By Sharon Bridgforth
Directed by Signe V. Harriday
Performed by Ameerah Briggs
Using traditional storytelling and nontraditional verse to chronicle the course of love returning in the lifetimes of one woman-loving-woman named bull-dog-jean, the bull-jean stories. give cultural documentation and social commentary on African-American herstory and survival. Set in the rural South of the 1920s, the bull-jean stories. herald the spirit of African-American people.
June 7 - 14, 2021
By Laura Schellhardt
Directed by Cait Robinson
Performed by Arielle L. Goldman
After a reckless car accident kills her twin brother, young Charlotte McGraw becomes a fascination to others when it appears she has received an eerie power from his dying kiss. Over the course of a hot summer, a continuing chain of odd events leaves the residents of a small Ohio town stopped in its tracks – as they learn to fear the literal kiss of death beneath their everyday facades.
June 9 - 16, 2021
By Eliana Pipes
Directed by Cristina Angeles
Performed by Aleca Piper
In a society where a chasm has opened up between rich and poor — one Black girl has fallen into the abyss. As a result, GIRL embarks on a cross-country roadtrip in a converted Van: by day she’s lifestyle blogging as a #VanLife influencer, and by night she’s shooting down Amazon delivery drones to loot the contents — desperate to claw her way into American prosperity. But when she shoots down something she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to reckon with the cost of her ambition. She may be able to run from society, but she can’t escape the systems that are ingrained within her.
June 14 - 21, 2021
By Enda Walsh
Directed by Taylor Haven Holt
Performed by Tara Halpern
At the age of 6, a girl leaves her bedroom and family home and walks. She never stops. Until now. Enda Walsh's short play A Girl's Bedroom was first performed at the 2015 Galway International Arts Festival, and was revived at the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival alongside two other short plays by the same author – Kitchen and Room 303 – under the collective title Rooms.
June 16 - 23, 2021
By John Lyly
Directed by Emma Rosa Went
A Benefit Reading Presented In Collaboration with Red Bull Theater
First performed in 1588, John Lyly's Gallathea is a queer love story set inside the landscape of classical myth. In order to avoid becoming dinner for a sea monster, Gallathea and Phillida are sent into the forest dressed as boys. Meanwhile, three shipwrecked brothers set out to seek their fortunes, Cupid stirs up his usual trouble, nymphs fall for mortals, and Neptune–God of the Sea–waits to make his move. This playful pastoral of love, desire, and finding yourself is an affirmation of identity–joyfully reclaimed for 2021.
EMMA ROSA WENT (Director) is a Brooklyn-based theatre director. New York work includes: Initiative (Playwright's Realm, Ink'd Fest;) Old Names for Wildflowers, Courage! To the Field! (The Tank;) Much Ado About Nothing (The Brick;) as well as Dixon Place, Trans Lab at WP, The Access Theatre, LPAC Lab, and other venues. Regional/other: As You Like It, Richard III (Scranton Shakespeare Festival;) Campfire Festival at Boise Contemporary Theatre, Barn Arts. Assisting includes: Measure for Measure (TFANA;) Much Ado About Nothing (Oregon Shakespeare Festival;) Othello (Colorado Shakespeare Festival;) The Jammer (Atlantic). Previously: SDCF Observership, OSF FAIR Program, Sokoloff Creative Arts Fellow. Currently: Resident Artist at Town Stages. Co-founder of The Renovationists and Easy Leap Theatre Company. SDC Associate Member. BA Sarah Lawrence College. www.emmawent.com
March 15, 2021
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