The Theatre @ Boston Court Presents its Annual New Play Festival: PLAY/ground
Boston Court’s play festival presents plays that are in keeping with its mission, which urges artists to fearlessly and passionately pursue their unique voice and vision. Play selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, with a special emphasis on plays which are inherently theatrical, textually rich, and visually arresting.
The festival is free and open to the public.
This year’s lineup includes:
Creation by Kathryn Walat, directed by Michael Michetti December 11, 11am
When a renowned evolutionary biologist suffers a near-death experience, he discovers an obsession with music, which brings together four people who wrestle with the mysteries of the human mind, the human heart, the alchemy of the creative process, and that single spark that has the ability to change it all.
Alleluia, The Road By Luis Alfaro, directed by Jessica Kubzansky December 11, 3pm
Inspired by August Strindberg’s The Road To Damascus and a true story of a disappeared UCLA student, Alfaro explores the Seven Vices, the Seven Last Cries of Christ on the Cross, and the Seven Stops on Highway 99: Isaac, a former child preacher, has disappeared, leaving no trace behind. In spite of being told that Isaac is gone forever, his mother Mary refuses to stop searching. As their journeys intersect, the nature of faith is called into question and a family’s truth is revealed.
Underground by Brian James Polak, directed by John Lawler December 12, 11am
A young subway musician grapples with his own feelings of disconnection from family, would-be-lovers and briefly-glimpsed acquaintances by exploring the philosophies of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. On his final day as a guitarist, the commuters patiently wait for him to kill the noise of the subway with a tune on the guitar. What does it take for a world defined by isolation to come together?
Sense of an Ending by Ken Urban, directed by Shirley Jo Finney December 12, 2pm
Five years after the Rwandan genocide, an African-American journalist travels to Kigali to interview two Catholic nuns set to stand trial for crimes against humanity; the first trial of its kind. The focus of his investigation shifts when he meets a survivor and and has to redefine his understanding of the nature of man’s inhumanity, while an entire people struggles to redefine itself.
The free readings are open to the public and reservations can be made by calling (626) 683-6883 ext 206.