I love the short-form play. Like condensed milk, it’s made a little richer and sweeter for the concentration.
Its flavor is similar to but different from the original, of course, but more potent and easier to whip into a frenzy of thoughts and ideas.
The challenge for the playwrights is, as always, to make their point fresh and cogent in a brief time. These are mini one acts!
The schedule for this year’s Summer Shorts is:
Series A– The Sky and the Limit by Roger Hedden, directed by Billy Hopkins
Much to the amusement of his best friend, a young man dives into one of America’s mesa strewn deserts in search of the perfect site for a wedding.
Riverbed by Eric Lane, directed by Matthew Rauch
A lyrical drama about a married couple that experiences an intense loss and their struggle to find their way back to each other.
Sec. 310, Row D, Seats 5 and 6 by Warren Leight, director TBA
Three guys share two season tickets as they watch the Knicks, and their lives, pass before their eyes.
Series B–Doubtless by Albert Innaurato, directed by Jack Hofsiss
With such formidable opponents as hypocrisy, government, hysteria, neurosis, family, religion and pop culture – can we ever really know and accept who we are? Well, these two brave nuns are going to give it a go!
The Mulberry Bush by Neil Labute, directed by Maria Mileaf
Two men meet up on a bench in the park. One of them is meant to be there. The other is not. What follows is a domestic thriller played out in the harsh sunlight of a weekday afternoon.
Napoleon in Exile by Daniel Reitz, directed by Paul Schnee
Corey is 25, living at home, can’t hold a job, and is obsessed with Minecraft. His mother has other ideas for him.
Catch them at 59E59 Theaters now. And come back to this space for our commentary.