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The 13th Annual New Play Reading Festival
July 17 - 29, 2017

Boston Court’s New Play Reading Festival presents readings of exciting new works in progress that are in keeping with Boston Court’s mission, which urges artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on works, which are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting.

Plays and Other Festival Events

  • New Play Reading Festival Preview: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 7:30pm
    Join Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky & Michael Michetti, and Literary Manager Emilie Beck, for an informal, interactive conversation about the plays featured in this year's New Play Reading Festival, as well as a look into the process of selecting plays and what makes the "Boston Court ethos." Light snacks will be served.
  • Hitler's Tasters, by Michelle Kholos Brooks, directed by Michael Michetti: July 22 @ 11am
    Three times a day, every day, a group of young women have the opportunity to die for their country. They are Adolph Hitler's food tasters. And what do girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal? Like all girls throughout time, they gossip and dream, they question and dance. Deliberately anachronistic, stretching across time to autocracy today, these young women want to love, laugh, and above all, they want to survive.
  • This Floating World, by Tira Palmquist, directed by Beth Lopes: July 22 @ 2:30pm
    When a woman of means crashes her car in a no-man’s land, she finds herself on a long, strange trip home. Wasn’t she always lucky? Didn’t she always know how to make her way in the world? But this place is bewildering, and, weirdly, there’s a creature who seems to understand her better than the humans. There, on the margins of here and there, between suburbia and wilderness, she meets a Curandera and desperately clings to the things that seem to be slipping away from her. Or, maybe, it’s all already gone, and she just couldn’t see it.
  • Sweet Maladies, by Zakiyyah Alexander, directed by Dominic Taylor: July 22 @ 5pm
    Two years after slavery has been abolished, three recently freed girls play with the only game they know: history. What does it mean to be “freed”? Power struggles erupt as the women play an increasingly dangerous game of mistress and servant, especially when the mistress purports to love her servants. Everything changes when the lines of role-play and truth blur and then collide. A dark comedy set in the time of Reconstruction. Inspired by Jean Genet's The Maids.
  • Playwright's Panel Discussion: Writing the Unusual: Representing the Known World in Unfamiliar Ways: July 24 @ 7pm
    Dogs talking to strangers. Teenagers taking phone selfies in the 1940s. The world of theater does not always look like the world as we know it. While some plays seek to hold the mirror up to nature, many plays look beyond the realistic for the imaginative and the surreal. What kinds of storytelling are uniquely available to theater, and what artistic value might we find outside of the naturalistic? What happens when we call attention to, rather than hide, the artifice of representation? Join the conversation with a panel of our New Play Reading Festival playwrights, as they discuss the relationship between realism and performance in their own work. Will include an audience Q&A.
  • Cricket Woman Mother Earth (or) A Nasty Comeuppance, by Tiffany Antone, directed by Emilie Beck: July 29 @ 11:30am
    Aura Bloom can’t sleep. She’s consumed with grief over our ever-warming planet and in despair over recent social/political events. So, when Aura seduces an unsuspecting Census Worker and claims he’s impregnated her, it’s no wonder that her husband, Billy, thinks she’s gone over the edge. In the months that follow, Aura prepares to birth an extinction-level plague: Mother Earth’s final punishment for mankind’s carelessness. A play about crickets, politics, sex, unemployment, and… oh yeah, the end of the world.
  • Night Dust Journey, by Mickey Birnbaum, directed by Jessica Kubzansky: July 29, 2017 @ 3pm
    Amy is a nuclear mitigation technician on assignment in Kazakhstan, befriending her guide Abdul and his sick wife Anar, who dreams of stardom. Her husband Tom tries to sell high-end real estate as New York crumbles around them. As their cities, jobs, and marriage implode, their neglected teenage daughter Libby embarks on an unlikely love affair with the broken pieces. Full of mystical encounters, living buildings, impossible journeys, and comic twists, Night Dust Journey wonders what place global communities and the American dream might have in an irradiated, unstable, post-truth world.
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