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LAND OF NO MERCY BY RAE BINSTOCK

On Monday April 30, 2018, West of 10th presented a staged reading of Land of No Mercy: Un Drama Américano (In Tzvey Aktn) a new play by Rae Binstock. In land of no mercy, an apartment sits on the corner of Monroe and Clinton, tucked away in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It’s a cozy little place, just big enough for two—but which two? Yetta and Solomon, the Jewish immigrants from a century ago, business owners fighting to get through each day and hold on to a world thousands of miles away, while they worry about starting a family in the Land of Opportunity? Or Maria and Alex, the millennial oddballs of the present who sweep into the neighborhood on a tide of gentrification, struggling to keep their college relationship viable in the face of new stressors, new ambitions, and new neighbors? One hundred years apart but close enough to touch, two couples inhabit the same cramped apartment. In land of no mercy, their stories weave together, creating a collage of youth, hope, and uncertainty. 

Cast:
Marisol/Malvina - Ruth Aguilar
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Yetta - Rachel Goodgal
Li/Lee - Rachel Lin
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Sol - Moshe Lobel
Maria - Andrea Morales
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Alex - Will Turner*
Asher/Eric - Luzer Twersky
Stage Directions - Maureen Fleming

Creative Team:

Directed by Michael Leibenluft

Produced by Rachel Goodgal and Jen Sandler

Actors* so designated appear courtesy of the Actor's Equity Association.
Production Photos by Katie White, kt photography

THE CALORIE COUNTERS BY MOLLY WAGNER

On Tuesday March 13, 2018, West of 10th presented a staged reading of The Calorie Counters, a new play by Molly Wagner. In The Calorie Counters, Maggie’s sister, Jordan, has just gotten engaged. Already, Jordan has the wedding all planned out, from the centerpieces to the napkin colors to the bridesmaids’ dresses — dresses that are only carried up to a size 12. There’s just one problem: Maggie is nowhere near a size 12. Determined not to disrupt her sister’s big day, Maggie seeks guidance at a weight-loss group called Calorie Counters. As Jordan buries herself in her wedding arrangements and Maggie uproots her life for the chance to fit in, the sisters begin to discover secrets about themselves and each other.

In a world devoted to Pinterest wedding boards and inspirational fitness blogs, The Calorie Counters examines the things we try too hard to prove and the ways in which we hide from our bodies or use them as shields.

Cast:
Maggie - Grace Agnew
Jordan - Maureen Fleming
Alex - Alex J. Gould
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Nick - Terrance L. Johnson*
Charlie - Sean T. McGrath
Stage Directions - John McGowan

Creative Team:

Directed by Quinn Vogt-Welch

Produced by Rachel Goodgal and Jen Sandler

Actors* so designated appear courtesy of the Actor's Equity Association.

SNOW BY HARRISON BRYAN

On Wednesday October 11, 2017, West of 10th presented a staged reading of Snow, a new play by Harrison Bryan. In Snow, seven men in Snow's life have shaped her views of the difficult dating world that is New York City. So after she's mugged on the night of her birthday, it only makes sense for her to show up, unannounced, at the front door of her ex-boyfriend's apartment, right? After recounting what have been the most absurd and heartbreaking three years of her life, Snow tries to recover the "Happy" she feels she's lost.

Cast:
Snow - Casey Tucker
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Happy/Bashful/Doc/Dopey/Grumpy - Alexander J. Morgan
Sleepy/Sneezy - Andrew Nielson
Stage Directions - Mikayla Petrilla

Creative Team:

Directed by Emily Moler

Produced by Rachel Goodgal and Jen Sandler

Actors* so designated appear courtesy of the Actor's Equity Association.

CAM BABY BY JESSICA MOSS

On Tuesday August 15, 2017, West of 10th presented a staged reading of Cam Baby, a new play by Jessica Moss. In Cam Baby, Matabang and Joseph secretly web-cam girls who rent rooms in Joseph’s apartment and share the footage with the Brobonic Union, their secret society of friends. Joseph’s having moral misgivings - and trying not to mess things up with Natalie, the girl he has loved forever - but can’t bring himself to risk his friendship with Matabang. When he rents a room to Clara, who doesn't live up to the Union's beauty standards, the operation is in jeopardy - until Clara starts dating Tim, and suddenly everyone wants to watch. Touching on issues of privacy, consent, identity, lookism, and the value of women, Cam Baby is a fast-paced ensemble comedy about the selves we create and the stories we watch.

Cast:
Natalie Czerny - Xandra Clark
Damien Matabang - Jose Gamo
Ezra - Andrew Hamling
Tim Pearson - Drew Lewis
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Clara Mellin-Varley - Jessica Moss
Joseph Blair - Matthew Walker
Stage Directions - Hannah Yi

Creative Team:

Directed by Molly Rose Clifford

Produced by Rachel Goodgal and Jen Sandler

Actors* so designated appear courtesy of the Actor's Equity Association.

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS BY CHRIS BARLOW

On Thursday July 20, 2017, West of 10th presented a staged reading of Friends Don't Let Friends (Or: Television Lied To Us), a new play by Chris Barlow. In Friends Don't Let Friends: How do you tell your best friend that you just got the job of their dreams? Better yet: What if you don’t? Kayla and Matt have been best friends since college, toiling away in the off-off-off-broadway scene until Kayla calls it quits and gets a day job. Now she’s the one about to have the career the two of them have always dreamed of. When Matt finds out, his resentment opens the door to questions of nepotism, diversity, and representation that threaten to tear their friendship apart. Friends Don’t Let Friends is the story of a breakup, a blind date, and a big decision–– except everyone’s gay, so it’s not what you think.

Cast:
Carson - Alton Alburo
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Matt - Alex J. Gould*
Annie - Rachel B. Joyce
Kayla - Crystal Lucas-Perry
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Stage Directions - Maureen Fleming

Creative Team:

Directed by Molly Rose Clifford

Produced by Rachel Goodgal, Jen Sandler and Christopher Campbell-Orrock

Actors* so designated appear courtesy of the Actor's Equity Association.

MENORAH BY CARY GITTER

On Monday October 24, 2016, West of 10th presented a staged reading of Menorah, a new play by Cary Gitter. In Menorah, the world's in turmoil, Israel's at war with Palestine—and in tiny River Hill, New Jersey, super-Jewish Georgia is just trying to get a big Hanukkah menorah placed next to the town Christmas tree. But with her angry son in love with a Palestinian-American girl, and a seductive Christian mayor in office, Georgia has no idea all hell's about to break loose. Menorah is a dark comedy about a clash of faiths and identities in a small American town. 

Cast:
Nadia - Lily Balsen
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Dae Hee/Judah Macabee - Pun Bandhu*
Georgia - Catherine Curtin*
Eli - Eli Gelb*
Sandy - Kelli Lynn Harrison*
Stage Directions - J.W. Harvey

Creative Team:

Directed by Michael Leibenluft

Produced by Rachel Goodgal, Jen Sandler