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A Festival of Shows by and/or about Women

Seating limited

advance purchase recommended

All performances at

Stage Left Studio

438 W 37th Street 5A, NYC

Details about the Shows/Performers

BARBARA BLEIER is an actor and singer who has been seen in off and off-off Broadway productions. Most recently, she played the role of Ester in I Can Cry, which she also played at the National Theatre of Romania; Karen Frick in Arthur Miller’s The Last Yankee: and Gertrude in a production of Hamlet, directed by George Bartenieff. She has performed in solo cabaret shows and reviews in New York, Chicago, and Galway, Ireland. She was a Cabaret Fellow at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Her film work includes the role of Mrs. Loeb, in the cult classic, Swoon. She would like to thank Gretchen Cryer for her help in developing this piece, Austin Pendleton for his inspired direction and Joel Silberman for his invaluable contributions to the musical aspects of the show. Thanks, Cheryl, for selecting this piece for production, and Liam for his unwavering support. Barbara is a proud member of Actors Equity.

Who's Your Mama?

The Blue Mouth

"The Blue Mouth"

Michelle Hamill is a native New Yorker. Like a Desilu Production she is of Irish and Cuban descent.


She is currently under contract with ABC as a writer in development. She's the author of several screenplays. Some optioned. Another retooled for Warner Brothers, keeping George Clooney in mind (not a bad gig!) And her short "The Product of 3C" is now in post product.  


As a published poet her work has appeared in numerous literary journals including Borders Books Anthology:

The Best Poets of Los Angeles. These days she can be found lassoing her poetry into a memoir play about her bi-coastal childhood. From NYC to LA. Growing up in a trunk. Where almost everyone she ever knew had a head shot...  

Love Letter to a Friend

LOVE LETTER TO A FRIEND has been produced, presented and performed in London, Buffalo, Athens, Istanbul, New York, Valdez, Alaska and it is about a woman imprisoned, tortured and about to die for secrets she does not possess. Please find below and an attached bio with pix.

Thanks for all you are doing,


Here’s the short bio, followed by the long bio:


Award winning playwright and internationally acclaimed Harold Pinter scholar, Penelope Prentice has had a dozen plays performed in New York, Washington, Buffalo, London, Australia, Ireland, Greece, Turkey and China. Her plays, finalists in over a dozen national competitions include: TRANSFORMATIONAL COUNTRY DANCES, COLLECTOR OF BEAUTIFUL MEN, HOW TO SEDUCE YOUR HUSBAND, CITY OF NO ILLUSIONS, LADY AND THE COWBOY produced on Cable Fable Channel 10, and THRILLER winner of the Lawrence S. Epstein Award and a finalist in seven compeitions including the Philadelphia Bar Association Playwriting Award and Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference.

Recipient of an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Sponsorships, she has held five Playwright-in-Residencies including the Chautauqua Institute and the New Perspectives Theatre Company in New York.

She has two books on England's great living dramatist, Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, including the critically lauded Pinter Ethic: The Erotic Aesthetic, Routledge, 2000. A Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago, she is a Professor Emeritus from D’Youville College, Buffalo. A planner of the First International Women Playwrights Conference, Director of its documentary: In One Voice and Bedtime Stories—Tell Me a Story I’ll Never Forget, on recovery from rape/incest. Poetry from her book Capturing the Light, set to music by the internationally distinguished American composer Eric Ewazen, premiered as Original Light at the Julliard School at Lincoln Center in 2004. Her play LOVEPLAY premiered in New York with his music at La Mama in 2005, and she has had a performance of DAYTRIPPER in Los Angeles, of RED NOVEMBER, CHARLIE DECEMBER, and a production of LOVE LETTER TO A FRIEND in New York, 2008 and is working on a film Against Impossible Odds with composer Eric Ewazen and percussionist Evelyn Glennie.



The Misadventures of Julia Child

by Michelle Ramoni

The Misadventures of Julia Child!

Find out what happens when you mix up a batch of regret, rolled in with a healthy dose of lust, liberally splashed with insanity and topped off with an iconic figure...

About the Piece

I have been channeling Julia for years and it's about time she comes out!! Literally!! While this is a fictitious story about Julia Child, the themes of passion, lust, longing, and fear make the humanity of this adventure very real. I am thrilled to get the chance to step into the bodies of Julia Child and Catherine Zeta Jones. These renaissance women of many lives and talents have such profound courage, strength, and determination!


Michelle has just recently premiered her solo show, The Misadventures of Julia Child at Jimmy's on 7th. After rave reviews Michelle is taking Julia around town throughout NYC!! Some of Michelle's favorite recent roles include: Xenobia in Phyllis and Xenobia, Killaine Farell in The Clearing, and Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream. Michelle has studied improvisation at the Upright Citizen's Brigade. Currently she studies acting with Carol Fox Prescott, and trains as a solo performer/creator with Cheryl King.



"Susan Rankus' warm and funny Renaissance .....Capturing the absurdity of a fair...Rankus uses her malleable face to imbue her universally recognizable story with a sweetly hopeful spirit."

--- Dave Lefkowitz, from Theatre News Online

" Renaissance, performed by Susan Rankus, is funny and quite charming"

----Richard Hinojosa from NyTheatre.com


Renaissance is a comic semi-autobiagraphical tale of a young virginal 19 year old actress who falls in love with the town watchman while playing a nun and the village idiot at the Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival.

Next Performance of Renaissance :

Manhatten Rep Once Act Festival in October http://www.manhattanrep.com/

Susan Rankus BIO

Susan first developed Renaissance in Matt Hoverman's "Create Your Own Solo Show" workshop and since then has work shopped it several times at Stage Left Studios under the direction of Cheryl King. Renaissance has also been performed as part of the 2007 Midtown International Theatre Festival as part of the larger show entitled Outroverted and will be performed again in October as part of the Manhattan Repertory One Act Festival .. Special thanks to Matt Hoverman and Cheryl King for their brilliant coaching and constant encouragement .

In 2001, Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Point Park Conservatory. Immediately afterwards, she was awarded the 2001/2002 Dorothy Haas Acting Apprenticeship at the prestigious Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia where she had the honor of understudying the roles of Biddy/Mrs. Joe in Great Expectations and the joy of performing on their main stage as Ensemble in Damn Yankees, Dori in School House Rock, and The Ghost of Christmas Past/Mrs. Cratchet in A Christmas Carol. Currently , Susan is producing and staring in the short film, Previous Tenants , a sweet film inspired by the cultural diversity of the lower east side. www.previoustenants.info. Some favorite roles include: Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Caliban in The Tempest, Rita in Sisters , Bertie in The Club, Lady Elaine in Avalon, and Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods. www.susanrankus.com





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 a drop dead comedy


One woman's comedic journey into the known and unknown as she examines the words and lives behind eulogies.


Performed by Stacy Mayer

Written by Robert Charles Gompers and Stacy Mayer


The Funeralogues is one woman's comedic journey into the known and unknown as Stacy Mayer examines the words and lives behind eulogies. The evening draws inspiration from real life eulogies by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the more humorous eulogy a six year old imparts for her headless Barbie. The audience is drawn further into the parlor as Stacy shares her experiences of wandering through the services of total strangers. Find out the not so certain answers to the uneasy questions we all ask including, "What they will say at my funeral?" and "Does this dress make me look fat?"


The Funeralogues

All Showtimes 8 pm

Tickets $15 - available through Smart Tix

www.smarttix.com 212-868-4444

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Cheryl Smallman is a writer/performer from Brooklyn who is currently writing her first full length solo show.  She is a regular performer at Stage Left and will also be performing this work at The People's Improv Theater on September 17th.


Thank you for your interest in the Panel.  We'll be thrilled if you choose to attend; please note we maintain your anonymity, and you do not have to share your story your first time with us.  We expect your full respect and attention, as our attendants are brave in that they're sharing how they ended up... here.  Should you want to take notes during the Panel, please do.  Should you get upset during the Panel, feel free.  Should you want to ask questions during the Panel, they are encouraged.  We hope to see you, as it's your first step on the road to recovery.  Free cookies.


Katie Northlich is a four time New York Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, and she is the current reigning National Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion. Her 2005 solo show, *Character Forum: A Thesis, was recently in New York Magazine as a pick of the week; it was selected for the Estrogenius Festival, the Fashion Playfest festival, and was chosen as a debut piece for the solo-performance based Stage Left Studio theatre, resulting in an extended, sold out run.


Katie Northlich in "Panel"


Sometimes you need to lose yourself, in order to find your way. Fully Hatched- the emergence of a comic soul, chronicles Kathleen Leisure's journey from devoted to daughter to devotee in a cult to setting herself free with laughter.


Kathleen Leisure has recently performed at the People's Improv Theatre, Comix Comedy Club and the Duplex in New York.  Kathleen studied acting at Circle in the Square Theatre school and has performed in shows with the American Theatre of Actors and The National Shakespeare Co.  She also studied opera with Vincent La Selva at the Juilliard School. And has performed with the New York Grand Opera Company in Central Park and at Carnegie Hall in operas

including: Aida, Turandot, and Joan of Arc. Last summer, she played Osmina in Suor Angelica. She is also a songwriter of pop/rock songs.

Special thanks to: Cheryl King, Jen Nails and Courtney Williams.




Fully Hatched - The Emergence of a Comic Soul

ELLEN O'NEILL's portion of "Who's Your Mama?" is about La Bella Vita (Her Beautiful Life)  and how she got to be the woman/mama she is today.

This summer she played B in The Brewster Theartre Company's,Theatre Association Of New York State's award winning production of Three Tall Women. She has appeared in Community Theatre, Off Broadway, in film and on TV. Special thanks to Austin Pendleton, Gretchen Cryer, Judd Silverman, Danusia Roberts, and to her partner tonight , Barbara Bleier. This performance is dedicated to Tina, Ellen's Mama, Saint Anthony and all the people she loves especially Jim. [email protected]