7th Inning Stretch

3/12/2009 Reminder:

Show is this Saturday, March 14th at 8pm.


Important Fundraiser!

Mile Square Theatre Founder and Artistic Director Chris O’Connor says:

“This is our annual fundraiser and is an extraordinary night of theatre. If you’re a lover of baseball OR theatre, this is the event for you. We bring 7 playwrights together to each write a new play with baseball as a major theme. 7 directors are then chosen to direct the plays, who then in turn put 7 casts together. The actors are top-notch, with resumes that include Broadway, off-Broadway, and TV and film.

After the show, the entire audience is invited to the Stevens Library for a wine and light fare reception, featuring food from Hoboken’s best restaurants. We raffle off some fun prizes, and Mikel Frank’s original artwork for this year’s poster is auctioned. It’s a one-night event, so clear your calendars, and join the fun! What a bargain for $25!”

Read all about the show after the jump…

(7th Inning Stretch, continued…)


Support the arts on Saturday, March 14th at 8pm – over at the DeBaun Auditorium (5th and Hudson).


Annual Fundraiser for Mile Square Theatre

Mile Square Theatre’s production of its annual fundraiser “7th Inning Stretch” features a selection of seven 10-minute plays from some of America’s finest playwrights.

They were specially selected from close to 100 submissions and the playwrights range from emerging voices to well-known award winners. From Single A to the Majors, we’ve got the bases covered.

William Burton Henline hails from just outside Washington D.C. and is currently an MFA playwriting candidate at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, studying under Lee Blessing. Before attending Mason Gross, William graduated cum laude from Christopher Newport University in Virginia with a double major in theatre and government.

Rand Higbee grew up in Spearfish, South Dakota, and obtained a theatre degree from South Dakota State University and an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While at UNLV, his first full-length play, Sir Isaac’s Duel, was named as an alternate to the National American College Theatre Festival held at the Kennedy Center. A former high school teacher, Rand has published several one-acts for students including Next! which has been performed by nearly 200 schools in the last five years. His play The Head That Wouldn’t Die was presented as first a reading and then a full production at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and played a four week run at Cyrano’s Playhouse in Anchorage, Alaska, during the summer of 2008. Rand currently lives in either Red Wing, Minnesota, or Hager City, Wisconsin… depending on your point of view.

Robin Rice Lichtig (playwright, DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN) is the author of over 40 plays, produced worldwide. Her full length play, SUKI LIVINGSTON OPENS LIKE A PARACHUTE, is currently in development and looking for a premiere producer. Her knowledge about baseball hasn’t increased since junior high when she had a mad crush on a Little League pitcher and read every book on the sport that she could get her hands on in an effort to appear scintillating.

Jay Rehak is a playwright, non-fiction essayist, videographer and teacher. His darkly comedic work has been produced by theaters around the world. His latest short work, Dr. J’s Magic Spray, was voted audience favorite at the 2008 Inspirato Festival in Toronto, Canada and featured at the Knutsford Theater Festival in England. Jay’s reflections on teaching can be found in two essay compilations, City Kids, City Teachers (New Press, 1996) and Teaching for Social Justice (New Press, 1998). He is also a published songwriter and has co-written “Noah’s Ark: The Musical,” first produced in Chicago in 1998. His videos can be seen on Youtube, Teachertube, and Kidstube, among other venues. He is currently completing a full-length comedy entitled Damned Right: A Comedy About People Who Know Everything. Jay teaches English in Chicago where he lives with his wife, award winning children’s singer Susan Salidor and his two daughters.

Donna Spector’s plays have appeared Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, regionally and in Canada, Ireland, Scotland and Greece. Her play GOLDEN LADDER (Women Playwrights: Best Plays of 2002 and The Best Stage Scenes of 2002, Smith & Kraus) was produced Off Broadway in 2002, as was her first play, ANOTHER PARADISE, in 1986. A member of Dramatists Guild, Poets & Writers, Manhattan Oracles and the International Centre for Women Playwrights, she received two N.E.H. Greece study grants and production grants from the Dodge Foundation and the New York Council for the Arts. She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and the Pushcart Editors’ Book Award and was a winner of the Sunwall Comedy Playwriting Prize and the Masters Poetry Prize. Her poems, stories, plays, scenes and monologues
have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including a prize-winning play, SHORT-TERM AFFAIRS, by Dramatic Publishing. Her agent is Carolyn French at Fifi Oscard Agency.

A native of Northern California, Heather Woodbury moved to NYC at the age of seventeen and became involved in the East Village performance art scene. Her trans-American “performance novel”,”WHAT EVER:An American Odyssey” toured internationally as a critically acclaimed epic (8 part) solo play -from Chicago’s Steppenwolf to London’s Royal Festival Hall. The NY TIMES describes it as having “the
scale of a Dickens serial and the melodramatic punch of the Young and the Restless.” is a radio-play, WHAT EVER was hosted by Ira Glass, featured on PRI’s “This American Life.” It is now published as a novel by Faber/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. In 2001, Heather received an NEA/TCG playwright’s fellowship and was awarded a grant from Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays to develop her next big project TALE OF
2CITIES: AN AMERICAN JOYRIDE on MULTIPLE TRACKS in residence at the Public Theater in NYC. There she generated material through a series of one-time-only performances to form a multi-actor play and new “living novel”. This piece, which went on to win a 2007 OBIE and is now published as a book by Semiotexte, is a six-part, bicoastal, multi-generational saga inspired by the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ move to
LA. Heather is artistic director of Fomenting ARTS Unlimited, Inc.

Anna Ziegler’s plays include: DOV AND ALI (Theatre 503, London, 2008), BFF (W.E.T. at the DR2 Theatre, 2007), NOVEL (SPF, 2007), PHOTOGRAPH 51 (winner of the 2008 STAGE International Script Competition for the best new play about science and technology, also commissioned by Active Cultures, produced 2008), LIFE SCIENCE (Bulldog Theatrical, 2007), VARIATIONS ON A THEME (work-shopped July 2008 by Chautauqua Theater Company, directed by Ethan McSweeny) , IN THE SAME ROOM, THE MINOTAUR, TO BE FAIR, and EVERYTHING YOU HAVE. Ziegler’s plays have been developed by: The Manhattan Theatre Club, The Sundance Theatre Lab, The Old Vic New Voices program, Primary Stages, The Geva Theatre Center, The McCarter Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, Ars Nova, Theater J, New Georges (where she is an Affiliated Artist), Clubbed Thumb, The New Harmony Project, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, The hotINK Festival, Fire Dep’t, Catalyst Theater, Rorschach Theatre, The Playwright’s Center PlayLabs Festival, The Berkshire Playwrights Lab, The Fireraisers Theatre Company at the Hampstead Theatre (London) and The Birmingham Rep, and by Company B at the Belvoir St. Theatre (Sydney, Australia).

She has been published in New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2007 (Smith and Kraus), Ten-Minute Plays for 2 Actors: The Best of 2004 (Smith and Kraus, Inc.) and New American Short Plays 2005 (Backstage Books, ed. Craig Lucas). BFF and LIFE SCIENCE are published by Dramatists Play Service. A graduate of Yale, she holds an MFA from Tisch.

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I saw their production last year and it’s a great, laugh-out-loud good time. This is truly a once-a-year event with a really fun, post-event party, too! And, you don’t even have to be a baseball nut to love it. Great group event or date night. Definitely not be missed.