May
21
Jun 28

Bloodworks 2008

Wednesday 5/21 – 7pm
NODDING OFF by Emily Chadick Weiss
directed by R.J. Tolan

Tuesday 5/27 – 7pm
GUIDANCE by Daria Polatin
directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
*reading on the 6th floor of EST – 549 W. 52nd Street*

Saturday 5/31 – 3pm
ALMOST STUCK by Steven Levenson
directed by Evan Cabnet

Saturday 5/31 – 7pm
EASYBAKE by Lucy Alibar
directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni

Wednesday 6/4 – 7pm
PRINCES OF WACO by Robert Askins
directed by Dylan McCullough

Tuesday 6/10 – 7pm
THUS HAVE I HEARD: TALES OF THE LAST BODHISATTVA
by Jesse Cameron Alick
directed by Andrew Russell

Wednesday 6/11 – 7pm
BRIDGES AND BOUNDARIES by Courtney Brooke Lauria
directed by Jordan Young

Saturday 6/14 – 3pm
THE GATED COMMUNITY OF ANHEDONIA FINDS JOY by Michael Sendrow
directed by R.J. Tolan

Saturday 6/14 – 7pm
A FINE LINE by Delaney Britt Brewer
directed by Jordan Young

Tuesday 6/17 – 7pm
THE SILENCE NEXT DOOR by Jihan Crowther
directed by Dominic D’Andrea

Wednesday 6/18 – 7pm
PLAN Z by Justin Deabler
directed by Giovanna Sardelli

Wednesday 6/25 – 7pm
NEANDERTHAL LOVE by Michael Lew

Saturday 6/28 – 7pm
HEARING THINGS a new musical by Matt Schatz
directed by Carlos Armesto

Featuring Polly ADAMS, Leslie AYVASIAN, Jeremy BECK, Jeff BIEHL, Bill BOWERS, Steve BOYER, Geneva CARR, Chris CERASO, Cindy CHEUNG, Michael CRANE, Michael Cyril CREIGHTON, Lucy DEVITO, Jenny GREER, Kristin GRIFFITH, Chad HOEPPNER, Lian-Maria HOLMES, David HURWITZ, Haskell KING, Courtney LAURIA, Norman LEE, Adam MacLEAN, Meg McQUILLAN, Anne O’SULLIVAN, Maya PARRA, John PIRIE, Shawn RANDALL, James REBHORN, Monica RAYMUND, Debargo SANYAL, Ted SCHNEIDER, Heidi SCHRECK, Grant SHAUD, Howard SHERMAN, Victor SLEZAK, Liam TORRES, Candice THOMPSON, Colleen WERTHMAN, Audrey Lynn WESTON

May
4
1:00 pm13:00

The Summer Brunch

We don’t know about you, but Youngblood is ready for SUMMER.

It’s the last Sunday Brunch before we go on summer vacation, and we’re wrapping up the brunch season with FIVE new short plays about beach going, sun baking, bug slapping, barbecue grilling summertime. Or some oblique, neurotic, dysfunctional version thereof.


HOT SUMMER INTERNS
by Justin Deabler

directed by Giovanna Sardelli
featuring Devon Berkshire, Jenny Greer and Amy Herzog


DON’T FEAR THE SHARK
by Edith Freni

directed by Mark Armstrong
featuring Florencia Lozano and Grant Shaud


TWO WOMEN SITTING ON A BENCH TALKING ABOUT HOW FRIGGIN HOT IT IS
by Courtney Brooke Lauria

directed by Jordan Young
featuring Catherine Curtin and Julie Leedes


HUCK AND SACKETT IN THE SUMMER SUN
by Daria Polatin

directed by Michael Goldfried
featuring JJ Kandel and Bruce MacVittie


CONTROLLED BURN
by Michael Sendrow

directed by R.J. Tolan
featuring Haskell King, Scott Sowers and Michael Louis Wells

And MUSICAL PERFORMANCES from Matt Schatz and Lucy Alibar!

Apr
6
1:00 pm13:00

She Brunched Me With Science

Youngblood and the EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project present SHE BRUNCHDED ME WITH SCIENCE! (the Science Brunch). Four new plays about science and scientists!


A DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
by Amy Herzog

directed by Marlo Hunter
with Jason Butler Harner and Keith Reddin


SECOND OPINION
by Sharyn Rothstein

directed by Jordan Young
with JJ Kandel, Grant Shaud and Victor Slezak


THE GENES BELOW
by Emily Chadick Weiss

directed by Michael Goldfried
with Steve Boyer, Matthew Conlon, Polly Lee and Abigail Zealey Bess


UNTITLED ROSALIND FRANKLIN MUSICAL
by Jihan Crowther and Matt Schatz

directed by R.J. Tolan
with Julie Fitzpatrick and Ryan Karels

Mar
2
1:00 pm13:00

Brunch Madness

Youngblood’s BRUNCH MADNESS

Four new short plays about everybody’s favorite brunch-time topic. No, not basketball. Mental illness!


New plays by:

Jesse Cameron ALICK
Robert ASKINS
Annie BAKER
Amy HERZOG

Feb
3
1:00 pm13:00

Couples Brunch

Brand new short plays CO-WRITTEN by the playwrights of Youngblood:

Matt SCHATZ and Rob ASKINS

Amy HERZOG and Lucy ALIBAR

Delaney Britt BREWER and Steven LEVENSON

Jan
6
1:00 pm13:00

The Depression Brunch

It’s a brand new year, and Youngblood is depressed.

It’s that time again, when all our hopes and dreams of the old year are mothballed and we all resolve that somehow, this time, things will be better. We’re all going to slim down, hook up, make it happen, pay no attention to that gnawing feeling in the pit of our stomach.

It’s time to watch some new plays and drink and eat bacon.


New plays by:

Lucy ALIBAR
Annie BAKER
Steven LEVENSON
Michael LEW
Michael SENDROW

Dec
6
Dec 21

On the Way to Timbuktu by Petronia Paley

On the Way to Timbuktu

Written and Performed by: Petronia Paley*
Directed by: Talvin Wilks*

December 6-21, 2007

Dr. Selene Slater-Bernaud, also known as Slim, teaches a class scrutinizing Shakespeare's sonnets titled "The Poetics of Race...The Politics of Beauty." After years in a caring interracial marriage, she finds herself in love with a female student. Grappling with personal demons that threaten to destroy her, Slim's past and present collide as she confronts the poetry and politics of her heart.

Musical Composition: Min Xiao-Fen Set
Lighting Design: Maruti Evans
Costume Design: Suzanne Chesney
Projection Design: Maya Ciarrocchi

*Denotes a member of Ensemble Studio Theater

Dec
2
1:00 pm13:00

God Brunch Us Everyone!

O Holy Brunch. O Little Brunch of Bethlehem. O Brunch, All Ye Faithful. The Brunch Noel. Joy to the Brunch.

Yep, it’s the holidays again. And Youngblood’s got something to say about it.

Five unique takes on the holidays, with five brand new short plays by the members of Youngblood. Plus some very special musical performances – including “A Very Merry Chekhov Christmas.”


New plays by:

Jesse Cameron ALICK
Delaney Britt BREWER
Amy HERZOG
Courtney Brooke LAURIA
Daria POLATIN

Nov
4
1:00 pm13:00

George W. Brunch

The muckraking rabble rousers of Youngblood enter the political arena.

Determined to take political theater beyond red states and blue states, beyond liberal and conservative, beyond cheap, disrespectful W jokes.

There must be something we can all agree on.

OF COURSE THERE IS:

It’s pancakes. And booze. And bacon. And theater.

And maybe, just maybe, it’s all of them together.

THIS IS YOUR COUNTRY, AMERICA. AND THIS IS YOUR BRUNCH.


POLITICAL PLAY
by Annie Baker

directed by R.J. Tolan
featuring Julie Fitzpatrick and Ryan Karels


SHOE-IN
by Emily Chadick Weiss

directed by Marlo Hunter
featuring Polly Adams and Sarah-Violet Bliss


WHEN THE CLOWNS COME HOME TO ROOST
by Jihan Crowther

directed by Michael Lew
featuring Eric Feldman, Jay Liebman, Gregg Mozgala and Amy Staats


CHILDREN’S LETTERS TO BUSH
by Sharyn Rothstein

directed by Abigail Zealey Bess
featuring Adam Haar


RED, BLUE AND PURPLE
by Justin Deabler

directed by David Ruttura
featuring Kelli Lynn Harrison and Marc Santa Maria

Plus a very special musical performance by MATT SCHATZ!

And the public introduction of our four NEW YOUNGBLOOD MEMBERS!

Oct
24
Nov 18

Lucy By Damien Atkins

Lucy

Written by Damien Atkins
Directed by William Carden*

October 24-November 18, 2007

Celebrating the 10th Anniversay Season of the EST-Sloan Project The Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation present the U.S. Premiere

Vivian is an anthropologist at the top of her field. She craves solitude -- motherhood was never an option. But when forced to care for her estranged teenage daughter, Lucy, her life is turned upside down. Lucy is autistic... and might be the next step in Vivian's evolution.


Cast & Creative

Featuring Lisa Emery, Lucy DeVito*, Keira Naughton, Scott Sowers*, and Christopher Dura

Set Design: Ryan Kravetz
Costume Design: Suzanne Chesney
Lighting Design: Chris Dallos
Sound Design: David Lawson
Casting: Janet Foster
Production Stage Manager: Jeffrey Davolt
Assistant Stage Manager: Michael V. Mendelson
Producer: James Foster
Associate Producer: Jessi Hill
Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Doron Weber
Program Directors, EST/Sloan Project: Carlos Armesto and Graeme Gillis*

* Denotes a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre

Oct
7
1:00 pm13:00

Brunch of Music

A first ever – four brand new MUSICALS from the playwrights of Youngblood!

The mighty Youngblood Sunday Brunch is coming back strong for a brand new season, and this month we’re singing about it. Libretto with a side of bacon, tenors swigging bloody marys, and more groundbreaking musical theater than you can shake a pancake at:


GOD SAVE US ALL
book and lyrics by Sharyn Rothstein
music by PJ Cacioppo

directed by Marlo Hunter
featuring: Mitchell Jarvis, Andrew Miramontes, Laura Beth Wells and Erin Wilson


IT’LL SOON BE HERE
book and lyrics by Delaney Britt Brewer
music by Eric Kuehnemann

directed by Robert Ross Parker
featuring: Cathy Curtin, Jenny Greer and Lance Rubin


THIS US
book and lyrics by Edith Freni
music by Michael Sendrow

directed by R.J. Tolan
featuring: Julie Lake and Steve Sanpietro


CO-OP! The Musical
book by Courtney Brooke Lauria
music and lyrics by Matt Schatz

directed by Jordan Young
featuring: Brad Bellamy, Steve Boyer and Julie Fitzpatrick

Sep
21
Sep 30

Going to the River 2007

Producing Artistic Director: Elizabeth Van Dyke

A Song for Coretta 
by Pearl Cleage

Sweet Maladies
by Zakiyyah Alexander

Floating Under Water 
by France-Luce Benson

directed by Matt M. Morrow


River Poetry Slam Jam  

with Hasna Muhammad, Maria Chisolm, Melissa Maxwell, and Bridgette Wimberley


Puberty Rites
by Elaine Jackson

directed by Woodie King, Jr.


Uncle
by Eleanor Herman

directed by Henry Miller


When January Feels Like Summer
by Cori Thomas

directed by Chuck Patterson


The Resurrection of Alice
by Perri Gaffney

directed Talvin Wilks


The Irresistible Death Club
by Kathleen McGhee-Anderson

directed by Charles Randolph White


Boscoe and the Devil
adapted by Ruby Dee

(adapted from "How John Boscoe Outsung the Devil" by AP Davis)

choreographed by Dyane Harvey

music by Gregg Payne and DK Dyson

directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke

Sep
6
Sep 8

Asking For Trouble 2007

Youngblood’s SIXTH annual speed theater freakout returns!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday ONLY

All shows at 7pm


Written by: Delaney Britt Brewer, Jihan Crowther, Justin Deabler, Amy Herzog, Courtney Brooke Lauria, Michael Lew, Daria Polatin, Sharyn Rothstein, Matt Schatz, Michael Sendrow, Emily Chadick Weiss

Directed by: Mark Armstrong, Christin Farrell, Neal Freeman, Heidi Handelsman, Jessi Hill, Marlo Hunter, Nate Lemoine, Alexis Poledouris, Alexa Polmer, Moritz Von Steulpnagel, Abigail Zealey-Bess

Featuring: Denny Bess, Jamie Bonelli, Steve Boyer, Matthew Conlon, Dana Eskelson, Dawn Evans, Julie Fitzpatrick, Nancy Franklin, Fiona Gallagher, Kristen Harlow, David Gelles Hurwitz, Ryan Karels, Julie Lake, Florencia Lozano, Erin Mallon, Melanie Maras, Gregg Mozgala, Jeffrey Nauman, Melanie Nicholls-King, Peter O'Connor, Annie O'Sullivan, Joel Rooks, Steve Sanpietro, Debargo Sanyal, Victor Slezak, Amy Staats, Paco Tolson, Beth Wittig

Graeme Gillis and R.J. Tolan, Youngblood Artistic Directors

May
9
Jun 20

Bloodworks 2007

Every year, Youngblood presents a series of readings of brand new full-length plays, written by Youngblood members over the course of the season. This year, we have a bumper crop of Youngblood playwrights new and old.


We are proud to present Bloodworks 2007:

Weds. May 9 – Justin Deabler

Mon. May 14 – Emily Conbere

Weds. May 16 – Sharyn Rothstein

Mon. May 21 – Qui Nguyen

Weds. May 23 – Michael Sendrow

Weds. May 30 – Emily Chadick Weiss

Weds. June 13 – Delaney Britt Brewer

Thurs. June 14 – Courtney Brooke Lauria

Mon. June 18 – Matt Schatz

Weds. June 20 – Jihan Crowther

All the readings are free, and there are no reservations required.

All Readings:

7pm
The Landmark Tavern – 2nd floor
W. 46th Street at 11th Avenue

Apr
21
7:00 pm19:00

Partial Comfort Production’s BATTLE OF THE BARDS!

YOUNGBLOOD WON! Congrats to Emily Conbere and the whole Youngblood team! Also congrats to Ma-Yi and Youngblood’s Mike Lew, who won the crowd choice award for Ma-Yi Writers Lab.

Partial Comfort Production’s
BATTLE OF THE BARDS!

Come cheer for Youngblood as we take on the hottest young playwrights and theater companies in town in a knock-down-drag-out theatrical death match, in front of celebrity judges and you!

Our entry this year:

ODYSSEUS
by Emily Conbere

directed by R.J. Tolan

Starring: Stacey Cervellino, Bekah Coulter, William Jackson Harper, Allison Jill Posner, Steven Sanpietro

The Judges:

Sigourney Weaver
Josh Lucas
Adam Rapp
Robert Woodruff
Jim Simpson
David Cote

7- 8 PM ~ Free Samuel Adams Beer
(and free Vodka, Wine and Food for all VIPs)
8-10 PM ~ THE BATTLE
10:30 PM ~ Winners Selected

First 100 people in get a gift bag! (general admission)

$10 TICKETS get you: an hour of free beer, $5 drink specials all night
$50 TICKETS get you: access to VIP area, free Charbay Vodka, wine, food & a swanky giftbag
$75 TICKETS get you: all that you get with $50 ticket AND reserved seating
$100 TICKETS get you: all that you get with $50 ticket AND priority seating & sparkling wine from Jacob’s Creek!

@ STUDIO MEZMOR (formerly “crobar”) 530 West 28th Street (10th & 11th)