Public Theater's Up-and-Coming Playwrights Program Announces Spring Productions

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The Public Theater has announced the season line-up for Public Studio, which will present two new plays this spring:, Pretty Hunger by Patricia Ione Lloyd and Teenage Dick by Mike Lew.

The program, now in its third year, is dedicated to producing works by emerging and up-and-coming playwrights. The two plays will run in succession in The Public’s Shiva Theater and be presented as pared-down productions with a ticket price of $10.

Lloyd's Pretty Hunger, about growing up and what it means to be a woman of color, will be directed by Martha Banta. "Lea is a biracial kid with a big imagination," according to production notes. "But her wildest dreams can’t prepare her for the day when her mother brings home a stranger to babysit. With the help of her imaginary friend, Bette Davis and the Classic Movie Channel, Lea must navigate the space between her mother’s savage love and her father’s wandering heart." It is scheduled to run March 10-19.

The cast features Tony Gonzalez, Meredith Holzman, Mel Johnson Jr., Maurice Jones, Martin LaPlatney, Matthew Steffens, David Turner and Kara Young.

Lew's Teenage Dick was originally commissioned by The Apothetae Theatre Company, an organization focused on bringing to light the "disabled experience." Billed as a "brilliantly hilarious take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of power lust," the play re-imagines the Bard's most famous disabled character as a 16-year-old junior high student. "Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class," state production notes. "But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?" The new work will be directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel and is scheduled to run March 24-April 2.

The cast of Teenage Dick features Apothetae member Shannon DeVido and Apothetae artistic director Gregg Mozgala. Complete casting will be announced at a later date. Member tickets are available now and single tickets will be available Feb. 22 by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Taub Box Office at 425 Lafayette St.

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