An evening of six original short plays set in coffee shops, near and far.
BUUNNI COFFEE, in collaboration with ZENA GROUP, presents THE CAFÉ PLAYS, an evening of six original short plays set in coffee shops, near and far. The event will take place on SATURDAY, MAY 20 at 8:00PM (doors open at 7:30) at BUUNNI COFFEE (4961Broadway btw 207 th Street and Isham in Inwood).
CAFÉ PLAYS is a site-specific eclectic evening of short plays by Matt Higgins, Richard Hollis, Josh Liveright, Sarah Manton, Reza Salazar and Alanna Sibrián. Free Write is about two people who, in a chance encounter, experience the liberating power of seeing and being seen. In The Third Place , one writer and two accomplices try to script an impossible coffee shop meeting – whose version do we like best? Cough is an uncomfortable encounter between two strangers, with preconceived notions, set in troubled times. In The 24th , two strangers meet and connect over the past and Argentinian empanadas. Seen explores the question of how might the love between friends untangle the complexities that divide us? In Round 4 two people have been in an on and off situation and this is the final meeting.
Matt Higgins is an actor, writer, teacher, improviser, Andy Kaufman Award Finalist and original member of the spontaneous theater troupes Centralia and Burn Manhattan. Richard Hollis is an actor who would like to do more writing. He has worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off Broadway and regionally. Josh Liveright is an actor, director, producer and writer of two award winning short plays, Mississippi Sundown and The Suicide Society . Sarah Manton is an actor who has worked all over the UK and the States including in The Coast of Utopia and South Pacific , (National Theatre, London), One Man Two Guvnor’s (Broadway) and Baby in Dirty Dancing (West End, London). Reza Salazar is an actor, writer and director who originated the role of Rafael in the Tony nominated play Clyde’s by the two-time Pulitzer prize winner playwright Lynn Nottage. He directed Missing Them which was produced Off-Broadway by The Working Theater. Alanna Sibrián is a first generation Salvadoran-American professional actress, singer, dancer, choreographer, writer, and translator from the DMV who is currently working on her first screenplay about the Salvadoran Civil War.
BUUNNI COFFEE is an independent coffee shop providing exceptional coffee and baked goods in an inviting community meeting place for all that live, work and enjoy the neighborhood. Located at 4961 Broadway between 207 th Street and Isham, conveniently located near the A and 1 trains, the venue presents eclectic programming with the mission to serve the diverse community of upper Manhattan.
ZENA GROUP is a New York City non-profit arts organization operating since 1991. Zena Group has produced, or had a hand in producing, a myriad projects ranging from theater, film and the arts, to educational and health related outreach