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 Mark Loewenstern
Nellie Bly, aspiring daredevil reporter, went undercover in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) in New York City, 1887. There she befriended a patient named Anne Neville. After 10 days, Nellie was sprung from the asylum to write her story. Anne stayed.
This expressionistic play tells the above story from Anne Neville's perspective.
by Sharbari Zohra Ahmed
Set on a women's only beach in the modern day UAE, Girlistan is an allegory for geo politics, the fight for natural resources, and social hierarchy.
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 Sarah Elisabeth Brown
When a pizza junkie falls for a raw food vegan, she defies her habitual "chubby best friend" role in life and discovers just how far she's willing to go for love.