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Thursday, January 12, 2017

New look for Norma Jeane

Well I ended up going a completely different way with the Norma Jeane art. Entire web site is here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Saturday, January 31, 2015


SODOM & GOMORRAH: THE ONE-MAN SHOW returns to the NYC stage. The play had its world premiere in 2010 and will be in the line-up of the Players Theater's Short Play Festival. Cast includes Larissa Adamczyk, Alice Anne English, Michael Rehse and Doug Rossi. Performances are Thursday February 19 - Saturday February 21 at 7PM and Sunday, February 22 at 3PM.

Web site coming soon.

The 2010 web site here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

JULIA & BUDDY wins "Outstanding Production of a Full-Length Play"

Claire Warden and Matt DeCapua perform
at the MITF Awards party.
Since it was for the entire production, presumably all those involved in it were included in the award:

Writer / Producer / Director - Nancy McClernan
Julia - Claire Warden
Buddy - Matthew DeCapua
SM - Katie Kavett
Costume Builder - ReneĆ© Cole
Promotions - Tony White
Photographers - Allison Stock and Linda Jacquez

Two minutes of their performance was recorded via iPhone.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JULIA & BUDDY at the MITF Awards Party

A brief excerpt of JULIA & BUDDY will be performed at the Midtown International Theater Festival's Awards Party Monday October 27, at the Actors Temple Theatre
339 W. 47th Street in Manhattan.

Best Actor nominee Matt DeCapua and Best Actress nominee Claire Warden will be performing.

Tickets are $15 and available at OvationTix.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

JULIA & BUDDY nominated for 4 awards from the MITF

Claire Warden (Julia) & Matthew DeCapua (Buddy)
photo by Linda Jaquez
JULIA & BUDDY which was performed in the Midtown International Theater Festival July 17, 18 19, 27 and August 2 was nominated for four awards today, according to WrightGroupNY Communications:

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Full-Length Play Claire Warden, Julia & Buddy
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Full-Length Play Matthew DeCapua, Julia & Buddy
Outstanding Production of a Full-Length Play
Julia & Buddy
Outstanding New Script for a Full-Length Play
N. G. McClernan Julia & Buddy
Winners will be announced at the 2014 MITF AWARDS and PARTY
Monday, October 27, 2014
The Actor’s Temple 339 W 47th Street, New York City

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


JULIA & BUDDY at the Midtown International Theater Festival was a success. We got lots of good feedback from the audiences, including a couple of people giving us a standing ovation in the fourth performance, as well as two very positive reviews.

From Joseph Verlezza, CEOExpress
(excerpt) "The bare stage at the Jewel Box Theatre... does not deter the new play JULIA & BUDDY from instantly making it a playground for wit, intellect and heartfelt affection as two actors inhabit the stage and begin their ninety-minute banter. Claire Warden playing Julia and Buddy inhabited by Matthew DeCapua seem to caputre and understand the age-old quip that 'opposites attract' and give evidence of proof to this notion with exceptional clarity."
And from Ashley Hutchinson, Drama-Queens 
(excerpt) "With direction by N.G. McClernan, Warden and DeCapua make Julia and Buddy respectively, become true depictions of real people, even with a fantastical script. Thus, with various philosophical questions being asked throughout the show and modern stereotypes being broken, this was a romantic comedy that was anything but predictable." 
I think I might like the second review better than the first - it has a little more edge. The first review is so glowing it sounds like the critic was on drugs when he wrote it. I loved it, of course.

Here are some production photos that didn't make the cut and get used in show publicity materials and social media. We took lots of pictures - that's the secret to getting good photographs - take lots of them. We couldn't have used them all even if they were all perfect. But these also-rans while not without charm, are not perfect. You can click on each photo to enlarge it.

Claire Warden and Matt DeCapua
photo by Allison Stock

Claire Warden and Matt DeCapua
photo by Allison Stock

Claire Warden and Matt DeCapua
photo by Allison Stock

Claire Warden and Matt DeCapua
photo by Allison Stock

Claire Warden and Matt DeCapua
photo by Allison Stock

Claire Warden and Matt DeCapua
photo by Allison Stock

Claire Warden and Matt DeCapua
photo by Linda Jaquez

Claire Warden and Matt DeCapua
photo by Linda Jaquez
We got a complaint from an audience member that although Matt's shirt was unbuttoned in the production photos, which we used to promote the show, he kept it buttoned up during the performances. To this day I still don't know why he decided to keep it buttoned up. I felt it was his choice to make at any time (maybe he was feeling fat?) and besides, I didn't want to suggest he match the production photos for fear that it would seem to be for my own personal predilections.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Howdy Howdy Howdy!

Cowboy karma - right in the middle of playing a Space Cowboy in the MITF production of JULIA &  BUDDY, Matt DeCapua played an Earth Cowboy... or cowboy, in the MTV series "One Bad Choice" -

“One Bad Choice” is a new series that explores the consequences of young people who made a single, terrible decision that irrevocably changed their lives forever. Shocking, surprising, and deeply emotional, “One Bad Choice” takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride filled with twists and turns, suspense, drama and redemption through scripted storytelling based on true stories. (Source:

Matt doesn't know when his cowboy episode will air - you can check his web site for updates.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rave review for JULIA & BUDDY

The bare stage at the Jewel Box Theatre, one of the venues for the Midtown International Theatre Festival, does not deter the new play “Julia & Buddy from instantly making it a playground for wit, intellect, and heartfelt affection as two actors inhabit the stage and begin their ninety minute banter. Claire Warden playing Julia and Buddy inhabited by Matthew DeCapua seem to capture and understand the age old quip that “opposites attract” and give evidence of proof to this notion with exceptional clarity. The panic ridden philosopher and the forgetful maintenance man are the perfect example of the odd couple: each examines her or his actions carefully, peeling away shallow facades and gently exposing their sensitive cores. Both actors manage to appear real and in control and never waver from an honest and truthful performance. Ms. Warden is strong, mindful and focused, yet frail, vulnerable and distracted and always tempts the audience to wonder about her path and intent - always with a distinct emotional investment. Mr. DeCapua is a pleasure to watch as he morphs into impressions of unseen pertinent characters. He produces a character study which is complex, precise, honest and filled with integrity, resulting in a sensitive portrait of a hopeful soul with fractured dreams and the will to survive. They are generous actors providing for each other and allowing the audience to enter their intimate world, always searching for creative ways to establish an emotional connection."
 David Roberts, CEOExpress

Thursday, July 17, 2014

JULIA & BUDDY OPENS TONIGHT - July 17, 2014 at Jewelbox Theater in NYC

Claire Warden and Matt DeCapua star in a play by N. G. McClernan about wanting somebody wrong... who just might be right.

Philosophy professor Julia can't leave her apartment without having a panic attack and maintenance man Buddy can't fix his own problems. Throw in a dead German philosopher, a space cowboy and a secret affair and what could possibly go wrong

@Jewel Box Theater, WorkShop Theater Company, 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor East between 8th & 9th Avenues, New York NY 10018 MAP 

Tickets $18 - call OvationTix: (866) 811-4111 or buy tickets online:Thursday July 17 @6PM ~ GET TICKETS
Friday July 18 @9PM ~ GET TICKETS
Saturday July 19 @3PM ~ GET TICKETS
Sunday July 27 @4:30PM ~ GET TICKETS
Saturday August 2 @5PM ~ GET TICKETS

Production Photos

The frustrations of online dating

Stage fight!

Special appearance by 19th philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer

A beautiful day for sailing
More information at the web site

Thursday, July 3, 2014

JULIA & BUDDY Video/pix

Some stills from the upcoming interview with Claire Warden and Matt DeCapua of Mergatroyd Productions' upcoming JULIA & BUDDY.

Monday, June 23, 2014

There is no crying in baseball

Matt DeCapua (Buddy in the JULIA & BUDDY production) does his Tom Hanks impression.

Monday, February 17, 2014


Coming soon...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Julia & Buddy world premiere - coming December 2013

Sparks fly when Buddy the maintenance man attempts to fix Julia the philosophy professor's door ~ but Julia's existential crisis, Buddy's troubled past, and 19th century pessimist philosopher Arthur Schopenhaur conspire to make this relationship anything but smooth sailing.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Dark Lady Sonnets by Nancy McClernan

video here

Claire Warden did a great job on this, and not even complaining when I asked her to re-record Shakespeare's 147.

My idea was to record the monologue in the Shakespeare Garden behind Delacorte Theatre and next to the Belvedere Castle in Central Park but most of this ended up being recorded on the side porch of the Swedish Cottage, which is right next to the Shakespeare Garden.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Technically this new version of MISTRESS ILSA is not a Mergatroyd Productions show but rather for a producer called Double Down. The play is part of the TAWDRY line-up.

Here are some pix!

Mistress Ilsa explains whipping technique to Trixie the dominatrix-in-training. (Alice Anne English and Larissa Adamczyk.)

Mistress Trixie doesn't always have the proper dominatrix-y demeanor.

Mistress Ilsa knows what her clients like...