TNC’s New City, New Blood Reading Series: RUBBER

By Vinnie Nardiello
Directed by Kerri Ann Murphy
May 8 – May 8
Monday, May 8, 2023 @ 7 PM


Theater for the New City

Executive Director, Crystal Field



A play by Vinnie Nardiello
DIRECTED BY Kerri Ann Murphy

Monday, May 8, 2023 @ 7 PM


$5 Suggested Donation

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Street)

Tucked away in non-descript government buildings across the country you’ll find “rubber rooms,” a purgatory for educators deemed both unable to teach and unable to be fired. In Rubber, the rubber room is closing, and Phil from the teacher’s union has arrived to process the cases of the last remaining teachers. Maureen, an old school marm and possible pill abuser, Jerry, a once popular teacher with anger issues, and Lisa (information redacted upon request of union attorneys).are promised a possible return to the classroom. However, after so many years away, with that promise comes the threat waiting outside the protection of the drab walls and fluorescent lights.

Writer Bio:
Vinnie Nardiello’s work has been featured nationally in both television and theater. In addition to his own offerings on the stand-up comedy circuit, Vinnie has had his work performed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. His debut play, The Boom, was featured at the Dream-Up Festival at Theater for the New City and his 2022 play Diving Horses enjoyed a run at NuBox Theater under the production of Theater 68. Another script, Li’l, was featured as part of the reading series at Black Box PAC in Englewood, NJ. He has also created Duppet, a short film found on Amazon Prime, and a produced pilot, Radio Gods, starring Paul Provenza and Rick Overton. His work can be heard on programming as diverse as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, SNL’s Weekend Update, ESPN, and Sirius XM radio.

Director bio:
Kerri Ann Murphy is a performer, theater educator, and director. She was one of the founding members of the Acting Shakespeare Company and as a performer appeared in Timon of Athens with the York Shakespeare Company, Measure for Measure w/ director Nona Sheppard, and Jenn Wehrung’s Takin’ U Back sketch comedy series which she also contributed to as a writer. Kerri Ann’s directing credits include Theater 68’s premiere of Diving Horses by Vinnie Nardiello, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and numerous scenes as part of NJ Shakespeare Theater’s Teen Shakespeare Festival. She would like to thank Vinnie Nardiello for once again trusting her to direct his work.


COVID Protocol:
As of September 26th, 2022, we are no longer requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for our audience upon entry.
Wearing of masks is suggested in the lobby, restrooms and performance spaces at Theater for the New City, but they are not required.