New Titles of the Month: October Edition

Dive into a captivating array of new titles spanning various themes and genres this October with us!

Journey back to the 1968 Tony Award®-winning Best Play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which presents an imaginative twist on two Shakespearean characters. Gain insights into the complex systemic challenges of the American jail system in Between the Bars, and enjoy humorous and educational “sex tips” to straight women from a gay man in Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. Then, embark on a holiday adventure to Hanoi, where family dynamics simmer beneath the surface in Christmas in Hanoi.

Explore these exciting additions to our collection!

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Winner of the 1968 Tony Award® for Best Play

The Story: Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

Leopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard

Winner of the 2023 Tony Award® for Best Play

The Story: Spanning fifty years and multiple generations, LEOPOLDSTADT follows a family’s reckoning with a past it cannot escape and a future it cannot control. A passionate drama of love and endurance beginning in the last days of 1899 through the heart of the twentieth century, Stoppard’s customary wit and beauty shines through the enduring spirit of a family tested to its most extreme limits.

I Ragazzi (“The Children”) by David Goldsmith & Madeleine Goldsmith-Garner

The Story: Camille is spending her year abroad from her American liberal arts college in a boarding house in Ferrara, Italy. There, in that most romantic of settings, she and her instant family of foreign exchange students from Spain, Germany, and of course, Italy, find love, sex, food, music, conflicting passions, shifting allegiances, and impetuous treachery in this dramatic comedy featuring an exclusive twenty-something ensemble of actors.

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man by Matt Murphy, based on the book of the same name (© 2008) by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman

The Story: When senior teaching fellow Robyn is a last-minute replacement moderator for a meet-the-author evening, she is surprised to find just how much the book Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man upends her life. With the help of the gay author himself, Dan, and a beautiful male assistant, Stefan, this interactive, outrageously funny show teaches Robyn and the audience a thing or two that might prove useful sooner than one may think.

Overheard: Fourteen Commissioned Monologues Written by TNB2S+ Artists for TNB2S+ Artists

by A.A. Brenner, Victor I. Cazares, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin, Isaac Gómez, Sam Hamashima, Bianca Leigh, Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Sylvan Oswald, travis l. tate, UGBA, Else Went, Liqing Xu, Sharifa Yasmin

The Story: For the grand finale of the inaugural Breaking the Binary Theatre Festival in October 2022, fourteen transgender, non-binary, and Two-Spirit+ (TNB2S+) playwrights were commissioned to create original monologues inspired by the prompt “overheard on a patio” to be performed by TNB2S+ performers in an evening co-conceived by L Morgan Lee and George Strus titled OVERHEARD. In this collection, fourteen monologues explore varied themes such as love, friendship, accessibility, the supernatural, the Virgin Mary, perseverance, nature, and more!

The story: Winnie Ganley and her family are traveling to Vietnam, her late mother’s birth country, during Christmas. Her Irish-American father is drinking too much, her Vietnamese grandfather is coming to believe his grandchildren are too assimilated, and her brother is seeing ghosts. As Winnie tries to uncover the real reason her father and grandfather have decided to make the trip, she—and the rest of her family—try to make peace with the past, with each other, and with themselves.

The Story: Ash (believe me, you do not want to call her “Ashley”) Miller’s dream is to catch the winning touchdown pass for the Westmont High Titans’ Homecoming game. Football is in her blood. In order to make the team, Ash will have to prove she is one of the guys, even if that means sacrificing her body for the love of the game.

Between the Bars by Lynn Clay Byrne

The Story: Within the confines of the Visit Room, emotionally charged meetings between incarcerated individuals and their visitors expose the reality of our American jail system. We observe how the impact of incarceration diminishes any chance of success for those who have served their time. Following five incarcerated individuals and their loved ones, this work brings to light critical systemic failures and questions who belongs on which side of the bars.

Fast Food by Tracy Wells

The Story: When you’re hungry for hilarity, but are short on time and tight on budget, where do you turn? Why, the one act play, Fast Food, of course! From crazy customers, to screwy staff, to hamburger horseplay, and of course the ever-broken shake machine, this vignette style collection of scenes will satisfy your craving for fast food fun while offering a simple set and an entirely flexible and expandable cast of 6-30+. Actors and audiences alike will say, “I’m lovin’ it!”



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