First Floor Studio Residency – Flight Over Wasteland

Flight Over Wasteland 
First Floor Studio Residency

Saturday, March 11 5:30 pm
Sunday, March 19 7:30 pm

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Director: Liliya Lifanova in collaboration with composer Hiroya Miura

Cast: Mickaela Tombrock, Christopher Pio, Bradley Carter, Oliver James Burke, Sandra Herlog, Andrea Davina Clinton, Corrine Paulson, Chang Liu, Tatiana Galliher Jackson, Carlos E. Rojas, Shinno Seto, Tom Cryan, Andrew Braddock

“Flight Over Wasteland” is a work in progress toward a live performance and film by visual artist and director Liliya Lifanova in collaboration with composer Hiroya Miura. This duo comes together to create an adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land,” reimagined and retold in a series of evocative tableaux vivants, choreographed gestures, and language, set amidst a hand crafted sculptural and sound installation.

HB Studio Presents UNITL THE FLOOD by Dael Orlandersmith




– 7:00 PM–

Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie-Award winning playwright Dael Orlandersmith brings her latest work to HB Studio for an exclusive New York engagement. Focused on the social unrest in Ferguson, MO after the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, the one-woman show explores the experience of an American community through the eyes of multiple characters, developed by Dael through her extensive interviews with St. Louis residents. Commissioned by The Rep in 2016, and featuring music by Elliott Sharp, we hope you can join us for this very special benefit presentation. Benefit proceeds support HB’s world-renowned training, practice, and development programs for aspiring and professional theater artists.









“There is a tough and necessary beauty in {her} writing…Orlandersmith hears the human need for dignity and justice, for love. She is critic, witness, and poet.”– Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America.  

Sharp is “a composer and guitarist who has been one of downtown’s most influential and prolific musicians…” The New York Times


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People Who Make Theater: Vincent Pastore

a conversation with actor
Vincent Pastore (THE SOPRANOS)

Moderated by David Deblinger

Wednesday, March 8 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
$5-$10 suggested donation | RSVP at

Vincent Pastore‘s breakout role in the HBO award winning series THE SOPRANOS lead him from his early days of performing in community theater, running discos and owning rock and roll bars in New Rochelle, NY to becoming the household name of “Big Pussy.” He was encouraged to pursue film acting by Kevin and Matt Dillon who frequented his bars in the 80’s.

Vincent landed his first major film with Nancy Savoca’s award winning film TRUE LOVE, and then he was on his way. He worked on AMERICA’S MOST WANTED, LAW AND ORDER, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, GOOD FELLAS, AWAKENINGS and REGARDING HENRY, plus many other projects on the small stage in New York City, until he landed his first major role as Tony Scarboni opposite Alan Arkin in THE JERKY BOYS. After that, GOTTI, WITNESS TO THE MOB, and then THE SOPRANOS followed. He went on to do the films MADE, SERVING SARA, THE HURRICANE and TWO FAMILY HOUSE, to name just a few.

Recently Vincent has appeared in CHICAGO and in the Woody Allen play BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, making him now part of the Broadway community. He is the author of CRAZY HORSE, a play about his life experiences in the bar business, which is currently under the direction of his Soprano co-star Maureen Van Zandt.

Benefit Event – Shakespeare on Bank Street



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For generations, the HB community has been a source of inspiration and connection for the many thousands of talented souls that have come through our doors in the heart of Greenwich Village. Over the past 10 years, HB Studio has hosted an annual benefit to celebrate our theater community and honor esteemed alumni, colleagues and dear friends.  This year HB Studio is bringing it all back home, and bringing it back to the process of making theater.

Instead of one big benefit bash this year, throughout the 2016-2017 season, HB will be hosting small benefit performance events in our theater at 124 Bank Street. First up this season is: Continue reading →

People Who Make Theater – ACTING FOR SERIES TELEVISION with Adam Bernstein

A Conversation with Emmy Award-Winning Director Adam Bernsteinpwmt_adam-bernstein_acting-for-series-television_eblast-1

Moderated by Joanna Pinto and Jim Zukowski

Wednesday, December 7th | 7:30pm
$5-10 suggested donation
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street

Join us for a conversation with Director Adam Bernstein, focused on acting for series television. Adam has directed several TV pilots, including FARGO, 30 ROCK, SCRUBS, and STRANGERS WITH CANDY, as well as multiple episodes of OZ and BREAKING BAD. He has directed over seventy music videos, including “Love Shack” for the B-52’s. He is the recipient of an Emmy Award (30 ROCK), an MTV Award (“Love Shack”), and a Peabody Award (HOMICIDE – LIFE ON THE STREET).


First Floor Studio Residency – THE TCHAIKOVSKY VIGNETTES

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First Floor Studio Residency 

The Tchaikovsky Vignettes are a series of dance theatre pieces inspired by the work of Anton Chekhov, set to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky.

November 19 and 20 | 5:30 & 8pm
HB Studio | First Floor Studio | 120 Bank Street


Choreographer: Allison Plamondon

Cast: Misha Braun, Brad Carnation, Laurie Deziel, Meredith Fulton, Marc Geller, Alessandro Magania, Fabio Motta, Hope Salas, Mia Seroc, Hanlon Smith-Dorsey, Sam Strasfeld, Dace Stringari, Nana Tatebayashi, Sarah Tranchina



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Monday, November 14, 2016 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
$5-10 suggested donation | RSVP

Join Ed Napier as he talks with fellow playwrights about working in the “Writers’ Rooms” of television series.

Stephen Belber’s TV credits include RESCUE ME, LAW & ORDER SVU, and pilots for F/X, The History Channel, FTVS and HBO. His plays (which include MATCH and TAPE) have been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries. His movies include TAPE (directed by Richard Linklater) and THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Associate Writer).

Cusi Cram is a long-time writer on WGBH’s children’s program, ARTHUR, for which she has received three Emmy nominations, and was a writer on Showtime’s THE BIG C. Her plays have been produced by Primary Stages, LABYrinth Theater Company, The Williamstown Theater Festival, and many more, and published by Samuel French, Broadway Publishing and Playscripts.

Theresa Rebeck has written on TV for DREAM ON, BROOKLYN BRIDGE, L.A. LAW, AMERICAN DREAMER, MAXIMUM BOB, FIRST WAVE, THIRD WATCH, and was the creator of the NBC drama, SMASH. She is a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad, and her produced feature films include HARRIET THE SPY and GOSSIP.

Ed Napier was on the writing staff of CRIMINAL MINDS for two seasons and sold a pilot to NBC. He has had his plays performed throughout NYC and LA. His work has been published by Dramatist Play Service, Smith and Kraus, and Applause Theatre Books.


A First Floor Studio Performance Residency – CHROMA KEY by Title:Point

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A First Floor Studio Performance Residency

Preview scenes from Title:Point’s newest experimental multi-media-horror-comedy, witness their development process, and join the artists for talk backs:

Saturday, October 8 | 5pm | Scenes 2 & 3
Saturday, October 15 | 5pm | Scenes 1 & 7
Sunday, October 16 | 5pm | Scenes 5 & 6
HB Studio, First Floor Studio, 120 Bank Street


CHROMA KEY is staged through a first-person lens, each scene and event passing through the consciousness of the female protagonist. The work plays with the idea of subjectivity as a pop-drenched perceptual anxiety, where specificity and generality become confused, and comedy is impossible to extract from horror.

Written by: Spencer Thomas Campbell
Directed by: Theresa Buchheister & Spencer Thomas Campbell (AD)
Featuring: Justin Anselmi, Blake Bolan, Ryan William Downey, E James Ford, Kate Hurley, Brian Lady, Alyse Lamb, Catrin Lloyd-Bollard & Mia Schachter
Lighting Design: Brian Lady
Scenic Design: Claire Wood
Projection Design: Scott Ries
Sound Design: Adam Kruckenberg

Produced by: Title:Point with support from HB Studio, Mental Insight Foundation, and the North American Cultural Laboratory Deep Space Performance Residency Program.

TITLE:POINT is an experimental theatre company that has been producing work in a wide variety of spaces in NYC and around the US since 2006, among them Incubator Arts Project, AS220, Dixon Place, Lost Horizon Night  Market, Chashama, Invisible Dog, Panoply Performance Lab,
Secret Project Robot and many more.

CHROMA KEY will be produced in full January ‘17 at The Brick as part of Brooklyn’s Exponential Festival.


People Who Make Theater – ART MEETS BUSINESS

A conversation with Mathew Heggem, “The Dancing CEO,”
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Monday, October 3rd | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
$5/$10 suggested donation
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Moderated by Emma Osore, Arts & Business Council of New York Program Coordinator

Join us for a moderated talk on empowering artists to do business, with modern day renaissance man Mathew Heggem, known as “the dancing CEO.” Mathew joins Emma Osore in a conversation about the intersection of arts and business, and how artists may more effectively network with those in the business sector.

Mathew Heggem is Co-Founder and CEO of SUM Innovation, a NYC-based accounting consulting firm that helps fast-growth businesses and global entrepreneurs transform their businesses through the power of numbers. Mathew was an active member of NYC’s Conscious Capitalism chapter and serves as the Board President for the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. In true renaissance fashion, Mathew is also a nationally recognized, award-winning dance artist and co-founder for an NYC-based dance company, Left Side Labs, where he choreographs and performs in collaboration with Emma Batman.

Emma Osore is Program Coordinator for the Arts & Business Council of New York, working towards more creative partnerships between the arts and business communities in New York that both enhance the business skills of the arts sector and promote creative engagement within the business sector.

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Performance Lab – 70, Girls, 70

HB Studio presents

70, GIRLS, 70

Book by David Thompson and Norman L. Martin
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play Breath of Spring by Peter Coke, adapted by Joe Masteroff

Directed by Lorraine Serabian

September 23, 24, 25 | 7pm
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In order to save their home from the wrecking ball, a group of lively senior citizens start a petty theft ring that leads to rollicking hijinks and the start of a new love.

Featuring: Thomas Beel*, Graham Shadow Boxer, Georgia Buchanan*, Rochelle Chamlin, Patricia Clune*, Mollie Collison*, Letty Ferrer*, Richard Fisher, Kevin Gilmartin*, Nicole Gut*, Joanne Joseph, Katherine Keenan, Gordon Kupperstein*, Ellen Orchid Mausner*, Katherine O’Sullivan*, Jennifer Sage, Peter Stone, Leni Tabb, Kenneth Thompson, Joanne Joseph*, Lisa Yapp

HB Playwrights Theatre
 | 124 Bank Street | 
New York, NY 10014

Friday, September 23 – Join us after the show for a benefit cast party!
Featuring live jazz, small bites, wine, and the cast of 70, GIRLS, 70!
Tickets are $50 – click here to purchase 
Proceeds benefit HB Studio, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Music Director | Paul Chamlin
Chreographer | Ye Hao
Lighting Designer | Devin Cameron
Costume Designer | Catherine Siracusa
Technical Director | Tavish Miller

Assistant Director | Jason Min

Stage Manager | Liz Nielsen
SM & Costume Assistant | Maria Castillo
Illustration by Olivia Leyva

Thank you to The Frederick Loewe Foundation for their support of this project.

“70, Girls, 70” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

*these Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association  equitylogo_rgbcolor