Awesome NYMadness Kick Off – Season 2

Here’s the line-up  for the first New York Madness of Season 2.  Join us at INTAR (500 West 52nd St. at 10th Ave.) October 11th to experience new short pieces by Cheryl L. Davis, Cecilia Copeland, Ed Cardona, Jr., Fernanda Coppel, Ryan Dowler, Jeffrey James Keyes, Judith Leora, Greg Paul & Lisa Ramirez.  We will announce the night’s theme — decided by Guest Artistic Producing Playwright Cheryl L. Davis — one week before the show.

GUEST ARTISTIC PRODUCING PLAYWRIGHT: CHERYL L. DAVIS


Barnstormer, about Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman flyer, has received a developmental production at the Red Mountain Theatre in Birmingham Alabama, and readings at the York Theater Company, the Lark Play Development Center, and Stamford Center for the Arts; it has received a BareBones presentation at the Lark Play Development Center, a reading as part of Hartford Stage’s “Brand:NEW” Festival, and was presented as part of the National Alliance for Musical Theater’s 2008 Festival. Her play Corner Office was a finalist in the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest.

Cheryl is a musical theater librettist and lyricist, and is an alumna of the Advanced Workshop of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. She is working on Barnstormer with composer Douglas J. Cohen (No Way to Treat a Lady, The Gig, Glimmerglass). She is also working on Sugar Dumpling with composer C. Colby Sachs; this piece is set during the American Civil War, and is loosely adapted from the short story Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassant. She has a degree in English and a Certificate in Theatre and Dance from Princeton University, and has studied playwriting with Jean-Claude Van Itallie and Jeffrey Sweet. She was a Dramatists Guild Fellow in 2002, and was mentored by playwright/librettist Alfred Uhry. She is an alumna of the Playwrights’ Lab of the Women’s Project and Productions, of the River Writers Unit of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and an associate artist of the Milk Can Theatre Company. She is the Vice President of Theater Resources Unlimited, a producers’ networking organization, and is a member of the Board of the League of Professional Theater Women. She is the recipient of a 2009 Writers’ Guild Award for her work as a writer for the daytime dramatic serial “As the World Turns”, and has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on that show as well. She is a practicing attorney in Manhattan and is a partner with the firm of Menaker & Herrmann LLP.

NEW YORK MADNESS FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: CECILIA COPELAND


NEW YORK MADNESS FOUNDING MEMBER: ED CARDONA JR.


NEW YORK MADNESS UNIT WRITER: FERNANDA COPPEL

NEW YORK MADNESS FOUNDING MEMBER: RYAN DOWLER


NEW YORK MADNESS UNIT WRITER: JEFFREY JAMES KEYES

NEW YORK MADNESS FOUNDING MEMBER/MANAGING DIRECTOR: JUDITH LEORA


NEW YORK MADNESS UNIT WRITER: GREG PAUL

NEW YORK MADNESS FOUNDING WRITER: LISA RAMIREZ


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