Pride: A Short Play Festival

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


By Matt Ketai
Directed by Graham Miller

By Audrey Lang
Directed by Graham Miller
Alyssa Magarian
Barbara Weetman*
Serena Berman *

By Michael Raver
Directed by Jenny Hickman
Chris Blem*
David de Almo*
Russell Peck*

4. THE TRUTHBy Yiqing Zhao
Directed by Graham Miller
Irene Diven*
Alex Chester-Blank*


6. SHARP LINESBy Kevin Jaeger
Directed by Moira O’Sullivan
Misha Osherovitch
*Julia Johanos*
Michael Calciano

*This actor is appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
This is an equity approved showcase.


Audrey Lang, Playwright

Audrey Lang is a playwright, actor, stage manager, and theatre artist based in New York City, where she was born and raised, and in Ithaca, NY, where she is a rising senior Theatre Studies major at Ithaca College. Full-length plays include YOU HAVE TO PROMISE, ALEX GETTING BETTER, and DEAR ANNA. Short plays include A/IN/THE/OF ...(winner of The Theater Collective's site-specific Sugartown Shorts Festival), WHO'S MOM AND WHO'S MAMA and SIERRA NEVADA (selections for Rapid Write Response scratch nights at Theatre503 in London). Find Audrey on New Play Exchange: and Twitter/Instagram: @AudreyGLang

Yiqing Zhao Playwright

Yiqing Zhao is an actor, singer, and writer hailing from Shanghai by way of Baltimore. She has performed at Merkin Concert Hall, Theater for the New City, Hudson Guild Theater, 3LD, Single Carrot Theater, etc. She starred and sang the soundtrack for multiple-award-winning bilingual short film “The Collector”, which has been screened in... US and China. She is the co-writer of “Flushing: A New Musical”, to be produced by Dim Kim Musical Theater Factory. Ins: @yiqingzhao1222

Matt Ketai Playwright

Matt Ketai is an actor and writer originally from Abq, New Mexico (home to Breaking Bad... a show he never watched). His work as a writer has been featured in festivals both in NYC and regionally. In his free time, he enjoys cooking (and not liking what he cooks) as well as talking about his asthma. Instagram: @mattketai

Michael Raver Playwright

As an actor, Michael Raver has performed at Lincoln Center, The Pearl Theatre Company, National Actor’s Theatre, regional theaters across the country and in film and television. As a playwright, his work has been presented by The Pearl Theatre Company, Sonnet Repertory Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The Martha Graham Company, ...The Bridge Street Theater, Playhouse on Park and many others. He is a three-time O’Neill semifinalist and his play, FIRE ON BABYLON, has won several awards. He served as a judge for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction for three years and regularly contributes cultural arts journalism for Classical TV, NYC Monthly, Hamptons Monthly, Playbill, Dance Magazine, Cool Hunting, Huff Post, Imagista, and Modern Luxury.

Kevin Jaeger Playwright and MC

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

Misty Mountain Davenports MC
Misty hails from Reno, Nevada originally and has been living in New York City for 5 years. She is celebrating her third year as a NYC drag queen this month and is excited to share her talents with you. You can find her all over the city: in the West Village at the Stonewall Inn, in Hell’s Kitchen for brunch at La Pulperia, and in Astoria at Icon. You can find Misty on most social as @mistymountainsd

Glenn Bassett Illustrator
Glenn Bassett is an illustrator, writer and designer living in NYC and CT. He has recently started a series of illustrations featuring cats living in a cat-centric world. His illustrations have been seen on posters, taxi cabs, record covers and in an upcoming children’s book. His set design work includes sets for the hit O...ff-Broadway and L.A. productions of ‘Spamilton’ (in which he also played King George III and is featured on the original cast recording) and sets for many regional theaters including a production of ‘Mamma Mia’ currently at The Ivoryton Playhouseand a July 2019 production of ‘Romantic Comedy’ at The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. He wrote lyrics and libretto for an original musical, ‘Dig A Little Deeper’, which had a NY reading in 2018 starring Tony-winner Alice Ripley and is currently writing the Deadly Day Job Mystery series which features a gay amateur sleuth. Graduated from Hartford Art School and Parsons School of Design.

Selina Martineau Illustrator

Selina Martineau, also known as MAUVE, is a visual artist and drag performer originally from Alberta, Canada. They have shown work and performed in Philadelphia PA, New York, and Calgary Alberta, Canada. Martineau is an alumnus of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.Martineau’s practice focuses on Drag and the queer e...xperience. Using both the past and present representations of gender performance, Martineau investigates how Drag, an art form based in illusion, has the power to express very real experiences of grief and trauma.

James Falciano Illustrator

James Falciano received a BFA in Visual Arts with a concentration in Painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2011, with a minor was Art History. They have exhibited drawings and paintings in various venues throughout New York City, including a Pride themed show in 2018 at the top of the World Trade Center Observatory.... James exhibited internationally for the first time in 2016, participating in an art fair in Tokyo, Japan. James has been profiled in various publications about their ongoing series of Queer Portraiture, ranging from Metrosource Magazine to the Huffington Post. Their work may be found in a variety of private and public collections, including a branch of the New York Public Library located in the West Village. Currently James’ work is centered on exploring and celebrating Queer identity and expression. It has been extremely important for James to create work that celebrates their community and speaks to who they are as a person and an artist. In addition to James’ own personal works, they have worked on commissioned portraits, promotional posters for nightlife entertainers, album covers and ad campaigns.

Olivia Arcuri Illustrator

Olivia is a multimedia artist from New York specializing in textiles, photography, acrylic and ink. This body of work remains centered in the human form but departs from her previous focus on close up detail and bold color. She covers each figure’s face with hair therefore obscuring their expression and identity, placing less emphasis on the person and more on the experience.

Moira O'Sullivan Director

Moira O'Sullivan is a director and actor based in NYC. Most recently, she directed "The Mon Valley Medium" as part of The Emerging Artists Festival and will be taking the show to Carnegie Stage this Fall. Other credits include “Rosemary” in New Wave Theater Collective’s Fall Festival, Hartford Opera Theater's New Works Festival, and "Insomniacs" at Playhouse on Park. As an actor, she has been seen Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters and in regional theaters across New England and you can catch her every month hosting "A Very Fun Comedy Show For Fun" with her improv team Cocktails with Marsha. BFA NYU Tisch.

Graham Miller Director

Graham Miller is a queer NYC director originally from the Los Angeles area. Graham most recently directed the first ever production of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning play I Am My Own Wife to feature a trans actor playing all 35 roles, at Atlanta’s premier LGBTQIA+ theater, Out Front Theatre Company. Graham has directed/assistant directed at/for the Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre (Amoralists), Powerhouse Theatre Festival (Vassar/NYSAF), Cape Playhouse (South Pacific- dir. Michael Rader), The Kraine Theater (AMIOS Shotz!), The DG Foundation Hall (Burning Man: The Musical), The Duplex (Cuntessa), Green Room 42, and The Tank.  MTC Directing Fellow 2018/19, SDCF Observership Recipient 2018, and 2017 alumnus of The Director’s Lab Chicago. Graham will next direct The Dark by Serena Berman for the Samuel French OOB Festival at the Vineyard Theater in August. Come watch!

James Tison Comedian

James studied acting at NYU, and started standup in 2009 (when they were but a small child). They performed stand-up sporadically (and drunkenly) for 4 years, but in 2017 they returned to comedy and haven't looked back since. They host their own monthly show at Club Cumming and regularly perform all around the city. Recently they've been at Broadway Comedy Club, West Side Comedy Club, QED, and West End Lounge. Wherever they performs, they use their boyish good looks and feminine charms to not-so-subtly dismantle the patriarchy and challenge CIS heterosexual culture. But, ya know... in a fun way!

Jeremy Shields Associate Producer

Jeremy Shields is gay and southern, and that’s all you need to know, sweetheart. His heroes include Kelly Clarkson, Dolly Parton and Rose Nyland - are you starting to get the message, darling? Oh, you thought of something that needed taking care of? Oh bless your heart, you helpless little thing, it’s already taken care of. Jeremy took care of it. Now, did you want a cold beverage to help get your Pride weekend started? Because he already made it for you and would be downright offended if you didn’t at least take a sip.

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

Jenny Hickman co-founded New Wave Theater Collective 3 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, 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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