Last Chance to catch the last series of Marathon 99, the one-act play festival run by New York City's Ensemble Studio Theatre. Series C of the three-series festival finishes June 13.
Here's the rundown for Series C at E.S.T.:
* Up, Down, Strange Charmed Beauty and Truth by Edward Allan Baker, directed by Ron Stetson. Two sisters (Amy Staats and Amy Love) try to escape their abusive mother with the help of their uncle (Bruce MacVittie). Others plays by Baker include: Dolores, Lady of Fadima, and Rosemary with Ginger.
* War by Bill Bozzone, directed by Christine Farrell. War takes place in 1966, as the Vietnam War rages on, a young widowed mother (Sylvia Kelegian) and her teenage son (Gary Wolf) face their own loss of innocence in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The play also features Corey Behnke. Bozzone is also the author of Sonny DeRee's Life Flashes Before His Eyes.
* The Once Attractive Woman by Christine Farrell, directed by Eliza Beckwith. Woman tells the story of Anne (Barrie Youngfellow), a middle aged married professor, who finds herself considering having an affair with two different men (Chris Lutkin and Ted Neustadt). Farrell was the co-author of Mama Drama. * Roman Fever, adapted from Edith Wharton by Jaime Richards & Kevin Harris, directed by Eileen Myers. Two women, members of Old New York's high society, run into each other in Rome, where they have arrived to marry off their daughters, and confront their mutual past. The cast includes: Meg Gibson, Kristin Griffith, Jennifer Carlson, Maggie Lacey and Phil Provost.
Series A contained Deaf Day, written and directed by Leslie Ayvazian; Goodbye Oscar by Romulus Linney; Maiden Lane by Cassandra Medley; All About Al by Cherie Vogelstein.
Series B contained The Golf Ball by Frank D. Gilroy; Dreamtime for Alice by Susan Kim; In the Western Garden by Stuart Spencer; The 'I' Word: Interns by Michael Louis Wells.
Over the past two decades, New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre has fostered the creation of more than 5,000 new plays. Among the noted writers contributing new works to this 22nd annual event are Frank D. Gilroy, Romulus Linney, Leslie Ayvazian, Susan Kim, Edward Allan Baker, Bill Bozzone, Christine Farrell, Cassandra Medley, Jaime Richards & Kevin Harris, Stuart Spencer, Cherie Vogelstein and Michael Louis Wells.
Actors appearing in this year's series include Rob Morrow ("Northern Exposure," filmdom's "Quiz Show"), former Broadway Belle Kerry Butler, and Sound of Music castmember Dashiell Eaves.
For tickets ($15 per series) and information on Marathon `99 at Ensemble Studio Theatre call (212) 247-4982.
-- By Sean McGrath