AmoralFEST to Feature Seven New Play Readings, 3/8 - 3/17

By: Mar. 07, 2014
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As part of the company's 8th season, downtown theatre company The Amoralists will present full-length readings of 7 new plays at "AmoralFEST 2014: Revengeance." The festival runs Saturday, March 8 - Monday, March 17, 2014, at Walkerspace (46 Walker Street, NY, NY 10013).

AmoralFEST is an annually curated series of public readings of full-length plays, portions of which The Amoralists have, over the course of the last season, read in AmoraLAB, the company's monthly(ish) experiment that hands their actors over to promising playwrights and their provocative new plays. The festival is curated by Amoralists Literary Manager Jay Stull and Literary Associate Nick Trotta. Each play fits into The Amoralists' goal of presenting work that is rollicking, rebellious and raw.

AmoralFEST readings are free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVPs are required and can be made at

Fat Cat Killers by Adam Szymkowicz, directed by Jay Stull, will be performed Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 4:00pm. After getting laid off, Michael and Steve decide to kidnap the CEO of the company that gave them the boot.

The Lucky Ladies by Dominic Finocchiaro, directed by Jeremy Duncan Pape, will be performed Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 8:00pm. The reading features Jennifer Fouche, Janette Johnston, Kat Murphy & Vanessa Vaché. Cindy, Dina, and Gina are contestants on America's longest-running and most beloved reality television dating show. However, when the camera crew stops showing up and their Prince Charming is suddenly nowhere to be found, the girls are forced to ask themselves: how long am I willing to wait for love? And just what am I willing to lose?

Nylon, by Sofia Alvarez and directed by Jess Chayes, will be performed Monday, March 10, 2014 at 2:00pm. The reading features Luke Forbes, Elena McGhee, Nick Lawson, Anna Stromberg & Kelley Swindall. An estranged couple, Anna and Matthew, meet for the first time in four years. Throughout the evening, their joint history is dredged to the surface in a way that threatens to damage their individual futures as well as those of everyone around them.

triple beam wet dream, by Ian Daniel and directed by Mia Rovegno, will be performed Monday, March 10, 2014 at 8:00pm and will feature Byron Anthony, Danielle Davenport, Nick Lawson, Clark Middleton, Cassandra Paras, Matthew Pilieci & Jordan Tisdale. Speed freaks. Hustlers. Star-fuckers. Down-and-outs. Everyone at the Jack in the Box on Sunset Boulevard is looking for a way out. A drug-dealing street shaman named Candy is convinced that she's got the fix that will set them free. But, what price are these Hollywood outcasts willing to pay to get their hands on the ultimate high? A play of hallucinations, booty grinds, and cheesy fries in the dark underbelly of the City of Angels.

Parabola, by Sarah DeLappe and directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz, will be performed Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4:00pm and will feature Penny Bittone, Judy Merrick & Haley Sullivan. Leta uncovers a conspiracy in the Coliseum. Dolly hitchhikes across the USA. Mediatrix fulfills a man-child's every bawdy and bodily need. Follow one woman, one man, and one inanimate object on a gonzo journey (in three parts) through gender roles and popular culture.

Death for Sydney Black, written by Leah Nanako Winkler and directed by Kip Fagan, will be performed Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Three women are trapped in a narrative that degrades them. A dark comedy about six teenage girls navigating the treacherous landscape of Northeast Valley High. When the new girl, Nancy, comes to town she must channel her entire self-worth into overthrowing the most popular girl at school: Sydney Black. As she takes this journey, led by her quirky Asian sidekick Jen, she discovers both the overt and covert girl-on-girl violence perpetrated throughout the school.

Between the Sandbar and the Shore, by Brian Otaño and directed by Jay Stull, will be performed Monday, March 17, 2014 at 8:00pm and will feature Byron Anthony, Reuben Barsky, Kim Gambino, Sarah Lemp, Emma Meltzer, Cassandra Paras, Jim Rees, Will Sarratt & Dale Soules. 1981. Jack and Linda return home to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn after a disastrous turn living as punks on Manhattan's Lower East Side. They find unlikely friends in Oscar and Gertie, their new neighbors. Life on the grid is sweet- the two couples botch renovations, burn dinner, play records, light bottle rockets, dub video cassettes, drink Budweiser, sneak joints on their back porches and raise their kids as best as they can. Some years later, a tragedy strikes on Dooley Street that forces the two young families to face down the pull of their addictions, the ghosts that plague their love nests and in the end, the fatal lengths two mothers will go to for the sake of protecting their young.

The Amoralists is a theatre company that produces work of no moral judgment. Dedicated to an honest expression of the American condition, the company explores complex characters of moral ambiguity, plumbing the depths of the social, political, spiritual and sexual characteristics of human nature.

The vision of The Amoralists has garnered critical acclaim. The New York Times said, "The Amoralists cements its reputation as the most promising, crowd-pleasing ensemble to emerge downtown." Time Our New York enthused, "Nobody else weds old-fashioned realist structure to working-class-hero lunacy quite this way," while Paper Magazine exclaimed, "Like good punk rock, the Amoralists come on strong; they're hard, fast and loud." Variety captured the spirit of the company best when it warned, "One of these days the Amoralists are going to get arrested."


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