Author: Sara Emily Kuntz


 A conversation with the recipients of HB’s First Floor Studio Residency opportunity:

Liliya Lifanova & Hiroya Miura: Flight Over Wasteland
Ingrid Wheatley: Passing Thru
Julia Mounsey & Peter Mills Weiss: momgrab
Eleanor Herman & Arthur French: One Two and Then Three
Melody Erfani: Bee

Moderated by Catrin Lloyd-Bollard

Tuesday, May 30 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank St.
$5-10 suggested donation

An artist’s adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land with handcrafted language, visuals, sound and movement; a collaboratively written series exploring characters in transient spaces; a monologic investigation of sadism and girlhood; a story of an inter-racial couple in 1975 Hawaii and their 25 year old secret; and a devised piece based on interviews conducted in the Middle East about a young woman in 1940s Iran…

Join us to learn about these projects, selected for a 2017 HB Residency, and the artists that make them.

At intervals throughout the year, HB Studio makes workshop performance space available in our First Floor Studio, for the development of creative projects that further the training and artistic practices fostered at HB. We offer an opportunity for practicing theater artists to collaborate on experimental projects, to be shared among peers and colleagues, for constructive critical feedback and mutual growth.

First Floor Studio Residency – PASSING THRU

PASSING THRU Passing Thru graphic
A First Floor Studio Residency Project

By Enraged Scribbler’s Society

7:30pm | Saturdays & Sundays: May 6/7*, 13/14, 20/21*, 27/28
*open rehearsals

“Passing Thru” is the exploration of characters that the writers of the Enraged Scribbler’s Society have been exploring for some time. The characters in “Passing Thru” are placed in two different settings throughout the four weekends. The settings are public spaces that are not necessarily the final destination for any of the characters, but places they need to go through to get to their destination. It is an exploration of these characters and their conflicts, and of the idea of “privacy in public places.” People come in and out of these settings and different characters from different stories will be sharing the same space, such as on a train platform or hotel lobby. The project also explores the idea of creating a series. The situations for all these characters will change and evolve over the four weekends. Audience members are invited to return to see what will happen to these characters the following weekend, or simply watch a single performance.

Writers include:
CT Marie
Ingrid Wheatley
Craig McNulty
Karen Zechowy
Erik Wdowiak
Frank Delessio
Jess Stark
David Deblinger

With lighting by:
Eduardo Nava

NEA, NYSCA, and the NYC DCA credits

SPRING READS – HB Playwrights New Plays in Process

New Plays in Process from the HB Playwrights

April 4 – 9, 2017
May 9 – 14, 2017

All readings at 8pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
FREE – RSVP online:

Tues 4/4 Craig McNulty – NIGHT VISION

Wed 4/5 Natalie Bates – FOR ALL

Thur 4/6 Lynda Crawford – THE AUDIT

Fri 4/7 Stanley Hathaway – MARCH 9, 1965

Sat 4/8 Susan Eve Haar – SAUGERTIES

Sun 4/9 Daniel O’Donnell – TIME TO GO

Tues 5/9 Jason Jung – PANIC


Thur 5/11 Randy McHaney – FABRICATIONS

Fri 5/12 Adam Delia – SWIPE

Sat 5/13 Sarah Rose Kearns – PERSUASION

Sun 5/14 Robert King – OUR SON

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

RSVP here!

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.

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



Join Us – Click here to buy tickets! 

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).



Friends and family of Mindy Luce will host a memorial this weekend:

Saturday November 12, 6:00
HB Playwrights Theatre

122 Bank Street

Mindy’s family asks those who would like to honor her, please make a donation in her name to HB Studio in lieu of flowers. There is also a GoFundMe campaign to help them defray costs of her final arrangements (

If you have a photograph or video of Mindy that you would like to share, would like to say a few words at the event, or can bring some refreshments, please feel free to do so.

First Floor Studio Residency – THE TCHAIKOVSKY VIGNETTES

The Tchaikovsky Vignettes  The Tchaikovsky Vignettes
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



Playwrights in ‘The Writers’ Room’ pwmt_writing-for-tv-series_eblast


moderated by

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.