Our Week of Extraordinary Risk (formerly the Bonfire Series) features world premiere bold and imaginative play readings from our PlayLab Class of 2019 and will take place June 17 – 23 at Playwrights Downtown. Through the PlayLab, we endeavor to support playwrights in turning their biggest, wildest ideas into finished scripts.
This year’s series features covens, ghosts, organized pigeons, wrestling crocodiles, Corporate America, and the end of humanity. Scroll down to check out the full series schedule and reserve your tix (by suggested donation) today!
Monday, June 17th at 7:30
Let’s Hex the President
By Kristin Slaney | Directed by Jaki Bradley
Molly is an ethics law expert. Iris works at an occult store. DeeDee is a goth teen. Linda is a housewife. After Molly places an ad seeking coven members on meetup.com, the four of them start to meet monthly to cast spells on the current American governmentbut what starts out as innocuous soon takes a turn for the supernatural. Lets Hex the President is a play about witchcraft and anger and ritual and politics.
Tuesday, June 18th at 7:30
By Skylar Fox and Simon Henriques | Directed by Skylar Fox
Part play, part participatory focus group, part collective fever dream, Society explores what happens when the silent contracts we make with one another are pushed to extremes.
Come in. Have a seat. Have some mixed nuts. Circle a number from 1 to 5. This is just the beginning.
Wednesday, June 19th at 7:30
When Bees Last Whispered
By Sevan K. Greene | Directed By Tom Costello
A nation-wide one-child policy. A couple expecting twins. An imminent planetary collapse. An angel just fell from the sky. And the bees are pissed off. Set in the near and distant future, When Bees Last Whispered explores the effects of overpopulation and our responsibility to an exhausted planet. How easy is the decision to kill one to save billions?
Thursday, June 20th at 7:30
The Ortiz Twins Are Coming Home
By Andrew Siañez-De La O | Directed By Tatiana Pandiani
Andrea and Mateo Ortiz have always seen their abuelo as a hero, but when an ancient Zapotec God reveals a dark family secret, the twins must journey back to the land of their ancestors to right a long forgotten wrong.
Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30
By Sukari Jones | Directed By Tamilla Woodard
Office Comedy is a 9/11 office comedy. Its inspired by Sukaris experience working in Corporate America where The Empties tried to kill her. A play with music. (Also, it’s really a tragedy.)
Sunday, June 23rd at 3:30
By Sam Max | Directed By Mia Hull
Avery has spent her life stuck on the family farm, dreaming of the outside world. The ghost of her gold-toothed uncle won’t shut up, and her parents won’t stop licking a dead rabbit, so she hires a moonshine delivery boy to break her out.