Chain Theatre

Lychee Martini



by Ed Cardona, Jr.

Directed by Rick Hamilton



Saturday, February 16

Sunday, February 17

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Lychee Martini is about a female Iraq war veteran's struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and its effects on her marriage and relationship with her family and friends. As a reservist and E.R. nurse in the army, Maria saw her share of casualties and death, but one specific experience continues to haunt her one year later and threatens to destroy her homecoming anniversary.



Ed Cardona Jr: American Jornalero (Teatro Vista, Urban Theater Company, Mid-West Premiere & Ubuntu Theater Project, West Coast Premiere); Maria Se Fue (As Performance Series, NYU|Steinhardt Drama Therapy Program); RIP 60, Z-SPLIT, HOT READ, EAR HOLE ON 3--BREAK (Source Festival, 10-Minute Plays, CulturalDC); Bamboo in Bushwick (Five Boroughs/One City, Working Theater); I like to be here: Jackson Heights Revisited, or, This is a Mango (Theater 167/Theater: Village Festival, E Pluribus); Audrey Bound, Sir Quince, Super Moon - a collection of ten-minute plays (FOCUS Festival of the Arts, St. Andrew’s College); La Ruta (Working Theater, New York Times Critic’s Pick); American Jornalero, selected as a MetLife Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition award winner (Intar Theater, NYC Premiere); Leveret’s Lesson (Christmas Plays, St. Andrew’s College); Jackson Heights, 3am (Theater 167); Mongo, performed at the Local 3, I.B.E.W. Diversity Conference in part with membership diversity workshops (Working Theater); Super Moon - a ten-minute play (FOCUS Festival of the Arts, St. Andrew’s College); Bottle Rockets and La Perla (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater); With Love, Gabe (Intar Theatre). Ed has been an artistic associate with the Working Theater, a collaborator with The Brooklyn Generator and Urban Arts Partnership/The New Group. He has been a resident playwright with St. Andrew’s College, Hispanic Playwrights-in-Residence Lab at Intar Theatre, The Professional Playwrights Unit at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and The Hall Farm Center for the Arts & Education in Townsend, VT, and is a member of NY Madness. NoPassport Press, Dramatic Publishing and Smith & Kraus Publishing have published Ed’s work. Ed received his M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University where he received the John Golden Award for his thesis play, PICK UP POTS.

Rick Hamilton: An award-winning filmmaker whose short films, including "Seeing Glory," "Choices" and "The Fear Inside" (streaming on Amazon Prime) have screened around the world. He screened four years in a row at the Chain NYC Film Festival, picking up the New Works award in 2017 and the NY Filmmaker award in 2018. He directed the Off-Broadway show Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies. His work Off-Off Broadway includes Geeks! The Musical,Sophia and Audelco award nominated Gypsy, Audelco award nominated Gypsy, the Audelco Award-nominated production of Gypsy. He has aided in developing shows and directed staged readings of Candy HeartsMembers of the ChoirSarah was Mine and A Retail Carol. Rick also directed the steampunk burlesque cabaret Suave and the Boner, which has been performed in Ohio and repeat engagements in NYC at The Duplex (Original Cast Album available on iTunes).

Rick has performed worldwide on the tours of Oklahoma!Camelot and Beauty and the Beast. In New York, he played John Jasper in the Gallery Players’ acclaimed production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and was half dinosaur in the NYC Fringe production of Escape from Pterodactyl Island. Favorite roles include James in the original workshop production of The Last Sunday in June; Frankie in Forever Plaid and Ty in Sordid Lives at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre; Jesus in Godspell, Tony in West Side Story and the title roles in Joseph… and Pippin at the Bucks County Playhouse.

After a career of performing on and directing for the stage, Rick transitioned to filmmaking. He graduated from The New School with a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Film Production. Find more information and links to his short films at