The seventh annual free reading series featuring new developing works will play The Public Theatre's Shiva Theater space through Dec. 20.
The lineup (subject to change) is as follows: (all times are 8 PM unless otherwise noted)
"Jack smokes too much. Jack does too many drugs. Jack steals a little and owes much more. Jack's Mom is gonna die. These are the facts. Jack can't change the facts. His challenge, should he accept it, is to change himself," describes festival materials.
"Can people really change? A peculiar "family," an ancient tortoise, and a tour guide in stilettos try their luck at transformation on an outer island of the Galapagos. And it gets wild. Inside and out."
"In this dark comedy, the insular existence of office life is a Petri dish for contemporary society where Lollie, Lyle and Amy try to keep their heads above water, and their boss Dick bobs up when they least expect it."
"A love story: young lovers (of course), a great oak tree, some clouds, heavy rain and wind."
"Two sisters. One bloody hand. Three orphans on the lam. Can Texas handle this much love?"
"Dizzy ditches NYC for her small hometown to figure out the mess that is her life. A freak snowstorm, her best friend's crumbling marriage, the genius kid she baby-sits and the stockboy at the local market make things more complicated. It seems everyone is on the edge of something but no one knows what to do next."
"In the early 1940's there was one Jew powerful enough to single-handedly challenge the Nazis: Kal El, aka Superman. This is the story of Superman creator Jerry Siegel and his tumultuous relationship with his legendary comic-book character and the tale of a little boy in Birkenau who believes he will survive because Superman is on his way to liberate the camp."
"Life and death on 151st Street" from the pen of LAB's Dutch Heart of Man and the upcoming Jack Goes Boating.
Untitled - written & directed by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Dec. 18 - 7 and 9 PM)
A new work from the LAB veteran of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train and Our Lady of 121st Street. Past works featured in the Barn series include Nilo Cruz's Beauty of the Father, Megan Mostyn Brown's The Secret Lives of Losers (Tribeca Theater Festival), Michael Puzzo's The Dirty Talk (New York International Fringe Festival) as well as Stephen Belber's A Small Melodramatic, John Patrick Shanley's Sailor's Song, José Rivera's Massacre (Sing to Your Children) and Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot — the latter four developed into full stagings part of LAB's mainstage.
The LAB currently enjoys its 15th anniversary season. Next up for the troupe will be Bob Glaudini's Jack Goes Boating (starring Beth Cole, Daphne Rubin-Vega, John Ortiz and Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Eric Bogosian's This Is Now! penned with musician-composer Elliott Sharp; as well as developmental productions of Carlo Alban's intríngulis and Andrea Ciannavei's Pretty Chin Up.
All 2006 LAB Barn readings will perform at the Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street). Required reservations — on a first-come, first-served basis — can be made by calling (212) 513-1012 or emailing barnseriesRSVP@labtheater.org. For more information, visit labtheater.org.