Summer Shorts Festival Kicks Off July 24

News   Summer Shorts Festival Kicks Off July 24 The third annual Summer Shorts Festival, offering eight world-premiere productions from playwrights including Neil LaBute and William Inge, begins performances Off-Broadway July 24.

Organized into two separate repertory evenings, the plays are presented through Aug. 27 at the 59E59 Theaters. Maruti Evans provides scenic and lighting design for Summer Shorts.

The Summer Shorts Festival plays and casting follow:

Series A:

  • Things My Afro Taught Me
    Written and performed by Nancy Giles
    "A black girl, her hair, her adventures, and eventual escape from a Los Angeles acting cult."

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  • Death By Chocolate
    By John Augustine
    Directed by Robert Saxner
    Featuring Mary Joy, Sherry Anderson and Aaron Paternoster
    "A woman copes with menopause, her birthday, and the death of her husband. Luckily, she has alcohol and candy to help her get through the day. Unluckily, she faces an unwanted visit from her sister-in-law."
  • A Second of Pleasure
    By Neil LaBute
    Directed by Andrew McCarthy
    Starring Margaret Colin and Victor Slezak
    "A couple head off for a romantic weekend - or do they?"
  • The Eternal Anniversary
    Book by Bill Connington
    Music and lyrics by Skip Kennon
    Directed by Thomas Caruso
    With Leenya Rideout and Robert W. Dusold
    "A hotel chef in 1913 New York City makes the perfect meal for his anniversary dinner. Very much in love with his wife, he is haunted by the suspicion that she was unfaithful to him years ago. Finding a lost bottle of Grand Marnier to complete the meal, he discovers evidence of her innocence. They can finally rest assured in their 'perfect love.'" Series B:

  • Don't Say Another Word
    By Carole Real
    Directed by Ian Belknap
    Starring Stephanie D'Abruzzo
    "Irascible and compulsively honest, Josh tells his girlfriend Laura about a conversation he had with his guy friends. Big Mistake."
  • The Sin Eater
    By Keith Reddin
    Directed by Billy Hopkins
    Featuring Clara Hopkins Daniels, Jamie Watkins, Rosalyn Coleman, J.J. Kandel, Teala Dunn and Sheldon Woodley
    "El is 14 and her father has been murdered. She’s plotting revenge and nothing is going to stop her. Not the police, not the court appointed psychiatrist, and definitely not her mother. Because her mother was the one who killed El's father."
  • If I Had
    By Roger Hedden
    Directed by Billy Hopkins
    With Shane McRae, Andy Powers and Emily Tremaine
    "Landscape maintenance, class struggle, and a bikini-clad girl collide in a country with potable water."
  • The Killing
    By William Inge
    Directed by José Angel Santana
    Starring Neal Huff and J.J. Kandel
    "Desperation leads one man to ask for the ultimate favor from a stranger." For tickets phone (212) 279-4200 or visit TicketCentral.

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