Inca of Perusalem

An HB Studio Student Workshop Production

Playwright: George Bernard Shaw

Director: Carol Rosenfeld

Cast: Dena Beth Alan, Edmund Day, Maggie DeVora, Andy McCutcheon, Jess Osuna, James Wilson.

Stage Managers: Catherine Kjome, Celeste Gregoire, Lorena Arancibia, and David Shih.

Inca of Perusalem was performed on January 25th-27th, 2005

Synopsis: In a hotel sitting room the Princess is met by the hotel manager. Ermyntrude, now dressed very plainly gets the job as her lady’s maid. Captain Duval, a messenger from the “Inca of Perusalem” appears with news that Inca wants one of his sons to marry the Princess. Ermyntrude realises that the messenger is in fact the Inca in disguise. She offers to return the trick, by pretending to be the Princess to find out what his intentions are. The Princess, who is very timid, agrees to let Ermyntrude take charge. Ermyntrude receives the “captain” with an air of great superiority. She is given a gift of a jewel, designed by the Inca, but she is horrified by its size. The Inca is impressed by the “Princess”‘s grand manner and reveals his true identity. However, he says that he recognises Ermyntrude. He knows she is the Archdeacon’s daughter, not the Princess. But she is so convincing as a princess that now he wishes to marry her himself. Unfortunately he already has a wife, so he suggests they should to convert to Islam so he can legally have another one. Ermyntrude says the Inca is far too poor for her, since his country is going bankrupt because of its foolish war. The Inca says that the war will result in his overthrow and the creation of a republic, but this will not be a problem as he will be elected as “super-president” of the republic. He then says how surprised he is by the popularity of the war in his homeland. He used to rely for popularity on his contributions to art, literature and science, but he was ignored. Now the mass killing in the war leads to cheering crowds. Despite being turned down for marriage, the Inca offers to take Ermyntrude on a drive round the town. She accepts, but emphasises that she will “refuse any incorrect proposals” he makes to her.

Two Evenings of One-Act Plays

An HB Ensemble Production

Playwrights: Eugene Ionesco, Tennessee Williams, Fernando Arrabal, Don Nigro, Horton Foote, Christopher Durang, Harold Pinter,

Directors: Aleksey Burago, Kate Bushmann+, Rasa Allan Kazlas+, Ian Marshall, Amy Wright.

Cast: Georgina Bates, Stephanie Braxton*, Jim Boerlin*, Emily Cain, Snezhana Chernova, Daniela Dakic, AC Davidson, Toni Ann DeNoble, Nick DeSimone, Pascal Escriout, Koichiro Goto, Elizabeth Grey*, Hanna Hayes, Cordis Heard*, Ryen Herrmann, Gregory Higgins, Genc Jakupi, James LaChere, Philip Kushner, Barry McBrien, David McElfresh*, Rachel Murdy, Etienne Navarre, Noelle Neglia, Dara O’Brien, Marci Occhino, Tadhg O’Mordha, Kathleen Peirce, Marilyn Porayko, Paul Pryce, Anil Ramani, Sophia Remolde, Judy Rosenblatt*, Tony Siniscalchi, David Shih*, Catherine Siracusa, David B. Sochet*, Michael Spence, Ying Yu Tan, Thomas Tinelli, Matthew Tischler, Sharon Wajswol, Derek Wong, Marius Zilberstein.

Stage Manager: Alan Bluestone Production Manager: Shiraz Biggie Assistant Directors: Alan Bluestone & Sharon Wajswol Production Assistant & Set Design: Emily Chain Costume Design: Kanlaya Phoutinane Costumes and Projection Sketches: Catherine Siracusa Props: Elizabeth Grey Sound Editor: Kenneth Feldman Choreography: Georgina Bates Original Music & Lyrics: Nick DeSimone.

*Appearing Courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, +Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Two Evenings of One-Act Plays were performed in 2006


The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco:

The Long Goodbye by Tennessee Williams:

Picnic on the Battlefield by Fernando Arrabal:


The Daughters of Edward D. Boit by Don Nigro:

The Dancers by Horton Foote:

The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang:

Mountain Language by Harold Pinter:


The American Clock

An HB Ensemble Production

Playwright: Arthur Miller

Director: Austin Pendleton

Lightning: Chris Dallos Stage Manager: Shiraz Biggie Musical Director: Anne Phillips Managing Director: Marlene Mancini Costume Design: Patricia Adshead, Catherine Siracusa

The American Clock was performed September 27th – October 15th, 2007

Synopsis: The play employs a series of vignettes and short scenes, with the actors portraying some fifty-two characters, to capture the sense and substance of America in the throes of the Great Depression. The central figures are the Baums, a wealthy family whose fortune has vanished in the stock market crash, but their story is amplified and illuminated by brief glimpses of other lives; a farmer who has lost all in the dust bowl; a prostitute who exchanges her favors for dental work; a white Southern sheriff in thrall to a black short-order cook; a young man who dreams of success on Tin Pan Alley, etc. Moving deftly from scene to scene, some funny, some movingly poignant, the play becomes a deeply affecting evocation both of a tortured time in American history and of the indomitable spirit of the people who survived and prevailed in the face of unaccustomed adversity.

Our Son’s Wedding

A Playwrights in Development Series

Part of “The 2nd Six Playwrights in Search of a Production…”

Playwright: Donna de Matteo

Director: Donna de Matteo

Cast: Marina Re*, Roger Serbagi*, Perry Ojeda*, Eric Rasmussen*

*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

Stage Directions: Chris Drury Managing Director: Marlene Mancini Technical Director: Giovanni Villari Office Manager: Tara Webb

The 2nd Six Playwrights in Search of a Production - HB Studio

Our Son’s Wedding was performed October 25th & 26th, 2008

Synopsis: Husband-to-be Michael and Dr. David Schwartz are bound to get married for the first time. Angelo Lo Presto, seemingly homophobic father of Michael and his wife of forty years, Mary Lo Presto are having an adversarial conversation in their hotel suite at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Boston, MA about their son’s marriage. Michael is crushed when he finds out about a huge wedding decoration error, his interior decorator mind drives him into destroying half of the decorations and punching his groom in the face after following his mother’s advice. Angelo Lo Presto is also involved in the feud when he has to face his wife’s secrets after being kept in the dark for a long time.