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


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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
RSVP Online here!

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
RSVP Online here

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


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 new project in rehearsal
  • Submit a new play for consideration for reading or production
  • Rent space to produce your own work
…and more!
Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00PM
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
Click here to RSVP!

First Floor Studio Residency – A PAINTED WINDOW

HB Studio presents A PAINTED WINDOW POSTER (1)
a NEW play by Christy Hall
Directed by Hazen Cuyler

Featuring: Johanna Leister*- Josephine, Mar Riehl*- Sylvia, AC Davison*- Charles

Stage Managers – Elizabeth Moreno & Alissa Silverio
Designed by Hazen Cuyler and Reanna Armellino

A PAINTED WINDOW catalogues the reunion of two siblings, Josephine and Sylvia, two sisters that long ago used to giggle together late at night, yet now stand worlds apart. It’s a dissection of identity, classism, racism, and the grotesque havoc consumerism, capitalism, and entitlement has wreaked on the American dream. It is a play about family, loss, regret, and the staggering power of fear. But ultimately, at its center, this is a play about love.

The show runs approx. 90 minutes. On the 21st there will be a talkback/Q&A with the cast, director and playwright.

Saturday & Sunday | August 13, 14, 20 & 21 | 8pm | FREE! – RSVP here!
HB Studio, First Floor Studio | 120 Bank Street

*Equity Approved Showcase


First Floor Studio Residency – THE GOD OF ALL THINGS

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by Lyle Kessler
directed by Francisco Solorzano

Featuring: Peter Collier, Joe Maruzzo, Stuart Rudin, Jimi Stanton, Christina Toth, Christopher Whalen

Coyotes, gangsters, a Stripper, and two brothers struggle in a shack in the desert outside Los Vegas.  An Apocalyptic black comedy of life, death and redemption.  

From the acclaimed writer of Orphans, last seen on Broadway with Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster.  Talk-back afterwards with the cast and crew to discuss process of ensemble collaboration in order to bring a new play in front of an audience.

Produced by Barefoot Theatre Company

Saturday & Sunday | July 9 & 10 | 8pm | FREE!
HB Studio, First Floor Studio | 120 Bank Street
RSVP Online!


Illustration by Olivia Leyva

New Plays in Process from
the HB Playwrights

HB Playwrights Theater
124 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014

ACROSS THE WAY by Perry Guzzi
directed by Amy Wright
Tues-Wed Jun 14 and 15, 8pm

SILVER ALERT by Diane Sansevere-Dreher
directed by Karen Ludwig
Fri-Sat Jun 17 and 18, 8pm

directed by Duane Mazey
Fri-Sat Jun 24 and 25, 8pm

SEX IN A COMA by Susan Eve Haar
directed by Abigail Zealey Bess
Tues-Wed Jun 28 and 29

Illustration by Olivia Leyva


ACROSS THE WAY by Perry Guzzi
Chris Spencer’s acting career has taken off and she’s moving herself and her sister Abby to Los Angeles. There’s a problem — the emotionally fragile Abby wants to stay behind in NYC to care for a dying stranger. As far as Chris is concerned that’s not going to happen; no matter the boundaries she must cross to stop it.

SILVER ALERT by Diane Sansevere-Dreher
Dina’s father, suffering from dementia takes off in his 1965 Cadillac. Dina issues a Silver Alert to find him and while searching for clues she uncovers the story of a father she never knew – a man her mother denies exists.

Mark’s ex-boyfriend is tying the knot to a rising Republican assemblyman, with GOP big shots dotting the guest list. Despite the strong objections of his current boyfriend, Mark feels compelled to crash the wedding — in bad drag. A comedy about what happens now that gay marriage is here, and what might happen next!

SEX IN A COMA by Susan Eve Haar
A prosecutor on her own mission, a boy on a quest for love, and a girl who wants to wake up.
Sex in a Coma is a mystery, a Romeo and Juliet of the comatose –or a crime?

People Who Make Theater: The Lark – A Play Development Center

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A Conversation with Andrea Hiebler of The Lark

Moderated by Ed Napier

Monday, May 2 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
$10 suggested donation | $5 HB students/staff

The Lark is an international theater laboratory, based in New York City, dedicated to empowering playwrights by providing transformative support within a global community.  Founded in 1994, The Lark provides writers with funding, space, collaborators, audiences, professional connections, and the freedom to design their own processes of exploration. The guiding principal of The Lark’s work is the belief that playwrights are society’s truth tellers, and their work strengthens our collective capacity to understand our world and imagine its future.

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