EST's Marathon of Ten One-Acts, Including Plays by Diggs, Freni, Cho, LaBute, Horovitz, Begins May 31

News   EST's Marathon of Ten One-Acts, Including Plays by Diggs, Freni, Cho, LaBute, Horovitz, Begins May 31 The Ensemble Studio Theatre's annual Marathon of one-act plays launches May 31 Off-Broadway, continuing a tradition that is considered one of the major forums for short plays in the United States.

Julia Cho, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod and Israel Horovitz are among playwrights whose work will be seen in the not-for-profit Off-Broadway company's 2007 Marathon. Actors participating include Larry Pine, Grant Shaud, Bruce MacVittie, Morgan Hallett, Dana Delany, Geneva Carr, Marin Ireland and more.

The ten plays this year will be seen over two nights (Series A and Series B) between May 31-June 30. A $30 price for both series is being offered (or $18 for separate admissions).

Performances are at EST's home at 549 West 42nd Street. For more information, visit www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org or for tickets call (212) 352-3101.

The productions, authors, directors and actors participating in the 2007 EST One-Act Marathon follow.

SERIES A
May 31-June 20

  • Things We Said Today
    "A married couple's reckoning in the food court of a mall."
    Written by Neil LaBute
    Directed by Andrew McCarthy
    With Dana Delany and Victor Slezak
  • The First Tree in Antarctica
    "A woman has recurring dreams about Antarctica and ponders the heartbreaking story behind them."
    Written by Julia Cho
    Directed by Kate Whoriskey
    With Michi Barall, Jessica Jade Andres and Jon Norman Schneider
  • The News
    "A cubist romantic comedy that unfolds in the hospital room of a terminally ill woman."
    Written by Billy Aronson
    Directed by Jamie Richards
    With Diana Ruppe, Geneva Carr, Thomas Lyons and Grant Shaud
  • My Dog Heart
    "New love sparks between two reluctant and jaded twenty-somethings in this fiery and imaginative take on obsession, healing, and courage."
    Written by Edith Freni
    Directed by John Gould Rubin
    With Bryan Fenkart, Brian Avers and Pepper Binkley
  • The Probabilities
    "A weatherman ponders his place in society and the importance of being prepared."
    Written by Wendy MacLeod
    Directed by Karen Kohlhaas
    With Bruce MacVittie SERIES B
    June 15-30

  • Beirut Rocks
    "Four students are trapped in a Beirut hotel as missiles destroy the city around them."
    Written by Israel Horovitz
    Directed by Jo Bonney
    With Marin Ireland and Frank Solorzano
  • Priceless
    "A newly married couple comes into a large inheritance and has vastly different ideas about how to spend it."
    Written by Elizabeth Diggs
    Directed by Mary Robinson
    With Morgan Hallett and Michael Izquierdo
  • Self-Portrait in a Blue Room
    "A May/December gay couple waits outside the Oval Office prior to an audience with the President."
    Written by Daniel Reitz
    Directed by Pamela Berlin
    With Larry Pine and Christopher Stack
  • Casting
    "A teenage girl casts her ideal family."
    Written by Amy Fox
    Directed by Nela Wagman
    With Sutton Crawford, Noah Fleiss, Polly Adams and Alfredo Narciso
  • Milton Bradley
    "A rabbi must eulogize a woman who, in life, was anything but pleasant."
    Written by Peter Sagal
    Directed by Susan Einhorn
    With Jason Schuchman and Steven Singer *

    The Ensemble Studio Theatre is a not-for-profit developmental theatre founded in 1972 with two primary goals: to nurture individual theatre artists and to develop new American plays. Under the guidance of founder and artistic director Curt Dempster, the theatre's membership grew from a core of 20 artists to a flourishing community of over 500 theatre artists. Among them are winners of accolades and higher awards including Pulitzer Prizes, Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and Obies. EST "is a lifelong artistic home for its member playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technical personnel and administrators."

    Each year, EST produces over 300 projects, including readings, staged readings and fully produced mainstage productions.