Halloween Festival October 7 to November 3
At Spotlight On's new home at
80 Grove St.
Plays and Musicals
Somebody Else's Life
by Jerry Rabushka
Directed by Greg Hunsaker
Ragged Blade Productions
You down with the blond, big boy?
Sometimes it's all about the hair. The blond head on the grocery bagger.
The black 'stache on the cowboy. Sometimes it's enough to make you wish you
could be someone else. Or at least, have somebody else's life. On one side
is Chuck - the cowboy who's most likely never ridden a horse, but drat if
he doesn't have the duds! On the other side, young Ryan bags groceries and
pines for the love of his life - a new feeling at 16. In the middle? Politics
and religion! What happens marriage loses its sanctity? Can a gay couple and
a straight couple live next door to each other if there isn't enough sanctity
to go around? Hilarious, yet chilling, full of surprises, and with as much fun
as can be had with a pump organ, we invite you to spend a few moments living
Somebody Else's Life.
The Mysteries of the Castle of the Monk of Falconara
a gothic comedy
by James Armstrong
Dir. Ken Kaisser
One the eve of All Hallow's, 1793, three authors of Gothic fiction come to the Castle of Falconara in response to a mysterious letter. As their host has warned them, each has a dark secret capable of destroying everything. Their secrets, however, are not what they think, and the writers end up battling the personal nightmares that haunt their fiction.
New York City – Mickey Zetts' entertaining and provocative musical APATHY
first premiered in 1995 at the Florida Playwright's Theatre in Hollywood, Florida and
was the longest running production in the history of that theatre. Just this past July,
a revival of the show played to sold out houses during the 6th Annual Midtown
International Theatre Festival here in NYC. Now the production has proudly joined the
Spotlight On Halloween Festival at the Monster for a very special CONCERT presentation
featuring members of both the original 1995 and the 2005 revival casts. It's the
"HAIR" of the 90's that bit you. F*CK RENT!
by Constance Clark
Dir. Daniel Haben Clark
Before 'Desperate Housewives' there was 'THE SISTERHOOD'!
Constance Clark has reworked her award winning one act show into a full length work that draws upon her experience with some of the frustrated and thoroughly bitchy women she met in while out in Hollywood. Upon its original presentation it won a Christina Crawford (yes, the Christina Crawford of 'Mommy Dearest' fame) award for female playwrights. Come join these women poolside for a wild ride as they bitch, gossip and dish each other and Hollywood in general.
Friday 10/21 – 8pm
The Cobra Lady Strikes
by Todd Michaels
Dir. Neal Sims
"The Cobra Lady Strikes" is a spoof of 1940's movie serials. The diabolical Cobra Lady has secured the plans for a weapon of destructive power called The Dynamic Vibrator. With the aid of a mad scientist, she hopes to build the device to fullfill her dream of world conquest. Can a wisecracking girl newspaper reporter and a Broadway musical theater leading man stop the Cobra Lady in time? To Be Continued...
Join La Contessa as she celebrates one of her favorite holidays! She will have an array of “odd” guests and entertainers of dubious talent! Don’t Miss the Puerto Rican Dame Edna! La Contessa “the Puerto Rican Dame Edna,” (who is also known as Hector Lugo) returns in her wickedly funny variety show. The Puerto Rican Diva grabs the spotlight and is joined by an array of special guest in what has become a must see Halloween tradition. Not to be missed!
Friday 10/28 – 8p
By The Mistake
Directed by Ken Scudder
The critically-acclaimed sketch comedy troupe returns to Spotlight-On with their third collection of original sketches about all things that celebrate All Hallow's Eve. What happens when Jesus freaks bother Dracula at home? Or when a would-be chainsaw massacre goes awry because the chainsaw runs out of juice? Not to mention what would happen if Edgar Allen Poe sang the blues? Longtime troupe members Ken Scudder, Jay Colligan, Carrie Janell, Sarah Engelke and Andrew Martin await you hungrily for this latest feast of spookily hilarious music and sketch comedy. http://www.meetthemistake.com for more group info
Join Robert Vest, Spotlight On Theatre's Favorite Male Singer Award Winner of 2005, in his NYC Cabaret debut: Dressing Up Is Hard To Do, a comical and heartfelt look into the childhood experiences of dressing up in costume, finding love, loosing love, finding life and holding on without a mask! Singing songs from Musical Theatre and Film this dynamic tenor and comic is sure to speak to your heart!
Tuesday 10/18 – 5:30p
Saturday 10/22 – 7:30p
Vintage Halloween -Stories and Songs
by Grant Barrett and Eugene Nicks
Directed by Charles Catanese
Grant Barrett brings his spooky one-man show to fun-filled life in his retellings of E.A. Poe's, The Raven, Grimm Brothers', The Old Witch, 12 vintage Halloween songs from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, including, Ragtime Goblin Man and, Hell-bound Train and an obscure radio play by Friedrich Durrenmatt entitled, Evening Hour in Late Autumn, with a special guest appearance by Eugene Nicks. Everyone who attends will receive a Free Treat Bagfull of goodies and a Free Halloween CD filled with the show's songs. Don't forget the Halloween Horror Trivia Contest so, if you please, put on your witch's hat and join in the fun!
A witch some music and a mystic T.V. at Spotlight On!
Mystic TV by Mary Beth Shannahan
Directed by Geeta Citygirl
Paradise is not lost. Find it on MYSTIC. T.V....where wisdom, understanding, knowledge and fear of the Lord are. Tune into God. Tune into you. Carla Carmalot and Doug Forthright host a T.V. show designed to foster religious acceptance and awareness. Their guests are more about ego and agenda than religion. Tolerance is a big word in a small world, or a small word in a big world.
Broadway Baby by Carol Hollenbeck
Everybody has a dream and a young girl comes to new york city from a smalltown to search for her dream to work in the theatre. The surprise comes into focus when we discover what her real dream is.
Shake Your Do Do Crack by Marjorie Edwards, RN;
Director Carol Wilson-Mack, RN
One witch's struggle to break away from an eternal life cult in exchange for the mortal life of love, marriage and family. Will a festive night reveal her truth?
Theatre of the Dead - Five-One Acts Inspired by Death
Directed by Justin Ambrosino
Sitting Across from God - Part 1 by David Occhino
A prisoner, who is waiting to be executed, is visited by God. The prisoner begs God to let him live a bit more.
The Birth and Death of an Artist at the End of the World by Justin Ambrosino
A man who is an artist is also just a man. What if the artist and the man split, because the artist wanted to die, leaving the man to live a normal life like everyone else?
Death is Final by Justin Ambrosino
A doctor and a mortician debate the doctor’s estranged relationship with his mother, coming from two different points of views on death and old age
Together for All Eternity by Georgette Moger
Set during the 1950s, a woman is bored with her life and her husband. As her husband devotes himself to her for all eternity with a present, a coffin that they can share buried together spooning forever, she makes a fatal decision.
Sitting Across From God - Part 2 by David Occhino
A woman, who is mourning her Uncle’s passing due to cancer, is visited by God. She begs to have one more chance to talk to her loved one who passed away.
What happens when an Off Off Broadway company decides to put on a play about asylum inmates putting on a play about a land plagued with rabid zombie babies? Pure pandemonium! "Utter chaos!" - Jonathan's Agent. "It's like 'Noises Off' on crack!" - Some theatre critic. Join us for a staged reading that'll leave you running for the hills!
Tuesday 10/11 – 7:30pm (staged reading and reception)
How does a porcupine dance? What does a penis and a writing desk have in common? Why marry someone you have never loved? Make the discoveries -- through "Alice on the Edge," Andrew Rothkin's surreal, spiritual journey that explodes from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass...and a potpourri of pop culture madness. Don't miss out on the journey of a lifetime!
Saturday 10/15 – 7:30pm
Staged reading and reception (shots included!)
Requiem for Adrian Bayle
by Drew David Sotomayer
Directed by Jonathan Tessero
Requiem for Adrian Bayle tells the story of three friends who
collaborate professionally (two composers and a singer) involved in a
doomed love triangle. The story is told through the finished and
unfinished songs of Adrian Bayle, Christian Hurley, and Anna Mathers.
Their collective body of work as compiled by Drew David Sotomayor (who
contributed new material as well) is the source material for this
song-cycle in memoriam of Adrian Bayle, one of the greatest composers
Wednesday 10/19 – 8pm
Musical Staged Reading and reception
A retelling of the King Arthur story from the perspective of the women behind the throne. Journey with us to the mystical land of England in time full of romance, quests, sorceresses and magic.
Director - Glory Sims Bowen
Assistant Director - Amy Clarke
Choreographer - Hana Mori Taylor
Fight Choreographer - Ryan Bartruff
Sound Designer - Christopher Brooks
Monday 10/17 – 7:30pm
reception after staged reading
by Mike Koleman
Dir. Leecia Manning
Bobby, a comedian, falls hard for Natalie, an actress. But feeling as though she gives more of herself to her work than to him, the envious Bobby attempts to write his own play in which he hopes she will co-star with him. But when he catches her “rehearsing” a stage kiss for one of her other plays with her dashing co-star, he blows up and leaves her. Felling heart broken and jilted, he decides to put the play up without her and comedy, as they say, ensues…
Monday 10/24 – 7:30
reception after staged reading
When good King Kartoffelpuffen gives up his kingdom to his oldest son Tater
and marries off his other children for peace (and for political gain), Prince
Trevor, his youngest son, trades places with his manservant Grumbelino in order
to escape his fate and find his true love, Toby the stable boy. Meanwhile, will
Princess Lana find love with King Soignée of the Blind Sybarites, or
will she continue pining for Geoffrey, her lost love? Will Grumbelino make friends
with his new wife Queen Bluebella of Chryselephantinople and her harem of eunuchs,
or will he foolishly poke his nose into the Forbidden Ballroom? Can anyone keep
the new King Tater from starting a new war and destroying all their Kingdoms?
Are the rumored Elephants of Style more than just a fable? Find out in
Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants!
Wednesday 10/26 – 7:30p
reception after staged reading