New Voices @ New Rep, a staged reading series, features four new works by established and emerging American playwrights. All readings are directed and performed by New Rep artists, and each is followed by a short talkback session. Austin Pendleton joins for the final reading, The Black Monk, a new musical.
A House with No Walls
Written by Tom Gibbons; Directed by Adam Zahler
Sunday, January 21 at 7:30pm
From the acclaimed writer of Permanent Collection and Bee-Luther-Hatchee comes a new play inspired by real events. This unrelenting and explosive drama pits a conservative African-American academic against an ultra-liberal Afrocentric political activist and begs the question: How do we really choose to remember our past?
Written by Erick Herrscher
Monday, January 29 at 7:30pm
Spring is about to bust; there's something new in the air, something joyful, and yet it's all spinning out of control. When Annika reveals an unplanned pregnancy to her long-term boyfriend, James, he gives her an ultimatum: him or the baby. Uncertain and torn, Annika makes her choice only to have James come running back a year later, after being struck by a tree and losing his memory. Annika is forced to confront the question yet again: knowing what the future holds, do you make the same decision when you are given a second chance?
Written by Mando Alvarado
Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30pm
Returning from the noxious desert of Iraq, Cesar, a Marine, is thrust back into civilian life and onto the harsh and unforgiving streets of New York. Disconnected from his new surroundings, he attempts to rejoin the "real world" through Maggie, his sexually-charged, alcoholic therapist, and a park full of pigeons. Although Cesar is consoled more by his pigeons, the connection to Maggie is greater than either could ever have imagined.
The Black Monk
Written by Wendy Kesselman
Based on a short story by Anton Chekhov
Featuring Austin Pendleton
Monday, February 19 at 7:30pm
Andrei, a young artist, is haunted by the terrifying and intoxicating Black Monk, a legendary figure who only appears to one person every thousand years. Upon returning from Moscow to his home in the Russian countryside, he marries his childhood sweetheart and everything seems to be coming up roses. But, as the Monk's grasp tightens on Andrei, things take a dark and dangerous turn, and his art consumes their lives, driving him deep into madness.
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