Red Fern Announces 2016-2017 Mainstage Production!
RARE BIRDS, by Adam Szymkowicz, directed by Scott Ebersold, will run March 24-April 9 at the Theater at the 14th Street Y located at 344 E. 14th Street.
Sixteen-year-old Evan Wills is an avid bird watcher who wears colorful songbird shirts to school despite the constant antagonism it brings him. Evan's mother just wants Evan to be normal, and happy--and normal--and get along with her new boyfriend. While Evan summons the courage to talk to Jenny Monroe (whose locker is next to his), troubled bully Dylan has something darker in mind. After some stupid choices and unexpected results, Evan learns that the worst thing you can do in high school is admit you love something. RARE BIRDS is a play about adolescent violence and your mother's new boyfriend.
Please check out our RARE BIRDS page for full details!
RED FERN THANKS YOU FOR JOINING US FOR OUR MOST RECENT WORKS
THE HEART OF THE CITY - The Music of Kristen Lee Rosenfeld
a benefit cabaret on Monday, February 29 @ 7:30pm
2016 SPRING DEVELOPMENT READING SERIES
March 1-6, 2016
A Benefit for Red Fern Theatre Company…
THE HEART OF THE CITY - The Music of Kristen Lee Rosenfeld
Sung by some of Broadway’s Best Talent
Monday, February 29 @ 7:30pm
Followed by reception
From the composer that brought you Cardboard Castles, Equal Time, and Divided, comes an evening of songs brought to life by some of Broadway's best talent. Special appearances by Glenn Seven Allen (Light in the Piazza), Julie Benko (Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables), Daniel K. Isaac (Person of Interest), Leah Horowitz (Follies, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof), Deborah Tranelli (Dallas, Hereafter) and Sarita Rachelle Lilly (Porgy and Bess).
The benefit also includes the vocal talents of Bryson Bruce, Courtney Daniels, Tim Fuchs, Kirsten Hopkins, Stephanie Hsu, Sekou Luke, Cynthia Nesbit, Kent Overshown, Sam Ray, Jackie Vanderbeck, Richard E. Waits, and La'Nette Wallace.
All proceeds benefitted the Red Fern Theatre Company.
SPRING DEVELOPMENT READING SERIES
By Nilan Johnson
Directed by Nathaniel P. Claridad
Featuring Jelani Alladin*, Phillip Burke*, Cherrye Davis, Brad Fraizer*, Eulone Gooding, Nicole Kang, and Beethoven Oda
Tuesday, March 1 @ 7:30pm
Endangered Species" is described as "a hilariously scathing new play about racial identity, 'Endangered Species' explores what happens when Black culture is abandoned for the safety of the normative. What remains when history, context, and culture disappears?"
NO HOME FOR BEES
By Emily Dendinger
Directed by Nancy Robillard+
Featuring Zoe Berger, Joey Brenneman, Jenny Vallancourt*, Craig Waletzko*, and Jacob Ware*
Wednesday, March 2 @ 7:30pm
Sixteen-year-old Suz is trying to get reacquainted with her father after he is released from a five-year prison stint. However, when she discovers why he was incarcerated, she is forced to ask herself what constitutes an unforgivable act. In an exploration of sex and deviance, No Home For Bees investigates the repercussions of the desires we struggle to control.
A workshop performance with live music to benefit the Fund for a Safer Columbia, in conjunction with Good Dog/Bad Dog Productions
By Hope Singsen
Songs by Hope Singsen, Dillon Kondor and Bob Parins
Andrew Miramonti on guitar
Directed by Jessi D. Hill+
Thursday, March 3 @ 7:30pm
Talkback and reception to follow
Two things threaten Marais’ dissertation on Virginia Woolf: her hot new girlfriend and her own dark past. When confronted by echoes of sexual trauma in Woolf’s work, Marais races to write her own way into a happier future. She’d give body and soul to claim a love greater than any she's known before. But after you learn to guard against life, can you open again?
FIRST, DO NO HARM
By J. Thalia Cunningham, MD
Directed by Katrin Hilbe+
Featuring C. K. Allen, Mia Y. Anderson, Magaly Colimon*, Ian Gould*, Verina Kranak and Kate Siepert*
Friday, March 4 @ 7:30pm
Set in the inner realm of hospitals, FIRST, DO NO HARM tells the story of the parallel journeys of two women from very different worlds but both African American. Elissa Kerry, a surgeon with a terminally ill son, and Mattie Clester, whose grandson dies on Elissa's operating table. FIRST, DO NO HARM explores today’s ubiquitous themes of medical ethics, medical error and racial profiling.
By Walt McGough
Directed by Dominic D’Andrea+
Featuring Catherine Curtin* and Anna O'Donoghue*
Saturday, March 5 @ 5pm
Maggie survived the end of the world, and has enough supplies to last. But now her daughter has come home, and something’s wrong about her. The two women square off, kept apart only by their pasts and a protective chalk circle, hastily drawn on to the floor.
STRANDED ON EARTH
By Eric Coble
Directed by Dominic D’Andrea+
Featuring Tasha Lawrence*
Saturday, March 5 @ 8pm
The mysterious tale of Alexa, a brilliant artist torn between the mundane chaos and poetic heights of her job, children, husband, and parents. As she climbs out of personal tragedy, she must answer the question of all questions: Can Art save a life?
By Sandra A. Daley-Sharif
Directed by Norma Medina
Featuring Juan Luis Acevedo*, Raquel Almazan, Cynthia Bastidas*, Randy Holden*, Jose Joaquin Perez*, Mario Tineo, and John Austin Wiggins*
Sunday, March 6 @ 6pm
It`s the heat of the immigration crisis. Denver, a Mexican American man manages a gas station in an Arizona town, near the Mexico border. He dreams of changing his luck, heading out to California, and starting a new life with his pregnant wife, Rosa. As Mexicans seek the American dream on foot and bicycle, and good Samaritans risk their lives crossing illegals along the border of Sasabe, tensions rise high, questioning the high price we pay for our dream.
FALL DEVELOPMENT SERIES - SEPTEMBER 2015
Little Black Boxes
By Alex Goldberg
Directed by Seth Soloway
Thursday, September 17 @ 8pm
A bride-to-be at her bachelor party, a middle-aged man reminiscing in his man cave, a former corporate CFO and current shut-in with her cats, a former college football star who's career ended way too early, and a college-aged student living in his parents house... these five people have never met, but their lives are all about to converge in an instant at their local government building.
Light and Noise and Bees and Boys
By Duncan Pflaster
Directed by Megan Cooper
Friday, September 18 @ 7pm
An older woman has had a stroke and has gone to live with her son and his wife in Boca Raton. Thirty years of memories have been erased. She does not remember that she’s now a lesbian in a committed relationship with a woman. She does not know that woman is trying to find and rescue her.
The Squirrel Plays ~ A Tragicomedy in Three Movements
By Mia McCullough
Directed by Kirsten Kelly
Sunday, September 20 @ 3pm
Using squirrels as a metaphor for children (both pre- and post-natal) Infestation, Compensation, and Eradication explore the issues of unplanned pregnancy and using public funds for abortion, as well as poverty, racism, police brutality, and gun control.
By Adam Szymkowicz
Directed by Scott Ebersold
Monday, September 21 @ 8pm
The worst thing you can do in high school is admit you love something. A play about adolescent violence and your mother's new boyfriend.
The Serving Class
By Garett Groenveld
Directed by Jenna Worsham
Thursday, September 24 @ 7pm
Winner of the 2010 GAP Festival! It should have been a simple no, but an elite interior decorator gets roped into planning the high society wedding of the decade. Suddenly, he's knee deep in an unconventional love triangle, arrested, bribed, and planning an entirely different wedding! Three breathless acts without an intermission, this class comedy about love and commitment makes a light-handed comment in the Beaumarchais style about the lives of gay men, without whom many weddings would never happen. Fun, fast-paced romance with a wacky world view makes this the gayest comedy in years!
a solo play with music
by Hope Singsen
directed by Jessi D. Hill
Micah Burgess on guitar
music by Hope Singsen, Dillon Kondor and Bob Parins
Saturday, September 26 @ 3pm
Racing to complete her dissertation about Virginia Woolf, Marais confronts two unexpected threats: her hot new girlfriend and her own dark past. Marais will give body and soul to write herself into a happier future. But after you learn to guard against life, can you open again?
Please note: themes include sexual violence.
By Crystal Skillman
Directed by Jessi Hill
Featuring Megan Hill
Saturday, September 26 @ 7:30pm
In OPEN, a new monologue play by Crystal Skillman, a woman’s quirky desperation to be a true magician exposes a deeper, darker desire to reconnect with her lover in this magic act of the imagination. Originally a short piece at TheaterJam at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, this touching piece has been developed into an hour play through workshops with New Georges at the New Ohio, and The Lark.
MOST RECENT PRODUCTION
by Jack Karp
Directed by Melanie Moyer Williams
Cast including Josh Doucette*, Jordan Kaplan*, Amelia Mathews*, Dan Odell, Laura Pruden*, and Hugh Sinclair*
Robert Oppenheimer and his brother Frank are desperately racing to beat the Nazis to the world’s first nuclear bomb in the throes of World War II, but when they finally see the power of their new weapon, the two men are torn apart in a battle between conscience and ambition.
IRREVERSIBLE was performed March 12-29, 2015, at The Theater at the 14th Street Y located at 344 East 14th Street between First and Second Avenues.
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