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Meet The Playwrights of NY SummerFest: Phoebe Tsao and Ezra Burstein

Meet The Playwrights of NY SummerFest: Phoebe Tsao and Ezra Burstein

Phoebe Tsao and Ezra Burstein attended high school together in Cambridge, MA, and have been collaborating for years. Now, each in their final semester of college, Phoebe is an actor, writer, director, and producer at Tisch School of the Arts, and Ezra is studying creative writing and literary theory at Wesleyan University. They are proud to premier High Arts, their first play, at the 2019 NY Theater Festival.

Ezra Burstein

Phoebe is completing her BFA in Drama as well as minors in producing and the entertainment business. When she isn’t writing a new script or working on the stage and screen, she runs the Muses, a nonprofit production company dedicated to highlighting intersecting artist identities by producing multi-medium art shows and performances that feature original work by emerging POC and LGBTQ artists. Find her on her actor’s website,

Set on becoming an educator, Ezra works around his student schedule (and deli schedule!) as a tutor and teacher. He works with Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness at Wesleyan to teach inclusive sex education in local high schools, and this summer he’s running a creative writing class with Young Achievers Foundation Ghana, a nonprofit geared at addressing the access gap throughout the Ghanaian education system. He’ll be spending his final year of college writing a creative thesis about polyamory and non-normative love structures.

High Arts follows Kevin as he walks in carrying a stolen four-million-dollar painting. He and his friends don’t have many options. Revealed through smoking sessions, ballroom dancing, psychedelic trips, and a radio that nobody listens to, High Arts brings the stoner genre to the stage as Kevin and his friends grapple with the presence of the famous painting and their own ideas about the accessibility, relevance, and policing of art in its many forms. Like the playwrights, these twenty-somethings are enjoying themselves, making art, and getting by. This is who art belongs to.

Come see High Arts at the Hudson Guild Theater: August 26, August 30, and September 1st.


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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, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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