Black Box New Play Festival

Thursday, Jan 21, 2021 at 7:30pm

Brooklyn, NY 11201

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First Week: January 21 – 24

Decade by Decade by Barbara Anderson

Directed by Trent Dawson

It’s a Thursday morning two years since the pandemic began in the Brooklyn home of Maria, Andrew, and their son Jared. Maria works as a Covid tracer and Jared is an internet influencer, but Andrew was forced into early retirement from his much-loved teaching career. In fact, everyone over sixty is considered too vulnerable to work or to even leave their homes. Andrew does his best to retain his role as the family provider, but what begins as a typical Thursday soon becomes a day when secrets are revealed and actions must be taken.

Surf’s Up by Ken Levine

Directed by Elizabeth Bove

Peter announces to his Millennial daughter, Wendy, that he has quit his job and is going on an “endless summer” to surf around the world. And he invites her to shake up her button-down life and join him.

Trading Places by Roger Collins

Directed by Noel MacDuffie

A father and his teenage daughter, separated in Cyberspace, debate the sanctity of raising mother from her grave after one year of interment. The father prevails and they intone an incantation and resurrect the matriarch. But yet another debate ensues – who will join whom seems to be at issue. As the time for their decision grows short, they rehash their relationships until, suddenly, darkness looms over all three and the matter is decided.

Second Week: January 28 – 31

Covid Chips by Mark W. Sasse

Directed by Mike Mroch

As restaurants in New York State begin to re-open during the COVID-19 crisis, Mr. Jawarski, from Peppy’s Pub in Jamestown, receives a Zoom call from an Albany health official making sure that Peppy’s is compliant. As Mr. Jawarski continues complying with new regulations, the health official keeps making additional Zoom calls to bring attention to another matter of omission.

Women Underground by Kay Ellen Bullard

Directed by Justin Braun

Three women living lives of quiet desperation find themselves buried in the rubble of a bank explosion. Each has her own past experiences that could impact their survival strategy. Is any rescue even possible if you’ve already been living the equivalent of a buried life?

Every Single Sunday by Chris Karmiol

Directed by Whitney Stone

Different generations attempt to make a virtual connection and it doesn’t go too smoothly. But that’s okay… it wasn’t meant to.


Co-Producers: Dominic Cuskern & Sue Glausen

Video Editor: Romo Hallahan

Composer: Zev Burrows

The 24th annual new play festival will feature world premieres of short plays written specifically for Zoom, to view online from the comfort of your own home. Performances are free to watch and will be streamed online at 7:30pm EST Thursday through Sunday!

Festival Date and Time: January 21 – January 31, 2021

Thursday through Sunday, 7:30 pm streamed online

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