June 28-July 14, 2019

Directed by Courtney Woolard


45 Seconds from Broadway is Neil Simon’s “Valentine to New York.”

Set in the Polish Tea Room (a coffee shop / restaurant based on the real life Edison Cafe in New York City), characters wander in and out, sitting down, chatting with each other, building friendships, and giving glimpses into their lives in the “Big Apple.”

Bernie and Zelda run the place and make it what it is – a home away from home for everyone who enters. They also help young, starving artists by giving them food, advice, and employment. Established actors and native New Yorkers also frequent the coffee shop, bringing character, humor, and wisdom with them.

45 Seconds from Broadway is play about normal, everyday people, their tragedies and triumphs, and the small coffee shop / restaurant in which they sit, relax, and spend time among friends.


  • MICKEY FOX- Michael McMahan
  • ANDREW DUNCAN- Gary Mullins
  • SALOME MANTUTU- Marlena Allison
  • BERNIE- Lee Wittenberg
  • MEGAN WOODS- Hayden Hall
  • ARLENE- Sauni Rinehart
  • CINDY- Barbara Robertson
  • RAYLENE- Jennifer Hayes
  • CHARLES BROWNING III- Richard Taylor
  • ZELDA- Emmy Eddy
  • BESSIE- Joyce Cotner
  • HARRY FOX- Kevin Cannon


“The play may have the rat-a-tat pace of a Marx Brothers movie, but it exists not to create Groucho-like anarchy but to weave fractured lives into healing harmony.”
– The New York Times

“A warm-spirited tribute … a theatrical valentine.”
– Variety