GROUNDWORKS NEW PLAY SERIES and soloNOVA ARTS Workshops
CHERRY LANE STUDIO
June 9th - 23rd, 2014
Every year, terraNOVA Collective presents the Groundworks New Play Series - a week of staged readings of work developed through our Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, and new work being developed by artists associated with our collective.
The purpose of the New Play Series is to give playwrights an opportunity to have their work seen and heard by a larger audience. Each playwright works with a director and professional actors over a 12-hour rehearsal period to give further life to their work. We solicit feedback from industry professionals and general audience members.
THE THIRD THING
Written by JORDAN SEAVEY
Directed by KNUD ADAMS
FEATURING: Suzanne Bertish, Jay Eisenberg, Emma Galvin, Rebecca Henderson, Claire Siebers, and Molly Ward
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!!!
Written by SUKARI JONES
Directed by MORITZ VON STUELPNAGEL
FEATURING: Rebecca Naomi Jones, Benja Kay, Derek Long, Stuart Luth, and Kyle Metzger
It's Father's Day two months after the worst oil spill in history, and though the site is still pouring thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico every hour, BP chief executive Tony Hayward is on holiday, racing his yacht on the other side of the Atlantic. But as a hurricane hits, Tony's nowhere to be found, and his wife and daughters quickly learn the only thing more slippery than oil is a family on vacation.
Asali is a nine year old physics prodigy who doesn't want her mom to die. To save her mother Gladys, Asali constructs a temporal device, but it accidentally fractures time. As Gladys’ mental health deteriorates, we see Asali and Gladys create their own universe, filled with the cartoons Asali watches and the phantoms haunting her mom's time-addled brain. A puppet play about codependency, genius, family and the world parents and children create together over time...time...time.
THE CRYING LETTUCE
Written by ALEXANDRA COLLIER
Directed by JESSI D. HILL
FEATURING: Reyna DeCourcy, Tom Ligon, Heather McDevitt Barton, and Danielle Slavick
BOOMER'S MILLENNIAL HERO STORY
Written by STEVE DiUBALDO
Directed by JENNA WORSHAM
Original Music by RICH CAMPBELL
FEATURING: Denny Dale Bess, Derrick Cobey, Nic Grelli, Emily Kratter, Brian McManamon, Susan Louise O'Connor, Diana Oh, Lisa Purrone, and Richard Thieriot
Ivy is backpacking in Europe where she should be having the time of her life but she’s not. Until she meets Anna, an anarchic Russian chain-smoking backpacker. What starts between them will traverse continents and decades in this memory-gone-bad play.
*No vegetables were harmed in the making of this play*
A down-home, piano-playing American story teller of the Boomer Generation guides us through the "heroic" first twenty-five years of white upper-middle class millennial Montgomery Walter's life. From a childhood full of trophies and doctor's diagnosis and parental self-esteem building, to 9/11 to the market crash to Occupy Wall Street, this raucous vaudevillian journey takes an absurdist look at the generational divide while leaving no side unscathed.
THE WONDER follows a New Yorker through the city on one ordinary Tuesday morning; the ordinary people we meet, the ordinary things we see, on an extraordinary day in a time marked forever.
BUSTIN' DEAD BOLTS is a lurid family drama set against the backdrop of a Civil Rights Era Mississippi. As racial progress pummels forward, we witness one family's downward spiral. Age old secrets become revealed, salacious crimes are committed, and redemption is no where in sight.
Married couple Disciple and Abasiama Ufot have been living the exact same day over and over again for many decades. A sudden burst of frustration breaks their pattern and time suddenly rushes forward while also reeling backwards. This forces Disciple and Abasiama to navigate the treacherous waters of illness, memory and love. The survival of this 30+ year marriage depends on building new vocabularies and daring, once again, to live moment by moment.
Brian Quijada's "Where Did We Sit On the Bus?" is an autobiographical story about growing up in Chicago, and his journey to discover his racial, cultural, and familial identity in America. Told through the stylings of spoken word, rap, and live musical looping.