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Meet The Playwrights of NY SummerFest: Elizabeth Rose Sehring, Phil Schiff and The Silly Shakespeare Company Bring The Winter’s Tale to a Comedic Life

Meet The Playwrights of NY SummerFest: Elizabeth Rose Sehring, Phil Schiff and The Silly Shakespeare Company Bring The Winter’s Tale to a Comedic Life
Elizabeth Rose Sehring

Elizabeth Rose Sehring

Elizabeth Rose Sehring – Creative Director, The Silly Shakespeare Company® is an award-winning producer, writer, director and performer in television, theater and film.  She brings a wealth of creative experience to any project and has worked for numerous entertainment companies including- Fox, ABC, CBS, USA Networks, American Movie Classics, Bravo, Lifetime Television Networks, Blowback Productions, Brick City TV, Playwrights Horizons and Theatreworks USA. She has worked with a wide range of industry professionals: Brandon Tartikoff, John Landis, Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin; and actors from Natasha Richardson to Super Dave Osborne.

In addition to her work behind the scenes, Sehring has appeared in numerous film, theater and television projects.  She has appeared off-Broadway at the Promenade Theater, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, many regional theaters, and was host of the nationally syndicated Fox Network television show “The DJ Kat Show.”

A former member of the First Amendment Improvisational Troupe, she has studied Shakespeare at Oxford University with members of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Julliard and Yale School of Drama. She trained with Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Master of Theatre Arts candidate at Hunter College.

Elizabeth is the proud founder of The Silly Shakespeare Company®.  She is also director, co-writer and portrays Lucy Leper, a narrator and Barmaid at Paddy O’thello’s Pub.

“We have a ball and the audience has a ball as we all understand Shakespeare’s plays. It is an honor and a privilege to do the work and have such a great time.”

Phil Schiff

Phil Schiff

Phil Schiff is a trial lawyer gone wrong. Courtroom antics turned to stage theatrics years ago.  Schiff has performed in over ten productions with The Silly Shakespeare Company ® and two seasons of Fred Stroppel’s “Twisted Shorts.” Favorite roles include Hamlet, Prospero, and Counsel for the Defense. As a playwright, Schiff collaborates with Elizabeth Rose Sehring on all scripts for The Silly Shakespeare Company. Schiff is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Tulane Law School.  He is a member of the New York Bar (not that one on the corner). “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” is Shakespeare’s compliment to the legal profession, so we’ll go with that.

For over fourteen years, The Silly Shakespeare Company® has been presenting “Easy Shakespeare to Elizabethan English challenged audiences” with a unique mix of narration, modern references, and humor into hour long versions of Shakespeare’s works.

Some titles include:

  • Richard The Nerd(A mix of sociopath & The Bard)
  • Julius Caesar’s Flying Circus(Monty Python & The Bard)
  • Green Eggs and Hamlet(Dr. Seuss & the Bard)
  • Twelfth Night at the Opera(The Marx Brothers & the Bard)
  • The Merry Stepford Wives of Windsor(Robots & the Bard)
  • The Real Housewives of Henry VIII (All those wives & The Bard)
  • I Love Lucy’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (The legendary sitcom & The Bard)

Set in a pub, Barmaids provide the narration. “Our goal is to make Shakespeare’s stories understood.  We know the bard is some kind of a genius, but sometimes it’s ‘ard to get your ‘ead ‘round ‘is words.”- Lucy Leper, Barmaid at Paddy O’Thello’s Pub.  “We drink to you, Darlin’.”

For the NY SummerFest they bring to life The Winter’s Fail. It may be warm and sunny Sicily, but King Leontes is cold as ice when a jealous fit turns his wife Hermione into stone.  Based on William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, The Silly Shakespeare Company’s one hour comedic version uses music, one liners, narration, hilarious antics and climate control to figure out what he was thinking and if he even picked the best season in The Winter’s Fail.

The Winter’s Fail: is part of the NY SummerFest at The Hudson Theatre Guild, 441 West 26 Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues). Performances are Aug 28th at 6:15pm, Sept 1st at 8:30pm and the 2nd at 1pm.

Off Broadway

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email:

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