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News Musical The Front Among Works in MTC's New Reading Series This Spring Spring Boards is the newly renamed rehearsed reading series at Manhattan Theatre Club, and it will boast six new works this spring.

Formerly known as [email protected], the annual series "is dedicated to the support and development of innovative new work."

Since 1999 several plays developed in the series have gone on to full productions at MTC: David Auburn's Proof, David Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers, Joe Hortua's Between Us and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Based on a Totally True Story.

The spring 2007 Spring Board series includes:

  • Monday, April 9 at 7 PM
    Horse Latitudes by Hilary Fannin
    Directed by Carolyn Cantor

    "Jude and Ann's seventh wedding anniversary ends in a trial separation. Will experiments in loneliness and infidelity bring them closer together? Are we really doomed to become our parents? A startlingly honest and surprising look at what makes a relationship work by one of Ireland's brightest new talents."


  • Monday, April 16 at 7 PM
    Stunning by David Adjmi
    Directed by Anne Kauffman

    "Sixteen-year-old Lily expects married life in her tight-knit community to make her stunningly happy. But when being with her much older husband proves less than romantic, she finds herself swept up in an unconventional friendship with her maid, Blanche. Issues of class, race and sex boil to the surface in this fierce, provocative and funny new play."
  • Monday, April 23 at 7 PM
    A Sleeping Country by Melanie Marnich
    Directed by Trip Cullman

    "In New York City, a desperate insomniac becomes convinced that she is dying. In Venice, a beautiful, sleepless Italian woman must persuade her to live. A dreamy story of sleep lost and hope found."
  • Monday, April 30 at 7 PM
    The Front
    Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon & Jay Gruska
    Book by Seth Friedman
    Directed by Nell Balaban

    "America, 1952. Howard Prince, small-time gambler, full-time nobody, finally gets to be somebody. Only it's as a 'front' for a blacklisted TV writer. Howard soon finds fame, fortune, the girl of his dreams – and the attention of the House Un-American Activities Committee. Based on the film starring Woody Allen and Zero Mostel."
  • Monday, May 14 at 7 PM
    The Last Best Place by Bathsheba Doran
    Directed by Carl Forsman

    "After two long years in the big city fail to pan out as she'd hoped, Josie returns to her small Montana hometown to start fresh. Can life with her father and the boy who passed her over in high school really be enough? An intimate look at long days under a big sky."
  • Monday, May 21 at 7 PM
    Human Voices by Sarah Treem
    Directed by Jo Bonney

    "When poetry icon Christopher Morgan offers struggling young poet Elizabeth a fellowship complete with a publishing deal, she thinks it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But when her mentor's generosity turns sour, Elizabeth is forced to choose between her work and the urge for revenge. Trusts are betrayed and ideals shattered in this bold look at who defines the value of art." All readings are free and open to the public. They take place at 7 PM at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

    To RSVP call (212) 399-3000, ext. 163 or write to [email protected]

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