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UNDERGROUND

Staged Reading Company

Perfecting the Kiss

by Scott Sickles
May 17th & 18th, 2019

In this "Noises Off for Off-Off," a stage manager presents a dramatic recreation of her traumatizing previous production during which she was secretly attracted to playwright Harvest Carruthers who in turn became attracted to the sweet, sexy, and tremendously untalented Jonah "Buck" Jackson who himself developed a crush on director Edwina O'Halloran who is only doing this very bad gay play to prove that the actor who rejected her romantic overtures, Mike Porter, did so because he's gay thereby enabling her to cope with his rejection. The result is a hilariously catastrophic series of clashing egos and romantic misalliances.

Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver

by Merri Biechler
June 28th & 29th, 2019

When Mae Benjamin moves back home to Oklahoma to care for her terminally ill father, she imagines moments of reconciliation and grace. But as her father’s health declines, his obsession with the Sci-Fi Network and creating a machine to deliver him to another dimension intensifies. Using the machine, Mae summons her mother for guidance, and with humor and compassion strives to reach her final goal…to give her father a good death.

Wendy and the Neckbeards

by Kari Bentley-Quinn
July 26th & 27th, 2019

Wendy, a 17 year old plus sized, body positive makeup artist with her own YouTube channel, is having her life exploded by internet trolls - represented by a Chorus of Neckbeards. Jess discovers that her long term boyfriend Chad spends his time harassing young women on the internet to "blow off steam". From here, the two stories converge in an examination of the current era of internet harassment, toxic masculinity, and the cycle of abuse towards women in America.

110 Stories

by Sarah Tuft
September 7th & 11th, 2019

From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 110 STORIES takes us through 9/11 as told by those who were there. Based on interviews, this docu-play weaves together stories not shown on the news, from people we can relate to… a photojournalist, mother, ironworker, nurse, chiropractor and a homeless man who saved lives that day too. Their unflinching, freaked-out and sometimes funny accounts take us back to when 9/11 was unimaginable, capturing the shock and horror of the day as well as the resilience of New York City in its aftermath. 110 STORIES memorializes September 11th without politics or hyperbole. Instead, it restores the human side to history, reminding us of our capacity for compassion.

Ripe Frenzy

by Jennifer Barclay
September 27th & 28th, 2019

Ripe Frenzy is set in a small town in upstate New York, where the high school is famous for having done the most productions of Our Town of any school, ever. On opening night of the school’s 40th production, a student open fires with an AR-15. Time is slippery as the play submerges us in the before, during and after of the shooting, using Our Town as a framework to examine what has become our new American norm. Told from the perspective of the mothers of the town, the play questions our own culpability in the perpetuation of mass shootings in our country.

Apartment Life/Road Kill

by Gerry Sheridan (Apartment Life) and Cassandra Rose (Road Kill)
October 25th & 26th, 2019

APARTMENT LIFE:

The play takes place in Claire’s new apartment. She has recently moved in. The play opens when Claire enters her apartment. As she walks in notes start coming under the door from her neighbors. When Claire starts reading each note the neighbor who wrote it appears onstage and speaks the content of the note. Through the notes, Claire learns of all the problems with the building, the neighbors, and a murder of a neighbor by another is revealed. Claire is left alone, afraid and in the dark in her apartment.

ROAD KILL:

Gail can't leave the dead alone. Which is how she's ended up with an internship in the taxidermy department of the local museum. But soon she discovers that the dead aren't willing to leave her alone either.

ABOUT UNDERGROUND

UNDERGROUND is Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre's staged reading company that is committed to reaching out to those that are underserved in our community and other communities, ultimately giving a voice to the voiceless through staged readings of new works. UNDERGROUND is led by Producing Artistic Director, David Lee and Company Manager, Emily Hisey and is comprised of 20 local actors that are determined to tell the stories that individuals around the world need to hear.