Event Calendar

The Riant Theatre's Season Includes:
 

The Launch Party for the Strawberry One-Act & Theatre Festival &
Screening of the Video Diaries Project

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 3pm
The Poet's Den Theatre
309 East 108th Street, NYC
Between 1st & 2nd Avenue
Trains:  #6 to 110th Street

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THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT & THEATRE FESTIVAL - Summer 2016
July 14, 2016 - July 31, 2016
The Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th St, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
Trains:  A,C,E,B,D,F,Q,R,N,#1,2,3 to 42nd
 St.

 

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The Awards Ceremony & Performance
For the Strawberry One-Act Festival

Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 7pm
Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC

Trains: A,B,C,D,E,F,N,Q,R,#1,2,3 to 42nd Street
 
Tickets may be purchased online now or at the Box Office for the Strawberry One-Act Festival beginning July 14th at the Box Office at:

The Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th Street.

Box Office Hours:

Monday - Friday: 6pm - 10pm

Saturdays: 11:30am - 10:30pm

Sundays: 1pm - 10:30pm

CASH ONLY AT THE BOX OFFICE

TICKETS may be purchased online and picked up 30 minutes before show time.
The STF is an extension of the Strawberry One-Act Festival, in which Full Length Plays, Musicals, Short Plays and Staged Readings of new works are showcased.

IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS By Nejla K. Hubbard

IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS By Nejla K. Hubbard

Directed by Van Dirk Fisher

 

 

One Christmas Eve, a turn of events changes the course of two families' lives and catapult them in direction they could never have imagined.


When all hope is gone He'll make a way.

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About The Play

IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS is a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power of FORGIVENESS and FAITH, when we are faced with challenges in life, whether it's with relationships, friendships, marriages, family, careers, parenting and every other aspect of our lives.  Two families, the Willis' and the Bradleys, one has a strong relationship with God and one does not.  One family is financially stable and the other is wealthy.  Both families have dreams and aspirations.  Jake and Teri Willis are happily married with two children, Jason, a high school junior in Queens, NY and Gina, a senior at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  Nick and Lena Bradley have it all - Nick is a partner at a major law firm.  He's handsome and very successful.  Lena, his wife, is an attractive, educated socialite, who has put her career on hold for the sake of her family.  They have the dream house, wealth, and a son, Mark, who is a senior at Howard University.  But looks can be deceiving.  Lena knows that her husband has been doing more than just keeping late hours at work.  Her marriage is in trouble.  Teri, on the other hand is happily married to Jake.  Their house is full of love and laughter.  Teri can be over protective at times, but she's a very nurturing mother that loves to spend time with her family, especially during the holidays.  Some of us put our faith in material things or in others opinions of us.  What is the foundation of your relationship?  From where do you draw your strength when things seem impossible?  Love, loyalty, trust and a supportive environment are important to any relationship.  These two families are confronted with the ultimate test.  One Christmas Eve, a turn of events will change the course of these two family’s lives and catapult them in a direction they could never have imagined.  When all hope is gone, can you trust God to make a way?

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Performance Schedule for 

IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS

Saturday, July 16th at 8pm Opening Night, Reception at 7pm

Wednesday, July 20th at 2pm

Saturday, July 23rd at 4pm and 8pm

Wednesday, July 27th at 2pm and 8pm

Friday, July 29th at 8pm

Saturday, July 30th at 1pm and 5pm

Sunday, July 31st at 3pm

Tickets are $60.00

Wednesday matinees at 2pm Tickets are $50.00



At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue

Trains: A,C,E, B,D, #1, 2, 3 to 42nd Street

Saturday, July 16th at 8:00 pmPrice: $60.00

Wednesday, July 20th at 2:00 pmPrice: $50.00

Saturday, July 23rd at 4:00 pmPrice: $60.00

Saturday, July 23rd at 8:00 pmPrice: $60.00

Wednesday, July 27th at 2:00 pmPrice: $50.00

Wednesday, July 27th at 8:00 pmPrice: $60.00

Friday, July 29th at 8:00 pmPrice: $60.00

Saturday, July 30th at 1:00 pmPrice: $60.00

Saturday, July 30th at 5:00 pmPrice: $60.00

Sunday, July 31st at 3:00 pmPrice: $60.00

:: July 2017

A PLAY ON WORDS (TIT FOR TAT) By Albert Repicci

A PLAY ON WORDS (TIT FOR TAT) By Albert Repicci

A young male playwright recognizes the drab appearing woman at a bar as being the theatre critic who reviewed his play and timidly approaches her and asks her opinion of his work.  When she dressed him down, he dressed her up.
 
Thursday, July 13th at 9pm
Sunday, July 16th at 3pm
Sunday, July 23rd at 3pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Albert Repicci (Playwright, A PLAY ON WORDS) is a writer whose Off- Broadway production of Honor Bound, played throughout the spring and summer of 2014 at the St Luke’s Theatre in midtown Manhattan.  Since then, his Off- Off Broadway productions have included, The Haberdasher, Holding Hands at Midnight, Once Upon a Rose and Injustice For All, which won first place in its series and was a finalist in the Manhattan Repertory Theatre's Winter Short Play Competition.  Repicci's comedy, A Play on Words, likewise was a finalist in the Manhattan Repertory Theatre Summer Short Play Competition in 2016.  Repicci has also served as a special correspondent for the Greenwich Times covering the Khmer Rouge genocide trials in Cambodia of Comrade Duch, the perpetrator of the killing fields, as well as the trial in Germany of Nazi guard, Oskar Groening, the last Nazi convicted for crimes at Auschwitz. Repicci also reported from Katmandu, Nepal during the devastating earthquakes of 2015.    He is delighted to have the opportunity to reintroduce, A Play on Words, at the heralded summer Strawberry One-Act Theatre Festival.  
 

Thursday, July 13th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Thursday, July 13th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 3:00 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 3:00 PM Price: $30.00

TREFFPUNKT By Natalie Lifson

TREFFPUNKT By Natalie Lifson

Richard, a WWII veteran struggling with PTSD, discovers that the future may not be so dim after all when he meets Henry, a WWI veteran, and his daughter Cathy.
 
Friday, July 14th at 9pm
Monday, July 17th at 9pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 5pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Natalie Lifson (Playwright/TREFFPUNKT) is an award-winning playwright, producer, lyricist, screenwriter, and director. At eighteen years old, she has produced and/or written for 26 shows, including 4 musicals and various dramas, one acts, and sketch comedy shows in venues such as The Strawberry Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, The Players Theatre, The People's Improv Theatre, The Secret Theatre, The Broadway Comedy Club, The Lama Theatre, the International Women Artists’ Salon, and French Woods Festival. 

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PM Price: $35.00

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Monday, July 17th at 9:00 PM Price: $35.00

Monday, July 17th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PM Price: $35.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PM Price: $25.00

SELF YELP By Emily Thomas & Helene Ellford

SELF YELP By Emily Thomas & Helene Ellford

The lives of various NYC Yelp reviewers intertwine as we learn about the joy and frustration they experience via their Yelp reviews.  Five stars. Inspired by true events and written and performed by Emily Thomas and Helene Ellford.
 
Friday, July 14th at 9pm
Tuesday, July 18th at 7pm
Tuesday, July 25th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS:
 
Emily Thomas (Co-Playwright/Self Yelp): Toronto-born and L.A.-reared, Emily Thomas began her career by working in production on shows including MTV’s Popzilla and Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. After finishing her English Specialist degree at University of Toronto, she moved to New York in 2012 to delve into indie filmmaking and writing sketches. 
 
Helene Ellford (Co-Playwright/Self Yelp): is a comedy writer and performer based in NYC.  Her work has been featured on FunnyorDie.com, Brokelyn.com, in the iO West Funny Women Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, NYC Improv Festival, New York Musical Improv Festival, IndieFest (Time Out NY Critic's Pick) and the NYC Indie Film Festival.  Alum UCB & The PIT.  

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 PM Price: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 PM Price: $30.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

WIZARD By Gloria Craig

WIZARD By Gloria Craig
The deep south during the depression offers a landscape of poverty-stricken prostitutes who proposition “Catfish,” a strict, born-again, self-styled “wizard” who captures the beauty in garbage.  A dump caretaker and his God can transform ordinary discarded matter into spiritual finds.
 
Friday, July 14th at 9pm
Sunday, July 16th at 9pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 3pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Gloria Craig (Playwright/Wizards) Wizard is Gloria Craig's seventh New York City production. Gloria is a recipient of a Provincetown Theater Reading Prize for The Wisteria Party and also had a three-day presentation provided by the Provincetown Theater Actors and by aide of the Massachusetts Shoreline Trust for her family musical The Return of the Pied Piper. She received Funniest Play Award for Three Characters and the Speed of Light from the Village Playwrights Writing Group where she is a member and where this presentation of Wizard was developed.

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Friday, July 14th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00 PM Price: $30.00

REVEREND MOTHER'S FINAL CONFESSION By Lucy Blood

REVEREND MOTHER’S FINAL CONFESSION By Lucy Blood

Reverend Mother shares a trinity of secrets at her retirement party as the Principal of Immaculate Conception Elementary School.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 5pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 3pm
Monday, July 24th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Lucy Blood (Playwright/ Reverend Mother’s Final Confession)Plays include: full-length A Forever Family and Channeling Gene; her one-act plays Reverend Mother’s Final Confession, Going Up?, and Biblically Speaking; 10-minute plays Terminal Gate, United Therapy, and The DAMN Meeting.  Her work has been produced at the Provincetown Theater, The Actor’s Studio in Newburyport, MA, plus festivals at the Theatre at St. Clement’s and the Davenport Theatre in New York City.  Going Up? was nominated as Best Play at the 2014 Strawberry One-Act Theatre Festival in NYC.  She is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatist Guild.  Lucy earned Masters in Divinity and Education, is a teacher and ordained minister.

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 PM Price: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 3:00 PM Price: $30.00

Monday, July 24th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Monday, July 24th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

THE WIGGLE ROOM By George D. Morgan

THE WIGGLE ROOM By George D. Morgan 

On the evening prior to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, two supervisors from NASA have a conference call with three engineers from the Morton Thiokol rocket company to discuss a problem: Challenger is scheduled to be launched the next morning, but the weather forecast is for a temperature of 18 degrees- a temperature far below what is considered safe.  NASA rules prohibit the supervisors from launching in temperatures below 53 degrees without the approval of the solid booster builder- Morton-Thiokol.  The Wiggle Room tells the true story of how five well educated, highly trained men arrived at a disastrous decision- a decision which ended in the deaths of all seven astronauts.
 
THE WIGGLE ROOM takes you behind the scenes to witness the decisions that resulted in the deaths of 7 American Astronauts.
 
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's, 423 West 46th St, NYC. Between 9th & 10th Avenue.
 

 
Saturday, July 15th at 3pm
Monday, July 17th at 7pm
Thursday, July 20th at 9pm

Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office.  
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
George D. Morgan has a BA in Creative Writing from CSUCI and an MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts through the University of California, Riverside.
 
George has written more than a dozen stage plays and musicals including Second To Die, Nevada Belle, Thunder in the Valley, Pasadena Babalon, and Capture The Sun.  He also wrote the music and lyrics for the children’s musical The Trial of Goldi Locks.
 
George is the author of Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist, a memoir about his mother.  It is based on his play Rocket Girl, which premiered in 2008 at Caltech, where he is the playwright in residence. 
 
George is the playwright in residence at Caltech, and a member of both the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.  His personal web site can be found at www.georgedmorgan.com.
 
George and his wife Lisa are foster-adopt parents of three young children. 
 
 

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PM Price: $30.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 pm Price: $25.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 pm Price: $30.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

THIS WAY OUT By Annie Rosenberg

THIS WAY OUT By Annie Rosenberg

The last thing Nelson Ferreira expects when he gets home from school is the shocking news that his family are illegal aliens who’ve just found out that they’re being deported in less than a week.  Nelson’s furious at this parents and has no intention of leaving his friends, his home and his city to go live on some backwater island.   But he quickly discovers, intentions and reality are often worlds apart.  In This Way Out, we follow Nelson’s heartbreaking journey through anger, fear and grief as he struggles to accept his fate.
 
 
Saturday, July 15th at 9pm
Thursday, July 20th at 9pm
Wednesday, July 26th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Anne Rosenberg (Playwright/THIS WAY OUT) is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Jelly Bucket, Reader’s Digest, Stone Highway Review, Double Reed, the Four-Cornered Universe, the Toronto Star, the National Post, Marketing, Upbeat, Beach-Riverdale Mirror and Mind, Body and Spirit. She divides her time between Ontario and the Azores, where she and her photographer husband spin their stories.
 
I've been welcomed into a really fun and challenging experience of The Strawberry One-Act Festival. They’ve welcomed me and given me support on so many levels. I wrote This Way Out ten years after reading a newspaper article in 2006, which described one family’s deportation to the Azores from Toronto. As a mother and her teenage son were taken to their flight, the boy’s girlfriend reached out for him, crying. Over the years, I wondered what had happened to the boy and his family. I clipped out articles and scribbled down the barest threads of ideas, not knowing what form they would take. In 2012 and 2015, I traveled to the Azores with my husband, a Canadian-Azorean, to work on writing and photography projects. During that year, I began researching the deportations in earnest, interviewing some of the families, though I never found the teenage boy.
 
Winning the Best Play award would allow me to further polish This Way Out and expand it into a full-length play. I hope Nelson’s story moves people, scares them a little. And I hope it spurs them to action. In a full-length version of the play, I wouldn’t want to see Nelson again; I’d want to hear the stories of the deportees who have been there for years. Until then, I’m writing more plays, more stories. I don’t ever want to stop working.   

Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Wednesday, July 26th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Wednesday, July 26th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

ROUSING THE HEAD By Melissa Ross

ROUSING THE HEAD By Melissa Ross
If you had to decide between being sexually or intellectually fulfilled in a relationship, which would you choose?  It is the year 2050, and Judy is torn between The Compatible Man SZ20 Series and a warm-blooded companion.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 5pm
Sunday, July 16th at 9pm
Tuesday, July 18th at 7pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Melissa Ross (Playwright, ROUSING THE HEAD) I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and later placed roots in Phoenix, Arizona, which is where I currently reside with my husband and 4 year-old daughter. In the previous century, I went to Arizona State University for an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and began producing plays across the Valley. (In 2011, I worked with the Rousing the Head cast on an evening of comedy skits.) My NYC debut was the week of September 11, 2001, at Manhattan Theatre Source. Since flights were grounded, I didn’t get to go, but the actors performed to a full house. This is when I first fell in love with the passion and grit of the city…I learned the show must always go on. Today, I find time to write poems, short stories, screenplays, and plays at odd hours, on whatever paper or computer is available, since most of my waking hours I am teaching (grading papers) at South Ridge High School and Paradise Valley Community College.

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 5:00 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 PM Price: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00 PM Price: $30.00

BISCUITS By Sacha Elie

BISCUITS By Sacha Elie
A young women’s self exploration through love, ghosts and Red Lobster Biscuits.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 3pm
Sunday, July 16th at 3pm
Tuesday, July 25th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
SACHA ELIE is a classically trained Haitian American actress, writer, and playwright with credits expanding in stage, film and television. Sacha’s career as a writer began with her first film, “Clara” which was accepted into the critically acclaimed, International Black Women’s Film festival. Some of Sacha’s credits include performing in, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Williamstown Theater Festival)A Winter’s Tale, (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival), Red Noses, (The Actors Gang), Fabulation or the Re-Education of Undine (West Coast Ensemble), The Revenger’s Tragedy, Trash Story, and Praca Roosevelt, (UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television), and most recently in the upcoming digital series: #WhoIsFrankyB.?!?. She is also a member of Tim Robbins, award winning theater company, The Actors Gang in Los Angeles, CA. Sacha is a recent M.F.A. graduate from UCLA's School of Theater Film and Television. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, and AEA. Curious about Sacha? Visit www.SachaElie.com. 

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 PM Price: $30.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

KETCHUP OR MUSTARD By Lior Almagor

KETCHUP OR MUSTARD By Lior Almagor 
Two women are waiting for a life-altering decision. What begins as a random encounter between strangers turns into a brave friendship that would change the way they perceive the world, each other, and themselves.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 7pm
Sunday, July 16th at 9pm
Tuesday, July 18th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Lior Almagor (Ketchup Or Mustard/Playwright) was born and raised in Israel, and currently, resides in Chicago.  He studied Theatre Arts, Directing and Teaching Drama at Kibbutzim College, Tel Aviv in Israel.  He worked at Habima National Theatre of Israel as a Production Manager, Stage Manager and Assistant Director.  He wrote and directed three plays that were performed in Israel.

Saturday, July 15th at 7:00 PM Price: $30.00

Saturday, July 15th at 7:00 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

THE LATE GORDON KAPLAN By Robin Anne Joseph

THE LATE GORDON KAPLAN By Robin Anne Joseph

At her husband’s funeral, and at odds with her daughter and her rabbi, a grieving widow makes a bold decision about how her husband should be eulogized. In doing so, she grapples with the complexity of her feelings for him, for his death, and for his constant disappearances. Humorous and poignant, "The Late Gordon Kaplan" shines a light on life, death, and how we navigate our relationships along the way.
 
Thursday, July 13th at 9pm
Sunday, July 16th at 5pm
Tuesday, July 18th at 9pm

Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Robin Anne Joseph is a New York-based actor, director, and playwright and has been doing some kind of theatre or other in the New York Metro area for over 35 years.  Robin's plays have been produced through Axial Theatre, the Aery Theatre, the Hand-to-Mouth Players, M&M Performing Arts Company, and the Strawberry One-Act Festival.  Productions of her plays "Welcome to Norway" and "The Late Gordon Kaplan" were named Best Play in the 2015 and 2016 Aery 20/20 One-Act Play Festival, respectively.  Robin received a B.A. in Dramatic Literature from S.U.N.Y. Purchase.

Thursday, July 13th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Thursday, July 13th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PM Price: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

LITTLE INVISIBLE BACKPACKS By Magdalena Cychowski

LITTLE INVISIBLE BACKPACKS By Magdalena Cychowski

Losing a parent is an earth-shattering event.  When Jake learns that his family has been forging letters he believed he was receiving from his mother (written before she passed), he must learn to forgive, rebuild and heal in the face of his grief.
 
Thursday, July 13th at 7pm
Sunday, July 16th at 7pm
Monday, July 24th at 9pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
 
About The Playwright:
 
Magdalena Cychowski (Playwright/ LITTLE INVISIBLE BACKPACKS) Originally from Chicago, Magda Cychowski is a New York-based actor, writer and director. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and studied at the Experimental Theater Wing and the International Theatre Wing in Amsterdam. LITTLE INVISIBLE BACKPACKS began as her senior independent project at NYU and this is its second festival.

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PM Price: $30.00

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 7:00 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 7:00 PM Price: $25.00

Monday, July 24th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Monday, July 24th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

EXTRA ORDINARY By Melissa Myers

EXTRA ORDINARY By Melissa Myers

Extraordinary is a heart-touching drama about a girl who is terrified of her future and what she will amount to. 
 
Friday, July 14th at 7pm
Monday, July 17th at 7pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 5pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Melissa Myers (Playwright/EXTRA ORDINARY) is currently a freshman undergraduate at Pace University pursuing a BA in Directing. She is originally from Portland, Oregon and has lived out her dream this past year in New York. She comes from an Acting and Musical Theatre background back home. The theatre she calls her home in Portland is Staged! where she was involved in their Pre-professional conservatory, as well as Assistant Director in the Northwest production of Heathers, the musical! She thanks Chanda Hall, Andrew Bray, Paul Angelo, and her mom and dad for always supporting and believing in her dreams. 

Friday, July 14th at 7:00 PM Price: $25.00

Friday, July 14th at 7:00 PM Price: $30.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 PM Price: $30.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PM Price: $30.00

DOUBLE JOY By Joseph Lizardi

DOUBLE JOY By Joseph Lizardi
A romance between a middle aged couple who allowed their growing love for each other act as a healing process that helps seal their relationship.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 3pm
Monday, July 17th at 9pm
Monday, July 24th at 7pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Joseph Lizardi (Playwright/DOUBLE JOY) was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx and in Long Island. He received his education at Baruch College and Stony Brook University. He served for four years in the United States Marine Corps. He recently retired as an ESL High School teacher in New York City. He studied acting, playwriting, and directing at HB Studios, Playwrights Horizons, and The Ensemble Studio Theatre. He served as playwright-in Residence at the Arena Players Theatre in Long Island where many of his full length plays were produced including The Powder Room, Three on the Run, a John-Wayne-Kind of Hero, The Comedy of Love, The Contract, and El Macho. Two of his plays were produced by Woodie King at the Henry Street Playhouse, The Commitment and The Block Party.  His play El Macho was produced by Miriam Colon at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. Theatre-Vision produced some his one-act plays in Manhattan including: Double Fault, Whatever Happened to Adam and Eve?, The Pitch & The Swing,  More Than Strangers, A Night in 1940, and The Other Side of the Bridge. This is Mr. Lizardi’s 18th play produced by the Festival. His previous ones were:  Valentine’s Day, Double Fear, Heroes, Hunters, Double Guilt, Men in a Bottle, Where the Sun Never Shines, Suicide Lover, 4 Murders & A Suicide, Always Faithful, The Reunion, A Bridge For Two, Stranger With A Gun, To Hope Again, Same Time - Same Bench, The Big Flush, Namvets, Saving Legs, December in New York, and In Love Again. His one-act play Sea Waves Inn was published by Samuel French, and scenes from his two plays The Commitment and The Block Party were published by Applause Books. His one-act play Heroes was recently published in Volume 7 of the Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival. Many of his other plays have been produced throughout Manhattan and in regional theaters throughout the country.
 

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PM Price: $30.00

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PM Price: $25.00

Monday, July 17th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Monday, July 17th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Monday, July 24th at 7:00 PM Price: $30.00

Monday, July 24th at 7:00 PM Price: $25.00

LIFE LINE By Robert Ellsworth (STF)

LIFE LINE By Robert Ellsworth 

Two strangers, an affluent, middle-aged divorcee and a sardonic, gay Mexican American stylist, volunteer at a West Hollywood suicide hotline without any guidance. In this claustrophobic setting, they are forced to fend for themselves, performing a duty for which neither of them is qualified. They clash--of ideology, class and race/sexuality-- but despite their ostensible contrasts, they somehow find an intimacy between them and must tackle an increasingly dire phone calls as well as their own existential crisis. Memory colors the present and forges the future.
 
Friday, July 21st at 7:30pm
Friday, July 28th at 6:00pm
Sunday, July 30th at 4:30pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Robert Ellsworth (Playwright/Life Line) A native of Boston, Robert Ellsworth graduated cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and an MFA from Cal State Los Angeles. A former journalist, his writings have appeared in Elle, US Weekly, FHM, Vogue, the Boston Globe, The National Post and Movieline.  Ellsworth has also sold three feature film screenplays to such major studios as Touchstone, Village Road Show and Warner Brothers. He has worked for Paramount Pictures, Shonda Rhymes and ABC Studios. He currently teaches Media Ethics and Journalism at Cal State Los Angeles and is working on his second play.
 
Ellsworth’s script, The Sect was the 2016 recipient of the Best Feature Screenplay Award for the 25th Annual California Media Arts Festival.
 

Friday, July 21st at 7:30 PM Price: $25.00

Friday, July 21st at 7:30 PM Price: $30.00

Friday, July 28th at 6:00 PM Price: $30.00

Friday, July 28th at 6:00 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 30th at 4:30 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 30th at 4:30 PM Price: $25.00

THE WAITING ROOM By Jack Pepper

THE WAITING ROOM By Jack Pepper
A woman working for the Company arrives at the waiting room and meets a man who thinks he recognizes her. Has this happened before? Is this the first time they have crossed paths? Here in the waiting room she is forced to confront more than she asked for.

Thursday, July 13th at 7pm
Monday, July 17th at 7pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 1pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Jack Pepper (Playwright/THE WAITING ROOM), and his lead actor Ryan, dreamed of crossing the pond to travel to America, while writing and performing. After reading about the Strawberry One-Act Festival their plans were settled and 'The Waiting Room' has given them their first opportunity to explore the theatre scene in New York. Originally born in Watford, United Kingdom, Jack graduated from King's College London with a degree in Philosophy and has spent his last year in London studying creative writing and gaining experience in local productions. 

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PM Price: $30.00

Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 PM Price: $25.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 PM Price: $30.00

Monday, July 17th at 7:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 1:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 1:00 PM Price: $30.00

VAGINA RIGHTS By Shaneisha Dodson

VAGINA RIGHTS By Shaneisha Dodson 
VAGINA RIGHTS is about six eclectic women who are fighting for their rights.  They create a vagina rights code to address the following issues:  depression, pay inequality, sex trafficking, genital mutilation and transgender issues.
 
Saturday, July 15th at 3pm
Sunday, July 16th at 5pm
Saturday, July 22nd at 5pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Shaneisha Dodson (Playwright/Vagina Rights) was born in Arkansas and currently resides in Texas.  She holds a B.A. in psychology, M.A. in counseling, and an Ed. S in education. Dodson has won several awards: 2016 Black Women Are Inspiration Award Winner, (2) Official selections for her first screenplay, 2015 Best Playwright, 2015 Extraordinary Person Honoree, 2014 Celebrated during Women's History Month, Who's Who of small business by Career magazine, 2011 literary excellence award winner and 2011 African American literary award nominee. In 2012, she took her love of the arts to the next level and founded Black Girlz Productions. Her company’s motto is “Dream BIG or go Home!”

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 3:00 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 16th at 5:00 PM Price: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PM Price: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 5:00 PM Price: $25.00

Strawberry Festival Passes

 

**SPECIAL DEALS:  These passes allows you to see any performance in the Strawberry Theatre Festival & the Strawberry One-Act Festival at the Theatre at St. Clement's between July 14th and July 27, 2017.  
*****
 
 
Strawberry Pass - $192, Premium Seating: $230
8 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival*
Perks:  Skip to the front of the line for the best seats
1 Free Drink or Snack

Strawberry Tart Pass - $290, Premium Seating: $345
12 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival*
Perks:  Skip to the front of the line for the best seats
A Riant Theatre Mug or Water Bottle and 1 Free Drink

Strawberry Shortcake Pass - $390, Premium Seating: $465
16 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival*
Perks:  A Riant Theatre T-Shirt or Strawberry Festival T-Shirt
1 Free Drink and Snack
Skip to the front of the line for the best seats

Strawberry Soufflé Pass - $600, Premium Seating:  $720
25 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival*
Perks:  A Riant Theatre Mug or Water Bottle
A Strawberry One-Act Festival T-Shirt
2 Free Drinks and Snacks
Skip to the front of the line for the best seats

* Please note that the date below refers to the expiration date for your tickets.
** At check out you can give us a list (optional) of names you would like to leave the tickets for at the BOX OFFICE, as well as the date(s) you would like to use the Festival Pass Tickets.

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pm Price: $345.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pm Price: $290.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pm Price: $230.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pm Price: $192.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pm Price: $720.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pm Price: $600.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pm Price: $465.00

Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 pm Price: $390.00

EVERY TIME I FALL BACK: The Musical by Jenifer Badamo

EVERY TIME I FALL BACK: The Musical
By Jenifer Badamo
Musical Director:  Rhea Arkin
Director: Mike Beaury
 
Do dreams really die or do we just surrender to reality? Dina Morelli, a 30-ish Italian-American dancer from Brooklyn, lives in the real world with a heart full of dreams. She longs to be a Broadway star, a goal that grows less possible with each passing year. Tired of years of disappointment, she begins to travel down a new path when she meets Chris, a man who just might be what she's looking for at this time in her life. Will she ever be satisfied with the life she's living? Or will she lose herself to a life full of compromises?
 
Saturday, July 22nd at 8:30pm
Sunday, July 23rd at 8:30pm
Thursday, July 27th at 9pm
Friday, July 28th at 9pm
Saturday, July 29th at 7:40pm
Sunday, July 30th at 2:00pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
About the Playwright:
 
Jenifer Badamo (Playwright/EVERY TIME I FALL BACK: The Musical) is a student in HB Studio's advanced playwriting class under the direction of her mentor, Donna deMatteo.  Playwriting credits include: Background Voices Calling From A Distance, Cawffee Tawk, What Are Our Kids Thinking, Silent Waters Run Deep, RE.LA.VIR, Metamorphosis, 4 Rooms of Gloom, and several 10 minute plays for festivals at HB Studio.   Her full length play, Every Time I Fall Back, was produced by The Riant Theatre in the Strawberry Theatre Festival in Manhattan in 2013 and won Best New Full Length play.  In 2014, Jenifer turned Every Time I Fall Back into a full length musical--with music exclusively by her favorite artists in the entire world, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo-- with much help (and patience) from her very talented friend and musical director for the show, Rhea Arkin.  Theater By The Bay in Bayside, NY presented a one hour "preview" version of Every Time I Fall Back: The Musical in 2014. Much love and thanks to Van, her family, and friends--she would be nothing without everyone's love and support.  Especially WK, her favorite critic who is always in the first row for everything.  

Saturday, July 22nd at 8:30 PM Price: $30.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 8:30 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 8:30 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 8:30 PM Price: $25.00

Thursday, July 27th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Thursday, July 27th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Friday, July 28th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Friday, July 28th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 29th at 7:40 PM Price: $30.00

Saturday, July 29th at 7:40 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 30th at 2:00 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 30th at 2:00 PM Price: $25.00

LIFE LINE By Robert Ellsworth

LIFE LINE By Robert Ellsworth 

Two strangers, an affluent, middle-aged divorcee and a sardonic, gay Mexican American stylist, volunteer at a West Hollywood suicide hotline without any guidance. In this claustrophobic setting, they are forced to fend for themselves, performing a duty for which neither of them is qualified. They clash--of ideology, class and race/sexuality-- but despite their ostensible contrasts, they somehow find an intimacy between them and must tackle an increasingly dire phone calls as well as their own existential crisis. Memory colors the present and forges the future.
 
Friday, July 21st at 7:30pm
Friday, July 28th at 6:00pm
Sunday, July 30th at 4:30pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
 
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
 
Robert Ellsworth (Playwright/Life Line) A native of Boston, Robert Ellsworth graduated cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and an MFA from Cal State Los Angeles. A former journalist, his writings have appeared in Elle, US Weekly, FHM, Vogue, the Boston Globe, The National Post and Movieline.  Ellsworth has also sold three feature film screenplays to such major studios as Touchstone, Village Road Show and Warner Brothers. He has worked for Paramount Pictures, Shonda Rhymes and ABC Studios. He currently teaches Media Ethics and Journalism at Cal State Los Angeles and is working on his second play.
Ellsworth’s script, The Sect was the 2016 recipient of the Best Feature Screenplay Award for the 25th Annual California Media Arts Festival.
 

Friday, July 21st at 7:30 PM Price: $30.00

Friday, July 21st at 7:30 PM Price: $25.00

Friday, July 28th at 6:00 PM Price: $30.00

Friday, July 28th at 6:00 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 30th at 4:30 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 30th at 4:30 PM Price: $25.00

EVERY TIME I FALL BACK: The Musical By Jenifer Badamo

EVERY TIME I FALL BACK: The Musical
By Jenifer Badamo
Musical Director:  Rhea Arkin
Director: Jenifer Badamo
 
Do dreams really die or do we just surrender to reality? Dina Morelli, a 30-ish Italian-American dancer from Brooklyn, lives in the real world with a heart full of dreams. She longs to be a Broadway star, a goal that grows less possible with each passing year. Tired of years of disappointment, she begins to travel down a new path when she meets Chris, a man who just might be what she's looking for at this time in her life. Will she ever be satisfied with the life she's living? Or will she lose herself to a life full of compromises?
 
Saturday, July 22nd at 8:30pm
Sunday, July 23rd at 8:30pm
Thursday, July 27th at 9pm
Friday, July 28th at 9pm
Saturday, July 29th at 7:40pm
Sunday, July 30th at 2:00pm
 
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
 
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
 
 
About the Playwright:
 
Jenifer Badamo (Playwright/EVERY TIME I FALL BACK: The Musical) is a student in HB Studio's advanced playwriting class under the direction of her mentor, Donna deMatteo.  Playwriting credits include: Background Voices Calling From A Distance, Cawffee Tawk, What Are Our Kids Thinking, Silent Waters Run Deep, RE.LA.VIR, Metamorphosis, 4 Rooms of Gloom, and several 10 minute plays for festivals at HB Studio.   Her full length play, Every Time I Fall Back, was produced by The Riant Theatre in the Strawberry Theatre Festival in Manhattan in 2013 and won Best New Full Length play.  In 2014, Jenifer turned Every Time I Fall Back into a full length musical-- with much help (and patience) from her very talented friend and musical director for the show, Rhea Arkin.  Theater By The Bay in Bayside, NY presented a one hour "preview" version of Every Time I Fall Back: The Musical in 2014. Much love and thanks to Van, her family, and friends--she would be nothing without everyone's love and support.  Especially WK, her favorite critic who is always in the first row for everything.  

Saturday, July 22nd at 8:30 PM Price: $25.00

Saturday, July 22nd at 8:30 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 8:30 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 23rd at 8:30 PM Price: $30.00

Thursday, July 27th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Thursday, July 27th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Friday, July 28th at 9:00 PM Price: $25.00

Friday, July 28th at 9:00 PM Price: $30.00

Saturday, July 29th at 7:40 PM Price: $30.00

Saturday, July 29th at 7:40 PM Price: $25.00

Sunday, July 30th at 2:00 PM Price: $30.00

Sunday, July 30th at 2:00 PM Price: $25.00

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Email us at RiantTheatre@gmail.com to obtain an application to the Strawberry Theatre Festival for Full-Length Plays (55-90 minutes), Musicals (not to exceed 120 minutes) and Short Plays (40-50 minutes).  Late Deadline is March 30, 2017. 

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