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News Four New Works Launch July 17 in Week Two of NYC's Summer Play Fest The four-week Summer Play Festival at Off-Broadway's Theatre Row complex begins its second week with four new plays July 17.

Tickets for each work, seen in fully-realized productions, are $10. The plays are:

  • Cipher by Cory Hinkle, directed by Kip Fagan. Clurman Theatre. "In a secret location, two clerks monitor the thoughts of suspected terrorists. When their assignment gets tough, they begin to ask questions — which is a dangerous thing to do." The cast includes Alyssa Bresnahan, Adam Driver, Haskell King and Mandy Siegfried.
  • The Gabriels by Van Badham, directed by Rebecca Patterson. Beckett Theatre. "Over Easter weekend an unconventional family awaits the arrival of their children. The reunion makes for a surprising holiday as bridges are burned and rebuilt and all face beliefs very different from their own." The cast includes Danton Stone, Anthony Newfield, Phyllis Johnson, Helen Coxe, Keith Eric Chappelle, Christen Simon and Karen Berthel.
  • Half of Plenty by Lisa Dillman, directed by Meredith McDonough. Lion Theatre. "Holly and Marty move to their dream home and meet the seemingly friendly Zooks. But when a suspicious family moves into the neighborhood, the Zooks convince Marty to take matters into his own hands." The cast includes Bill Buell, Ian Brennan, Elizabeth Canavan, Alexis McGuinness and Sidney Williams.


  • Novel by Anna Ziegler, directed by Michael Goldfried. Kirk Theatre. "A widowed non-fiction writer attends a conference expecting the usual. But when he discovers a group of world record holders, his stalled imagination is sparked. Comic and personal, Novel grapples with grief, guilt and the fictions we create." The cast includes Annie McNamara, Jeff Biehl, Chris Henry Coffey, Natalia Payne, Randall Newsome, Keith Perry, Rebecca Schull, Jay Russell and Dan McCabe. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street in New York City.

    For more information, including dates and times, visit or call (212) 279-4200.


    Under founder Arielle Tepper Madover (Broadway's Frost/Nixon, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Pillowman, A Raisin in The Sun and Freak), the non-profit organization The Living Room for Artists Inc./Summer Play Festival "provides emerging writers, directors, designers and producers an opportunity to work on their material and their craft in a protected environment, guided by established professionals at no cost to them."

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