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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Only $15!

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
Plays

Call for Western New York Playwrights!

Inclusive Theater of WNY (ITOWNY) IS LOOKING FOR IMAGINATIVE, GENRE-DEFYING, GROUNDBREAKING, SOUL-SHAKING, STEREO-TYPE SHATTERING, TRANSFORMATIVE, AND ENLIGHTENING NEW PLAYS FROM WESTERN NEW YORK-BASED PLAYWRIGHTS FOR ITOWNY’S ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF SHORTS! THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL IS “STIGMA.”

PLEASE SEND SCRIPTS (NO LONGER THAN 15 MINUTES), RESUME/CV, AND CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS TO INCLUSIVETHEATEROFWNY@GMAIL.COM BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2019.

-NO ADAPTATIONS OR CHILDREN’S PLAYS.
-LENGTH: 15-MINUTES MAXIMUM. NO MINIMUM.
-SETTINGS SHOULD BE SIMPLE OR SUGGESTED.
-PLAYWRIGHTS MAY MAKE MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS. (THESE NEED NOT BE MADE UNDER SEPARATE COVER.)

SELECTED PLAYS WILL BE PRESENTED FOR THREE (3) PERFORMANCES.

PLAYWRIGHTS OF SELECTED PLAYS WILL RECEIVE A $50 STIPEND.

PLAYWRIGHTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND ANY REHEARSALS OR PERFORMANCES. ITOWNY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL ELEMENTS OF PRODUCTION; PLAYWRIGHTS INCUR NO EXPENSES. ITOWNY RETAINS NO FUTURE PRODUCTION RIGHTS.

FINAL SELECTION OF PLAYS WILL BE IN MID-SEPTEMBER 2019.

Cast

MEET THE LOVERS: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

MEET THE LOVERS!
Click on names for individual bios!
Cory McLean as Lysander
Summer Harris as Helena
Justin A. Chortie as Demetrius

Inclusive Theater of WNY (ITOWNY), in collaboration with The Foundry, is proud to announce our inaugural Shakespearean event – Shakespeare in the Parking Lot “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” along side an adapted Shakespearean Short by D.G. for good measure! (It’s not really in the parking lot, but in a covered, semi-outdoor space at The Foundry on Northampton Street in Buffalo.)

July 25-28, 2019

All performances begin at 7pm.

Ticket Information: Brown Paper Tickets
Cast

Director Spotlight: Aimee Levesque

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Aimee has served on the Boards of Buffalo Theatre Alliance (TABS) and Ujima Theatre. She holds Masters Degrees in English Literature and Library Science and is an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College. In December 2018, Aimée received her Doctorate in Curriculum Design and the Science of Learning from University at Buffalo. She also recently received (5/2019) the Arts Services Initiative’s (ASI) Rising Star Award! Aimee’s daughter Jessica, a talented actress and a woman on the autism spectrum, is one of the inspirations for Inclusive Theater of WNY.

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

 

 

 

 

Cast

Director Spotlight: Marilyn Erentsen-Scott

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Marilyn retired from the stage after a well received performance in 7th grade and only returned some 50 years later, appearing in a play (The Process in 2014) with Jessica Levesque. Marilyn and her husband of 38 years, Steve, moved to Buffalo from L.I. almost five years ago. They have one son, Anthony, and a 2 year old Golden Retriever named Penny, who is the official mascot of Inclusive Theater of WNY. A former Registered Nurse, Marilyn received her BA in Sociology from Adelphi University in 1998 and has worked for more than 25 years as an advocate for full inclusion for people with disabilities.

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

 

Cast

Director Spotlight: Dallas Taylor

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Dallas is no stranger to Inclusive Theater of WNY. He was a participant in ITOWNY’s “My Story” and “A Festival of Shorts,” and a crew member for the production “And Where Will You Put The Things You Save.”

Taylor is a content associate for WNED | WBFO and a youth coach-mentor for Algonquin Sports for Kids. When not working, you may randomly find him taking pictures.

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

For tickets: Brown Paper Tickets