Below is this year's living room schedule. Some important information:
1-There is no requesting to be IN a reading. David will contact you directly regarding what play he wants you to read in.2-You can't just show up to these (space is limited): you must RSVP with David to secure an "audience spot": firstname.lastname@example.org
3-We want you there!
4-Feedback: living room should be a constructive atmosphere, we want your feedback if you are there but make sure it is constructive. This should feel as a safe environment for the writers, and these are their newborn babies. Make sure your feedback is constructive and gentle, but most importantly true and honest.
5- All readings will take place at 110 Central Park South, Apt 20B in Manhattan (Goode Residence).
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 at 7PM
DENNY AND LILA by August Schulenberg (New York)
After her husband Marcus divorces her for their much younger maid Lucia, Mary turns to the con artist team of Denny, Lila and Jabber for revenge. They take the job, with Denny pretending to be the Nerdua-quoting electrician ‘Fred’ to seduce Lucia; and Lila pretending to be the daffily charming British novelist ‘Mara’ to seduce Marcus. All goes well until Denny develops an unexpected connection to Nettie, Mary and Marcus’ manic-depressive daughter.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th at 7PMGREEN EDEN by Noah Mease (Vermont)
Philip Cummings welcomes a young poet to his cold farmhouse on a winter’s night, but this is not the first Spanish poet to find him in the solitude of Vermont, and Philip spends their one night together chasing the memory of a long-ago August when Federico García Lorca visited him on the shores of Lake Eden. The play flows back and forth through time and memory from that winter night to the August of 1929 – at least
half a century earlier - and the rented cabin in Eden.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th at 7PMDERBY DAY by Alex Bond (New Jersey)
Lenore and Cecile, best friends growing up in Louisville Kentucky, have returned to Louisville for the funeral of Carl Stuart Smith, Cecile’s gay brother. It is Derby weekend in Louisville and not a convenient time for anyone to have died. Cecile and Lenore are actually attending the funeral for reasons other than bereavement. As we get to know Cecile and Lenore in their tiny motel room near the private airport, we learn that secrets have been carried for far too long and forgiveness is more easily spoken of than acted upon.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th at 7PMTHE TRAGEDY OF DANDELION by Duncan Pflaster (New York)
The Tragedy of Dandelion follows a Princess named Dandelion, who attempts to escape, by dressing as a boy, a forced marriage to Ratliff, a man who raped and impregnated her. She collaborates with Prince Crispin, son of Queen Alice, telling him that the baby is his, to gain a place in that kingdom and while waiting in the Queen’s orchard, meets the Queen’s daughter, Princess Cèlie, and shares a kiss with her. She gains a place in Alice’s kingdom, till Ratliff and her father King Stephano, come to Alice’s palace and point out that Dandelion is a female, and drag her away. (Full synopsis contains spoilers).
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2nd at 7PM
ABSINTHE by Joe Musso (Alabama)
It's July 1900, and a race riot has engulfed New Orleans, sparked by a black man killing two white policemen. At first, the violence on the streets is far removed from the genteel parlor of Grace Newman, a blind white woman cared for by her house servant, Curtis, a former slave owned by Grace's father. Grace and Curtis's relationship is forged by respect and compassion. However, their true feelings for each other must remain hidden from Grace's racist brother Henry, a Civil War vet who fought for the South and who is hell-bent on bringing justice to a black man who killed two white policemen. As a race riot in the streets unfolds, Grace and Curtis's relationship unravels.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th at 7PMHERE ON THIS HILL by Edward M. Cohen and Marshall Coid (New York)
Here on this Hill presents the Dashes – an amusingly dysfunctional, high-strung, contemporary, Jewish family. A crisis sets in motion a surrealistic collage of scenes that intertwine past, present, memory, dreams and hallucinations; revealing secrets that will make it possible to transcend past mistakes and generational patterns. As the musical begins, Adam is facing expulsion after trouble with his French teacher, Mademoiselle. He and his father, Jeffrey, are about to drive in a snowstorm to wheedle private school tuition from Jeffrey’s father, Pop, who has lived as a hermit on a hill in upstate New York since Mom’s funeral years before. Jeffrey’s ex-wife, Edie, watches nervously, hoping this scheme succeeds. Jeffrey’s past blends into the present. He relives poignant moments that have led him back to the hill, aching for things as they once were.
The reading of Here on this Hill will consist of a reading of the book and we will play pre-recorded tracks of the songs (there will be no live singing for the living room read).
The play The Woman's Part by Cody Daigle will no longer be considered for the 2012 National NewBorn Festival due to other development/commitments of the play/playwright. It remains a finalist of the 2012 National NewBorn Festival.
"I don't have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It's what you do with it that counts."-Martin Ritt