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We’re Back !  
2016 TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL 
  Fri & Sat June 10 - 25 

In just ten minutes anything can happen, and it usually does! Our Ten Minute Play Festival returns with the seven winners of our year-long Regional Competition! What do the following have in common? A young woman battles voices in her head about her past; Alexander the Great meets his match; a decision to go on that blind date is good even if it kills you; snow sculpting Michelangelo’s David provides perfection for mother and child; Life imitates art or something like that; and what should you do when your 70th High School Reunion beckons ! 
They’re all part of this year’s Ten Minute Play Festival. Bet You Can’t Eat Just One !


Saturday Staged Reading  
EQUIVOCATION   
Saturdays July 9 & 16
London. 1606. Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot bring a new age of Terrorism to Britain. Bill Cain’s ‘what-if’ drama speculates on what might have happened with Shakespeare and his actors when James the First came to power at the end of Elizabeth’s reign. Art vs Politics. Politics vs Art. Or is Art Politics ? And Politics Art ? Just how far does Shakespeare have to ’equivocate’ to survive? A head spinning Historical Drama the NY Times praises for ‘exploring the moral obligation of artists to resist the manipulations of those in power.’


Main Stage Production 
   BAD JEWS  
Fri & Sat July 29 - August 13 
(Don’t Let the Title Fool You !)  
‘Bad Jews’ (as opposed to ‘Good Jews’) are those who are not connected to their heritage.  Joshua Harmon’s BAD JEWS is a vicious and delicious Comedy that explores college age youngsters struggling to identify with their heritage, culture, and history. When two cousins, a brother, and the ’shiksa’ girlfriend fight over a Grandfather’s inheritance, all hell breaks loose when what gets said can never ever get unsaid! The New York Times calls it “the Best Comedy of the 2013 - 2014 season!” Directed by Burt Tepfer.  


Saturday Staged Reading  
MRS WARREN’S PROFESSION 
  Saturdays August 20 & 27  
George Bernard Shaw’s classic locks two strong, unconventional women confronting the ‘ugly’ truth in this elemental battle peppered with wicked humor and political astuteness. With grit and wit, Kitty Warren pulled herself out of the London slums in order to give her daughter, Vivie, the opportunities she never had. When the two meet for the first time after many years, they both discover that neither mother nor daughter is the woman they thought they knew. A delightfully heartbreaking comedy about a shocking topic that is both timeless and timely. Originally banned from public performance, it was first staged in London at a private men’s club and the following production in New York led to arrests. Shaw himself said about the play, “Ah, when I wrote that, I had some nerve.” 


Main Stage Production  
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR  
Thurs, Fri, Sat Sept 8 - Oct 1
Playwright Tom Griffin’s comedy-drama depicts life in a group home for the developmentally disabled.  Wavering on the fine line between comedy and tragedy, he draws from both traditions to create a touching, funny, sad, and moving portrait in which five challenged men survive by discovering what it means to have each other in their lives. Griffin creates a genuine emotional connection between his characters and the audience that tickles while pulling at our heart strings. Most importantly, he offers a compassionate, insightful view of wounded lives with impressive dramatic intensity. Directed by Marilyn Tullgren.


Back Again ! 
  LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE  
Saturdays October 8 & 15 
The Return of last season’s popular Nora and Delia Ephron’s concert staged production, based on the bestseller by Ilene Beckerman. A collection of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory. It covers important subjects like mothers, prom dresses, and why women only wear black. Typical of other Ephron delights, critics have called this work ‘funny and compelling.’ But it is not entirely comic. ‘The play brought the house down but it is not a comedy,’ a New York Times critic noted, citing vignettes in which black cowboy boots become a sad tale of being underappreciated in a relationship, and the recollection of a new bra is a quiet testament to a women's search for dignity while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Funny and powerful, the Ephron sisters remind us of ‘female wiles, worries, insecurities, and remembrances of mother, father, sisters, brothers, lovers.’ Directed by Marilyn Tullgren.