THE CUTTING EDGE
AN OFF-BROADWAY PLAY READING SERIES
Provocative, relevant, intelligent New York Theatre is coming to Middlebury.
In staged readings of four plays we will share the bold, clever work of some of the most dynamic young writers to hit the New York scene in the last 5 to 10 years. Each play enjoyed a successful run in a boundary-pushing Off-Broadway theater. Each play speaks to our contemporary moment.
The Series will be curated and directed by Becky Strum, a newcomer to the Vermont Theater scene, with a distinguished history of directing and teaching theater in the New York Metro area. Each play will be rehearsed and performed by Vermont’s finest actors.
We debut in September at THT but you will find us in various Middlebury venues for each play.
All play readings will be on Sundays at 4pm, with refreshments and discussion for those interested. Admission is free, donations encouraged.
Sunday, September 9, 4pm
by Lucas Hnath
Ray’s swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. If he makes the team, he’ll get a deal with Speedo. If he gets a deal with Speedo, he’ll never need a real job. So when someone’s stash of performance-enhancing drugs is found in the locker room fridge, threatening the entire team’s Olympic fate, Ray has to crush the rumors or risk losing everything. A sharp and stylish play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the American dream of a level playing field—or of leveling the field yourself.
Sunday, November 18, 4pm
by Taylor Mac
When Isaac returns from the war to care for his sick father, he finds a household in revolt. Liberated from an abusive marriage, Isaac's mom allies herself with Isaac's newly out transgender sibling on a mission to dismantle the patriarchy. Playwright Taylor Mac lightens the weight of concepts that many find foreign or fraught, places them in a family setting and detonates them. Shrapnel flies everywhere in this scathing & hilarious comedy of contemporary American manners.