Playful Substance, November 2021
A durational series of performances, hosted moments, and pre-recorded content to raise funds and engage the community.
Playful Substance’s Writers’ Groups took the spotlight in this annual staged reading event featuring excerpts of works-in-progress directed and read by company members and friends. Pithy Party 2021 followed a telethon format allowing for three unique “In-studio” seatings that were live-streamed over 4 hours with extra content for the online audience. 10 Writers! 10 Directors! 30 actors! No Touch Backs and No Do-Overs!
Playful Substance is a New York-based theater company dedicated to fostering new works through their Writers Groups, developmental workshops, community events, and fully staged productions. They believe that lifelong artist development, work-life balance, and the vitality of an inclusive creative space are integral to the artist’s practice. “Playful Substance” is the mission; substantive work approached with joy, cooperation, sensitivity, and humor. www.playfulsubstance.com
Pithy Party Creative Team:
Bree O’Connor – Artistic Director/ Producer
Gavin Sexton – Stage Manager
Laura Sisskin – Social Media Manager
Genevieve Myers – Social Media Manager
Jay Michaels – Press Agent
Laura Murphy – Co-host
Raphael Perahia – Co-host
Transcend Streaming – Streaming Producer
Tori Barron – Playwright
Kim Berrios Lin – Director
Performed by Laura Sisskin, Marlon Quijije, & Marlon Quijije.
Under The Bridge
Jacqueline Reason – Playwright & Director
Performed by Jeorge Bennett Watson, Anastacia Taylor, Naila Negron, & Brianna Suarez-Thomas.
The House on 2nd Street
Niki Hatzidis – Playwright
Bree O’Connor – Director
Performed by Dan Renkin, Tori Barron, Patrick Michael Valley, Maria Peyramaure, Don Wollner, Helene Galek, Rahoul Roy, Yessenia Rivas, Laura Murphy, & Brandon Fox.
Bree O’Connor – Playwright
Ashley Adelman – Director
Performed by Bree O’Connor, Dan Renkin, & Rocco Spoon.
A Special Episode
Nicholas Steckman – Playwright
Kaili Y Turner – Director
Performed by Bree O’Connor, Rocco Spoon, Lauren Lindsey White, & Matt Cross.
La Tía Angustias Viena De Vista
Martha Lorena Preve – Playwright
Cynthia Bastidas – Director
Performed by Silvana Gonzalez, Maria Peyramaure, & Marlon Quijije.
Donald Wollner – Playwright
Amanda Faye Lacson – Director
Performed by Lee Wilkoff & Cristina Garcia Leon
Mr. & Mrs. Garbo
Raphael Perahia – Playwright
Dan Renkin – Director
Performed by Yessenia Rivas & Raphael Perahia
The Ms. Piggy Social Club
Stephanie Scott – Playwright
Courtney Wetzel – Director
Performed by Bree O’Connor & Cristina Garcia Leon
Laura Sisskin – Playwright
Raphael Perahia – Director
Performed by Don Wollner, Lee Wilkoff, Helene Galek, & Yessenia Rivas