- 11:00 AM – Salvation Road by D.W. Gregory
- 1:00 PM – Hamlet Bound and Unbound by Andrew Rothkin
- 3:00 PM – Punctuated Equilibrium by David Allyn
The comic drama Salvation Road, by D. W. Gregory, is the story of a talented young musician caught up in the fervor a new religious movement. Is Denise a victim or a willing participant? When she cuts off her family and friends as “toxic threats” to her newly discovered faith, her cynical younger brother Cliff and his best friend Duffy hit the road in search of her. But how do you rescue someone who doesn’t want to be saved? The winner of the American Alliance for Theatre in Education’s Playwrights in Our Schools award, Salvation Road is appropriate for audiences of middle school and above.
A resident playwright at New Jersey Rep, D.W. Gregory writes in a variety of styles and genres, from the historical epic Radium Girls to the psychological thriller October 1962. The RepÍs production of her impressionistic family drama, The Good Daughter, earned her a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 2003, and her screwball comedy MolumbyÍs Million, produced by Iron Age Theatre, was nominated for PhiladelphiaÍs Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play in 2011. GregoryÍs work has received the support of the National New Play Network, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland Arts Council, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and is available from Dramatic Publishing, Playscripts.com, and YouthPLAYS.com. She is currently at work on two new plays for New Jersey Rep.
Hamlet Bound and Unbound
Hamlet Bound and Unbound, by Andrew Rothkin, tells the story of Robert, who has struggled for years to stand up to his anxious mother, to hold onto a decent girlfriend, and above all else, to ñmake itî as a respected, classical actor. After suffering the most horrible indignity of all — watching his dream role, Hamlet, being annihilated by the biggest no-talent movie star in Hollywood — Robert takes matters into his own hands, showing the cast, crew and audience how the role should be played. This irreverent dark comedy winks at every serious (but twisted) actorÍs deepest fantasy, giving due homage the Bard and a spit-in-the-face to the hollowness of Hollywood.
Andrew Rothkin is an award-winning actor, director, playwright and producer. He is currently in rehearsals for a revival of his play MeredithÍs Ring, a benefit performance of which he produced and directed in 2009 at BaltimoreÍs Theatre Project. That same year, MeredithÍs Ring won ñOutstanding Overall Production of a One-Act Playî Award in NYCÍs The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Other playwriting highlights include Danny, Voice, Paved with Gold, Love Bites, The Peppy Preppie and Soccer Mom 212, tryin’ t’ touch the sun (in development as a musical), and BubbyÍs Shadow (Winner, ñOutstanding Overall Production of a New Drama Playî Award, Midtown International Theatre Festival, 2008). Andrew serves as Artistic Director of White Rabbit Theater.
In Punctuated Equilibrium, by David Allyn, an attractive biology professor, her failing student, a gay actor, and an evangelical Christian must all come to terms with the paradoxes of life in this smart, witty comedy about the complicated relationship between science, sex and salvation.
David Allyn’s play Commencement won the 2010 Audience Choice Award in the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and his play Writers Colony appeared in the 2009 Fresh Fruit Festival in New York City. He has been a playwright-in-residence at the Hangar Theatre Lab in Ithaca, NY, and a NYFA Fellow. The New York Times called him “a wicked observer of self-conscious people at their less than best.”