SELECTIONS 2019 SEASON
2019 Villagers New Playwrights Series Staged Readings will be held one MONDAY each month for of the months of March – June Below is this year’s selected plays.
Anyone interested in directing or performing please see breakdowns below list and send email to NewPlaywrightSeries@gmail.com. Actors please send headshot, resume and desired role. (although ages of characters are listed, all age groups considered for all parts)
Please join us Monday, June 17 at 8pm for the staged reading of:
A Creature Unparalleled
Written By Carole Thompson
Directed by LLuana Jones
Free admission. THIS IS THE LAST STAGED READING OF THE SEASON.
A teacher at an exclusive Manhattan prep school at the start of the year 2000 is preparing for a Dr. Martin Luther King Day assembly. She casts a white child to play Martin Luther King and a black child to play John F. Kennedy. All hell breaks loose.
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THE PATIENT by Ryan Kaminski
ECHOES: FALL OF ’38 by Jane Prendergast
CROOKS AND CUPCAKES by Richard Fowler
A CREATURE UNPARALLELED by Carole Thompson
Monday, March 18
By Ryan Kaminski
Upon discovering his new patient has a violent past, a psychiatrist in the middle of a bitter and humiliating divorce realizes he’s found the perfect solution to his ongoing marital problems.
DR. FRANK IRVING: Psychiatrist, bitter and sarcastic, filled with self-pity, mid 40s.
JOHN DANES: Former convict, appears to be easily manipulated, when he himself is the manipulator, early 30s.
AMY WILLIAMS: Housekeeper, carefree and artistic, bubbly, late 20s.
DET. KATE EISLEY Detective, stern and serious, devoted to her career, late 30s.
NICOLE IRVING: Frank’s soon to be ex-wife, self-assured, mid 30s.
Monday, April 29
Echoes: Fall of ’38
By Jane Prendergast
A Brooklyn family of ardent Marxist persuasion whose only son was crippled fighting in Spain against Franco must question their loyalty to the Party in light of European events of 1938
ROBERT: age 55, high school teacher and passionate Communist party secretary
JUDITH: housewife, age 53, caretaker for her crippled son, falling away from Party.
MICHAEL: age 22. confined to a wheelchair
HANNAH GREENBLATT: age 19, a refugee from Germany.
Monday, May 20
Crooks and Cupcakes
By Richard Fowler
Sometimes only you can be the one to give someone a second chance
CONNIE MCCRAKEN: 70s; widow; loveable; optimistic; resilient; daffy yet wise; more observant and intuitive than given credit for; generous; family-oriented and patriotic; Comparable to Spring Byington, Betty White, Shirley Booth, Estelle Parsons
ALEXANDER: 40s; a mysterious, somehow familiar crook; remorseful; regretful; industrious; Comparable to Bradley Cooper, Mark Ruffalo
ARTHUR: 40s; Alexander’s friend/partner in crime; simple-minded; endearing; talkative; childish; Comparable to Mickey Rooney, Donald O’Connor
JASON: late 20s – early 30s; Connie’s devoted grandson; serious; ambitious; determined; Comparable to Jason Patric
MARGE: 60s; Connie’s friend; attentive; friendly; concerned; comparable to Jane Wyatt
POLICE OFFICER: 40s; observant; direct; comparable to Joel McCrea
Monday, June 17
A Creature Unparalleled
By Carole Thompson
A teacher at an exclusive Manhattan prep school at the start of the year 2000 is preparing for a Martin Luther King Day assembly. She casts a white child to play Martin Luther King and a black child to play John F. Kennedy. All hell breaks loose
LIANNE POINTER: 36, artistic director of the exclusive Hollis Holbrooke School, black
ROBERT VELOSIN: 39, head of the school’s diversity program, white
DARNICE COLEMAN: 28, music teacher, black
BEVERLEIGH PEMBERTON NEALE: 73, headmaster, white
VIOLA CHARLES: 33, headmaster’s secretary, black
KITTY VAN PELT: 63, president, board of trustees, white
RICHARD SELBY: 56, board member, black
MATTHEW (“Umberto”) PILGRIM: 14, a student from Harlem, black
JENNY PILGRIM: 12, his sister, also a student from Harlem, black
TYREECE MALIK LITTLE: 15, another student from Harlem, black
CHRISTOPHER (“Chip”) BURTON: 15, prep school student, white
EMILY CRABBE: 13, prep school student, white