Because what could be timelier than a prostitute bringing down the most powerful political man of her time?

The Prostitute Play

a staged reading of a new play

by Kate Hamill

directed by Michael Barakiva


Friday, September 14 & Saturday, September 15

6:00 PM

Metro Baptist Church

410 West 40th Street



Stephen Bel Davies

Paul Bernardo*

Ariel Neema Blake

Nilanjana Bose-Ciupinska*

Craig Wesley Divino*

Erick Gonzalez*

Linda Marie Larson*

Joan Valentina*

Alison Walls

Gabra Zackman*

Costume Designer

Heather Carey

Scenic Designer

Lindsay Fuori

Stage Manager

Emily Paige Ballou*

*member Actors Equity Association

An Equity Approved Showcase

and a gourmet meal

lovingly prepared by the Upstart Creatures


Kiss of Mint Pea Soup



The Duke’s Massive Beef Wellington

(vegetarian: Mushroom en Croute)


Pocket Rocket Salad



Stormy Daniels’ Spotted Dick
(actually Black and White Bread Pudding, but anything for a joke)

Based loosely on a true story, The Prostitute Play follows the exploits of Harriet Wilson, called the “Queen of Tarts”- England’s most popular courtesan of the 19th century. 

For decades, English society has been ruled by the demi-monde, the world of high-class prostitutes and their noble patrons. But times are changing, and Harriet wants to stay ahead of the pack – even if she has to take on the most powerful man in England to get her due. Full of blackmail, intrigue, dark humor, sexuality, and anti-heroes, The Prostitute Play has been described as “naughty Ibsen”.

Paul Bernardo, Erick Gonzalez & Craig Wesley Divino

Alison Walls & Gabra Zackman

Gabra Zackman & Paul Bernardo

Artistic Directors Michael Barakiva & Suzie Agins

Linda Marie Larson

Our beautiful audience

Linda Marie Larson, Stephen Bel Davies, Joan Valentina, Ariel Neema Blake, Nilanjana Bose-Ciupinska, Gabra Zackman

Beef Wellington & Arugula Salad

Gabra Zackman & Alison Walls