DIRECTING: Martyna Majok's John, Whose Here From Cambridge @ E.S.T.'s Marathon

The Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon of One-Act Plays, the original festival of its kind, returns for its 35th incarnation Wednesday, May 13, at 7:00pm at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 West 52nd Street.

Beginning with 1,078 submissions for this year's Marathon, Artistic Director William Carden selected 14 plays by 15 playwrights. The plays will be presented in three separate evenings from May 13 through June 27.

Mr. Carden says about this year's selections: "From a science lab in Siberia to the red-light district in 18th century Japan to a taxi in Manhattan to a police station in Kenya, the 14 plays in this year's Marathon take our audience on a series of surprising adventures. This diverse and eclectic mix of plays--including a musical, a dance piece, and a nod to Kabuki--combines traditional and experimental forms in ways that are moving, entertaining, challenging, and fun. A healthy mix of familiar veterans, newly recognized writers, and brand new voices join us to celebrate our 35th Marathon."

Series B begins previews May 28, opens June 1 (runs through June 21):

John, Who's Here From Cambridge by Martyna Majok; directed by Nick Leavens
Overworked, under-qualified, and broke, Jess takes on yet another job to make ends meet as a personal caregiver for a graduate student named John. John has cerebral palsy. John is beautiful. And John is here from Cambridge.

Martyna Majok is the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center. Other awards include David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop's 2050 Fellowship, Global Age Project Prize, NNPN/Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, Merage Fellowship for the American Dream. She is a member of Youngblood.

Cora and Dave by Julia Cho; directed by Marcia Jean Kurtz
A not-so-young couple confronts the biggest threat to their marriage: their happily married best friends.

Julia Cho's plays include The Language Archive (Susan Smith Blackburn Award), The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss and 99 Histories. Honors include the NTC's Barrie Stavis Award, the Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists, and the Weissberger Award for Playwriting. She has been the recipient of a New York Foundation for The Arts grant and a Van Lier Fellowship from New York Theatre Workshop. She was also a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and a resident at New Dramatists.

The Hour of All Things by Caridad Svich; directed by William Carden
A play in portraits that confronts the soul of America. A story of love, country and bad shopping.

Caridad Svich received the 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, NNPN Continued Life Fund rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on Isabel Allende's novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award twice, and has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times.

We Can All Agree To Pretend This Never Happened by Emma Goidel; director by Abigail Zealey Bess
When two gung-ho researchers decide to fake results in their Siberian lab, a series of misunderstandings take over the lives of the whole research team.

Emma Goidel is a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, member of the Ars Nova Play Group, and Core Playwright at InterAct Theatre Company. She is a founding member of the Philadelphia playwrights producing collective, Orbiter 3. Her plays include Local Girls, The Gap and A Knee That Can Bend. Fellowships include a Core Apprenticeship at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis and the Dasha Epstein Playwriting Fellowship at New York Stage & Film/Powerhouse Theater.

Series B Performance Schedule:
Previews May 28 at 7:00pm, Opens June 3
Evening Performances at 7:00pm are May 28, May 29, May 30, May 31,June 3, June 5, June 7, June 14, June 17, June 19 and June 21
Matinee Performances at 2:00pm are May 31 and June 6
Closes June 21