvain Panet-Raymond, Sam Tilles, Julian EvansMegan Smith, Kaitlyn Farley, Joe Penczak, Jared Kirby, Patrick Hamilton, Yosef Podolski, Diego Tapia, Mark Guerette, Suzanne Kennedy, and Tom Kalnas.

Coast to Coast with Power-Players: Opplaud in NY and Joel Eisenberg in California

February 10th, 2019


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Joel Eisenberg is a writer-producer, whose current eight-book fantasy saga with co-author Steve HillardThe Chronicles of Ara, was sold to Ovation TV for an eight-hour miniseries. The deal was unique for a network in that the series was published by the independent Incorgnito Press, and was printed digitally on-demand. He is represented by CAA.

In 2001, Eisenberg co-wrote Out of the Black with Karl Kozak, an independent feature that won 17 national film festival awards. The film starred Tyler ChristopherJason WidenerDee Wallace StoneSally Struthers and Sally Kirkland.

In 2004, Eisenberg, an avid book collector, was hired by a private party to identify, organize and archive a substantial lot of unidentified handwritten materials. These materials were soon verified as original John Steinbeck writings considered “lost” to history, and have been since referred to by a noted historian as “one of the most important literary discoveries of the century.”

In 2005, he wrote the non-fiction inspirational tome, How to Survive a Day Job, which featured contributions from established public figures as to how they survived the day job experience, en route to working professionally within the arts. Contributors included Clive BarkerStephen J. Cannell, director Robert Wise (in his final interview), Brad MeltzerLaurell HamiltonLarry Hagman and others. Later that year, he co-founded All Cities Media with partner Eric Shaw, an entertainment-centric networking group hosted by Paramount StudiosWarner Brothers StudiosSunset-Gower Studios and more. The goal of ACM was to level the playing field between filmmakers and finance. Eisenberg concluded his participation in the group in 2014.

April Showers was a critically acclaimed feature film executive produced by Eisenberg, and released in 2009. Based on the Columbine School Shootings tragedy, April Showers was written and directed by Columbine survivor Andrew Robinson, and was awarded a special citation by the U.S. House of Representatives for its co-star Tom Arnold and his fight for the continuance of school safety standards.

He is developing several film projects, including the Alzheimer's-themed January Rain as co-writer and producer, and Louis vs Schmeling, a boxing biopic co-written with Gilbert Adler (producer of Superman ReturnsValkyrieConstantineTales from the Crypt) to be directed by Bill Duke. Eisenberg is also Executive Producing Then Again with Herbie J Pilato, an Inside the Actor's Studio-type talkfest focused on classic television, for Decades Network, a CBS and Weigel Broadcasting station, and Shadow Show with Vincent Price, based on the bestselling anthology edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle, and the subsequent IDW Comics adaptation.

For other networks, Eisenberg continues to develop several projects based on various pop-culture brands. Letters from a Drugstore Cowboy, based on the unpublished writings of James Fogle - the inspiration for the film, Drugstore Cowboy - was optioned to FOX Studios in 2013.

Since 2014, he has been penning the eight-volume The Chronicles of Ara fantasy novel series with Steve Hillard, a continuation of Hillard's book, Mirkwood: A Novel About J.R.R. Tolkien. Eisenberg and Hillard formed Mirkwood Partners, LLC in 2015, a feature film and television development company. In 2017, the company was renamed Council Tree Productions. Co-Production deals set up through Council Tree Productions include the reality-based “Race For Space” with Roddenberry Entertainment“Farway Canyon” based on the independent comic book of the same name with Buffalo 8, and “Terror Talk” with the Roku station Terror TV.

Eisenberg has been writing professionally since 1986 in varied media, starting as a columnist for a series of national professional wrestling and martial arts periodicals. He has successfully marketed various projects to Public Television supporters for national and local program funding, including California’s Gold with Huell HowserAmerican PlayhouseMasterpiece and The Puzzle Place.

Eisenberg supports Special Education programs and worked as a teacher for at-risk youth, including gang members, drug abusers and victims of physical abuse, in such avenues as Creative Writing. He is an in-demand speaker who offers his seminars, "How to Network Your Book into a Film or TV Deal" and "Catching the Muse: How to Claim Your Artistic Spirit" to conferences nationwide, including those for Writer's Digest.

All Write! Doug DeVita & Christopher Struck

February 10th, 2019

A member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Doug’s play Phillie's Trilogy (AKA The Phillie Trilogy,) was recently named a Semi-Finalist in Barrington Stage Company's first ever competition for the Burman New Play Award, placing in the top 60 out of over 450 submissions. It also won Scrap Mettle Arts Inaugural Emerging Playwrights Program competition, was chosen to inaugurate Great Griffon’s “Seeking The Queer Voice” reading series in January 2017, and was produced as part of the 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival, where it recieved a Fresh Fruit Award of Distinction for Outstanding Production. Other work includes The Fierce Urgency Of Now, also produced at the 2016 Fresh Fruit festival, where it won four Fresh Fruit Awards of Distinction, including Outstanding Play, and Outstanding Production; Upper Division, recently named a Semi-Finalist for Normal Avenue's New American Play Series; NELL DASH, The Gruesomely Merry Adventures Of An Irrepressibly Sensible Capitalist With A Vengeance; and Just A Rumor (co-written with Gary Lyons) which was a Semi-Finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference and has had readings at New York’s Abingdon Theatre Company and London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. His ten-minute play, Checking The Basement for Leaks (the first play in Phillie's Trilogy) has been performed at the Gallery Players Black Box Festival in New York, The Driftwood Players Short Works Festival in Seattle, Ramapo College in New Jersey, and The Warner International Playwrights Festival in Connecticut. He has also collaborated with actress Lane Bradbury (the original Dainty June in Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman) on her one-woman show Let Me Entertain You, Again, which was performed at the Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles, as well as Feinstein’s/54 Below, and Don’t Tell Mama in New York. 
Doug belongs to both Rogelio's Rogues, and The 36th Street Writers Block (formerly Abingdon Theatre Playwrights Group 1) in Manhattan, and has studied with Karen Hartman, Rogelio Martinez, and Eric Webb.
He has also worked as an Art director/Copywriter for such advertising agencies as Grey Global Group, J. Walter Thompson, and N.W. Ayer, and was the marketing director for Abingdon Theatre Company for four years. He was also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Advertising Design Department at F.I.T. in New York. All of the above, along with a Catholic school education and his mother, have given him an unbelievable amount of material.

Contemporary Novelist, Christopher M. Struck (Chris Struck, C. M. Struck) will make his debut with Kennig and Gold, to be released with BHC Press this coming June.

Prior to living his childhood dream as a New York writer, Chris received 6 degrees, traveled to 19 countries, taught at 3 universities, and studied 2 foreign languages.

Today, he can be found reviewing for Cabaret Scenes magazine, helping out at the Museum of Interesting Things, or attending NYU's Posthuman Philosophy summits. His early reviews of New York theater have helped inspire and inform his later work.

Official Author Page at BHC Press

Cabaret Critiques at Cabaret Scenes Magazine

Theater Reviews Posted to ShowScore

Organizers on getting ORGANIZED

February 10th, 2019

Bob Ost, founder of the Leading Network for Developing Theater Professionals

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and best navigate the business of theater. Our membership roster includes self-producing artists as well as career producers. If you are a theater professional, take this opportunity to become a part of the leading professional development, mentorship and networking organization in the industry!


Marcina Zaccaria is a writer, director, and arts administrator.  She has directed readings and plays in venues that include New Dramatists, TheaterLab, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Soho Rep, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Ohio Theater.  She curated a Salon at Dixon Place.  This one day event featured visual artists, spoken word artists, dancers, filmmakers, and theater artists. 
She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and is a reader for the New York Musical Theatre Festival.  Arts administration experience includes providing support for the Executive Director/ Contemporary Programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.  She has worked in ticket sales at the Roundabout Theatre Company and Manhattan Theater Club.  
She has written monologues, published in InterJACtions:  Monologues from the Heart of Human Nature (Vol. II), available on Amazon.  She is published in the New Crit section of Howl Round, and her clips can be found on Twitter.  She has an MFA from Columbia University.

Addiss & Kierstead give their regards to off … off … Broadway!

February 10th, 2019
Pat Flicker Addiss is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Finch College NYC. She created a Promotional company Pat Addiss Enterprises to support 3 children as a single Mom. After 30 years, she gave the business to her daughter Wendy(who still runs it in Va) so she could Produce on Broadway.Starting with LITTLE WOMEN in2005 Pat has produced over 18 plays on and Off Broadway such as CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCER’S LIFE, BRIDGE AND TUNNEL, SPRING AWAKENING, PASSING STRANGE, 39 STEPS, A CHRISTMAS STORY,THE MUSICAL, VANYA SONIA MASHA AND SPIKE, ECLIPSED, BECOMING DR RUTH, DINNER WITH THE BOYS, BUYER AND CELLAR and many more. Pat also produces events The current favorite is Oral History for the League of Professional Theatre Women with Lincoln Center Performing Arts. Pat is an advocate for Women’s Equality and often speaks at events. She Co hosts with Magda Katz YAYA Dinners to empower and network women. She is on the Boards : League of Professional Theatre Women, and NJ REP.
Jim Kierstead is a two-time 2013 Tony® Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, and London productions of Kinky Boots and the revival of Pippin.  He also is involved with the international hit musical Matilda on Broadway and on tour and is a co-producer of the 2016 Broadway musicals Waitress andNatasha & Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 starring Josh Groban.  He has been a co-producer of the Broadway productions of The Visit (Tony nominated), You Can’t Take It With You (Tony nominated), Side Show, It Shoulda Been You, and Rocky.  Jim has worked in New York theatre since 2000 investing and raising money for shows including Something Rotten, The Glass Menagerie, the revival of Hair (Best Revival), American IdiotThe Addams FamilyCatch Me If You Can, among others.
Jim began his career by developing and producing the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere of Thrill Me – The Leopold & Loeb Story (nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical in 2005) and produced its original New York production in 2003.  He founded his production company Kierstead Productions, Inc. in 2004.  In 2010, he produced the Off-Broadway premiere of Yank! – A World War II Love Story.  Jim has been an Executive Producer on the films Between Love and GoodbyeKiss Me, Kill Me, and the upcoming Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. Currently, Jim is developing a new musical entitled Unexpected Joy with book & lyrics by Bill Russell (two-time Tony® nominated for Side Show), a play entitled Cover by Bill McMahon, and a play entitled The Dodgers by Diana Amsterdam about the draft dodgers during the Vietnam War which had its World Premiere production at The Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles.  Jim is on the Board of Directors of The York Theatre Company and The New York Theatre Barn.

Robert Viagas IS the Theater!

February 10th, 2019

Robert Viagas is an author, editor, journalist, critic, librettist and project manager with more than twenty years' experience working on Broadway, most of it with Playbill Inc. and the Tony Awards. 

Viagas was founding editor (1994) of the first and still biggest theatre site on the web, He has published 19 books on performing arts, plus one on golf. He is founding editor of the annual Playbill Broadway Yearbook series, recently took over writing and editing the "At This Theatre" column from Louis Botto, hosted the Tony Awards webcasts from 2002 to 2008, and edited the special Tony Awards Playbill from 2002 to 2010. He enjoys the rare honor of serving on the nominating committee for the Tonys (2012-2014). 

The New York Times’ CyberTimes described him as “encyclopedic” in his knowledge of Broadway. 

Among his other books, he was chosen by the original cast of A Chorus Line to tell their story in On the Line: The Creation of "A Chorus Line" (Morrow) and by the creators of the original The Fantasticks to tell their story in The Amazing Story of "The Fantasticks" (Citadel). 

In The Alchemy of Theatre (Applause Books) he worked with the likes of Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, Hal Prince, Chita Rivera and others to codify how one collaborates in the world of theatre. The roll-out book-signing event sold out the 92nd Street Y in 2006. 

Viagas pioneered Playbill Radio (which introduced theatre to Sirius satellite radio) in 2002 with a show he hosted for six years, Playbill Books (including the “Playbill Broadway Yearbook” series), and, a search tool for college arts programs across North America. 

Viagas' 2009 book "I’m the Greatest Star!" (Applause) contained biographies of 40 brilliant stars of Broadway musical history. It was adapted as a stage musical and premiered at Hofstra University. He has written three other librettos for musicals.

Available as freelance writer, book co-author, book editor or librettist.

Laurie Rae Waugh

January 31st, 2019

Laurie Rae Waugh was interviewed for passionpit on Podbean. Look for her with one of our future scheduled broadcasts. In the meantime, we wanted to give you a sneak peak as her show, The Bare Truth ends its run this weekend.


In this table-turning comedy, a retired South Florida couple needs to get their children off their backs! Fearing that the totally independent couple are unable to tend to themselves, the children won’t leave them alone. So the couple-- with the help of their neighbors-- devise a plan to detract the children. They have announced they are nudists! Their plan succeeds but not in the way they wanted!

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Laurie Waugh directs H.G. Brown's new play.

With: Ken Coughlin, Francesca De Vito, Mike Durell, Johnny Blaze Leavitt, Amy Losi, Autumn Mirassou, Manny Rey, and Rooki Tiwari.

Perri Yaniv & Jan Ewing: Two Arts Journeymen!

January 12th, 2019

Planet Connections Theater Festivity in partnership with The Theater at the 14th Street Y present a powerful new play written by Glory Kadigan and directed by Broadway veteran, Tonya Pinkins:

A granddaughter bonds with her grandfather as she helps him confront the regrets of his youth in Glory Kadigan‘s riveting play featuring David L. Carson as Robert, a former surgeon having served in Guadalcanal during World War 2. Through magical realism, Kadigan’s work explores the regrets of his youth and how his granddaughter helped him confront them. Broadway veteran, Tonya Pinkins, helms this premiere at the Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York City.  

The production features Perri Yaniv,*

Mehret Marsh,* June Ballinger,* Perri Yaniv,* David L. Carson,* Mary Monahan, and Gina Lemoine

Running January 11-26. Tickets available at




After months of preparation, Jan Ewing's new play,
will premiere at the NYWinterFest 2019 Play Competition in New York City on January 14th & 16th @ 9:00pm, and January 19th @ 6:00pm. The venue is the lovely Hudson Guild Theater at 441 West 26th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues) in Chelsea. Click here for TICKETS.

A romp into the concerns of 21st-Century parenting. For months, 30-somethings Irene and Chip Mangus have argued about having a late child. She wants one, he doesn’t. Looking for help, Irene invites Frank and Marge Stevens to an arm-twisting party.  Marge gave birth at thirty-eight. Her son is now twelve, so Irene expects support. But, Chip is prepared, Marge is menopausal, and it’s always dangerous to assume anything.
Starring Colleen White as Irene, Patrick Hamilton as Chip, Ashley Formento as Marge, and J. Michael Baran as Frank, NURSERY RHYMES is a funny look into a subject that is more relevant every day. It’s stylish, thought-provoking, and moving. Won’t you join us for our premier and help us move on to the next level.

Tonya Pinkins, Anthony J. Piccione, and Max Berry start 2019!

January 5th, 2019

Planet Connections Theater Festivity in partnership with The Theater at the 14th Street Y present a powerful new play written by Glory Kadigan and directed by Broadway veteran, Tonya Pinkins:

A granddaughter bonds with her grandfather as she helps him confront the regrets of his youth in Glory Kadigan‘s riveting play featuring David L. Carson as Robert, a former surgeon having served in Guadalcanal during World War 2. Through magical realism, Kadigan’s work explores the regrets of his youth and how his granddaughter helped him confront them. Broadway veteran, Tonya Pinkins, helms this premiere at the Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York City.  

The production features Mehret Marsh,* June Ballinger,* Perri Yaniv,* David L. Carson,* Mary Monahan, and Gina Lemoine

Running January 11-26. Tickets available at

Glory Kadigan ( Playwright) founded Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and served as The Producing Artistic Director for six seasons. Her work as a playwright has been presented in Singapore, London, and New Zealand. Her plays have received staged readings at La MaMa, The Actors Studio, TADA, and Dixon Place. She is also a director who recently directed Vivian’s Music 1969 at 59E59, Clover by Erik Ehn at La MaMa, Bank by Lucy Thurber, Mean Girls by Lyle Kessler (World Premiere), Biting The Bullet by Regina Taylor ( World Premiere). Ms. Kadigan is a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women which looks to promote the viability of women in the arts.

Tonya Pinkins directed Paul Robeson: The Opera at TRILOGY OPERA Company in 2018. BRING IT ON at Black Spectrum Theater in 2018. Tonya’s short film “WHAT CAME AFTER which she produced, directed and adapted with Christopher Oscar Pena‘s from his play by the same name at the 2016 at Eclectic Festival. Tonya Directed EXIT: An Illusion by Marita Bonner in American Bard Theater’s “Visionary Voices” She directed “Miss Roj” from THE COLORED MUSEUM for Project One Voice at The Kimble Theater.She directed A Visit Home by Jeffrey Sweet in 2013. Tonya co-directed by EASY TO LOVE by Larry Powell in the Fire This Time Festival.FOR COLORED BOYS by Jesse Alick in 48 Hours in Harlem. She has been developing Blaine Teamer’s # BoxSeats at NYTW and in National Black Theater’s Monday Night Reading series. She has directed V-Day the Vagina Monologues at The World Health Ministry Conference in Mexico. The Klucking of Hens by Carol Lockwood at New Professional Theater, Camille Darby‘s LORD’S RESISTANCE at The National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem. DEAD PEOPLE’s THINGS by Patricia Ione Lloyd at Red Circle Rising. Tonya is a Tony, Obie Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lortel Award winning actor, She teaches privately.. Tonya is the author of Get OVER YOURSELF : How to Drop The Drama and ClaimThe Life You Deserve (Hyperion Books), Tonya is the Producer, Director and a Co-writer of the TRUTH and RECONCILIATION OF WOMYN Plays which will be presented at The Commons in Brooklyn on February 4, 2019 and excerpted on WBAI Radio produced by EnGarde Arts, #HealMeTooFestival March 28-April 14, 2019 at IRT Theaters and at The 14th Street Y in July 2019. To make donations to this empowering social justice project by and about womyn visit


Friday, January 11th 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 12th 1:00 PM
Wednesday, January 16th 7:00 PM
Thursday, January 17th 7:00 PM
Friday, January 18th 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 19th 1:00 PM
Wednesday, January 23rd 7:00 PM
Thursday, January 24th 7:00 PM
Friday, January 25th 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 26th 1:00 PM

General Admission: $35
VIP Tickets: $50
Includes premium seating, and other extras
Running Time: 2 hours
There will be one Intermission
*This production contains adult content*




A Therapy Session with Myself, a full-length, semi-autobiographical drama by Anthony J. Piccione about the inner struggles of living with mental illness and Asperger’s syndrome, premieres January 2019 at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 W 26th Street, as part of the New York Theatre Festival’s 2019 NYWinterfest.

Performance schedule is Tuesday, January 15 @ 9pm, Wednesday, January 16 @ 6:15pm and Saturday, January 19 @ 3:30pm. Tickets cost $23 and can be purchased at the door or by visiting

A Therapy Session with Myself tells the story of Alex Grayson, a young college student and aspiring writer suffering from severe social anxiety, depression and Asperger’s syndrome. During the summer before his senior year, he receives a mysterious visit from “himself”, a human incarnation of his inner consciousness. As they interact, Alex is forced to reflect on his own flaws and personality quirks, as well as some of the darkest and most painful memories of his adolescence, while also pondering the question of whether or not he can overcome his inner demons, and ultimately build a brighter future for himself.

As Piccione describes his play: “It’s a semi-autobiographical play, so while it’s not an exact retelling of my life, it comes extremely close, and I hope it helps fuel a significant conversation about issues of mental illness and autism awareness, and that maybe it will leave people thinking about them, in new ways. I also hope it leaves anyone who has been through dark times with the reminder that life can get better, as long as you’re willing to go out there and give people a chance…”

The play received a staged reading at the Dramatists Guild Foundation in October 2017, and marks its official world premiere with this production. It is directed by acclaimed director and World Ocean Arts’s Stand Out Artist of 2017 Holly Payne-Strange, who previously collaborated with Mr. Piccione on the innovative children’s play An Energy Tale at the 2017 Midtown International Theatre Festival, and assistant directed by Andres Gallardo Bustillo, who is known for his work as an actor in Piccione’s award-winning short drama What I Left Behind at last year’s NYWinterfest.

The production stars Nick Roy as Alex; Shane Zimmerman as “you”, the human incarnation of Alex’s inner consciousness; and Bryant Jager as “me”, Alex’s younger self who appears in flashbacks. The cast is rounded out by Emma Romeo (Kelly), Louise Heller (Kate), Tony Bozanich (Ray/Professor Collins), Travis Martin (Henry/Ensemble), Ramona Messina (Ms. Appleton/Beth/Ensemble), Nathan Cusson(Tim/Ensemble), Aaron Algren (Philip/Ensemble), Rosie Coursey (Ensemble) and Lizzy Moreno (Ensemble).

Anthony J. Piccione is an award-winning playwright whose eclectic canon of plays have previously been presented in NYC at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, as well as at regional venues such as Playhouse on Park, Hole in the Wall Theatre, the Windsor Art Center, and Windham Theatre Guild. His short drama What I Left Behind was named the NYWinterfest’s Best Short Play of 2018, and he was also nominated for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity’s Outstanding Playwright award for his avant-garde one-act 4 $tages. His work as a playwright has been published at JAC Publishing and Promotions, Heuer Publishing & Off The Wall Plays, and his articles and reviews are frequently published at OnStage Blog. He received his BA in Theatre from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2016 and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.




Reliving old memories and defining moments in a

Treehouse of Dreams


Max Berry’s parable of friendship and confronting powerful feelings.


Part of NYWinterFest at the Hudson Guild theater

441 W 26th St, New York, New York 10001

January 7th at 6:15pm

January 11th at 9pm

January 13th at 3:30pm


The sudden passing of an ex-boyfriend (Benjamin Cardona) forces Scout (Emily Sullivan) to return to her hometown and confront her feelings for Winnie (Rachel Schmeling) and the moments they shared together in an old treehouse in Max berry’s deep exploration of even deeper feelings in Treehouse of Dreams – part of the 2019 NYWinterFest at the Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 20th street in NYC.


Reliving their memories and the emotions they evoke and looking their affection for each other right in the eye.

Treehouse of Dreams the story of three best friends, Winnie, Scout, and Mark as they navigate grief, loss, and drastic change at the cusp of young adulthood.


Treehouse of dreams, a play by Max Berry, features Rachel Schmeling, Emily Sullivan, Benjamin Cardona. Production directed by Brooke Viegut.


Stage Manager: Lauren Jackson

Associate Producer/Set Designer/Props: Brice Corder

Costume Designer: Emma Glick





TWO INDIE PRODUCER-ACTORS: Sunflower Duran & Michael Hagins

December 21st, 2018

Pink Arts Peace Productions, Inc. presents the revival of the compelling play by Mario Lantigua

Two Faces One Mirror

Showcased in 2013 at the Manhattan Repertory Theater, Mario Lantigua’s powerful drama will be revived at the landmark American Theater of Actors, 314 W 54th Street New York City, for a limited run, December 28 – 30.

Tickets available at:

Making her debut as a producer, Off-Broadway performer, Sunflower Duran, portrays Emily, a young mother experiences the joys and sacrifices of single motherhood. YouTube sensation EmilyAnne Jolie Garcia makes her independent theater debut as Layla, her selfish, ungrateful teen daughter. Lantigua also directs this play about the transformations experienced by mother and daughter. The journey of a young single mother and her blind-to-reality daughter serve as a parable of love and sacrifice.

Featured with Sunflower Duran and EmilyAnne Garcia are Lindsay Kennedy, Jillian Eckland, Daniel Collins, and Juan Roman Jr. Bob Lindabury serves as executive producer.

Ms. Duran just completed a successful run in Fort Dicks, the musical, also at the American Theatre of Actors. The production, written and directed by Jeffrey Milstein enjoys accolades and sold-out house.




C.A.G.E. Theatre Company presents:

The Long Rail North

After a successful run in the New York International Fringe Festival, C.A.G.E. Theatre Company is proud to encore The Long Rail North, written by award-winning playwright, Michael Hagins, and directed by Planet Connections’ former Artistic Director, Brock H. Hill.  The riveting play about a Black Union soldier and a young White Southern girl, will be at the Soho Playhouse, for a special three-performance run.

The Long Rail North opens Friday, December 28th at 7 pm, and runs on Saturday, December 29th at 7 pm and closes Sunday, December 30th at 3 pm at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street.

Tickets: $39. For tickets visit or

The Long Rail North is the story of Private Thomas Morgan, a Black Union soldier, who must escape via train with a young Southern White girl named Molly Barnes that he rescued from a plantation fire of a nearby Civil War battle.  Exhausted with limited resources and even fewer allies, Thomas continues traveling north in the near-empty boxcar, hoping to get Molly to safety despite her ignorant and preconceived opinions of him and his race, all while both Union and Confederate forces pursue them.  He will do whatever he can to protect her…at all costs.

The show stars Xavier Rodney, Jordyn Morgan, Rich Wisneski, Anna M. Hogan, and Michael J. Whitten.  The stage manager is Liza Penney.  The tech director is Melissa Farinelli, who has tech directed Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy! and A 1940’s Comedy of Errors.  The costume designer is Janet Mervin, award-winning costume designer of The Troubador Struck By Lightning, Basement and Chaplin.

The C.A.G.E. (Classical Avant-Garde Experimental) Theatre of New York City was started in 2004 by Michael Hagins, and has been a company dedicated to bringing classical works to a modern audience.  C.A.G.E. Theatre Company has produced previous FringeNYC productions of Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Swashbuckling Comedy! and A 1940’s Comedy of Errors.