The event, which runs April 19-22 at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, features the work of Boston playwrights Melinda Lopez, Kate Snodgrass, John Shea and Sinan Unel alongside New York playwrights Stephen Belber and Matt Hoverman.
The play lineup (with full casting in bold) follows:
Amelia Alvarez, Lisa Benavides, Maria Cellario, Shawn Elliott and Bill Mootos star.
"Maritza and her daughter Marty have returned to Miami to celebrate Abuela's birthday. But something isn't right; Abuela thinks the party is for her own funeral, Maritza's brother Tio seems awfully close to the gardener, and Alexandros the dog has gone missing."
David Alan Basche, Tom Bloom, Naheem Garcia, Marin Ireland, Oscar Isaac and Omar Metwally star.
"Lives intersect in a D.C.-area bar, bringing together the lost and 'un-homed.' Mel, a vet recently returned from the front, is haunted by the ghost of his last victim; his father Bob, suspicious of the military, strives to understand his son; and Tariq, a Saudi American, discovers the toxicity of his personal life just might be tied to the contamination of the land around him."
Jennifer Armour, Matthew Boston, Danielle Naugler and Julie White star.
"In the realm of quantum physics, the act of observation decides the fate of the observed, and two universes - containing separate outcomes of the same events - can exist side by side. Eleanor and Michael, scientists working in very different worlds, find themselves nonetheless connected by a common thread. Can the movement of the stars and planets illuminate the darkness between them?"
Amir Arison, Noah Bean, Mahira Kakkar, Will LeBow, Cigdem Onat, Darren Pettie, Mason Sand and Joe Siriani star.
"In 2004 a pair of journalists find themselves unexpectedly detained by a band of insurgents, as bombs rain down on an Iraqi landscape. Meanwhile, in Turkey, on the eve of a festival celebrating the great Sufi poet Rumi, an unexpected allegiance is forged in the struggle to secure the journalists' release."
Katie Atcheson, Thomas Derrah, Nat DeWolf, Joe Forbrich, Jessica Grant, Angie Jepson and Ian White star.
"In these seven short plays, the standard suburban universe is turned topsy-turvy. As interconnected characters go about their daily lives - tucking in their kids at bedtime, dealing with infidelity, making time for the gym - the unexpected is always just around the corner. Sometimes it's the boogeyman, or an alien invasion, or just the surprise of a true human connection."
John Shea's Claire Silva (dir. Daniel Goldstein) April 22 at 7 PM
Jennifer Armour, Will LeBow, Allison Clear, Autumn Dornfeld, Lesley Gurule, Sarah Hudnut, Karen MacDonald, Sharon Mason, Keira Naughton, James Joseph O'Neil and Tommy Schrider star.
"In the Monaghan family, the sins of the past are emerging once again. On the eve of the release of a convicted child molester, the media descends on a tight-knit, blue collar Boston neighborhood in turmoil, where truths, long-buried, may finally be revealed." All readings take place in the Carol G. Deane Rehearsal Hall at the Calderwood Pavilion. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended as seating is limited. For reservations, call the Huntington Theatre Company Box Office at (617) 266-0800 or email email@example.com.
For more information, visit the Huntington website at huntingtontheatre.org.