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2018 BREAKING GROUND FESTIVAL OF NEW WORK

THE LAST BOOK OF HOMER

by José Rivera
Directed by Melinda Lopez
Public reading: Friday, February 9 at 8pm
Location: Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Numb Nuts is a screenwriter who gets his ass kidnapped by a drug cartel while shooting a movie in Mexico about the Trojan War. Battling their bad knees, beer bellies, cataracts, bad hearing, and bitter divisions of the past, his four brothers — ex-military guys nicknamed God, Buddha, Weasel, and Joseph Smith — come to Mexico for the rescue.

 

WE ALL FALL DOWN

by Lila Rose Kaplan
Directed by Melia Bensussen
Public Reading: Saturday, February 10 at 8pm
Location: Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Until recently, renowned family therapist Linda Stein was a Marxist and opposed to religion. But when her husband Saul retires unexpectedly, she summons her daughters home for Passover. Why? In this heartfelt comedy by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Lila Rose Kaplan, a surprising Seder veers between delight and disaster. Will this ancient tradition bring the Stein family together or tear them apart?

 

THE PURISTS

by Dan McCabe
Directed by Billy Porter
Public reading: Sunday, February 11 at 7pm
Location: Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

A former rapper, a DJ, and a musical theatre fanatic have become unlikely stoop buddies in Sunnyside, Queens. When their friendly riffing about race, sexuality and music in America turns personal – and with the arrival of two up-and-coming female emcees – the trio must confront the changes to their purist ideals and question what it means to be authentic. 

Special thanks to Peter Saraf and Big Beach Production Company.


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