Five New Plays are Read in Five Days for Primary Stages Fresh Ink Series, May 16-20

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New works by Brooke Berman, Andrew Case, Cusi Cram, Rogelio Martinez, and Lucy Thurber will be part of Primary Stages' Dorothy Strelsin Fresh Ink Readings Series, May 16-20.

The free 4 PM readings will take place at the 45th Street Theatre. The 10th year of the series is the culmination of the newly renamed Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group (formerly known as the New American Writers Group) which enlists six to eight emerging playwrights each season to create new plays for the American theatre.

The Dorothy Strelsin Fresh Ink Readings lineup is as follows:

  • Monstrosity by Lucy Thurber (May 16)
    Suzanne Agins directs the work which follows "two orphaned teenagers, as they try to maneuver a country turned upside down. Thurber's works includeWhere We're Born, Ashville, Scarcity, Killers and Other Family, Stay and Bottom of the World.


  • In Loco Parentis by Andrew Case (May 17)
    Christian Parker stages the new work about a man "and his wife [who] are tasked with parenting a house of sixteen-year olds before they have any children of their own" at a private boarding school. Case's plays include Pacific, Wives, The Electric Century and Historic Times.

  • Lake Effect Show by Rogelio Martinez (May 18)
    Sam Gold directs this tale of "one young college student [who] searches for love and her place in the world, [as] the private life of her parents, who are both professors at her college, takes precedence over her own." Martinez has previously penned Learning Curve, My First Radical, Arrivals and Departures and I Regret She's Made of Sugar.

  • Dusty and the Big Bad World by Cusi Cram (May 19)
    Tyler Marchant helms this reading where the title character "is the most popular animated children's television show in America. But when Dusty goes to visit a family with two Daddies, the big bad world intervenes. And it isn't pretty." Cram is familiar with the world of children's series, having earned two Emmy Award nominations for her work on the animated children's program "Arthur." Her plays include All The Bad Things, Fuente and the upcoming Lucy and The Conquest.

  • The Archduke of Libertyville by Brooke Berman (May 20)
    Josh Hecht stages the work about "estranged ex-step siblings, [who] meet at a funeral after 15 years apart. Two weeks later, he shows up on her doorstep in New York City and the two spend a few days unearthing the seemingly perilous meaning of family. His, hers, theirs. Past, present, future." Berman is the author of the plays hunting and gathering (to be produced by Daryl Roth in the upcoming 2006-07 season) and smashing (adapted into a feature film).

    For more information on the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and the Dorothy Strelsin Fresh Ink Readings Series, visit

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