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Readings Past
Eugenically Speaking
by Edward Goodman

Una Braithewaite, daughter of a railcar magnate and convinced of
her superiority, independence, and the privileges they afford,
has a plan to live up to her ideals by marrying below her station.
Driven to flout social conventions and follow her "natural" inclinations,
she brings George Coxey, a conductor from her father's own line, to come to her home.
There, she proposes, to both men at the same time, that she and the George join in matrimony.
But the conductor has a secret that foils her plans,
and leads to a surprising challenge to the status quo.

With a post-show talk by Dr. Kim Miller
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at
The University of the Cumberlands

Aired 9/19/20

Directed by John Long

Bob Mackasek ~ Tammy McNeill ~ Eric Williams

backgrounds by Medusa Studio

by Pendleton King

Erin Beirnard and James Ross

Nora and Joe have hit bottom. 
A failing prostitute and a washed-up prize fighter, living in a one-room attic off The Bowery,
they are hopelessly in love.  They are also out of money, food, and the "stuff" they're addicted to. 
The landlady offers Joe a temporary way out; Nora has another, more permanent proposal.

with post-show discussion
led by Jeffery Kennedy, PhD
Professor of Arts and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University
and author of the forthcoming
Staging America: The Artistic Legacy of the Provincetown Players

Aired 9/12/20

Directed by Michael Hardart

Erin Beirnard ~ James Ross

Settings by Vincent Gunn

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Dramaturgy by Jon Lonoff:


Four performances, pre-recorded, from the
Alphabet City Series of East Village Oral Histories
August 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2020


The Fabulous LuLu LoLo as
Lucille Consorti, owner Veteran Pipe Covering
Karl O'Brian Williams as
Hilly Kristal, the creator of famed rock club CBGB's


Alex Roe as
Motorcycle Repairman
Hugh Mackie


Cate Weinberg as
Guitar Doctor, Richie Baxt


 Jared Houseman as
Essex Street Market butcher
Jeffrey Ruhalter

In the Season
by Langdon Mitchell

Young love in old London is too delicate to last.
A surprisingly modern play from just before the Modern era, featuring tender hearts, missed opportunities, misunderstandings, and just a glimmer of hope.

Aired 8/1/20

Directed by Alex Roe

Tess Frazer

Timothy C. Goodwin
Benjamin Russell

Settings by Pamela Lawton

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Dramaturgy by Jon Lonoff:

The Smoking Car
by William Dean Howells

Mr. Roberts is entrusted with a priceless package
by a stranger on his train: her infant child.
She is particularly anxious, and her tale is not particularly
convincing, but he's barely paying attention.
What could possibly go wrong.

Aired 7/25/20

Directed by John Long

Howard Pinhasik
Marlaina Powell
Jen Reddish
Hannah Sharafian
Blaine Smith
Settings by Martha O'Connell

with post-show discussion
led by Andrew Ball, PhD

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Dramaturgy by Jon Lonoff:

by Susan Glaspell

Michele LaRue

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"The People" may be on their last legs.
The alternative, radical journal of news, arts, and letters faces declining readership, dwindling funding, and a depressed editor, whose enthusiasm for the people is waning as fast as "The People's" resources.  Confronting a devoted but leery staff--themselves idealistic and cynical at the same time--he is ready to throw in the towel.  But when everyday readers from across the country show up in the office, perhaps The People can rise to the challenge.

A paean to the valiant effort to reach across our physical and cultural divides to connect and inspire the solitary is as  energizing and hopeful as it was 100 years ago--maybe only moreso.

Aired 7/18/20

Directed by Alex Roe

Craig Anthony Bannister, Adam Bradley, Quinlan Corbett,
Erinn Holmes, Teresa Kelsey, Jon Lonoff, Tod Mason,
Beethovan Oden, Madelynn Poulson, Jack Sochet, Diane Tyler, and Terrell Wheeler

Backgrounds by Danny Licul
Music by Michael Kosch
Video Operator  Rachael Langton

with post-show discussion
led by Cheryl Black, PhD

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Dramaturgy by Jon Lonoff:

by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

AppleBlossomsMichèle LaRue

Popular storyteller Michèle LaRue
"returns" to Metropolitan with one of her signature
Tales Well Told.

In "The Apple Tree," the rigorous principles of the
disciplined homekeeper Sarah Blake are
pitted against the outright indolence
of her shiftless neighbors across the road.
But who keeps a happier home
is best measured by the life that flourishes under their care.

with post-show discussion led by
Louise Heller

Aired 7/11/20
East Side Stories:
Inside Edition

The 15th Celebration of the Life and Lore of the
Lower East Side
New plays inspired by the neighborhood we still call home

Part One: Arrival
Aired 6/26/20

by Palmoa Sierra
Jorgé Luis Berrios and Yazmín Morales Vicente
directed by Gloria Zelaya

Fulltime Active
by William Jess Russell
Ako, Michael Basile, Randy Cordero, and Suzanne Toren
directed by Mark Harborth

Part Two: Evolution
Aired 6/27/20
by Robin Rothstein
directed by John Long
Maxwell Bartell, Alia Shakira, and Kim Yancey-Moore
backgrounds by Danny Licul

East Village Trader Joe's
by Jessica Moss
directed by Rachael Langton
Ollie Cochado, Lianne Kressin, Jammie Patton,
Sushma Saha, and Perri Yaniv
backgrounds by Randy Wong-Westbrooke


by Eugene O'Neill

 Nat Bartlett is ready to give up on his father, grounded sea captain Isaiah, who cannot give up his fixation on a treasure lost years ago in the South Pacific.  Convinced the "treasure" was worthless, if it existed at all, and that it will surely never be found, he calls in a psychiatrist to justify committing the old man. But when his sister discovers the plan, and his father confronts him over his disbelief, the colliding forces of devotion, doubt, and obsession shock these helpless mortals into a whole new realm.

Like many of his early works, this 1918 play heralds O'Neill's later themes and craft.

Directed by Frank Kuhn

Joe Candelora, Michael Hardart,
John Ingle, Dena Miller, Julie Pham,
with additional characters painted by artist
Pamela Lawton
and backgrounds by artist Danny Licul

with post-show talk by
Alexander Pettit
Editor of the Eugene O'Neill Review
Professor of English
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Affiliated Faculty in Women's and Gender Studies
University of North Texas

Aired 6/20/20

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by Willis Richardson

  Jane Lee has compromised with her white neighbor, Ben Carter, again and again.  When he accidentally shot her eldest son, she accepted the deal her husband made to compensate. When her husband drank himself to death with the money, she swallowed her resentment. When her second son set out to take revenge, she equivocated with him.
And now her daughter is pregnant by that same neighbor's son. 
And she is still willing to strike a bargain to get her children to a better place.
But it wouldn't take much to convince her she's compromised enough.

Directed by Timothy Johnson
  Anthony T. Goss
~ Linda Kuriloff, Al-nisa Petty
Lily Santiago, and George Sheffey

with post-show talk by
Rashida Z. Shaw McMahon
Associate Professor of English
Associate Professor of African American Studies
Wesleyan University

Aired 6/13/20

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dramaturgy by Jon Lonoff:
a ferocious comedy by
Alice Gerstenberg

The Poinciana

The lioness does the hunting in the pride, and the longer she lives, the fiercer she becomes.

Mrs. Payne-Dexter rules the veldt.
Mrs. Dorchester is a deferential, if muddled soldier;
Mrs. Blanchard roams afar, but within the rule;
and Mrs. Courtney-Page is the fearsome  queen of the coming generation.
The claws are always sharp  when these widows and divorcees meet,
but this afternoon at the Royal Poinciana Hotel (Palm Beach),
one reveals a broken heart  and a tender hope she's cherished for decades.

The instinct of these ready predators is keen...
and acting on it, they discover the secret to staying ever young.

Directed by Alex Roe
Rosina Fernhoff ~ Sidney Fortner

Wendy Merritt
~ Kim Yancey-Moore

Backgrounds by Pamela Lawton

Aired 6/6/20

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by Jon Lonoff

by Neith Boyce

Dodge, Reed, Boyce
Rex literally knocks at the window of Moira, a lover he jilted months before. Hoping to fan the passionate flames of their affair back to a blaze, he's once again ready for anything--anything but to be seen for what he actually is.
The story of a woman who has learned bitter lessons from heartbreak, and is ready to give a little instruction of her own to a man who once had her heart, and now has her understanding.

Inspired by a real rendez-vous between
Mabel Dodge and John Reed.

with post-show conversation led by
J. Ellen Gainor
Professor of Performing and Media Arts
at Cornell University

Aired 5/30/20

Directed by Laura Livingston

Elisabeth Ahrens and Paul Bomba

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Dramaturgy by Jon Lonoff
by Alice Gerstenberg

Prosperous and prolific playwright, Mr. Sud--an inveterate hack--offers to let a hopeful neophyte, young Wouldby, attend a first read and rehearsal of his new play. 
Mr. Inkwell pursues a desperate and dishonorable plot to sully Miss Ivory, cheat her father of a fortune,
and break her promises to the upright Mr. Ruler. 
But what of Mrs. Pencil, his former lover?
The plot thickens, Sud editorializes throughout,
and the actors strain to make something of the nonsense.
Then someone finds the revolvers.

Another day in the theater.

with post-show conversation led by
Dorothy Chansky, PhD
Professor of Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism
at Texas Tech University

Aired 5/23/20

Directed by Alex Roe

Mike Durkin ~ SJ Hannah ~ David Murray Jaffe

Olivia Killingsworth ~ Jen Reddish ~ Jay Romero
Tom Staggs

Backgrounds by Vincent Gunn
Video Ops by Rachael Langton

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Dramaturgy by Jon Lonoff

by Susan Glaspell

Henrietta and Stephen were happily married, until Henrietta discovered psychoanalysis.  Now no stone 
-- dream, utterance, look, shrug --
will be left unturned on the quest for its hidden meaning.
But when sister Mabel, visiting them for a spell,
catches the disease herself, the couple are in a fight for their
wedded life.

A comedy of close quarters with two much time on our hands.

with post-show conversation led by
J. Ellen Gainor
Professor of Performing and Media Arts
at Cornell University

Aired 5/16/20

directed by Michael Hardart

Sarah Hankins ~ Lian Marie Holms ~ John Long
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Dramaturgy by Jon Lonoff

by William Dean Howells

Miss Galbraith and Mr. Richards, recently separated lovers find themselves confined to the same compartment of a railway car on the way to Albany.   Mortifying though it may be, it is also a chance to look a little more closely at the reason for their spat.
And when the car is de-coupled from its train, stranded on the lonesome track ...well, who knows what may happen.

with post-show conversation with
Polly Howells

Aired 5/9/20

directed by Alex Roe

Melody Bates ~ Jed Peterson ~ Stu Richel

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by Alice Gerstenberg

A society grand dame, her eligible daughter, and their unflappable butler prepare for a dinner for fourteen.  But when one guest cancels, leaving a table of unlucky thirteen, the game is afoot!  A comedy of extreme disproportion.

directed by Laura Livingtson

Becca Ballenger ~ Brenda Crawley ~ Andrew Firda

backgrounds by Vincent Gunn

Criss Cross
by Rachel Crothers

A steel-tempered writer is asked to give her consent to the marriage of her ward to an artist of great promise and passion, but middling accomplishment and drive.  All she must consider is the true weight of her own love.

directed by Alex Roe

Erica Knight ~ Trevor St. John Gilbert ~ Erin Leigh Schmoyer

Aired 5/2/20
by Bronson Howard

love letter

The time for burning old letters has come for a young widow,
yearning to put her past behind her.
But what if one of them came to life?
A tender and loving tribute to second chances
by the author of The Henrietta (Metropolitan Playhouse, 2013)

Aired 4/25/20
directed by Alex Roe

Eric Emil Oleson ~ Meredith Sweeney
by Alice Gerstenberg
Unquestionably the author's most famous play.
Two women, one married to a wealthy man of affairs
the other to a struggling painter,
meet for tea.
If only they'd left their alter-egos at home.

Aired 4/18/20

directed by Alex Roe

Amanda Jones ~Tyler Kent
Clara Kundin ~ Kendall Rileigh

by Alice Gerstenberg

A game of social distance, 1917 style.

It's a gamble for one of four card players,
seeking to be accepted into her small town's impenetrable Society, where the stakes are far higher than the wagers.
To win at hearts, you must give yours away....
or capture everyone else's.

Aired 4/11/20

directed by Alex Roe

Elisabeth Ahrens ~ Regina Gibson
Marie Louise ~ Alexandra O'Daly

hosted by Benjamin Russell
The Rope
by Eugene O'Neill
Abraham Bentley is a miserly farmer
whose son and son-in-law are set
on getting revenge for his ill treatment of them
and getting his fortune...if he really has one.
The only witness is a perfectly guileless 10 year old girl.

Aired 4/4/20

directed by Alex Roe

Noelia Burket ~ Talia Cuomo
 Jamahl Garrison Lowe ~ Marty McDonough ~ David Logan Rankin

He Said and She Said
by Alice Gerstenberg

Alice Gerstenberg

Set against the backdrop of the Great War, when a loyal husband and wife hear insinuations that their dearest unmarried friend has turned her sights from her young man overseas and is now set on breaking up their happy home, friendships foreign and domestic are strained to the breaking point.

Aired 3/28/30

directed by Alex Roe
Erin Beirnard ~ Kelly Dean Coopeer
Teresa Kelsey ~ Alyssa Simon