PEOPLE WHO MAKE THEATER: The Musical Magic of Lerner & Loewe

A conversation with musicologist Dominic McHugh, a primary authority on the work of Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, and Emily Altman, president of the Frederick Loewe Foundation. With songs performed by Tony-nominee Melissa Errico in a special guest appearance.

Mon, Nov 13, 2017 | 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank St

Join us for an in-depth conversation about the musical artistry and creative partnership of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the genius pairing behind such classic works as MY FAIR LADY, BRIGADOON, CAMELOT, GIGI, and PAINT YOUR WAGON. Continue reading →

Info Session: Performance and Project Development Opportunities at HB Studio – Oct 25.

Want to know more about opportunities to perform or develop your own work at HB? Whether you are an actor, playwright, director, an individual or a member of a collective, we’ll give you a rundown of current opportunities available to HB Students to:

  • Perform
  • Audition
  • Get your info into our casting files
  • Develop a project in a rehearsal space residency
  • Submit a new play for consideration for reading or production
  • Rent space to produce your own work
…and more!
Wednesday, October 25 at 2:00PM
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street


First Floor Studio Residency – BEE

BEE Distressed image of woman with scarf over her head. By Iranian photographer Shadi Ghadirian
A First Floor Studio Residency Project

Created by Melody Erfani
Written by Sean Michael Welch

Saturdays & Sundays – November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 | 7:30 pm
FREE – To RSVP Online Click Here

BEE is the story of Izat, a young Iranian girl trapped in an abusive marriage in the 1940’s. After years of suffering both physically and mentally at the hands of her spouse, she knows the only way she will survive is if she is able to leave him. In an unprecedented move, her father is able to use his influence to secure a divorce for her. The story intertwines with interviews from immigrants who have had to make the difficult choice of leaving their homeland because their very survival was at stake.

Lower East Side Shakespeare Co. has taken on a new challenge in that they are producing new work in the vein of creating like Shakespeare. BEE created by Melody Erfani and written by Sean Michael Welch is a piece that is intended to start dialogue and discussion.


SHIRLEY VALENTINE Poster image of a bikini on a clothes line with pots and pans against a rustic stone wall.
by Willy Russell
Directed by Carol Rosenfeld

Featuring: Antonietta Corvinelli

Assistant Director 
Kenneth Thompson
Set Designer 
Nikolay Svridchik
Light Designer
 Liz Nielsen
Sound Designer Aaron Minerbrook
Costume Designer 
Michael Massee
Stage Manager Richard Lear*
Assistant Stage Manager
 Camilo Ramirez

Saturday, October 14 at 7pm & Sunday, October 15 at 3pm

HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
RSVP Online – click here!

A holiday in Greece refreshes a Liverpool housewife in more ways than one.

“Shirley Valentine” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, Equity approved Showcase.

This program is supported in part through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.

Herbert Berghof: A Birthday Celebration 

September 13, 2017


“Fine acting is the pure use of yourself for living, nothing else.”


Celebrating our founder, Herbert Berghof, on his 108th birthday, HB Studio presents a reading of A Betrothal by iconic American playwright Lanford Wilson featuring *Rochelle Oliver, *George Morfogen, and directed by *Austin Pendleton.

Dedicated by Lanford as a valentine to Berghof and his wife and partner, Uta Hagen, this one-act explores the encounter between two rivals at a flower breeders’ competition. The evening will also feature readings from Herbert’s letters, remembering him through his own words and reflections.

September 13, 2017

7:00 pm

HB Playwrights Theater

124 Bank Street, NYC 10014


$250 – Premiere Tickets

$150 – Preferred Tickets

  $25 – HB Student Tickets




A Betrothal is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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Summer FUNdraising Bash

August 24, 2017  |  7:00 pm

Help HB reach our summer FUNdraising goal!

Celebrate end-of-term with HB friends, faculty and staff, hanging out in the HB Playwrights Theater and garden on a warm summer night. Enjoy free food, cash bar, and LIVE MUSIC with

Vinny Pastore’s

Gangster Squad Jam

featuring Killer Joe


Thursday, August 24

124 Bank Street | NYC 10014

Doors open at 7:00 pm



Includes one free drink

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First Floor Studio Residency – One, Two and Then Three, By Eleanor Herman

A First Floor Studio Residency Project

By Eleanor Herman
Directed by Arthur French

5:30 pm | Saturday August 5, 12, 19, & 26
6:30 pm | Sunday August 6, 13, 20, & 27
FREE – RSVP Online

A young man deals with important events that have affected his life in the past and now have become a destructive influence in the present.

Cast: Sean C. Turner, Donna Svennevik, Maurice Singletary, Malinda Logan, Vickie Thomas, Cooki Winborn, and Christina L. Williams

Stage Manager: Sirlouis A. Jones
Production Assistants: Andrew Tsai & Camilo Ramirez

Costumer: Katherine Roberson

THE AUDIT – a new play by Lynda Crawford

by Lynda Crawford
Directed by Arthur French

Featuring: Sally A Stewart* and David Logan Rankin*
With music by Jon Pierson

June 22, 23, 24 & June 29, 30, July 1, 2017 | 7pm
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
FREE – RSVP Online

A tax audit reveals a lot more than flawed accounting when the auditor is a returning female vet and her subject is a frequently high and highly disorganized aging hippie songwriter.

*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, Equity approved Showcase.


 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