Publicity art for Planet Connections
Publicity art for Planet Connections
Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, a new eco-friendly festival designed to promote social and cultural awareness in the theatrical community, will be presented at 440 Theaters, June 9-28. The 35 premieres in the festival attempt to foster social change, and will benefit at least 26 various not-for-profit organizations.

Scheduled to perform in the Robert Moss Theater are Cleopatra - A Life Unparalleled, featuring book, music and lyrics by Cheryl E. Kemeny, direction by Barbara Labbadia and Alexandrea Kemeny, music direction by Cheryl E. Kemeny, and choreography by Kari Ann Sweeney; Designer X, Your Face, What Are You Doing Here? , by Maria Alexandria Beech, directed by Oscar A. Mendoza; Molly Rydzel's Everybody Dies; Her Kind: The Life & Poetry of Anne Sexton, by Hannah Wolfe; John Patrick Bray's Hound, directed by Rachel Klein; the musical Our Country with book by Dan Collins with music and lyrics by Tony Asaro; Resignations, by John Kearns, directed by Erin Smiley; The Imaginary Invalid: By Prescription Only, based on Moliere's Le Malade Imaginaire, and written and directed by Aliza Shane; The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water, written by Michael Marks and Mackenzie Westmoreland and directed by the latter; Those Whistling Lads: The Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker, adapted for the stage by Maureen Van Trease, and directed by Bricken Sparacino; Twin Towers, written by Damian Wampler and directed by Angela Astlel; Wagon Wheel featuring book and lyrics by Robin Sandusky, music by Erato Kremmyda, direction by Robert Heller, and musical direction by Mark Evans; and Wait of the World, written by Peter Dagger and directed by Jeremy Bloom with art by Sean Ward.

In the White Box Theater will be America: A Problem Play, written and directed by Deborah Wolfson; A Play on Words, written and directed by J.C. Svec; Café Sustainable, by Corcaigh Irlandese, directed by Nathan Brauner, with music by Stephane Wrembel; Instant Happy! written by Mark William Butler and directed by Richard P. Butler; Child of Hungry Times, based on the works of Ludmila Petrushevskaya, written & performed by Bridget Bailey, and directed by Jay O'Berski; William Roetzheim's Dickinson, directed by Al Germani; Meredith's Ring by Andrew Rothkin; Anonymous by Rodney E. Reyes; Monetizing Emma, written by Felipe Ossa and directed by Leah Bonvissuto; Dan Moyer's New Beulah; writer-director Duncan Pflaster's Suckers; Truth or…Consequences, written by Brianne Hogan and Carla Lopez, directed by Ashley Beam; and Wrestling the Alligator, written by Sergei Burbank, and directed by Adam Karsten.

In addition, readings and other special events will include Howling Hilda featuring book & lyrics by Anne Berlin, music by Andrew Bleckner, and direction by Valentina Fratti; The Jamb, written by J. Stephen Brantley and directed by Jonathan Worman; The 40-Foot Tall Jesus Statue, written by Glory Bowen and directed by Amber Gallery; Hate Myself in the Morning, written by Duncan Pflaster and directed by Amber Gallery; Hers, by Ashley Jacobson, directed by Nadine Friedman; An Evening of Performances Dedicated to the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Staff, directed by Amber Gallery; Surfacing, by Julia Stirling Martin, directed by Ellen Orenstein; Happy New Year, Lady Lou! written and directed by David Gaard; and Spotlight on Variety Tonight.

For more information, visit www.planetconnectionsfestivity.com.