You’re Invited: The Winter Reading Series

The Private is pleased to announce our Winter Reading Series, featuring new work from Max Sparber, Michael Sargent and A. Rey Pamatmat. All readings are free and open to the public. To reserve your seats, please email with the title(s) of the play(s) you wish to attend, and the number of guests in your party.

KISHINEV by Max Sparber

Directed by John Gould Rubin

December 9th, 7pm at LAByrinth Theater Company 155 Bank Street

The epic story of an antisemitic riot in 1903 told in the form of a Jewish folk tale. A young female mystic and her community of hasids experience the event through the lens of Yiddish legends and the daily details of Jewish life in turn-of-the-century Eastern Europe

GENOA by Michael Sargent

Directed by David Schweizer

December 15th, 7pm at LAByrinth Theater Company 155 Bank Street

An alcoholic actor loses everything and ends up living back at his family in Genoa, Ohio, where he dreams and schemes of a return to California.  But the American Dream gets stuck in reverse in this devastating and hilarious tragi-comedy.


Directed by Evan T. Cummings

January 7th, 7pm Location TBA

Journalist Kent MacDonald is no saint and certainly no savior. At least he never meant to be until 17-year-old Jared winds up missing. Moving through a lurid world of online sex, naïve parents, and kids who know too much, it’s up to Kent to find Jared, bring him home, and perhaps rescue both their souls in the process.

Introducing the Cast of MAMA’S BOY


We’re thrilled to announce the cast of our upcoming reading of Rob Urbinati’s Mama’s Boy. John Gould Rubin directs this imaginative and personal piece about the life of Lee Harvey Oswald.

Betsy Aidem: Marguerite Oswald
Will Rogers: Lee Harvey Oswald
Larissa Polonsky: Marina Oswald
Vayu O’Donnell: Robert Oswald
Salomé M. Krell: Stage Directions

(Casting Director: Judy Bowman Casting, CSA)

Please join us on Monday, December 9 at 7:00 PM at the Peter J. Sharp Theater (416 W 42nd St., between 9th and 10th Ave., 4th Floor) for this unique and personal exploration of one of the most notorious figures in 20th century American history. Reserve your seats by email at


Lee and new wife Marina in Minsk


“Mamma” Marguerite, Marina and Baby June watch the coverage of the assassination


You’re Invited to Our Holiday Rave!


We invite you to celebrate the coming holiday season with us by dancing the night away at our Holiday Rave!

Time: Friday, December 6 from 8:00 PM – dawn
Place: Stone Creek Bar & Lounge, 140 E. 27th. St (Btwn Lex & 3rd)

holidayravemapClick here to purchase tickets.

Join us for a wild night of:
Drink Specials
“Glow” accessories
Private “Molly” (courtesy of m&m’s)
Private Ravers (don’t miss these amazing dancers!)
…and more!

Your $20 admission fee includes a free drink ticket & a free “glow accessory.”

Let’s get our rave on!

Reserve Your Spot for MAMA’S BOY


We’re thrilled to announce that reservations are now open for our upcoming reading of Mama’s Boy, Rob Urbinati’s dramatic study of Lee Harvey Oswald and his relationship to his incorrigible mother, Marguerite. We present this compelling piece about Oswald’s personal history as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Our Artistic Director, John Gould Rubin, directs.

About the Reading

Time: Monday, December 9 at 7:00 PM
Place: Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 W 42nd St., between 9th and 10th Ave., 4th Floor).
Admission: Free; reserve your seats by email at Don’t forget to include the number of people in your party.

Keep in touch with us in the coming weeks on Facebook and Twitter to learn updates about casting for this reading!

About the Play

Fort Worth Texas. 1962. Marguerite Oswald is thrilled to reunite with her son, Lee, who returns to the U.S. after defecting to Russia. Lee’s brother Robert struggles to help Lee and his new family get on their feet, and keep them out of their mother’s clutches. Despite Lee’s reluctance, Marguerite manages to insinuate herself into his life, even as it spirals out of control. The assassination of JFK provides her with one last opportunity to keep the family together. She becomes a fierce defender of her son’s innocence, and a self-proclaimed “mother in history.” Mama’s Boy is a domestic drama that takes place in the shadow of momentous events.

“If you research the life of Jesus Christ, you’ll find that you never did hear anything more about the mother, Mary, after He was crucified. And since Lee Harvey Oswald was murdered, nobody has worried about my welfare either.” -Marguerite Oswald

Oswald-HeadshotOswald at Age 11

fame-oswaldMarguerite Oswald Reading the Warren Commission Report

Save These Dates! A Little Work, A Little Play


We’re thrilled to announce our holiday plans for 2013. Please save these dates in December … we would love to celebrate the end of the 2013 with you.

Holiday rave! We love a good party, we like to play dress-up, and we love to dance. Building on the success of the prom we had this spring, we’re pleased to combine  all these elements again with a holiday rave! Dig out your dayglow gear and your dancing shoes, and join us for our rave on Friday, December 6, at 8 PM. Venue and ticketing information will be coming soon.

A free reading of Rob Urbinati’s Mama’s Boy! This engaging and unusual work examines events between Lee Harvey Oswald and his mother, Marguerite, in the years leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We’re proud to present a reading of this play by our literary manager, Rob Urbinati, as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. The reading will take place on Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 PM, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on 42nd St. Our Artistic Director, John Gould Rubin, directs. We’ll have news to share about casting in the coming weeks.

Holiday wish list! We are tremendously grateful for the support we’ve received in 2013! All of the plays we’ve presented in our reading series this year have been free to the public, and we are committed to providing opportunities for free performing arts events in the coming year. Developing theatre in New York, however, is a costly venture, and so we’re putting together a holiday wish list, which we would like to share with you. Any help in making our theatre wishes come true for 2014 will be highly appreciated. Details about our wish list will be available soon.

Please join us for any or all of these events in December! We always love to see our community and to celebrate theatre, and life, with you.

See you soon!

Our Scene Study Intensive, and Fall Theatre Picks


As we transition from summer to winter, we’d like to bring some upcoming theatre-centric happenings to your attention. We hope to see you at one or more of these!

The Scene Study Intensive

Our Artistic Director, John Gould Rubin, is teaching his popular Scene Study Intensive beginning in October. Actors, take advantage of this opportunity to study with John and to choose your own material from various periods of history. Class size is limited, so if you’re thinking of enrolling, don’t delay.

The class details are as follows:

DATES/TIMES Thursdays 7-10 PM; Oct. 17th-Dec. 19th

LOCATION ART/NY, 520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor

INVESTMENT $675 ($325 non-refundable deposit due upon registration to secure your spot; remaining $350 due at first class; credit cards accepted – fee may apply; payment plans available)


For a detailed schedule and other information about classes, click here.

Fall Theatre Picks

We’re excited for these two upcoming productions, which both feature dear friends and collaborators of The Private Theatre.


Playwright J. Anthony Roman‘s account of his own journey to Colombia is dramatized in Locombia, a “comedic travel writing exodus with music, that explores the frustrations and limitations one faces while being poor in a third world country, and being broke in the USA.” The show is produced by our frequent collaborator, Erin Cherry, through With a Cherry On Top Productions. Here are the details:

DATES September 26th to September 28th, 2013


LOCATION Speyer Hall at University Settlement (184 Eldridge Street, 2nd floor)

TICKETS AND ADDITIONAL INFO Tickets are $18 cash at door, or available at or

Hamlet Hallucinations

This contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tale of the Prince of Denmark comes to us from Italy, where it recently completed a successful run in Rome. Playwright Dario D’Ambrosio’s vision of a schizophrenic Hamlet results in “a show that brings Shakespeare closer to the young audience with a charge of hallucinatory modernity and all the evasive strength of folly.” This production features Private Theatre collaborator Giacomo Rocchini as Hamlet. Here are the details:

DATES October 17 to November 3, 2013

LOCATION The First Floor Theatre at La MaMa (74 A E. 4th St.)

TICKETS AND ADDITIONAL INFO Please visit the show page on the La MaMa website.


Actors! Join our Fall Scene Study Intesive with John Gould Rubin


We are pleased to offer our Scene Study Intensive, which will be taught by our Artistic Director, John Gould Rubin. The class allows you to choose your own scenes from classical, modern, and contemporary periods. Increase your repertoire and strengthen your skills!

The details of the class are as follows:

DATES/TIMES: Thursdays 7-10 PM; Oct. 17th-Dec. 19th
LOCATION: ART/NY, 520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor

INVESTMENT: $675 ($325 non-refundable deposit due upon registration to secure your spot; remaining $350 due at first class; credit cards accepted – fee may apply; payment plans available)


For more details, click here.

You’re Invited to the 2013 Spring Reading Series

Please join us in May and June for our Spring Reading Series. For details, click here.

Our Private Prom Gallery

In preparation for The Private Prom on May 17, we took a stroll down memory lane to revisit what we were like as teenagers. Some of went to a prom (or more), some of us did not. Whatever our teenage experience, the one thing we have in common today is our desire and enthusiasm for getting friends together to dance, to toast each other, and to celebrate New York theatre. We hope you’ll join us for The Private Prom and create new memories with us!

Artistic Director John Gould Rubin poses for the camera

Managing member Summer Crockett More at her boyfriend's senior prom at age 15

Managing member Tony Glazer decides to skip the prom

John Gould Rubin in uniform at Exeter

Managing member Salomé M. Krell with her junior prom date and her siblings


Executive assistant Danielle Carroll before her prom in New Hampshire

Executive Director Lucy Di Rosa as a teen

Literary committee member Sarah Wharton with her family, before her prom in Guatemala

Literary committee member Shane Bly Killoran attends the prom with her boyfriend

Board member Judy Bowman, as a sophomore, prepares for a senior prom

Board member Barb Kielhofer attends the prom with a kilt-clad date

Summer Crockett Moore at her senior prom


Salomé M. Krell with her friends before senior prom

Lucy Di Rosa with her friends at prom in Toronto, Canada

A Few Reminders about the Prom!

The Private Prom is this week! We enjoy blurring the lines between party and theatrical event, and we hope you will join us for this prom-themed party, to make it the most distinct, the most colorful, the most fabulous prom that’s ever been held!

A few reminders:

  1. The prom is this Friday, May 17, and begins at 8:00 PM.
  2. Tickets range between $30 and $85.
  3. All tickets include an open bar.
  4. The $85 VIP tickets will let you join the party an hour early, at 7:00 PM, for champagne and hors d’oeuvres. While supplies last, a VIP ticket will also get you a personal, Private Prom flask.
  5. You can buy tickets at the door, but we’ll accept cash only.
  6. The Reverend Vince Anderson, a fabulous musician with a huge following in New York, has generously lent his time to DJ the event. (Watch this video of Reverend Vince jamming with The Roots.)
  7. We’re giving away a fabulous door prize, a pair of tickets to F#$KING UP EVERYTHING.
  8. The prom court coronation will be like nothing you’ve experienced, with fabulous judges (Exit, Pursued by a Bear’s Artistic Director Ed Iskandar, casting director Judy Bowman, and production manager Emily Alexander-Wilmeth) celebrating the most imaginatively-dressed prom goers.
  9. You’ll be able to stage your own prom photo, with one date, multiple dates, a posse of friends, or without anyone else! Anything goes at The Private Prom.
  10. We’ll have a raffle, increasing the chances that you’ll get lucky on prom night!

We look forward to seeing you at The Private Prom! Click here to get your tickets.