The Accidental Death of Nelson Fritz by Noah Schecter
Directed by Joan Weber
On his first day as the head of a small agricultural office, Peter accidentally orders the assassination of Texas rutabaga farmer.
Three Tailors by Raphael Falco
directed by Alan Kreizenbeck
FlorioÍs Fine Italian Clothing Store is in trouble. Mr. Florio has borrowed money from a bookie to pay his suppliers, but when sales fall off he canÍt cover his debt. HeÍs being forced to sell the business to a Korean bridal-wear king, whose wife, Mrs. Kwon, comes to work in the tailorsÍ alcove as a dress designer. She ignites friction between master tailor Pug and junior tailor Eddy, because of EddyÍs role in the deal that brought the Kwons to the store. But Pug also owes money to Artie and heÍs torn between his loyalty to Florio and his desperate need to pay his gambling debts.
Dancing Backwards by John Fiorillo
directed by Mike Moran
Dancing Backwards is a bittersweet comedy that explores how well we understand the consequences of what we think we want when we face the situations life throws at us. It delivers a powerful message to those who may someday need to become a caretaker for someone we love, or who may need to accept care when itÍs offered. These days, that includes just about all of us.
Viktor Belkin, a famous ballet dancer and choreographer, decides to scale back his career and take care of his elderly friend Robert whose wife has died and is getting frail. Robert, however, has no interest in becoming a “permanent houseguest” and turns down the offer. To forestall repeated attempts to “imprison” him, the old man cooks up a scheme involving, Gaia Cassandra (Ellen) Marberry, an avant garde performance artist. After her shocking performances both in front of an audience and in the local public park, Viktor becomes intrigued by the possibility of a joint tour with Ellen. æWhat no one knows is that Robert has secret he won’t reveal to anyone. As our characters all get in way over their heads, the situation turns from amusing banter to desperate action and endangers the life of one of them.
About the Playwrights
Noah is a writer, director, and filmmaker living and working in New York City. Noah served as the assistant director on Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 in NYC and is currently producing and co-directing a short documentary film, Kings of the New City. Noah is a graduate of Williams college and was born and raised in Baltimore, MD.
Raphael Falco has been writing plays for many years, but only recently started trying to find venues for them. His one-act play, FrankieÍs Market, received a staged reading at the Quotidian Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, in May 2012. He is a Professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His books include Charisma and Myth (Continuum, 2010), Charismatic Authority in Early Modern English Tragedy (Johns Hopkins UP, 2000), and Conceived Presences: Literary Genealogy in Renaissance England (University of Massachusetts Press, 1994). A Renaissance specialist, his scholarly research wrestles daily, in dubious battle, with his playwriting.
Mr. Fiorillo holds a Masters Degree from Brown University and worked as a lighting designer and production manager in New York before moving on to other careers and returning to playwriting in 2002.
His work has been performed in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Oregon, California, Maryland and London, England. He is the author of ten plays including: Friends With Benefits, presented by Golden Squirrel Productions; The Eighth Deadly Sin, produced by the New Jersey Repertory Company; No Trespassing _ This Land Is Posted, presented by the Triangle Theatre; Italian-American Pie, produced by Polaris North; Moving Day, produced by Plays In Progress and Our Dilemma, produced jointly by the Harrogate Theater in England and Brooklyn College in New York.
Mr. FiorilloÍs full-length play, Immortal Enemies, was a winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival competition and subsequently ran for three weeks at the Darien Performing Arts Center in Connecticut. It has also been presented as a staged reading by the HRC Showcase Theater in Hudson, New York; and at The Actors Studio.
His full-length play, Dancing Backwards, won the W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Award given by HRC Showcase Theater in Hudson, New York and the Grove Theater New Play Initiative in Burbank, CA. It was also a Finalist in the Dayton FutureFest competition, the Ashland New Plays Festival in Oregon and the PandoraÍs Box Festival in California. Recently, it earned Mr. Fiorillo an award as the Colonial TheaterÍs Promising Playwright of 2012-2013 and was workshopped in Annapolis. It was presented as the winner of the Second Look competition last November at ProctorÍs Theater in Schenectady by Capital Repertory, Albany, NY
Mr. Fiorillo is a Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Playwrights and Directors Unit of The Actors Studio and is the Co-Founder of Plays In Progress, a collaborative of theater professionals in the Hudson Valley of New York.