Plays by Manuel Igrejas

 

NSA/NO STRINGS ATTACHED-- 2014

Casey Burden , Afrim Gjonballaj and Kevin Perez in NSA

Casey Burden , Afrim Gjonballaj and Kevin Perez in NSA

"A worthy addition to the gay theater canon." NY Theater.  

 

MARGARITA AND MAX, BEST PLAY, ACTRESS AND DIRECTOR, mIDTOWN fESTIVAL 2013

Kim McKean and Craig Fox in Margarita and Max

Kim McKean and Craig Fox in Margarita and Max

 

MISS MARY DUGAN, BEST PLAY, ACTOR, DIRECTOR, FRESH FRUIT FESTIVAL 2012

 

Bryan Webster and Craig Fox in Miss Mary Dugan

Bryan Webster and Craig Fox in Miss Mary Dugan

HASSAN AND SYLVIA, BEST PLAY, ACTRESS, FRESH FRUIT FESTIVAL 2010

Hassan and Sylvia art created by Edith Munro

Hassan and Sylvia art created by Edith Munro

KITTY AND LINA--2008  "A gem," The New York Times

Marilyn Bernard as LIna, Jennifer Skura as Kitty

Marilyn Bernard as LIna, Jennifer Skura as Kitty

About Manny Igrejas

Fresh off the boat, I started writing........

Fresh off the boat, I started writing........

 

"I like to work hard and I like to have fun doing it. That's why I'm in entertainment."

Manuel Igrejas is a native of Newark, New Jersey and grew up in Newark’s vibrant Portuguese community, the Ironbound, where he was a boy scout and an altar boy at Our Lady Of Fatima Church. He was voted most pious-looking three years in a row.

He spent the first ten years of his adult life (1970-1980) as a physical laborer, first with Erie Lackawanna Railroad in Hoboken (now NJ Transit) for five years as a carpenter and then another five with the Bloomfield Department of Public Works.  (see below)

That's me on the left, "Manny Ingrejas"

That's me on the left, "Manny Ingrejas"

During that time he wrote poetry and fiction that was published in small magazines. In 1980 he was one of the actors in the radio soap opera, Our Life Together Among The Works of Art, which ran on WBAI. He also wrote several episodes of the show.

 FROM BROADWAY TO NEWARK...AND BACK AGAIN:

In 1980 he went from unemployment to Broadway and worked in a publicity office, Hunt/Pucci, where he was junior assistant press dweeb. The office handled Torch Song Trilogy, 'night, Mother, Crimes Of The Heart, Agnes of God and And a Nightingale Sang. Though the shows were wonderful the work was shockingly grim and joyless and the pay was lousy. Igrejas turned his back on Broadway from 1983 to 1990 when he sold restaurant supplies during the day and wrote fiction, poetry and plays at night.  He also became one of the top restaurant supply salesmen in NJ.

1992

1992

When he returned to public relations in 1990 with David Rothenberg Associates, Igrejas found the joy that had been missing the first time around. The small firm represented such Broadway productions as The Song of Jacob Zulu  and Lucifer's Child with Julie Harris, the off-Broadway phenomenon Tony n' Tina's Wedding and John Leguizamo's Mambo Mouth among many others.  In 1991 Igrejas became associated with Blue Man Group and was their Public Relations Director until 2005 when he retired from full time duty. Along the way he repped many downtown theater and dance companies, including En Garde Arts, Reza Abdoh, Ann Carlson, The Builders Association and Richard Foreman and the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, STREB and Peak Performances at Montclair State University.

 

 Igrejas’ poetry is included in the anthology, A New Geography of Poets. His story, The Little Trooper was included in Men on Men 4. Other stories include Egghead Payne  and Lovey.  His first produced play was Shrinkage 2004 which got good reviews in the New York Times and Time Out. His play, Kitty and Lina, was produced in April 2008 and also received good reviews in The NY Times and Time Out. His play, Miss Mary Dugan won the Best Play, Best Director and Best Actor Awards at the 2009 Fresh Fruit Festival.  Hassan and Sylvia won Best Play and Best Actress Awards at the 2010 Fresh Fruit Festival. Margarita and Max, won Best short play, Best actress and Best director awards at the 2013 Midtown Festival. NSA  was part of the Left Out Festival in 2014 and was produced off-off Broadway the same year, earning good reviews. Other plays: Pittsburgh! Chantal and Doofus. Most plays are available at www.indietheaternow.com.