Ten Minute Play Festivals

The Holiday Plays

One Act Play Festival Playbill_The Holiday Plays

Playwrights: Shane Mullery, Sean O’Loughlin, Karen Ludwig, Peter Coston, Agnes Garrett, Nora Ferrari, Robert King, Stanley Taub, John J. Murray, Bill Quigley, Natalie Bates, Donna de Matteo, Angela Costa, Perry Laylon Ojeda, Maria Elena Torres, Elizabeth Primamore, David Loughlin, Brenda McGriff, Nathan McGaughey

Directors: Karen Azenberg, Sean O’Loughlin, Jim Boerlin, Nora Ferrari, Marlene Mancini, Rasa Allan Kazlas, Marsha Lee Sheiness, Arthur French, Rochelle Oliver, Karen Ludwig, Anikke Fox, Arthur French.

Cast: Gabe Fazio, Jack Davidson*, Thomas J. Kane, Eric Rasmussen*, Johanna Leister*, Bonnie Black*, Liz Larsen*, Harvey Evans*, Matthew Conlon*, Suzanne Gordon, Jessica Bathurst, Georgina Bates, Marina Re*, Noah de Matteo, Stephanie Gentile, Alexandra de Matteo, Nick DeSimone, Sophia Remolde, Emily Mitchell, Matt Stapleton, Anil Ramani, Jack Sheehy, Walter L. Simpson III, Tom Tinelli, Hanna Hayes, David Eden, Adam Marton, Robert Tennenhouse*, Fred Nelson, Carol Mannie*, Alexandra Napier, Kathleen Peirce, Grace Kiley*, Matthew Tischler, Diane Dreher, Andrew Ehrlich, Barbara Tabor*, Letty Ferrer*, Suzanne Limozinere, Rachel Benbow Murdy*, Margaret Ritchie*.

*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

Set, Lighting, Sound: Corrie Beth Allen Costume Consultant: Catherine Siracusa Santa’s Elves Lizzie Folie, Dara Kramer (EVENING A) Lauren Johnson, Dara Kramer (EVENING B) Sound: David Loughlin Managing Director: Marlene Mancini Office Manager: Tara Webb

The Holiday Plays were performed December 11th – 23rd

The Waiting Room Plays

One act play festival HB Studio - The Waiting Room Plays

Playwrights: Brian Cleary, Jenifer Badamo, David Temple, Natalie Bates, Peter Coston, Maureen Laffey, Pete Zinn, Stanley Taub, Jean Grillo, Elizabeth Primamore, Karen Ludwig, Lisa Dahlborg, John Murray, Nora Ferrari, Agnes Garrett, David Loughlin, Shane Mullery, Mark Rose, Maria Torres, John Cappelletti, Henry Holden, Chris Drury, Benny Benowitz, Brenda McGriff, Peter Alexandrou and Bill Quigley

Directors: Marsha Lee Sheiness, Amy Wright, Marlene Mancini, Nora Ferrari, Kate Bushmann, Jack Hofsiss, Sally Burtenshaw, Karen Ludwig, Rochelle Oliver,  Karen Azenberg, Jonatha Cerullo, Rasa Allan Kazlas and Peter Coston

Cast: Suzanne Limozinere, Fred Nelson, Dan Mason, Cecelia Riddett, Marci Occhino, Dave Weston, Georgina Bates, Nick DeSimone, Domenica Galati, John Golaszewski, Daniela Mastropetro, Marion McCorry, Tom Tinelli, Laura Esterman, Karen Song, Barbara Tabor, Billie Brouse, Paul Eisemann, David H. Holmes, Bill Rutkoski, Patricia Dodd, Dara O’Brien, Rick Ross, Kay Lopez, Eric Ramussen, Letty Ferrer, Gordana Rashovich, Martin Cohen, Georgina Bates, David Adams, Marlene Mancini, Shaun Bennet Wilson, Nicole Pandolfo, Jaclyn Smith, Trudy Steibl, Jen Danby, Mindy Luce, Emily Mitchell, Margaret Ritchie, Andrea Modica, Ella Jane New, Jack Davidson, G.W. Reed, Lori Gardner, Gary Corbin, Jessica Leigh Elwart, Rick Ross, Sean Gormley, Barry McBrien, Barry Lebmann, Ellen Steier, Kathy Lynn Wood, Jack Gerard Morris, Sly Augustus, Anthony Laurent, Gary Corbin, Yuval Boim, Sevan Greene, Peter Alexandrou, Emily Mithcell

Lighting: Corrie Beth Shotwell Lighting Tehnician: A.C. Davison Costume: Catherine Siracusa Assistant Stage Manager: Elise Teran Production Assistants: Jenifer Badamo, Sarah Nochenson, Kate Pressman Assistant Director: Adam LeGrant Sound: Adam LeGrant Movement:  Robert LaFosse

The Waiting Room Plays were performed December 10th – 22nd of the year



Divisions of the Office: At a therapy session an old couple, Sarah and Tim, “run” into each other. They are both going through emotional confusion because of each other, but relieved to see each other at the therapy place, showing that they really loved one another. Sarah proposes an idea of having a joint therapy session, but surprisingly it turns into a quarrel between the therapists who show they have history between themselves of an old relationship they once had, which turns into an argument using metaphors.

Fall Colors: A working woman and her husband converse about the tough financial situation they are in, being that a company they invested in went bankrupt. They soon come to a resolution and think of ways to get out of their financial situation.

Thin Ice: A woman, Nicole, is feeling neglected by her husband who is never home and always working. A man, David, makes her comfortable and she feels as though he’s the one for her instead of her husband. They converse in David’s car while watching Nicole’s daughter. As the conversation goes on Nicole confesses her love for David but is surprised to find out that the reason why Nicole is not getting as much attention is because her husband and David have been “messing around”.

Metamorphosis: Two woman, Nicole and Alexis, are in a Plastic Surgery waiting room for an appointment. As Nicole keeps talking about her body getting done, Alexis gets annoyed and talks about the traumatic reason she’s getting her body done.

Adagietto: A woman, Daniela, passes out in the train station as she hears a “powerful” music. When she wakes up a few people are surrounding her in the train station trying to help her recover. Most of the people around her heard the music but they say it sounded like it was playing in their head.

Gone: Two woman, a mother and a daughter are at an orphanage for elephant. Jae Hwa, the daughter of Beatrice is insisting her mother to come with her to California but she doesn’t want to go because of the elephants she wants to take care of.

Waiting to Land: Two men, Brandon, a surfer who works at a tile store and Steve, a CFO of a profitable software company have a friendly conversation of each other’s lives as they are on a flight to Chicago.

Flight into Health: A woman and a man are in a room waiting for the psychiatric doctor. The man asks her for the time and after that she starts to have an attitude with him. They start arguing and as soon as things are about to get intense the man threatens to commit suicide so the woman gets in front of him to stop him and then they struggle and after start kissing. They end up leaving together to spend the day with each other.

Off to the Races…Manhattan Style: Two wealthy couples, Warren and Laura, and, Manuel and Maria, are at a place to test their children to see if they would be eligible for schools of gifted and talented students. As the couples speak they converse about their children and how their process is going resulting in disappointment for one of the couples.

Dr. Donner: A gay couple, Fred and Jon, are in a doctor’s office waiting room sitting across from a lady, Julie, who is holding a cat carrier. They converse about the problem that Julie is going through and why she has a cat. As the lady has to use the bathroom, Jon and Fred, discuss why they’re as the lady leaves the cat with them since she supposedly had to use the bathroom. Neither the lady or doctor come back to the room for a while so the couple ends up leaving with the cat.

Questioning: A woman, Susan, is in a waiting area of a police station speaking about a murder that happened to a doctor.

The Other Side of the World: A young man, Warren, got drafted by the army to fight in the Vietnam War. His mother and sister converse with him minutes before he has to take the bus to leave.

Gift Giver: Two men, Mark and Carlos, are in a room waiting for a doctor to see if Carlos results are for having HIV. Mark and Carlos are conversing until the doctor comes out with the results, relieving from his worries as his results were negative. The doctor then converses with the two and then after, asks Mark a question, resulting in a surprising response.


Waiting for Anthony: Two woman, Barbara and Mary, are waiting in a room for their husbands, who suffered from heart attacks. As they wait in sorrow they converse, and soon find out that both of them are married to the same guy. This shocks them and brings them to argument but after allowed them to come to peace as they converse a bit more about the situation.

Edward: Myra and Grace, two sisters, are at the vet trying to take care of Myra’s dog. Unfortunately, that dog is costing both of them a boatload of money, which is affecting them in drastic ways with there house and other bills. Grace threatens Myra to get the dog out of the house or she’s leaving, as put in the same words Myra’s ex-husband said.

Scratching the Surface: A couple, Juliet and Ralph, are in a waiting room at the doctors, so Juliet could get her lips done. They get their much earlier than the time they were supposed to so they converse for the time being. A few moments later, the doctors assistant, Loretta, comes to ask Juliet questions and hand her paperwork before she goes to the doctor. A surprising response that Ralph was unaware of was that she wanted to get her breasts done and wanted to keep it a surprise for Juliet. After, Juliet didn’t want to answer the questions so then she left to get coffee from the machine outside the office. As she left, Ralph and Loretta converse as Loretta throws hints to be with her instead of Juliet.

White Noise: A man, Joe, and a woman, Melanie, are in the waiting room of a therapist’s office. Melanie is waiting for her boyfriend to get out as the two converse. At the end of the conversation they schedule a meeting business-wise to be potential business partners.

Brother and Brother: A man named Didier Diderot is yelling at a statue of his brother explaining why he dislikes him.

Comrades: A man is conversing angrily with the woman he’s with about critics saying harsh things about his play. He allows there responses about his play to get in his head but then soon ignores it as he continues to converse with his wife about the situation.

The Executive: Three people, Ronald, Malcolm and Sandy, with three different types of looks are auditioning for a big role in a movie. They each as they’re waiting for their names to be called converse with each other. After Sandy is overrun with joy it turns out that there are three roles for which they thought they were competing for one.

Open House: Two brokers, David, an artist who is working in real estate to get money, and Jack, a VP at a real estate firm, are trying to get an offer for an apartment or house. Jack wants David to make a sale so he leaves the talking up to him when the client arrives.

Beazil: Two men, Robbie and Jim, were in a waiting room of a gynecologist’s office. They were conversing about Robbie’s “idiot” cousin, Beazil, who was dropped on his head as a baby but was still the most helpful person in Robbie’s family.

Packing Heat: A hispanic woman, Maria, and a white woman, Carol, was in a waiting room at a hospital waiting for the news of there grandson and son, who both got shot. They converse about the situation and it turns out that both of the young men were shot in the same store.

Central B.S.: Two guys were in a jail cell because they cursed at a cop as they were smoking a blunt. They were conversing and arguing as they were waiting to be released. It soon turned into fighting and yelling which got them separated from the same cell.

Now Boarding: Two middle eastern men, Yussef and Mohammed, were getting ready to board a plane and make a bad decision that would kill many people. Yussef was very scared and nervous so he kept on questioning Mohammed’s actions. As the plane was about to leave they made a final decision to board the plane and commit an evil crime, which seemed righteous in their eyes because they felt they had to prove a point.

The Living Room Plays

One Act Play FestivalThe Living Room Plays - HB Studio

Playwrights: Andrew R. Heinze, Maria Elena Torres, Natalie Bates, Agnes Garrett, Mark Rose, Karen Ludwig, Carolyn Boris-Krimsky, Benny Benowitz, Bill Quigles, C.S. Drury, Nicole Pandolfo, Nora Ferrari, Nancy Redman, Jennifer Badamo, Peter Zinn, Alex Ladd, John J. Murray.

Directors: Jonathan Cerullo, Sally Burtenshaw, Marlene Mancini, Marsha Sheiness, Peter Zinn, Austin Pendleton, Nora Ferrari, Peter Zinn, Arthur French.

Cast: Laurence Cantor, Betsy Johnson, Colin Chapin, Diane Dreher, Jack Davidson, Karen Chitlon, Ric Sechrest, Kristen Vaughan, Daniela Mastropietro, Nick DeSimone, Bill Quigley, C.S. Drury, Nancy Redman, Chris Brescia, Nicole Pandolfo, Kathryn Danielle, Philip Kushner, Arnie Mazer, Alice Gold, Eric Rasmussen, Jody Prusan, Cordis Heard, Tom Tinelli, Suzanne Limozinere, Emily Jon Mitchell, Nick DeSimone, Charles Baran, Nick DeSimone, Beth Adler, Ross Kramberg, Danijela Popovich, David H. Holmes, Catherine Kjome, Ann Rickhoff, Billie Brouse, Karen Zechowy.

Lighting: Corrie Beth Shotwell Costume: Catherine Siracusa Managing Director: Marlene Mancini Technical Director: Giovanni Villari Stage Manager: Stephanie Carlisle Office Manager: Christina Roussos

The Living Room Plays was performed December 4th – 21st 2009

The Invention of the Living Room by Andre R Heinze: On a winter evening of 1943 at an apartment on the Lower East Side of New York, married couple, Abe and Bessie get involved into an argument about using the house’s parlor as a casual hangout place, also known as a living room.

A Proposal by Maria Elena Torres: In the town of Rezekne, Latvia on a Spring of 1890, twenty-two year old, Sarah and nineteen year-old Mendel hangout in Sarah’s apartment. A few moments later, Mendel proposes to Sarah and invites her to move to America with him to start their new life with her daughter, Broche.

Things Change by Natalie Bates: On a midmorning of Lisa’s modest home, she invites in her best friend, Barb to discuss about Lisa’s allegations of her husband seeing someone else.

Wheels by Agnes Garrett: In the living room of a one-family home, Diane and Emma get involved in a feud after Emma went to the park when being told not to.

The Maharini by Mark Rose: In a high-rise apartment near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at a glass-top living room, a mother and her son converse about her upcoming death as her son struggles to figure out the family’s tree and marital history.

Lila’s Ashes by Karen Ludwig: In Jackie’s cluttered living room, she sits with her friend Diane as they converse about the death of Diane’s sister.

Taxi Dreams by Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky: A West Village living room on a Saturday morning before breakfast. Julian, a professor in his early forties, and Serena, a director in her late thirties, sit on the couch, drink coffee and look at the paper. Moments later, Serena talks about her dream revolving around a baby, she mentions the idea of having one but her husband, Julian is not very fond of it.

Who I’ll See When I Get to Heaven by Benny Benowitz: In a rehab center, a mother and a son converse about how their lives would be much better and safer if they moved to the city.


So Long Lives This by C.S Drury & Bill Quigley: In a cluttered living room, Dan worries about his best friend, Leo’s health state as he carries himself very poorly.

Clutter: I’m Saving My Life and It’s Killing Me by Nancy Redman: At 8 p.m in Nancy’s cluttered living room, she finally finds motivation to clean up her clutter after getting a letter from her landlord stating she will get evicted in a week.

Christmas in New Jersey by Nicole Pandolfo: There is a Christmas party going on in the basement at the house of an old high school buddy of Marie and Vito. Taking a break from the party, Marie and Vito reunite for the first time after six years in the living room of the house and converse on what they’ve been up to for the past couple of years.

Wonderland by Nora Ferrari: A living room in a 50,000 square foot modern home in East Hampton, New York, Mrs. Whittendale gets arrested for breaking into a house and posing as the owner.

4 Rooms of Gloom by Jenifer Badamo: In Rachael’s living room, she converses with her partner, Mike about their relationship and overall commitment.

Reike on the Plains by Peter Zinn: A living room in an old house in Oklahoma City, Sarah sits next to Newt as they wait for African Reikiest, Neema to help them ease their physical and emotional pain.

The Knot by Alex Ladd: During a house break in, married couple, Peggy and Ron are tied onto furniture chairs in their living room. Later on, Justin, the burglar confesses that Peggy is to blame for planning the break in and wanting to kill her own husband, after they have been allegedly seeing each other.

Broken by John J Murray: A living room in Damascus, Syria, a husband and wife are in the middle of an argument. The husband angrily smashes a valuable statue of a ceramic boy which breaks the woman, she then undergoes an unpredictable action.

The Restaurant Plays

One Act Play FestivalThe Restaurant Plays - HB Studio

Playwrights: Karen Ludwig, Carolyn Boriss-Krimsky, Agnes Garrett, Alex Ladd, Stanley Taub, Irven Rinard, Jenifer Badamo, Adam Delia, Michele Stuart, Jason Jung, Lisa Dahlborg, Nicole Pandolfo, Natalie Bates, David Loughlin, Philip Kushner, Steve Lore, June Daniel White, Nora Ferrari, C.S. Drury, Bill Quigley

Directors: Arthur French, Karen Ludwig, Giovanni Villari, Peter Klein, Michael Beckett, Catherine Siracusa, Sally Burtenshwaw, Marlene Mancini, Adam LeGrant, Peter Zinn, Jenifer Badamo, Christina Roussos, Raymond Zaniriri, Mary Fassino, Carol Rosenfeld.

Cast: Marlene Mancini, Richard Mawe, Jenifer Badamo, Suzanne Limozinere, Nancy Redman, Tom Timelli, Marci Occhino, Dawn McGee, Roger Rathburn, John Montague, Olivia Buckley, Mitch Tebo, Christopher Johnson, Mary Dillon, Hugh Heckman, Philip Kushner, Georgina Bates, Johanna Leister, Chris Brescia, Craig McNulty, Diane Dreher, Mark Ramsey, Nicole Pandolfo, Antony Raymond, June D White, Tammy Lang, Bill Quigley, James Webb, Karen Zechowy, Marina Re, Andrea Gallo, Sean Walsh, Don Marlette, Michele Stuart, Jay Rivera, Eddie Wong, Yasuhito Miyazono, Stella Pejo, Brandi Robinson.

Assistant Directors: Iszellyn David, Shuiken Chan, Alexandra Breznay.

The Restaurant Plays were performed on December 12th – 20th


Patsy and Ed by Karen Ludwig: Lovers Patsy and Ed are on their honeymoon trip ordering food at a kosher delicatessen in New York City. As they talk, Ed seems disinterested in the conversation which bothers Patsy.

For Art by Carolyn Boriss-Krimsy: At a cozy West Village restaurant, lawyer, Maurice and his best friend, Blair meet for lunch to talk about Maurice’s new engagement and a recent surprising event.

Marco’s Venetian by Agnes Garrett: Joanne sits for dinner at Marco’s Venetian, an Italian restaurant in the Bronx as she waits for her older brother, Frankie to deliver the news of a job promotion as a Chase Bank Manager, but follows up with some bad news.

The Confession by Alex Ladd: In an empty diner, a devastated priest confesses to a waitress his act of committing a cardinal sin, breaking two of God’s commandments.

Dating Complications by Stanley Taub: Allison and Greg have never met in person but were introduced on the internet through E- Harmony. They are meeting for the first time at the Stage Deli for lunch when they find out they’re a perfect match!

The Ghost Who Came to Dinner by Irven Rinard: Sitting for dinner at the Chelsea Cuisine restaurant is forty year-old, Peter and his wife, Jennifer. Moments later, Jennifer spots a ghost who points at her husband, a signal that he’s allegedly unfaithful.


By Myself by Philip Kushner: At a subway sandwich shop, millennial, Gilbert sits to enjoy his lunch when Millie, a recently widowed woman and Patti, a free spirit join in for a nice and pleasant conversation.

The Perfect Cup of Coffee by David Loughlin: After traveling all across from the out west of Wyoming, Gus and Shorty are on the hunt for the perfect cup of coffee. They come across a restaurant in the Green Mountains of Vermont in which Sally works at. Will they find the perfect cup?

Mondays by Natalie Bates: A Monday evening in a small Italian restaurant in New York City, Julia and her son, Raphael meet once again to fix Raphael’s troubled and trapped marriage with his partner, Anna.

Eat, Drink, and Sleep With the Fishies by Steve Lore: Owner of Café Baccalá, Tony and his wife, Ro get involved into an argument with employee, Fast Eddie as he maintains to influence their ten year-old son, Little Anthony into becoming a jockey.

Things from the Ocean by June Daniel White: At a diner located on the seedy side of the beach in Wilmington, North Carolina owner of restaurant Things from the Ocean, Vannie and waitress, Nessie discover the picture of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus on a tray of oysters. After the restaurant almost being foreclosed both women think this is a sign from God.

Passage by Nora Ferrari: At an Italian restaurant in the Bronx, Tony waits for his fiance Kathleen to arrive for dinner. After a few moments, Kathleen reveals that she wants to become a nun, this shocks Tony who begins an argument with her.

Found by C.S Drury & Bill Quigley: In a coffee shop in Manhattan, Brian sits as he waits for his friend, Jamie to return from a restaurant delivery. After a few moments, Brian dreams of declaring his love for Jamie and plans on running away with him to the Himalayas, when he comes to a sudden realization… 


Silent Waters Run Deep by Jenifer Badamo: Middle-aged women, Pat and Marion meet at Bamonte’s Restaurant in Brooklyn, where Pat confesses she broke up with her boyfriend and plans to take revenge in exchange for him being unfaithful.

No Dogs Allowed by Craig McNulty: A café in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, Jane, a magazine writer tries to convince her friend, Pat to take care of her dog, Ajax while she’s away on a business trip to California.

Saracino’s Restaurant by Adam Delia: Once again at his father’s Italian restaurant, young man, Danny reminisces the years when he was a child in the restaurant and the impacts since he left three years ago.

The Technicality by Michele Stuart: On a midday weekend at an upscale restaurant in Manhattan, soon to be married couple, Lauren and Jake are sitting for lunch. Jake introduces a technicality contract, an exit strategy in which helps out both of them just in case their marriage doesn’t work out.

Forbidden City by Jason Jung: In the Lum’s dining room, Pamela struggles dealing with her husband, Martin suffering from Alzheimer’s. Thinking he still works for his father’s restaurant, The Forbidden City, Martin doesn’t quite remember the valuable loving memories from his marriage.

The Sure Thing by Lisa Dahlborg: At a nice restaurant in New York City, Jake and Joy sit for lunch as they wait for their daughter, Clarissa, in order to discuss her new change of lifestyle from being a trapeze artist in a circus to working a corporate job with her fiance.

To Life by Nicole Pandolfo: Sisters, Debby and Marie, meet for dinner. While Marie is thinking of ordering the lobster, Debby is thinking of a whole-more like the fact she has cancer…

The Bedroom Plays

A One Act Play Festival

Playwrights: Alan Ayckbourn

Directors: Giovanni Villari, Jessica Shotwell, Marlene Mancini, Catherine Siracusa, Adam Delia, Arthur French, Jason Jung, Jim Mendrinos, Michael Beckett, Dawn Sofia, Cynthia Eisemann, Rochelle Oliver

The Bedroom Plays - HB Studio


Cast: Jody Prusan*, John Payne*, Suzanne Limozinere, Rachel Benbow Murdy*, Catherine Zubkow, Chris Johnson*, Kimber Monroe*, Delia Bannon, Morgana Cragnotti, Marlene Mancini*, Eric Rasmussen*, Hector Felix, Misha Braun, Nick Hepsoe, Claude Jay*, Eric McMillen*, Paul Eisemann, Philip Kushner*, Arnie Mazer, Gina Stahlnecker*, Marion Le Coguic, John Montague, Olivia Buckley, Dara O’Brien, Margaret Ritchie*, Craig McNulty*, Oliver Lipton, Barbara Tabor*, Glenn Beatty, Patricia Parker*, Laurel Casillo, Katy Frame*

Technical Director: Giovanni Villari Lighting Design: Alexander Bartenieff Managing Director: Marlene Mancini Office Manager: Susannah Robertson Assistant Stage Managers: Tracey Toth & Chandana Mahadeswaraswamy


The Bedroom Plays: Ten Minute Play Festival was performed on April 9 – April 27 2012


Short a Man

Last Night


I Believe in Bloody Mary

Over Easy

A Room Forever

Self Examination

Darkness to Light

Beth and Ben


The Nutty Fella

Long Time Coming

Interrupted Bliss

What They Don’t Tell You

The War Trophy

Medal of Honor

Just Like Your Father

In Naked Time

The Edge of the Bed