The Landing Theatre Company opens the
2016-17 season with THE REDEMPTION SERIES –12 original short plays in response
to crisis in America.
The Landing Theatre Company (LTC), Houston’s professional company
dedicated to advancing American Playwriting, opens their 2016-17 season with
THE REDEMPTION SERIES: 12 original short plays in response to crisis in
America. In the wake of national tragedies such as the massacre at PULSE Night
Club in Orlando, FL and the continuing fatal police shootings, LTC put out a national
call for new plays that explore how we come together and move forward in times
of crisis. Featuring plays from notable writers from around the country, we
seek to find answers to these questions through laughter, tears, and community.
SUMMER STORM, by Jaisey Bates
directed by Melanie Burke
Two spoken word poem plays: “’before the worst shooting in u.s.
history,’ they were dancing” and “I
had a dream but now I’m woke” about the shooting at PULSE Nightclub and the
killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille.
CRAM SCHOOL SNOW DAY, by Reina Hardy
directed by Rob Kimbro
Phones no longer have internet, the Great
Republic has just acquired a sniper corps, and five cram school teachers are
stuck at school on a Saturday snow day. No children have arrived. Suddenly chanting
and the sounds of gunfire spill in from the streets outside.
STOP FRISK, by Rich Rubin
directed by Cheramie Hopper
A White cop stops a Black man on his way
to visit a friend. After pinning him to the ground and taking his ID, the
officer realizes that this was the high school football star he revered 20
GYM CLASS HEROES, by Dillon Rouse
directed by Mara McGhee
How hard would you work for a second
chance? Marv, Ray, Lilly, and Harry push themselves past the limit at a Mixed
Martial Arts gym – each with a past and literally fighting for a better future.
DOLPHINS AND SHARKS, by James Tyler
directed by Vicky Comesanas
When new printers and computers keep
appearing and the cost of printing keeps going up, Yusef and Isabel, who are
making just over minimum wage at the Harlem print shop, debate whether or not
to confront their manager about getting the raise they were promised upon hire
– but at the risk of losing their jobs altogether, is it worth it?
NORTH BEND, by Ariene Jaffe
directed by Lauren Hance
A mother packing boxes of non-perishable
foods and wrapped cash explains to her son their plans to move away to North Bend,
WA – off the grid and back to basics. Meanwhile her son, who suffers from
paranoid personality disorder, keeps rambling about enemies lurking and arms
himself to eradicate them. The question is: is he warning his mother about them
or the voices in his head about his mother?
CREATURES OF HABIT, by Blaise Miller
directed by Sophia Watt
Have you noticed how slated our news
media has become since it’s been “twitter-ized?” Can an entire story be told in
140 characters? If not, what information is “hot” enough to include – and more
importantly, what critical information is left out?
BULL, by Peter Snoad
directed by Clara Goodwin
Two cops guard the statue of the iconic
Wall Street Bull – one loves it; one plots to destroy it. Faced with the
existential crisis of finding control over one’s own life, the cops struggle to
grasp how to live in a world with so much “bull” crushing their American Dream.
THE BETROTHAL, by Germaine Shames
directed by Rebecca Bernstein
While searching through
the rubble of a recently demolished home, an abandoned Syrian girl and a rookie
American journalist discover an imaginary world beyond conflict and
TWO BROKEN HEADLIGHTS, by Elliot Kreloff
directed by Jonathan Gonzales
Two Black cops pull over a White couple
for a broken taillight. Now switch. Two White cops pull over a Black couple for
a broken taillight. Four actors, two cars, one scenario – go!
DALLAS/LOVE THE BOMB, by Josh Inocéncio
directed by Erika Watson
Five White police officers have been shot. A Black army
veteran is hiding in an office building, wielding a sniper rifle. A robot sent
to find the killer approaches, male-like with a white
painted face. Knowing it was sent by the Dallas PD and knowing he won’t make it
out alive, he is forced to confront, in his final moments, what he’s really
DANCE AGAIN, by Emilio Rodriguez
directed by Stephen M. Miranda
A Brief Choreopoem for the Brown Boys in
Pay-what-you-can! ($25 suggested)
The Landing Theatre @ the Docks
1119 Providence Street
Houston, TX 77002
Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30p
September 22 – October 1, 2016
TALKBACK THURSDAYS: September 22 and 29 – a feature of all
LTC shows. A chance to meet the artists,
discuss the production and interact with us.
The Landing Theatre Company is
currently holding auditions for their upcoming season productions: This is Modern Art, Small Jokes About
Monsters, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, and In Darfur. All audition dates and show information can be found
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