NYC PROGRAMMING

From our home base in New York City, we serve artists through the course of the full calendar year, and throughout the life cycle of their projects. Our NYC Reading Series at Barnard College features free public readings of work in progress every 6-8 weeks during the school year. The Winter Season offers workshops, readings, and residencies to several projects simultaneously, and presents them free to the general public. 

2017/2018 NYC Programming concluded in March, and included the following productions. 

2017-2018 NYC PROGRAMMING DETAILS

NYC READING SERIES

THE LETTERS

by David Zellnik

directed by Pamela Berlin

featuring Molly Carden, Mirirai Sithole,

Stephen Stocking, Babak Tafti

Henry studies dead languages. Rachel studies living languages. And Rajiv is the artist who lives with them both in a squat in Berlin, enmeshed in a post-collegiate tangle of friendship, love, and sex. 10 years later, Henry is gone, and the long engagement of Rajiv and Rachel is fraying. In the course of one day and over a series of competing memories, the characters of THE LETTERS must wrestle with the past and chart the future in a language they still have to create. 

MARCH 19, 2018 | 7:00 pm

NYC WINTER SEASON

THE LUCKIEST

by Melissa Ross

directed by Daniella Topol

featuring Cassie Beck, Kathryn Erbe, Bobby Moreno

Peter is Lissette's chosen family.  Cheryl is Lissette's mom.  They both have very strong and differing opinions about how she should get her life together.  But when an out-of-nowhere shock of tragic news explodes her world into pieces - Lissette is forced to figure out how to listen to both and neither as she fights for agency over how she wants to live.  And how she wants to die.

FEBRUARY 5, 2018 | 7:00 pm

NYC WINTER SEASON

LITTLE ORPHAN DANNY

book, lyrics, & music by Dan Finnerty

created by Dan Finnerty & Sean Daniels

additional music by Dan Lipton

directed by Sean Daniels

featuring Dan Finnerty, Julie Foldesi

The uproarious musical memoir of The Dan Band’s brilliant frontman Dan Finnerty: Growing up a small town altar boy in a nice conservative family doesn’t always suit our adopted protagonist. Childhood outbursts of blasphemy in church only lead to pathetic adolescent attempts at playing sports. But of the many lessons he’ll learn, none could prepare him for the fateful day he and his mother meet the woman who gave birth to him. An irreverent-yet-tender story of a boy and the women who made him.

JANUARY 31, 2018 | 7:00 pm

NYC WINTER SEASON

HOUSE OF JOY

by Madhuri Shekar

directed by Zi Alikhan

featuring MaYaa Boateng, Mahira Kakkar,

Jiehae Park, Deepa Purohit, Ian Fields Stewart,

Sathya Sridharan, Rasha Zamamiri

Set some time like the 17th century, in some place like Delhi, India, House of Joy tells the story of Hamida, an elite female bodyguard in the Emperor’s Imperial Harem. Faced with an impossible ethical quandary, Hamida tries to help an abused Queen escape the heavily guarded harem, thus risking her life and going against everything she was raised to believe. A swashbuckling action-adventure romance inspired by the legends of Indian history.

JANUARY 25, 2018 | 7:00 pm

NYC READING SERIES

THE FIT

by Carey Perloff

directed by Melia Bensussen

featuring Betsy Aidem, Dennis Boutsikaris,

Lori Tan Chinn, Mahira Kakkar, Jeffrey Omura 

A young Indian-American woman battles for her place in the outrageously macho world of high-stakes investing in this hilarious and chilling look at tribalism, ambition, and venture capital. 

OCTOBER 30, 2017 | 7:00 pm

NYC READING SERIES

LIGHTNING

by Beth Henley

directed by Amy Morton

featuring Maria Dizzia, Raul Esparza, Marin Ireland

In a cabin high on a peak surrounded by Blue Mountains and sky, a young woman is visited by a travelling salesman as a lightning storm brews. Driven by the promise of something more, LIGHTNING is a story of resilience and determination in a most unforgiving world.

OCTOBER 2, 2017 | 7:00 pm

NYC READING SERIES

LAZY OAK LANE

by Korde Arrington Tuttle

directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges

featuring Noel Joseph Allain, Lauren E. Banks, Tom Bozell, Dylan Carusona, Benton Greene, Suzette Azariah Gunn, Chalia La Tour, Tasneem Nathari, Reynaldo Piniella,

David Ryan Smith, Ryan Jamaal Swain,

Elizabeth Van Dyke, Reggie D. White

A businessman, retired professional football player, husband, and father of six, Keith Jackson has led an exceptional life. In 2008, amidst the financial crisis and President Obama's campaign and election, the Jackson's lives are irrevocably turned upside down. By any means necessary, Keith and his wife, Katrina, fight to save their marriage and family. The truths they unearth force them to confront -- and attempt to reconcile -- reality and illusion. In a family of eight, serenity is hard to come by, and reconciliation is no small feat. 

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