OBERON THEATRE ENSEMBLE

The Oberon Theatre Ensemble is an active player in New York’s independent theatre community. Now in our 14th season, we combine classic, contemporary, and new works in repertory. We believe in the joy of a well told story, the connection offered by a supportive community, and the magic of the theatre. More


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Last Season
Oberon presented a world premiere of:

ORDER

by Christopher Boal

"priceless...hilariously played" NY Times

&

OTHELLO

"a quality production" "poetic staging"



At the Midtown International Festival, Oberon presented:

by Duncan Pflaster

Nominated for 11 Awards

Congratulations to All the Participants of Oberon Originals Reading Series

 



 


 

Monday, March 24 at 7pm for a reading of

THE GIANT

by Christopher Boal

Directed by Mark Karafin

 

With: Jane Cortney*, Brad Fryman*, Warren Katz*, Lee Lawson*, Ryan Tramont*, and Jesse Wildman*  

STAGE DIRECTIONS by Chris McFarland

Christopher Stetson Boal is a playwright and screenwriter. Off Broadway: Order (Oberon), 23 Knives (Resonance), Crazy for the Dog, Johnathan's Blaze (Summer Shorts). Off-Off: The Continuing Adventures of Dick Danger, Bad Guys Don't Know Dick,  A Hope for this World, Waiting for the Two. Recently he wrote Caesar and The Vanguard for Warner Bros,  Ghost Brigade for Paramount, Circus Maximus for Starz Network. He's currently writing Zorro for Sony pictures.  Proud member of Oberon and Resonance Ensemble.

At Guild Hall 1 E. 29th St. b/w Fifth and Madison Ave

SEATING IS LIMITED

RSVP at 212-685-2927 or Matt@actorsguild.org

Reading is FREE

Suggested donation is $10 for members and $15/non members

Please make a reservation. This event is brought to us by EAG and Oberon Theatre

 

Man in the Moon

written and directed by Mark Karafin

Thursday, March 20 at 7:00pm

Two young men kidnap an older man in his garage. He is there for a reason. What that reason is, is for him to discover. His fate has been determined. Only the truth shall set him free. This is a story about redemption, justice, and the choices we make at whatever the cost. The place is here. The time is now.

With:
Christian Daly*, Shane Andreis*, Rachel Napoleon, Brad Fryman*

Stage Directions - Chris McFarland

Thursday, March 20 at 7pm

 


EVERYBODY DIES by Molly Rydzel

Directed by Krysta Hibbard

Monday, March 10 at 7:00pm

 

Inspired by a story from Chuck Palahniuk, (author of Fight Club) as well as a generation of science fiction and B-movies. Everybody Dies takes place in a time when Charlton Heston rules and a worldwide suicide pact reaches its climax. Three sexy college kids face a decision—revolution, or die. 

With: Alec Shaw*, Dianna Barger*, Kiley McDonald, Christian Daly*, Trevor Vaughn, Candice Palladino, Greer Gisy, Jesse Wildman*, and  J.J. Kandel*

 

PLAYWRIGHT: Molly Rydzel

Molly Rydzel is a Brooklyn based writer who specializes in composing thrillers and speculative fiction for the stage. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but has been a proud NYC resident for the past decade. She holds a BFA in Theater with a minor in literature from The New School. Molly is responsible for the plays 'Certifiable'(FringeNYC 2013), 'How To Be Sexy' (Looking Glass Theatre), 'Cell #6' (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), and 'Erotomania' (MITF). She also penned the feminist web series 'The Dead Walk in Brooklyn'. She has had short stories published by Fiction365, Chrome Baby, and Short Fast and Deadly. On her days off from the theater revolution, Molly is Wine Director for a SoHo hotspot.

 

DIRECTOR: Krysta Hibbard

Krysta Hibbard is acting COO of Silver Tower Productions, producing and developing original theatre in New York City as well as concerts and musical events. Krysta is also the project manager on two upcoming musicals, 'Boys Vs. Girls' and 'Whiskeyland'. Krysta's latest projects include Syndee Winters in 'Let Me Love You: A Concert Dedicated to Lena Horne' at The Cutting Room and 'Boys Vs. Girls' showcase this March.

 

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CONTRAPASSO

by Sarah Ann Lawrence
Directed by Todd Conner

With:
Laura Siner
Spend the evening at El Nuevo Manhattan, the hottest cantina in Tijuana. Meet Pedro, the helpful bartender and The Woman, our obliging hostess. Learn about her chilling fall from grace as wife, mother and respected attorney in New York. From her table in the Nuevo Manhattan, she completes her confessional. Her goal? To find a suitable partner to join her in a whirlwind tour of Tijuana’s tangled streets vaguely reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno. Will you be chosen? She invites you to confess, to repent, and perhaps find absolution.

THE TRAGEDY OF DANDELION

by Duncan Pflaster
Directed by Nate Terracio

With:
Cotton Wright, Mary Sheridan, Jane Cortney, Susan Wallack, Nihara Nichelle, Leah Dietrich, Dianna Martin
The Princess Dandelion dresses as a boy in order to escape her rapist and would-be husband, along the way falling in love with another princess, and traveling through her society, meeting nuns, soldiers, and clowns, and all the time her pregnancy continues, the impending birth complicating everything. Written entirely in iambic pentameter, and full of Shakespearean tropes and double entendres, The Tragedy of Dandelion is written for an all-female cast.

SERPENT'S TOOTH

by Steven Fechter
with: DIANNA MARTIN, JANE CORTNEY, DANA SNYDER, MAC BRYDON, STEWART WALKER, and BRAD FRYMAN

Three married couples with teen-aged children arrive at a cabin in the Canadian wilderness for their vacation. Bad stuff happens.

ALL ALICES

by Penny Jackson
Directed by Diánna Martin
With: Laura Bozzone, Leah Dietrich, Mary Sheridan, Christine Verleny, Robert Shryock, Gabe Bettio, Stewart Walker, Walter Brandes, Anthony Russo Jessica, a teenager working as an Alice at The White Queen restaurant, may lose her identity and even her sanity in a theme park devoted to Alice in Wonderland. Is Wonderland a place of fantasy and fun, or a darker place, on the wrong side of the looking glass, where all is illusion and danger?


The Evening of two short plays

Look Away Life

by Heather Dilly Sale Directed by Alex Dinelaris
with:
James Rees and Casandera Lollar
and

The Pretentious Young Ladies

by Moliere Directed by Nate Terracio
with:
Zak
Risinger*, Walter Brandes*, David Arthur Bachrach*, Mac Brydon*,
Alexander Stine, Brian Linden*, MAry Sheridan*, Vaishnavi Sharma,
Christine Verleny


*THEY HAVE OAK TREES IN NORTH CAROLINA *

by Sarah Wooley Directed by Brad Fryman With: Lisa Bostnar*, Steve Brady*, and Mac Brydon*
1985; Ray and Eileen's 5 year old son vanishes. 22 years later a good looking American arrives in their small English village claiming to be their boy.


THE WHISPERS OF SAINTS

by Mark Scharf Directed by Walter Brandes

With: Karen Sternberg*, Anne Fizzard*, and Michael Wetherbee


FRONTIER

by Robin Rice Lichtig

directed by Diánna Martin
Featuring:
Walter Brandes*, Brad Fryman*, Nancy Georgini*, Mary Sheridan*, and Stewart Walker*.


Some past readings from Fall 2011


An Ignorant Man

by Richard Manley

directed by Don Harvey

with Dyanne Court, Simon Feil, Jacqueline Kroschell, Gabe Bettio, Mary Sheridan, John Edward Kelley

"An Ignorant Man" is a literate comedy. On the surface, it celebrates word play and the notion that even the intolerant need love. On a deeper level, however, it challenges the audience to think about the difference between mere conversation and true communication: the idea that language, when used by those who respect its potential, can be a force to inspire, provoke, and enchant.


The Empress of Sex

by Duncan Pflaster

directed by Joan Kane with: Walter Brandes, Clara Barton Green,
Eric C. Bailey, Simon Feil, Jessica Vera, Zak Risinger, Eric Percival, Jeanine Bartel, Nicholas Santasier, Viet Vo, Laura Siner, William Allgood, Doug Rossi, Colin Chapin, Christine Seisler, Amada Anderson, Veronica Figueroa, Elaine Marlowe
A woman, spurned in love, finds a deserted island and sets herself up as The Empress Salacia, decreeing that there shall be no love allowed in her domain, only sex. She gathers some sybaritic acolytes, and all is frolicsome mindless fun until Salacia's ex-lover Agis comes to the island in disguise, to attempt to win her back.


Samaritan

by Lisa del Russo

directed by Kathy Curtiss

with: *Mac Brydon, *Joy Farmer Clary, *Jane Courtney, *Brad Fryman, , *John Keating, Eileen Lacy, *Laoisa Sexton

"Samaritan" is a drama set in 1980's London which explores the challenges of human intimacy and coping with life's vicissitudes. The well-meaning volunteers who answer troubled, lonely, and suicidal calls 24/7 are themselves in need of guidance and support. We're all desperately seeking real connections.


Home Fires Burning

by Chris Ceraso

directed by Dianna Martin

with: *Brad Fryman, *Laura Siner, Christine Verleny, Michael Wetherbee

A West Virginia coal miner hopes to have a second chance at life and love, but when his wayward son returns in the wake of his parents' divorce hellbent on saving his family, four lives are pushed to the edge. A play about tolerance, intolerance, love and hate in today's American heartland.

Reading in April '09

Spring 2011 Readings


Fun and Games 

by Joshua H. Cohen

Directed by Walter Brandes


Gregor Mendel

by KJ Crane

Directed by Gillian Riley
A brilliant monk, Gregor Mendel, acknowledged today as the Father of Genetics, challenges the narrow-minded, Darwin-infatuated scientific community of 19th Century Europe. Like his predecessor, Galileo, he single-handedly battles the encroachment of the State, and the intrigues, politics, and betrayals within his own monastery.


Underneath

 

by Rob Smith

Directed by Noah Himmelstein
Macie survived cancer at an early age with the support of her new husband, but when it returns a few years later, she desires one final wish. . . a one-night stand with a former lover. Is it an act of betrayal or an act of love?


The Giant

by Chris Boal

Director Mark Karafin
Christopher Boal's biting new comedy, the 2nd in the NY Trilogy, explores the wages of money, fame, family values and pets, as a fully dysfunctional theatrical family gather for a Christmas holiday meal