terraNOVA Collective is proud to present four new works as part of our latest Groundworks series.
Groundworks is terraNOVA's initiative to showcase the new play development projects and expose this work to artistic leaders, industry professionals and the general public. terraNOVA is thrilled to have cultivated relationships with 4 talented playwrights and to continue in the development of their wonderful plays. This October, November and December, as part of our residency at IRT Theater, we will develop and present the work of playwrights including J. Julian Christopher, Jennifer Lane, Leah Nanako Winkler and Lucy Gillespie.
All public performances will take place at IRT Theater, 154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich and Washington.
Sunday, December 9 at 3pm ATWATER PROJECT By Lucy Gillespie Directed by Jessi D. Hill Featuring Eric Bryant, Jennifer Conley Darling, Matt Dellapina, Steven Hauck, Zachary M. Fine, Teresa Avia Lim, Geoffrey Pomeroy and Carly Street A red neck, blues-playing sonofabitch spearheads a national campaign to elect George H. W. Bush to the Presidency. Bulldozing careers and smearing good names, Lee Atwater's way with the ladies and the media put him on top of American politics, until the day he discovered an inoperable brain tumor. Through song, soul and sass, Atwater comes face to face with his greatest fear - himself.
Previous GROUNDWORKS events:
Sunday, October 21 at 5pm ANIMALS COMMIT SUICIDE By J. Julian Christopher Directed by Jose Zayas Featuring David Anzuelo, Chad Callaghan, Nic Grelli, Kyle Metzger, and Pernell Walker Chance Stevens has a high-end job, classic good looks, and the attention of anyone he wants in the NYC gay scene. Yet something is missing in his life that he cannot live without. He embarks on a dangerous journey of self-discovery only to find the very best and the very worst of a new community of which he so desperately wants to be a part.
Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at 7pm THE SEER & THE WITCH By Jennifer Lane Directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman Featuring Steve Brady, Sofia Jean Gomez, Irene Sofia Lucio, Maria Maloney, and Lee Aaron Rosen The past and present collide in the forms of Eleanor and Emily, two women who haunt the same room at the Elgin Institute of Mental Health. Though they live a century apart, finding each other may be their only hope of a life outside hospital walls.
Friday, November 16 at 7pm DEATH FOR SYDNEY BLACK By Leah Nanako Winkler Directed by Kip Fagan Featuring Katie Broad, Beth Hoyt, Jen Kwok, Kate Roberts, Danielle Slavick, Natalie Woolams-Torres
Borrowing from contemporary tropes such as ”teen comedy” as well as classical fairy tale narratives DEATH FOR SYDNEY BLACK highlights the untenable standards girls are subjected to daily while encouraging uncensored, brutal insights about womanhood. As characters sing, rap, and enact various versions of a familiar story where the unpopular girl becomes popular, as harsh realities are remembered and roles are reversed, the girls realize they’ve been stuck in the same narrative since the dawn of fairytales through “chickflicks” in 2012 and beyond.