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Update: The Sky is Blue is now a SEMIFINALIST! Come see the final performances at 6:30pm or 9pm on Wednesday August 24th, and help determine the winner!  More info here:

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Amy Oestreicher will have her short play, “The Sky is Blue” performed as part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Short Plan Contest on August 17th and August 20th at 9pm. The scene is a short excerpt from Oestreicher’s original full-length drama, Imprints, which will premiere this January at the Thespis Theatre Festival. Manhattan Repertory Theatre is a forum for playwrights, directors and actors to share and explore their craft.
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The cast features Kostas Paragios, Tatsumi Romano,Troy PeckhamAna Andrick, and John DeFilippo, and will be directed by Mary Catherine Donnelly.

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IMPRINTS is a compelling, humorous and poignant portrayal of how trauma affects the family – also semi-autobiographical.  Read the Huffington Post Coverage here.

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s 10 Minute play Contest…


Meet The Cast

image1Kostas Paragios
(Mark) is happy to be working with these artists on this powerful story. Recent projects: Divine Streak, a short film currently in festivals, which he is the lead actor & writer. Airing this winter he plays the grieving husband John Pappas in A Crime to Remember. Other TV credits include Happyish, Allegiance. Thanks for your support.



unnamedTatsumi Romano (Patricia) has appeared in numerous productions, her most recent work on stage in Dicapo Opera’s Tour production of “Pagliacci”, on screen in a commercial for Samsung, and portraying Kelly Fine in the feature film, Her Name Was Hope. As a New York representative, she hosts workshops to spread awareness and provide resources to those who are (or know individuals) being affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.


Pictures1Ana Andrick
 (Susan) Born and raised in Baden-Baden, Germany, Ana grew up speaking not only German but Croatian ( her parents’ native language) and English and French as well.  While in Germany Ana attended the School of Music and Art, where she sang in the choir, studied ballet and performed in many theatrical pieces. Her first steps in the professional field where made with the independent theater company Projektgruppe Medea with whom she performed many leading roles before relocating to the center of the world – New York City in 2001. After completing the Intensive Meisner Program at the prestigious William Esper Studio and studying extensively at the HB Studio, Ana appeared on Law & Order and several independent films including Purple Violets with Ed Burns, as well as numerous Off-Broadway plays, and voiceovers. Ana is excited to come back to the stage after having dedicated herself to raising her two young children in the past 9 years.

1D6A6941Troy Peckham
 (Dr. Stolar) is from Spring, Texas. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy and received his BFA from Northern Illinois University. Favorite credits include: Polonious in Hamlet (Harlem Theatre), Montano in Othello (Playhouse on Park), and Kind Midas in Metamorphoses (Playhouse on Park).



John DeFilippoHeadshot 1 (1) (Phil) is a Senior in the Macaulay Honors Program at Queens College, majoring in Drama and Theatre. He has been acting for three years, originally working in student film before transitioning to the stage. John has worked in half a dozen original student plays, as well as roles in Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” and Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “Our Lady of 121st Street”. He is also the Vice President of Queens College’s Theatre Guild.

Mary Catherine Donnelly (Director) a theatre director, writer and performer was rigorously trained in Lecoq-based physical theatre at Helikos: Scuola Internazionale di Creazione Teatrale in Florence, Italy with an ensemble of international performers. In 2014 she was awarded a scholarship by the Tectonic Theatre Project to study with Moises Kauffman in their Moment Work Training Lab. Credits include: Jasmine Pittenger’s, My Ass (In The World), (The New York International Fringe Festival), Brenda Cullerton’s Jay-Z & Me (Edinburgh Fringe, Amsterdam Fringe, 59E59), Tessa Keimes’The Bad German (Flying Solo), Mia Smith’s I am Hope (United Solo), Ingrid Griffith’s long running hit solo Demerara Gold(premiered MITF, now touring), Jessica Elkin’s The Rise of the Usher (MITF) and Ma’at Zachary’s Botched, Bare and Brave(Emerging Artists Theatre). She was commissioned last year to create “Re-Imagining Reality” with Marisol Soledad for The Simulation Studio LLC and was invited to Tbilisi, Georgia in May 2015 as part of a collaboration with the International Culture Lab (ICL) and The Margo Korableva Performance Theatre. She has also studied briefly with Diego Pinon to learn body ritual movement with the International Culture Lab.

Voting will be done by audience ballot with graduated voting of each of the audience members 4 favorite plays. There is NO raising of the hands, or a “Panel of Experts?” like at some other play contests across the country. The voting is solely crowd-sourced and works incredibly well.

We need your support!

Manhattan Rep is located at 303 W. 42nd Street at 8th Avenue on the 6th Floor.

(Directly across the street from Port Authority Bus Terminal in TIMES SCARE building.)


  • A, C, E to 42nd Street and 8th Ave. (Port Authority Bus Terminal)
  • 1, 2, 3, R, N, Q, Times Square Shuttle, to Times Square.
  • Exit to 42nd St. Walk one block West to 303 W. 42nd St.

Metro North:

  • Get off at Grand Central Station
  • Transfer to Times Square shuttle to 42nd St. and Times Square
  • Exit to 42nd St. Walk one block West to 303 W. 42nd St.

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