Downtown Urban Theater Festival at Cherry Lane Theatre
The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) is back for its sixth season at the Cherry Lane Theatre from 18 - 29 Jun 2008.
This yearÃ¯Â¿Â½s festival features 12 productions from a diverse collection of new and emerging playwrights on topics ranging from songstress Billie Holiday to the 1985 fire on Osage Avenue in Philadelphia and the death of a gay Mormon to women soldiers in Iraq.
The DUTF performance schedule:
- Osage Avenue
Playwright: Jamal Williams
Synopsis: This drama recreates the 1985 bombing in Philadelphia that shocked the world! Can a 'burnt' city be revitalized after turmoil, racial divide and police brutality?
Date: Wed 18 Jun 2008.
- The Mummy and the Bodhisattva
Playwright: Jai Chun and Mike Cipra
Synopsis: A Buddhist Bar-Napkin Poet Laureate rekindling a relationship with his wildly creative, trash-artist wife explores how human beings express love while the home they have built together burns down around them.
Date: Thu 19 Jun 2008.
- Missa Solemnis or The Play About Henry
Playwright: Roman Feeser
Synopsis: An the morning of February 25, 2000, a young Mormon man named Henry Stuart Matis drove to the LDS Ward House in Los Altos, California, placed a gun to his head and ended his life. Why?
Date: Fri 20 Jun 2008.
- On The Rocks
Playwright: Dina Laura and Mina Radhakrishnan
Synopsis: Sometimes laughter is the best medicine. This story explores the humor of heartache and the quest for love and self-understanding as seen through the lives of two friends and two strangers.
Date: Sat 21 Jun 2008.
- (Double Bill)
Honor & Fidelity
Playwright: Tanya Perez
Synopsis: Almost missing the plane to San Juan, one woman's story unravels a lot more than an upgrade to a window seat in this musical journey across generations of forgotten history.
Ballad of Sad Young Men
Playwright: Jerome Augustus Parker
Synopsis: Joe, a soldier without direction, revisits a childhood haunt on the eve of his return to war. On the verge of JoeÃ¯Â¿Â½s personal destruction, his childhood friends do the best they can to save his life before heÃ¯Â¿Â½s shipped off to combat.
Date: Tue 24 2008.
- Couple of The Century
Playwright: William Fowkes
Synopsis: Looking for love, marriage and therapy on Central Park West? When old friends donÃ¯Â¿Â½t help matters any, what happens when people canÃ¯Â¿Â½t even discuss whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s wrong with their relationship?
Date: Wed 25 Jun 2008.
- (Double Bill)
Playwright: Mel Nieves
Synopsis: Mothers, daughters, sisters, and soldiers their voices filled with loss, confusion, loneliness, anger and sometimes hope, try to make sense of the ever changing world around them during a questionable time of war.
His Train is Bound For Glory
Playwright: Ione Lloyd
Synopsis: The dark chocolate dreams of a white woman and her love affair with a black man are unveiled. Sex, love, chocolate, betrayal, war and racism do not a happy marriage make.
Date: Thu 26 2008.
- (Double Bill)
Playwright: A. B. Lugo
Synopsis: Explores Tito's search for masculinity and what it means to be Latino through unlikely sourcesÃ¯Â¿Â½the men in his family.
Playwright: Jane Lippman
Synopsis: Bitchy, over-therapized, self-centeredÃ¯Â¿Â½pretty standard population for a gentrified apartment buildingÃ¯Â¿Â½so busy bickering and whining, they don't even notice their own impending ruin.
Date: Fri 27 2008.
- BillieÃ¯Â¿Â½s Blues
Playwright: Hershell Norwood
Synopsis: About a womanÃ¯Â¿Â½s struggle against a world that is controlled by men. A young Billie Holiday suffers usury and physical abuse to survive. Undergoing transformation, she realizes the value of her own life and art.
Date: Sat 28 Jun 2008.
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