THE THORNS OF FLOWER CHILDREN
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

THE THORNS OF FLOWER CHILDREN

by Michael McGovern

It’s another “Big Chill”, this time 30 years later as a gathering of friends in their 60’s, with a young millennial in their midst, experience an evening of strong emotions, unbridled joys and deep longings.

What these “aging hippies” have gone through in life brings about a multitude of revelations for themselves as well as their new young friend. Over the course of a long night each character accepts the “thorns” in their lives as they begin a journey toward the perfect way to age to perfection.

A poignant, and often humorous celebration of growing old and all the wonders and mysteries that go with it.

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GOD, BY ANOTHER NAME
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

GOD, BY ANOTHER NAME

by Robert Barnett

Two actors – PETER TARMICHAEL, an older successful soap opera actor, and JOANNA BLITZ, a struggling young actor – meet onstage at a regional theatre for the first read-through of The Unknown God, a new two-character play. He will be playing a priest teaching theology at a university; she will be playing the student with whom he becomes romantically, and tragically, involved.

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A PEREGRINE FALLS
Nov
11
6:00 PM18:00

A PEREGRINE FALLS

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.

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SINGLETON
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

SINGLETON

by Jay Strong

SINGLETON explores issues of family, memory and identity through the lenses of race and dementia. An estranged father, his half-forgotten son, and the lonely caregiver caught between them struggle to unravel a disappearing past and find meaning in an uncertain present.

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YORICK
Jan
13
6:00 PM18:00

YORICK

by Joseph Giardina

Many years before Prince Hamlet fights to avenge his father's death, Court Jester Yorick fights to save King Hamlet’s life. Warrior, confidant, spy, in a world of secret intrigues and murderous intents, the resident fool at the Castle Elsinore is anything but.

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STAR POWER
Jun
24
6:00 PM18:00

STAR POWER

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.

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QUALITY TIME
Jun
21
to Jun 23

QUALITY TIME

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?

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IT'S A BEAUTIFUL WOUND
Jun
3
6:00 PM18:00

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL WOUND

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.

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VIENNA STATION
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

VIENNA STATION

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.

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A PEREGRINE FALLS
May
17
to May 19

A PEREGRINE FALLS

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.

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ASHES AND A DREAM
May
10
to May 12

ASHES AND A DREAM

by Linda Segal Crawley

1992 New York.  Sasha Rabinowitz strives to change the world.  Surrounded by a brilliant husband and circle of friends, she finds mojo and meaning when loss brings unexpected gains on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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A PEREGRINE FALLS
May
6
6:00 PM18:00

A PEREGRINE FALLS

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.

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PLAYING DOCTOR
Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

PLAYING DOCTOR

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.

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HEARTS IN THE CITY
Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

HEARTS IN THE CITY

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.”

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THE HIRED SELF
Mar
22
to Mar 24

THE HIRED SELF

by Robert Strozier
directed by Tom Hermann


While researching a book she’s doing on a well-known psychotherapist, now deceased, the writer makes a disturbing discovery about his relationship with a former patient.

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THE SINGED CAT
Mar
18
6:00 PM18:00

THE SINGED CAT

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.

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OVERNIGHT
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

OVERNIGHT

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.

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THE VALLEY OF FEAR
Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

THE VALLEY OF FEAR

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.

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EMBERS
Jan
18
to Jan 20

EMBERS

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. 

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MICHAEL STROGOFF, Courier of the Tsar
Jan
7
6:00 PM18:00

MICHAEL STROGOFF, Courier of the Tsar

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.

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