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There’s Iron in Your Future

Written and performed by Mindy Pfeffer

Directed by Peter Michael Marino

From the waters of the Hudson River to the hills of Lake Placid…  A one-person play about finding one’s “inner athlete” - reaching for the unreachable – and triathlon training. Swimming onstage without a pool! Biking without a bike! Bumps in the road along the way!

“Pfeffer is a masterful storyteller...
a great workout in humour and inspiration.”

“Hooray for Mindy! You will be cheering for her on every step of her journey.”

Previously seen at:

 IndyFringe Festival

PortFringe Portland, ME

Winner, Most Inspiring Superhuman Award

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival
Winner, Best Performance Award

Estrogenius Sola Voce Festival

IRT Theater

Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

NYRR RunCenter

How To Live

Fact and fiction intertwine in this story of survival, forgiveness, and learning from the past to move into the future. A meditation on grief and courage. Based on the life of Maria Pfeffer Orwid, a Jewish Polish psychiatrist who lived from 1930-2009.

Audience Quotes

"It was a beautiful piece, and the only Holocaust-related piece of art I would gladly watch again.  Tenderly rendered, and full of all the right things."

Anna N

"A touching and important play.  The audience was riveted.  So was I!"

Suzanne M


"An amazing experience.  You could hear a pin drop.  Wonderful, moving play."

Susan J

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theres iron in your future

Mindy Pfeffer

How To Live


Mindy Pfeffer

Mindy Pfeffer is an actor, playwright, and educator.  She has appeared in over 60 plays in New York City and regionally at theatres including HERE, the Irondale Ensemble, Ping Chong and Company, Peterborough Players, the Kennedy Center, and Shadowland Theatre.  Favorite roles include Dabby in Our Country’s Good, Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath


Mindy’s solo play Men I Never Dated was seen at Emerging Artists Theatre’s “One Woman Standing” Festival and Six Figures Theatre’s “Artists of Tomorrow” Festival.  Her solo play There’s Iron in Your Future was included in the Estrogenius Sola Voce Festival and was presented as part of IRT Theater’s 3B Residency Series.  There’s Iron in Your Future has also been seen at several Fringe Festivals, New York Road Runners RUNCENTER and at the Omega Institute. Mindy’s other solo work, both scripted and improvised, has been seen at Clemente Soto Velez, the Gowanus Arts Exchange, Brooklyn Working Arts Collective, and the Blue Heron Theatre. 

Mindy has received three NYSCA Decentralization Grants for her work as a playwright. Her full-length plays include Swimming with Esther (Woodstock Fringe “First Looks” series) and Dream Land (presented on the Coney Island Boardwalk!), and her short plays have been produced at the 29th Street Repertory Theatre, LAB theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Mindy was producer/playwright-in-residence at the Woodstock Fringe Festival; her play Finding Elvis was produced as part of the Festival.  

Mindy has taught theatre and improvisation at Hudson Guild, the Open Eye Theater, and the Omega Institute.  She is currently executive director and teaching artist for NYC Kids Project, an arts-in-education company using puppetry and theatre in NYC schools to teach empathy and inclusion.


Mindy has trained with the SITI company, holds a BFA in theatre from Syracuse University, and has studied writing with Eduardo  Machado and Marsha Norman.  She was an Artist Fellow with the LABA House of Study at the 14th Street Y. 
Mindy is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild.




Kids Project

Mindy Pfeffer is Executive Director and teaching artist with the NYC Kids Project, an award-winning arts-in-education company working in the schools and neighborhoods of NYC.  Programs feature puppets, theatre, sign language and storytelling, and teach children of all abilities to embrace diversity, question stereotypes and show respect for all.  


NYCKP programs have been seen in all five boroughs of NYC and schools in the tri-state area.  Educators from NYCKP traveled twice to Krakow, Poland, to teach puppetry and theatre techniques for the L’Arche Foundation. 


NYCKP was established by the NY State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in 1980 and continues to this day as an independent non-profit 501(c)3.  

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