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The Playhouse Black Box Series presents two new play readings this summer,
free and open to the community!

1000 MILES by Vanessa Garcia
July 31st & August 1st


General Admission – Free

A young woman, Solis, makes it to The City from 1000 Miles Across the Sea, in search of opportunity and family. She is about to be sent back home by The City's newly set immigration/refugee laws, when she finds work at a clock shop. The clock shop's owner, Peter, is the hipster son of immigrants (older wave of immigrants). He is both cautious and compassionate toward Solis, who he takes in and helps. But, Peter and his brother, Mark, hold secrets about their past, their parents, and The City's history that could very well affect the lives of everyone around them, including Solis, and the very fabric of their "homeland." At its center -- this play is about immigration, surveillance, and power -- who has it, who doesn't.

About the Playwright:
Vanessa Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist working as a novelist, playwright, and journalist. Her debut novel, White Light, was published in 2015, to critical acclaim. Named one of the Best Books of 2015 by NPR, Al Dia, Flavorwire, and numerous other publications and institutions, it also won an International Latino Book Award. Her plays have been produced in Edinburgh, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and other cities around the world. These include The Cuban Spring (a full-length Carbonell Award nominee for Best New Play, 2015) and The Crocodile’s Bite (a short included in numerous anthologies such as Smith & Kraus’ Best Ten Minute Plays of 2016; the City Theatre Anthology 2015; and the Writer’s Digest Annual Award Anthology, 2015).  As a journalist, feature writer, and essayist, her pieces have appeared in The LA TimesThe Miami HeraldThe Guardian, The Washington Post, and The Southern Humanities Review, among numerous other publications. She’s also a Huffington Post blogger.  She holds a PhD from the University of California Irvine in English (with a focus in Creative Nonfiction), an MFA from the University of Miami (in fiction), and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University (English and Art History). 


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LACTOSE by Bob Lind
August 21st & 22nd


General Admission - Free

Documentary journalist Allyson Lamont, known for asking her subjects probing personal questions, finds the tables turning when she takes on libertine poet David Bridge. Her interviews with him force her to go to places inside herself she would rather avoid. Before it's over, she will confront her deepest-held beliefs about sex, love and honesty -- and whether they have anything whatsoever to do with one another.

About the Playwright:
Singer/songwriter, poet, novelist and playwright Bob Lind helped shape and define the 1960s Folk Rock movement. His lyrics have been taught in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, and translated into nine languages. His songs, including the Top-5 hit "Elusive Butterfly," have been covered by more than 200 major artists including Aretha Franklin, Glen Campbell, Eric Clapton, Cher, The Four Tops, Petula Clark, Richie Havens, Marianne Faithfull, Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton, Johnny Mathis, Florence Henderson and Nancy Sinatra. His short stories have been published in respected literary publications. His poetry has appeared in Poet’s Haven. His poem, "Watching My Girlfriend and her Coworkers Bowling for Charity," was published in THE IODINE POETRY JOURNAL (15th Anniversary Edition). His film script REFUGE won The 1991 Florida Screenwriters Competition. His play "The Sculptors" won the Southern California Motion Picture Council's Bronze Halo Award. His short play “A Good Night” was a finalist in the 2010 National 10-Minute Play Contest. He wrote the critically acclaimed novel EAST OF THE HOLYLAND. In July, 2014, his play LACTOSE was presented as a staged reading at Miami’s GableStage Theatre. In 2013, Bob joined Dan Fogelberg, John Denver and other music legends, being inducted into THE COLORADO MUSIC HALL OF FAME along with Judy Collins.


2017/2018 SEASON

Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan
October 26th – November 5th
General Admission - $23

When Jeff, a luckless young security guard, is drawn into a local murder investigation, loyalties are strained to the breaking point. As Jeff's tightly wound supervisor is called to bear witness against his troubled brother, and an attractive rookie cop finds she must stand up to her seasoned partner, truth becomes elusive and justice proves costly.


Bachelorette by Leslye Headland
February 1st – February 11th
General Admission - $23

Ten years out of high school, Regan, Gena and Katie convene in the luxurious bridal suite of their old friend, Becky, the night before her wedding in New York City. Fueled by jealousy and resentment, the girls embark on a night of debauchery that goes from playfully wasted to devastatingly destructive. Their old fears, unfulfilled desires and deep bonds with each other transform a prenuptial bender into a night they'll never forget. A wicked black comedy about female friendship and growing up in an age of excess.

Bent by Martin Sherman
April 26th – May 6th
General Admission - $23

Bent revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives. The title of the play refers to the slang word "bent" used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals. When the play was first performed, there was only a trickle of historical research or even awareness about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. The play Bent highlights the reason why - a largely ignored German law, Paragraph 175, making homosexuality a criminal offense, which Hitler reactivated and strengthened during his rise to power. 


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