The Riant Theatre : Semi Finals and the Wild Night at the Strawberry One-Act FestivalTo order tickets now go to www.therianttheatre.comTickets: $22.00 online & $25.00 at the Box Office
Semi Finals #1 (Plays from Series A, B, C & D)
Monday, August 16th at 7:00 pm
1) HAPPY GIRL Written & Directed by Brian Leider
Featuring: Victoria Dicce & Caitlin Zvoleff
Joy is floating belly up in your fish bowl.
2) DREAM WEDDING! Written by Ellen Orchid & Directed by Whitney Aronson
A group of unemployed actors concoct a scheme to win a “Dream Wedding!” on a morning TV talk show.
Click here to see an interview with playwright Ellen Orchid.
3) HONOUR Written by Dipti J. Mehta & Directed by Daniel Kadin
Guest Director: Erica Gould
Featuring: Dipti J. Mehta
Honour, a prostitute’s gift to her only daughter.
Click here to see an interview with Dipti J. Mehta.
Click here to see an interview with Daniel Kadin.
4) HIROSHI – ME, ME, ME Written by Natalie Menna
There’s no end to Roberta’s delusions…or ranting. Scary that there’s
a little bit of Roberta in all of us!
Click here to see an interview with the actors Jessica Vera and Josh Evans discussing the play.
Semi Finals #2 (Plays from Series A, B, C & D)
Monday, August 16th at 9:00 pm
1) THE METEOR SEASON by Keaton Weiss
A chance encounter between two strangers leads to a revealing discussion of love, life, and the end of time.
2) DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS by Greg Edwards
Not all embassies are born equal.
3) THE SESSION – A Pitch Black C ome dy in One-Act Written by Chris FerrettiDirected by Julie Wallach
Set in 1982, a Jersey City psychologist and a overbearing mother find out the hard way what happens when you push a Mafia Captain too far.
4) ALL IS ONE NOW Written by Josh Gulotta
Featuring: Daniel Brian Jones, Tim Jones, Mae Mitchell & Morgan Whitaker
A man discovers he still hasn’t found what he’s looking for.
Semi Finals #3 (Plays from Series E, F, G & H)
Tuesday, August 17th at 7:00 pm
THE ASSESSMENT by J.M. Eisenman
Justin Shapiro is assigned to assess former comedy writer Thelma Drayer for a conservatorship, but just who is assessing who?
to see an interview with actress Lynn Taylor.
DAY DREAMS Written by Paul Trupia & Directed by Becky Copley
Life can be a dream.Click here
to see an interview with Pau l Trupia and Kelly Karavites.
BRUNCH Written & Directed by Sari Caine Glickstein
Featuring: David J. Goldberg, Erica Knight & Lauren Lucksavage
Emily and Harry are having a civilized brunch as underneath tensions fly.
Semi Finals #4 (Plays from Series E, F, G & H)
GAY HAIKU Written by Samuel Perwin
Tuesday, August 17th at 9:00 pm
ADULT BOOKS Written by Jonathan Ashley
Be careful where you leave your credit card.
Click here to see an interview Jonathan Ashley and actress Maiken Weise.
A TOAST WITH CHAMPALE by Veronica Newton
Directed by Ali Ayala
Featuring: Sarah M. Wood & Rand Guerrero
Three weeks ago Stephen asked Grace to marry him. He has not had an answer. Today he wants her decision. Commit or not Grace? That where our story begins.
to see the interview with Veronica and Ali.
THE BENEVOLENTS by Devin Doyle
Featuring: Susan Mirwis, Adam Kaplan, Kent Abbett, and Hilary Hanson.
Entranced by the offers of two ambiguous youths, a recently divorced couple attempt to recapture their individual strength at the mercy of this new offbeat kindness.
Click on the name to see the interview with Devin Doyle
, Susan Mirwis
, Alexander Delare
SOUL OF A POET Written by Isaac Shapiro & Directed by Heather Arnson
Two people, one with an above average the other with a below average IQ live together, but their relationship and livelihood become threatened when old secrets are revealed.
Semi Finals #5 (Plays from Series I, J, K & L)
Wednesday, August 18th at 7:00 pm
GENTLEMAN AND SCHOLAR Written by John Martin & Directed by Nat Habib
Featuring: Stephen Braccioforte & Frank Lombardi
Things get heated when a know-it-all meets a higher authority in the lower depths.
Click here to see an interview with Frank Lombardi and Stephen Braccioforte.
THE LOSING GAME by Kristen Seavey
Cards will land as they may, but hearts will always be the hardest to hold onto.
HOME SWEET HOME Written & Directed by Eljon Wardally
Featuring: Charlotte Bair-Cucchiaro, Joshua Alexander Stringer & Stephen Hadeed Jr.
I am who I was and always will be no matter where I go.
Click on the name to see their interview about the play: Charlotte Bair
-Cucchiaro, Joshua Stringer
HEROES Written & Directed by Joseph Lizardi
Two different types of Vietnam heroes come face to face about the war.
Semi Finals #6 (Plays from Series I, J, K & L)
Wednesday, August 18th at 9:00 pm
SIMPLY ME, A musical starring Mitchell Robert. Musical Director - Albee Barr
A musical about one man bringing back realization to the essence of living.
Interview with Mitchell Robert.
RELATIONSHIP COURT Written by Sergio Solorzano
Directed by Sergio Solorzano & Adam Brome
Bringing justice one boyfriend at a time.
SOMETHING LIKE PENQUINS Written by Levi Wilson
Directed by Mario Corry
Featuring: Janaya Combs, Ryan Nazionale & Levi Wilson
Can people march like penquins?
A TASTE OF BAD MEDICINE Written by John Vitkovich
A doctor’s dishonesty leads to his demise.
Wild Night #1 - August 19th at 7:00 p.m.
FIREMAN Written by Stephen Brown
Fireman brings us into the lives of a couple caught in the wake of a fire, leaving one of them and their relationship scorched and disfigured.
THE HANDBAG CLICK-CLACK GIRLS Written & Directed by Anthony Fusco
Featuring: Yael Grill, Lauren Novak, Carrie Lynette Stringfellow & Stephen Suarez
Are they hot or just a hot mess? It’s the Golden Girls and Sex and the City combined.
to see an interview with Anthony Fusco.
WHY THEY CAME Written by Jessica Hinds & Directed by Lucia Peters
No one knows where they came from or why they came, or their reasons for taking most, and leaving the rest. As four survivors struggle to make sense of what has happened, one man comes to a startling conclusion.
to see an interview with Jessica Hinds and Robin Singer.
BEYOND OPEN LINES by Emmanuel Fleischmann
Directed by Mark Bloom
An elderly Jewish woman searches her memories to find redemption for a life deferred. Click here
to see an interview with Emmanuel Fleischmann.
Wild Night #2 - August 19th at 9:00 p.m.
BLIND SIDED by Cynthia Talia Ferri & Directed by Jonathan Libman
In this zany, fast-paced techno-world of cyber dating, a communication hiccup turns this blind date hook-up into an absurdity that is sure to amuse!
to see an interview with Cynthia Talia Ferri.
CURVEBALL by Brendan Burke & Directed by Sarah V. Michelson
A young couple faces the end of their youth amid the recent banking crisis.
SUMMER BREEZES IN THE CITY OF THE DEAD by Lucas T. Syed
Two perspectives on the human connection in crisis.
PLAYING THE GAME Written by Holly Hunt
Directed by Susan Tromans
Featuring: Peter Augustine, Chris Calaitges, Sherry Mandery and Suellen Romani
See an interview with Susan Tromans
In relationships, there are many games played. Samantha and Adam go home together to find out the game they are playing is not the one they thought.