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Metropolitan tumbles into the 21st Century with

Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse
The COVID Cabaret
REVOLUTION!
with Zero BoyZero Boy
Virtual Playhouse Readings
Happy 4th of July!

We're enjoying our
independence, this week.
You can still catch last week's

15th Annual New Play Festival

This is the spirit of the East Village:

Thursday
July 2
8pm
Playing through the
July 4th Weekend
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And if you dress to impress,
you can BE a piece of the action on the screen...

 Dress up on the Zoom channel and
be a last minute live guest!


Interactive improv
Make him an offer he cannot refuse:

Your 4-5 word suggestion
will become a whole new world

Submissions via
Zoom
or
YouTube!
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2 lyrical plays about
immigrating
&
belonging

Cola'o
by Paloma Sierra
music by
Pedro Emanuel Franco Fraticelli
Translation by
Abigail Salmon
directed by Gloria Zelaya

Two lovers with contrary opinions about Puerto Rican national identity
uncover how to prepare
“authentic” coffee.

starring
Jorge Luis Berrios
&
Yazmin Morales Vicente


Fulltime Active
by Bill Russell
directed by Mark Harboth

4 tales of residents' lives, beautifully interwoven into a theatrical fugue:
a 1st Generation
Russian American labor organizer;
a 2nd Generation Italian American
boxing trainer;
a 2nd Generation Japanese American;
a young Puerto Rican immigrant.
Based  on interviews conducted by Arthur Tobier in the 70's and 80's as a part of
The Community
Documentation Workshop,
a former Arts Project at
Saint Mark’s Church-in-the Bowery.


starring
Ako
Michael Basile
Randy Cordero
&
Suzanne Toren

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2 comedies  about
gentrification

&
gentrifiers

Grassroots
by Robin Rothstein
directed by John Long

Two undercover police
discover a long-devoted
patron of an East Village local
well after hours on New Year's Eve,
the night it closed for good.

She's not ready to go.


starring
Maxwell Bartel
Alia Shakira
&
Kim Yancey-Moore

Backgrounds by
Danny Licul

East Village
Trader Joe's

by Jessica Moss
directed by Rachael Langton


The diverse and active
East Village Community Coalition
meets to discuss
the encroachment of
that oxy-moron: the boutique chain.
They have successfully fended off many a corporate interloper, but this one...
this one is different.


starring
Ollie Corchado
Lianne Kressin
Jammie Patton
Sushma Saha
  &
Perri Yaniv

Backgrounds by
Randy Wong-Westbrooke

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Past Presentations

WHERE THE CROSS IS MADE
by Eugene O'Neill


 Nat Bartlett is ready to give up on his father, grounded sea captain Isaiah, who cannot give up his fixation on a treasure lost years ago in the South Pacific.  Convinced the "treasure" was worthless, if it existed at all, and that it will surely never be found, he calls in a psychiatrist to justify committing the old man. But when his sister discovers the plan, and his father confronts him over his disbelief, the colliding forces of devotion, doubt, and obsession shock these helpless mortals into a whole new realm.

Like many of his early works, this 1918 play heralds O'Neill's later themes and craft.

Directed by Frank Kuhn (Leah the Forsaken.
The Drunkard
)

Joe Candelora, Michael Hardart,
John Ingle, Dena Miller, Julie Pham,
with additional characters painted by artist
Pamela Lawton
and backgrounds by artist Danny Licul

with post-show talk by
Alexander Pettit
Editor of the Eugene O'Neill Review
Professor of English
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Affiliated Faculty in Women's and Gender Studies
University of North Texas


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COMPROMISE
by Willis Richardson


  Jane Lee has compromised with her white neighbor, Ben Carter, again and again.  When he accidentally shot her eldest son, she accepted the deal her husband made to compensate. When her husband drank himself to death with the money, she swallowed her resentment. When her second son set out to take revenge, she equivocated with him.
And now her daughter is pregnant by that same neighbor's son. 
And she is still willing to strike a bargain to get her children to a better place.
But it wouldn't take much to convince her she's compromised enough.

Directed by Timothy Johnson
 
with Anthony T. Goss, Linda Kuriloff, Al-nisa Petty
Lily Santiago, and George Sheffey

with post-show talk by
Rashida Z. Shaw McMahon
Associate Professor of English
Associate Professor of African American Studies
Wesleyan University


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EVER YOUNG
a ferocious comedy by
Alice Gerstenberg

The Poinciana

It is the lioness who does the hunting in the pride, and the longer she lives, the fiercer she becomes.

Mrs. Payne-Dexter rules the veldt.
Mrs. Dorchester is a deferential, if muddled soldier;
Mrs. Blanchard roams afar, but within the rule;
and Mrs. Courtney-Page is the fearsome  queen of the coming generation.
The claws are always sharp  when these widows and divorcees meet,
but this afternoon at the Royal Poinciana Hotel (Palm Beach),
one reveals a broken heart  and a tender hope she's cherished for decades.

The instinct of these ready predators is keen...
and acting on it, they discover the secret to staying ever young.

with Rosina Fernhoff, Sidney Fortner, Wendy Merritt, and Kim Yancey-Moore

Directed by Alex Roe
Backgrounds by Pamela Lawton

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DRAMATURGY
by Jon Lonoff

CONSTANCY
by Neith Boyce


Dodge, Reed, Boyce
Rex literally knocks at the window of Moira, a lover he jilted months before. Hoping to fan the passionate flames of their affair back to a blaze, he's once again ready for anything--anything but to be seen for what he actually is.
The story of a woman who has learned bitter lessons from heartbreak, and is ready to give a little instruction of her own to a man who once had her heart, and now has her understanding.

Inspired by a real rendez-vous between
Mabel Dodge and John Reed.

with post-show conversation led by
J. Ellen Gainor
Professor of Performing and Media Arts
at Cornell University
 

Featuring Elisabeth Ahrens and Paul Bomba
Directed by Laura Livingston


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DRAMATURGY
by Jon Lonoff
THE POT BOILER
by Alice Gerstenberg

Prosperous and prolific playwright, Mr. Sud--an inveterate hack--offers to let a hopeful neophyte, young Wouldby, attend a first read and rehearsal of his new play. 
Mr. Inkwell pursues a desperate and dishonorable plot to sully Miss Ivory, cheat her father of a fortune,
and break her promises to the upright Mr. Ruler. 
But what of Mrs. Pencil, his former lover?
The plot thickens, Sud editorializes throughout,
and the actors strain to make something of the nonsense.
Then someone finds the revolvers.

Another day in the theater.

with post-show conversation led by
Dorothy Chansky, PhD
Professor of Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism
at Texas Tech University

Featuring:

Mike Durkin ~ SJ Hannah ~ David Murray Jaffe
Olivia Killingsworth ~ Jen Reddish ~ Jay Romero
Tom Staggs

Directed by Alex Roe
Backgrounds by Vincent Gunn
Video Ops by Rachael Langton



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DRAMATURGY
by Jon Lonoff

SUPPRESSED DESIRES
by Susan Glaspell
Henrietta and Stephen were happily married, until Henrietta discovered psychoanalysis.  Now no stone 
-- dream, utterance, look, shrug --
will be left unturned on the quest for its hidden meaning.
But when sister Mabel, visiting them for a spell,
catches the disease herself, the couple are in a fight for their
wedded life.

A comedy of close quarters with two much time on our hands.

with post-show conversation led by
J. Ellen Gainor
Professor of Performing and Media Arts
at Cornell University


Elisabeth Ahrens and Paul Bomba
directed by Laura Livingston
 
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DRAMATURGY
by Jon Lonoff


THE PARLOUR CAR
by William Dean Howells


Miss Galbraith and Mr. Richards, recently separated lovers find themselves confined to the same compartment of a railway car on the way to Albany.   Mortifying though it may be, it is also a chance to look a little more closely at the reason for their spat.
And when the car is de-coupled from its train, stranded on the lonesome track ...well, who knows what may happen.

with post-show conversation with
Polly Howells
 
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DRAMATURGY
by Jon Lonoff


love letterDOUBLE
FEATURE


FOURTEEN
by Alice Gerstenberg
and
CRISS CROSS
by Rachel Crothers


A society grand dame, her eligible daughter, and their unflappable butler prepare for a dinner for fourteen.  But when one guest cancels, leaving a table of unlucky thirteen, the game is afoot!  A comedy of extreme disproportion.

A steel-tempered writer is asked to give her consent to the marriage of her ward to an artist of great promise and passion, but middling accomplishment and drive.  All she must consider is the true weight of her own love.
OLD LOVE LETTERSlove letter
by Bronson Howard


The time for burning old letters has come for a young widow,
yearning to put her past behind her.

But what if one of them came to life?
A tender and loving tribute to second chances
by the author of The Henrietta (Metropolitan Playhouse, 2013)

OVERTONES
by Alice Gerstenberg
Unquestionably the author's most famous play.
Two women, one married to a wealthy man of affairs
the other to a struggling painter,
meet for tea.

If only they'd left their alter-egos at home.
Hearts
by Alice Gerstenberg
A game of social distance, 1917 style.

It's a gamble for one of four card players,
seeking to be accepted into her small town's impenetrable Society, where the stakes are far higher than the wagers.

To win at hearts, you must give yours away....
or capture everyone else's.

The RopeGene
by Eugene O'Neill
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Abraham Bentley is a miserly farmer
whose son and son
-in-law are set
on getting revenge for his ill treatment of them
and getting his fortune...if he really has one.
The only witness is a perfectly guileless 10 year old girl.

He Said and She SaidAlice Gerstenberg
by Alice Gerstenberg



Saturday, March 28, 2020
Set against the backdrop of the Great War, when a loyal husband and wife hear insinuations that their dearest unmarried friend has turned her sights from her young man overseas and is now set on breaking up their happy home, friendships foreign and domestic are strained to the breaking point.





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