Up next at The Road Theatre Company is “Under Construction 2,” live, in-person play readings October 22 – October 30.
What is UNDER CONSTRUCTION 2 you might ask?
Continuing the success of Under Construction 1, Carlyle King, Jessica Broutt, and Mackenna Goodrich went on a search for the playwrights for Under Construction 2021 (UC2). The pandemic came with one silver lining: instead of only looking at local playwrights, their virtual sessions allowed UC2 to go national!
Their mission was to find diverse and dynamic voices committed to working as a group on developing new works from the ground up; to come in with an idea and desire to refine their voice with actors and directors, all committed to the same goal of crafting a play. With more than 200 submissions from across the country, The Road Theatre Company is excited to introduce you to the playwrights of UC2.
“The UNDER CONSTRUCTION 2 plays are just that….still “under construction.” This is the result of the playwrights’ making a one-year commitment to write a play. These readings are the next stage in their development and we hope you can join us!”
Here is the lineup of new plays, coming to you LIVE on The Road Theatre Company’s Magnolia Stage.
Friday, October 22 @ 7:30PM PST
Playwright Jasmine Sharma
Director Mackenna Goodrich
It’s us against them and us against us and us be in isolation. Between hours spent on Tik Tok and Tumblr, college juniors demand accountability from the world and each other during the 2020 pandemic. Jasmine Sharma’s new play, “Cancelled/Cancel Me,” are two acts in conversation about care.
NIC – Xu Mason
ALLIE – Rae’l Ba
LEENA – Anjani Joshi
ISAIAH – Evan Macedo
Friday, October 29 @ 7:30PM PST
“Saint Vitus’ Dance”
Playwright Joshua Rebell
Directed by Taylor Nichols
Famous art historian, Gregory Collins, suffering from Huntington’s Disease, tracks down the only doctor in the world rumored to have found a cure – his former lover – who, disgraced from the medical profession, has vowed never to release her findings. Over the course of a long weekend, secrets from the past are revealed, old sparks are rekindled, and loyalties are put to the test….ultimately asking the question “What price are we willing to pay for more time to live?”
Saturday, October 30 @ 1 PM PST
Playwright India Kotis
Directed by Carlyle King
“BISEXUAL SADNESS” is about what it sounds like. Faye is getting married to a man, and though she really truly loves him, she wishes he was a woman. She’s not a closeted lesbian. She’s just sad that she’ll have to fight harder to be part of the queer communities she’s always found home in. “BISEXUAL SADNESS” is about the specific loneliness of being a bisexual woman in love with a man, while staring down the barrel of a lifetime of feeling that way. It takes the meme of the “Sad Bisexual” and treats it with curiosity and respect to interrogate questions of belonging, identity, cultural migrations and kinship. It poses the question: “why do so many people seem to find bisexual women so irritating?” and dares you, the audience, to answer.
Saturday October 30 @ 7:30 PM PST
“A home what howls (or the house what was ravine)”
Playwright Matthew Paul Olmos
Directed by Michael John Garces
After the Vargas family is displaced from their home, the parents try to live off the land, but the fear of the outside is like a never-ending nightmare. Meanwhile, their daughter attempts to fight their fight legally, against the gears of progress.
SOLEDAD – Natalie Camunas
MANUEL – Peter Mendoza
COYOTE/SYERA LOMA – Rose Portillo
STAGE DIRECTIONS – Michelle Gillette
The Road Theatre Company’s “Under Construction 2” in-person play readings.
October 22 – October 30.
The Road Theatre
NoHo Senior Arts Colony
10747 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Ticket prices are a suggested donation of $15. No donation is too small, but if you can’t afford to donate at this time we understand.