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May 9, 2013

Mile Square Theater Presents 7th Inning Stretch – 7 mini plays about Baseball May 17-19

Here is a reminder for the yearly version of 7th Inning Stretch by the folks at the Mile Square Theater. Now in  its 11th year the 7th Inning Stretch is 7 10 minute sketches about baseball. Hoboken is purportedly the site of the first organized game of baseball so it seems a logical choice for this production would be located here in the Mile Square. Details below…

Mile Square Theater Presents The 11th Annual

7th Inning Stretch: 7 10-minute plays about baseball

Tickets On Sale Now

MST 7th Inning Stretch May 2013 in Hoboken NJPerformances:

  • May 17 @ 8pm
  • May 18 @ 7pm (Triple Play Party)
  • May 19 @ 3pm

Location: Monroe Theatrespace -At the Monroe Center for the Arts
Address: 720 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor



  • Adults: $25
  • Seniors/Students: $18
  • Triple Play Party: $50 (Triple Play Party includes drinks and food from Hoboken’s best restaurants)

New work by playwrights:
Brooke Berman, Eric Conger, Edith Freni, Jay Koepke, Neil LaBute, Jon Marans, and Mat Smart

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October 15, 2012

Silly on Sixth Children’s Series of Hudson Theatre Ensemble presents Aesop’s Fables

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Here is another family friendly Production at The Hudson School Performance Space in Hoboken coming in November from the Hudson Theatre Ensemble …….

Hudson Theatre Ensemble Silly on Sixth!

Children’s Series presents

Aesop’s Fables  – a zany adaptation!

“Your group is such a treasure for Hoboken.  You always put on such fantastic productions!”
—Geri Fallo, Director of Cultural Affairs for City of Hoboken

6 Performances only:

 Saturday November 17, 2012 at 11 AM & 1PM 
Sunday November 18, 2012 at 11 AM & 1 PM
Sunday November 25, 2012 at 11 AM & 1 PM

See the poster!

Show runs about 45 minutes

Hudson School Performance Space   601 Park Ave    Hoboken, NJ    07030

Website:   http://www.hudsontheatreensemble.com/

Ticket Price : $7 for Kids; $10 for Adults

Reservations: call 201-377-7014 or reservations@HudsonTheatreEnsemble.com

If your child has a November birthday, what an easy way to celebrate by incorporating Silly on Sixth! and Aesop’s Fables  into your birthday plans!  The entire audience will sing Happy Birthday to your darling child, your group has a wonderful time seeing Aesop’s Fables, the kids meet the actors after the show, and then off you go to one of Hoboken’s many family-friendly eateries to continue the festivities.  Just call Florence for details at 201-377-7014!   Aesop’s Fables and its all-adult cast will delight children ages 3 to 10 while entertaining their families in the 12th season of the Hudson Theatre Ensemble Children’s Series Silly on Sixth! The beautiful, child-friendly, ground-floor theater is completely barrier-free & accessible to persons with disabilities.

Here’s what past  audiences Have said:  “We can’t wait for the next children’s show. Our family has seen every one of them!” Knowing you are in Hoboken is such a big boon. It was a thrill to me that my 5- year old loved her first real introduction to theatre!”  “The shows are hysterically funny & the kids really love them. We definitely will be visiting you again!”  “I am once again looking forward to a great time. My daughter LOVES these shows.”  “We go to every Silly on Sixth show and the kids as well as parents really enjoy them.”  “We loved the show and the kids could not stop talking about it.” And the best review of all is from 4-year old Nathan, “Everything is my favorite part!”     

The Gold Sponsor for Aesop’s Fables is the practice of Drs. Brescia, Migliaccio, Tully, Chinn, Moon & Safi, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Hoboken,  NJ.                               

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Cast:  Laura DiCerto, Gregory Nye, Iloire Nye, Florence Pape, Jill Sullivan, Thomas Tyburski, Ross Weinberg

Producer/Artistic Director:  Diana London;   Director of Development/Publicity:  Florence Pape;   Adaptation:  Kathy-Ferman Menino;    Director: Howard Richman;   Production Stage Manager:  Donna Gearhardt Healey;  Set & Lighting Design:  Howard Richman;  Sound & Lighting Technician:  Donna Gearhardt Healey;   Playbill:  Donna Gearhardt Healey;  Technical Advisor:  Justin McCormick;   Graphics/Webmaster:  Susan Newman Design, Inc.;   Photographer: John Crittenden/Show Me Your Faces;   House Manager: Alan Welner;  Assistant House Manager: Harriet Tainsky

Aesop’s Fables Cast :  Top Row  from left to right – Iloire Nye, Gregory Nye  (both from Jersey City)

Bottom Row  from left to right –  Thomas Tyburski (Jersey City), Florence Pape (Hoboken), Ross Weinberg (Chatham)

Aesop’s Fables Cast :   Left to Right – Iloire Nye (Jersey City), Ross Weinberg (Chatham), Florence Pape (Hoboken), Thomas Tyburski (Jersey City), Gregory Nye (Jersey City)

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May 31, 2012

MST Fundraiser: Bloopers Beer and Baseball at Pilsener Haus Hoboken June 5th 6-9pm

Bloopers Beer and Baseball

Tuesday June 5, from 6-9 pm

The Pilsener Haus and Biergarten

1422 Grand Street, Hoboken

Admission: $25

Come to Pilsener Haus for Happy Hour on Tuesday, June 5th and celebrate baseball season while supporting Hoboken’s own Mile Square Theatre. Purchase the Deal of the Night—the Home Run Flight—a sampling of 4 of Pilsener Haus’ refreshing brews and enjoy their famous pretzels to share with your table mates. While you’re getting your fill, laugh out loud as MLB’s baseball bloopers will be shown throughout the night on the big screens. And it wouldn’t be a true baseball event without a bit of team rivalry, so show up dressed in YOUR team’s apparel.

Bloopers, Beers, and Baseball is a fundraiser for Hoboken’s own non-profit professional theatre company, Mile Square Theatre, which is celebrating 10 years this year. Join MST staff and board for an evening of fun. Watch baseball bloopers, meet the MST family, enter drink some brew. This event is a warmup to The 10th Annual 7th Inning Stretch!

Link to buy Tickets: https://milesquaretheatre.secure.force.com/ticket

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May 25, 2012

Mile Square Theater Presents 10th Year of Seventh Inning Stretch June 15 -17 at Monroe Center

The Mile Square Theater will be presenting for the 10th Year the production “Seventh Inning Stretch” June 15 -17 at the Monroe Arts Center in Hoboken.

The 10th Annual 7th Inning Stretch

Seven 10-minute plays about baseball

Featuring new work by:

  • Peter Ackerman
  • Deborah Zoe Laufer
  • Josh Levine
  • Tommy Nohilly
  • John Ford Noonan
  • Jeffrey Sweet
  • Ken Weitzman


  • Friday, June 15 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, June 16 @ 7pm Triple Play Party (gala and show)
  • Sunday, June 17 @ 3pm


  • Adults $25
  • Students/Seniors $18
  • 6/16 Triple Play Party: $50

Call 201-683-7014 for reservations

Monroe Theatrespace

Hoboken, 720 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor

Below is the detailed press release

Baseball Play Festival Reaches a 10-Year Milestone

Baseball is steeped in tradition, and Mile Square Theatre—Hoboken’s professional theatre—celebrates 10 years of its annual tradition, 7th Inning Stretch: 7 10-minute plays about baseball on June 15, 16, and 17. This decade-long streak has generated over 60 new works contributed by some of America’s best playwrights—Tony winners, Emmy winners, Pulitzer nominees. And this year’s Stretch contains a lineup of writers who are heavy hitters. Presented at our home, The Monroe Theatrespace, 7th Inning Stretch puts 7 short plays onstage in an 80-minute program that celebrates America’s pastime. Each play is like a short story, presenting its own unique point of view, performed by some of the area’s best professional actors. Tickets are available online (www.milesquaretheatre.org) or reservations can be made at 201.683.7014. Tickets are $25.  Students and seniors, $18.

On Saturday, June 16 @ 7pm, MST offers the TriplePlay Gala for $50. The gala offers a reception with food and beverages provided by Hoboken’s favorite restaurants, plus a silent auction. Come to the Triple Play Gala and mingle with the writers and actors!

Chris O’Connor, artistic director of Mile Square Theatre, says of the Stretch, “This event is something our audience looks forward to every year. It’s such a unique and rich evening of theatre. Audiences always leave the show with huge grins on their faces. It’s like a 7-course meal and it never disappoints.“

The 2012 roster of baseball playwrights is led off by Peter Ackerman, who re-tooled Broadway’s recent revival of The Pajama Game and co-wrote the Ice Age movies. Emmy-winning writer John Ford Noonan (St. Elsewhere, Flirting with Disaster) pinchhits with a play, as does Jefferson Award-winner Jeffrey Sweet. Tommy Nohilly—whose play Blood from a Stone was at the New Group, starring Ethan Hawke—gets on base, followed by multi-award winning playwright Ken Weitzman, and Helen Merrill Playwriting award winner Deborah Zoe Laufer is batting cleanup. Our ‘rookie of the year’ is MFA Student Playwright Josh Levine, who was a 2011 Heideman Award finalist.

About Mile Square Theatre

Mile Square Theatre (MST) is the leading professional Equity theatre in Hudson County. Since 2003, MST has presented full-scale productions for adults and children, in addition to providing theatre education programs. Under the artistic direction of Chris O’Connor, MST receives support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Hudson County Division of Cultural Affairs. For company information, please visit www.milesquaretheatre.org.

Note: Photos above are by Joe Epstein


Peter Ackerman co-wrote the movies Ice Age and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.  He wrote the play Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight and the adaptation for The Pajama Game, which won the TONY Award for Best Musical Revival on Broadway.  His radio play I’d Rather Eat Pants was commissioned by NPR and broadcast serially on Morning Edition.   His picture book, The Lonely Phone Booth, was selected for the 2010 Notable Books for Children and just produced as a musical at the Manhattan Children’s Theater.

Jeffrey Sweet’s plays have been produced in New York, Chicago and in lots of places he’s never visited. They include Flyovers (Jeff Award), The Action Against Sol Schumann (ATCA prize), American Enterprise (ATCA prize and “Best Plays” designation), and Bluff, Porch, and the much-produced Value of Names (which played the George Street with Jack Klugman).  Court-Martial at Fort Devens was produced in NY thisseason by the New Federal Theatre.  And he can be coaxed with a piece of chocolate to perform his solo show You Only Shoot the Ones You Love (a hit of the NY Fringe).  He is on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and is an alum of New Dramatists.  Friend him on Facebook, he likes it.

Ken Weitzman’s plays include The Catch (The Denver Center Theatre Company), Fire in the Garden (Indiana Repertory Theatre), The As If Body Loop (Humana Festival), Arrangements(Atlantic Theatre Company), Spin Moves (The Summer Play Festival), Stadium 360 (Out of Hand Theater), Memorabilia (Alliance Theatre), Hominid (Out of Hand Theatre/Theatre Emory/Oerol Festival Netherlands.) Awards include The L. Arnold Weissberger Award for Arrangements, Henry Award (best new play in Denver) and an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award for The Catch, the Fratti/Newman Political Play Contest Award for Fire in the Garden. Commissions include Arena Stage, the Alliance Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theatre Emory, and South Coast Repertory (the Elizabeth George Commission for an Outstanding Emerging Playwright.) Ken received his MFA from UCSD and BA from the University of Michigan. Currently, he runs the playwriting program at Indiana University. Prior to playwriting, Ken wrote and produced sports documentaries and narratives for television and new media for the National Basketball Association Entertainment, Emerald City, and CybrCard.

2012 MFA Student Playwrights

Josh Levine’s work has been produced by Chicago Dramatists (Chicago), Blank Theater (Los Angeles), Bailiwick Repertory (Chicago), Orlando International Fringe Festival (FL), Raw Impressions (NY), Red Stage Theatre(VT), From The Ground Up Theatre (LA), Bakerloo Theatre Project (NY), and Mad Cow Theater (FL). Josh’s play HOMEMADE is a 2012 Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and his play PERFECT was a 2011 Heideman Award Finalist and will be published by Smith & Krause in December 2012. He has worked at Victory Gardens Theater, Goodman Theatre, About Face Theatre, Primary Stages, and as Director of Membership at The Dramatists Guild of America. Josh also participated as a visiting artist at the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive during the summer of 2006 & 2007 and at the Sewanee Writers Conference during the summer of 2009. Josh received his BFA in Playwriting from The Theatre School, DePaul University in Chicago and will receive his MFA in Playwriting in 2012 from Rutgers University where he is studying with Jim Ryan, Richard Dresser, and Lee Blessing. www.joshlevineonline.com.

Tommy  Nohilly, a former marine, made his debut as a writer in Jan, 2011 with his play Blood From A Stone at the New Group Theater in New York, directed by Scott Elliott, starring Gordon Clapp, Ann Dowd, Thomas Giury, Ethan Hawke, Natasha Lyonne and Daphne Rubin-Vega. The play received a nomination for Best New Play from the Outer Critics Circle. He is also an actor who has appeared on TV’s Law & Order and Third Watch.  He’s appeared in films such as Reign Over Me and the Sundance winner The Believer.  He’s also appeared as Carlson in Of Mice and Men at Westport Country Playhouse (directed by Mark Lamos). He attended both New York University and Columbia.  He’s worked many odd jobs along the way and is happy to have his work published in the Southern Review.  He currently lives in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC.

John Ford Noonan was nominated for a Pulitzer in 1969 for his first play The Year Boston Won The Pennant.  He’s written over fifty plays including A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking starring Susan Sarandon, Listen To The Lions, All She Cares About Is TheYankees and Music From Down The Hill.  He won an Emmy award for writing an episode of Saint Elsewhere called The Women.  He’s also a major actor having appeared in such hits as Adventures In Babysitting and Flirting With Disaster.  John is known for his heavy drinking, fast talking and love of rock n roll.

Deborah Zoe Laufer has received the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and the Lilly Award. Her play End Days was produced in Germany and Russia and has received over 30 productions nationwide.  It was awarded The ATCA Steinberg citation, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant and is listed in The Burns Mantle Yearbook as one of the best plays of 2008. Leveling Up premieres in February at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.  Sirens premiered at The Humana Festival in February 2010.   Out of Sterno premiered at Portland Stage in 2009 with a grant from The Edgerton Foundation and the NEA. The Last Schwartz enjoyed a six-month run at the Zephyr Theatre in LA. End Days, The Last Schwartz, Out of Sterno and Sirens are published by Samuel French. Deborah is a graduate of Juilliard, a member of The Dramatists Guild and in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop as a lyricist.

Chris O’Connor (Artistic Director) Chris founded Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 2002. He conceived and produces the annual 10-minute play festival 7th Inning Stretch. His MST directing credits include St. Columba and the River, The Souls of Black Folk, John Redding Goes to the Sea, Charlie Peter’s Striking Out the Babe for the 2003 7th Inning Stretch, Warren Leight’s The Love of the Game for the 2004 Stretch, Jenny Levison’s Homefield Advantage for the 2006 Stretch, the inaugural MST Mainstage production, Cyrano, he co-directed (with Jeff Steitzer) the 2006 production of The Scams of Scapin, for which he played the title role, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi, God of Carnage, and The Pavilion. As an actor, Chris has been associated with 12 Miles West, A Contemporary Theatre, The Culture Project, Soho Rep, the 78th Street Theatre Lab, Target Margin, Gloucester Stage, Book-It Repertory, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Provisional Theatre of Los Angeles, The Bathhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, among others. He is a theatre educator, and his plays for young people have been produced at The Seattle Children’s Theatre and in schools in the Puget Sound area. His play The Mascots is published in Smith & Kraus’s 2011 Best 10-Minute Plays. He has taught theatre at Colgate University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, SUNY Purchase, and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. This fall, he joins the faculty of the University of Miami. Chris holds a BFA inacting from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA in Directing from RutgersUniversity.

Matthew Lawler (Associate Artistic Director) has acted (The Pavilion, God of Carnage, Rounding Third), directed (My Italy Story), written (In the Box, 2011 7th Inning Stretch), and produced (lots of stuff) in his two plus years with Mile Square Theatre. Across the Hudson, he has acted onBroadway and Off-Broadway several times. His most recent gig was as a temporary replacement in One Arm, the Tennessee Williams short story adapted for the stage and directed by Moises Kaufman. His regional work includes ART by Yasmina Reza at the Millbrooke Playhouse for which he received Best Performance distinction. Matt is also a founder and current artistic director for the award-winning rUDE mECHANICALS theater company of NYC. TV and Film include: The Sopranos, Law & Order SVU, several episodes of Law & Order and One Life to Live, Knight and Day,Anything But Love, The Jimmy Show, and the upcoming Coward co-starring Chris O`Connor. On the web, Matt co-stars on the series Standrea with Andrea Rosen. Resident of Hoboken, proud father of Lily and Matilda, and lucky husband toMara, Matt thanks you for coming to the show.

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September 8, 2011

God of Carnage Comedy Coming to Mile Square Theater October 6-23

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How do you deal with a bully? A Tony-award winning comedy takes a look.

God of Carnage – A Comedy of Bad Manners Coming to Mile Square Theater

October 6 –23 2011

Thursday Friday Saturday at 8pm

Saturday Sunday at 3pm

PrintGod of Carnage is about a pair of parents who meet to discuss a bullying incident between their 11-year-old sons. Intending to deal civilly with the matter and arrive at a teachable moment for their children, the afternoon deteriorates, as does their behavior. Pettiness, power struggles and questions of political correctness send the meeting into chaos. A comic tour de force for a quartet of actors, MST’s God of Carnage assembles an outstanding cast of stage veterans.

Location: Monroe Theaterspace
720 Monroe Street – 2nd Floor Hoboken
Free Parking

Tickets: $25 Students/Seniors $15

Phone: 201 683 7014

Website: www.milesquaretheatre.org

God of Carnage Cast Hoboken

Cast Bios:

Patricia Buckley: (Veronica) New York credits include Flesh and Blood at New York Theatre Workshop, Scenes From An Execution with Potomac Theatre Project, Evolution: A Solo Play at Interart Theatre, Hitting The Wall at The Clurman Theatre and Those Who Can, Do with Clubbed Thumb. International credits include Gams On The Lam Performance Company for US, Canada, Mexico and European tours and K de Calle Teatro y Animacion in Spain. Regional credits include Lost in Yonkers at Papermill Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse and Jupiter Maltz Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing and Out of Sterno (premiere) at Portland Stage Company,The Heidi Chronicles at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Twelfth Night and The Three Musketeers with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Yang Zen Frogs in Moon Over A Hong Kong Sweatshop at LaJolla Playhouse, Lost in Yonkers at Coconut Grove Playhouse and Walnut Street Theatre, and Flesh and Blood at Portland Center Stage. Film and television appearances include Law & Order (NBC), Death of A President (Film 4/Channel 4), Kabluey (Sony), The Delicious (Fox Searchlight) and Anna Is Being Stalked (Sundance Channel).

Charlie Kevin: (Michael) Appeared this summer inTrojan Women at Franklin Stage and in Superior Donuts at the Dorset Theatre Festival. Broadway (Tour): Take Me Out (Joe Mantello, dir.). Other New York theatre: Irish Arts Center, Rattlestick, The Actor’s Studio, Here, National Black Theatre of Harlem, Playwright’s Collective. Regional Theatre: Portland Stage Co., Dallas Theatre Center, Seattle Rep, The Old Globe, Denver Center Theatre Co., Milwaukee Rep, Florida Stage, American Stage, Playhouse on the Square. Television and Film: Sopranos, Law & Order: SVU, One Life to Live, Outloud, The Night Brings Charlie.

Matthew Lawler: (Alan) has acted (Rounding Third), directed (My Italy Story), written (In the Box, 2011 7th Inning Stretch), and produced (lots of stuff) in his two plus years with Mile Square Theatre. Across the Hudson, he has acted on Broadway and Off-Broadway several times. His most recent gig was as a temporary replacement in One Arm, the Tennessee Williams short story adapted for the stage and directed by Moises Kaufman. His regional work includes ART by Yasmina Reza at the Millbrooke Playhouse for which he received Best Performance distinction. Matt is also a founder and current artistic director for the award-winning rUDE mECHANICALS theater company of NYC. TV and Film include: The Sopranos, Law & Order SVU, several episodes of Law & Order and One Life to Live, Knight and Day, Anything But Love, The Jimmy Show, and the upcoming Coward co-starring Chris O’Connor. On the web, Matt co-stars on the series Standrea with Andrea Rosen. Resident of Hoboken, proud father of Lily and Matilda, and lucky husband to Mara.

Annie McAdams: (Veronica) Annie has worked regionally at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle (World Premiere of Smash by Jeffrey Hatcher) and at the Franklin Stage Company as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. New York City: Lydie Breeze (New York Theatre Workshop), Cruel and Barborous Treatment (Culture Project). At MST she appeared in 7th Inning Stretch in Warren Leight’s Love of the Game and Lee Blessing’s Fantasy League. She directed A Little Chatter for the 2008 Stretch. Annie is MST’s resident graphic designer. Her work as a graphic designer includes design for Book of the Month Club, The Metropolitan Museum, OXO, The New York Times, and countless other clients. She is also DONA-trained doulah. Mom to Willa Jean and Mae Rose O’Connor.

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