Emerging Writers Group Spotlight Series
BE THE FIRST TO SEE FREE READINGS OF THE PLAYS WRITTEN IN THE INAUGURAL YEAR OF THE PUBLIC'S EMERGING WRITERS GROUP PROGRAM!
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The Public created The Emerging Writers Group to target playwrights at the earliest stages in their careers to create an artistic home for a diverse and exceptionally talented group of up-and-coming playwrights. In 2008, the program's inaugural year, the group's twelve writers were chosen from a pool of over 700 applicants. Join us as we introduce the next generation of great American playwrights.
Please note: Limit 2 reservations per performance. Tickets may be picked up in The Public Theater lobby beginning one hour prior to curtain. Reservations are honored until fifteen minutes prior to the reading. All seating is general admission.
CLICK HERE to read bios of the 2008 Emerging Writers Group members.
CLICK HERE to read more about the Emerging Writers Group program.
All readings have presentations at 3pm and 7pm.
Monday, April 13
Written by CHRISTINA GORMAN
Directed by MARK BROKAW
Dr. Douglas Graham, best-selling author, beloved professor, and American history scholar, is accused by a former student of lying in the classroom about his participation in and around the Vietnam War. The play explores the line between personal and professional ethics, the difference between truth and history, and the myth of what makes a "great man."
Wednesday, April 15
THE RIVER NUN
Written by CHRIS CRAGIN
Directed by TEA ALAGIC
It is the day of the yearly masquerade in a small village in the Niger Delta: Lysa sits alone in her fishing boat, determined to catch fish, but the loud rumble of gas flaring and the toxic fumes from the oil-polluted river have left the water barren. Led by Lysa, the women of the village must decide if they can finally stand up to the oil giant Elayone, shut down its operations, and restore the health of their river.
Monday, April 20
Written by ETHAN LIPTON
Directed by LEIGH SILVERMAN
Like a lot of people these days, Walter and Marjorie have adopted an abandoned veteran of war. Sadly, that was the last good decision they made. Luther is a tragic comedy about the bonds of family and the price of violence.
Thursday, April 30
I STAND CORRECTED
Written by AKIN SALAWU
Director: DAVID ESBJORNSON
While in rehab, a paralyzed 9/11 fireman, an Iraq Vet amputee, an aneurysm survivor, and a hate crime victim learn to fall seven times but get up eight.
Monday, May 4
Written by DON NGUYEN
Directed by JOANNA SETTLE
In the midst of starting the first support group for women living with HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, Mrs. Hue struggles to mediate the conflicting personalities of the spirited women that have joined. But just as the women are learning to live together in relative peace, money and medicine begin to run out. To fight for the group's survival, Mrs. Hue has no choice but to venture out into the very world that has shunned them.
Monday, May 11
THE OCTOBER CRISIS (TO LAURA)
Written by ALEJANDRO MORALES
Director: KEN RUS SCHMOLL
1962. On the eve of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a
mysterious telegram and an old song send singer Marguerite Stone back to her
fated 1945 debut in a Havana nightclub where she changed her name, left her old
life behind, and became a star. As an uncertain future looms over the
world, Marguerite must reconcile the two parts of herself that have been at war
with each other for years.
Monday, May 18
Written by ALADDIN ULLAH
Directed by HAL BROOKS
When comedian Aladdin reaches a crossroads in his career, he discovers the journey of his father who left Bangladesh in the 1940's to pursue his "American Dream" in Spanish Harlem of all places! His father's misadventures in the land of opportunity are juxtaposed with Aladdin's own perspective as a funny man of both Eastern and Western descent.
Monday, June 1
Written by PIA WILSON
Directed by LIESL TOMMY
Joyce, a Hurricane Katrina refugee from New Orleans' Ninth Ward, is living in New Jersey with an elderly man named George. Joyce and George have an agreement: she'll take care of him, and he'll eventually sign his home over to her as payment. All is going well for George and Joyce, until George's son comes home and wants the house.
Monday, June 8
Written by NICK HADIKWA MWALUKO
Directed by NIEGEL SMITH
Sam, an African-American anatomical female, needs to become a man to feel complete. S/he comes through the operation only to find that the world won't transition with him.
Monday, June 15
Written by RADHA BLANK
Director: KAMILAH FORBES
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Monday, June 22
Written by RAÚL CASTILLO
Director: TLALOC RIVAS
A New York City woman, after losing her lover to a freak bus accident and learning that she is pregnant with his child, decides to visit his estranged family in South Texas in an effort to learn more about his shadowy past.
Monday, June 29
IN THE CROSSING
Written by LEILA BUCK
Directed by SHANA GOLD
Leila, a Lebanese-American writer-performer, was caught in Lebanon with her Jewish husband during the Israeli-Hezbollah war of 2006. As she attempts to portray the many voices of their experience, Leila begins to realize that the most treacherous journey of all is the act of telling her story.
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