Play Discussion Club

Join us for our SpeakEasy Play Discussion Club, a weekly discussion surrounding some of today’s most exciting scripts! Participation is free, but you may need to purchase some of the scripts. Sign up for as many sessions as you’d like, read the play on your own time, and then join SpeakEasy staff and artists for an online conversation about the play’s major themes and impact on the American theatre canon.

For the next series of SpeakEasy’s Play Discussion Club we will be putting a Spotlight on Latinx Voices with four plays that explore Latinx lives, stories, characters, and culture. We invite you to join us for lively discussions about each play’s themes and relevance to our time.

This series will be hosted by local playwright Alexis Scheer.

**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.

WEEK ONE:

Sonia Flew by Melinda Lopez
Thursday, September 17 at 5:30pm
Followed by a Q&A with playwright Melinda Lopez
Sign Up: https://forms.gle/5nN8gmFRKpZxQugP9

When Sonia learns of her son’s decision to leave college, enlist in the military and fight against terror in Afghanistan in the weeks following 9/11, memories of her own childhood overwhelm her. She struggles to reconcile being forced as a young girl to leave Cuba at the dawn of Fidel Castro’s rule with her own responsibilities as a mother facing uncertainty. Sonia must find a way to come to terms with her past, her lost parents, her own children and her adopted country—or risk losing everything that she loves. Set between post-revolutionary Cuba and post-9/11 America, Sonia Flew telescopes the large cultural and political forces of a historic moment to examine their impact on the intimate lives of ordinary men and women. What do we owe our parents? Can we forgive the past? This poetic and urgent play bridges time and culture in a drama about the cost of forgiveness.

Purchase the hard copy for Sonia Flew here (no e-script available).

NOTE: SpeakEasy is able to underwrite a limited number of scripts for this session and provide a complimentary copy to those who need one. Since we will be mailing a hard copy, requests for these copies must be made at least 7-10 days in advance.

WEEK TWO:

Mojada by Luis Alfaro
Thursday, September 24 at 5:30pm
Sign Up: https://forms.gle/SCKKUYiZoHcJctdj9

For Jason, things are finally looking up. The terrifying journey that he and his wife, Medea, endured to travel from southern Mexico is now in the past, and he’s found steady work and a bright future—or at least that’s what his new boss promises. But Medea, still traumatized by their ordeal, fears their nightmare isn’t over. In this retelling of Medea, Luis Alfaro blends tragedy, wry humor, Mexican folklore and a bracingly modern setting to unleash the power of Euripides’ ancient tale, seen through the lens of immigrants in the United States.

To purchase a PDF copy of the script, please visit this site. Someone will follow-up with the PDF by email within 48 hours.

WEEK THREE:

Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer
Thursday, October 1 at 5:30pm
Sign Up: https://forms.gle/1uUVsxMVAP9onoFE7

In this fierce and feverish comedy, a gang of teenage girls gathers in an abandoned treehouse to summon the ghost of Pablo Escobar. Are they messing with the actual spirit of the infamous cartel kingpin? Or are they really just messing with each other? A rollercoaster ride through the danger and damage of girlhood – the teenage wasteland has never been so much twisted fun.

To purchase a PDF copy of the script, please visit this site. Someone will follow-up with the PDF by email within 48 hours.

WEEK FOUR:

Dream Hou$e by Eliana Pipes
Thursday, October 8 at 5:30pm
Followed by a Q&A with playwright Eliana Pipes
Sign Up: https://forms.gle/6HDDYkhtWsDcGtkZ6

Dream Hou$e follows two Latinx sisters on an HGTV-style show who are selling their family home, hoping to capitalize on the gentrification in their “changing neighborhood.” As they perform for the camera, the show slips into the surreal: one sister grapples with turmoil in the family’s ancestral past and the other learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the family’s future. A play exploring the cultural cost of progress in America.

A password protected PDF copy of this script will be provided to everyone cost-free.

 

For more information on this program or any of the plays included, please email Alex Lonati at alexlonati@speakeasystage.com. Happy reading!