HORSESHOE EMPIRE
Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

HORSESHOE EMPIRE

by Margo Hammond

In 1928, Teddy Devlin tries to improve his lot by aligning himself with Frank Hague, the notorious boss mayor of Jersey City. While proud to be a part of the machine that helps the downtrodden, Teddy also struggles with accepting the mayor's questionable tactics. It's the American way, but is it the right way?

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A Delicate Balance
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

A Delicate Balance

by Edward Albee
directed by Leslie Kincaid Burby

Wealthy middle-aged couple Agnes and Tobias have their complacency shattered when Harry and Edna, longtime friends, appear at their doorstep. Claiming an encroaching, nameless “fear” has forced them from their own home, these neighbors bring a firestorm of doubt, recrimination, and ultimately solace, upsetting the “delicate balance” of Agnes and Tobias’ household.

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DAY OF RECKONING
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

DAY OF RECKONING

by Melody Cooperz
Directed by Keith Greer

The true story of a mother and her son, told during a time of violent upheaval in America, when there were lynchings and deadly labor strikes. Lucy Parsons, an infamous Black firebrand activist, leads a fight for the poor, worker's rights, and her own husband's life...all at a tragically horrific cost.

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YORICK
Jan
13
6:00 PM18:00

YORICK

by David Dannenfelser

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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THE LAKE OF ETHOS
Dec
9
6:00 PM18:00

THE LAKE OF ETHOS

by D. Tucker Smith

“We are two strangers who got married and created a third.” This is Cheryl Simon’s hopeless description of her family. Her 15-year old son Sebbie has been expelled from his private school and now spends his days locked away in his bedroom playing LAKE OF ETHOS, an online virtual reality game. Her aloof husband, Bruce, an investment banker is staging the biggest deal of his career. When Cheryl decides to leave the family and hole up in her dental office, she creates a vacuum that lures the three of them into the quest to reach ETHOS. What they find there will change their lives forever.

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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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CARNIVAL OF SOULS: THE NEON ANIMATION plus LIVE ACTION
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

CARNIVAL OF SOULS: THE NEON ANIMATION plus LIVE ACTION

Annemarie Hagenaars
Jack Feldstein

A modern take on a brilliant cult film that's been neon animated by Jack Feldstein. Annemarie Hagenaars plays a contemporary woman of the #metoo era, taking over the role of the 1960's woman in the film and giving the female protagonist today's pro-active stance.

Curious what our show is about? CARNIVAL OF SOULS: THE NEON ANIMATION plus LIVE ACTION is captured perfectly in this interview http://bit.ly/2E3UVnQ

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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 truth that, until now, he has refused to see. A Peregrine Falls is a play about a family on the brink of collapse and the stories they tell each other to try to stay together.

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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. While rehearsing the play and in performance, Peter and Joanna develop a complicated off-stage relationship; they become mirrors of each other's hopes and regrets...past and future.

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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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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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