We have selected three plays and one podcast to workshop and present readings of this year! As it’s still very unclear when we will all be able to be in a room together, we will be presenting these readings virtually. We see this as such a wonderful opportunity to work with artists outside of New York City as well as share this work with people across the country. Dates for each reading and links to access them will be set as we come closer to their month, please check back here or follow us on Instagram @tantrumeast or Facebook for additional updates as well! And with out further adieu, the remainder of our 2021 season:
Murder, We Spoke by Rachel Bykowski follows three women as they attempt to become podcasting legends with their own true crime podcast. The women cover everything from unsolved murders to iconic serial killers. But as they chase their dreams of becoming the number 1 podcast in the nation, they slowly start to embrace their serial killer subjects’ lifestyles. We live in a time that is reminiscent of the Yellow Journalism age of the early 20th century. In order to generate sales and achieve success, your story must become more and more sensational, at any cost. Murder, We Spoke explores the question, “How far would you go for fame?” We won’t be fully producing this project (yet), but we are helping to workshop and develop it and we will be sharing bits and pieces of that development publicly in April and August.
October we’ll be bringing you Greater Illinois by Steven Strafford. Multiple timelines, a woman standing her ground, a gay man terrified for his life, the ghosts that haunt them, and what lengths we’ll go to seek justice. Greater Illinois tells two stories interwoven with each other and examines the intersections of fear, race, homophobia, and a government agency insistent on “making a brighter tomorrow today,” no matter the human cost. Greater Illinois is the story of who chooses fight, flight, or freeze and what happens when they choose.
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