During this series, The Workshop Theater presents sit-down readings of new and revisited scripts by company playwrights, or projects initiated by company artists, generally followed by a moderated dramaturgical discussion. Unless otherwise noted on the schedule, Sunday readings begin at 6pm in the Jewel Box, and are Free and Open to the Public. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department Of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
No Reserved Seating! Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to ensure seating.
by Natalie Bates
These Things Happen is a play about the costs of keeping, and of revealing, a painful family secret. Joanne, a 40-ish painter living in suburban New York, is stunned to learn that her daughter, Jesse, was molested as an adolescent by her uncle-- the same uncle who, we discover, abused Joanne at the same age. Jesse intends to confront and expose him on the occasion of his granddaughter’s bat mitzvah, a plan that meets with denial and resistance from both her mother and grandmother. An intensifying series of confrontations between Jesse, Joanne and her father and mother uncover patterns of betrayal that span generations-- and threaten to extend into the future. It’s up to Jesse to lead the battle to break the chain of lies told in the name of a family's 'survival'.
by Liz Amberly
When a fire destroys a couple’s home and sends the wife into a coma, the husband must face his fears and fight for his marriage, his sanity, and his future. This drama has elements of fantasy and explores how lost a man can get searching for a way back home.
by Robert Strozier
While researching a book she’s doing on a well-known psychotherapist, now deceased, the writer makes a disturbing discovery about his relationship with a former patient. Along the way, she also begins to confront her own shortcomings—as a writer and a person.
by Allan Knee
Music by Robert Wolf and Ricardo Grilli
Think Mount Rushmore.
Now think 75 years later.
Leonard Fisher - a naive 26year-old street artist - a competitor of the Naked Cowboy - is commissioned by the Arts Council of South Beach, Florida, to create - to sculpt - Mt. Rushmore - to transform South Beach into the cultural capital it longs to be. Rather than sculpt four presidents - as the original Rushmore had - Leonard creates - sculpts - who he is passionate about. His four heads consist of the whistle blower Ed Snowden, the songbird Nicki Minaj, the iconic spaceman Ziggy Stardust and the bumbling Homer Simpson. This leads to controversy among various groups - and even one of the heads rebels. But Leonard - inspired by a growing interest from Disney - and one of the attractive members of the Arts Council - grows up and fights for what he believes in.
by J. Thalia Cunningham & Sandra A. Daley-Sharif
Mama Balima is accused of being a witch when her nephew dies mysteriously; she is stoned and banished to a witch camp with many elderly women like herself. Comfort, her granddaughter is forced to put dreams of marriage aside to care for her grandmother in one of Ghana’s six camps. Sharifa West, an American doctor, with hopes of making change in a small Northern Ghanaian village, finds she may have to look at the world through a different lens. Bloody White Chickens and Royal Stork Gin explores culture, traditions, care for the elderly, and spiritual life.