This annual festival of new American short plays returns to 59E59 for its 11th consecutive year. More…
The festival's two series consist of three plays each. See the lineup for Series A.
'Break Point' written and directed by Neil Labute: This play concerns the meeting of two world-class tennis players on the eve of their semi-final match at the French Open. Is this a friendly meeting, an elusive game of cat-and-mouse, psychological strategy, or is there something even darker at work here? A funny yet sobering take on masculinity, competition, sportsmanship, and the great American drive to succeed.
'A Woman' by Chris Cragin-Day, directed by Kel Haney: For the past ten years, every time her church passes around the anonymous elder nomination cards, Kim simply writes “A Woman.” This is because her NYC intellectual denomination does not allow women deacons. This year, her church's new pastor, Cliff, calls her bluff.
'Wedding Bash' by Lindsey Kraft & Andrew Leeds, directed by J.J. Kandel: When a newly married couple invites their two friends over for a post-wedding rehash, things get tense when it becomes clear that maybe people didn't love the wedding as much as they said they did.
See it if you like a varied evening with three completely different short plays. If you only have one evening, see Series A.
Don't see it if if you prefer longer, more substantial theatrical works.
See it if you like short pieces.Writing is quite good.BreakPoint drags a bit, but is interesting.Should be cut by 8-10 min.All are worth seeing
Don't see it if you like longer, more traditional shows.I was surprised that some of the acting was really weak.Usually these are very well done.Glad I went
See it if you feel like channel-surfing but with plays. Most of these performances are pleasant and none make you think too hard.
Don't see it if 3 consecutive plays that consist almost entirely of people sitting and talking to each other would bore you to tears.
See it if You like well-acted, well thought out, intelligent plays. Better than "Series A". "The Wedding" was the best; comical. "A Woman", on the
Don't see it if Other hand, was a little slow-moving... Nice staging; intimate. Worth the minimal fee...
See it if you like short plays that are unrelated to each other, whether funny or thoughtful, or both; you like provocative stories
Don't see it if 30 minute plays aren't your thing; you only like happy endings
See it if You enjoy short and young plays
Don't see it if You don't want to risk seeing something less than excellent. 2/3 plays were great; the first one was "under-cooked" and too literal