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News Irving, Kaplan, D'Abruzzo and More Slip Into Summer Shorts in NYC July 31 Eight American plays make their world premieres in the second annual Summer Shorts festival, which begins performances July 31 in New York City.

The new works, which boast cast members including Oscar nominee Amy Irving ("Yentl") and Tony Award nominees Jonathan C. Kaplan (Falsettos) and Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q), will be presented in a rotating schedule through Aug. 28 at 59E59 Theatres.

The one-act plays and their respective casts for Summer Shorts Series A follow:

  • The Waters of March
    By Leslie Lyles
    Directed by Billy Hopkins
    Featuring Amy Irving
    "A woman who has devoted herself to her career comes to the ultimate crossroads."
  • Crossing the Border
    By Eduardo Machado
    Featuring Mando Alvarado and Gio Perez
    "South of the border, a father and son get caught up in baseball fever — but not for the usual reasons."


  • On a Bench
    By Neil Koenigsberg
    Directed by Merri Milwe
    Featuring Mary Joy and David Beck
    "Greenwich Village, New York. A teenage boy sits in a pocket park reading a book about the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots. When he is joined by a middle-aged woman, their encounter regarding the book, opens both of them up to an intense, probing look into each other's hidden truths."
  • Deep in the Hole
    By Roger Hedden
    Directed by Billy Hopkins
    Featuring J.J. Kandel, David Ross, Emily Tremaine and Kendra Mylnechuk
    "There's something amiss in the Heartland as Ben, Glen, Cindy and Lindy drink cheap vodka and hook-up." Summer Shorts Series B include:

  • Our Time Is Up
    By Keith Reddin
    Directed by Billy Hopkins
    Featuring Clara Hopkins Daniels and Janet Zarish
    "A session with a shrink, her very young patient, and an imaginary friend. Or is she?"
  • Peoplespeak
    By John Augustine
    Directed by Robert Saxner
    Featuring Sherry Anderson, Patricia Randell and Nick Westrate
    "Siobhan. Jst got ur mssg U R hvng Crisis? So sorry Wanna meet @ cafe 1 w/ cute waiter u & me Talk n drnk LOL Dont feel sad :( C U soon. smile I m here 4 u. Cassie"
  • On Island
    By Michael Domitrovich
    Directed by Mary Catherine Burke
    Featuring Anthony Carrigan, Jorge Cordova and Lisa Birnbaum
    "A small, tasteful Greek wedding is about to take place on the beach in Martha's Vineyard. George is moments away from marrying Sandi, but can't come up with his vows. His older brother Leo does his best to help out, but with the patriarch of their restaurant family recently deceased, the boys find they are both struggling with what it means to 'man up.'"
  • Plaisir d'Amour
    Book by Terrence McNally
    Music and lyrics By Skip Kennon
    Directed by Elizabeth Lucas
    Featuring Jonathan C. Kaplan, Stephanie D'Abruzzo and Rita Harvey
    "Ruth and Sam meet thirty years ago at a Carnegie Hall lieder recital and begin an ever accelerating ride through love, joy, pain and eventual compromise." Maruti Evans provides scenic and lighting design for all eight productions.

    Summer Shorts 2 will perform Tuesday through Saturday at 8:15 PM with 2:15 matinees on Saturdays and 3:15 PM matinees on Sundays.

    Tickets, priced $18, are available by phoning (212) 279-4200 or by visiting

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