Unchained Theatre Festival

The 2013 Unchained Theatre Festival


Variations Theatre Group, Inc (VTG) is proud to announce th Unchained Theatre Festival for its 3rd year (formerly known as The New York Avant-Garde Festival). The Unchained Theatre Festival is part of VTG’s core mission: to provide an opportunity for artists to develop fresh, new work. The selected plays will receive a showing at the brand new Chain Theatre in Long Island City, NY. During the course of three (3) weeks, each play will have an opportunity to impress both audiences and a panel of judges composed of esteemed professionals from the theatrical and literary world with four (4) showings. The judges and the audience’s votes will be used to determine those pieces which will be granted a fifth (5th) and final performance as part of the grand finale.  Awards will also be given out for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Ensemble, and Best Play.

 June 5-22

Congratulations to our Unchained Theatre Festival winners!!
Best Ensemble: Cast of “Silver Screen Parade”
Best Actress: Lisa Tharps “A Session to Remember”
Best Actor: Sean Kleier “A Session to Remember”
Best Director: Richard Drake “Silver Screen Parade”
Audience Favorite(s): “A Session to Remember” and “A Procession of Clouds”
Best Play: “A Session to Remember”

Performances will take place at

The Chain Theatre

21-28 45 RD Long Island City

Subways: 7, E, G, M at the Court Street Station

This year’s festival includes two full length co-productions that will run at the same time as the festival:

Romeo/ Juliet2 Month RuleRomeo/ Juliet

a fully realized experimental adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic love story

-Performances: 6/14 at 9pm, 6/15 at 7pm, 6/20 at 7pm, and 6/21 at 9pm 

2 Month Rule

When high school senior Jack’s heart is broken yet again, he and his pals invent “The Two Month Rule”

- Performances: 6/14 at 7pm, 6/15 at 3pm, 6/21 at 7pm, and 6/22 at 3pm


Finals Night

Saturday June 22nd at 7pm:

The Creator by Chip Bolcik  (view profile)

A Processsion of Clouds by Lynda Crawford  (view profile)

The Silver Screen Parade by Das Group  (view profile) (facebook)

Escape from Garden Grove by Mathilde Dratwa (view profile)

 A Session to Remember by Eugene Grygo  (view profile)


Group 1:

The Creator by Chip Bolcik  (view profile)

The Blizzard by Chip Bolcik  (view profile)

Alas by Jonathan Zimmerman  (view profile)

-Performances: Wed 6/5 at 7pm, Sat 6/8 at 9pm, Thurs 6/13 at 7pmSun 6/16 at 7pm

Group 2:

A War of Our Own by Chelsea Cohen  (view profile)

A Processsion of Clouds by Lynda Crawford  (view profile)

Escape from Garden Grove by Mathilde Dratwa (view profile)

-Performances: Wed 6/5 at 9pm, Sat 6/8 at 3pm, Sun 6/9 at 5pm, and Sat 6/15 at 1pm

Group 3:

A Session to Remember by Eugene Grygo  (view profile)

The Interview by Matt Guthrie  (view profile)

-Performances: Thurs 6/6 at 7pm, Wed 6/12 at 7pm, Thurs 6/13 at 9pm, Sun 6/16 at 5pm

Group 4:

Psychic Wars by William Allen  (view profile)

-Performances: Thurs 6/6 at 9pm, Sat 6/8 at 5pm, Sun 6/9 at 7pm, Sat 6/15 at 5pm

Group 5:

Lace: A Short Play by Jodi Van Der Horn-Gibson  (view profile) (facebook)

-Performances: Fri 6/7 at 7pm, Sun 6/9 at 1pm, Sat 6/15 at 9pm, Wed 6/19 at 7pm

Group 6:

Andre Washington by Brandon Ferraro  (view profile)

The Seahorse Effect by K.R. Farell  (view profile)

In Protest by Aimar Arizmendi  (facebook)

-Performances: Fri 6/7 at 9pm, Sat 6/8 at 7pm, Wed 6/12 at 9pm, Sun 6/16 at 1pm

Group 7:

Alternate Theory by Brian Doyle  (view profile)

The Silver Screen Parade by Das Group  (view profile) (facebook)

Don’t Leave Me Just Yet by J. Courtney Reid   (view profile) (facebook)

-Performances: Sat 6/8 at 1pm, Sun 6/9 at 3pm, Sun 6/16 at 3pm, Wed 6/19 at 9pm

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