The Fresh Grind Festival is presenting staged readings of ten selected new works from
across the country. From ten minute plays, to hilarious one-acts, to campy musicals, we’ve got it
all. Come see some amazing new work in development.
An Unexpected Thing Happens
by Michael Perrie Jr.; directed by Lacy Reily
by Jenna Spiwack directed by Lauren Goldberger
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Danny K. Bernstein
Original Story by Danny K. Bernstein and Adam Quinn
directed by Adam Quinn
by Emerson Fd; directed by Dunya J. Karam
by Sean Dunnington; directed by Jenna Spiwack
How to Talk to a Girl Wearing Headphones
by Adrienne Dawes: directed by Dana Iannuzzi
I Want to Eat Brains (or the Day I Killed All My Friends)
Lyrics & Book by Lily Dwoskin, Music by Danny Ursetti; directed by Dunya J. Karam
by T.J. Petty; directed by Sivan Battat
Thank You Notes: Headed to Heaven W/ Flat Jimmy Fallon
by Vicki Vodrey; directed by Jessica Ryan
by Natalie Margolin; directed by Alyssa White
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Ramsey
Sound Designer: Almeda Beynon
Casting Director: Ariana Starr
Producer: Georgina Simon
Five on a Match presents
#11/9 or EVERYTHING is TERRIBLE so we put on a show
January 24, 2017
cast: Katie Baldwin Eng, Andrew Kramer, Charles Forbes, Nastaran Ahmadi, Chiori Miyagawa, Beth Novick, Talya Chalef & The Public Work’s Dept, Kate Mulley, Monica Bauer and Five on a Match…
with performances by Astrology Club and Ms. Minty Newport
What to do when a right-wing would-be autocrat puts his hand on the Lincoln Bible and takes the reins of power? Post endlessly on Facebook or get into a room with a bunch of other passionate theater and performance artists and process the unthinkable? This is a night of art and activism: original plays and performances that attempt to grapple with life under King Trump.
Every dollar goes to The Ali Forney Center, the largest and most comprehensive program in the nation dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth.
Ira and Larry were Hebrew school classmates who took different paths in life. Ira came out and moved to the city; Larry got married, had a family and came out later in life. Now they’re spending one memorable weekend together with Larry’s son Bryan, Ira’s nephew Christopher and a whole lot of gay history.
The play is an immersive and confessional theatre experience in which the audience is transformed into the battle-hardened soldiers that Marlene Dietrich entertained during the closing years of World World II. The period songs, with their acidic, cynical tone, serve to highlight Marlene’s status as an erotic pioneer with her gender ambiguity. On a politically-social level it tackles the Nazi Germany oppression, modern parallels in Trump’s America and artists’ ways of fighting totalitarianism. Intimate and controversial.
social media and marketing by Ashley Curry
Mighty Good Company
by Timothy Nolan
directed by Aimee Todoroff
March 31 – April 2, 2017
cast: Sara Thigpen, Alyssa Simon, Catherine Porter, Hannah Seusy, Mel House, Molly Lovell, Charles Gagnon, AL Pearsall
Stage Manager/Sound & Light Design: Matthew Fischer
Costumes by Nancy Nichols
Produced by Susannah Nolan and Present Tense Productions
It’s 2008 in small town USA, and there is nothing Norman Rockwell about it. Lisa and Simon used to be soldiers, but they’re trying to put all that behind them. Except Simon’s mother just committed suicide, Lisa’s marriage is falling apart, the local meth dealer won’t leave them alone and the only calm person in town is Simon’s odd brother Terry, who spends all his time playing video games. Wrestling with the aftermath of death, and realization that no one knows what comes next, these four Americans grasp toward adulthood in a place they dream of leaving.
Stage Manager: Elise Keller*
Assistant Stage Manager: Alexandra Grant
Assistant Director: Caitlin Wees
Set Design: Scott Tedmon-Jones
Lighting Design: Kia Rogers
Sound Design: Andy Evan Cohen
Costume Design: Vivianne Galloway
Projection Design: Steve Channon
Props Design: Julia Gjeka
Fight Direction: Unkle Dave’s Fight House
Press Agent: Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR
Produced by Tim Errickson for Boomerang Theatre Company
*appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
Sacred Circle presents
Rondeau: A Beauty Masked
written by C Bain and Sacred Circle Theatre Company
directed by Raymond Arnold
May 18 – 21, 2017
cast: C Bain, Blaize Emily Hall, Mia Longenecker, Marlee Miller, Summer Minerva, Corynne Victoria Peters, Elina Shnayderman, Denali Thomas, Rebecca F Travis
In 1660, Charles II was restored to the English throne after a decade of Puritanical rule under the moralizing dictator Oliver Cromwell. The English Restoration became a celebration of pleasure, intrigue, and seduction. Dances became flirtier, letters became dirtier, and the newly reopened theatres became the backdrop for an age of promiscuous identity. An age that would bear the most dangerous and exciting of plays: the sex comedy.
Rondeau: A Beauty Masked desecrates, masticates, and recreates Restoration Comedy. A familiar dance begins. The famed courtesan Angellica Bianca falls in love with the cocky Willmore. They have been here before. Willmore cannot control his desires. The partners switch. New players dance the same dance. Each hides behind a new mask. Someone’s heart breaks. Someone takes what is not theirs. And still the shadow of Oliver Cromwell looms on high, casting over them the wrath of an angry God. Join Sacred Circle Theatre Company as we mount our first full-length new work. Rondeau: A Beauty Masked tempts us to explore our most carnal appetites and our darkest longings. Will they yield pleasure or beget pain?
Music Director: Mia Longenecker
Lead Designer: Rebecca F Travis
Lighting Designer: Chloe Czinsky
Stage Manager/Assistant Director: Anise
The kiss of a stranger awakens the desire and creativity of a middle-aged wife, mother,
teacher, and writer; launching her on a journey exploring a life outside conventional marriage,
motherhood, and sexual appetite. Her identity fragments as she embarks on a sexual odyssey filled
with risk, questioning, and confused boundaries. In wandering, how can she put down roots, find a voice, and craft a new story of herself and those with whom she shares a kinship?
Stage Manager: K’Sandra Nova
Scenic Designer: WT McRae
Lighting Designer: Kate Jaworski
Costume Designer: Natalie Loveland
Dramaturge: Sylvia Brown
Nothing Special will take you into the world of Edie Sedgwick, the 1960’s New York socialite and Andy Warhol’s first underground superstar. A lifestyle full of decadence, self- indulgence, drugs and desperation, watch as we chronicle a day in the life of “one of the most famous people in the world”. We invite you to attend a night of theater, art, and music as we delve into the unique culture of Warhol’s factory.
Crew: Nicole Martins Boyte
The Deed is Done is dramedy narrated by a mid-twenties virgin who went around New York City interviewing people to figure out the social norms of losing one’s virginity. It explores the awkwardness and societal pressure which comes with losing one’s virginity. The show captures the essence of the emotional and psychological impact that the ‘first time’ has on individuals of all walks of life.
The narrator, a goody-goody virgin, adds humor, juxtaposing the sometimes serious stories of her more sexually adventurous peers. The Deed Is Done allows the audience to reminisce about their own first-time experiences, while also showing virgins in the audience that they are not outsiders.
Although everyone has a different ‘first-time’ story, these stories still connect us as human beings. The Deed is Done explores diverse voices and embraces sexuality, while simultaneously exploring what ‘virginity’, means, both in relation to identity and humanity.
Stage Manager: Nancy Herriman
Rising Circle Theatre Collective presents
Have Sari. Will Travel!
Written by Deepa Purohit
Directed by Awoye Timpo
June 15 – 17, 2017
cast: Yolande Bavan, Kathleen Choe, Jeffrey Omura, Kate Rigg and Pallavi Sastry
After meeting Yolande Bavan, a globe-trotting, barrier-breaking jazz singer from Sri Lanka, Dinu decides to write a play about Yolande’s whirlwind life. In an attempt to cement a legacy, the two women, a generation apart, reckon with unexpected truths. As in any Sri Lankan story, there is tea, love cake, and, of course, there is music.
Scenic Designer: Yu-Hsuan Chen
Lighting Designer: Stacey Derosier
Costume Designer: Ntokozo Kunene
Sound Designer: Emily Gardner Hall
Line Producer: Marie Cisco
Stage Manager: Jonathan Castanien
G45 Productions presents
by Caryl Churchill
directed by Cameron King
July 27 – August 6, 2017
cast: Noa Bornstein, Dillon Claro, Charlotte Durkee, Abe Jacobs, Jarrett Jung, Zeke St. John, and Isabel Renner.
Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill is the unapologetically brash synthesis of two times – one defined by boundaries and another defined by their destruction. Any sense of polish melts away in Churchill’s reimagined universe, as lines of propriety, identity and gender are beyond crossed. Through 137 years, ten relationships, four songs and two vastly contrasting acts, one family learns what it means to come of age in a sexually political world.
HOW DO YOU PUT BACK TOGETHER A BROKEN HEART?
Climb inside Aaron’s head where all his memories are shuffled like songs in a playlist. Dance through these memories as he reflects on his rocky romance with Wes and searches for the right words to say.
Told in a series of non-chronological vignettes that scan memories both real and invented, Last Ditch Playlist is a modern mixtape eulogizing love lost and found.
Choreographer: Casey Bagnall
Graphic Design: Sarah Cuneo
Lighting Design: James Johnson
Music and Sound Design: Jason Pomerantz
Video Design: Joseph Prestamo
October 4 – 8, 2017
cast: Rupert Simonian, Maggie Benedict, Yasmine Lever, and Graham Powell.
Rachel and Ben want to buy a flat in London. And so do their friends, Melanie and Sam. But what with rent, tax, student loans, pensions and bills, it’s impossible to save for a deposit.
So the foursome come up with a fast-track solution to the problem: live together. Sneakily split the rent and bills on a tiny one bedroom flat for a year. But with paper thin walls and space growing sparser by the day, which will they sacrifice first – the friendship, the relationship or the dream of buying their own property?
Matt Hartley’s Deposit throws a lively and topical spotlight on ‘Generation Rent’ and the lengths they will go to in order to get that first step on the property ladder. His theatre credits include the Bruntwood Award winning Sixty Five Miles (Paines Plough/ Hull Truck) and Horizon (National Theatre Connections).
Bluelaces brings you a brand new highly-sensory immersive piece for individuals with autism and other developmental differences. This new production – ALL ABOARD! – explores transportation and locomotion! While aboard “The Imaginator,” our adventurers will explore all things plane, train, and automobile throughout time. Initially inspired by New York’s sprawling subway system and its history, we are looking at transportation and its evolution through time from horse and buggy, to cross-country trains, airplanes and rocket ships.
Cast: Jon Cook, Susannah Gratz, Arielle Gonzalez, Amanda Thickpenny
Adventure Guides: Naomi Avadanei, Emily Bruner, Jill Clough, Annika Gullahorn, Samantha Hubschman, Anne Lieberson.
Rhonda Badonda wants to function normally… Her brain has other ideas.
Dive into the shape-shifting landscape of the mind as Rhonda unscrambles a hidden medical mystery and encounters the truth of her baffling and bewildering world.
When your brain won’t cooperate, you have to get creative.
Cast: Rhonda S. Musak
Writer: Rhonda S. Musak
Director: Gareth Hendee
Movement Director: Joan Evans
Produced by Deep Water Productions
Nice salary, good hours, Billy and Jack thought they landed the ideal summer job … at the Soundview Nuclear Power Plant. Now, years later, they’re paying dearly for it.
*appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association