Theatre Lab has scheduled an extensive set of play readings every 21 days through May beginning this Friday with its New Play Festival for A New Year, held this season online.
Following through on its philosophy to make theater fiscally accessible to a broad audience, the resident professional company based at Florida Atlantic University will continue its “Pay What You Can” ticketing for this series – with a suggested price per reading of $10.
Kicking off the series is a double-header on Jan. 22.
—Starting at 5 p,m, an afternoon of short plays selected from submissions to October’s Playwright’s MasterClass Series by Kevin Moxley, Arianna Rose, Ilana Jae and Donna Warfield with a cast of FAU MFA students Steve Harding, Lindsey Marlin, Djimon Armani, and Ashley Brooke Miller and teacher Lynn McNutt.
— At 7 p.m., Last Night In Inwood by Alix Sobler, the playwright of last season’s The Glass Piano. The plot is described as “A major disaster in Manhattan has everyone on the island looking for high ground. For Danny’s family and friends, that higher ground happens to be her one-bedroom apartment in Inwood. As the world outside goes to pieces, Danny tries to keep the peace among the assorted characters gathered in her space. They might make it through this crisis, if they can manage to survive each other.” The work will be directed by Theatre Lab Producing Artistic Director Matt Stabile and performed by Meredith Bartmon, Avi Hoffman, Patti Gardner, Jovon Jacobs, Nate Promkul and Marlo Rodriguez.
The readings will be followed by a talkback with the audience and artists about the play and the process of new play development.
Dates for other productions, all at 7 p.m. on Fridays, are February 12, March 5 and March 26, April 16 and May 7.
For more information, visit www.fauevents.com or call (561) 297-6124
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A second virtual trip around the world through the lens of short monologues actually performed in six cities will play next month in Long Distance Affair, a new round of playlets from Miami’s Juggerknot Theatre Company and the international-based PopUP Theatrics.
Unlike the program’s bow last May, Miami will not be one of the six cities in this edition, but Juggerknot which masterminded the Miami Motel Stories series is one of the primary producers of the online tour available from Feb. 11-21.
The paradigm is that single actors perform quirky monologues live, often in their bedroom, this time in Mumbai, India; Portland; Mexico City; Lagos, Nigeria; Beirut and Los Angeles. A patron joins four other visitors to see three of the ten-minute plays at one time for a single ticket of $40.
Based on the last outing, the content can vary greatly from heartfelt to off-the-wall.
Of the 18 performers, playwrights and directors, some have South Florida connections: France-Luce Benson (playwright, Los Angeles entry) attended FIU; Michael John Garces (playwright, Portland), used to live here; and Tai Thompson (director, Los Angeles entry) grew up and lives in Miami.
For more information, go to https://ci.ovationtix.com/35278/production/1034793