YIDDISH NEW YORK
Sep
25
6:00 pm18:00

YIDDISH NEW YORK

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. 

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.

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

PHOTOPLAY - Following the Madness 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.

UNGALA
Oct
17
7:00 pm19:00

UNGALA

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

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. 


MARLOWE
Sep
18
6:00 pm18:00

MARLOWE

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.

ANY PLACE BUT HERE
Jun
26
6:00 pm18:00

ANY PLACE BUT HERE

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.

GO DOWN, MOSES
Jun
23
Jun 25

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.

MESQUITE, NV
Jun
16
Jun 18

MESQUITE, NV

written by Leegrid Stevens

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 AKUHMA DESERT
Jun
9
Jun 11

THE AKUHMA DESERT

written 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.

THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN
Jun
5
6:00 pm18:00

THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN

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.   

RIPPLES
Jun
3
7:00 pm19:00

RIPPLES

written by Liz Amberly

In this suspenseful drama, two brothers come face-to-face with their dark past and precarious future while hiding a secret about their best friend’s death.

NEAR NELLIE BLY
Jun
2
7:00 pm19:00

NEAR NELLIE BLY

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.

 

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT BY MASTURBATING - THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
May
22
6:00 pm18:00

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT BY MASTURBATING - THE DIRECTOR'S CUT

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.

LONG TIME GONE
May
19
May 21

LONG TIME GONE

written by Laura Hirschberg

directed by Thomas Coté

A Western about family, and what that word really means.

 

CLOCKWISE
May
15
6:00 pm18:00

CLOCKWISE

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.

QUADRATIC
May
12
May 14

QUADRATIC

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.)

WILL-A-THON
Apr
28
Apr 30

WILL-A-THON

Conceived and Directed by Charles E. Gerber

NEIL SIMON'S LAST HIT
Apr
24
6:00 pm18:00

NEIL SIMON'S LAST HIT

by Jack Feldstein

On the eve of his 90th birthday, playwright Neil Simon is determined to write his last hit. And when Neil Simon meets 20-something Mike Green, Mr Simon believes he has found the right collaborator to do just that. A comedic romp through the work and life of Neil Simon, America's funniest and most successful playwright ever.

A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM
Apr
10
6:00 pm18:00

A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

by Allan Knee

This is a drama of the life and times of Edgar Allan Poe - from his earliest years as the son of a somewhat famous Bostonian actress to his brief rise to fame as a poet and a writer of tales of horror and loss to his tragic love affair with his 13-year old cousin to his mysterious and brutal end.  All this is played out against a background of pre-Civil War 19th century America, a volatile time of ambition, struggle and self-invention.

MESQUITE, NV
Mar
20
6:00 pm18:00

MESQUITE, NV

by Leegrid Stevens

The mayoral campaign in the friendly 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.

QUALITY TIME: A TALE OF OFF-OFF BROADWAY
Mar
13
7:00 pm19:00

QUALITY TIME: A TALE OF OFF-OFF BROADWAY

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? "Quality Time" is an ode to that staple of small theatre, the artistic director/company pain-in-the-@$$ relationship

NOTE: This reading will take place at 7PM on the Main Stage.

HOLDING PATTERNS
Mar
6
6:00 pm18:00

HOLDING PATTERNS

by Robert Strozier

Endlessly circling options in life does not always ensure the smoothest landing—as the five characters in this romantic comedy come to learn…well, sort of learn. Randall, a widower in his 60’s with two grown daughters, is “dating” Trish, a 58-year-old divorcee with a son. The courtship is going well, and they decide to bring the two families together for a visit, to see if everybody gets along. And do they? Come and find out—you're in for quite a ride!

THE DEMI-ORPHANS
Feb
21
6:00 pm18:00

THE DEMI-ORPHANS

by Jay Strong

Sex. Tears. Weed. Betrayal. Can these freakin’ boomers finally get out of high school? 
Before King can bed his new girlfriend, he has to pack up his parents’ old apartment and help his sister Elm cope with their mother’s death and her own crumbling life. Oh, and deal with old pals who drop by to offer condolences but end up grabbing the bong. And that new girlfriend? The past is about to hit the fan.