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- World Premiere


Playwright: Paige Esterly.

Director: Laura Holland.


Ruthie Ofrasio, Tristan Campbell, Dan Foster, and Isabella Pisacane

When talented 20something Danica moves to New York City to pursue a career as a musician, she assumes things will get off without a hitch. However, on top of her best friend Mary’s sudden turn towards all things "mature" (i.e. grocery shopping, trips to the dentist, and entire afternoons spent NOT stoned out of her mind), her own overwhelming unemployment, and lingering teenage bad habits, Danica soon begins finding mannequin body parts inexplicably hidden around her new apartment. Unsure if these sinister gifts are the work of a stalker or her own slowly slipping mind, she keeps the secret to herself and does her best to slog onward. As her dread mounts and Danica slowly begins to unravel, her friends become increasingly concerned until things come to a head-- literally.


Cabaret Theater

Thursday - September 6 - 6:30pm
Saturday - September 8 - 5pm
Sunday- September 9 - 8pm
Friday - September 14 - 6:30
Saturday - September 15 - 5pm
Sunday - September 16 - 8pm

Running time: The Torso is 90 Minutes $15.

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Playwright: Paige Esterly is a New York based playwright, artist, and teacher. A recent grad of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dramatic Writing, Paige’s work has previously been performed at TheatreWorks (Menlo Park, CA), The Little Theatre of Alexandria (Alexandria, VA), Equity Library Theater, the NVTA One Act Play Festival (Falls Church, VA), and the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing (NYC). Paige enjoys her job as an elementary school teacher, and when not working or writing she can be found photographing, collaging, or enjoying a good book under a shady tree.

Director: Laura Holland is an actor-director-producer currently living in Brooklyn. She is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute as well as Stonestreet Film Studio and Conservatory. Laura has performed in multiple productions at the Strasberg Institute and originated the role of Sarah in East Coast Curriculum by Lucy Thurber. This summer she will be directing an original one act with playwright Paige Esterly as part of The Equity Library Theater’s Summer 2018 play festival. For the past three years, Laura has held a position at nonprofit organization The Ziegfeld Club, working to give grants to female-identiftying theatremakers.

Cast: Ruthie Ofrasio, Tristan Campbell, Dan Foster, and Isabella Pisacane



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