2021 Season Announcement

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, our 2021 season:

En Las Sombras by Jordan Ramirez Puckket on February 26th. En Las Sombras is the mythical tale of Xenia and Luz, two children travelling with their mother to God’s Gate, beyond which is the promise of safety and a life free from hunger and suffering. When Xenia and Luz are separated from their mother, it becomes clear that the gods may not be quite so ready to share the riches that lie beyond. This myth asks us to consider why we’ve allowed our gods to become so powerful and what we can do to stop them. 

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. 

Evelyn and His Brother by Ivan Mosley in June. One year after a devastating loss, brothers Lesley, Evelyn, and Alva Rhodes are facing the forfeiture of their childhood home. But long-standing resentments among the trio threaten to derail any chance they have of keeping it from being lost. Can they overcome their differences to unite to save the legacy their father worked so hard to build or is the strain of their past relationships too much of a burden?

October we’ll be bringing you Safe 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. Safe 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. Safe is the story of who chooses fight, flight, or freeze and what happens when they choose.

We are launching, a 30 day fundraising blitz to make this season happen. This money goes to paying our artists, coordination with the performers and stage managers unions, maintaining our streaming technology, and all the other things that go into creating a piece of streamed online theatre. We’re hoping to raise $3,000 in 30 days which will cover the entire season, and we’re asking everyone if they are able to, to contribute just $21 for 2021. If you’re not able to contribute right now – we totally understand and we’d also be super appreciative if you share the link with anyone and everyone who you think might be able to! The link to our fundraising page is here and if you have any questions you can always email us at tantrumeast@gmail.com. We’re so excited to share this work with you!