conceived, developed, and written by Janet Bentley and Bruce Jones
The Empathy Project (Working Title) is an experimental, science fiction play set in Manhattan and Queens in the not so distant future that speculates on how society might devolve into a world where empathy is bred out of people by the negative physical and psychological effects of increasingly advanced Virtual Reality experiences. In this world, a heavily enforced caste system exists and it is feared (and eventually proven) that no more babies can be conceived and brought to term. However, in this barren and fractured society, it is in the poorest and most oppressed community that we find our one chance at salvation: a powerful, queer, intersex, empath born of an ancient line of African folk healers is pregnant.
directed by Janet Bentley Featuring Bruce Jones sound, video, and original music by The Roly Polys costume design by Janet Mervin
THE RITES OF WINTER by Joseph G. Bentley Development Readings
Two celebrated university professors celebrate their famously happy marriage with the application of their polyamorous vision of love. The concept of "open marriage" is examined with fascinating intellectual as well as emotional insight in this uncommon and revolutionary romantic comedy. Readings will feature Amanda Ladd* as Anna Sorenson. Dates and location: To Be Announced.
OUR FIRST STAGED READING! Two One-Acts by David A. Gill: FAULT LINES and CALIFORNIA SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 at The Gene Frankel Theatre
Fault Lines - Randall Rodriguez, Kim Reinle, and Ian Campbell Dunn
CALIFORNIA - Nancy Wolfe & Marie Elena O'Brien
A Casual Reading of
by David A. Gill directed by Janet Bentley
Stranded in the Providence, Rhode Island bus station by a benevolent act of sabotage, a group of misfit travelers find themselves in the wrong place at the right time. Through their confrontations, secrets are revealed, discoveries made, and destinations altered forever. Providence takes a compassionate yet wildly funny look at love, guilt, betrayal, nonsense, and finding your nature, and teaches us that Salvation isn't a place you can arrive by bus.
Featuring Brian Dougherty*, Josh Davis*, Ivette Dumeng, James Georgiades*, Sean Hoagland*, Max Meyers, Marie Eléna O’Brien*, and Tim Torre* Stage Directions by Dan Burns MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20th at 7pm 149 Madison Ave., 11th Floor - Closed Reading To inquire, email ProvidenceThePlay@gmail.com