22 October 2008

This Is What I Do


As you can see above (or in case you can't see above), the formula is four free readings of new plays, with free wine and "mingling." (Or "standing in a corner by yourself drinking free wine," but we couldn't come up with a good variable for that.) (There's also some food, so the free wine doesn't go to your head too fast, you lightweight.)

The next four Mondays:

Oct 27 - Second Life by Ashlin Halfnight
Nov 3 - Zero by Julian Sheppard
Nov 10 - The Jesus Year by Brooke Berman
Nov 17 - A Lifetime Burning by Cusi Cram

The readings are all at 7pm, all at Baruch Performing Arts Center: 25th St between Lex and 3rd, on the south side of the street.

About PlayLabs, some copy that I didn't entirely write myself:

For years, MCC Theater has presented readings of new plays from our Playwrights’ Coalition to an invited audience of theatre professionals and friends. This season, we’re going public, as MCC presents two new reading series - free!

PlayLabs feature brand new work by some of the most exciting writers out there. Each has a unique, exciting voice that we can’t wait to share with you.

PlayLabs bring new plays to you. But they also bring you to new plays. Join us after every reading for a reception, a chance to chat with the artists and meet other new play enthusiasts.

And about the plays, some blurbs that I didn't entirely write myself:

Mon Oct 27
Second Life
by Ashlin Halfnight
Tim’s having trouble holding onto reality. Video games bleed into pornography, and both bleed into real life. Then things get even more dangerous – he falls in love.

Mon Nov 3
Zero
by Julian Sheppard
A group of strangers, pursuing love, passion, and the American Dream, get caught up in the gravitational pull of New York City. Their paths cross, overlap and finally converge in an explosive confrontation.

Mon Nov 10
The Jesus Year
by Brooke Berman
When you turn 33 (the same age Jesus was when he, as Max puts it, "Did all his stuff"), you find your mission, you get nailed to a cross, you die, and then you get reborn. And that's exactly what Max is looking to do in L.A.

Mon Nov 17
A Lifetime Burning
by Cusi Cram
In a perfectly decorated mid-century modern apartment on Mulberry Street, one sister has written a memoir. Another sister claims that not one word of it is true. Both may be right. Is memory ever what really happened or, in these reality obsessed times, is it possible to rewrite one's life?

The readings are free; reservations are recommended. Call 212.727.7722 x244 or email literary@mcctheater.org.

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