Production History

 

They Promised Her the Moon

By Laurel Ollstein

Directed by Valentina Fratti

Amanda Quaid & John Leonard Thompson Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniels

Amanda Quaid & John Leonard Thompson

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniels

This story of strength and resilience is beautifully told in this insightful and humorous play [They Promised Her the Moon]. The performances are all top notch, some playing several characters. As directed by Producing and Artistic Director of the Miranda Company, Valentina Fratti brings this too little known story beautifully to life. Graham Kindred’s set and lighting design is simply perfect.Hopefully, this wonderful show, having run its course at St. Clement’s will soon find a new home it deserves.
— Nancy Cohen Koan, Huffington Post
They Promised Her the Moon, is an excellent piece of theatre. A story that deserves to be told, and that feels increasingly relevant given the gender politics of our age.... and Amanda Quaid’s central performance is nothing short of a joy.
— Thomas Burn Scully, PopDust
In rehearsal: Drew Ledbetter Amanda Quaid Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

In rehearsal: Drew Ledbetter Amanda Quaid

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

In rehearsal: Laurel Ollstein, Valentina Fratti Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

In rehearsal: Laurel Ollstein, Valentina Fratti

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

[They Promised Her the Moon] a solid story by Laurel Ollstein, impeccably directed by Valentina Fratti and skillfully acted. Ms. Quaid is sincerely convincing as a 12-year old as she is a barnstorming young lady, a NASA wannabe and a solo pilot maneuvering through the jungles of the Amazon. The rest of the cast provides just the right ensemble performances to bring us back and to remind us that even some things haven’t changed much.
— Steve Nardoni, Theater Pizzazz
 

SNOW ORCHID

By Joe Pintauro

Directed by Valentina Fratti

Robert Cuccioli, Angelina Fiordellisi & David McElwee Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniels

Robert Cuccioli, Angelina Fiordellisi & David McElwee

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniels

But if this production [of Snow Orchid] deserves recommendation, and it does, it’s for the full-throttle performances of its four main actors. When Cuccioli’s Rocco smiles, we’re never for one second in doubt that his former violent self is seething beneath. Fiordellisi plays the perversely affectionate yet unexpectedly vicious and conniving mother to chilling effect. David McElwee adroitly creates the angry and confused Blaise trapped amid warring forces. Stephen Plunkett, however, steals the show with his portrayal of Sebbie as a son consumed by a malicious hatred for his father yet tormented by a not quite extinct flame of love and regret.
— Pete Hempstead, Theatermania
 
 
In rehearsal: Tim Hassler Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

In rehearsal: Tim Hassler

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

In rehearsal: Angelina Fiordellisi, Robert Cuccioli Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

In rehearsal: Angelina Fiordellisi, Robert Cuccioli

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

 
 
[Snow Orchid], a full-length dysfunctional family drama about anger, resentment, redemption and despair that is fascinating to watch but hard to take....Robert Cuccioli is superb as the tyrannical father. Angelina Fiordellisi brings authentic timing, flavor and fire to the role.
— Rex Reed, Observer
Stephen Plunkett, Robert Cucciol Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

Stephen Plunkett, Robert Cucciol

Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

 

Apartment 3A

By Jeff Daniels

Directed by Valentina Fratti

Arian Moyaed, Amy Landecker & Joseph Collins Photo c.o. NY Times

Arian Moyaed, Amy Landecker & Joseph Collins

Photo c.o. NY Times

In the steady hands of the director, Valentina Fratti, the play moves with a nice pace, hitting its comic moments without indulging in them.
— Jason Zinoman, NY TIMES
[Apartment 3A] Valentina Fratti, offers one of the funniest lovemaking scenes ever witnessed onstage. Her deft handling of actors in and out of their clothes is one for the books. This offering has charm and grace.
— Liz Smith, NY POST
[Apartment 3A] Director Valentina Fratti shows a knack for staging farce, maintaining a rapid-fire pace and crafting a quirky physical vocabulary for the various encounters between Annie and her two love interests.
— Mark Blankenship, VARIETY
Joseph Collins, Arian Moayed, Amy Landecker Photo Credit:  Jackson Lynch

Joseph Collins, Arian Moayed, Amy Landecker

Photo Credit:  Jackson Lynch

 

We Can't All Be Matt Lauer

Written and Performed by Bobby Rivers

Directed by Matt Lenz

 
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Landlocked

By Cusi Cram

Directed by Jim Gaylord

Helena Webb, Kate Mailer, & Amy Wilson

Helena Webb, Kate Mailer, & Amy Wilson

One hopes in wandering through the off Broadway world for the sudden discovery of a small gem. Occasionally it happens. And, not surprisingly, it has just happened at The Miranda Theatre, a company known to provide unexpected gifts.”
— Irene Backalencik, Backstage
 

Goldberg Variations

By Marci Kahan

Directed by Alison Summers

 

Snapshots

By Erin Sanders

Directed by Joel Goldes

 

The Playwrights of Holidaze

an evening of commissioned plays.

 
 
Pennell Somsen, Barbara Kahn, Jennifer Camp, Jim New, Robert Shaffron, Charles Watson, & Doug Jones

Pennell Somsen, Barbara Kahn, Jennifer Camp, Jim New, Robert Shaffron, Charles Watson, & Doug Jones

Sometimes you take your Christmas miracles where you can find them….Charles Watson’s play “Christmas Visit”….Its not Christmas yet, and already, a miracle.
— Jack Temchin, Manhattan Week
 

The Book of Wren

By Bronwen Denton Davis

Directed by Valentina Fratti

Hillary Howard & Ben Sheffer

Hillary Howard & Ben Sheffer

[The Book of Wren] … Ross’s sweet Godwin and Sallows’ sadly sour Madlin mix well and their scenes together, under Valentina Fratti’s economical direction have a rhythm and gentle power.
— Robert Simonson, TIMEOUT
The production of The Book of Wren is a perfect merging of theatrical elements, worthy of mention in stagecraft book.
— Ricky Spears, IN THEATRE
Tracy Sallows

Tracy Sallows

 

Innocent Thoughts

By William Missouri Downs

Directed by Valentina Fratti

Daniel Whitner & Patrick Frederic

Daniel Whitner & Patrick Frederic

The superb acting [in Innocent Thoughts] leaves but one conclusion: Kudos for the playwright William Missouri Downs, as well as the director Valentina Fratti. In point everyone involved with this show should be applauded.
— S Ruth Schwam, THE NY BEACON
Many of the ‘innocent thoughts’ that Blacks and Jews have about each other are boldly presented in this dramatic and passionate production. Valentina Fratti’s direction delivers an explosive, funny and thought provoking production. The play doesn’t favor whites or Blacks, but the truth. Simply put, it makes for stirring theatre.
— Linda Armstrong, AMSTERDAM NEWS
 

Key West

By Jennifer Camp

Directed by Joel Goldes

 
Christopher Hurt, David Fulford, Mary Kate Law

Christopher Hurt, David Fulford,

Mary Kate Law

 

Sex In Advertising

By Margaret Elmand

Ddirected by Matt Lenz

Johnny Fido, Lisa Roberts Gillan

Johnny Fido, Lisa Roberts Gillan

 

Lebensraum

By Israel Horovitz

Directed by Richard McElvain

Jeremy Silver & Scott Richard

Jeremy Silver & Scott Richard

 
Powerful and touching.
— Anita Gates, NY TIMES
Emme Shaw, Jeremy Silver

Emme Shaw, Jeremy Silver

 

The Brooch

By Emily Whitesell

Directed by AC Weary

Celeste Holm, Christopher Hurt Photo credit Carol Rosegg

Celeste Holm, Christopher Hurt

Photo credit Carol Rosegg

Geneva Carr, Pamela Jean Shaffer Photo credit Carol Rosegg

Geneva Carr, Pamela Jean Shaffer

Photo credit Carol Rosegg

Jenny Sterlin Celeste Holm Photo credit Carol Rosegg

Jenny Sterlin Celeste Holm

Photo credit Carol Rosegg

 

Smith

By Jeremy Noble

Directed by Jenny Sterling

Wayne Farnes & Earle Hugens Photo Credit: Greg Alling

Wayne Farnes & Earle Hugens

Photo Credit: Greg Alling

Out and About

By Barbara Kahn

Directed by Valentina Fratti

Janet Bryant Connie Winston

Janet Bryant Connie Winston

 

A Greater Good

By Keith Huff

Directed by Mark Hunter

Christopher Hurt, Connie Winston, Joel Goldes, Geneva Carr & Liz Davis

Christopher Hurt, Connie Winston, Joel Goldes, Geneva Carr & Liz Davis

Geneva Carr, Joel Goldes

Geneva Carr, Joel Goldes

 

Out of the Blue

By Susan Cinoman

Directed by Jan Silverman

 
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Kidnapped

By Sean O'Connor

Directed by Jude Schanzer

Earle Hugens, Clark Middleton & Andre Sogliuzzo Photo Credit: T Charles Erikson

Earle Hugens, Clark Middleton & Andre Sogliuzzo

Photo Credit: T Charles Erikson

George Bonds Photo Credit:  T Charles Erikson

George Bonds

Photo Credit:  T Charles Erikson

 

Prostitutki

By Francesca Barteellini

Directed by Valentina Fratti

Frank Vohs Photo Credit: Ted Le Fevre

Frank Vohs

Photo Credit: Ted Le Fevre

Alexandra Napier, Ibi Janko Photo Credit: Ted Le Fevre

Alexandra Napier, Ibi Janko

Photo Credit: Ted Le Fevre

Alexander Nesterov, Kate Perry, Aleandra Napier, Brent Erdy, Ibi Janko Photo Credit: Ted LeFevre

Alexander Nesterov, Kate Perry, Aleandra Napier, Brent Erdy, Ibi Janko

Photo Credit: Ted LeFevre

 

SOMEWHERE I HAVE NEVER TRAVELED

By Daniel MacIvor

Directed by Daniel Selznick

Raymond Haigler, Aideen O'Kelly, Julie Follansbee, Ibi Janko Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

Raymond Haigler, Aideen O'Kelly, Julie Follansbee, Ibi Janko

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

Raymond Haigler, Brad Sullivan Photo Credit: Carol Rosseg

Raymond Haigler, Brad Sullivan

Photo Credit: Carol Rosseg

Jerry Mettner, Aideen O'Kelley & Raymond Haiger Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

Jerry Mettner, Aideen O'Kelley & Raymond Haiger

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

 

Blue Plains

By James Waedekin

irected by Peggy Flood

 
David Forsyth, Franca Barchiesi, Emily Whitesell Photo Credit: William Gibson

David Forsyth, Franca Barchiesi, Emily Whitesell

Photo Credit: William Gibson

 
 

The Afterbath & The Male Appetite

Written and Directed by Polly Segal & Valentina Fratti

Sarah Brown, Lesley Buxbaum Photo Credit: Ted Le Fevre

Sarah Brown, Lesley Buxbaum

Photo Credit: Ted Le Fevre

Martha MacCallum Gregory, Chris Campbell & Sally Frontman Photo Credit: Ted Le Fevre

Martha MacCallum Gregory, Chris Campbell & Sally Frontman

Photo Credit: Ted Le Fevre

 

The Sineater Of Cork

By Susan Cinoman

Directed by Valentina Fratti

Polly Segal, Matthew Mutrie Photo Credit: Ted Le Fevre

Polly Segal, Matthew Mutrie

Photo Credit: Ted Le Fevre

Does This Woman Have A Name

By Theresa Rebeck

Directed by Jess Lynn

 
Raymond Haigler, Patricia Cornell & Polly Segal Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

Raymond Haigler, Patricia Cornell & Polly Segal

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

 
 

Percy Stripped Down

By Adam Bock

Directed by Diego Taborda

Martha MaCallum, Matthew Mutrie & Peggy Flood

Martha MaCallum, Matthew Mutrie & Peggy Flood

 

 The Eye of the Beholder

By Ira Wallach

Directed by John Hickok

 

Regrets Only & Knowing the Questions

 Written and Performed by Jamie Berger

Directed by Roberta D’Alois

 

Lovers

 By Mario Fratti

Directed by Raymond Haigler

Near Normal

By Raymond Haigler

Directed by Valentina Fratti 

 
 
** ONE ACTS BY WOMEN FESTIVALS**

One Acts By Women Festival 1993 Cinoman and Rebeck, The Bull, The Sineater of Cork, Hysteria, and Truth & Sex, by Susan Cinoman Drinking Problem and Does This Woman Have a Name? by Theresa Rebeck Directed by Alison Summers, Jess Lynn & Valentina Fratti

One Acts By Women Festival 1992 The Perfect Couple by Terri Minsky directed by BH Barry Jerusalem Mountain by Valentina Fratti directed by Cheryl Rogers The Harry & Sam Dialogues by Karen Ellison directed by Valentina Fratti

One Acts By Women Festival 1991 The Afterbath written and directed by Polly Segal The Male Appetite written and directed by Valentina Fratti

**  MOONSHINE SERIES**

The Moonshine Series 1999-2000 Smith by Jeremy Noble, directed by Jenny Sterlin

Palm Trio David Caudle directed by Harris Shultz

Maybe Baby It’s You, Charlie Shanian & Shari Simpson directed by Joe McDonnell

NY Goofs written and directed by Tiffany Riley and Dick Monday

Amusing Tempest Micah Scharf directed by Trip Cullman

Love is a Work in Progress conceived and directed by Katie Baldwin

Fanatical Soul Rubbish Matthew Mackman, directed by Anna Drum

The Moonshine Series 1998-1999 Sexually Active Females Charles Watson directed by Joel Goldes; Citizens Fear Trouble written and directed by David Sicherman; An Evening with Tiny by Bridget Carpenter directed by Jim Gaylord; The Asbestos Bribe by Brandon Cole directed by Tom Nahrwold; Miss Monogamy & the Motorcycle Man by Holly Gibson directed by Harris Shultz; What She Wrote written and directed by Katie Baldwin, Carolyn Burke, Rachel Sheinkin, Spencer Kayden, Donna Di Novelli, Elizabeth Gottlieb and Kate Mailer; Hot Bed by Matthew Hoverman, directed by Sturgis Warner; Box Lunch written and directed by STOMA Dead Wait by Carson Kreitzer, directed by Randy White

The Moonshine Series 1997-1998 Rescue written and directed by Pennell Somsen The Storyteller by Jerry Mayer directed by John Pynchon Holms Ben’s Life by Margaret Dulaney directed by Linda Key Smith by Jeremy Noble directed by Jenny Sterlin Carding the Lock by Erik Esckilsen directed by Jerry Mettner Sunday Rain by Matthew Mutrie directed by Andrea Clarke Libin Nature of a Fool by Carl Palmer directed by Joel Goldes Come On In The Water’s Fine by Deborah Wain directed by Mary Downing Something Old, Something New by Sari Bodi directed by Jackie Berger An Evening with Jesse James by Jim Neu directed by Joel Goldes

The Moonshine Series 1995-1996 Idiot Savants Julian Sheppard directed by Harris Shultz Art of Remembering written and directed by Adina Ruskin The Sister Collage Returns by Kate Mailer & Cusi Cram, directed by Dan Casto Every Bone in My Body written and performed by Tom Chalmers Sketchy Evening written and performed by Benim Foster, Avery Glymph, Chris Shieh, David Sicherman, Maury Loeb, Jeffries Thais, Darrin Fitzgerald Lynwood Pharmacy by David Bucci, directed by Donny Levit The Velocity of Light by Mary Tarochine, directed by Jeff Seabaugh Things My Mother Never Told by Leslie Jones, directed by Sandra Daley Sideshow of Love by Cybelle Chivia, directed by Clay Hopper & Dan Winerman Triage by Chris Shieh and directed by Clay Hopper

The Moonshine Series 1994-1995 The Dream by Sean D’Vilbiss based on the short story by Dostoevsky Pilgrims by Erik Esckilsen, directed by Martha MacCallum Gregory Armageddon Kelly Masterson, directed by Elyse Singer Modest Proposals, Jack McLelland, Jason Katims, and Erik Brogger Kia Movement Theatre conceived & performed by Jen Harmon & Maureen Brennan Lizard Brains Mark Scharf, directed by Jerry Mettner The Sister Collage written and performed by Kate Mailer and Cusi Cram Black Elvis Pennell Somsen, directed by Valentina Fratti

The Moonshine Series 1993-1994 3 A.M. Raymond Haigler Halston at the Laundromat Doug Jones and Diego Taborda

** COMMISSIONS**

Holidaze by Jennifer Camp, Doug Jones, Barbara Kahn, Larry Kirwan, Pennell Somsen, Charles Watson

Manhattan Zip by Sari Bodi, Jennifer Camp, Mario Fratti, Doug Jones, Barbara Kahn, Robin Rice Lichtig, Julian Sheppard, Yolanda Smith, Pennell Somsen, Stuart Spencer and Charles Watson.

** READINGS**

Howling Hilda by Anne Berlin & Andrew Bleckner
The Moth by Jill Alexander
Carla Cooks The War by Laura Censabella
Hitting the Wall by Barbara Blumenthal Ehrlich
Radicals by Brian Crawly
Dancing with Demons by Don Evans
Errors in Judgment Sally Benner
The Chastitute by John B Keane
Little Men by Erin Sanders
Straight Out of Time by Patrick McGowan
Death’s Door by Deborah Savadge
This End Up by Glen Berger
Razed by Wolves Gerald Anthony
Snapshots by Erin Sanders
2000 by Julian Sheppard
Hitting It by Erik Esckilsen
Pitch Black by Marcus Spiegel
Sh*t Happens by Jeffrey Pesaro
Love & Class in Connecticut by Susan Cinoman
Spring Killing by Julie Gilbert
Cape Cod Souvenirs by Paul Ruscone
Frozen by Charlotte Colette Burson
Sexually Active Females by Charles Watson
Jennifer’s Team by Pennell Somsen
Remembering Heloise by Carson Becker
The Gay Lover by D. Keith Mano
Innocent Thoughts by William Missouri Downs
A Grilling at the Savoy by Denis Lipman
Nobody’s Flood by Glenn Alterman
Whose Woods These Are by Emily Whitesell
The Occupation by Harry Newman
That Old Feeling by Raymond Haigler
Slower Delaware by Mark Scharf
Sunday Rain by Matthew Mutrie