The Church of the Transfiguration (aka the Little Church Around the Corner)
1 East 29th Street
New York, New York 10016
Event Details
Thu, July 20, 2023 - 7:00 PM EST
The Church of the Transfiguration (aka the Little Church Around the Corner) - New York, New York
All Ages

About this event

This July, Small Plates is back with another satisfying serving of short play readings. (We enjoyed performing in the sanctuary of the Church of the Transfiguration--also known as the Little Church Around the Corner--so much last year that we will be back downstairs again this year!) This summer’s menu, curated by Betsy Ross, will feature five short pieces written by playwrights who are active in EAG. 
All proceeds from this one-night-only event will go to support the charitable programs of EAG. 
There will not be an online/live-stream option for this event.

Not In My House by Penny Cahill-Sinone

In a small southwestern city a budding Buddhist struggles to reconcile her beliefs with the wishes of her wealthy restaurateur employer when the borders of his home are threatened by the impending invasion of a special class of migrants.
With Mierre* as Larry, Gloria Seron* as Kitty, and Thomas A. Cahill* reading stage directions. Directed by Paris Mitchell.
Inspired by and dedicated to James Fitzpatrick.

A Quick Trip to Happiness by Leodis Smith*

Jesse waits for the bus. HE and his MIND only have “their” PHONE to occupy them. It’s not going well. Maybe it’s not so good to “check on your strong friends" as you never know what the other end of your actions may look like.
With Ryan Christian as Jesse, Chris Chinn* as Mind, Leodis Smith* as Phone, and Leslie Weishaar reading stage directions. Directed by Leslie Weishaar.

Frankie & Frankie by Frankie Sisco

Two 10-year-old troublemaking best friends, Frankie S. and Frankie M., convince their 4th-grade homeroom teacher, Mrs. Colten, to let them out of detention early.  Then, they brainstorm several ways to get forgiven for their latest misdeed, namely stealing from the poor box at church – twice!
With Frankie Sisco as Frankie S., Ernie Mingione* as Frankie M., Laura Fay Lewis as Mrs. Colten, and Michael Tyrell* reading stage directions. Directed by Frankie Sisco

Tequila Sunset by Laurel Lockhart*

A long-awaited opportunity for an aspiring journalist in Wawayanda State Park, if only the mosquitoes don’t swarm, the rains don’t flood, and her assistant doesn’t dance out of his flip flops.
With Wayne Joseph* as Rich, Lydia Kalmen* as Martina, Joscelyne Wilmouth* as Amy, and Elizabeth Elson* reading stage directions. Directed by Laurel Lockhart*

Coptical Illusions by Thomas A. Cahill*

When a young white lawyer attempts to evade the fare on the subway, his assumptions about race, policing, the judicial system and basic human dignity are challenged by someone viewing society through a different lens.
With Angelo Aon as Bernie, Tarantino Smith* as Teddy, and Amelia V. Anderson reading stage directions. Directed by Thomas A. Cahill*.

*Denotes AEA

Curator... Betsy Ross*

Cast Coordinators... Maya Ling Pruitt and Mark Garson


EAG's Covid Safety Rules: Masks are strongly recommended but no longer required in Guild Hall. Please stay home if you are sick or if you have tested positive for covid. For more details, please visit www.actorsguild.org/covid-safety-protocols.

EAG's Code of Conduct: EAG strives for a safe and welcoming environment for all people entering Guild Hall or engaging with EAG’s programs. To view our Code of Conduct in full, please visit www.actorsguild.og/coc.

Directions: The Church of the Transfiguration (aka the Little Church Around the Corner) is located at 1 EAST 29th STREET, NYC 10016 (midblock between Madison and Fifth, between #3 and #9 East 29th Street) It is NOT the big church on the corner of Fifth Avenue; that's Marble Collegiate. When you arrive at the Little Church, you will be entering through the garden to the main double doors into the church and taking a right into the sanctuary.

Getting Here: The closest subways are the R/W or 6 at 28th Street or the B/D/F/M or N/Q/R/W at 34th Street/Herald Square. If you are arriving by bus, take the M1, M2, M3, M5, M6, or M7.

Lobby: The Little Church does NOT have a lobby or waiting area. You are welcome to enjoy the Little Church’s garden (weather permitting) if you arrive before the house opens.

Accessibility: The Little Church and Garden are wheelchair accessible

Late seating: We cannot guarantee late seating.


We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:





 through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear in this program.


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