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MIDWINTER MADNESS SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL
2015 LINEUP

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A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO ASTROPHYSICS
By Jake Rose and Jamie Thomson

Somewhere in a park, in the depths of an unending night, Franklin and Luis sit, waiting. Moved to speculation by the surrounding darkness, A Brief Introduction to Astrophysics navigates questions of mortality, isolation, theories of knowledge, and how astronauts brush their teeth.
(Comedy/Drama)

Performance Dates: Wed 2/25, 7:15pm; Fri 2/27, 6pm; Sun 3/1, 12:00pm

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
Amelia
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AMELIA AND HER PAPER TIGERS
by Heddy Lahmann-Rosen and Ilanna Saltzman


Two travelers open a trunk with artifacts from Amelia Earhart’s life and adventures. Using the clues they find inside, they conjure up Amelia’s family, meet the female aviators of her time, fly alongside her flying partners, and enjoy the myriad people who inspired her. Join Amelia on her daring flights and learn how her love for aviation gave her the courage to conquer the gender roles of her time and overcome her own fears and doubts.
(Childrens)

Performance Dates: Tue 2/10, 6pm; Sat 2/14, 5:30pm; Sun 2/15, 5pm

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

http://www.bondst.org/young-audiences.html

 
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AMTRAK 284 EMPIRE SERVICE
by Paloma D’Auria

Amtrak 284 Empire Service follows two couples backwards and forwards through the history and future of their relationships. As one pair falls together another falls apart. These four young lovers struggle to oppose the rigged clinches that bind them to the tracks that they're on, questioning the conventional relationships they were taught to idealize.

Performance Dates: Mon 2/9, 7:15pm; Thu 2/12, 7:15pm; Sat 2/14, 4:30

Running time: 30 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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BETRAYED BY THE MIND
by S. Karlan

A play encompassing three sketches with characters who become aware of the psychological limitations they have imposed on themselves.
(Drama)

Performance Dates: Wed 2/25, 8:30pm; Fri 2/27, 7:15pm; Sun 3/1, 2:30

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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BROWN GIRL. BLUEGRASS.
by Lacresha Berry

An autobiographical one woman show of the author, Berry, "Brown girl. Bluegrass." examines the rarely documented cultural history of African-Americans in Kentucky. Berry blends the perspectives of her own childhood through Kentucky geography and personal events while honoring the work of important ancestors whose lives parallel with her own. Her take on the culture, geography, and history of Kentucky is poignant, didactic, and enlightening as we see the historical figures of our enriching and emotional past come to life with ancestral music to soundtrack these powerful stories. 
(Drama/Musical)

Performance Dates: Fri 2/13, 8:30pm; Sat 2/14, 8:00

Running time: 65 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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CANAAN
by Mohammed Saad Ali

Genesis Repertory and The M Center for the Arts bring you Mohammed Saad Ali’s continuing saga about the 21st Century’s newest immigrant. CANAAN takes us to a seedy apartment in Brooklyn. Yacub and his family prepare for another life change. One they cannot afford and might now even want – just one more “burden of love.”
(Drama)

Performance Dates: Wed 2/18, 8:45pm; Fri 2/20, 7:30pm; Sun 2/22, 2:30pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

www.themcenter.org

 
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COPSE
by Emily Dinova

The story of a man who has lost everything and takes what he believes to be the final night of his life to recount his past and face judgment from those who he has wronged. This piece acts as a modernized re-imagining of the tale of Henry VIII and his six wives. It strives to test the limits of a person’s darkness and questions whether all of us, even those most wicked, are capable of holding onto our mortal souls.
(Drama)

Performance Dates: Tue 2/24, 9:45pm; Sat 2/28, 7:45pm; Sun 3/1, 7:45pm

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 

 
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CRABAPPLE NIGHT
by Amy Drake

The mysterious disappearance of a kindly gentleman causes havoc and mayhem when the neighborhood children suspect foul play.
(Childrens)

Performance Dates: Mon 2/23, 7:30pm; Thu 2/26, 8:45pm; Sat 2/28, 2:15pm

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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DEATH OF A SHOE SALESMAN
by Stephen Spurling

A therapy group at the home of a vacuous neurotic, with a childlike nerd and an angry cynic as her guests, turns deadly when a duplicitous salesman arrives to hawk shoes.
(Comedy)

Performance Dates: 2/23, 7:30pm; Thu 2/26, 8:45pm; Sat 2/28, 2:15pm

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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THE DIVVY
by Jeanne Chenault Porter

Genuine or fake? Charlie knows but can that save him in an art world of hoarding, forgery, theft, and even murder?
(Comedy/Drama)

Performance Dates: Tue 2/24, 7:15pm; Sat 2/28, 9:15pm; Sun 3/1, 6:30pm

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
Gate
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THE GATE
by Leonard Goodisman

The play takes place over a spread of twenty five years. Corporal Larry, in Korea during the Korean War, sets out to marry a young woman he has fallen for while stationed near her village. Especially because Larry is black, he (and later, they) encounter strange resistance, from her family as well as from the military (essentially, Larry’s family). That pattern continues throughout their life, evolving however into a beautiful testimony for who they are, and what they come to represent. 
(Comedy/Drama)

Performance Dates: Mon 2/23, 9pm; Thu 2/26, 6pm; Sat 2/28, 3:45pm

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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HEAVY LIFTING
By Boris Timanovsky

Go West, young man... unless you're looking for a mail-order bride. In which case, go East!
(Comedy/Drama)

Performance Dates: Mon 2/23, 6pm; Thu 2/26, 7:30pm; Sat 2/28, 1pm

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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HIGH STAKES SODA MACHINE
by Joshua Young

A broken soda machine causes co-workers to accumulate and wait for their sodas, which never seem to come.  As they collectively gather and become more and more frustrated at the machine, they start revealing secrets they've learned about one another and their boss.
(Comedy)

Performance Dates: Wed 2/11, 6pm; Fri 2/13, 6pm; Sun 2/15, 4pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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IN SITU
by Susan Jackson

What starts off as a pleasant afternoon of teasing between Henri and Beth (best friends forever) on a very hot summer day in Charlotte, North Carolina turns into a modern Southern gothic tale of two secrets too many. They discover that what draws them together may ultimately tear them apart. Presented by the San Francisco based Southern Railroad Theatre Company.
(Comedy/Drama)

Performance Dates: Mon 2/16, 8:45pm; Thu 2/19, 7:45pm; Sat 2/21, 5:45pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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LIGHTS
By Ashley Nicole Audette

What happens when life takes a turn that is unexpected? Is anything really a coincidence?  In Lights by Ashley Nicole Audette we search for these answers and more as we meet two strangers that cross paths far from home on Christmas Eve.
(Comedy/Drama)

Performance Dates: Tue 2/10, 7:30pm; Sat 2/14, 7pm; Sun 2/15, 8pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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LOOK ALIVE, STARSHINE
by Sean Jenny

Buffalo, New York. December 1st. A young woman and her significant other are trapped inside, cleansing her apartment. Her world is deteriorating. Who will escape?
(Drama)

Performance Dates: Tue 2/17, 7pm; Sat 2/21, 6:45; Sun 2/22, 5pm

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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MASKS
by Trevor Durham

MASKS is a dramedy dealing with what it means to be alive, the reliability of identity, and what it means to suffer. Through each other’s humanity and  mortality, Mr. Prosopon and Joshua learn that life will always change, and you simply have to keep taking the hits. Joshua Larson stumbles into Prosopon's shop one day and finds himself in a strange new world. Prosopon offers Joshua a way out of his pain, with no strings attached. Joshua takes that path, and it leads both him and Prosopon into a journey neither expected.
(Comedy/Drama)

Performance Dates: Tue 2/24, 6pm; Sat 2/28, 5:15pm; Sun 3/1, 4pm

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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MINISKIRT THEORY
by Arthur W. French III

A memo sends workers into a "relaxed" dress code.
(Comedy)

Performance Dates: Mon 2/9, 6pm; Thu 2/12, 6pm; Sat 2/14, 3:15pm

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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NEEDLE ANNA AND ADAM: A CHARRED CHARITY TALE IN ONE ACT
by Doug DuBrin

Sister Anna, an iconoclastic nun, and Adam, an affection-yearning heroin addict, make a meaningful connection at Anna's radical "medical" clinic.
(Drama)

Performance Dates: Tue 2/24, 8:30pm; Sat 2/28, 6:30; Sun 3/1, 5:15pm

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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NELLY
by William Holland

Performance Dates: Wed 2/18, 7:30pm; Fri 2/20, 8:45pm; Sun 2/22, 3:45pm

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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PARADISE GAINED
by Renee McNeil. Actress, Writer, Director, Singer, Producer.
Produced by Renee McNeil and Albert Bramante.

She came to turn the club around, but who was she and what was her price?
(Drama)

Performance Dates: Tue 2/17, 8:15pm; Sat 2/21, 9pm; Sun 2/22 7:15pm

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

http://reneemcneil7.wix.com/reneemcneil

 

 
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STALLED
by Christopher Sirota

Genesis Repertory and The M Center for the Arts take you to a new kind of battleground … and for a different kind of throne.  Over lunch Stanley and Ron relate the tale of the battle in the men’s toilet. Two men, one cellphone … who will poop out first!
(Comedy)

Performance Dates: Tue 2/17, 6pm; Sat 2/21, 8pm; Sun 2/22, 6:15pm

Running time: 30 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor
www.themcenter.org

 

 
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THEY DRINK
by Ian Campbell

College is over and a group of friends struggle to find structure in their lives, but all they have is drinking games on Saturday nights. This is one of those Saturday nights.
(Comedy)

Performance Dates: Wed 2/11, 8pm; Fri 2/13, 7pm; Sun 2/15, 2:30pm

Running time: 60 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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WHAT GHOSTS AROUND COMES AROUND
by Larry Hassman

Who-done-it ???? Find out in this wonderful spoof on British murder mysteries. There are lots of clues, everyone is suspect. Figure it out if you can!!!!!!!!
(Comedy/Mystery)

Performance Dates: Wed 2/25, 6pm; Fri 2/27, 8:45pm; Sun 3/1, 1:15pm

Running time: 45 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 
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YOU/ME, Two Short Plays and a Brief Musical about Relationships
by Barbara Blatner

An aunt brainwashed by a data-collecting "Agency" who refuses to recognize her long lost niece, two sisters who quarrel over the writing of a revealing family memoir, and two elderly lovers who sing their way to love before it is too late are the stories of our offering.
(Comedy/Drama/Musical)

Performance Dates: Mon 2/16, 7pm, Thu 2/19, 6pm; Sat 2/21, 4pm

Running time: 75 minutes

Venue: The Roy Arias Studios, Stage II – 300 W. 43rd St., 4th floor

 

 
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