Neglect and Thicker Than Water On Tap at E.S.T.

News   Neglect and Thicker Than Water On Tap at E.S.T. Ensemble Studio Theatre will stage Neglect by Sharyn Rothstein and Thicker Than Water 2007, the eighth collection of new plays by Youngblood — EST's company of emerging playwrights under 30 — beginning in February.

Neglect begins previews Feb. 10, opens Feb. 12 and runs through March 10. The play is directed by Catherine Ward and star William Jackson Harper and Geany Masai.

Press notes describe the play as such: "During a heat wave, in an inner-city Chicago neighborhood, an elderly woman opens her home to the young man next door. Together they try to escape the heat and their own loneliness, but an unexpected betrayal leaves each irreparably changed."

Thicker Than Water 2007 begins previews Feb. 17, opens Feb. 19 and closes March 10. This year's edition includes three one-act plays, three short plays and an original song cycle:

  • Bike Wreck, by Qui Nguyen, directed by John Gould Rubin
    According to press notes, "A rookie to the world of Chinese food delivery learns the rules of the game."
  • Group by Annie Baker, directed by Alex Timbers
    "An aspiring author tries to quit her writer's group. Neurosis ensues."
  • And The Baby Makes Three by Courtney Brooke Lauria, directed by Melissa Kievman
    "A young wife, traumatized by miscarriage, gets advice on how to cope from her home appliances."
  • Rob by Sam Forman, directed by Marlo Hunter
    "Dumped for an obnoxiously attractive, compulsively masturbating actor, a young singer-songwriter desperately tries (and fails) to restart his life."
  • Triage by Sharyn Rothstein, director TBA
    "A man watches his wife choke to death in a hospital lobby while the American medical system points and laughs. A comedy."
  • The Roosevelt Cousins, Thoroughly Sauced by Michael Lew, directed by Moritz von Steulpnagel
    "A historical short about a young FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt at a polio clinic in Georgia. Drunk."
  • Songs: The Jamal Lullabies by Emily Conbere, directed by RJ Tolan
    "Four high-school girls eulogize the no-account drug dealer they loved, in song."

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    Founded in 1993, Youngblood's past and present members include Christopher Shinn, John Belluso, Elizabeth Meriwether and Amy Fox. Tickets will be $18, and are available by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information visit www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org.