Edited by Martin Denton with a forward by Mark Blankenship, the 2008 edition of "Plays & Playwrights" is a collection of ten new works for the stage from emerging artists.
The selected works include:
The Telling Trilogy by Crystal Skillman.
"A gripping and often chilling full length play that explores the nature of loss, comprising three linked tales of the supernatural."
What Happened When by Daniel Talbott.
"Two young men, brothers who have recently been separated, reunite of a night of reminiscence and truth telling."
Antarctica by Carolyn Raship.
"In this sometimes surreal fantasia of growing up, Magda and Winnie set out to become the first American Girls to make an expedition to the South Pole." Cleansed by Thomas Bradshaw.
"An envelope-pushing drama about a biracial teenage girl who joins a white supremacist group."
Linnea by John Regis.
"A young writer who is obsessed by Dostoyevsky lives out his own NYC dream version of The Idiot in this remarkable coming-of-age tale."
And We All Wore Leather Pants by Robert Attenweiler.
"In this wild and pyrotechnically poetic comedy, a Midwestern American family searches for redemption in the world of heavy metal & glam rock."
Marvelous Shrine by Leslie Bramm.
"17-year-old Marvelous isn't sure if he's gay, but he knows he wants to play music. His parents battle over his destiny, and nobody wins in this moving drama."
In Our Name by Elena Hartwell.
"A triptych of short, breathtaking one-acts about the ways that the War in Iraq has hit home, especially among American women."
Universal Robots by Mac Rogers.
"A riveting sci-fi cautionary tale inspired by the lives and works of Czech writer/activists Karel & Josef Capek, especially the play R.U.R. which gave us the word robot."
Fall Forward by Daniel Reitz.
"A play about choices and figuring out what really matters."
The New York Theatre Experience will celebrate the release of "Plays & Playwrights 2008" with an in-store reading and signing at the Drama Book Shop on March 21. Playwrights Crystal Skillman, John Regis and Leslie Bramm will be on hand to discuss their work.
"Plays & Playwrights 2008" retails for $18 and is available by visiting www.nyte.org.