THE AKUHMA DESERT
Sep
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

THE AKUHMA DESERT

by Walter Brandes

Suspense and paranoia surround an archaeological dig that uncovers an unknown foreign object in the Akuhma Desert. It is up to an unlikely team of a chemist, a geologist, and two cooks to reveal the secrets of the mysterious find. In this sci-fi thriller with smatterings of comedy, the group of four begin to unravel the truth of what is in the desert and, in doing so, destroy the reality they once knew.

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MESQUITE, NV
Oct
5
to Oct 28

MESQUITE, NV

written by Leegrid Stevens
directed by Thomas Coté

The mayoral campaign in the retirement community of Mesquite, Nevada turns nasty as accusations of illegal activity surrounding a $90 travel voucher are leaked to the local press. The accusations quickly divide the town and lead to a complete political upheaval in this dark comedy about power and politics in the USA.

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NEIL SIMON'S LAST HIT
Oct
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

NEIL SIMON'S LAST HIT

by Jack Feldstein

Proving that the clash between old folks’ comedy and young folks’ comedy is very funny, NEIL SIMON’S LAST HIT imagines playwright Neil Simon on the eve of his 90th birthday. Determined to write his last hit. 

When Neil Simon meets 20-something Mike Green, Mr Simon believes he has found the right collaborator to do just that. 

A fantasy comedic romp through the work and life of Neil Simon, America's funniest and most successful playwright ever while examining the history of American comedy itself.

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BILLY THE BOMBER
Oct
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

BILLY THE BOMBER

by Mary Sue Price

Fantasy, fear, ambition and love, not to mention shake and bake meth and the constant threat of violence, all collide in a messy rent house in small town Oklahoma when three people plus one fantasy championship wrestler — all vulnerable, all trapped in different ways — go after their own versions of the American dream.

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MEN OVERBOARD
Sep
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

MEN OVERBOARD

by Rich Orloff

When you're fighting for a child's soul, what rules apply? A New York Bar Mitzvah brings together three Jewish brothers (a politician, a therapist, and a Buddhist monk), their fading but forceful father, the politician’s 13-year-old son (who doubts he’s ready to become a man), and the boy’s Bar Mitzvah tutor (a woman who loves the boy and possibly one of his uncles). MEN OVERBOARD is Rich Orloff’s boldest mix of comedy and drama as it asks, “What makes a man?”

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DIVINE PROVIDENCE
Jun
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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COMPOSURE
Jun
1
to 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?

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NEAR NELLIE BLY
May
23
to 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.  

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AMERICAN LOVE
May
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

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...

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THE CHESS PLAYER
May
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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ANOTHER RUSHMORE
Apr
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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NEAR NELLIE BLY
Mar
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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THE PET PROJECT
Mar
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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EMBERS
Mar
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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THROUGH THE DARKNESS
Mar
9
to 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.

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THESE THINGS HAPPEN
Mar
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

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'.

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

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.

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THE END
Feb
9
to 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.

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SHOOTER
Jan
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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THE GREEN
Dec
11
6:00pm 6:00pm

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.

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

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.

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