The Plays by Carrie Robbins

Production Archive:

(Currently 16 Productions – please scroll down)

       

THE DRAGON  GRISWYNDE

    w. Mr. Charles Turner

Chosen for League of Professional Theatre Women’s celebration of their 30th anniversary. 

THE ONCE POWERFUL DRAGON GRISWYNDE, HIS IMPRESSIVE FIRE-BREATHING CAPACITIES NOW DOWN TO BARELY A PUFF, SURVEYS HIS BURNED-OUT PLANET FROM ATOP THE REMAINS OF A DEAD VOLCANO AND WAITS PATIENTLY FOR THE END. HE IS THE LAST OF HIS KIND. LIFE WITHOUT THE HUMANS IS QUIET, BUT BORING.   THEN SUDDENLY, ON THE HORIZON, A SILVER SPECK MOVING TOWARD HIM. FRIENDS? INVADERS? SOMEONE TO TALK TO?

2012

 

THE DIAMOND EATER

SEE CLIP   

 dir.  Bob Kalfin  w. Steven Hauck & Eric Kutter 

THOUGH A DRUNK AND A LOUT AND A PRICK, COMMANDANT HERR OBERSCHAARFUHRER DIETZ CONSIDERS HIMSELF THE RAW MATERIAL OF A BRILLIANT & PRESCIENT SCIENTIFIC MIND.   HIS QUESTION TODAY: “CAN A GYPSY’S KIDNEY BE TRANSPLANTED INTO A JEW, AND THE JEW SURVIVE?”

 2012

 

DR. SCHIZO

    w. Frank Anderson  & Erika Rolfsrud 

EVEN WITH A “MEDICAL DEGREE” HONED ON THE STREETS, DR. SCHIZO STILL MANAGES TO OUT-DIAGNOSE THE BEST & THE BRIGHTEST OF BIG-URBAN-U-MEDICAL CENTER. AFTER ALL, HE HAS PLENTY OF EDUCATED VOICES IN HIS HEAD WITH WHOM TO CONSULT. 

2012

 

SAWBONES

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dir. Pamela Hunt  w. Cynthia Harris, Terry Layman, & Forrest MacClennon 

Chosen as part of TACT’s newTACTics New Plays Festival

 The Actors Company Theatre – Wall Street Journal’s Best Company of 2012    

A NORTHERN FIELD HOSPITAL. VIRGINIA, 1862.
FIELD MEDICINE IS PRIMITIVE; DR. CUTTARIDGE KNOWS WHATEVER HE DOES, 1 OUT OF EVERY 2 MEN IN HIS CARE WILL DIE. WHEN FREEMAN JEBIDIAH WALL BRINGS IN A YOUNG REBEL KID WHO NEEDS AN AMPUTATION FAST, THE DOC TEACHES JEB A LESSON IN SACRIFICING A LIMB TO SAVE A LIFE.   BUT A DECADE LATER, WILL A NEW LIFE TREATING PIGS & HORSES QUIET THE NIGHTMARE OF THAT WAR?

2013

 

SAWBONES & THE DIAMOND EATER

SEE CLIPS FROM DOUBLE FEATURE

 at HERE ARTS/NYC  
dir. Tazewell Thompson w. Wynn Harmon, Gregory Marlow, & Erika Rolfrud

NOMINATED FOR 6 NY Innovative Theatre Awards-   (the most nominations given out that year.) 

GERMANY, 1945.
OBERSCHAARFUHRER DIETZ, SQUAD LEADER OF THE CAMP, CONSIDERS HIMSELF A BRILLIANT & PRESCIENT SCIENTIFIC MIND.   HIS QUESTION ON THIS DAY: “CAN A GYPSY’s KIDNEY BE TRANSPLANTED INTO A JEW AND THE JEW SURVIVE? GOOD THING FOR DIETZ HE HAS PLENTY OF GYPSIES AND JEWS FOR EXPERIMENTATION. NOW ALL HE HAS TO DO IS FIND A QUALIFIED JEW TO DO THE SURGERY HE HAS IN MIND. A TRUE STORY.

2014

       

THE DIAMOND EATER

    dir. George Ferencz  w. Timothy Doyle & Pete McCabe 

TWO JEWS, A DOCTOR AND A JEWELER, OUTFOX THE NAZIS.

2013

 

BEDSIDE MANNERS

The Members of TACT: Jeffrey Hawkins, Ron McClary, Greg Salata, Scott Schafer, & Margot White, with guest Thomas Leverton

 (runner-up at TACT’s newTACTics new plays  festival) 

A HALF-DONE TRANSSEXUAL, A BLOOD-SOAKED MOBSTER, A NICE GUY WAITING TO DIE…THE USUAL SUSPECTS…AND THAT’S ONLY THROUGH NOON.   ALL IN A (LONG) DAY’S WORK FOR THE YOUNG DOCTORS OF WELLVIEW HOSPITAL.   AND DR. CUTTER JUST HOPES HE CAN SURVIVE ANOTHER DAY IN HIS QUEST TO KEEP THE SOULS IN HIS CARE ALIVE. CAN HE ALSO MANAGE TO HANG ONTO HIS OWN HUMANITY? 

2015

 

Le WEDDING DRESS

– Dir. By Paul Dobie w. Ms’s. Jodie Gelb, Kristie Dale Sanders, & Jenne Vath

SEMI-FINALIST, NYNW THEATRE FESTIVAL

IN A CUSTOM WEDDING EMPORIUM IN NEW JERSEY, A BRIDE-TO-BE AND HER MOTHER ARRIVE FOR THE FINAL FITTING OF THE GOWN. BUT CAN THE TWO MANAGE THE PURCHASE WITHOUT DESTROYING EACH OTHER AND THE STORE BEFORE THE DRESS IS WRAPPED? 

2015

 

MAGICAL THINKING: MY FAVORITE INDIGENTS & SEVERE CLEAR

– w. Mr. Robert Cuccioli & Ms. Erika Rolfsrud. Dir. By Paul Dobie

Presented at the Goddard/Riverside Center Theatre by the 29th Street Playwrights Collective as part of their New Works Series [Awarded a 2016 Creative Engagement Grant from the
   Lower Manhattan Cultural Council & N.Y. Dept. of Cultural Affairs]

2016

 

PART 1:  MY FAVORITE INDIGENTS

w. Mr. Robert Cuccioli , Mr. Thomas Leverton, Ms. Mimi Turque & Mr. Tony Naumovsky

IN A LARGE URBAN HOSPITAL, A DOCTOR-IN-TRAINING GUARDS HIS FLOCK OF ANONYMOUS AND SMELLY “SHEEP”. IN RETURN, THESE LOST SOULS, INVISIBLE OR FORGOTTEN, PATIENTS ON SOCIETY’S FRINGE, BERATE HIM, SERANADE HIM, & TEACH HIM HOW TO HOLD ONTO HIS OWN SOUL WITH GRACE.

2016     

       

PART 2: SEVERE CLEAR

w. Mr. Robert Cuccioli & Ms. Erika Rolfsrud

ON A CLEAR AUTUMN MORNING IN 2001, IN NEW YORK CITY, A RETIRED DOCTOR BUMPS UP AGAINST THE IMMUTABLE POWER OF DENIAL.   IN LIGHT OF CATACLYSMIC TRAGEDY, HE DISCOVERS HIS LIFELONG COMPANIONS, REASON AND LOGIC, ARE COMPLETELY USELESS.  HIS WIFE, HER DENIAL FIRMLY IN PLACE, REMAINS OPTIMISTIC.

2016

 

THE ACTRESS

– Dir by Paul Dobie

FINALIST, Thespis Theater Festival – 2016

w. Ms. Mikel Sarah Lambert, Ms. Dana Smith-Croll, & Mr. Steven Hauck

ALBERTINE REINE WAS A DIVINITY ON STAGE, ADORED AND WORSHIPPED BY FANS WORLDWIDE. BUT BACKSTAGE WAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MATTER. ACCORDING TO “HAIR”, “PROPS”, AND “STAGE MANAGEMENT”, THE GODDESSS WAS FAR FROM HEAVENLY. BUT DON’T SAY I TOLD YOU SO. STILL, SHE TAUGHT HER COSTUME DESIGNER ZOEY A HARD LESSON IN DESIGN.
AND ONE PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT DAY, MS. REINE SAVED ZOEY’S ASS. 

2016

 

OBSESSIONS OF AN ART STUDENT

– Dir by Luke Tudball

(Chosen for the NYNW THEATRE FESTIVAL – 2016)

TWO ART STUDENTS REVEAL SOME OF THE CURIOUS EVENTS WHICH ACCOMPANY THEM IN THEIR LIFELONG PURSUIT OF DRAWING SKILLS.   FROM FAILING WATERCOLOR CLASS AT EIGHT YEARS, TO GETTING CAROTENEMIA AFTER TOO MANY HOURS AT THE DRAWING BOARD, IT’S CLEAR ART ISN’T ALWAYS AN EASY COMPANION…EXCEPT WHEN ART IS THE ONLY THING THAT COMFORTS.

2016

 

THE DEATH & LIFE OF DR. CUTTER, a VAUDEVILLE

PHOTO GALLERY

– with Music by Shelly Gartner; Lyrics by Robbins Based on Observations by & of R.D.ROBBINS, MD, FACS DGF Reading dir by Paul Dobie.

CUTTER IS VERY SICK.
NOW HE CAN SEE EVERY MINUTE OF WHAT’S LEFT OF HIS FUTURE.
(AND THE SCIENCE HE HAS ALWAYS BELIEVED IN MOVES AT A SNAIL’s PACE.)A MORTALITY TALE. With Songs.

2017

 

MY SWOLLEN FEET

PHOTO GALLERY

Struggling young costume designer Zoey Parnes gets the big break that she’s been dreaming of when Theatre legend Jason Gascoigne III summons her to interview for his new Broadway musical. Two problems: a colossal cold is making it hard for her to get out of bed, and Gascoigne is a legendary eccentric whose curious ways of working could prove Zoey’s undoing…

2017 

THE ART OF TEACHING AND LEARNING
a short lesson in 2 parts – (work-in-progress)

Part 1: SPELLING FOR PIE

Part 2: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

A FATHER FROM THE OLD COUNTRY TRIES TO TEACH HIS 8 YEAR OLD HISTORY & POLI-SCI WITH DAILY AFTER-DINNER LESSONS. BUT SOMETIMES, DESSERT GETS IN THE WAY.

2017 

 


All Actors & Stage Managers appear courtesy of Actors equity Association.

This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.

These plays have been chosen for fiscal sponsorship by FRACTURED ATLAS, a national non-profit artist service organization providing a range of support for the independent arts community.

New York IT Awards
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29th Street Playwright's Collective
AWARDED A 2016 AND 2017 CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT GRANT FROM LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL & N.Y. DEPT. OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS.
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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
Made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
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