Hotel New Work | Open Studio for Live Arts
A new play written by Matt Minnicino
Directed and co designed by Molly Shayna Cohen
Co designed by Eric Nightengale
Friday, March 10th, 7pm
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About the Artists
Matt Minnicino is a queer Jewish theatre-maker and teacher who writes little myths and calls them plays. He is a Jeffrey Melnick New Playwright Award and Helen Hayes Award nominee, winner of the Arts and Letters Prize and David A. Einhorn Memorial Playwriting Prize, and alumnus of the Great Plains Theatre Conference, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Project Y, Primary Stages New American Writers Group, The Writers Room at The Flea, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab, Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup, and many others. He co-founded the COVID-related theatre initiative Theatre Without Theater, served as Literary Assistant for the Dramatists Guild, and is a frequent teaching artist with the American Shakespeare Center. His essays on theatre have been published by HowlRound, Gathering of the Tribes, The Dramatist, and more. Most recently he developed work virtually at The Gate Theatre in Dublin and a version of Anna Karenina at Vassar’s Powerhouse Program. He has adapted numerous classic texts (several of which have been used in curricula at various universities), and also written for film, dance theatre, immersive pieces, and installation art. He has also created numerous texts for dance theatre, immersive theatre, installation art, short film, and more. He currently teaches Graduate Playwriting at Mary Baldwin University, as well as high school English/History in New York City. MFA: Columbia. www.mattminnicino.com
Molly Shayna Cohen is a freelance multi-hyphenate film and theatre artist, whose passion lies in directing and producing new work. Molly work centers on moments of transformation and the ephemerality in all things. Since moving to New York this past spring, they have worked at Mabou Mines, Theaterlab, New Perspectives Theatre Company, Columbia University, New Circle Theatre Company, Queens Theatre, and more. Their interactive interview-based multimedia installation Weaving a New Narrative was the recipient of the Maryland Humanities Major Grant Award and traveled across the state. Molly is the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre of the Electric Mouth, founding member of film collective Lux Daze Media, and company member of the award-winning experimental theatre group The Acme Corporation. She was the recipient of the Best Actor of Baltimore Award in 2020. BFA: Towson University. mollyshaynacohen.com
Eric Nightengale is a member of Concrete Temple Theatre and Anthropological Theatricals in New York City, and The Acme Corporation in Baltimore. He served as artistic director of 78th Street Theatre Lab from 1995 thru 2008. He has directed extensively in New York City, Baltimore, and Washington. Chicago credits include work with Victory Gardens Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists Workshop, and Second City. Radio drama credits include The Chronicles of Wallace Sprague, Dog Psychiatrist, available on all podcast platforms, as well as work broadcast nationally over NPR affiliate stations, and in the UK over BBC channel 4. His work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has resulted in five Fringe First awards, four adaptations for BBC radio, two Best Ensemble awards, four off-broadway productions and a London transfer. Recent projects include a workshop of a new Arlene Hutton play produced by Washington Stage Guild, an in-process production of Renee Philippi’s HAMLET RIDE produced by Concrete Temple at the Flea Theatre, a Seoul- New York joint creation video performance of The Waitress and the Robber, and a film version of KENNEDY: Bobby’s Last Crusade, filmed at St. Clements Theatre, now available on Broadway On Demand. The Waitress and the Robber premiered at PS21 in Chatham, NY and then transferred in June 2022 for an off-broadway run at Dixon Place in New York City. Upcoming projects include Brecht On Brecht at the Bird Theatre in Tottori, Japan, a South Korean tour of Packrat produced by Yellow Bomb productions, and the premiere of a new opera, The Star Thrower, in Omaha, Nebraska. Member SDC.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Theaterlab’s programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.