The Bechdel Group's New Play Development Reading Series
all readings take place from 6-9 pm at The Tank in midtown Manhattan.
all readings are free and open to the public!
Monday, September 23
Queen of the Bonackers, by Susan Kathryn Hefti
When their entire way of life is threatened by a depleted fishing stock and an overheated real estate market on steroids, an ancient community of East End denizens discovers the true meaning of family, roots and loyalty while learning what it really means to be a Bonacker.
The Difference Between Big Girls and Little Girls, by Serena Berman
Miriam is living in New York City and writing feminist essays online when she finally comes to terms with a dark childhood memory. Returning to her small East Texas town, she realizes her own trauma may be nothing compared to the experiences of the childhood best friend she left behind. Can she help? Should she help? Or does the isolation of trauma and the loves we sacrifice to heal create a barrier too thick to cross?
Monday, October 21
Tvilah (or Arriving Where She Left), by Bailey Jordan Garcia
When she has disappeared, seven of the most important people in her life gather at Bethesda to try to bring her back.
Carm, by Erica Mann
When fourteen-year-old Iris receives a scholarship to the prestigious Karnstein Academy, she discovers that her education will still come at a price.
Monday, November 18
Our Famous Friend, by Kaitlin Mackenzie
Elizabeth and Gio have lived their whole lives in the same suburban town. When their childhood friend Charlotte -- now a semi-successful film actor -- returns home for the first time in twenty years, she brings with her a tangle of resentments, insecurities, and longings. Now a single afternoon visit will force them all to question their own versions of the past, and look with new eyes toward the future.
Songbird, by Rachel Luann Strayer
Sometimes we do not choose to be silent; sometimes we are bullied into silence by the ones we love. Jess is about to find out that true compassion for another person can bring her voice back, but only if she chooses to use it.
Monday, December 9
The Cure, by Alex Dremann
When her twenty-four year old son wills himself to death to donate all his organs, Joan goes on a quest to understand why. Along the way, she meets five of the organ recipients who all seem to remind her of different parts of her son’s personality, but it’s not until she meets her son’s heart that she finally learns the truth.
Tracy Jones, by Stephen Kaplan
Tracy Jones has rented out the back "party room" of Jones Street Bar and Grill: the Place for Wings and Things, a typical chain restaurant. Tracy Jones is throwing a party to which she's invited every woman in the world who is also named Tracy Jones. Tracy Jones has been sitting for over an hour alone, nursing her Diet Coke, waiting for any other Tracy Joneses to show up. Tracy Jones' epic loneliness is about to be tested beyond anything she ever imagined.