Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Kindness by Adam Rapp

by Adam Rapp

“Compelling. A well-crafted mini-thriller, which keeps you in suspense until the final blackout.” – Joe Dziemianowics, New York Daily News

“Rapp has raised some provocative questions about the prickly mother/son relationship he has drawn in such detail.”– Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“Pungent, vivid...Rapp finds a gentle approach to his characters’ physical and emotional pain without turning sentimental. His playful side is on display too.” [Four stars] – Diane Snyder, Time Out New York

“Adam Rapp can write dense, tense, funny dialogue.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“A taut and involving dark comedy. Hilarious and unsettling.” – Dan Bacalzo,

An ailing mother and her teenaged son flee Illinois and a crumbling marriage for the relative calm and safety of a midtown Manhattan hotel. Mom holds tickets to a popular musical about love among bohemians. Her son isn’t interested, so Mom takes the kindly cabdriver instead, while the boy entertains a visitor from down the hall, an enigmatic, potentially dangerous young woman.

Kindness is a play about the possibility for sympathy in a harsh world and the meaning of mercy in the face of devastating circumstances.

Drama. Interior. 2m, 2f. Acting Edition. $9.95.

You've Got Hate Mail
by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore

“Outright guffaws greeted this 75-minute, intermissionless free-for-all!” —Peter Filichia, Newark Star Ledger

“A funny play where the verbals zingers fly fast and furious!” —Tom Chesek, Asbury Park Press

“LOL! An audience is guaranteed to do just that” at this hilarious broadband comedy of errors. You’ve Got Hate Mail is Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore’s comic answer to A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. In You’ve Got Hate Mail, love “bytes” all when an extra-marital affair goes horribly wrong, thanks to a juicy e-mail left sitting on a desktop. The story is told entirely in e-mails from laptop computers, although the play still manages to have an unforgettable chase scene — thanks to Blackberries and iPhones. The heartiest laugh-for-laugh show of all the Van Zandt-Milmore comedies.

Comedy. Unit Set. 2 m, 3 f. Acting Edition. $9.95.

The Faculty Room by Bridget Carpenter

The Faculty Room
by Bridget Carpenter

“Outrageous circumstances. Howard Shalwitz’s good-looking production strikes the right tone. Underplayed pretty much to perfection by Michael Willis...Megan Anderson is an appealing presence.” – Washington Post

“Cutthroat portrayals by Bowen & Anderson...Woolly should be commended for their unwavering commitment to new work” – Washington Times

“Woolly Mammoth’s usual excellence characterizes the design team - refreshing & funny" – DC Theatre Reviews

Winner of the Kesselring Prize for Playwriting.

In The Faculty Room, Bridget Carpenter explores the darker side of high school life from the inside of that mythic room, the teacher’s lounge. English teacher Adam, Drama teacher Zoe and Ethics teacher Bill, along with mysterious new World History teacher Carver, are all taunted by the disembodied voice of Principal Dennis on the P.A. system. Dedicated yet desperate, inspired yet burnt out, hateful yet loving — the teachers of Madison Feury High are a bundle of contradictions in Carpenter’s rich portrait. A funny and caustic look at how truly f*cked up the relationships between teachers and students can get, The Faculty Room erupts with gunshots, desperate longing, and a growing wave of spiritual fanaticism. Our education system may never recover.

Black Comedy.Interior. 5m, 1f. Acting Edition. $9.95

Pigmalion by Mark Dunn

by Mark Dunn

Inspired by Pygmalion, Shaw’s classic drawing room tale of language and class division, and its musical incarnation, My Fair Lady, the play tells the story of one Eliza Doolittle—the daughter of a hardscrabble Mississippi pig farmer—who sells homemade pork rinds at the Tri-Counties Fair and Livestock Show, and dreams of someday working as a waitress at “one of those nice downtown barbecue restaurants where all the tourists go.” With the support of her best friend, a sassy Transgender firecracker named Miss Tiffany Box, patroness Ida Hill and her daughter Clara; and with Ida’s instantly enamored son Freddy nipping romantically at Eliza’s heels, Delta-drawlin’ Eliza engages the services of a “Kudzu-league” college prof named Henry Higgins to take the country out of her speech and give her some semblance of class. Devotees of Shaw’s original will delight in the transplantation of Eliza and Professor Higgins and his colleague Pickering to the American South. But this gentle, warm-hearted comedy gives us something else as well, a question for which everyone in the play must find the answer: how do we reconcile the way we present ourselves on the outside with who we truly are on the inside?

Dramatic Comedy. 9m, 8f (cross casting and double casting possible). Acting Edition. $9.95.


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