Let Me Count The Ways: A Sexpionage Play On The Birth Of Modern Pornography
95 mins: 5M or W, 1W
Inspired by the true story of the first modern pornographic publication, Let Me Count The Ways follows a battle between the libertine poet Pietro Aretino and the pious bishop Gian Matteo Giberti over the mind, loins, and soul of Clement VII, the first post-Reformation pope. Also caught in the struggle between Aretino and Giberti is the fate of 16 sexually explicit prints (entitled ‘The Ways’) that will forever transform the history of print media.
-  Reading at New York Theatre Workshop, New York, NY, director May Adrales
-  Reading at Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA, director Laurie Woolery
-  Reading at La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, CA, director Christopher Ashley
150 mins: 2W, 2M, Chorus of many (M & W)
A former British colony cobbled by a strongman into a fragile kingdom. Massive, unexploited oil reserves waiting to be tapped. Into this explosive situation step two sisters, one of whom will be the first queen this divided nation has ever had. But which sister? The younger one, Ora, returned home right after graduating from Princeton hoping to forge a modern, democratic nation that will lift her people out of poverty. The older sister, Nasia, never had any interest in ruling. Until she returns home for her father’s funeral with a fiancé who’s an American post-doc in development economics. A fiancé who convinces Nasia she can exploit her connections with American business interests to more quickly and efficiently modernize her homeland. But what will the idealistic Ora say about her sister’s very pragmatic plans? And can this kingdom survive the conflict that arises between the two sisters? Slake explores how family dynamics can forever alter the history of a nation, and asks just how much the ends justify the means when the fate of millions is at stake.
-  Workshop at Groundswell Playwrights Conference, Austin, TX, director KJ Sanchez
80 mins: 2W, 1M
The aftermath of a brutal dictatorship. Margot hires a homeless stranger to tell a lie. To tell a mother her son (abducted by the dictatorship and given to another family) is now dead. But when the stranger comes face to face with the mother, he can’t bring himself to tell the lie, and the mother’s convinced he can help find her son. The mother insists the stranger live with her while they search. But what will Margot do when she finds out the stranger hasn’t kept his word?
-  Reading at Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, CA, director Ryan Purcell
-  Workshop at Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, CA, director Susannah Martin
-  Workshop at The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN, director Hayley Finn, dramaturg Cory Hinkle
-  Chosen for 50 Playwrights Project’s Best Unproduced Latin@ Plays list
-  Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival
In The Event Of Capture
by Rebecca Stevens and Martín Zimmerman
100 mins: 5W, 2M
Fifteen year-old Hannah Clark’s world has just been pulled out from under her. When her parents, Pam and Vince, are detained by the FBI, Hannah discovers that, beneath the veneer of her typical suburban life, her parents are really Russian spies. Making Hannah’s discovery all the more astonishing is the fact that she never even knew her parents were foreigners. And now Hannah has to figure out what of her idyllic childhood—the perfect Azalea garden, the Saturday morning soccer games, the warm, devoted parents—was a carefully choreographed illusion, and what was actually real.