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Monday Night Specials

On Monday evenings during the summer, we present readings of new dramatic works for one “special” performance only! 

All readings begin at 7:30 pm

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Dystopian Daze

Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special

A new play by Brooke Adams
Reading directed by Brooke Adams
With Lynne Adams, Jamie Donnelly, Alan McRae, Allie Spetalnick and Anna Yukevich

In 2025, LA is a police state, and Jake and Molly's daughter Anna has bolted from home to live free from her fearful parents. When Anna returns, she brings with her a guest who makes life even scarier. A dark comedy about love and tyranny.

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The Eleventh Hour

Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special

A new play by Cathy Tempelsman

A young woman seeks the truth about her brother's death on the final day of combat in World War I -- and discovers that heroism is more complicated than she imagined.Based on a highly partisan investigation into the army's treatment of American soldiers.

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She Exits, Laughing

Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special

A new play by Marisa Smith
Directed by Evan Bergman

Fortysomething Julie flees her marriage and moves in with her widowed mother-a comedy about how it's never too late for anything.

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The Garbologists

Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special

A new comedy by Lindsay Joelle
Reading directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

When a veteran sanitation worker and the new woman on the job find something on their route too valuable to throw out, they're forced to reappraise in each other what they mistook for trash.

Featuring Nikki Walker (Crumbs from the Table of Joy) and Paul Munafo
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Please Come to Boston

Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special

A new by Larry Mollin, based on the song by Dave Loggins
Directed by Randal Myler
With Stephanie Cozart, Rebecca Liberman, David PB Stephens and Myk Watford

A songwriter trying to make it in LA in 1975 faces challenges with his marriage, a new baby, and a provocative and talented nineteen year-old neighbor. A musical play about the healing power of the creative process.

Based on the song by Dave Loggins.

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The Room Where I Was Held

Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special

A new play by David Zax

Josh Salazar, a young war correspondent, has just survived a kidnapping abroad, and is recovering at home with his parents. But when Josh's girlfriend pays a visit from Kabul, we learn the truth about why he took on his most dangerous assignment, and at what cost.

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Light Up The Sky

Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special

By Moss Hart
Directed by Christopher Hart

Join Christopher Hart for an extra special evening that includes a reading of the first act of LIGHT UP THE SKY, a timeless comedy about "life imitating art", followed by a discussion about Mr. Hart's own magical life with his parents, theatrical legends Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle Hart.

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Kirk at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt

Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special
Presented in association with the MacDowell Colony

A new play by MacDowell Colony fellow, Krista Knight
Directed by Claudia Weill
With Zach Grenier, Kelly McQuail, Maechi Aharwanwa, Paul Munafo, Tori Campbell and Jenny Allen

Kristina’s handicapped father Kirk has lived in the San Francisco Airport Hyatt for five years with his Ethiopian nurse/girlfriend - but now he's running out of money.

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Between Worlds: Refugee and Immigrant Voices

Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special

Directed and Devised by Joann Green Breuer

A collage of poems, prose, letters, and scenes by women and men from many continents and centuries.

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Gene Play

Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special

A new play by Jonah Lipsky and Casey Ann Hayward
With Paul Levine
Directed by Joann Green Breuer
With Amy Barrow, Scott Barrow, Mary Budzn, Paul Doherty, Chelsea McCarthy, Paul Munafo, Arnie Reisman, David PB Stephens and Anne Thompson

Based on real-life events in Cambridge, MA. in 1976 and 2017, a new drama about the ongoing controversy over the ethics and politics of gene editing.

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The Green Rose

Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special

A new farce by Gwyn McAllister
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

At the turn of 20th century England, love blooms in many varieties. But beware of the prick of the Green Rose.

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Cotton Mill Girls

Patricia Neal Stage

Recollections of remarkable women - their hard times and high spirits

By Victoria Byerly
Devised and directed by Joann Green Breuer
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Queens

Patricia Neal Stage

When you're working so hard to move forward, what gets left behind? A dark and funny look at two generations of immigrant women. 

A new play by Martyna Majok
Directed by Claudia Weill
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Grandma’s Hands

Patricia Neal Stage
Written and directed by Henry Miller

In the tumultuous summer of 1969, two sisters deal with their aging mother and old sibling rivalries, and discover that love and the ‘Black Revolution’ are not such strange bedfellows.

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A Month in the Country

Patricia Neal Stage

An idyllic summer on a Russian estate turns into a hotbed of love, passion, and intrigue.

By Ivan Turgenev
Adapted and directed by Carol Rocamora
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Full of Grace

Patricia Neal Stage

Exploring the universal intersection of faith and sexual identity through first-person accounts of LGBTQ Catholics.  

An interview-based play written and directed by Scott Barrow
Created by Robert Choiniere with anonymous contributors
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Blessed and Highly Favored

Patricia Neal Stage

What do you do when your mother likes God better than you?

A new comedy by Ryan Spahn
Directed by Claudia Weill
Featuring Debra Monk, Michael Urie, Liliane Klein, Chelsea McCarthy, Lawrence Evans and Marc Carver, stage directions
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The Babylonian Talmud

Patricia Neal Stage
A new play by Sig Van Raan
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

The power of memory and loss and the unique relationship between a Jewish boy and the man who saved him.

THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD, written by West Tisbury and NYC resident Sig Van Raan, is based on the real-life experiences of the Van Raan family in the 1940's and 1950's. MJ Bruder Munafo is directing the reading with actors Peter Stray, Ella Dershowitz, Jonathan Lipnick and 9 year-old Dillon Fondren.

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The Shell Collection

Patricia Neal Stage

by Wendy Kesselman

Two girls, one shell collection, a dark secret and threats of bullying - all in one short play.

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Coco at the Ritz

Patricia Neal Stage

by Gioia Diliberto

A new play inspired by a real life incident - the arrest and interrogation of Coco Chanel by the French Forces of the Interior (FFI) near the end of World War II.

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Galileo’s Torch

Patricia Neal Stage

by James Reston, Jr.

This new play is the outgrowth of James Reston, Jr.’s 1994 biography, Galileo: A Life, which was called by the Washington Post “brilliant,” and “masterful.”

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Back the Night

Patricia Neal Stage

A new play by Melinda Lopez

There's an epidemic of violence on campus. And Em isn't going to take it anymore. But when her best friend is assaulted, she makes some unexpected discoveries. Sometimes you do the wrong thing for the right reason.

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Club Meds

Patricia Neal Stage

A new musical / dramedy. Lyrics by Sarah Safford. Book by John Reynolds. Composers: Tanya Leah, Jonathan Monro, Natalie Lovejoy and Rob DelGaudio.

Welcome to “Club Meds”, a chemotherapy session/support group run by the volunteer and cancer survivor extraordinaire, Marjean Macgraw! A musical mixing humor and pathos tells the story of three very different people affected by cancer and by each other.

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Green Fields

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

by Peretz Hirschbein, Translated by Nahma Sandrow

The original play from which the most popular and beloved of Yiddish films was adapted. A love story among country folk.

A dramatic reading celebrating Jewish traditions - co-sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center Program Committee, in the Harriet B. Freedberg Learning Center of the MV Hebrew Center.

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Summerfolk

Patricia Neal Stage

A new play by Carol Rocamora, inspired by Gorky's work

It's 1904, in an idyllic summer community outside Moscow (very much like Martha's Vineyard). Soon the vacationers' halcyon days are interrupted by a celebrity arrival, who turns their tranquil world upside down.

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The Same Man – Saturday Afternoon Special

Marilyn Meyerhoff Lobby
David M. Lebedoff

George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh, two giants of English literature, meet and converse in the summer of 1949.

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Avram Ludwig

The Same Boat

Patricia Neal Stage
Written by Avram Ludwig

With their marriage on the rocks, a wealthy Connecticut couple embarks on their summer sailing vacation to the Vineyard. They are joined by an unexpected crew member - a young bohemian artist/dancer/model/past life regression therapist. High jinks on the high seas abound as husband and wife are seduced and their lives are transformed by their mysterious nautical guest.

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77%

Patricia Neal Stage

Former title, SCHOONER

Written by Rinne Groff

A play about modern marriage - Eric's wife is out of town closing a big business deal, he just blew his last job, the kids are acting out and his mother-in-law just moved in. Have you ever wanted to sail away?

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Halley Feiffer

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City

Patricia Neal Stage
Written by Halley Feiffer

An unlikely pair of strangers — a twentysomething foul-mouthed comedienne and a world-weary middle-aged tech geek — are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, these two very lost people must negotiate some of life’s heaviest problems — and make some of the world’s more inappropriate jokes — as they learn to laugh through their pain and to lean on each other when all they want to do is run away.

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Hanoch Levin

Murder

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Written by Hanoch Levin
Translated from the Hebrew by Barbara Harshav
Directed by Joann Green Breuer

This morally and ethically complex drama is written by the most prolific and most produced playwright of modern Israel. Levin's theatre art permits no facile judgments among the relationships of Middle East inhabitants and their families. His metaphors can help us see, even as they belie, our conventional explanations. Levin never takes the easy way out of an uneasy situation. MURDER is a prime example of his daring.

This reading is co-sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center Program Committee in the Harriet B. Freedberg Learning Center of the MVHC.

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Robert Brustein

Exposed

Patricia Neal Stage
Written by Robert Brustein

A scorching satire on the extreme political and religious right in our country. Alternating prose, verse, and music, and loosely based on Moliere's Tartuffe, it follows the career of a hypocritical televangelist running for Congress in Texas, and the wealthy entrepreneur eager to finance his campaign and perhaps throw his daughter into the deal as well. Funny, ferocious, and offensive, it is destined to tickle the funny bone and scratch the pious nerve ends.

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Arnie Reisman

Not Constantinople

Patricia Neal Stage
Written by Arnie Reisman

An elderly couple settles into the Witness Protection Program in a gated community in Boca Raton. The husband unwittingly befriends a hit man with a contract on him. But when the husband develops Alzheimer's, the hit man develops a conscience: why kill a guy who won't know his own name soon? Time to send another hit man - a woman with an MBA.
Yes, this is a dark comedy.

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Bill C. Davis

Father-Land

Patricia Neal Stage
Written by Bill C. Davis

*This performance has been cancelled* After being disowned by his family, the grandson of a recently deceased German doctor arrives in America from Germany with a secret and a passionate request that both moves and enrages the adult son and daughter of a World War II American prisoner of war.

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Sholem Aleichem

Tevye, Two Daughters, and a Cow

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Written by Sholem Aleichem
Translated from the Yiddish by Julius & Frances Butwin

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Broadway opening of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse revisits three of Shalom Aleichem's original tales of Tevye and his family. Here, without spectacle, is the simplicity of the shtetl, the grit and gumption, the struggles, and the joyous loves of a world which is no more.
Joann Green Breuer, devisor, directs several terrific island talents.

This reading is co-sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center Program Committee in the Harriet B. Freedberg Learning Center of the MVHC.

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Edward Beck

Sweetened Water

Patricia Neal Stage
Written by Edward L. Beck

A house on Martha's Vineyard is the setting for this play about Cynthia, a recent widow dealing with her sorrow and an uncertain future; and Richard, a priest who has just lost his mother. At the suggestion of their mutual friend, Sara, Richard moves into Cynthia's house for a quiet retreat. Themes of grief, faith, intimacy and secrets are paramount as these three individuals come to terms with events that have now bound them inextricably together.

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My address is still Walton have you forgotten it?

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Written by Karinne Keithley Syers
Directed and Performed by Caleb Bark, Lacy Post & Johanna McKeon

A play made for the set of Charlie Rose, presenting a host of interviewers and guests, and one intriguing translator.

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Dirty Pictures

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
A new play by Dinitia Smith
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

In a true story of love and betrayal, in 1960 three gay Smith College professors are arrested for looking at pictures of naked men, and their lives are destroyed. By Dinitia Smith, author and longtime cultural correspondent for the New York Times.

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On Religion

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
A theatre-essay by Mick Gordon and AC Grayling
Directed by David Henry Gerson
with David Henry Gerson, Jenny Allen, Marjolaine Goldsmith,
Molly Purves and Leslie J. Stark

ON RELIGION is a dramatized contemplation on the complex issues of faith and religion in modern society. Grace, a militant atheist professor, clashes with her born-again son, Tom. When he is suddenly killed in a suicide bombing, the conflict between her grief and her principles threatens to rip her and her family apart.

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The Second Girl

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Written by Ronan L. Noone
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

The family of James Tyrone gathered in the living room in August 1912 and the events of that day play out in the great American Classic, Long Day's Journey Into Night. The Second Girl tells the story of what went on in the kitchen on that day between the immigrant Irish servant girls, Bridget and Cathleen and the chauffeur, Jack Smythe. It evokes the love and despair of the big house while detailing the thrill, the tragedy and the triumphs that occur when you sacrifice one home for another.

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Search: Paul Clayton

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Written and Directed by Larry Mollin

A Wiki Folk Musical that celebrates the true story in words and song of one of Bob Dylan’s first musical mentors. Paul Clayton of New Bedford, was the most recorded, young, folk singer in America when Bobby Zimmerman arrived in 1961 Greenwich Village to begin his career as Bob Dylan. It was Paul who helped open the doors to the folk world to him. From 1961-1965 Paul taught Bob the tricks of the trade while falling helplessly in love with him.

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The Whaleship Essex

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
A new play by Joe Forbrich
Directed by Peter Zinn

The Essex and its crew met with tragedy on November 20, 1820 when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Based on first-hand accounts, “The Whaleship Essex” is an epic, ensemble tale of survival. Infused with authentic sea shanties, “The Whaleship Essex” revels in the common language shared by both the theatrical and the nautical worlds.

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Sex and Shopping: An Account of the Life of Millicent Rogers

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

Visual Beauty, Touching Drama and Intimate Conversation

An intriguing evening with Cherie Burns, author of the new biography, SEARCHING FOR BEAUTY: The Life of Millicent Rogers (St. Martin's Press).

Actress Ellen DiStasi will portray the fashion muse and femme fatale.
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In Development

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Written by Yorri J. Berry
Reading directed by Brandon Monokian
Conceived and reconstructed by Suzzanne Douglas & Brandon Monokian
With music by Alva Nelson, Louise Robinson & Carol Maillard
Choreography by Mama Yaa
Starring Suzzanne Douglas
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All New

An intimate evening of new musical theater songs

by award-winning composer Marisa Michelson
Performed by Marisa Michelson & friends

"All New" is an intimate concert of songs from four of Marisa Michelson's musicals, including Still Life with Toe Shoes; Tamar and the River; Scherezade and The Grid. Marisa’s music draws inspiration from world music such as Middle Eastern and pre-Western chanting, all the way to alternative pop singers, even while her songs live primarily in an all-new genre of music-theatre: a nexus between the theatre and opera worlds. The songs have lyrics by playwright and television writer, Jason Grote; playwright Joshua H. Cohen, and playwright Frank Terry (see bios and play descriptions below). Marisa will be joined by the incredible Chad Goodridge (Broadway's PASSING STRANGE), Margot Bassett (Meredith Monk's SONGS OF ASCENSION), Maggie Brothers, and the Vineyard's own Paul Munafo.

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Robert Brustein

Seven Elevens II

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

Seven satirical swipes at the goofy lives we live today, whether sex changes, religious prohibitions, or political Red state-ism.

7 Eleven minute plays written & directed by Robert Brustein
Starring Tony Shalhoub, Brooke Adams, Will LeBow and Karen MacDonald
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Kansas City Swing

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Written by Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan

1947. It’s autumn and Jackie Robinson just integrated pro baseball. The Satchel Paige All-Stars gear up to play the Bob Feller All-Stars in a thrilling off-season match-up. But there’s a storm brewing; baseball is about to change, and so is America. From the same writing team that created the smash hit play, FLY!

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My Mom Is Trying To Ruin My Life – The Musical

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

A new musical for kids ages 6+ and grownups of all ages!
This performance only, tickets for ages 18 and under are $15!

Book by Kate Feiffer & MJ Bruder Munafo
Music by Paul Jacobs
Lyrics by Sarah Durkee
Based on the children's book by Kate Feiffer

If she’s such a great Mom, why is she trying to ruin her daughter’s life? Meet a Mom you'll never forget. And a ten year old girl who will steal your heart. With songs you'll be singing for the rest of the summer.

Starring Shelagh Hackett as Mom, Paul Munafo as Dad and Katie Morse as Emma.
With Scott Barrow, Christopher Kann, Adam Petkus, Jill Macy, Augie Padua, Sam Graber-Hahn, Nina Moore, Simone Davis, Danielle Hopkins, Belle Dinning, Sofy Scarano and Kaya Seiman.

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Emily & Joyce

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Written by Joyce Carol Oates
Directed by Carol Rocamora
Starring Jenny Allen, Ken Baltin, Ella Dershowitz, Peter Stray and Nina Smilow

The sweet poetic world of Emily Dickinson collides with the dark and dangerous world of Joyce Carol Oates to give you an unforgettable evening of poetry, comedy and the surreal.

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Outcasts

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

The Lepers of Penikese Island

Written & Conceived by Scott Barrow
Based on the poems by Eve Rifka
With Marc Carver, Brian Ditchfield, Brooke Hardman-Ditchfield, Nicole Galland, Marya Lowry, Erin Moon, Molly Purves, Peter Stray and Robert Walsh.

Sandwiched between the resort communities and fishing villages of Cape Cod and the Islands, Penikese housed dozens of patients and their families against their will for almost 20 years.

There will be a brief Q&A after the reading with Scott Barrow and Eve Rifkah.

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¿iUwe!

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

Three generations of women seek answers to life’s questions while singing, laughing, crying and carrying each other along the way.

Written by Molly Conole

An original musical revue by Molly Conole

Molly Conole, Amelia Dutton, Penelope Dutton, Kathy Slage and Linda Berg
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