In a town where top ticket prices hover at the $75 level, one of New York's best theatre bargains are the Naked Angels free playreading series.
The next five plays for the Monday series have been chosen, including new works by Theresa Rebeck and Frank Pugliese. Here's the line-up:
Nov 10: Snakebit by David Marshall Grant (7 PM). Grant is best known as a film and stage performer (Angels In America).
Nov. 17: Here Comes Everything by Kenneth Lonergan (7 PM).
Dec. 1: Anesthesia by Pippin Parker (7 PM).
Dec. 8: Abstract Expression by Theresa Rebeck (6 PM). Rebeck's plays include 1992's Spike Heels. Dec. 15: The Talkby Frank Pugliese, author of Aven'U Boys (7 PM).
Those plays are read at the Cherry Lane Theatre on Commerce Lane. Also, Every Tuesday at 9 PM, assorted members of the extended Naked Angels theatre company convene at The Pantheon Theatre space, 303 West 42nd St., 2nd Floor, to read plays by established and up-and-coming playwrights. The scripts presented range from play excerpts to short one acts to poetry to full-length screenplays. Upcoming dates are Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9 & 16, and Jan. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 1998. For more information call (212) 741-6199.
The series features guest curators (who choose the scripts) in an ongoing effort to spotlight emerging playwrights. Plays and performers are typically announced the evening of the reading. Here's the current list:
As if that weren't enough to keep Naked Angels busy, they're also co mounting (with Escape To The Sky) a production of the John Patrick Shanley double-bill, Missing Marisa and Kissing Christine. (Missing/Kissing played Off-Broadway last season at Primary Stages.)
Ginny Bond, Merrill Holtzman, Chris Lopata and Daniella Rich star in the one-acts, which are directed by Amanda Charlton and Cybele Chivian. Dates for the double-bill are Nov. 19-22, Dec. 2-13 at Altered Stages, 212 West 29th St. For more information on Missing & Kissing, call (212) 969-0329.
Naked Angels, an experimental theatre company dedicated to developing plays, was founded in 1986 by such then-unknown actors and writers as Rob Morrow, Jon Robin Baitz, Marisa Tomei, Mary Stuart Masterson, Fisher Stevens, Ron Rifkin, Joe Mantello, Peter Hedges, Frank Pugliese, and Nancy Travis.
No reservations are necessary for "Tuesdays at Nine"; call (212) 397-7841 for more information.