10/7/17 - BETHANY @ 2PM @ Blackfriars Theatre

by Laura Marks

THE STORY:
At the height of the foreclosure crisis, single mother Crystal loses more than her house. She struggles to stay positive, though - with plenty of help from a roommate with conspiracy theories, a motivational speaker with a secret, and her colleagues at the local Saturn dealership. But optimism is no match for a bed economy, and before long Crystal's desperate quest to regain what she's lost turns into the fight of her life. This darkly comic thriller explore just how far we'll go to get back what's ours.


​11/11/17 - PLACEBO @ 2PM @ Blackfriars Theatre
by Melissa James Gibson

THE STORY:
A minty green pill - medication or sugar? Louise is working on a placebo-controlled study of a new female arousal drug. As her work in the lab navigates the blurry lines between perception and deception, the same questions pertain more and more to her life at home. With uncanny insight and unparalleled wit, Melissa James Gibson's affectionate comedy examines slippery truths and the power of crossed fingers.


2/10/18 - BLACK LIKE US @ 2PM @ Blackfriars Theatre

by Rachel Atkins

THE STORY:
Family secrets ripple through time when three present-day sisters discover the truth about a young African-American woman passing for white sixty years before. What happens in between is a frank and funny look at the shifting boundaries of tolerance and what identity really means.


3/31/18 - MARJORIE PRIME @ 2PM @ Blackfriars Theatre

by Jordan Harrison


THE STORY:

It's the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie - a jumble of disparate, fading memories - has a handsome new companion who's programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits -if any - of what technology can replace.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist


4/21/18 - BARRYMORE'S GHOST @ 2PM @ The Penfield Public Library

by Jason Miller


THE STORY:

Barrymore's Ghost opens up the life of the legendary actor John Barrymore in a unique, theatrical manner. Mr. John Barrymore, or Jack Barrymore or Jake Barrymore, is presented as a ghost haunting an unknown theatre which, at the moment, is in rehearsal for a play. The gods have sentenced Barrymore to this purgatorial existence as penance for his abandonment of the theater and the squandering of his talents in the pursuit of fame, greed, and dissipation. Barrymore disputes these assertions of the gods as he painfully and humorously examines the spectrum of his life.


5/19/18 - WATER BY THE SPOONFUL @ 2PM @ Blackfriars Theatre

by Quiara Algeria Hudes


THE STORY:

Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned form Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across the continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. Water by the Spoonful is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption.

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize



        Hourglass Play Reading Series

All performances are Saturdays at 2pm

at Blackfriars Theatre
795 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605

unless otherwise noted

Presenting the 2017-2018 season of 
Hourglass Play Reading Series 
in residence at
Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605