We’re excited to announce the line-up for our 2014 New Play Exchange! All readings will be held at 7:30pm at the Chapman Cultural Center’s Black Box Theatre. They are free but reservations are available.
A CONTENT ADVISORY
These play readings were curated as an “underground” or “fringe” series. They are considered to be on the cutting edge of new theatre. Please be advised that their content includes strong language and adult themes.
by Alexis Roblan
May 18 at 7:30pm
In the Beginning, there were no rules. Angered and confused in this new world, Cain murders his brother, Abel. He falls in love with the only woman he has ever known, his mother. He believes there are only four people, but finds a new one. Having rejected all the answers he was given at birth, Cain must now find new ones, or learn to live by questions.
ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST
by Kristen Palmer
May 19 at 7:30pm
After Warren proposes to Josie, she decides she must make one last attempt to find her long-lost father before she walks down the aisle. What she finds instead is a dangerous, seductive world of secrets and magic from which she may not want to escape. ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST is a lyrical, haunting and surprisingly funny fairy tale about children and parents, forgetting and remembering, and the power of a good story to capture us or set us free.
SUPER, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly
by Gina Femia
May 20 at 7:30pm
The Graves are a typical American family, held together by secrets and lies. Clark dreams of being a superhero and fixing their problems – that is until Laney steps into his life and with it the promise of a happiness that he has never known. Now he hast to choose between his family and a life of freedom, forcing him to ask the question “What does it really mean to be Super?”
by Gus Schulenberg
May 21 at 7:30pm
Gary is a successful corporate man poised for promotion and happy in a new relationship with his co-worker Dawn, when his troubled brother Richie moves in. When Richie gains the power to walk into other people’s dreams and change them, he uses it to make his beloved brother’s life seemingly better. But things take an unexpected turn when Gary cheats on Dawn, and Richie walks into her dream to win her back for his brother. Instead, Dawn falls in love with him, sending all three of their lives spiraling into violence and regret. DREAM WALKER is a dark comedy about brothers, self-destruction, and the uncanny power of dreams.
THE DING DONGS, OR, What is the Penalty in Portugal?
by Brenda Withers
May 22 at 7:30pm
When a sweet-faced couple shows up on a suburban doorstep, an unsuspecting homeowner finds himself the victim of a surreal home invasion. Using wit and wordplay to mask a more sinister threat, the couple wages a battle over indigenous rights from the living room, and we are asked to examine the brutality that fuels our system of private property.
THE HAZARDS OF LOVING WHILE BROKEN
by Mariah MacCarthy
May 23 at 7:30pm
Mel loves Kerry’s son, who happens to be dead now. When Mel goes to stay with Kerry in her beautiful beach house, past and present loves collide. THE HAZARDS OF LOVING WHILE BROKEN asks: can love emerge from grief? Or do broken people just break each other further?
OLD FAMILIAR FACES
by Nat Cassidy
May 24 at 7:30pm
NOTE: OLD FAMILIAR FACES contains descriptions of violence, sexual themes and extremely strong language. Audience discretion is advised.
“Where are they gone, the old familiar faces?” In 1786, author Mary Lamb commits a horrifying act of bloodshed and her brother Charles learns to forgive. In 2013, a talented man refuses to change and his brilliant lover learns to evolve. OLD FAMILIAR FACES is a heartbreaking, time-jumping drama about four lives, bound by obsession, rocked by madness, and saved by blank verse. Based on true events.
by Geraldine Inoa
May 25 at 3pm
FRAGMENTS is about three African American mental patients in a psychiatric ward. Each character reveals the anguish and devastation that brought them to the hospital, illustrating how storytelling is used as a means to construct our identities and shape our reality. Narrative is a form of survival for these characters. The stories they share are desperate attempts to reclaim their existence and cope with their suffering. The characters question the value of psychiatric care and engage in discussions that provide insight into the lives of those who suffer from mental illness. In the end, the three patients band together and decide that the only way to beat their disease and survive in this world is to stay alive, even if that means being broken or fragmented.