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February 8 - 29, 2020
Airness by Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Marc Stith

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all committed to becoming the next champion, she discovers that there’s more to this art form than playing pretend; it’s about finding yourself in your favorite songs, and performing with raw joy. Will Nina be able to let go and set herself free onstage? Following her mission to shred or be shredded, Airness is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside us.

A comedy about competition, completion, and finding the airness inside yourself. Oh, and Nancy Wilson.

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April 18 - May 15, 2020


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June 12 - 14, 2020
The Inaugural Workbench Project
Directed by Warren Sherrill

Join us at The Bench for a sneak preview of a world premiere play in development by local playwright Luke Sorge.

This weekend of staged readings will give our audiences a glimpse into the workshop process of a brand new play, and the opportunity to contribute some of their own thoughts to its progress.

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind new project!

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August 21 - September 19, 2020
Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Jada Suzanne Dixon

Jessie is a corporate lawyer in a Manhattan firm. Lina is a community-college dropout and born-and-bred Long Islander. They don’t seem to have anything in common, but marooned at home with infants, they strike up a fast friendship in the backyard between their houses.

A comedy with dark edges, Cry It Outtakes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the traditional roles of motherhood, and the effect class has on parenthood in America.

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October 9 - 31, 2020
The Burning of Kenneth Carrion by Joshua Fardon
Directed by Rachel Rogers

Twenty years ago, Ken Carrion was accused of murdering his sister by setting her on fire. A reporter for a True Crime website arrives on his doorstep in the middle of a storm to find out the real story. However, she struggles to separate memory from truth as she and Ken relive the events of the past.

A twisting, gothic thriller, The Burning of Kenneth Carrion is the first Fever Dream Festival play to receive a full production.

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November 21 - December 20, 2020
Grand Concourse by Heidi Schreck
Directed by Rachel Rogers

Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency, but lately her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When young Emma arrives to volunteer with a reckless mix of generosity and self-involvement, Shelley is forced to re-examine her beliefs and choices.

A drama full of keen humor and startling compassion, Grand Concourse navigates the mysteries of faith, forgiveness, ...and the pursuit of something resembling joy.


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