Grant Shaud
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Grant Shaud
(© Joseph Marzullo/Retna)
Catherine Curtin, Grant Shaud, and Ean Sheehy will be among the participants in Summer Shorts, a festival of new American short plays that will be performed at 59E59 Theaters, August 2-30.

Nine one-act plays will be offered, eight having their world premieres, in two separate evenings which will run in rotating repertory. A description of the plays and the artists involved follows:

Series A

Amici, Ascolatate
By Warren Leight, directed by Evan Yianoulis
With Derek Lucci and Tony Campisi
A son's imminent departure for Iraq prompts his father to examine the fate of men in his family when sent to war.

Afternoon Tea
Book & lyrics by Eduardo Machado, music by Skip Kennon, directed by Billy Hopkins
With Ann Talman and John Hickok
A two-character musical that tells a story of the later years of author J.M. Barrie's life.

Rain, Heavy at Times
By Leslie Lyles, directed by Billy Hopkins
With Judith Roberts, Stephanie Cannon, and Mark Elliot Wilson
A woman and a wealthy aunt pass a rainy afternoon in a Red Bank New Jersey restaurant, one eye on recently purchased undergarments the other on the bartender.

Real World Experience
By Michael Domitrovich, directed by Eduardo Machado
With J.J. Kandel, David Marcus, and Nicole LaLiberte
After splitting up with his girlfriend Roxanne, Jeff is looking for a role he can sink his teeth into. When Jeff's meeting with Eli, an emerging playwright, starts to go sour, he learns just how flexible the meaning of "reality" can be.

Series B

Skin Deep
By Tina Howe, directed by Laura Barnett
With Grant Shaud, James Katharine Flynn and Joe Kolbow
A fleeing nymph with a greenish cast to her skin dashes into the R train late at night. The only other rider is a celebrated dermatologist who happens to be sitting under his own ad. Can he save her?

Merwins Lane
By Keith Reddin, directed by Billy Hopkins
With J.J. Kandel and Clara Hopkins Daniels
A three character play set in a bus station; strangers meet and find they're much less strangers than they thought.

Father's Day
By John Augustine, directed by Daniel Winerman
With Catherine Curtin, Chris Wright, and Colby Chambers
Three friends meet on Father's Day to close up the apartment of their friend, who has died unexpectedly.

The P.A.
Written and directed by Tom O'Brien
With Ean Sheehy
A comic look at a day in the life of a production assistant on a movie set in the streets of New York City.

Windowshine
By Randee Smith, directed by Rob Decina
With John Sierros and Pilar Witherspoon
Two estranged siblings come together over the impending death of their father, each on their own separate journey, and find that they don't know how to communicate.