INTRODUCING THE NEW YEAR/NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL
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Launched in Fall of 2014, The Dramaworkshop receives play submissions each season from playwrights both locally and nationwide. Of these, a select number are chosen to move on to various phases of development such as Staged Readings, Workshops, and Studio Productions. The goal is to develop and present World Premieres for our mainstage that will move on to be produced at theatres across the country.
Bruce Linser is an actor, director, musician, and theatre educator. He has been the Manager of The Dramaworkshop since February of 2017.
For information about supporting The Dramaworkshop programming, contact Bruce Linser at 561-514-4042 x117 or [email protected] Please note that script submissions are accepted through agents only. Unsolicited materials will not be considered.
At the height of the Vietnam War, Lori's brother dodges the draft and her husband enlists. Left alone, she disappears into her imagination. Seduced by the comfort of her hallucinations, Lori risks giving over to her fantasy forever. A powerful look at love, family, trauma and healing, Jennifer Faletto's play explores the impact of war for the loved ones on the home front. Magical and heartfelt, Domestic Animals wakes our primal instincts and dares us to find our true pack.
Mia and Louis are held up at gunpoint in their home. Though they are unharmed, their marriage begins to fall apart in the weeks after as each tries to find safety in the world again. Their young nephew, Brandon, who mourns for a father who was lost to war, feels more real in the virtual world of war video games than in the actual world around him. And Leah, a shape shifter who is hiding her own deformity, moves between them all to help them find beauty in the monstrosity of that world. Buried Cities explores the lasting psychological effects of violence and what happens when we’re thrust into the role of victim and don’t react the way we’re “supposed to.”
A national tragedy sets the stage as Lenora Waters finds herself about to become the first black female president of the United States amid cut-throat opposition and demons from her family’s past. Part political thriller, part jet-black satire, Red, White, Black and Blue examines the upside-down world of American politics and one woman’s struggle to secure her place at the top, without losing her humanity.
A crumbling family history. An orphaned piano prodigy left to wander the streets alone. His older brothers at violent ends over competing tales about their father’s tragic death. Set in 1957 Chicago, in the lofted annex of a forgotten church and on the steel girders of a skyscraper under construction, Drift offers a concussive and heart-wrenching glimpse of a family trying desperately to uncover who they are.
Minnie and Clifford devolve into a world of hilarious, but ultimately heartbreaking, minutiae as they navigate a blizzard, a dead son, a rat in the kitchen, and a half-decorated Christmas tree, hoping to find the last strains of dignity in their final days together. With delves into the contempt and comfort of two lives devoted to each other and entwined forever.
A gripping and darkly comic story of a death-row inmate and the closeted artist who’s painting his last meal. But he wants a stay of execution — not a final meal — setting in motion a social media frenzy and a series of life-altering events for the painter, the prison warden, and the man about to die. The Captives rattles the cages we find ourselves in and unflinchingly asks who or what is holding us there.
In the early 1950s, Gertrude Berg and Philip Loeb, the pioneering stars of television’s groundbreaking sitcom, The Goldbergs, heroically struggle to save their show, their careers, and their friendship in the face of McCarthyism, anti-Semitism, and the political climate of the country. Based on actual events, Ordinary Americans reveals the double-edged sword between speaking out and staying silent.
* Presentations may include scene readings, video clips and, where applicable, musical numbers.
|Dramaworkshop Chair||Mark Perlberg|
|Dramaworkshop Manager||Bruce Linser|
|Founding Producers||The Alper Family Foundation|
|The Roe Green Foundation|
|Calla & Ralph Guild|
|Marilyn Meyerhoff & Sam Feldman|
|Nancy & Jay Parker|
|Lee Wolf & Jordan Cohen|