From the New England New Play Alliance:
and Audio Plays
White Snake Projects presents
Death by Life
created by Cerise Lim Jacobs
directed by Kimille Howard
Galvanized by the killing of George Floyd, the virtual opera Death by Life explores the intersection of systemic racism and mass incarceration. The libretto uses texts by incarcerated writers and their families. The score features five Black composers representing a broad range of ages and styles. Tickets: pay what you can.
Artists’ Theater of Boston presents
She Eats Apples
by Stephanie K. Brownell
directed by Jasmine Brooks
She Eats Apples is a nonlinear exploration of rape culture as seen through the eyes of four teenagers embroiled in the complexities of growing up. The play asks: How can we imagine a culture of consent and healthy relationships when we are embroiled in the complex web of rape culture, when we are taught through media, casual conversation, and uncritiqued views of history that what doesn’t feel right inside our own bodies, is just normal? Tickets: Free, registration required.
The Depot for New Play Readings presents
a Zoom reading of
by Quinn D. Eli
May 23, 2:00 PM
directed by Anne Flammang
A real-life adventure is taking place inside Damascus Comics, only there are no superheroes around to save the store’s African-American proprietor, Ramir. His oldest friend and only employee, a white woman named Beth, attracts the frenzied attention of protestors and reporters in a case caught on live video. After she spots two white children traveling in a car with a black man, Beth becomes convinced the children are in danger and calls the police. Her call sets off a series of events that threatens the store she runs with Ramir, jeopardizes their relationship, and demands, in the end, an enormous price for Living While Black. Tickets: 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 into renewal in this tender comedy about family, food, and finding the strength to move on. Tickets: pay what you can.
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:
Following the Rules
by Alexis Krysten Morgan
sponsored by New Repertory Theatre
A teacher uses the system to punish a student who makes a mistake.
When I Grow Up
by Fabiola R. Decius
sponsored by Wheelock Family Theatre
A kindergarten teacher calls a conference with a parent to discuss her son’s answers in class, leading to a confrontation about racial awareness.
by Jessica Durdock Moreno
sponsored by Firehouse Center for the Arts
When Brian misses out on his best friend Tyler’s COVID-safe Zoom wedding due to a bad internet connection, he realizes that what was meant to be a celebration of love ended up feeling more like a funeral as he sat isolated in his room.
by Melinda Lopez
sponsored by Northeastern University Department of Theatre
How long does it take to become a local? A first date takes a detour in this comedy set at an iconic Boston location.
by K. Alexa Mavromatis
sponsored by Hartford Stage
A COVID-time trip to the grocery store brings adventure, reflection, frustration, discovery, and something else. Is it despair?
The Brunch Crowd
by Dillon Yruegas
sponsored by Sparkhaven Theatre
Always wanted to know how transgender people of color go about their daily lives? Spoiler alert: they don’t talk about the surgery, or anything else that the cis seem to be so obsessed about. They go to brunch and drink too many mimosas, just like you!
by Kelly Smith
sponsored by Flat Earth Theatre
Desperate to buy last minute concert tickets, Lindsey tries to remember her login password with the help of… her Password.
Tickets: free, click "purchase tickets" to join the production.
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