SUMMER SHORTS 2019 Festival of New American Plays returns to 59E59 Theaters
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:41 pm EDT 06/12/19

SUMMER SHORTS 2019 Festival of New American Plays returns to 59E59 Theaters

New short plays by Sharr White, Nick Payne, Courtney Barron and more are featured at this year’s summer theater staple!

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59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to welcome Throughline Artists (J.J. Kandel, Producing Artistic Director) with SUMMER SHORTS 2019, the annual festival of six short plays tailor-made for summer viewing. SUMMER SHORTS 2019 begins on Friday, July 19 and runs through Saturday, August 31. Two series featuring three one-act plays in each will play in rotating repertory Tuesday - Friday at 7:15 PM; Saturday & Sunday at 2:15 PM and 7:15 PM. Please note, there is no matinee performance on Saturday, July 20. Individual calendar schedule of performance dates for Series A and Series B is available for viewing/download. Press Opening for Series A is Sunday, July 28 at 7:15 PM. Press Opening for Series B is Sunday, August 4 at 2:15 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 - $35 ($26 for 59E59 Members). A Pair of Shorts (one ticket to Series A & B, available through July 21) is $60. To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Theater’s Box Office at (646) 892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org.

SUMMER SHORTS returns to 59E59 Theaters with its annual celebration of summer, theater, and the short form. SUMMER SHORTS features a mix of established and emerging NYC playwrights, directors, and acting talent creating theater in small doses. Divided into two series, SUMMER SHORTS premieres six one-act plays, presented as two separate evenings of three each. The two series run in rotating repertory.

SUMMER SHORTS 2019 features new one-act plays from playwrights Courtney Baron, Nancy Bleemer, Neil LaBute, Nick Payne, Danielle Trzcinski, and Sharr White.

The design team includes Rebecca Lord-Surratt (set design); Greg MacPherson (lighting design); Amy Sutton (costume design); Nick Moore (sound design/composer); Joshua Langman (projection design); and Jenna Snyder and Alexander Wylie (props design). The Production Stage Manager for Series A is Dee Dee Katchen. The Production Stage Manager for Series B is Jenna R. Lazar. The associate producer is Sarah Cronk. The technical director is Dan Teachout. The casting director is Rebecca Gushin.

Casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

The full SUMMER SHORTS 2019 Line Up:


Press Opening: Sunday, July 28 at 7:15 PM

HERE I LIE by Courtney Baron, directed by Maria Mileaf

Strangers Maris and Joseph, a young editor and a nurse, collide in this play about what it means to exercise compassion and self-care, in the face of hardship.

INTERIOR by Nick Payne, based on the Maurice Maeterlinck play of the same name, directed by Rory McGregor

It is a seemingly normal day for a small family in a quiet, quaint neighborhood. Two men convene outside. The actions they choose to take in just a few short moments will change the course of this family's life forever.

THE BRIDGE PLAY by Danielle Trzcinski, directed by Sarah Cronk

A man stands at the edge of the George Washington Bridge and is about to jump, when an unexpected stranger interrupts him.


Press Opening: Sunday, August 4 at 2:15 PM

PROVIDENCE by Nancy Bleemer, directed by Ivey Lowe

On the eve of her sister-in-law's wedding, a woman returns to her husband's boyhood home. Tossing and turning next to him in his too-small single bed, they question love, marriage and why there are no all-night drug stores in Providence.

APPOMATTOX by Neil LaBute, directed by Duane Boutté

It’s a perfect day in a big park near a big city and two friends get together for lunch and to play catch. Instead, they begin a discussion about life and history and soon find themselves in a conversational minefield from which they may never return.

LUCKY by Sharr White, directed by J.J. KANDEL

What's the first thing you say after six years? Just on the outskirts of town, in room 11B of The Royale Motor Lodge, Phil Granger is stripping off his wet shirt as Meredith, his wife, is rushing through the rain towards him. LUCKY is the moment they meet.



Courtney Baron (Here I Lie, playwright) is a New York-based playwright and television writer. Her most recent play, When It’s You, premiered at the Keen Company in New York City and will be a part of Aspen Theater’s inaugural Solo Flight Festival. Other plays include: Eat Your Heart Out, produced as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville; A Very Common Procedure premiered at the Magic Theatre (dir. Loretta Greco) and then at MCC in New York (dir. Michael Greif). Her play Consumption was commissioned and produced by the Guthrie Theater in partnership with the University of Minnesota. Other productions include: Not Our Last Hurrah at the Kraine Theater, NYC; These Three Here at the Actors Theatre of Louisville; Earlstreetman and Confidence Man as a part of Christine Jones’ Theater For One, performed in Times Square. Her play with music composed by Juliana Nash was work-shopped at Primary Stages. She has had plays read or work-shopped at the Cherry Lane Theatre (mentored by David Auburn), The Atlantic Theater, MTC, MCC, the New Group, Famous Door Theater in Chicago, the Guthrie, EST, as part of the New Works Now series at the Public Theater, the Royal Court in London, and Theatre for the New City. On television, Courtney was Co-Executive Producer of Almost There on the Audience Network starring Steven Pasquale and Christopher Fitzgerald. Courtney teaches television writing at The New School and NYU. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University.

Maria Mileaf (Here I Lie, director) is thrilled to be back at Summer Shorts where she has directed Alan Zweibel’s Playing God and Neil LaBute’s After the Wedding as well as his The Mulberry Bush. In NYC, Maria has directed new work for Primary Stages, The Play Company, Playwrights Horizons, Women’s Project, New Georges, and The Vineyard. Regionally she has directed at Williamstown, ACT in SF, NY Stage and Film, Hartford Stage, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, The Geffen, Philadelphia Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, and The Old Globe.

Nick Payne (Interior) Theater includes: If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, Constellations, Incognito, A Life. Film includes: The Sense of an Ending. TV includes: Wanderlust.

Rory McGregor (Interior, director) is a British director currently based in New York. Directing credits include Macbeth (Connelly Theatre), The Great Divide (Finborough Theatre, London), Building Pain (Origin Theatre) and NEW HERE (Dixon Place). He is the Associate Director for the upcoming Broadway transfer of Sea Wall/A Life. Previous Associate Direction includes INK (Broadway), Sea Wall/A Life (The Public), M. Butterfly (Broadway), and Underground (59E59). He has developed work at New York Theatre Workshop, Target Margin, Finborough Theatre, Rising Sun, La MaMa E.T.C., and The Tank. He has taught at Columbia University, mentors undergraduate directing students at NYU/Playwright's Horizons Theatre School and has been a guest director at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is currently a Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club, a script reader at Roundabout Theatre Company. He was previously the Artistic Associate of Classic Stage Company and Artistic Apprentice at Roundabout. He holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University.

Danielle Trzcinski (The Bridge Play, playwright) is an actress, writer, and producer whose works have been performed from Poland to Lincoln Center. Danielle is currently starring in the national tour of Little Black Dress! for which she co-wrote book and lyrics. Other works include New York Times Best Selling author Sheryl Berk's Dance Divas Nutcracker Ballet (Off Broadway). Danielle was the lyricist, book writer, and star of Non-Equity the Musical! (NYC Fringe Festival). A Canadian Comedy Award nominee, she wrote lyrics to the song, "Please Don't Spank My Butt" which was part of the international sold out show SPANK!. As a performer, she’s appeared in Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody (Anastasia), Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and Nickelodeon's Storytime Live! www.daniellet.org

Sarah Cronk (The Bridge Play, director) is thrilled to return to the production team of Summer Shorts and to direct a play this season! Sarah is a producer, actor, director, writer, musician, and filmmaker. As a producer, her credits include Summer Shorts (Asst. Producer, 2018 Season), The Soothing System (Executive Producer, co-writer & actor; award-winning short film), Lucky Penny (Associate Producer; Harold Clurman Lab Theatre). As a director, film credits include Off the Ground (proof of concept). Summer Shorts credits include: Grounded (assistant director to Alexander Dinelaris), Playing God (assistant director to Maria Mileaf) and The Helpers (assistant director to Jessi D. Hill). As an actor, her regional theatre credits include Worcester Shakespeare Company: Othello (Emilia), Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page), Merchant of Venice (Nerissa); NYC credits include Two Rooms (Lainie). Voice-over credits include Young Hall (pilot), Tara Tremendous: The Secret Diaries (Season 3). As a musician, Sarah is a featured soloist with Studio Senakwami’s concerts at The Appel Room (Jazz @ Lincoln Center) and teaches piano privately. Sarah is currently in pre-production for a narrative web-series she co-wrote about emerging musicians in NYC. Member of New York Women in Film & Television. www.sarahcronk.com


Nancy Bleemer’s (Providence, playwright) one-act play, Providence, was a finalist in HBO’s New Playwrights Festival and was given a staged reading in Manhattan Theater Source’s Estrogenuis Festival. As a short film, Providence was an official selection of the 2015 Palm Springs International Festival, the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the 2017 DAMN! Film Series in New York City. Nan’s play, Centennial Casting, co-written with Gino DiIorio, was recently published by Samuel French, and has had productions at the Penguin Rep, The Virginia Stage Company, Seven Angels Theater, and The Arclight Theater in New York City. She has taught acting and playwriting at Rockland Community College and The New School. Nan holds a BA from Princeton, an MA from NYU and an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from City College.

Ivey Lowe (Providence, director) is a freelance Brooklyn based director and fight director with a focus on new works development. Recent directing include: Spring Awakening (Steven Sater/Duncan Sheik, Yale University), Far Away (Caryl Churchill, Hangar Theatre), Snow White (Majorie Sokoloff, Hangar Theatre), Happily After Ever (Laura Zlatos, Bloomington Playwright’s Project), Exposed Bone (Charlie O’ Leary, The PIT), Beating a Dead Horse (Jenny Stafford, BPP), The Ascent (Jon Caren, Williamstown Theater Festival), and The Boehner Sister’s (The Tank). She has developed new works with Williamstown Theater Festival, Vertigo Theater Company, The Hangar Theater, IAMA Theater Company, and The Flea Theater among others. She is an alumnus of The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, Williamstown Theater Festival Directing Corps, 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, SDC Observership Class, and was a 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow. BFA: Savannah College of Art and Design. iveylowe.com

Neil LaBute’s (Appomattox, playwright) films include In The Company Of Men; Your Friends & Neighbors; Nurse Betty; Possession; The Shape Of Things (a film adaptation of his play by the same title); The Wicker Man; Lakeview Terrace; Death At A Funeral; Some Velvet Morning and Dirty Weekend. Television work includes Bash: latter-day plays (Showtime); Full Circle (DTV); 10 X 10 (DTV); Billy & Billie (DTV); Van Helsing (SYFY); and the upcoming The I-Land (Netflix). Plays include Filthy Talk For Troubled Times; Bash: latter-day plays; The Shape Of Things; The Mercy Seat; The Distance From Here; Autobahn; Fat Pig; Some Girl(s); This Is How It Goes; In A Dark Dark House; Wrecks; Reasons to be Pretty; The Break Of Noon; In a Forest, Dark and Deep; Lovely Head; Reasons to be Happy; Things We Said Today; The Money Shot; The Way We Get By; All The Ways To Say I Love You; How To Fight Loneliness; Reasons to be Pretty Happy; and the upcoming Comfort and Bounce The Moon. LaBute has also adapted Dracula, Woyzeck, Miss Julie, Antigone, and Uncle Vanya for the stage. Seconds Of Pleasure, a collection of his short fiction, was published by Grove Atlantic.

Duane Boutté (Appomattox, director) is a NY based director, actor, and composer. Directing credits include LOL (Algonquin Productions, NY), Home (Rep Stage), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Worcester Shakespeare Festival), Stalag 17 (Good Company Players, Fresno), Othello (Stella Adler Cons.), and Fences and Cabaret while on faculty at Illinois State University. As an actor, Boutté performed on Broadway in Parade and the 1994 revival of Carousel. Off-Broadway appearances include Discord (Primary Stages), Civil Sex (Public Theater), The Bubbly Black Girl and The Heliotrope Bouquet (Playwrights Horizons). He stars in films Stonewall (1996) and Brother to Brother. He has appeared in other films and TV shows, and performed at Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and more. Boutté was composer for Lyin' Up a Breeze (Second Stage, Fresno) and Caravaggio Chiaroscuro (La Mama, Etc.). This summer, he'll complete a draft of his first musical as both composer and librettist. (DuaneBoutte.com)

Sharr White’s (Lucky, playwright) The True recently premiered Off Broadway with The New Group, featuring Edie Falco, Michael McKean, Peter Scolari, and John Pankow, directed by Scott Elliott. White’s The Other Place premiered Off-Broadway at MCC Theatre with Laurie Metcalf (Lucille Lortel and Obie awards), directed by Joe Mantello (Lucille Lortel nom), and was reprised on Broadway at MTC with Joe Mantello again directing Laurie Metcalf (Tony nom). The Snow Geese premiered on Broadway with MTC, starring Mary Louise Parker and directed by Daniel Sullivan, as a co-production between Manhattan Theatre Club and MCC Theatre. Annapurna premiered Off Broadway at The New Group, starring Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, directed by Bart DeLorenzo. White’s Stupid Kid premiered in Los Angeles at The Road Theatre in 2017. For television, White was most recently co-Executive Producer for the Starz series Sweetbitter and for the Showtime series The Affair. White’s newest play, Pictures From Home, is an adaptation of the photo book of the same name by the late photographer Larry Sultan.

J.J. Kandel (Lucky, director) is President of Throughline Artists, Producing Artistic Director and founder of the SUMMER SHORTS Festival of New American Short Plays. Directing credits include Sparring Partner (Summer Shorts 2018) by Neil LaBute; Wedding Bash by Lindsay Kraft and Andrew Leeds (Summer Shorts 2017); In This, Our Time (Summer Shorts 2011) by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris. As an actor, film credits include The Mulberry Bush (Tribeca Film Festival); Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker (Best Picture 2010) both directed by Academy Award-winner Kathryn Bigelow. New York theater credits include 10 K written and directed by Neil LaBute; The Mulberry Bush by Neil LaBute directed by Maria Mileaf; The Killing (World Premiere) by William Inge; and Intermission by Will Eno

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