AracaWorks Will Present Free Reading Series of Premieres by Playwrights Duncan Macmillan, Randall Colburn, Joe Waechter

News   AracaWorks Will Present Free Reading Series of Premieres by Playwrights Duncan Macmillan, Randall Colburn, Joe Waechter
The Araca Group’s AracaWorks will present a week-long reading series featuring the New York premieres of plays by Duncan Macmillan, Randall Colburn and Joe Waechter.

Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Kip Fagan and Margot Bordelon will direct the series, which runs July 29-Aug. 1 at 6 PM at The Studio at Theater 511. Araca’s goal with this project is to "create a platform for the development of new plays and new voices. The series provides an outlet for playwrights to explore their material in a forum open to the public, yet safe from critical reviews," according to press notes.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The Studio at Theater 511 is located at 511 West 54th Street. Seating is limited. Reservations are suggested and may be made online at

The schedule follows:

July 29 at 6 PM
Lungs, written by Duncan Macmillan/directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
"In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather and political unrest, a young couple wants a child but is running out of time. If they over think it, they’ll never do it. But if they rush, it could be a disaster. They want to have a child for the right reasons. But what exactly are the right reasons in a world rife with chaos?" July 30 at 6 PM
Burn Girl Prom Queen, written by Randall Colburn/directed by Kip Fagan
"Prom is right around the corner in Houghton Lake, a dying resort town in Central Michigan. Jo is about to be crowned Queen. She's also expecting a baby. She's also way too young for this shit. A nostalgic exploration of youth and small-town royalty, wherein idols are shattered and archetypes stripped bare."

Aug. 1 at 6 PM
Profiles, written by Joe Waechter
Winner of the AracaWorks Graduate Playwriting Award
Directed by Margot Bordelon
"It's just another night of popcorn and 'Jeopardy,' when Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins receive a phone call that changes their lives forever. Through turns both harrowing and humorous, Profiles explores how an unthinkable act of violence echoes through the lives of the perpetrator's family, as they struggle to find relief and forgiveness in a rapidly disintegrating world."


AracaWorks premiered in December 2010, showcasing established playwrights and emerging voices.

The Araca Group is a theatrical production and live event merchandising company. Araca's producing credits include Urinetown: The Musical, Wicked, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Boeing-Boeing, The Laramie Project, Debbie Does Dallas, The Vagina Monologues, The Scene, Fault Lines, The Wedding Singer, Match, A View From the Bridge, Lend Me a Tenor, Catch Me If You Can, The House of Blue Leaves and The Merchant of Venice.

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