Collaborative Arts Project 21 presents Mary Fengar Gail's comic parable Touch of Rapture (Oct. 27), directed by Rasa Allan Kazlas; Liza Lentini's comedy Brain Children (Nov. 3), directed by Melanie Sutherland; Eileen O'Leary's drama The Siege of Ennis (Nov. 10) directed by Lawrence Arancio; and Susan Cameron's drama, Legacies (Nov. 17) directed by David Grillo.
CAP21 is headed by Frank Ventura and Peter Van Wyck. Eliza Ventura is literary manager.
In A Touch of Rapture, questions surrounding an artist's legacy are explored, touching upon art as pure creation vs. art as a commodity and the relationship of art to character.
Brain Children introduces four child geniuses who are selected to participate in an experimental education program from 1981-84. "As they are held under a microscope by obtuse educators, they experience an arsenal of growing pains," according to the announcement.
The Siege of Ennis is a drama with humor about family members battling over a farm in the west of Ireland. The play looks at "how powerful and irrational the feelings are for the piece of land to which you and your family truly belong." The Siege of Ennis is the name of an Irish line dance in which pairs of people get flung about and end up where they started. Legacies is a relationship-driven drama about two estranged sisters who are thrown back together after their mother's death. Katey is arrested for euthanasia; her sister, Devin, is a defense attorney who decides to represent her. "The raw, intense and unresolved issues of a family — and the myths used to obscure them — are played out in the courtroom," according to the announcement.
Admission is free but reservations are recommended by calling (212) 807-0202.
The Barbara Wolff Monday Night Reading Series, which takes place at CAP21 Studio One, 18 West 18th Street, 6th Floor, presents plays and musicals directed and performed by theatre professionals as part of the company's development of new works.