One More Time with Malice

Rob Cardazone, Sam Kahler, Charlie Biscotto and Eric Nightengale


One More Time with Malice
written by
Rob Cardazone
and directed by
Eric Nightengale,
The Robert Moss Theatre.
March, 2018
Set in a New Jersey hospital in the mid-90s, Freddie, an anxious, sharp witted, gay New Yorker, had planned to tell his family about his HIV status. After his mother tries to commit suicide, he now has the perfect excuse not to. At the hospital, things quickly get tense in this forced family reunion as the siblings try to navigate old wounds, while their father bullies them into making their mom promise to "never to do it again." Seeing his mother this way, Freddie fears his own death. He and his mother share drug induced hallucinations. Hot Nurse Donny, the perfect escape, is a beacon of light helping Freddie see that with new breakthrough medication, he may not die, so he better figure out how to live. A witty, complex drama about facing fears, mortality, sexuality, spiritually, and trying to connect.
Stephen Joshua Thompson and Zoey O'Toole
" emotional roller coaster that ultimately builds toward a poignant and powerful climax…one which highlights an issue all too common still in the families of those of the LGBTQ community."
"...this play succeeds, in a way that I can’t say about some other plays I’ve seen, in managing to tie (the themes and issues) all together, and make it feel like all it's relevant to the broader story of this family."
"...with any luck, perhaps this won’t be the last we’ll be hearing of this play."
-- Anthony J. Piccione, On Stage Blog

"This well-crafted and compelling drama is a hard-nosed look at what’s at stake when circumstances force a family to face their denial, their pain and their mortality."
"Watching it feels like eavesdropping."
-- Bob Criso, Hi! Drama

"I think I’ve always written from a visceral place: bottled up anxiety that explodes into a sassy diatribe, fear that pushes out wings and takes flight, a deep sadness that has overstayed and gives painful birth to a yearning to connect."
"For me, the gay person is always a misfit but strives to transcend the role of victim. The gay hero’s journey is not to assimilate, but to say, and to believe it when he says, “You should be more like me! You don’t know what you’re missing!”"
--Rob Cardazone, from an interview in New York Theatre Review
Stephen Joshua Thompson Stephen Joshua Thompson and Amanda Tudor; Stephen Joshua Thompson, Zoey O'Toole and Tom Ciorciari
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Tom Ciorciari; Marc Sinoway and Stephen Joshua Thompson; Kiley Rothweiler and Stephen Joshua Thompson
Photo Credit: Lindsay Nolin

Who's Who in the Cast and Crew

Rob Cardazone (Playwright, Set Design) has a BFA in acting from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an MFA in playwriting from CUNY Hunter with Tina Howe and Mark Bly. The Birth And Death Of Stars, 1st prize, The George R. Kernolde New Play Competition, 2002. The Birth And Death Of Stars and Henry Descending: New Century Writers’ Award semi-finalists, 2002. A Dark Wood, finalist, Nantucket Short Play Festival, 2007, and accepted into the Samuel French Festival, 2008. The Shrew Sketch, FringeNYC, 2001, Charles O’Neil Grant. In 2008, attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference on the Tennessee Williams Scholarship with Romulus Linney and Arlene Hutton. Since grad school Rob has been developing: Go Gently Forward (w/ Mark Bly); Dreamers Often Lie (w/ Tina Howe); House on the Hudson, finalist, Trustus Theatre Competition, finalist, Abingdon Developmental program, semi-finalist, Stanley Drama Award; Terribly and in Private (w/ Francine Volpe) Semi-finalist, O’Neill; One More Time with Malice (w/ A. Rey Pamatmat).

Eric Nightengale (Director, Sound Design) is co-artistic director of Anthropological Theatricals, and a founding member of Concrete Temple Theatre in New York City and The Acme Corporation in Baltimore. He served as artistic director of 78th Street Theatre Lab from 1995 thru 2008. Other New York credits include work with Circle Repertory Theatre, The Acting Company, Circle in the Square, Cherry Lane Theatre, 59 E 59th, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 45 Bleecker, SoHo Rep, Barefoot Theatre Company, HERE, and Classic Stage Company. Eric has served as Artistic Director for Anchorage Theatre in Louisville, Zone 9 Productions in Indianapolis, and Actors Repertory Theatre in Chicago. Chicago credits also include work with Victory Gardens Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists Workshop, and Second City. His work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has resulted in three Fringe First awards, eight published scripts, four adaptations for BBC radio, a Best Ensemble award, and a London transfer.
Kristine Schlachter* (Production Stage Manager) Recent Productions: Off-Broadway: Avenue Q Regional: Singing In The Rain, Cowgirls, Big River, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Magic Flute, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, The 39 Steps NYC: As You Like It, The Marriage of Figaro, Brilliant Traces, A Murder Is Announced, Aphrodisiac, The Little Square, FAME!, Cyrano De Bergerac, Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Mad Scientist Guide…(NYFRINGE 2015), The Roaring Girl, Her Portmanteau, Behind Closed Doors (NYFRINGE 2014), Allegro, Billy Witch, The Secret Garden, The Great Society, Swiss Family Robinson (NYMF 2013). BFA Syracuse University. Special thanks to my family for all your support.
Christina Watanabe (Lighting Designer) is a New York City based designer for theatre, dance, music, and events. Recent: The Pool Plays (Flea), Arden/Everywhere (Baruch), Small World: a fantasia (59E59), Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement (Intar), Cobb (Penguin Rep), Daniel’s Husband (Primary Stages/Cherry Lane), I Will Look Forward To This Later (New Ohio), Unseamly (Urban Stages), Se Llama Cristina (Intar), Gruesome Playground Injuries (FITR), Stealing Time (Gelsey Kirkland Ballet), Machinal, The Killer, Big Love, and RENT (Post Theatre Company), Les Miserables (Bristol Valley Theatre). Academia: NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (The Tempest, Macbeth, Violet) and Yale Dramatic Association (A Midsummer Night's Dream). Other design work includes cabaret, events, and Ralph Lauren’s Madison Avenue windows. Touring: Shen Wei Dance Arts, Jonah Bokaer, and So Percussion. Lincoln Center Festival (2013, 2015, 2016). Visiting Professor: NYU Tisch. Guest speaker: The League of Professional Theatre Women “A Discussion: Designers and Directors”. MFA: NYU Tisch. Member USA 829.
Candace Lawrence (Costume Design) co-founded the costume design house Lanotta Studio with Natali Germanotta. Lawrence has spent the last few years working in wardrobe on films and with musical acts. A few of her favorite design credits include: Decompression (Winner of Best at Fringe Festival NYC), Woyzeck: The Endless Cycle (Tin Lily Productions), Bunny Lake is Missing (The Brick Theatre), and Rich Girl (Theatre 502). She holds an M.A. in Theatre from Hunter College and is a member of IATSE TWU 764.

Sam Kahler (Producer) is a playwright and theater maker based in New York City. His plays have been developed/performed/read at or with Naked Angels, Barrow Street Theatre, the Hive, Littlefield/TinyRhino, PlayDate, Communal Spaces NYC, Jersey City Theatre Center, Fort Point Theater Channel, and elsewhere. He has a degree in English from Skidmore College and studied drama at the British American Dramatic Academy in London.

Charlie Biscotto (Producer) is a New York-based writer and producer. His writing has been staged in New York through RedLeaf Theatre Co. (Raise Me Up, As Sparks Fly Upwards) and Tin Lily Productions (choose.), and in Los Angeles through Amplified Theatre Co. (#shakespeareisdead). He’s also produced The Odyssey Project, a night of six short plays by six playwrights exploring Homer’s Odyssey. Charlie is a proud graduate of American University (B.A. Theatre Performance) and Hunter College (M.A. Theatre History).

Stephen Joshua Thompson* (Freddie) is a NY based actor, having recently returned from the west coast. Regional Credits: Mary Poppins (Bert), Les Misérables (Marius), Into The Woods (Jack), Friction (Ricky Jericho), The Producers (Leo Bloom), Ragtime (Tateh), The Great American Trailer Park (Duke) ... to name a few. Upcoming/Current Projects: The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell and Trip To The Moon, a feature film based on Georges Méliès silent film of the same title.  BFA from Wright State University and currently studying at Matthew Corozine Studios. Proud member of Actors Equity Associaton.
Marc Sinoway* (Donnie) Marc’s body of work is pretty gay. Marc most recently portrayed Paolo in The Waiting Game at Edinburgh Festival Fringe & 59E59’s East to Edinburgh and Bryan in Boys of a Certain Age at Theaterlab. Marc played Tommy in Seasons 1 & 2 of Hunting Season, which appeared on LOGO and Vimeo On Demand. Marc is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and William Esper Studio. Marc likes diamonds and dumplings. Marc is always looking to collaborate. Marc is too old for Snapchat, but his Twitter and Instagram are lit: @marcsinoway Website:
Amanda Tudor* (Vinnie) Roundabout Theatre: The Milktrain Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (with Olympia Dukakis, dir. Michael Wilson), Shakespeare Theatre: King Lear (with Stacy Keach, dir. Robert Falls), Twelfth Night (dir. Rebecca Taichman), Ion (dir. Ethan McSweeney) Hartford Stage: Milktrain..Anymore, A Christmas Carol. NY Credits include all female productions of Julius Caesar, As You Like It, Twelfth Night. Boomerang: Tempest, The Reckless Season (dir. Dominic D’Andrea). Passionate about: adventure (running with the bulls in Spain, hanging off the CN Tower, a goal to run a race in all 50 states, trapeze skills), a French Bulldog named Moose, an amazing husband and family, Teddy Roosevelt and fine bourbon.
Kiley Rothweiler* (Josephine) is a graduate of University of Massachusetts and William Esper Studio. Her personal mission is to educate and enliven change in others with the intent of creating unity through art. Toting an improv comedy background, she has performed at The PIT and the Boston Improv Festival. Kiley has trained with Julie Garfield of T.Schreiber Studios, Susan Aston of The Actors Studio at Pace University and Suzanne Esper of William Esper Studios. Her favorite roles to date are: Foreign Bodies at New York Theatre Workshop, Love Monkey on CBS, and she is an ensemble member at The Collective Theatre. She is best known as herself, discussing her moral fortitude on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Zoey O’Toole* (Beatrice) a long-time veteran of Off-Off-Broadway has appeared as Ouisa, Six Degrees of Separation, Cora Iceman Cometh, Mrs. Cheveley An Ideal Husband, Mae Mud, Mrs. Lovett Sweeney Todd, Dr. Livingstone Agnes of God, and Estelle No Exit. She studied with Terry Schreiber and with Penny Allen, Hope Arthur, and Harv Dean at Strasberg. She played Tammy in Rob’s play What Sprang Off a Gypsy Rooster, and has participated in development of three more of his plays, including Sister Mary Jude in Lana on Redemption Lane. As a writer herself, Zoey finds Rob’s vision and voice refreshing and is thrilled to get a chance to bring the marvelously complex Bea Reggio to life.
Tom Ciorciari (Joe Reggio) is a New York based actor and musician. He studied at the Actor’s Studio and HB Studio, and has been seen as Whit Of Mice And Men, Murph The Indian Wants The Bronx, and McMurphy One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, to name a few. He has recorded eight cds with his band Deerheart and has performed both solo and with the band regionally, most recently at Arlene’s Grocery and Cowgirl NYC.
*These actors are members of Actors Equity
Actors' Equity Association (AEA),founded in 1913, represents more than50,000 actorsand stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and fosterthe art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wagesand working conditions,providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pensionplans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an internationalorganization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of