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DNA New Work Series

The Playhouse’s acclaimed new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, is back for its fourth year, running
February 18 – 29, 2016.

The DNA New Work Series is a period of readings that allows playwrights and directors the opportunity to develop a script by providing rehearsal time, space and resources – all culminating in workshops or readings open to the public. All projects in the DNA Series take place with little or no scenic, costume or staging elements, and actors may have scripts in hand. It’s a rare chance for theatre-lovers to be a part of a new work in its earliest stages of development.

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Concert Reading


Miss You Like Hell

Miss You Like Hell

Book and Lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Music and Lyrics by Erin McKeown
Directed by Lear deBessonet

Thursday, February 18
Friday, February 19
Saturday February 20, all at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center;
general admission seating


When a free-spirited mother convinces her whip-smart teenage daughter to join her on a drive across the country, neither can imagine where it will take them. Chance encounters with a motley crew of characters along the way brings them closer to understanding what sets them apart — and what connects them forever. This vibrant and affecting new American musical exudes the joy, love and frustration of being a family in a changing country.

1-Day Readings


Trinity

Trinity

By Daniel Beaty
Directed by Christopher Ashley

Sunday, February 21 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Home from college on Christmas break, Shawn discovers years’ worth of hidden correspondence from the imprisoned father he never knew. Desperate to uncover the root of his depression and pain – and with his disapproving mother in tow – Shawn embarks on a trip to confront the man whose absence corroded his life. Beaty’s (The Tallest Tree in the Forest) new play explores the effects of incarceration on families, the sacrifices we make for each other, and the faith required to be a family.

To the Quick

To the Quick

By Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Patricia McGregor

Monday, February 22 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


In their New England town of affluent colonial houses and charming local tea shops, neighbors Vera and Donna have constructed a comfortable life in a largely white community – until a racially-charged incident forces them to reconsider the place they'd always called home. Traveling back and forth from 1692 to the present, Greenidge’s (Milk Like Sugar) To the Quick is a sharp, heightened look at the prejudices that hit us where we live.

Safe at Home

Safe at Home

Co-created by Gabriel Greene and Alex Levy
Written by Gabriel Greene
Directed by Alex Levy

Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


In less than two hours, star pitcher Victor Castillo is set to take the mound for game 7 of the World Series. But when a rumor begins to circulate that Castillo may use the sport’s biggest stage as a political protest, the shock waves hit all corners of the stadium, from the owner’s box to the locker room. An engaging and provocative site-specific work designed to be performed inside a baseball stadium, Safe at Home examines the complex intersection between baseball, politics and the American Dream.

The Change Room

The Change Room

By Carly Mensch
Directed by Jaime Castañeda

Friday, February 26 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Every morning before dawn, Gene Holbrook, an Emeritus Professor of Classics, comes to the university’s gym to swim...and escape. When he can't seem to find his locker, however, Gene is thrown into an existential tailspin, pulling in old foes and new friends. Hilarious, dark, and Kafkaesque, The Change Room questions what matters in the face of our inescapable obsolescence.

Like They Magical

Like They Magical

By Elizabeth Irwin
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody

Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Shalico and Perla are two of the most promising students at an up-and-coming charter school serving mostly underprivileged kids. But as their Brooklyn neighborhood begins to change, they soon become caught up in the adult politics of gentrification and integration. Like They Magical is a funny and moving story about education, privilege, and what it really takes to get ahead in this world.

El Huracán

El Huracán

By Charise Castro Smith
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Monday, February 29 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


In 1992 Miami, while a family rushes to secure itself against the oncoming Hurricane Andrew, its matriarch finds herself trapped within memories that threaten to carry her out into the rain. Thirty years later, as Miami grapples with rising tides, the family again finds themselves swept together for a final chance at reconciliation. A modern-day nod to The Tempest, Charise Castro Smith’s new play touches upon magic, exile, and the storms that rage within families.

The DNA New Work Series is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Leo S. Guthman Fund.