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Temple Candles



A new play by Joe Hoover

Over the course of one Sunday liturgy a man goes through a moral crisis while negotiating the rocky shoals of ritual, translations of sacred text...and then there's that girl at the office.

American Theatre for Actors April 2022

Summer 2023 TBA


Above the Sunset

A new film written and directed by Deniz Demirer

In association with a production of Demirer Films. Complicated love, shady deals, broken friendships in a Brooklyn populated by people on the margins striving to make a better life.

In post-production.


Son of An Unknown Father

Written by Reynaldo Piniella

Directed by Adam Coy
The life of Martin De Porres, the first black saint of the Americas. A staged reading at the Episcopal Theatre Guild, June 25, 2022.


The Girl from Hong Kong

In association with a production by Communion and Liberation 
Co-directed by Joe Hoover

A journey across America in words, music and images. Performed at the New York Encounter - Feb 15, 2020.

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The Immigration Project

Written by Rajendra Rajoon Maharaj, Laura Pittenger and Joe Hoover.
Documentary theatre based on interviews with immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. A co-production with the New Sanctuary Coalition and Xavier Church. March 2019 - Xavier High School, New York City

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The Chalice

Written by Emily Claire Schmitt

Directed by Tom Paolino
A gay Catholic struggles with his faith and family. Featuring Austin Pendleton. November 2017 -The Stonewall Inn.


Jay and Rudy Get Religion

Written by Joe Hoover

Directed by Jim Shankman
Ruby is a struggling actress searching for the purpose of life. September 2015 - the Medicine Show Theatre and
April 2016 - Davenport Theatre.



Written by Emily Claire Schmitt

Directed by Ria T. Dillulo
A young woman negotiates  her faith and  sexuality via social media. A Zoom reading June 2021.



Written by Joe Hoover

Directed by Nils Haaland
Eight friends in a cafe desperate to clean up the past, no matter how messy it gets. Performed July/Dec 2018 at B-Side of Benson Theatre.


The Institute:A Staged Reading

Written and directed by John Frank
Coming of age at a Catholic military academy during the Vietnam War. A co-production with Second Act Players. Performed January 2019 at
Xavier High School.

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The Good Life

Written by Joe Hoover

Directed by Tom Paolino
Tommy is the most virtuous guy in town–and Jane can't take it anymore.

 November 2016- the Midtown International Theatre Festival, December 2017; the Manhattan
Detention Center, August 2017 -the Mt. Sinai Coming Home Program.

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