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CROSSWAYS FINDS THE COMMON HUMAN THREAD

Multiracial multiethnic voices yearning to be heard and seen

CROSSWAYS THEATRE aims to develop playwrights who reflect the diversity of our community. CROSSWAYS' programs and plays will be accessible to a wide range of audience members from teens to seniors.  CROSSWAYS is committed to discovering playwrights who recount and reflect diverse experiences: whether comic, farcical or realistic, covering epic struggles, women’s liberation, on-the-job, veteran, trauma survival or facing the challenges of life.

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CROSSWAYS THEATRE  THE PLACE WHERE ALL CULTURES THRIVE

Crossways Welcomes the World

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CROSSWAYS THEATRE 2021 UPCOMING EVENTS

October 24, 2021 Crossways will present Covid Crime, a Stop Anti Asian Hate play, at Richard Tucker Park on 66th Street and Broadway. Featuring Beth Griffith, Selear Duke, Sachiko Parker, JR Carter, and other great actors, directed by Howard Pflanzer, playwright Lionelle Hamanaka, form Noon -4 p.m. Audience will be treated to speeches by Shirley Ng, of Asian American Legal Defense Fund and Jackie Wang of Welcome to Chinatown. 
November 14, 2021 Crossways Presents its Annual Fall Festival  at the Bernie Wohl Theater at Goddard Riverside Community Center,  92st & Columbus Avenue, Sponsored by the Puffin Foundation, with the theme "Imagining the Future." Playwrights Nathaniel Blake Johnson, Lyonel Laverde Hansen, Lionelle Hamanaka, Ann Mary Mullane, Howard Pflanzer, and Kathleen Potts will present their vision of what the Future holds. Join us for a wonderful day of entertainment and conviviality.

 

CROSSWAYS WOMEN'S FESTIVAL 2021

Airs on YouTube March 19, 2021 at 7 PM

Plays from the POV of women playwrights

WOMEN’S FESTIVAL 2021

TIME: 7 pm

on YOUTUBE @ Crosswaystheatre.org

DATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2021

Free, but Donations accepted through Square:

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Email: Crosswaystheatre@gmail.com

Fiscal sponsor: Fractured Atlas, 501©3

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PLAYWRIGHTS: STELLA PULO, KAE FUJISAWA, KITTY CHEN, LIONELLE HAMANAKA

Respect for Nature, Sketches of Happiness, Rowing to America & Covid on a Bridge

Plays from the POV of women playwrights

WOMEN’S FESTIVAL 2021

TIME: 7 pm on YOUTUBE @ Crosswaystheatre.org

DATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2021

 Donations accepted through Square:

https://checkout.square.site/merchant/RYEP4XXD0T69D/checkout/NNQ3W7XZUQHKRH3QHV5OHF24

Facebook: Crosswaystheatre.org

Email: Crosswaystheatre@gmail.com

Fiscal sponsor: Fractured Atlas, 501©3

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ZOE ANASTASSIOU

Starring in Covid on a Bridge

Zoe Anastassiou is a Greek-Aussie-British theatre/TV/film/voiceover actress. She was in Thomas Walters’ (Julie Walters’ brother) new play Help a Handicapped God Trot Across the Universe at the 13th Street Repertory Theater in NY, and is helping develop British Emma Gibson’s Water in my Hands as part of Miranda Theatre Company’s Liz Smith Reading Series at the Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC, and Jamie Ramburg’s Castles in the Air with Midtown Direct Rep in NJ. In Quarantine, Zoe shot an adaptation of Emily Bohannon’s Virtue with Cowboy Bear Ninja productions. Zoe can currently be heard as audio drama regular Maddie the 8 yr old CEO on How We Manage Stuff, in the Hear Now Festival online has a 365 Blog video series. Learn more at www.zoeanastassiou.com

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J.R. CARTER

Co-Starring in Covid on a Bridge

JR Carter has played the leads or featured parts in 22 films, on network TV, a Netflix series, regional theater and was featured in several Crossways Theatre’s staged readings over the past two years. He trained in the Meisner method and has an MA from Marist College, NYS.

 

EMPOWERMENT OF UNHEARD VOICES

Be the first to discover new talent

Crossways is a community theater with a vision, to open the community’s awareness of the diversity of New York. Crossways will be an intersection where people of different backgrounds, religions and races meet.

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READINGS

Where communities mingle

In 2021, Crossways presented the Women's Festival and plays by Kitty Chen, Kae Fujisawa, Lionelle Hamanaka, Ann Mary Mullane and Stella Pulo featuring actresses Stella Pulo, Kitty Chen, Kae Fujisawa, Zoe Anastassiou, Beth Griffith.

October 24, 2021 Crossways will have its first Park reading, at Richard Tucker Park on 66th Street and Broadway, of Covid Crime, a Stop Anti Asian Hate play with speakers from the Asian American Legal Defense Fund, Shirley Ng, and Welcome to Chinatown, Jackie Wang. Audiences members will be invited to sign a peace crane that will be hung in a traffic intersection in Chinatown.

In November 2021, Crossways will have a Festival "Imagining the Future" with six plays by Nathaniel Blake Johnson,  Lionelle Hamanaka, Lyonel Laverde Hanson, Ann Mary Mullane, Howard Pflanzer, and Kathleen Potts, after winning a grant from the PUFFIN FOUNDATION.

2020 offerings included a Fall Festival with Covid 10,366 (introducing Director Dianna Martin) and The Spitter by Lionelle Hamanaka, monologue from Quarters, Halves and a Whole by Nathaniel Blake Johnson, Viral Effect by Ann Mary Mullane, and Amicus Fidelis by Howard Pflanzer. The Women's Festival (just before the  pandemic struck) featured Sherry Bokser's Payback, Tita Aandares, John McFerren Story, Ann Mary Mullane For the Birds, and scenes from The New Place by Hamanaka as well as Filial Piety directed by Nicholas Leung.

In 2019, readings included Lyonel Laverde Hansen's Charles XII, the Carplay Series II, Howard Pflanzer's The Listener, The Biddy Contract by Ann Mary Mullane and scenes from Bina Sharif's new play, The Rise Up by Lionelle Hamanaka.

In 2018  Crossways staged readings included: Lyonel Laverde Hansen's Kill the Beast, Howard Pflanzer's GPS Play, Escape, Breakdown, Killer Car, Kathleen Potts' Miss Nowhere Diner and The Organizer by Lionelle Hamanaka. 

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FESTIVALS

Where communities celebrate

On March 25 and 26, 2022, Crossways Theatre will present its Fifth Annual Women's Festivals, featuring plays by women playwrights at Bernie Wohl Theater, part of Goddard Riverside Community Center. One play will be "Sheroes" a play with music depicting the struggles of nurses at a hospital outside NYC, through the pandemic as of fall, 2021. The composer is Dom Minasi, a famous songwriter who has composed the scores for Off Broadway shows and 500 children's songs, who has composed beautiful songs expressing the feelings and predicaments of front line nurses' attempts to care for patients. Four other plays will be selected from the Dramatists Guild newsletter opportunities listing. 

      In 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Crossways had staged readings during Women's Month at the Bernie Wohl Theater in Goddard Riverside Community Center, Dramatists Guild loft on 41st Street and online during the pandemic. These Women's Festival included the following authors: Tita Aandares, John McFerren's Story, Sherry Bokser, Payback, Kitty Chen, Rowing to America, Kae Fujisawa, Sketches of Happiness,  Ann Mary Mullane, The Biddy Contract, Kathleen Potts,  Shakespeare's Ghost Writer was a . . . Woman?!, Stella Pulo, Respect for Nature, Christina Wilson's Breast Confessions, Kathy Wilson's Out of the Rabbit Hole, Lionelle Hamanaka, Scenes from The Rise Up, Covid on a Bridge.   

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FAMILIES, SENIORS, STUDENTS, VETERANS, TRAUMA VICTIMS

Find a welcome gathering place to talk

Due to Professor Kathleen Potts' and Jennifer Tuttle's work with immigrant students, an important montage of scenes enacting the plight of students from immigrant families was presented.  In Declared Dead, written and directed by Howard Pflanzer, a man's identity has been stolen; Elizabeth Jennings, a play about an African American schoolteacher who desegregated the NYC streetcar system in 1854. Scenes from A New Place, a play about Military Sexual Trauma, was given a staged reading as well. A reading of What Your Name Is? by Nathaniel Johnson, an urban youth romantic comedy was received well. The Theme of Dislocations in society was the 2019 dramatic umbrella of Crossways.

 
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REGULAR READINGS OF EXCITING DRAMAS

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WHO'S WHO AT CROSSWAYS THEATRE?

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HOWARD PFLANZER

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KATHLEEN POTTS

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LYONEL (L. R.) LAVERDE-HANSEN

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TEAM

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NATHANIEL BLAKE JOHNSON

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JENNIFER TUTTLE

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ACTORS

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BETH GRIFFITH

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KAREN LEE

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GREAT ACTING TALENT

Crossways Members

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GEOFFREY LEE

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ELLIOTT CEASER

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SELEAR DUKE

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DISCOVER THE ACTING TALENT AT CROSSWAYS

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ETERNANDA FUDGE

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CHRISTINE PENNEY

Actress/writer

 

FROM THE EAST, WEST SOUTH AND NORTH

Our Actors will Surprise and Move you

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WILLIAM KOZY

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KIMBERLY FLORES

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LUIS BRANDON TORRES

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CROSSWAYS THEATRE

Challenging, exciting drama

Crossways Theatre looks foward to seeing you at our Fall benefit. We expect  many surprising performances then and later in the season. The theme for the coming season is: Disruptions. Crossways now offers Subscriber Benefits. Please visit our Facebook page as well or email us at: Crossways Theatre.org

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CHARLES XII, ACTS I & II

Reading at Crossways Theatre

Elliott Ceaser, Leo Goodman, Eternanda Fudge and Brendan Rothman-Hicks
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ELIZABETH JENNINGS

Crossways Theatre reading

Christine Penney, Elliott Ceaser, Juli