Every year, the Players Centre for Performing Arts in Sarasota, formerly known as the Players Theatre, solicits new full-length scripts from area playwrights, presents a reading of the best ones, and then picks the best of those for a full production.
You can see the readings, one per night for five nights, beginning Monday. This will be the 15th annual installment of the Players’ New Play Festival.
Here’s the lineup:
Monday: “Stay At Home Dad” by Ron Pantello. A playwright struggles to keep his marriage intact as his wife’s career soars.
Tuesday: “Anatomically Speaking” by Llywelyn Jones. While on the operating table, a man has the opportunity to speak with his organs.
Wednesday: “Mammoth Bones” by Connie Schindewolf. A man who suffers from anxiety and depression, starts hearing the sounds of ancient mammoths after unearthing a strange bone in his back yard.
Thursday: “Match Game” by Cece Dwyer. During a comical family gathering, a millennial couple finds out that their baby-boomer parents have the upper hand when it comes to romance.
Friday: “Harry’s Angel” by Art Keyser. An elderly Italian brother and sister meet every morning for coffee in a Jewish deli.