by Tom Block
Admission is free for both nights, and wine will be provided after the productions, as we discuss the works with the director, actors, playwright and audience.
The plays last about an hour total each night.
Danny and the Therapist shows a man in therapy who loses control of his session. First, the therapist changes place with him and forces Danny to listen; then Danny's wife enters and takes over the scene. She divulges a story of infidelity. Danny pulls a gun, trying to regain control of his time, but the gun does not work.
Comic Book looks at a space of last resort, a room where the last survivors of some imagined Armageddon have been called. Sterling weaves a compelling tale about the end of time and the beginning of myth. Wallace the poet and Lethe the mother are there. A homeless man wanders into the scene. Two orderlies appear and seem to indicate that they are in control. The others tie them up. The homeless man becomes a doctor. It might just be a mental hospital.
Both of these one-acts are being produced by Sanctuary: Playwrights Theater (http://www.sanctuarytheatre.org) is a NYC theater company dedicated to interpreting the work of new playwrights. Katrin Hilbe directs.
Duck, produced by director Brad Raimondo and read by graduates of the New School for Drama's MFA Acting program, explores the dilemmas encountered by a decorated CIA agent, whose success only brings him face to face with his own perceived moral failings and the Statist myth that has been used to justify his murder in the name of security.
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