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How do you keep your life from spinning out of control when you can't even get out of bed? How do you cure a disease that's all "in your head"?
In this hopeful and darkly humorous new play, reality collides with fantasy, past and present threaten the future, and a courageous young woman faces the demon that has tortured her family for three generations. The Disappearance of Janey Jones asks probing questions about the state and status of mental illness in today's society. The Ottawa Citizen called it "amusing, intelligent and gripping and The Edmonton Sun calls it "flawless".
Lost in a labyrinth of Midwestern McMansions, teenager Kathleen Clarkson senses that something is very wrong with her world but nothing prepares her for the arrival of Hank Mountain. This friendly neighbor and his elusive partner-in-crime stop over to bring brownie bars and chat about the property taxes. What her parents don't realize is that they've also come as harbingers of annihilation.
Have You seen Steve Steven? is a fairy tale of make-believe that dissolves into an hilarious and terrifying nightmare. The New York Times calls is a "mixture of silly Saturday Night Live-style comedy and X Files spookery"
I Google Myself is the unusual story of three very different men with the same name. One is a gay porn star with a dirty little secret. One is a stoner mechanic who blogs poetry and has anger management issues. And another is a wily stalker with a balloon fetish, desperate to make a connection. Their worlds collide in a chain of events that will leave you asking yourself: what would I do to become a top search term on Google?
From NYtheatre dot com: "I Google Myself is a canny Internet Age thriller, but it's really finally about something eternal in human nature".
Playwright Jason Schafer wrote the screenplay of the award-winning indie film Trick and was a writer on the first season of the American television series Queer as Folk.
Elise is a pyromaniac fire chief who falls in love with Jake, the detective investigating her fires. Carrie, Elise's therapist, is trying to get her to stop lighting fires and Carrie's husband, Gary, is leading the life of a somewhat ineffective corporate spy.
One of Available Light's favorite playwrights returns to the reading series with the funniest play you'll see this year.
A recent graduate of Juilliard's Playwrights program, Adam Szymkowicz is one of the most exciting and beloved playwrights of New York's downtown set. You can catch-up with him at his trend-setting blog right here.
In their deteriorating Apartment that incessantly begs for repairs, Janice and her mother only take comfort in visitations from their celebrity crushes -- Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford. With the support of Justin's affection, Janice begins to craft a plan that will mend the chasm in their lives. Meanwhile, the Apartment is developing murderous plans of its own...
Winner of the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Playwrighting!
Mysterious things are happening on the 9th floor of a big law firm. What could a new temp have to fear? A new play about work, thunder, and people you don't know.
Featuring Kal Poole, Anita Davis, Eleni Papleonardos, Jennifer Spillane, Tamara Embrya Deshango, John Dranschak, and Cate Blair-Wilhelm.
A huge hit at the 2006 New York City Fringe Fesitval!
All hell breaks loose in the penguin house when two male penguins become a couple, and then adopt an offspring. Martin Denton of nytheatre.com writes "Unbridled imagination and unabashed faith in the power of love combine to make Stephen Svoboda's The Penguin Tango a must-see."
Like a dangerously funny teen movie set in the too-real world, Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy is a sassy, unflinching portrayal of burgeoning sexuality and emotional immaturity.
Time Out London called it "a remarkable American play", and the Daily Telegraph called it a “bang on the money portrait of adolescent angst" and a "provocative delight from start to finish.”
Though her name means "happy," Allegra is anything but. At the group home where they work, she and Suzy meet Joe, an autistic man obsessed with ballerinas. After bouts with jealousy and infidelity, the girls take to the road in a stolen car and hilarity ensues.
A recent graduate of Juilliard's Playwrights program, Adam Szymkowicz is one of the hottest, and most beloved playwrights of New York's downtown set. You can catch-up with him at his trend-setting blog right here.
Accidental Rapture is a revelation in more ways than one. Two couples happen to get together for a visit on the same weekend that the apocalypse hits. One pair are born-again Christians, the others are staunch humanists. Worldly cities are destroyed, fire rains from the skies, lifelong friendships are tested, and everyone has good, hearty laugh or two.
Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune says Toledo-resident Eric Pfeffinger's play "is an original, brilliantly intelligent and laudably ambitious new script that's not only driven by a great premise, but also is marked by that rare kind of sharp-edged dialogue." Hedy Weiss of the Sun-Times writes "This is a play laced with so many religious, social and philosophical premises, and with such a zinging look at 'the culture wars,' that you may find yourself running to catch up with it all."
In Jennifer Fawcett's brand-new play The Toymaker's War, journalist Sylvie Bernier befriends the orphaned children of a strange, war-torn village is Bosnia. 12 years later, she is about to stand trial for allowing these children to commit unspeakable atrocities. Will she stick to her principles? Did she know what was about to happen in the tiny village? And who is the old woman that haunted the children of Bosnia and now haunts Sylvie's days?
Housewife to hit-woman in seven days flat.
Chicago playwright Marisa Wegrzyn is a face-to-watch in the middle of the country and on the coasts. Her comedy, The Butcher of Baraboo was part of Steppenwolf's 2006 First Look Repertory before opening in Philadelphia and New York. TheaterMania says "Wegrzyn has an already sharpened knack at trotting out lively characters primed to clash with each other the minute they come into the same room."
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