The Landing Theatre Co. presents New American Voices Play Reading Series
The Landing Theatre Co. will present the New American Voices Play Reading Series, which gives voice to some of America's most promising new plays. Landing Theatre receives hundreds of submissions from playwrights across the country, and chooses four plays to showcase in its yearly series.
This year’s winners are:
- The Bargain I Have Made by Gwendolyn Rice - Otto Kannenberg is an aged recluse, living in a tiny apartment in Munich. Although he has very little human contact, he is not lonely — he immerses himself in the worlds of hundreds of paintings that fill his dingy flat, many by masters of Modernism, Expressionism, Cubism, Impressionism and Dadaism including Klee, Kirchner, Picasso, Monet, and Chagall. When the German government begins investigating how Otto acquired so many rare and wonderful pieces, his world is thrown into turmoil. He and the authorities must decide how to make peace with the past and make amends for Hitler’s war on “Degenerate Art.” (Playing on April 7 at 1 pm)
- The Forbidden Fruits of Honey Frost by Fengar Gael - On the stage of the operating theatre of the Wards Island Hospital, a seriously ill estate lawyer speaks to an audience of medical specialists, attempting to fathom the origin of her affliction. She relates the arrival from London of Honey Frost, the sole heir of an American antiquities dealer who made his fortune looting the buried treasures of the Middle East. Honey’s inheritance includes an apple orchard that’s infested with worms; however, the wormy pulp can be brewed into a cider, which has a euphoric effect, is highly addictive, and proves to be extremely profitable. When the cider is later exposed as the cause of a potential pandemic, thousands of victims are quarantined on Wards Island and forced to face the catastrophic possibility of species extinction. (Playing on April 7 at 7 pm)
- Pieces of the Pie by Shelli Pentimall Bookler - Carole and Dan have been married for over 30 years. Carole is a strong, dutiful wife and mother, and Dan is a recently retired police officer. They are looking forward to spending their “golden years” together, with their daughter Sarah, son in law Kevin, and their dog Puddles. But Dan begins to forget things. It starts out as little details but progresses quickly. Dan has vascular dementia. Carole struggles to take care of him on her own, but as Dan becomes more confused, and at times aggressive, she feels pressure from her sister Diane and son in law to put him into a long term care facility, and pressure from Sarah to get home health care. Carole is adamant about keeping him at home, having watched Dan’s mother’s dignity and desire to live wither away in a facility, but his violent behavior may be too much for her to handle. A terrifying decision that no family wants to make, but in this case is forced to make. (Playing on April 8 at 1 pm)
- The American Dream by Juan Ramirez Jr. - Corina is an immigrant from Guatemala who has smuggled her way across the border guided by Efren, her coyote aka human smuggler. Instead of finding freedom, she finds herself imprisoned by Efren, who now holds her inside a safe house, awaiting the final Western Union payment from her husband. Set in the last hour and twenty minutes, Corina begs for her freedom but letting her go is against everything Efren stands for. (Playing on April 8 at 7 pm)