Running June 4-28, the festival is book-ended by two full-length plays, with a series of nine short works in between. In addition to the ticketed performances, the Gallery Players will also offer free play readings at 3 PM on Saturdays throughout the festival.
The Black Box New Play Festival begins with T.J. Edwards' full-length work Father Mike, running June 4-7. Mark Harborth directs the play, which is described as "a nostalgic comedy that takes place in 1955 in the home of a proud Catholic family."
The first set of one-acts, running June 11-14, includes Edward Versailles Nobody Sells Carpet Like Bill (directed by Barrie Gelles), Daniel Damiano's Given Our Current Fiscal Crisis (dir. Amanda White), Michael Kevin Baldwin's Unfinished Debasement (dir. Andrew Firda), Rich Espey's Bugs (dir. Barrie Gelles) and Allan B. Lefcowitz's Philosophy 101 (dir. Chad Yarborogh).
The second set, running June 18-21, includes Lauren Cavanaugh's Honey & Candy (dir. Justine Campbell-Elliott), Denise Meadows' Distastefully Yours (dir. Robin Leslie Brown), Kevin Christopher's Beautiful World (dir. Seth Soloway) and Victoria T. Joseph's Inhale (dir. Taibi Magar).
The final offering will be In the Shadow of the Lighthouse, a full-length work from Carolina Aguilera, running June 25-29. Dev Bondarin directs the 1999-set play that follows "three friends spending a week at the beach before one of them gets married and moves away. A decade later as the group convenes in the same beach house, the friends realize the cost of the choices they've made and find betrayal and loyalty in unexpected places." For tickets, priced $15, phone (212) 352-3101 or visit GalleryPlayers.
The Gallery Players is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at 199 14th Street. Those in Manhattan can reach the theatre by taking the F train to 4th Avenue or the R train to 9th Street.
The Gallery Players, a Brooklyn theatrical institution, boasts numerous Broadway folk among its alumni, including Harvey Fierstein (A Catered Affair, Hairspray, Torch Song Trilogy), Jennifer Barnhart (Avenue Q), Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd), Diedre Goodwin (A Chorus Line, Chicago), Seth Rudetsky (Seth’s Broadway Chatterbox), Garrett Long (The Spitfire Grill) and John Rando (director of Broadway's Urinetown and The Wedding Singer).