Saturday, March 28, 2015 @8PM ~ Jewel Box Theater @Theater Workshop Company ~ 312 West 36th Street Fourth Floor East New York, NY 10018 ~ (between 8th and 9th Avenues, on the south/downtown side of the street, a.k.a The Theatre Building) ~ $10 suggested donation ~ make reservations at info@nycplaywrights.org ~ check out the web site at nycplaywrights.org

Performed by Larissa Adamsczyk, Alice Anne English, Bryn Packard, Michael Rehse, Nilsa Reyna & Doug Rossi

GOING UP? - a groom-to-be tries to understand his fiancee's phobia GOODNIGHT IRENA - a man and a woman in a strip club and they aren't there for the nachos HOT COFFEE - love among the fair trade El Salvadorean coffee beans HAPPY CHRISMUKKAH - Christmas in Australia - if a tasmanian devil doesn't get you SEMICOLON IS A DOUBLE - the erotic appeal of punctuation VERSAILLES - the best medicine is not always laughter YOU CAN'T BE THE ONE - getting more fabulous with age YOU'RE DRIVING ME CRAZY #3 - love and drivers education and Mr. Sanchez

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS

S. L. DANIELS (You Can't Be the One) work has been produced in theatres around the world, including Victory Gardens Theatre, American Blues, Rivendell, and Mary-Arrchie Theatre in Chicago, New York Theatre Workshop, the West End Theatre, Vortex Theatre, Kraine Theatre, Gene Frankel Theatre, The Beckett Theatre in New York, and in Australia at Newtown Theatre (Sydney) and Defector Art Theatre (Melbourne). Credits also include: Winner of the Hurricane Season Award (Los Angeles), Illinois Artist Award for Playwriting, Oxford Short Play Competition, 2013 Seven Devils Playwriting Conference, and the Samuel French One-Act Competition. ABOUT HER PLAY: "I wrote this piece because I have a great (but somewhat guilty) love for romantic comedies, and I wanted to try to write a simple rom-com play for two men."

JACK FELDSTEIN (Happy Chrismukkah) is a playwright and animator from Australia living in New York City. As part of the Dream Up Festival August, 2013 at the downtown Theater for the New City, Feldstein's monologue about a young woman on a bender, The Bender was part of the Grand Guignol Danse Macabre series of plays, and was also performed around New York City including at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. A production of Jack's play with songs by Melanie Safka, Three Months with Pook was mounted at Dixon Place in Lower Manhattan in July 2014. Feldstein is a member of Workshop Theater Company. ABOUT HIS PLAY: "Inspiration is a funny thing. Where do ideas come from? I noticed that in NYC the pressure around the Christmas and Hannukah season seems very heightened. And that can drive folks crazy. Where do relationships and love fit in when New Yorkers become uber-stressed? And I thought, somewhat like Chekov's characters dream of Moscow... perhaps New Yorkers dream of Australia? Also, I'm originally from Australia, so the ideas and misconceptions New Yorkers have about Australia make me laugh."

RHEA MacCALLUM (Goodnight, Irena) is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and script consultant, whose plays have been produced across the United States and six continents. She was honored to participate in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and was named a finalist by the Actors Theatre of Louisville for the Heideman Award for her play, Yesterday Once More. Her work has been included in collections published by Junket Publishing, JAC Publishing and themonologueshop.com. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ICWP and a Lifetime Member of the ALAP. Rhea earned her BA from USC and her MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School. ABOUT HER PLAY: "The inspiration for the play was Leadbelly's folk song, Goodnight, Irene. The melody is a bluesy sweet lullaby that stands in contrast to the lyrics which are really quite dark. With Goodnight, Irena and my strip club-crossed lovers I'm attempting to capture that mixture of endearing, yet troubling."

CYNTHIA MORRISON (Going Up?) is a graduate of the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre in Florida. She is an Author, stage combat director, and an award winning playwright. Her works tend to lean towards historic content. Although, she also specializes in works that speak against the suppression of women. ABOUT HER PLAY: "The inspiration for creating my short play, Going Up?, was the actual phobia of escalators that my grandmother dealt with during her lifetime. I remember well when she and I would go shopping in the 1960's & 70's that she would stop abruptly and perform sort of a flamenco dance stomping spree in front of the store escalator while not wanting to take the initial step. I would giggle at her display and pull on her hand to get her onto the escalator. She would eventually get on but it was actually traumatic for her. As a child, I did not recognize the seriousness and simply thought she was just being silly. Later on in life I learned through research that "Escalaphobia" is an actual fear that is very real. Some people see these moving stairs as reaching on into infinity while other victims of the phobia become dizzy and experience motion sickness. There is also treatment for escalaphobia. Secondly, choosing one's wedding ring seems to be one of the supreme highlights of a devoted relationship so I bonded the bride's fear of escalators with that integral moment. Both characters in the play are faced with difficult decisions. As with many other dilemmas, in the end, the solution was actually rather simple."

JASON RAINEY (Versailles) is a member of ScriptWorks in Austin. His work has been commissioned, presented, or produced by ScriptWorks, Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Valdez, AK), Penobscot Theatre (Bangor, ME), Daedalus Theatre (Columbus), Freshwater Theatre (Minneapolis), Mildred's Umbrella (Houston), Punchkin Rep (Austin), and others. He has directed several of his own plays at Austin's FronteraFest, receiving a Best of Fest citation in 2011. Jason's 10-minute play, The Third Triplet, will be featured in Mildred's Umbrella's Museum of Dysfunction VII in early April. ABOUT HIS PLAY: Versailles is based on a true story. Jason and his wife have been to Versailles, where one of them twisted an ankle. Neither can remember whose ankle it was, and Jason always takes comfort in this when things get tough.

LARRY RINKEL (And a Semicolon is a Double), many years ago, believed he was destined to become the world's next great classical composer. That didn't work out, but after taking his degrees in English, he taught for a time at the college level before turning to technical writing, a career from which he recently retired. Nonetheless, he has always maintained a keen interest in all the arts including theater, and started writing plays of his own a few years ago. ABOUT HIS PLAY: Thus far Larry has written about a dozen plays of varying styles and lengths, of which And a Semicolon is a Double is his only romantic comedy, and he suspects the only such play where baseball meets punctuation. Although the play is entirely fictional, it was inspired by memories of several people Larry has known, as well as by the conviction that the transmission of knowledge, even something as dry as the rules for using the semicolon, can be a way of saying "I love you."

EMILY BRAUER ROGERS' (Hot Coffee) credits include two full-length plays that were produced at Hunger Artists Theatre Company as well as two collaborations produced as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Her screenplay, Romeo, Juliet and Rosaline, was recently optioned by Amazon Studios. She has been published in a Smith and Kraus anthology, 161 Monologues from Literature. Emily has had short plays read and produced in San Diego, New York, Colorado, Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana, Los Angeles and Orange County. She's currently a member of the Dramatists Guild, WGA, and Fell Swoop Playwrights. ABOUT HER PLAY: "Hot Coffee was written because I wanted to explore the questions of what one would be willing to do to get your relationship back, but in an unusual way."

TODD WALLINGER (You're Driving Me Crazy) Todd Wallinger is an award-winning playwright from Colorado Springs with over 150 productions in 42 states and 5 countries. Four of his plays are published by Pioneer Drama Service. Rumpelstiltskin, Private Eye won the 2014 Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Play Competition for Youth Theatre. Todd teaches playwriting at the Colorado High School Thespian Conference and serves with the Colorado Theatre Guild as a judge for their annual Henry Awards. ABOUT HIS PLAY "You're Driving Me Crazy #3 is one of four 10-minute plays I wrote that are set in a driver's ed class. In each, I wanted to examine the delicious awkwardness of teenage life. And what could be more awkward than being confined in a car with your temperamental ex?"

This video contains excerpts from the Saturday March 28, 2015 performance of the TAKE BACK THE ROM COM reading in Manhattan.

CAST

LARISSA ADAMCZYK graduated with a BA in both English and Dance from Rutgers University, and is currently in the acting program at William Esper Studio. Larissa is excited to announce the release of the second episode of her web series, Tiny Boxes. Favorite roles include: Jennifer Ann, meanest girl on the planet, in Millicent The Magnificent (Speranza Theatre Company), Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Emma in Birds of Paradise, and Ulla in The Producers. Larissa is a founding member of The Cool-N-Modern Collective. She is endlessly appreciative of the tireless support given by her friends and family, and also the support of many cupcakes. www.larissaadamczyk.com

ALICE ANNE ENGLISH has read many new plays for NYCPlaywrights and has twice performed the title role in Mistress Ilsa. Favorite experiences from Alice Anne's time in Washington, DC include playing Annie Wilkes in Misery, working with The New Play House in readings and productions of new plays, and most recently performing in the 2014 Washington, DC One Minute Play Festival.

BRYN PACKARD moved to New York in 2013 to pursue his dreams and chase a girl. A fixture in the Chicago indie film scene he's now enjoying meeting the talented artists of his new city and finding that New York was the catalyst needed to grow his career across the board- in print, voiceover, television and film. He portrayed field reporter Matt Jennings in "The Onion Weather Center" and also starred in the features "I Don't Care" (in post-production), "Children Without Parents" and "Red Balls". Select theatrical projects include Emilio Williams' Tables and Beds (Charlie) with Chicago Theater Sweatshop and Teatro Vista's world premiere of Matthew Paul Olmos' i put the fear of mexico in 'em (Jonah) and a reading of that same play at La Mama. (In case you were wondering, things are going great with the girl.) More at brynpackard.com

MICHAEL REHSE, a graduate of Pace University with a BA in Computer Science, is a native of Redmond, Washington. Favorite credits include Twelfth Night: Wall Street (Sir Toby) and Trojan Women: Redux (Talthibius) with Co-Op Theatre East, Proof (Hal), Emergency Contraception!: The Musical (Benny) at the Theater for the New City, We Love You, Johnny Hero (Hipster Terrorist) in the New York Fringe Festival, and The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon) in the Byron D. Seaver Theater in Pomona, California.

NILSA REYNA relocated to New York City in 2013 and spent many years working in the Chicago storefront theater scene. She founded and served as Chicago Fusion Theatre's Artistic Director from 2007-2012 where she directed Big Love, 12 Hungry Men and Hugging the Shoulder. New York acting credits: Indifference (John Chatterton/Midtown International Theatre Festival), Zapata! Tiger of Morelos (Moose Hall Theatre/Inwood Shakespeare Festival). She also works as a Teaching Artist and is passionate about arts education and outreach. nilsareyna.com

DOUG ROSSI has played such classical roles as Tartuffe, Macbeth, Orlando, Friar Lawrence, Caliban, Launce, Orsino, Brutus, Ford and Hamlet. He recently played Schultz in Pulitzer winner Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation. Over 80 NYC productions including FringeNYC, Planet Connections (Winner: Featured Actor 2011) and MITF (Nominated: Supporting Actor 2008) and 50+ on-camera credits including the title role of indie feature Recruiter (which premiered on both coasts garnering several awards). Currently re-teaming with Empire Tales director David Toth to co-write/ star in the thriller Blind Spot. MFA: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, graduate of The Second City, scene study with Austin Pendleton at HB and longform improv at P.I.T.

NANCY MCCLERNAN (Producer) is a playwright, director, producer and composer whose work has been produced in PA, NJ, NY, CO and Japan. Her play Blessings of the Sun God was directed by Obie winner Oliver Butler, and her play Julia & Buddy won Outstanding Production of a Full-length Play at the 2014 Midtown International Theater Festival. She worked for Actors Equity and contributed an article to The Dramatist Guild magazine about her successful fight against a director who tried to claim a "blocking and choreography" copyright on her play Tam Lin. She founded and runs NYCPlaywrights which has a web site and a weekly email blast providing up-to-date calls for submissions, discount tickets, free shows and other theater-related opportunities for playwrights in New York and the world.