Riant Theatre Sets Juicy Lineup for 2017 STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL July 13th – July 30th

The Riant Theatre (Van Dirk Fisher, Artistic Director) — the Audelco Award-winning nonprofit providing a nurturing developmental environment for playwrights and theatre creators of diverse cultural backgrounds — proudly presents THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL. A celebration of cultural diversity, THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL will be presented at the Theatre at St. Clement’s (423 West 46th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues, NYC) Thursday, July 13th through Sunday, July 30th, 2017.  This summer’s festival marks the 30th Season of The Riant Theatre’s renowned short play competition, and also will feature the premieres of three full-length one-act plays.  Reflecting the diversity written into the mission of its presenter, THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL has produced over 1,500 one-act plays since it began in 1995 (in recent years, the festival has often been presented biannually due to demand from artist submissions and audiences alike).

Tickets for all performances during THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL are priced as follows: General admission – $25 advance/$27 at the box office, Premium seating – $30 advance/$35 at the box office.  Tickets are on sale now through www.therianttheatre.com or by calling 646-623-3488. Festival Pass discount packages are also available upon request.

A dark comedy that combines the intricacies of interpersonal relationships, the supernatural and the apocalypse. 7/13 at 7pm, 7/15 at 7pm, 7/16 at 9pm & 7/20 at 7pm
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Fri, July 14 at 7pm / Sun, July 16 at 7pm / Sun, July 23 at 5pm / Mon, July 24 at 9pm
The world mourned for a few days, but these women will mourn for eternity.
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Wed, July 19th at 7pm / Sat, July 22nd at 3pm / Sat, July 22nd at 9pm / Mon, July 24th at 7pm
The first time taking a new path can change your journey forever.
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The Strawberry One-Act Festival runs from July 13th – July 30th www.therianttheatre.com
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Friday, July 21st at 7:30pm / Friday, July 28th at 6:00pm / Sunday, July 30th at 4:30pm
Two strangers, an affluent, middle-aged divorcee and a sardonic, gay Mexican American stylist, volunteer at a West Hollywood suicide hotline.  Unqualified and without guidance, they are forced to fend for themselves.  Despite ostensible contrasts, they somehow find an intimacy between them as they tackle increasingly dire phone calls, as well as their own existential crisis.

Playwright Robert Ellsworth, a Boston native, graduated cum laude from UCLA with a BA in Creative Writing and an MFA from Cal State Los Angeles. A former journalist, his writings have appeared in Elle, US Weekly, FHM, Vogue, the Boston Globe, The National Post and Movieline.  Ellsworth has also sold three feature film screenplays to such major studios as Touchstone, Village Road Show and Warner Brothers. He has worked for Paramount Pictures, Shonda Rhymes and ABC Studios. Ellsworth’s script, The Sect, was the 2016 recipient of the Best Feature Screenplay Award for the 25th Annual California Media Arts Festival. He currently teaches Media Ethics and Journalism at Cal State Los Angeles and is working on his second play.


To See A Description Of All The Plays In The Festival Click Here.

Click Here to check out the workshops we are offering for Actors, Singers, Spoken Word Artists.  Improv Workshop & Performance, Creating Vision Boards, Auditions Essentials for Singers & Actors, Movement Classes, Acting For Stage, Screen & TV and Having a Career in Media, Work with a Life Coach. Spoken Word & Performance Workshop.

TBB: Festival Season, Madame Infamy, They Call Me Q, Woman at the Funerals

FestivalWe are truly in the middle of New York City’s Festival season. There’s the Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), The Strawberry Festival, The Brick Comic Book Theatre Festival, The West Village Musical Theatre Festival (WVMTF) and so much more. It’s hard to know which shows to see in which festival in addition to the myriad of shows that have runs over the summer. I have to sit with the months of July and August to balance it out. Luckily, since I do PR and have many friends in the shows, I can narrow them down. However, I do like to see a show in which I’m not connected.

So I’ll start off by saying that I will be seeing Pageant Princess on Friday night and They Call Me Q on Monday (see below for more info on a half off tickets for that performance).
Madame infamy is my NYMF show which, if you haven’t heard yet, I’m over the moon about it. It’s already been lauded as the show to see by the NYTimes this summer. You should definitely check it out.
The Pawn Broker is my FringeNYC show, which is an awesome one woman show about the women of Bertolt Brecht. More info on that to come.
Visit www.theatrebeyondbroadway.com for more info on upcoming shows.
And see you at the show!

They Call Me Q is offering a 50% ticket for the 6/30 show to my subscribers. The more the merrier. Join me and click HERE for more info.
I just joined The Write Teacher(s) as their contributing writer on Beyond Broadway. Click HERE to read my debut article on The Josephine Foundation.