One night only! TBA for Late Fall 2020
Below is an inside look into plays we featured at See & Be Scene in December that were under consideration for the 2020-2021 season. The evening included excerpts from 8 shows under consideration, in a staged reading format. Admission is free for Subscribers, Members and Donors, but tickets are available to the general public for $15. Stay tuned for an announcement about next fall’s See & Be Scene.
Steve H. Broadnax III Kathryn MacMillan
Claire Moyer Paige Price Amina Robinson
Jen Childs Walter DeShields Scott Greer Donnie Hammond Stephanie Hodge
Jessica Johnson Todd Lawson Joey Liao Campbell O’Hare Alison Ormsby
Brandon Pierce Michaela Shuchman Blake Stadnik Anne Tolpegin Damien Wallace
Here is a glimpse at some of the plays we were considering:
By Audrey Cefaly
A darkly comic southern drama about love, art, and the power of women. This heart-wrenching story of a reclusive Alabama folk artist won the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. After a tornado barrels through town leaving nothing but death and destruction, only June and her pet goat Weezy live to tell the tale. When a prominent photographer visits to take pictures of June’s scars, both are forced to reconcile the pain of loss and recovery. This Kilroys List drama explores the meaning and purpose of art and the struggle of the lost and tortured souls that seek to create it.
The First Deep Breath by Lee Edward Colston II (a play in two acts)
Director Steve H. Broadnax III
The First Deep Breath tells the story of Pastor Albert Jones and his family as they plan a special church service to honor his late daughter Diane on the sixth anniversary of her passing. But when Abdul-Malik, the eldest son he blames for her death returns home from prison, the entire Jones family is forced to confront a hornet’s nest of long-buried family secrets. Old skeletons claw their way to the dinner table, picking at the scraps of Mother Bethel Baptist’s First Family. The First Deep Breath finds each member of the Jones family desperately fighting to stay afloat, but sometimes the family that stays together drowns together.
Lee Edward Colston II, is a Philly native, former prison guard turned actor, playwright, director, acting teacher, writing coach, and author.
John Proctor is the Villain, by Kimberly Belflower (a Kilroy Play in two acts)
Director Kathryn MacMillan
In a one stop town in present-day Georgia, a high school class explores the seminal American classic, The Crucible. But while Miller’s play was originally a commentary on McCarthyism, the students begin to see similarities between the play and their own lives. As scandal swirls in their community and beloved figures are unmasked, the play becomes uncomfortably relevant for the students. The line between witch and heroine blurs in this post-MeToo examination of power, love, and sex education.
Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (a musical in two acts)
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tonys, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world.
Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up.
Featuring two unforgettable star turns and some of the most chilling music ever written for the stage, the masterpiece Sweeney Todd is sure to both thrill and delight audiences.
Sweet Smell of Success (a musical in two acts)
Book by John Guare
Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Craig Carnelia
New York, 1952. J.J. Hunsecker rules Gotham with his daily gossip column in the Globe, syndicated to sixty million readers across America. J.J. has the goods on everyone. Everyone feeds J.J. scandals, from J. Edgar Hoover and Senator Joe McCarthy down to a battalion of hungry press agents who tie their gossip to a client they hope J.J. might plug. Sidney Falcone, a young press agent, tries to hitch his wagon to J.J. while keeping a secret: his client’s relationship with J.J.’s sister Susan.
Tell Me I’m Not Crazy (a comedy)
By Sharyn Rothstein
Director Claire Moyer
Forced into retirement and unsettled by the changing world around him, Sol Koening buys himself a gun—and his family is up in arms. His wife Diana thought they’d spend more time together and with the grandkids, but Sol’s new hobby puts a bullet in that plan. Meanwhile, their son Nate is trying to be a good stay-at-home dad while his jet-setting wife Alisa climbs the corporate ladder, and school is calling with concerns about their kid. Tell Me I’m Not Crazy asks how one small firearm redefines a family and how two generations confront what it means to succeed and to sacrifice in America today.
Tell Me I’m Not Crazy is a Williamstown Theatre Festival Commission.
Too Heavy for Your Pocket (a play in two acts)
By Jiréh Breon Holder
Director Amina Robinson
Bowzie Brandon, his wife Evelyn, and their best friends Tony and Sally-Mae see happiness on the horizon when Bowzie gets a scholarship to attend college and improve his family’s life. However, when the opportunity to become a Freedom Rider arises, Bowzie leaves his obligations as a husband and friend behind to join the fight against racism in the Deep South. Too Heavy for Your Pocket is a powerful look at the tenuous balance between security and risk, the bonds of love and friendship, and the personal cost of progress.
Playwright Jiréh Breon Holder was recently named one of “Tomorrow’s Marquee Names, Now in the Making” by The New York Times. Previously seen at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre and in an extended Off Broadway run at Roundabout Theatre, Too Heavy for Your Pocket was the recipient of the 2017 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award.
Triangle (a musical in two acts)
Music by Curtis Moore
Lyrics by Thomas Mizer
Book by Thomas Mizer, Curtis Moore and Joshua Scher
One hundred years after the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, two love stories set in the same New York City building, but a century apart, begin to weave together. Brian, an awkward but driven medical researcher in the current-day lab, begins to see the ghost of Sarah, an immigrant who worked at the factory at the turn of the century. Their stories become irrevocably linked across the century as long-buried secrets are uncovered and ghosts of the past begin to influence the future.