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

Returning for a fourth 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.

  • Sat. March 7, 3PM:
    • Tracy Jones
      • by Stephen Kaplan
      • Directed by Karen Butler
      • Casting:
        • 3 (F) – (Including one teenager/early twenties)
        • 1 (M)
    • Synopsis:
      • Tracy Jones has rented out the back ‘party room’ of “Jones Street Bar and Grill: the Place for Wings and Things,” a typical chain restaurant. Tracy Jones is throwing a party to which she’s invited every woman in the world who is also named Tracy Jones. Tracy Jones has been sitting for over an hour alone, nursing her Diet Coke, waiting for any other Tracy Joneses to show up. Tracy Jones’ epic loneliness is about to be tested beyond anything she ever imagined.
  • Sat. March 14, 3PM:
    • Three Days in Late Summer
      • by John Paul Porter
      • Directed by Gary Koutnik
      • Casting:
        • 4 (M)
        • 3 (F)
        • 2 (M/F)
    • Synopsis:
      • Three Days in Late Summer, an intimately epic drama, chronicles three decades of change for the Cunningham family from the summer of 1972 to the summer of 1996. As each of the Cunningham children is pulled toward their own life and destiny, they find themselves drawn back to their family homestead in Kansas, where they prepare to face demons that have remained buried for decades.
  • Sat. March 28, 3PM:
    • KP
      • by Peter Reich and Linda Crawford
      • Directed by Mary Davis Fralick
      • Casting:
        • 9 (M)
        • 1 (F)
    • Synopsis:
      •  Over a 15-hour workday in mid-October of 1968, a handful of GI’s on Kitchen Police (KP) at a small Army fort wrestle with daily life in the Army, while the escalating Vietnam War remains on everyone’s mind. Someone on the base has broken into the PX and stolen certain items, so the Mussolini-like commanding officer has ordered a major inspection, throwing everyone’s day into turmoil. This is particularly true for Spc. 4th class Ross, whose departure from the Army the next day is now threatened, and for his buddy Spc. 4th class Walker, who puts himself in jeopardy to protect Ross. PTSD, race relations, homophobia, and the absurd war loom over all. And before the day is over, the future for many of these men on KP, and for the Army itself, is forever changed.

Saturday, February 29, 2020
3:00 pm — 5:00 pm (2h)

Fenimore Auditorium

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