Presented through Aug. 6, the readings will also showcase plays by Tony Glazer (Safe), Chris Eigeman, Kyle Jarrow (A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant), Michele Lowe (The Smell of the Kill) and Molly Smith Metzler (Training Wisteria).
The line-up follows:
How. What. Now.
Written and performed by Michael Warner
Directed by Campbell Scott
"Stories of Redemption and Hope, Killing Gophers, and how Bubble Gum Pop can save your life" (July 2).
The Substance of Bliss
By Tony Glazer
"A couple, Donna and Paul, wait up for their troubled son to come home. What they learn about yard fairies, neighborhood cats, the grouchy lady next door, Mrs. Johnston, their son, each other and ultimately, their relationship will change them forever" (July 9).
Good on Paper
By Michele Lowe
"For a community service credit, 16 year-old Miles returns to the daycare center in his father's work where he was cared for as a small boy. Even though he has never really understood why his dad left him and his mom, Miles knows it has something to do with this place, once a revolutionary program for children of working parents" (July 16). Midnight Sun
By Chris Eigeman
Directed by Steve Lawson
"Midnight Sun dawns on a cold morning in 1943. When Max Coleman and Jack Priest, two doctoral candidates at Columbia get selected to participate in a secret project, they drop their jazz-filled lives in New York City and move to a remote makeshift village of physicists in the desert. There they begin working on the biggest bomb ever known to mankind. But is it a glorious testimony to the capabilities of mankind and the greatest peacekeeping tool ever invented or a weapon of mass destruction?" (July 23).
By Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Amanda Charlton
"When Simone invited her older sister, Devon, for a weekend at her boss' house in Martha's Vineyard, she never could have anticipated Devon's reaction to the expensive luxuries which Simone enjoys daily. Not one to get caught up in this world, Devon points to the men in "pink pants" as just on example of the outrageous values to which the Kells subscribe" (July 30).
Knock Down Drag Out
By Kyle Jarrow
Directed by John Rando
"After losing his job as an accountant, Will, with much urging from his wife, Macy, digs out the old screenplay. The local drama teacher thinks it is brilliant, a student of his turned L.A. actress, Chloe, thinks it is genius — together they will make a short to pitch to Chloe's connections in L.A. Knock Down Drag Out brings the cutthroat world of Hollywood to Cleveland, OH, where Macy, even though she has always wanted her husband to pursue his dreams, begins to resent the fact that everything she's ever done, she's done it for him" (Aug. 6).
The Fridays@3 series is held at the Paresky Center Auditorium. A $5 donation is suggested. For reservations phone (413) 597-3400.