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Monday Night Specials

A Series of New Work
Sponsored, in part, by THE LIMAN FOUNDATION

On Monday evenings during the summer, we present  readings of
new dramatic works for one “special” performance only!

All readings begin at 7:30pm and usually include a post-show Q&A
with the writers, directors, performers and audience members.

Tickets $25. Net proceeds benefit Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse

(508) 687-2452   boxoffice@mvplayhouse.org 

Please see the archives for past Monday Night Specials

July 07, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Edward Beck

Sweetened Water

Written by Edward L. Beck

A house on Martha's Vineyard is the setting for this play about Cynthia, a recent widow dealing with her sorrow and an uncertain future; and Richard, a priest who has just lost his mother. At the suggestion of their mutual friend, Sara, Richard moves into Cynthia's house for a quiet retreat. Themes of grief, faith, intimacy and secrets are paramount as these three individuals come to terms with events that have now bound them inextricably together.


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July 14, 2014

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Sholem Aleichem

Tevye, Two Daughters, and a Cow

Written by Sholem Aleichem
Translated from the Yiddish by Julius & Frances Butwin

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Broadway opening of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse revisits three of Shalom Aleichem's original tales of Tevye and his family. Here, without spectacle, is the simplicity of the shtetl, the grit and gumption, the struggles, and the joyous loves of a world which is no more.
Joann Green Breuer, devisor, directs several terrific island talents.

This reading is co-sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center Program Committee in the Harriet B. Freedberg Learning Center of the MVHC.


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July 21, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Bill C. Davis

Father-Land

Written by Bill C. Davis

*This performance has been cancelled* After being disowned by his family, the grandson of a recently deceased German doctor arrives in America from Germany with a secret and a passionate request that both moves and enrages the adult son and daughter of a World War II American prisoner of war.


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July 28, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Arnie Reisman

Not Constantinople

Written by Arnie Reisman

An elderly couple settles into the Witness Protection Program in a gated community in Boca Raton. The husband unwittingly befriends a hit man with a contract on him. But when the husband develops Alzheimer's, the hit man develops a conscience: why kill a guy who won't know his own name soon? Time to send another hit man - a woman with an MBA.
Yes, this is a dark comedy.


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August 4, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Robert Brustein

Exposed

Written by Robert Brustein

A scorching satire on the extreme political and religious right in our country. Alternating prose, verse, and music, and loosely based on Moliere's Tartuffe, it follows the career of a hypocritical televangelist running for Congress in Texas, and the wealthy entrepreneur eager to finance his campaign and perhaps throw his daughter into the deal as well. Funny, ferocious, and offensive, it is destined to tickle the funny bone and scratch the pious nerve ends.


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August 11, 2014

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Hanoch Levin

Murder

Written by Hanoch Levin
Translated from the Hebrew by Barbara Harshav

Directed by Joann Green Breuer

This morally and ethically complex drama is written by the most prolific and most produced playwright of modern Israel. Levin's theatre art permits no facile judgments among the relationships of Middle East inhabitants and their families. His metaphors can help us see, even as they belie, our conventional explanations. Levin never takes the easy way out of an uneasy situation. MURDER is a prime example of his daring.

This reading is co-sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center Program Committee in the Harriet B. Freedberg Learning Center of the MVHC.


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August 18, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Halley Feiffer

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City

Written by Halley Feiffer

An unlikely pair of strangers — a twentysomething foul-mouthed comedienne and a world-weary middle-aged tech geek — are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, these two very lost people must negotiate some of life’s heaviest problems — and make some of the world’s more inappropriate jokes — as they learn to laugh through their pain and to lean on each other when all they want to do is run away.


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August 25, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Rinne Groff

77%

Former title, SCHOONER

Written by Rinne Groff

A play about modern marriage - Eric's wife is out of town closing a big business deal, he just blew his last job, the kids are acting out and his mother-in-law just moved in. Have you ever wanted to sail away?


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September 1, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Avram Ludwig

The Same Boat

Written by Avram Ludwig

With their marriage on the rocks, a wealthy Connecticut couple embarks on their summer sailing vacation to the Vineyard. They are joined by an unexpected crew member - a young bohemian artist/dancer/model/past life regression therapist. High jinks on the high seas abound as husband and wife are seduced and their lives are transformed by their mysterious nautical guest.


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