Throughline Artists (J.J. Kandel and John McCormack, Producing Directors) will present SUMMER SHORTS 5, their fifth annual festival of new American short plays from established and emerging writers, at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street). Performances will begin Thursday August 4th, and continue through Saturday September 3rd. This season's cast includes Mando Alvarado, Jeff Binder, Christian Campbell, James Chen, Nick Choksi, Erin Darke, Crystal Finn, Arthur French, Meg Gibson, Kathryn Grody, Beth Hoyt, Neal Huff, J.J. Kandel, Megan Ketch, TEd Koch, Jodie Markell, Shirley A. Rumierk, Socorro Santiago, Rebecca Schull, Ryan Cyrus Shams, Victor Slezak, AiDan Sullivan, Louise Sullivan, Maryann Towne, Ryan Tramont, and Lydia Weintraub.
Featured will be eight Premieres from some of New York's finest established and emerging playwrights, including In This, Our Time... by Alexander Dinelaris (Zanna Don't, Still Life), directed by J.J. Kandel; Triple Trouble With Love written & directed by Christopher Durang (Beyond Therapy, Sister Mary Ignatius..., The Marriage of Bette and Boo); Some Women In Their Thirties Simply Start To Fall by Tina Howe (Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances, Pride's Crossing), directed by Billy Hopkins; The New Testament by Neil LaBute (reasons to be pretty, Fat Pig), directed by Dolores Rice; Clap Your Hands by Keith Reddin (Rum and Coke, Life During Wartime, Frame 312), directed by Billy Hopkins; Lessons For An Unaccustomed Bride by José Rivera (Oscar nominee for The Motorcycle Diaries, Obie winner for References To Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot), directed by Jen Wineman; The Green Book written & directed by Will Scheffer (HBO's "Big Love"); and Carrie & Francine by 17-year-old Ruby Spiegel, directed by Laura Barnett.
George Xenos will provide scenic design, with costume design by Michael Bevins and lighting design by Greg MacPherson.
Summer Shorts returns for another summer of new American one-acts featuring original plays by the country's top playwrights. Representing some of today's best writing, directing and acting talents, Summer Shorts celebrates theatre, summer and the short form. The festival's two separate series offer a diverse range of voices, styles, and subject matter. Summer Shorts 5 offers eight world premiere one-act plays, in two separate evenings. The two series will run in rotating repertory.
Throughline Artists (J.J. Kandel and John McCormack, Producing Directors) is committed to preserving the traditions of the theater for the next generation by providing opportunities for established professionals to work with and pass on knowledge to emerging artists.