Friday, May 27 - Sunday, June 5
A Celebration of LGBT Theater
Jersey Shore Art Center
66 South Main Street, Ocean Grove
3rd Floor Theater
Tickets: $15/$10/Students & senior citizens
Three programs of varied, cutting edge one-act plays
created by playwrights from
across the United States
Presented by La Strada Ensemble Theater
Friday, May 27 @8pm, Saturday, May 28 @2pm,
Saturday, June 4 @5pm and Sunday, June 5 @1pm.
Ange & Tone by artistic director and local NJ Toms River
resident A.J. Ciccotell tells the story of two young men –
one out of the closet and one deep inside it. A coming of
age tale about battling the storm in and out of your
childhood bedroom and learning to say goodbye to it.
Grilled Cheese With Martin by local NJ Toms River resident
and founding member Dennis Gribben: Gwen invites her
incredibly cute classmate Martin over for some grilled
cheese and romance and find out they are attracted to the
same sex. What are classmates to do?
The Road by internationally renowned New York State
resident playwright Edwin Sanchez. Set in the 1990s,
a son battling AIDS leaves his parents and writes scathing letters to
his parents with no return address while embarking on a cross country
adventure to an unforeseen future; his parents retaliates by
writing their own heart wrenching letters in hopes that
one day he will read them.
Saturday, May 28 @8pm, Sunday, May 29 @1pm,
Friday, June 3 @5pm and Saturday, June 4 @2pm.
Eulo-Veme by local NJ Brick resident Clarissa Shirley follows the exploits
of a young woman who attends her grandmother’s funeral with her
straight crush. How will things play out when confronting the
truth of your desires?
Will your best friend accept you even though they are the object of your desire?
Homochondria by local NJ Glen Rock resident Brad Baron: the grandson of
opera legend Beverly Sills is cursed by a fan of another opera legend to find
that spirits do exist and curses come to fruition in this hilarious comedy.
Can he and his partner fight the conflicted spirits that come to haunt him?
In Another Part of the City by internationally renowned playwright
Edward Gallardo: The year is 1970 and David is planning a party.
On the guest list is George, a queenie closeted gay man who
is married with children, and Peter, who takes his anger and
rage against gay men in a reaction to having to sleep with them for money.
Saturday, May 28 @5pm, Sunday, May 29 @4pm,
Saturday, June 4 @8pm and Sunday, June 5 @4pm.
Hammer and The Sea Nymph by local Neptune resident and founding
member Doug Bollinger: Two lesbians don’t like how they are depicted
in a comic book so they strike a deal. Two lesbian superheroes might
get justice from their creator.
Anecdote by local Holmdel resident Mike Sockol: A simple dinner party is
turned on its head when two young women discover their parents
were more ‘with it’ than they could ever be. Secrets and the truth are
revealed in this provocative comedy.
Decisions, Decisions by Chicago resident and founding member
Gerry Ringwald follows two couples: one gay and one lesbian who are
backing up different political factions in this scathing and hilarious satire.
Being LGBT has nothing to do with how you vote, or does it?
Bubble by local NJ Somerset resident and founding member
Jennifer L. DiOrio: Troubled by the expulsion of a polyp, a married
lesbian couple retreats into the healing world of their meditation
bubble to find joy and connection. Will the outside world
intrude upon their mindfulness day?
Father, Forgive Me… by local NJ Toms River resident and founding
member Dennis Gribben is a one man monologue where a
“pray away the gay” survivor has to make the decision to
cut off ties with his homophobic father in the wake of adopting
a child with his partner.
The Playground by artistic director and local NJ Toms River resident
A.J. Ciccotelli: A broken down childhood playground
is the setting for healing, faith, and the belief in magic.
A married couple discovers who they used to be, a young
woman discovers who she really is, and a dying old man discovers
he can have all his heart desires.
With Kylee Bell, Evan Black, Doug Bollinger, JoyAnn Chanik, Daniel Chase, A.J. Ciccotelli, Casey Conner, Darin Frank Earl II, Brianna Ellison, Angela Fragale, Ashley Friedman, Dennis Gribben, Bethany Harding, Bailey Henderson, Donna Knowlton, Erica Beverly Kostyz, Deana Loria, Kathryn Milewski, Julie Murtha, Sam Pelissero, Franklin Ricart, Alexa Spinowitz and Jakob Walsh
The plays are directed by Evan Black, Doug Bollinger, Donna Knowlton, Christine Pullen, Franklin Ricart, Veda Rouze and Jakob Walsh.
Media Contact: Thomas Ryan Ward