Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hudson Theatre Works to present New Play Readings Thursday Night

Hudson Theatre Works presents

PlayWorks    New Play Readings

"Be A Part of the Process"

Thursday, June 7th

Life&Death&In-Between  by  Cynthia Babek

Hudson Theatre Works'

New Space at

80 Hauxhurst Avenue

Weehawken, NJ

$10 Suggested Donation

No Reservations Necessary

(Not ADA compliant)

Emily who lives in NY has been stretched to her limits in this "suspended animation" waiting to hear if her mother can go home, and what that means for her and her aging dad. She watches old movies on TCM with her mom and it seems the walls between this and the next world grow thin. Characters from Emily and Joseph's parents' past begin to appear.

Joseph and Emily, both the only children of their parents, grow close in this unlikely surrounding, but they are very different: Emily is driven, restless and opinionated - she left Ohio after high school and never looked back; Joseph is a bright but introverted man who got stuck close to home, taking care of his mother, then father. They have known each other from third grade. It doesn't seem possible that they could actually connect. Still, they are there for each other in the insane/sacred time a hospice can provide.

Cynthia Babak is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist and teacher living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a recipient of the 2015 Tanne Foundation Award. Her newest play,

Life&Death&In-Between, received a staged reading in the fall of 2016 at TAI in NYC

. Her full-length play, Where I Dwell, was showcased at Florida Rep's PlayLabs (2015), and work-shopped at The Lanyard Theatre in Bath, Maine (2008). Her one-act, Too Much Candy, was produced by Brave New World Rep in conjunction with Company XVI as part of the the Halloween Plays (2010); and her one-act, In the Skin, was a semi-finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference (2007).  As actress she has worked regionally, Off and Off-Off Broadway. With actress Michael Huston she writes and performs sketch comedy under the dubious title of Babes in the Woods - taking their cornucopia of characters to college campuses like Vassar and Emory U, as well as venues in the NYC area, like West Bank CafĂ©. She is a founding member of Brave New Rep Theatre in Brooklyn, for whom she directed Arthur Miller's depression era "vaudeville" The American Clock (2011), and Lynn Nottage's Fabulation (2012); and a core member of Hook & Eye Theatre, collaborating recently on the Buckminster Fuller exploration, God is a Verb (2015). Cynthia's daughter Gracie is a senior in high school, and plans to study neuroscience in college.

Directed by Chris



Cynthia Babak, Viki Boyle, Kevin Cristaldi, Stephanie Fagan,

Dennis Gagomiros, Frank Licato, Asia Marks, Vinny Sagona and

Maria Argentina Souza.

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