DO MORE: New Works Series

New Writing

A DO MORE BENEFIT SERIES OF NEW WORKS. This Fall Bedlam is producing a series of DO MORE benefit readings and workshops interrogating the role of the classical theater in 2021, featuring new plays and musicals by some of the most exciting playwrights and composers working today.

DO MORE: NEW WORKS SERIES

Bedlam’s DO MORE Series was launched in 2020 in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement and associated organizations working toward eliminating race-based discrimination. This initiative has suceeded in raising $29798 so far, while simultaneously giving work and a platform to hundred of artists throughout the U.S. and abroad. Thanks to the generous support of the HOWARD GILMAN FOUNDATION, Bedlam is able to continue this series with a focus on NEW WRITING this season.

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Hang Time

Written & directed by Zora Howard

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

6:00pm EST (SOLD OUT)

A DO MORE Benefit Reading to support:

Three brothers chew the fat under an old, wide tree. In this exploration of intergenerational bonds, we peek into the interiority – the great loves and bitter blues – of Black men in America.

CAST: Keith Randolph Smith, Kamal Bolden, Joshua Boone.

MOVEMENT: Julian Elijah Martinez 

LOCATION: The Flea Theater (SOLD OUT)

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DeathBED Edition

Written by Julian Hornik

Directed by Rory Pelsue

Monday, October 11th, 2021

8:00pm EST

A DO MORE Benefit Reading to support:

THE ALI FORNEY CENTER ($812 RAISED)

When word spread that American icon Walt Whitman had fallen ill, the New York Times dispatched a reporter to keep a bedside vigil. Discover what he found in a pop-folk fantasia on sex, death, and a queer life lived fully.

CAST: Erika Anclade, Dylan Frederick, Julian Hornik, Zoe Mann

LOCATION: Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th St. NYC

or Streaming live on ZOOM

Cherry Orchard

Music, lyrics and book by Emily Gardner Xu Hall

A new musical disrupting Anton Chekhov’s play The Cherry Orchard 

Directed by Kat Yen

Music directed by Jason Weisinger

Monday, October 18th, 2021

7:00pm EST

A DO MORE Benefit Reading to support:

After the traumatic death of her beloved son, Lyuba abandoned everything she knew, including her daughter Anya and stepdaughter Varya. Now that the household is on the brink of collapse, the family must confront their generational trauma in order to overcome the forces of capitalism and the ambivalence of society.

CHERRY ORCHARD is a musical which reimagines the Chekhov play from a different perspective, revealing the systemic injustices of patriarchy and privilege that leave women and disenfranchised communities vulnerable.

CAST: Julie Benko, Amisha Bhandari, Kate Douglas, Aaron Costa Ganis, Yonatan Gebeyehu, Mukta Phatak, Patrick Vaill

LOCATION: Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th St. NYC

or Streaming live on ZOOM

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LITTLE STUBBY WINGS LIKE SHE COULD’VE GLUED THEM ON

Written by Stefani Kuo

Directed by Theo Maltz

Monday, October 25th, 2021

7:00pm EST

A DO MORE Benefit Reading to support:

Little Stubby Wings, Like She Could’ve Glued Them On is a fantastical journey of one woman’s experience of trauma. In our protagonist Stefani’s story, each character takes shape according to her memory. From the victims of each car accident to fictional characters from popular animations such as Totoro, Dora the Explorer, and Up, Little Stubby Wings shows the complexity of how trauma and grief can be triggered. The play begins with a car accident in Baltimore, Maryland, and immediately slingshots Stefani back to her sister’s death. In trying to rewrite the death of her sister Mei, Stefani takes a pilgrimage through her memories with Mei. From Totoro’s Catbus to George and Martha, the children’s book, Stefani finds herself thrown back and forth between the fantasy of what could have been and the reality of what she has lost. 

CAST: Wai Ching Ho, Fenton Li, Jenelle Chu, Ashil Lee, Carolyn Kettig, Sagan Chen, Nadia Pinder

LOCATION: Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th St. NYC

or Streaming live on ZOOM