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For ESOL Students Spring 2015

Two by Katherine Mansfield Bliss and The Garden Party in March

and The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway in April

April 21 to April 28
The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

by Ernest Hemingway

Tuesday, April 21 at 10 am

Wednesday, April 22 at 10 am and 6:30 pm

Thursday, April23 at 10 am and 6:30 pm

Friday, April 24 at 10 am

Monday, April 27 at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 28 at 10 am

Lesson plan PDF

Reservations 646-733-7685

at Clarion Theatre 309 E 26th Street

Bliss                                                        The Garden Party


Bliss and The Garden Party Download Flier  PDF              

In Bliss , set in London 1918, Bertha Young a thirty-year old mother hosts a dinner party for her eccentric friends. Katherine Mansfield's most well known short story, The Garden Party takes us to the home of the Sheridan family in New Zealand high society.

Bliss    and  The Garden Party short stories PDF 

Lesson plan:     Bliss  Pre-performance vocabulary  and Post-activity PDF

                    The Garden Party Pre-performance vocabulary  and Post-activity PDF

Video Bliss


The Metamorphosis by Kafka  Completed successfully!

Performance Opened March 26, 2014   Mr. and Mrs. Samsa

  Performed Nov. 2013!!

The Gioconda Smile

With: Kristen Bellamarie, Marissa Wolf, Derek Jorden, Camilla Skoglie, Kate VanderVelden, Alexander Ristov, Peter Cory, and Nicole Borysowicz.

by Aldous Huxley short story pdf        

Hernry Hutton, a prosperous land owner, flirts with miss Janet Spence, an unmarried woman; he has an affair with Doris, a young woman, and at home he lives with his wife (Emily) who is very sick.

Socrates on Trial     2012

The death of Socrates, Jaques-Louis David, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

By Barbara Bregstein

ETNY Theater Company presents SOCRATES ON TRIAL, its original and faithful adaptation of  five Plato dialogues, Gorgias, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo, set in ancient Greece in 399 B.C. the day of Socrates' trial.  The audience becomes the Athenian Assembly and votes on Socrates' guilt or innocence.  Within the dramatic context of the story of Socrates' trial and imprisonment, many issues emerge: the historical moment in Greece; the question of whether it is worse to do wrong or suffer wrong; the theory of natural right; the social contract between the individual and the state; the value of searching for truth through questioning; the importance of excellence; the power of prejudice; and the journey of the soul after death.  With  Peter Cory  as Socrates.

Socrates On Trial Vocabulary Pre-performance

Historical Background PDF     

Scenes Information PDF

Socrates Follow-Up Activity Follow up activity  (MSWord)  

Queens Library : Socrates on Trial Project NYQL booklet created by the students at Flushing ALC) New York Queens Library

  • From Socrates on Trial


    • "It takes true goodness to make a man or a woman happy, and an immoral, wicked person is unhappy."  from Gorgias
    • "My love of people makes me talk to everyone I meet quite freely and unreservedly, and without payment. Indeed, if I could, I would pay people myself to listen to me." from 'Euthyphro.'
    • "I do not think I know what I do not know." from the 'Apology.'
    • ".. And I tell you that no greater good can happen to a man that to discuss human excellence everyday, knowing that an unexamined life is not worth living." from the  'Apology.'
    • "I will not repay injustice with injustice. I will go away victim of injustice, not of the laws, but of men." Socrates in 'Crito.'

Set in Athens, Greece, in 399 B.C. the day of the philosopher's trial. The audience becomes the jurors and vote on Socrates guilt or innocence.


Successfully performed  October 2011 

The Cathedral by Raymond Carver's  short story.

The story of married couple and  the visit  of his wife’s friend, a man who happens to be blind.

Short Story text: cathedral-by-raymond-carver-short-story/


No Answer

No Answer is the story of Bob and Loretta, who meet at a bus station; the bus comes every 20 minutes. In that time, they begin to talk, first about the weather, then about issues that may keep them together or drive them apart.

Post Activity Lesson

The Metamorphosis ------- Completed, a Success!  


By Kafka

                         Lesson Plan  (PDF) The Metamorphosis

                        Summary for the play (PDF)

Gregor's abrupt and unexplained transformation, along with the story's juxtaposition

of everyday life, gives the play a quality that is enigmatic and compelling.

The Metamorphosis by Kafka 

Completed: A success!


Quotes from the Performance

“What a great show you put on.  Felicidades.  I loved it.  Really, really fantastic acting and it was a great adaptation and style for the ESL students.  Congratulations on a superb show”  Carrie Haugh, Hunter College
“Superb directorial job.  Great acting. My students learned, understood, and enjoyed the play.”  Manny Peralta, Katherine Gibbs Business School

"A Masterful Form of Storytelling" Mary Carillo, Sportscaster.

“..I've attended several of these performances with people I was tutoring, and I think they are so incredibly well done."Shawn Mullin, Program Coordinator, The International Center in New York

 "I think this performance would be a tremendous learning opportunity for my lower-intermediate ESL class at LaGuardia Community College's Center for Immigrant Education and Training.." James Kunen

 "My fall ESL class saw The Metamorphosis and really enjoyed the play.  I'm so glad I'll have the opportunity to bring a new group in to see the performance. This theater is such a great resource- It's the only one of it's kind that I'm aware of, and  I look forward to your productions every spring and fall! Jane Landis
American Language Academy @ Brooklyn College


The Picture of Dorian Gray    (Completed ) A Success!

By Oscar Wilde 

 March 2010

Adapted by Barbara Bregstein

Can a painting of a person tell you more about him than the person's own face?

If it is painted with love, perhaps the painting will show more than just the outside of that person - perhaps will it show the inside.

This is the story of a strikingly beautiful young man named Dorian who arrives in Victorian London and is swept into a social whirlwind by the charismatic Henry Wotton, who introduces Dorian to the hedonistic pleasures of the city.

When a portrait of Dorian is unveiled, such is its beauty that he makes a pledge: he would give anything to stay as he is in the picture – even his soul. “Dorian Gray” examines the destructive power of beauty, the blind pursuit of pleasure and the darkness that can result.

Garth @ Dark Horizons

The Cathedral by Raymond Carver's  short story.

The story of married couple and  the visit  of his wife’s friend, a man who happens to be blind.

Short Story text: cathedral-by-raymond-carver-short-story/  

The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway

No Answer and The Cafe  

A double bill for beginners to intermediate students: 

Original stories by Barbara Bregstein. 


Bernard Malamud's Short Stories

The Magic Barrel, Idiots First and Benefit Performance

 See The Merchant of Venice for more details.
See  Magic Barrel for more details.
See  Idiots First  and Benefit Performance for more details.

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