Sat. Nov. 15 2008 8PM
& Sun. Nov. 16 2008 3PM

@Penny Templeton Actors Studio
261 W. 35th Street, Suite 304, NY NY

Two performances of ten 10-minute plays - a different group of plays each time

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Directed by N. G. McClernan ~ Stage Manager: Debra Stunich

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About the authors - November 16 show

Ian August

Author of X-RAY VISION AT THE MOTEL 9 - an August is an actor, playwright and lyricist. His full length drama, Missing Celia Rose was recently workshopped with the NYC Summer Play Festival ( in 2007, and will be workshopped at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre's Playfest-2009 in February. In 2006, Mr. August was declared a winner of the 31st Annual Samuel French Inc. Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival with his short play, Le Supermarchˇ or What I Did for Lunch, published by Samuel French in a 2007 anthology. Several of Mr. August's short plays have been performed throughout the country, including Abraham on the Mount: The Week Before (published by the One-Act Play Depot, 2007) How to Survive in Corporate America, Godfrey, and The Title Fight (all three pending publication with Smith & Kraus). His full length plays include: Missing Celia Rose (Princess Grace Awards semi-finalist, 2005), Natural History and Submitted by C. Randall McCloskey. He is one of the founding members of 'Stage One,' a playwriting group developed through the Passage Theater in Trenton , NJ .

Steven Bergman

Author of LOCKDOWN - Steven Bergman's published plays include: Have a Seat, Please (produced at YES in 2006; by Heuer Publishing) The Guy Chair and Cutting the Leash (JAC Publishing and Promotions) and Rosie, the Teddy Bear (Brooklyn Publishers). Composer: The Curse of the Bambino (Lyric Stage Company of Boston, CD available at, and Jack The Ripper: The Whitechapel Musical (Boston Center of the Arts) along with many other works for adults and young audiences. Mr. Bergman teaches high school drama and music outside of Boston, MA. Visit his website:

Jonathan A. Goldberg

Author of THE WEIRDNESS OF NEW JERSEY - Jonathan A. Goldberg (playwright) has been produced in a myraid of venues around New York City including: The Public Theater, Panthon Productions, The Gershwin Hotel, The American Globe Theater, NJ Rep. He was recently awarded The Rita and Burton Award for Playwriting for his play The Jew and the Demon. He is a frequent contributor to the Playground Reading Series and is a former playwright-in-residence for Little Gem Productions. He recieved his MFA in dramatic writing from NYU's Tisch School for the Arts.

Sara Ilyse Jacobson

Author of HAVE YOUR CAKE - Sara Ilyse Jacobson's play, Past Shadows Dark and Deep, was selected as first runner-up in the 1999 Agnes Nixon Playwriting Competition. Her most recent work, The Heart is Hollow, was produced during the Second Annual Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. The Heart is Hollow has been selected for inclusion in Ten Grand Production's Cold Cuts Reading Series on Monday, November 17th at the Algonquin Theater.

Jonathan Kravetz

Author of VIOLINS - Jonathan Kravetz is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of, a biannual literary webzine devoted to publishing engaging personal essays, memoirs, art, fiction, humor and more. His play, Prayer, was produced to sold-out houses at the New York City Fringe Festival, 2008. Violins, a ten-minute play, was one of the winners of the Bite-Sized International Playwriting Competition and was performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival in spring, 2008. Prayer was a semi-finalist in the annual Reverie Productions Play competition in New York, 2008. His comedy, Better Lucky Than Smart, is slated for production in September 2009. Jonathan holds a Masters in Cinema Studies from NYU and teaches fiction and screenwriting in New York City.

Sem Megson

Author of CREATURES OF PLEASURE - Sem Megson's work takes a comedic look at the impact of global social trends on interpersonal relationships and how individuals both rise and lower themselves to deal with an ever-changing world.

Henry Meyerson

Author of THE NUSSBAUM PROJECT - Henry Meyerson 's publications include: Beware The Man Eating Chicken and Fresh Brewed: Tales From The Coffee Bar, both by Samuel French, Inc.; Tech Support (to be published by Smith & Kraus) and Proceed to Check-Out (to be published by Samuel French, Inc.). Full-length productions: Fresh Brewed: Tales From The Coffee Bar; Beware The Man Eating Chicken; Jump Jim Crow; Java Jive and The Last Falcon. His short plays have been produced in New York, L.A. and regionally. He is a member of The Dramatist Guild, New Jersey Dramatists, and Times Square Playwrights. He received a MFA in Playwrighting from Brooklyn College. The Nussbaum Project was developed while a member of NYCPlaywrights.

J. L. Osborne

Author of THE MISTRESS - J.L. Osborne studied theater at the University of Rhode Island and is new to the playwrighting scene. The Mistress is the first of her works to be performed. Other works in progress include Finding Song and No Empty Spaces.

Walter Thinnes

Author of BLOOD - Walter Thinnes is an early career playwright trapped in a later life body. Despite his belated start he has received competition recognition, readings and/or productions in sixteen different states, The Kennedy Center and several Off-Off-Broadway Theaters. Walter is a proud member of Actors Equity and the Dramatists Guild of America.

Kathleen Warnock

Author of ODDBOY'S METAMORPHOSIS - Kathleen Warnock is a New York City-based playwright and editor. Her Sharing the Pie is currently running as part of Series A in Emerging Artist Theatre's EATfest, and will be heading north to Provincetown in January as part of the Universal Theater Festival. Her other plays include Some Are People, (EATfest, International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival), Rock the Line (EAT Triple Threat, published by United Stages, Chesley Award Winner, John Golden Award Winner), Grieving for Genevieve (Midtown International Theatre Festival). She is a member of Emerging Artists Theatre, TOSOS Theater (curator, Chesley/Chambers Playwrights Series), Wings Theater, and En Avant Playwrights and The Dramatists Guild.