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WHEN: Saturday, May 13 at 8pm WHERE: Dreamcatcher Rep, Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit TICETS: $20 adults, $15 kids and younger—buy in advance. No fees!
MPD's unpredictable shows are always packed with laughs from start to finish.
MPD performs improv comedy sketches like those seen on the popular television show, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and uses audience input to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create onstage. Performers use ingredients such as everyday objects, strange maladies, and unusual circumstances to cook up unconventional mini-plays that appear and disappear before your eyes.
The Net Will Appear with Oona Callender and Frank Licato Directed by Laura Ekstrand by Erin Mallon
WHEN: Wednesday, May 17 @ 7 pm
Bernard is a man who has been beaten down by loss in his seventy years of life. Rory is nine, and searching for a friend. They discover, across the gap between their rooftops, that they are exactly what the other needs. This fresh and surprising story of connection across the generations is funny and heartbreaking with dialogue that snaps and a pulse that beats with compassion and warmth.
Erin Mallon is a writer, actor and voice artist in NYC. Her plays have been presented with Urban Stages, New Georges, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Collective, Cherry Picking, Project Y Theater, Mile Square Theatre and more. Erin's play Branched (dir. Robert Ross Parker) premiered with InViolet Theater at HERE Arts Center in NYC and is in print with Original Works Publishing. Her new play, The Net Will Appear is an Honorable Mention on the 2016 Kilroys List and will have its World Premiere this fall at Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, NJ. Other full-length plays include: Stunning Displays of Prowess, Hand Me Down (commissioned by Ethical Culture Fieldston School), Good Riddance and The Other White Meat. Erin is the narrator of 175 audiobooks, a member of InViolet Theater and The Collective and is founder and co-curator of The Brooklyn Generator, a playwriting engine that creates "plays in less-than-30-days."
The Messenger with Laura Chaneski, Jason Szamreta and Harriett Trangucci Directed by Laura Ekstrand by Phoebe Farber
WHEN: Wednesday, May 24 @ 7 pm
Anat is a transplant from her native Israel, where she has fled her family and a terrible accident for which she feels responsible. Her nursery school is in disrepair; moreover, her manner seems harsh and uncaring to the families she serves. Trish, a teacher whose soft heart hides a deep loneliness, is trying to help her save the school from ruin. One day, an unusual man appears who may hold the key to their redemption.
Phoebe Farber's plays have been seen around New York and New Jersey. Her play Scrimmage was seen at The Players Theatre (best play, NYC), The Short Play Lab (best play, NYC) and Strangedog short play festival (NJ). Home Care was seen in the Strawberry One-Act Festival (Finalist, NYC), The Aery Theatre's One-Act Play Festival (NY),Variations Theatre Group (NYC) and at Lab at Luna through Luna Stage (NJ). Jump It was a finalist at The Depot Theater 20/20 festival in Garrison, New York, and appeared at The Everyday Inferno Theater Festival (NYC) and at Lab at Luna (NJ). Class Reunion was seen at The Cell Theater (NYC) and Strangedog short play festival (NJ). Readings have included Jump It and Nina at Fresh Produced Reading Series (NYC) and Dancing in Captivity at Horsetrade Theatre Group (NYC). Her plays have been published in Applause Theatre & Cinema Books and The Best Plays from the Strawberry One-Act Festival. Phoebe lives in Montclair, New Jersey, has a private psychotherapy practice and is a professor at Montclair State University.