Published on March 8, 2018 | Broadway World | Written by BWW News Desk
Sundog Theatre is proud to announce the six plays and creative team for Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2018, to be presented April 14-22 at New Dorp Moravian Church Theatre.
Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry is Sundog Theatre’s signature presentation of new, original, one-act plays about our favorite boats that take us from Staten Island to Manhattan and back – the Staten Island Ferries. This year’s edition of Scenes, playwrights were asked to pen a one-act play that incorporates a science fiction and/or supernatural element theme on the Ferry.
“This year’s set of scenes are a collection of fascinating perspectives on the supernatural, whether it has to do with covert aliens, time travel, or other “unexplainable” phenomena,” said Executive Director Susan Fenley. “The stories are quite thought provoking–and some are extremely funny. Audiences of all ages will be able to appreciate these six plays by very talented writers. ”
Directors for this year’s edition of Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry are Barbara Brandt, Joseph Daly, Karen O’Donnell, Paul Smith, Lisa Tinglum, and Ken Tirado. Scenes is designed by Stephen Fehr (set and lighting). Marisa Monte is Production Stage Manager.
Sundog Theatre’s Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2018 winning selections:
Jersey Beef by Andrew Heinrich, directed by Joseph Daly.
Butch and Ringo, two extraterrestrial scouts, debate the ethics of the coming colonization of the Earth at the hands of their alien armada.
Rough Sailing by Jenny Mead, directed by Barbara Brandt.
Something’s afoot, or rather, at sea, when a couple saves an important decision for a brief ferry ride. They get more than they bargained for.
Second Chances by Frank Logan, directed by Ken Tirado.
While traveling on the Staten Island Ferry, a young budding scientist meets an old man. They begin talking and the young man eventually realizes just how important it is to follow your heart.
The Last Passenger by David Vazdauskas, directed by Paul Guest Smith.
Set in a future where computers and Artificial Intelligence are rapidly replacing humans and jobs, Sam finds himself the lone passenger on the Ferry, seeking human contact.
The Time Traveler’s Daughter by Ariana Nicoletta, directed by Lisa Tinglum.
Staten Islander Ariana Nicoletta’s play The Time Traveler’s Daughter is about a father-daughter relationship that discusses the importance and hardships of love, and how time can affect that love.
Very, Very Ferry Lost by Linda L. Rand, directed by Karen O’Donnell.
Two alien beings are lost and crash onto the Ferry. They stumble upon a despondent human who thinks they are from a sci-fi convention and are pranking her. They attempt to understand and help each other.
To date, Sundog has presented 90 original one-acts in the popular Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry. Produced plays have come from Staten Islanders (including Justin Ambrosino, Fay Corinotis, Joseph Daly, Helene Montagna, Eric Petillo, Linda Nieves Powell, and Mike Veasey), around the country, and submissions have arrived from playwrights in Europe, Asia and Australia. Several of these plays have been published and have gone on to be produced elsewhere.
Performances of Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry 2018 are Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm at New Dorp Moravian Church Theatre, 2205 Richmond Road. Tickets ($18, $20) on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit Sundog Theatre, or www.sundogtheatre.org or purchase at the door.
NEXT at SUNDOG…Auditions for the adorable, bouncing musical, Baby, on Tuesday April 17 from 7:00-10:00pm in the Learning Center at Snug Harbor. The production is directed by Tina Barone (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).
Formed in 2002, Sundog Theatre has been presenting original and contemporary theatre for 16 years. The arts company is unique on Staten Island in that it also presents in-school arts programming rooted in theatre, visual arts, dance, music, and literacy. Programs are offered to students in kindergarten through high school in New York City’s public and private schools as well as community-based organizations. In addition, Sundog Theatre offers acting classes year-round for children ages 6 to 14, and it tours productions throughout the year.
Among the thought-provoking theatre the company has staged are favorites like The Fantasticks, Roar of the Greasepaint…, Waiting for Godot, Charlotte’s Web, and A Christmas Carol. Its original productions have included My Mariners, about retired sailors at Snug Harbor on Staten Island; Once Upon a Mime, an original, full-length show without words; If You Could See: The Alice Austen Story, about Staten Island’s pioneering female photographer;Meucci’s Message, about Staten Islander Antonio Meucci’s invention of the telephone, and Sundog’s signature series — its annual Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry. For more information, visit www.SundogTheatre.org or call 718-816-5453.