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Writer, lover of theater, media and all things New York. Up for anything, expectant of everything, likes to eat more than shop... keep open and keep kissing.

Sneak Peak: MESQUITE, NV Opens 10-5

This is from yesterday’s rehearsal of the play Mesquite, NV.  By Leegrid Stevens. Directed by Thomas Coté.

Runs October 5-28 on the MainStage Theater.

Tix available at www.workshoptheater.org21765151_10211962561793934_3991063515318560349_n

Photo by Joe Burby; with Alex Dmitriev and Liz Amberly.


Come to the desert, Sunday, September 24th at 6 pm…. 

by Walter Brandes
A Sundays@Six Series Reading in The Jewel Box Theater
Suspense and paranoia surround an archaeological dig that uncovers an unknown foreign object in the Akuhma Desert. It is up to an unlikely team of a chemist, a geologist, and two cooks to reveal the secrets of the mysterious find. In this sci-fi thriller with smatterings of comedy, the group of four begin to unravel the truth of what is in the desert and, in doing so, destroy the reality they once knew.

No Reserved Seating! Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to ensure seating.

Michael Selkirk*
Ryan Tramont*
Richard Kent Green*
CK Allen
Ethan Cadoff*
Christine Verleny

* Appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Moderator: Michael Lazan

The Play’s the Thing in WILL’S PLAYSHOP

Hey Gang,

On behalf of   Charles E. Gerber, Founding Member & Creator/Director of Will’s Playshop we’re happy to announce that it’s that time of the year, and WILL’S PLAYSHOP IS BACK!

ALL the latest info of dates, times, tuition, as well as pithy remarks from illustrious veterans of what we’ve done and do can be found on:

Click on GET INVOLVED and Voila!

WILL’S PLAYSHOP  now pops right up with specifics on one page and generous assessments on page 2.

REMEMBER: If you’ve never taken a class with Charles in the past and you’re a member, THE FIRST ONE’S FREE!

You can also access the site from:



Check out the SPLASH MAGAZINE article/review our Maria Micheles wrote and got published also in ODYSSEY. It’s most gratifying that the remarkable talents and skills of members of our company get the credit they deserve so throughly!


Did you say there were DIRTY OLD MEN in Harlem?

There better be. Because here’s a chance for some good, clean fun.

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Come on out on Thursday, September 28th at 9pm and check out the Dirty Old Men NYC debut at Harlem’s Silvana at 300 West 116 Street at the Southwest corner of Fredrick Douglass Boulevard, with easy access to public transportation and public on-street parking.


Silvana features world-class musical acts and we are pleased to have the chance to bring our mix of R&B, Soul, Blues, Classic Rock & originals uptown.

With great Middle Eastern food and no cover or minimum, you can’t help but make your way uptown and help make the Dirty Old Men Uptown debut a success.

Dirty Old Men 4 x 6 Post Card


Come to the unGala! Oct 23rd



Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award,

Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright


Six Degrees of Separation…The House of Blue Leaves…Landscape of

the Body…and many more! 

Monday, October 23rd | 6:30 – 9:30pm

Bar 466

466 Lexington Avenue (45th/46th), 3rd floor, NYC

ONE DEGREE OF SEPARATION: a lively conversation with JOHN GUARE!
Live jazz, cocktail supper, open bar, AND exciting live and silent auction items! 

Tickets: $200

To purchase your tickets, please go to

Board of Directors:
Alan Annex, Emma Berry, Chris Jenkins, Tracy Newirth,
Mahima Santhanam, Joanie Schumacher, Ben Sumrall, Emily Zacharias

Artistic Director: Thomas Coté

Managing Director: Dana Leslie Goldstein


Rich Orloff’s MEN OVERBOARD Gets WorkShop’s Season Sailing for September 17, Sunday@Six

Versatile and wildly prolific, when playwright RICH ORLOFF develops a play at the WorkShop it has legs. In fact, over a dozen plays first developed at the WorkShop have been published and produced around the world. They’ve been named a “NY Times” Critic’s Pick and “New York Magazine” Off-Off Broadway Pick, won such awards as the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Award and the Goody Playwright Fellowship, and been finalists for the Woodward-Newman New Play Award and the Reva Shiner Comedy Award.

Rich at cabana 2A

Playwright, Rich Orloff, alive with ideas

ORLOFF’s latest, MEN OVERBOARD, will kick off the new season at the September 17th Sunday@Six, 312 West 36 St, 4 fl, 6-8 PM. Fingers are crossed this will be another successful play launch at the Workshop. Here’s what ORLOFF has to say about the piece:

Like most of my plays, I’ve developed MEN OVERBOARD slowly over the years.  I’m not sure what the earliest ideas were, although the play has always been a contemporary play set in an Upper West Side co-op apartment.  Over time the play became about three middle-aged Jewish brothers, the 13-year-old son of the oldest brother, and the family patriarch.  I liked the idea of exploring male energy and the different paths men take.  And I knew I wanted to mix politics and matters of the soul.

I added a final character, the boy’s Bar Mitzvah tutor, a woman from Hungary.  I liked the idea of her being an outsider both because of her gender and her nationality.  I chose Hungary because I visited there in 2007 and was deeply moved by the commitment of local Jews to reestablish their community after decades of it being squashed by Communist governments.  It’s probably easier to be a Jew in New York City than anywhere else in the world.  I wanted someone whose life experience was different.

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MEN OVERBOARD asks the question: When you’re fighting for a child’s soul, what rules apply?


Most of my plays are comedies, but with MEN OVERBOARD, I didn’t worry about that.  I wanted the play to be truthful and compelling.  Of course, given how my characters think and act, the play ended up with a lot of comedy in it.  It also has moments that I think are as raw and wrenching as anything I’ve ever written.


Although the play isn’t literally autobiographical, so many elements in my life have ended up in it.  One of the brothers is a Buddhist monk, and one of my dearest friends is a Buddhist monk (born on Long Island).  A few surreal comments my father said in his declining years have ended up in the play.  Other elements in the play came from Lord knows where.  Some of the most inspired scenes came from me just hanging out with the characters and listening to them.


This will be the play’s first public reading, but I’m pleased to report that Theatre Ariel in Philadelphia has decided to present four readings of the play this December.  I’m thrilled that the Workshop, which has been my artistic home for a dozen years, will be launching yet another of my plays into the world.

Planet Connections Knows HEATHER MASSIE’s HEDY is Out of This World

Congratulations to our beloved WorkShop Company Artist, Heather Massie!

Listed multiple times among the recently announced Planet Connections award nominations was Heather’s solo show HEDY! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr!  – for which she was also awarded Best Actress at the Galway Fringe.


Actress Heather Massie as Hedy Lamar

Planet Connections NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Performance in a Solo Show

· Heather Massie, HEDY! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr!

Outstanding Overall Production of a Solo Show

· HEDY! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr!

Outstanding Sound Design

· Jacob Subotnick, HEDY! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr!

Outstanding Use Of Projections, Special Effects, AND/OR Multi-Media Event

· Jim Marlowe & Charles Marlowe, HEDY! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr!