New York: EBE Ensemble (Eric Alba, Artistic Director; Montgomery Sutton, Executive Director) will present the third-annual installment of their award winning festival of new one-act plays, Elephants on Parade 2010.
Two plays from last year's Elephants on Parade 2009 were nominated for Best New Short Play at the New York Innovative Theater Awards (www.nyitawards.com), Ira Gamerman's Dated: A Cautionary Tale for Facebook Users and Nico Vreeland's The Interview, which went on to win the award.
Elephants on Parade 2010 features five world premieres and one New York area premiere that examine the peculiar difficulties of communication and connection in the 21st century. Erin Austin's "Buddha Nosh" is a comedy about spiritual, social, and emotional independence at a trendy Pan Asian restaurant, where lust, booze, and the all-knowing voice of Buddha explode in a medley of gong banging, romance, and fist fights. Isaac Rathbone's "Nice Paper" follows the inner monologues of two commuters on the Subway, a woman in love with the man behind her; the man in love with her newspaper's sports section. In Nicole Pandolfo's "Things to do in New Jersey," a girl returns from her first year at college to a hometown party where she comes face to face with the high school crush that rejected her, causing emotions of the past and present to collide. Set in the squeamish morning after, Libby Emmons' "Leaving Last Night" is a comedic web of texts, connecting and disconnecting five people trying to navigate the murky waters of human interaction. In Rebekah Lopata's "What if I Don't," a bride locks herself in a bathroom with a gun on her wedding day. When her best friend tries to help from outside, the unleashing of repressed emotions takes them to a place neither suspects. And in Rhea MaCallum's "Selling Beaver," two cheerleaders discover the perils of offloading their beaver at a local pawn shop.