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October 17, 2016 at Howl Happening in New York.

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October 17, 2016 / 7 PM / Free

An Evening of One-Act Plays

Part of the 2016 Writers Block staged reading and performance festival

When rapidly aging parents have just one wish—to stay in their own home—a good son will try to help them do exactly what they want—if only they’d freakin’ cooperate. Keep Playing chronicles a family’s struggle to maintain their love and control amid the chaos of old age. Plus, two other short plays: One Minute, about a victim of the micro-theater craze, and Held Up, about a strange encounter enabled by a subway breakdown.

Small co-wrote the book for the musical The IT Girl, which premiered at Off Broadway’s York Theater in 2001. It is performed regionally, including a well-received production in Vancouver in October 2015. His farce Kaboom!, starring Ray Wills and directed by B.T. McNicholl, played to packed houses in the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. Other works include Beautiful Foolish Arms (Naked Angels reading series) and The Cool Club, first performed in a site-specific production at CBGB 313. Four previous works had readings in the HOWL Festival: The History of Light (2015), Steve Cohen and the Sweet Spot (2011), We’ll Be Fine (2010), and Got You (2009). A former writer and editor at People magazine, Small later ran websites for Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone. He now works at NBC News Digital.

TICKETS: $20 Suggested Donation

The staged readings series is a benefit for the Actors Fund’s Howl! HELP, providing emergency financial assistance and social service support to artists who have made or continue to make their careers in New York’s East Village and Lower East Side arts communities. Howl! HELP is administered by the Actors Fund and 100% ticket sales benefit the Actors Fund.

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Writers Block 2016 Michael Small: Keep Playing

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