Sunday, November 11, 2012

THEATRE ARTISTS AT PLAY: Decisions Festival in East Village

Last night kicked off the start of "The Decision: Play Festival" at Three Jewels New York. It was an evening of exciting, funny, dynamic plays around the theme of our city and our nation's future after the election. 

"Decision" is a fundraising arts event for Limitless Health Institute as well as victims of Hurricane Sandy. The three-day festival is based around 4 plays the first two nights with the Monday finale of all 8 plays. 

On Saturday, the first series of plays started off with a bang. Literally. Percussionist and electronica producer Matt Vorzimer's play "Decisions Made a Mile High" was a funny story blending personal tales of struggle in New York alongside rock and electronica. The cabaret performance was highlighted with Matt's amazing skills on the drums and sound board that talked back to him throughout his piece. The story concludes on an open-ended note of Matt not being able to decide whether he can continue to tough it out in a city battered by storms, financial strife, personal woes, but also musical inspiration. "Decisions Made a Mile High" was a well-executed cabaret sample of a piece that could be expanded in the future. Director Nick Petrie helped find the layers of nuance in between the sound and fury of electronic punk and percussion. 

"Coming Home" was a different take on living in America post-election in a iApartment controlled by a Siri-like master. When a guy brings home his date for an intimate evening his apartment e-host mucks up the plans by over-controlling the environment and his date. 

"Coming Home" playwright Ron Holsey takes the audience on absurd love story where our social media and technology becomes the 'third corner' in a love triangle. Director Snehal Desai and his cast brought out the laughs in a tightly-written sample of modern life. 

Garlia Cornelia Jones-Ly offers a Swift-ian story about women's reproductive rights in the future with "HR 212." After being raped, Margaret goes for help with her unwanted pregnancy and is faced with opposition because of a new congressional bill. "HR 212" was both darkly comedic and a disturbing 'what if' nightmare about America under the control of anti-abortion extremists. Director Kira Simring crafts the story to move quickly while veering between the satirical and dramatic. 

 The evening concludes with the hilarious "Dead Wives Dance the Mambo in Hell" by satirists Desi Moreno-Penson. If twin sisters suddenly find themselves trapped in Hell looking for their mother, will the charismatic mambo dancer that they encounter be their savior? Or will they be forced to dance the Mambo against their wills? The author is certainly skilled at taking an absurd premise and running with it. But like any good satirists, the extreme 'means' are really to highlight the ends of a society that's lost its moral compass. Director Abigail Ramsay and her casts play the story to hysterical laughter from a packed audience. 

Decisions Play Festival will continue Sunday afternoon with a new series of 4plays as well as a grand finale of all 8 on Monday. 

For more information about the festival please check out the Decision Play Tumblr or email



The Decision is a short play reading festival about what happens after the heated election but also where we will be or should be after this November.  This event is a fundraiser for the Limitless Health Institute and to help families affected by the storm and living in shelters supported by Safe Horizon.
Join us in watching a series of funny, incisive, dramatic short theatre pieces. The Decision will feature a series of 10 minute plays written and directed and acted by some of New York's finest artists.

The Three Jewels, NYC61 Fourth Avenue, Third FloorNew York, NY 10003

*Saturday 11/10, 7pm
*Sunday 11/1, 3:00pm
*Monday 11/12, 7:00pm
* *Suggested Donation $10 for Saturday or Sunday/$15 for Monday (All 8 plays)
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