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MultiStages is joining the movement with our own multicultural and multidisciplinary “The Future is Female” Festival of Women Playwrights, Dancers, Composers, Musicians, Poets, and Artists.  The Future is Female Festivals are being presented across the country in March 2017 in honor of Women’s History Month. Let’s come together in solidarity to protect women’s rights and our future.

Tues., March 21 and Thurs., March 23, 2017 at 7PM
The Shop Theatre
CAP21, 18 W. 18th St., 6th Fl.
Tickets $10.00

MultiStages Festival Participants:

Raquel Almazan, 
Maya Contreras, Cynthia Cooper, Cecilia Copland, Cesi Davidson, C.S. Hanson, Penny Jackson, Chiori Miyagawa, Desi Moreno-Penson, Angelica Pinna Perez, Noemi de la Puente, Lizabeth Sipes, Daniela Thome, Nichole Thompson-Adams


Ela Alster, Tess Cacciatore, Gloria Vando

Video Performance:
Anika Paris

Poster Art:
Nikki Peress

Tong Chen, LaFrae Sci

Sara Berg, Elowyn Castle, Kimille Howard, Lorca Peress

Performers: Andrea Abello, Raquel Almazan, Tonia Anderson, April Armstrong, Gena Bardwell, Sara Berg* Darryl K Brown, Tess Cacciatore, Kim Chinh, JY (Jeong yun) Chun, Bobby Crace, Veronica Cruz* Noemi de la Puente, William Franke* Victoria Franzetti, Joy Kelly* Kathryn Layng* Tate Kenney, Romy Nordlinger* Anika Paris, Desi Moreno-Penson, Lorca Peress* Angelica Pinna Perez, Tanya Perez* Gary Ramsey, Clea Straus Rivera* Crystal Rodriguez, Kate Armstrong Ross, Dan Teachout* Daniela Thome, Nichole Thompson-Adams, Gloria Vando, Alexandra Williamson

*AEA members
Union performers appearing courtesy Theatre Authority

“The Future is Female” Festival was created by writer Mya Kagin. Instead of merely honoring women’s history in March, the festival will celebrate women’s futures. Following the election, Mya was struck by the phrase, “The Future Is Female,” which recently emerged and has taken on great significance during and after the election with many women re-contextualizing the phrase into their own modern interpretation. By participating in this joint venture, our voices are magnified and we can create a larger impact across the country.

Strength in numbers — Stronger Together.

For more info on Women’s History Events:

MultiStages “TFIF” Festival is a Swan Day Event! 




Written by Nathan Yungerberg            Directed by Lorca Peress

Featuring:  LaChrisha Brown, Dyllon Burnside*, Brandon Gill*, Marcel Spears, and Charles E. Wallace* as Esai
Nichole Thompson-Adams
reading stage directions

Two Readings:  Wed., November 16 at 3pm and Thurs., November 17 at 7pm (reception to follow)
Shetler Studios, PH1, 244 W. 54th Street

Free Admission; RSVP:

We are thrilled to announce our next play in development, ESAI’S TABLE by Nathan Yungerberg. Esai’s Table was a 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semifinalist.

Esai’s Table follows the fantastic journey of three young black men on a mythical night sea atop a magical old table. Through cartoon animation and personal revelations, we learn why they’ve been chosen to navigate this trek across the unknown. Destiny meets eternity in this story of black lives, friendship, family, and love.

nathan-newNathan Yungerberg is a Brooklyn-based playwright. His plays include Esai’s Table, The Son of Dawn, Pousada Azul, Orchids, and Polka Dots and Brush Strokes. Nathan’s work has been developed or featured  by The Playwrights’ Center, The Brooklyn Museum, The Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Brava Theater, The Lark, The Fire This Time Festival, 48 Hours in Harlem, The National Black Theatre, The Hansberry Project, The National Black Theatre Festival, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Blackboard Reading Series, The Dramatist Guild,  Flashpoint Theater, the August Wilson Red Door Project, New Venture Theater, The Brooklyn Generator and BBC Radio Afternoon Drama. Nathan is one of seven black playwrights commissioned by The New Black Fest for HANDS UP: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments. Awards and honors: The 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (Semifinalist), Ken Davenport 10-Minute Play Festival (Winner), 11th Annual InspiraTO Festival (Finalist), Blue Ink Playwrighting Award (Semifinalist), and PICK OF THE VINE 2016 at Little Fish Theatre (Semifinalist).


Poster Art by Edgeworth
*AEA members 

Upcoming in 2016

MultiStages Script Development Series
a Swan Day Event celebrating Women in the Arts during Women’s History Month


A new play by Paula Cizmar
Directed by Lorca Peress
Video Consultant Christopher Marston
featuring Darlenis Duran, Russell Jordan* Candice Myers* Romy Nordlinger*
Tate Kenney and Keiza Tyson, assistants

*AEA members

One-Night Only Reading
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Shetler Studio
Penthouse 1
244 W. 54th St. (between 8th and Broadway)
Must RSVP:

JANUARY is a multimedia play about the effects of gun violence on our society. Paula Cizmar presents a shocking and emotive story set within the minds of the mothers of the 10 year-old victim and the 10 year-old killer.

When does public concern turn to obsession?
When does media reporting become exploitation?
Who is the victim?  What is our responsibility?
Can we change the gun situation in the US?

JANUARY was nominated for the Kilroy List and is a MultiStages 2013 New Works Finalist. An earlier version of JANUARY was presented in the 2014 New Works Festival.

full company


DARLENIS DURAN (Maya) is currently playing the lead in Carmen Rivera’s La Gringa at Repertorio Espanol. She appeared in the NY Television Festival 2013 and LA Web Series Festival 2014 official selection Henry web series. Stage credits include: Comida De Puta(HOLA Award Winner), Nadira Simone’s Here In Vain, Women Of Manhattan, Spike Heels, Please Have A Seat And Someone Will Be With You Shortly, and Women In Motion. She was runner up on Season 1 of NuvoTV’s Model Latina and has appeared in music videos, and print/commercial work. She has appeared in various independent films and is AP of HBO/NY International Latino Film Festival winner Crush.

RUSSELL JORDAN* (Henry, Media Presence) is grateful to Lorca Peress and MultiStages for the opportunity to be part of the ongoing development of Paula Cizmar’s JANUARY. Russell was part of the 2014 MultiStages New Works Festival reading of JANUARY, and in 2010 performed in MultiStages’ production of Jamuna Yvette Sirker’s Hell and High Water, or Lessons For When The Sky Falls. Russell is a two-time outstanding actor award recipient from the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, and is currently writing a one-person full-length play recounting his experience escaping the World Trade Center’s North Tower on September 11, 2001.

CANDICE MYERS* (Lauren) Selected theater credits include MultiStages Knowing Bliss by Arden Kass, Yeah Girl Whatever with The Dramatic Question Theater, and Third’s World written by Arthur W. French III and directed by Broadway veteran Arthur French.  She has appeared in television commercials for Comcast and The Maryland Lottery.  Recent appearances in the web series projects Friends or Just Roomies? (which she co-wrote and co-produced) and Q’s One Night Stands” (which has been accepted to several film festivals), and the TV show I Love You…But I Lied.

ROMY NORDLINGER* (Joyce, Media Presence) Selected theatre credits: Shakespeare’s Slave, Clurman Theatre Row, Lancelot at Judson Gym, Caligula at Kirk Theatre Row, Between Here and There with New Perspectives, R Culture at I.R.T, her original solo piece Nazimova at the Snapple & Metropolitan Playhouse with Stage Struck. She has performed her original play Lipshtick at the NY International Fringe Festival and MITF. Selected regional credits: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Wilma, Fleetwood Stage. Film & TV include Co-Star on Law & Order CI, One Life To Live, The Ruthless Spectator and the upcoming Stephen Frears film Florence. Narrator of over 150 audiobooks. Board Member League of Professional Theatre Women, Member NY Madness, Resonance Ensemble, Playwright Gallery.

VALORIE NICCORE* (Stage Directions) is a MultiStages Board Member, and has had the good fortune to work in engaging productions throughout the US. Regional California: Queen Ninetta in Carlo Gozzi’s, The Green Bird, Nastya The Whore, in Gorky’s, The Lower Depths; The Wife in Enrico Buenaventura’s The Autopsy from Documents From Hell; Picasso’s Desire Caught by the Tail, Countess Geschwitz in Wedekind’s, Lulu, directed by Martin Magner. Off Off Broadway: Lady Marlborough in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oddysey Co.), Blanche in Dostoevsky’s The Gambler, and featured in MultiStages’ The Palace of Loneliness. TV: Fox’s America’s Most Wanted, All My Children, Another Worldand Loving. Web Series: Russian refugee in Medical Assistance.

*Members of AEA



PAULA CIZMAR (Playwright) is a playwright whose work often combines poetry and politics. Her plays have been produced at Portland Stage, San Diego Rep, Playwrights Arena @LATC, the Jungle Theater, among others.  Plays include Candy & Shelley Go To the Desert, The Chisera, Still Life with Parrot & Monkey, Street Stories, and Salvage (work-in-progress) for which she received a TCG/Mellon Foundation On the Road grant. She is the recipient of an NEA grant and is one of the writers of the documentary play Seven, which has been translated into 20+ languages and produced in over 30 countries. She is an assistant professor of playwriting at USC. January and The Chisera were first Kilroy List Nominations. January was a MultiStages 2013 New Works

CHRISTOPHER MARSTON (Video Design Consultant) is a filmmaker based in New York City. He collaborated with Lorca Peress on MultiStages’ 2015 production of Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food) by Desi Moreno-Penson, and designed video for Dacyl Acevedo’s one-woman show Will Work For in 2013. Mr. Marston has extensive professional experience as a video editor (current clients include NBC Universal and Univision).  Also an accomplished cinematographer, previous work includes the entire eight-episode Webby Award winning series Gemini Rising (2010) and pilot for the new series The Weirdness (2015).

LORCA PERESS (Director, MultiStages Artistic Director) Recent MultiStages Directing Credits: Desi Moreno-Penson’s Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food) (HOLA Award); Temple Of The Souls musical by Anita Velez-Mitchell, music Dean Landon/Anika Paris; book A. Velez-Mitchell, A. Paris, Lorca Peress (6 Innovative Theatre Nominations, 4 HOLA Awards). Other Credits: Bernstein’s MASS (Queens College, National Opera Assoc. 3rd Prize); Nichole Thompson Adams’ Black Girl You’ve Been Gentrified (Public Theatre). Faculty: NYU Tisch Strasberg Studio, Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Memberships: SDC, AEA, League of Professional Theatre Women (Co-President 2011-14), Creative Network for Federal Affairs Administration Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico. Bennington College and NTI graduate.



Lorca Peress MultiStages Artistic Director


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