Edited by Daniel Talbott & Addie Johnson
Foreword by Todd London
Preface by Martin Denton
Introduction by Daniel Talbott
A collection from Rising Phoenix Rep's series of fully produced new plays inspired by and honoring the groundbreaking work of the original Caffe Cino.
BEST SEX EVER by Gary Sunshine
Unfashionable Jeremy takes his vaguely foreign boyfriend Kraatz on his kindergarten teacher's wedding cruise, hoping to settle a score with the groom. Secret desires mount on the high seas, while the wedding videographer tries to shoot his dream project on the side. A comedy about trying to top life's hottest moments. Gary Sunshine is a writer whose work has been seen across the country and abroad and is the recipient of many awards.
(O)N THE 5:31 by Mando Alvarado
A bar. A blind date. And a deconstruction of how it all began. (O)N THE 5:31 takes a trip into what is remembered and what could have been. Mando Alvarado is a playwright, screenwriter and actor from South Texas whose plays have been seen across the country.
HERE I LIE by Courtney Baron
Maris and Joseph have made their beds and now have to lie in them. Two people connected by illness, loneliness, and the need to be understood, they navigate the murky waters of subjective truth. If you believe it, can you make it true? Courtney Baron holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University and her plays have been produced in NYC and regionally.
THE STRAY DOG by Kristen Palmer
A play obsessed with the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova and dedicated to any who dare endure in the folly and the imperative that is art. Kristen Palmer is a 2010-11 Dramatist Guild Fellow and her plays have been produced at many NYC venues and regionally, as well.
THE UPSTART by Emily DeVoti
A Brooklyn butcher. A young writer, looking for a place of her own. Brigid Hitler. Of Long Island. How do we become who we are? A series of little, tiny choices. Emily DeVoti holds an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU/Tisch and has had productions of her plays done in and around NYC, regionaly and is the founder and current theater editor of The Brooklyn Rail.
NAMED by Lucy Thurber
College student Cora wakes in the middle of the night to find her best friend Emily gone. When Emily returns it looks as though the night will go like any other, except that tonight the girls are not alone–something, or someone, has come to visit. In a life experienced through the twin lenses of our physical reality and the reality in our minds, we hide our desire, our shame, and our longing. But what happens when the world inside Cora's head comes to life and enters the room? Is she brave enough to admit what she sees, to give it a name? Lucy Thurber has had many plays produced in the NYC area and as far away as Alaska and is a member of several well known theater companies. She teaches at NYU and Sarah Lawrence College.
ROW AFTER ROW by Jessica Dickey
When two civil war re-enactors arrive for their annual Gettysburg beer only to find a stranger sitting at their table, their time-honored traditions are called into question. A play about the past and the future. Jessica Dickey has had her plays produced around the country and the world and as an actor she has worked in theater and TV.
CLOWN BAR by Adam Szymkowicz
Long ago Happy left the Clown Bar and the organized clown crime world to work for the good guys. Now his junkie brother Timmy has been murdered, and Happy returns to his old life to ask a few questions. Can he go home again without getting sucked into the seedy clown underbelly of vice and violence? And will he survive the gun toting clowns who used to be his friends? Or Blinky, the lady clown he left behind? Adam Szymkowicz has had many plays produced across the country and abroad and has been the recipient of several commissions, awards and received an MFA from Columbia University where he was a Dean's Fellow.