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Get to know the plays & playwrights

Get to know the plays and playwrights for Sticky 552, the last Sticky of our mini season.

Sticky 552 Beauty Bar, 249 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215 Thursday, April 2, 7:30 pm $10 advance, $15 at the door, via www.stickyseries.bpt.me 

Not Again, by Cecilia Copeland, directed by Michele Travis

nolovelost, by Michael Domitrovich, directed by Ali Ayala

Brandenburg Gate, by Libby Emmons, directed by Michele Travis

Lipstick, by Amina Henry, directed by Ali Ayala

Re Ducks, by Libby Emmons, directed by Ali Ayala

Love and Order, by Johnny Blaze Leavitt, directed by Ceren Zorlu

On the inspiration for “Not Again… ” Finding myself in a situation that keeps repeating like a bad dream that I can’t wake up from. It’s like being trapped in a nightmare, but I’m not asleep. Every time I think it’s not going to happen, it happens again. I want to wake up.

Cecilia Copeland, writer, Founding Artistic Director of NYMadness, Indie Theatre Hall of Fame and Kilroy’s Nominee. Her plays have been Produced or Presented at the Culture Project, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studios Theatre, HERE Arts Center, INTAR Theatre, The Anarchist Theatre Festival of Montreal, Venus Theatre, 13th Street Rep, The Chain Theatre, IRT Theater and IATI Theatre among others. Her Full Length Plays include RCulture, Light of Night (Kilroy’s Nominee), Tiene Duende -It Has Soul (semifinalist for MultiStages New Works Competition), COURTING (semifinalist O’Neill Playwrights Conference and Winner of Best New Play Stage Left Productions), BIOLIFE (semifinalists O’Neill Playwrights Conference and The Emerging Playwrights Prize at The Marin Theatre, Finalist for Mabou Mines Residency), “The Wicked Son” (Top Three Best New Jewish Plays, Jewish Plays Project). Awards include Special Effects Grant Metro Screen Australia for her film Amusement Bomber and the Lennis J. Holm Playwriting Scholarship from University of Iowa Writers Workshop for her Honors Thesis One Woman. She has been published by The International Center for Women Playwrights, Indie Theater Now, NoPassport Press and RAABE-Verlag in Germany. Copeland is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and alumna of New Perspectives play lab, University of Iowa Theatre BA with Honors and a Minor in Dance, Ohio University MFA in Playwriting.

On the inspiration for “nolovelost” I wrote this play to figure out if true love can survive a progressive liberal arts education.

Michael Domitrovich is obsessed with Sticky so he’s done lots of plays with them. Most of them were directed by Ali Ayala. Dirtfag was published in the 2009 New York Theatre Review. Other plays have been performed at Theater for the New City, DR2, 59E59, EST, Galapagos, the Bowery Poetry Club and La Mama etc. as well as the Avenue Theater in Denver, CO. He writes books, articles, recipes and poetry. He also works as a psychic. His website is ediblespirit.com

On the inspiration for “Lipstick” I was inspired by a bit by comedian Bill Burr in which he talks about the crazy pressure men out on each other to be masculine. It’s like this crazy pressure! Also, I’m interested in men who are brave enough to embrace their feminine sides.

Amina Henry is a poet-playwright who creates poetry for the stage. Recent productions include: Happily Ever at Brooklyn College, An American Family Takes a Lover, produced by The Cell: a 21stCentury Salon and presented by Theatre for the New City (New York, NY), Water produced by Drama of Works (Brooklyn, NY) and The Minstrel Show, produced as part of the 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival 13th Street Theater/CSC. Her work has been developed/presented at: Little Theater at Dixon Place, Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 2013 Black Swan Lab Series (Ashland, OR), Kitchen Dog Theater, The Brick, HERE Arts Center,The Cell: a 21st Century Salon, HERO Theatre, the Hive Theater, Shakespeare’s Sister Company, the Bowery Poetry Club and Brooklyn College. She was a 2012-2013 Core Apprentice playwright at ThePlaywrights Center and a 2013 Finalist for the Leah Ryan FEWW Playwriting Prize for her play Bully. She was a featured playwright at the2013 Black and Latino Playwrights Conference at Texas State University. Publications include Hello, My Name Is Joe in the compilation 24 Gun Control Plays, published by NoPassport Press. Amina Henry is a graduate of Yale University, NYU’s Performance Studies MA program and Brooklyn College’s MFA Playwriting program, lead by head weasels Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.

On the inspiration for “Re Ducks” Much like Pauline Reage returns to the Château, I felt myself compelled to find out what happened to the ladies of Puff Puff once their dastardly plans have run their course. Could there possibly be a downside renting your womb to your transsexual boss, who only wanted you for an incubation chamber?

On the inspiration for “Brandenburg Gate” Cecilia Copeland asked me to write a short play for and undergrad acting showcase, specifically for two actors just finishing college. This is what I came up with.

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 li88yinc.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and a very mean cat.

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On the inspiration for “Love & Order” I had been giving a lot of thought to how we all casually lie, even unintentionally, and how that affects the world around us. And after conversation with a group of friends about dating etiquette in the information age, the script just started to take shape in my mind.

Johnny Blaze Leavitt is an actor, playwright, producer and comedian, Johnny is happy to be part of Sticky, the 10-minute bar play series. His one-act play ‘Acushla’ recently had a successful 2 week run at the American Theatre of Actors and his two-act S&M romantic comedy ‘Hurt So Good’ is currently under consideration
for a movie adaptation. Recent TV/Film/Internet appearances includes ‘MYTH, A Short
Film’ (Loosely Translated Prod.), ‘Remedy’ (The One That Got Away Prod.) and the web
series ‘Hot Mess’ (Amy Kersten, Prod.). Johnny can also be spotted doing stand-up comedy around NYC (including Caroline’s on Broadway) and performing monthly as a zombie Dean Martin in ‘The Rat Pack Undead’ cabaret. Thank you to Joe, Leighton and Alexa for their amazing work and to the American Theater of Actors. SAG-AFTRA/EMC


On her inspiration for “A Strange Serenade” I originally wrote A Strange Serenade for a one-act musical festival. I wanted to submit something, but I don’t write music. So I cheated. I always loved the barbershop quartet in Music Man, and I thought it would be funny to have a quartet act as a Greek chorus. 

 Mim Granahan began writing plays at a very early age, and performing them for her mother with a cast of puppets. More recently, many of her one-act plays have been produced in New York City, including Cougars in the Outfield (published in the Book of Estrogenius 2010), The Tale of the Gaoler and the Witch (Verse Play Winner, Turner Cassity Literary Festival 2014), and Episode (called “the triumph of the evening, a taut and absorbing thriller” by Martin Denton of nytheatre.com). Mim directed her full-length play, Bromance of the Exes, for the 2013 Planet Connections Festivity and her most recent play Making History is currently being produced by Dysfunctional Theatre. As an actor, she has appeared in numerous classical and contemporary plays and several indie films. You can visit Mim’s website at freewebs.com/mimgranahan.