As a part of its first annual New Works Festival for Emerging Playwrights, The Blockheads Collective has chosen three very different plays which capture a similar sentiment about American culture in 2016. Though each show is contrasting in tone and subject matter, they are united by a through line of disenfranchisement and resilience that seems to characterize the human experience. We invite you to The Tank Theatre to witness a rehearsed reading of these incredibly salient works and fill out a comment card with feedback. At the end, you will have the opportunity to win two tickets to this year's Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of The Shrew at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park (because why wait in line?!).
Tickets to each night's reading are free, and raffle tickets for Shakespeare in the Park are $5.
Chris Graybill's The Contract presents an absurdist alternate reality where the aging "boomer" generation doesn't just remain young at heart--they look, act, and feel just as vibrant as their "junior" counterparts. Lead by President Jake and his band of outrageously attractive advisors, the boomers manipulate the labor of the younger generation to stay afloat, until a group of fed-up friends launch a plan to take them down from the inside. This cutting social satire examines the seductiveness of ultimate power and what happens when those who have it refuse to pass the torch.
Working a dead-end customer service job that barely pays for his video games, Kip is a 20-something New Yorker who's realized the fallacy of the American Dream. His situation changes, however, when a missing autistic girl walks into his life, giving he and con-artist friend Bill Gartrell an opportunity to hold her captive until the reward money reaches it's peak. In Lost/Not Found, writer Kirby Fields presents a story of (mostly) good people who realize their own powerlessness and decide to take what they've been denied, no matter the cost.
In The Pooka, 12-year-old outcast Martin is terrorized by middle school bullies and his mother's ne'er-do-well boyfriend, with only his precocious best friend - and sometimes love interest - Daphne to confide in. When a mischevious shapeshifter promises to fix Martin's life, he soon realizes that no magic wish can remodel his fractured reality. Written by James Mclindon, The Pooka is a darkly whimsical and surprisingly comedic story of angst, resilience, and growing up.
The Blockheads are dedicated to developing emerging actors, playwrights and directors - we intend to make it our mission to explore new ideas and support creativity wherever we find it. This mini-festival is the first part of our year long exploration of new writing. We've been seeking undiscovered playwrights with a passion for social justice; that can engage with a 21st century audience and challenge conventional ways of thinking.
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