59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer, Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to host the return of SUMMER SHORTS 2015, the annual festival of six short plays tailor-made for summer viewing, now in its 9th year. Produced by Throughline Artists (J.J. Kandel, Producing Director), SUMMER SHORTS 2015 begins on Friday, July 17 and runs through Saturday, August 29. The general performance schedule is Tuesday – Thursday at 7:15 PM, Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM and 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM & 7:15 PM. Please note, there are no performances on Saturday, July 18 & July 25 at 2:15 PM andSunday, July 19 at 3:15 PM. Individual performance dates for Series A and Series B are below. To download a calendar schedule, click here. Press Opening for Series A is Sunday, July 26 at 3:15 PM. Press Opening for Series B is Sunday, August 2 at 3:15 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members). A Pair of Shorts (a ticket to both Series A & B) is $40. To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org.
NYC’s cheeky summer theater festival, called “shamelessly clever and deeply satisfying” by the New York Times, returns to 59E59 Theaters for a ninth consecutive season! Featuring new American short plays from some of the country’s top playwrights, with some of today’s best directing and acting talents, SUMMER SHORTS celebrates theater, summer, and the short form. The festival’s two separate series offer a diverse range of voices, styles, and subject matter. SUMMER SHORTS 2015 offers six premiere one-act plays, presented as two separate evenings of three each. The two series will run in rotating repertory.
SUMMER SHORTS 2015 features new one-act plays from Neil LaBute, Matthew Lopez, Vickie Ramirez, Robert O’Hara, Stella Fawn Ragsdale and Lucy Thurber. Casting will be announced at a later date.
The design team includes Rebecca Lord-Surratt (set design); Greg MacPherson (lighting design); Dede Ayite (costume design); Nick Moore (sound design/composer); and Isabella Carter (prop designer). The Production Stage Manager for Series A is Dee Dee Katchen. The Production Stage Manager for Series B is Jenna R. Lazar.
SUMMER SHORTS SERIES A
Performance schedule: 7/17 @ 8:15PM, 7/18 @ 8:15PM, 7/19 @ 7:15PM, 7/21 @ 7:15PM, 7/22 @ 7:15PM, 7/23 @ 7:15PM, 7/24 @ 8:15PM, 7/26@ 3:15PM, 8/1 @ 2:15PM, 8/2 @ 7:15PM, 8/4 @ 7:15PM, 8/5 @ 7:15PM, 8/8 @ 8:15PM, 8/9 @ 3:15PM, 8/13 @ 7:15PM, 8/14 @ 8:15PM, 8/15 @2:15PM, 8/18 @ 7:15 PM, 8/19 @ 7:15PM, 8/22 @ 8:15PM, 8/23 @ 3:15PM and 7:15PM, 8/27 @ 7:15PM, 8/28 @ 8:15PM.
Press Opening: Sunday, July 26 at 3:15 PM
10K written and directed by Neil LaBute
A man and a woman meet on a wooded path while jogging. Is it an accident or something planned? Is it the first time or the hundredth? 10K is a suburban mystery shot through with humor and tension and desire.
THE SENTINELS by Matthew Lopez, directed by Stephen Brackett
Once a year in September, Alice, Christa and Kelly gather at a small downtown coffee shop for breakfast. There the three woman catch up on each other’s lives and remember another September morning many years ago.
GLENBURN 12 WP by Vickie Ramirez, directed by TBD
A Native American woman and a Black man walk into a bar taking refuge from the “die-in” protests at Grand Central over police brutality. With the pub deserted and bartender strangely absent, these two strangers have their run of the place. But as the liquor starts to flow, so do some inconvenient truths.
SUMMER SHORT SERIES B
Performance schedule: 7/25 @ 8:15PM, 7/26 @ 7:15PM, 7/28 @ 7:15 PM, 7/29 @ 7:15PM, 7/30 @ 7:15PM, 7/31 @ 8:15PM, 8/1 @ 8:15PM, 8/2 @3:15PM, 8/6 @ 7:15PM, 8/7 @ 8:15PM, 8/8 @ 2:15PM, 8/9 @ 7:15PM, 8/11 @ 7:15PM, 8/12 @ 7:15PM, 8/15 @ 8:15PM, 8/16 @ 3:15PM and 7:15PM, 8/20 @ 7:15 PM, 8/21 @ 8:15PM, 8/22 @ 2:15PM, 8/25 @ 7:15PM, 8/26 @ 7:15PM, 8/29 @ 2:15PM and 8:15PM.
Press Opening: Sunday, August 2 at 3:15 PM
BUILT written and directed by Robert O’Hara
Mason and Mrs. Back meet in an empty space. A transaction is made. And the truth takes its toll.
LOVE LETTERS TO A DICTATOR by Stella Fawn Ragsdale, directed by TBD
Stella is a writer. Stella lives in New York. Stella misses her family. Stella worries about being good. Stella writes North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il for advice. Kim Jong-Il writes back. A play about looking for answers in all the wrong places.
UNSTUCK by Lucy Thurber, directed by Laura Savia
Everyone wants something from Pete. Jackie wants advice on her new tap routine. Sara wants confirmation she’s not a narcissist. And Deirdre just wants him to get off the damn sofa. But Pete is stuck – in more ways than one. A play about a man who can solve anyone’s problem except his own.