Off-Broadway's Ensemble Studio Theatre (E.S.T.) will present Marathon 2001, a festival of one act plays running May 9-June 17. According to spokespersons at the Erin Dunn press office, the 24th annual festival will feature new works by David Ives and Craig Lucas, alongside such E.S.T. Marathon veterans as Billy Aronson, Laurence Klavan and Edward Allan Baker. As in past years, the series consists of three separate evenings, run sequentially rather than in repertory.
For tickets ($19; $45 for the series) and information call (212) 247-4982.
Here's the 2001 Marathon Line-up:
Series A (May 9-20):
Night Rules by Billy Aronson, in which couples quarrel about raising their kids. Executive producer Jamie Richards directs Thomas Lyons, Katherine Leask and Joe Urla
Ukimwi by Tom Coash, about an American oil worker in Egpyt and the prostitute he meets. E.S.T. managing director Eliza Beckwith directs Nicole Leach and Holter Graham.
Arabian Nights by David Ives, author of All in the Timing, follows a mixed-up translator at an Arabian bazaar. Jason McConnell Buzas directs Anne O'Sullivan, Melinda Hamilton and Chris Duvas.
Brown by Cherie Vogelstein, tells of a job interview gone awry. Jamie Richards directs Susan Greenhill, Sam Freed, Grant Shaud, Zach Scheffer.
Series B (May 23-June 3):
Inspector Ohms by Frank D. Gilroy, is about a popular mystery writer receives a visit from a character she's decided to kill off.
Pandora by Susan Kim, tells of a family about to bury a pet.
The Summer Sublet by Laurence Klavan, tells of a young man drawn into relationships with a woman, her husband, and his shady business associates.
Fifteen Notes by Ruth Kirschner, follows a lonely woman writing to her dying father's doctor. Series C: (June 6-17)
Larry's Charm by Edward Allan Baker shows the confrontation between a woman with a missing husband and his mom.
Grief by Craig Lucas (author of Prelude to a Kiss) tells of a woman venting at her family after the father's funeral
Invitation To A Funeral by Julie McKee, tells of two ex-wives remembering their recently deceased, mutual hubby.
Late Night In The Women's Restroom Of The Jungle Bar by David Riedy has three women convening in a club bathroom.
— By David Lefkowitz