Unboxed Voices is a NYC production company that features new and seasoned storytellers, actors, writers, playwrights, musicians, comedians, and other performers. Our mission is to provide opportunities for all to unbox their creative voice.
Join us for stories by returning writers who have all written on the same theme!
PLUS, win a chance to get FREE TICKETS to our Short Play Festival!
Writers include: Mitch Levenberg, Heide Arbitter, Stella Milnes, Priscilla Flores,
Keith Johnston, J. Anthony Roman, David Mitnowsky, Alanna Ann Finn, Kat Chua
and Nick van der Grinten. Hosted by Lexy Nistico
At Think Coffee at 1 Bleecker, corner of Bowery.
Join us for 4 days of exciting 10-minute plays by new and seasoned writers from across America, performed by talented NYC performers! For the first time ever, we have an evening of plays written by Youth Playwrights!
HIPPOPOTAMUS by Mitch Levenberg
SADIE THE KILLER Written & Directed by David Mitnowsky
MANCHILD Written & Directed by Andreâ€™ J. Ford
MOLLIE & HARRY Written & Directed Tom Block
INDIVIDUAL TOES by Erin Harrington, Directed by Laura Steinroeder
SEIZED by Remington Elizabeth Moses
THE BOY by Aaron Leventman, Directed by Michael Boyd
LUNCH by Michael Shames, Directed by Ian Ogden
SUNDAY IN THE BAGEL SHOP WITH SAM & DAVE Written & Directed by Mike Bencivenga
URNED PRAISE by Sheila Rinear, Directed by David Rinear
DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER by Lynn Johanson, Directed by Barbara Kinter
SUZIEâ€™S JERK HUT Written & Directed by Keith Johnston
THE PHONE CALL Written & Directed by Alanna Ann Finn
NAMOR Written & Directed by J. Anthony Roman
Festival C (First ever Youth Playwrights Series!)
MEN DONâ€™T CRY by Kari Luna, Directed by Sarah Chichester RESTAURANT by Danielle Bonet, Directed by Kat Chua MOTIVES by Jacob Roger-Gordon, Directed by Jane Oâ€™Leary THE AIRPORT by Paul Jorge, Directed by Kat Chua HIGH, HIT & RUN by Kari Luna, Directed by Kat Chua HOW I CRIED A RIVER OVER YOU by Berenice Flores, Directed by Sara Stevens RED LOVE by Leah Shifrel, Directed by Andy Scott
Thursday, July 24th at 7:30pm show (FESTIVAL A)
Friday, July 25th at 7:30pm show (FESTIVAL B)
Saturday, July 26th at 3pm show (FESTIVAL C)
Saturday, July 26th at 7pm show (FESTIVAL A)
Sunday, July 27th at 3pm show (FESTIVAL B)
Sunday, July 27th at 7pm show (FESTIVAL C)
What is it about the Unboxed Voices Short Play Festival that has you coming back for more?
I'm a glutton for angst, stress , comradery and excellent work.
Plus the thrilling experience of seeing something I wrote come to life.
What did you take away from your UV experience last year?
One of the black boxes. It's now my couch.
What are you hoping to get out this experience?
A smooth tech/performance week.
Emerge a better writer.
Ideas for next year.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone new to the festival, what would it be?
Be friendly and open and patient to everyone in the project.
What excited you most about the festival?
I get to work with friends.
I get to meet and work with new people.
What are you hoping the audience gets from this experience?
An evening that entertains or moves or shockes them.
A new or renewed interest in Unboxed Voices.
Tom Block What made you want to be a part of the Unboxed Voices Short Play Festival? The festival offers an important chance to see my work produced in a premier venue, shared with other strong short plays. The Kraine Theater, in the heart of the downtown theater scene, is the perfect venue to explore a new piece. Additionally, by sharing the stage with a number of other plays, I can learn more about how other writers approach this genre.
What are you hoping to get out of this experience with Unboxed Voices?
First and foremost, the chance to see the work come to life. It is one thing to write a play, it is something else entirely to see it performed by quality actors in front of an audience. The audience's reaction to the work can teach me as much as anything about the play, no matter what I or the actors think.
I also love the chance to see other playwrights working in the same space and format, to see how they create a story arc in the short span of 10 minutes.
What excited you most about the festival?.... Read the rest of Tom's thoughts in our LATEST NEWS
Review of Evening of Short Stories | June 9, 2014 | By Nick van der Grinten ... The evening kicked off with Julia Strayer reading â€œThe Theory of Everythingâ€. She was followed by Ruth van der Grinten who shared some of her memoirs of her childhood during the Second World War in England. Lois Ann Abraham read â€œMatesâ€ from â€œCircus Girl and Other Storiesâ€ â€“ her latest published collection of short stories and Donna Finn read her autobiographical work â€œThe Journeyâ€. The evening ended with Sahar Muradi reading her work â€œThe Things They Wait Forâ€ about her grandparents and family from Afghanistan..... As we chatted with.... Read all of Nick's thoughts in our LATEST NEWS
Reflections on Open Mic |June 24, 2014 | By Kat Chua ... The tone was set by the host with the most, Nick van der Grinten. His English swag was smooth and witty. We had a full house and had to turn folks away, which was difficult. We did however enjoy some new and returning acts: Artem and Antonia performed their ukelele-playing wedding singing characters, a combination of improv, audience participation, and silliness made for some great songs and funny stories. For the 3rd time Ciara Santos returned with her fierce poetry. Bob Milnes, aka Braxton Hicks, lured us with new lyrics as a solo musical talent. Our very own Lexy Nistico wrapped us .... Read all of Kat's reflection in our LATEST NEWS
More Upcoming Events!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 7:30pm-8:30pm
at THINK Coffee at 1 Bleecker St.
Sign-up at 7:15pm for 5 minutes with the mic! Musicians, Poets, Comedians, and galore are welcome! FREE to ALL!
Featured guest: Keith Johnston!
Featured S.U.V. (Supporter of UV)
Support LEXY & ALANNA
in running the 2014 NYC Marathon!
We met Chauncey "Civilian" Velascoat our first Open Mic and he's been coming back ever since.
Here are a few words from Chauncey "Civilian" Velasco:
I'm from Queens, NY. Grew up in Jamaica, Queens. I enjoy using my writing to question. To question my experiences, people around me, structures that we live in. I've found that the questioning part is more important than the answers. I heard about UV through Lexy. Lexy is dope peoples. She's got moxy. Kat's dope too though. Lol!!!
NEW to UV in June: Julia Strayer, Ruth van der Grinten, Lois Ann Abraham, Donna Finn, and Artem & Antonia
Letter Of THANKS from UV Founder, Kat Chua
BIG THANK YOU to all who were able to help raise funds to keep the CAT Youth Theatre FREE, an after school program at Creative Arts Team for young people to create original theatre.