Richard Sheinmel and Clay Zambo


Get lost in Staten Island with Mitch Mitchell and his Mom as they journey through an extraordinary day. After the death of his brother, Mitch must return home to accompany his mother on a day full of difficult but necessary tasks.


Three short plays with songs about the life and times of a gay downtown performance artist.


The antidote for soulless synthetic musicals—this true-to-life pair of plays with songs tells the tale of a gay downtown performance artist, his mom, her breast cancer, and the spirits that surround us all.

RICHARD SHEINMEL was born in Coney Island, Richard is a graduate of both LaGuardia HS for Music and the Performing Arts and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts studying both here at the Experimental Theater Wing, and Playwright’s Horizons; and abroad in Paris. After college he worked with many seminal artists from the early days of American indie theater, including Reza Abdoh, Penny Arcade, John Jesurun, Linda Simpson, Chris Tanner, Rebecca Moore, Everett Quinton and the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, SoHo Rep, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Ridge Theater, and MCC Theater (where he was a core member during its formative years) and most recently with Peculiar Works Project and Theater Askew. As an actor, he is probably best known for performing for more than ten years in Jeff Weiss and Richard Martinez’s Hot Keys serial at Naked Angels, MCC Theater, and P.S. 122. Films: The Headhunters Sister now on IFC and Pollack. His produced plays include Downtown Dysfunctionals (librettist; Zipper Theater, 2001) where he met his longtime collaborator composer and lyricist Clay Zambo, Jitter (Arclight Theatre, 2006), and the Modern Living series which began in 2006, in the club at La MaMa ETC. Post Modern Living edition was published in “Plays and Playwrights 2011” and is available for download at The most recent edition Lost in Staten Island, More Tales of Modern Living is slated for publication.

CLAY ZAMBO is composer-lyricist of Modern Living, Post Modern Living and Lost in Staten Island (all with Richard Sheinmel) which were produced at La MaMa.

Windjammers (with Robin Share) was produced by Northern Sky Theatre, WI. Greenbrier Ghost (Susan Murray, book), was produced at Spirit of Broadway. His choral anthem "A Mother's Carol" (Scott Ethier, music) is published by Boosey and Hawkes and recorded by VocalEssence.  Their musical Shlemiel Crooks (Sean Hartley, Bob Kolsby, book), is published by DramaSource. In addition to a dozen musicals for family audiences produced around the country, his music and/or lyrics have been performed in London and the Edinburgh Fringe (I Am Star Trek), off-off Broadway (DowntownDysfunctionals, Chosen), in audiobook (Forbidden Fruit) and on NPR's "Car Talk." Clay works as a music director and liturgical musician for theaters and churches in NY and CT.

Proud member: The Dramatists Guild, BMI-Lehman Engel Workshop. Alumnus: Ohio University Honors Tutorial College. Also a pretty good cook and a runner.