The Egg Progect

“hilarious… Amato’s script is quite brilliant. His dialogue is crisp and smart… This play certainly has the potential to move beyond this festival so check it out before you have to pay off-Broadway prices to see it.” NY Theater Now

“A magnificent blend of both things familiar and things strange…an extraordinarily well-written piece… Simply put, The Egg Progect is a delight.”  TheatreIsEasy “Best of FringeNYC 2015″

…a dire comedy.
Written by Mike Amato
part of the New York International Fringe Festival 2015!

August 14th – 30th, 2015


The story of THE EGG PROGECT:

Estranged for 15 years, Marty Edgett thought he had finally shed the baggage his father had saddled him with. He returns home on the eve of his wedding eager to show off the free, unfettered Martin and the new life that he has created. Little does he know that his father, a microbiologist, is eager to show Martin the new life that he’s created as well. Thanks to a Little League line-drive, formaldehyde and a chicken egg, Martin finds himself face to face with the personification of the baggage he’s always imagined he’d carried.

THE EGG PROGECT is a startling dark comedy about the complexities of father-son relationships, personal accountability and the repercussions of broken family ties. The show began as a reading at the Bowery Poetry Club. In 2013, it was presented as a staged reading starring Debbie Harry (Blondie) as the mother, a role previously played in developmental readings by NYC performance icon Penny Arcade.

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CAST of the NYC Fringe production:

Melissa Eddy Quilty-2 headshot 2015Melissa Eddy Quilty (Barbara): A Jhelinger Award winning graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Melissa has worked extensively in regional theatre as well as New York theatre including The Public Theatre & Ensemble Studio Theatre. Favorite roles include Kate in Other People’s Money; Sarah in Beau Jest; Jacque Brel Is Alive and Well…; Queen Elizabeth, The Beard of Avon (Princeton Repertory Theatre); Dee, Footloose (Bucks County Playhouse); Viola, Rosalind, Ophelia & Helena (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS and National Shakespeare Company, respectively).

Gary Ray with smile

Gary Ray (Robert): Gary is a familiar face on the downtown theatre & performance scene and is best known for opening DARINKA: A Performance Club, in 1984. Most recently he was at The Kitchen performing in And That’s How The Rent Gets Paid, a tribute to Jeff Weiss. He’s also toured nationally with performance artist Karen Finley in her play The Theory of Total Blame and has worked on stages all over NYC including Ensemble Studio, La Mama, Naked Angels, Ridiculous Theatre Co., PS122, Ridge Theatre, Latino Playwrights & Dixon Place. On film he’s played opposite Debbie Harry in I Remember You Now… a short which played in art-houses & festivals across Europe. He’s also appeared in various indie films, TV shows & dozens of commercial spots.


Monica233_MediumMonica Wyche (Leslie): NY theatre credits include The Flea Theater with Jim Simpson, BAX, Aquila Theatre Company, Primary Stages, Theatre 54, TerraNOVA Collective, Manhattan Children’s Theatre, Prospect Theater. Regional theatre includes Trustus Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Theatre South Carolina, Milwaukee Rep, Workshop Theatre (SC), and SC Shakespeare Company. Film/TV includes Law and Order: SVUArmy Wives, Get Better, Bears Discover Fire. MFA from University of South Carolina.


Mike AmatoMike Amato (Playwright, Marty): Mike is an actor, writer and comedian. He’s performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Montreal Comedy Festival as well as in comedy clubs across the country and was a 2-time finalist in the Andy Kaufman Awards. New York Theater credits include Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Joe Peachum in Imminent, Indeed (or Polly Peachum’s Peculiar Penchant for Plosives), both Aisling Arts; Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet (National tour). As a writer, he’s a blogger for the Huffington Post and has prose published both in print journals such as Etchings and online.


Andrea Andresakis Headshot (2)Andrea Andresakis (Director): My Purple Wig (Off-Broadway); Spandex, a New Musical For All Sizes (Off-Broadway); Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre at St. Clement’s); The Little Prince (Merkin Concert Hall); Wait Until Dark (ACC Theatre); Lola Luning’s First Steps (Workshop Theatre); Damaged Goods (John Housman Too); Lee Blessing’s Down the Road; Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (Wings Theatre); Neil Simon’s Star Spangled Girl (Playwrights Horizons). She was the Associate Artistic Director of the American Playwrights’ Theatre where she also directed several plays. Tours/Regional: The East Coast premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes (Arundel, ME); Crimes of the Heart (Chenango River, NY); Fame (Barrington Stage Company, MA); Evita (JHU, Baltimore); Arms and The Man (EMU, VA); Family Penalty (Complex Theatre, Hollywood CA) and the World premieres of Shrink (OC-Centric New Play Festival, CA). She was nominated for Best Director by Broadway World for Chestina Vanessa Poulson (Emerson Theatre Collaborative). Choreography credits include Off Broadway, National and International credits. Last year she spent five months in India developing several original dance theatre pieces.

178535_10151067616536972_989775318_oLiz Piccoli (Associate Director): Choreographer and Assist. Director/Choreographer to several shows including I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Central Coast Theater), Central Ave. Breakdown at NYMF (Deagu Award), and Lysistrata Jones (Off-Broadway, which transferred to Broadway). Recently co-directed and choreographed Spandex the Musical and worked on choreography for the Broadway-bound 54 the Musical in workshop in the fall. She is egg-cited to be on board as an Associate Director for The Egg Progect and is happy it’s hatching at the NYC Fringe Festival!! Thank you Andrea Andresakis for the opportunity and your friendship.

Max Pendergast (Stage Manager): Max is a recent graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, with a BA in Theater. She is thrilled to be working on The Egg Progect with such an amazing cast and crew! Credits include: Billy the Kid at Mount Tremper Arts and That’s How the Rent Gets Paid at the Kitchen.

Nick Auer (Stage Manager, Sound Designer): Nick is an actor, director, and stage manager who just graduated from Bates College. He just directed an interactive adaptation of Apollinaire’s The Breasts of Tiresias. Recent stage management includes And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid (The Kitchen), The Summer in Gossensass (Bates College), and The 39 Steps (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket).