Updates

Wild Root Productions is planning a production of The Beast in My Pants.  Fundraising campaign:  http://igg.me/at/beast

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Insomnia was a finalist in the 2014 12 Peers Theater Summer Scribes Series.

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Violins played in the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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My play, The Beast in My Pants, was recently read by the good people of Nouveau 47 in Dallas, Texas.

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See Mike Selkirk act in my short play, Violins. Directed by Joe Beuerlein and filmed and edited by Jay Leibowitz.

Violins

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My new play, Better Lucky Than Smart, played at Manhattan Theatre Source from  August 18th through September 11th, 2010.

Manhattan Theatre Source presents

The Writers Forum production of
BETTER LUCKY THAN SMART
by Jonathan Kravetz
Directed by Joe Beuerlein
Starring:  Jay Leibowitz, Valerie Hager, Martin Alexander Perez, Natasha A. Williams, Joseph Nicholas Masi, Sarah Doudna, Bart Shatto, Anette Michelle Sanders, Vincent Allocca, Geoffrey Colin Fisher and Brandon Potter

New York, NY – The Manhattan Theatre Source is pleased to announce the first full-scale production of a play developed in its own Writers’ Forum, the world premiere of Better Lucky Than Smart. Jonathan Kravetz’ latest work is an inventive comedy full of double-crossing gangsters, dim-witted bureaucrats and extremely tidy monkeys.

When his scheme to pass off old violins as Stradivarii explodes into a kidnapping plot involving the president’s mistress, FBI, Mafia and the CIA, Henry, a clueless dreamer, might end up dead or worse.  Will Henry’s precocious, 12 year-old son Tyler or suspiciously savvy wife Jane care enough to save him?  What will happen to the 5 million dollars ransom?  What is that rooster doing over there?  And are attractive women really flammable?

Jonathan Kravetz’ intense drama about a theocratic society run amok, Prayer, received universal praise (“Prayer is one of the finds of the Fringe Festival.”).  His play, Violins, won the Bite Size International Playwriting competition and was performed at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals in 2008 and the InGenius Festival 2010.  Jonathan is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed literary web magazine, DUCTS.ORG.

Joe Beuerlein is a director, actor, and writer who has helmed Mr. Kravetz’ Prayer (2008 FringeNYC) and Violins (2010 InGenius Festival).  Other directing credits include Perspective (Roots and Wings Theatrical), Elizabeth Barrett Loves Christian Bale (Estrogenius), Loot, Corpus Christi, and Bent. Joe received rave reviews as Dr. Gustav Frankenstein in The Diary of Anne Frankenstein at the 13th Street Rep and collaborates on the web series 30/2010 (www.youtube.com/thirtytwentyten).

Better Lucky Than Smart is the first in a series of co-productions sure to establish the Manhattan Theatre Source as the premiere Indie Theatre destination in New York. The talented cast Jay Leibowitz, Valerie Hager, Martin Alexander Perez, Natasha A. Williams, Joseph Nicholas Masi, Sarah Doudna, Bart Shatto, Anette Michelle Sanders, Vincent Allocca, Geoffrey Colin Fisher and Brandon Potter. Better Lucky Than Smart is an Equity showcase and will run August 18th through September 11th at the manhattantheatresource, 177 MacDougal Street, New York, NY between W. 8th and Waverly Place. (www.theatresource.org).

Manhattan Theatre Source is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit theatre and arts organization at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, NYC, committed to producing engaging new works by emerging artists. Since opening its doors in March 2000, it has become an important resource for New York theatre and film. We are proud of its reputation as a ‘first look’ development house and a launching pad for thousands of dramatic artists, working in hundreds of productions.

Since 2008, The Writers’ Forum has been showcase for some of the most talented and unique voices in New York Independent Theatre.  Sponsoring stage readings, workshops and the InGenius Festivals, The Writer’s Forum helps writers realize their plays on their on terms.