Third Avenue Productions and Many Hats Productions are pleased to present Requiem For A Marriage, written by J.B. Edwards and directed by Linda Selman, as part of the 10th Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival at Workshop Theater Mainstage at 312 West 36th Street, 4th floor from July 16 to August 2. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by visiting www.midtownfestival.org or calling 866-811-4111. Discounts for seniors and groups are available.
Adam and Jean Smiley find their thirty-year marriage hangs in a state of limbo because of a shocking secret they share about their daughter Erica. Will this knowledge shatter Erica's existence? Or will their world fall apart when Margo, a young interloper, sets her sight on Adam? Featured in the cast are Memory Contento, George Tynan Crowley, Julia Motyka and Jodie Bentley.
Playwright J.B. Edwards is the author of ten stage plays, two screenplays, a musical (book and lyrics), three published books (in several languages) and an award-winning collection of poems in 2002. His plays have been presented in 26 separate productions in New York in the past five years and include William's Last Chance, A Family Reunion, The Sanctuary (Blue Heron Theater), Three Women Dating Henry, The Day Einstein Died, Einstein's Secret Letters (Soho Rep Theater, The Players Club, National Arts Club), A Delicate Matter, The Best of Everything, Requiem For A Marriage and Sister Stories. Edwards has produced and co-written the New York cabaret show Stripped, and is a co-producer of the Off-Broadway musical Shout, which is currently on national and international tour. He has also produced a number of other plays by several well-known New York playwrights through his production company, Third Avenue Productions.
Director Linda Selman has developed, directed, and written works for Off-Broadway, including the two Emmy Award-winning Bubbe Meises, Bubbe Stories, From My Lady's Diary: Marie Antoinette, a chamber-music drama at The Vineyard Theatre, and Tallulah Hallelujah! which was chosen as one of the Ten Best Plays of the Year by USA Today. Cabaret acts include Tovah Cross-Over at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel. Regional credits encompass works at the Helen Hayes, the Eugene O'Neil Center, the White Barn, Queens Theatre In The Park and Hartford's Theatre Works. Her stage adaptation and direction of Edith Wharton's Bunner Sisters was presented at the New York Society Library and the Salmagundi Club. Excerpts from it were also performed by the in-house Professional Creative Workshop of The Players Club. In June of 2008 she directed award-winning playwright Richard Kalinoski's A Crooked Man, a winner of the TRU Voices New Reading Series.
Many Hats Productions was Associate Producer on Intimate Exchanges by Alan Ayckbourn, performed by Next Stage Theatre Company, Bath, England at the Midtown InterNational Theatre Festival in 2008. It was awarded four nominations and was offered a run at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London's West End. Many Hats Productions produced Bunner Sisters at the New York Society Library and the Salmagundi Club. Requiem For A Marriage is their first co-producing venture with Third Avenue Productions.
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