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The Center for Fiction Café & Bar Presents SHH! (Saturday Happenings Here!)

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Saturday, 5:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT August 20, 2022

The Center for Fiction Café & Bar*

Let us entertain you at SHH!, a new variety show presented by The Center for Fiction Café & Bar! Sit back and relax with your beverage of choice as you enjoy a selection of music, theater, and poetry. Little Big Band, once described as “Millennial Dustbowl Music,” will be sharing songs from their upcoming EP. Erich Slimak will be reading poems from (and also not from!) his manuscript in progress, Dream Home, which explores the ideas of home, domestic space, and the loss thereof. Bec Everett, Belgys Felix, Lucas Iverson, Max Roll, and Susanna Stahlmann will perform a reading from More Weight, a play written by Kyle Smith and directed by Marlee Koenigsberg about a woman named Agnes who’s traveling through time to visit obscure, famous men who were abusive to the women in their lives. The project comes to a head when Agnes visits Giles Corey, of Salem Witch Trials Fame, on the third day of him being pressed to death.

*Proof of vaccination is required to attend this in-person event. Mask wearing is also required throughout the building. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • CDC vaccination card (or an image of it)
  • Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus (or a printout of it)
  • A record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who administered your vaccine

Anyone 5 and older is required to show proof of two vaccine doses or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Anyone 18 and older must also present a government issued photo ID.

If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please contact us at [email protected] for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation.



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    Little Big Band

    Little Big Band

    Little Big Band is a three piece folk and bluegrass music group that has been bringing their music to the people of NYC for over a year now. Featuring the vocal stylings of Susie Resnikoff, the booming bass of Michael Benham, and the songwriting of guitarist Michael Toperzer, the trio has been bringing a sound that ranges from high and lonesome, to joyous and fun. Once described as “Millennial Dustbowl Music,” they’re working on an upcoming EP that they hope will share their songs with all who will listen!

  • Erich Slimak

    Erich Slimak

    Erich Slimak

    The Center for Fiction’s own Help Desk and Administrative Assistant, and a former library assistant at The Center’s old outpost on 47th Street, Erich was born and raised in Deep Queens™ but possesses an abiding love for Cleveland, his second home. Erich attended Kenyon College and went on to receive his MFA in Poetry Writing from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as Assistant Poetry Editor of Ninth Letter and was the recipient of the Hobart L. and Mary Kay Peer Memorial Award, selected by Joshua Bennett. His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, The Spectacle, I-70 Review, and others. When not maintaining constant vigilance at The Center’s front desk, Erich can be found singing (loudly), soliciting the affection of strange cats, or with his nose in a good video game.

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    Marlee Koenigsberg

    Marlee Koenigsberg

    Marlee Koenigsberg (she/her) is a New York based theatre director known for her strong visual aesthetic and focus on inclusion in the arts. Selected directing credits include Healing Through the Arts: Fall Arts Festival (Guest Director, Adelphi University), Silent Sky (Guest Director, Adelphi University), O’Neill & Williams’ Shorts (Guest Director, Adelphi University), The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy (New York Deaf Theatre), The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (New York Deaf Theatre), Tea with Vivien (United Solo Festival & Estrogenius Festival), Bratton Late Night Cabaret (Chautauqua Theater Company), The Last Reader of Books (Senses Askew). Marlee is an Active Member of Underground Skills Exchange (U.S.E) and the first artist-recipient of U.S.E’s Development Incubation Lab. She works as a Teaching Artist with The Shadow Box Theatre and is an Applied Theatre graduate student at C.U.N.Y. School of Professional Studies. At C.U.N.Y, she is Vice Chair of Accessibility for Disability Access Coalition, a student run organization. Marlee received Directing Fellowships from Westport Country Playhouse and Chautauqua Theater Company, and is a member of Roundabout Directors Group Cohort 1. She has trained, assisted and/or worked with Lark Play Development Center, Powerhouse New York Stage & Film, Gia Forakis & Company and Our Voices. B.F.A in Theatre Arts from Adelphi University. Learn more at

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    Kyle A. Smith

    Kyle A. Smith

    Kyle A. Smith’s plays include The Part of Me (Excerpt at Graeae, MadLab Theatre, Princess Grace Finalist, BAPF Semi-Finalist), Unstuck in Time (No Frills), Blinded (O’Neill Semi-finalist, Goldberg Prize Finalist), Whiteout (Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries Semi-Finalist), Fascists and the People Who Kill Them (Sohaya Vision’s RAFTA Runner Up), Miss Direction (Adelphi University, Queen’s Theater), Miss Orientation (Adelphi University), Miss Diagnosis (Finalist STE Festival), Miss Conduct (1st place New Thrills Festival), Frisky (Emerging Artist’s Theatre, Equity Library Theatre), and Don (Equity Library Theatre, Secret Theatre). Selected work published by Smith and Kraus, Flowersong press, and Top Secret Books. Learn more at