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NEXT! Readings of New Works by Regional Playwrights Play Reading Series

Saturday, February 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NEXT! Readings of New Works by Regional Playwrights
Admission: free by donation

Returning for a second season, the NEXT! play-reading series continues its mission to celebrate and inspire Central New York playwrights, as well as to introduce their work to a larger audience. Giving playwrights the ability to collaborate with local directors and performers, this series also welcomes the valuable feedback from the public which is critical to the development of any new work. Four plays each year are selected on the basis of their literary and artistic merit, and are presented free to the public in the Fenimore Auditorium. For questions or inequities, please call Mike Tamburrino at 607-547-1453.


2018 NEXT! Plays


  • Helen of Troy by Katherine Ambrosio
    • Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.
    • Director: Mary Fralick
    • Description:
      • A contemporary dramedy, depicting two days in the life of local bartender Helen Murphy, resident of Troy, NY. When an electrifying phone call offers Helen the opportunity of a lifetime, she finally sees a new beginning on the horizon. Her lifelong dream of becoming a movie star might just be within reach. That is… if she’s willing to gloss over some of the fine print…
    • Cast Breakdown:
      • Adults:
        • 4 (F)
        • 2 (M)


  • Happy Birt’day, Greta Garbo by Sandi Dollinger
    • Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.
    • Director: Karen Butler
    • Description:
      • In the wake of her husband’s untimely death, Rosie is beset with grief. With a young daughter to support, and a business to run, Rosie has no one to turn to except to the Virgin Mother herself. Then, in the midst of grief, Rosie finds herself with a long-lost visitor at the door. One who offers a new path forward for her family. If only the Virgin herself could talk back… surely she would have some secrets to share…
    • Cast Breakdown:
      • Adults:
        • 2 (F)
        • 1 (M)
      • Young Adults:
        • 1 (F)


  • Strike Story by Angela Harris
    • Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.
    • Director: TBA
    • Description:
      • A theatrical depiction of the Little Falls Textile Strike of 1912, this play brings our shared regional history to life, adapting its text and monologues from historical documents and letters. Through the melding of impeccable research with the poetic lyricism of early 20th-century folk music, Strike Story transforms a century-old struggle into an urgent, contemporary rallying cry.
    • Cast Breakdown:
      • Adults/Young Adults:
        • 3 (F)
        • 4 (M)
        • 3 (Gender Neutral)


  • Miz MacQuillin by John Paul Porter
    • Date: Saturday, March 17 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.
    • Director: TBA
    • Description:
      • Meet the MacQuillin family. Their days are filled with hard labor about the homestead. Just your average family trying to get by in the Confederate States of America. And yet… when the Battle of Chickamauga tears through their region, they find more than just spent shell casings turning up on their front lawn. They appear to have a battered, bloodied, gentlemen caller. And damn if he sounds like a Yankee…
    • Cast Breakdown:
      • Adults:
        • 3 (F)
        • 2 (M)
      • Adult/Young Adult:
        • 4 (F)
        • 1 (M)


Saturday, February 3
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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