Atlantic Theater Company has announced the lineup for its annual Amplified Reading Series, made up of six new plays. The Off-Broadway theatre also announced that its 2016-17 Launch commission, for an early career playwright, is going to Amy Staats.
The Amplified series is curated by Atlantic’s Director of New Play Development, Abigail Katz. See the complete lineup of shows, as billed by the Atlantic Theater, below.
King of the Yees
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody
King of the Yees is an offbeat and electric joy ride about living in the contemporary world while honoring one’s rich ancestral heritage—and the conflict that ensues. The affable Larry Yee remains a driving force in the San Francisco Chinese-American community as the head of the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent men's club dedicated to the preservation of the Yee line. His daughter Lauren, however, is dismissive of its patriarchal culture policy, despite her father’s lifelong dedication to the group. When Larry suddenly goes missing, Lauren’s desperate search drops her into a strange but familiar world where she will have to embrace the past if she wants to get her father back. Explore the vivid history of America’s largest Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation in Lauren Yee’s hilarious and touching theatrical quest to connect with her family lineage.
Everything is Wonderful
By Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Walter Bobbie
When an Amish couple’s two sons are killed in a car accident, the family struggles to maintain their faith and cling to their way of life. In an act of unfathomable forgiveness, they take in Eric, the wayward young driver of the car. But Eric’s mistake cracks open the family’s dark history and brings back their eldest daughter, excommunicated five years earlier.
Welcome to Fear City
By Kara Lee Corthron
Directed by Elena Araoz
It is July 1977 and the South Bronx is HOT: from a heat wave, from this new thing that would come to be known as “hip-hop,” and from an astounding number of fires burning the borough to the ground. E, a young African-American man, dreams of being a poet, but unemployment, a raging fiscal crisis, and a family on the brink of disaster drive him to ask a dangerous question: Can you love your ‘hood if you take part in its destruction? Welcome to Fear City is about a community trying to get by in the midst of crime, social apathy, poverty, and a whole new art form that’s about to electrify the world.
By Lindsey Ferrentino
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Two people have chosen to vacation together on a boat in the middle of the ocean. They are tourists to Key West and to each other, knowing only the best parts and nothing deeper. Kokomo - a place where lost people can get lost – is a humorous and heartbreaking look at relationships with unclear boundaries, reaching their expiration date.
January 30, 2017
Times Square Psychic
By Ted Malawer
Neil Jones is a mess. After his girlfriend dumps him, there's no reason to go on—until he encounters a storefront psychic named Amna who claims she can reunite them. As Neil and Amna’s relationship deepens, the line between predator and prey begins to blur as they spiral toward destruction. An exploration of love, loss, faith, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive.
People Sitting in Darkness
By Clarence Coo
Magdalena dreams of being anything other than a housemaid. But luckily for her it's 1901 and the Americans have arrived in the Philippines, bringing along the English language and the possibility of change. When she discovers the American governor is coming to town, she knows what she has to do - convince the others to help her mount a theatrical adaptation of a book about self-determination called The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
The readings take place at the Linda Gross Theater and Atlantic Stage 2 at various times. Admission is free. To book tickets and for more information, visit atlantictheater.org/amplified.