This year we are thrilled to see two plays in development. Toilet Talks, a semi-autobiographical play by Liz Thomsen about a mother and daughter, has had a table read, and is now reading for a staged reading. Audiences will get to experience the journey not only of the characters but also of the plays themselves as they move through the development process. Each play considers the life experience and showcase voices not often heard.
Ages 16 and up
James' recurring migraines lead him into therapy. Beginning a journaling practice, he soon realizes his journey of discovery might force him to deal with a childhood trauma he didn’t know he had repressed.
About the playwright:
Young college students Mike and Becka are in love and want to get married. Mike is going to a parent-teacher dinner with his roommate, so he’ll tell his mother there—or will he? Love and innocence collide with vanity and deception as all gather in this Me Too era sex farce.
About the Playwright:
On a remote Irish Island, two priests caring for an “illegitimate” baby find themselves on shaky theological ground and in new and bewildering maternal roles. Can Sean Connery save the day? Cross-gender casting satirizes stereotypes, and the show features a local rap artist. Performed by Clerical Error Productions.
About the Playwright:
"Dangerzone is a two-act showcase with the goal of bringing people together to form new teams, and showing the community that if you want to improvise, all you need is a partner and a stage. In the first act, 10 improvisers have been randomly paired and assigned a coach, and they have invented an original two-person form that will be performed live! In the second act, the coaches perform original experimental longform improv."
The evening event is free to the public.
“Fly, You Fools!” tells the story of the movie ‘Lord of the Rings:The Fellowship of the Ring’ through live action, shot-for-shot parody using only three actors and a musician/foley artist.
Max has Asperger's. So does Victoria.
They "met" on an online dating service for persons on the autism spectrum. A (mostly) cheerful Max asks the (always) overwhelmed Victoria for a date at the only place he feels comfortable, the break room at the McDonald's where he works. Will they hit it off or just eat fries?
After the play -- Autism professionals will lead a panel discussion about Asperger's and autism. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and take home informational brochures provided by panel members.
Letters Sent showcases a woman's desperation stemming in suffering in silence as well as the egocentric and narcissistic tendencies that sometimes reveal themselves during times of crisis. As Claire strives for recovery on her own terms, it becomes quite clear that those around her have their own secret burdens in the form of behavioral disorders and unhealthy coping mechanisms. A journey through the mental health of one family, Letters Sent confronts, living, dying and the thoughts that manifest in between.
The York Theatre production of YANK! received 7 Drama Desk nominations (including Best Musical as well as best music, book and lyrics) as well as nominations for Best Musical from the Outer Critics' Circle, and Lucille Lortel Foundation.
A high-energy, eye-opening story of women’s 72-year battle for the right to vote . . . told as if Susan B. Anthony and her spicy pals had i-Pads, Snapchat, Twitter, and Uber. You’ll laugh, learn, and marvel over those who paved the way for women today. Pure enjoyment and inspiration.