The Playwrights Union invites you to our third annual Reading Festival of New Work. All of the plays were first drafted during our February Writing Challenge, and have been finished or re-written in the weeks leading up to the Festival. Come hear brand new work by seven of our current members and join us for refreshments between readings at the Actors’ Gang in Culver City!
Saturday, May 12th
The Fisherman’s Wife by Steve Yockey, directed by Gates McFadden
A sex farce. With sea creatures. Sometimes all you need to get the spark back in your marriage is a good old-fashioned horrific, harrowing event.
Before the Moment by Jihan Crowther, directed by Becca Wolff
A musical comedy about adventures in science and the (small, imperfect) euphoric moments of discovery. Also, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s in it. And robots.
Space Available by Jennie Webb, directed by Jen Bloom
A play about the economy and the price of not having children, this new work takes an absurdist look at a woman’s place and her diminishing options in today’s rapidly shifting reality.
Analogue by Larry Pontius, directed by Dana Friedman
Sci fi drama about a grieving former FBI agent called in to investigate a murder at a top secret facility that has contact with alternative universes, where the victim and the suspects have a familiar face.
Sunday, May 13th
Carte Blanche by Eric Loo
A straight couple tells their gay friends they’re in an open marriage, thinking their revelation will be met by their friends’ support. However, the gay couple is trying to adopt, so supporting traditional values is way more important to them than supporting their straight friends attempt at spicing up their marriage–no judgement.
Theory of Nothing by Lolly Ward, directed by Randee Trabitz
A family of scientists and artists gathers to finalize the parents’ divorce, but complications of love and memory in multiple dimensions change their path. If Marie Curie stopped by your tree house, would you let her in?
Partners by Dorothy Fortenberry
Just because two men can get married, should they? Just because a man and a woman are married, should they stay that way? A spiky comedy about four best friends that asks the question: how much of what we have do we owe those we love?