Monday Night Specials

A Series of New Work
sponsored by The Liman Foundation

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

Seating is GENERAL ADMISSION with a suggested donation of $25.

(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 grief and an uncertain future; and Richard, a priest who has lost his mother to the same illness as Cynthia's husband. When Richard moves into Cynthia's house for a quiet "retreat" after an introduction by their mutual friend, Sara, unanticipated revelations assure that these three will never be the same. Themes of grief, faith, intimacy and sexuality are paramount as these characters 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

Tevy, 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 opening of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Joann Green Breuer revisits three tales of Tevye, the milkman, not as musical spectacular but with the original simplicity of the shtetl. Meet Tevye, poor in goods, rich in faith and humor, his family, and their 'yiddish kop' wisdom.

This reading is sponsored, in part, 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

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

This brief, intense play by Israel’s most prolific, produced, and probably most controversial playwright, deals with the consequences of the murder of a Palestinian youth. Identity, revenge, and brutality blend in dramatic political and personal paradox; posing difficult questions of ethics and necessity.
Recommended for mature audiences only.
Directed by Joann Green Breuer

This reading is sponsored, in part, 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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September 1, 2014

Patricia Neal Stage
Avram Ludwig

The Same Boat

Written by Avram Ludwig

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