The Demitasse PlayersAn Essentially Existential Troupe
While sipping expresso, Al Fresco, at a charming café along the Hudson. Came the inspiration to write and produce plays dealing with how Existentialism may play a role in engaging in a dialogue to bring awareness to mental disorders. Our performances are intended to entertain, provoke, heal, and to recognize mental disorders in a new perspective. Just a small cup of inspiration can help brew a better
The Troupe is a 501 (C) (3) Charity
“I rebel; therefore I exist”
The Demitasse players
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The playwright notes he has been most fortunate and blessed to have a cast that consists of licensed psychologists and licensed social workers who have contributed their time and talents to the productions. And also notes, all the members of the troupe along with the playwright have worked Pro- Bono to present these works in the hope of assisting humanity in distress.
Over the past three years the playwright has written and produced the following four plays that have been performed at the White Plains Performing Arts Center and Whippoorwill Theater, Armonk, N.Y. :
A Lonely Summit
Thoughts for a Lost Friend
A number of new plays are also planned over the coming years.
The troupe is a member of
Words and Music by Richard Cirulli
All Rights Reserved Richard Cirulli © 2018
A new play by the Demitasse Players.
This is a moving play about two aging Baby Boomers seeking closure forty years after having lost a friend in Vietnam. The performance will include the soundtrack performed live by the Demitasse Band, and digital cinematography.
Music & Lyrics by
Musical Director And Arrangements Andrew Caico
Music Performed by
Demitasse Andrew Caico-Guitar Scott Morgan- percussion Jonathan Bedard- Bass Risa Schneps- vocals
The playwright’s works have been influenced by the Existential philosophers; Dostoyevsky, Camus, Buber, and especially the Danish Philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard-to name just a few; whose works were the inspiration of his plays.
Existential originality addresses sensitivity to those human values which the ordinary person and classical philosophy and religious tradition tend to overlook. Contrary to what people think, Existentialists are not nihilists; rather it is their belief that frustration and disillusionment are integral facts of the human condition. Kierkegaard lived an existential life by refusing positions and opportunities that would have rendered him a comfortable life in the conviction that comfort, money, and public approval are inferior values. In his view that sacrifices do not come easy. His view of salvation would agree with that of Spinoza: “If salvation lay ready to hand and could be discovered without great labor, how is it possible that it should be neglected by almost everybody? All noble things are as difficult as they are rare.” Epictetus, the slave philosopher is quoted as saying “we cannot command goods such as wealth, pleasure, or fame. But can command our hopes and fears, our desires, and aversions, since these have their sources within us. As Kierkegaard put it, he wants a value by which he is prepared to live and for which, if necessary, he is willing to die.