Rising Phoenix Rep
BEST SEX EVER by Gary Sunshine
Unfashionable Jeremy takes his vaguely foreign boyfriend Kraatz on his kindergarten teacher’s wedding cruise, hoping to settle a score with the groom, in this comedy about trying to top life’s hottest moments
BLOOD STROKES by Daniel Reitz
Faggot is the newest, most inflammatory, most polarizing in-yer-face-queer iTunes sensation. His concerts are getting bigger, the uproar louder, the costumes more outlandish, the “fans” more thuggish. Homo hero? Cynical instigator? Political activist? Performance artist? Tonight, the unwelcome truth waits in the dressing room.
BREAK MY FACE ON YOUR HAND by Daniel Talbott
Flashes of violence have slammed high schoolers Bear and Trev into one another, and now they have to sit together in the afternoons at Bear’s grandmother’s kitchen table, their shared history and peach cobbler between them.
BUSTED by Florencia Lozano
Jesse has a secret, Melanie has an announcement, Gigi and Lucia can't stand to be in the same room together. A play about disappointing your friends and dancing together anyway...under a full moon.
EXTRAORDINARY THINGS by Daniel Talbott
A photographer and subject meet in a cold basement. Ex-lovers meet in an old grungy bar hangout. Circling each other, looking for weak spots and testing strengths, they try to navigate a desperate city landscape not far from where we are now.
FAVORITES by Charlotte Miller
Margaret returns to her childhood home after the death of her mother, she and her brother try to clean up but their memories come to terrifying life, interrupting them at every turn.
FOLLOW by Crystal Skillman
Two estranged brothers must say goodbye to the woman they've loved in her dying hour. But with the arrival of her daughter the brothers are forced to face their decades long rift of truth and lies in the intimate Lower East Side apartment that's been in their family for generations.
SEX AND DEATH IN LONDON by Crystal Skillman
In the South London pub they have broken into during the riots, two girls find themselves confronted by their worst fear as the violence mounts around them: their best friend’s father looking for his missing daughter.
SLIPPING by Daniel Talbott
Alone, numb, and friendless after the violent death of his father, high school senior Eli moves with his mom from San Francisco to a fresh start in Iowa. A new relationship with a boy named Jake at school exposes Eli again to the possibility of closeness and the danger of being swallowed by it.
THE BEACH PLAYS by Rising Phoenix Rep
The plays feature inhabitants of five alternate realities where the land meets the sea: mermaids in human form, Vietnam War soldiers and their families, a ghostly sibling reunion, a decidedly strange hotelier, and a wedding with an unexpected guest.
THE THREE SISTERS by Daniel Reitz
Three sisters, Olga, Irina and Masha, gather in a downtown Manhattan restaurant to celebrate Irina’s birthday. Along the way they drink too much wine, share vicodin, commiserate about unhappy love lives and exile to the outer boroughs, and wonder whether they will ever be able to afford their beloved Upper West Side again.
A selection of plays from Rising Phoenix Rep curated by Daniel Talbott, including works from Cino Nights and a sampling of site-specific works performed at Jimmy's No. 43 and elsewhere.