Taking a look at women in today’s prison system, La Gioconda lightheartedly focuses on the power struggle between two dueling personalities. Through her years in prison Mona has developed a thick skin, and tough demeanor, but when her new cellmate, Lisa, forces her way into a an uneasy friendship Mona’s impenetrable outer shell is put to the test as Lisa unforgivingly pries into her past. Sean T. McGrath, a native New Yorker, recently returned from a year-long sojourn to London, where he honed his craft under the tutelage of some of the best that England has to offer, has created a unique and original piece that will pull at your heartstrings, while tickling your funny bone.’
Where is your hometown? My hometown is Pearl River, NY
What was the last show that you worked on and where? The last show I worked on was Disappear, a short two hander, in which I starred, as a part of the Manhattan International Theater Festival’s Short Play Lab.
Why submit to a festival like this? The New York New Works Festival is a well respected and exciting young festival, that garners a huge amount of attention from the New York theater community. Being a part of the festival give me an amazing opportunity to get my work in front of an audience that might otherwise not see it, expanding both my personal and professional network of artists.
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.