The play is the story of Elisa, a street flower vendor, who tries to determine why octogenarian Mr. Goldberg buys a bouquet each and every day. Elisa’s various and sundry notions as to Mr. Goldberg’s motivations serve as the catalyst for the action as she puts her theories to the test throughout the piece.
Originally from Queens, New York, Cooperman now resides in Columbus, Ohio where he is an Adjunct Professor of English and Theatre at Ohio University, Lancaster. He is also the host of the weekly Blog Talk Radio show “Stage Right,” which seeks underrepresented voices in theatre. As a playwright he has had productions of his work in New York and Ohio; most recently his full-length play, Kate ‘n’ Spence, was produced by the Evolution Theatre Company in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to playwriting, Cooperman has served as the director of the ETC Local Playwright’s Festival and was a previous winner of that festival with his play “Shut Up, Mr. Mandelbaum.” He is proud to feature the work of his children in this production.
Where is your hometown? My hometown is Columbus, Ohio (but I am originally from Queens, NY).
What was the last show that you worked on and where? I directed a play entitled “Sea Change” for the ETC Local Playwright’s Festival in Columbus.
Why submit to a festival like this? The NYNW Festival is prestigious and full of possibilities, so any playwright who wants to get noticed would be foolish not to submit a play. The mere chance of even one performance in Manhattan should be enough to motivate playwrights—and I was so motivated!
PERFORMANCE: August 17th at 7:00 PM
LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.
TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.
The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.
Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.
The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.