Corkscrew Festival 2018

Jun 17, 2018

The Corkscrew Theater Festival returns for a second annual season, running July 9 - August 5 at the Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, Manhattan). This summer theater festival provides early-career artists with a high level of production support and features five world premieres and four readings performed in repertory over four weeks. Special attention has been given to theater makers who are developing work through robust and innovative collaborative models.

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This new play invites you to Mermaidland, Florida, the only place on earth where mermaids are real. Part of the second annual Corkscrew Festival of new work.

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An afternoon special starring Mermaid Bee, Mermaid Vana, and the newest princess of the deep, Mermaid Marie. Reawaken your childhood fantasies. Revel in the death-defying underwater dances. Soak in the impossible beauty. And please disregard the alligators. There is nothing to worry about. 



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A political drama set in Turkey in 2016, where a group of high school friends reunite on the evening of an attempted military coup. Part of the second annual Corkscrew Festival of new work.

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After ten years of self-imposed estrangement from her country, Rana meets up with three old friends on a soccer field in Istanbul on July 15th, 2016 -- the eve of the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey. As the night progresses, the foursome realizes how brutal nostalgia can feel when the distance between them widens, when life in the present implicates them in political turmoil and places them under surveillance. Spanning across the surreal events of one evening, 'Field, Awakening' is not a homecoming: it’s the tale of a stranger in a strange land, searching in vain for home amidst a landscape of fleeting familiarity.


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Two sisters, Agnes and Kitty, find their big dreams derailed when a disaster strikes their pie shop. Part of the second annual Corkscrew Festival of new work.

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When a pipe bursts, it releases toxic unknowns that flood the shop and rob the sisters of coherent speech. Agnes and Kitty are forced to contend with a past that still haunts and divides them. Culminating in a dramatic stand-off played out through an original language of gibberish and jumbled English, 'Pie Shop Play' reveals the havoc that trauma brings down upon all who work in the name of pie. 



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This new drama traces the stories of two pairs of immigrant/first generation women living in the same San Francisco apartment, twenty years apart. Part of the second annual Corkscrew Festival of new work.

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In a small San Francisco apartment in the 1990s, Meryl and Ana Sofia, a lesbian couple, attempt to conceive a child through in-vitro fertilization while managing Meryl's bipolar disorder. Two decades later, in the same apartment, their daughter Robyn and her roommate Hadley are forced to navigate their friendship through Robyn’s cancer treatment. As they struggle to take control of their lives, all four come to experience the unique weight and loss of female friendship. A wrenching, tender portrait of characters who are complicated the way real women are, 'delicacy of a puffin heart' considers what it means to love someone honestly even when they are incapable of telling the truth.


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'Desarrollo' follows three queer and trans Bronx natives as they grow from exuberant 13-year olds to yearning, unmoored young adults. Part of the second annual Corkscrew Festival of new work.

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As kids growing up in New York City, Nelly, Alaida, and Sol spent hot summer days daring, dancing, and documenting their way across boroughs, rivers, and storefronts. Ten years later, time has seemed to warp everything, from their once-indestructible friendship to the landscape of the streets they used to call home. 'Desarrollo' is an unraveling—a discovery—of what happens to the people and the places we love when put under pressure; like film developing in the dark, their stories are ones of transformation, of capturing the moments that change us.