New Titles of the Month: March Edition

Hot off the presses, these titles are ready for your production! Uncover the newest releases from Broadway Licensing Global and infuse your stage with a dash of enchantment. Don’t forget to explore our new Signature Acting Editions as well!

Rightlynd by Ike Holter

Rightlynd, the first play in Ike Holter’s seven-play saga, is set in the fictional 51st Ward of Chicago. Abandoned storefronts crumble and the L stopped running a long time ago. Using her street smarts and determined to honor her mother’s legacy, Nina Esposito runs for alderman on a righteous mission to save the place she and her people call home. She faces the extreme headwinds of cunning drug lords, greedy real estate conglomerates, and a vicious political machine; all fighting for control of the Windy City neighborhood. However, the greatest danger might be to Nina’s soul, as her crusade threatens to turn her into just another cynical city politician holding on to power.

Red Rex by Ike Holter

The sixth play in Ike Holter’s Rightlynd saga. Red Rex is a scrappy theater company that is on the brink—will they have the hit that puts their name on the map, or the wake-up call that it’s time to throw in the towel? A prodigal son actor and amateur neighborhood talent join the stage to perform a play that may or may not be based on a true story. Internal drama threatens to complicate the production further, causing fireworks both on and offstage. What else could go wrong? Complex and thought-provoking, RED REX asks us: What are we willing to sacrifice to share stories that must be heard, and where do we draw the line?

Sender by Ike Holter

The third play in the Rightlynd saga. It has been exactly one year and one day since Lynx went missing. For those who cared about him most, it was a year of anger, grief, and a begrudging acceptance of his disappearance. But when he suddenly comes back to town, his girlfriend and best friend are shocked to discover that they might just upend everything for a chance to start over. This stunningly frank, full-hearted dramedy asks us to confront the hard truths we run away from and shines a light on what adulthood really means: moving forward.

The Remains by Ken Urban

It’s just another dinner with the in-laws. Just another lasagna, another bottle of wine, maybe even some whiskey if the mood is right—or wrong. Kevin and Theo have been married for ten years, and they have decided its time to tell their nearest and dearest about their life-changing news. Balancing bitter and sweet with a deep sense of love, honesty, and irony, The Remains is a story of moving forward together yet apart, wherever the heart may take you.

Late Bus by B.D. Samuels

When school lets out, it’s normally a mad scramble to get out of there. But if any extracurriculars keep you on campus, and you don’t drive yourself to school, you have to take the late bus. In a series of interlocking scenes, we meet the kids who are waiting for the bus to take them home—spending time with friends old and new, drawing, playing music, gossiping, and falling in and out of love. The profundities and frivolities of being on the brink of adulthood are explored in turns of heart, angst, and a yearning for the future.

The Identity Project by Brent Holland

Dr. Egan has brought in seven test subjects in order to perform research on the concept if identity. Is our sense of self taught or is it part of who we are?

Special Acting Editions

The Effect by Lucy Prebble

Hearts racing. Minds reeling. Knees buckling. Connie and Tristan have palpable chemistry—or is it a side effect of a new antidepressant? They are volunteers in a clinical trial, but their sudden and illicit romance forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work. THE EFFECT takes on our pill-popping culture with humor and scintillating drama.

I am a Camera by John Van Druten, adapted from The Berlin Stories of Christopher Isherwood

In the words of the New York Herald-Tribune, the play “looks at life in a tawdry Berlin rooming house of 1930 with a stringently photographic eye. For the most part, it concerns itself with the mercurial and irresponsible moods of a girl called Sally Bowles. When we first meet her, she is a creature of extravagant attitudes, given to parading her vices, enormously confident that she is going to take life in her stride. She is fond of describing herself as an ‘extraordinary interesting person,’ and she is vaguely disturbing. As we get to know her, as we watch her make frightened arrangements for an illegal operation, seize at the tinseled escape offered by a rich and worthless American playboy, attempt to rehabilitate herself and fail ludicrously, we are more and more moved, more and more caught up in the complete and almost unbearable reality of this girl. [The author has] placed a character named Mr. Isherwood on the stage…He serves both as narrator and as principal confidant to Sally Bowles. He is the camera eye of the title, attracted to Sally, yet dispassionate about her.” Though Sally is the chief point of interest, the plight of the Jew in Germany in the early thirties is brought within focus in a few touching scenes.

The Comeuppance by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

When group of old classmates meet to pre-game their twentieth high school reunion, everyone is nervous for the night ahead. As alcohol and pot help the self-declared “Multi-Ethnic Reject Group,” let their guards down, they begin to reminisce about their teenage selves and reveal how their lives have unfolded since graduation. Did their friendships stand the test of time, or will they realize they don’t have as much in common as they thought they did? Brilliantly witty, theatrical, and moving, The Comeuppance focuses on millennials and their reckoning with the world they will soon inherit.

The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson

Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have literary masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without Henry Condell and John Heminges, we would have lost half of Shakespeare’s plays forever! After the death of their friend and mentor, the two actors are determined to compile the First Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They’ll just have to borrow, beg, and band together to get it done. Amidst the noise and color of Elizabethan London, THE BOOK OF WILL finds an unforgettable true story of love, loss, and laughter, and sheds new light on a man you may think you know.

The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson

Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold.

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Lauren Gunderson

In 1911, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the elements radium and polonium. By 1912, she was the object of ruthless gossip over an alleged affair with the married Frenchman Paul Langevin, all but erasing her achievements from public memory. Weakened and demoralized by the press lambasting her as a “foreign” Jewish temptress and a homewrecking traitor, Marie agrees to join her friend and colleague Hertha Ayrton, an electromechanical engineer and suffragette, at her summer home in England. THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE revels in the power of female friendship as it explores the relationship between these two brilliant women, both of whom are mothers, widows, and fearless champions of scientific inquiry.

Included in Broadway Book Club’s Women’s Voices Specialty Collection

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