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Metropolitan Playhouse
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East Village
                Theatre Festival

June 6-26, 2011

Metropolitan Playhouse combines two of our most popular annual attractions with readings, installations, and events with local artists into one festival celebrating the life and lore of the East Village.

Paul Bomba*
John Fennessy*
Sidiki Fofana
Kate Geller
Emily Gittelman
Ray Iannicelli*
Russell Jordan*
Gordon Kupperstein*
Rob Maitner*
Ralph Pochoda
Teresa Stephenson*

* Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association. 
The East Village Theater Festival  is an AEA Showcase.
The East Village Chronicles
8 new plays inspired by the life and history of the East Village.
Alphabet City
6 new solo performances based on the lives of East Village residents.
Evening A
directed by Laura Livingstone

The Pretty Young Girl,
by Claudia Barnett
The Last Dream of Arky Malarkey,
by Kathleen Warnock
Bitter Fruit from the Bowery,
by Larry R. Yates
Three Rooms. Inspired by a totally true story. Or Three.,
by Michael Ian Walker
Evening B
directed by Andrew Firda

by Bryce Richardson    
The Philosophers,
by Robert Anthony       
Big Black Mexican Woman,
by Alberto Bonilla       
Stained Glass,
by Lawrence DuKore        


Clare Barron
Jane O'Leary
Joel Putnam
Me'Lisa Sellers
Keri Setaro
Abraham Sparrow
Program Description
The Pretty Young Girl
by Claudia Barnett
The Pretty Young Girl is inspired by the 1894 true story of Rosie Czeisler, a 14-year-old girl who lived at 192 Stanton Street with her father, a Jewish furrier, and her stepmother, who reportedly ruled with “a rod of steel.” Rosie reads to escape her life and becomes so lost in the world of her romance novel that she suffers the fate of its heroine.

The Last Dream of Arkey Malarkey
by Kathleen Warnock
After the Tompkins Square Riots, street poet Arky Malarkey comes home to the tenement he was born in. In a few moments, he relives the history and people in his life, from the Great Depression to WW II, the Summer of Love, the days of shooting galleries in the East Village to the wave of gentrification that ushered in the end of the century.

Bitter Fruit from the Bowery
by Larry R. Yates
It's August, 1657, and the British are coming.  Asser Levy makes Peter Stuyvesant face his hatred of Jews, Quakers, Catholics, and other religious groups.  What the governor decides at his farm, the Bowery, could change history.

Three Rooms. Inspired by a Totally True Story. Or Three.
by Michael Ian Walker
Three Rooms: Inspired a Totally True Story. Or Three.” ooks at the life of Allen Ginsberg’s East Village apartment, its  newest tenant, and the ever changing face of the neighborhood Ginsberg loved and chronicled in his iconic writing.

Baby Marty
by Bryce Richardson
Bryce Richardson is a screenwriter and playwright based in Brooklyn, NY.  He has studied at the University of North Texas and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.  He can currently be seen performing long-form improvisation with Iron Ruckus at Player's Theater.

The Philosophers
by Robert Anthony
Two longtime friends, Sammy and Ernie, no longer in business, spend a lot of time reading and sometimes question the value of it all. They are bothered by changes in the neighborhood and are disenchanted with the new technologies of the day. When Abie, the pickle salesman stops by, it's a further reminder that things are not like they used to be.

Big Black Mexican Woman
by Alberto Bonilla
When Suzan passes away, she suddenly finds herself on heavens doorstep and learns some shocking revelations not only about heaven, but about herself.

Stained Glass
by Lawrence DuKore
This is the story of a disabled African American combat veteran and his lady friend, a white artist who works in stained glass. They live on the Lower East Side and have divergent attitudes about dealing with a destructive black teenager who continuously throws rocks at the artist’s stained glass windows. The problem solver turns out to be an unlikely third party with a practical, realistic solution to the problem: inclusion rather than exclusion.