Art House Productions Announces New INKubator Festival 2022

Art House Productions has announced the INKubator New Play Festival from Sunday, May 8 through Friday, May 20 at Grassroots Community Space in Jersey City.

The festival will feature playwrights from the 2021-2022 cohort, including Jake Brasch, Nay Harris, Justice Hehir, Riley Elton McCarthy, Christian Mendonça and Melissa Toomey. Audiences attending the festival will also have the opportunity to participate in conversations with the writers, directors and actors during each performance.

All public readings are free to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. EST, but pre-registration is required: Donations will be accepted to support the INKubator program at Art House Productions.

Grassroots Community Space is located at 54 Coles St, Jersey City, NJ 07302. All guests must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the door. Masks are mandatory for customers.

The place is wheelchair accessible (entrance on 3rd street), with air conditioning. To request open captions or ASL performers, please email [email protected] at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Photos of the venue can be found here: For questions regarding accessibility and customer services, please email [email protected]

INKubator is a year-long generative process for a select group of 6 playwrights in residence at Art House Productions. During the program, playwrights meet monthly alongside program director Alex Tobey to share new work, receive feedback, and develop an early draft of a new play. The program culminates in a New Play Festival, where playwrights work with professional directors and actors to hear the play read aloud for the first time. The cast will be announced later.

“I’m especially excited about this iteration of INKubator,” says INKubator Director Alex Tobey. “Not only does this year’s cohort present a wide range of stories, perspectives and visions for the future of playwriting, it also marks our return to a new festival of in-person plays. Being” in the play” with a new play is something I have deeply missed over the past two years, and I look forward to giving our audiences their first look at these exciting and provocative new plays in the early stages of development. “

Sunday May 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Daxton on the Night Shift at 7/11 by Riley Elton McCarthy

directed by Carsen Joenk

It’s midnight on the last 24-hour 7/11 in the United States of America and the impending doom of the shutdown of the much-loved red slurpee has thrown the world as we know it into global crisis. The 7/11 Corporation has locked down all of its slurpee machines, preparing as a new organization known as the Red Slurpee Brigade threatens all of humanity in pursuit of their beloved red slurpee. As for the latest 7/11 still running 24 hours in America? Well…Daxton, new recruit and criminally inept cashier, is late night and retired Manic Pixie Dream Girl, now part-time critic of Letterboxd Baby in a Corner is looking for his slurpee fix. A piece about how Scott Pilgrim made a whole generation of men indatable.

Monday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Record scratched by Nay Harris

directed by Scout Davis

Trauma is often unpredictable and therefore memories can be… tricky. Nyx agrees to be interviewed on their ex’s podcast and tries to remember their past and make connections between their self-destructive impulses, their love of pervert/masochism, Queerness and creativity. Some memories are jumbled, while others remain painfully the same no matter how hard Nyx tries to rewind or alter the past. This piece reminds us that often, the monsters under our beds are more terrified than terrifying and even they deserve to be taken care of.

Friday May 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Turn by Jake Brasch

directed by Lily Kanter Riopelle

Spin is a comedy about birthday party clowns, park rangers, endangered owls, reincarnation and Jewish mysticism. Jumping wildly through time, the play kaleidoscopically traces the lives of several misfits in a manic search for meaning. They may struggle to see the big picture, but we don’t. We see how weirdly, scary, and hilarious their lives are.

Sunday May 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Old Santa Fe: A Dance of Death by Melissa Toomey

directed by Lily Kanter Riopelle

In the American West, a young girl hopping on a freight train teams up with the lost soul of a missing Native woman to get revenge on her stalker, their nemesis: a drifter known as Death. In a surreal western ghost story spanning the length of the old Santa Fe railroad, we are asked: how lost must we be to finally be free? And are we born to die?

Monday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.

eat your heart by judge hehir

directed by Joan Sergay

Self-portrait photographer Juno does her best on solo trips to vanished industrial sites where women once worked. When a broken leg prevents her from camping safely alone, her recently heartbroken friend Lee joins her on a trip to a disused rope-making factory near the Watchung Mountains, forcing a change of process and perspective. . A play about nudity, bagged applesauce and the photos we can only take ourselves.

Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Flowers for men by Christian Mendonça

directed by Tara Cristina Elliott

A social worker, Henri, secures funding to pilot his “Flowers for Men” pilot program, a five-week healing journey that asks men to nurture a blooming flower as well as a relationship in their personal lives. That’s easier said than done in a room filled with toxicity and preconceptions. It doesn’t help when some of those personal relationships get tangled up and identities come into play. Will this group of six men come out of this program ready to grow, or will they be determined to (l self)destruction?

This event is part of the New Jersey Theater Alliance 2022 Stages Festival, made possible through support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, an agency partner of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust; New Jersey Historical Commission; and New Jersey Fund for the Blind.

This event is co-sponsored by Grassroots Community Space. Grassroots Community Space is a facility founded by artists and supporters of the arts to enrich the quality of life in our community. The venue provides a meeting place for people to come together, share ideas, support local artists and explore different aspects of the human experience in a relaxed environment.

Art House Productions is generously supported by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, SILVERMAN, the Princeton Foundation, the New Jersey Theater Alliance, the Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York.

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