Monday Night Specials
Edward Beck
Patricia Neal Stage

Ungodly Pursuit

August 26, 2019
The sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church puts a priest under scrutiny.

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Patricia Neal Stage

Mona/Lina

August 19, 2019
The reclusive daughter of a notorious artist must either banish her ghosts or live with them for the rest of her life.
Please note that this reading will contain strong language.


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Patricia Neal Stage

Drive

July 29, 2019
It’s the near future, and long-haul trucks are electric and self-driven. Life will have to change for the men and women truckers who hang out in small-town Iowa’s Drive Bar. But change isn’t always a bad thing.
Please note that this reading will contain strong language.

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Patricia Neal Stage

The Broken Closet

July 22, 2019
A family struggles with grief and guilt after losing a beloved member to heroin addiction. A powerful story of loss and hope.

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Patricia Neal Stage

Sid & Howard

July 1, 2019
An antic comedy that imagines a could-have-been meeting of terror-meister H.P. Lovecraft, New Yorker wit S.J. Perelman, and the mystery woman who changed Lovecraft’s life.

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Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special – Dear Edvard

September 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Love story, biopic, psychological exploration, and family drama. A new music-theater piece about the life and loves of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.

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Patricia Neal Stage

Monday Night Special – Nuclear Family

July 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm
They care about you, they give you advice, they stick with you. Problem: Advice differs. And it’s all good. Solution: You stick with them. It’s a family. Yours?

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Patricia Neal Stage

Dystopian Daze

Monday, September 11, 2017
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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Patricia Neal Stage

The Eleventh Hour

Monday, August 28, 2017
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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Patricia Neal Stage

She Exits, Laughing

Monday, August 21, 2017
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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Patricia Neal Stage

The Garbologists

Monday, August 14, 2017
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.

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Patricia Neal Stage

Please Come to Boston

Monday, August 7, 2017
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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Patricia Neal Stage

The Room Where I Was Held

Monday, July 24, 2017
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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Patricia Neal Stage

Light Up The Sky

Monday, July 17, 2017
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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Patricia Neal Stage

Kirk at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt

Monday, July 10, 2017
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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Patricia Neal Stage

Gene Play

Monday, June 19, 2017
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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Patricia Neal Stage

The Green Rose

Monday, June 12, 2017
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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Patricia Neal Stage

Grandma’s Hands

Monday, August 15, 2016
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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Patricia Neal Stage

The Babylonian Talmud

Monday, July 11, 2016
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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Patricia Neal Stage

The Shell Collection

Monday, August 31, 2015
Two girls, one shell collection, a dark secret and threats of bullying - all in one short play.

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Patricia Neal Stage

Coco at the Ritz

Monday, August 24, 2015
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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Patricia Neal Stage

Galileo’s Torch

Monday, August 10, 2015
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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Patricia Neal Stage

Back the Night

Monday, August 3, 2015
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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Patricia Neal Stage

Club Meds

Monday, July 27, 2015
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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Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

Green Fields

Monday, July 20, 2015
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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Patricia Neal Stage

Summerfolk

Monday, July 13, 2015
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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Avram Ludwig
Patricia Neal Stage

The Same Boat

September 1, 2014
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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Patricia Neal Stage

77%

August 25, 2014
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
Patricia Neal Stage

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

August 18, 2014
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
Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

Murder

August 11, 2014
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
Patricia Neal Stage

Exposed

August 4, 2014
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
Patricia Neal Stage

Not Constantinople

July 28, 2014
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
Patricia Neal Stage

Father-Land

July 21, 2014
*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
Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

Tevye, Two Daughters, and a Cow

July 14, 2014
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
Patricia Neal Stage

Sweetened Water

July 07, 2014
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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Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

Dirty Pictures

Monday, August 19, 2013
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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