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A five-night event that includes nightly readings of new works written and directed by emerging artists, as well as curtain speeches by Roundabout Underground artist alumni and post-show receptions. The Reading Series will feature new works by Ben Steinfeld, Alexander Gemignani, Jiréh Breon Holder, Sylvia Khoury, Martín Zimmerman and Jessica Moss.
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.
How ___ Made Me A Better Feminist is an evening of brand new ten minute plays exploring the opportunities for female empowerment found in popular culture and our day to day lives. By asking our collaborating playwrights to fill in the blank with their chosen words we'll find out how cheerleading, cake, the subway, OKCupid, being a manny, and Barbra Streisand made us better feminists - but not before we get you good and liquored up with some Feminist Punch!
It's 1941 and Alice "Al" Huffman comes from the potato fields of Long Island with her beau, her best girlfriend and her girlfriend's beau to make it on the Broadway stage only to find she has no talent. She meets Max, a former producer, talent manager and possible con man who introduces her to the glamorous, perpetually on the brink of stardom night club singer, Juliana. Juliana's voice sounds to Al like "warm milk slipping down the whole of my body."
Al is increasingly drawn into a secret gay underworld of men who wear dresses and women who smoke cigars, while her childhood friends continue in their "normal" lives. Al glides easily between the two worlds until these worlds begin to collide.
Juliana is the first in a series of novels about the same characters living through forthcoming decades of LGBT history.