Halloween Short Play Fest

Producer's Note

New Wave Theater Collective is a contemporary theater company dedicated to keeping theater fresh, and providing opportunities to showcase the work of New York City’s playwright community. Our 2018 Halloween Short Play Festival is a true mixing of the mediums, combining both visual and performance art into one epic event. Writers were given four spooky illustrations by artist Peter Anthony Stults, and asked to write a short play inspired by the image.  The results range from shocking and terrifying to gut-bustingly funny. We are so thrilled to have such a talented team of writers, directors, actors, and visual artists on board to make this event a reality! Thanks for joining us! We hope you have a great time, and please be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming readings!

Jenny and Sarah
Co-founders New Wave Theater Collective


Andrew Baldwin
Moira O'Sullivan
Julia Johanos
Jay McGill
Alex Temple Ward
Adam Toback
Collin Kessler
Alyssa Magarian
Talley Beth Gale
Connor Lawrence
Malka Wallick
Molly Dunsmure
Elizabeth Pryce Davies
Emily Nash
Al Patrick Jo

Lights and Tech:
Wes Richter
Natalie Avery

Special Thanks:
Normal Ave Theater Company
DJ Lunatic
Peter Stults


Peter Stult, Artist

Born on a hot June morning in 1982, Peter Stults came into this world with the buried talents of both the fine arts and the digital. These secret powers would unearth themselves over time. Today, he is a New Yorker (having spent 29 years in California) who takes design seriously but yet has complete fun with it. You can see his collection of graphic art and illustrations at behance.net/peterstults.

Adam Toback Playwright – “2 Bed/1 Bath”

Adam is Jewish. He acts in and writes/produces short films and original content for the internet (not porn, but not quite Netflix either). He served as a Staff Writer and Actor on the Digital Series, "The Age of Insecurity" and "Little Italy, Los Angeles" (Adaptive Studios). His Short Documentary about his father, "Harv," won the 2017 Greenwich Village Film Festival. The film also launched the Harv Toback Fund for the Arts, which raises money for Art Therapy Programs for Hospitals and Medical Facilities: www.harvtobackfund.org. Most recently, his Short Film, "Adam Adamson: Licensed Realtor" (C Minus Productions) made its World Premiere at the IFC Center. Adam currently lives with himself in New York City. (Instagram: @RentallyUnstable)

Maggie Wilson Playwright - “Instagram Ready”

Maggie Wilson is a playwright from California living in Brooklyn. Her short plays have been performed in the San Francisco Bay Area at The Marsh’s Monday Night Marsh and 3Girls Theatre’s New Works Festival with ReproRights! in New York at New Wave Theatre Collective, Manhattan Rep and Frigid Fest with Radio COTE. Upcoming work can be see at The Barrow Group and The Tank. Maggie currently studies playwriting at The Barrow Group and is the Marketing Director for Chautauqua Theater Company.

Amanda Murphy Playwright - "Off Script”

Amanda Murphy is a playwright, actor, director and producer who has done an inexplicable amount of standup comedy since graduating from Stony Brook University’s semi-defunct Theatre Department. If you like this play and want to see more of her work, visit her website at youupproductions.com!

Collin Kessler Playwright - “Diminishing Returns”

Collin Kessler is one of New Wave Theatre Collective’s Resident Playwrights, which is a fancy title.  It’s capitalized.  It’s important.  I’m important.  This is Collin talking, by the way.  Isn’t it weird that we type our own bios in third person as if we’re being introduced at a fancy society gala? Like, some butler is standing at the top of the stairs yelling PRESENTING, COLLIN KESSLER, HE ONCE DID LES MIZ AT A REGIONAL THEATRE.  HE HOPES THIS FACT IMPRESSES YOU.  What were we talking about?  Oh right, I’M IMPORTANT.  Thank you for reading these important words from an important man who once puked four times walking from a pre-game to a party.

Kevin Jaeger Playwright - “Cyber Beautification”

Kevin Jaeger is a playwright, lyricist, author, and cohost of the theatre podcast Broadwaysted. Kevin's work has been performed at the 2015 NYMF, the 2016 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Feinstein's/54 Below, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, the Metropolitan Room, and the 2017 Providence Fringe Festival. He's also written, edited, and produced three radio plays, the most recent being the musical parody It's A Broadwaysted Life! with composer Jason Pomerantz; the original cast album of It's A Broadwaysted Life! featuring Jeremy Jordan and James Monroe Iglehart is available on iTunes with all proceeds benefiting the charity Broadway Bound Kids. Kevin is thrilled to be working again with his friends at New Wave Theatre Collective! @JaegerKev

Alison Lowenstein Playwright - “The Opening”

Alison Lowenstein’s plays have been performed at the Abingdon Theatre, LIC One Act Festival, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture Short Play Festival, Ocean County College’s Comic Shorts, Hudson Warehouse Theater, Gi60, Teatro Moz, Rising Sun Performance Company, New Perspectives Theatre Company, The Apron Strings Project, Playlight Theatre Company’s Spotlight Series, etc. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild. In addition, her articles, essays and satire have appeared in publications and websites including The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, NY Daily News, Newsday, Lilith, Wild Blue Yonder, Time Out New York, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Hairpin, Gothamist, The Belladonna Comedy, TravelandLesiure.com, etc.You can find her at www.brooklynbaby.com or in IG at alliecatbklyn or twitter at cityweeekendsnyc

Daniella Caggiano Director – “The Opening,” “Instagram Ready,” “Cyber Beautification”

DANIELLA CAGGIANO is a freelance director and native New Yorker. She was named one of The Interval's Women to Watch in 2016 and is a former MTC Directing Fellow, the recipient of a 2018 Drama League Residency, and an alum of Labyrinth’s Ensemble Workshop and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She has directed at Joe's Pub, The Flea, Dixon Place, Ugly Rhino, WOW Cafe, Musical Theatre Factory, Merkin Concert Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, HERE, FringeNYC, and 54 Below among others. Favorite projects include Next To Normal (benefit presentation starring Tony nom. Christiane Noll), Vinegar Tom, and an original adaptation of Macbeth. She has been the Assistant or Associate Director to Leigh Silverman and Rebecca Taichman. Up next: Ella in the Tundra at Columbia University. MFA The New School for Drama, BA Sarah Lawrence College www.daniellacaggiano.com

Chris Morrissey Director – “Off Script,” “2 Bed/1 Bath,” “Diminishing Returns”

Chris Morrisseyis psyched for spring break and hates this old headshot. Recent credits include THE DOGWALKER & THE ROOMMATE (MANHATTAN REP), THE NEW SINCERITY (NWTC), ORANGE IS THE NEW GLASS (BMA), THE BINDING (co-produced with NWTC), and several original pieces at the 2018 NY NEW SHORT PLAY FESTIVALl. Chris is an Executive Producer and director on QUEEN'S ENGLISH, a new web series available for streaming in Spring 2019 (@queensenglishtv). He has produced several concerts at Feinstein's / 54 Below and an upcoming album release concert at Joe's Pub. Chris was recently hired as the Creative Manager at Marathon Digital - a social and digitlal media marketing company whose clients include HAMILTON, BE MORE CHILL, THE CHER SHOW, HADESTOWN, and more. Prior to joining the Marathon Digital team, Chris served as the Manager of Events and Strategic Partnerships for Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Ken Davenport. K BYEEEEEEE.

Jenny Hickman (Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director)

Jenny Hickman co-founded New Wave Theater Collective 2 years ago. Producing credits include: The Angel of Allegheny County, The New Sincerity. Directing credits include: Constellations. Acting credits include: Bull, What We’re Up Against. Additional regional credits include: The Witches of Eastwick (Ogunquit Playhouse), Mary Poppins (West Virginia Public Theater), The Last Five Years (Upstairs at the Henegar), Parade (the Carnegie Theater). TV credits include Law and Order: SVU and “Shattered” on ID Discovery. Jenny graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Sarah Wolff (Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director)

Originally from St Louis, MO, Sarah grew up performing at the MUNY (Annie, Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, A Night if Gershwin) and Stages St. Louis (State Fair, Footloose, Big the Musical). At 18, she moved to the UK to earn her BFA in Acting from Sir Paul MCartney’s Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (Charity, Sweet Charity). Upon graduation, she worked in Edinburgh (Next Thing You Know),London (A Rude Awakening), completed three UK tours (Aladdin, POP Party, Voices from the Cavern), and one US tour (Alvin and the Chipmunks the Musical) before settling in New York and co-founding New Wave Theater Collective (Dir What We’re Up Against, Bull; Marianne in Constellations). Sarah was so pleased to recently play Campbell in Bring It On the musical, directed by the fabulous Tonya Pinkins. You can see her currently playing Glindanna in WICKEDFROZEN the off-broadway musical, or as a loveable elf in the short film series Package From Santa, www.packagefromsanta.com. She is so incredibly proud to be able to contribute to New York’s rich theater scene! Thank you for joining us this evening, and meeting our wonderful and growing community.

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