Strawberry One-Act Festival

 

The Strawberry One-Act Festival –  February 2020

Theatre 54 @ Shetler's Studio
244 West 54th St, 12th Floor, NYC
Between Broadway & 8th Avenue
 
February 12, 2020 through February 23, 2020

The Strawberry One-Act Festival is celebrating its 34th 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 February 2020 Festival is November 15, 2019.  Late submissions is December 27, 2019.  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, February 23, 2020 at 5:30PM. 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
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Time:  4:30pm - 6:30pm 
The Thalia Studios at Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St, NYC
Trains: 1, 2 or 3 to 96th Street.


 
The Awards Ceremony for the Strawberry One-Act Theatre Festival
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 5:30pm
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 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.
 
 
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.
Tickets will go on sale in August. 
 
Strawberry One-Act Festival on Facebook click here.

         

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 February 24, 2020.
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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 see the Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St, NYC on February 7th, 8th & 9th.
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 Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 4:30pm - 6:30pm at the Thalis Studios at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St, NYC.
2 tickets to Series A,B,C,D,E  in the Strawberry One-Act Festival (Total of 10 Tickets)
2 Tickets to see the 3 Plays in the Strawberry Theatre Festival (Total of 6 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, February 24th at 12:00 AMPrice: $192.00

Monday, February 24th at 12:00 AMPrice: $290.00

Monday, February 24th at 12:00 AMPrice: $390.00

Monday, February 24th at 12:00 AMPrice: $600.00

Monday, February 24th at 12:00 AMPrice: $1000.00

Strawberry Theatre Festival: SPLIT DECISION, NELLY, ALBERT AND THE TURTLE

 
SPLIT DECISION by Joseph C. Anania
Directed by Barbara Grecki
Featuring: Joseph C. Anania
SPLIT DECISION is a story of a man finding his identity as a boy / man, with big life challenges dangling between straight and gay life in the Italian neighborhood of East Harlem in the 60s to the present time. A wild ride of confusion, pathos and humor are interwoven in this revelatory journey.
 
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6:00pm
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:30pm
 
 
ALBERT AND THE TURTLE by Andrew Katzman
A surreal and simple one person play following Albert as he wrestles through love and meaning into adulthood, helped and hindered along the way by a talking turtle with a time machine.

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 9:00pm
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 5:00pm
 
 
NELLY
By William Holland
Directed by Alexa Kelly
Life was changing in the 1950s, people learned that friendship could come in different colors.
 
Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 6:30pm
 
Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios & Theatres
244 West 54th St, 12th Fl, NYC

Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Door (Cash Only)
Box Office: 646-623-3488

Friday, February 14th at 6:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Saturday, February 15th at 8:30 pmPrice: $25.00

Friday, February 21st at 9:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Friday, February 21st at 7:30 pmPrice: $25.00

Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00 pmPrice: $25.00

Saturday, February 22nd at 6:30 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
  • MARGARET EMORY, Agent, SW ARTISTS, Representing
    actors for film, TV and theatre and seeking actors for the EXPANDING commerical and voiceover department at SW Artists, a talent agency in New York City.
  • COUNT STOVAL, Actor, Broadway credits include: Driving Miss Daisy, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Inacent Black, Philadelphia Story and No Place To Be Somebody.  TV Credits include:  Seven Seconds, Madame Secretary, Fault Manny, The Good Wife, Army Wives, Law & Order, American Playhouse and As The World Turns.
  • VAN DIRK FISHER, Theatre Producer, Riant Theatre

The Finalist are:



1.  MESSAGES by Fred Dennehy
Directed by Elizabeth Colagrande & Ed Faver

Care giving to a person afflicted with the beginning of dementia is not possible without love that is itself always in beginning.

 



2.  TRANSFERENCE by Debra Whitfield
Directed by Debra Whitfield

Your next family is just a phone call away.

 






3.  FIRSTS by Naya James
Directed by Lucia Bellini


Featuring: Naya James, Trenton Clark, Anthony Paglia and Arya Kashyap

First is a poignant and often hilarious look into the minds of two people on a first date shows how much we have in common if only we were brave enough to admit it.


4.  HOPPER REVISITED by Nancy Finn
Directed by Grant Machan

 
The story depicts the people and places in American painter EDWARD HOPPER'S painting.

 






5.  ENTR’ACTE by Anthony Fusco

Directed by Katherine Yacko

Featuring: Clay Von Carlowitz and Peter Tarantino

A tete- a- tete between an actor and an acting coach crosses the line when one of them exposes information that can ruin the professional relationship between them.

 





6.  PETRIFIED LIGHTNING by Maggie Brill
Directed by Jacob S. Louchheim

A happenstance seaside meeting forces two strangers into a tumultuous exploration of fear and loss.  Together they must decide to experience the unknown or be forever petrified by it.

 


 

 



 


Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 12pm (There will be one intermission.)

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

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

The 4 Best Plays will perform at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, February 23rd at 5:30PM and awards will be persented for Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Video Diary.

Saturday, February 22nd at 12:00 PMPrice: $30.00

The Awards Ceremony & Performance

THE AWARDS CEREMONY FOR
THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT  FESTIVAL
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 5:30pm

The 4 Best Plays to perform:

Nominees for Best Play were chosen by our Industry Judges on February 22, 2020:
 

 
1. MESSAGES by Fred Dennehy


 
2.  FIRSTS by Naya James

 
3.  TRANSFERENCE by Debra Whitfield
 
 

4.  PETRIFIED LIGHTNING by Maggie Brill - Winner of the BEST PLAY AWARD.


BEST DIRECTOR AWARD NOMINATIONS:

Lucia Bellini for FIRSTS
Jessa Smith Campbell for NORTH CAROLINA, 2028
Sydney Dennison for BLANK GENERATION
Andrew Katzman for ALBERT AND THE TURTLE
Alexa Kelly for NELLY'S DREAM
Bradley LeBoeuf for WHISKEY
Jacob S. Louchheim for PETRIFIED LIGHTNING - Winner of the BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
Debra Whifield for TRANSFERENCE - Winner of the BEST DIRECTOR AWARD


Laurence C Schwartz for EDWIN FARNSWORTH



 
BEST ACTOR AWARD NOMINATIONS:
Clay Von Carlowitz (Richard Avery) in ENTR’ ACTE
Trenton Clark (D.I.T.) in FIRSTS
Johnny Egan (Dan) in WHISKEY
Ed Faver (Simon) in MESSAGES
Jim Fenton (Edwin Farnsworth) in EDWIN FARNSWORTH
Andrew Katzman (Albert0 in ALBERT AND THE TURTLE
Jacob S. Louchheim (Thaddeus) in PETRIFIED LIGHTNING - Winner of the BEST ACTOR AWARD.
 

 
BEST ACTRESS AWARD NOMINATION:
Ayo Akinsanya (Jiboa) in NO FALL MY HAND - Winner of the BEST ACTRESS AWARD



Maggie Brill (Susanna) in PETRIFIED LIGHTNING
Jessa Smith Campbell (Jess) in NORTH CAROLINA, 2028
Sofia Constantine (Seema) in LITTLE WINGS
Naya James (S.I.T.) in FIRSTS
Jill Marie Lawrence (Jeannie) in NELLY
Camille Mazurek (Nelly) in NELLY
Donne Petito (Emma) in MESSAGES
 
BEST LONG ONE-ACT PLAY AWARD NOMINATION:
ALBERT AND THE TURTLE by Andrew Katzman
NELLY'S DREAM by William Holland - Winner of the BEST LONG PLAY AWARD
 


BEST SET DESIGN:
NO FALL MY HAND
 
NORTH CAROLINA, 2028
 
 
OVER THE RIVER
 
 
PETRIFIED LIGHTNING - Winner of the BEST SET AWARD
 
 
WHISKEY
 
BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
 
HOPPER REVISITED
 
NO FALL MY HAND - Winner of the BEST COSTUME AWARD
 
 
    
OVER THE RIVER
 
PETRIFIED LIGHTING
 
BEST VIDEO DIARY:
BLANK GENERATION – Film by Austin Sky Parker
FIRSTS – Film by Lucia Bellini
FIVE CONSECUTIVE ZEROS – Film by Art Bernal
NO FALL MY HAND - Film by Amy Losi
POSTAL MADNESS – Film by Frances Lozada
SPLIT DECISION – Film by Parker Sargent - Winner of the BEST VIDEO DIARY AWARD


WHISKEY – Film by Bradley LeBoeuf
 

SUNDAY, February 23, 2020 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, February 23rd at 5:30 pmPrice: $30.00

Sunday, February 23rd at 5:30 pmPrice: $35.00

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To submit your play for the Strawberry One-Act Festival go to www.FilmFreeway.com/JocundaMusicFilmandTheatreFestival.  The Strawberry One-Act Festival, will be in JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH, 2021. (15-30 minute plays.) Early Deadline is September 30, 2020  Regular Deadline is October 30, 2020.  Notifucations will be sent out by November 15, 2020.

To submit your play for the Strawberry Theatre Festival (STF) for Full-Length Plays (55-90 minutes), Musicals (not to exceed 120 minutes), Short Plays (40-50 minutes), Variety Acts, Cabaret Acts, Magic Shows, Sketch Comedy, Improv Shows and Readings.  To submit your play to the STF go to www.FilmFreeway.com/JocundaMusicandTheatreFestival.   The Early Deadline is September 30, 2020Regular Deadline is October 30, 2020.  Notifications will be sent out by November 15, 2020.  The Strawberry Theatre Festival will run in JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2021.

Submissions are now being accepted for the Jocunda Music, Film & Theatre Festival.  We are seeking singers, r&b, neo soul, pop and hip hop artists; Films: short, narrative, animation and music videos; comedians and Short and Full Length Plays and Screenplays.

The Jocunda Music, Film & Theatre Festival will run from JANUARY through MARCH 30, 2021 at ARTEL Hotel in Brooklyn, NY.  Singers, Fashion Designers and Vendors send us a link to your music and/or performance.  Include your bio and a cover letter why you would like to be in the Josucnda MFT Festival.  Vendors email us to request an application for Vendors.  State in your email what it is you would be selling. (i.e. Food, Merchandise or Crafts.  Or if want to promote your business.)  Email submissions to JocundaFilmFestival@gmail.com.

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