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C.W. Post theater festival to head to NYC

Dramaturg Tremaine O'Garro talks with playwright Leah Evans

Dramaturg Tremaine O'Garro talks with playwright Leah Evans about her dramedy "Fire Escape," part of the new play festival at C.W. Post Jan 28-30 and Feb. 5 on Theatre Row, Manhattan. Credit: C.W. Post

The Post Theatre Company presents its third annual Virgil J. Lee New Play Festival starting Friday night at the Little Theatre on the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. The plays next go to Manhattan for readings on Off-Broadway’s Theatre Row.

The festival opens with a staged reading of “Virgins & Werewolves” by Michael Walek. It’s described as a “New York fantasia” about a writer who sees inspiration for her new novel in the mirror. She glimpses a young rich kid. Meanwhile, her husband researches an urban myth about werewolves. Sexuality and mystery swirl about as the audience is left to wonder what’s real and what isn’t.

The second play is by recent C.W. Post alum Leah Evans. “Fire Escape” is a comic drama exploring how one death can affect a group, how we all need a best friend, and how pretending to be a butterfly is “totally cool.”

“Virgins & Werewolves” is at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; “Fire Escape” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, both at Post Theatre Company’s Little Theatre, LIU, in Brookville. The Manhattan readings are at 3 and 5 p.m. Feb. 5, Studio Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St. The 5 o’clock reading will be followed by an alumni reception. Admission to the readings is $10, $5 seniors and students. Call 516-299-2356 or e-mail

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