Reliving old memories and defining moments in a

Treehouse of Dreams


Max Berry’s parable of friendship and confronting powerful feelings.


Part of NYWinterFest at the Hudson Guild theater

441 W 26th St, New York, New York 10001

January 7th at 6:15pm

January 11th at 9pm

January 13th at 3:30pm


The sudden passing of an ex-boyfriend (Benjamin Cardona) forces Scout (Emily Sullivan) to return to her hometown and confront her feelings for Winnie (Rachel Schmeling) and the moments they shared together in an old treehouse in Max berry’s deep exploration of even deeper feelings in Treehouse of Dreams – part of the 2019 NYWinterFest at the Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 20th street in NYC.


Reliving their memories and the emotions they evoke and looking their affection for each other right in the eye.

Treehouse of Dreams the story of three best friends, Winnie, Scout, and Mark as they navigate grief, loss, and drastic change at the cusp of young adulthood.


Treehouse of dreams, a play by Max Berry, features Rachel Schmeling, Emily Sullivan, Benjamin Cardona. Production directed by Brooke Viegut.


Stage Manager: Lauren Jackson

Associate Producer/Set Designer/Props: Brice Corder

Costume Designer: Emma Glick









A Therapy Session with Myself, a full-length, semi-autobiographical drama by Anthony J. Piccione about the inner struggles of living with mental illness and Asperger’s syndrome, premieres January 2019 at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 W 26th Street, as part of the New York Theatre Festival’s 2019 NYWinterfest.

Performance schedule is Tuesday, January 15 @ 9pm, Wednesday, January 16 @ 6:15pm and Saturday, January 19 @ 3:30pm. Tickets cost $23 and can be purchased at the door or by visiting

A Therapy Session with Myself tells the story of Alex Grayson, a young college student and aspiring writer suffering from severe social anxiety, depression and Asperger’s syndrome. During the summer before his senior year, he receives a mysterious visit from “himself”, a human incarnation of his inner consciousness. As they interact, Alex is forced to reflect on his own flaws and personality quirks, as well as some of the darkest and most painful memories of his adolescence, while also pondering the question of whether or not he can overcome his inner demons, and ultimately build a brighter future for himself.

As Piccione describes his play: “It’s a semi-autobiographical play, so while it’s not an exact retelling of my life, it comes extremely close, and I hope it helps fuel a significant conversation about issues of mental illness and autism awareness, and that maybe it will leave people thinking about them, in new ways. I also hope it leaves anyone who has been through dark times with the reminder that life can get better, as long as you’re willing to go out there and give people a chance…”

The play received a staged reading at the Dramatists Guild Foundation in October 2017, and marks its official world premiere with this production. It is directed by acclaimed director and World Ocean Arts’s Stand Out Artist of 2017 Holly Payne-Strange, who previously collaborated with Mr. Piccione on the innovative children’s play An Energy Tale at the 2017 Midtown International Theatre Festival, and assistant directed by Andres Gallardo Bustillo, who is known for his work as an actor in Piccione’s award-winning short drama What I Left Behind at last year’s NYWinterfest.

The production stars Nick Roy as Alex; Shane Zimmerman as “you”, the human incarnation of Alex’s inner consciousness; and Bryant Jager as “me”, Alex’s younger self who appears in flashbacks. The cast is rounded out by Emma Romeo (Kelly), Louise Heller (Kate), Tony Bozanich (Ray/Professor Collins), Travis Martin (Henry/Ensemble), Ramona Messina (Ms. Appleton/Beth/Ensemble), Nathan Cusson(Tim/Ensemble), Aaron Algren (Philip/Ensemble), Rosie Coursey (Ensemble) and Lizzy Moreno (Ensemble).

Anthony J. Piccione is an award-winning playwright whose eclectic canon of plays have previously been presented in NYC at the Hudson Guild Theatre, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, as well as at regional venues such as Playhouse on Park, Hole in the Wall Theatre, the Windsor Art Center, and Windham Theatre Guild. His short drama What I Left Behind was named the NYWinterfest’s Best Short Play of 2018, and he was also nominated for Planet Connections Theatre Festivity’s Outstanding Playwright award for his avant-garde one-act 4 $tages. His work as a playwright has been published at JAC Publishing and Promotions, Heuer Publishing & Off The Wall Plays, and his articles and reviews are frequently published at OnStage Blog. He received his BA in Theatre from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2016 and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.


Till We Meet Again

Written by Glory Kadigan

Directed by Tonya Pinkins
The horrors of war confront a former WWII surgeon in Tonya Pinkins’ riveting play premiering at the Theatre at the 14th Street Y.

344 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003

David L. Carson appears as Robert a former surgeon having served in Guadalcanal during World War 2, TWMA explores his regrets of his youth and how his granddaughter helped hi confront them.

Broadway veteran Tonya Pinkins and celebrated arts entrepreneur, Glory Kadigan bring this powerful story to life. Presented by Planet Connections Theater Festivity in Partnership with
the Theater at the 14th Street Y. Planet Connections Theater Festivity is New York’s premiere socially – conscious arts festival. The festivity is designed to invoke the power
of art in motivating philanthropy, community outreach and social

Friday, January 11th 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 12th 1:00 PM
Wednesday, January 16th 7:00 PM
Thursday, January 17th 7:00 PM
Friday, January 18th 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 19th 1:00 PM
Wednesday, January 23rd 7:00 PM
Thursday, January 24th 7:00 PM
Friday, January 25th 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 26th 1:00 PM

General Admission: $35
VIP Tickets: $50
Includes premium seating, and other extras
Running Time: 2 hours
There will be one Intermission
*This production contains adult content*


TONYA PINKINS directed Paul Robeson :The Opera at TRILOGY OPERA Company

in 2018. BRING IT ON at Black Spectrum Theater in 2018. Tonya’s short film “WHAT

CAME AFTER which she produced, directed and adapted with Christopher Oscar

Pena’s from his play by the same name at the 2016 at Eclectic Festival. Tonya Directed

EXIT: An Illusion by Marita Bonner in American Bard Theater’s “Visionary Voices” She

Directed “Miss Roj” from THE COLORED MUSEUM for Project One Voice at The

Kimble Theater.She directed A Visit Home by Jeffrey Sweet in 2013. Tonya co-directed

by EASY TO LOVE by Larry Powell in the Fire This Time Festival.FOR COLORED

BOYS by Jesse Alick in 48 Hours in Harlem. She has been developing Blaine Teamer’s

# BoxSeats at NYTW and in National Black Theater’s Monday Night Reading series.

She has directed V-Day the Vagina Monologues at The World Health Ministry

Conference in Mexico. The Klucking of Hens by Carol Lockwood at New Professional

Theater., Camille Darby’s LORD’S RESISTANCE at. And at The National Black

Theater Festival in Winston Salem. DEAD PEOPLE’s THINGS by Patricia Ione Lloyd at

Red Circle Rising. Tonya is a Tony, Obie Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lortel

Award winning actor, She teaches privately.. Tonya is the author of Get OVER

YOURSELF : How to Drop The Drama and ClaimThe Life You Deserve (Hyperion

Books), Tonya is the Producer, Director and a Co-writer of the TRUTH and

RECONCILIATION OF WOMYN Plays which will be presented at The Commons in

Brooklyn on February 4, 2019 and excerpted on WBAI Radio produced by EnGarde

Arts, #HealMeTooFestival March 28-April 14, 2019 at IRT Theaters and at The 14th

Street Y in July 2019. To make donations to this empowering social justice project by

and about womyn visit


Glory Kadigan (director) founded Planet Connections Theatre Festivity
and served as the Producing Artistic Director for six seasons. Her
work as a playwright has been presented in
Singapore, London and New Zealand. Her plays have received staged
readings at La Mama, The Actors Studio, TADA,and Dixon Place. She is
also a director who recently directed Vivian’s Music 1969 at 59E59,
Clover by Erik Ehn at La Mama, Bank by Lucy Thurber, Mean Girls by Lyle Kessler (World Premiere), Biting the Bullet by Regina Taylor (World Premiere).
Ms. Kadigan is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women
which looks to promote the viability of women in the arts.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the artist and do not
necessarily reflect those of the 14th Street Y or the Educational

joins two-time TONY Award nominee, Joey McKneely, and his team:
award-winning playwright, Randall David Cook and musicians Edison Woods, Maxim Moston, and Karen Bishko 

November 29 – December 15
The Connelly Theater
220 E 4th St, New York City 

It’s Twyla Tharp meets Stephen King!

In Shadows, a mesmerizing new dance musical directed and choreographed by Broadway notable, Joey McKneely, haunting melodies by mini orchestra, Edison Woods; composer, Maxim Moston; and British singer/songwriter, Karen Bishko, enfold around an eerie and erotic story by Randall David Cook, who scored kudos, Off-Broadway, with the premiere of Sake with the Haiku Geisha and Fate’s Imagination. This gothic and ghostly love story whispers of forbidden love … in this world and the next.  Shadows follow the secret romance of Claire (Janine Divita, who appeared on Broadway in Grease, Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Anything Goes plus on National Tour in Finding Neverland, If/Then, Young Frankenstein) and Alex (John Arthur Greene, who will be appearing in Tootsie on Broadway with previous Broadway credits of School of Rock, Chicago, West Side Story, Matilda, and on NBC in Peter Pan Live).

Well, secret to those on this plane. In the afterworld, behind the chiming clock and shuddered windows, another romance between Woman in Red (Special appearance by Irina Dvorovenko; a Soloist with the American Ballet Theatre as well as having made Broadway star-turns in Encores! productions of On Your Toes and Grand Hotel) weave gracefully with Man in Blue (Waldemar Quinone-Villanueva (Broadway: West Side Story) between the passions of Claire and her young lover.

The other spirits, Man in Black and Woman in Silver, unhappy about this affair, torment the lovers. It isn’t until the last few minutes of this stirring piece that we see how the lovers of this world are the salvation for the ones beyond the grave. Nickemil Concepcion (Broadway: Cinderella; Off-Broadway in George C Wolfe’s On The Town and a member of Ballet Tech for seven years); Naomi Kakuk (Broadway: Encores!’ Crazy for YouChess; The Producers) plus Kyreed Jordon (Indie film: Are you holding me, or am I holding myself?) and Omar Nieves (principle dancer, Virginal Ballet) completely the spectral company.


November 29 & 30 @ 8:00 p.m.  ٠  December 1 @ 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.
December 4 – 7 @ 8:00 p.m.  ٠  December 8 @ 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.
December 11 – 14 @ 8:00 p.m.  ٠  December 15 @ 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.

Stage and film professional, Joey McKneely, is a two-time Tony Nominated Broadway Choreographer (Smokey Joe’s Cafe and in 1997 for The Life) and the international Director and Choreographer of West Side Story. Other Broadway credentials include Twelfth Night, The Wild Party, The Boy From OZ and the West Side Story revival. He directed/choreographed the U.S. National Tours of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie Get Your Gun, Crazy For You and Smokey Joe’s Café. Internationally, he directed/choreographed the world premieres of Love U Theresa, Ah, Kuling! and Jiu Gan Tang Mai Wu in China; The Beautiful Game, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side Story in Japan; Evita and Dusty in London. On film, McKneely is known for his work on ZoolanderThe In Crowd, and Far East.

Playwright Randall David Cook is a New York-based playwright who originally hails from South Carolina. Two of his plays premiered Off-Broadway: Sake with the Haiku Geisha andFate’s Imagination. Regional: Southern DiscomfortThird Finger, Left HandPomp & CircumstanceKappa Kappa Scream. Works in development include an adaptation of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman (New York Theatre Workshop with Len Cariou, Roberta Maxwell and Laura Esterman); In A Town Near Faith (Players Club with Barbara Barrie and Colin Hanlon); and Hanky Panky. His one-act play Sushi and Scones was broadcast by the BBC and won the award for Best Play at the Southeastern Playwrights Conference. He is a two-time Duke Endowment recipient and member of the Dramatists Guild.


Composer Edison Woods/Julia Frodahl. Described as “a beautiful cross between the sounds of Elysian Fields and the sentiments of David Lynch,” Edison Woods is a mini-orchestra of seven that has been haunting stages from New York to Madrid since 2001. The project is led by Julia Frodahl, who is a self-taught composer, writer, pianist, and vocalist. Julia was the recipient of the first annual Studio 42 “Starving Artist Award,” a grant from The Foundation For Contemporary Art and a Mac Dowell Colony Fellowship. She has composed for and collaborated with many artists across a range of genre, including Simon Raymond (Cocteau Twins), Italian sculptor Mimmo Paladino, and dancer/choreographer, Katie Workum. More information on the Edison Woods project can be found at


Composer Maxim Moston is a multi-faceted musician working in New York City. He has performed around the world as violinist and music director for Antony and the Johnsons. He worked extensively with Edison Woods and has appeared with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Belle and Sebastian, Mary J Blige, and Jay-Z among others.  His arrangements/orchestrations can be heard on numerous albums including worldwide releases from Antony and the Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright, Keren Ann and Josh Groban.  Performances of his orchestral re-imaginings of William Basinski’s seminal Disintegration Loops 1 and 2 have been warmly received on three continents. More information can be found at


Composer Karen Bishko was originally a portrait painter, but began pursuing song writing in 2005, In 2007, she opened for Take That on their Beautiful World tour at London’s O2 Arena and Manchester MEN Arena. Her first album Singles for Singles, was substantially turned into the show Therapy Rocks. It premiered at the Urban Stages Theater as part of the NYMF. A concert of the songs, entitled Singles, was performed at 54 Below and also at Soho House NY. She has worked with music producers Gary Kemp and Jess Bailey (Spandau Ballet), Yoad Nevo (Jem, Golfrapp) and Steven Loroni (Jon Bon Jovi, Hansen). She recently wrote the English lyrics for Neapolitan-Austrian, multi-million album selling singer, Patrizio Buanne.


SHADOWS was born between a collaboration of playwright and choreographer, using dance as an equal form of narrative to the book. The dances either tell of past encounters, reveal parallel emotions with the main characters, or foreshadow events. In addition, we have two main female composer/lyricists who give this musical a unique voice by alternating from hauntingly poetic, alternative dance music to emotional, character driven songs. Along with our third composer, the score creates a modern complexity by using music to set the mood of the characters inner selves. Also, we use Kabuki style staging to create the world of the supernatural. It’s a six-character musical, 2 actors and 4 dancers, with 2 crew/dancers to be the Kabuki presence.

Children of all ages … please join F.A.C.T. (Friends Always Creating Theatre) in celebrating their 10th anniversary season with a special showing of their 2013 highly acclaimed production of

“Hansel & Gretel Christmas” By Jack Dyville

Join This Famous Brother & Sister @ During the Holiday Season in 21st Century New York City!

EVERY SUNDAY in NOVEMBER (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) @ 1:00pm

SUNDAYS in December (2nd, 9th, 16th) @ 1:00pm


17 West 45th Street, Elevators to 3rd Floor

This special production is dedicated to Co-Founder/Producer


What’ll they think of Macys??!!

Celebrated author and producer, Jack Dyville, revives his widely popular children’s story with a modern twist as a special dedication to F.A.C.T.’s co-founder/producer, David Gilliam Fuller. Together, they created one of the most visible and respected children’s theatres in New York featuring new and engaging works to both entertain and enlighten.

“Hansel & Gretel Christmas” leads the list as the two wandering waifs end up in NYC at Christmas. Aside from uproarious humor and clever dialogue, the piece talks of love and family; understanding and encouragement; and is a perfect vehicle to share with the whole family.

Dyville and his cast and crew organize immersive fun, keeping the kids in the audience on their toes what with some special prizes and making them part of the play.“The most gratifying thing a children’s theatre production can do is make a show that an adult will appreciate! It’s clever and fun!” (William Kozy, TheatreMania)

“A Clever modern twist to a classic tale…Wonderful Holiday fun for the whole family!” (Tym Moss, Artists Exposed Radio)

“A Great story line and Wonderfully Colorful Characters. . . The story moves beautifully, with lots of humor… Highly Original and I predict audiences will love it. Thanks so much, Jack Dyville, for this Marvelous Christmas play!” (Shirley King, prominent playwright)

About DAVID GILLAM FULLER, Co-Founder/Producer FACT Theatre Company:

Fuller, a multi-award-winning theater artist and producer, along with Dyville, had the dream of bringing quality entertainment to all ages at affordable prices. F.A.C.T. grew from their wish. Today, David Fuller, is referred to as a miracle man. Not just because he made his dream come true but, currently, he is fighting unbeatable odds to help continue that dream., Mr. Fuller is suffering from a crippling disease effecting him physically and mentally and making his time with F.A.C.T. rare.

This season – their 10th anniversary – is dedicated to him and will be called THE DAVID GILLAM FULLER SEASON.

Learn how you can make a difference and be a friend always creating theatre: FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK AT F.A.C.T. (Friends Always Creating Theatre)


The Movie

Johnny B. Dunn’s FREE RANGE is back in the saddle.

[This articled first appeared in BroadwayWorld]

Earlier this season Frank Calo and All Out Arts in conjunction with The Wild Project presented an LGBT Film Event as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival: a reading of Johnny B. Dunn’s new screenplay, FREE RANGE.

It’s a bullying story with a few new twists. National rodeo champion and local hero, Chad Raines, returns home to his father’s ranch after a bull-riding accident to contemplate the end of his career. Father & son are tormented by the loss of Chad’s mother and his brother, whose cries for help went unanswered … until it was too late. Unable to reconcile with his guilt, Chad turns to drugs and liquor.

Here is where Dunn’s tome becomes even more topical and unusual at the same time. The heterosexual rodeo champion – plagued by memories of past actions – seeks redemption by coaching a group of bullied LGBTQ high school students in his state’s rodeo competition. Chad agrees to coach the local high school Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) to prepare them for a rodeo. Meanwhile, this rodeo would be pitting another brother against brother. Toby, president of the local GSA will compete against Mark, the president of the Rodeo club. They, like Chad and his deceased brother, don’t see eye-to-eye … to say the least, with Toby battling for respect and Mark, emerging as one of the harassers of the GSA. With the seminal event (the Rodeo) impending and haunted by the memory of his brother, who – because of bullying – committed suicide, Chad must decide – like his father and the entire town – what side he’s on.

The reading received highly positive mentions from Jed Ryan of LavendarAfterDark, Evan Meena from Indie-Pictures-Blog, and this commentary from celebrated journalist and playwright, Doug DeVita:

“As a story, “Free Range” builds and sustains interest through its atmospheric dialogue, colorful locations, tense action, and the people one just plain loves, loves to hate, and/or hates to love. And as a potential film, the screenplay has that emotional arc that grabs its audience right from the beginning and takes them along for the sometimes wild ride, getting them rooting for Chad and the students right up through the exciting, and emotionally true, finale. With bullying – of all stripes – once again on the rise, it’s time for a story, and film, like “Free Range” to be told, and shown, to the widest audience possible.”

Interest in turning the screenplay into an independent film has grown greatly in the last few months with producer, Connie Hoy, joining the team.

Connie has worked in the film industry for over twenty- five years. She began her independent film journey by working under such directors as the Coen Brothers, Jim Jarmusch, and Kathryn Bigelow. Her most recent film, BATTLECREEK was released theatrically a year ago. It was directed by Alison Eastwood and starred Bill Skarsgard, Paula Malcomson, Claire van der Boom & Delroy Lindo. Connie produced the 2010 documentary THE HEART IS A DRUM MACHINE which looks at why humans make and love music. In 2010 Connie produced the upcoming feature film QUEENS OF COUNTRY. QUEENS stars Lizzy Caplan, Ron Livingston, Joe Lo Truglio & Matt Walsh. Connie was presented with the 1998 Arizona Women in Film “Vision” award for her contributions to the Arizona film community and her directorial debut HACK. Connie’s credits include Jim Jarmusch’s DEAD MAN starring Johnny Depp & Gaberial Byrne, MYSTERY TRAIN starring Steve Buschemi & Joe Strummer, RAISING ARIZONA, BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE and NEAR DARK Directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow.

Sizzle reels and Look Books are being coordinated through the offices of Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment. JMAE has overseen the promotion of independent films including the documentary, HEART OF THE COMMUNITY (about media mogul Steven Ross); film shorts, TWELVE FINGERS; NORMAN; feature lengths, BENEATH THE ROCK; THE WATCHTOWER; and Creative Ammo’s Downtown Urban Arts Film Festival at the TriBeCa Film Center. As a producer, JMAE credits include SLINGS & ARROWS (based on Hamlet); the short film about the automotive industry, CODE RED, and the period piece, EARTHMEN. Currently JMAE has FREE RANGE and filmmaker, Marc Baron’s MEGGABALLS on solicitation.

Screenwriter, Johnny B. Dunn, known for his unique stories, characterization and dialogue, has several awards on his own gun-belt. FREE RANGE: Winner, One in Ten International Competition; SOULS IN A VOID: Winner-First Place, Gemini International Playwriting Competition; FINDING ROOM: Finalist, 2011 BlueCat Screenplay Competition; LOVE RESTORED: Finalist in the Buffalo/Niagara Film Festival screenwriting competition.

“It’s a story that needs to be told,” said Dunn, to Jed Ryan of Lavender After-Dark. Citing similar works, Dunn mentioned the success of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN: “… research showed that people drove in for miles to see it.” But Dunn is very clear whom he wants his audience to be, “It needs to stay PG-13!  It needs to stay at a level that would be welcome to anyone.  I think if you had something rated PG-13, it would really be cool if parents went with their kids to go see it, as a way of beginning to build acceptance.”

To learn more, contact Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment at 646-338-5472 or


Art Imitates Life and Life Should Be Savored.

Five Star Arts Journals and Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment will spotlight a series of artists who have devoted themselves to helping people celebrate their lives.

Mary Elizabeth Micari has developed a new method of vocal training that strengthens your voice… and you. The MCenter Vocal Academy in Manhattan provides focused, entertaining, enriching vocal performance classes & lessons. Each student will receive a full portfolio of audition songs as well as learn the essentials of stage technique, musicianship, music history and theory.

What sets this above others of its kind is the fact that it is ONE-OF-A-KIND. Ms. Micari has created a new teaching method. You’ve tried Stanislavski, you’ve tried Meisner. Now, get on the P.A.T.H. Performing Arts Training-HOLISTICALLY, created by Mary E. Micari, this method includes meditation, aromatherapy, Reiki, fear-removal and personal empowerment.

For more information, please contact: • 646-338-5472 •



Veronica Moya, an international performer with stage, film, and TV credits heard the call. She tapped into her innate spirituality and combined it with her endless energy and ambition to help those who are lost. Focusing on your people, she is somewhat like a spiritual life coach – helping people tap into their own inner stregeth to move forward. 

ANDREW ROTHKIN, the producing artistic director of White Rabbit Productions has entered into a partnership with producer/publicist JAY MICHAELS.

Currently the partnership is developing two stage works into short films. The first, penned by Rothkin:

Love Bites: With elements of Hitchcock and Takashi Miike’s The Audition, LOVE BITES tells the tale of a young woman who sharing the travails of her bad relationships is simply not enough.

Earthmen: The celebrated period-piece written by Joanne de Simone, about a meeting between a runaway slave and an enigmatic Native American on the eve of the Emancipation Proclamation.


Genre: Comedy Feature Film
Expect MPAA Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 105 mins
Location: New York City
Budget:  $3,500,000

Tag Line: You never know when your number’s up!

Log Line: When a computer geek, determined to prove he can predict winning lotto results, uncovers his plan has been bankrolled by the Mob, he struggles to beat the odds before his number’s up.

Status: Now Financing.  Seeking accredited investors; offering is SEC Reg D/506c compliant; Sect 181 grandfathered; New York State Film Tax Credit of 30% applies.

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#MegaBalls #Mballs #Oroloro

An independent comedy feature film by Oroloro Entertainment

Ms. Merson has a long history of supporting and developing new plays and playwrights as the Founder/Producing Artistic Director of New York Theatre Intensives (NYTI) and through her work at such theatres as New Dramatists, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lion Theatre (which she co founded) and the O’Neill Theatre Center.

Her mentoring skills have been polished through significant time on Broadway, in regional theatre and in the Off-Off Broadway developmental world.

Appearing as an actress in the Broadway productions of Zefirelli’s SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY and CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, she also co created and appeared in the original production of VANITIES, Off Broadway, in which she performed over 800 times. Her first play REFLECTIONS OF A CHINA DOLL was produced Off Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theatre which seeded her ongoing relationship as an active artist and board member of EST on both coasts.

Moving to Los Angeles, Susan co-founded and served as moderator for the Los Angeles Writers Bloc with writer Jane Anderson, which has supported the work of such writers as Donald Margulies, (Pulitzer), Noni White and Bob Tzudike (Tony for Newsies), Irene Mecchi (Lion King), Janet Fitch (White Oleanders) and countless others since the 1980’s.
She has served in LA as Artistic Director of the Streisand Festival for New Plays, Associate Producer at the Fountain and Mark Taper Forum, Resident Playwright for the Jewish Women’s Theatre Project, Literary Manager of the Ensemble Studio Theatre/ LA and has worked as a reader for Fogwood Films, TNT, and Polygram and many others.

Her many plays have been seen at theatres across the US and Canada.  DAMN EVERYTHING BUT THE CIRCUS: 2 short plays About the Circus  at the FOUNTAIN THEATRE in Los Angeles and Ensemble Studio Theatre/NYC in readings. BETWEEN PRETTY PLACES, a play with music written by Shellen Lubin, premiered at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles and as part of the HERE ARTS Sublet Series in Manhattan, full production 13th Street Rep. NYC has also seen WHITE BIRCHES at the Avant Garde Arts Festival, CARLA TELLS US WHAT HAPPENED IN THE BLUE BEDROOM at Berkshire Playwrights Lab, I BELIEVE IN MARRIAGE at the League of Professional Theatre Women’s One Act Festival and WHEN THEY GO AND YOU DO NOT at both the EstroGenius Festival and EST/6th Floor/NY and the Fountain Theatre in LA. HAIR: A REMINISCENCE a Heideman Award finalist at Louisville; and BOUNTY OF LACE a Religion and Theatre Award recipient. Plays continue to be done across country. 
Screenplay nods have gone to SWIMMING UPSTREAM and DEATH IN VIENNA, both developed with Jimola Productions. As a fiction writer, her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. Her novel DREAMING IN DAYLIGHT and a recent collection of plays and memoir WHEN THEY GO AND YOU DO NOT: Writing on Transition are available on Amazon along with her book on solo performance, YOUR NAME HERE: An Actor Writers Guide to Solo Performance. now features the AUDIOBOOK version of DREAMING IN DAYLIGHTOH GOOD NOW THIS, her second novel, is finished and preparing for publication as of 2018.

She currently leads the programs of New York Theatre Intensives. She remains a long time member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the League of Professional Theatre Women and is the founder and moderator of the NY Writers Bloc.


The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers by Patrick Hickey
Featuring interviews with the creators of 36 popular video games—including Deus Ex, Night Trap, Mortal Kombat, Wasteland and NBA Jam—this book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the most influential and iconic (and sometimes forgotten) games of all time. Recounting endless hours of painstaking development, the challenges of working with mega publishers and the uncertainties of public reception, the interviewees reveal the creative processes that produced some of gaming’s classic titles.


“From arcade rats to indie developers, Hickey gives an intimate look at the personalities behind gaming with the passion of a fanboy and the attention of a scholar.” —Cesar R. Bustamante, Jr., New York Daily News

Gary Morgenstein wrote the critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock musical The Anthem, as well as Mad Mel Saves the World, and his dramatic works range from A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx to Right on TargetPonzi Manand Saving Stan. Morgenstein’s literary works include the upcoming science fiction-baseball novel A Mound Over Hell, set in 2098 following America’s defeat in World War Three. The first book in The Dark Depths trilogy, A Mound Over Hell will be published by BHC Press in March 2018. His other novels include Jesse’s GirlLoving Rabbi Thalia KleinmanTake Me Out to the Ballgame and The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees.


A Mound over Hell (March 2018, BHC Press) – Baseball, a sport now identified with terrorism and treason, begins its final season in 2098 following America’s loss to a radical enemy in World War Three. Revitalized by the miraculous appearance of great players from the past fueling one last hurrah, baseball becomes a pawn between those who want peace and those who want another war.

This first novel in THE DARK DEPTHS trilogy.



The Lambs ® is America’s First Professional Theatrical Club, established in New York in 1874, and not a public restaurant. As a social club, The Lambs nurtures those active in the arts, as well as those who are supporters of the arts, by providing fellowship, activities and a clubhouse for its members. Established Christmas week of 1874, and incorporated on May 9, 1877. The Lambs was named after a club by the same name in London, England, which flourished between 1869-1879. The Club’s name honors the essayist Charles Lamb, and his sister Mary, who, during the early 1800’s, played host to actors and literati at their famed salon in London.

The Lambs is a social gathering place for entertainment industry and art professionals. Performers, directors, writers, artists and technicians of the entertainment industry gather to celebrate their commonality, in a place where they come to enjoy each others’ company, and to display and hone their crafts in an atmosphere of creativity and support, and to nurture creative endeavors. The Lambs is also a historical society preserving and promoting our remarkable 141+ year history.

Historically, The Lambs has been the spawning ground of plays, friendships and partnerships. Mark Twain Tonight (with Hal Holbrook) and Stalag 17 were first performed at The Lambs prior to national success. Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe first met at the Club and teamed to make theatrical history, often trying works-in-progress on their fellow Lambs. The Lambs has been recognized by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and by Pope John Paul II.

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