See it from the start
Norman Rockwell's america
Book by Lynne Kaufman
Music & Lyrics by Alex Mandel
From belittled illustrator to ballyhooed artist, from whimsical covers to unforgettable images of the Civil Rights Movement, Norman Rockwell captured America’s heart by discovering its soul. This is his story—and ours.
Lynne Kaufman is the author of twenty full-length plays, three novels, and dozens of short stories. Her play, Our Lady of the Desert, was seen in TheatreWorks’ 1989/90 season. Since then, her work has been performed at theatres across the country including Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Abingdon Theatre in NYC.
Alex Mandel composed songs for Pixar’s Academy Award-winning film, BRAVE: “Touch the Sky” & “Into the Open Air.” He is Musical Director for NPR’s Snap Judgment LIVE. He has scored several films, including East Side Sushi (Cinequest Audience Choice Award). He’s released albums with The Echo Falls & The Fingers. This is his first musical.
8/9 @ 8pm • 8/13 @ 8pm • 8/16 @ 4pm
A Provocative Political Drama
DESCRIBE THE NIGHT
By Rajiv Joseph
From the author of The North Pool and Broadway’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, this stimulating drama probes the mysterious 2010 crash of a Polish airplane, uncovering 90 years of lies, infidelity, war, secrets, and love.
Rajiv Joseph’s The North Pool was developed and produced at TheatreWorks under the direction of Giovanna Sardelli. Rajiv wrote for the Showtime series Nurse Jackie for seasons 3 and 4. He also served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.
8/10 @ 2pm • 8/16 @ 8pm
A Big-Top Folk Musical
THE Disappearing man
Music, Lyrics, & Book by Jahn Sood
A ramshackle circus wows the hinterlands in 1936, but backstage its bright-light attractions prove dark and depleted. Purveyors of dreams, makers of magic, these center-ring survivors grasp at change, but the trapeze may be just out of reach.
Jahn Sood writes musicals, plays and songs for all purposes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is proud to be a founding member of Musical Theatre Factory, a new theatre arts collective based in New York City. For more, check out Jahn’s latest record Arts & Crafts on iTunes, or visit www.jahnsood.com.
8/10 @ 8pm • 8/14 @ 8pm • 8/17 @ 12pm
AN ENTOMOLOGIST'S LOVE STORY
By Melissa Ross
The love lives of bugs fascinate two 30-something researchers at New York’s Museum of Natural History, but their own conflicted love affairs are under the microscope in this hilarious, edgy, and explicit look at love in our times.
Melissa Ross’s play Thinner Than Water has received productions in NYC and Chicago and is included in “New Playwrights—Best Plays of 2011.” Her new play, Of Good Stock, will receive its world premiere at South Coast Repertory in 2015. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and a member of Labyrinth Theater Company.
8/12 @ 8pm • 8/16 @ 12pm
Tokyo fish story
Generations, gender, and tradition collide as a Sushi Master struggles to preserve ancient artistry in a society obsessed with change. In pursuit of perfection, a brilliant protégé, eager apprentices, and the master himself have much to learn.
Kimber Lee’s plays include fight, different words for the same thing (2014 World Premiere CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre, dir. Neel Keller), and brownsville song (b-side for tray), which premiered at the 2014 Humana Festival and has upcoming productions at LCT3, Long Wharf, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. She is a Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow (2013/14), Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and recipient of 2014 Ruby Prize, 2013/14 PoNY Fellowship, and 2014/15 Aetna New Voices Fellowship.
8/15 @ 8pm • 8/17 @ 8pm
SPECIAL LATE NIGHT EXTRA
One woman show
Features new takes on some classic covers and original songs by Joe Iconis (NBC’s Smash), Julianne Wick Davis (Southern Comfort), Nikko Benson, Sam Salmond, & Joel Waggoner
For our most adventurous theatregoers, this darkly funny and powerful musical chronicles the misadventures of a transgender artist now on the brink of reassignment surgery. Told with a cabaret edge, it is a story of surviving the 90s with determination and pride.
Shakina Nayfack is a theatre director, choreographer, producer, and performance artist. Her autobiographical One Woman Show has played Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, and Sophie’s in NYC. It is the flagship project of her high profile KickStartHer campaign to crowd-source funds for gender confirmation surgery. www.ShakinaNayfack.com @shakeenz
8/15 @ 10:30pm
Meet the festival artists
The Festival’s featured playwrights and composers share their anecdotes and insights into creating brave new works for the American Theatre. Bring your questions and become a part of the conversation with writers who are shaping the theatre landscape of tomorrow.
8/17 @ 4pm