PLAY FEST!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27th, 2022
2pm & 7:00pm

BERNIE WOHL COMMUNITY CENTER THEATER
647 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY
$20.00 per show 
Seniors $10.00


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A Portion of Ticket proceeds go to Goddard Riverside for programming to support older artists

2:00pm Program

Jammie Patton - director

OLD TIMERS DAY - Marc Acito

FOR THE LOVE OF G-D - Marc Acito & Sheldon Harnick 

I KNOW  - Jacquelyn Reingold

HAIR UNDONE  - Cheryl Davis

SKIN DEEP - Tina Howe

FIGHT THE POWER - Caytha Jentis

7:00pm Program

Kathryn Markey - director

CENSUS - Susan Miller

MIRACLE OF THE MALL - Frederick Stroppel

HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN - Alex Dinelaris

TRUTH AND SEX - Susan Cinoman

DOWN THERE - Lucy Wang

The Inaugural Gold Standard Arts Festival Announces PLAY FEST!...
The lineup includes works by Academy Award-winners, OBIE winners, Tony nominated writers and TV, Film and Broadway veterans. - Broadway World

Produced by:
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Nomad Theatrical Company made its debut offering in 1994 with three late night performances of Artistic Director Grant Neale’s existential one act comedy You Won’t Be Eating Them, They’ll Be Eating You at the One Dream Theater in TriBeCa, New York City.  Since then, they have presented innovative productions of both classical plays and new works with a particular emphasis on creating a unique physicality for the world of the given play, and metamorphic scenic designs. They have made full productions of plays by Tennessee Williams, August Strindberg, William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, and Vaclav Havel. It is also part of their mission to help develop new plays. For more, visit https://www.nomadtheatrical.com/

Meet the Directors:

KATHRYN MARKEY, Director

Kathryn Markey is an NYC based director, actor and writer. She is the co-creator of the PLAYS FOR US series, dedicated to finding and nurturing new plays with substantial roles for women over 40. Recent directing credits include Amy Stiller’s JUST TRUST at Emerging Artists, NOTES TO WHEREVER at the Cherry Lane,and new work in the Woman Playwrights Initiative at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Kathryn has staged plays and musicals at Pitt Stages, Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Mason Street Warehouse, The Depot Theatre, Ocean State Theatre, New London Barn, White Plains Performing Arts Center, Cortland Rep, 14 seasons at Saint Michael’s Playhouse, and 5 seasons as resident director of IN YOUR FACE NEW YORK at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Merkin Concert Hall. Acting and writing credits span New York, regional and international stages, and the recent premiere of her solo play THE TRUE STORY OF JUDITH. Co-creator of the satirical country band THE CHALKS which has been seen and heard in cabarets, radio and honky tonks across the country. KathrynMarkey.com



Jammie Patton, director/writer/actress, has been directing for over 23 years. Some notable theater credits include Steel Magnolias, The Night Before Christmas (North Atlanta School of the Arts), The Who’s Tommy (*assistant. dir. – Youngstown Playhouse) Without a Penis (Women of Color Playwright’s Festival @ Henry Street Settlement Theater), Colored People’s Time, Heavy Rotation (Negro Ensemble Company), Project Playwright (Northern Stage, Vermont) MARIPOSA! (ACJ, San Jose, Costa Rica), Sick Rhymes (New York City Hip Hop Theater Festival) Trivia About You and Sans Mask (NYC Park Bench Plays, Nomad Theatrical) and most recently, The Niceties (Shadowland Stages) and In the Continuum also upcoming in September ‘22 at Shadowland. Jammie has produced and directed television specials for Brooklyn Cable Access and Manhattan Cable Network for many years. She has also directed several music videos, short documentaries as well as a yet to be released feature narrative, shot in her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. The Nest is Jammie's fourth short film that she has produced and directed and is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit to critical acclaim. Patton is a proud graduate of Howard University and the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University.

JAMMIE PATTON, Director

Meet the Playwrights:

OLD TIMER’S DAY

MARC ACITO 

 

Marc Acito wrote the libretto of the Broadway musical Allegiance, which New York Newsday recognized for its “well-structured book” and “fully developed characters.” Other shows include A Room with a View (5th Avenue, Old Globe) and Chasing Rainbows (Goodspeed Musicals, Papermill Playhouse), a musical about the adolescence of Judy Garland planned for a run in London’s West End in 2022. In 2016, Acito became the first Broadway writer to create a new musical in China; The Secret (Broadway Asia) features the songs of Jay Chou, the “King of Mando-pop." His second musical in China, Sound of the Silk Road (Nederlander Worldwide) premiered July of 2021. Acito won the Ken Kesey Award for his novel How I Paid for College, which was also a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Top Teen Pick by the American Library Association and was translated into five languages the author doesn’t speak. It spawned a sequel, Attack of the Theater People. Acito made his directing debut with his musical Bastard Jones at The Cell in New York, which he will adapt and direct as an independent film for New Edens, a production company he founded to produce low-budget musicals for digital media. A former commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered, Acito has written for The New York Times, Playbill and American Theatre. He teaches History and the Musical at NYU’s New Studio on Broadway.

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

MARC ACITO, SHELDON HARNICK & DONALD OLIVER

Mr. Harnick began writing music while still in Carl Schurz High School in Chicago. After his Army service, he graduated from the Northwestern University School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree. His vast body of work includes: She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, The Apple Tree, and Fiorello!, among many more. He won Tony Awards for Fiorello! and Fiddler on the Roof. Among many awards and accolades, Mr. Harnick is the proud recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama (Fiorello!), as well as the Drama League Awards’ Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre, and the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. 

Donald Oliver, a native New Yorker, wrote the score for the musical The Case of the Dead Flamingo Dancer with author/lyricist Dan Butler, produced in the United States and England. He also contributed music for two songs in the holiday revue That Time of the Year; it was recorded—twice—and performed—many times—since its premiere in New York. He is currently developing a new musical, tentatively titled In the Name of Love. He’s been part of the music staff of dozens of both famous and infamous Broadway musicals, including many you’ve heard of and some you’ve probably seen.

 

TRUTH & SEX
SUSAN CINOMAN

Susan Cinoman is a playwright and screenwriter whose work is published and produced internationally. For television, she is the creator of the recurring character, Miss Cinoman on ABC’s, The Goldbergs, and frequent contributor.  Plays were seen at Naked Angels, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Miranda Theatre, Off Broadway, including Cinoman and Rebeck, Gin and Bitters, and cabaret musical, Out of the Blues. Currently Period Piece, a theatrical experience is in development as is her play, Guenevere, winner of the Guilford Prize in Drama.  She is the recipient of the Maxwell Anderson Playwrights Prize, Ellie Award in Playwrighting, Golden List Best Unproduced Pilot, Best Connecticut Filmmaker,Best Narrative Short of the New England Film and Video Festival, Selection Berkshire International Film Festival. Her website is https://www.susancinoman.com

 

HAIR UNDONE

CHERYL DAVIS

 

Cheryl Davis is a distinguished playwright and screenwriter based in New York. Her most decorated work as a playwright includes Barnstormer (Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award) and Maid’s Door (7 Audelco Awards, showcased at the National Black Theatre Festival, Finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize). Her other notable plays include the highly-reviewed Bridges, The Color of Justice, Winnie the Pooh KIDS, Cover Girls, and Swimming Uptown. Cheryl also received the Ed Kleban Award for her work as a musical theater librettist. Cheryl received a Writers’ Guild Award and a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on the daytime dramatic serial As the World Turns. She has also written for Law & Order: SVU, health-related radio drama Staying Well in Camberwell, and was on the writing team for web soap opera Our World. Her work has been read and performed internationally, including at the Cleveland Play House, the Kennedy Center, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her website is https://cldplay.com/

 

HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN

ALEXANDER DINELARIS

 

Alexander Dinelaris is an Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winning screenwriter for Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), a co-producer on the three time Academy Award® winning film The Revenant, and the book writer for the Broadway musical On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, as well as The Bodyguard Musical which began on the West End and now performs worldwide. He is the screenwriter and producer of the upcoming feature film, Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical, which he is also currently readapting for the stage.  Alex also wrote the script for the upcoming film, Carmen directed by Benjamin Millepied, starring Melissa Barrera and Paul Mescal. 

SKIN DEEP

TINA HOWE

 

Tina Howe’s most produced plays include Birth and After Birth, Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances, Approaching Zanzibar and Pride’s Crossing. These and other works premiered at the Public Theater, the Kennedy Center, Second Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages as well as being translated and produced abroad. Among her many awards are an Obie for Distinguished Playwriting, a Tony nomination for Best Play, an Outer Circle Critics Award, a Rockefeller Grant, two N.E.A. Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Sidney Kingsley Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, two honorary degrees, the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre, a Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement, and most recently, PEN’s Master American Playwright award in 2015. A two time finalist for the Pulitzer prize, Ms. Howe has taught at NYU, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and UCLA before becoming Visiting Professor at Hunter College in 1990, then going on to launch the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in Playwriting in 2010 as Playwright-in-Residence. Ms. Howe is proud to have served on the council of the Dramatists Guild since 1990. 

 

FIGHT THE POWER

CAYTHA JENTIS

 

Caytha Jentis is a New York based award-winning writer/playwright. She has written five feature films that include And Then Came Love, starring Vanessa Williams and Eartha Kitt, and Bad Parents, starring Janeane Garofalo and Cheri Oteri.  Her short film April Showers is currently doing the festival circuit.  Her play It’s All About the Kids won the NJ Playwrights Competition and her new play Sex Work/Sex Play has been selected to be part of the Emerging Artists Spring New Works Series.  As a producer, Caytha produces films, storytelling events and The Gold Standard Arts Festival, the only festival to celebrate emerging and established older artists. Her website is www.foxmeadowfilms.com

 

CENSUS

SUSAN MILLER

Susan Miller is a two-time OBIE winner and Guggenheim Playwriting Fellow, whose play A Map Of Doubt And Rescue won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize as well as the Pinter Prize in Drama. Her play 20th Century Blues premiered at Contemporary American Theatre Festival and ran Off Broadway in the 2017/18 Season at The Signature Theatre, directed by Emily Mann. It is licensed by Dramatists Play Service. Miller is known for her acclaimed solo play, My Left Breast, which premiered in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival and has been performed across the U.S, Canada, and France. Other plays include: Average American, Nasty Rumors And Final Remarks, Flux, Cross Country, Confessions Of A Female Disorder, For Dear Life, It’s Our Town, Too, The Grand Design and Reading List. Miller’s plays have been done at The Public Theatre, Second Stage, Naked Angels, and New York Stage & Film, among many others. Miller was a Consulting Producer/Writer for Showtime’s The L Word and ABC’s Thirtysomething. She also won the Writers Guild Of America Award for her groundbreaking LGBTQ Web Series, Anyone But Me, with over 70 million views worldwide. Her website is www.susanmillerplaywright.com

I KNOW

JACQUELYN REINGOLD


Jacquelyn Reingold is an Upper West Side playwright and screenwriter. She has been published in two Women Playwrights: The Best Plays and several Best American Short Plays. A collection of her one-acts Things Between Us is published by DPS. Her short plays have been recorded for radio/podcast Playing-on-Air. She wrote the Preface, and is included in, She Persisted: 10 Minute Plays, 100 Monologues by Women Over 40. Her honors and awards include the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays, a New York Foundation of the Arts grant, two Sloan Foundation commissions, and ending as a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In television, Jacquelyn is a Writer/Executive Producer for the critically acclaimed The Good Fight on Paramount+. She has also written for Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, CBS’ Braindead, NBC’s Smash, and the Emmy nominated HBO’s In Treatment. Find her at www.jacquelynreingold.com and https://newplayexchange.org/users/9849/jacquelyn-reingold

 

THE MIRACLE OF THE MALL

FREDERICK STROPPEL

 

Frederick Stroppel is a New York-based playwright/screenwriter who has had productions of his plays throughout the world. His plays include Small World, a comedy about Walt Disney and Igor Stravinsky, which completed a successful run in NYC at Theater 59E59 in September 2017; Fall River, Penguin Rep; Actor!, The Christmas Spirit, The Hunter’s Moon, and Teddy and the River. His one-act play Harvest Time was turned into a short film starring Don Most and Anson Williams. Other films include A Brooklyn State of Mind, Dark Side of Genius, and Glacier Bay. He is the creator of the comedy web series Suburban Legends, for which he has written and directed all 22 episodes. He is also a veteran children’s television writer, having served as the head writer for Nickelodeon’s Oswald and Wow Wow Wubbzy! He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America East. His website is www.frederickstroppel.com

DOWN THERE

LUCY WANG 

 

Lucy Wang is an award-winning published and produced writer. Her plays have been performed all over, and are available at Original Works Publishing, Amazon, One Act Depot, Applause Books, and YouthPLAYS. Her awards include Crosstown Arts Residency 2022, Look What She Did! Outstanding Female Artist in L.A. 2020, Annenberg Community Beach House Writer in Residence, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, Best New Political Social Play Katherine & Lee Chilcote Foundation, Berrilla Kerr Foundation, James Thurber Fellowship. Her screenplay FILL OR KILL won a coveted spot in a screenwriters lab where Robin Swicord and Nina Sadowsky served as her mentors. Her dramatic one-hour TV spec won an award from CAPE and FOX, and she sold a half-hour TV comedy pilot. Lucy began performing standup comedy on a dare from Gloria Steinem and found it so exhilarating that she wrote and performed Chinese Girls Don’t Swear and It Ain’t Easy Being Chinesey to sold-out audiences in L.A., NY and her hometown of Akron, Ohio. Her website is https://thewritelucywang.wixsite.com/lucywang