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222w23rdSt-a solo play inspired by living in The Chelsea Hotel from 2002-2008.


*The three week run of  222w23rdSt  targeted for May/June 2020 is on pause.   I am wishing everyone health, moments of peace and solidarity as we get through this together.* 

The Cast Recording of 222w23rdSt scheduled to be released with the opening of the play will be released in mid- April. 


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

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. 

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 thought  it   was Rene  dancing in the poetics of his poverty back to ask to for another  .18 cents.   I think Andy Warhol  was Rene’s protégé  and not the other around. Rene Ricard  was operating a sliding scale of fundraising; I am the Patron of a legend.   I didn’t ask what he needed it for,  which I didnt know  gave me dignity  Pause I mattered.  I belonged. I was home.

The first phase this project is to raise $10,00.00 for venue deposit, playwright, director and producer fees, for a twelve performance run over a three week period in May/June 2020. All donations will be allocated tickets  

It is very exciting to have this project moving forward and we  would love your support to bring this project to the stage.  

Thank you,   

Elizabeth Pugh, Writer/Perfromer 

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 receiving 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

Audrey Rapoport, Director

Audrey Rapoport is an actor, writer, director and teacher.  She has performed with The Groundlings, Acme Comedy Theatre, and at the Montreal, Woodstock, and Austin Comedy Festivals. She’s performed her own material in numerous shows, including her critically-acclaimed one-person show I Am Rapoport and STARF**CKERS.  

Audrey has received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schaefer Award, Drama-Logue, and La Weekly Awards. She has contributed to numerous writing projects including Histeria! for Warner Brothers. 

Audrey teaches improvisation, acting and writing at  The  School of Visual Arts, Marymount Manhattan College and  Improvolution NYC.

Jen Gatien, Producer

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. Leave Not One Alive wrapped shooting in June 2018 with Oscar winning actress Melissa Leo. Recently announced is Limelight at Amazon Studios  with Nick Pileggi and JJ Sacha penning the script to be directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

Jen chairs the board of Lower East Side Girls Club. She is a graduate of Columbia University.


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