Summer Shorts 2014 Will Feature New Neil LaBute Play and More July 18

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27 Jun 2014

The eighth annual festival of new American short plays, Summer Shorts 2014, comprised of work from six established and emerging writers – Neil LaBute (Reasons to Be Pretty), Roger Hedden, Albert Innaurato, Eric Lane, Warren Leight and Daniel Reitz – will start performances July 18 at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street).

Throughline Artists will present Summer Shorts 2014 through Aug. 30.

According to press notes, Summer Shorts 2014 represents, "some of today's best writing, directing and acting talents...[and] celebrates theater, summer and the short form. The festival's two separate series offer a diverse range of voices, styles, and subject matter. Summer Shorts 2014 offers six world premiere one-act plays, presented as two separate evenings of three each. The two series will run in rotating repertory."

The performance series are as follows:

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SERIES A: July 18 - Aug. 29

The Sky and The Limit
By Roger Hedden
Directed by Billy Hopkins

"Much to the amusement of his best friend, a young man dives into one of America's mesa strewn deserts in search of the perfect site for a wedding."

Riverbed
By Eric Lane
Directed by Matthew Rauch

"A lyrical drama about a married couple that experiences an intense loss and their struggle to find their way back to each other."

Sec. 310, Row D, Seats 5 and 6
By Warren Leight

"Three guys share two season tickets as they watch the Knicks, and their lives, pass before their eyes."

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SERIES B: July 26 - Aug. 30

Doubtless
By Albert Innaurato

"With such formidable opponents as hypocrisy, government, hysteria, neurosis, family, religion and pop culture – can we ever really know and accept who we are? Well, these two brave nuns are going to give it a go!"

The Mulberry Bush
By Neil LaBute
Directed by Maria Mileaf

"Two men meet up on a bench in the park. One of them is meant to be there. The other is not. What follows is a domestic thriller played out in the harsh sunlight of a weekday afternoon."

Napoleon in Exile
By Daniel Reitz
Directed by Paul Schnee

"Corey is 25, living at home, can't hold a job and is obsessed with Minecraft. His mother has other ideas for him."

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The creative team for the festival includes Rebecca Lord-Surratt (scenic design) Meghan Healey (costume design), Greg MacPherson (lighting design) and Nick Moore (sound design and original music).

Tickets are $25 each or $17.50 for 59E59 Members and can be purchased at 59e59.com.

For more information visit summershortsfestival.com.