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EagerReads is a New Play Development Effort by EagerRisk Theater to support and gain exposure for new, eager, and risky playwrights, showcasing work in an inviting and professional atmosphere. Bi-weekly staged readings on Tuesday at John DeSotelle Studio's Nu.Box unless otherwise stated.
Eyes Blind by Dylan Rae Brown - August 18th
If All Mountains were Molehills by Annie R. Such - September 1st
Mountain King, Rose Queen by Michael Aguirre - September 15th
Down Goes the Queen of Virginia by Annie R. Such - September 29th
East in Red by Ryan Sprague - October 13th
Mad Blood and Other Beauties by Jason Rosenberg - November 10th
Tribunal by Mark Kessler - November 24th
Evergreed by Jacob Bremkamp - December 8th
The Last Rightboy by Seamus Lucason - December 22nd
Set in present-day Tokyo, Girl X conveys the mood of an anxiety-ridden society through the members of an anonymous urban family: "Sister," who lives with her rich "Husband" and young daughter, her derelict "Younger Brother" and "Man," her former boyfriend who now wanders the streets in search of the "Enemy." Written by Suguru Yamamoto, one of Japan's youngest and most promising playwrights and directors, Girl X has received much acclaim in Japan, Thailand and Malaysia for capturing a spectrum of complex emotions including the feelings of insecurity, indifference, tension and relief. Award-winning director Charlotte Brathwaite leads a cast of American actors and musicians in an innovative reading of this multi-layered story. Playwright Yamamoto joins in a post-performance conversation with the audience.
Earlier in 2015, Moisés Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project were working with the Moscow New Drama Theatre and the U.S. State Department to produce a revival of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde in Moscow. In the middle of pre-production, the Kremlin blocked the revival because of the play's LGBTQ content. In response to the cancellation, Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project decided to produce a benefit reading in NYC to bring attention to the suppression of the rights of the LGBTQ community in Russia.
Carol Burnett and Sundance Institute Theatre Program Artistic Director Philip Himberg will introduce this special anniversary concert reading of the Broadway production of Burnett's autobiographical play Hollywood Arms. Written with her daughter Carrie Hamilton and based on Burnett's bestselling memoir, the play tells the story of three generations of fiercely-determined women living on welfare in a one-room Hollywood apartment. Directed by Broadway veteran and Sundance Institute alum Mark Brokaw, the recipient of Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards, the reading stars Tony winner Tyne Daly (Gypsy, It Shoulda Been You), 2014 Tony nominee Emily Skeggs (Fun Home) and Michele Pawk (Hairspray, Cabaret, Mamma Mia!) in her Tony-winning role.
MCC's PlayLabs provides audiences with: a rare first look at brand new plays by a group of notable emerging playwrights; the opportunity to participate in post-show conversations that aid in the development of the work; and a meet-n-greet wine reception with actors and the creative team following all activities. PlayLabs works often have later life through full-scale productions at MCC and other renowned theaters regionally across the U.S., in New York, and internationally.