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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

BTM XVI's Warm-Up Laps this Saturday, May 10

This Saturday's Warm-Up Laps -- readings of three full-length plays -- will feature Romeo Chang by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich at 12 p.m. (sponsored by SpeakEasy Stage Company); Judith by Julian Olf at 2 p.m. (sponsored by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and One Day Earlier by Constance Congdon at 4 p.m. (sponsored by Huntington Theatre Company). The Warm-Up Laps are presented in collaboration with The Boston Center for the Arts and their resident theatres in Hall A on the second floor of the Calderwood Pavilion. The readings are free and open to the public.

More about the plays:

Romeo Chang by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich
Jen is pregnant and dying. She seeks out Romeo Chang to help her stay alive long enough to have her baby. He was once a renowned Eastern-medicine healer, but these days he's got problems of his own: He's burned out, cynical, and finding inner peace in a bottle of Jack Daniels. The clock's ticking, but the chi's not flowing. Can Romeo pull off one more miracle?

Judith by Julian Olf
Is she his assassin or his lover? A contemporary look at the legendary Judith and Holofernes on the eve of the destruction of the Israelites.

One Day Earlier
by Constance Congdon
Einstein says, "Daran habe ich gar nicht gedacht," and Leo Szilard throws the question back at him, "And why had you never thought of it before?" The "it" is that atomic fission could happen and Einstein writes the letter to Roosevelt, telling him that a huge weapon could be built using it--and will, so the United States has to build the atomic bomb one day earlier than the Germans or the Japanese. Time? We didn't have any because this is World War II.

New to the Boston Theater Marathon this year – in collaboration with the Dramatists Guild of America – are the One-Minute Sprints. Ten one-minute plays will be read prior to each of the plays in the Warm-Up Laps. Playwrights were asked to write the shorts using the theme “Time is running out.”

We hope you'll join us!

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