COMPOSURE
Jun
1
Jun 24

COMPOSURE

written by Scott C. Sickles

directed by Fritz Brekeller

When Fletcher Driscoll returned to his hometown to direct Romed and Juliet, he never expected to end up in his own star-crossed romance with Jeff, a recently out divorcé with a complicated past. Nor was he prepared to confront Tommy, his high school best friend who broke his heart.... repeatedly and on purpose. Fortunately Fletcher and Jeff are keeping it simple, so what could possibly go wrong?

DIVINE PROVIDENCE
Jun
25
6:00 pm18:00

DIVINE PROVIDENCE

by Jason Howard

They say Helios carries the sun across the sky in a golden chariot from east to west every day. He may have done it over Providence this morning. Sarah is watching Dawn slowly open her eyes. Amy watches Ryan as he sleeps, their unspoken promises dangerous and unexpected. Some of us inspire and others destroy, twisting around each other as we try to find our balance, moving into the divine.


PIZZA SLUT
Jun
4
6:00 pm18:00

PIZZA SLUT

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.

NEAR NELLIE BLY
May
23
May 25

NEAR NELLIE BLY

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.  

AMERICAN LOVE
May
21
6:00 pm18:00

AMERICAN LOVE

by Maria Micheles

Is it self-destructiveness or freedom, everyone falling for the same person until having offset their life, or a sign of socio-political disconnect?  Years later, still contemplating what could’ve been as she’s about to get married, Semele casts actors resembling people from her past to relive it once more, relishing the pre-September 11th times, but when some of them arrive to play in a band nearby, things take another turn...

THE CHESS PLAYER
May
7
6:00 pm18:00

THE CHESS PLAYER

by Richard McElvain

A one-person drama inspired by Stefan Zweig's classic novella

Imprisoned by Gestapo. Solitary confinement. Mind disintegrating. A stolen book on chess sets your imagination ablaze. Your conscious self divides into two feuding master players. Eventual escape. And finally you teeter at the edge of madness as you dare to challenge the greatest chess player in the world.

ANOTHER RUSHMORE
Apr
23
6:00 pm18:00

ANOTHER RUSHMORE

by Allan Knee

Music by Robert Wolf and Ricardo Grilli

Think Mount Rushmore.

Now think 75 years later.

Leonard Fisher - a naive 26-year-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.

WILL-A-THON
Apr
20
Apr 22

WILL-A-THON

THE WORKSHOP THEATER
Presents: A SPECIAL EVENT:
THE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL WILL-A-THON
A 453RD ANNIVERSARY of his Birth-Bard-Stravaganza!
Conceived and Directed by CHARLES E.GERBER

GIRLISTAN
Apr
2
6:00 pm18:00

GIRLISTAN

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.

NEAR NELLIE BLY
Mar
26
6:00 pm18:00

NEAR NELLIE BLY

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.

THE PET PROJECT
Mar
19
6:00 pm18:00

THE PET PROJECT

BOOK: Laurie Graff
COMPOSER/LYRICIST: Nancy Shayne

On the coldest night of the year a handful of New Yorkers brave the elements to attend a pet bereavement meeting, each reeling from the recent loss of their BFF, best furry friend. But grief gets derailed when the group’s animal instincts sniff out the truth about their leader. A musical tribute to love, loss and treats.

EMBERS
Mar
12
6:00 pm18:00

EMBERS

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.

THROUGH THE DARKNESS
Mar
9
Apr 1

THROUGH THE DARKNESS

by Alan C. Breindel
directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby

Through the Darkness recounts the unimaginable journeys and true stories of four courageous men and women who left everything behind, including their loved ones, so that they might stay one step ahead of the Holocaust.

THESE THINGS HAPPEN
Mar
5
6:00 pm18:00

THESE THINGS HAPPEN

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'.

THE SPARKLING CITY OF OMAR MAZEN
Feb
19
6:00 pm18:00

THE SPARKLING CITY OF OMAR MAZEN

Written and directed by Jack Feldstein

Today, the West faces a crisis of refugees and immigration. And the families who emigrate? How do they cope with displacement and reconciling the old with the new? In THE SPARKLING CITY OF OMAR MAZEN, the son in an immigrant Muslim family struggles to find his own path in small town Australia and follow his own dreams.

PATSY
Feb
12
6:00 pm18:00

PATSY

by Margo Hammond

Walter’s promise to his wife becomes a conflict within the city of Tinder Hill.  One side is for and the other against.  He attempts many screwball maneuvers but can Walter keep his pledge to Patsy?  Will love prevail?

THE END
Feb
9
Feb 11

THE END

book and music by Robert Koutras

directed by Emma Berry

Finding himself in an impossible situation, a man is forced to confront his decisions, mistakes, successes and resentments.  This takes a village.  All the important people from his past surround him, some with their own lessons to learn, as we travel down this path of love, loss, forgiveness, and the beyond.

ASHES & A DREAM
Jan
29
6:00 pm18:00

ASHES & A DREAM

by Linda Segal Crawley

With help from her brilliant Irish-American husband, Jewish New Yorker from Iowa searches for meaning, mojo and the advancement of civilization on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

GO DOWN, MOSES
Jan
22
6:00 pm18:00

GO DOWN, MOSES

by Dana Leslie Goldstein

Go Down, Moses tackles the aftermath of a racially charged incident that takes place on a liberal college campus, at a time when students were rallying for divestment from South Africa but weren’t focused on the racism around them.

THE MAN WHO MADE NEW YORK
Jan
12
Jan 14

THE MAN WHO MADE NEW YORK

by Jack Feldstein
directed by Robert Kalfin

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.

SHOOTER
Jan
8
6:00 pm18:00

SHOOTER

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 clearand 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?

NOTE: This reading will take place on the WorkShop Theater Main Stage.

THE GREEN
Dec
11
6:00 pm18:00

THE GREEN

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.

THE MAN WHO MADE NEW YORK
Dec
4
6:30 pm18:30

THE MAN WHO MADE NEW YORK

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.

PIZZA SLUT
Nov
13
6:00 pm18:00

PIZZA SLUT

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.

TAKE MY JAGGED HEART
Oct
30
6:00 pm18:00

TAKE MY JAGGED HEART

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. 

UNGALA
Oct
17
7:00 pm19:00

UNGALA

Honoring the 2016 Tony Award Winner for Lifetime Achievement - SHELDON HARNICK

PHOTOPLAY - Following the Path of Diane Arbus
Oct
9
6:00 pm18:00

PHOTOPLAY - Following the Path of Diane Arbus

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.

ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE
Oct
2
6:00 pm18:00

ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE

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.