Ophelia’s New Playwrights Festival

Organized by Nelson Diaz-Marcano

9/15-10/04, 2015

Ophelia’s New Playwrights Festival is our first one-act play competition in Astoria, NY! In an effort to bring more art to our incredible community, we are launching this opportunity. Five Plays will be selected to be performed two times.

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Mary’s Little Monster

Written Thomas Kee

Directed by Samuel Adams

10/23-11/08, 2015

A new play, set in 1816, the year without summer, at the home of Lord Byron, where the poet is joined by an intimate circle consisting of Percy Shelley, his wife Mary Shelley, her sister Claire, and Byron’s personal doctor. During their confinement in this Swiss mansion, the characters’ massive emotions and intellects collide to produce legendary poetry, literature, conflict, catharsis, and discovery.

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Almost, Maine

by John Cariani

directed by Eric Ruiter

12/11-12/20, 2015

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

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The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Daniel Roberts

2/26-3/13, 2016

Tempted by spirits, teased by sprites, and tormented by a monster, a shipwrecked king and his party face the wrath of the betrayed conjurer, Prospero – a man they marooned on the enchanted island years ago. But revenge yields to redemption in William Shakespeare’s final glorious gift to the world. Along the magically tempestuous journey, passions are unleashed, villainy is thwarted and a family is reunited in a comic and cathartic tale of romance and renewal.

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The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov

Adapted by Sarah Victoria Bennett

Directed by John Robert Hoffman

4/29-5/15, 2016

A successful actress visits her brother’s isolated estate far from the city, throwing the frustrated residents unfulfilled ambitions into sharp relief. As her son attempts to impress with a self-penned play, putting much more than his pride at stake, others dream of fame, love and the ability to change their past.