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Scribes Will Converge for Third Festival of 'Wrights at 92nd Street Y

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Beginning August 1 at the Makor/Steinhardt Center, located at 35 West 67th Street (between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West), the Third Festival of 'Wrights will feature readings of 25 short plays and musicals by renowned writers as well as up-and-comers on the first four Sunday evenings of the month. Each program will begin at 7:30pm and has an estimated running time of approximately 75 minutes. The festival is being co-produced by the 92nd Street Y and Makor (Hebrew for "source"), an organization whose mission statement avows a commitment to "Jewish pluralism" and "cultural innovation."

Each performance will feature a number of short theater pieces that share a common theme. Among the participants in the festival are Warren Leight (author of Side Man), Mark O'Donnell (co-librettist of Hairspray), and Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, Small Tragedy, etc.) A complete schedule follows.

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Sunday, August 1: "The Political Process"

Craig Lucas's Your Call is Important
Mikhail Horowitz's We Cannot Know the Mind of God
Sheldon W. Senek's The First Debate
Allison Whittenberg's Choice
Margrit Ahlin's The Person's Court
Sean McNally's Get to Know Your Presidential Pets
Henry Meyerson's The Elephant

Sunday, August 8: "Takes on Shakespeare"

Laura Shaine Cunningham's Romeo Hates Juliet
Mark O'Donnell's The Goblins Plot to Murder God
Estep Nagy's The Long Arm
Jack Gottlieb's The English Lesson
Mark Young's A Park Play
Daniel Gallant's Will We Now?
Lawrence Thelen's Pyramus and Thisbe

Sunday, August 15: "A Brief History of New York"

Warren Leight's Mr. Morton Takes the Bus
Tony Foster's Snap
Martha J. Thomas's That's What You Always Say
Julius Bocala's Backstage Broadway
J.M. Boyer's Subway Sonata
Woodbridge Kelly's Pastrami Apparitions

Sunday, August 22: "Musicals in Miniature"

Mark O'Donnell's A Small Reception
Evan Guildford-Blake and Deborah Abramson's A Simple Love Song
Howard Levitsky and Bethany McLure's Girls are From Pluto, Boys are From Uranus
R. N. Sandberg and David Rodwin's Goodbye Dolly
Daniel Levin's Campaign

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Admission for all events is $12. Call 212-601-1000 or click here for further information.


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