Past Productions

2015-2016 Reading Series

THE GROWN-UP

by Jordan Harrison

directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

October 4, 2015

When ten year old Kai turns a magic doorknob in his grandparents’ house, he inadvertently opens a door onto the rest of his life. To what will his jumps in time eventually lead him? Will he ever come home to childhood again?


KIRK AT THE SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT HYATT

by Krista Knight

directed by Jess Chayes

December 7, 2015

On his and the hotel’s last day on Earth, stroke survivor Kirk and his Ethiopian Caretaker Asel give Kirk’s daughter Krista a tour of the San Francisco Airport Hyatt, where Kirk lives. For the last 29 years, Kirk has believed his death will be imminent. For the last 29 years, he has continued to live.


SAD AND SERIOUS NEWS

by Laura Cahill

directed by Mark Brokaw

December 14, 2015

In this wry and heartfelt new play, a preschool teacher’s sudden death triggers latent tensions about class, privilege, and parental responsibility amongst a group of wealthy Manhattan parents.


LIVE

by Mayo Simon

directed by Carl Andress

May 20, 2016

Melvin is an idealistic young writer ecstatic to have his play produced on the air, but with a major rewrite due in the morning, network censors breathing down his neck, a seductive foreign star, cut-throat co-workers, and ten desperate days to get it all together, will they ever go live? A new comedy about the 1950s golden age of live television drama, by a writer who was there.


TIGER STYLE!

by Mike Lew

directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

June 3, 2016

Albert and Jennifer Chen were at the pinnacle of academic achievement. But now they suck at adult life: Albert’s just been passed up for promotion and Jennifer’s been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So they do what any reasonable intellectual brother and sister would do and go on an Asian Freedom Tour! From California to Shenzen, TIGER STYLE! examines the successes and failures of tiger parenting from the point of view of a playwright who’s actually been through it.


THE APOCRYPHAL TRAGEDY OF KING MICHAEL

by Eric John Meyer

directed by Robert O’Hara

July 7, 2016

The story of Michael Jackson’s last days, told from the vantage point of the often conflicting accounts of what we know, think we know, and wish we knew about him. This daring, theatrical and affecting new play freely blends the facts of Jackson’s life with rumors, fictions, and fantasy — much the way Jackson did when presenting himself to the world.

2015-2016 Reading Series

THE GROWN-UP

by Jordan Harrison

directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

October 4, 2015

When ten year old Kai turns a magic doorknob in his grandparents' house, he inadvertently opens a door onto the rest of his life. To what will his jumps in time eventually lead him? Will he ever come home to childhood again?

KIRK AT THE SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT HYATT

by Krista Knight

directed by Jess Chayes

December 7, 2015

On his and the hotel’s last day on Earth, stroke survivor Kirk and his Ethiopian Caretaker Asel give Kirk’s daughter Krista a tour of the San Francisco Airport Hyatt, where Kirk lives. For the last 29 years, Kirk has believed his death will be imminent. For the last 29 years, he has continued to live.

SAD AND SERIOUS NEWS

by Laura Cahill

directed by Mark Brokaw

December 14, 2015

In this wry and heartfelt new play, a preschool teacher’s sudden death triggers latent tensions about class, privilege, and parental responsibility amongst a group of wealthy Manhattan parents.

LIVE

by Mayo Simon

directed by Carl Andress

May 20, 2016

Melvin is an idealistic young writer ecstatic to have his play produced on the air, but with a major rewrite due in the morning, network censors breathing down his neck, a seductive foreign star, cut-throat co-workers, and ten desperate days to get it all together, will they ever go live? A new comedy about the 1950s golden age of live television drama, by a writer who was there.

TIGER STYLE!

by Mike Lew

directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

June 3, 2016

Albert and Jennifer Chen were at the pinnacle of academic achievement. But now they suck at adult life: Albert's just been passed up for promotion and Jennifer's been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So they do what any reasonable intellectual brother and sister would do and go on an Asian Freedom Tour! From California to Shenzen, TIGER STYLE! examines the successes and failures of tiger parenting from the point of view of a playwright who's actually been through it.

THE APOCRYPHAL TRAGEDY OF KING MICHAEL

by Eric John Meyer

directed by Robert O'Hara

July 7, 2016

The story of Michael Jackson’s last days, told from the vantage point of the often conflicting accounts of what we know, think we know, and wish we knew about him. This daring, theatrical and affecting new play freely blends the facts of Jackson’s life with rumors, fictions, and fantasy — much the way Jackson did when presenting himself to the world.

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