Plays

2nd Annual Festival of Shorts – Stigma

Festival of Shorts- Stigma

Poster Design by: Deedee Clohessy Knutsen 

Inclusive Theater of WNY 2nd Annual Festival of Shorts – Theme: Stigma

  • Friday November 8 – 7pm
  • Saturday, November 9 – 7pm
  • Sunday, November 10 – 2pm
  • Friday November 15 – 7pm
  • Saturday, November 16 – 7pm
  • Sunday, November 17 – 2pm

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These plays are intense, they involve suicide, PTSD, drug addiction, gun violence, eating disorders, mental illness, & physical disabilities.

We are so incredibly thankful to have an empathetic, talented cast of actors and directors working together to bring these important stories to the stage. We hope you’ll join us.

The plays and writers (in alphabetical order by title) are:
 
* Anything is Probable (When you make up the rules) by Michael Fanelli, directed by Aimee Levesque, performances by Dallas Taylor and Nigel Nige.
 
* Food For Thought by Cameron Markott directed by Mario Brown, performances by Quentin Gray,Stacy Kowal & Imani Sky Mesiah-Skinner 
 
* Headspace by Quentin Gray & Chris Sposito directed by Dallas Taylor, performances by Erin Bellavia, Quentin Gray, Stacy Kowal, Cat Kwiatkowski & Kim Queenie Robinson 
 
* Page Two by Dave Goddard directed by Aimee Levesque, performances by Erin Bellavia, Dave Goddard, Quentin Gray, Kim Queenie Robinson & Nigel Nige.
 
* The Gun in the Room by Katherine Parker directed by Aimee Levesque, performances by Erin Bellavia, Heather Benson, Cat Kwiatkowski, Jessica Levesque & Penny Striker
 
* The Only Easy Day was Yesterday by Matt Boyle directed by Jennifer L.S. Weber, performances by Dave Goddard & Cat Kwiatkowski
 
* The Opioid Zodiac by Justin Karcher, directed by Aimee Levesque, performances by entire cast.
 
First table reading for An Evening of Shorts
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Five Days and Counting….

It seemed as if opening day was so far off when we started this Shakespearean adventure, but alas, we are a mere FIVE days from our Thursday soft opening. We are offering our dress rehearsal as a ‘pay what you can’ night for those who are adventurous enough to play the role of audience at Thursday evening’s performance.

Because we are an inclusive theater company we offer extended rehearsals so those cast members who have the talent but need that extended time to get comfortable in their roles can have that. And so we have been rehearsing since June.

Our cast members who don’t require as much rehearsal time have generously and magnanimously rehearsed right alongside their peers with a level of enthusiasm that has demonstrated to us both their love of theatre and their support of our mission. Truly, this is an exceptional group of human beings and we have relished every single minute of our time with them.

These photos taken during recent rehearsals give you just a hint of the powerful performances you will experience during this show. It is a comedy, however, and this cast takes that aspect to the absolute limit. As the temperatures have risen, so has the need for comic relief and we’ve incorporated some of that into the play.

SO, if you think you’ve seen “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” before, well…you haven’t seen this one!

Where: The Foundry 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo When: July 25-28 All performances at 7pm. For tickets click here.

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Cast

Cast Spotlight: Cory McLean

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We are so blessed to have Cory McLean cast in the role of Lysander. He was born in the Southern Tier but lived in Detroit during his teens. He tells us he has only recently become involved with the theater but we never would have guessed! He’s performed as Willum Cubbert in The Nerd and in various interactive dinner shows. Cory is a versatile and creative actor who truly embodies his character, rarely breaking out of character during rehearsals. He also has a fantastic sense of humor. When reading for a female cast member who had to miss a rehearsal, he did so in falsetto, to the great surprise and amusement of us all. Later he ramped up the camp by donning a yellow yarn wig. Cory remarks in his playbill bio that he “is excited for the opportunity to perform Shakespeare on stage for the first time”, but it seems to us he’s been doing it his whole life! He is very talented and keeps adding new dimensions to his portrayal of Lysander.

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

 

Cast

Cast Spotlight: Russell Holt

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This is Russell’s first play with Inclusive Theater of WNY, Russell, who plays Theseus, is an actor from Lackawanna, NY. He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2014. In May 2018 he performed in Lit401: A School Shooting in One Act (C) at the Shea’s Smith Theatre which was his first professional level show in Buffalo. Later in his first musical The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble) with Rocking Horse Productions at the Lancaster Opera House in October 2018, followed by his first lead role in the film Hate Crime (Malcolm McLeod) a SkoVu Tv original in November 2018. He appeared in A.R.T of WNY’s production of Our Town (George Gibbs) in January 2019. In May 2019 Russell appeared on stage at the Kenan Center in the play ART (Marc). Russell volunteers for the theatre department (W.O.B Players) at his high school LHS and has participated in some productions since graduating. Russell is a talented actor who plays Theseus with a regal, commanding demeanor. From Russell’s playbill bio: “Special Thanks goes to God for the ability to  perform in this production. Also thanks to Inclusive Theatre for considering me for this opportunity and the support from my family and friends.”

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

Cast

Cast Spotlight: Jennelle Torrey

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We are so happy to have Jennelle in the role of Moth. Jennelle played several roles in ITOWNY’s Festival of Shorts last April and we are thrilled she auditioned for a role in our current production. Jennelle has a great sense of humor and is just fun to be around.

She is a wife, mother, virtual assistant, curriculum developer, technology trainer, actor, and accessibility advocate. To Jennelle, Inclusive means that everyone no matter who you are has access to be included in all areas of life, there should be no exceptions. And we agree wholeheartedly!

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th at 7pm Where: The Foundry, 298 Northampton Street, Buffalo, NY

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets