The collection of works from the 2010-2011 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellows begins with Mattie Brickman's Five Second Chances, directed by Shelley Butler, June 6 at 6 PM. According to press notes, Five Second Chances is "the story of a small town struggling with modernity and identity. A young American girl, Annie, turns her own world upside-down when she starts out to discover her roots and instead unearths a town secret buried long ago."
The cast includes Brian Robert Burns, John Doherty, Nick Delany, Emily Kratter, Bob Kaliban, Peggy Scott and Wrenn Schmidt.
Following Five Second Chances will be excerpts from Christopher Oscar Peña's play, Icarus Burns, June 6 at 8 PM. "In the social landscape of the 2008 American presidential election, hope and change are giving rise to dreams. Immigrants, homosexuals, children, and families hoping to thrive are struggling to survive. But the higher they fly, the harder they fall. A story that criss-crosses political hot button issues from immigration, to domestic abuse, to gay marriage, Icarus Burns is a provocative, imaginative, and touching modern tale."
The cast includes Ramirez, Jesse Perez, Rey Lucas Pena, Teddy Canez, Andrew Z. Kelsey, Sofia Gomez and Carlo Alban.
On June 13 at 6 PM, Bekah Brunstetter will present her play, Hey Brother, directed by David Chapman. The play focuses on Isaac and Ben, a pair of "mismatched brothers living under the same roof: one stable and put-together, the other, a sprawling emotional mess. When Isaac brings his new Asian girlfriend home, an ill-advised evening of alcohol and coffee table dancing brings new meaning to the words 'share and share alike.'" The cast includes Sue Jean Kim, Adam Farabee and Eric Bryant.
Stefanie Zadravec's The Electric Baby, directed by Daniella Topol, will conclude INK'D June 13 at 8 PM. "When a car accident kills a young man, a group of fractured souls begin to discover the folklore and magic woven through their life stories." The Electric Baby is "a magical blend of sad endings, strange beginnings, and the unlikely people that move us from one place to the next."
The cast includes Jones, Baker, Elizabeth Rich, Michael Cullen, Jessica Love and Tobias Segal.
Cherry Lane Studio Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street. To reserve free tickets, call (212) 255-3089 or visit www.playwrightsrealm.org.