A reading series produced in partnership with PlayMakers Repertory Company
A reading series of four new plays that focus on issues of social justice and will be produced in concert with the run of PlayMakers’ production of Leaving Eden by Mike Wiley (presented in the Process Series in May 2017). The series will include an international playwright, a national playwright, a faculty playwright, and a student playwright.
The four plays being presented this year are:
Trial 9 by Jonathan Moises Olivares
Noms De Guerre by Jacqueline Lawton
Eight Nights by Jennifer Maisel
Illegal Helpers by Maxi Obexer, Translation by Neil Blackadder
Schedule of Events:
1:00 pm: Trial 9 - Jonathan Moises Olivares @ Studio 101
3:00 pm: Noms De Guerre - Jacqueline Lawton @ Studio 101
8:00 pm: Eight Nights - Jennifer Maisel @ Studio 101
5:00 pm: Eight Nights - Jennifer Maisel @ Studio 101
8:00 pm: Illegal Helpers - Maxi Obexer, Translation by Neil Blackadder @Studio 101
7:00 pm: Noms De Guerre - Jacqueline Lawton @ Studio 101
7:00 pm: Trial 9 - Jennifer Maisel @ Studio 104
Friday, April 13th, 2018 starting at 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 starting at 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 15th, 2018 starting at 7:00 pm
*Admission free at the door*
By Jonathan Moises Olivares
Directed by Vivienne Benesch
Times: April 13, 1:00pm, April 15, 7:00pm
Is Love Enough?
Inside the world of conversion therapy, same sex attraction is a disease, and “therapists” are determined to find a cure. When they find one, Elijah’s world is turned upside down. He loves Orlando and Orlando loves him, but Trial 9 asks the question: is love enough?
Noms De Guerre
By Jacqueline Lawton
Directed by Kaja Dunn
Times: April 13, 3:00pm, April 15, 7:00pm
When politics become personal, what price must we pay?
Every time Mira’s husband returns home from war, it’s a difficult transition. But this time, as her race for Governor gets underway, they are both thrust into the spotlight, which illuminates longstanding tensions, shifting allegiances and a new secret that threatens to derail her campaign. As the man she knows disappears into a man forever changed by war, she must decide what price she’s willing to pay to stand by him.
By Jennifer Maisel
Directed by Joseph Megel
Times: April 13, 7:00pm, April 14, 5:00pm
When all you can do is hope.
In a cramped apartment on the Lower East Side, a young refugee woman yearns to start a new life in the United States. As she works to vanquish the past that haunts her, she is accompanied by her father, husband, friends, daughter, and granddaughter. Set in a single apartment and spanning the years 1949 – 2016, Eight Nights tells the story of refugees from the past and present, taking disparate circumstances and laying bare their all too similar horrors. Life is brutal, but they live with the hope that a better future awaits.
By Maxi Obexer, Translated by Neil Blackadder
Directed by Talya Klein
Times: April 14th, 8pm
We call them criminals for one reason: they help people.
They save migrants without legal status from deportation. They provide shelter. They bring them across the border when all other options are exhausted. Some of them have been convicted on several occasions; others risk their profession and status. They come from the middle of society: doctors, judges, social workers, students. But what they do brings them to the brink of the law and sometimes beyond. They take these risks because they must and because they dream of a world where compassion is not a crime. Prize-winning German-Italian playwright Maxi Obexer weaves together documentary interviews in this passionate appeal for human dignity in the face of the refugee crisis threatening to engulf Western Europe.