METLab: Plays in Progress

METLab is a new play festival featuring 7 plays by 6 gifted playwrights. Our mainstage show, The God of this World, which was given a public reading at MET last fall,  will be given a fully produced production. Reading Series shows (Family Holiday, The Conversion of Light and Bad Fiction) will have an initial reading after which playwright, directors and actors will continue to work on the show until the second reading or staged reading. This is a unique opportunity to see a work in progress. The Coffee House Series features a one-time reading of three plays: Lies, Car Games and Lenny Was Here.

Tickets for individual shows can be purchased through the links below following the show descriptions. For the Reading Series, one ticket to an individual play will gain you admittance to both readings of that play. Coffee House shows are free.

METLab Pass

Pass includes one performance of The God of This World and admission to any of the other shows as many times as you wish! Reading Series shows will have an initial reading after which playwright, directors and actors will continue to work on the show until the second reading. This is a unique opportunity to see a work in progress.

Click here to purchase a METLab Pass.

 

ThompsonMainstage Show:

THE GOD OF THIS WORLD

By Don Thompson

JULY 9 – 19, Thu-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 3pm

A generational comedy about the tense but often hilarious relationship between a stressed-out, divorced New York lawyer and his unemployed blogger daughter. The daughter, who blogs about extraterrestrials, is apparently having intimate relations with an alien. Her mother hears about the situation and becomes determined to stop any alien ‘invasion’ that might be in progress. Add to the mix the daughter’s poly-amorous friend, a corrupt financier, a financial physicist, and a skittish and pregnant dog, and we end up with what author calls “a blending of The Importance of Being Earnest, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and Third Rock from the Sun.” Fortunately, love wins out and all is well on Planet Earth. ‘The God of this World’ is the featured play of the METLab ‘Plays in Progress’ series.

Don Thompson is a playwright, producer and essayist. His plays have been produced from coast-to-coast, including acclaimed productions in New York (off Broadway) and Los Angeles. He first collaborated with Maryland Ensemble over 10 years ago with ‘Democracy: A Work in Progress’, a non-linear play about the origins and outcomes of democracy. As a film producer, Thompson’s productions and co-productions have screened internationally, winning awards at festivals such as Sundance, Movies that Matter and Berlin, among others. Thompson continues to produce and promote documentaries and narrative features that have a uniquely independent perspective. Don is happy to be working with the MET again and premiering his most recent play, ‘The God of this World’, noting: “It’s supposed to be funny, so feel free to laugh if you need to.”
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CathroReading Series:

FAMILY HOLIDAY

By DC Cathro

JULY 17 & 25 @ 8:30pm

RJ goes home for the holidays and a nice relaxing time with his family and best friend. They, however, have other plans. Secrets are revealed and RJ is stuck in the middle of this fast-paced holiday farce for modern times.

DC Cathro is an playwright, actor, director, and graphic designer with a penchant for board games, pop culture and 80’s music. Oh, and chocolate chip cookies. He has worked up and down the east coast on stage and behind the scenes, on film, and has had readings of his plays in Chicago and Washington, D.C. He lives in Maryland, born and bred.

One ticket will get you into BOTH readings of Family Holiday.
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Heifitz

Reading Series:

THE CONVERSION OF LIGHT

By Julie Heifetz

JULY 16 & 24 @ 8:30pm

The play is based on the true story of a Rabbi of Jewish congregation in Lincoln, Nebraska, who began receiving threatening phone calls and mail from the Grand Dragon of the Nebraska Ku Klux Klan.  What happened between the Rabbi and the Klansman is the subject of the play, and offers one difficult, but inspiring response that is possible in the face of hatred. .  Although the incident referred to in the play occurred sometime in 1980, it is, unfortunately, relevant today, when so much hatred and prejudice against so many races, religions, and individuals is rampant throughout the world.

Julie Heifetz, author of three books, Jordie’s Present, Oral History and The Holocaust, and Too Young to Remember; several one-woman performances, including Voices and Echoes, and Nelly; the libretto for an oratorio, two musicals, Sarah’s Song and In This House of Jazz.  Her work has been nominated for the Emerson Award for Young Audiences and a regional Emmy for Sarah’s Song.  She was Writer-in-Residence at the St. Louis Center for Holocaust Studies, and for MossReb of Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. She has dedicated her writing and her work as a therapist and chaplain to dealing with oppression and trauma, seeing the dignity in all.

One ticket will get you into BOTH readings of The Conversion of Light.
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KeilholtzReading Series:
BAD FICTION

By Jeff Keilholtz

JULY 18 & 23 @ 8:30pm

On the eve of an historic election for Attorney General, the play opens in a posh, loft apartment, where Internal Affairs investigator, Freddie Laurenzo, and Deputy Campaign Manager, Quincy Marcus, surround forensics expert, Janus Taylor – and her bloody, swollen face. Once joined by senior legal counsel for the campaign, William Fink – and over the course of one night – these four unlikely souls must endure epic consequences in the exposure of a major crime.

Jeffery Keilholtz is an internationally published writer. Keilholtz’s written creative work includes Off Broadway-workshop produced play, Nightswimming and his based-on-a-true-story screenplay that is in active Hollywood development. Keilholtz is excited to workshop his newest play, Bad Fiction, about a major political crime, with Maryland Ensemble Theatre

One ticket will get you into BOTH readings of Bad Fiction.
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HatfieldCoffee House Reading:

LIES

By Lydia Hadfield

JULY 15 @ 7pm

Lydia writes, acts and tells stories. She appreciates being allowed back on the MET stage after having trained with The Ensemble School as a teenager. She performed with Snapshot! improv in Philly, PA, took solo show, Eye of the Storm to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012 and performed a storytelling show about a certain arts and crafts superstore at Berkeley, CA’s The Marsh in 2011. After stints in CA, PA, MA, and the UK, Lydia is thrilled to tell Lies in Frederick.

 

Cathro

Coffee House Reading:

CAR GAMES

By DC Cathro

JULY 15 @ 7pm

A young man and woman are on a long drive. Tension is high, so she tries to distract the man from their destination by engaging him in a series of car games, until the audience finds out where they are headed, and why.

DC Cathro is an playwright, actor, director, and graphic designer with a penchant for board games, pop culture and 80’s music. Oh, and chocolate chip cookies. He has worked up and down the east coast on stage and behind the scenes, on film, and has had readings of his plays in Chicago and Washington, D.C. He lives in Maryland, born and bred.

 

Perrie

Coffee House Reading:

LENNY WAS HERE

By Michael Perrier

JULY 22 @ 7pm

Greg Lewis is retiring. Now that he has all this free time on his hands he feels the need to make something, something like a giant paper maché monster lovingly called “Lenny.” Despite the family’s secrets, and issues they all live a completely normal life. Until, brutal murders start happening in the neighborhood and all fingers point to the family, especially because the victims are always accompanied by the message “Lenny Was Here.”

Michael is a New York based Actor/Playwright/Composer and graduate of Towson University, where he earned his degree in Acting. His plays have been seen in NYC, Colorado, Virginia, and Maryland. He has completed over 30 plays,  2 screenplays, a TV pilot and 4 musicals (book/music/lyrics). Recent: The Un-Authorized Biographie of Billy Shakespeare (CAGE Theatre Co.), An Evening With the World’s Greatest Actor (Boulder Fringe Fesival), CHINASHOP, MEET BULLS (Playwrights at the Grand), The Raven Doesn’t Talk (STF 2014).  Upcoming: City of Six (Dixon Place, NYC July), Modern Magic (Pilot, June), and The Food Chain (NYC, Fall). Michael is the founder of Him & Her Theatre Company, and a member of The Drawing Board NYC.