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This year, EST recieved an overwhelming amount of promising marathon submissions. Beginning with 1,078 submissions for this year's Marathon, Artistic Director William Carden selected 14 plays by 15 playwrights. The plays will be presented in three separate evenings from May 13th through June 27th.
Billy Carden, artistic director tell us about this year's plays: "From a science lab in Siberia to the red-light district in 18th century Japan to a taxi in Manhattan to a police station in Kenya, the 14 plays in this year's Marathon take our audience on a series of surprising adventures. This diverse and eclectic mix of plays--including a musical, a dance piece, and a nod to Kabuki--combines traditional and experimental forms in ways that are moving, entertaining, challenging, and fun. A healthy mix of familiar veterans, newly recognized writers, and brand new voices join us to celebrate our 35th Marathon."
Jerry Springer meets Sex and the City in this sleek musical comedy about the hazards of dating created by New York pianist, Steven Mitchell, and original music from the band "Two Chicks and a Casio." Their original songs include "You Suck", "Sugar Daddy", "Insta-Boyfriend", and "I'm Not a Stalker I'm Just Calling You A Lot."
The audience is part of the action in this new musical set in a local bar, in anywhere USA. The Bar Owner spices up her personal service with doses of salty dialogue as the hot Bar Tender generously sweetens up the evening with his doses of eye candy. And the four local women who regularly frequent this establishment entertain anyone who will listen to their hysterical (and true) dating stories. Their tight harmonies keep the evening in motion as they go from rock to rap with blues and techno in-between.
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Six of America's most lauded playwrights come together for a celebration of one of America's greatest wordsmiths. Adapted from Tennessee Williams' short stories Desire and the Black Masseur, The Field of Blue Children, Oriflamme, Portrait of a Girl in Glass, The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin, and Tent Worms, the plays of Desire are certain to be new classics for the 21st century. Depicting love and innocence, isolation and loss, these unforgettable tales serve as a reminder that great stories have the power to change one's life. Helmed by Michael Wilson, one of the foremost directors of Tennessee Williams, Desire is sure to be a hallmark of the theater season.
Atlantic presents an intimate revival of these two haunting short plays by their co-founder and one of America's most influential dramatists, David Mamet, directed by Ensemble member Scott Zigler (Broadway's The Old Neighborhood).
The Shawl is the story of bereaved woman who consults a smalltime mystic for guidance. As the mystic collects clues to make contact with the dearly departed, will he help this woman through her grief, or merely help himself?
In Prairie du Chien, a railroad car speeding through the Wisconsin night is the setting for a story of obsessive jealousy, murder and suicide, punctuated by a friendly card game that explodes into a moment of menace.
Presented in the newly created Write Act Repertory Theater in the heART of Times Square comes Jello Shots, a presentation of one act plays by young and talented directors and producers.
The Exhibition by Thomas Gibbons
Unlike the current and known productions of The Elephant Man, The Exhibition takes a more personal look at the relationship between Sir Frederick Treves and his most famous patient, The Elephant Man "John" Merrick. This unique production is based on Sir Frederick Treves personal journal. Tormented by his inner psyche, Treves asks the question, did he really help Merrick or continue to put him on exhibition?
Flowers for Algernon
by David Rogers In 1966, author Daniel Keyes published the controversial novel Flowers for Algernon. In this one act adaptation, audiences follow Charlie Gordon, a 32 year old intellectually disabled man, the first human test subject for a surgery designed to boost his intelligence.
In honor of Signature's 25th Anniversary, Signature One Acts revisits three short plays produced in their playwrights' original Playwright-in-Residence season: Edward Albee's The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés' Drowning and Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro. Directed by Lila Neugebauer (A.R. Gurney's The Wayside Motor Inn), this trio of one acts celebrates Signature's rich and diverse body of work over the past quarter century.