POWERHOUSE 2020 | READINGS FESTIVAL 1

June 27

HIGHWAY PATROL

Co-conceived by Dana Delany, Mike Donahue and Jen Silverman

with Dana Delany

written by Jen Silverman

directed by Mike Donahue

featuring Michael Esper, Halley Feiffer,

Amaya Press, Vanessa Kai

When a young stranger enters and upends Dana’s life, she becomes enmeshed in an increasingly bizarre relationship. As the parameters morph and shift, Dana must ask herself: what is the price of intimacy and connectivity? And who do we become at our most vulnerable? Highway Patrol is a narrative theatrical event built on twelve months of Dana’s emails and texts as well as interviews with Dana herself.

June 27

SOPHIA

by Claire Kiechel

directed by Lisa Peterson

featuring McKinley Belcher III, Carson Elrod, Walker Jones, JD Mollison, Christina Pumeriega, Carolyn Michelle Smith

After the 2016 election, an American woman travels to Jerusalem to join her archaeologist husband in opening Jesus’ tomb, but soon finds herself alone in the ancient city with a cryptic scroll many are desperate to keep hidden. Unsure of whether she has stumbled upon a curse or a conspiracy, she begins to decipher the long-buried text and encounters a teenage girl from centuries ago on her own quest for answers. Set in 2016 and 216, Sophia tells a mystery about the Mysteries: a new story about faith, heresy, and the feminine divine. An Alley Theatre commission developed in the 2019 Alley All New Festival and Alley at Ucross

July 3

THE GREAT EXPERIMENT

by Liza O'Brien

directed by Elena Araoz

featuring Frankie J. Alvarez, Julian Cihi,

James Cusati-Moyer, Rocky Vega, Justin Walker White

Freshman year means new horizons, questionable decisions, and toxic friendships. And for some, it marks the beginning of a whole new era. When three young women from disparate backgrounds come together in the radically progressive crucible of Vassar College, their lives—and the world—will never be the same.

July 5

THE MADWOMAN AND THE ROOMBA

by Sandra Tsing Loh

directed by Zi Alikhan

featuring Dahlia Azama, Mahira Kakkar, Kineta Kunutu, Nadine Malouf, Susannah Perkins

Ah, to be a woman in the 21stcentury. After half a century of women’s liberation, what to do? How to be? Trump is running for re-election; Hillary Clinton is starting a podcast. Sheryl Sandberg is Leaning In to Russian Facebook bots. 50 year-old J. Lo is Super Bowl pole-dancing. To help out, Gwyneth Platrow has this fabulous new ylang ylang-based vulva cream. Is it time to crawl under a weighted security blanket? Based on Loh’s new humorous memoir, The Madwoman and the Roomba deep-dives into the angst of our times, through the lives of four women friends who weren’t born yesterday.

A work-in-process based on a soon-to-be released book from best-selling author Sandra Tsing Loh.

JULY 10, 11, 12 | Various Times

BEAUTIFUL BLESSED CHILD

by Daria Miyeko Marinelli

directed by Zi Alikhan

featuring Betsy Aidem, Brittany Allen, Heidi Armbruster, Marc Bovino, James Faunce, Joel Marsh Garland,

Andy Grotelueschen

I thought you checked your car-fluids / I did ?

Professionally ? / No.

Mm.

Aimiko has never taken a road trip with t/her Mom. Sharon has never seen nor heard of any sort of mother-daughterchild road trip. And so, our brave pioneers take to the road, driving West, 10mph above the speed limit, with tales of cannibals (The Donner Party), crane wives (The Decemberists), and samurai children (the mythic family lore) buzzing over the airwaves, offering avenues of survival, all of which are only moderately helpful when Aimiko’s car radiator suddenly goes dead.

This is their story.

JULY 10, 11, 12 | Various Times

READING

by Donja R. Love

directed by Malika Oyetimein

featuring Khris Davis, Marchant Davis, Clinton Lowe, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Armand Schultz, Brennie Tellu, Renika Williams

Somewhere in North Philly the North Star shines bright. It lights the way for North, a Shakespearean-like rapper in his hood. But right after he lands a record deal his father is released from prison and he becomes forced to see the man that he always was.

JULY 17, 18, 19 | Various Times

MISS MITCHELL

book by Kristin Slaney

music and lyrics by The Lobbyists (Tommy Crawford and Alex Grubbs, lead artists)

featuring Susannah Hoffman, David Patrick Kelly, J.D. Mollison

Roger is the last remaining tenant of an old apartment building scheduled for demolition to make way for a new shopping mall. At 75 and with a history of left-wing social activism, Roger has no intention of giving the corporate interests the satisfaction of moving without a fight – his last stand. A young attorney, Annie, shows up charged with the task of evicting Roger. What should be easy for Annie becomes a test of wills and integrity, which uncovers both of their fears and their gaping generational divide. But this battle also shows them their ability to to transcend their differences and ultimately what binds even the most intransigent pair combatants.

JULY 17, 18, 19 | Various Times

TITLE

by Dan McCabe

directed by Billy Porter

featuring Matthew J. Harris, Tedra Milan, Morocco Omari, Larry Pine, Rosanny Zayas

A former rapper, a DJ, and a musical theatre fanatic have become unlikely stoop buddies in Sunnyside, Queens.   When their friendly riffing about race, sexuality and music in America turns personal – and with the arrival of two up-and-coming female emcees – the trio must confront the changes to their purist ideals and question what it means to be authentic.

JULY 17, 18, 19 | Various Times

TITLE

by Dan McCabe

directed by Billy Porter

featuring Matthew J. Harris, Tedra Milan, Morocco Omari, Larry Pine, Rosanny Zayas

A former rapper, a DJ, and a musical theatre fanatic have become unlikely stoop buddies in Sunnyside, Queens.   When their friendly riffing about race, sexuality and music in America turns personal – and with the arrival of two up-and-coming female emcees – the trio must confront the changes to their purist ideals and question what it means to be authentic.

JULY 17, 18, 19 | Various Times

TITLE

by Dan McCabe

directed by Billy Porter

featuring Matthew J. Harris, Tedra Milan, Morocco Omari, Larry Pine, Rosanny Zayas

A former rapper, a DJ, and a musical theatre fanatic have become unlikely stoop buddies in Sunnyside, Queens.   When their friendly riffing about race, sexuality and music in America turns personal – and with the arrival of two up-and-coming female emcees – the trio must confront the changes to their purist ideals and question what it means to be authentic.

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