Strawberry One-Act Festival

 

The Strawberry One-Act Festival –  March 2019

Theatre 54 @ Shetler's Studio
244 West 54th St, 12th Floor, NYC
Between Broadway & 8th Avenue
 
March 13, 2019 - March 24, 2019

The Strawberry One-Act Festival is celebrating its 32nd season, the brainchild of Artistic Director, Van Dirk Fisher, is a play competition in which the audience and the theatre's judges cast their votes to select the best play of the season.  Twice a year, hundreds of plays from across the country are submitted for the competition.  Plays move from the 1st Round to the Finals.  The playwright of the winning play receives $1,500.00 and the opportunity to have a full-length play developed by the Riant.  The awards to be presented are Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Set Design and Best Video Diary Short Film. Deadline for Submissions for the March 2019 Festival is September 15, 2018.  Late submissions is anything received after September 15, 2018.  To obtain an application email us at RiantTheatre@gmail.com To submit full-length plays, musicals, variety acts, cabaret acts, improv shows, sketch comedy shows and readings email us and request an application for the Strawberry Theatre Festival.


The industry judges include:
A Theatre Producer, a Literary Agent, an Actor & a Casting Director.

The Award Ceremony for the Strawberry One-Act Theatre Festival will be on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 6PM. In addition, some of the plays in the festival will be selected for publication in our anthology: The Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival: Volume Nine.
 
 
The Launch Party for the Strawberry One-Act Festival

Meet, Mix & Mingle and see a Screening of
The Video Diaries Project
Monday, March 4th.  Time: 6pm-8:30pm
At the Mansion/Museum
Margo Feiden Galleries
15 East 9th Street, NYC
Between Fifth Avenue & University Place
Trains: A,B,C,D,E to West 4th Street or the #6 Train to Astor Place

 
The Awards Ceremony for the Strawberry One-Act Theatre Festival
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 6pm
Location:  Theatre 54 @ Shetler's Studio, 12th Fl, NYC.
 
To hear some testimonials from artist who have participated in the Strawberry One-Act Festival click here.
 
See photos on our Facebook Page from our Summer 2014 Launch Party for the Strawberry One-Act Festival.   Click Here
 
To see the Video Diaries Project: A Series of Short Films about the Artists in the Strawberry One-Act Festival during the Summer 2013 Click here.
 
You can see an excerpt from our Documentary - THE MAKING OF THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL Winter 2010 - Click Here.
 
Join our Email Club to receive notification of plays as they advance in the festival from Round 1, to the Semi-Finals, the Finals and The Award Ceremony - click here.
 
Tickets are $25 online and $27 CASH ONLY AT THE BOX OFFICE.

Kevin Hansen
          

The Semi-Finals for the Strawberry One-Act Festival

The best plays from Round 1 of the competition.

Call the box office 646-623-3488 after March 17th to see which shows are in the Semi-Finals or join our Email Club to receive notification. Or check here for the results.
 
Semi Finals #1 - Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00pm
 
1.  WELCOME TO NARNIA by Jessica Marie Fisher
2.  FREEDOM, REVOLT AND LOVE by Jack Kevrick
3.  THE FOOD WE ARE ABOUT TO EAT by Alan Brooks
4.  A TWO HUNDRED DOLLAR RHINOCEROS by Richard Lobel
5.  FIRST DATES FOR SOULMATES by Parker Cross, Jr.
6.  ADAM'S EVE by Carolyn Moses
 
Semi Finals #2 - Wednesday, March 20th at 8:30pm
 
1.  A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING by Stephen J. Ryan
2.  ZOEY & OWEN by William Beasley and Christen Omantra Callahan
3.  SCENES BETWEEN A MARRIAGE by Michael David Johnson
4.  GOD'S YOUNGER SON by Joe Leary
 
Semi Finals #3 - Thursday, March 21st at 6:00pm
 
1.  WHY WE'RE HERE by Jo Rodriguez
2.  A VISIT IN THE AFTERNOON by Fred Dennehy
3.  SWIM BEFORE YOU DROWN by Ciara Kay
4.  REAWAKENING by Anthony Fusco
5.  LEAVES by Victor Vauban Jr.

Semi Finals #4 - Thursday, March 21st at 8:30pm



1.  MID LIFE CONVERSATION by Maria Filippone
2.  TOADY HOAD by Damien Roos
3.  DOIN' GOOD by Natasha Cobb
4.  NELLY by William Holland
 
At Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor, NYC
Between 7th & 8th Avenue

Tickets are $25 Online and $27 at the Box Office (Cash Only)

Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Wednesday, March 20th at 8:30 pmPrice: $25.00

Thursday, March 21st at 6:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Thursday, March 21st at 8:30 pmPrice: $25.00

The Finals

The Best Plays in the festival will perform and the Industry Judges will select the Best Play. 

The Industry Judges will include:

  • ELLYN LONG MARSHALL, Casting Director, Orpheus Casting
  • GARY EPSTEIN, Agent, Phoenix Artists, Representing Actors and Writers
  • DR. INDIRA ETWAROO, Theatre Producer, Executive Director, Restoration ART and
      The Billie Holiday Theatre; Vice President, Bed Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • VAN DIRK FISHER, Artistic Director, Theatre Producer, Riant Theatre

1.  A TWO HUNDRED DOLLAR RHINOCEROS by Richard Lobel

2.  WELCOME TO NARNIA by Jessica Marie Fisher

3.  SCENES BETWEEN A MARRIAGE by Michael David Johnson

4.  NELLY by William Holland

5.  TOADY HOAD by Damien Roos

6.  LEAVES by Victor Vauban Jr.

Saturday, March 23rd at 12pm (There will be one intermission.)

Tickets are $30 Online and $32 at the Box Office (Cash Only)


At Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios
244 West 54th St, 12 Floor, NYC

The 4 Best Plays will perform at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 24th at 5:30PM and awards will be persented for Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Video Diary.

Saturday, March 23rd at 12:00 PMPrice: $30.00

The Awards Ceremony

THE AWARDS CEREMONY FOR
THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT  FESTIVAL

The 4 Best Plays to perform:

Nominees for Best Play:
1.
2.
3.
4.
 
BEST DIRECTOR AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Ed Faver – A VISIT IN THE AFTERNOON
Fulton C. Hodges – SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE
Alexa Kelly – NELLY
Rick Charles Mueller – A TWO HUNDRED DOLLAR RHINOCEROS
Stephen J. Ryan – A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING
 
BEST ACTOR AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Mike Allen Hill (Toady) in TOADY HOAD
Hunter Mruz (Sam) in SWIM BEFORE YOU DROWN
Chris Raglin (Joseph Rivers) in SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE
Royston Scott (Chance) in A TWO HUNDRED DOLLAR RHINOCEROS
Richard Vernon (Wally) in NELLY
Marcel Werder (Liam) in WELCOME TO NARNIA
 
BEST ACTRESS AWARD NOMINATION:
Antonia Badon (Muriel) in LEAVES
Lily Brown (Lauren) in WELCOME TO NARNIA
Tamara Flannagan (Nelly) in NELLY
Jillmarie Lawrence (Jenny) in NELLY
Joanna Micius (Loretta River) in SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE
Rew Starr (Stella) in A TWO HUNDRED DOLLAR RHINOCEROS
 
BEST SET DESIGN:
FREEDOM, REVOLT AND LOVE
LEAVES
MID LIFE CONVERSATIONS
NELLY
SWIM BEFORE YOU DROWN
TOADY HOAD
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
A TWO HUNDRED DOLLAR RHINOCEROS
LEAVES
NELLY
SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE
TOADY HOAD
WHY WE’RE HERE
 
BEST VIDEO DIARY:
BED 26 - Film by Cray Novic and Paul Morgan
CAKE? - Film by Ethan Haug
GOD'S YOUNGER SON - Film by Malik Parker
SWIM BEFORE YOU DROWN - Film by Ciara Kay
 
The Nominations for the BEST LONG ONE-ACTS and Best Director, Actor, Actress etc. will be announced on Saturday, March 23rd at 1pm.

SUNDAY, March 24th at 5:30pm

At Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, 12 Fl, NYC

Tickets are $30 in Advance Online

$35 on Day of Event Online

$35 at the DOOR (Cash Only)

Sunday, March 24th at 5:00 pmPrice: $30.00

Sunday, March 24th at 5:00 pmPrice: $35.00

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 54 @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor until March 25, 2019.
*****
 

 
Strawberry Pass - $192
8 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival* 
(May not be used for Launch Party or Awards Show.)
Perks: 
Skip to the front of the line for the best seats


Strawberry Tart Pass - $290
12 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival*
(May not be used for Launch Party or Awards Show.)
Perks:  Skip to the front of the line for the best seats
(1) Riant Theatre Mug or Water Bottle

 
 
Strawberry Shortcake Pass - $390
16 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival*
(May not be used for Launch Party or Awards Show.)
Perks: 
(1) Riant Theatre T-Shirt, Strawberry Festival T-Shirt
or (1) of our Anthologies of The Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival
Skip to the front of the line for the best seats

 

Strawberry Soufflé Pass - $600
25 tickets to the Strawberry One-Act Festival*
(May not be used for Launch Party or Awards Show.)
Perks: 
(1)
Riant Theatre Mug or Water Bottle
(1) Strawberry One-Act Festival T-Shirt
Or (1) of our Anthologies of the Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival
Skip to the front of the line for the best seats
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Strawberry VIP Pass - $1,000



2 tickets
to the Launch Party, Walk the Red Carpet, See the Screening of the Video Diaries Project, Meet the Artists in the Festival on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
2 tickets to Series A,B,C,D,E & F in the Strawberry One-Act Festival (Total of 12 Tickets)
2 Tickets to see the 8 Plays in the Strawberry Theatre Festival (Total of 16 Tickets)
2 Tickets to see Semi-Finals #1,2 or 3
2 Tickets to see the FINALS + attend the After Party
2 Tickets to the Awards Ceremony & Performance + Swag Bags
 
Other Perks: 
(1) Riant Theatre Mug or Water Bottle
(1) Strawberry One-Act Festival T-Shirt; and
(1) of our Anthologies of the Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival
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.

Monday, March 25th at 12:00 AMPrice: $192.00

Monday, March 25th at 12:00 AMPrice: $290.00

Monday, March 25th at 12:00 AMPrice: $390.00

Monday, March 25th at 12:00 AMPrice: $600.00

Monday, March 25th at 12:00 AMPrice: $1000.00

Strawberry Theatre Festival - Long One-Act Plays

ELVIRA, The Immigration Play by Jessica Carmona
Based on the life story of Elvira Arellano, the play centers around an imaginary encounter between ICE and Elvira. As the interrogation unfolds, Elvira recounts her journey from being a daughter of a farmer in Mexico to TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year.
 
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 6:000pm
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8:30pm
 
 
A YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES ADVENTURE: The Caper at Christmas by Dane Forgione and Christine Conway
You’ve read the stories and heard the many adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the man, but now witness a tale that’s never been told: an early adventure of Sherlock Holmes, the boy. Here, Holmes and his best friend and confidant, Watson, must race against the clock during a Christmas Ball in order to find the culprit of a stolen school treasure before the crime in pinned on another classmate.
 
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8:30pm
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 6:00pm

For tickets go to https://www.therianttheatre.com/item.php?id=430
 
 
CAKE? By Flynn Osman
Featuring: Andrew Nelson Van Sanders, Skyler Hoffman, Michelle Bear and Levi Kempf
What happens when “boy meets girl” takes place on a ledge? This is a story for all the people who have even been low and understand what a powerful thing a small gesture can be. CAKE? Is an exploration of what it means to be lost, and what it means to find yourself when the only options are to either fall or climb back down to life.
 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6:00pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 6:45pm
 
 
OPPORTUNITY by Stanley Martin
It’s a dark comedy set in today’s New York with six Broadway dancers having a cast reunion from their Broadway production of MCKINLEY: The other American Musical. It tackles subject matters on bullying, jealousy, sexual harassment, elitism, toxic masculinity, racism and corporate greed through the eyes of the dancing ensemble…you know … a laugh riot.
 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 3:00pm
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 6:00pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 9:15pm
For tickets go to https://www.therianttheatre.com/item.php?id=432

 
    

BED 26 by Edafe Okporo and Van Dirk Fisher
Edafe’s relationship with his grandmother was special. “There are several things that go unspoken between us, but in the silences, I feel that she gets me and believes in my ability. But if I flee Nigeria what will be the price I pay to save myself?” An African man’s journey to seek asylum in the United States.
 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:30pm and 9:00pm;
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2:40pm

For tickets go to https://www.therianttheatre.com/item.php?id=435
 
CRADLE by Jean Bergantini Grillo
A young 16 year old London Muslim student becomes infatuated with ISIS and seeks to run away and join them. Her immigrant mother, pleading to assimilate is stunned by her daughter’s actions and will risk anything to stop her.
 
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 5:00pm
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 1:00pm
For tickets go to https://www.therianttheatre.com/item.php?id=433

 
 
 
LIFE BOAT by Lloyd Khaner
Based on a true story of when a young boy is killed by a company’s product, and one person has to step up and take responsibility or the entire company will go bankrupt.
 

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 4:10pm
For tickets go to https://www.therianttheatre.com/item.php?id=434

FRAGILE EXPLOSION: Nina Simone by Michael Monasterial
A concert celebration of the life of a Genius.

Directed by Elke Rosthal
Featuring:
 Marlene Merritt, Jhanal Alexis, Maya Monasterial,
Eva Barrows & Faith Grumberg-Otey
 
Friday, March 22, 2019 at 7:45pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:45pm

Friday, March 15th at 6:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Friday, March 15th at 8:30 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, March 16th at 8:30 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, March 16th at 6:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, March 19th at 6:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, March 19th at 3:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, March 19th at 7:30 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, March 19th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Friday, March 22nd at 6:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Friday, March 22nd at 7:30 PMPrice: $25.00

Friday, March 22nd at 7:45 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, March 23rd at 6:45 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, March 23rd at 9:15 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, March 23rd at 5:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, March 23rd at 7:45 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, March 24th at 2:40 PMPrice: $25.00

Sunday, March 24th at 1:00 PMPrice: $25.00

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