From the New England New Play Alliance:
and Audio Plays
Central Square Theatre and Catalyst Collaborative@MIT present
an online workshop production of
Young Nerds of Color
by Melinda Lopez
directed by Dawn M. Simmons
Streaming as part of The Britt D'Arbeloff Women & Science Theatre Festival, a month-long festival celebrating women, theater, science, and the innovation that unites them all, Young Nerds of Color investigates the field of science from the perspective of the people who are underrepresented, people of color, women, ethnic minorities and people from low income families, through the sharing of personal and surprising stories. Ultimately, if scientists need to come together to solve society’s greatest existential problems, we will need a culture welcoming the greatest diversity of voices. Only together, will we truly discover what is possible. Tickets: free, donation requested.
Boston Theater Marathon XXIII: Special Zoom Edition features readings of 10-minute plays by New England playwrights in collaboration with New England theatres. Audiences are encouraged to lend their support to area theatre companies and to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in need. The readings begin at noon each day, with the exception of Sundays. A question-and-answer session follows each play. This week's plays:
First Date, QT Style
by Donna Sorbello
sponsored by The Wilbury Theatre Group
A comic piece about middle age online dating that doesn’t go where you think it will.
This is Not America
by David Valdes
sponsored by Huntington Theatre Company
Former strangers, now comrades, meet up at a D.C. liquor store to stock up and celebrate their victory at the Capitol on January 6.
by Elijah Vazquez
sponsored by Playwrights’ Platform
Normal. What truly is it? Two friends ride a see-saw in an abandoned park in the future, trying to find a connection in a world of forced isolation.
North Pole Noir
by Patrick Gabridge
sponsored by Acropolis Stage Company
A dark look at the underside of the North Pole, as detective Harvey the Elf tries to solve the murder of Frosty the Snowman.
by Michael Towers
sponsored by Forge Theatre Company
Deidre’s statistics teacher, Mr. Johnson, asks to see her after class with the intention of discussing her slipping work, but their conversation begs the question: Exactly who’s in the driver’s seat?
The Come Up
by Miranda Austen ADEkoje
sponsored by Front Porch Arts Collective
An actress and social media influencer clashes with her agent when she wants to move in a new direction.
Mother Goose’s Grave
by Amy Bennett-Zendzian
sponsored by Greater Boston Stage Company
Mary tries to raise Mother Goose from the grave to help her with her history homework, but she raises the genteel Mrs. Ball instead. Mrs. Ball wants Mary to raise her husband, but instead, they both must face the Great Molasses Flood victims that Mary accidentally raised as well.
Tickets: free, click “purchase tickets” to join the reading.
Victim Advocacy Services presents
Gutless & Grateful
by Amy Oestreicher
Gutless & Grateful is the one-woman musical autobiography of Amy Oestreicher. It takes her audience on a journey of hope, resilience, and gratitude. The show is presented as part of Stay In and Stand Up, five events in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. RSVP here: $15, or $50 for all five.
A-Típico is a two-week festival of online, new-play workshops that aims to showcase and expand the focus on underrepresented Latinx stories.
Week one's plays:
Before We Focus on Others
by Diego Lanao
An overly confident relationship counselor's attempts to save his marriage of 21 years ultimately propels him to seek out advice from his own children, and from a different relationship therapist. Presented in English, with some Spanish.
by Alejandra Ramos Riera
A 37-year-old former inmate is released after serving a long sentence for a crime he committed in self-defense. Once on probation, he decides to reconnect with his father, facing the difficulties of adjusting and reintegrating into society, starting with his own family. Presented in Spanish, no subtitles.
DG Footlights Series presents
The F&L at 1330
by Ken Green
For more than 40 years, the family-owned F&L bar has been a familiar sight in a neighborhood on Chicago’s near north side. But now, outside, forces (city government, deep-pocketed developers) are demanding they adapt or disappear, while long-simmering personal issues threaten to destroy the family business from within. The F&L at 1330 looks at gentrification and what is lost when a neighborhood is forced to change. Tickets: free.
The Depot for New Play Readings presents
a Zoom reading of
This Not That
By Gemma Cooper-Novack
April 11, 2:00 PM
directed by Anne Flammang
Daniella and Marshall, a longtime couple, have recently gotten engaged. Neither can admit that Jessica, Daniella's best friend, serves as a distant object of love for them both. As the wedding draws closer and a devastating event at the charter school Daniella founded, and where Jessica teaches, disturbs both women, all their relationships are disrupted. Tickets: free.
The Wilbury Theatre Group presents
God Talks to an Agnostic
written and directed by Don Mays
Pitted against the backdrop of the racial and cultural issues of today, this innovative twelve-part audio play explores the impact of religion on race, Black culture, and a collective need for faith in something larger than ourselves. Episodes premiere each Sunday at 3:00 PM on WNPN 89.3 FM and are then available the next day on all podcast streaming platforms. Stream here: free.
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