11:00 AM: Shadows of Men by Colin Crowley
Directed by Barry Feinstein
It’s Spain, 1937 and the Spanish Civil War is raging. Enter a laundry list of American celebrities, eager to take up the cause of the Spanish Republic. For one of these, however – novelist John Dos Passos – attention soon towards to his friend, José Robles, who has mysteriously disappeared during the struggles and turmoil of the conflict. Dos Passos quickly becomes obsessed with finding his dear friend – an obsession which grates on the nerves of his literary colleagues, especially the acerbic Ernest Hemingway, who finds Dos Passos’s focus on friendship rather pedestrian when democracy itself is at stake. Dos Passos, however, remains single-minded in his pursuit, despite the all-encompassing, ever-maddening whirlwind of war, ego, and ideology swirling around him – but the end of his journey may take him to a destination he never wanted to visit.
1:30 PM: Feeding the Furies by Andrea Markowitz
Directed by Miriam Bazensky
Aspirations run amok when Ruthie and Marty Furie attempt to live the 1960s American Dream that glorifies upward mobility, domineering husbands, and obedient wives and children. While Ruthie and Marty are successful at keeping up with the Joneses, their marriage is rife with conflict and they can’t control their counterculture kids. The family airs their differences in their favorite restaurant, where it becomes apparent that they all hunger for more than what’s on the menu.
Colin Speer Crowley is a playwright-lyricist who has written a variety of dramatic works, including three musicals, seven straight plays, and a few screenplays. His work has been presented throughout the United States, including California, Washington, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Louisiana, Colorado, Kentucky, and New Jersey. Plays and screenplays by Crowley have been winners or finalists in over 30 national and international contests since 2010 and songs to which he’s written the lyrics have been performed in musical revues in London. Most recently, Crowley has had the pleasure of seeing his work performed in theatrical capitals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Off-Off-Broadway and London’s Covent Garden. Crowley is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Lambs Club, the Playwright’s Center, and Phi Beta Kappa and also served as President and founder of the theatrical group Speerhead Theatricals, Inc..
Andrea Markowitz became hooked on theatre at age seven, when she saw her first Broadway show. She earned degrees in English literature, musicology and psychology, and enjoyed careers in advertising, human resources, academia, and freelance writing before authoring “Feeding the Furies,” her first play.