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“The Sky is Blue” PTSD Short Play in Manhattan Repertory Company Contest

August 20, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm EDT

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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 Motts Pellazza, Tatsumi Romano, Paul Weissman, Andrea Garmun, and John DeFilippo, and will be directed by Amy Oestreicher.

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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

IMG_0873Michael “Motts” Pelazza (Mark) is a comedian and an actor who has performed at Carolines,Catch a Rising Star and Don’t Tell Mamas in NYC. Motts has also been seen in Diary of Ann Frank as Otto Frank, Juror 7 in 12 Angry Men,Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. Motts is honored to be a part of this production of Imprints and excited to be working with Amy Oestreicher again.

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.

Andrea headshotAndrea Garmun (Susan) is honored to be part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s ’10 minute Play Festival’ in Amy Oestreicher’s moving piece, based from her full length play IMPRINTS.  For the past 25 years Andrea has performed on CT stages in comedies, dramas, musicals, children’s shows, murder mystery dinner theater, film and TV.  Some of her favorite stage performances include:  “Hollywood Arms”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Good People”, “The Music Man”, “The Last Romance”, “To Kill a Mockingbird” “The Birdcage”, “The Diary of Anne Frank”,  “I Hate Hamlet”, “Love, Loss and What I Wore”, “The Wedding Singer”, “Bell, Book & Candle”, “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”, “Sordid Lives”, “Shirley Valentine”, “The Hallelujah Girls”, “Waiting in the Wings” and “Crossing Delancey”.

Paul-headshot.1-1024x682 Paul Weissman (Dr. Stolar) is an actor, playwright and occasional director. Most recently, he was seen in For Love and Duty Players production of Proof. Other perfomances include Animals Out of Paper (with the esteemed Puffyshirt Productions), Twelfth Night (twice), Much Ado About Nothing (twice), Macbeth (alas, only once), Phantomwise at the 2013 New York Fringe Festival and a Poetry Alive tour. He can also be seen in the film Four Letter Words, directed by Sean Baker (director of recently acclaimed indie film Tangerine), The Killing of Jacob Marr, and some pretty funny commercials.

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.

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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August 20, 2016
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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