Annual Festival Spotlights Short Plays, Solo Shows by Women
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The last date listed for EstroGenius Festival 2013 was Monday November 4, 2013 / 8:00pm (EstroTaneous Combustion).
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This hour-long work-in-progress from the riveting performer Dikran Tulaine (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) examines one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays through the lens of a major modern-day trial and subsequent media frenzy. Scholars through the centuries have fiercely debated Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice over its anti-Semitic portrayal of the villainous Shylock and over the sexual preference of Antonio, who is willing trade a pound of his own flesh to the merchant to save his friend Bassanio. As the deal for Antonio's flesh unfolds in Antonio & Shylock: Monsters and the trial ensues, videographers greedily capture the action over two live feeds, zooming in on the drama's implicit anti-gay and anti-Jewish bigotry and proving the timeless relevancy of this centuries-old tale with crackling urgency. Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
“[EstroGenius] lives up to its billing as a celebration of women’s work.” —_The New York Times. _
October 15th at 7:00pm and October 28th at 8:15pm: Big Dummy
written & performed by Mary Dimino
directed by Christine Renee Miller
Bright child. Simple father. They’re best friends. Until she outgrows him at age eleven. Embarrassed by him, and herself. Realizing dad’s brilliant. As is. Growing up smarter than your father in a funny, factory-working family from Queens. Come, simplify yourself.
The performance is followed by a talkback.
October 16th at 7:00pm: *_*The God Box*_
written by Mary Lou Quinlan & Martha Wollner
performed by Mary Lou Quinlan
In this engaging one-woman, one-act play based on her _New York Times _ bestselling book, Mary Lou explores the laughter and tears of the story of a family in love, in loss and in triumph. The God Box: A Daughter’s Story, performed by Mary Lou and co-written with director Martha Wollner of New York City’s critically acclaimed LAByrinth Theater Company, runs 70 minutes.
There will be a talkback following the performance with Mary Lou and Martha about their process and the joy that comes from collaborating.
October 20th and 27th at 4:00pm: Dead Weight & Do This One Thing For Me
_Dead Weight _
written by Christine Rosensteel
performed by Barbara Ann Davison (member AEA)
directed by Cheryl King
Flora’s conversation reveals the unspoken fears of many elderly women, including isolation, abandonment, and institutionalism. Desperation prevails. Denial appears to be Flora’s best friend.
_Do This One Thing For Me _
written and performed by Jane Elias
directed by Tracy Bersley
Her father lost almost everything in the final hours of World War II. Fifty years later, he just wants to dance with his daughter at her wedding. Not too much to ask, right?
October 20th and 27th at 7:00pm: Jay Z and Me & Trans-Siberian Railway *
_Jay Z and Me: A (fast) talking memoir _
written and performed by Brenda Cullerton
directed by Cheryl King
Tiny, 60-year-old white lady and obsessive Jay Z fan breaks her back and ribs at his baptismal concert in Brooklyn. She heals, writes a one-woman show about the experience, and meets the 42-year old hip hop hero two weeks before her first performance!
_Trans-Siberian Railway _
written by Monica Trausch
directed by Alexandra Keegan
performed by Madeleine Bundy
What does it mean to fall in love, to live your dreams, to trust, to see the world, and to just get on the train and ride? A one-woman exploration, Trans-Siberian Railway takes Vera across Russia on the longest railway in the world.
October 21st at 7:30pm — *_Dancing At the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories that Kept Us Small *_
Adapted and Directed by Ashley Marinaccio
Shame is a powerful thing. It can weigh on your heart and mind, diminish your sense of self-worth, and impact the way you live in the world. But what happens when you share that secret burden? A theatrical adaptation of an anthology written by various women sharing stories of overcoming shame, written in collaboration with all of the authors of this anthology.
October 22nd at 6:30pm and October 27th at 1:00pm: *_Inside Orion & Bitch Trial*_
_Inside Orion _
written and performed by Mary Catherine Donnelly
directed by Bill Bowers
Vanessa is an aggressively curious woman with leaky boundaries and a severely thwarted flight response. Can her hot butch lesbian roommate, Evan help her find out where she’s from with the help of a star?
_Bitch Trial _
written and performed by Lauren Maul
directed by Dan Balkin
Was that joke funny … or just mean? Character comic Lauren Maul questions herself in this dark courtroom comedy.
October 22nd at 8:15pm and October 28th at 6:30pm: *_My Life as a Woody Allen Film*_
written and performed by Aja Nisenson
directed by Michael Aman
One 20-something female. A shrink the name of male genitalia. 12 therapists of her past and present. A comedic and honest look at why I believe in the power of therapy… for other people.
October 23rd at 7:30pm: *_*Hi, Hitler*_
written and performed by Lucie Pohl
directed by Jessi D. Hill
A half-Jewish-half-German-immigrant-girl grows up in a crazy artist family otherwise known as “The Chaos Club” in downtown New York and is fascinated by Hitler. All she wants is to be normal and belong, but the odds are against her. And so is homeland security.
November 1st at 8:00pm: Halloween Monologues
An evening of monologues with appropriately eerie themes for the night after All Hallow’s Eve. In addition, the evening will feature an encore screening of
Mac Rogers’ Happening to Your Body, a short film based on his 2002 EstroGenius play.
November 2nd at 8:00pm: Girl Be Heard — *_Generations*_
Girl Be Heard uses theater as a vehicle to empower young women to become brave, confident, socially conscious leaders while exploring their own challenging circumstances. In this special one-night-only event, Girl Be Heard will workshop pieces from Generations, our new ensemble devised play created by our company members in collaboration with women across generations.
November 3rd-5th at 8:00pm: EstroTaneous Combustion*
A longtime Manhattan Theatre Source tradition, Spontaneous Combustion gives playwrights and actors a 48-hour workshop environment to play collaboratively as artists, and feel the combined power of their talent and hard work. EstroTaneous Combustion (Spontaenous Combustion with an Estro twist) will be an evening of brand-new short plays … Since they haven’t been written yet, we can’t tell you much — well, anything — about them, except that we’re sure you’ll be entertained!