Introducing Our Week of Extraordinary Risk

Our Week of Extraordinary Risk (formerly the Bonfire Series) features world premiere bold and imaginative play readings from our PlayLab Class of 2018 and will take place June 28 – July 1 at the Jefferson Market Library. Through the PlayLab, we endeavor to support playwrights in turning their biggest, wildest ideas into finished scripts.

This year’s series features witches, demons, lots of gods, not nearly enough words, a lunar explosion, and the internet. Scroll down to check out the full series schedule and reserve your tix (by suggested donation) today!

Thursday, June 28, 7PM
feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me]
by Amy Gijsbers van Wijk | directed by Anne Cecelia Haney
Allure and Candy become goddesses. A man falls from the sky. Flowers + Mary Shelley fall in love. & cam girl Eurydice_19969 wants to make that ca$$$h. feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me] is one hour, one night, one hundred nights in the search for an unforgettable, life-changing party.

Friday, June 29, 7PM
Earth is Greedy
by Jae Kramisen | directed by Sarah Blush
The Moon explodes apart in the sky. Fire and flood ensue as a strange disease begins to spread. The lives of three women haunted by trauma intersect as reality and nightmare collide. Who can you trust when the world is on fire?

Saturday, June 30, 3PM
Rise of the River
by Divya Mangwani | directed by Rebecca Martinez
The river Indus, the heartbeat of civilization in Sindh, disappears. Sohni, the daughter of the river, falls in love on the eve of her wedding – with another man. The God Jhulelal desperately tries to keep the Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs united. As Sindh erupts in chaos, the lowly Hilsa fish may be the only one who can save them all.

Saturday, June 30, 5:30PM
House of Telescopes
by Kairos Looney | directed by Bonnie Jean Gabel
An estranged witch in Minneapolis has buried herself in a historical opera shes writing for lost trans-ancestors. Meanwhile, her mother accidentally conjures a homesick demon, her best friend is addicted to martyrdom, and her sister wants to fix everything yesterday.

Saturday, June 30, 8PM
Bundle of Sticks
by J. Julian Christopher | directed by Christopher Burris
Gay men from across the globe go deep into the outback of Australia for a secret gay conversion therapy retreat. When they arrive, they are not only challenged by Otto, their toxically masculine group leader, but also by Ungud, the Aboriginal God of Erections.

Sunday, July 1, 2PM
by Matt Minnicino | directed by Felicia Lobo
In a basement apartment in Bushwick, three sisters wield unfathomable power over fate and time — but how they use that power isn’t up to them and never has been. One sister falls in love. Another falls in hate. The third tries to keep the other two from falling. The City is in a heat wave, and a war is coming.

Sunday, July 1, 4:30PM
Five Hundred
by Rick Burkhardt | directed by Joshua William Gelb
In this play, each character may speak only 500 words before falling forever silent. So how can they form relationships, have kids, build legacies, or solve the mystery of the missing painting? And why does that one guy talk so much?