The Right Now Readings

Admission is FREE to these casual readings of some the hottest plays on the planet. Join us on the last Tuesday of each month for cookies, coffee, and conversation.

The Right Now Readings will be at:
The OSU Urban Arts Space
50 West Town St., Columbus OH 43215

Tuesday, April 17 – 7:30pm
by Mike Daisey
directed by Matt Slaybaugh
AVLT brings you the most powerful and controversial play of the decade.

On January 6, 2012, after over 200 performances in 18 cities over 19 months, playwright and solo performer Mike Daisey appeared on This American Life to perform excerpts from his monumental solo show about Steve Jobs and Apple. Two months later, in an almost unbelievable turn of events, This American Life aired a retraction of their episode featuring Mike Daisey, stating –

We’ve discovered that one of our most popular episodes contained numerous fabrications. This week, we detail the errors in Mike Daisey’s story about visiting Foxconn, which makes iPads and other products for Apple in China. Marketplace’s China correspondent Rob Schmitz discovered the fabrications.

Over the next week, the internet pretty much exploded, as pundits, journalists, bloggers, and theatre artists fell all over themselves trying to condemn, defend, or question Mike and his work.

We’ll present the work in its complete and unaltered form on April 17. The reading will be followed by a talkback. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? We’ll try to figure it out.

Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s most mysterious technology icon in this hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design. He illuminates how the former CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while following the trail all the way to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey’s dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them.

I will never be the same after seeing that show.”
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, to the New York Times

Mike Daisey, in addition to providing us with a riveting, hilarious, but ultimately gut-wrenching piece of theater, may actually end up being singularly responsible for bringing Goliath to its knees.”
Michael Moore, Academy Award-winning Filmmaker

May 29 – TBA

Tuesday, September 27 – 7:30pm
Diary of a Teenage Girl
Adapted by Marielle Heller
From the graphic novel Phoebe Gloeckner
Directed by Matt Slaybaugh
A story of female sexuality and unabashed optimism.
“Heartfelt! Sterling! Unblinking honesty! Stings with truth!” – New York Times
“An affecting portrait of an artist as a very young woman.” – Village Voice

Tuesday, October 25 – 7:30pm
26 Miles
by Quiara Alegria Hudes
directed by Jennifer Schlueter
Quiara Alegria Hudes, the Tony-nominated playwright behind the acclaimed musical In The Heights, returns with a new play about a mother-daughter road trip. Teenage Olivia, who lives with her Jewish dad Aaron, receives a surprise visit from her estranged Cuban-born mother Beatriz. Leaving her second husband behind, Beatriz whisks her daughter away on a long-distance car trip to Yellowstone. Along the way, they discover love, understanding, and find out what family really means.

Tuesday, November 29 – 7:30pm
Peggy Picket Sees the Face of God
by Roland Schimmelpfennig
It’s been six years. Frank and Liz have lived in their comfortable home and raised a family; Carol and Martin have been working as doctors in an unnamed African country. They’ve brought a doll back as a gift. And the doll can see…everything.

“masterfully lurches back and forth between hilarity and dread.” –Globe and Mail
“razor sharp.” –NOW magazine

Tuesday, January 31 – 7:30pm
Clybourne Park
by Bruce Norris

Saturday, February 25 – 2:00pm
The Curing Room
by David Ian Lee (SLEEPER)
directed by Matt Slaybaugh
A new play from the author of the Available Light hit, SLEEPER. The Curing Room is inspired by the true story of seven NKVD officers imprisoned nude and possessionless in the basement of a monastery in Nazi-occupied Poland. Stripped of their uniforms and all ties to the world before, the survivors of Colonel Petrov’s Special Reserve Forces abandon and ultimately redefine their concepts of order, society, and human nature. At times unexpectedly thoughtful and funny, The Curing Room is a taut, intense thriller that absolutely refuses to flinch.

Tuesday, February 28 – 7:30pm
by Alexis Schaetzle
directed by Jennifer Schlueter
A woman receives a dead man’s heart. And then he falls in love with her. A brand new play by a brand new voice in American theatre.

Tuesday, March 27 – 7:30pm
There is a Happiness That Morning Is
by Mickle Mahler
directed by Eleni Papaleonardos
A comedy in rhymed verse. Having engaged the evening before in a highly inappropriate display of public affection on the main lawn of their rural New England campus, two undergraduate lecturers must now, in class, either apologize for their behavior or effectively justify it if they want to keep their jobs.
“An enjoyably lunatic endeavor.” –Chicago Tribune
“Funny, witty, literate, and profound.” –Windy City Times