McCarthy to Stage Premiere of LaBute's Second of Pleasure at Summer Shorts Fest

News   McCarthy to Stage Premiere of LaBute's Second of Pleasure at Summer Shorts Fest
The world premieres of Neil LaBute's A Second of Pleasure and late playwright William Inge's The Killing will be presented as part of the 3rd annual Summer Shorts Festival Off-Broadway.
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Running July 24-Aug. 27 at 59E59 Theaters, Summer Shorts will showcase eight world premieres from established and emerging playwrights. The works are divided into two separate evenings that will run in repertory throughout the run. Maruti Evans will provide scenic and lighting design.

The Summer Shorts Festival lineup follows:

Series A:

  • Things My Afro Taught Me
    Written and performed by Nancy Giles
    "A black girl, her hair, her adventures, and eventual escape from a Los Angeles acting cult."


  • Death By Chocolate
    By John Augustine
    Directed by Robert Saxner
    "A woman copes with menopause, her birthday, and the death of her husband. Luckily, she has alcohol and candy to help her get through the day. Unluckily, she faces an unwanted visit from her sister-in-law."
  • A Second of Pleasure
    By Neil LaBute
    Directed by Andrew McCarthy
    "A couple head off for a romantic weekend - or do they?"
  • The Eternal Anniversary
    Book by Bill Connington
    Music and lyrics by Skip Kennon
    "A hotel chef in 1913 New York City makes the perfect meal for his anniversary dinner. Very much in love with his wife, he is haunted by the suspicion that she was unfaithful to him years ago. Finding a lost bottle of Grand Marnier to complete the meal, he discovers evidence of her innocence. They can finally rest assured in their 'perfect love.'" Series B:

  • Don't Say Another Word
    By Carole Real
    Directed by Ian Belknap
    "Irascible and compulsively honest, Josh tells his girlfriend Laura about a conversation he had with his guy friends. Big Mistake."
  • The Sin Eater
    By Keith Reddin
    Directed by Billy Hopkins
    "El is 14 and her father has been murdered. She’s plotting revenge and nothing is going to stop her. Not the police, not the court appointed psychiatrist, and definitely not her mother. Because her mother was the one who killed El's father."
  • If I Had
    By Roger Hedden
    Directed by Billy Hopkins
    "Landscape maintenance, class struggle, and a bikini-clad girl collide in a country with potable water."
  • The Killing
    By William Inge
    Directed by José Angel Santana
    "Desperation leads one man to ask for the ultimate favor from a stranger." For tickets phone (212) 279-4200 or visit TicketCentral.

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