Little Lifeboats
TEASE 2017

June 24th, 2017
The Crane Theater

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Unit LLT
Playwright: Eli Effinger-Weintraub
Cast Breakdown: 1W 1M 2Open
Run Time: 60 minutes
Interested in Workshopping? Yes
Synopsis: On the first day, Elihu created automata. Male and female he created them, even though everyone knows automata don't actually have genders. Lilith, the female automata, is given as an assistant to Elihu's wife Sarah. Instead of housework, Sarah introduces Lilith to the world of women's suffrage, equal rights, and subversive mechanicals. When Elihu tries to put another automaton, Adam, in charge of Lilith, she must choose between living in Paradise as only half herself or taking her chances on the unknown world outside.
Directed By: Max Collyard
Featuring: Alyssa Rae, Ryan Maddux, Rachel Flynn

Just the Way You Are
Playwright: Alissa M. Shellito
Cast Breakdown: 4W 2M
Run Time: 95 minutes
Interested in Workshopping? Yes
Synopsis: It’s only been less than six months since Ashleigh’s father was killed in a car crash. Thanksgiving is the first major Holiday since the accident. Ashleigh and her roommate are hosting Thanksgiving with the two neighbors from across the hall since she can’t make it home. She invites her mother as a courtesy not thinking she would show up. The day before her mother calls and says she is coming, though she said she told her two weeks ago. Panicked because her mother is an anal nut bag about cleanliness and things of the like she freaks out and cleans like a maniac. Have you ever felt like the family loser? Ashleigh’s mother and sister do a pretty good job at making her feel like that. Her sister all of a sudden shows up the day before at the door of her apartment with suitcases in hand and said she left her husband. The story is surrounded by secrets, survival and acceptance. You can’t always choose your family, but you can choose who you surround yourself with and maybe in the end you discover your family…isn’t so bad once you work out the kinks and they love you just the way you are.
Directed By: Scott Pakudaitis
Featuring: Morgen Chang and Joann Oudekerk

Playwright: Gemma Irish
Cast Breakdown:3W 3M
Run Time: 130 minutes
Interested in Workshopping? No
Synopsis: Visual artist Jack falls in love with investment banker Hugh. Hugh's money enables Jack to make the art she was too busy to make while supporting her genius ex-boyfriend Mikey. But nothing is simple for creatives in capitalism, and Jack will have to make some tough decisions if she wants to be successful.

Directed By: Emilia Allen
Featuring: Elizabeth Cassidy, Imani Vaughn-Jones, and Matthew Englund

The Ambassador
Playwrights: Alyssa Brooke
Cast Breakdown: 3W 2M
Run Time: 90 minutes
Interested in Workshopping? Yes
Synopsis: In this coming of age story of a wandering Millennial, Garret finds her unremarkable life veering off course. Only with the support of the prestigious Adult Ambassador Program and her Ambassador, Liza, does she begin to get it back on track. However, when the program forces Garret to not only face her present failures, but also her past ghosts, she must decide if reaching independence is something worth growing up for. Meanwhile, Liza struggles with her own definition of success in the face of renewed ambition.
Directed By: Lucas Skjaret
Featuring: Mynue Xiong and Alana LaBissoniere

Who Has Eyes To See
Playwright: Shannon TL Kearns
Cast Breakdown: 3W, 1 Transgender Man
Run Time: 135 minutes
Interested in Workshopping? Yes
Synopsis: Jamie, a transgender man, gets called back to his family home by his mother, Catherine, with the cryptic message that his sister, Emily, is in trouble. With the support of his loving wife, Alison, Jamie comes home to confront family struggles, a mother that doesn’t recognize him, and a past that he thought he had left behind but that impacts him in ways he can’t even see. A touching story about family, connections, and what it means to have a home.
Directed By: Laura Delventhal
Featuring: Graeme Monahan-Rial and Alison Martin

The Hired Man
Playwright: Heather Meyer
Cast Breakdown: 4W 2M
Run Time: 100 minutes
Interested in Workshopping? Yes
Synopsis: A female-identified cattlehand who, after an itinerant life of hard work and harder choices, discovers her roots working with a down on their luck ranch owner and his granddaughter. It's a re-dreamed, re-invention of the Oedipus story on a modern-day cattle ranch in the American West.
Directed By: Callie Meiners
Featuring: Roberta Gibbons and Ashley Hovell

A to Z
Playwright:Monica Raymond
Cast Breakdown: 3W
Run Time: 90 minutes
Interested in Workshopping? No
Synopsis: A TO Z follows the relationship of Annie (white) and Zafiya (black and queer) through forty years of US history (1968-2008) and all of the letters of the alphabet. A third woman appears in various bit parts, playing an increasingly important role in their journey. Annie goes from concerned do-gooder to underground revolutionary to above-ground real estate agent. Zafiya goes from incarcerated juvenile to lesbian commune dweller to honored writer. Throughout, they wrestle with their memories of each other; of Tyrone, Zafiya’s Black Panther brother, killed by the Feds; and of Coreena, Zafiya’s daughter, taken from her at birth. What, in the end, do they owe each other? And is there anything left they can do for each other now?
Directed By: Sofia Lindgren Galloway
Featuring: Shahd Elkhier, Cate Jackson, Dana Lee Thompson

The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons
Playwright: Rachel Teagle
Cast Breakdown: 2W 2M 2 Open
Run Time: 90 minutes
Interested in Workshopping? Yes
Synopsis: Everything has shifted. Suddenly all childhood dreams have come true, and the world is full of astronauts, ballerinas, cowboys, and princesses. It's a brave and glorious new world for everyone but Jess, who wanted to be a mastodon when she grew up. With the help of her friendly vocational advisor and her super-spy boyfriend, Jess embarks on a journey to find her place in the world, and discover why it seems to be unraveling
Directed By: Chris Garza
Featuring: Chelsie Newhard and Rachel Austin

Tears of Moon
Playwright: Antonio Duke
Cast Breakdown: 1 Open
Run Time: 50 minutes
Interested in Workshopping? Yes
Synopsis: Tears of Moons was inspired by a play adapted from Homer’s epic War poem An Iliad. Much like Homer’s character “The Poet” Tears of Moons protagonist named “Poet” is a mythical character who is obligated to retell the story of an horrific war in hopes to persuade his society to stop the killings. I hope to do the same with mine. Although in my version instead of The Poet witnessing the Trojan War, he chronicles every hate crime against a black body. I further differentiate the two by replacing Greek Gods with Haitian,Nigerian, and Ghanian Gods in order to add African and Haitian mythologies to clearly specify that the “Poet” comes from a mosaic of black spiritual traditions.
Directed By: Denzel Belin
Featuring: Duck Washington