Week Three of Summer Play Festival Gets Underway

News   Week Three of Summer Play Festival Gets Underway The third week of the four-week new play showcase known as the Summer Play Festival, began performances in Manhattan on July 18

Week three will feature four plays by up-and-coming playwrights: A Wive's Tale, Training Wisteria, Spain, and Marge. Detailed descriptions of the works follows:

  • A Wive's Tale by Christina Ham, directed by Rosemary Andress, "is a futuristic drama about a group of barren women in the future conspiring to create the perfect society."
  • Training Wisteria by Molly Smith Metzler, directed by Evan Cabnet, "combines a dysfunctional family with a dirty yard and home improvement on the evening of the son's graduation party."
  • Spain by Jim Knable, directed by Jeremy Dobrish, "is a comedy about a woman, recently separated from her husband, who encounters a sixteenth-century conquistador in her twenty-first century living room."

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  • Marge by Peter Morris, directed by Alex Timbers, "is a comedy about a man who hires a prostitute to help murder his wife." The play was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and workshopped at Soho Rep. The third annual Summer Play Festival will continue on Theatre Row until July 30. Week 4, running July 25-30, will include: Hardball, Sonia Flew, The Fearless and Swansong

    A complete calendar of shows, including times, can be found at the SPF website: www.spfnyc.com.

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    The three-year-old festival recently spawned its first New York commercial production in Kenny Finkle's Indoor/Outdoor, recently Off-Broadway at DR2. That play was seen at the 2005 festival.

    The festival is the brainchild of producer Arielle Tepper. The festival covers 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 holds no rights to the shows at any times.