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Mentor Project Anthology

"The Plays of Mentor Project: a Cherry Lane Anthology"

Cherry Lane is thrilled to introduce the first of our multi-volume anthology featuring 16 years of Mentor Project and beyond!

Since 1999 our Obie Award-winning program has engaged leading dramatists in one-on-one mentoring relationships with emerging playwrights. To date, Mentor Project has launhced 50 playwrights to Broadway, regional, and world stages. The plays of Mentor Project are central not only to Cherry Lane's history, but to the history of American Theater. Now they're collected together into an ongoing, multi-volume anthology!

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THE PLAYS OF MENTOR PROJECT: A Cherry Lane Anthology
Volume 1: 1999-2001

Featuring a forward by mentor and Tony winner David Henry Hwang introducing the following plays:

CROCKERLAND 
by Peter Buchman
mentored by Michael Weller

As his family life closes in around him, an airline pilot escapes into an imaginary world of polar exploration in this tragic comedy.

NOTES FROM THE CONFEDERACY
by Heather Hill
mentored by A. R. Gurney

In the south today, three women deal with history’s hand-me-downs in a funny, brutal play about sisterhood.

 

RAZING HOUSES
by Lizzie Olesker

mentored by Tony Kushner

A quirky, surreal drama that takes us on a journey of escape and salvation when three “criminal” women come together in a remote boarding house.

 

FOUR
by Christoper Shinn
mentored by Charles Fuller

Four is the story of a sixteen year old boy on a Fourth of July date with a married professor he’s met over the Internet.

 

SAINT LUCY’S EYES
by Bridgette Wimberly
mentored by Wendy Wasserstein

A warm, heartfelt play about two women forced to confront their pasts and the changing world around them.

 

 

GUN CLUB
by Hunt Holman
mentored by Michael Weller

A father tries to reconcile with his teenage son by introducing him to the joys of handgun target shooting.  A coming of age comedy about a boy, his girl and their firearms.

LOWELL LIMPETT
by Ward Just

mentored by Wendy Wasserstein

Lowell Limpett is a famous newspaperman but lately the fame has worn thin.  The newspaper has gotten away from him, too.  His personal life is in some disorder.  When he returns from the funeral of a much loved colleague, he discovers that his editor has plans for him – and these plans begin to look suspiciously like the velvet shelf reserved for former greats.  Question: The news can live without Limpett, but can Limpett live without the news?

 

AUNT PIECES
by Rosemary Moore

mentored by A. R. Gurney

In Aunt Pieces, a woman in her sixties leaves the stagnant safety of a long term half-way house and returns to her family home after decades away. Her effort to reclaim her place in the house disturbs the fragile equilibrium of her nephew and his children.

 

 

 

 

GOLEM
by Gary Winter
mentored by Alfred Uhry

In the myth of “The Golem” Rabbi Loew creates a man of clay to defend the Jews of Prague in the sixteenth  century.  Once their enemies are destroyed, however, the Golem turns on the Jews and must be turned back to dust by its creator.  In this modern-day version, Gil Shamberg is dubbed a Golem in a Manhattan brothel.  Endowed with the power to create himself in his own image, Gil becomes the monster of his fantasies.  And when all desire becomes reality, nothing is left to the imagination.  Mayhem ensues until Rachel enters his life, and then Gil must find a way to turn the Golem back to dust.

STRANGE ATTRACTORS
by David Adjmi

mentored by Craig Lucas

Betsy’s good.  There’s the charities, the AIDS benefits.  Her life is good too: Ad exec hubby, Park Avenue penthouse, live-in maid.  But Betsy’s been bad.  Photos on the Internet prove it.  Now she’s a download away from finding out just how bad life can get.

 

 

THE SHOEBOX OF EBBETS FIELD
by Ross Berger
mentored by Michael Weller

The Shoebox of Ebbets Field illustrates how idyllic 1950’s Brooklyn may not be as secure and stable as it seems.  Rather, the play questions our common ideas of the home: where it once stood as a safe haven for all family members to live, now serves only as a vehicle to leave for somewhere else.

 

 

 

CONCERTINA’S RAINBOW
by Glyn O’Malley
mentored by Alfred Uhry

En route to the gilded city of Vienna, two remarkable women become unlikely allies, and discover in a refugee, Serbian Gypsy Girl, the key that unlocks the grip of their very different pasts.

 

 

THE ALLEGORY OF PAINTING
by Cybele Pascal
mentored by Marsha Norman

When young Queen Henrietta Maria of England asks the famous baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi to paint her portrait she gets more than she bargained for – she gets a lesson on life.  At the queen’s prodding, Artemisia recounts her past, and what unfolds is a story of rape, betrayal, and ultimately her triumph as she overturned the prejudices of her time.

 

 

BLOOD ORANGE
by David Wiener

mentored by David Henry Hwang

In the summer of infinite heat, Ray-Ray feels small.  His father is gone.  His mother is fading.  And his cul-de-sac is ruled by Clinton.  But sometimes, when night falls on Orange County, Ray-Ray sits alone in the dark and feels a volcano growing inside.