It was only recently that playwright Warren Leight burst onto the NY scene when his Off-Broadway hit, Side Man, impressed critics and audiences so much, the show moved from downtown's CSC space to the Roundabout Theatre's Broadway mainstage. Now upstate New York audiences can catch another Leight play -- albeit a short one -- as part of StageWorks theatre's "Ten By Ten" one-act festival.
Leight's Judaic Park takes place in a Hollywood studio office and is directed by Ken Bush.
Another festival entrant is Elizabeth Diggs' Algae. Diggs' other works include Goodbye Freddy and American Beef, though her most notable current credit is as the librettist for the new Tom Jones/Harvey Schmidt musical, Mirette.
The other eight entries are Katherine Ambrosio's The Philadelphia Cheese Story, Laura Shaine Cunningham's Equity, Annie Evans' Breasts, James Farrell's Djibouti, Josh Ben Friedman's Removing The Head, Alan Gelb's Perennial Tale, and Elizabeth Gould Hemmerdinger's Road Rage.
Last year, playwrights for "Ten By Ten" had to work around a theme utilizing the color red; this year, the hue is green. Deena Pewtherer and Ken Bush share the directing duties. Running July 30-Aug. 2, "Ten By Ten" follows The Mystery of Irma Vep in StageWorks' three-show summer schedule. Ending the season, Sept. 3-20, is Elizabeth Egloff's The Swan, the kooky tale of a woman who lives alone until a swan crashes into her living room window and changes her life.
Formed six years ago, StageWorks has been an Equity company for the last three. Founder Laura Margolis serves as artistic director.
For tickets and information on the current StageWorks season, call (518) 828-7843.
-- By David Lefkowitz