WHAT and Willy's Gym are teaming up again to bring you a series of brilliant new plays by some of the most celebrated young writers of their generation. Each of these plays is scheduled for a World Premier at a major regional theater later this year: Goldfish at the South Coast Repertory Pacific Playwrights Festival, Hard Weather Boating Party and Slasher at the Humana Festival Of New American Plays in Louisville and Mrs. Whitney at Steppenwolf in Chicago. WHAT is honored to be able to offer these "sneak peaks" to its patrons.
Goldfish by John Kolvenbach
Friday, March 6
From Chicago to New York to London, where the Evening Standard praised his "robust humor and bursts of poetic lyricism," John Kolvenbach is one of today's most sought-after playwrights and a WHAT mainstay (On An Average Day, Love Song, Fabuloso.) Scheduled to World Premier at South Coast Rep in March, Goldfish is a bittersweet story about two college students who fall surprisingly in love. She's loquacious. He's solitary. But she persists, and--to his amazement--sweeps him off his feet. Then problems develop: namely, her mother and his father. Dealing with eccentric parents stretches the power of love to its limits and sends Albert and Lucy on an imaginative search for a happy ending.
The Hard Weather Boating Party by Naomi Wallace
Friday, March 13
Three men, almost strangers, meet in a hotel room to plan an ugly crime against a powerful adversary. Inspired by research on Louisville's Rubbertown neighborhood, Wallace's play explores the struggle between industrial greed and growth, and the health of the community.
Mrs. Whitney by John Kolvenbach
Friday, March 20
In Mrs. Whitney the family we met in Goldfish reappears: Mrs. Whitney is Margaret, Lucy's Mother. In Goldfish we only heard about Tom, but now we meet him in all his dissipated glory. It's years later and Margaret wants to reconnect with Tom. But Francis is desperately in love with Margaret (although long married himself) and tries to prevent her from making a "big mistake." Kolvenbach weaves all this into wonderful, exhilarating, heartbreaking, hilarious drama.
Slasher by Allison Moore
Friday, March 27
When she's cast as the "last girl" in a low-budget slasher flick, Sheena thinks it's the big break she's been waiting for. But news of the movie unleashes her malingering mother's thwarted feminist rage, and Mom is prepared to do anything to stop filming…even if it kills her. WHAT produced Moore's Hazard County at the Harbor in 2006.
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