The Dark Nights

Dark Nights

During the run of In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm, we’ll be hosting several other exciting events! All events take place at IRT Theater (154 Christopher St)

Sept 23, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part I
Sept 28, 8:30 pm  Singles in Agriculture
Sept 30, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part II
Oct 3, 10:30 pm  The Fainting Room: A Place for Sexy Good Times
Oct 4, 4:00 pm Song to the Moon
Oct 5, 6:00 pm  The BE A MAN Book Launch ExtravaMANza
Oct 5, 8:00 pm The Boat House
Oct 7, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part III
Oct 12, 8:00 pm Ten Ways on a Gun

The President Plays

Tuesday, Sept 23: Part I — Washington to Buchanan
Tuesday, Sept 30: Part II — Lincoln to Hoover
Tuesday, Oct 7: Part III — Roosevelt to W Bush

All at 7:30 pm. Free admission.

President Plays

a staged reading featuring:
Eric Chase
Franny Civitano
Aaron Parker Fouhey
Jake Hart
Zac Jaffe
Jake Lasser
Jenna Panther
Danny Rivera
Kathleen Wallace*
*appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity

Singles in Agriculture

Sunday, Sept 28 at 8:30 pm

A reading with the help of our friends at Blowout Theatre Company by Abby Rosebrock
Directed by Stephanie Ward
Featuring Alex Grubbs, Layla Khoshnoudi, and Abby Rosebrock
Please RSVP to

The play 

Inspired by research on the real-life dating convention for farmers, Singles in Agriculture is a dark comedy about courtship, religion, independent farming, and how to be romantic when your industry is under threat.

Stephanie Ward is currently directing WOMEN by Chiara Atik (NY Times Critic’s Pick, Scenie Award for Best Direction) and assistant directing The Oldest Boy by Sarah Ruhl (Lincoln Center Theatre, world premiere – upcoming).  Stephanie has also directed and developed work at The Atlantic Acting School, #serials@theflea, Ensemble Studio Theater’s “Asking for Trouble,” INTAR, UglyRhino, Pipeline Theatre Company and The Shelby Company.  Assistant directing credits include Time and the Conways (The Old Globe), A Sunrise in Times Square by Sharr White, dir. Claudia Weill (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Luck of the Irish by Kirsten Greenidge, dir. Rebecca Taichman (LCT3), Indecent (Workshop) by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman (LJP/Yale Rep), Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi, dir. Rebecca Taichman (ART/Yale Rep). Stephanie got her start as an Agent Trainee at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, where she started in the Books to Film Department in Los Angeles, before transferring to New York. She is a member of the 2014 Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Abby Rosebrock is a writer and actress from South Carolina. She graduated from Columbia University, where she taught writing on a literature fellowship and recently earned a doctorate in English. Abby has written for Little Star Journal (poetry, playwriting), OPERA NEWS, Publishers Weekly, and Backstage. Her plays have been produced or read at Cherry Lane, Playwrights Horizons, Littlefield, The Flea, the C.O.W. Theatre, INTAR, and more. Excerpts from her play Different Animals (Cherry Lane, 2013) have been published in best-of anthologies by Smith & Kraus and Applause. Recent acting credits include the role of Meg in Chiara Atik’s acclaimed play Women (NYT Critics’ Pick), as well as shows by UglyRhino, INTAR, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea, New Works Brooklyn, and The Dirty Blondes. Her original webseries My #Ex Is Trending, co-created with Layla Khoshnoudi and Jennifer Wilson, is produced by Control Top TV.

Alex Grubbs has performed in SeaWife (Naked Angels workshop), Mary Kate Olsen is in Love, a cautionary tail, These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea), Asking for Trouble, Youngblood Brunch (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Assessment (Fringe NYC), Passing Through, Sin in the City (The Dirty Blondes), and over a dozen plays with #serials@theflea written by Chris Dimond, Krista Knight, Willie Orbison, Christopher Sullivan, Eric Dufault, and Tommy Smith. He has participated in readings at The Lark, Cherry Lane, Naked Angles, Culture Project NYC, and Exit Pursued by a Bear. Other credits include Ajax, Philoctetes,  Women of Trachis(Theater of War), Rum and Vodka (Outside the Wire), The 39 Steps,  Barefoot in the Park (Heritage Theater Festival), The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado about Nothing (Oxford Shakespeare Festival). He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia.

Layla Khoshnoudi has an MFA in acting from Brooklyn College (2012). She has been in three successful shows at The Flea Theater: My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (NYT Critics’ Pick), Job (NYT Critics’ Pick), and I Hate F*ing Mexicans (Backstage Pick). She is also a regular player in The Flea’s weekly late-night theater event, #Serials. Layla cowrote and performed in I am Gordafaridin collaboration with Noor Theater at New York Theater Workshop. She is part of the original and continuing cast of Women (Beth Dies, Inc.). She co-created and stars in Control Top TV’s My #Ex is Trending


Song to the Moon

Saturday, Oct 4, 4:00 pm

by Gary Jaffe
directed by Blayze Teicher


The BE A MAN Book Launch ExtravaMANza

Sunday, Oct 5, 6:00 pm

I turned my blog into a book and now, with the help of Blowout Theatre Company and the Great American Country Drifters, we’re having a celebration for one night only!

This won’t be your typical book reading. There will be live music from myself and the Great American Country Drifters. There will be silly videos. And if you’re interested in testing your own manliness, you can sign up for the trivia competition or physical challenge – it’s BE A MAN meets Double Dare.

I spent two years working on this project and I’m so excited to share the final product with you. You all have been so supportive of this blog and book, and many of you were integral to making it a reality, so I’d love for you all to be there as I put a cap on my manly year.

Tickets are absolutely FREE, but you do need to follow this link to reserve them:

If you’re so inclined, you’ll be able to purchase BE A MAN books and concessions at the event (cash only). Blowout Theatre and I are working hard to make this a super fun event – we hope to see you there!

The Fainting Room: A Place for Sexy Good Times

Friday, Oct 3, 10:30 pm.

$5 tickets at the door

Jillian and Becca invite you to celebrate your female hysteria in an explosive release of comedy, music, burlesque and candid confession

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Squeaky Bicycle Productions

Sunday, Oct 5, 8 pm: The Boat House
Sunday, Oct 12, 8 pm: Ten Ways on a Gun

Squeaky Bike invites you to join us the first two Sunday evenings in October for this year’s Fall Reading Labs. You’ll get a glimpse at two new plays at the beginning of their development process. One or both of them may become a full-blown Squeaky Bike production in the coming year!

The Boat House by Eva Adderley
Sammy, Calvin, and Tom take refuge from their lives within the crumbling walls of an abandoned boat house. As Sammy learns the truth behind Calvin’s home life, her efforts to save her first love leave the trio scrambling for high ground.

Ten Ways on a Gun by Dylan Lamb
Tommy is in love, but out of control. Jessica can’t get out of her own way. Becca is broke, Philly is a tool, Teddy has hit a dead end, and Rich Dick is somebody’s Dad. No one wants to own a gun in this day and age in a liberal metropolitan area, but most wouldn’t mind having it a couple days out of the year.

Following each reading will be a talkback with refreshments. Please stay and share your thoughts on the plays. Our development process benefits from audience feedback.

$10 suggested donation for refreshments.