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Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile
by George Brant
Playwrights' Bio


Dr. Walter J. Freeman has invented a revolutionary new medical technique called a lobotomy, and now he's taking it on the road in a tireless (and ultimately tragic) quest to share the good news. Through a triptych of scenes spanning Freeman's career and retirement, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile explores the dark side of the American myth of the confident and persevering genius.

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Can't Complain
by Christine Evans
Playwrights' Bio


Rita's daughter has confined her in a hospital for "a few tests." She plots her escape with the help of her Irish roommate, her elusive granddaughter, and her cat's new best friend—whom she suspects is the Devil—until a riotous party night forces her to choose between fleeing or facing the music. Can't Complain begins in a realist register, but Rita's haunted hearing aid soon takes us to far stranger territory.

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Nobody, No Time
by Carlyle Brown
Playwrights' Bio


It's February 25, 1922—the last night in the life of celebrated Negro entertainer Bert Williams. In a break between performances, Bert regales his longtime assistant with songs and stories and finds himself confronting his own legacy of a career built on the exploitation of Negro stereotypes. Nobody, No Time is a play with music that looks inside one of the most complex and conflicted figures in the Vaudeville era.

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Finding Fish
by Carlyle Brown
Playwrights' Bio


Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series

In the future, food is scarce and the oceans have been depleted of fish. But one fisherman on the Maine Coast keeps bringing in the catch. Could his luck have anything to do with his strange new wife? The people in power would do anything to find out, especially “The Committee,” who has sent the fisherman’s brother to reel him—and his secrets—in. Brown, himself a former sea captain, probes tough questions about sustainability through the lens of one family’s struggles.

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The Crackatook
by Barbara Field
Playwrights' Bio


Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series

The Crackatook is a fairy tale for adults of all ages. Siblings Fritz and Marie journey with their godfather Drosselmeier to obtain the rare crackatook nut, which will reverse a spell made long ago. Pulling familiar characters from the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann, this new tale reinvigorates Hoffman’s creepiness and muscle, while exploring the themes of imagination, rationalism and the end of childhood from a thoroughly modern perspective.

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Goddess of Mercy
by Jenny Connell Davis
Playwrights' Bio


Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series

Kate and her boyfriend, Mike, struggle to hold it together as he tries to juggle their relationship and a transcontinental commute while she fights the condo board, tries to spice things up in the bedroom, and grows increasingly frustrated with his sister Brianna, just back from the Peace Corps and crashing on their couch. When Brianna finds out Mike’s oil company is sending him to hush up trouble in the same part of Asia she just left, their opposing views about what is right (and what is complicated) provoke an international incident that could bring tragedy to the entire family.

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Terminus
by Gabriel Jason Dean
Playwrights' Bio


Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series

Eller Freeman and her grandson Jaybo live together down by the railroad tracks. When Eller’s health and sanity begin to fade, her tragic and violent past haunts her from the very walls of the old family home. On the verge of discovering love and a place in the world, seventeen-year-old Jaybo struggles to provide what his wily grandmother needs most.

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Seed
by Winter Miller
Playwrights' Bio


Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series

The future is bleak. The future is romantic. In this genetically modified oddball comedy set 50 miles north of old Lake SamWalton, Annie and Claret defend their territory, Mic sells seeds on the black market and Mrs. B romances a giant, handsome spider. Meanwhile in Monsanto’s labs, scientists engineer a detoxifying salmon and vegetables that bounce.

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