SERIES A

July 20th - August 31st, 2018

 

GROUNDED

By CHRIS BOHJALIAN

Directed by ALEXANDER DINELARIS

With GRACE EXPERIENCE, and K.K. GLICK

A young flight attendant with a fear of flying is about to work her first transatlantic trip. When a veteran co-worker tries to help her through the turbulent crossing, she discovers that a fear of flying is the least of the young woman's secrets.

 

THE LIVING ROOM

Written and Directed by ROBERT O'HARA+

With KATE BUDDEKE, JOEL REUBEN GANZ, and ADAM LANGDON

A satire. About Frank and Judy. Who are White People in a Living Room.  Doing what White People in Living Rooms do. But something is different. Today Frank and Judy have questions. About the entire nature of being White People in a Living Room.

 

KENNY'S TAVERN

By ABBY ROSEBROCK

Directed by JESS CHAYES

With STEPHEN GUARINO, MARIAH LEE, and FRANCESCA FERNANDEZ MCKENZIE

Kenny's Tavern is a dive bar and liberal oasis for a certain crowd of public-school teachers in the foothills of western North Carolina. On the eve of the 2016 election, two colleagues hole up in the back of their regular haunt to hash out their relationship to each other and the community they love.

SERIES B

July 28th - September 1st, 2018

 

SPARRING PARTNER

Written by NEIL LABUTE

Directed by J.J. KANDEL

With CLEA ALSIP, and KEILYN DURREL JONES

The long time flirtation between two co-workers comes to a head over the course of a lunch time game of "Hollywood names." Will their ‘affair of the mind’ blossom into something more or is it about to take an even darker and more dangerous turn?

 

IBIS

By ERIC LANE

Directed by TERRY BERLINER+

With LINDSEY BROAD, DEANDRE SAVON, and HAROLD SURRATT

Ty has been haunted by the disappearance of his father ever since Victor abandoned his family twenty years ago. But when he hires a no-nonsense female detective to solve the mystery and track Victor down, the answers she uncovers add up in ways that even Ty could never have predicted.

 

THE PLOT

By CLAIRE ZAJDEL

Directed by JAMES REES

With MOLLY GROOME, and JAKE ROBINSON

In light of her recent divorce, Frankie and Tyler’s mother has purchased a plot at the local cemetery, and today her children have been summoned to give their stamp of approval to their mother's final resting place. As they wait for her to arrive, Frankie and Tyler's growing realization of their own mortality triggers an avalanche of emotions that causes both siblings to wonder if it's possible for your life to be over before it has even begun.

 

 

2018 PLAYWRIGHTS

 

CHRIS BOHJALIAN

 Chris Bohjalian  Photo credit: Victoria Blewer.

Chris Bohjalian

Photo credit: Victoria Blewer.

Chris Bohjalian is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 20 books.  His work has been translated into 35 languages and three times become movies.

His books include Midwives (Oprah’s Book Club Selection), The Sandcastle Girls, The Guest Room, and The Double Bind.  His most recent novel, The Flight Attendant, has been optioned by Kaley Cuoco and Warner Brothers Television for a limited series.

His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon. His awards include the Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts; the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the New England Book Award; and Russia’s Soglasie (Concord) Award.

Grounded is his first play. His is currently adapting Midwives into a full-length play.

 


NEIL LABUTE

 Neil LaBute

Neil LaBute

His films include: In The Company Of MenYour Friends and NeighborsNurse BettyPossessionThe Shape Of Things (a film adaptation of his play by the same title); The Wicker ManLakeview TerraceDeath At A Funeral; Some Velvet Morning and Dirty Weekend. LaBute's television work includes: Bash: latter-day plays (Showtime); Full Circle (DTV); 10 X 10 (DTV); Billy & Billie (DTV); Van Helsing (SYFY) and the upcoming The I-Land (Netflix). LaBute’s plays include Filthy Talk For Troubled TimesBashlatter-day playsThe Shape Of ThingsThe Mercy SeatThe Distance From HereAutobahnFat PigSome Girl(s)This Is How It GoesIn A Dark Dark HouseWrecksReasons to be PrettyThe Break Of NoonIn a ForestDark and Deep; Lovely Head; Reasons to be Happy; Things We Said TodayThe Money ShotThe Way We Get By; All The Ways To Say I Love YouHow To Fight Loneliness; The Fourth Reich and Reasons To Be Pretty Happy. LaBute has also adapted DraculaWoyzeckMiss Julie, Antigone and Uncle Vanya for the stage. Seconds Of Pleasurea collection of his short fiction, was published by Grove Atlantic.


ERIC LANE

 Eric Lane

Eric Lane

Eric Lane is delighted to return to Summer Shorts, which premiered his play Riverbed, directed by Matthew Rauch. His award-winning plays include Filming O’Keeffe, Ride, Times of War, Heart of the City and Dancing on Checkers’ Grave. Musicals include A Thousand Faces (book) and The Accidental Caterer (book/co-lyricist). Eric wrote and produced the short films First Breath and Cater-Waiter, which he also directed. They screened at the British Film Institute and the D.G.A. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts and in Best American Short Plays. With Nina Shengold, he edited 14 play anthologies for Penguin and Vintage Books, earning a Lambda Literary Award nomination. Honors include a Writer’s Guild Award, La MaMa Playwright Award, Berrilla Kerr Award, Adirondack Theatre Festival commission and Yaddo fellowships. Eric is an artist member at Ensemble Studio Theatre and an honors graduate of Brown University.

 


ROBERT O'HARA

 Robert O'Hara

Robert O'Hara

Robert O'Hara has received the 2018 Herb Alpert Award, NAACP Best Director Award, NAACP Best Play Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two Obies and the Oppenheimer Award. He directed the world premieres of Nikkole Salter and Dania Guiria’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy, Kirsten Childs’ Bella: An American Tall Tale, as well as his own plays, Mankind, Bootycandy and Insurrection: Holding History. His recent plays Zombie: The American and Barbecue world premiered at Woolly Mammoth Theater and New York Shakespeare Festival, respectively. His recent directing projects include, Kirsten Child’s Bubbly Black Girl at City Center/Encores Off Center, the Universes’ Uni/Son, inspired by the poetry of August Wilson at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare’s Macbeth at Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He holds a Directing MFA from Columbia University.

 


ABBY ROSEBROCK

 Abby Rosebrock

Abby Rosebrock

Is a Brooklyn-based writer and actor from South Carolina, and author of the plays Dido Of Idaho, Blue Ridge, Singles In Agriculture and Different Animals, among others. Her work has been produced and developed in venues throughout New York City and regionally in Georgia, Idaho and Montana. 


CLAIRE ZAJDEL

 Claire Zajdel

Claire Zajdel

Claire Zajdel is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts' Dramatic Writing program. Her plays include Mother Maggie (New York New Works Festival, Theater for the New City), Golden Vanilla (New York Theatre Festival) and Spinny Twirly Things (Dixon Place). She is originally from the Chicago area.


 + The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.

+ The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.