by Tony Sportiello
How far are you willing to compromise in order to survive? A financially strapped theater company is given the chance to save themselves from bankruptcy but only if they agree to cast a washed up movie star as the lead in their new play. A comedy for our times.
This reading will be held on the WorkShop Main Stage.
by Ben Alexander
Out of the blue, a guy shows up in the middle of the night at his old school chum's apartment to whisk him off for that road trip of adventure and enchantment that they planned when they were kids--so goes the insane plot of "The Road Trip," Herb's most ridiculous play yet. Herb is sure that Curtis, artistic director of Avenue C Rep, will agree to produce it once he hears it read, and the actors have shown up for the reading even though Curtis told him no. But there's an even bigger problem now: where's Herb?
written & performed by Rich Orloff
The true story of Rich's adventures in underground therapy, with MDMA (a.k.a. Ecstasy) and psilocybin mushrooms, inspired by cutting-edge experiments to help people heal from deep psychological wounds. A tale of one person's journey towards reconciliation with the soul, with a slight detour for an appendectomy. And maybe a few wise-ass comments along the way.
by Dana Leslie Goldstein
GO DOWN, MOSES tells the story of two old friends - and civil rights warriors - whose comfortable lives in academia are thrown into chaos by the arrival of a female student who embodies everything they fought for when they were young.
by Greg Oliver Bodine
A veteran CIA station chief, forced into retirement after the murder of a defecting Russian spy, is visited by his successor a year later when revelations about a possible mole inside the Agency are revealed. With careers on the line and reputations to protect, what ensues is a cat and mouse tête-à-tête of intrigue and betrayal about who murdered the defector and why.
This reading will be held on the WorkShop Main Stage.
by Leegrid Stevens
Charlie is happily surprised when his long absent daughter unexpectedly visits with joyful news of her pregnancy. However, as cracks begin to appear in her story and she is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, Charlie is forced to confront a family secret that he has, until now, refused to see.
by Leegrid Stevens
Charlie is happily surprised when his long absent daughter unexpectedly visits with joyful news of her pregnancy. However, as cracks begin to appear in her story and she is involuntarily committed to a mental institution, Charlie is forced to confront a family secret that he has, until now, refused to see. Charlie rushes to repair the relationship with his daughter before she vanishes again. A Peregrine Falls is a play about a family fighting to stay together.
a comedy by Rich Orloff
PLAYING DOCTOR is a trio of outrageously comedic one-acts set in a hospital, including the bawdy tale of a couple on their first date who become stuck together during a passionate moment, the bawdier tale of a lonely janitor who leaves his fly open during a nuclear accident and ends up with a three-foot penis, and a comic fantasia about a VERY pregnant woman who gives birth to her fears about childbirth and motherhood. Rated RF for Really Funny.
by Joe Butler and Natalie Mosco
Hearts in the City, a play with music, considers how neighbors and friends, living like “eggs in a crate” in adjacent, rent-controlled apartments in a West Village walk up help each other through personal trials, discover a new kind of strength, a new definition of family, and a way to “be not afraid to love.”
by Margo Hammond
A matriarchal story about 3 generations of women (grandmother, 2 adult daughters and 2 grand-daughters) attempting a reunion. “Same as a Singed Cat” is an old Maine saying referring to the cat who seeks warmth under the stove only to wake up singed from being too near the fire. Likewise, the women in this play attempt the warmth of closeness but experience combustion when their past is reignited.
OBIE and DRAMA DESK AWARD WINNING as well as TONY AWARD NOMINATED, STEPHEN MCKINLEY HENDERSON to be Special Guest ofWILL'S PLAYSHOP MASTER CLASS
by Natalie Bates
Overnight is an exploration of the impact on the friendship between two women--Lisa whose marriage is troubled and Barbara whose is grievously ill. What happens when the superficial gestures of support aren't enough. The play explores the unknown regions of a deeper companionship.
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adapted by Tony Sportiello
The year is 1888, the place is England, and the head of Birlstone Castle, John Douglas, is brutally murdered. The clues include a missing wedding ring, a hammer, a bloody footprint and a single dumbbell. So complex is the situation that Britain's leading consulting detective is called to investigate. Taken from the Sherlock Holmes novel, The Valley of Fear is a taut whodunit which will have audiences guessing until the end.
by Liz Amberly
A house fire. A couple on the brink. A man fights for his marriage as his wife fights for her life. Together, they must navigate the unexpected and discover what comes next. In this drama, realism combines with fantasy and things are not always what they seem.
Music by Brad Ross
Book and Lyrics by James Harris
Based on Jules Verne’s immortal adventure story, MICHAEL STROGOFF, Courier of the Tsar follows the newest member of the elite Imperial Courier Corps, young Michael Strogoff, as he races to Siberia’s remote capital Irkutsk to foil the assassination of the Tsar’s favorite brother. To accomplish his mission, he must maintain a disguise, brave Tartar invaders, and elude a ruthless Russian traitor... who happens to be a master of disguise himself.
by Ben Goldstein
On November 22, 1916, Jack London, then the most famous, highest paid and most controversial author of his day, died under questionable circumstances. Jack London and his wife, Charmian, were charismatic figures whose life and exploits were followed by a fascinated public around the world. This is the story of their life, as it was played out in reality and in Jack's fictional work about a love triangle with deadly consequences.
by Philip W. Hall
Marshall Evans is finally back in his Florida home after the police are done with the investigation. There, two days ago, his partner Judge Dashiell Kane was found shot to death. Today in the very same house, Marsh is being questioned by a young female detective who goes by the name of Charley. It seems that there are serious questions about the Judge’s death. The wealthy Mr. Evans finds the interview insulting, but he plays along. Besides, his bar is well-stocked. Throughout the evening, Marshall expounds hilariously on such topics as Health, Infidelity, and yes, even Death. But eventually, he is forced to face the truth.
by Allan Knee
Music by Robert Wolf
Directed by Thomas Coté†
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.
by Vincent Marano
Harry "The Mule" Berg was once a big deal in the Bronx mob. Now he's out of jail, living in subsidized housing, working a minimum wage job and trying to reconnect with his daughter and grand-daughter. Still The Mule has some kick left in him, and it won't be long before old habits, enemies and new associates pull Harry back into a world that almost killed him. So which is it? Dangerous criminal or a worn out old man?
by Peter Hempstead
The Stranges have kept their dark secrets hidden from the world for many years, but when another family arrives during a cataclysmic storm on Easter weekend, long-buried sins come to light once again as a ghostly presence rises to demand a reckoning.
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.