Women's Work Short Play Festival (August 5 - 10, 2019)

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All Women's Work Short Plays are written to an assigned theme. Through the years these themes have been inspired by the political and social zeitgeist percolating in the U.S. at the start of a new LAB. Approval Pending speaks to the tremendous upheaval in our our cultural landscape, and particularly its manifestation in the retrograde language and treatment of the less powerful—notably women, immigrants, and communities of color. After an intensive and wide-ranging discussion of the topic, each writer found her own take on this theme and the resulting plays are as unique and diverse as the talented writers who created them.

With the talents of 23 wonderful actors:
Annette Arnold, Sheila Joon Azim, Shauna Bloom, Cate Bottiglione, Alexandra Cohler, Donovan Christie, Jr., Eric Diamond, Jose Febus, Shykia Fields, Alexis Floyd, Ashton Foster, Stephen Girasuolo, Eric Graves, Laura E. Johnston, Anya Krawcheck, Vick Kirshna, Leopold Lowe, Charee Monroy, Tim Rankin, Mary Sheridan, M. George Stevenson, Andrew Tejada, Federico Trigo


Program A

August 5, 7, 9 @ 4:00 pm
August 6, 8 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 10 @ 5:00 pm

Program B

August 5, 7, 9 @ 8:00 pm
August 6, 8 @ 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 10 @ 2:00 pm

Program A

It’s Not So Bad in My Brain by Amalia Oliva Rojas
directed by Chanon Judson

Fé has flown as far as he can, but there is no escaping the apocalypse. An astonishing reunion offers salvation, but the habits of a lifetime are hard to resist, even at the end of the world.

The Abundance of the Heart by Breana C. Venablé
directed by Jenny Greeman

Family dynamics are tough, especially when the new generation pushes against old boundaries. But when one African American family is confronted with an indifferent medical system, their way forward becomes clear.

Thank You and Goodnight by Alyssa Haddad
directed by Karin Crighton

Comedy routines in the kitchen aren’t uncommon, but when an aspiring young comic pushes her mother on to the stage, they both learn a lesson about reaching for the stars, and believing in their dreams.

Program B

Riptide by Alisa Zhulina
directed by Mary Hodges

The storm outside seems to have brought some unexpected turbulence into the home of Ben and Mel. Is it madness or magic? Which one is the fish out of water?

Terroir by Allison Zajac-Batell
directed by Kimberly Loren Eaton

Do our roots really determine destiny? How can we flourish in unfruitful soil? Transplanting human beings to a “better” environment doesn’t always work. It depends on who the gardener is.

Jennifer’s Coming Out Party by Sherry Friedman
directed by Julie Ann Lucas

Mom and Dad are anxious to meet their daughter, but as the 2016 election results are broadcast in the delivery room, Jennifer decides she has other plans. Friedman’s farce gives new meaning to the concept of “choice.”

Tickets are $20/$15 for students/seniors with ID
CASH ONLY at the door

Reservations are released 10 minutes before curtain
TDF accepted for selected performances


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Performances at New Perspectives Studio, 458 West 37th Street, Ground Floor @ 10th Avenue

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Program A

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