An “art rock” sci-fi thriller set 125 years hence, it’s a wild ride of a play where immortality, Italian poetry, terrorism, and the emergent intelligence of networks interfold DNA-like into the Rudolph Maté film noir classic D.O.A. Massive in scope, the story covers a whole new world where evolution has itself evolved, becoming strange, free, and wondrous. Rich and multi-layered, The New Life’s flexible casting options mean you can perform it with a cast small as 8 or large as 22. Likewise, you can make it a tour de force of technical theatre, or perform it simply on a bare platform with human-generated effects.
Lee Krebs, professor of philosophy, specializes in the works of George Berkeley, who proposed that because reality could simply be sensations in the mind, that it wasn’t real. When a bright but socially-awkward young student proposes a simulation project that brings the philosopher back to life, Lee’s ghosts are brought to life with it. A New Theory of Vision asks the question – if life is a dream, are we responsible for its impact? And how are we to do good?
The compromises of art, compromising the artists.
Italy, 1937. For 500 years, kings and tyrants came and went but life’s unchanged in tiny Volpe Nero. Alessandro and his father, of Italy’s last Commedia Dell’Arte troupe, scrape a meager existence from tradition’s crumbs, That’s all about to change. As Mussolini and Hitler forge their tragic alliance, two fugitives from a Fascist prison camp arrive seeking refuge — with Blackshirts and a vengeful clown in hot pursuit. Father and son clash: do what’s safe, or do what’s right?
A time-jumping comedy about architecture, sexuality, the priesthood and right livelihood. In a collapsed subway tunnel we find Alex—a busted-down architect, and Wall—a gay tunnel-worker who prefers the dark. Which will get them first… falling concrete blocks… oxygen gone… gas… or their shared past?
cast: 3 (1 F, 2 M) set: Unit set (Subway tunnel). length: 105 min.
Off-Broadway: Sept 2000 by NY Play Development Staged Readings:
Apr. 1998 78th Street Theatre Lab (NYC)
Sept 1999 Dramatists Guild (NYC), Dec 1999 FatChance productions (NYC)
July 2000 Abingdon Theatre Co (NYC)
As humanity rockets toward Millennium, strange red-garbed men known only as Cardinals complete plans for universal domination by capturing Socrates, Greek philosopher and David Chagall, Bronx diner owner. Can our intrepid men free themselves from the clutches of the mother of all conspiracies…and save the cosmos? HEMLOCK is a black, black, black comic fantasythat skewers end of millennium paranoia, western philosophy, conspiracy theories, time travel, and Catholicism.
The site-specific comedy starts at the front door & pulls you in on a WILD journey. From the moment you enter, drawn in by the music, questioned by the interlocutors, you’re challenged by this Looney Toons nightmare helium infused romp of a future; carried by the live music & immersed in propulsive, hilarious first-hand experiences all around you. Engage your friends in a serious argument about the future – or bask in the UTTER DELIGHT OF IT ALL.
Eve of Crimes is three one-act plays — Memory Motel, Freefalling and The Last Days of Paradise — that form a 100-minute “evening” of theatre. Each play studies a central, female character, who must make a criminal decision to solve a problem. Each of the three plays is also available for production separately.
Iraq: February, 1991. High-tech weaponry from eight nations hammers Baghdad’s smokestacks and high-rises to dust. In one nameless shelter huddle eight cold, tired, angry Iraqis. To keep their sanity, they propose a storytelling contest. The result: Eight war stories, full of war’s sadness, horror, and sometimes even laughter. Flowers of War is a “Fantasia on American Themes” — you won’t get the characters you see to resemble the Iraqis you have been conditioned to expect.
cast: 8; (4 F, 4 M) set: Environmental or site-specific (bomb shelter) length: 145 min.