The Redhouse Arts Center

A New Three Theatre Complex at City Center

Waiting for the Host

Waiting for the Host

By Marc Palmieri | Directed by Hunter Foster

In a season when theaters, playgrounds, schools, and churches are shuttered by a modern plague, the rector of a small church on Long Island gathers a handful of parishioners via video conference. His goal is to record a theatrical reading of the story of the Passion for the church website. As exes bicker and technology confuses, this socially distant endeavor quickly becomes chaotic. Still, in the effort, the group finds a strange, painful closeness, and that their comic and clumsy reading has become a kind of desperate prayer.

The show is about 30-40 minutes and will take place entirely on Zoom.


  • Advance Sale Dates: June 9 @ 2:00pm – June 18 @ 3:00pm
  • Streaming Dates: June 18 @ 7:00pm – June 22, 2020 @ 7:00pm
  • Cost: $15* (with a $1 processing fee) to benefit Redhouse Arts Center

Streaming of this pre-recorded performance will be available to view anytime beginning June 18th at 7pm through June 22nd at 7PM. The performance will be available to view for 24 hours after the initial on-sale purchase/stream activation.

*To purchase as a gift, please email [email protected]


Want to catch the sequel? Learn more about the World Premiere of Still Waiting below!

*This video is property of Redhouse Arts Center with licensing rights from Dramatists Play Service, Inc.  Any recording in part or in its entirety of this content is strictly prohibited.

What Reviewers are Saying

The play does not disappoint. It is real, raw, and brings some much-needed laughter; exactly what theater is supposed to do.—Natasha Ashley, Broadway World.

Meet the Cast

Jen Cody


Brendan Didio


Robert Denzel Edwards


Steve Gamba


Marguerite Mitchell


Yarissa Tiara Millan


About the Playwright

Marc Palmieri’s plays include POOR FELLAS, CARL THE SECOND, LEVITTOWN and THE GROUNDLING. He wrote the screenplay for Miramax Films’ “Telling You” (1999). His short plays and scenes have been published in Applause Books’ “25 Short Plays for Kids” (2015) and many Smith & Kraus “Best Stage Scenes” and “Best Stage Monologues” anthologies. He has published fiction in Fiction Magazine, and writes and directs a webseries about a life in New York theatre called “The Thing” ( Marc is a full time core faculty at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry and taught Playwriting, Creative Writing, Literature, Shakespeare and Modern/Post-modern Drama for the undergraduate English Department at The City College of New York since 2006. Marc is represented by Mary Harden at Harden-Curtis Associates and his website is