Craig "muMs" Grant's Paradox of the Urban Cliché and Greg Keller's Dutch Masters will receive workshops. They run in rotating repertory May 14-30 at The Cherry Lane Theater's Cherry Pit. Creative team and casting for both plays will be announced shortly.
Three new plays by LAByrinth members — Padraic Lillis, Kristina Poe and Daphne Rubin-Vega — will be featured in The 29 Hour Development Workshop. Each play will receive 29 hours of extensive rehearsal and table work, followed by a staged reading at the Cherry Pit Theater.
Here is a run-down of the upcoming works to be seen from LAB:
Sarah Sidman directs the new play by poet-actor Grant that is described as "a lyrical love story." Show notes reveal the work centers on "CEEZ and SMILES whose passion for each other is more than what the ‘hood and their upbringing has to offer. In order to get off the block, the only world they know, they are forced to examine the truth about themselves, but in doing so, they must dive deeper into what they are desperately trying to escape."
Brian Roff directs the new work by Julliard student Keller that takes place in 1992. "A black kid and a white kid are on an uptown D train. What could they possibly have in common besides smoking weed, hip-hop on their walkmans, and a working knowledge of the history of racially-motivated attacks throughout the five boroughs?" Free readings from The 29 Hour Development Workshop:
"A love story inspired by fear, family, and career, where everyone is trying to hold onto the love of their life, real or imagined." Stephen Adly Guirgis directs a cast that features Trevor Long, Richard Petrocelli, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Sidney Williams.
"A play about heartbreak, love, sex, public restrooms, group therapy, lusty mothers ... and how you should never, ever, piss off a woman with a gun." Mimi O'Donnell directs Julian Acosta, Cara Akselrad, Maggie Burke, Elizabeth Canavan, Charles Goforth, Scott Hudson and Michael Stuhlbarg
June 2010: FUQ (frequently unasked questions) by Daphne Rubin-Vega "It’s a play! And, a concert! The life and music of Daphne Rubin-Vega are completely intertwined. In FUQ, she explores the life of her mother who immigrated from Panama and the consequences of her choices." John Gould-Rubin directs Carlo Alban, Raúl Castillo, Laura Ramadei, Daphne Rubin-Vega and her band (Tony Cruz, Robert Morris, Steven Morris, Joe Passaro and Dan Weiss). The Cherry Lane's Cherry Pit Theater is located at 155 Bank Street. For more information, visit LAB’s website at labtheater.org.