LBP NEW WORKS FESTIVAL 2018
Company: LBP New Works Committee producing
The annual festival nurtures emerging and established playwrights to develop new scripts. Reading 100+ scripts a year, the New Works Literary Committee chooses two top plays to receive a staged reading with critical feedback from professional theatre critics and audience talk back.
THIS YEAR’S WINNING PLAYS:
HAPPY THANKSGIVING by Tim Boland – Stage Reading Friday, March 23
Full-length play set on Thanksgiving Day, 2016, two weeks after the highly divisive U.S. presidential election. A Michigan-state (Blue state turned Red!) married couple, two conservative Republican parents, are holding their annual Thanksgiving dinner for their three adult children coming back to Jackson, Michigan (often branded as the birthplace of the Republican party): their first-born, a liberal firebrand Hillary-supporting daughter, along with their middle child, a gay Republican son, and the baby of the family, a Sandernista democratic socialist daughter. Annual Thanksgiving family gatherings are normally fraught with enough anxiety for this diverse and politically-conscious family, but after the long and contentious presidential campaign of 2016, this post-election turkey get-together threatens to be a disaster in the making. One American family and their binds of marriage, parenthood, brother and sisterhood will all be tested as the family members are challenged to answer the ultimate question, which comes first, party, candidate, country or family?
MEN OVERBOARD by Rich Orloff – Stage Reading Saturday, March 24
When you’re fighting for a child’s soul, what rules apply? A New York Bar Mitzvah brings together three generation of men in a Jewish family: three middle-aged brothers who have taken different paths (becoming a politician, a therapist and a Buddhist monk), their elderly patriarch, and a precocious 13-year-old boy who doubts he’s ready to be a man. Added to this mix is the boy’s Bar Mitzvah tutor, an attractive Hungarian woman who has a past and possibly a future with the boy’s therapist uncle. MEN OVERBOARD is my boldest mix of comedy and drama as it explores, “What makes a man?”