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The Deluxe Theater
Scriptwriters/Houston is proud to present its 27th Annual 10 X 10 Festival of original ten minute plays. Ten plays, ten different themes, ten different casts, approximately ten minutes each. The plays are by playwrights from the Houston vicinity, produced with the assistance of local directors and actors.
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Crooked by Catherine Trieschmann in Broadway CROOKED BY CATHERINE TRIESCHMANN
Firecracker Productions
Fourteen year old Laney arrives in Oxford, Mississippi with a twisted back, a mother in crisis and a burning desire to be writer. When she befriends Maribel Purdy, a fervent believer in the power of Jesus Christ to save her from the humiliations of high school, Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother's secular worldview and threatens to tear their fragile relationship apart. Thursday performances benefit Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance and Covenant House. "The work of a big accomplished writer's voice...a gem of a discovery." - The New York Times "Gorgeous almost beyond belief." - The London Times "This is a wonderfully neat play, at once simple and complex, grappling with big issues - matters of faith, fantasy and the flesh - while keeping its sneakers firmly planted on the suburban topsoil of adolescent angst and domestic frictions." - The Daily Telegraph Crooked was first performed in a workshop production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2004 and premiered Off-Broadway at The Women’s Project in New York City in April 2008.
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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot in Broadway THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
Gravity Players
From the artists who brought you Guirgis' hysterical, riveting The Motherf@*ker with the Hat known as 2016's "Most Daring Play of the Year" comes this Equity MPC Showcase: What has become of Jesus’ most notorious follower? In this dark comedy, time and space bend in a provocatively poignant quest to decide Judas' fate. Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, an uproarious cast of characters from Heaven and Hell swarm the stage to determine whether he has any grounds for redemption. This compassionate second look at Christian ideology offers urban street poetry, side-splitting laughs, and ambitious debate. "Stephen Adly Guirgis has written a real jaw-dropper…expressionistic fantasy…raw language and flamboyantly street-savvy characters…his imagination is dazzling and his command of language downright thrilling." —Variety "An extraordinary play…not since Angels in America have I seen a play so unafraid to acknowledge the power of the spirit…" —The Guardian (UK).
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Life X 3 in Broadway LIFE X 3
Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.
From the award-winning playwright of Art and God of Carnage comes a witty and acerbic view of how the simplest and most random of events can change the outcomes in life. Henry and Sonia are planning a dinner party for Henry’s influential co-worker Hubert and his wife Inez. When the dinner guests arrive on the wrong night, Henry and Sonia are forced to receive them with no warning, no food, and an unpredictable six-year-old who won’t go to sleep. Henry has just one shot at getting Hubert to recommend his longed-for promotion. Or might he have two; or even three?
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Noises Off in Broadway NOISES OFF
Stageworks Theatre
Directed by Sean Thompson ? Written by English playwright Michael Frayne, Noises Off is called the funniest farce ever written and presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a theatre flop called "Nothing's On." On and offstage intrigue and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classical comedy. ? "The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium." - The New York Times "Bumper car brilliance [...] If laughter is indeed the best medicine, Noises Off is worth its weight in Cipro." - New York Daily News
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