From the New England New Play Alliance:
and Audio Plays
The Huntington Theatre presents
by Masha Oblensky
While out for a walk on July 15, 2023, two white women sneak a peek at the construction site of their children’s new school. Speaking Up is one of the new episodes of Dream Boston, a series of short audio plays in which local playwrights imagine favorite locations, landmarks, and their friends in a future Boston, when we can once again meet and connect in our city. Streaming now: free.
Community members of all ages share stories from their experiences during COVID-19. Select submissions are sent to a local playwright and converted into a script, then acted and recorded by a New Rep artist. Currently available to stream:
The Not-Knowing Part
story by Jes Ellis
script by Ken Green
directed by Peter Sampieri
A Place to Tap
story by Ellen Peterson
script by Patrick Gabridge
directed by Shanelle Chloe Villegas
Stream now: free.
The Huntington Theatre presents
The Black Beans Project
by Melinda Lopez and Joel Perez
directed by Jaime Castañeda
Mariana and Henry meet virtually to share a secret family recipe that forces them to reveal secrets of their own. The siblings transform pandemic panic to renewal in this tender comedy about family, food, and finding the strength to move on. Tickets: pay what you can.
Silverthorne Theater Company presents
an online reading of
When We Get Good Again
by James McLindon
directed by Mark Dean
Tracy can’t wait to graduate and leave the rich kids at her prestigious school in her rearview mirror. In fact, she’s planning on graduating in three years, and only partly because that’s all the college she can afford. But there’s one problem: Tracy needs to keep her 4.0 GPA intact to get into a top law school to have even a chance of getting one of the few public interest jobs available to represent the poor. And the only way she can get all her work done by the end of the semester while holding down two work-study jobs is to take a short vacation from her ethics and buy a term paper from Hire Education. When We Get Good Again is a play about integrity, excuses, and doing the right thing…as soon as you figure out exactly what that is. Stream here: free.
New World Theatre presents
a virtual reading of
Tiny Empty Nest
by David Beardsley
directed by Marina Altschiller
With their only child off to college, it is becoming harder for Ben and Claire to ignore the empty spaces in their relationship. That’s when Ben makes a surprising proposal: He wants them to audition for Tiny Empty Nest, a reality television show that chronicles new empty nesters living together in a community of tiny houses. Claire is skeptical but goes along. Audition day arrives, and Ben and Claire search for the emotional strength to keep moving forward together. Stream here: free
Fresh Ink Theatre presents
Boston in 10
directed by Lyndsay Allyn Cox and Regine Vital
As Fresh Ink celebrates 10 years of making new work in Boston, we find ourselves taking stock of this current moment and wondering what it means for the future of New England and the people who call it home. How will things change…in 10 days? In 10 years? In 10 decades? Combining the focused process of our Ink Spot Festival with the community spirit of Mad Dash, Boston in Ten brings together a cohort of artists to help us imagine what comes next.
In one play-ful night, we lined up back-to-back eight 10-minute plays written by j. sebastián alberdi, Fabiola R. Decius, Hortense Gerardo, Tatiana Isabel Gil, Brandon G. Green, Nick Malakhow, Nina Louise Morrison, and Kevin Mullins.
Tickets: Pay what you can.
The Wilbury Theatre Group presents
Whose Name Was Writ in Water
by Becci Davis
Becci Davis' Whose Name Was Writ in Water features dual narratives woven together: the interrogation of history through an imagined conversation with the artist’s enslaved 4th great-grandmother and a rite of passage for her teenage son. Water serves as the device that connects them through time and space. Presented as a 360° Virtual Experience using technology by New York-based virtual event production company Musae, audience members will be able to view the production on their phones, tablets, or computers, or may elect to receive a VR headset with their ticket purchase. Tickets: pay what you can, $5-$100.
Boston Theater Marathon XXIII: Special Zoom Edition features 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 productions begin at noon each day, with the exception of Sundays. A question-and-answer session follows each play. This week's plays:
178 Ludlow Street
by Cayenne Douglass
sponsored by Sleeping Weazel
by John Minigan
sponsored by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston
A Good Mother
by Alan Brody
sponsored by Underground Railway Theater
by Ken Green
sponsored by American Repertory Theater
Auditioning for Mary
by John Oluwole ADEkoje
sponsored by Wellesley Repertory Theatre
by Nick Malakhow
sponsored by Brandeis University Department of Theatre Arts
Following the Rules
by Alexis Krysten Morgan
sponsored by New Repertory Theatre
Tickets: free, click "purchase tickets" to join the production.
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