Manhattan Theatre Club's spring-summer 2004 "6@6" series of rehearsed readings of new plays begins May 3 with fresh Daisey — Mike Daisey's new play.
The not-for-profit devoted to new voices and new work — Proof, anyone? — will offer the following free readings, with the apparent common theme of sex.
May 3: The Ugly American, written and performed by Mike Daisey, directed by Jean-Michele Gregory. "Mike Daisey, author and performer of 21 Dog Years, Doing Time @ Amazon.com, looks back on his experiences when he studied theatre in London. When he falls in love with an actress who is, unbeknownst to him, a member of the world's oldest profession, he realizes he's in way over his head."
May 24: Red Light Winter, written and directed by Adam Rapp. "On a trip to Amsterdam, two best friends find sex, love, literary inspiration and a lady in a red dress. But things really heat up when they come back to New York."
June 7: The Scene by Theresa Rebeck, directed by John Benjamin Hickey. "Old friends Charlie and Lewis meet sexy, young social-climber Clea at a party. Beware of sex kittens with fangs."
June 14: A Likely Story, written and performed by David Cale, directed by Michael Wilson. "All hell breaks loose as a married woman considers making Viagra Brownies to seduce her neighbor, a wife's poodle obsession gets out of hand, and two straight actors who loathe each other are cast as gay lovers in a TV movie."
June 21: Dance the Holy Ghost: A Play on Memory by Marcus Gardley, directed by Lynne Meadow. "A rich and mystical story of an African American family and the demons hiding in their family tree. A look at love, heritage, and the slippery slope of memory."
June 28: The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Loretta Greco. "Teenaged Ana yearns to escape her psychic mother and limiting urban existence. She dreams of sexy clothes, high heels and adopting a superhero persona. Who will win the fight for her future: the street or the voice inside her head?" Each reading takes place on a Monday night at 6 PM on the 8th floor of Manhattan Theatre Club's Creative Center, 311 West 43rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. (If there is a line for the elevator, enter at 315 West 43rd Street.)
To RSVP, please call (212) 399-3000 ext. 163. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.