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DNA New Work Series 2014
DNA New Work Series

Mark your calendars! Our acclaimed new play development initiative, the DNA New Work Series, is coming back
February 17 through March 2, 2014.

The DNA New Work Series is a four-week period of workshops and readings of new works 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 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.


Workshop


Blueprints to Freedom

Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin

By Michael Benjamin Washington
Directed by Phylicia Rashad

Only six presentations!
Feb 21 and Feb 22 at 7:30 pm; Feb 23 at 3:00 pm
Feb 28 and Mar 1 at 7:30 pm; Mar 2 at 3:00 pm

All tickets: $15

Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center;
general admission seating


In the sweltering political and racial heat of 1963, Bayard Rustin – the brilliant proponent of non-violent civil disobedience – is assigned to orchestrate an unprecedented march for jobs and freedom. Exiled from the Civil Rights movement by both internal and external forces, Rustin grapples with his last chance for professional restoration and spiritual redemption as he masterminds "a tribute to the ancestors" exactly one century after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Readings


Let Me Count the Ways

Let Me Count the Ways

By Martín Zimmerman
Directed by Christopher Ashley

Monday, February 17 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Rome, 1526. Europe is up for grabs, and the Catholic Church is in danger of being swallowed in the conflict. The clandestine publication of 16 sexually explicit prints provokes a battle between the libertine poet Pietro Aretino and the pious bishop Gian Matteo Giberti over the mind, loins and soul of Pope Clement VII – with the fate of a church hanging in the balance. Funny, sexy and dangerous, Martín Zimmerman's Let Me Count the Ways charts the beginning of modern pornography and explores the sins that lie beneath our moral edifices.

The Envelope

The Envelope

By Alex Lewin
Directed by Tom Dugdale

Thursday, February 20 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Brian Ross is an idealistic college student (and son of a Senator) whose incendiary political blog has made him a target of death threats. But his world is turned upside-down when he acquires an envelope whose top-secret contents hit very close to home. A fast-moving and provocative political thriller, The Envelope asks how much we actually want to know about what our government does to keep us safe – and examines the consequences of taking a stand.

Higher

Higher

By Carey Perloff
Directed by Christopher Ashley

Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


A high-powered Jewish architect, madly in love with an equally talented colleague, discovers that she is his rival in a competition to design a memorial in Israel. As they roam from the sleek rooms of plush New York apartments to the muddy shores of Israel, the two architects become increasingly ensnared in memory, desire and betrayal.

The Brothers Paranormal

The Brothers Paranormal

By Prince Gomolvilas
Directed by Jeff Liu
Presented in partnership with East West Players

Monday, February 24 at 8:30 pm
Please note the time has been changed

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Think you've seen a ghost? Thai-American brothers Max and Visarut run a company that specializes in debunking paranormal sightings – but their newest client, Delia, is certain that the young Asian apparition in her house is real. As their investigation progresses, Max and Visarut's own notions of reality and fantasy are pushed to the breaking point. Funny and disquieting, The Brothers Paranormal is a supernatural comedy haunted by the very real spirits of loss and grief.

Tranquil

Tranquil

By Andrew Rosendorf
Directed by Lucie Tiberghien

Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


Paralyzed in the car accident that claimed her mother's life, 19 year old Ellen tries to focus on moving forward. But when the past comes knocking on the door – in the form of Ellen's 23 year old brother Aaron – the family's delicate balance is upended by anger, guilt and raging hormones. Tranquil is a beautiful, raw exploration of the ways families can shatter... and be put back together.

A Play for Young Audiences

The Smartest Girl in the World

The Smartest Girl in the World

By Miriam Gonzales
Directed by José Cruz González

Saturday, March 1 at 3:00 pm

Tickets: FREE (reservation required)

Seuss 1 Rehearsal Room; general admission seating


The child of hardworking immigrants, Leo Martinez has convinced his little sister, Lizzy, that being the smartest kids in the world is the key to escaping their tough, uncertain reality. After their parents refuse to let Leo compete on a local TV kids' quiz show, Lizzy becomes determined to rescue their plan and see it through. The Smartest Girl in the World takes a look at the bonds of family and the keys to facing life's challenges together.