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HOURGLASS PLAY READING SERIES 2018-2019 SEASON
STUPID FUCKING BIRD by AARON POSNER
Directed by DANNY HOSKINS
saturday, OCTOBER 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.
An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Original songs composed by James Sugg draw the famously subtextual inner thoughts of Chekhov’s characters explicitly to the surface. STUPID FUCKING BIRD will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.
SKELETON CREW BY DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN NTHEKETHA
SATURDAY, november 10, 2018 AT 2 P.M.
At the start of the Great Recession, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. Each of the workers have to make choices on how to move forward if their plant goes under. Shanita has to decide how she'll support herself and her unborn child, Faye has to decide how and where she'll live, and Dez has to figure out how to make his ambitious dreams a reality. Power dynamics shift as their manager Reggie is torn between doing right by his work family, and by the red tape in his office. Powerful and tense, Skeleton Crew is the third of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit cycle trilogy.
LOST LAKE BY DAVID AUBURN
DIRECTED BY KASI KRENZER MARSHALL
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019 AT 2 P.M.
The lakeside rental Veronica has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children so desperately need. And the disheveled property owner, Hogan, has problems of his own—problems that Veronica is inevitably—and irrevocably—pulled into. An engrossing and revealing portrait of two strangers bound together by circumstance, LOST LAKE is a vivid play about the struggle for connection in an imperfect world.
FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70th birthday BY sarah ruhl
DIRECTED BY esther winter
SATURDAY, April 6th, 2019 AT 2 P.M.
When Ann thinks of her father, she immediately remembers playing Peter Pan in her hometown theater in Iowa, particularly when he used to bring her flowers after her performance. Her memory is jogged by the fact that she and her four siblings are in their father’s hospital room during his final moments. His death sparks a conversational wake that includes everything from arguments over politics to when each sibling realized that they grew up. A loving look at a family’s view of death, life, and the allure of never growing up.
All performances are free. Donations are encouraged. For more information about the Hourglass Play Reading Series, email Hourglass@blackfriars.org.
2018-2019 Season designs by Nicholas Capostagno