Manhattan Theatre Club presents The Ernst C. Stiefel Spring Boards 2007: Rehearsed Readings of New Work. All readings are free, but reservations are required. The schedule is as follows:
Monday, April 9 at 7:00pm
By Hilary Fannin
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
Jude and Ann's seventh wedding anniversary ends in a trial separation. Will experiments in loneliness and infidelity bring them closer together? Are we really doomed to become our parents? A startlingly honest and surprising look at what makes a relationship work from one of Ireland's brightest new talents.
Monday, April 16 at 7:00pm
By David Adjmi
Directed by Anne Kauffman
Sixteen-year-old Lily expects married life in her tight-knit community to make her stunningly happy. But when being with her much older husband proves less than romantic, she finds herself swept up in an unconventional friendship with her maid, Blanche. Issues of class, race and sex boil to the surface in this fierce, provocative and funny new play.
Monday, April 23 at 7:00pm
A Sleeping Country
By Melanie Marnich
Directed by Trip Cullman
In New York City, a desperate insomniac becomes convinced that she is dying. In Venice, a beautiful, sleepless Italian woman must persuade her to live. A dreamy story of sleep lost and hope found.
Monday, April 30 at 7:00pm
Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon & Jay Gruska
Book by Seth Friedman
Directed by Nell Balaban
America, 1952. Howard Prince, small-time gambler, full-time nobody, finally gets to be somebody. Only it's as a "front" for a blacklisted TV writer. Howard soon finds fame, fortune, the girl of his dreams - and the attention of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Based on the film starring Woody Allen and Zero Mostel.
Monday, May 14 at 7:00pm
The Last Best Place
By Bathsheba Doran
After two long years in the big city fail to pan out as she'd hoped, Josie returns to her small Montana hometown to start fresh. Can life with her father and the boy who passed her over in high school really be enough? An intimate look at long days under a big sky.
Monday, May 21 at 7:00pm
By Sarah Treem
Directed by Jo Bonney
When poetry icon Christopher Morgan offers struggling young poet Elizabeth a fellowship complete with a publishing deal, she thinks it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But when her mentor's generosity turns sour, Elizabeth is forced to choose between her work and the urge for revenge. Trusts are betrayed and ideals shattered in this bold look at who defines the value of art.
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