Plays and Playwrights 2017

3 MEN by Mike Folie

A middle-aged playwright/speechwriter given one more chance to have a play produced on Broadway remembers three charismatic older men who influenced his life and art.

ANIMALS COMMIT SUICIDE by J. Julian Christopher

Chance, a young gay man who has almost everything, dives deep into Chicago’s seedy sexual underbelly looking for something more… He picks up a drug habit, while also beginning a relationship with a handsome, HIV-Positive baker, claiming falsely to be positive as well, but when those close to him begin to call his motives into question, Chance is forced to decide what he values in a dangerous world.

BIRTHDAY PLAY by Zach Donovan

The play follows an unnamed protagonist through a dream-like metropolis on his 22nd birthday as he wonders whether it is possible to grow up without growing old.

FAWNBOOK by Ayun Halliday

An agrarian settlement of 3 middle aged women and 3 teenage boys communicates in dialogue culled exclusively from social media comments in this post digital, pre-apocalyptic dark comedy-cum-anthropological-study.

TEENIE by Nicholas Priore

Nick and Tammy visit their eighteen year old daughter for the first time since injuring her as an infant.

THE BUNK BED IN HEAVEN by Laura Brienza

God serves as therapist and grief counselor in this poetic story of a mother and daughter who have one last shot to mend their relationship and a comedian who's lost his funny bone, literally.

THE EMMA GOLDMAN TRILOGY: LOVE, ANARCHY AND OTHER AFFAIRS by Jessica Litwak

On one night in 1901 the anarchist Emma Goldman hides in an apartment awaiting arrest and wonders if her revolutionary and romantic life has been worth living.

THE EMMA GOLDMAN TRILOGY: NOBODY IS SLEEPING by Jessica Litwak

A rousing ensemble play about Emma Goldman in the frontlines of the Spanish Civil War a story of revolution and romance with music and puppets.

THE EMMA GOLDMAN TRILOGY: THE SNAKE AND THE FALCON by Jessica Litwak

 In 1919 Emma Goldman and J.Edgar Hoover were afraid of nothing. Except each other. A play about immigration, imprisonment, and love.

THE GOD OF THIS WORLD by Don Thompson

A New York City lawyer tries to convince his unemployed blogger daughter that her affair with an extra-terrestrial is a fantasy. Mayhem results. 

THE GOOD ADOPTEE by Suzanne Bachner

Award-winning playwright Suzanne Bachner’s true story of the search for her birth parents in the face of New York State’s sealed records - once she opens Pandora’s Box, can she find a way to integrate her dual identities and still remain the Good Adoptee?

THE LATTICE CRASHES by Derek Lee McPhatter

Unless a computer technician in the distant future can unravel the facts about a modern day hate crime, the incident will be deleted from history, but no one is telling the truth: not the victim, not the assailant, and certainly not their mothers.

THE SECRET WISDOM OF TREES by Christine Toy Johnson

The story of Abby Green, an intrepid and fiercely funny octogenarian who tries to prepare her family and herself for her journey into Alzheimer’s by planting trees at the locations of her biggest memories.

THE WOODPUSHER by Sean Pomposello

Archie is visiting New York City from D.C., trying to raise the entry fee to compete in the World Chess Open, but when he meets a gang of homeless blitz hustlers from Inwood Park in the Bronx, it appears he's met his match.

A selection of the most interesting, most innovative, and most resonant plays added to ITN during the past year.