READY STEADY YETI GO and REYKJAVIK Continue Rolling Premieres
National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, announces two Rolling World Premiere (RWP) productions opening in the next week:
Ready Steady Yeti Go by David Jacobi will continue its Roll beginning February 8th at Stageworks Theatre (Tampa, FL; through February 24, 2019). The play was previously presented by Azuka Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) and will wrap up at Rogue Machine Theatre (Los Angeles, CA). Ready Steady Yeti Go was presented at the 2017 National Showcase of New Plays and is NNPN's 76th Rolling World Premiere.
Reykjavík by Steve Yockey opens Monday, February 11 at Rorschach Theatre (Washington, D.C.; through March 3, 2019) following its first run at Actor's Express (Atlanta, GA). The Roll will continue at Kitchen Dog Theater (June 6-30, 2019 in Dallas) and conclude at Southern Rep (October 2-20, 2019 in New Orleans).
An NNPN Rolling World Premiere (RWP) models a process for developing and producing new plays that results in stronger work overall and the momentum needed for a play to join the repertoire of frequently produced new American works. Each Rolling World Premiere connects three or more NNPN Member Theaters that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period, allowing the playwright to develop the work with a new creative team in each theater's community. To date, NNPN has championed RWPs with over one million dollars in financial support. Alumni plays have received hundreds of subsequent productions, recognition in markets across the world, been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, won Steinberg/ATCA, Stavis, PEN and Blackburn awards, and been adapted into feature films.
ABOUT READY STEADY YETI GO
In the aftermath of a hate crime, Junior High pariah Goon befriends one of the victims, Carly, the only black girl in school. While the town plans a rally "to destroy racism forever," a youthful romance blossoms and the two must navigate the pitfalls of falling in love while dealing with the town's prying eyes, especially those of Wikipedia Jones, the crime-solving son of the Chief of Police. Passive-aggressive antics, bad parental advice, and ill-informed gestures of kindness create a "White Guilt Perfect Storm" that threatens to make the course of true love a rocky road indeed.
Reykjavík is a series of interconnected vignettes featuring tourists mixing with the (sometimes supernatural) Icelandic locals. We eavesdrop on the private lives of lovers, hospitality workers, party goers, and even a really handsome bird or two. This play is a glimpse into a magical, dark, and sometimes violent world where everyone is still hoping to find love and joy beneath the glow of the Northern Lights.