Saturday, May 12, 2018

The JUDGES for the FINALS of the Strawberry One-Act Festival - 31st Season - May 26th at 12pm at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St, 12th Fl, NYC

MARGARET EMORY, Agent at SW Artists

Formerly a legit agent at Dulcina Eisen Associates, Margaret Emory is currently representing actors for film, TV and theatre and on camera commercials and voiceovers at SW Artists, a talent agency in New York City. Her clients are currently working on Broadway, Off Broadway, in regional theatres, international and national tours, cruise ships, episodic TV and feature films.

Margaret is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, an honors graduate of Princeton University, and a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. She has been a performer and director, headed a national Shakespeare company and served as an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College. She founded The Emory Seminars, a program on The Business of Acting,” which she has taken to the North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington. She created and wrote the popular Ask an Agent” column for Backstage and wrote the popular book, ASK AN AGENT, now in its second edition and available at the Drama Book Shop and at in paperback and Kindle format. Margaret is also a song lyricist and tennis enthusiast. She is a member of New York Women in Film and Television.

ELLYN LONG-MARSHALL, Casting Director, Orpheus Group Casting 

Ellyn Long Marshall and Maria E. Nelson, the founding partners of Orpheus Group Casting, received the Riant Theatre’s Pioneer of the Arts Award in recognition of their 27 years of uncompromising dedication to the arts of film, theater, and television.  Among the critically acclaimed films enriched by their expertise are Girlfight (2000), Real Women Have Curves (2002), Maria Full of Grace (2004), and Amreeka (2009).  The pair have also worked with respected theater companies such as INTAR, on Broadway, and at Lincoln Center.

COUNT STOVALL, Actor of Broadway, Film & Television

Count has enjoyed a career spanning over 40 years acting on both stage and screen.  His Broadway credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire, Driving Miss Daisy, Cat on a Hot Tin RoofThe Philadelphia Story, and Inacent Black.  Off-Broadway and regionally Count has worked with NEC, the New Federal Theater, the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, the McCarter Theatre, the Hartford Stage Company, Cleveland Playhouse, the Manhattan Theater Club, Crossroads Theater Company and the Kennedy Center.  On film he has appeared in Jack Goes Boating (directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman); A Nick In Time (directed by Be’Garrett), and The Dig (directed by Joshua Van Pragg).  On television, he has appeared on several shows, including: The Good Wife, NYC 22, Army Wives, Law & Order, NY Undercover, All My Children, Zora is My Name, As the World Turns, Give Me a Break, and The Doctors.  Count is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater and the Actors Studio.  He is the father of five, grandfather of five, and married 25 years.

MIKE MCDAVID, Theatre Producer and Educator

Mike McDavid is a producer and educator, having served in a variety of positions at The McCarter Theatre Center, Endstation Theater Company, The Pennington School, Metropolitan Playhouse, and, most recently, Bret Adams Ltd. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and he is very pleased to be working with Riant Theatre and contributing to the development of new plays. 

Please join us for the Strawberry One-Act Festival May 16th through May 27, 2018 at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Fl, NYC.  For tickets go to  Box Office 646-623-3488.

Join us and cast your votes to determine which plays advance to the next round.

Round 1 of the Competition, May 16th - May 21st
Monday - Friday shows at 6pm & 8:30pm
Saturday, May 19th at 1pm, 3:30pm, 6pm & 8:30
Sunday, May 20th at 1pm, 3:30pm & 6pm
Monday, May 21st at 8:30pm

The Semi-Finals will be on May 22, 23 & 24th at 6pm & 8:30pm.

The Finals, Saturday, May 26th at 12pm, the Industry Judges will cast their votes and pick the BEST PLAY OF THE SEASON.  

The Awards will be presented for Best Director, Actor, Costumes and Video Diary at The Awards Ceremony & Performance on Sunday, May 27th at 5pm.  In addition, the top 4 plays selected by the Industry Judges will perform before the Best Play Award is announced.  

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Also play:  Children Are Forever: All Sales Are Final
5/18 @ 8:30pm, 5/20 @ 6pm
5/25 @ 6pm, 5/26 @ 7pm

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Also playing:  FOR A LIFE by Cody Buser
5/18 @ 6pm, 5/19 @ 6pm
5/25 @ 6pm, 5/26 @ 5pm

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A Riant Theatre Production
Van Dirk Fisher, Founder & Artistic Director

Pearl Hale (Host), Van Dirk Fisher (Artistic Director), Nejla Hubbard (Actress)