• Monday, November 7, 2011 at 8:00pm

Language: English

Location: 64 East 4th Street, NY NY 10003


New York Madness is a raw and unpredictable show of short plays by an ensemble of emerging playwrights. Each night has a Theme which is decided on by the Guest Artistic Producing Playwright. The Theme is given out a week before the event and then the collective works by all the writers in an evening kaleidoscope that cultural moment. It is a snapshot of a particular time, reflected in an immediate way, from our unique perspective. Not only is Madness for emerging writers to have the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with a live audience, but it is a forum for all writers to explore the boundaries of modern theater.

The primary goal of Madness is the development of modern American playwriting, within a structured exploration, advancing the mode of storytelling in theater for the writers who are at the bottom of the totem pole. We get by with a little help from our friends, as our Guest Artistic Producing Playwrights lend their time and talent to support our mission.

New York Madness is affiliated with The Unit, Minneapolis Madness at the Playwrights Center.

About the Playwrights:

J. Holtham’s (Guest Artistic Producing Playwright) plays include: January 2nd, Creative Writing, Lovers to Bed, 11th Hour, Race Music, Household Name, Splendid, and Daylight Savings (What Happens Now). His work has been seen and developed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (Posterity, Thicker Than Water 2001), BE Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Magic Theatre (San Francisco), Clubbed Thumb, the Vital Theatre, New Dramatists, Broken Watch Theater Company, the 24Seven Lab and others. His play, Manifesto, was commissioned by Time Warner and Second Stage Theatre. Several of his plays are published by Playscripts, Inc. He has worked as a teaching artist for TDF, Vital Theatre, and MCC. He writes the theatre and culture blog, 99 Seats ( He is a member of E.S.T. and an alumnus of Youngblood. M.F.A.: The Actors Studio Drama School/New School for Social Research. He is a proud product of the New York and New Jersey public education systems. He lives in New York City.
Micheline Auger (Playwright). Micheline's first play POOP - A True Story won an Audience Favorite Award in the 2003 NY Fringe Festival and she has been a finalist for Juilliard's Playwriting program in 2004 and 2006 for her first and second plays. She was a finalist for the 2008 Public Theater’s Emerging Artist Writers Group with her submission of her third full-length play, American River. Her play, The Bogeyman, commissioned by Riot Act Theatre Co., recently premiered at Sugarspace in Salt Lake City. Her short plays have been produced regionally. One such play, Dick, is being produced as a short film aimed for the festival circuit.
Eddie Cardona Jr. (Founding Playwright) is currently working on a play (La Ruta) commissioned by the Working Theater, New York City. Last season he was an Artistic Associate for the Working Theater’s 25th Anniversary Season, which produced American Jornalero, a 1st Stage Production, New York City. Ed received his M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University.
Ryan Dowler (Founding Playwright) is the author of the plays, Spitz/her, The Atheist’s Guide to Sex, and The Gratifications. His short play, Mammals, was named the best ten-minute play in America by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival before touring the U.S. and the UK in 2007. Ryan’s work has been performed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Hunger Artists Theater, Hyde Park Theatre, DC Source, Cherry Lane Theater, Main Street Stage, and the Kennedy Center in Washington. He is a member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Molly Hagan (Founding Playwright) plays include The Swing of the Sea, a brief theory of the cosmos, and Spaceships and things that look like them. Her work has been published by the Northwest Playwrights Alliance and has been performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Ohio University where she received her BFA in Playwriting.
Judith Leora (Founding Playwright) Full length plays: broken, The Cookie Fight, Monkey-hearts and Bottomfeeders. Recent one-acts: Burrito, Class of ’88, Warming the Bench, and Quickie Date. Gate B23 (NYC Fringe 2010) – asst. director. Inaugural member of 15th Floor Writers Collective and New York Madness.
Charlotte Miller (Playwright) Plays include Raising Jo, Fur, Joan's Boutique, The Magic Club, and Booger. She has participated in Playpenn 2010, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Playjam and F@#$ing Good Plays festival and she was also a guest artist at Labyrinth Theater Company's intensive ensemble 2009. She is one of RPR's Cino night playwrights December 2011.
Mel Nieves (Playwright). A member of the award winning LAByrinth Theatre Company under the artistic direction of Stephen Adly Guirgis, Yul Vazquez and Mimi O'Donnell. He is a graduate of the William Esper Studios. Most recently appeared in Mando Alvarado's Sangre as part of City Parks Foundation's Summer Stage and the feature film The Children of Hip Hop, written and directed by Antonio Dela Cruz. He has performed with INTAR, Public Theater, Theatre For A New City, Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Ridiculous Theatrical Company under the artistic direction of Everett Quinton. As a playwright his work has been presented by the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival (2005-2006), Repertorio Espanol (2006-2007), LAByrinth Theatre Company’s Summer Intensive Workshops at both The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (2001-2003) & Bennington College (2005-2007) and Bard College (2009-2011). His play Tours Of Duty was co-winner for the best short play award at the 2005 Downtown Urban theatre Festival. In 2006 he received the Brooklyn Arts Council’s NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Award for his theatre project Voices from the Front. His play Midnight Mass was a third place winner for the 2006 Metlife Foundation/Repertorio Espanol "Nuestra Voces" National Playwrights Competition. As a director/teaching-artist he has worked with LAByrinth Theatre Company's Master Class Workshop, Developing Artist Theatre Company's Rebel Verses Festival, Theatre for a New Audience,. Arts Connection, LEAP and the Brooklyn Arts Council.
Jeffrey Pfeiffer (Playwright) holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Film-Drama from Syracuse University, and a Masters of Fine Art in Dramatic Writing from NYU. His play The Battle of Spanktown was part of the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival.
Lisa Ramirez (Founding Playwright) is an award-winning actor and playwright. Her solo show, Exit Cuckoo (nanny in motherland) was presented Off Broadway by the Working Theater (Directed by Colman Domingo). Other writing credits include; Art of Memory, a dance theatre piece that was presented by Company SoGoNo at 3-Legged Dog in New York. (Conceived and directed by Tanya Calamoneri); Invisible Women-Rise, a collaboration with the Foundry Theatre and Domestic Workers United. Ten domestic workers performed at the historic Riverside Church in New York (Lisa Ramirez directed); To the Bone, a new play that was commissioned by the Working Theater about the mostly Latina/immigrant women who live and work up in Sullivan County, New York’s poultry plants. To The Bone was a 2011 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist and a 2011 Smith Prize Finalist. Currently, Lisa is one of four playwrights in residency at INTAR’s Maria Irene Fornés Hispanic Playwrights in Residency Lab and is writing a new play called All Fall Down.


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