Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Six Silences in Three Movements" Is Poetry in Motion

By Byrne Harrison
Cross-posted from

Duncan Pflaster's Six Silences in Three Movements, currently playing as part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre's WinterFest 2011, is the most experimental of his plays that I have seen to date. In fact, it's easier to think of it as a poem with actors.

The play has a very formal structure. It features six "silences," made up of three "movements" each. Think of each silence as an act and each movement as a scene within the act. Each of the silences features a poem, followed by a traditional scene with dialogue, and ending with a stylized movement/verbal section where the characters (usually nude) talk to (or perhaps it's better to say at or around) each other in a series of non sequiturs, spoken while posing in various positions.

Within this formal structure, Pflaster's play tells the story of two couples who are neighbors and friends: Sean (Mark-Eugene Garcia) and Joanna (Susan Slotoroff), a young married couple, and Ricky (Marc Graiser) and Matt (Adam Samtur), a gay couple. Ricky and Sean are having an affair, though their partners don't know about it.

As far as story goes, that's about as much as Pflaster gives us. His play isn't about going from point A to point B. No exposed affair, no recriminations and tears, no struggle for forgiveness. Instead, he focuses on communication. Why do we have so much trouble knowing the person we are supposed to be closest to? Why do we spend so much time talking around subjects, or talking about trivial things instead of deeper issues? And even if we did talk about the meaningful issues in our lives, would anyone understand? As each of the characters says at some point in the play, "I never know what you think is important."

The play has a certain well-crafted elegance to it. The non sequitur sections are a challenge, but I suspect that's the point. There are no easy answers.

The ensemble does a good job, especially working in a non-realistic form. The poetry comes off the strongest (kudos especially to Mark-Eugene Garcia who handles it like a pro), and the actors commit themselves fully to the very stylized third movements (Adam Samtur in particular does well in these scenes). At times, however, the regular dialogue in the second movements seems a little stilted. I suspect, however, that is an intentional choice on Pflaster's part (he also directs the show) reinforcing the idea that all dialogue (on stage and in life) really just hides the important things that are being left unsaid. I must also mention Pflaster's use of music in this show. Matthew Applebaum, who collaborated with Pflaster in The Thyme of the Season, composed the music and plays during the show. He is a great addition to the play.

Since the play deals with what is left unsaid, it's no surprise that some of the strongest moments are not dialogue driven.  A scene where the couples, all nude, slowly dress each other is truly beautiful, and the final moment, the couples embracing while Ricky and Sean surreptitiously hold hands, is very powerful and a perfect image for the play.

If the idea of experimental theatre makes you nervous, this may not be the play for you (chances are you would have balked at the nudity anyway). If, however, you are in the mood for something non-traditional, I suggest checking out Six Silences in Three Movements.

Six Silences in Three Movements
Written and Directed by Duncan Pflaster
Original Music Composed and Performed by Matthew Applebaum
Stage Manager/Board Op: Shawna E. Cathey

Featuring: Mark-Eugene Garcia (Sean), Susan Slotoroff (Joanna), Marc Graiser (Ricky), Adam Samtur (Matt)

New York City Opera Announces Spring Season

By Byrne Harrison

The New York City Opera has announced its spring season. The lineup includes Donizetti’s classic, The Elixir of Love, reimagined in the 1950s Southwest; Monodramas, an electrifying triple bill of one-acts that unites modern music, dance, visual art, and design; the New York premiere Stephen Schwartz’s new psychological thriller Séance on a Wet Afternoon; and a special concert, John Zorn’s Masada Marathon.

March 22 – April 5

Don’t miss Donizetti’s classic romantic comedy, reimagined in an inventive production, which relocates the action to the 1950s American Southwest to tell the tale of a shy young man’s quest to win the girl of his dreams.

Link to The Elixir of Love

March 25 – April 8

Music, art, design, and dance merge in this triple bill of groundbreaking one-act operas by some of the greatest composers of the 20th century. Directed by theater visionary Michael Counts, this compelling dreamscape is a haunting exploration of the subconscious.

Link to Monodramas

March 30

Written in a flash of creativity, the 316 compositions in John Zorn's Book of Angels contain some of his most lyrical and inspiring music. This special marathon concert brings together 12 different groups - jazz, rock, classical, world music, jam band, a cappella vocals and more - for one spectacular evening of music.

Link to John Zorn’s Masada Marathon

April 19 – May 1

Don’t miss the New York premiere of the first opera by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz, Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer of hit show Wicked. This psychological thriller tells the tale of a conniving psychic who orchestrates an elaborate kidnapping scheme to win the fame she so desperately craves.

Link to Séance on a Wet Afternoon

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Broadway Bares: Solo Strips At Splash On April 3rd





Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Jerry Mitchell announce the return of BROADWAY BARES: SOLO STRIPS, a benefit striptease event featuring some of the hottest men on and off Broadway. BROADWAY BARES: SOLO STRIPS will be held Sunday, April 3 at Splash (50 West 17th Street). There will be performances at 8 PM and 10 PM. Tickets are available in advance or a $10 donation will be accepted at the door.

SOLO STRIPS is a return to the origins of BROADWAY BARES when, in 1992, Jerry Mitchell organized a burlesque show featuring himself and six friends performing original strips on the bar at Splash for a $10 donation plus whatever tips the audience gave the dancers. BROADWAY BARES: SOLO STRIPS will, once again, feature dancers performing original strips at Splash for tips and a $10 donation.

The BROADWAY BARES: SOLO STRIPS dancers will feature Dave August (Naked Boys Singing!, Broadway Bares 10-20), Sandor DeGrazia (Broadway Bares 9, 10, 11, 13), Tony Guerrero (West Side Story international tour, Broadway Bares 19, 20), Tyrone Jackson (Memphis, Broadway Bares 19, 20), Andy Mills (Memphis), Brandon Rubendall (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Broadway Bares 20), Kellen Stancil (The Lion King), Charlie Sutton (Catch Me If You Can, Broadway Bares 16, 18, 20), Rickey Tripp (In the Heights, Broadway Bares 17, 18, 20) and Matthew Skrincosky (Broadway Bares 16-20).

Advance tickets are available online through and will be available at the door. Doors will open one hour prior to each show.

BROADWAY BARES: SOLO STRIPS is a sexy tease for one of BC/EFA's annual signature events: BROADWAY BARES. This year's edition, BROADWAY BARES XXI: MASTERPIECE, will feature 200 of Broadway's sexiest bodies taking you inside an auction too hot for Sotheby's and Christie's. The most delectable dancers in New York will emulate the art world's seductive nudes and give life to history's sultriest sculptures.

BROADWAY BARES XXI: MASTERPIECE will be held on Sunday, June 19 with two performances only at 9:30 PM & Midnight at Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street). Tickets and more information are available at

BROADWAY BARES XXI: MASTERPIECE is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, executive produced by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde) and directed by Josh Rhodes (Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, The Drowsy Chaperone, Working at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago). Special guests for what is sure to be a “starry night” will be announced at a later date.

BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS is the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes and other critical illnesses across the United States. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $195 million dollars for critically needed services for people with AIDS and other serious illnesses. BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Dancers’ Resource and three supportive housing residences. BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide. For more information visit

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Johnathan Cedano Returns In Confessions of a Homo Thug Porn Star

By Byrne Harrison

Johnathan Cedano returns in James Earl Hardy's Confessions of a Homo Thug Porn Star, based on the life of adult film star Tiger Tyson. After successful performances at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival and the Fire Island Pines, the show will play at the Roy Arias Theater on March 17th-19th and 24th-26th, with the March 24th performance being in Spanish. All performances are at 8 PM.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The 5th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant Benefitting The Ali Forney Center Is Monday

By Byrne Harrison
Photos by Mike Ruiz
Cross-posted from

Want to see some of the best looking men of Broadway show off their talents while helping out a worthy cause? There are a few tickets left to Monday night's 5th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant. Join host Tovah Feldshuh and celebrity judges Bruce Vilanch, Rachel Dratch, and Carson Kressley as they encourage this year's contestants Matt Anctil (La Cage aux Folles), Michael Cusumano (Chicago), Raymond J Lee (Anything Goes), Brandon Rubendall (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), and James Tabeek (Mary Poppins) to strut their stuff in the talent, interview, and swimsuit portions of competition. Featuring a special performance by Lee Roy Reams.

The event benefits The Ali Forney Center, NYC's primary housing resource for homeless LGBT youth.

I had a chance to talk with Matthew Oberstein, one of the producers of the Broadway Beauty Pageant, about this year's event.

This marks the 5th year of the Broadway Beauty Pageant. How did the Pageant first get started?

The Broadway Beauty Pageant was the brainchild of Ryan J. Davis and Jeffery Self, who thought this was the perfect way to feature some of Broadway's very talented chorus boys, to bring the Broadway community together for something different than anything else out there, and to raise money for the great cause that is the Ali Forney Center.

Tell me a little about this year's contestants.

There are five very talented--and very handsome--contestants this year. Matt Anctil is making his Broadway debut in La Cage aux Folles, and previously showed off his legs in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Fire Island Dance Festival, and Night of 1000 Gowns. Michael Cusumano currently stars in Chicago, but made history as the youngest company member in the history of American Ballet Theater, before moving on to become a principal dancer Alabama Ballet and then a soloist with Boston Ballet. Raymond J. Lee is featured in the current revival of Anything Goes, but he made his Broadway debut in Mamma Mia. He is the co-creator of the web series Thank You...Next, which has been selected for this year's LA Web Series Festival. Brandon Rubendall is making his Broadway debut in Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, but comes to Broadway from a versatile career as a model and commercial actor for Nike and Lord & Taylor, and he has danced for Beyonce and Livvi Franc. Mr. Mary Poppins, James Tabeek, covers too many tracks in the show to count. His other Broadway and touring credits include Wicked, Taboo, Beauty and the Beast, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

You've got some great judges: Bruce Vilanch, Carson Kressley and Rachel Dratch. And Tovah Feldshuh will be hosting, which is great. Tovah and Carson are Ali Forney Center honorary board members, and have been very active in supporting the event in the past. How did Bruce and Rachel get involved?

The Broadway Beauty Pageant is planned, in great part, by a committee of very dedicated volunteers. In both Bruce and Rachel's cases, it was a connection that a committee member had to them, and once they heard about the event, they couldn't say 'no'!

Tell me a little bit about the Ali Forney Center and the work that they do for homeless LGBT youth.

Ali Forney Center is the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. We provide homeless LGBT youths, aged 16-24, with the support and services they need to escape the streets and begin to live healthy and independent lives. We offer an innovative continuum of services that includes a day center, where we provide street outreach, case management, primary medical care, HIV testing, food and showers, and an employment assistance program; an emergency housing program, where LGBT youths are able to reside in save, staff-supervised homelike apartments for up to six months while we assist them in moving on to more permanent housing; and transitional housing, where residents are able to live for up to two years while we assist them in maintaining employment and continuing their education. We place a great deal of emphasis on helping our residents to prepare to live independently, and our goal is that, upon graduation from this program, they will move on to their own apartments.

While I hope that everyone will come to the Broadway Beauty Pageant, what are some other ways that people can support the Ali Forney Center's mission?

Absolutely! We're always in need of non-perishable foods, toiletries, cleaning supplies, bed sheets and towels, and school supplies. We love to welcome volunteers to AFC, particularly people to help with meal preparation, workshop facilitation, event planning committees, and just spreading the word throughout the community about the work that we do, and the work that is necessary to help the many homeless LGBT youths living in New York City.

Duncan Pflaster's "Six Silences in Three Movements" Begins a Limited Run This Weekend

By Byrne Harrison
Cross-posted from

Playwright Duncan Pflaster's Six Silences in Three Movements is being presented as part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Winterfest 2011. I was able to discuss the play with Duncan, and he provided the video below.

One of the things I enjoy about your work is your clever and creative use of language. I understand that the language and structure in Six Silences in Three Movements is a bit of a departure for you. Tell me a little bit about it and what inspired you.

I've gone very minimalist with this piece. The "Silences" of the title are essentially scenes where people talk but don't say anything that they really want to talk about, it's all about their subtext. I attempted to allow the audience to infer the story with as little actual content as possible. I was highly inspired by Edward Gorey's work (especially l'Heure Bleu) for this piece. I've always admired how formal and spare with story he dared to be; even while filling the page with wonderful visions, many of them remain enigmatic.

What's the play about?

It's about two couples, one straight and one gay - the straight man is having an affair with one of the gay men, unbeknownst to their partners.

In addition to using poetry and non-sequiturs in the play, there is a whole lot of nudity. Which gave the actors a harder time, the language or the nudity?

The language, really. I've always found that randomness is always the hardest thing to memorize. And of course I strove to make the nudity comfortable for the performers; we rehearsed for nearly a month before any clothes were shed. They also insisted on going out for drinks as a cast just before the first naked rehearsal - I always say that a couple of drinks can do more for cast bonding than any theatre exercise. Sexuality and nudity feature in many of my plays, and I've found many performers really love a chance to let loose and be wild and sexy. If given the proper atmosphere, respect and understanding, it can be freeing and quite exciting. I never want to force anyone to do anything that's uncomfortable for them. Back in my acting days, I appeared naked onstage a few times myself, so I know what it can be like.

Tell me a little about your cast. Have you worked with them before?

I've worked with both Adam Samtur and Susan Slotoroff before on previous projects; they're fantastic. Mark-Eugene Garcia and Marc Graiser have both worked with acquaintances of mine in the past, but this is our first time working together, though it seems now I've known them for ages. And Matthew Applebaum, our wonderful composer, wrote and performed the music for The Thyme of the Season, my award-winning sequel to A Midsummer Night's Dream, which premiered in last year's Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.

What do you want to say to your potential audience?

Come, enjoy.

What's next for you in 2011?

My multimedia play Sweeter Dreams will premiere in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity this June. It's about an independent filmmaker torn between the two men she loves: her husband and her frequent leading man. I have a few other projects cooking, but nothing I can announce officially yet.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lambda Literary Foundation Announces This Year's Lammy Finalists

By Byrne Harrison

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the finalists of this year's Lambda Literary Awards (the Lammys). This year featured a record number of nominations, with more than 520 titles represented from about 230 publishers.

The finalists in the category of LGBT drama are:

The Brother/Sister Plays, by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Theatre Communications Group)

Lydia, by Octavio Solis (Samuel French)

Oedipus at Palm Springs: A Five Lesbian Brothers Play, by Maureen Angelos, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, & Lisa Kron (Samuel French)

Slipping, by Daniel Talbott (Dramatists Play Service)

With Bated Breath, by Bryden MacDonald (Talonbooks)

The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York City (333 W. 23rd St), and will be hosted by Lea DeLaria. Playwright Edward Albee is one of this year's honorees.

About the Lambda Literary Foundation
The Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers. LLF’s programs include the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, and their web magazine at

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tom Judson's "Canned Ham" Returns to Dixon Place

By Byrne Harrison

Tom Judson brings his one-man show, Canned Ham, back to Dixon Place through March 26th. Canned Ham is Tom's theatrical memoir detailing his life in all areas of show business: acting in Broadway musicals (Cabaret, 42nd Street), composing music for film and television (Whit Stillman's Metropolitan, Sesame Street) and the work for which he is probably most widely known, appearing in gay adult films as Gus Mattox. Stories and songs are interwoven with visuals and musical numbers to celebrate a life that is extraordinary yet--because the story is bookended by the tale of his partner's death from AIDS--all too familiar to many. Tom accompanies himself on the piano, the accordion, the trumpet and nine other instruments--sometimes simultaneously.

I had a chance to talk to Tom about the latest incarnation his show.

Tell me a little bit about Canned Ham and how it came to be.

In a nutshell: I went broke when the real estate market collapsed (I was flipping houses--very small scale--in upstate New York) and when I spotted this little, broken-down camper in a barnyard, I hatched the crazy scheme of hitching it up to my Jeep and driving around the country, doing odd jobs here and there to support myself. Then I thought, oh, I have all these great stories from working in porn and the theater and movies, I could string them together and play a couple of tunes on the accordion and find the local gay bar and do the show for drink tickets. When I sat down and wrote the script it ended up being so much more substantial than I had imagined that I realized it was destined for a theater, not for an open mic night on the road  somewhere. So in a way, I wrote myself out of what might have been a terrific road trip, but I gained a wonderful new project.

How does it feel bringing Canned Ham back to Dixon Place, the space where it saw some of its earliest performances and your recent birthday show?

Dixon Place has one of the best spaces/tech facilities downtown. The acoustics alone make it a pleasure to perform there. Besides, I've been performing at the various incarnations of DP since the early eighties, when it was in Ellie Covan's living room on East First Street. I've got a real history with the place

How has the play evolved since its earliest Dixon Place performances?

Oh, God, where to start? More of everything, mostly: more music (LOTS more music), more visuals, more choreography, more musical instruments (12, at last count) and the script has been completely take apart and put back together, based on what I've learned doing it for the past year and a half.

I saw Canned Ham in Provincetown and New York, and saw a big difference in the audiences. You've  performed Canned Ham in several different cities. Have you noticed much difference, and do you have a favorite?

It's remarkable how audiences differ from town to town. I experienced that with the big Broadway tours I've been on. A favorite? You don't really expect me to answer that, do you? [Editor's note - I'm pretty sure he wanted to say New York.]

As I mentioned, you had a special performance of Canned Ham at Dixon Place on your 50th birthday. What was your birthday wish this year?

Oh, I don't really indulge in wishes and resolutions. Life has been so good to me, throwing things at me willy-nilly, that I don't see any reason to start interfering with it now.

What's coming up next for you?

I'm continuing to play for Varla Jean Merman as much as possible. Canned Ham will be booked around the country wherever we can get a foothold, and I'm planning on doing a new show in Provincetown this summer. I only have a vague idea so far what that will be. Mostly music, I'm thinking. A classy (but sexy) cabaret of some sort.

Dixon Place presents

Tom Judson's

Directed by Kevin Malony
Press Representative: Tim Ranney

"Leaves you yelling for more," - Alan Cumming

"Fast, funny and surprisingly moving." - The Huffington Post

Thursdays - Saturdays, March 3-5, 17-19, 24-26 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $15 (advance); $20 (door)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2012 NewBorn Festival Seeking Submissions

Submissions for The 2012 National NewBorn Festival are now open through June 2011. Now on its sixth year, "NewBorn" is MTWorks flagship program, created to find talented emerging playwrights from across the US, introduce their work to the New York community, and open new doors to regional voices. For the first time MTWorks will be accepting new musicals for consideration.

Submitted plays and musicals must meet the following criteria:

The world of the play/musical must take place in a region outside of New York City.

The play/musical must not have had a prior production in NYC.

MTWorks strongly encourages writers living in any region of the United States to apply.

The selected playwrights will be awarded:

One full reading of their work in a festival environment.

Assigned professional director / musical director and cast to work on their play.

“Playwright Spotlight” Newsletter received by over 3,000 members of the NY Theatre Industry.

Networking "Meet the Playwrights" Event.

Complimentary tickets to MTWorks shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events.

Artistic and professional support from the MTWorks staff.

Second reading if your play/musical wins The Audience Favorite Award.

Eligibility for the MTWorks Board of Director's Excellence in Playwriting Award.

Consideration for future MTWorks productions.


We are only interested in full-length plays and full-length musicals at the moment (at least 90min in length).

Applicants must submit the following:

A Cover Letter (can be in the body of the email).
A ten (10) page excerpt of your play.
A half (1/2) page synopsis.
If you are submitting a musical also include one mp3 that best represents your score.

If you applied for NewBorn before, you must submit a different play.

You can only submit one play per year.

All material must be emailed (all together in one email) to with [title of the play and your name] on the subject line.

If your contact information changes between your submission date and November, you are required to update your information by sending an email to with [updated contact information for-your name] on the subject line.


MTWorks will select the strongest candidates based on the plays/musicals overall theme, dialogue and structure.

MTWorks encourages scripts with large casts, different ethnicities and diverse backgrounds. We accept applications from all cities in the United States. Whether the play/musical is a drama or comedy, it must fit within MTWorks mission.

The request for your complete work is determined by David Stallings, Artistic Director. The final selection committee is comprised of David Stallings, Artistic Director and other artistic staff. This process is what we call “The Living Room Series."

Submission Dates:
March 1st - June 1st, 2011
submissions outside of these dates will not be considered)

Selection Announcement:
Around November 1st, 2011

The 2012 NewBorn Festival:
Late January - Early February 2012
Location TBA

Purple Rep To Present "Gay Plays for Straight People (And Also Gay People)" in April





Purple Rep, a new theatre company founded by playwrights Larry Kunofsky (What To Do When You Hate All Your Friends at Theater Row; A Guy Adrift in the Universe) and Mariah MacCarthy (Ampersand: A Romeo & Juliet Story with Looking Glass Theatre; The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret at UNDER St. Marks), will present their inaugural project Gay Plays for Straight People (and also gay people), April 8-30 at The Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery). The project will feature the world premiere of Kunofsky’s play, The Un-Marrying Project and the revival of Ms. MacCarthy’s play The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret (sold-out run at UNDER St. Marks in 2009), both of which deal with issues of gender identity and sexual equality

The Un-Marrying Project
Written by Larry Kunofsky
Directed by Rachel Eckerling
Welcome to The Un-Marrying Project, a documentary film where legally (and "happily") married couples will divorce! In the name of gay marriage! And not re-marry until marriage is legal for everyone! An act of civil disobedience that becomes a hard lesson: When you try to change the world, the world changes you.

The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret
Written by Mariah MacCarthy
Directed by Heidi Handelsman
Eight gender stereotypes, countless dance breaks, one intimately outrageous cabaret, and one androgynous omnipotent emcee to guide them all. A story about back-alley fights, The Pussies of America, sexting, acquaintance rape, infidelity, and the ass-backwards ways we seek affection. Welcome to the Genderf*ck.

“A great artist provokes without malice, evokes feeling and understanding, and perhaps plants the seeds of change. MacCarthy succeeds… one of the best off-off-Broadway productions I've see.”
Le-Ann Garland, Theatre is Easy (Genderf*ck)

“Genderf*ck for the Y Generation is what Reality Bites was for the X Generation”
Grace Moon, Velvet Park

The project, presented by Purple Rep will play at The Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery), April 8-30. Performance schedule and cast TBA.

PURPLE REP was founded by playwrights Larry Kunofsky and Mariah MacCarthy in order to produce their work in rep, so that when their plays are presented together, a larger story can be told. Over time, Purple Rep will expand in order to include other playwrights in our repertory model. We are committed to plays that provoke, plays that crack you up and crack you apart so that you can put yourself together again, plays that make you see red and hear the blues…until it all mixes in your mind’s eye into a purple rush.

LARRY KUNOFSKY (Playwright, The Un-Marrying Project) is a New York-based playwright whose work includes My Therapist, a monologue play for forty-five actors; The Cat Person, a two-hander, with live cats; “Oh, Magic Bag…” about a bag of porn possessed by demons; Vicky Victim, about vicious office friendships among women; So Retarded – A Play For Idiots, a kind of Vagina Monologues-takeoff on the mentally challenged; bender/gender/straight/&neutered, a play-cycle on the ever-changing nature of sexuality; Death and The Pizza Man, a satire on developmental theatre; Thanks For Having Me, about a well-educated homeless guy who couch-surfs a lot; The Lunch Anxieties, which is kind of like the movie Groundhog Day, but with lunch, and without Bill Murray, and much scarier; Social Work (a nightmare), about health care, race, and Internet dating; and The Worst Person In The Whole Entire World Of All Time Ever, which is about everybody’s mom. His current, ongoing project is THE GENESIS TAPESTRIES; a cycle of plays inspired by stories or themes from the Book of Genesis. The three plays completed so far in this project are The Myths We Need – or – How to Begin; ‘think-yer-better-than-me?!; and The Big Ear. He has been a three-time winner of the John Golden Award for Drama and a resident at the Edward Albee Foundation. His work has been excerpted in the 2009 editions of “The Best Men’s and Best Women’s Stage Monologues and Scenes,” published by Smith & Kraus, and his full-length play What To Do When You Hate All Your Friends – an anti-social comedy, will be published by Playscripts in early 2011. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

“Kunofsky's voice is original and quirky.” Martin Denton,

“Friendships, we all know, can be awkward; social lives can be nonexistent. Playwright Larry Kunofsky satirizes these sad truths with deft skill… When we chuckle here, we’re truly laughing at ourselves.”
Amanda Cooper, Time Out NY (What To Do When You Hate All Your Friends)

“Kunofsky has an intensely theatrical gift for comedy, and his cast and crew have risen to the challenge of his smart, heartfelt play.” Sam Theilman, Variety (What to Do When You Hate All Your Friends)

MARIAH MACCARTHY (Playwright, The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret) is a playwright and sometimes director/dramaturg/producer/blogger. She writes plays about the intersection of sex, gender expression, and the Kinsey scale, among other things. Her plays include A Man of His Word (San Diego Old Globe with Playwrights Project), a neo-noir about sexual obsession; Ampersand: A Romeo & Juliet Story (Looking Glass Theatre, winner of 20 Looking Glass Forum Awards), a modern, cynical Romeo & Juliet with a girl as Romeo; Detained (Left Hip’s “From the Hip” Festival), which is sort of like Deathwatch with lesbians; Bachelor/Bachelorette (a radio play with Co-Op Theatre East), which is about androgyny and bachelorette parties; Dismemberment (Player’s Theatre), about a skeleton marionette’s friendship with a lovestruck actor; The Foreplay Play (FullStop Theatre Collective), about a straight couple and a lesbian couple trying to all have sex with each other; and The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret (sold-out run with Rapscallion Theatre Collective). She’s also working on a new play, Magic Trick, in which a hot 20-something paraplegic leaves her boyfriend and becomes a burlesque dancer. She has a blog, A Rehearsal Room of One’s Own, and contributes to on occasion. She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild.