Special Notice:

For the last six years, Marble has been the home of THE PUZZLE Theatre Festival. Each year, hundreds of writers from around the world submit plays and musicals that enlighten, inspire, challenge, and more. 10-15 are chosen to receive staged readings in front of a live audience during our festival week in June.

Currently, THE PUZZLE is on hiatus.

The Puzzle: Marble's Theatre Festival

Thanks to all who joined us for this year’s THE PUZZLE Theatre Festival here at Marble Church this June!

Past Years Participants

The Puzzle 2016 Included:
It All Starts with Everything by Brian Hampton
Miss Mayor by Greg Hellems, Ellie Margolis , and Christian Duhamel
Shadow and Light by Ashley Johnson and Kate Troy
Harpies Shooting Craps by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
Elvis is Dead by James Hutchison
Grace by Michael Wells-Oakes
Small Talk by David MacGregor (Audience Favorite Award)
“To the Roof” by Cynthia Faith Arsenault
What are your numbers? by Stanley Toledo
Royalton and 5th by Jay Coughlin
One Weird Sister by Nancy Brewka-Clark
A Dog Dreams by Jeffrey Fischer-Smith
Promise by Emma Ryan (Audience Favorite Award)

The Puzzle 2015 Included:
Another Day by Cynthia Arsenault
The Keys to Life by Ed Friedman
Meeting Matt Damon by Ron Burch (Audience Favorite Award)
The Garage Sale by Judy Carlson Hulbert
The Waiting Room by Constance H. Marse
For a Moment, Rehatched by Susan Goodell
Julie and Eddie and Friends by Virginia Mekkelson
The Thinker & The Inquisitor and Love’s Afterthought by Woodrow G. Moore, II
Context by John C. Davenport
Honor Among Thieves by R.A. Pauli
Feathers by Judd Lear Silverman
What You Don’t Know by Mora V. Harris (Audience Favorite Award)
Living Grace by Anna Nugent

The Puzzle 2014 Included:
Call Me by Michele Markarian
Timmy Perlmutter Goes Flying by Paul Lewis
The Wager by William H. Sikorski
Monster by Raymond Fast
A Clean Sweep by Susan Shafer (Audience Favorite Award)
Stinky Bird by Seth Freeman
Imaginary Conversations with My Daughter by Darren V. Michael
Be Right Back by Scott Haan
A Difference in Taste by John Ladd
A Thief in the Night by John Kane
Poor Hearts by Edward Musto
Garden Variety by R. A. Pauli (Audience Favorite Award)
Guarding Gold Street
by Sean Michael Flowers and Marya Spring Cordes

The Puzzle 2013 Included:
Horst and Graben in the Context of the Unfinished Man by Jeffery Gold
Going Up by Robert J. Daria
Ken and Barbie’s Root Beer Date by Kent Forsberg
Imperfectly Frank by Seth Freeman
He Won’t Marry Me by Dave Carley
Sea Chanty by Stanley Toledo
Dear Uncle Langston by De’Anna Lynne
The Devilman by Adam Seidel
Gossip by Brian Hampton
The Superhero Suites by Roy Chicas and Rosa Odenwalder

The Puzzle 2012 Included:
Inscriptions by Mark-Eugene Garcia
Bedside Manners by Lisa Stephenson
Dickens Packs Her Bags by Colleen Cosgrove
Jezebel’s got the Blues... and other works of imagination by Merrill Farnsworth
Don't Waste the Pretty by Ashley Gorham Johnson and Courtney Kochuba
Dina by Jeff Sult
Time to Impact by Amy Bernstein
The Prodigal Samaritan by Scott Baker
Signs from God by Pete Barry and J. Michael DeAngelis
The Giant’s Garden by Peter Fenton and Scott White

The Puzzle 2011 Included:
The Apocalypse of Jeremiah by Brian Forrester,
A Bite to Eat with Edwina Huffington by Johnny Culver,
Cross to Bear by Colleen Cosgrove
Reticence by Carolyn Kras,
still small voice by Jack Dyville
BANG! The Curse of John Wilkes Booth by Scott Baker
The Jungle Fun Room by Brian Hampton
Abandon by Chris DiGiovanni
The Holy Cows of Credence, South Dakota by Mark-Eugene Garcia and Jeff Thomson
A Fair Traded Item by William Zeffiro
Kaine by Sean Michael Flowers and Patrick Vaughn
The More Beyond by Dean Poynor

Brian Hampton

(Producer) is a playwright, actor, and producer here in New York City as well as the Director of CYF, and The Puzzle here at Marble. His plays have been seen in NYC, coast-to-coast as well as in Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa. They include “Checking In,” “The Jungle Fun Room,” and “Gossip,” and now “It All Starts with Everything.” He also just released his debut novel, “Church Snitch,” (available on Amazon). As an actor, Brian’s acting credits include Screg in The Jungle Fun Room (New World Stages, FringeNYC), Ben in Checking In (June Havoc, Actors Guild of Lexington, and the Indie Film), Orville and Lorin Wright in Flyer (Lambs Theatre, Disney ASCAP Workshop), Perry in The Three Pigs (Town Hall), five seasons with Virginia Musical Theatre, and various Puzzle plays (including Eddie in Inscriptions, Matt in Meeting Matt Damon, Cole in It All Starts With Everything, Mac in One Weird Sister, and Mark in A Dog Dreams). As a producer, Brian has produced over 90 productions in theatre and film and is the founding producer of The Puzzle. As a teacher and guest lecturer, Brian has worked with colleges and high schools across the country and was the resident playwright at Northern Stage Theatre Company in Vermont with their program, Project Playwright. Brian received his BA in Theatre from Christopher Newport University, his MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University and is a member of both the Dramatist Guild of America and Actors Equity Association.

Twitter: @HamptonBHampton

Marya Spring Cordes

(Artistic Director) has made a career of a blissful blend of performing, teaching, and directing. Her passion is new works, and Marya has enjoyed workshop development/directing numerous new plays and musicals including the Midwest premiere of “Gossip” by Brian Hampton, the Midwest premiere of “Managing Maxine” by Janece Shaffer and the world premiere of Freidman and Yates' “Tenderly, the Rosemary Clooney Musical” at The Human Race Theatre Company, Hartmann/Cummins' “Vanishing Point” at Carnegie Mellon University, and Flowers/Vaughn's “KAINE” among the six seasons of THE PUZZLE selections. Marya Spring Cordes and Sean Michael Flowers musical, “Guarding Gold Street” had its New York staged reading premiere at THE PUZZLE 2014. Marya was seen on stage in 2015/2016 in “Meeting Matt Damon” in The Puzzle (June 2015), Desiree Armfeldt in “A Little Night Music” at Short North Stage in Columbus, Ohio (Oct/Nov 2015), and Best of Broadway II Concert: A Collaboration between the Dayton Philharmonic and The Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton Ohio (May 2016). Marya is an Assistant Professor of Acting/Musical Theatre at Wright State University's Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures, where in March 2016, she directed a production of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man”, and beginning in August 2016 will become the Head of the Acting Emphasis. Marya is a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International (ATI). She is an active member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). She received her MFA from the John Wells Directing Program in the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University .

Daley Browning

(Associate Producer) moved to New York after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Auburn University last May. She toured as the Narrator in ArtsPower’s production of “Dog Loves Books.” Other credits include Julie in “Julie and Eddie and Friends,” the Flight Attendant/Professor in “It All Starts With Everything,” Nightingale in “Once upon a Mattress”, Doralee in “9 to 5 The Musical”, and Candy in “Gossip.”


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