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222w23rdSt-a play, is a solo play about a woman who lands in The Chelsea Hotel unaware of its famed history and seedy reputation. Her rent falls in arrears due to well... it`s rent--the small print of life and her whole existence morphs into keeping Stanley Bard, the manager from kicking her out.


I am so honored  222w23rdSt- a play  was accepted to receive Fiscal Sponsorship from NYFA.

I woke up one morning over five years ago with a clear directive; to somehow present, in theatrical form, the remarkable moments of the `not so famous` people who made The Chelsea Hotel legendary. 

I had stopped acting years before, I became a musician. I was far away from the theater, NYC and The Chelsea. I never in a million years thought I would write another one-woman play.    But it was a marching order when I woke up that morning; to give a voice to some of the incredible people, who lived and worked in the hotel and remain invisible in the cultural association with the hotel.  222 w. 23rd st. is the street address of  The Hotel. 

222w23rdst-a play, about life in the Chelsea Hotel, brought to the stage an authentic story and actual feeling of a time in New York City history that is gone forever. The people (who were characters in and of themselves without embellishment), the look, the feel, the smells and the sounds. Somehow, Elizabeth was able to convey it all. Her account, and so far hers alone, will be an important record of a lost era.   ​​JK Clarke, Theater Pizzazz

222w23rdst-a play was produced by Dixon Place, mainstage works-in-progress series. The projected timeline for production is May/June 2020 in NYC.  Twelve performances over a three week period.  The estimated budget is $35,000 to be raised by crowdfunding, corporate sponsorship and grants.  I received a grant from The Dramatist Guild this past spring.  The crowdfunding target is $5600.00. 

One of the first memories I had when I started to write this play, was of the poet, actor, art critic, and painter, Rene Ricard (July 23, 1946 – February 1, 2014). 

Script excerpt 

There was a loud knock on my door in the middle of the night. Ok, it was 8 am which is the middle of the night in Hotel Chelsea Standard time--a mix between dog years and light years. I opened my door expecting to find   Rene Ricard dancing in the poetics of his poverty asking to borrow another  .18 cents like he had done a few hours earlier.  I think Andy Warhol  was Rene’s protégé  and not the other around. Rene was operating a sliding scale of fundraising; I am the Patron of a legend.   I didn’t ask what he needed it for. I gave him that dignity Pause with nothing, I mattered.  I belonged. I  was home.

We are operating The Rene Ricard Sliding Scale of fundraising to raise seed money for the first phase of this project;  script consultaton fees, rewrites, producer fees and venue deposit.  

We would need  31,111  donations of .18 cents to reach our goal of $5600.00. Tax-deducatble!  But feel free to donate what you can.  It is very exciting to have this project moving forward and would love your support to bring this project to the stage.  

Thank you   

Elizabeth Pugh

Creative Team

Producer Jen Gatien 

Jen Gatien has produced 17 feature films including Abel Ferrara’s Chelsea On The Rocks which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival as an official selection and three films that premiered in Sundance narrative competition: Hounddog starring Dakota Fanning and Robin Wright, Holy Rollers starring Jesse Eisenberg and For Ellen starring Paul Dano.

Gatien premiered Jack And Diane and Dixieland at the Tribeca Film Festival. She produced Kiss of the Damned by Xan Cassavetes which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and SXSW. Along with Spike Lee, Gatien produced Evolution Of A Criminal by Darius Clark Monroe for PBS. Most recently, she produced Furlough starring Melissa Leo and Anna Paquin and Midnight Sun starring Bella Thorne.

Writer, Performer, Producer Elizabeth Pugh

Elizabeth Pugh is an actor, writer and singer/songwriter. Her first play, I’m Not Finished...Yet, ran in NYC and Dublin, Ireland to sold-out audiences and critical acclaim. Academy Award- winning director Jim Sheridan produced I’m Not Finished... Yet at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival selling out audiences and recieving critical acclaim.  Her play, 222w23rdSt-a play with one- woman, premiered at Dixon Place, NYC, and is in pre- production for a theatrical run.   As a singer/songwriter Elizabeth plays in notable venues and music festivals in the US and abroad.  Her EP, Seven, was released in December 2018 by Jones Street Records. Elizabeth studied acting with Uta Hagen and Wynn Handman. 

Theater Reviews

Pugh, What a scorcher!  Forget the tags that are so glibly pinned on one-woman shows The Evening Herald, Ireland I’m Not Finished... Yet rips with the urgency of Pugh’s performance -- a volatile mixture of little girl lost and fast-talking babe. An Astonishing Journey. The SundayTribune, Ireland Elizabeth Pugh has the talent of a born actress. An absorbing piece of theatre. The Irish Times  Pugh is an actress who knows how to push the limits of a character. The Stage, London. Elizabeth is like Dorothy Parker meets Sam Shepard. Wynn Handman, American Place Theater, NYC



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