Short Play Festival - NYC 2021 - June 10 - June 27, 2021

Be Bold Productions

 Meet The Playwrights & Directors 

Week 1


Cliffhanger by Catalina Florina Florescu


Catalina Florina Florescu holds a PhD in Medical Humanities/Comparative Literature from Purdue University, teaches at Pace University, and curates a New Play Festival and Voices: International Theatre Festival at Jersey City Theater Center. More about her work here:



Mommy Milk Café by Sara States

Directed by Annie Racszko


Sara States wrote Mommy Milk Cafe during quarantine 2020. She feels genuinely #blessed that her group is full of empathetic, talented, wonderful humans. She is an actor and playwright based in NYC. She will soon be attending DePaul University for her MFA in acting.  @sarastates


Fallen Man by Wayne L. Firestone

Directed by Marcus Gualberto


Wayne L. Firestone is an alumnus of the 2019 and 2020 Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive. His plays have appeared in festivals in NY, London, and on Zoom. He is a board member for the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues and a participant in the Aspen Institute’s Inclusive America Project. He founded Plays2Gather to celebrate diversity and educate about “the other,” serves on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Jewish Plays Project and was a judge for “Weirdest Plays of 2020.”


Marcus Gualberto - Born in Manila, Philippines, Marcus Gualberto is an advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion and intersectionality for theatre artists on and off stage. Fallen Man marks his first collaboration with playwright Wayne Firestone. A Co-Founder of Regeneration Theatre, Marcus recently directed Michael Cristofer's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play The Shadow Box at The Gene Frankel Theatre. For the company, he has also directed William M. Hoffman’s As Is (Workshop Theater) and co-directed Tennessee Williams’ Small Craft Warnings (13th Street Rep). Other NY credits include: Quiet Enjoyment by Richard Curtis (world premiere, Playroom Theater); the workshop production of ETHER: The Strange Afterlife of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Susan Weinstein (IRT Theater); and Dead Zone and Lunch with Your Editor by Richard Curtis (NY Lives Festival @ Producer’s Club). For four consecutive summer seasons with Actors Conservatory Ensemble / TreePeople, he produced and directed An Alfred Hitchcock Radio Play Double Feature (“Rebecca” and “Shadow of a Doubt” starring Academy Award nominee Robert Forster; “Lifeboat” and “Strangers on a Train”; “The Thirty Nine Steps” and “Suspicion”; “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “Notorious” featuring Hans Tester) at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre, Los Angeles. He currently serves as Deputy Director for the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) whose programming serves women, POCs and the LGBTQ+ community.



Waiting For Go by David Malouf

Directed by Marina Barry


David Malouf is a retired educator and federal worker who has written a number of screenplays for short movies. In 2017, his screenplay entitled The Pharaohswon the DC Shorts screenwriting competition and became David's first foray into film direction. The Pharaohs took a humorous look at social dysfunction in old age and was warmly received at film festivals in the US and Canada. David’s second film entitled Leave a Message tells a wry and surprising tale of old age, disability, death and romance, and is in current film festival circulation. Waiting for Gois his first short play to receive live stage production. It asks the eternal question, "Why didn't you push the button?"


Marina Barry - Director, 'Waiting for Go' - is thrilled to be directing Dave's exceptional little play before a live audience! Most recently she directed her full length play ALL CATHERINE at the Hudson Guild Theatre. A playwright and actor, as well as a director, Marina enjoys everything about the theatre.





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