Plays to see...
New Jersey Repertory presents the World Premiere of Apple Season by E.M. Lewis. Twenty years ago, Lissie and Roger fled from their family farm and made themselves disappear. But the family secrets haunt them still. A funeral and a question from an old friend send the two siblings tumbling down a rabbit hole of memory and grief, as they try to let go of a tangled past that refuses to release them.
The Light by Loy A. Webb come to MCC in its New York Premiere! Not every marriage proposal goes as planned. Loy A. Webb’s The Light introduces us to Rashad and Genesis on what should be one of the happiest days of their lives, but their joy quickly unravels when ground-shifting accusations from the past resurface in this gripping two character drama.
Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale in “The Lifespan of a Fact," by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell is a new play adapted from a 2012 book about the real-life, multiyear, wildly tortured editing of a magazine essay about an adolescent’s suicide.
good friday by Kristiana Rae Colón has its New York Premiere at The Flea Theater . It is fierce and funny feminist debate is disrupted by a ricochet of bullets. Assaulted at every turn, a group of millennial women must decide whether they are ready to put their bodies on the line for each other. good friday tackles #metoo feminism at the intersection of gun and sexual violence.
Sisters Three by Jami Brandli premiers at Inkwell Theater. It's Christmas Eve. After the sudden death of her brother, Charlotte has dropped out of society and joined a commune on Gondol Island. Concerned for her safety, Charlotte’s sisters EJ and Anne build a canoe to rescue her. “Sisters Three” is an off-center dramedy about family, social media, fame, the holidays, and the perfect cupcake.
The Abuelas by Stephanie Alison Walker asks how one goes on after discovering their life is a lie? Does the restoration of truth bring freedom or only suffering? Is it possible to integrate two identities into one life? The Abuelas explores these questions as well as the heart’s capacity for forgiveness even in the face of the harshest betrayal. Set 37 years after The Madres ends, The Abuelas receives its World Premiere at Teatro Vista .
Elevator Girl by Donna Hoke is presented in a Joint World Premiere with Vanguard Arts Collective and InProximity Theatre . Elevator Girl was never meant to be more than an urban legend, a sexual revenge fantasy created by Vanessa and her graphic illustrator boyfriend. But when the comic superhero unleashes her boyfriend’s darkest fantasies, as well as a flesh-and-blood copycat, Vanessa must stop EG in her tracks—with the truth.
Plays to Read...
K-I-S-S-I-N-G by Lenelle Moise
The Wizards by Ricardo Gamboa
The Fixer by Susan Pak
When They Came by MT Cozzola
The Hanging Tree by Yussef El Guindi
The Forest by Lia Romeo
In the News...
Alex Alpharaoh is an award-winning stage and film actor, writer, director, producer, spoken word artist, and solo performer from Los Angeles, CA. He has performed in various venues and open mics throughout Los Angeles including Da Poetry Lounge, Sunday Jump, Washington D.C.'s Busboys and Poets, and New York's renowned Nuyorican Cafe. Alpharaoh is the Creator of SP!T: Spoken Word Theatre, A series he originally developed at Urban Theatre Movement, where he is a founding member.
WET: A DACAmented Journey, is the story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except for one: on paper. It chronicles the story of Anner Cividanis' Journey of living his whole life in the United States as an undocumented American. The play captures the desperation that DREAMers feel when considering the very limited options of adjustment of status, by being forced to navigate through a broken U.S. Immigration System. The play examines the mental, emotional, and psychological hardship one man has to endure in order to secure his livelihood in the only home he has known: Los Angeles.
WET: A DACAmented Journey is written and performed by Alex Alpharaoh, directed by Kevin Comartin, and produced by Liz Ross. The play was originally developed as part of the True Story program at Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA.
“Bliss (or Emily Post Is Dead!)” by Jami Brandli is playing through December 2nd at Moving Arts at Atwater Village Theatre
"Funny and powerful in equal measure, “Bliss (or Emily Post Is Dead!)” is a terrific spirit-rouser at a time when women everywhere are calling out bad behavior and demanding equality — and, this week, boosting their numbers in the halls of government. Moving Arts energetically brings Jami Brandli's script to life in a presentation at Atwater Village Theatre.
This is a big year for the North Hollywood-based playwright. Her “Through the Eye of a Needle” was well-received when introduced by the Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood in the spring, and “Bliss” has been rolling out in a three-part world premiere, with stagings in San Diego and Chicago preceding L.A.’s." Daryl H. Miller, LA Times
Lia Romeo’s plays have been produced at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Stillwater Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, Forward Flux Productions, New Origins Theatre Company, Jersey City Theater Center, and Xpressions Performing Arts Network, and have been developed at the Lark Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the American Theatre Critics’ Association’s Steinberg Award for best new play, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has been recognized by the O’Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention). She was the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright-in-Residence at Writers Theatre of New Jersey, and she is currently a member of the Project Y Playwrights Group, the Athena Theatre Playwrights Group, and the BMI Librettists Workshop. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers. She is also the literary manager at Project Y Theatre Company, and the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (BelleBooks), and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About (Abrams Image), which has sold over 35,000 copies worldwide.
Lia's play THE FOREST is being produced by New Jersey Repertory Theatre in its 2020 Season.
Muthaland written and performed by Minita Gandhi comes to PCPA . In Muthaland, MinitaGandhi takes us on the epic coming-of-age journey of a first-generation Indian-American woman. Inspired by true events, Muthaland navigates the tragic and magical on the way to a new sense of home.
Moving Arts Presents The Joint World Premiere of BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) by Jami Brandli . It is a farcical, domestic tragicomedy where the classical Greek heroines, Clytemnestra and Medea, have been recast as pill-popping housewives, and Antigone is the lovelorn, teenage girl next door. Their “blissful” lives are upended when Cassandra, a colored girl new to town and cursed with the gift of prophecy, arrives with a mind to free them from their dark destinies.
Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale in “ The Lifespan of a Fact ," byJeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell is a new play adapted from a 2012 book about the real-life, multiyear, wildly tortured editing of a magazine essay about an adolescent’s suicide. Opening October 18, 2018 at Studio 54.
REAL LIFE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY DE LAS ROSAS by Ricardo Gamboa is back at Free Street Theater ! The Real Life Adventures blends comic books, telenovelas, sci-fi, chisme, and samurai stories to tell a tale of extraordinary things happening just around the corner. It’s a show for all ages, with a story anyone can relate to.
Hostages by Yussef El Guindi plays at Radial Theater Project . Two college professors have left their homeland for a country that soon devolves into a war zone. They're accustomed to lives of comfort, but it's hard to get comfortable when you're chained to a radiator. Hostages explores how human beings cope when they’re deprived of personal contact and torn from the pleasantries of everyday life.
MCC Theater presents the New York Premiere of THE LIGHT by Loy A. Webb , directed by Logan Vaughn.
Ubuntu Theater Project presents the World Premiere of florissant & canfield
by Kristiana Rae Colón .
Broken Nose Theatre to produce the Midwest Premiere of Language Rooms by
Yussef El Guindi.
Teatro Vista presents the World Premiere of The Abuelas, the companion play to the critically acclaimed play The Madres, by Stephanie Alison Walker .
Aline Lathrop 's critically acclaimed play The Hero's Wife come toSynchronicity Theatre .
His Shadow by Loy A. Webb has its World Premiere at 16th Street Theater.
A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) presents the World Premiere of People of the Book by Yussef El Guindi .
Friends With Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker receives a Joint World Premiere with The Road Theatre, Uprising Theatre and Chapel Theatre Collective.
Elevator Girl by Donna Hoke is presented in a Joint World Premiere withVanguard Arts Collective and InProximity Theatre .
Apple Season by E.M. Lewis gets its World Premiere at New Jersey Repertory Company .
IN THE NEWS...
The Gun Show by E.M. Lewis is published by Samuel French.
Mia McCullough discusses Shakespeare, playwrights and the patriarchy in a new article in Book and Film Globe .
Ubuntu Theater Project's 2019 Season, Moral Humans/Immoral Society, explores the systems in which we live—whether economic, political, or social—and the ways in which we struggle to transcend them.
AUG 31–SEP 16, 2019
A World Premiere
florissant & canfield
By Kristiana Rae Colón
This World Premiere from acclaimed playwright Kristiana Rae Colón dives into the community in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer in 2014, taking a closer look at grief, activism, and identity as young people form the center of a national political movement.
Moving Arts Presents
The striking final moments will stay with you, as will the warmth and humor shared by the characters even as they literally fight for their relationship and try to create a world where they can exist together.
Kerstin Broockmann, Chicago Stage Standard
Highly Recommended! “Minita Gandhi grabs our attention and keeps it for the full 90 minutes of this rich, resonant, sometimes hilarious, at times deeply moving autobiographical piece.”
Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader
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