Summer Shorts 2 to Include Plaisir d'Amour, In Paradise and Peoplespeak

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Eight world premiere American short plays – including Terrence McNally's Plaisir d'Amour – comprise the second annual Summer Shorts festival, which begins July 31.

J.J. Kandel and John McCormack present the festival staged at 59E59 Theatres through Aug. 28. Maruti Evans provides scenic and lighting design for the eight works that have been divided into two separate rotating evenings.

In addition to Tony Award-winning playwright McNally, Summer Shorts 2 features new works from John Augustine, Michael Domitrovich, Roger Hedden, Skip Kennon, Neil Koenigsberg, Leslie Lyles, Eduardo Machado and Keith Reddin.

Casting for all Summer Shorts productions will be announced shortly.

The works in Summer Shorts Series A include:

  • The Waters of March
    By Leslie Lyles
    Directed by Billy Hopkins
    "A women who has devoted herself to her career, comes to the ultimate crossroads."
  • In Paradise
    By Eduardo Machado
    "After seven years apart, an estranged husband and wife try to find a way to come back together."
  • On a Bench
    By Neil Koenigsberg
    Directed by Merri Milwe
    "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
    "There's something amiss in the Heartland as Ben, Glen, Cindy and Lindy drink cheap vodka and hook-up." The works in Summer Shorts Series B include:

  • Our Time Is Up
    By Keith Reddin
    Directed by Billy Hopkins
  • Peoplespeak
    By John Augustine
    Directed by Robert Saxner
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  • On Island
    By Michael Domitrovich
    Directed by Mary Catherine Burke
    "In which 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
    "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." 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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