The American Legacy
Metropolitan Playhouse
The American Legacy

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East Side Stories
4 evenings of NEW plays about the life and lore of the Lower East Side

New One-Act Plays
 Directed by  Stephen Pelletier


Don Arrington*
Victoria Castle*
Sam Heldt*
Tony Rossi*
Erin Leigh Schmoyer*
Edward Stanley*

The Origin of Zoos by Michael Bettencourt - In 1913, Madison Grant, founder of the Bronx Zoo, and Margaret Sanger, a nurse in the human zoo, spar over whether the teeming Lower East Side is a genetic cesspool or democracy embodied -- or both.

The Invention of the Living Room by Andrew R. Heinze - Before there were suburbs, a young Jewish builder in a Lower East Side tenement imagines a bigger, better kind of home, including -- dream of dreams -- a room just for living! The only thing standing in his way is his mother, and her parlor.

Occupy Avenue A by Josh Gulotta - A journalist and his hook-up from the night before negotiate socio-sexual politics and the power of wealth, while protestors fill the streets below in November, 2011.

Delicacy by Toni Schlesinger - A young woman's fantastical dream embraces multitudes on the Lower East Side.
3 new monologues, based on interviews with our neighbors, and told entirely in their own words.
Directed by Yvonne Opffer Conybeare

Studying to Be a Fool
Emily Grosland* as
Michael Schupbach

Life Is What You Make It
Sheila Head*

Dawn Hampton
Musician, Singer, MAC Award Winning Cabaret Star, Swing Dancer

Waking Up from the Dream
Stephen Conrad Moore* as
Shirley Campbell
Black Panther and ATA Tennis Player
Game Changers
4 New One-Act Plays
Directed by Wendy Merritt

Elizabeth Bove*
Geri Brown*
Michael Durkin*
Mick Hilgers*
Hakim Rashad McMillan*
Natalie Newman*
Richard Price*

Blaine Smith*

They Come and Come by John J. Kelly - On the 1920s Lower East Side, Irish and German immigrants find the community born of hardship when an engineer, trapped working in the coal plants of Con Edison, tries to find his just-arrived wife in the bustling city.

Chess With Edison by David Vazdauskas - An ironic comedy of change and history: it is 1898, and the Stuyvesant Chess Club awaits a very prestigious visitor, but Susan B. Anthony's suffragettes rattle the very gates of an old boys' invention.

Alive and Well by Mercedes Segesvary - A biracial couple find their downtown apartment robbed, with only a note from the thief and a "helpful" neighbor left behind. Where does compassion stop and judgment start?

Every Pair of Blue Jeans Was Like a Bullet by J. Paul Porter - Spiritual East Village residents Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Josef Stalin find themselves newly incarnated as stockbrokers in downtown New York; a comedy about capitalism and communism (just the funny parts) and the irony of history.
3 new monologues, based on interviews with our neighbors, and told entirely in their own words.

Directed by Yvonne Opffer Conybeare
Teresa Kelsey* as
Patti Kelly
Owner/artist at Kelly Glass Studio and Gallery

Call Me By My True Names
Emily Taplin Boyd*
Kierra Foster-Ba
Vice Principal at A. Philip Randolph HS and 5Rhythms Instructor

The Good Anarchist
Ben Gougeon* as
Joanie Fritz Zosike
Performance Artist and Activist
* Members of Actors Equity
These programs are part of East Village Chronicles, vol 9, and Alphabet City IX, both Equity Showcases.