a play by Drew Larimore
staged reading directed by Stephen Kitsakos

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Friday & Saturday, February 2-3, 8pm

Helmerich Theater

$35, $30 mbrs.

Larimore, a master at crafting funny, yet slightly devastating plays returns to present a staged reading of his new play “Upstate.” Seeking fulfillment after a move to upstate New York, Nathaniel and his husband Myles decide to adopt an infant daughter. The play opens on the day the couple has returned her to the adoption agency.

Produced in the U.S. and internationally, Drew Larimore is originally from the South with a focus on crafting strong, fallible, and complex female protagonists in seemingly unreal circumstances. His work has been highlighted in The New YorkerThe New York TimesTheatriusThis Week in New YorkTheatreMania, Australian Stage, Aussie Theatre, and Theatre in the Now.

sponsored by Thirsty Mermaid

STARRING Miles G. Jackson and Brian Robinson (appearing courtesy Actors Equity Association); PLAY by Drew Larimore; DIRECTED by Stephen Kitsakos


The Papers, a musical

book, music & lyrics by Rob Baumgartner, Jr. & Nathan Dame

A staged reading of a musical adaptation of Henry James’ novella The Aspern Papers. The story, originally set in Venice circa 1888, has shifted to contemporary Key West. The piece asks how we contend with the art and accomplishments of flawed people. How do we appreciate the achievements of heroes who may also be villains?

Rob Baumgartner, Jr. is a DC native and New York based composer/lyricist and musical director. His original musicals include: The Jungle (Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Roundabout Space Jam, Good Company Theatre), Adam Lives (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Baldwin Wallace First Takes, New York Theatre Barn, NAMT, Cap21),  Date of a Lifetime (Abingdon Theatre, NYMF, New Jersey Rep) Alone World (Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, West Village Musical Theatre Festival-winner of Best Score), What the Moon Saw (Cap21), Under Construction (NYU), The Hole (St. Clements ’09), Radiant Ruby (Vital Theatre  Company ’05) and Lullabies.

Nathan Dame is a playwright, composer, and screenwriter originally from Ogden, Utah, but is based in Brooklyn. He has had original plays and musicals developed by Roundabout Theatre Company, JAW Fest at Portland Center Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Bucks County Playhouse, The New Group, Barrow Street Theater, In Absentia Productions, Creede Repertory Theatre, and has been produced by The New Ensemble (with A.R.T. and Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston), Woodshed Collective, and New York Theatre Experiment.

sponsored by Jane Gardner Interiors

King Tide

written and directed by Michael Marrero

King Tide confronts a coastal community thrust into chaos when the government orders them to relocate due to climate change. Amidst the impending crisis, a couple becomes the embodiment of opposing viewpoints. The couples escalate into absurd and outrageous scenarios, painting a portrait of a community torn between nostalgia, resilience, and the desire to protect what they hold dear.

Michael Marrero is a Cuban-American artist, playwright, and filmmaker. His award winning short films Buzzcut and Riley Was Here have been showcased in over 100 festivals worldwide. He is the author of several original plays and including productions at Guild Hall Center (NY), Repetorio Español (NY), Teatro de Centre (Havana), and The Studios of Key West (FL). His original play, Locura, was part of a historical theatrical exchange between Cuba and the United States. Recently his project, Orisha: The Lost Saints, was awarded a prestigious Knight Foundation Grant and officially selected to be exhibited at the 2021 Havana Biannual.

sponsored by 7 Artists & Friends

Starring Brandon Beach and Elena Devers