By Walter Corwin
Directed by Forrest Gillespie
October 13 – October 23
OCT 13 - OCT 23; THU, FRI, SAT @ 8 PM, SUN @ 3 PM

Executive Director, Crystal Field



October 13 – 23, 2022
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Street)
Thursdays-Saturdays  8:00 PM,  Sundays  3:00 PM.
Tickets $10, Box Office (212) 254-1109

Critics are invited on or after Oct. 13, 2011

The Theater for the New City is pleased to present Walter Corwin’s A Short History of Now,  a  series of political satires composed by Theater For The New City stalwart Walter Corwin and directed by Forest Gillespie, founder of the Dome theater and co-founder of Spectacle theater in Williamsburg.

Light Design – Alex Bartenieff
Set Design – William Corwin

John Christopher Morton
John Christopher Morton is a New York-based actor who began performing with the Dome Theater Group in 2011. Morton played the lead role in the indie feature “August Lucey,” and also appeared in the films “Frankie in Blunderland,” directed by Caleb Emerson, and “Girls Against Boys,” directed by Austin Chick (XX/XY, August). On TV, he has had roles on “Celebrity Ghost Stories” and the FX show “Louie.” Morton studied acting with Susan Batson at the Susan Batson Studio, and Barbara Marchant at the William Esper Studio. www.johnchristophermorton.com

Kasey O’Brien
Kasey O’Brien’s Chicago credits include: Much Ado About Nothing(Beatrice), Macbeth(2nd Witch), Summer and Smoke(Alma), That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play(Valerie), The Hyacinth Macaw(Susannah), and an all-female stage adaptation of Reservoir Dogs(White). New York credits include Walter Corwin’s 4 Plays and a Chorus, as well as Balm in Gilead(Ann), Cowboy Mouth(Cavale), and The Maids(Solange). Film credits include Jim Shoe, Paranoia, Clean, and The Mockingbird. Kasey is also an award-winning filmmaker herself whose short films Secret Service and The Pageant have played in festivals around the world. MFA from The New School. Keep in touch at kaseyobriennyc.com

Cole Ortiz-Mackes
Cole Ortiz-Mackes is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Chelsea, Manhattan. Recent stage credits include Orlando in As You Like It, Derek in The Devil Tree (Best Play Winner at The Player’s Theater Boo! Festival) and Jason/Hamlet in Hamlet in Harlem (LATA Winner for Best Cast) which is returning here at Theater for the New City November 10th-27th! Cole also studies and performs improv regularly at the PIT, and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. You can find him on instagram @coleortizmackes and his website: www.coleortizmackes.com

Director: Forrest Gillespie is a writer and director who has been doing shows in NYC for twenty years; he co-founded a stage theater in California and micro-cinema – Spectacle Theater – in Williamsburg.

The Playwright: Walter Corwin is a fixture at the Theater for the New City, where he has been staging his plays for the past 40 years.  He has also had works performed at LaMama Etc., The Public Theater, The American Theater of Actors and on Clocktower Radio.  He assisted Playwright Ed Bullins at the Public Theater and participated in The Actors Studio and The Herbert Berghof Studio.


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