by Owen Thompson
At the bitter end of the Vietnam War, the very last American soldiers restlessly wait for the fall of Saigon. But two of them share a dangerous secret and will do almost anything to get out of the pressure-cooker of a city before it is taken. A story of wartime passion, intrigue, and betrayal, The Green asks us to consider just how far we would go for love.
NOTE: This reading will begin one half-hour later than normal, at 6:30 PM, in the Jewel Box Theater.
by Sam Graber
On a sunny weekday afternoon, Jim Bender sees a teenage boy lurch towards the entrance of the local high school, two shotguns beneath a trench coat. In a moment's decision Jim brandishes his own firearm, stopping a shooter-massacre before it happens. Jim Bender is a hero. But as more of the story comes to light, this truth becomes a lot less clear—and that is not what people need it to be.
Are today's shooter-massacres the result of a destabilized male identity? What does it mean to "be a man" today?
by Jay Strong
A dark comedy about ageing; memory loss; and the uncertainty of the present. Dad’s being cared for by his son and daughter-in law in his home, or is he? Where is he and who are they really? What do they want from him? Or is the question, who is he? The only thing he remembers for certain is the past and that’s slipping away.
By Jack Feldstein
ROBERT MOSES, New York's master builder of the 20th century was both adored and despised during his lifetime. More than any other individual, Moses left an enormous legacy shaping our city.
THE MAN WHO MADE NEW YORK takes us into Robert Moses' life, a man whose obsession and thirst for power matched the destiny of New York City itself.
NOTE: This reading will begin one half hour later than normal, at 6:30 PM, in the Jewel Box Theater.
by Steven Fechter
TAKE MY JAGGED HEART is set in North Dakota during the oil and gas boom. We follow the tangled lives of four young characters. Each came to Dakota full of desire and dreams, searching for opportunity. What they find are heartache, violence, and fragile love in a land brutalized by the boom.
Honoring the 2016 Tony Award Winner for Lifetime Achievement - SHELDON HARNICK
by Maria Micheles
A former writer photographs in Diane Arbus’s style, seeking out and shooting marginalized and wayward people. From hospice patients, heroin addicts, nudists to war amputees, her provocative subjects propel her to success, but when she starts re-entering the realities she’s captured, she realizes she might have encroached in a world she doesn’t know how to navigate.
by Robert M. Strozier
Kyle, the middle-aged president of a NYC-based enterprise called The Idea Factory, tracks down the married daughter of a now-deceased priest he revered as a boy. The visit starts well, but when the couple’s daughter, Mindy—a 19-year-old, talented, headstrong, aspiring actress—joins the proceedings, things start to get a little…complicated.
These various entanglements are explored along the way—as are the forces and factors that can, for whatever reason, greatly intensify the hold that certain memories have over us.
by Jack Feldstein
Two one act plays about Yiddish-speakers in modern-day New York City
BENCHING: A Satmar Hasid from Williamsburg, Brooklyn dreams of the secular world.
ISAAC B. SINGER SHOWS AND TELLS: 1978 Nobel-prize winner Isaac B. Singer tells us about his past and is told about it by those who were close to him.
by world-renowned figurative painter, Odd Nerdrum
Set in a family home on the outskirts of a large coastal city, Marlowe examines the eternal human struggle between the sublime and the banal, the consequences of that struggle and ultimately one’s inability to live in an unpoetic world without beauty or imagination.
by Alan C. Breindel
Any Place But Here recounts the unimaginable journey of two young women and young men who left everything beyond so that they might stay one step ahead of the Holocaust and remain free. Come face to face with stories of courage, chaos and seemingly insurmountable obstacles to daily survival, and grasp the meaning of what it takes to survive to live another day.
by Allan Knee
The Man Who Was Peter Pan tells the story of J. M. Barrie and the four brothers (and their mother) who he accidentally meets in Kensington Gardens (London) one day and forms a relationship that dramatically changes his life and inspires him to write the classic play Peter Pan. The story proceeds to follow Barrie and the boys into their young manhood as he desperately seeks to hold on to them. An early version of the play was produced by the Workshop and subsequently became the basis for the film Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp and Kate Winslett – and two musicals.
by Mark Loewenstern
directed by DeLisa M. White
This expressionistic play tells the above story from Anne Neville's perspective, a reporter who went undercover in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island (now called Roosevelt Island) in New York City 1887. We follow Anne as she is committed to the asylum, befriends Nellie, works with her, wonders at her, is inspired by her and ultimately struggles to do as Nellie does.
by Timothy Scott Harris
Spring is here and it is time to shed those unwanted pounds. Join the guru of gratification and unlock your true self. Through stimulating exercises interspersed with an eclectic mix of personal tales, playwright Timothy Scott Harris will inspire you to grab hold of your self-worth and pull your way back to great health.
by Nancy McCarthy
What happens if a person is put on earth to save another life and things don’t go as planned? Such is the case with Chase Terrell, who finds himself locked away in a small cell. As his claustrophobia grows, he creates an ally in a clock. The small room can’t contain the energetic, often humorous Chase, as he unwinds his story, revealing where he is and why he’s there.
by John McKinney
A high school math teacher, caught in a troubled marriage and disillusioned with his life in general, finds his moral compass tested when he begins to tutor a savant-like Asian girl with a blossoming sexual curiosity — as well as ties to an ancient, mystical religion. The play explores various psychological and spiritual themes through the use of dance. (For this reading, the dance will be described through stage directions only.)