The Strawberry One-Act Festival (NYC/Summer 2011) Abounds with Actors Studio Drama School Playwrights, Actors and Directors

The Strawberry One-Act Festival features six recent graduates of The Actors Studio Drama School’s MFA Program. Ellen Orchid’s “Criminal Mischief” (Thursday, July 28 at 9 pm) and Kerri Campbell Evans’ “Weight” (Saturday, July 30 at 7 pm) take the stage at the Hudson Guild Theater, 441 West 26th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenue), NYC.

A sweet treat this summer is the 20th annual Strawberry One-Act Festival , a play competition in which the audience and the theatre’s judges cast their votes to select the best play of the season.  Twice a year, hundreds of plays from across the country are submitted for the competition.  Plays move from the 1st Round to the Semi-Finals and then the Finals.  The playwright of the winning play receives $1,500.00 and the opportunity to have a full-length play developed by the Riant.  The awards to be presented are Best Play, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. 
Here are some familiar names that you may remember from past Actors Studio Drama School Spring Repertory Seasons:
Thursday, July 28th at 9:00 pm
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF by Ellen Orchid (MFA ’09)
Directed by Ellen Orchid (MFA ’09)
Featuring: Melinda Graham (MFA ’10), Suzanne Darrell (MFA ’10), and Angel Dillemuth (MFA ’10)
He was a great boyfriend.  Until his wife showed up.
Saturday, July 30th at 7:00 pm

WEIGHT by Kerri Campbell Evans (MFA ’10)
Directed by Larissa Dzegar (MFA ’09)
Featuring:  Melinda Graham (MFA ’10), Geiselle Nix-Fauntleroy, and Kerri Campbell Evans (MFA ’09)
3 embryos, 2 women & 1 waiting room

The Strawberry One-Act Festival is held at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street, NYC.  Tickets: Manhattan Repertory Theatre One-Act Play Competition 2011 Features “CRIMINAL MISCHIEF” by Ellen Orchid, ASDS MFA ’09 (Playwright); Starring Melinda Graham, ASDS MFA ’10 (Acting)

This Spring, Manhattan Repertory Theatre will be presenting 36 new plays featuring some of this country’s finest playwrights, actors and directors in a theatrical celebration of new work – MRT’s ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION 2011.

Teaming up on May 21-24 are two Actors Studio Drama School MFA graduates: Ellen Orchid (’09, Playwright -pictured) and Melinda Graham (’10, Acting) in the courtroom drama “Criminal Mischief.”

Ellen Orchid (Actors Studio Drama School MFA ’09, Playwright) debuts her somewhat autobiographical play, a courtroom drama with comic moments, at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s 2011 One-Act Play Competition, May 21-24. Starring former classmate Melinda Graham (Actors Studio Drama School MFA ’10, Acting), Criminal Mischief  is about a widowed mother of two who is taken for quite a ride by her new boyfriend…and the wife he hid from her.

Criminal Mischief will be performed at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 303 W. 42nd Street at 8th Avenue, on the third floor. Show times are Saturday, May 21 at 9 p.m.; Sunday, May 22 at 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 24 at 9 p.m.

The show is part of a one-act play competition, and two other plays will be performed at the same time. Reservations are required, tickets are $20 and the phone number is 646-329-6588.