Play Discussion Club

In conjunction with our virtual production of TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever, SpeakEasy’s next series of our Play Discussion Club will feature three plays exploring themes of race, inheritance, colonization, and the history we all carry.
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All scripts available for purchase (both hard copies and electronic versions). We also have complimentary copies available for all who need access.
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**SpeakEasy will be able to provide a limited number of complimentary scripts per week. If you require one of these scripts, please email alexlonati@speakeasystage.com. Underwritten scripts will be provided on a first come, first served basis.**
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WEEK ONE:

The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington by James Ijames
Thursday, April 22 from 5:30-6:30pm
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The recently widowed “Mother of America” lies helpless in her Mount Vernon bed, ravaged by illness and cared for by the very slaves that will be free the moment she dies. As she begins to slip away, she falls deep into a fever dream of terrifying theatricality that investigates everything from her family to her historical legacy.
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WEEK TWO:

Pipeline by Dominique Morriseau
Thursday, April 29 from 5:30-6:30pm
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Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away?
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With profound compassion and lyricism,
Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore. Morisseau pens a deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future — without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.
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WEEK THREE:

We Are Proud to Present… by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Thursday, May 6 from 5:30-6:30pm
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A group of actors gather to tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century. We Are Proud to Present … takes place largely in a rehearsal room that descends from collaborative to absurd as a group of idealistic actors—three black and three white—attempt to recreate the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers. Along the way, they test the limits of empathy as their own stories, subjectivities, assumptions and prejudices catalyze their theatrical process. Eventually the full force of a horrific past crashes into the good intentions of the present, and what seemed a faraway place and time comes all too close to home.
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For more information on this program or any of the plays included, please email Alex Lonati at alexlonati@speakeasystage.com. Happy reading!