At 39, Bea is leaving home to marry a man her mother has never met. Set in the rainy town of Anacortes, Washington, the play explores loss so deep it makes this family create a fantasy world that’s hard to escape. Home might be a scary place, but what if leaving is even scarier?
LOOK AT ME (RUFF, RUFF)
Susan and Rusty have been living the good life until...he starts barking like a dog and a former student follows her home and doesn’t want to leave. This couple is melting down, right along with the economy, the American dream, and all that they once thought was as solid as the wedding rings on their fingers.
I COULD NEVER LIVE HERE
Audrey inherits a family farm and is haunted by her dead brother who got stuck behind when she made off for the city. This is a quintessential American play that asks whether it’s possible to have a real future if you haven’t reckoned with the past. Questions of home and obligations to the next generation loom large. Debt and its overwhelming burdens are real, as is the desire to escape the truth.
CHARLES WINN SPEAKS
A young ambitious Russian immigrant achieves the American dream. He is at the top, until his American girlfriend dumps him.
ETRUSCAN LOVERS & OTHER FOOLS Romantic comedy, 8 characters (3 W, 5 M)
The annual museum gala—champagne is flowing, egos need stroking, spouses are being neglected, and the “Etruscan Lovers” are coming to life. In this romantic comedy, people either adore or abhor the Etruscans. Yet these ghosts have lessons to impart . . . about the illusion of perfect love, the struggle to live in the moment, and the difficulty of moving on. But will anyone ever learn? And what did the Etruscans know anyway?
THE PHOTO ALBUM
Interactive theater project; multiple characters; audience participation.
By The Story Gym
Hundreds of faded photos were discovered in a crumbling Brooklyn Victorian. Whose were they? What memories did they capture? Special thanks to the people in Ditmas Park who showed me their wonderful neighborhood and inspired me with their stories: Babs Gold, Maddy Jacobs, Paul Catalanotto, and Laura Rozos.
Prick Perfect takes place in the laboratory of Victoria Frankenlove, Ph.D. When Dr. Frankenlove makes a robot with the brain of a dolphin, does she create the perfect lover or a monster? Comedy (1 W, 1 M)
Dr. Darling is a screwball comedy in which a scientist wants Double D, his home-built female robot, to fly his home-built spaceship to outer space, but she has a different plan. Comedy (1 W, 1 M)
Under My Box Spring opens with Olivia hovering over Bug, about to squash him to smithereens. And then the sweet talking begins. Is he a parasite or just what she needs? Comedy (1 W, 1 M)
In Combat Dating, sexual attraction becomes deadly. Comedy (1 W, 1 M)
In Apologies to Vietnam, a plate of vegetables and rice lead a grad student and a Vietnamese woman to a startling revelation about what it means to be American. Comedy (1 W, 1 M)
In Falutin, a flutist and trombonist discover whether love can overcome an orchestral divide. Based on a comedy inspired by Cornelius Logan's The Vermont Wool-Dealer (1838). Comedy (1 W, 1 M)
The Art of the Interview is about a teenage “Valley girl” who goes to a farm in the Midwest to interview her great uncle for a term paper. Comedy (1 W, 1 M)
The Sabbatical is a four-character black comedy about a man who decides to put his wife in a storage locker. Comedy (2 W, 2 M)
Out There is about a mother who tries to protect her daughter, Tulip, from the real world by entrapping her in a cave. Absurdist comedy (2 W)
Extremes is about a couple who are trying to make their way in the world after separating . . . on a day when they must be together. Drama (1 W, 1 M)
Answers finds Valerie facing the biggest decision of her life without the usual help of her Magic 8 Ball. Comedy (1 W, 1 M)
In Sacred Space, Will comes home to find Xenia throwing out the stove to make room for her home office. Comedy (1 W, 1 M)
The Vision takes places in a rundown hotel in the Catskill Mountains, where George tells wife Stacy that he has bought the place. Comedy (1 W, 1 M)
In Becoming Becoming, Mitzi and hairdresser Jerry come together on the day when each is about to enter into a lifelong commitment with a less-than-ideal partner. Comedy (1 W, 1 M)
Guatemalan Babies finds friends Sylvie and Peter dealing with loss in surprisingly different ways. Drama (1 W, 1 M)
In Lockdown with Pinky, a tough 18-year-old girl and a sensitive cross-dressing teenage guy grapple with everything from Miranda rights to Britney Spears to what to wear for Halloween. Comedy (1 W, 1 M)