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The House of Charity title

– World Premiere


Andre Degas - Writer and Director
Jonathan Schwolsky - Creative Producer, Designer (Set, Sound, Costume/Props, Visual Media)
Lucas Wilson Spiro - Projection Design, Visual Media

Community Theater


Sunday - August 27 - 2pm
Monday - August 28 - 9pm
Tuesday - August 29 - 6:30pm
Wednesday - August 30 - 9pm
Thursday - August 31 - 6:30pm
Saturday - September 2 - 8pm
Sunday - September 3 - 2pm
Monday - September 4 - 6:30pm
Wednesday - September 13 - 9pm

Running time: House of Charity is 90 Minutes $18.

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The House of Charity by Andre F. Degas is a hyper realistic, racial and sexually charged drama set in a fast-paced working environment, bursting with expressionistic scenic media. Degas wrote The House Of Charity in 2012 under the mentorship of Richard Schotter, MFA professor at Queens College. The play has been read at The Flea Theater, La Mama Theater and The Dramatist Guild. Our gratitude is always to Paul Calderon and Bruce Baek from Primitive Grace Theater and casting director Meredith Jacobson Marciano for helping us build such a stellar cast.

This dark comedy addresses serious issues about addiction and recovery. It is dedicated to the men and women who are healing their lives with faith, service, and love. Step-by-Step and Day-by-Day, the characters at The House Of Charity show that helping others is the key to helping themselves. The healing process that comes from charity work is without parallel. When we see others who are worse off than we are, we desire to help them with something of our own. We call it the law of existence.


Brendan Ryan, Nixon Cesar, Ivan Goris, Peter Halpin, Andrew Oakes, Patrick Faerber and Jaleesa Capri

Andre Fuad Degas, filmmaker and theatre director, began his career touring with the National Shakespeare Company and The Alabama Shakespeare Festival as a recent graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Andre then turned to writing and directing, and in 1999 was asked by renowned Finnish Filmmaker Mika Kaurismaki to direct his screenplay Condition Red, which aired on HBO. Degas then wrote and directed a one-hour TV drama about his Egyptian roots, entitled The Kitchen. It was shown on American Playhouse and Reel New York, and garnered 9 million viewers on PBS. His screenplay -currently in production- “Crossing The Line”, was developed by a Diversity Development fund from ITVS and in 2016 received a grant from The New York State Council On The Arts. Andre Degas holds an MFA in film studies from Hollins University, is an Adjunct professor at Queens College where he teaches creative writing and also works at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn as a Latin Dance Instructor.

Jonathan Schwolsky is a NYC-based director, filmmaker, producer, visual artist, and designer. Known for his well-rounded, grassroots approach to collaborative performance making, Schwolsky has created content in a variety of media under the moniker EggSalad Productions -with award-winning artists from all over the globe. "The House of Charity" is the second Off-Broadway show he has produced -in as many years- and remains an example of his purposeful intent to psychologically as well as environmentally grip his audiences.  



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