On Sept. 19 the series will offer The Brighter Side, which was written by Napua Davoy, who will perform the musical at 7:30 PM. Davoy's work is told through monologue, movement and song and, according to press notes, is "a complex and uplifting musical autobiography that distills a family's turbulent history into a potent evening of theatre. [It is] the story of a daughter forced to reevaluate her contentious relationship with her mother."
The series will continue Sept. 21 at 3 PM with Oliver's Idea. The musical, which features a score by Corinna Manetto and a book by Ronald Bazarini, is described thusly: "Oliver Sinclair and Noel Normand shared a harrowing war experience, but Oliver's unexpected presence in New Orleans disrupts Noel's work and budding romance with his Parisian cousin, Manila. It also affects Noel's loyal friend, Claudette, a cheerful fellow who wears high heels."
The York Theatre Company is located at Saint Peter's Theatre in Citigroup Center at 619 Lexington Avenue. Call (212) 935-5824, ext. 24 for reservations. Visit www.yorktheatre.org for more information.
A 7:30 PM reading of Island will be presented Sept. 26. The musical — music and lyrics by Peter Link and a book by Larry Rosler and Joe Bravaco — concerns a "married couple who flees Manhattan and flies to beautiful Jamaica hoping that a touch of paradise will solve their marital difficulties. With the help of a Jamaican couple, with difficulties of their own, and an old magic man, everyone learns that problems can only be solved when faced head on — which they eventually do with some surprising and uplifting results."