Second Annual Summer Play Festival to Begin in Manhattan July 5

News   Second Annual Summer Play Festival to Begin in Manhattan July 5 The 2005 Summer Play Festival in Manhattan, running July 5-31 under the aegis of producer Arielle Tepper, will play host to 16 new plays this summer.
Kristine Nielsen will appear in Wildlife
Kristine Nielsen will appear in Wildlife Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Tepper founded the fest in 2004, spotlighted 18 shows by unknown and little known playwrights and composers during a 28-day-long period which began July 5 at midtown Manhattan's Theatre Row. This year's event will also take place in the hive of small theatres on West 42nd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues.

Among the familiar names taking part are Larry Pine, Kristine Nielsen, Andre De Shields, Hamish Linklater and Mary Beth Piel.

The plays and playwrights, with their known cast members (more are to come), are:

  • The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! by Quiara Hudes, directed by Liesl Tommy, with Elisa Bocanegra, Olga Merediz, Nilaja Sun, Stephanie Beatriz and Jesse Perez

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  • Courting Vampires by Laura Schellhardt, directed by Lou Jacobs, with Rill-Suili Hollum, Nina-Dana Acheson and Man-Jason Pugatch
  • crooked by Catherine Trieschmann, directed by Linsay Firman, with Shelly Stover, Effie Johnson and Katherine Sanderlin
  • Ephemera by John Yearley, directed by Erma Duricko, with Amelia Alvarez, Josh Pais, Marissa Duricko, Jimmy Ireland, Robyn Hussa and Trevor Jones
  • How Love Is Spelt by Chloe Moss, directed by Michael Sexton
  • Indoor/Outdoor by Kenny Finkle, directed by Daniel Goldstein, with Emily Cass, Brian Hutchison, Keira Naughton and Tommy Schrider
  • Madagascar by J.T. Rogers, directed by Gus Reyes, with Sherri Parker Lee, Mary Beth Piel and Larry Pine
  • The Map Maker's Sorrow by Chris Lee, directed by Stefan Novinski, with David Patrick Kelly, Maria Dizzia, Noah Bean, Daniel Oreskes, Nina Jacques and Marc Aden Gray
  • Messalina by Gordon Dahlquist, directed by David Levine, with John Mcadams, Laura Flanagan, Daria Polatin, Charles Parnell, Molly Powell and Bill Dawes
  • Mimesophobia (or before and after) by Carlos Murillo, with Florencia Lozano, Lisa McCormick, Ezra Knight and Hamish Linklater
  • Sick by Zakiyyah Alexander, directed by Daniella Topol, with April Yvette Thompson, Andre De Shields, Hoon Lee, Josh Heine and Susan Blommaert
  • Split Wide Open by Christina Gorman, with Laura Marks, Enver Gjokaj, Alfredo Narciso, Jacqueline Antaranian, Dale Soules and Michael Pemberton
  • Ted Kaczynski Killed People With Bombs by Michelle Carter, directed by Jeremy Dobrish
  • tempOdyssey by Dan Dietz, directed by Randy White, with Kat Foster, Rob Beitzel, Melinda Wade, Tom Wiggin and Tim Kang
  • Welcome to Arroyo's by Kristoffer Diaz, directed by Jamie Castaneda
  • Wildlife by Victor Lodato, directed by Michael Sexton, with NINA Hellman, Jeremy Shamos, Kristine Nielsen and Stephen Bradbury In 2004, the festival covered production costs of all the shows, making it a much cushier environment for artists than, say, the New York International Fringe Festival, in which participants pay a nonrefundable $500 fee and pay for all aspects of mounting the show, save renting a space. Additionally, the festival held no rights to the shows at any times.

    The first SPF saw several shows sell out. Two of the plays presented, Brooke Berman's Sam & Lucy and Gary Sunshine's Sweetness were given further workshops at the National Theatre Studio in London.

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