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- New York Off-Broadway Premiere


Playwright: Justin Moriarty.

Director/Producer: Jonathan Schwolsky

Composers: Rick Pruden and JT Kelly

Set Designer/Visual Artist: Sacha Zabotin

Stage Manager - Lauren Kardos

Assistant Directors - Darin Frank Earl & James Carluccio


Sarah Jean Schwolsky - *Mrs. Melnick
Jonathan Schwolsky - James
Ivan Goris - Lukas

Born from the desire to redefine the War On Drugs, “The Rounds” is an experimental dancetheatre performance. Utilizing the true stories of three addicts in varying stages of recovery, audience members are propelled into the world of addiction and mental health. As the opioid epidemic and various mental health crises expand daily across the globe, “The Rounds” confronts the many stereotypes and false beliefs about addiction as it effects people of all races, religions, genders, and ages. “The Rounds” provides a topical abstraction of relatable narratives in an immersive and moving experience.


Cabaret Theater

Sunday - August 26 - 3:30pm
Monday - August 27 - 6:30pm
Thursday - August 30 - 9pm
Saturday - September 1 - 8pm
Monday - September 3 - 6:30pm
Friday - September 7 - 9pm
Saturday - September 8 - 3:30pm
Sunday - September 9 - 2pm

Running time: The Rounds is 45 Minutes $18.

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Director/Producer— Jonathan Schwolsky

Jonathan Schwolsky is a filmmaker, theatre director, and performer. Specializing in creating streamlined and nuanced original content, his adaptation of “The Rounds” by Justin Moriarty— an experimental dance-theatre performance about the War on Drugs, --was acclaimed as "horrifyingly accurate...employing genius traffic patterns” (Entertainment Hour NYC). During his residency as Artistic Director of Warehouse 550 in Lewiston, ME, Schwolsky premiered his first adaptation of “The Rounds” as the headlining performance in “The 272 Lenses” multimedia art show, which featured wall-to-wall murals, interactive sculptures, and a small video installation also curated by Schwolsky. In the fall of 2017, Jonathan co-produced the OffBroadway world premiere of "The House of Charity" by Andre Degas at the 2017 Dream Up Theatre Festival at Theatre For the New City. Schwolsky has worked extensively as a videographer, photographer and freelance performance educator. Independently, he has created original performance and media content with a myriad of NYC-based artists. His current adaptation of “The Rounds” is Schwolsky’s off-Broadway premiere as a director and performer.

Playwright— Justin Moriarty

Justin Moriarty is Technical Director of the Theater and Dance Department at Bates College, a playwright, poet, lighting designer, director, stage manager, IATSE local 114 member, and founding director of Summer Peace and Social Justice Camp. He has designed lights for talents such as Sara Juli, Laura Peterson Choreography, The Wonder Twins, Annie Kloppenberg, Robin Sanders, and Headlong Dance Theater. He is currently completing an MFA program at Goddard College in Interdisciplinary Arts with a concentration in socially engaged performance creation and theater education. Justin began writing short creative stories at a very early age. After falling in love with Hip Hop he started writing poetry and spoken word and for the past few years has experimented with writing short plays like “The Rounds”. Addiction, gang violence, the war on drugs, and mass incarceration are some of the themes that you will find explored in his writing. He just completed a full length one-person show about his life growing up in Hartford, Connecticut in the early 1990’s called “Left Right.” He plans to publish his first book of poetry later this Fall.

Composers— Rick Pruden and JT Kelly

JT Kelly and Rick Pruden met through their local NJ music community in 2011 and have been working on musical projects together ever since. They have recorded and released multiple albums, scored a short film, as well as toured across the United States, performing over two hundred fifty shows. They have been able to not only foster their creative interests through music, but have also been able to use music as a way to raise awareness and funds for No More Dysphoria, a non-profit organization created with the goal of helping transgender individuals pay for major aspects of their transitions. Currently JT and Rick run a production studio in East Stroudsburg, PA. JT and Rick hope to continue to grow as producers, working with and in a multitude of media platforms.

Set Designer / Visual Artist— Sacha Zabotin

Sacha Zabotin grew up between New York and Corsica surrounded by his great grandfather, Wladimir Zabotin’s, early 20th century abstract expressionist paintings—the core of his informal art education. Informed by experiences in Bhutan, four years in Maine, and a year in Madrid, Sacha aims to paint scenes rich in symbols, forms, and shapes that are at times rooted in human history and language and others that are timeless, original yet primordial, absurd, and alien. Sacha’s new focus is on memory–how we experience, remember, and forget. In his latest series “Al’z-Timers”, the artist grapples with what is left after a day, a year, a lifetime and how certain diseases or mental states like dementia or Alzheimer’s affect this. The end result is a layered and textured abstraction – a sort of life portrait or drawn-out flash of life, connectivity, and loss.


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