JUL 21, 2017 - SEP 2, 2017

THROUGHLINE ARTISTS Presents

SUMMER SHORTS

Applauded by The New York Times as "shamelessly clever and deeply satisfying!" this acclaimed festival of new American short plays from some of the country's top playwrights returns to 59E59 Theaters for an eleventh consecutive season! Featuring two separate series (A & B) of three plays each running in rotating repertory, Summer Shorts offers a diverse range of voices, styles, and subject matter. See the calendar below!

SERIES A

PLAYING GOD
By ALAN ZWEIBEL
Directed by MARIA MILEAF+

With BILL BUELL*, FLORA DIAZ*, DANA WATKINS*, WELKER WHITE*

Unhappy that a brazen doctor changed the due date of a pregnant woman's baby because he's going on vacation, God decides to pay him a visit to put him in his place.

JACK
By MELISSA ROSS
Directed by MIMI O'DONNELL

With QUINCY DUNN-BAKER*, CLAIRE KARPEN*

Maggie and George and Jack have been inseparable best friends since college. But when Maggie and George divorce, Jack is the only thing holding them together. Until suddenly he isn't. A play about growing up, growing apart, and letting go of your first love.

ACOLYTE
By GRAHAM MOORE
Directed by ALEXANDER DINELARIS

With ORLAGH CASSIDY*, TED KOCH*, SAM LILJA*, BRONTE ENGLANDNELSON*

A young, married couple who are devotees of Ayn Rand find themselves in over their heads when one of her weekly Saturday night discourses on philosophy takes a surprisingly personal turn.

Moore's play Acolyte is "Tantalizing"
- The New York Times Critics' Pick!

"Ross's play Jack puts a sweet, hyperrealistic magnifying glass to a moment of closure between a divorced couple"
- Theatermania

Moore's play Acolyte is "the wildest and most unexpected ride of them all."
- Theatermania

"a remarkable sampling of what's fresh and inventive in theater."
The Front Row Center

"a light-hearted play that has the feel of a Saturday Night Live skit." (Playing God)
Theater is Easy

"Alan Zweibel supplies the sugary filling in the Series A sandwich with Playing God"
The New York Times

Jack is "a bittersweet gem."
- Talkin' Broadway

Acolyte is "a remarkably rich work that reveals just how much you can do within a time slot of some 30 minutes."
- Talkin' Broadway

"a well-balanced, excellently acted and directed 90-minute destination for a summer night in Manhattan."
- Theater's Leiter Side

SS Series A '17

SERIES B

BREAK POINT
By NEIL LABUTE
Directed by NEIL LABUTE+

With JOHN GARRETT GREER*, KEILYN DURREL JONES*

Two world-class tennis players meet on the eve of their historic semi-final match at the French Open. Soon their causal camaraderie morphs into an elusive game of cat-and-mouse. Is it just a case of psychological warfare or is something darker going? Break Point is a funny yet sobering take of masculinity, competition, sportsmanship and the great American drive to succeed.

A WOMAN
By CHRIS CRAGIN-DAY
Directed by KEL HANEY

With MARK BOYETT*, JENNIFER IKEDA*

Kim's church doesn't allow women to be elders. For nine years she's tried to get a woman elected and for nine years she's failed. This year, though, she's not taking "no" for an answer - regardless of the cost. But when the newly appointed pastor decides to call her bluff, Kim must decide what's most important to her as a Christian, as a progressive and as a woman.

WEDDING BASH
By LINDSEY KRAFT & ANDREW LEEDS
Directed by J.J. KANDEL

With GEORGIA XIMENES LIFSHER*, DONOVAN MITCHELL*, RACHEL NAPOLEON, ANDY POWERS*

When a newly married couple invites their two friends over for a post-wedding rehash, things get tense when it becomes clear that maybe people didn't love the wedding as much as they said they did.


+These Directors are members of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.



"EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES"
- A Seat on the Aisle

"A DELIGHTFUL BREEZY 90 MINUTES"
- Theatermania

"EXECUTED WITH INSIGHT, HUMOR AND REFRESHING BREVITY"
- Theatermania

"WELL ACTED AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING"
- TalkinBroadway

"NEVER LESS THAN COMPELLING TO WATCH"
- TalkinBroadway

"ALL IN ALL, THE COLLECTION OF SHORT WORKS THAT MAKE UP THIS SEASON'S SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL, WHICH CONTINUES ON A ROTATING SCHEDULE, ARE AMONG THE STRONGEST IN RECENT YEARS"
- TalkinBroadway

"BREAK POINT IS A PIECE OF CLASSIC LABUTE CYNICISM"
-Theaters’ Leiter Side

"DIVERSE AND ENTERTAINING"
- womanaroundtown Summer Shorts Series B


SUMMER SHORTS 2017 is funded, in part, through major gifts from Frank Brunckhorst, The Fagenson Family, Jeffrey S. Gould Foundation, Harry Lipstein, The Harry & Anita Mayer Foundation, Susan Merinoff, Ilene Rosen, Jerome and Christine Ponz, David Stone & Jennifer Brown Stone, and The Theodore & Renee Weiler Foundation. Special thanks to our corporate partners Fogo de Chão, TheaterMania.com, and BroadwayWorld.com.