Dream Up Festival 2013

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– World Premiere


Written by: Gaspare DiBlasi.

Directed by: Jesse Marchese.

Cast: Max Arnaud, Bonnie Black and Zal Owen

Benjamin is a struggling actor-waiter living in New York City. When he returns to his family home in Yonkers to visit his widowed, single mom, he finds that she is anything but alone. What's worse, the man she's been suddenly engaged to is closer in age to Benjamin than herself! Over the course of one stormy evening, Benjamin attempts to make sense of his mother's new arrangement with her suspicious new beau. Can Benjamin bring himself to raise a glass and say “L’Chayim”?


Community Theater


Wednesday - August 21 - 6:30pm
Thursday - August 22 - 6:30pm
Friday - August 23 - 9pm
Saturday - August 24 - 8pm
Sunday - August 25 - 5pm

Running time: L'Chayim is 60 Minutes $15.

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Gaspare DiBlasi (Playwright) is currently attending New York University for his masters in Educational theater. He is also a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where he received his B.A. in Theater Arts and Fiorello LaGuardia High School where he majored in Acting. This past Summer Gaspare’s show, 50 Things I Love About Frank, which he wrote and appeared in, had its world Premiere at Theater for The New City where it played a sold out run. Some of his favorite performing credits include: The National Tour of A Chorus Line, Lost In Yonkers, The Time of The Cuckoo, Pirates of Penzance, and High School Musical 2.

Jesse Marchese (Director) is the Assistant to the Artistic Director of Off--‐Broadway’s award--‐winning Mint Theater Company where he has assistant directed Katie Roche, Mary Broome and Rutherford andSon. Jesse’s work as a director has been represented at Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival (Gaspare DiBlasi’s 50 Things I Love About Frank) as well as Off--‐Broadway at New World Stages (MosesMogilee’s inaugural production of Ghosts of Provincetown: two one--‐act plays). Jesse assisted Adam Blanshay in directing The Apartment for the New York International Fringe Festival, where he also played the role of company manager for RadioTheatreNYC’s production of The Mole People in 2008.
He is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where he directed both Falsettoland and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Through the college, Jesse was also able to assist Barbara Simon, Charles Repole and Patricia Birch on numerous workshops at the York Theatre.



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