Appropriate, By Neighbors Playwright Jacobs-Jenkins, Will Get Free Reading at the Public

News   Appropriate, By Neighbors Playwright Jacobs-Jenkins, Will Get Free Reading at the Public Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, whose potent racially-charged play Neighbors made a much-publicized debut at the Public Theater in February, will have his latest work presented as part of the Public's Emerging Writers Group Spotlight Series in April.

Now in its third year, the program nurtures young playwrights. The program is part of the Public's ongoing Writers Initiative, which supports playwrights at various stages in their careers.

Earlier March presentations included works by Alena Smith (Pluckers), J. Julian Christopher (Man Boobs), Bridget Kelso (Hiding in the Garden) and Kevin Christopher Snipes (Ashes, Ashes).

The April Emerging Writers works follow:

The Funny Pain by Jordan Seavey
Directed by May Adrales
April 5
"Unable to feel pain due to a congenital disease, Mary Rochelle Douleur doesn’t earn the nickname 'Roach' for nothing – despite bumps and bruises and breaks, she’s practically indestructible. She’s Southern to be sure, but a belle… maybe not. When she and her sister become rival stand-up comediennes, they learn just how fine the line is between laughing and crying."

The Hour of Feeling by Mona Mansour
Directed by Mark Wing-Davey
April 12
"In 1967, fueled by a love of English Romantic poetry and Wordsworth in particular, a young Palestinian academic, Adham, and his new wife, Abir, take a trip to London, where he will deliver a career-defining lecture. While the situation in his home 'country' deteriorates and his marriage threatens to dissolve, Adham confronts his fear of failure and the reality that he may be an outsider no matter where he goes." Draw the Circle by Deen
Directed by Chay Yew
April 19
"As Deen struggles to come to terms with being a transgender man, those who love him most find themselves struggling as well in this unique solo show, told entirely from the from the point of view of Deen’s family, friends and partner, yet performed by Deen himself. Laid bare is one family's struggle with a child who continuously defies their most basic expectations of what it means to have a daughter... and one woman's commitment to unconditional love."

Ashes by Vickie Ramirez
Directed by Betsy Theobald Richards
April 21
"When the boys were born, the Clan Mothers decided that Gary and Brewster both had the qualities to be great Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee people. Thirty years later, Brewster is a disappointment and Gary is in crisis. When their predicament catches the attention of Sky Woman and the Thunderers, the mischievous spirits decide to entertain themselves by betting on the results. As the Great Beings start interfering on behalf of their favorites, it’s anyone’s guess which candidate will prove himself a great leader."

Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
April 26
"Raymond Lafayette has died and his progeny have returned to the family homestead – a former plantation in southern Arkansas – to settle his financially-fraught estate. But a gruesome discovery among Grandpa’s belonging forces an already-estranged family to the brink of becoming a family of strangers when no one can agree on how it got there – or how to get rid of it."

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