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


Hosted by Broadwaysted's Kevin Jaeger, featuring DJ Lunatic!
Featuring illustrations by Peter Anthony Stults
Tech and Lighting by: Charlotte McPherson & Natalie Avery

1. Dollface
By Maggie Wilson
Directed by Chris Morrissey
Starring: Elizabeth Pryce Davies, Cameron Anika Hill, Talley Beth Gale

2. The Bargain
By Kathryn Funkhouser
Directed by Chris Morrissey
Starring: David de Almo, Nate Shelton, Alison Bagli

3. Rosemary
Written and performed by Alec Silberblatt
Directed by Moira OíSullivan


4. Practicality
By Collin Kessler
Directed by Chris Morrissey
Starring: Collin Kessler, Alyssa Magarian

5. Breakthrough
By Nate Irvin
Directed by Chris Morrissey
Starring: Stephanie Park, Noor Hamdi, Talley Beth Gale

6. Sam
By Will Jacobs
Directed by Tatiana Baccari
Starring: Wednesday Sue Derrico, Gabriel Rodriguez, Aliyah Hakim,


7. Halloween Heroine
By Vivian C. Lermond
Directed by Tatiana Baccari
Starring: Al Patrick Jo, Hannah Goldman, Jake Goldstein, Cassandra Giovine

8. Final Stop
By Kevin Jaeger
Directed by Tatiana Baccari
Starring: Annaliese Kirby, Al Patrick Jo, Collin Kessler, Cassandra Giovine


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.

Maggie Wilson Playwright - “Dollface”

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, Potrero Stage, B8 Theatre Company and PianoFight and in New York City at First Fridays at The Barrow Group. She's co-produced for ReproRights! and directed a one-woman show for Dominican University's MFA Program. A UC Berkeley graduate, she studies playwriting at The Barrow Group and is the Marketing Director for Chautauqua Theater Company.

Kathryn Funkhouser Playwright - “the Bargain”

Kathryn Funkhouser's plays Double Double and Unbreakable Timmy Cratchit (written with Tyler Dwiggins) are published by Playscripts. Other recent productions include Help Who's Next (Athena Theatre at Symphony Space, 2018), Accessories (Workshop, Telling Trifles Festival, Hunger & Thirst Theater, 2018), and Alternative Facts (Resistance Cabaret, The Tank, 2017). She wrote lyrics for Grand Larceny (Across a Crowded Room, NYPL for the Performing arts at Lincoln Center 2018). She is a member of the 2018 Athena Writes group, and the 2018-2019 Project Y Theater Writers' Group. kathrynfunkhouser.com

Alec Silberblatt Playwright - Rosemary (also performed by)

Alec Silberblatt is an actor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA.  As an actor he's worked with George Street Playhouse, Ivoryton Playhouse, Off the Wall Theater, Hatch Arts Collective, Quantum Theater, PICT Classic Theater, Lake Dillon Theater Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Hartford TheaterWorks.  His plays include: The Angel of Allegheny County (New Wave Theater Collective), A Body in the Allegheny Valley, Ashes in the Allegheny, The Patriots, Down in the Mon, and A Borough Council Election in a Mon Valley Suburb.  His work has been produced/developed by: Playhouse on Park, New Wave Theater Company, Middle Voice Theater Company, Greenhouse Theater Company, Rising Phoenix Rep,  and the NYU Steinhardt School.  His short films have shown at Independent Film Festival Boston, Pittsburgh Shorts Festival, The Peace of Earth Festival in Chicago, and New York Short Tuesdays.  Training: BFA, Acting CCM

Collin Kessler Playwright - “Practicality”

Collin Kessler is spooky. Spooky AF. When you talk to other writers, they’re like “Fuck off. Fuck right off. Collin’s writing is way too spooky to include in our NORMAL short play evening.” Collin is thankful to this short play reading for allowing him to be his spookiest self. Also, Oooooooooo. OOOoooooOOOO. ooooOoOoOOOOOoOoOooooooo.

Nate Irvin Playwright - “Breakthrough”

Nate Irvin is a 2015 graduate of the University of Cincinnati CCM Musical Theatre department now living in NYC. At CCM, he appeared in various roles including “Ernst” in Spring Awakening, “Emmett” in Legally Blonde, and “Captain Hook” in Peter Pan. Originally from Minneapolis, Nate was born on Halloween of ‘91 during one of the state’s most memorable snowstorms in history - 28.5 inches in 70 hours! He created and directed NDI Backyard Productions, which performed to Minnesota audiences of over 1,000 for a decade, raising money for children’s arts scholarships. As a senior in high school, he was honored as a Minnesota Scholar of Distinction in the Theater Arts. Since graduating from CCM, he has begun serious pursuit of his career in writing and filmmaking. This winter will mark his professional debut as screenwriter, director, and producer with the premiere and festival release of his short horror film The One. This Halloween guy is thrilled to be making his playwriting debut in New Wave’s Halloween Play Festival - thank you for the opportunity to create!

Will Jacobs Playwright - “Sam”

Will Jacobs is simply amped to be working with the New Wave Theater Collective on this amazing short play festival. When he's not writing and acting in Halloween-themed plays, you can see him doing improv at The Upright Citizens Brigade and The Magnet theaters. For more of his work and general comedy writing, it's mandated that you visit his website, willjacobslovesyou.com. Ghosts!

Vivian C. Lermond Playwright - “Halloween Heroine”

Vivian is an award-winning playwright who has penned 45 one-act plays and monologues that have entertained audiences in the US, Mexico, England and Scotland. Her full-length drama/comedy, Back to Bethlehem (PA), premiered Off-Broadway in 2006 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. In addition to her stage plays, Vivian has also written two full length screenplays that were awarded first place in two highly competitive screenwriting contests.She has taught playwriting at a local college and has facilitated playwriting workshops at writing conferences. Vivian currently lends her talents to Gallagher Literary, an LA talent management company, where she evaluates pitches and screenplay submissions. She also freelances for afilmwriter.com, where she is a script analysis specialist for stage plays. Vivian has been a proud member of The Dramatists Guild since 1998.

Kevin Jaeger Playwright “final stop” & MC for the evening

Kevin Jaeger is a playwright, lyricist, loud laugher, and cohost of the popular theatre podcast Broadwaysted. He has recently begun to watch scary movies again after seeing The Sixth Sense in the movie theater in 8th grade and spending the next three sleepless nights reading the entire anthology of A.A Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories. Love to his ghouls Jenny & Sarah and the whole crew at New Wave Theater Collective!

Chris Morrissey Director - “breakthrough,” “dollface,” “practicality,” “the Bargain“

Chris Morrissey is stoked to be having this espresso shot of Halloween theatre madness with New Wave! Previously at New Wave: The New Sincerity by Alena Smith and the workshop production of The Binding by Tyler Dwiggins. Additional credits include: Road Trip (NSPF), Till Death Do Us Part (NSPF), Orange is the New Glass (BMA), The Snapback Session: Volumes I and II (Feinstein's / 54 Below), Letters Home (Northwestern Cherubs, AD to Erika Ratcliff), and Peter Pan (CCM, AD to Joe Locarro). Chris serves as the Manager of Events & Strategic Partnerships for Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport (Once On This Island revival, Deaf West's Spring Awakening). He has been a script reader for New Dramatists and an Evaluator for Paper Mill Playhouse's Rising Star Awards. Chris is an executive producer and director on the web series Queen's English - learn more at @QueensEnglishTV on all social platforms. He'd like to give to a shout out to his 5th-grade classmates Sean, Emma, and Sarah whom he convinced to turn a NJ garage into a haunted house. (And his parents for paying for an AMAZING fog machine).

Moira O’Sullivan Director - “Rosemary”

Moira O'Sullivan is a director and actor living and working in NYC. Following this spooky night with New Wave she will be returning to direct in Hartford Opera Theater's New Works Festival after directing "The Loathly Lady" there last year. She also serves as Staging Director and Acting Teacher at the University of Hartford's summer pre-college program. As an actor, she has been seen Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theaters and in regional theaters all over New England. She also hosts a monthly comedy show in Brooklyn with her improv team Cocktails with Marsha. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch. www.moiraosullivan.com

Tatiana Baccari Director - “final stop,” “Sam” and “Halloween Heroine”

Tatiana Baccari is a theater practitioner, creative producer, and filmmaker. Her work often centers on the nebulous intersections between identity, gender, and power. She challenges herself to question the patriarchal, cis-heteronormative, white-centered lens through which we traditionally learn and to radically redefine his/her/their-story through consensual theater and film collaboration. In 2017, Tatiana launched Private Revolution, an online platform that broadcasts women openly discussing their sexual and reproductive health. Now Brooklyn-based, Tatiana has worked/had work performed at the High Line, Joe’s Pub, HERE, La MaMa, BRIC, Performance Project @University Settlement, HappyLucky No.1, Greenpoint Gallery and is affiliated with New Circle Theater Company and No Name Theater Collective. She has been a guest lecturer at Fordham University's theatre department and volunteer at The 52nd Street Project. In 2015 she was the Jeff Norton Dream Grant recipient for her full-length play, Ghost Player, about the effects of the genetic mutation BRCA on a Jewish Floridian community of women. Favorite directing/producing credits include Trash Lord: Domestication by Sophia Heinecke (Performance Project @University Settlement), Macbeth (No Name Collective), and HVMLET (Connelly Theater). She serves as Associate Artistic Director of Experimental Bitch Presents. TatianaBaccari.com

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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