Sobule Musical, New Rivera, Grimm, Alfaro Plays Ready for Hartford Stage's 2006 "Brand:NEW" Fest

News   Sobule Musical, New Rivera, Grimm, Alfaro Plays Ready for Hartford Stage's 2006 "Brand:NEW" Fest
New plays by Jose Rivera, Adam Brock, David Grimm, Migdalia Cruz and playwright in-residence Luis Alfaro as well as a Jill Sobule musical are among the works featured in Hartford Stage's 2006 "Brand:NEW Fall Festival of New Work."

The eighth annual festival featuring readings of new works will take place Oct. 23-30 at the company's Connecticut home and other venues. Other events part of the festivities include a discussion with selected playwrights and an evening of short plays by the winners of the 6th annual teenage playwriting competition "Write On!"  The centerpiece will be "Words on Fire:  An African-American Legacy Project," a series of short works written specifically for the festival by noted African-American playwrights including Zakiyyah Alexander, Carlyle Brown, Cheryl Davis, Marcus Gardley and Robert O'Hara as directed by Liesl Tommy and Hana Sharif.

The schedule (subject to change) is as follows:

  • Oct. 23 - 7:30 PM Words on Fire:  An African American Legacy Project
  • Oct. 24 - 7:30 PM The Receptionist by Adam Bock - directed by Jeremy B. Cohen
  • Oct. 25 - 7:30 PM The Great Osram by David Grimm - dir. Michael Wilson
  • Oct. 26 - 7:30 PM No Holds bario by Luis Alfaro
  • Oct. 27 - 7:30 PM Yellow Eyes by Migdalia Cruz - dir Candido Tirado
  • Oct. 27 - 10:30 PM Prozak and the Platypus book/lyrics by Elise Thoron, music by Jill Sobule - dir. Steve Cosson
  • Oct. 28 - 3 PM The Fever Chart: three short visions of the Middle East by Naomi Wallace - dir. Cohen
  • Oct. 28 - 4:30 PM Playwrights' Panel - Alfaro, Cruz, Rivera, Sobule and Wallace
  • Oct. 28 - 7:30 PM Brainpeople by Jose Rivera - dir. Erica Gould
  • Oct. 29 - 4 PM Dorothy by Ginna Carter
  • Oct. 29 - 7 PM "Write On!"
  • Oct. 30 - 7:30 PM Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner by Alfaro - dir. Lisa Peterson Readings will be held at Hartford Stage's Rehearsal Studios at 942 Main Street or on the theatre's MainStage at 50 Church Street (The Great Osram will be read at the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum at 600 Main Street). Admission to individual readings is $5 (Prozak and the Platypus is $15 and offered on a general seating/ first come, first served basis. For reservations or more information, call the Hartford Stage Box Office at (860) 527-5151 or visit

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