ASBURY PARK, NJ – A newly formed theater ensemble, La Strada of Asbury Park, New Jersey is making waves in the post-Sandy seaside town with both the projects they are producing, and how they are being produced. Unlike many fledgling stage companies, which subsist on drawing crowds with well-known, established commercial pieces and then, perhaps, sprinkle in some originals or more “edgy” pieces, La Strada Ensemble Theater (whose name derives from the Italian for “The Road, and is an homage to the Fellini film) has a mission to produce largely all-original plays...many of which are written, directed, produced, and acted “in house”. With such ambition, it’s little wonder why people are talking...and that “chatter” has reached New York City’s “ears”.
Beginning this coming month, and then continuing into March, La Strada Ensemble Theater is producing a new festival of shorts called CHANCE: a festival of one-acts about Love, Fate and Destiny. Broken into two programs (Fate and Destiny), CHANCE takes on the nearly Herculean task of presenting 14 short plays (9 of which are World Premieres) by playwrights from across the country...and across the pond.
Last year, La Strada Ensemble Theater’s Artistic Director and prolific resident playwright, A.J. Ciccotelli, caught the attention of New York City radio personality, actress, (and now) producer, Christine Nagy. As the months progressed, the two became pleasantly aware of kindred passions for all-original works and the importance of fostering new voices...all of which culminated in a collaboration on Ciccotelli’s powerful one-act, The Dance, performed in Manhattan. The Dance centers around a young playwright and his older lover, who play out their story both in the present and twenty years in the past. Presented to packed houses at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre on West 42nd Street in October of 2014, both Nagy and Ciccotelli knew the short run was too short-lived.
“The public’s reaction to The Dance, and the quality of the performance, directly lead to the creation of CHANCE. Christine and I both knew it needed to be shared with more audiences...and be joined by other strong, new voices in theater today,” shared Ciccotelli.
CHANCE: a festival of one-acts about Love, Fate, and Destiny – and its two programs, FATE and DESTINY – will be presented both in Asbury Park, New Jersey (beginning February 13th through 22nd at BANK on Mattison, 649 Mattison Ave.) and in Manhattan (March 26th through 29th at Roy Arias Studio II, 300 West 43rd St. on the 4th floor).
Tickets are $15 for adults/$10 for students & senior citizens for Asbury Park Performances and $20/$15 for students & senior citizens for NYC performances. For more information visit www.lastradaensemble.org, email: email@example.com, or call at (732) 455-2748.