The staged readings will feature works from such up-and-coming playwrights as Bekah Brunstetter, Julia Brownell, Thomas Higgins, Corey Hinkle, Norman Lasca and Emily Young.
The Jan. 26 line-up begins at 1 PM with Thomas Higgins' The Home Maker, which explores the revelation of bigamy that threatens a 50-year-old contractor and the two households he has created.
Cory Hinkle's Sadgirrl113 follows at 4 PM. Hinkle tackles the quest to punish and alienate internet predators, by juxtaposing the notion that normal people are never lonely, perverted or desperate.
At 6 PM is Emily Young's Melena Brown: "Melena sees everything complicated and Jack likes things simple. Jack sees in black and white; Melena sees in blown-out soviet Technicolor. Will they ever work it out?"
The Jan. 27 presentation includes Le Fou by Bekah Brunstetter at 1 PM. Brunstetter examines 1899 celebrity, inspired by the Belle Epoch, John Singer Sargent's painting Madame X and the infamous Mme. Gartreau. Julia Brownell's Smart Cookie takes the stage at 4 PM. Smart Cookie follows a Type-A Park Avenue wife whose life is turned upside down when her perfect son brings home a pregnant exchange student.
The festival concludes with the 6 PM staging of Norman Lasca's A Great Place to Be. A heat wave in the Midwest triggers four individuals to take matters into their own hands, as each changes the course of their lives in Lasca's work.
Groundwork, free and open to the public, will play the 45th Street Theatre (354 West 45th Street) in Manhattan. For more information visit www.babeltheatreproject.org
The Babel Theatre Project, founded in 2004, is dedicated to supporting playwrights at each step of the creative process. Babel gives authors the opportunities to present their works in workshop settings, staged readings and full productions.