Floor Reading Series At Boston Playwrights'
Gives First Peek At New Works
Through The Ground Floor Reading Series,
Boston Playwrights’ Theatre MFA Playwriting students will present
the full-length works they've been developing over the past year. Also
part of the April 23 - May 6 program are new, ready-for-production works
by New England playwrights and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre alumni.
readings are free and will be followed by discussions with the playwrights.
Reservations can be made online only by visiting bostonplaywrights.org.
All performances begin at 7 p.m.
The schedule included the following;
Friday, April 23
"The Prayer Bargain" by Colleen Hughes
Molly Murphy goes home to Somerville where she’s pulled right back
into all the grievances she’d hope to escape. Unspoken issues of
money, drugs, and alcoholism hang in the air until the Murphy’s
are forced to confront them on Christmas Eve.
Saturday, April 24
"Memorial" by Anna Renée Winget
24 hours. Hurricane Katrina. The staff at Memorial Hospital must make
decisions about who to save in this searing drama inspired by true events.
The survivors and loved ones search for the truth in the aftermath.
Sunday, April 25
"The Farm" by Walt McGough
Something went wrong, but Finn's not talking. Instead, he's retiring,
and Parker needs to know why. But trust doesn't come easy at the CIA,
and as the two operatives match wits, it becomes clear that they may not
even be on the same side. A modern-day spook story that asks how you move
on from a life lived in shadow.
Monday, April 26
"Roman Conquest" by Terry Byrne
Three courageous women flee scandal and the rigid rules of 19th century
Boston society to find love and success in Rome. Gifted sculptors Emma,
Harriet and Edmonia join forces to fight convention and for the right
to preserve--for all of us—their own trailblazing legacy. Based
on true events.
Tuesday, April 27
"Heirloom" by Genevieve Jessee
In a family where blood has run thinner than water, Alethea Grove must
return home after the death of her Grandfather. But it seems that the
closets are filled with more than linen, and her inheritance isn't what
Wednesday, April 28
"Once Upon A Pantry" by John Zakrosky, Jr.
Mia wants to move to Los Angeles, but her mother wants her to stay in
Boston. Lost love, a priceless samovar and betrayal are all waiting to
be discovered in the pantry. A sweet and funny play about learning to
Thursday, April 29
"Grief and Surfing" by Emily Kaye Liberis
Sean is dying. Rachel and her mother Helen go on vacation to surf and
help his family cope. But who are they really helping? A very funny play
about coping with death, the failings of memory, and paintball.
Friday, April 30
"The Christina Experiment" by Deirdre Girard
The past reverberates like a shotgun blast in this fast-paced drama about
the emotional chaos that ensues when love, fear and the need to protect
each other collide. Christina's sense of contentment with the world she
has built for her daughter is shattered in a moment, and she must seek
the truth in her past to save her family.
Saturday, May 1
"Faith" by James McLindon
In this dark comedy, all that young Simon wants for Christmas is to receive
the stigmata and become God’s prophet. If religious fervor has anything
to do with it, he’s a shoe-in. So when the mysterious Harbinger
appears to him in the Walmart parking lot, God seems to have answered
Simon’s prayers with an angel. Or has He? Winner of the 2009 John
Gassner Playwriting Award.
Sunday, May 2
"Buddy" by Gary Garrison
How far would you go to stop the pain of losing someone you love? Four
old friends gather on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to celebrate their
friendship. Is it fate, coincidence or choice they're there on the eve
of a monster hurricane bearing down on the Texas coastline?
Monday, May 3
"The River Was Whiskey" by William C. Fancher
It’s raining again in 1946 Moonlight, Mississippi -- and Evans has
been sober for months. He’s just now pulling himself out of the
rising water when the Boy shows back up in his kitchen wanting food and
talking floods. Dark secrets from years ago just won’t stay down,
much like guilt and retribution. A Southern Gothic ghost story.
Tuesday, May 4
"Saving Kitty" by Marisa Smith
Kitty, an up-and-coming TV journalist, brings her hunky evangelical Christian
boyfriend home to her Upper Eastside parents with volcanic results. This
family comedy plays out against the backdrop of potential war in the Middle
East, radical Islamists in Turkey, and Kitty’s mom trying to find
a burka that flatters her youthful figure.
Wednesday, May 5
"Pussy Boy (An Urban Fable)" by Christine Evans
Algy wants a puppy. His single dad Bill wants Algy to stop dreaming and
learn to hit a nail straight. But when Bill forcefully evicts their tenant
and her 14 dogs, Algy runs away with her instead. A singing Police Chorus
keeps tabs as Bill tracks his son down and forces him to make a deadly
choice of loyalties.
Thursday, May 6
"Constant State Of Panic" by Patrick Gabridge
Dave is afraid of everything, and his wife Sonia is afraid of nothing…except
losing her husband. But Dave's paranoia may have transformed him into
a force of true danger. This is a couple struggling to survive in a society
that thrives on fear in a Bush-era Wonderland. This dark and sometimes
comic love story blurs the lines between reality and fantasy.
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