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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 fifth year, running
December 9 - 11, 2016.

The DNA New Work Series allows playwrights and directors the opportunity to develop a script by providing rehearsal time, space and resources – all culminating in readings which are open to the public. All projects in the DNA New Work 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.

Tickets for this event have been underwritten through the generosity of our sponsors: Lynne and Mason Rosenthal / Leo S. Guthman Foundation, Stephanie Bergsma and Dwight Hare and Judy and Bill Garrett. If you would like to join with them in supporting New Work at the Playhouse, please consider a tax-deductible donation. Gifts of $150 or more receive benefits. All gifts are appreciated and admired. Thank you!

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Readings


MK-ULTRA

MK-ULTRA

By Zayd Dohrn
Directed by Christopher Ashley

Friday, December 9 at 7:00 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


During the height of 1950s Cold War paranoia, the CIA spent six years developing an experimental interrogation and mind control program: Project MK-ULTRA. But with the accidental discovery of LSD – a pharmaceutical atom bomb – the mission quickly escalates into a dangerous, high-stakes battle between loyalty and betrayal. A mind-bending, surreal and darkly comic new play, MK-ULTRA explores the tradeoff between freedom and national security – then and now.

Selling Kabul

Selling Kabul

By Sylvia Khoury
Directed by Joanie Schultz

Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Taroon once served as an interpreter for the United States military in Afghanistan. Now the Americans – and their promises of safety – are gone, and Taroon spends his days in his sister Afiya’s apartment, hiding from the increasingly powerful Taliban. Desperate to escape with his wife and newborn son, Taroon must navigate a country left in upheaval, in which everyone must fend for themselves, and few can be trusted.

Kill Local

Kill Local

By Mat Smart
Directed by Jackson Gay

Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Sheila and her sister Abigail work for their mother’s small family business. Sheila’s job used to be a source of joy and exhilaration; now she’s questioning everything. But when you’re an assassin, being uninspired means getting sloppy, and getting sloppy means getting killed. Kill Local is a pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge and trying to get unstuck – especially when your life is dedicated to ending others’.

Child of Colonialism

Child of Colonialism

By Rehana Lew Mirza
Directed by Jaime Castañeda

Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Lara and Max, an interracial couple, are expecting their first child. Longing for her only surviving family member, Lara invites her distant aunt Taniya to help with the delivery – but Taniya’s arrival throws their lives and cultural identities into chaos. Rehana Lew Mirza’s smart, comic and haunting new play examines how we deal with the things we inherit, both biologically and politically.