The Motel Plays

Playwrights: Neena Beber, Donna deMatteo, Alex Gersten, Julie McKee, Lisa Maria Radano, Ari Roth, James Ryan, Kathleen Tolan and Tug YourgrauThe Motel Plays - HB Studio Playwright Theatre

Directors: Donna deMatteo, William Carden, Deborah Hedwall, Julie McKee, Maria Mileaf, Shira Piven, Lisa Maria Radano, Ben Shaktman and Amy Wright

Cast: Tom Bazar, Gerry Becker, Peter Birkenhead, Elaine Bromka, Elizabeth Bunch, Michael Countryman, Rosemary DeAngelis, Drea deMatteo, Todd Gearheart, Alexandra Gersten, Frank Girardeau, Nurit Koppel, Sheryl Moller, Carole Monferdini, Pippa Pearthree, Sheryl Sciro, David Simonds, Irma St.Paule, Kathleen Tolan, Welker White and Amy Wright

Set: Ray Recht Sound: Robert Auld Lighting: Chris Dallos Costume: Chris Field Production Stage Managers: Vienna Hagen, Paul Powell, Jorge Colon, Cheryl Lawson, Robert Valin, Yukako Yamazoe

The Motel Plays were performed June 13th – 29th of 1997.


The Ruse: Hal, a lonely man staying in a motel room, and Bryna, a motel maid, make a connection.

The Heart transplant: In a Miami motel, two women named Jen and Nina await an important medical procedure.

Motel Story: Two old friends reflect on their lives and their love for each other. 

The Daffodils: An older hotel maid gives life advice to a younger co-worker. 

Bright Angel: Gina, a traveling pregnant woman, who had a panic attack, converses with a motel maid about life.

Prelude to a Crisis:  In a faculty room, a teacher and student has a discussion regarding their personal lives and how they impact in the classroom.      

Warm Love: In a motel room, a man and an older woman who have been having an affair come to a revelation.

The Wax: Angie is a sexually repressed woman who meets with her old friend Kate who gives her marriage advice.

Mid-Life: Mark and Deena, two co-workers, meet in a motel room, and discuss their previous traumas and insecurities.


An HB Special Showcase of a Work-in-Progress

Playwright: Maria A. Suckaite Marina - HB Studio

Director: Jonas Jurasas

Cast: Laura Esterman

Marina was performed December 2nd – 4th

A play based of the poetry, diaries, and letters of Marina Tsvetaeva.

Boy Dies Dancing Mambo

An HB Studio Performance

Playwright: Arthur Giron Boy Dies Dancing Mambo - HB Studio

Director: Elinor Renfield

Cast: James Doerr, Felix Solis, Olivia Negron, Forrest Compton, Eddie Lew, Miguel Melendez

Set: Edmund A. LeFevre Lights: Chris Dallos Sound: Robert Auld Costume: Christine Field Stage Manager: Vienna Hagen

Boys Dies Dancing Mambo was performed March 28th – April 13th, 1996

Knives in Hens

An HB Studio Production

 Playwright: David Harrower

Director: Gus Rogerson

Cast: Christopher McCann, Robin Morse, Daniel Oreskes

Set: Neil Patel Lights: Chris Dallos Sound: David Van Tieghem Costumes: Moe Schell Dialect: Ralph Zito Production Stage Manager: Vienna Hagen Assistant Director: Corry Ouellette Technical Director: Carlo Adinolfi Dialect Coach: Pamela Nyberg Assistant Sound: Jill Duboff Assistant Stage Managers: Silvana Rugilo, Yukako Yamazoe Artistic Director: William Carden

Knives in Hens was performed July 19th – August 2nd

Synopsis:  This play is a brutal fable set in a timeless spartan rural community.

Knives in Hens - HB Studio

St. George and the Dragon at Christmas Tide

An HB Ensemble Holiday Production

Playwright: Marjorie Sigley

Directors: Lake Simmons and Trudy Steibl

Cast: Allison Abrams, Selcuk Karabag, Molly Carden, Kathleen McKee, Harold Lehmann, Laurence Levy, Hal Hunsinger, Chris Sutherland, David Adams, David Fulford, Robert Glen Dioguardi, Sarah Sommers, Ethan Hova, Alexandra Cohen Spiegler, Kurt Fitzpatrick, Hailley Schwartz, Casey Kimura, Bill Dealy, Lisa Johnson, Dainya Anderson, Elizabeth Roese, Stephanie Laskin, Dillon Mohammed, Elizabeth Alspelter, Emma Therese Biegacki, Shlomi Elkabetz, Jeanne Henry, Delia Kelly, Evan Schwartz, Suzanne Wasik, Mariaj Widman, Alison Bristow, Alyse Ebru Eldek, James Henry, Miho Inoue, Diane Merkel, Maxford Pieters

Director: Lake Simmons Choreography: Mary Anthony, Paul Friedman Fight: Ian Marshall Lighting: Josh Allen Sound: Robert Auld Sound Engineer: Mark Brigante Original Costumes: Kathy Berle Costume Coordinator & Additional Designs: Diane Simons Production Stage Manger: Kimberly I. Kefgen Stage Manager: Gro Engelstoft Assistant Stage Manager: Mary Lucia Hanover

St. George and the Dragon at Christmas Tide was performed December 18th – 19th, 21st-23rd, 26th-29th St. George and the Dragon at Christmastide - HB Studio