Saturday April 2nd
Sputnik: A Love Story
dir. Gwen Rietz
dir. Sean Leo
dir. Kevin Free
Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner
dir. Jessica Bashline
PRIMARY STAGES 307 West 38th suite 1510 Studio B
Sputnik: A Love Story by Lowell Williams
It was a watershed moment for the United States when the Soviet Union launched the satellite Sputnik in October, 1957. But, it was also a time of growing political unrest in America. Set in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, directly beneath of orbit of the satellite, characters from these two worlds collide and remind us how science and technology shape the world.
Lowell Williams is known in southern New Hampshire’s vibrant theater arts community as an award-winning playwright, actor and director. His other plays include, The History of the Roses, and Six Nights in the Black Belt, which he is adapting into the screenplay Non-Violence, was a semi-finalist at the O’Neil National Playwrights Conference and has been read and performed nationally. He has written and directed a short film, Carrying On, based on his play How She Fits in the World. A new short film based on his play It Fits The Profile was recently released. Lowell is a commercial pilot, has a BA from Potsdam College in New York, and an M.F.A. from Goddard College in Vermont. www.newtheatreworks.com
Bosons by K. Frithjof Peterson
When you look up, do you marvel at your place among the stars or feel too small to matter? These are the voyages of Karl and Lucy, two college kids who boldly go on a mission through worlds of subatomic particles and Star Trek to seek out which parts of us can survive against the cosmic backdrops of loss and loneliness.
K. Frithjof Petersonʼs work has been performed throughout the United States as well as translated and performed in Moscow, Russia. Full length plays include WHERE THE WHANGDOODLE SINGS (Generous Company), BOOKMARKS (Finalist, The O'Neill National Playwrights Conference) and BOSONS. His plays have also been finalists for The Kennedy Center’s National Ten-Minute Play Award, the Heideman Award, and the Samuel French OOB Festival and developed with The Kennedy Center, WordBRIDGE, Fusion Theatre Company (Albuquerque), The Inkwell (D.C.), and The Gift Theatre (Chicago).
Lineage by Anne Flanagan
Lineage challenges stereotypes as it confronts issues of race, adoption, religion, heredity and the often mistaken or disappointed expectations we have of one another.
Los Angeles based playwright Anne Flanagan has been produced throughout the US and internationally. Publications include her comedy Artifice (Dramatic Publishing) and various monologue compilations from Smith & Kraus and Applause Books. For many years, Anne worked as a private investigator, so she knows where you live. www.anneflanagan.net
Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner by Darcy Parker Bruce
A SUPER queer time travel adventure. With Dinosaurs. A cross between Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Fried Green Tomatoes.
Darcy Parker Bruce is a playwright and sound designer from New Haven, CT, and a student of the MFA Playwriting program at Smith College in Northampton, MA where she studies under Len Berkman, Andrea Hairston, and Ellen Kaplan. Her work has traveled across the US from New York to Hawaii, and has been produced or developed through Smith College, the Great Plains Theater Conference, The Bechdel Group, 2cents Theatre Group, Strange Sun Theatre's Greenhouse Series, and Dixon Place. Her play Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner is a Eugene O'Neill NPC 2016 Semi-finalist. Original plays include El Camino Del Rey, Shake Teeth Shake!, All We Know Is Not Enough, and East of the Sun. She is the founder and artistic director of TalkStory Theater Company and an avid activist for queer presence onstage.