Along with the fall lineup of new plays, this season the Public's festival will team with The Flea Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Nibras and the Arab-American Comedy Festival to present plays by Israeli, Arab and American playwrights that "were born of and respond to the turmoil in the Middle East," according to an announcement.
Past New Work Now! productions developed in the series include Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori; the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks; as well as John Jeter's Dirty Tricks; David Grimm's Kit Marlowe and Measure for Pleasure; José Rivera's References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot; and Diana Son's Stop Kiss and Satellites.
The free public readings (at 8:30 PM unless noted otherwise) in the New Work Now! schedule are as follows:
(Arab/Israeli Festival works are denoted by an asterisk*)
Najla Said's untitled one-woman show, Nathalie Handal's Between Our Lips and Kia Corthron's Power Lunch
Leila Buck's untitled one-woman show, Nathalie Handal's La Cosa Dei Sogni and Nibras' Lebanon
world-premiere short pieces by American playwrights like Stephen Adly Guirgis, Naomi Wallace and David Grimm
Nov. 6: O Jerusalem* by A.R. Gurney - directed by Jim Simpson
For reservations (limit of two per reading), call (212) 967-7555. For more information, visit publictheater.org.