Plays About The Absurdity and Drama of Love in Boston Playwrights One-Act Play Festival
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Known for the sold out production SLAMBoston, Diverse Voices in
Theatre, Another Country brings a new multi-cultural and diverse one act festival to the Boston Playwrights Theatre, this one focused on the absurdity and drama of love in all the wrong (and right) places.
“Of course the festival focuses on a broad spectrum of life in America,” says Producing Artistic Director Lyralen Kaye “That’s what we do. It’s exciting now to take audiences into the worlds of intimacy and romance, where characters struggle just as much with right and wrong as they do in our more political plays.”
“We’ve focused on bringing new voices to the stage, so the writing is what gets the attention in our productions,” says Managing Director Judy Sclarsky. “But in this one act festival, Meisner acting will also be in the forefront in most of the plays. Like in our critically acclaimed production of Betrayal, it’s real life, and you’re in our living rooms and bedrooms.”
Our Girl in Trenton tells the story of the campaign for the first African-American governor of New Jersey in which the staff struggle with romantic and sexual ethics on the job. Rescue is about a mixed race young couple, both recovering addicts, who are new to sober life. October is about a lesbian couple who go out to the woods after tragedy. Birdbaths, Twilight and Other Sundry Topics tells the story of two men from Southie. The plays range in length from 10 to 35 minutes.
“Plays are set in such wildly divergent places as a political campaign office, an impoverished apartment, a lake in the middle of nowhere and a subway in Southie. You can’t ever predict where the next play will take you in terms of both inner and outer landscape!” says Kaye.
Plays in the festival include October by Ginger Lazarus, directed by Valerie Stanford; Our Girl in Trenton by Cliff Odle, directed by Dani Duggan; Rescue by Lyralen Kaye, co-directed by Lyralen Kaye and Don Foley; Birdbaths, Twilight and Other Sundry Topics by Rick Park, directed
by Marc Ewart; and Some Kind of Broken by Alison Potoma, directed by Ava Geffen. Drive Thru by Mark Harvey Levine, directed by Emily Patterson, is a short opener for the evening.