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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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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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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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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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AN EVENING WITH JACK AND CHARMIAN LONDON
Dec
17
6:00 PM18:00

AN EVENING WITH JACK AND CHARMIAN LONDON

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.

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THESE ARMS OF MINE
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

THESE ARMS OF MINE

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.

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GHETTO KADDISH
Dec
3
6:00 PM18:00

GHETTO KADDISH

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?

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BILLY THE BOMBER
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

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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NEIL SIMON'S LAST HIT
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

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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THE HIRED SELF
Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

THE HIRED SELF

by Robert Strozier

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. In digging deeper, she finds herself drawn into the lives of the therapist’s wife and son—and also begins to confront her own shortcomings, as a writer and a person.

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THE AKUHMA DESERT
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

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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MEN OVERBOARD
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

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
6:00 PM18:00

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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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
6:00 PM18:00

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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