In the Spring of 2004, Epic Rep presented a staged reading of:

Written and Directed by Stuart Vaughn

With: Robert Lavelle, Jennifer Chudy, David Staller, Jana Mestecky, Joseph Culliton, Michael Milligan, Craig Rising & Niki Sarich-Rising

A Trick Of Fate is the story of Dr. Samuel Mudd, a physician who set John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg after the assassination of President Lincoln.



Epic Rep’s Summer Lab provided workshop productions and staged readings of new work that served to further the playwright’s understanding of the piece. The Lab also began the collaboration with actors and directors and provided an initial introduction of the piece to the New York theatre community. Four plays in various stages of their development were presented in repertory at the Bank Street Theatre.


by Sean Grennan in association with Greg Schaffert

Directed by Christopher Presley

With: Robb Pruitt, Darrell Stokes, Annmarie Benedict, Traci Hovel, Kim Sullivan & Craig Rising

Someone sends you a chain letter. You throw it away, right? … Really? … Are you sure? LUCK! is an unabashed, satirical comedy that takes on everything from fate to fatwa to pro football to the Pope. Don’t miss this last, best chance at happiness! Luck can be yours! Fortune can be yours! …Or you can go to the LION KING but what good would that do you?


by J.T. Rogers

Directed by Gus Reyes

With: Sherri Parker Lee, Glynis Bell, Richard Masur & Kelly Lake

A mysterious disappearance changes three lives forever. At three different periods in time, three Americans find themselves, alone, in the same hotel room overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome . A daughter, a mother, and an old family friend each tell us their individual story of how and why they have been drawn here. The three narratives weave back and forth–each contradicting, clarifying, deepening what the others say–becoming strands of one disquieting tale. Madagascar is about the elusive nature of memory, and how the consequences of the actions we take ripple out in ways unforeseen.

In 2004, Mr. Rogers received a NYFA playwriting fellowship for Madagascar, and received a NEA/TCG Theatre Residency award.


I’ll be Jonah if you be the Whale
by Jeremy Wine

Directed by Kit Lavoie

With: Gabe Fazio, Myla Pitt, Christine Bruno, Austin Basis, Laura Johnson & David Logan

A brother and sister share an unusual relationship that must withstand visits from their spaced-out father and dead mother in this absurdist new work.


Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty
by Eric Weinburger& Elaine Bromka

With Elaine Bromka

An intimate portrait, both tickling and touching, of three celebrities — in what Pat Nixon called ‘the hardest unpaid job in the world!



Fall 2004, Epic Rep joined the vibrant community that has been a seedbed for young writers and new plays by established dramatists. As part of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Centers Artist in Residency Program, Epic Rep has the opportunity to cultivate and develop new work that is free from any distraction. The artists of Epic Rep, its’ company of actors, playwrights, directors and designers, will converge at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and collaborate in taking a play from the page, rehearsal and staged readings all way through to full a production with the final version being mounted in New York City.

The first piece to be brought to the O’Neill was Madagascar by J.T. Rogers. Epic continued the development it began with J.T. during the Summer Lab Series. Mr Rogers has recently been awarded the 2004 NEA/TCG Fellowship and the 2004 NYFA Award for his work.


by J.T. Rogers

Directed by Gus Reyes
With: Sherri Parker Lee, Joe Cronin, Maeve McGuire & Caz Liske

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