Do I Know You? : a selection of scenes and short plays

On July 10, 2019, performances will begin for Do I Know You?, a selection of scenes and short plays at the Bridge Theater at Shetler Studios, featuring 8 talented actors from my classes.

Do I Know You? is a collection of stories about who you know and what you don’t; the decisions that make you who you are and make you question yourself. It’s a night full of both comedy and drama featuring pieces from the plays Wonder of the World by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Reasons to be Pretty by Neil La Bute; and the short plays The Man Who Couldn’t Dance by Jason Katims, and Roger and Vanessa by Brett C. Leonard.

Wonder of the World features two women who meet on a bus ride to Niagara Falls; one woman starting a new chapter in her life, the other planning to end hers. It’s a hilarious meeting of two polar opposites at a crossroad in their lives.

Reasons to be Pretty finds us in a food court of a mall, following the recent break-up of Greg and Steph after Greg makes a particularly unkind comment about her. It’s a hilarious, sad, uncomfortable, and honest look at their relationship and getting a taste of your own medicine.

The Man Who Couldn’t Dance is a short play by Jason Katims. In this play, Gail introduces her ex Eric to her newborn daughter Elizabeth, and also to a life he could have had.

Roger and Vanessa is a fiery drama that takes place in the Brooklyn home of Vanessa and her husband Roger, who was recently released from prison. Their passionate and volatile relationship is tested throughout this short play as they are faced with a life changing decision and the weight of their own secrets.

Performances begin July 10th at 7:30pm in The Bridge Theater at Shetler Studios, 244 W.54th Street, 12th Floor. Tickets are $10 at the door. Hope to see you there!

Do I Know You performance poster
 

orphans at theater for the new city

Orphans Play Theater for the New City

On May 17th, 2018,  Michael Luggio will be directing a production of Orphans by Lyle Kessler at the Theater for the New City.  This moving drama will feature students Dennis Michael Hall, Lance Reneker, and Sean Connelly.

The play centers around two brothers. Phillip, the sensitive recluse, and Treat, a violent pickpocket and thief who kidnaps a wealthy businessman (Harold) who’s on the run from Chicago gangsters. Harold turns the tables on the two brothers, and in a hilarious and moving way, becomes their long lost father figure.

The play will run for three nights, May 17th-20th, at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at theaterforthenewcity.net


Stonewall era drama comes to nyc

This past January, Michael directed a new play written by playwrights Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper. This was the US Debut of A Hard Rain, after premiering in early 2014 at the Above the Stag Theater in London to great reviews. It tells the story of a group of New Yorkers struggling with their identities and societal oppression in the late 60's on the brink of the Stonewall riots. A relevant story with relatable characters, this play truly illustrates what it is to discover yourself and your values in New York City. Following a homosexual Vietnam Vet and his relationships with his friends, lovers, and acquaintances, we see his struggle to come to terms with what it is to 'be'.

Angie (Xandra Leigh Parker), Jimmy (Teo Rapp-Olsson), Ruby (Carson Alexander), and Josh (Andrew Schoomaker) in a scene from  A Hard Rain .

Angie (Xandra Leigh Parker), Jimmy (Teo Rapp-Olsson), Ruby (Carson Alexander), and Josh (Andrew Schoomaker) in a scene from A Hard Rain.

It's the sweltering hot summer of 1969. Cross-dressing, quick-tempered "Ruby" has been kicked out of the military after a year in Vietnam. With no prospects, he winds up in high heels and a rage in Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, where he meets Jimmy: the smart-talking, vulnerable street kid who will change his world and send him on the road to activism.

We are proud to present this new work at the Theater for the New City in NYC. Performances begin January 6th and run until January 25th. Don't miss this chance to see a truly entertaining piece of theater and a wonderful take on a historic time in the city. Check out our articles on broadwayworld.com and advocate.com to learn a little more about us. For tickets visit theaterforthenewcity.net or smarttix