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Judge, Yuri, & Executioner: The Verdict Is In (2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL)

by Michelle Augello-Page on February 25, 2012

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Judge, Yuri, & Executioner is a simple, straightforward, character-driven play, and therein lies its brilliance. Written by Ed Malin, directed by DeLisa White, and starring Mac Rogers, this play is the work of three formidable talents. Incredibly strong writing and stellar acting carry the play forward, captivating the audience with wit, humor, and intelligence, as the character of Zach searches his past to find meaning in his present, illuminating the narrative with wonderfully told and expertly woven stories from his life.

Mac Rogers (photo by Lauren Arneson)

The play begins in the audience, with Zach descending towards the stage, stopping and laboring to catch his breath, moving slowly, carefully; though Mac Rogers is young, he captures the feeling of being a man of advanced age. On stage, he appears in the light wearing a leather collar, a leopard print robe, and fishnet stockings. He surveys the stage, holding some rope, looking for a place in which to hang himself. We soon discover that Zach is an 85 year old masochist whose lover has left him. He is in despair, wondering if he, a kinky senior citizen with a penchant for dominant older women, will ever be able to find happiness again.

He decides to leave a note, and thus the play unfolds, revealing Zach’s journey of self-discovery, exploring the path of his life by examining his deepest desires, as he searches for a reason to continue living. Judge, Yuri, & Executioner is an exceptional play; it is theater stripped to its barest essentials: excellent acting, strong writing, head, heart and soul. You won’t want to miss this one!


Judge, Yuri, & Executioner
Starring Mac Rogers
Directed by DeLisa White
Written by Ed Malin
Feb 26, 12:30PM
Mar 01, 9:30PM
Mar 03, 8:00PM
$8.00 / $10.00
Red Room Theater



The 2012 FRIGID NEW YORK FESTIVAL will run February 22-March 4 at The Kraine Theater & The Red Room (85 East 4th Street between 2nd Ave and Bowery) and UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave and Ave A). Tickets to all shows may be purchased online at or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

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