Monthly Archives: February 2015

pics from the last show

We had a blast at the last show! Come to the next one:

Sticky 552
Beauty Bar
249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door

meet the actors

Sticky 552
Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door, via

Ali Ayala in Libby Emmons' "Soft Song Like Doves" and in Anthony Noack's "Apple Martini"

Ali Ayala in Libby Emmons’ “Soft Song Like Doves” and in Anthony Noack’s “Apple Martini”

Sticky Director / Producer 2004-Present. Glad to be back. Not going anywhere.

Cate Bottiglione in Liam Kuhn's "Kissing Weird"

Cate Bottiglione in Liam Kuhn’s “Kissing Weird”

Actor, director, cat litter connoisseur.
Tricia Fukuhara in Anthony Noack's "Apple Martini"

Tricia Fukuhara in Anthony Noack’s “Apple Martini” and J. Michael Grey’s “Moment of Truth”

TRICIA FUKUHARA is excited to make her “Sticky” debut. A recent graduate of NYU, you may have spotted her doing backbends in the library basement, sprinkling pixie dust in parades at Disneyland, defeating the Huns on Disney Cruise Line, or toying with your psyche in Blackout “House.” When not performing, she can often be found harmonizing with the Sirens of Gotham and lindy hopping at your local speakeasy. Come see her in Comfort Women: A New Musical at 54 Below. Or just ask her about her cat.

Amina Henry in Judith Leora's "Where We Ended Up"

Amina Henry in Judith Leora’s “Where We Ended Up”

Amina Henry is a playwright and teaching artist who occasionally moonlights as an actress. As an actress she has worked with the Hangar Theater, Classical Theater of Harlem, Rehabilitation Through the Arts, and Sticky, among others.

Eliel Lucero in Judith Leora's "Where We Ended Up"

Eliel Lucero in Judith Leora’s “Where We Ended Up”

Jimmy Pravasilis in Anthony Noack's "Apple Martini"

Jimmy Pravasilis in Anthony Noack’s “Apple Martini”

An Actor and Musician, Jimmy Has been a Sticky regular for a few years and thanks to all those who cast him and support Sticky for all these years.


Jacob Saxton in J. Michael Grey's "Morning of Truth"

Jacob Saxton in J. Michael Grey’s “Morning of Truth”

Jacob Saxton is excited to be working with Sticky again! As he has now for the past few years. Hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, Jacob came to this crazy town 12 years ago to chase the dream. When not acting he likes to be crafty, working as a leathersmith and woodworker. He is single, and you wont find him on tinder so come to the show!

Stephanie Shipp in Judith Leora's "Where We Ended Up"

Stephanie Shipp in Judith Leora’s “Where We Ended Up”

Stephanie Nicole Shipp is thrilled to be performing with Sticky again! She was last seen in Target Margin’s Stein Lab series at the Bushwick Starr. She is a member of East River Commedia and co-producer of The Underground Theater Festival. She has collaborated and performed in Lhotakova & Soukup Company’s production of  “Beethoven Live” in Prague at Divaldo Archa and New York’s PS122. As well as with Obie-award winning Hoi Polloi Co. production “All Hands”. She has performed several seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in “Das Rheingold” and “Parsifal”. More information

Joel Stigliano in Judith Leora's "Where We Ended Up"

Joel Stigliano in Judith Leora’s “Where We Ended Up”

Joel Stigliano National Tour Elf: The Musical, NY: Daylight Precision,Tooth Fairy Tale Regional: Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),The Full Monty, Sherlock Holmes, The Buddy Holly Story, The Crucible, The Cherry Orchard, and Blithe Spirit among many others. MFA Acting: Ohio University. Proud member of NYMAC. Many thanks to Judith for being a writer, to Michele for being a director, and Marissa for everything else.

Lindsay Torrey in Liam Kuhn's "Kissing Weird"

Lindsay Torrey in Liam Kuhn’s “Kissing Weird”

Lindsay Torrey is an actor and teaching artist living in Brooklyn. Theater credits include NYTW, Clubbed Thumb, Polybe+Seats, Target Margin, Premiere Stages, The Clarence Brown Theater and Project Shaw. TV/film: “Blue Bloods,” “Onion Sportsdome,” “Guiding Light,” First World Problem. BA from Columbia University, MFA from The University of Tennessee.

Eve Udesky in Libby Emmons' "Soft Song Like Doves"

Eve Udesky in Libby Emmons’ “Soft Song Like Doves”

Eve Udesky is THRILLED to be back with Sticky. That’s it.

Ari Vigoda in J. Michael Grey's "Morning of Truth"

Ari Vigoda in J. Michael Grey’s “Morning of Truth”

Ari is excited to get Sticky once again!  It’s been his longest relationship in the city and the one worth keeping, even when she moved to Brooklyn.  Be sure to check out the web-series “Brunch on Sundays,” now playing on Funny or Die.  Thanks for supporting independent theater.  Cheers!

Sticky 552
Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door, via

meet the plays and playwrights

Meet the plays and playwrights for Sticky 552.

Sticky 552
Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door, via

Morning of Truth, by J. Michael Grey, directed by Ali Ayala
Kissing Weird by Liam Kuhn, directed by Ali Ayala
Where We Ended Up by Judith Leora, directed by Michele Travis
Apple Martini, by Anthony Noack, directed by Michele Travis
Soft Song Like Doves, by Libby Emmons, directed by Eliel Lucero

J. Michael Grey, writer "Shamed to the Heart"

J. Michael Grey, writer “Morning of Truth”

On his inspiration: “I didn’t have any inspiration for a play, but I wrote one anyway. I listened to my characters.​”

Over the past several years J. Michael Grey has written many pieces for Sticky.  He now is producing the first Sticky spin-off in Normal, Illinois where he directs and acts as well.

Libby Emmons, writer of Ipsa Domus

Libby Emmons, writer “Soft Song Like Doves”

On her inspiration: “I have a house guest. He’s been there for a long time. He even has his own keys. He’s probably in my house right now. That’s why I wrote the play.”

Libby Emmons is a playwright and theater maker, whose plays include Puff Puff (Festival of the Offensive, NYC 2014, winner “Most Offensive”), Radio Mara Mara (The Kraine Theater, FringeNYC 2013), Zeropia (Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission 2009), The Girls from Afar (East/West Players, LA, 2010), “Animal/Animal,” (Best Short Plays, 2013, Smith & Krause), “The Worm Turns at the Fort Peck Hotel,” (New York Theater Review 2009), and many more. She is co-founder of 10-minute play series Sticky, Bowery Poetry Club 2007-12, now Beauty Bar, Brooklyn. Libby is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (BA), Columbia University School of the Arts (MFA), and blogs the story of her life at She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and a very mean cat.

Liam Kuhn, writer "Kissing Weird"

Liam Kuhn, writer “Kissing Weird”

On his inspiration: “I wrote Kissing Weird about a year and a half ago, with Sticky specifically in mind. A lot of my stories and plays tend to take place in bars anyway, but usually seedy, shot-and-a-beer type places where the seats are duct tape and pleather and your feet stick to the floor. I set this play in more of an upscale, silly kind of bar and then tried to think of who would go there, and why. The characters kind of took over from there.”

Liam Kuhn is a writer and television executive. His plays have been performed in New York, California, Vermont, New Hampshire, Oregon, Ireland and England. His first play, Absolving Buckner, was published in New Playwrights: Best New Plays of 2002, by Smith & Kraus. He recently began acting in some of his shorter plays, to the delight of no one. Kissing Weird is his third play to be produced as part of Sticky, and he’s glad to be back and thanks everyone involved with the production. Liam studied English and Creative Writing as an undergrad at Dartmouth College and has a Masters in Writing from the National University of Ireland – Galway. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, daughters and dog, Madigan.

Judith Leora, writer "Where We Ended Up"

Judith Leora, writer “Where We Ended Up”

On her inspiration: “I realized recently that some of the most intriguing, awkward and contentious experiences I’ve had in bars have been with day job colleagues.  So I decided it was about time to write about that.

Judith Leora‘s work includes: Recent: NYC Icon Plays/Ego Actus, One Minute Play Festival:  Indie Theatre Edition; Elijah (reading) – Lone Star Theatre, Gideon (production), UMass at Lowell, The Raven (co-librettist) Notes From a Page, Emerging Actors Theatre March 2012. Numerous short plays produced in New York, including multiple plays with the ESPA Detention series, New York Madness, One Minute Play Festival.  Managing Director of New York Madness.

Anthony Noack, writer "Apple Martini"

Anthony Noack, writer “Apple Martini”

On his inspiration: “Inspiration comes from disparate places: A bartender who used to get drunk and blend things that shouldn’t be blended, a conversation in broken english via text messages, and stories heard about language teachers overseas. A request to write a play set in a bar brings them together.”

Anthony Noack is a writer from Melbourne, Australia. His plays include Brighter Whiter and The Gift, which premiered at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2011, and Banana Republic, which premiered at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2012. He is currently developing his new
play Gingerbread.

Sticky 552
Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door, via

It felt like a question about our marriage: talking Sticky with David Marcus

When Dave and I started Sticky in 2000, which you can read about here, we could not have guessed that it would still be happening 15 years later. Not only is this thing we created still happening, it’s happening without our creative involvement. (I mean Dave’s going to host the show Thursday, and Ali’s directing my play Ipsa Domus, but we’re not like deciding things or running around to rehearsals.) So I figured I’d talk to Dave about that.

This is us in 2002 in the space where we produced our last Philly show. I think Dave is showing Libby how to work his Palm Pilot.

This is us in 2002 in the space where we produced our last Philly show. I think Dave is showing Libby how to work his Palm Pilot.

Do you remember when we were doing Sticky at Bar Noir in Philly and Brad Rothbart asked us if we could forsee a Sticky ever happening that did not have us at the helm? Do you remember what we said?

I recall Brad asking if there could be a Blue Box production without us, which I think is a different question. I said no. I don’t recall what you said. A Sticky without us is not the same. Sticky is a form we invented, but one which anybody can use. I remember sensing that Brad’s question was about more than art though, it felt like a question about our marriage, about the way we choose to relate to each other. When we run a show it kind of revolves around us, Everybody else, (though to a lesser extent Scholnick, Matt or Ali, our co producers) seem to be in our orbit. But I think that’s how we wanted it. At least it’s how I wanted it.

I don’t remember what I said either. Alot of our marriage has been about art. There’s always like this external thing that we’re beholden to, and until 5 years ago that main thing has been art projects. It’s interesting because over those past 5 years– since C was born– we’ve worked much more independently, and the blue box designation has faded. I do things under li88y inc, like Puff Puff, or How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby for Parts (that’s right kids), and you do freelance writing or Spotlight Right. Even Sticky is on this new site. It’s like the new blue box production is our kid. I wonder if we’ll do more big art projects together or if that’s run its course. What do you think?

It’s hard to say. I suspect we will at some point. There is so much to do now that everything is a blur, so it’s the stuff lands that we focus on, not the stuff that needs nurturing. Right now our individual projects are the ones landing, so it’s what we do. When it was just the two of us it was easier to throw spaghetti against the wall. But these things have a way of coming around.

How does it feel to have Sticky happening here in Brooklyn, under the guidance of Ali Ayala, Eliel Lucero, and Michele Travis, and out in Normal, IL, with J. Michael Grey at the helm?

It feels wonderful. These are all accomplished and talented artists. I’m really grateful to see Mike doing it in Illinois and for the producers who we have here at Beauty Bar. I’ve always thought theater has to be faster, drunker and more social, so anytime anyone is moving in that direction I’m happy. And its humbling to have people want to do it with the name Sticky. A lot of times, when there is innovation in any area you see the initial cats who envision the thing eventually overtaken by the ones who can perfect it. I’ve always thought of us, as producers anyway, as the former. We don’t have the patience or desire to run a big theater company, to have a huge impact, we just have fun and try to present good work. It it can spread and grow through the artistry and hard work of others then I think we did what we can do.

Speak for yourself! I still want a venue. I would be a kick ass venue owner. I have it all planned out, even the part where the place doesn’t go broke. Do you think Sticky still has a place in the NYC indie theater scene? There’s loads more bar play shows happening now than there were when we started.

I wasn’t sure if Sticky had a place, but given that there are people here, and in Illinois who won’t let it die I guess there must be. Sticky is the embodiment of my theories on theater. The idea of event over object, the low overhead, the profane rather than sacred nature of it, the whole notion of being in a room together. I’m not sure the other bar series are quite the same, most don’t have quite the same slacker quality. But in general I’m always happy to see theater move off the stages and into more social environments. I have little doubt it is the future of the form, and that’s probably why it’s being propagated so regularly now.

You can come see Sticky this week! It’s on Thursday.
Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215
Thursday, February 5, 7:30 pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door