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:
According to press notes, "A rookie to the world of Chinese food delivery learns the rules of the game."
"An aspiring author tries to quit her writer's group. Neurosis ensues."
"A young wife, traumatized by miscarriage, gets advice on how to cope from her home appliances."
"Dumped for an obnoxiously attractive, compulsively masturbating actor, a young singer-songwriter desperately tries (and fails) to restart his life."
"A man watches his wife choke to death in a hospital lobby while the American medical system points and laughs. A comedy."
"A historical short about a young FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt at a polio clinic in Georgia. Drunk."
"Four high-school girls eulogize the no-account drug dealer they loved, in song."
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.