The festival features projects originally workshopped at the company's annual Summer Intensive. All readings are free and open to the public, but reservations are required; they can be made by calling 212-513-1012 or emailing barnseriesRSVP@labtheater.org.
Following is the full schedule of readings.
December 2 and 4 at 8pm
Becoming Jack, by Justin Reinsilber; directed by Elizabeth Canavan
Jack smokes too much. Jack does too many drugs. Jack steals a little and owes much more. Jack's Mom is gonna die. These are the facts. Jack can't change the facts. His challenge, should he accept it, is to change himself.
December 3 and 5 at 8pm
The Wild Inside, by Cusi Cram; directed by Mimi O'Donnell
Can people really change? A peculiar "family", an ancient tortoise, and a tour guide in stilettos try their luck at transformation on an outer island of the Galapagos -- and it gets wild, inside and out.
December 6 and 9 at 8pm
Penalties & Interest, by Rebecca Cohen; directed by Paula Pizzi
In this dark comedy, the insular existence of office life is a Petri dish for contemporary society where Lollie, Lyle, and Amy try to keep their heads above water, and their boss Dick bobs up when they least expect it.
December 7 and 8 at 8pm
Sam's Coming, by Kia Corthron; directed by Sarah Sidman
A new work by the author of such plays as Cage Rhythm and Force Continuum.
December 10 and 12 at 8pm
Sweet Storm, by Scott Hudson; directed by Padraic Lillis
Young lovers; a great oak tree, some clouds, heavy rain and wind.
December 11 and 13 at 8pm:
Knives & Other Sharp Objects, by Raúl Castillo; directed by Felix Solis
Two sisters. One bloody hand. Three orphans on the lam. Can Texas handle this much love?
December 14 and 16 at 8pm
The Rest of Your Life, by Megan Mostyn-Brown; directed by Meredith McDonough
Dizzy ditches New York City for her small hometown to figure out the mess that is her life. A freak snowstorm, her best friend's crumbling marriage, the genius kid she baby-sits, and the stock boy at the local market make things more complicated; it seems everyone is on the edge of something but no one knows what to do next.
December 15 and 19 at 8pm
The History of Invulnerability, by David Bar Katz; directed by John Gould Rubin
In the early 1940s, there was one Jew powerful enough to single-handedly challenge the Nazis: Kal El, a.k.a. Superman. This is the story of Superman creator Jerry Siegel's tumultuous relationship with his legendary comic-book character, and of a little boy in Birkenau who believes he will survive because Superman is on his way to liberate the camp.
December 17 and 20 at 8pm
A View From 151st Street, by Bob Glaudini; directed by Peter DuBois
Life and death on 151st Street.
December 18 at 7pm and 9pm
Untitled, written and directed by Stephen Adly Guirgis
A new work by Guirgis, whose past LAB productions include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train, and Our Lady of 121st Street.
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