CAFÉ PLAYS is a site-specific eclectic evening of short plays by Brian Leahy Doyle, Niveka Hobaichan, Roy Koshy, Judith Leora, Josh Liveright and Louise Schwarz.
In Dining for One, Super Bowl Sunday finds disgraced college professor Simon having a final bittersweet goodbye dinner with his former graduate student/lover Cilla.
In Caffeine Dreams, a cup of coffee in the morning helps a lot of people start the day but sometimes they’re just what we need to feel better.
In Milk Down, two co-workers share a coffee break that involves a reckoning of their romantic feelings, their coffee preferences, and haiku poetry.
In The Maybe Tree, a couple-with-kids tries to have a successful date night, but discovers that an annoying children’s book, a weirdo waiter and a teeny tiny thing called the patriarchy are their biggest obstacles.
The Button is a roller coaster ride through absurdity, amorality, hypomania, madness and an explosive hankering for a ham sandwich.
In Can I Go Now? sensitive parents dread sharing some heartbreaking news with their daughter only to find themselves desperate to get any reaction from her at all.
Brian Leahy Doyle earned his MFA in Theatre with emphases in Directing and Dramaturgy from the University of Utah, and he has had his work as a writer and director produced in New York, Chicago, Wisconsin, Utah, Massachusetts, and California. He is the author of Encore! The Renaissance of Wisconsin Opera Houses and teaches film and communications at Mercy University. Niveka Hobaichan, a playwright and actor, aims to tell stories regarding mental health and overcoming traumas we don’t usually talk about in society. Her goal is that her work will help people heal by letting them know they’re not alone. Roy Koshy is an actor, writer, director based in Washington Heights NYC. His short film Latex Lorenzo was featured in the 2023 Nightmares Film Festival and the 2023 Shock- A-Go-Go Film Festival. Roy has acted in videos for Adult Swim and Fast Company, and regularly performs with the Shakespeare theater company Hamlet Isn’t Dead. Judith Leora’s recent productions includes The Further Adventures of Tent Girl and Nazi Barbie in the Great Whatever at Hillsborough Community College; Showpony at the Victory Theatre Center (LA Times Critics Choice); Elijah at Victory (LA Times Critics Choice)/BVT; WIT 2022, Project Y Theatre; You, Me and Margaret Atwood (short play), Together LA Festival on Twitch, Founding Member/ED NY Madness; Proud member of Honor Roll and The Convening. Josh Liveright is an actor, director, producer, baker, plant enthusiast, hypnotherapist and writer of two award winning short plays, Mississippi Sundown and The Suicide Society. Louise Schwarz’s award-winning plays have been produced and developed at the Mark Taper Forum, New York International Fringe Festival, Stage Left Theatre, Pandora’s Box, Horizon Theatre, Playwrights’ Round Table, Shakespeare on the Sound, and Railroad Playhouse, among many others. Residencies include the Edward Albee Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts and Hambidge Center for Creative Arts. M.F.A. Playwriting, Columbia University. B.A. Drama, University of Georgia.