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Playwright: Natalie Menna.

Director: Ivette Dumeng

Producer: Robert Greer

The short two-act play is set in the foreseeable future, when the world is nearing its end. Harry, Clay and Luella, an older man, a young man and a woman, all British expats, are sheltering from nearby bomb blasts in a bleak room. They cope by taunting each other with warped games of verbal wordplay and by blurring each other's realities while losing touch with their own. The older man is the uncle of the younger man, who is a punk rocker. The woman, wife of the older man, is a former Rockette of Sephardic Jewish heritage. The trio's ordeal is meant to offer a bleak glimpse at life in the wake of a dystopian presidency, where wars will abound, words will have lost their meaning and people will have lost their way. How did the world get there?


Johnson Theater

Saturday - September 8 - 8pm
Monday - September 10 - 6:30pm
Wednesday - September 12 - 6:30pm
Friday - September 14 - 6:30pm
Sunday - September 16 - 8pm

Running time: Occasionally Nothing is 70 Minutes $18.

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• Author
Natalie Menna is an award-winning playwright and actress living in downtown Brooklyn. A native New Yorker, her most recent production of Committed was performed in September 2017 at the 14th Street Y to excellent reviews. She was nominated for Outstanding Overall Production of a Revival/Adaptation/Sequel for her full-length play Occasionally Nothing in PCTF 2017. Resident playwright at Strindberg Rep, she adapted Journey in Light and Shadow by Stig Dalager in February 2017 at the Gene Frankel Theatre.

Natalie was awarded Outstanding Playwriting of a One-Act and Outstanding Overall Production of a One-Act for her play Occasionally Nothing in PCTF 2016. Her fulllength drama Committed received Outstanding Overall Production of a Reading and Best Actor at PCTF 2015. Her play Montana was featured in Nylon Fusion This Rounds' on Us in September 2016. She was nominated for Outstanding Writer for her full-length comedy Zen A.M. in PCTF 2014. Her solo show Roberta! was featured in United Solo Theatre Festival, Theatre Row, in November 2014 and for an Encore Presentation in September 2016. www.NatalieMenna.com

• Director
Director Ivette Dumeng is Producing Artistic Director and founding member of Nylon Fusion Theatre Company (www.nylonfusion.org) and a member of The Actors Studio Playwrights Directors Unit and League of Professional Theatre Women. Among her directing credits are Elephant Girl by John Patrick Shanley and four plays by Don Nigro: Marina, Mata Hari, Jack in the Box and Front Porch. She is also a prolific actor. (SAG/AFTRA) www.IvetteDumeng.com

• Cast
• Sean Hoagland • Maiken Wiese • Brad Fryman


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